Review – A Dragon Walks Into A Bar
A Dragon Walks Into A Bar
Writers: Jef Aldrich and Jon Taylor
Simon & Schuster
Stop me if you heard this one…but you haven’t heard this one and odds are, you haven’t heard much of any of these jokes from A Dragon Walks Into A Bar, from Jef Aldrich and Jon Taylor. ADWIAB isn’t your typical joke book. Instead, it’s one aimed at the Dungeons & Dragons/fantasy crowd. Ever think there’s some funny stuff about Owlbears or ever want some funny Rogue jokes? Then look no further than A Dragon Walks Into A Bar, a book full of dice rolls and eye rolls.
The jokes, zingers and one-liners feel like they are well thought out. Some of the material is just so clever to me. And there’s a lot more to A Dragon Walks Into A Bar than just the jokes and such. The sidebar comments about the material add an extra layer to everything here to make this more than just a tome of chuckles. I also liked the Roll For Initiative segments in the book, where you do a dice roll to fill in the blanks. It’s just another added level of charm. And really, some of this could even serve as in-game dialogue, depending upon your campaign character.
This won’t work for everyone and not in a way that someone might not like the material but that A Dragon Walks Into A Bar makes sense to someone who understands the jokes thrown in. I get most of the material because the subjects are that which I have familiarity with. When I told my wife about some of these, she just didn’t get it because there’s a lot here that the average person doesn’t know about. I think the average person knows very little to nothing about Formians or Beholders. But, like with comedy, it’s best for those with the jokes to know their crowd. This material would work with my D & D group that would meet every Friday. So while it’s not for everyone, one if definitely going to find a use for the humor in the right setting. And while this probably comes off as a really obscure book any of time, we live in the right era for material like this. D & D being as popular as it is now, there’s a market for A Dragon Walks Into A Bar.
Best for those with the jokes to know their crowd.