I just finished listening to Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons by Shelly Mazzanoble. Have you ever wondered about the female point of view at the gaming table? It’s maybe not what you were expecting. Or at least, Shelly, is not what I was expecting.
There’s not a lot of role playing meat here. It’s not a book on how to play D&D or full of adventure/campaign ideas. It’s also not any sort of self-help book as some of the blurbs imply. What is it? Something of a memoir or personal tell all. Really it’s just her talking about the life lessons she’s taken away from the gaming table and it’s fun, funny, and insightful.
This was a good listen. The narration was well done, the story flowed well and was interesting, but I could do without most of the sidebars. I wouldn’t say that I couldn’t put this down, but I did blast through it in two or three days of listening, which is pretty fast for me to go through a seven and a half hour recording. Shelly offers an insight into a life I find difficult to imagine… who talks to their mom every day? But it was interesting to me and I think it does a good job of taking away some of the stigma that gets built up around tabletop role playing. She is someone who I can totally see at the gaming table, and at the same time a person who I would not expect to be a gamer. But such is life and gamers are found in the most unlikely places. I enjoyed this book, even though there were large parts I couldn’t relate too. Shelly Mazzanoble does a great job of laying it all out on the table.