Hey, everyone! It’s good to be back! I’m continuing our Top 100 D&D podcast series with 10 more pods that fans have come to love. My last post highlighted picks 21-30 and if you haven’t read through that one yet, I suggest you do so before continuing with this one. If you have, I think you will enjoy some of the titles that I have compiled in this latest list!
So, without further ado, here are picks 31-40!
In the mood for an actual-play podcast that’s filled with laughs and superheroes? Well, Critical Bits serves exactly that on a silver platter. I hope you like corn dogs. The story/campaign can be described as a dramedy featuring a group of teen superheroes who join forces to protect their town, Heavendale, from being destroyed by a constant wave of threats. Sounds pretty cool, right? I thought so too. The cast is made up of four members who go the extra mile to embody their roles, which include their heroes and alter egos. Think Bruce Wayne to Batman, or Peter Parker to Spider-Man. Together, Joel (GM/DM), Shelby (Alex Finch/Ace), Paul (Gerry Gingham/Sad Sack), and Shannon( Kim Bennett/Lady Terminator) create a rather unique D&D adventure that really seems to stand among a crowded field of podcasts.
You can catch this cool group of superfriends twice a month (Tuesdays and Thursdays) on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Podchaser, and more!
If you’re a DM or just a frequent D&D player looking for great ideas and insight on how to make your campaign/adventure more enjoyable, then Hook & Chance should be on your pod listening list. This is a weekly pod that’s based out of Canada and currently hosted by two avid D&D enthusiasts who happened to be brothers - Travis and Jordan. Now, I know what you’re thinking, actual play pods are so much more fun, and you’d be right. However, when it comes to creating your own adventure, pods like this can be quite valuable, especially if you fancy yourself a dedicated DM in the making. Many listeners have used Hook & Chance as their main resource for perfecting their campaigns, and even after close to 100 episodes, Travis and Jordan continue to churn out awesome content and ideas, which have helped to inspire their fellow D&D adventurers across the realm.
Again, this is a weekly pod that is featured on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and Spotify.
This is yet another witty, funny, actual-play pod hosted by a group of D&D enthusiasts who have come together to make a campaign that’s full of laughs and creativity. The DM/Storyteller, Adam Brooks, does a remarkable job of authoring and guiding his fellow cast members through quite a challenging campaign. The cast consists of several talented individuals who have really taken the time to craft their characters as well as their backstories. These cast members include Pierre Viola (Ront Havenfair), Mike Vides (Halexan Wynalder), Gerald Acevedo (Conall Pending), Charlotte Raines (Sav'ah Rah Vicarro), and Sam Ortiz (Azazel Makeus). Thanks to its characters, humor, and frequent shenanigans, this pod is 60 minutes of non-stop fun that any avid D&D player will enjoy. If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do so whenever you have the chance.
You can listen to Adam and the gang every other Monday on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbay FM, PodBean and more!
Ready for an actual-play pod that takes RPG and storytelling to a whole new level? Then I recommend that you give The Damage Guild a listen! Thayne Bohman (the DM) Sean Abrams, Bryan Staudt and Jay Staudt have created a bi-weekly D&D podcast that features a homebrew campaign packed with action, adventure and a few occasional laughs. In fact, as it says on their website, this pod has so much great content and material that Thayne and the gang often have to cut out some bits and pieces for the sake of keeping the pod to the usual 60 minutes. And while most other pods often have trouble staying on the course of their campaign, DM Thayne seems to do a masterful job of keeping the cast of characters focused and organized during each episode. This is quite difficult to do, as most of you know, but somehow he makes it work, which only makes this pod even more enjoyable for listeners.
You can tune in to The Damage Guild on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Player Fm!
Here’s a fun, fast podcast that’s come all the way from New Zealand! Fate of Isen is another actual-play podcast that features a cool cast of characters, coupled with a fast-paced campaign that’s rich with humor and creativity. I think of it as a comedy of errors. The cast/players come from a variety of backgrounds, but still share a passion for RPG, comedy, and good old D&D fun. I also like how each player has a detailed bio of who their character is and where they come from featured on the site. Join Oliver Scripps (as Banffor Watt), Julz Burgisser (as Marley Kraff), Josh Kingsford (as Trestlespoon Dur), Jules Daniel (as Arcus) and Brad Zimmerman as they navigate through the world of Isen and try desperately to save it from the evil empire known as Arkvale. I think you will enjoy this one!
