Search for a retailer near you
Store Locator
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons
One Woman's Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help
Shelly Mazzanoble

Who would have thought that the answers to life’s biggest questions can all be found in the greatest role-playing game of all time? Shelly Mazzanoble, that’s who! With her signature wit and down-to-earth writing style, Shelly heads down the self-help aisle, exploring universal issues surrounding careers, romance, spirituality, and many more, drawing hilarious yet surprisingly insightful lessons from D&D. For anyone who has ever contemplated a twenty-sided die, this book will make you laugh out loud—and leave you thinking about Dungeons & Dragons and gamer culture in a whole new way.

PDF Sample Chapter

Item Details
Item Code: 306940000
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Format: Trade Paperback, Audio Book
Page Count: 192
Price: $12.95; $19.95 Audio
ISBN: 978-0-7869-5775-0
Wired.com Interview

Can Dungeons & Dragons help you rack up experience points in real life? Is D&D more welcoming to girl gamers now, compared to the dark days when few females were allowed into the basement? And what is it like to work at the D&D mothership lair, Wizards of the Coast?

Read the interview.

Forbes.com Interview

Shelly Mazzanoble doesn’t fit the stereotype of a fantasy role playing gamer -- she spent her childhood planning weddings for her stuffed animals, not rolling twenty-sided dice and battling imaginary monsters. But she was quickly exposed to the geeky hobby when she took a job as a promotions coordinator at Wizards of the Coast, the company which publishes Dungeons & Dragons...

Read the interview.

Gamers Daily News Review

An interesting read that had me laughing out loud a lot of the time and really shined a light not only on the author’s own neurosis but the interactions of non-D&D gamers with those who have learned what D&D has to teach....

Read the review.

GeekMom.com Review

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons by Shelly Mazzanoble is a wonderful take on a how-to book on life that centers around Dungeons & Dragons...

Read the review.

Author Bio

Shelly Mazzanoble's short stories and essays have appeared in The Seattle Times, Carve, Whetstone, Skirt!, SomeOtherMagazine.com, and Dragon. In a fit of narcissism, she has appeared in her own work, casting herself as the lead in her play, Blue Malls, which was produced in Seattle's Mae West Fest XIII.

Due to the anxiety dreams still plaguing her, she did not star, support or even understudy in her play, The Chicken & the Egg, which was produced in Mae West Fest IV and later Manhattan Theatre Source's Estrogenius Festival.

Her first book, Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girls Guide to the Dungeons and Dragons Game published by Wizards of the Coast, was nominated for an Origins Award and won the 2008 ENnies Award for Best Regalia. Her second book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons: One Woman's Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help will be published in September 2011. Shelly really loves writing books with very long titles.

Originally from Upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, she now lives in Seattle with a bi-polar cat named Zelda, a step-dog named Sadie, and a very patient man who has turned 'Harpy' into a term of endearment.