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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 ...
 
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Todd and Percy are joined by Kory Flores to talk about the longstanding link between queerness and villainy in media, queer-coded villains, and how villainy manifests in Thirsty Sword Lesbians. They conclude by asking: what makes a good villain? Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is m…
 
Our crew of thirsty sword lesbians attempts to intervene as Adelaide's train car speeds toward almost certain death at the hands of a giant monster - will they save her life? Can these disaster lesbians defeat the monster? Who will calm the villagers? Listen to find out! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, an…
 
Nick and Percy are joined by Ben Ferber and Kory Flores to talk about setting-agnostic game systems, specifically what "setting-agnostic" tends to mean, and how that parallels with setting and adaptation in the theatre. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony…
 
We join our crew of thirsty sword lesbians at a funeral in the Untamed, where they celebrate with dancing, dueling, and, uh ... megafauna? Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions from Christopher Diercksen, Ben…
 
Todd, Nick, and Percy are joined by Romana Isabella to look at queer theater in relation to queer games and how "queer" can manifest differently in each medium. Topics include queer historiography, Oscar Wilde, Charles Ludlam, Ms. Blakk for President, and how much Willy Loman sucks. Sources include: - "Fucking With Dignity: Public Sex, Queer Intima…
 
Join our crew of Thirsty Sword Lesbians as they create characters and do some shared worldbuilding, and learn more about Gay Master Tess Huth's mission to create the F-Boy Island of actual-play podcasts! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Se…
 
As a treat, we're bringing you a clip from our Patreon series of collaborator interviews, featuring Dex Phan from our games of Apocalypse World and Blades in the Dark! To listen to the full interview, join us on Patreon at the link below. If you’d like to help us continue exploring the intersection of theatre and tabletop roleplaying games, conside…
 
Todd, Nick, and Percy are joined by Ben Ferber to talk through the rules of Thirsty Sword Lesbians by April Kit Walsh, published by Evil Hat Productions and Gay Spaceship Games, and chat about what they're most excited about in our upcoming game! This is the dril tweet that helped originate the Sword Lesbian meme. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produc…
 
This week we're bringing you a clip from a new interview series, starting with Tess Huth! To listen to the full interview, join us on Patreon at the link below. We'll be back in August with the start of Season 3! If you’d like to help us continue exploring the intersection of theatre and tabletop roleplaying games, consider leaving us a review on y…
 
Join Todd, Percy, and Nick as they chat about their favorite moments from Season 2 and announce the games for next season (and the wonderful people who will play them)! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. If you’d like to help us continue exp…
 
This week, Nick sits down with the cast of our Lancer campaign to talk about their favorite moments, ask each other questions, and brainstorm NPCs related to Pothole McDuck. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Lancer game features Julia D…
 
This week, our Lancer campaign comes to its thrilling conclusion as Fish and Peaches duke it out, the former aided by our team of lancer pilots! Who will win? Where our pilots find themselves in the aftermath of battle? Tune in to find out! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed …
 
Our crew of lancer pilots makes a dramatic entrance to confront Dr. Bertrand Russell, and combat ensues! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Lancer game features Julia Doolittle as the GM, Todd Brian Backus as Derrick McDuck, Jovane Caama…
 
This week, Nick, Todd, and Percy talk about plays set in space and speculative fiction, the themes and questions those kinds of stories explore, and how we can realize them onstage. Plays discussed: - The Absentee by Julia Doolittle - Last Ship to Proxima Centauri by Greg Lam Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Horna…
 
Our crew of UNIO lancers investigates the fire at the scientists' base before receiving an interesting call from Dr. Bertrand Russell... Please consider spreading the word about access to abortion funds via this list, or, if you have the means, donate to an abortion fund in your area. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Perci…
 
Our lancer pilots are faced with a decision: duke it out with the Warriors of the Agate Cross, or investigate the distress flare from the scientists' base? And what will they do with the androids in the drone ship? Find out on this week's episode of our Lancer campaign! Please consider spreading the word about access to abortion funds via this list…
 
Our lancer pilots continue their battle against the Agate Cross and discover what lies inside the drone ship they were sent to retrieve. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Lancer game features Julia Doolittle as the GM, Todd Brian Backus…
 