The Fate of Isen usually airs every 7-10 days and can be found on a variety of platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Overcast and more!
Odd name, I know. However, this pod contains some rather valuable info for those who wish to become better DMs, players, or students of the game. Basically, Cockatrice Nuggets is a talking podcast that is hosted by D&D DM and enthusiast, Rich Fraser. Admittedly, Rich can be quite blunt and frank with his ideas about the game and what it takes to be a DM. His listeners seem to enjoy his straightforward commentary, which can be very useful to anyone looking to have a better D&D experience overall. In this pod, the audience is playing a virtual game of follow the leader, as Rich covers the ins and outs of certain campaigns along with anything else he wishes to share in between.
You can catch Rich doing his thing once a month on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast and more!
Don’t you just love it when six friends get together and play a solid campaign of D&D? If so, you’ll love the Pretend Wizards pod! Together, have put together an outstanding podcast that tells an impressive and often humorous story of adventure. All in all, Pretend Wizards has everything a good D&D needs. That is, great characters, a fun format, solid storytelling, and awesome role play! Especially like how the players interact with one another, which really adds to the chemistry aspect of the story as a whole. Much like similar pods we’ve mentioned on this list, you can tell that these characters have been close friends for a while.
Pretend Wizards can be found on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Podbay.
When a fun bunch of comedians, improvisers and RPG lovers come together to play a D&D, you know it’s going to be exciting. Maybe not so much for GM Brennan Lee Mulligan, who tries desperately to keep everyone focused, but I think even he has to admit that this pod is pure entertainment from beginning to end. Dimension 20 presents audiences with a fun and often hysterical actual-play format that introduces new worlds, characters, and challenges with each new season. That means you will never have the same experience twice when listening to this podcast. Armed with prime storytelling, dynamic characters, and quick-witted humor, this podcast has everything an avid D&D enthusiast could possibly want!
Intrigued? I thought you would be. Dimension 20 goes live once a week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Podbay and Podchaser.
Star Wars meets D&D, now that’s the perfect podcast for me! 8bit Saga is a bi-weekly podcast that takes various elements from D&D and incorporates them into the Star Wars universe. Pretty cool, huh? This pod is filled with fun humor and some familiar Star Wars references that fit rather nicely with the D&D adventure/story. The characters may look familiar as well, that is if you’re a Star Wars fan. Everything from hutts to hunters and even Sith lords can be found in this pod. With so many great characters and iconic locations based on the Star Wars series, 8bit saga introduces us to a new style of D&D campaigning, which listeners have quickly come to know and love. In fact, there are those who have become so attached to the series, that they wish it was broadcasted on a weekly basis instead!
Again, you can listen to 8bit Saga every other week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Audioboom, Podbay and PlayerFM.
If horror is more your thing, then I would suggest you give Dark Dice a try. This actual-play pod features six characters who find themselves journeying through the scary realm of what’s known as the nameless god. With so many great horror elements, including sounds, it’s easy to understand why this chilling RPG pod has developed a following. The characters are great, the music is creepy and the story itself feels like it’s right out of a horror movie. Although, there are a few laughs to be had every now and then. After all, it wouldn’t be a real D&D podcast without a little humor sprinkled in, but don’t get used to it!
You can find Dark Dice lurking on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
Well, that covers 31-40. Stay with me, we’re almost halfway through. Again, I appreciate you tuning into the series and hope you’re enjoying it. Be on the lookout for my next 10 episode post, which will cover picks 41-50. Also, if you have a favorite podcast that has not been mentioned on the list yet, be sure to leave it for me in the comments. I want to get all the fan favorites in this series, which shouldn’t be hard, but I don’t want any of your personal favorites falling through the cracks if you know what I mean.
Until we meet again,
Vince the Prince