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Not Another D&D Podcast (shortened to NADDPOD) is another D&D podcast, this time an Actual Play from the mind of CollegeHumor alumnus Brian "Daddy Murph" Murphy. He is joined by Jake Hurwitz, Emily Axford, and Caldwell Tanner, who all play a delightful and memorable host of characters in Brian's worlds.

The podcast also features a number of side quests and one-shots, notably "The Trinyvale Adventures" with Caldwell as Dungeon Master a.k.a. "Duncle" and "The Mavrus Chronicles," which uses the Bahumia setting but has Emily taking the reins as DM.

Campaigns and Casts

     The Bahumia Campaign 
  • 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 of Bahumia. Their adventures left ripples throughout Bahumia, including starting cults, creating an underground drug market, and leaving a power vacuum in Hell that was begging to be filled.
  • This campaign follows the adventuring group collectively known as the Band of Boobs as they set off to clean up this mess. 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.

The cast for the Bahumia campaign includes:

  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Hardwon Surefoot, Pride of the Dwarfanage and Bastard of the Mountain
  • Emily Axford as Moonshine Cybin, Crick elf druid and Fungal Queen
  • Caldwell Tanner as Beverly Toegold V, Green Teen and a very good boy

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

It also provides examples of the following tropes

  • 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.
    • The Sword of Pestilence, formerly wielded by the titular Horseman of the Apocalypse. As a Paladin, Bev is immune to disease... but he carelessly hands the blade off to someone who isn't, and through him, Pestilence is able to infect and control nearly everyone in Gladeholm.
  • 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.
  • Body Horror: Inevitably the fate of victims of the Horseman of Pestilence.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "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.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Boobs take this tack whenever possible, and their willingness to spare defeated enemies has won them many useful allies.
  • 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.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Appliance: The party is given a "speaking stone" by Red - effectively a fantasy Comm Link. Throughout the campaign the players jokingly use it in ways that sugggest it's like a smartphone with features such as taking photos, playing music and accessing social media.
  • 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.
  • A Hell of a Time: Played With. The Nine Hells are dangerous planes populated by tormented and evil souls, but they're also filled with appealing activities like demolition derbies and lavish casinos. When Penteghost is installed by Moonshine as the ruler of the underworld, he cuts off the hells past the upper, less threatening levels, and the party rechristens them "The One Hells".
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Downplayed— the Crick folk seem to be mostly friendly and well-adjusted, but their idea of disciplining rowdy children is to throw them in the "time out bag".
  • Honorary Daddy: Beverly adopts fathers quite frequently. Aside from his biological dad, he has Hardwon, Balnor, Fire Daddy, and others.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The classic four (War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death) appear in the final arc as major villains.
  • 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 Holy Avenger and names it Birdslayer. “Birds” being what our heroes call Thiala’s angels.
  • 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.
  • Malicious Misnaming: A downplayed example with Pendeghost, who the Boobs refer to as "Pendergreens" note  so exclusively that eventually even Murph picks it up. Over time, it becomes less teasing and more affectionate.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Boobs' somewhat lackadaisical approach to problem solving occasionally comes back around to bite them. This is most notable in Episode 98, where it's revealed that not only did Beverly's mishandling of Pestilence's sword allow it to infect Erdan and use him as a puppet to take over everyone in Gladeholm, but that the army of trolls the party released by picking flowers in the Feywild has been marshaled by the Horseman of War into a raid on Hell.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The party has been run out of town following their adventures.
  • Odd Friendship: Pendeghost, the Lord of Darkness, is imprisoned inside a mystical gem by the party after they defeat him, but the Boobs grow to like him and Moonshine in particular becomes quite close to him, and feels personally responsible for his welfare when she's forced by circumstance to entrust the Hellfire Crown to him.
  • 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.
    • Brian reciting the podcast's website and Twitter handle led to the cast picking up on the "POD" at the end of it and singing "Youth of a Nation", by P.O.D., which in turn led to Brian changing his read to "That's N-A-D-D-P-O-D, don't sing yet..."
  • 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.
  • Spot the Imposter:
    • In A Faerie Tale, the Boobs play a game where they must identify who among them has been replaced by a witch and kill them. Moonshine immediately outs Balnor as the witch when she says his favourite food is chicken.
    • At the beginning of The Shadowfell Saga, the Boobs wake up to two Hardwons. The smell of sulfur gives away the imposter and they defeat it to reveal it to be shapeshifting mist creature.
  • 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.
  • You Are in Command Now: When the gang kills the Watcher, Uku places Tonathan Tinkle in charge of the late god's monastic order, before perishing himself in the tower's collapse.

