Greg and Shelly start the show getting you all the info you need regarding the new D&D Essentials Kit! And by the way, just how long has Shelly Mazzanoble been working at WoTC? Greg gets to the bottom of it. In...
Dungeons & Dragons inspires content from millions of people around the world and we are happy to invite a few of them to come to L.A. to celebrate all they do for the community. Some of these groups you’ve seen at events like the Stream of Annihilation and Stream of Many Eyes, while some will be brand new to you. Take a look at the myriad of D&D fandom represented and get excited about what they’ll be broadcasting and creating from D&D Live: The Descent on May 17-19.
From 9am PT to 5pm PT on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday May 19, D&D will be showcasing all kinds of content from four individual mini-studios on-site including live D&D play, talk shows, interviews, and other fun stuff.
A full schedule and channel list will be posted here soon. In the meantime, check out this list of awesome creators you’ll see during D&D Live 2019: The Descent.
Anna is perhaps most often recognized as an on-camera personality specializing in gaming, esports, and other emerging new media content. You may have seen her hosting live shows or events for Twitch, Blizzard, The Pokemon Company, and the like, as well as appearing on live streamed and staged D&D shows like Dice, Camera, Action!
Anna also serves full-time as Managing Producer on the Creator Development team at Twitch, where she works to create content and resources that inspire, elevate, and stretch the capabilities of online media creation and it’s community. To that same end, Anna is actively involved in many inclusivity initiatives in the gaming space. She was honored to be asked to speak at the White House and the Center for Democracy and Technology about creating welcoming online spaces, and was the founder of the internal Twitch Inclusivity Guild.
Anna loves to sing, show people pictures of her dog, and talk about the Pacific Northwest. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, and just about everywhere else under the username “AnnaProsser.”
Groups and Special Guests
Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team
Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team is a weekly D&D stream featuring the journey of a group of franchisees, employed by none other than the renowned Acquisitions Incorporated: Faerûn’s premier adventuring brand. Under the watchful eye of Dungeon Master Jerry Holkins, these (mostly) merry heroes (at a discount) rampage across the land in search of fame, fortune, and scrupulously specific expense reports.
Dragon Friends is a show where a bunch of idiot Australian comedians muddle their way through a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. They’ve been doing it for almost two years now and you think they'd be better at it. Featuring David Harmon, Ben Jenkins, Edan Lacey, Simon Greiner, Alex Lee, Michael Hing and an assortment of our friends from comedy and sometimes even the telly.
Girls Guts Glory
Girls Guts Glory is an all-female RPG group. They've been playing D&D together for several years and have been friends even longer. All actresses living in Los Angeles, and a DM who is a television writer, they love to commit to their characters and the art of storytelling. Oh, and taking down bad guys!
Heroes of the Vale
The D&D Beyond team joins forces with some film industry friends to go on an epic adventure across the planes! DM Todd Kenreck leads five fantastic players on an intense journey that has taken them though different worlds, each leaving their characters in a more dire situation than the last. Equal parts epic, tragic, awe-inspiring, and hilarious, these veteran roleplayers bring their characters to life trying to survive while striving to be heroes!
The HighRollers are a group of UK-based D&D Streamers, partnered with the YouTube gaming network The Yogscast. Mark Hulmes, voice-over and youtube creator, is the Dungeon Master and will be bringing his love for action/adventure movies to the gaming table for the Stream of Annihilation.
Monsters and Fables
Merging the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons and classic fairy tales, Monsters and Fables follows a party of lost heroes as they band together to battle mythic foes, explore frightful new lands, and become the stuff of legend. Veteran film and TV performers Rachel Miner, Francis Capra, Jennifer Kretchmer, and Omar Najam adventure through fantastic fictions woven by Dungeon Master TJ Storm.
Each week, under dark of night, in a dining room in Encino, a group of warrior writers and comedians led by Brian Posehn plays Dungeons & Dragons and you’re invited to attend! Chris Tallman! Sarah Guzzardo! Ken Daly! Dan Telfer! Blaine Capatch!
Relics and Rarities
Welcome, adventurers! Prepare to enter a fantastical world with DM Deborah Ann Woll (Daredevil, True Blood). A world filled with mystery, monsters and murder! Relics and Rarities is an RPG series from Geek & Sundry based on Dungeons & Dragons. This episodic show is played in a new campaign setting, created completely from scratch by Woll, in which she takes a party of bold adventurers on a quest to stop an unholy prophecy from coming to fruition. She is joined by a core cast including Julia Dennis, Tommy Walker, Xander Jeanneret, and Jasmine Bhullar, with a different surprise celebrity guest in each episode.
