I Am Hear features interviews with people active in the RPG community. The people featured are podcasters, artists, musicians, game designers, crafters, and so much more. I Am Hear is a platform where women, non-binary people, people of colour, and members of the LGBTQ+ community tell their stories and talk about what inspires them to play/create/listen/run RPGs, why representation in tabletop gaming matters, and what they want to see in the various RPG communities.
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Amanda and Eric from Multitude Productions (Join the Party, Spirits, Horse, Potterless, and Waystation) sit down to talk about D&D, being Good Humans (like Chad), Toxic Masculinity, why they do what they do, the work and intention they put into Join the Party
Fay and I talk about hir show and website, Writing Alchemy, how important accessibility in RPGs and RPG Podcasting is, the importance of checking our language, and what it means to be neurodivergent and the ever-evolving language in our society. We also chat about hir upcoming game, Magic Goes Awry.
DC and I sit down to talk about Mutants in the Night: how it fosters fighting oppression in a healthy way, encourages still having fun, champions self care instead of vices. We also chat about how it came to be, what inspires DC, the importance of community in their game and in real life, how they strive for positivity and uplifting those who need uplifting, and how important it is to find your people and find belonging.
Deven Rue, Cartographer Extraordinaire from Rue Ink, sits down to talk about Deven's artistic processes, inspirations, what visual impairment means for her profession, how she started mapmaking for a living, the beauty of a community that gives, and how much she loves the RPG Community.
Misha and I sit down and talk about game design, what inspires and pushes Misha to create, how she moves through and past mistakes, her experience being a black woman in the RPG community, how important it is to showcase black women, and not just black women who show-case euro-centric beauty norms, and so much more.
And we're back! Megan Schlarlau, member of the Actual Play one-shot podcast Tabletop Potluck, sits down to talk about her experiences in the community, how games can be mechanically more inclusive, how easy it is to be inclusive and diverse, and what it means to see yourself represented in RPG media.
Therin Stapp, co-creator of the Audio Drama Interference and player-soon-to-be-GM on the 5E D&D Actual Play Roll Like A Girl, sits down to talk about her experiences in the community, how to foster an open table, how D&D forges relationships, and D&D in the library.
Kira Magrann, TTRP and LARP designer, sits down to talk about queer communities, the overlap of queer and gaming communities, growing up, always learning, and never shutting our hearts and minds to new information, identities, and understanding.
Cole Burkhardt, voice actor and podcast extraordinaire, who voices on virtually every podcast ever, talks about their bi-racial experiences, exploring their black heritage through game play, the importance of diversity and sharing the community, their love of collaborative gameplay and world building, the brilliance that is the 'X' card system, and how we can be a better, inclusive, and open community.
Adam Koebel, co-designer of the award-winning Dungeon World TTRPG and ridiculously fun twitch-streamer, talks about game design, designing with intention, care, and openness, teaching roleplaying, streaming, and the love for the games, the community, and generally being excited about how games impact our lives.
Mr. E sits down to talk about introducing D&D to his school and students, why it's important to him to see his students have a positive first experience with the game, and how impactful D&D has been for the girls, for him, and for the community.
With Pride Month coming to an end, I wanted to help celebrate and honour the LGBTQ+ community. We all want to be understood, be accepted into open and loving arms, be part of a safe community, and ultimately, have our stories heard. #HearOurStories is a Pride Month Special focused on hearing a collection of stories from the community about their beloved LGBTQ+ RPG characters.
Rhi, creator and GM of the Blades in the Dark actual-play podcast The Magpies, talks about her love of the Blades in the Dark system, her foray into RPGs, what she's doing to make her games more accessible and inclusive, and her experience in the community.
Meghan Dornbrock, host of the RPG Discussion show Modifier, and GM and host of the yet-launched Actual-Play Dragon Age podcast, Tales from Thedas, talks about accessibility, her experiences in the RPG community with a visual impairment, how important representation of disabled peoples is, her various cool projects, and how we can be a more accessibility-friendly community.
Haley and Vee, the brilliant team behind Storybrewers Roleplaying Games and creators successful Jane Austen RPG game, Good Society, talk about what fuels their creative and design process, how their life experiences influence their creations, and how the act of design is still play, and how regardless of designing or playing games, the delight of story building is so powerful.
Julia Highsmith, Illustrator, Artist, and Crafter of beautiful pride dice, talks about their experiences in D&D, their love of the game and how it has connected them to friends, and the importance of the intersection of self identity and hobby.
Quinn Wilson, GM and host of the actual-play podcast, Swallows of the South, talks about removing toxicity in the RPG community, checking privilege, and the importance and weight of tables being a safe space for vulnerability.
Kat Kruger, GM and host of the D20 Dames Actual-Play Dungeons and Dragons podcast, talks about storytelling, writing adventures, her biracial experience in D&D, the importance of visibility and diverse experiences both at the table and at game development, and how important it is for women to be visible at conventions playing RPGs, running RPGs, and sitting on panels talking about RPGs.
Curt and his twin nine-year-old daughters, Sammie and Birdie, of the Dungeons and Dragons Actual-Play podcast Dungeons & Dragons & Daughters, talk about being girls playing D&D, what they love about playing with their dad, and all sorts of additional silliness. Sammie and Birdie show that any girl can (and should!) play RPGs.
Renee Rhodes, GM and host of the Dungeons and Dragons Actual-Play podcast Fate and the Fablemaidens, talks about physical health, mental health, disabilities, and how they can drastically affect the creative brain, how we can use RPGs to explore the abilities or skills we wish we could have or don’t currently have in our real lives, how RPGs empower us to be whomever we want to be, and the strength of community.
Note: We had to stop recording at one point, and the second part of the recording ended up with some weird audio, hence the switch in quality at around the 30-minute mark. Apologies, and hopefully you can still enjoy the episode!
Mel Fox, co-creator and host of the fantastic and generally happy and lovely podcast, Get Hype, talks about gender-fluidity, embracing whomever you are in the moment label-free, how we can make tables a more supportive and safe place to play, and how exploring gender identity should be encouraged in RPGs.
Victoria Rogers, GM and Host of the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Actual-Play Podcast The Broadswords, talks about intersectional feminism, embracing femininity, and telling stories from a decidedly woman-specific perspective.
Nora Blake, Game Designer, co-host of the White Lotus Radio and Holosuite Hearts podcasts, and player on the actual-play podcast Lost Library, talks about being trans and the exploration of identity through roleplaying, the importance of language, and what change looks like in the RPG community.
Christine Prevas, GM and show runner of the actual-play Monsters of the Week podcast The Unexplored Places, talks about telling queer stories, how the tabletop game design community needs to change to include trans and gender non-conforming people, and how essential it is for GMs to make space at the table and be conscientious and kind.
Andi (formerly Emily) and Senda, creators and show-runners of the well-known (and well-loved!) actual-play one-shot podcast She's A Super Geek, talk about what sparked their love of tabletop, what it means to be leading women in the RPG podcasting community, and why feminism and inclusivity at the table is so important.