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Vote For Your Favourite ACTUAL PLAY Tabletop RPG Podcasts

Vote For Your Favourite ACTUAL PLAY Tabletop RPG Podcasts (VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!)

  • 4Ever GM

  • A Grim Podcast of Perilous Adventure

  • A Tale of D20s

  • Adventure.EXE

  • Ain’t Slayed Nobody

  • Are We Dead Yet?

  • Cape Lorelei

  • Critical Ditto

  • Critical Hit

  • Dice And Desire

  • Dice Fiends

  • Dice Populi

  • Dice Shame

  • Dicehaven

  • Discount Dungeons

  • Dungeon Dads

  • Dungeon Punks

  • Dungeons & Daddies

  • Eberron Chronicles: Oracle of War

  • Encounter Party!

  • Faeforge Academy

  • Follow the Leader

  • Force Majeure

  • From Afar Podcast

  • Games We Never Play

  • Glass Cannon Network

  • Heroes of The Hydian Way

  • High Rollers

  • House of Bob

  • How We Roll

  • Know Your Roll

  • Many Realms

  • Mass Effect: Adventum

  • Mythguided: Forgotten Lore

  • New Crits on the Block

  • Not A Test

  • Not Another D&D Podcast

  • Party of One

  • Protean City Comics

  • Quest Friends

  • Questward

  • Red Moon Roleplaying

  • Roll Britannia

  • Rolling Misadvantures

  • RPG Radio Show

  • Side Character Quest

  • Sweden Rolls

  • Tabletop Potluck

  • Tabletop Roulett

  • Tale of the Manticore

  • Tales from 2000

  • The Bardic College

  • The Billowing Hilltop

  • The Danger Club

  • The Dimension Door Podcast

  • The DMs Treehouse

  • The Last Tapestry

  • The League of Ultimate Questing

  • The Lucky Die

  • The Magpies

  • The Unexpectables

  • Three Black Halflings

  • Twelve-Sided Stories

  • Twenty Sided Realms

  • Why Can’t We Be Wizards?

  • Wildcards

  • World Walkers

  • Wrath and Story


The results of this poll are hidden until it is manually edited by the user or site admin.

We've taken the nominations, and we have nearly 70 podcasts in the ACTUAL PLAY category waiting for your votes! Who will be in the Top 10 this yer, and who will win the coveted top spot and join the Hall of Fame?

Results will be in the DEC 19th episode of our podcast:


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ACTUAL PLAY podcasts are podcasts where the podcasters play an actual tabletop RPG for your listening enjoyment. The previous years' winners were Tablestory (2019) and The Adventure Zone, (2018), which are now in the Hall of Fame, and are not eligible to enter this year.

TALK podcasts are voted on separately in their own category.

You may vote for up to 3 podcasts.

Voting closes on December 15th. You have two weeks!

FAQ: Why wasn't my favourite podcast nominated?
Answer: Because you didn't nominate it! Don't worry, this poll happens every year, so you can nominate it next year. If you did make a valid nomination in the nomination thread and I missed it, let me know!
 
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I have yet to find a single actual play that I like. Maybe someone could point me in the right direction. From the ones I have tried listening to a few things bother me. Over dramatic GM and players trying to do voice acting, bad accents, not fallowing the actual rules of the game, the players don't know the rules to the GM is constantly explaining them, and over all bad audio quality. If someone could point me to a live play that does not have these issues I am all ears.
I now only listen to professional performers' podcasts, which resolves most of those issues. A lot of them play a little fast and loose with some of the rules, as many games do, so that'd likely be a dealbreaker for you.
 

Would love to have you check out Encounter Party!. We're 6 professional voice actors battling through a Ravnica campaign written by a novelist/playwright that's heavily edited to focus the listener experience on the story/characters in under-an-hour episodes. We've been featured by Nerdist, Syfy, Gilding Light, and even WotC's official D&D podcast, Dragon Talk! Nearly 8 weeks spent on Apple's New & Noteworthy charts and charted in over 50 countries for Comedy Fiction!
When does the post-Ravnica campaign start? I enjoy what I've heard, but would like to jump on at the beginning of a season instead.
 


Dragonsbane

Proud Grognard
I now only listen to professional performers' podcasts, which resolves most of those issues. A lot of them play a little fast and loose with some of the rules, as many games do, so that'd likely be a dealbreaker for you.
Those "professionals" are some of the worst ones out there IMHO. You can tell who has been playing for years, and who is a professional actor and new to the game from 1000 yards away.
 
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Dragonsbane

Proud Grognard
Sorry, meant nothing bad. I prefer experienced players, and I simply meant someone who was new to the game by my expression. No malice here.
 

Nytmare

David Jose
(sorry for the slight tangent)

@Morrus what kinds of new account numbers do polls like this generate for the site? Any guesses as to what things we can be doing to aid in retention?
 

I prefer experienced players, and I simply meant someone who was new to the game by my expression.
I've been playing since 1979, and I think it might be worth reconsidering that viewpoint.

Dimension 20 and Not Another D&D Podcast have broadened my horizons of what counts as a "D&D game." Even if I never run a campaign in a magical version of New York City or a campaign set in a hidden jungle city of talking gorillas, I'm glad to have pushed back my mental borders to encompass them.
 
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BRayne

Adventurer
I've been playing since 1979, and I think it might be worth reconsidering that viewpoint.

Dimension 20 and Not Another D&D Podcast have broadened by horizons of what counts as a "D&D game." Even if I never run a campaign in a magical version of New York City or a campaign set in a hidden jungle city of talking gorillas, I'm glad to have pushed back my mental borders to encompass them.

Not sure if you mean Trinyvale or DK one shot there, which is telling
 


univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
I now only listen to professional performers' podcasts, which resolves most of those issues. A lot of them play a little fast and loose with some of the rules, as many games do, so that'd likely be a dealbreaker for you.
I'm not saying I'm the biggest rules laywer in the world. Its like that thing where you are watching a show and someone is doing a job you know very well but are doing it wrong and you just can't get past it. I find it distracting.
 




neddonovan

Villager
When does the post-Ravnica campaign start? I enjoy what I've heard, but would like to jump on at the beginning of a season instead.
We're currently chatting with a few potential production partners about the Islabrea campaign, so until we have an official announcement to that end, I don't have a definitive timeframe for you. Our Ravnica campaign is still in the middle of its 3rd season and we've just started running the official Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign on Twitch, however that is a completely unedited experience and so very different than the curated episodes you get on the podcast.
 

abeaw

First Post
I have yet to find a single actual play that I like. Maybe someone could point me in the right direction. From the ones I have tried listening to a few things bother me. Over dramatic GM and players trying to do voice acting, bad accents, not fallowing the actual rules of the game, the players don't know the rules to the GM is constantly explaining them, and over all bad audio quality. If someone could point me to a live play that does not have these issues I am all ears.
These are all things that bother me too. You might check out Dicehaven. If you are into sci-fi they have been putting on a pretty good show. You can tell that they are trying to put out an above average production quality show. It is not completely free of all the stuff you listed, but it is better than most. I play traveller, so it is fun to listen to an AP podcast where they get most of the rules right, and when they don't they improve in future shows. Hope you enjoy it.
 

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