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"On the shores of a secret island, in the middle of a mist-shrouded lake, far from the sight of any other land, stand four heros... unfortunately."
Bren, Episode 1

Casters & Castles is a web series where a group of casters for the Overwatch League play Dungeons & Dragons.

The games are broadcast live on Twitch and posted later to YouTube.

The cast is as follows:

  • Brennon "Bren" Hook as the Dungeon Master
  • Jonathan "Reinforce" Larsson as Jonny the Wise Cleric
  • Josh "Sideshow" Wilkinson as Allan O'Dale the Bard
  • Mitch "Uber" Leslie as Eren Vol the Aasimar Fighter
  • Ashley "DriftwoodAsh" Middlebrook as Lysha Norwalyn the Wood Elf Druid
  • Additional writing and consulting is offered by Joseph "TormentedByGnomes" Carothers


Tropes found in Casters & Castles include:

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: As a druid, one of the creatures Lysha can Wild Shape into is a Giant Spider.
  • Broadcast Live: On Twitch.
  • Common Tongue: A literal example, as Dungeons & Dragons uses "Common" as the basic language for all characters to use, despite members of the party being of different races (which all have their own languages).
  • Damsel in Distress: Subverted. Lysha is the only woman in the party, but often ends up being the most effective in and out of combat.
  • Hypocrite: Lysha always wants to avoid killing and berates the others for killing, but it usually the most deadly in combat (and once combat has started, rarely looks to stop it peacefully). See also Hypocrite Has a Point, since Bren likes to make the players feel bad about murdering, by telling them the backstory of the NPCs they kill.
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  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The players occasionally use suggestions from Twitch chat, and chalk it up to "voices" inside the characters' heads.
  • Leave No Survivors: What most of the party wants to do, most of the time. Much to Lysha's distress.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: The party's quest is to find the lost heir to the throne.
  • The Magnificent: Jonny the Wise.
  • Nerf: Due to a misunderstanding about the spell's description, Lysha's Moonbeam in Episode 3 does way more damage than it is meant to. This, presumably, will be altered in future installments.
  • The Role Player: As a whole, the group seems more concerned with having an interesting character than having one with perfect stats.
  • RPG Mechanics 'Verse:
Lysha: I don't want to burn a 2nd level spell slot on this.
Alan: What's a spell slot?
Episode 3