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Raised on DnD

Raised on DnD

By Nick Cardarelli
Raised on DnD podcast helps enrich your family's gaming experience by bringing you interviews with parents, educators, game designers, and influencers. Join us as we delve into the many ways tabletop role-playing games inspire creativity, develop communication skills, and create lasting bonds among players.
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S2E9: Amazing Tales - Martin Lloyd

Raised on DnD

S6E12: B2 The Keep on the Borderlands (Season 6 Finale)
As a thank you for all your support this season's final episode is an actual play recording of the classic Dungeons and Dragons module B2 The Keep on the Borderlands. I'm join by returning guests, David Okum and Brandon Traynor, and first time on the show Steven Cali, Peter Delios, Stephen Pritchard, and Daniel Wilson as they play DnD5e adventurers.
August 04, 2022
S6E11: Sojourners Awake - Jonathan Hardin
I'm joined by Jonathan Hardin of Sojourners Awake where we talk about gaming with family. We discuss how tabletop role playing games can help you slay the monsters in your own life and equip your children with the abilities to overcome challenges as adults.
July 19, 2022
S6E10: Bard RPG - Scriv the Bard
Happy Independence Day! Scriv the Bard is a Cultural Psychologist who uses RPGs and Storytelling to help families and young people. She is the creator of The Heroes of Iyastera, a family-friendly adventure setting. You can follow her for more content on Twitter, Instagram, and Twitch! Visit Scriv the Bard and visit her current Kickstarter for Bard RPG !
July 04, 2022
S6E9: Is Violence Necessary in TTRPGs? - Michael Low
I'm joined by father, educator, and game designer Michael Low for this Father's Day Weekend special episode. One of the issues many people have with tabletop role playing games is the emphasis on violence or conflict resolution by combat. Michael Low has developed a game that is not reliant on combat to create drama in the story. Check out this amazing interview as we talk about being gaming dads and how he made tabletop role playing games something better for his family and his students.   For the young gamers and aspiring writers visit Luck of Legends at   Get a copy of Stories RPG at You can also reach Michael Low on Twitter @LuckLegends
June 18, 2022
S6E8: Creating Game Conventions - Alex Kammer
I'm joined by Alex Kammer, the Director of Gamehole Con, who gives advice on running your own gaming convention, talks about his book ‘Thay: Land of the Red Wizards’ for Forgotten Realms, and shares his journey as a gamer-dad. 
June 08, 2022
Summer of Gaming
A quick message about gaming this summer and joining the Raised on DnD podcast community.
June 05, 2022
S6E7: Creating Gaming Clubs for Teens - Athenry Adventurers RPG Club
Athenry Adventurers RPG Club in Athenry, Galway, Ireland share their story of creating a tabletop role playing game club for their community. Listen as they share their tips and struggles of creating a place to promote the hobby and how you might be able to create a one, too! 
May 19, 2022
S6E6: Mother's Day Special - n00bMama
Happy Mother's Day to all the Gamer-Moms! Kate Pfuhler is the talented cartoonist behind n00bMama! She is our featured Mother's Day Gamer Mom and she talks about LARP (Live Action Role Playing) games and sharing her love of gaming with family. 
May 04, 2022
S6E5: Redwrymling's Guide to Beholders - Daniel (Redwyrm)
Daniel is known throughout Twitter and Instagram as Redwyrm. He shares the creative tips he receives from his Dungeon Master, who happens to be Daniel's 5 year old son. Daniel shares his family's journey from homeschooling gamers to publishing their own monster manuals like upcoming "Redwrymling's Guide to Beholders" and "Redwrymling's Guide to Everything". Daniel is an accomplished lyricists who creates tabletop role playing game themed rap songs available on Spotify and iTunes! 