Relics and Rarities is an immersive gameplay experience, where the adventurers join Woll inside of “Relics and Rarities,” a dusty curio shop filled with wondrous items which become a part of the campaign. The show features sets designed especially for each adventure, with unique real-world puzzles and props to make the gameplay even more exciting. Even though the setting is established and rich, none of it is scripted. The show premiered in February of this year to critical acclaim and was an instant hit. It is now available as VOD on Twitch and YouTube.
Rivals of Waterdeep
Rivals of Waterdeep is a streaming group from the Chicago area that combines new players of D&D with experienced roleplayers to show just how easy it is to have a good time creating a story together with your friends. Members of the Spawn on Me video game discussion podcast, Brandon Stennis (Influencer Manager at Versus Evil & Twitch) and the Neon Rivals collective have joined forces to produce a weekly livestream to tell a story set in one of the most iconic cities in the Forgotten Realms.
Saving Throw Show: The Broken Pact
From our popular and engaging Savage Worlds series "Wildcards" to the rambunctious insanity of "Tempting Fate," Saving Throw brings RPG content to Twitch and YouTube to help you discover, learn and enjoy RPGs in an inclusive and entertaining way. Ravnica: Broken Pact continues that tradition with an exciting cast and epic storyline! Long live RPGs!
Sirens of the Realms
The Sirens are an all-bard band on tour through the Realms by day, on adventures to destroy the evil rare creature killing beauty pyramid scheme by night. Dungeon Master Satine Phoenix, #SirenSisters Vivid Vivka, Cynthia Marie, Krystina Arielle, Kelly Lynne D'Angelo, and Kenley Shea with #SirenBro Jason Charles Miller delight with their real life enthralling performances through original songs and elaborate costumes. Brought to you by Gilding Light whose focus is encouraging people from all ages & walks of life around the globe to come together and create epic collaborative stories.
Tales from the Mists
Tales from the Mists is a moody, atmospheric D&D actual play following the exploits of four natives of the Demiplane of Dead. Traveling alongside them are mysterious guests who will do their damnedest to either help or hinder our heroes. In their wake are the burnt ruins of those who would harbor the Darklords of Ravenloft, ahead of them lies a dark destiny.… What has fate in store for them? TK Johnson is a haunting storyteller whose collaborative style as a Dungeon Master is lauded for being evocative, immersive, and engaging.
The Uncommon Trust
The Uncommon Trust consists of Sam de Leve, Alcuin Gersh, D'Artagnan Mattaliano, Ash Minnick, and B. Dave Walters, a group of players, storytellers, and advocates for inclusivity who transcend any one show or channel.
They have a diversity of DM and player experiences from some of the biggest streaming programs such as Vampire the Masquerade: LA by Night, Shield of Tomorrow, Callisto6, We're Alive: Frontier, Shadowrun: Shadows on the Horizon, the Stream of Many Eyes D&D event, and the level 20 Forgotten Realms show Theogony of Kairos. They will also star in an upcoming streaming show for Wizards of the Coast set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish.
Web DM creates RPG advice and actual play content on YouTube, Patreon, and Twitch. Through professionally produced, carefully researched conversations about all aspects of tabletop gaming, deep topic podcast dives, and heartfelt actual play streaming, Web DM has become one of the most popular RPG internet content creation companies in the world. We’re lifelong friends and D&D players who want to share what inspires us about 5e Dungeons & Dragons to help all gamers love their games as much as we do.
Mica Burton is a professional cosplayer, esports host, actor, and a self-titled Tiefling Enthusiast. You may know her from the popular internet company Rooster Teeth or seen her on your screen as talent for the Overwatch League, all the while creating and modelling cosplays all over the world. Mica also appeared on the Dungeons & Dragons show Destiny and Doom as the rogue elf ‘Freya’, and has continued to appear in various D&D content since with many of her friends. She is also an avid anime fan, and spends more time playing idol rhythm games on her phone than she cares to admit.