     The Trinyvale Adventures 
  • Welcome friends, to the table and a campaign led by dungeon master (a.k.a. "Duncle") Caldwell. Dive into Trinyvale, a world "where magic is as common as water, treasure lurks in every cavern and crystals are goddamn everywhere. It is a true adventurer's paradise."
  • This bonus campaign follows the adventures of Retrieval Team #22, a trio of adventurers who search for relics called the Ginnarak Crystals on behalf of a mysterious figure known only as the Benefactor. Along the way, team 22 uncovers the mystery of these crystals' origins as well as a greater conspiracy concerning the gods who watch over this strange cube-shaped world.

The cast for the Trinyvale Adventures includes:

  • Caldwell Tanner as the Dungeon Master
  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as Jens Lyndelle, elven sword dancer and lover of money and fame
  • Emily Axford as Onyx Lumiere, moonfolk warlock and big Trinstagram influencer
  • Jake Hurwitz as Nyack of the Rana'For, half-elven ranger of the jungle and half-brother (or "half-stranger") to Jens

     The Mavrus Chronicles 
  • Welcome back to Bahumia, but instead of the Band of Boobs it's time for some Bon Frere behavior! Set a few years before the events of the main Bahumia campaign, we follow returning character Mavrus the Unskooled along with his crew of boys crashing the small seaside town of Salty Peaks in their quest to have the best summer ever.
  • Just as the boys (later referred to by the unwanted moniker of the Bon Freres) are about to participate in an epic drinking tournament Carl, the fifth member of their crew, disappears without a trace. The Bon Freres head off in search of Carl, embroiling themselves in an underwater adventure and discover a greater mystery involving disappearing tourists, mermaids and a bird that looks exactly like Henry Cavill.

The cast for the Mavrus Chronicles includes:

  • Emily Axford as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Tread Nevers, tiefling bard and pop punk aficionado
  • Caldwell Tanner as Hungry Dave, dragonborn disc golfer and eater of all things nasty
  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as Cormac Darkstout (a.k.a. Mac, Son of Mumford), dwarven hipster cleric and brewer of the hoppiest microbrews this side of Irondeep
  • Zac Oyama as Mavrus the Unskooled, tiefling sorcerer and leader of the Bon Freres


     The Eldermourne Campaign 
  • This time it's the "campaign after the campaign after the campaign" and here we enter the dark fairytale world of Eldermourne. Eldermourne is a place where you're just as likely to run into sprites as much as undead horrors, where shadows mix with whimsical magic. Created by a god known only as the Elder, this world feels the effects of an ages-old conflict between the Elder's two younger siblings, the Reaper and the Trickster.
  • This campaign follows a trio of adventurers who meet in the crime-ridden town of Thornkirk on the heels of a terrifying Horror who has left a swath of bodies cut clean in half wherever they go, a Horror that shares a connection with each of our fledgling heroes.

The cast for the Eldermourne campaign includes:

  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Henry Hogfish, human Echo Knight and part-time pugilist
  • Emily Axford as Fia Boginya, a book lover and the hedge witch on the edge of town
  • Caldwell Tanner as Zirk Vervain, frazzled elven coroner in training and talented alchemist


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