April 18, 2022
S6E4: Babies & Broadswords - Jason Cassidy and Aaryn Easton
In this episode, Jason Cassidy and Aaryn Easton of Even Footing Games talks with Raised on DnD Podcast about their flagship tabletop role playing game, Babies & Broadswords. Babies & Broadswords has been described as "Rugrats the cartoon meets Dungeons & Dragons" and is an excellent game to play with younger players and players who are young at heart.
April 04, 2022
S6E3: DnDnFamily - Benjamin & Amanda
Benjamin & Amanda are the creative couple behind DnDnFamily YouTube channel and Instagram. They fell in love with Dungeons & Dragons and shared that love first with friends and then with their children. Listen as they share their journey from gaming family to social media influencers! Their story inspires families to play Dungeons & Dragons together and to explore the many creative avenues our hobby opens up to players young and old.
March 19, 2022
S6E2: Dork Tower - John Kovalic
This episode I'm joined by cartoonist legend, John Kovalic, the creator of Dork Tower. John takes us through his life as a gamer, introducing his family to ttrpgs, and the return of Dork Tower in book form with the Tao of Igor coming this May! 
March 04, 2022
S6E1: Swole Initiative - Jay Foster
I am joined by the Viking DM, Jay Foster, creator of Swole Initiative Network coming to Twitch. He shares his story of gaming with family!
February 18, 2022
Season 6 Trailer
These interviews and more are coming up this season! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast listening apps.  
February 11, 2022
S5E12: Gathering of the Ages - Spencer Borup
I'm joined by Spencer Borup, the Game Master of the hit actual play podcast, Gathering of the Ages. Gathering of the Ages plays Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder 1e adventure path, Carrion Crown. Spencer talks with me about gaming with his family and how actual play tabletop role playing games are more complicated than just sitting around the table and pressing record.   
February 04, 2022
S5E11: Power Outage - Bebarce El-Tayib
I'm joined by Bebarce El-Tayib the creator of Power Outage RPG. He is a husband, father, educational technologist and game designer.  We discuss kids and violence in RPGs, making RPGs more accessible to individuals with Special Needs, and how RPGs can improve kids behavior away from the game table.
January 18, 2022
S5E10: TTRPGkids - Stephanie Campbell
I'm joined by Stephanie Campbell, blogger-mom and game designer. She is behind the incredible resource and StoryGuider game system for younger players.
January 04, 2022
S5E9: The Griffin & Gargoyle Tavern - Daniel Colwell & Michael Paylor
In this exclusive interview, Daniel Colwell and Michael Paylor tell how their love for tabletop role playing games has lead to their creation of The Griffin & Gargoyle Tavern. This interactive dining and gaming experience will be only available in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the birth place of Dungeons & Dragons. Daniel and Michael give us a behind the scenes look and foreshadow the adventures to come at The Griffin & Gargoyle. 
December 04, 2021
S5E8: Family Fantasy RPG - Dr. Colin Anderson
I'm joined by the creator of Family Fantasy RPG, Doctor Colin Anderson. We discuss running tabletop role playing games for young players, how to handle violence, and his incredible 3 tier system designed help families with younger players. 
November 18, 2021
S5E7: Year 2 Celebration - Live Event
Our 2 year anniversary was a Facebook Live Event featuring 11 return guests from seasons 1 - 4 and prizes for the audience in attendance. The guests included Rob Gruber of Good Times Games, Martin Lloyd of Amazing Tales, David Thompson of Everlore, Derek White the Geek Preacher, Thor Knai of Heavy Dragon, Jodie Brandt of QuestWise, BJ Hensley of Playground Adventures, Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing, Diogo Nogueira of Old Skull Publishing, India Potter of Eartherial, and Bill Silvey TheDungeonDelver. You can watch the raw live event on Raised on DnD youtube channel or on our Facebook page. 
November 08, 2021
Your Personal Invitation
This is your personal invitation to attend our 2 year anniversary celebration! Prizes, surprise guests, and more!
