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Today, we’re hearing from Jamie, co-creator of the TTRPG podcast Dice with Death!
Please introduce yourself and your stream or podcast!
I’m the co-creator of an actual play Dungeons and Dragons podcast from the UK called Dice With Death.
If you run an AP, let us know about the setting of the game and your players (with their consent – feel free to add social media so folks can find and follow them).
Our adventure is set through the neo high-fantasy solar system of Paalette. A Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition homebrew setting. There are 4 of us who bring this world to life:
Described by her family as a “professional teenage boy”, IGN’s Amy Mallett is a branded content manager, creative producer and gaming presenter dwelling in the mystical realm of London. Originally from Wellingborough, a town overrun by lazy NPCs known as chavs and nicknamed “Well’Rough”, it’s a wonder she survived long enough to discover her biggest passions in life: video games.
You’ll know Adam Wilbourn as the lanky, specky, ginger bloke who loves all things wrestling, football and quizzes. From the land of the Crooked Spire (Chesterfield in the UK), Adam gets to talk about everything he loves at WhatCulture.com. With his high charisma score, Adam used to charm radio listeners across the West Midlands on his evening show too.
The literal, metaphorical and spiritual Dad of the group, Jamie Powis is a marketer hailing from a sunny town called Wolverhampton. A socially awkward socialite, Jamie loves spending time at gigs, at the cinema, exploring exhibitions and playing video games. With an animal handling proficiency off the scale, he owns three dogs, a snake, and a cat called Steve who regularly features on the Podcast.
Once described as “That lad in the hat”, Oli Bateman is a content producer, freelance games writer, former radio producer and D&D fanatic residing in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom. Originally from Exeter in the South West, Oli grew up as part of the burgeoning punk rock, hip-hop and skate scenes putting on shows throughout his teens and 20’s.
How did you get started with your stream or podcast? What motivated you to begin?
This is going to sound like a broken record but we started recording our DnD sessions during the COVID-19 lockdowns in the UK mainly to keep us sane. The lockdowns finished but we kept playing.
How far in advance do you plan your streams/episodes? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Our DM, who had way too much free time during lockdown, knows all the key story points he wants to hit. We record once every two weeks.
Tell us about a funny or embarrassing incident that happened while live or recording?
We’re actually pretty open about our awful mistakes so you can listen to them on the podcast.
What’s something new that you’ve learned about yourself since beginning your journey with streaming/creating a podcast?
Personally, it’s been amazing to bond a little bit more with my friends. I’m neurodiverse too and it’s helped me just work through some of my biggest neuroses.
What motivates you to continue streaming/creating your podcast?
This is cheesy but it’s the fans. We’ve got an amazing little community and we don’t want to let them down.
What are your favourite TTRPG systems?
D&D and Monster of the Week.
Do you think any particular system is more suitable for streamed/audio play as opposed to live games? Why do you think this?
Monster of the Week is really good for this. It’s less mechanical and more player driven.
Of all of the streams or episodes you’ve created, which one was your personal favourite?
We had funeral for an NPC and it was low-key beautiful.
Tell us about your process when setting up for a stream or recording session. Do you have any tips or tricks for other creators in the same space as you?
Just go for it! Start creating. Each time that you create something, you get better at making it. You’re on a journey; each step you take is getting you closer to your TTRPG destination.
Shout out a fellow creator! Who in the TTRPG community inspires you? Why do you admire them/their work?
Griffin McElroy is the reason I started playing DnD.
What’s your favourite book, TV show, or film?
Film – Back to the Future, TV – Fringe, Book – Reading through all the Witcher series at the moment.
If you could give the current chapter of your life a name, what would it be?
The Dad Lands.
Would you rather own a horse the size of a cat or a cat the size of a horse?
Owning a cat I know that I horse-size cat would be dangerous so I’m gonna go for the really cute tiny horse.
Where should folks go to find out more about you, and/or check out your content?
Search Dice with Death wherever you get your podcasts. [Note from gothhoblin: You can also follow them on Twitter!]
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