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). In the summer of 2019, they decided to take a break from sitting in the corner of rehearsal asking 'But why?' and turn a Twitter thread into reality. Dungeons + Drama Nerds is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean.


Each season will feature three different TTRPG systems alternating between Actual Play and Commentary episodes. As our players explore these adventures we’ll dissect what sorts of storytelling each system fosters. In our first season we examined Dungeons & Dragons, Apocalypse World, and Paranoia. In Season 2, releasing now, we'll be exploring Blades in the DarkBluebeard's BrideKids on BikesOh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Best Friend's Birthday Present Inside!, and Lancer

Episodes release weekly on Wednesdays.


We're more than just a podcast, Dungeons + Drama Nerds has been referenced in the Washington Post and our co-producers have written an article about their findings in Howlround.