- Twitter: @MicaBurton
Best known as the multi-instrumentalist and founding member of indie rock band The Decemberists, Chris Funk is a three time nominated Grammy artist who has also found much success as a music producer, composer, and studio musician. The artist has lent his musical acumen to such bands as The Shins, Laura Veirs, and more. He has produced records for Stephen Malkmus, Red Fang, Bee Miller, Langhorne Slim, Sallie Ford, Rhett Miller, Kyle Craft, The Builders and The Butchers, and Y La Bamba The Decemberists’ album, The King Is Dead, was released January 18th 2011 and was #1 on the Billboard “Top 200” for it’s first week. The album was nominated for two Grammys. The Decemberists were honored to have their likeness in an episode of The Simpsons, also having created music for the episode as well as appearing in an episode of Parks and Recreation. Funk is also a reoccurring character on the IFC TV show Portlandia. He is proud 6 year member a board serving The Children’s Cancer Association and active fundraiser for their music program, MyMusicRx. He lives in Portland, Oregon and is an avid pinball and board game enthusiast.
Indian/Dutch Actress, musician, producer, and geek, Janina Gavankar is a modern-day renaissance woman, transitioning effortlessly between film, television shows, and video games. Gavankar shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously forging her path in tech and music with tremendous success.
Hunter Hughes, also known by his online alias, Dookieshed, is a Seattle-based YouTuber, Twitch streamer, and D&D fanatic. He is the notorious creator of the popular Pokémon will F*** You Up series on YouTube and is the mastermind behind Mega Man May, in which he dedicates an entire month to the Blue Bomber. Hunter also appeared on the Dungeons & Dragons show, Dark and Dicey as Kovacs, the Oathbreaker Paladin. In his spare time he enjoys writing emotionally devastating D&D campaigns for his friends and pretending to know how cook.
- Twitter: @dookieshed
Taliesin Jaffe began his career as a child actor appearing in films such as Mr. Mom, 2010, and Explores, and television series including The Facts of Life, St. Elsewhere, and She’s the Sheriff. Since then he has worked as an ADR director for projects such as Hellsing, BECK, Romeo X Juliet, Street Fighter IV, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He has also worked as a voice actor, lending his voice to characters such as Blanka in Street Fighter, Darion Mograine in World of Warcraft, Thancred in Final Fantasy XIV, and Basil Hawkins in One Piece to name just a few. Taliesin has recently played Ga’nar in Lords of War and The Flash in Injustice 2. Currently you can watch him Wednesdays on The Wednesday Club.
You can also find him every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch his exploits with Vox Machina as the human gunslinger, Lord Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III (also known as Percy)—or with the Mighty Nein as Mollymauk Tealeaf, the tiefling blood hunter and Caduceus Clay, the firbolg cleric.
- Twitter: @executivegoth
Taran Killam is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is currently starring in the ABC hit comedy Single Parents and well-known for his work on Saturday Night Live. Killam has only been playing Dungeons & Dungeons for a year but has quickly found an affinity for playing the exotic races including an Aarakocra Druid and a Tortle Monk.
- Twitter: @TaranKillam
Dael Kingsmill is an Aussie actor, writer, producer, and YouTuber. Since getting her start with Geek & Sundry in 2013, Dael has made a name for herself on YouTube as a storyteller and cartoonist reviving mythological classics, and as a popular 5e homebrew tinkerer. In her spare time, she has guest lectured for the history department at the University of Wollongong, produced the 2018 webseries Wolfgang, and continues to force her friends to play prototype tabletop games she’s designed based on beloved nerdy franchises.
The Library Bards
The Library Bards are a nerd parody band consisting of Bonnie Gordon (ABC's The Quest, R. Mika in Street Fighter V, Lark Sage in Shield of Tomorrow, Hopps in Callsto 6) and Xander Jeanneret (TBS' King of the Nerds, Rikki in Relics & Rarities, 'X' in Vampire The Masquerade: LA by Night). They take Top 40 hits and transform them into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place! With their catchy tunes and nerdy lyrics, the @LibraryBards will be bringing you into the #BardLife in no time!
Matthew Lillard, a veteran of both stage and screen, is well known for his performances in over 50 films and television shows over the last 20 years. With titles like Scream, The Descendants and Scooby Doo 1 & 2, Lillard is associated with a number of Hollywood Box Office hits totaling over $800 million dollars in revenue worldwide. He received critical success with independent titles SLC Punk! and Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen and debuted three films at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival. Matthew can currently be seen on NBC's Good Girls.
