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Not Another D&D Podcast (shortened to NADDPOD) is another D&D podcast, this time an Actual Play from the homebrew setting of Bahumia and the mind of CollegeHumor alumnus Brian "Daddy Murph" Murphy. He is joined by Jake Hurwitz (Hardwon Surefoot), Emily Axford (Moonshine Cybin), and Caldwell Tanner (Beverly Toegold V), collectively known as the Band of Boobs. The main party also includes several NPCs: Moonshine's opossum, Paw Paw, and the bumbling Balnor the Brave and occasionally the Crick Elf sharpshooter Ol'Cobb.

Described as "the campaign after the campaign," the story initially dealt with the consequences of the actions of three Legendary Heroes who defeated Asmodeus and saved the world. Their adventures left ripples throughout the land of Bahumia, including starting cults, creating an underground drug market, and leaving a power vacuum in Hell that was begging to be filled. The podcast follows the Band of Boobs as they set off to clean up this mess.

The main campaign has currently lead the party through the following chapters:

This podcast provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Moonshine definitely counts, and there's also Alanis and Thiala of the Legendary Heroes, Egwene Kindleaf, Meemaw Jolene, and Jaina Bronzebeard.
  • The Alleged Car: Hardwon inherits his father's airship and is blinded by how rundown and old it really is.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted and Played for Laughs as gnomes are treated this way by the Band of Boobs after a few bad encounters, but ultimately there are many examples of normal or even heroic gnomes.
  • Anachronism Stew: Burger sliders and toilets exist, but so does feudalism.
  • An Asskicking Crickmas: The Holiday special which involves a Grinch plot and carnivorous gnomes.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The Ezry Chronicles, as described by Murph in the first year recap. Makes sense, as it was their first guest-star arc.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: When Hardwon is vampirized by Scarlett Montgomery in the Shadowfell, Jake plays as J'velin, a cheery and inexplicably Kiwi-accented dwarf revenant barbarian, for the following several episodes.
  • Another Dimension: The Elemental Chaos, the Feywild, Shadowfell, the Astral Plane, Hell and Elysium.
  • Artifact of Doom: The party encounters, and collects, a few of them. One of the most dangerous is Ilsed's notebook, which offers great power at a terrible price and corrupted Moonshine's aunt.
    • The Hellfire Crown, which gives the wearer control over the Nine Hells but inevitably turns them evil.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Moonshine has the ability to spew deadly fungal spores at her enemies and if she lands a KO with this move she can choose to reanimate their corpse as an undead servant. It doesn't happen that often, and Emily is bummed about that. After Hardwon is turned into a vampire thrall by Scarlet Montgomery, Moonshine becomes disgusted with this power and swears off using it.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Our heroes are silly, but capable.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: As inhabitants of the Living Woods.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Beverly kisses his friend and fellow Green Teen, Erlin, during a tense moment.
    • Hardwon meets Gemma after dozens of episodes alluding to her. They share a kiss. She is then assassinated.
    • A third, subverted example comes during the Band's fight against Queen Ezra. Hardwon attempts to invoke True Love's Kiss on Moonshine after she gets her heart frozen by the Queen's magic. Because of the rather unpleasant situation it took place in, and their general (lack of) emotional maturity, it doesn't get brought up much after and they awkwardly pretend it never happened.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Hardwon stands over 6 feet tall, Moonshine is lean, if top-heavy, and Beverly is a halfling, and a young one at that.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As noted in the first year wrap-up episode, most of the chapters don't end great for our heroes.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The player characters and NPCs frequently reference the nature of the podcast, out of universe knowledge, and game mechanics. There really is no effort made to avoid this.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Something ain't right at the crick."
    • "Callooh Callay!"
    • "Watch this."
    • "Strike true."
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Dark consequences of the legendary heroes' actions and revelations about character backstories create more serious context for jokes, but the jokes never go away.
  • The Clan: The Bronzebeards are a dwarven clan that has seen better days.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: A lot of their plans come off like this, and Murph puts a high DC, accordingly.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Balnor may come off as a bumbling, awkward Sixth Ranger, but he's a fully capable fighter when push comes to shove. Alanis reveals that in other timelines, the Band of Boobs wiped without Balnor to assist them, and she personally sent him back in time to aid them, with her reasoning being that he's competent enough to help them out of a jam, but not so strong that he would stunt their growth as heroes— or, worse, attract the attention of Thiala.
