S.S. Librarianship

a podcast for librarians and the nerds who love them

Hi! We're Alli Sullivan & Sam Mills. We met in a pub the night before our first day of library school, and since then we've been through a lot together - classes, presentations, jobs, weddings, Dungeons & Dragons campaigns - all the while finding ourselves engrossed in wide-ranging conversations about television, film, books, technology, and what it means to be a young, nerdy, lady librarian in the twenty-first century. This podcast is our attempt to share our conversation with you - we hope you enjoy listening, and we hope you'll jump in and join us by sending in a question, comment, or topic for us to discuss on the show!

Episode Fifty-Eight - "Sort of a sad, sexy puppy dog."

This week, with special guest Jon Newell, GM extraordinaire...

MIND GRAPES: OK, so yes, we each talk about a thing - but this week's grapes are about 75% Daredevil, which Alli loved for more than just Charlie Cox's abs, she swears. Also Jon just binge-listened to Serial, and brings us up to date on the case. Plus Sam is really into Backstrom - maybe a little too much.

NERD ALERT!: What's the deal with being a Dungeon Master? If you want to run a tabletop roleplaying game for your friends (or to make friends!), where should you start? What can you expect from the experience - and from the players? And would it make a good library program? Jon's the veteran DM, having run a dozen or so RPGs; Sam's the neophyte, being in the midst of running her first; Alli has played in both.


Tabletop Roleplaying Game (RPG) systems we mentioned:

  • Fate
  • Dungeons & Dragons (currently in its 5th edition)
  • Pathfinder (the system Jon used to run our campaign)
  • Decipher's Coda system (the system Sam is currently using)
  • Osric
  • Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Marvel's Daredevil



Hybrid vigour: Heterogeneity, horror and history in George R. R. Martin’s Fevre Dream by Jonathan Newell (unfortunately it's behind a paywall, but it should be available in full text through your local library!)

The Adventure Zone podcast - if you've never played an RPG but are curious, this is a great way to dip your toe in. The McElroy brothers play Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition with their dad, and hilarity ensues. Also proves that one of the best things to come out of RPGs can be really awesome fan art.


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