- Twitter: @MatthewLillard
The Magic Sword
The Tale of the Magic Sword radiates from the Immortals. Their influence washes over all realities, cleansing some, and crushing others. Their existence is bound to the Sword. It is their link to immortality... and their curse.
- Website: magicswordmusic.com
Joe Manganiello is an actor, a producer, a director, a published author, and an Emmy winning narrator. He earned a BFA in acting from The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama before going on to become known for his roles in the HBO hit series True Blood, the Magic Mike movies, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, Pee Wee's Big Holiday, Sabotage, and Rampage. His book Evolution has been printed in several languages and is available through Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books. He can next be seen in The Jay and Silent Bob Reboot as well as the films Bottom of the Ninth and Shoplifters of the World which he produced through his production company 3:59. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
- Twitter: @JoeManganiello
Clint McElroy has dodged Death for over 63 years as of this event. He intends to continue dodging. He has fooled numerous bosses into providing him with a 43-year career in broadcasting. He intends to continue fooling them. He has fathered three children (Justin, Travis and Griffin)... and when it comes to bringing new life into this world, is pretty sure the barn door is shut behind that horse. Clint is a New York Times bestselling author for the graphic novel The Adventure Zone: Here there be Gerblins. The Adventure Zone: Murder at the Rockport Limited will be available in July 2019!
Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Run: A Doctor Who Fancast, The Kind Rewind, Bunker Buddies, Trends Like These, Til Death Do Us Blart, Interrobang with Travis and Tybee, The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2, Can I Pet Your Dog, and Surprisingly Nice. He and his brothers also adapted MBMBaM into a similarly titled television show on VRV.co. Travis is a New York Times bestselling author for the graphic novel The Adventure Zone: Here there be Gerblins. The Adventure Zone: Murder at the Rockport Limited will be available in July 2019!
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games. His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as McCree in Overwatch, the Witch-King of Angmar in Shadow of War, Mr. Freeze in Telltale’s Batman: Enemy WithinM, Cor in Final Fantasy XV, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Yusuke in Persona 5, Field Team Leader and Huntsman in Monster Hunter World, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Hit in Dragon Ball Z Super, Deadshot in Injustice 2, MacCready in Fallout 4, Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil: Damnation, and Resident Evil: Vendetta, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Aloth & Edér in Pillars of Eternity, Gangplank and Kindred (Wolf) in League of Legends, Rexxar, Nefarian, and Ragnaros in Hearthstone, Rehgar and Ragnaros in Heroes of the Storm, Cicero Gavar in Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, Bigfoot in Wabbit, Chance Sureshot and Recap Robot in The Regular Show, Abe the Trapper in Evolve, Tim Drake/Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight, Trafalgar Law in One Piece, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Persona Q, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Prince Demande in Sailor Moon, Jotaro Kujo in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Alvin in Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Super Smash Bros, Ryoma, Shigure, and Azama in Fire Emblem Fates and Fire Emblem Heroes, and many other projects.
Matthew is the Dungeon Master for Critical Role, where he runs a group of other accomplished voice actors through a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons live every Thursday.
- Twitter: @matthewmercer
Jason Charles Miller
Jason Charles Miller is an accomplished and multi-faceted performer, with more than two decades of professional experience as a musician, songwriter, singer and voice actor. Originally from Clifton, VA, Jason now lives in Los Angeles, CA where he owns and runs the successful recording complex, Central Command Studios. Jason has co-written songs with artists Marilyn Manson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody [Evanescence], Chuck Goff [Toby Keith Band], Jeordie White [Nine Inch Nails], Driver Williams [Eric Church Band], Otherwise, Rev Theory and living legend Paul Anka. Songs he's written can currently be heard on HBO’s True Blood and Hung, WWE Smackdown, The NFL Today, Dateline NBC, and the wildly popular web series The Guild, Co-Optitude, Signal Boost, Dick and Johnson, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy and Critical Role. As a solo artist, Jason has opened for country greats Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Justin Moore, Big Kenny of Big and Rich, and Jerrod Niemann. Miller is also widely recognized as the frontman and founder of the rock band Godhead, the only band ever signed to Marilyn Manson’s Posthuman Records. As a voice actor, he has appeared in over 100 animated productions and video games. Jason is the host of the popular Geek & Sundry show “Starter Kit,” a show that teaches celebrities how to play role playing games.