  • Evil Is Petty: Professor Duttle not only brainwashed Stunkbug, but also implanted false memories of him eating shit on the regular "because it was funny."
  • Fantastic Drug: R.Cane, which grants temporary magical abilities to the user, with a risk of catastrophic failure. This risk gets higher with repeated usage. It's also highly addictive.
  • Flanderization: In a Tropes Are Not Bad example, many characters start off rather simple, only to be slowly iterated on and exaggerated until they develop more a personality.
    • Hardwon starts as a fairly standard Straight Man until Jake develops more confidence in D&D and learns to exaggerate his negative qualities for the sake of humor.
    • Balnor began as a generic heroic knight figure until the crew caught on to his simple but loving nature and accepted him as the group dad.
    • Meemaw was a very maternal figure without much characterization until we learned about her wild and dirty side.
  • Fungus Humongous: Moonshine has the ability to become a "Fungal Entity."
  • Great Offscreen War: The Giant Wars are mentioned early on, which several Toegolds have been said to have fought and died in. It isn't until Episode 30 that we meet a giant refugee and learn the war wasn't as black-and-white as it was first presented.
    • Played for Laughs in the Feywild arc, when the Boobs recklessly unleash dozens of trolls on a pursuing army of fairies, leading to the table humorously narrating the horrible ensuing massacre and succession wars among the new "Troll kings" while the party enjoys a rest in the beautiful feywild scenery.
  • Honorary Daddy: Beverly adopts fathers quite frequently. Aside from his biological dad, he has Hardwon, Balnor, Fire Daddy, and others.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • Hardwon's axe is named after his ex, Gemma.
    • Galad Rosell's greatsword is named Rosaline, though we don't know if it's named after anyone.
    • Galad also gifts a sword to Beverly which he names after his scoutmasters, Hardshine.
    • Hardwon trades Gemma for the mythical King's Hammer, and renames it the Queen's hammer in tribute to her.
    • Beverly eventually trades up to a +3 sword and names it Birdslayer.
  • Laughably Evil: Its a recurring theme that the villains are introduced and shown to be threatening and dangerous only to be razzed into being laughable. The fact that this isn't possible with Thiala is one of the indicators of how dangerous she is.
  • Loose Canon: The live shows take place at ambiguous times, and several of them are explicitly non-canon.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Somewhat subverted, as the world moves on even without the intervention of the main group.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The party has been run out of town following their adventures.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with the many Peetrees down at the Crick.
  • One-Winged Angel: The characters face King Ludwig Bronzebeard transformed into a Mithril Dragon due to cursed armor.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Ilsed was a necromancer who attempted to conquer Bahumia in the name of Asmodeus, before being stopped by the Legendary Heroes. After the death of Asmodeus, he arises to the throne of the Nine Hells.
  • Physical God: The Watcher, Melora, Thiala and the Golden Lady are the only gods left on the Material Plane.
  • The Plague: Crick Rot
  • Posthumous Character: Hardwon's parents. One of them comes back. Also, Ilsed.
  • The Role Player: The three are pretty good at making decisions in character. Special mention goes to Jake, as this is his first time playing DnD.
  • Running Gag:
    • "ONE BIG BED"
    • Balnor watching the bags.
    • Beverly's obsession with looting teeth.
    • Beverly's unsettlingly flat ass.
    • Moonshine's general repulsiveness despite her "fertile figure" and hospitable personality.
    • Moonshine and Hardwon being an absolutely horrible influence on Beverly.
    • Hardwon constantly trying to look and seem cool, usually without success.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After telling him "I'm proud of you," Rust's uncle father runs out of of the fight with Heurog and uses Wall of Stone to seal the entrance.
  • The Starscream: Ilsed is alluded to have been this to Asmodeus. He takes over as lord of the Nine Hells after the latter's defeat.
  • Token Minority: Tonathan is the only gnome who is aligned with our heroes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Balnor loves tuna so much that his companions instantly know they're facing an imposter when "Balnor" claims chicken is his favorite food.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Moonshine gets multiple: first, Marabelle heavily hints that she *created* Moonshine with her fungal powers, and that she wasn't Jolene's child at all. In true Crick Elf fashion, Moonshine refuses when asked if she wants the truth. Later, however, we get it anyway, on top of another revelation: Moonshine is Jolene's kid... with a high elf. This is, of course, more horrifying a possibility to Moonshine than the first.

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