Adventures in Erylia
Welcome to the Adventures in Erylia podcast. Adventures in Erylia is a casual podcast featuring a group of close friends sitting around a table together to play Dungeons and Dragons. Our goal is to keep things more light hearted and casual, so there will be times where we get a little of topic or spend a little too long fixated on one thing, but it’s all in the interest of having some fun roleplaying. Everyone in the group is fairly new to their roles as well, so there will be times where we are explaining things to one person or another or discussing an interaction.
Damian (The DM)
I’m Damian, and I am the DM for Adventures in Erylia. This podcast got started because a group of friends wanted to start playing D&D together and I had been wanting to try my hand at DMing. I had been spending the last few months of my free time working on creating a homebrew setting, named Erylia, so I was eager to get a group together to play in it. Originally, we were just recording sessions so that we, as a group, could go back and listen to previous session in case we took a long break and things had been forgotten, but I figured since I had the audio anyways, why not spend some time editing it and trying to get something listenable enough to post online as a podcast. I take a lot of my inspiration from the podcasts Dungeons and Randomness and The Glass Cannon Podcast, as well as the old video game Legend of Dragoon which accidentally inspired some of the plot for the large campaign. I’ve became a player a couple years before the podcast started, though had only DM’d a few sessions before we started recording.
Hello! I’m Caitlin! I like photography, crafting, and video games but never have time for anything because I have a toddler who was a tornado in a past life. When mine and Damian’s son was born we had a hard time keeping up a social life. When his gaming group disbanded we hit the facey book in search of people who would be willing to come to us and play games every once in a while. Turns out I shared a common interest in the show Critical Roll with my coworker’s boyfriend so they decided we could share in mutual nerdiness and they would partake in our game nights. This resulted in jealousy of another coworker and now I have friends who come over every weekend to play games with me!
Hiya, I’m Chantalle. The Mieveht Story was my first experience with Dungeons and Dragons. In the beginning, I was a common participant in Caitlin and Damian’s biweekly tabletop games. Every other week they had a D&D campaign running which I was curious about but never really felt drawn in enough to join. I finally decided to sit in on a D&D session after hearing Christa talking nonstop about her new obsession shortly after she joined up with the D&D group. I was familiar with some of the lore and themes of D&D through books like the Dragonlance Chronicles and A Practical Guide to Dragons series, and games like Skyrim but I really had no clue what I was getting into. I had no prior concept of role-playing games so getting into D&D was like, whoa, there’s so much involved! There’s dice, and stats, and all these rules, but it’s so much fun! It’s taking all the elements from character building in video games that I love and giving them a personality you control and give voice to, in an awesome homemade world created by our DM. My buddies are super supportive and it’s certainly been a journey so far with all of us learning how to interact and hammering out some rules of our own. It was a bit of a fumble getting started but after completing my first arc in the Mieveht Story and running amok in the Erylian Epic, I felt a lot more comfortable with the game mechanics and role-playing. There’s lots of fun to be had in the future and I look forward returning to some old campaigns and starting completely new adventures.
Hey there, I’m Christa. When I heard Caitlin and Damian were wanting to start up a D&D group I mentioned that my boyfriend Chris would love to join the group (and that I would come with my color book and pencils to hang out and watch.) I wasn’t actually interested, mostly because I really didn’t know much about it. I went shopping with Chris to get his binder, pencil, etc. (he already had a set of dice). I also bought him a 5E player starter set like a good girlfriend. Supporting his interests and stuffs. Then it happened. We went to the first night of character creation. I was sitting next to Chris with my color book out, but instead of coloring I was watching him roll his dice and figure out what his stats were. The interest was born. (I love rolling dice, Yahtzee has been my top favorite game since I was a kid.) Caitlin really wanted me to play D&D, but I was still afraid of the RP thing. After about 20 minutes she was able to talk me into at least rolling the dice to see what my stats would be. OMG I ROLLED HELLA HIGH! So yeah, I was easily talked into creating a character as well. And the rest is history!!!! (Unfortunetly, this character is not even a character I am currently playing! She’s taking a break…..somewhere….unless she’s dead….I dunno, only Damian knows this.)
Hi I’m Chris. One of the players in Damian’s games. I joined when Damian and Caitlin decided they would like to host a game night and invited Christa and I over. At first it was a very informal thing with board games and movies planned and then DnD planned for later. (Which Christa was going to sit out of.) Well, shortly into our first session Christa started to show a bit of interest in character creation. It was one of the major factors in Christa deciding to play, and she has fallen in to the scene hard (kinda proud of that) . Anyway, I came from playing rpg games way back in high school, but could never get much going in college as it was mostly drinking and debauchery. So when Christa told me about Damian wanting to try his hand at DMing I told her I thought it would be fun and would love to play. The first few sessions were a little rough but it quickly smoothed out (We sill have more to work on.) Now we are the fun loving group that tries to get together at least once a week for something. The times when we can’t meet up make our weeks feel incomplete. I also like to game on my PC, and when time allows I still jump online and bust out a few games when possible. However, work comes first so I dont have as much time as I’d like to play games. C’est la vie
Our “studio” has undergone quite a few changes since the very start of our podcasting. Even though we pulled the old recordings when we relaunched, this is how we have grown.
The First Recording – Late 2016
When we first sat down as a group to record our sessions, it wasn’t with any real seriousness. I believe the original intention in the first session was just to have the recordings for us to listen to personally. If we went a long time without playing, or if someone was gone, they could just listen to the recording from the last session and catch up. It wasn’t until later we got the idea to make this a podcast. That first session was recorded on the DM’s cell phone, a Note 5. We put it in the table, moved it around whenever it was in the way without much thought, and just let it record the session. Surprisingly, the audio that we got from this didn’t sound as bad as I had expected. As with most starting podcasters, we were editing with Audacity.
The Yeti Era – Early 2017-Summer 2017