D&D is arguably the most popular and well-known fantasy brand out there. With this popularity has come an infinite number of followers, which has lead to the spawn of almost a countless number of podcasts in return. In fact, there are so many D&D podcasts out there that we would probably have to consider a top 100 list somewhere down the line (uh-oh, I hope I didn’t just start something). But for now, let’s keep things how we like’em...simple (or as simple as they can be)!
So, without further ado, here is a list of our top 10 D&D podcasts available for your viewing/listening pleasure!
#1. Critical Role
This seems to be a notable favorite among those here at Team Inked, which is why I decided to put it above the rest. Personal preference always takes a front seat, right? Critical Role is an actual-play pod that features voice actors, Matt Mercer, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Travis Willingham, Talliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, and Laura Bailey. This pod allows you to watch and listen as the cast plays D&D. Couple great gameplay with a wealth of funny interactions (and a cast that rarely breaks character), and you’ve got yourself a D&D pod that keeps you entertained from start to finish. We wouldn’t steer you wrong! You can listen to Critical Role on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and others every Tuesday!
#2. Dragon Talk
We couldn’t imagine a D&D podcast listicle without Dragon Talk. This is an official D&D pod that features hosts Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoblee. Each week, Greg and Shelly introduce their audience to a wide variety of celebrities and personalities from across the gaming and pop culture landscape to have intelligent, passionate, in-depth discussions about all things D&D. Fans adore this pod as it covers a lot of ground and even takes listeners beyond the tabletop with talks that include the latest D&D trends. Everything from video games, comics, movies and television become key talking points throughout the session. If this pod isn’t already on your radar, we suggest you find it...quick! Dragon Talk is live every Friday on Twitch and other pod apps.
#3. The Dungeoncast
The Dungeoncast features hosts Will and Brian as they explore all things D&D including lore, game mechanics, and other creative concepts. Together, Will and Brian take a closer look at the endless possibilities and unforeseen complications of character creation, role-playing, and dungeon mastering. All in all this pod is a great resource for those looking to gain a better understanding of the mechanics of monsters and the history behind every creature. So, it’s a healthy balance of fun and education that makes this pod enjoyable for listeners. New episodes air every Monday on Soundcloud, Youtube or wherever podcasts can be found.
#4 The Adventure Zone
This is a pod that breaks the rules and events some new ones along the way. First launched in 2014, The Adventure Zone features the actual-play D&D adventures of three brothers and their dad. Yep, you read that right. Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy make their D&D pod unique by playing and broadcasting a single game of Dungeons & Dragons with their father, Clint. Together, the McEl-boys have created a truly one of a kind pod that keeps listeners hooked for the duration. The Adventure Zone airs every...and can be listened to every other Thursday on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher Pocket Cast and Spotify.
#5. The Broadswords
If you’re looking for an all-women actual-play D&D podcast that brings role-play, narrative, and inclusivity to the gaming tabletop, look no further than The Broadswords. Hosts Victoria Rogers. (Dungeon Master), Bianca Zelda (Mépris), and Kristin Flemons (Yllairies) present audiences with a format (and cast of characters) that all listeners can enjoy. D&D is all about storytelling, and Victoria (and her team) has been dubbed one of the best storytellers out there. Each character is fascinating and unique in their own way. And as the story progresses, audiences witness the growth and development of the characters (and their skills) with each episode. What separates the Broads from the rest of the pods in the pack is how they focus more so on the role-playing aspect of the game, rather than just stats or simply winning the game. The Broadswords airs every other week (usually Mondays) on Apple Podcasts and can also be found on Stitch or their official website.
#6 Join the Party
Described as a collaborative storytelling and roleplaying pod, Join the Party invites D&D enthusiasts (and those who may be new to the realm) to enjoy a solid mix of goofy humor, a cast of lovable characters and just a good time. Hosts, Michael Fische, Brandon Grugle, Amanda McLoughlin, and Eric Silver make this pod a joy to listen to, even for those who aren’t too familiar with D&D, but are looking for inspiration to get into it. The format keeps audiences entertained and engaged during every episode, which is why we highly recommend tuning into this pod (and the afterparty episodes) whenever you get the chance! Available once per week on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
#7. Dames and Dragons
Dames & Dragons is a comedic, female-driven, actual-play D&D pod that makes you want to laugh, scream, cry, and then laugh again, all in the same breath. Now, that takes talent to achieve! That’s exactly what hosts Hannah, Kaitlin, Kat, Noel, Sophia (and the mysterious, Chantel) bring to every episode. Featuring a unique setting, a truckload of stupid jokes, and an occasional mystery every now and then, Dames and Dragons present something special for listeners and gaming goons alike. If you’re looking for a fun adventure with entertaining characters and knee-slapping content created by a cast of charming hosts, then this pod is right up your alley. Tune in every Monday on Itunes, Podbay, Google Play, Apple Podcasts Soundcloud and many other apps to listen!
#8. Greetings Adventurers
First introduced to audiences in 2012, Greetings Adventurers (formerly known as Drunks and Dragons) is another actual-play, comedy podcast that airs on a weekly basis. Over the past eight years or so, Greetings Adventurers has gained an ever-widening fan base and is now an award-winning podcast that features the fun, comedic-driven structure created by hosts David Stewart, Carly Shields, Tim Lanning, Mike Bachmann, and Michael DiMauro. With an estimated 180,000 listeners, this podcast gives D&D enthusiasts from all across the realm something to look forward to each week. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Twitch and many other listening apps!
If you love music and D&D, this is definitely the podcast for you! BomBARDed is an actual-play, D&D podcast that airs every other Tuesday and features three bards and their musical adventures while they actually play a session of D&D. The cast is comprised of four hosts who are active musicians in the band, “LINDBY”. Together, the group creates a fun, music-driven atmosphere for audiences looking to enjoy a truly unique D&D experience with a twist. Keep Tuesdays highlighted on your calendar if you want to check out what the buzz is about. The pod can be heard on Tuesdays via Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Apple Podcasts!
#10. Behold Her
I don’t know about you, but I love this name. Led by the passionate and creative host (and Brand Manager), Lysa Penrose, Behold Her features an interview formatted monthly podcast that puts a spotlight on women in the tabletop roleplaying game community. Lysa’s guests include a variety of artists, gaming news insiders and even the women on the D&D team at Wizards of the Coast. Put together with a wealth of thoughtful interviews, fun stories, and informative audio essays, this podcast captures the essence of what it means to be a female gamer in the tabletop RPG gaming realm. Behold Her episodes air once per month (usually on Fridays) via Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Podbean.
As always, we want to hear from you! Which of these pods speaks to you. Also, let us know what we missed! Did we skip your favorite D&D pod? Well, don’t keep it to yourself! Enlighten us! Tell us why it deserves a top spot on our list. We want to listen to it, too!
Until we meet again,
Vince the Prince