November 02, 2021
S5E6: The Side Quest - Chris & Jeanette Mack
Meet the power couple, Chris & Jeanette, behind the family run gaming club, The Side Quest! Their relationship started around the gaming table and they have raised 3 sons to adulthood with a love for creativity and gaming as a family. They share how gaming evolves as your children grow into adults and how gaming keeps them all close. 
October 18, 2021
S5E5: Quests of Yore - Pat Marino
Disney Pixar's Onward centers on a game called Quests of Yore, Pat Marino the Game Design Manager at USAoply shares his story of a love for gaming and the amazing behinds the scenes tale of creating the tabletop role playing game, Quests of Yore: Barley’s Edition.
October 04, 2021
Summer at Seasons' Serenity part 1 - Play-testers
These play-testers give their first impressions of the new 5E compatible adventure module, Summer at Seasons' Serenity part 1. 
September 19, 2021
S5E4: DnD Adventure Club - David Lemke
Raised on DnD is joined by DnD Adventure Club founder and president, David Lemke. We talk about growing up on Dungeons & Dragons, how tabletop role playing games help develop skills for adulthood, and how DnD Adventure Club helps young gamers become a Game Master.
September 18, 2021
S5E3: Homeschool Connections - Marlana Weber
This is our Back to School special. Marlana Weber of shares the benefits of playing tabletop role playing games as a Catholic homeschooling family and how she is helping build online communities of gaming homeschoolers.
September 04, 2021
S5E2: Superhero RPGs - Zach Cardarelli
This episode brings you 12 year old artist and comic book enthusiast, Zach Cardarelli. He discusses his passion for comic books and art lead him to love Super Hero role playing games like Mutants & Masterminds and Save the Day RPG. He talks about playing his favorite heroes from the comic book pages. He tells how the annual Free Comic Book Day event and his subscription to DC Universe Infinite have influenced his drive to become an illustrator. 
August 18, 2021
S5E1: Tabletale Games - Emily Wills & Alejandro Tey
Season 5 premiere episode features Emily Wills and Alejandro Tey of Tabletale Games. They combine their mutual love of tabletop role playing games and theater to create an amazing experience for children and their families. Listen as they share their individual journeys that leads to a better online tabletop experience for everyone!
August 04, 2021
Season 5 Preview
Check out some of the upcoming Season 5 interviews! 
July 24, 2021
S4E12: Gallant Knight Games - Alan Bahr
Our season finale brings you game publisher, Alan Bahr, the founder of Gallant Knight Games and creator of the TinyD6 game engine. Alan is a husband and foster parent with a passion for Tabletop Role Playing Games.
July 04, 2021
S4E11: Dabbing Sausages - Jindi An
Jindi An shares he inspirational story of falling in love with Dungeons & Dragons, struggling to organize a gaming group in a heavily Science Fiction dominated Chengdu China, later he will move to Port Elizabeth South Africa for school and bring Dungeons & Dragons with him to face new challenges, and all the time gaming with his wife and their two children. Join Raised on DnD Podcast as we bring you this epic Father's Day Special.
June 18, 2021
Season 4 Giveaway Reminder
Season 4 Giveaway ends June 17th!!! Make sure to enter at click the link to where you will enter for a chance to win THE GRAND PRIZE a Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks Gift Set (Slipcase, Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, DM Screen)
June 14, 2021
S4E10: From R to Z - Michael Chang Gummelt
Michael Chang Gummelt, Game Designer for Raven Software and Zenimax Media, talks about his love for Dungeons & Dragons, introducing tabletop role playing games to his sons, and the importance of using props during tabletop rpgs with teens. 
June 04, 2021
S4E9: Bigby's Handbook of Creative Spell Use - Deanna Adams
Deanna Adams, contributing author on Bigby's Handbook of Creative Spell Use, discusses gaming with her husband, children, and the family's bearded dragon during their Family Home Evenings. Deanna talks about bring LARPing to her community, a love for Feng Shui RPG, and becoming a contributing writer on  
May 08, 2021
S4E8: Gamer Mom - Brenda McKenzie
Brenda McKenzie is a mom to three young boys and has used her love for tabletop role playing games to bring her children closer together and enable them an escape during the pandemic lockdowns. Brenda shares her story and tips for moms who are interested in using Dungeons & Dragons in their own homes. 
