Normally, trips to ye olde gaming store are a straightforward ritual: I cast my eyes around the store for new inventory while I gab with friends.
This time, however, it was my first time visiting a gaming store in a new city, so I scoured every shelf.
After going over tons of games and minis, my eyes landed on a book - a book with pink dice on the cover.
Now, I fear pink in the same way that most goths would fear a daisy-print blouse. Yet, I felt compelled to pick up this book. I simply could not fathom it was real.
I turned it over and over in my hands, trembling, trying to disbelieve it out of existence. No, really, here it was - Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl's Guide to the Dungeon's & Dragons Game by Shelly Mazzanoble.
I hugged it, and I hadn't even opened the cover.
Then I did crack it open. Seeing words written by R.A. Salvatore put inside a pink border made me chuckle - he and his wife wrote the introduction. Then I flipped through and found a recipe for Initiative Rolls. That sealed it. I had to buy the book.
In a nutshell, Shelly speaks right to you about what D&D really is, and why it's fun for both genders (especially women, thank you very much). Her fantastic sense of humor and liberal use of cultural references bring her stories and explanations home.
More to the point, Shelly smacks a Chuck Norris-sized roundhouse kick to the face of the gamer stereotype.
It is so refreshing, empowering, and downright enjoyable - I can't help but recommend it to everybody.