Todd, Nick, and Percy chat with Mac Rogers, playwright and author of several audio dramas, about his journey in both mediums and audio dramas' recent explosion in popularity. Check out Gideon Media: https://www.gideon-media.com/ Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited b…
 
Our lancers dive into their first combat against mechs piloted by the Warriors of the Agate Cross, on their mission to rescue a drone ship! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Lancer game features Julia Doolittle as the GM, Todd Brian Bac…
 
This week, Percy is joined by Tristan B. Willis and CJ Linton to talk about mecha stories and their connection to trans embodiment, as well as the kinds of stories they personally resonate with in terms of queerness and gender. Additionally, noting here that after we recorded this episode, Tristan changed their name, so they are occasionally referr…
 
Our crew of lancers embarks on their first mission on a frigid planet outside the network of blink gates, but everything might not be quite as it seems... Ben Ferber's cat: https://www.instagram.com/guywhoisacat/ Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel…
 
This week, Percy sits down with Julia Doolittle to chat about theatre, TTRPGs, and the way those overlap for her, as well as Julia's inspirations for our campaign of Lancer and, of course, Elliot the Dolphin. Link to ways to support Ukraine: https://how-you-can-support-ukraine.super.site/ Links to places to donate in Texas: Allgo - https://allgo.or…
 
Meet our crew of pilots in our session zero for Lancer as our players talk character concepts and how their squad came together. Link to ways to support Ukraine: https://how-you-can-support-ukraine.super.site/ Links to places to donate in Texas: Allgo - https://allgo.org/donate/TENT (Transgender Education Network of TX) - https://secure.everyaction…
 
Todd, Nick, and Percy introduce our campaign of Lancer by discussing the rules and talking about their favorite things about the system. Tune in next week to hear the beginning of our game and meet the cast! Link to ways to support Ukraine: https://how-you-can-support-ukraine.super.site/ Links to places to donate in Texas: Allgo - https://allgo.org…
 
Nick chats with the cast of our Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend's Birthday Present Inside oneshot about the game - what surprised them, what they enjoyed, what it was like to play weird and wacky characters at the drop of a hat. Tune in next week for the start of our Lancer series! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Bac…
 
The crew revives Gerry, felled by a sleep dart, and takes off after Preppy Brian in order to save Bigfoot and make it to Percy's birthday party! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole my Car with my Friend’s Birthday P…
 
Todd, Percy, and Nick chat about one-page TTRPGs - their style, their accessibility/approachability, their scrappiness, and the way they might correlate to ten-minute plays and 24-hour theatre festivals. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Ou…
 
In the first half of our game of Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole my Car with my Friend’s Birthday Present Inside, Jon Jon leads the cast through character creation, then promptly steals Hank McGruff's Oldsmobile Cutlass while the gang heads to Percy's birthday party. The gang encounters seagulls, Star Wars reenactors, and a veritable treasure trove of soft …
 
Todd, Nick, and Percy are here with a bonus episode to introduce the next game we're playing on the podcast - Oh Dang, Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend's Birthday Present Inside by Paul Matijevic. They go over the game rules and chat a little about what excites them most about the game - join us next Wednesday for the first half of our playthrou…
 
Nick chats with the cast of Kids on Bikes about the game - what surprised them, what they enjoyed, what it was like to play grubby little weirdos. Tune in next week for the start of our Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend's Birthday Present Inside series! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicho…
 
In the finale of our Kids on Bikes campaign, Fred, Kodi, Hank, and George bully a man in his thirties, uncover more secrets in the BromCom HQ, and engage in some civic action. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Kids on Bikes game feature…
 
Todd, Nick, and Percy dig into the work of theatre theorist and practitioner Augusto Boal and the techniques of theatre of the oppressed, looking at how we might apply those principles to tabletop role-playing games (and vice versa!). Sources: - Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal, trans. Charles A. and Maria-Odilia Leal McBride - Games for Ac…
 
The gang explores a secret lab and gets up close and personal with some of the gelatinous clouds they first discovered deep within the BromCom building. What other secrets lie in the old mines beneath Bromwell, PA? Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sert…
 
Todd and Percy chat about two plays in the kids on bikes genre, including the way each play interacts with the conventions of that genre and each play's relation to queerness and monstrosity. Plays Discussed: - Wolfcrush (a queer werewolf play) by Haygen-Brice Walker - The Interrobangers by M Sloth Levine Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Tod…
 