May 06, 2021
S4E7: The Viking Experience - Mary Matthews
In this episode, Mary Matthews of The Viking Experience tells us how Dungeons & Dragons helped bring her family closer together, gives other moms tips on how to begin Dungeon Mastering, she explains how gaming accessories help engage children, and shares her journey from tabletop role playing games to Live Action RPGs. 
May 04, 2021
S4E6: DiceGeeks - Matt Davids
This episode I'm joined by Matt Davids, the host of DiceGeeks Podcast and author of The Book of Random Tables series. He shares his journey from tabletop role playing enthusiast to author, finding love at the game table, and introducing his children to TTRPGs using the Amazing Tales RPG!   
April 18, 2021
S4E5: QuestWise - Jodie Brandt
This episode brings you Jodie Brandt, the host of the QuestWise YouTube Channel, founder of the convention sponsored by the American Cancer Society, writing for Blout Games, and gaming with family!
April 04, 2021
S4E4: HishGraphics - Khairul Hisham
My guest is an artist, father, and educator whose love for tabletop role playing games has helped create family bonds and engage his students to reach the affective level with their English language skills. We discuss Star Wars RPG, Cortex Prime, Green Ronin's The Expanse RPG, and more!
March 18, 2021
S4E3: The Geek Preacher - Derek White
My guest, Derek White is The Geek Preacher! We talk about gaming with children on the autism spectrum, the satanic panic of the 1980s, and the adaptation & continuation of gaming conventions in a pandemic!
March 04, 2021
S4E2: Good Times Games - Rob Gruber
This episode I'm joined by owner/operator of Good Times Games, Rob Gruber. He's passion for D&D has lead him to owning the largest gaming club in in his hometown! Listen to his amazing story and be inspired to build a gaming community in your town! 
February 18, 2021
S4E1: The Lakeland Role Playing Guild - Scott Presley
Season 4 premiere episode features local legend, Scott Presley, the president (Guild Master) of the Lakeland Role Playing Guild. We discuss this amazing gaming community and share their secrets of creating and maintaining a successful tabletop role playing game club that has thrived for 20 years!  
February 04, 2021
Season 4 Preview
Season 4 starts February 4th 2021! Here are some of the guest you will be hearing from this season! 
January 29, 2021
S3E11: Beards & Beyond - Tony Vasinda
In our Season 3 finale episode, I'm joined by Tony Vasinda, the creator of Beards & Beyond, we discuss Game Master advice, motif building, the "heat" tool, session zero,  and, of course, Beards & Beyond RPG! 
January 04, 2021
S3E10: The EducationalDM - Sam Cheung
This episode I'm joined by The EducationalDM, Sam Cheung, he tells us some DMing tips, how to stretch our brains using D&D, and how to engage teens at the game table either at home or in the classroom. 
December 19, 2020
S3E9: Okumarts Games - David Okum
ENnie Award author and illustrator, David Okum is a talented game designer whose love for gaming and a desire to share gaming with his children has lead him to create some of our favorite RPGs and miniature games.
December 04, 2020
S3E8: GuideKey - Bill Silvey
This episode I'm joined by Bill Silvey, author, gamer, and founder of GuideKey. We talk about some of the history of D&D, Dwarven Forge, Gary Gygax's final project, and the "special sauce" every Dungeon Master should have. 
November 18, 2020
S3E7: Heavy Dragon - Thor Knai
In this episode I speak with Actor, Veteran, and Gamer, Thor Knai. We talk about Dungeons & Dragons and its influence on his life and career. 
