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The New York Neo-Futurists' on-going and ever-changing attempt to create immediate art continues! Hit Play on any episode to hear a selection of Neo-Futurist experiments in audio. New episodes every other Monday
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Dungeons + Drama Nerds

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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). Episodes release weekly alternating between Actual Play and Commentary episodes investigating a certain TTRPG system. Season 2 will feature: Blades in the Dark, Bluebeard's Bride, Kids on Bikes, Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Best Friend's Birthday Present Inside!, and Lancer. Season 1 ...
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Ready to DIE??? Hope you have your will and testament ready to go as Michael John Improta sets out to kill you with his jokes! When was the last time you laughed so hard you couldn’t breathe? Could be today! This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode was created by Michael John Improta. Hi…
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In the first episode of our new Dark Time series between actual-play campaigns, Nick, Percy, and ensemble member Leo Mock talk collaborative worldbuilding in TTRPGs and devising, focusing on a definition of worldbuilding as the tangible ways we shape the spaces in which we're making theatre or playing games together. They discuss what works about e…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode: love, loss, biting, singing, barking, pooping, and learning how to (or not) say goodbye. This episode was created by Joey Rizzolo. Hit Play is produced by Anthony Sertel Dean and Jake Banasiewicz. Sound designed by Anthony Sertel Dean. Our logo i…
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Percy, Todd, and Nick here with some announcements about the show’s format and our next actual-play campaign! See you soon with more Dungeons + Drama Nerds. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed and edited by Percival Hornak. Our theme music is by Anthony Sertel De…
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Percy sits down with the ARC cast to chat about their experiences with playing this game, things they wish they had had time to explore, and what it was like to race against the Doom Clock! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed and edited by Percival Hornak. Our th…
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Aided by an unexpected ally, our heroes contend with the arrival of Yok Edije and attempt to save Startide Hollow from an impending Doom. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed and edited by Percival Hornak. Our theme music is by Anthony Sertel Dean, and our logo ar…
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Percy, Chris, Todd, and Nick gather to talk about the way rituals that recharge spells and techniques in ARC blend real life and the game's fiction, and what opportunities that blurring of the magic circle's boundary opens up. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed …
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With a dark ritual complete, our heroes fight on against Kuzbahn’s minions on the City Council - and against the poison they’ve been dosed with! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed and edited by Percival Hornak. Our theme music is by Anthony Sertel Dean, and our …
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Hot on Kuzbahn’s trail, our heroes learn of a sinister plot afoot and race to the edge of Startide Hollow in an attempt to avert disaster. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed and edited by Percival Hornak. Our theme music is by Anthony Sertel Dean, and our logo a…
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Todd and Chris sit down with our beloved contributor Anthony Sertel Dean as well as Rob Neill, Co-Artistic Director of the New York Neo-Futurists, to talk about their show The Infinite Wrench, a theatrical race against the clock akin to the mechanics of ARC. Check out the New York Neo-Futurists: https://www.nyneofuturists.org/ https://www.nyneofutu…
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After Silt's vision of the approaching Doom, a creature of legend called Yok Edije, spurs the crew to action, Gorm, Deniz, Twili, Silt, and Lemon Sprinkle continue their investigation of the ongoing turtle-fication of Startide Hollow at City Hall. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and th…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode: Teen angst, older wiser lesbians, an obsession with Avril Lavigne, driving in the car with your crush, dead dads…MJ takes a page out of Alison Bechdel's book and attempts the impossible. This episode was created by MJ Farrell Hit Play is produced…
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Meet the heroes of our ARC campaign as they prepare for the upcoming martial arts tournament and investigate the disappearance of one of its potential champions! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and this episode was mixed and edited by Todd Brian Backus. Our theme music is by Anthony Se…
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We kick off our campaign of momatoes' ARC with Chris, Percy, Todd, and Nick as they sit down to go over how to play the game and what they're most excited about in this TTRPG system. Tune in next week for the kickoff to our campaign, and head over to our Patreon for early episode releases and to hear our Session 0 for the game! Dungeons and Drama N…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode: Chan’s putting her queer matchmaking skills to the test and is in hot pursuit of Julia’s soulmate...if soulmates even exist… Think you or someone you know might be a good match for Julia? Head to bit.ly/juliasbiglove and make yourself known! This…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode: hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle…WTF how is a cow gonna jump over the moon? Who even wrote that nursery rhyme? How big is the average cow? Can you milk a bull? Is there such thing as “over” in space? Can a person sustain pure joy across …