The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas. They have been making music together as a quartet for several years. Three of them live in North Carolina and one has moved back to Rochester. Their songs often seek out dark lairs within which terrible monsters dwell, but their mission is to retrieve the treasure from the dark lair & persuade the terrible monsters inside to seek out the path of redemption. As Axl Rose once memorably asked, in the song "Terrible Monster": "What's so terrible about monsters, anyway?" This is the question The Mountain Goats have been doggedly pursuing since 1991. They will never leave off this quest until every option has been exhausted. Thank you.
Carl Pierre-Louis runs the PoC in TTRPGs Twitter account. He advocates for PoC in the community, working to increase the visibility of the numerous people doing great work, while also seeking to help those new to the community get involved. He makes use of the platform he has to ensure that PoC that may be overlooked get recognized for their work. In addition, he interviews various PoC about their work in the community, and talks about his thoughts on inclusion, representation, and diversity.
- Twitter: @pocdnd
Marisha Ray is a voice actor, producer, and uber-nerd based out of Los Angeles. You can hear her in Persona 4 as Margaret; Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel as Laura Arseid; Star Wars: Battlefront as a Stormtrooper, Metal Gear: Survive as Miranda, and see her in Signal Boost (Host/Producer), Batgirl: Spoiled as Batgirl/ Stephanie Brown, and Walk of Shame (Not a Working Girl) just to name a few. Marisha got her start in theater on the East Coast, working and training at companies such as the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Governor’s School for the Arts. She is also an avid gamer! At the age of three, she could beat anyone in a round of Mario Bros., including her father. She carries this love for gaming and geek culture into much of her hosting, comedy, and writing career.
You can find her every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch her exploits with Vox Machina as the half-elf druid, Keyleth—or with the Mighty Nein as Beauregard, the human monk.
- Twitter: @Marisha_Ray
Patrick Rothfuss is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear and The Slow Regard of Silent Things .When not writing, Pat plays with his children, makes mead, and runs Worldbuilders, a non-profit that mobilizes the geek community to raise money for charity.
B. Dave Walters
B. Dave Walters is a Storyteller, Geek, Motivator, and proud Scoundrel American. Cast member of Inkwell Society on Maze Arcana, and We're Alive: Frontier on Project Alpha. Co-host of Ask Your Black Geek Friend on Geek & Sundry, and the Rundown Predator web series for Fox!
- Twitter: @BDaveWalters
Deborah Ann Woll
Brooklynite Deborah Ann Woll is a graduate of USC's BFA Acting program. She began her career on the highly acclaimed HBO series True Blood as the fiery baby vamp, Jessica. She can also be seen starring as Karen Page on Marvel’s Daredevil for Netflix.
Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past seventeen years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. His current comic projects include Avengers: No Road Home, a weekly epic event for Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes, Champions, Marvel’s team of teen superheroes fighting for the future, Dungeons & Dragons, the official comic series of the world’s most popular tabletop role-playing game, and Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters.
- Twitter: @JimZub
From the D&D Team
Jeremy Crawford is the lead rules designer of Dungeons & Dragons, in addition to being the game’s managing editor. He led design of the Player’s Handbook and co-led design of a variety of other D&D books, including the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. Before coming to Wizards of the Coast, he wrote for the games Blue Rose, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and Mutants & Masterminds.
- Twitter: @JeremyECrawford
Chris Lindsay began his love affair with Dungeons & Dragons as a wee lad in the early ‘80s. In 2010 Chris joined the D&D brand team and is currently the product manager for Dungeons & Dragons as well as the head of the D&D Adventurers League and the architect for the Dungeon Masters Guild, and Guild Adept program. Chris has been known to hop in front of a camera now and again, originally for ExtraLife charity events, and more currently on Maze Arcana’s Peanut Gallery, and as a Dungeon Master during the Stream of Annihilation. Chris can also be seen handing out DM advice on Geek & Sundry’s Epic Homebrews episode of GM Tips with Satine Phoenix.
- Twitter: @Onnatryx
Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook.
Mike Mearls works as the Creative Director on the D&D team. He led the development of the fifth edition rules and oversees the development of new campaigns, worlds, and rules for the game. Other RPGs he has worked on include Feng Shui, Unknown Armies, Vampire, and Warhammer FRP. He’s been a D&D player since the early 1980s. His other interests include the fiction of Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber, the films of Quentin Tarantino, and video games such as Destiny and Halo.