November 01, 2020
S3E6: The Actress & The Owlbear - Jessica Hutchinson & Darryl Browne
In this special double length episode, I'm joined by actress, Jessica Hutchinson, & The Tabletop Owlbear, Darryl Browne. As we discuss the place where profession meets hobby and family meets fun.
October 18, 2020
S3E5 - Call of Cthulhu - Jon Hook
In our first Halloween Special, I talk with author Jon Hook about running horror games for kids, answering the Call of Cthulhu, and trading sanity for mythos! Join us as we get ready to make our October game tables a lot more scary!
October 04, 2020
S3E4: Dalreth - Darrin Anderson
This episode is an exclusive interview with Darrin Anderson, creator of Dalreth: Haven in the Ice. He tells how his son, Jack, becomes the driving force and co-creator of this amazing new fantasy setting for D&D5e. You'll hear the origin of Dalreth: Haven in Ice plus be the first to find out about the new races, classes, and spells you'll get to play there. Be sure to visit and back the Kickstarter starting September 22nd. 
September 18, 2020
S3E3: The Mindful DM - Jeremiah Kaplan
This episode I'm joined by The Mindful DM, Jeremiah Kaplan! He talks about gaming with his own children, using Dungeons & Dragons as a vehicle to help children at his synagogue learn the stories and history of the Jewish people through the Tanakh/Old Testament. Jeremiah's success with using interactive storytelling for education has developed into a project using D&D for mental health.
September 04, 2020
S3E2 - G33ks Like Us - Dr. Megan Connell, PsyD, ABPP
Dr. Megan Connell from G33ks Like Us talks about her love for playing D&D with her family lead her to integrate role playing games into therapy. Listen as we talk about Clinical Roll, Brain Noodles, Psychology at the Table, Monte Cook's Consent in Gaming, and Jazz!   
August 18, 2020
S3E1 - Green Ronin - Chris Pramas
Season 3 kicks off with Chris Pramas, the founder and president of Green Ronin Publishing. We talk about gaming with family, GenCon, Will Wheaton's Game Mastering, the AGE system, and more!
August 04, 2020
Season 3 Teaser
Season 3 begins August 4th 2020!
July 27, 2020
S2E12: Shotguns & Sorcery - Matt Forbeck
Today we are joined by award winning author, Matt Forbeck who talks with us about his just released Shotguns & Sorcery RPG, along with the return of the Endless Quest series, GenCon memories, and gaming with his children.
July 18, 2020
S2E11: Capps Games - John Capps
Happy 4th of July! I'm joined by John Capps, the creator of Capps Games, who has been playing tabletop role playing games for 47 years! He talks about raising his children on gaming, playing D&D with his grandchildren, and the return of Capps Games with a new RPG! 
July 04, 2020
S2E10: Legacy - India Potter
In this Father's Day Special, I talk with India Potter, The Dungeon Maestro, about how sharing D&D with her father has changed her life and created a lasting legacy.   
June 21, 2020
S2E9: Amazing Tales - Martin Lloyd
Martin Lloyd, the creator of Amazing Tales, and I talk about how role playing games foster's children's creativity and the latest expansions for Amazing .   
June 11, 2020
S2E8: Everlore - David Thompson & Uriah Bordeneau
Join us as David Thompson, creator of Everlore, Uriah Bordeneau, star of the Everlore streaming game, and I talk about diversity, inclusivity, and family at the game table. 
June 04, 2020
June Preview
Upcoming episodes of Raised on DnD! Everlore on June 4th, Amazing Tales on June 18th, and Legacy on June 21st. Besure to tune in for these inspirational and  exciting conversations. 
May 28, 2020
S2E7: Gamer Mom - Drew, Emily, & Jennifer
Happy Mother's Day! This special Mother's Day episode brings you the inspiring stories of 3 different moms from around the world who have brought their families and communities closer with Dungeons & Dragons. 
