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The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange | [Mark Barrowcliffe]

The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

Coventry, 1976. For a brief, blazing summer, a young Mark Barrowcliffe had the chance to be normal. He blew it...While other teenagers concentrated on being coolly rebellious, Mark – like millions of other boys in the ’70s and ’80s – chose to spend his entire adolescence pretending to be a wizard or a warrior, an evil priest or a dwarf. Armed only with pen, paper and some funny-shaped dice, this lost generation gave themselves up to the craze of fantasy role-playing games, stopped chatting up girls and started killing dragons.
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Coventry, 1976. For a brief, blazing summer, a young Mark Barrowcliffe had the chance to be normal. He blew it...

While other teenagers concentrated on being coolly rebellious, Mark – like millions of other boys in the ’70s and ’80s – chose to spend his entire adolescence pretending to be a wizard or a warrior, an evil priest or a dwarf. Armed only with pen, paper and some funny-shaped dice, this lost generation gave themselves up to the craze of fantasy role-playing games, stopped chatting up girls and started killing dragons.

Extremely funny, not a little sad and really quite strange, The Elfish Gene is an attempt to understand the true inner nerd of the adolescent male.

©2007 Mark Barrowcliffe (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Amazon Customer Durban, South Africa 08-12-14
    Amazon Customer Durban, South Africa 08-12-14 Member Since 2009

    A general purpose geek, specializing in Linux and network administration. I dabble in electronics, programming and making things. Things that currently have my attention are the RaspberryPi, Arduino, IPv6 and community building.

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    "Mostly good but a disappointing end"
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    While I liked the majority of this book, I felt let down at the end by the apparent geek/nerd shaming. Not all geeks/nerds/gamers partake in constant one-upmanship at the expense of those around them.

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    Rob Warnbro, Australia 08-08-14
    Rob Warnbro, Australia 08-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The story of a twat"

    Fabulous. Great story telling. At first I thought he resented his RPG early days, but in the end... well, just listen to the book.

    Thoroughly recommend to anyone who role played as a kid, or whose childhood had such an alternative view that you thought you were cool, but in reality you were just an eccentric twat.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Hilarious - but then I grew up in England..."

    I thought this book was laugh-out-loud funny, told with self-deprecating humour, picking fun at his mis-spent youth, Barrowcliffe captures his adolescence and obsession with dungeons and dragons (at the expense of everything else!) so well that I could see him and his over-inflated teenage ego sat with his fellow D&D-ers rolling dice oblivious to the rest of the world. As one of his contemporaries and having grown up in England I can attest to how well he captured that time and filled it with humour.

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    Saud United States 06-12-11
    Saud United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Level 20 Audiobook, +5 Narration"

    As a gamer with some interest in tabletop games, this is a great story of a young boy's journey into the world of role playing games before the era of World of Warcraft.

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