Dungeons + Drama Nerds is a podcast produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percy Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, three dramaturgs interested in the intersection of theatre and tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGS). Episodes release weekly alternating between Actual Play and Commentary episodes investigating a certain TTRPG system. Season 2 will feature: Blades in the Dark, Bluebeard's Bride, Kids on Bikes, Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Best Friend's Birthday Present Inside!, and Lancer. Season 1 featured: Dungeons & Dragons (Eps 1-13), Apocalypse World (Eps 14-33), and Paranoia (Eps 34-46).
S2E1: Start Ticking Those Progress Clocks, Baby!
Todd, Nick, and Percy kick off season two by introducing the game we're playing for this season's first actual play: Blades in the Dark! They go over the rules and discuss the things they love about the system. Tune in next week for the start of session 0 for our Blades in the Dark campaign!
S2E2: Cast of Characters: Blades in the Dark Session 0, Part 1
Our Blades in the Dark campaign begins with character creation, and our intrepid heroes (?) begin to come to life. Join us next week as the cast creates their crew and figures out where they stand among the factions of Duskvol.
S2E3: An Accidental Ethics Violation (Mostly): Blades in the Dark Session 0, Part 2
The negligible but mighty crew takes shape in this part of Session 0 for Blades in the Dark - listen to find out what our heroes (?) get up to in Duskvol and the aspirations that brought them all together. Tune in next week to see The Silver Cowls' first caper!
S2E4: Can I Roll a Vibe Check?
We kick off our campaign of Blades in the Dark with the Silver Cowls' first score. Milos gathers information and gets perhaps a little more than he bargained for, Gabe proves adept at opening doors for the crew, and Mirena writes a very important letter.
S2E5: Meet the GM: Elliot Peterson
Todd sits down with the GM of our Blades in the Dark campaign, Elliot Peterson, to chat about their theatre work, their connection to tabletop games, and their vision for Blades in the Dark.
S2E6: That’s How We Do It At the Moo Cow
The Silver Cowls are back with more shenanigans - while Milos and Wick make a deal, Mirena and Gabe meet someone new at the Centralia Club and Ellery discovers a new career path.
For anyone who loves collaborative storytelling
A full-hearted, immensely thoughtful, and incredibly entertaining look at all the opportunities, pitfalls and ideas put on the table by both role-playing games and theatre. The creators talk shop about both fields throughout, but never in a way that’s prohibitive for folks who don’t know, and they pull together casts and storytellers that bring out the best of the various game systems they try. As a theatre maker and a gamer, I’ve found this a really invaluable way to dip a toe into all sorts of techniques and systems I haven’t gotten the chance to try, and the intentionality with which the show approaches everything they do is really refreshing in a landscape where too many actual-play shows tend to coast off their charm and scrappiness. Well worth a look from anybody who wants to learn and play more within both theatre and gaming spaces, and see the ways they can draw on one another.
“Put ghosts in your stories, coward!”
These nerds put on some good games. Their expertise of theatre, and how to play together while weaving interesting (and fun!) stories shines through each episode. If you’re looking for a good campaign that engages you while not being dire, definitely try D
My best friend did science on me…
And told me to listen to this podcast, and wow am I glad I did! Todd, Percy, and Nick give such excellent thought nuggets for any theatre maker/ttrpg gamer to consider and bring to their respective spaces. I thoroughly enjoy the format of actual play and commentary. It allows the listener to contextualize the game play and want more as the stories develop. Still in the early episodes, but I am loving it!