May 10, 2020
S2E6: TableTop Gaming - Jade Duguay
In this Mother's Day Xtra, I'm joined by Jade Duguay of Dames & Games and we discuss how RPGs & Board Gaming is great for family and how you're never too old to learn new games.
May 08, 2020
S2E5: The Crafting Muse - Vee Muse
In this Mother's Day Xtra, Vee Muse shares her story of how gaming with her family lead to her becoming The Crafting Muse and playing D&D in a Castle!
May 07, 2020
S2E4: My Better Half - Cassandra Cardarelli
In this Mother's Day Xtra, my wife, Cassandra, and I discuss our experiences raising our children on D&D. 
May 06, 2020
S2E3: Playground Adventures - BJ Hensley
Join me as writer, publisher, mom, and gamer, BJ Hensley, talks with us about raising her children around the game table, her own game company Playground Adventures, and how RPGs help families! 
May 04, 2020
S2E2: Lost In the Fantasy World - Diogo Nogueira
This Mid-Month Short brings you Diogo Nogueira creator of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, Dark Streets & Darker Secrets, and, the soon to be available, Lost In The Fantasy World! Join us as we discuss Old School RPGs and playing with family!
April 18, 2020
Season 2 Trailer!
Hear some of the upcoming guests on Raised on DnD!
April 05, 2020
S2E1: Teacher Gamer Handbook - Zachary Reznichek
Welcome to Season 2! Our guest, Zachary Reznichek, talks about education opportunities with role playing games, advice on integrate games into your school, and his Teacher Gamer Handbook currently being funded on Learn more at
April 04, 2020
S1E8 - D&D/RPGs with Kids & Family - Brandon Traynor
This Mid-Month Short brings you Brandon Traynor the creator of the Facebook group "Dungeons and Dragons, Roleplaying Games with Kids and Family" We talk about how social media helps families and enriches their home tabletop role playing games.  
March 21, 2020
S1E7: Third Eye Games - Eloy LaSanta
This episode we talk with Third Eye Games creator, Eloy LaSanta, about The Pip System, Mermaid Adventures, Part-Time Gods, and more. Also the winners of our Pip System Corebook Giveaway are announced in this episode. 
March 04, 2020
S1E6 - Adventurer's Guild - Brian Mathers & Charles Frierman
This Mid-Month Short brings the story of two librarians, Brian Mathers & Charles Frierman, who have created a safe and fun environment for tweens and teens to play Dungeons & Dragons at their local library.
February 24, 2020
S1E5 Trailer
Travis Hanson, the creator of Life of the Party: Realities of a RPG'er, talks about gaming, comics, conventions, and family!
February 06, 2020
S1E5: Life of the Party - Travis Hanson
Our guest this month is Travis Hanson,  the creator of Life of the Party: Realities of a RPG'er. Listen as Travis and I talk about gaming, comics, conventions, and family!
February 04, 2020
S1E4 - Using Languages in RPGs - DM Josh
This Mid-Month Short brings you DM Josh tells his secret to mimicking sounds and languages for use in your RPGs. 
January 13, 2020
S1E3: Hero Kids - Justin Halliday
This episode I'm joined by Justin Halliday creator of Hero Kids! Justin gives us some insights into gaming with younger players, discusses a new post apocalyptic game he is working on, and tells us about Hero Kids Creators Guild.
January 04, 2020
S1E2: Family Tradition - Luke Gygax
This episode, I'm joined by Luke Gygax, son of Gary Gygax the creator of Dungeons & Dragons. Luke talks to us about being raised on D&D and how he is raising his own children on tabletop role playing games. Don't miss this very special episode!   
December 04, 2019
Season 1 Trailer
November 21, 2019
S1E1: Growing up around the Game Table
Our guest will be a young lady who has literally been Raised on DnD. Tune in as Lexi Cardarelli tells about her experience growing up around the game table, and gives some advice for gaming parents to help their teens put down the cell phones and pick up some dice with the family.
November 05, 2019