- Twitter: @mikemearls
Chris Perkins is a 20-year veteran of Wizards of the Coast and principal story designer for Dungeons & Dragons. He has served as editor-in-chief for Dragon, Dungeon, and written numerous D&D articles and books, including most recently Curse of Strahd. He’s probably best known as Dungeon Master to Acquisitions Incorporated.
- Twitter: @ChrisPerkinsDnD
Nathan Stewart is the Director of Dungeons & Dragons and oversees the talented team of wizards who deliver amazing adventures for millions of fans around the world. He joined Wizards of the Coast in 2012 to help lead the franchise into the future by expanding the brand blueprint into video games, movies and new entertainment. Previously, he has worked on other big game brands like Xbox, Grand Theft Auto, Madden Football, Pac-Man and more. You can find Nathan on Twitter.
- Twitter: @NathanBStewart
Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back.
- Twitter: @Gregtito
Kate Welch is the newest game designer on Dungeons & Dragons, a baby wizard if ever there was one. Previously, she worked as a designer for ArenaNet, Double Fine, and Amazon Game Studios. As one of the core members of Acquisitions Inc: The “C” Team, Kate plays the fiery lightfoot halfling monk, Rosie Beestinger.
- Twitter: @katewelchhhh
Additional Podcast Groups
The Asians Represent! podcast is here to celebrate the brilliant Asian creators in the tabletop gaming community while examining the challenges they face within the industry. Listen every other week as Daniel, Agatha, and Jayd discuss representation, interview creators, and play games!
- Website: oneshotpodcast.com/interview-discussion/asians-represent
- Twitter: @aznsrepresent
BomBARDed is a musical D&D 5e Podcast adventure that features Dallas/Fort Worth band Lindby playing an all-bard cast attending bard college. Everyone brings real instruments to the table to perform their bard spells, and each episode provides a randomly generated song composed by rolling chord dice. If you like bards and the mayhem and mischief that always seems to follow, check it out!
In The Broadswords: Rashemen is a land steeped in superstition, ruled by witches and entrenched in snow. Berserkers reign, and spirits roam the frozen wastes. Yllairies, Keilah and Mépris all have their own reasons for journeying north, but they soon find they have something in common—they are pawns in a divine plot. Join the broads as they unravel the mysteries of Rashemen.
Do you want to listen to some D&D game play with anyone and anywhere? Then roll initiative with d20 Dames, a storytelling podcast powered by Dungeons & Dragons that is family-friendly and conjured into existence by witches—er, women. Every other week these daring ladies explore a fantasy world with epic shenanigans like beheading or befriending monsters and punching a whole lotta creeps. Misadventure awaits!
D&D is for Nerds
Ogg Nott is an original world full of mystery and intrigue, created by our malicious (yet just) DM—if only the players knew it was ending. Listen as our heroes delve deep into adventure upon adventure, with each season bringing a new story, new characters, and new threats to face.
New listeners can start at any season, but veteran viewers will find themselves following a greater story, set over centuries.
Welcome listeners, to D&D is for Nerds. Hosted by Adam Carnevale, and played by the lovely Jackson Baly, Cassandra Paige, and Joel Zammit.
Drunks and Dragons
Greetings, Adventurers! Drunks and Dragons, which launched November 2012, is an award-winning actual-play, comedy podcast using Dungeons & Dragons as a framework for creating a (mostly) improvised narrative. Listen to a group of friends as they try to save the world without destroying it in the process (again).
Dumbgeons & Dragons
Dumbgeons & Dragons is an adventure with 4 friends, trying so very hard to save the world from the Cult of the Dragon's dastardly plan to bring Tiamat to the material plane! Join your new best friends around the table and share in the laughs, tears and adventure as we craft a heroic and hilarious tale together!
Every week five friends get together, talk about their drinks, and play Dungeons & Dragons. Dungeon Drunks began at Rooster Teeth's annual RTX convention back in 2013. A group of podcasters from the community decided to raise money for charity by playing a game of D&D live in front of an audience. After a few years the success of the live game grew enough that fans started asking for regular games, and this podcast was born! Join these longtime friends as they laugh and cry their way through the Sword Coast.
Fate and the Fablemaidens
Under the unpredictable guidance of Fate, three adventurers are thrown together on a god-given quest. When they set sail, all they anticipated was a relaxing, three-day tour. Instead, the world starts coming apart around them – literally. Fate and the Fablemaidens is an award-nominated, family-friendly podcast full of fantasy, fun, and fish tacos!
