Dungeons & Dragons is in the middle of a major renaissance, thanks in part to dedicated groups performing the role-playing game online. As fans of Critical Role or The Adventure Zone will tell you, podcasts are vehicles for some of the very best D&D stories of our time. That’s why developer and publisher Wizards of the Coast is inviting nearly two-dozen live play podcasts to sample its newest sourcebook, and you can listen in all throughout the month of May.
Wizards gave 21 live play podcasts and two Twitch channels access to it’s next book, called Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, and asked them to use them it in their next adventure. The result should be a month-long cavalcade of outstanding audio drama, with two podcasts per week and Twitch streams on the weekend.
Tome of Foes goes on sale at local game stores May 18th and lands at other major retailers later in the month. Like Xanathar’s Guide To Everything and Volo’s Guide to Monsters, you can expect it to contain a bit more flavor — in the form of a quirky narrator — than your average splatbook. But it will also be packed to the gills with deadly new monsters, including “new demons and devils, several varieties of elves and duergar, and a vast array of other creatures from throughout the planes of existence.”
- Mon, May 7: Venture Maidens and Sneak Attack!
- Tue, May 8: Dungeon Drunks, Lawful & Orderly
- Wed, May 9: Roll Like a Girl, Drunks and Dragons
- Thu, May 10: Redemption, Heroes Not Included
- Fri, May 11: d20 Dames, RPG Academy
- Mon, May 14: Taking Initiative, DnD RAW
- Tue, May 15: Tabletop Potluck, You Meet in a Tavern
- Wed, May 16: Shadow of the Cabal, Dungeons, Dice & Everything Nice
- Thu, May 17: D&D is for Nerds, The Broadswords
- Fri, May 18: Dice for Brains, Nerd Poker, The Dice Unkind
This isn’t the first time that Wizards has done something with its podcasting community. It also farmed out much of the content for Tomb of Annihilation, a campaign based on Gary Gygax’s original Tomb of Horrors, ahead of its release last year. You can find all of those shows at the official Dungeons & Dragons website.
Full disclosure: The Adventure Zone is, in part, the work of Justin and Griffin McElroy, who also work at Polygon.