Before I give you all my review of the Not Another D&D podcast, let me take you on a trip down memory lane.
Like many of you, I grew up in the 90s. As a young boy and teenager, I became enthralled with the world of the tabletop roleplaying game known as Dungeons & Dragons. At the time, the most common system in play was Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition. My friend Chris, his brother Adam, and I spent countless hours crafting and playing outstanding D&D campaigns that I remember with a great deal of fondness to this day.
So it’s no wonder that I’ve listened to many actual play D&D podcasts, and believe me, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of these shows. But in my mind, one of them has always stood out from the rest, and that’s the Not Another D&D Podcast.
Let’s talk about the Not Another D&D Cast…
Host Brian Murphy is the genius behind the captivating fantasy world he created for his players. He leads the show with a thrilling plot perfectly balanced with hilarious punchlines.
Three fellow CollegeHumor castmates join him, each adding their unique flair to the game. Jake Hurwitz, a first-time player, fearlessly embraces the “anything-goes” spirit of D&D and effectively engages new listeners with his wit. Emily Axford brings a chaotic energy to the game that is more contagious than the common cold, keeping gameplay interesting with her unpredictable choices and humorous commentary. Caldwell Tanner adds a sense of childlike wonder to the game, especially in the first campaign, where his character’s story becomes the show’s emotional center and has us all laughing until our sides hurt.
Together, they create a hilarious style of storytelling that lends itself well to the quirky and often perilous situations the characters encounter.
This show is hilarious due to the cast’s expertise in improv comedy. The talented guests, such as Brennan Lee Mulligan, Nathan Yaffe, and Siobhan Thompson, bring the laughs with their quick wit. Their chemistry is evident, and their banter is worth a watch. If you’re not laughing out loud by the end of the show, you might need to check if you’re alive.
The show is now in its 3rd campaign and has spawned hundreds of amazing episodes.
When tuning in to NADDPOD, one can’t help but feel transported to a captivating realm of mythical creatures and chaos. Adding guest players and atmospheric sound effects truly brings the world-building to life. Even if you’re a newcomer to Dungeons and Dragons, the show remains accessible and enjoyable. The cast avoids getting too bogged down in the technicalities of the game, and any perplexing decisions or actions are swiftly explained for the audience’s benefit. The focus lies in embracing the unique and fantastical allure of the game, and the rules are occasionally bent for dramatic effect. Overall, it’s a delightful and engaging experience for all.
So, if you’ve ever been intrigued by this beloved role-playing game, this podcast is a fantastic place to start to get your feet wet.