How We Roll
"The ruined house, stands like a broken tooth, silhouetted against the darkening sky. Could this be the location of the creature you seek? As you approach, you notice a single light flickering in the highest window. Roll for stealth..."
How We Roll is one of Europe's leading D&D podcasts based out of the UK and Ireland. A show combining humour, tension and horror, How we roll is currently playing through their version of Curse of Strahd.
Nerd Immersion is an entertainment network focused on Dungeons & Dragons. The YouTube Channel currently has over 700 D&D videos covering everything from D&D advice, D&D product reviews and unboxings, DM's Guild Module reviews, play throughs of over 13 different D&D campaigns, and more.
The Twitch channel has 4 different campaigns running (a mixture of prewritten and homebrew, including a monthly evil campaign) as well as a weekly character building show where viewer suggested pop culture characters are recreated in D&D 5e. A new show just launched with a rotating cast of D&D content creators to showcase lesser known DM's guild short form modules.
North by North Quest
North by North Quest is an Atlanta based storytelling podcast releasing weekly using Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition mechanics. NxNQ features rotating GMs, a cast of strong male and female players driving parallel storylines with vibrant, memorable characters, and a multi-volume campaign adventure taking place in original homebrew worlds. We believe in the power of stories to unite, build, and grow a community. However you found your way here, whichever realm you hail from, or whatever alignment you've chosen we welcome you to our table!
The most fun way to learn new games is to play! On One Shot you can discover the amazing variety in RPGs by listening to actual play. Every week James D’Amato brings you a new episode with a talented cast of improvisers, game designers, and other notable nerds.
At least once a month One Shot features a new system, exploring a wide variety of genres. The stories are self-contained so you can jump in anywhere, and it’s a great way to find your new favorite game. Discover the magic of RPGs with One Shot on your favorite podcast app.
- Website: oneshotpodcast.com
Plot Hunters is an all-POC LGBTQ+ D&D Twitch stream and podcast. Join Cruz, Veryn, Alina, and Meihra as they navigate the perils of the Forgotten Realms, make terrible life choices, eat questionable things, spend way too much money, and hook up with random people all while trying to deal with their greatest challenge, each other.
POCGamer is making the leap from blogging to podcasting with Lore Diver, where you can join Graeme as he explores the lore, mechanics, and world building in D&D and other RPGs. Want to know more about the less travelled parts of the Realms? Looking for some extra fun to spring on your players or DM? Then this is for you. Launching April 2019! Come for the lore, stay for the takes!
Taking Initiative is a Dungeons & Dragons 5e actual-play podcast. Gameplay is primarily centered around the storytelling and role-playing, but it certainly doesn't shy away from the humor, both in and out of game. The DM and players range from beginners to veterans, giving it a wide spectrum for both the group and its audience. Come for the people, stay for the story.
The Last Refuge
The Last Refuge is the story of three aasimar and a tiefling sent to a strange new world on a divine mission. Trouble is, when they arrived, none of them could remember what that mission was, and only one of them had any interest in the god that sent them. Join Briathos, Byzdera, Flik, Kit, and DM Jazzy Hands as they play matchmaker with kobolds, assassinate yuan-ti political figures, and completely (if accidentally) disrupt the delicate equilibrium of the world they've found themselves in. Reviewers call it "a patchwork of beautiful storytelling, immersive roleplay, and a healthy sprinkling of humorous banter," and "bold, unique, and thrilling." The Last Refuge is a weekly D&D actual play podcast set in a completely original world. Happy gaming, y'all!
Venture Maidens is a real play fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons podcast crafted by four life time gamers. Tune in as our bold heroes: Arrnodel, Kara, and Sawyeh, do battle with the forces of evil, financial destitution, and seek answers about a mysterious organization who seems to have taken a deadly interest in the Maidens.
Very Random Encounters
Very Random Encounters is a show where a group of friends play pen and paper RPGs in which they’ve randomly determined as many things as possible including characters, villains, names, places, and other wilder stuff. And from those results they tell stories that are funny, compelling, and emotional.
You Meet in a Tavern
You Meet in a Tavern is a 5th Edition D&D Comedy Podcast. Follow best buds Tug, Derf, and Karl as DM Joe leads them away from their safe town of Woodhaven on the adventure of a lifetime. We're four twenty-somethings with dull jobs by day, letting our inner-nerd-kid shine in our first ever D&D campaign together. Come join in the fun!