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode, listen as our own "Manship of La Mancha" attempts to make an NBA roster. Check out Mike's TikTok here. This episode was created by Mike Manship. Hit Play is produced by Anthony Sertel Dean and Julia Melfi Our sound designer is Anthony Sertel Dean…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode, we get alchemical, as Val looks to morph and transmute, claiming the power of gold and gas. This episode was created by Val Ramirez. Hit Play is produced by Anthony Sertel Dean and Julia Melfi Our sound designer is Anthony Sertel Dean Our logo is…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode, on his 10 year New Yorkiversary Brent retraces his steps, from his first apartment to the auditions that he took. He wonders, do dreams have an expiration date? This episode was created by Brent Whiteside. Hit Play is produced by Anthony Sertel D…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode, Anooj gets into fruit and fraud. This episode was created by Anooj Bhandari. Hit Play is produced by Anthony Sertel Dean and Julia Melfi Our sound designer is Anthony Sertel Dean Our logo is by Gabriel Drozdov Special thanks this episode to Anooj…
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This season on Hit Play, we are facing impossible tasks – one audio experiment at a time. This episode, Lee taps in to the history of one of New York's East Village's hidden treasures. This episode was created by Lee LeBreton. Hit Play is produced by Anthony Sertel Dean and Julia Melfi Our sound designer is Anthony Sertel Dean Our logo is by Gabrie…
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We are coming back for season 4, but first, we want to share with you the work made by the students in Joey Rizzolo's course “Podcasting Non-Illusory Audio Art” at Oberlin College. These students studied Neo-Futurist forms of storytelling and told their own stories using a wide array of sound modes. If you want to learn more about how we make our w…
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Nick sits down with the cast and Keeper of our Brindlewood Bay campaign to talk about their experience playing this system, reflect on the campaign, and hypothesize about all the possible deleted scenes they could have played out. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited…
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In a thrilling finale, our Mavens confront the Midwives of the Fragrant Void and solve the final mystery as they attempt to stop the imminent ritual. Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions from Christopher Dierc…
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Having received an invitation to the re-opening of Beauregard's Bar, the Mavens prepare to face off against the Midwives of the Fragrant Void and unravel the conspiracy once and for all. Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features…
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Percy, Nick, and ensemble member Jon Jon talk about the concept of the magic circle and how we can use it as a tool in TTRPGs and in performance, touching on the exploratory power of play, consent and intimacy choreography, and the question of who defines the magic circle in the first place. Works Cited:- Germaine - “The Magic Circle as Occult Tech…
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The Mavens continue their investigation of the murder of The Great Grievous and the looming presence of the Midwives of the Fragrant Void that overshadows their efforts. Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions fr…
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The Mavens begin to investigate the murder of the Great Grievous and sink ever deeper into the broader conspiracies at work in Brindlewood Bay. But first, brunch! Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions from Chri…
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Nick, Todd, and Percy talk about the intersection of ageism and sexism in theatre and in media, how it limits the kinds of stories we see about older women, and the intervention Brindlewood Bay makes in its centering of characters who are elderly women. Works referenced: - Diane Riggins - "Gender in Fiction: An Autoethnographic Approach to J.R.R. T…
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Thanks for hitting play and listening to Hit Play all season! We wrapped season 3 of the show with a live episode recorded at Caveat in New York City's Lower East Side on February 13th, 2023. In the future from that moment, we listen back to the time spent there, then, now. If you like what you hear and want to support the New York Neo-Futurists, s…
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Shaken by their encounter with the new District Attorney, the Mavens head to the Autumn fair at Brindlewood Bay Community College and attend a magic show, uncertain what new horrors might be hidden among the magician's tricks. Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by An…
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The Mavens regroup and recover after investigating their friend Teddy's disappearance, then stop by the new District Attorney's office for a quick meeting on the way to an autumn festival at Brindlewood Bay Community College, where nothing could possibly go wrong ... right? Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, a…
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Percy and Todd sit down to chat with composer Joel B. New and TTRPG designer Jason Cordova about New's EP, Cabot Cove, and Cordova's game Brindlewood Bay. They talk about what inspired their respective works in conversation with Murder She Wrote, their connections to the show, and why Jessica Fletcher is a gay icon. Joel’s website: https://joelbnew…