Micah leads the gang to the old town hall and coal museum, where they delve deep into one of the town's secrets. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Kids on Bikes game features CJ Linton as the GM, Ella Mock as Kodi Thompson Lee Garcia Sm…
 
This week, Todd, Percy, and Nick dig into the use of nostalgia in games and in performance, particularly musical theatre, and discuss its mythmaking potential and transformative power. Sources: - Rebecca Ann Rugg “What it used to be: Nostalgia and the State of the Broadway Musical” (2002) - Steven T. Wright, "Goonieswave: The Rise of Kids-on-Bikes …
 
Hank, Kodi, Fred, and George continue their field trip at BromCom, partake in a disappointing cafeteria lunch, and learn more about Micah Lovelace and her newfound psychic powers. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Kids on Bikes game fea…
 
Nick, Todd, and Percy chat about the use of violence in theatre and tabletop games - how it appears, what purposes it serves, and what it might tell us about both arts. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Kids on Bikes game features CJ Li…
 
Our Kids on Bikes game kicks off with a middle school field trip to Bromwell, Pennsylvania's new silicon chip manufacturing plant, BromCom. Hank, Kodi, Fred, and George terrorize a scientist, investigate a mysterious green light, and find something surprising deep in the heart of BromCom's offices. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian…
 
Nick sits down with CJ Linton, GM of our current Kids on Bikes game, to chat about dramaturgy, GMing, and game design, and how these three practices overlap for him. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Kids on Bikes game features CJ Linto…
 
Welcome to Bromwell, Pennsylvania! In this session zero, you'll learn about the town and meet the crew of dirty little weirdos in our upcoming game of Kids on Bikes! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our Kids on Bikes game features CJ Linto…
 
Todd and Nick review the rules of the next game we're playing on the podcast: Kids on Bikes! They discuss the ins and outs of playing the game as well as specific mechanics they hope to see in our actual play campaign. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony …
 
Nick chats with the cast of Bluebeard's Bride about the game - what surprised them, what they enjoyed, what was particularly scary. Tune in next week for the start of our Kids on Bikes series! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Find us on Fa…
 
This week, we're bringing you part two of our game of Bluebeard's Bride, featuring the Sisters' exploration of two more rooms. What is the final truth the Bride will propose? Listen to find out! Content Warnings: First Room (00-29:00) gaslighting unwanted sexual advances fingernail torture Second Room (29:00-50:29) taxidermied animals body horror h…
 
Percy and Nick sit down with Strix Beltrán, one of the creators of Bluebeard's Bride and a professional narrative designer, and chat about Bluebeard's Bride, LARPing, immersive theater, and the games field as a whole. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony S…
 
This week, we're bringing you part one of our game of Bluebeard's Bride, featuring the Sisters' first two explorations of rooms in Bluebeard's house - the master bedroom and a luxurious bathroom... Content Warnings: room 1 (9:14 - 35:34) dolls fatphobia/body shaming body mutilation unwanted touch room 2 (38:52 - 55:05) sex Dungeons and Drama Nerds …
 
Our two-episode game of Bluebeard's Bride kicks off with character creation - we meet our Sisters, learn about their courtship with Bluebeard, and give our Groundskeeper lots of inspiration for rooms in Bluebeard's house... Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Ant…
 
Nick, Todd, and Percy review and discuss the mechanics of the next game to be featured on the podcast - Bluebeard's Bride; they chat about the horror genre, the game's themes of gendered violence and agency, and the way the mechanics embody those themes. Tune in next week for the first half of our game of Bluebeard's Bride! Dungeons and Drama Nerds…
 
This week, Todd, Nick, and Percy sit down with James D'Amato of the One Shot podcast, Campaign: Skyjacks, and author ofThe Ultimate RPG Backstory Guide, The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide. They chat about his newest book, The Ultimate RPG Game Master's Worldbuilding Guide, as well as how his improv training has served him in his TTRPG career. Tune in …
 
The cast of Blades In The Dark chats about the campaign, their chaotic crew, and the etymology of Todd's last name. Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nick Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @dndramanerds, and on Facebook at Dungeons and Drama Nerds. For…
 
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