27 episodes

Session Zero is a discussion podcast that seeks to explore the psychology of roleplaying. Each episode will feature a new aspect of the experience of roleplaying, viewed through the lens of psychology by clinical psychologist Porter Green and industrial-organizational psychologist Steve Discont, They're doing the thinking, and you get to do the listening.

Session Zero Porter Green and Steve Discont

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    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Session Zero is a discussion podcast that seeks to explore the psychology of roleplaying. Each episode will feature a new aspect of the experience of roleplaying, viewed through the lens of psychology by clinical psychologist Porter Green and industrial-organizational psychologist Steve Discont, They're doing the thinking, and you get to do the listening.

    Gaming with Kids

    Gaming with Kids

    The Session Zero Duo sit down with special guest Shareef Jackson from Rivals of Waterdeep to talk about gaming with generation Z. Tune in to learn more about what games have to offer kids and what cool things kids can bring to your table.

    • 34 min
    Gaming at a Social Distance

    Gaming at a Social Distance

    The Session Zero duo discuss social distancing during COVID 19 and the impacts of social isolation on emotional well-being. Join us and explore ways to keep connected and supported when we can’t sit around the table.

    • 30 min
    GMing with Anxiety

    GMing with Anxiety

    The Session Zero duo is joined by Porter’s wife Shelby to talk about the experience of GMing with anxiety, the challenges it poses, and some ways to tackle it.

    • 34 min
    Therapy with Characters: Hee-nod of the Carral Clan

    Therapy with Characters: Hee-nod of the Carral Clan

    Session Zero brings back out our pretend therapy couch again. Porter is joined by Hee-nod of Carral, a bloodthirsty, clever (and soft!) Flind/Gnoll of the Carral Clan, who would like some help with “being a better gnoll” and with making friends with humans.

    • 14 min
    Anxiety & Shyness at the Table

    Anxiety & Shyness at the Table

    The Session Zero duo explore the causes of shyness and social anxiety for roleplayers, and ways that they can not only assist themselves, but their fellow players as well, in easing and conquering it.

    • 32 min
    Research on Roleplaying

    Research on Roleplaying

    The Session Zero duo are joined by Ben Aldred, Assistant Professor and Liaison and Reference Librarian from The University of Illinois at Chicago, to discuss why it can be so difficult to find research on roleplaying and roleplayers in the field of psychology.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

A Kevin Wilson ,

Already helped my DMing / GMing

One of my favorite shows, hands down. There's often a lot of things running below the surface in tabletop games. This show helps you explore that while giving you tips on where to go. I highly recommend the Emotions episode. One of my favorites.

BirdBrain362 ,

Decent

This is a thoughtful podcast, explores d&d from a different perspective. I would recommend

NoahsArcadia ,

Amazing!!

I haven’t heard any other podcasts on the network, but Session Zero was recommended to me by a friend. I’m a PsyD student in clinical psychology with a passion for role playing. This hits all my major interests. I can’t wait to see where it goes. Good job!!

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