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Thanks for Hitting Play all season and listening to Hit Play. This episode: some Neo-Futurists chose their favorite Hit Play pieces from the season to highlight. Some of the plays may contain sensitive topics. For more specific content warnings, check out the timecodes below. We will be wrapping the season with a live podcast recording on February …
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Our Mavens theorize just who is behind Hamlet's murder at the local community theatre, and go on a quest to find their missing acquaintance, Teddy... Dungeons + Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions from Christopher Dierc…
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Our Mavens continue their investigation of a murder at the local community theatre, uncovering more and more clues and facing the creeping dangers of the void... Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions from Chr…
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Nick and ensemble member Leo Mock chat about coziness in theatre and in TTRPGs - what makes something cozy? What's the value of coziness? How can we embrace spookiness and the benefits of scary play in both mediums? Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Ser…
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After a tragic death at the invited dress rehearsal for the local community theater production of Hamlet, the Mavens look around for clues, demonstrate their expertise in lighting fixtures, and try to figure out who murdered the production's lead. Just as a heads up, for the rest of our Brindlewood Bay campaign, we'll be bringing you back to back e…
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Thanks for Hitting Play and then listening to Hit Play. This episode, we confront the big stuff: order, the beyond, and holiday travel. If you like what you hear and want to support the New York Neo-Futurists, subscribe to the show, tell a friend, and leave a review on your listening app of choice. We’d love to hear from you! @nyneofuturists on Ins…
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After a few weeks of downtime, the Mavens come together once again to attend an invited dress rehearsal of a high-concept community theatre production of Hamlet put on by the Brindlewood Bay Bravados, but they encounter a death that isn't in the script... Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis…
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The Murder Mavens gossip, meddle, and confront the villainous rich in the thrilling conclusion to our first Brindlewood Bay mystery: A Fried Fish Filleted! CONTENT WARNING: There is a moment of eye-related horror at the very end of the episode. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mi…
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Thanks for Hitting Play and then listening to Hit Play. This episode: we start super, we accept the mission, and we do this show. Some of the plays may contain sensitive topics. For more specific content warnings, check out the timecodes below. If you like what you hear and want to support the New York Neo-Futurists, subscribe to the show, tell a f…
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Nick sits down with the Keeper for our game of Brindlewood Bay, C. Meaks Meaker, to talk about their relationship to the horror genre, the intersection of theatre and TTRPGs in their work, and The Walking Dead. Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel D…
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This episode: odes, pep talks, and simulations. Our on-going and ever-changing attempt to create audio experiments for you continues. Content warnings in the full show notes. Show Notes: Thanks for Hitting Play and then listening to Hit Play. This episode: odes, pep talks, and simulations. Some of the plays may contain sensitive topics. For more sp…
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Meet our group of Murder Mavens as they live their lives, drive corporations out of their scenic New England town, and encounter their first mystery in the first episode of our campaign of Jason Cordova's Brindlewood Bay! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Antho…
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Nick, Todd, and Percy talk through the rules of Brindlewood Bay, their favorite Maven Moves, and what excites them most about the game and our upcoming campaign! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Season Three features contributions from Chr…
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Thanks for Hitting Play and then listening to Hit Play. This episode: Top Gun. Communication without tone. And, Hilary listens to herself, for once. If you like what you hear and want to support the New York Neo-Futurists, donate to our Best Of Theme Contest! You can also subscribe to the show, tell a friend, leave a review on your listening app of…
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Todd interviews the cast of our Thirsty Sword Lesbians game about their experience with this game system, things they wish they could have explored further, and, of course, their OTP from the campaign! Dungeons and Drama Nerds is produced by Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, and Nicholas Orvis, and is mixed and edited by Anthony Sertel Dean. Seas…
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As a treat, we're bringing you a clip from our Patreon series of collaborator interviews, featuring Christopher Diercksen from our games of Dungeons & Dragons and Oh Dang, Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend's Birthday Present Inside! To listen to the full interview, join us on Patreon at the link below. If you’d like to help us continue exploring …
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Thanks for Hitting Play and then listening to Hit Play. bones, hauntings, and s-s-s-songs! Some of the plays may contain sensitive topics. For more specific content warnings, check out the timecodes below. If you like what you hear and want to support the New York Neo-Futurists, subscribe to the show, tell a friend, and leave a review on your liste…
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