This is the Patreon page for 20 Sided Stories, an improvised "actual-play" podcast where a rotating cast of self-proclaimed comedians, artists, performers, nerds, writers, and what have you, play a table-top RPG and deliver the spontaneity to you in the form of a improvised radio play. That means sound effects and design and an original music score! And we want you to freely drop in and out, so every season (8-13 episodes) will be a new adventure with new characters and new stories.
You can find a two minute introductory podcast here.
20 Sided Stories is executive produced by Sage G.C. and Greg Reasoner. We are Bay Area located improvisers with varied backgrounds in storytelling, performance, and comedy. In early 2015, we started an ambitious interactive choose-your-own-adventure film series called Choice of Action (currently in post-production) which was helmed by Sage's film duo/studio Paper Mirror Films. Sage has been taking directing, acting, and writing music seriously since 2012, while Greg founded the award winning improv team Dragon Viper Cobra that has been going strong since 2010. We are also huge nerds and podcast fans who see a void in improvised content that we want to help fill!
There's one big issue with recording sessions of role playing games; as fantastic and fun and imaginative and intense as they can be, these games often take a lot of talking. And unless you are the most charismatic group of comedians in the world (or happen to live in Chicago), it can be pretty unapproachable. Rather than bank on our charisma score (which, don't worry, its above average), we want to bring you into our stories and create truly immersive audio serials for you to enjoy no matter where you are or what your commute is.
The podcast will be organized into separate series, each of which will start with a pilot season and may be expanded to have sequels depending on your feedback. But our goal is to spice it up as much as possible to build a varied catalog for you and our future listeners to explore at their own pace.
To us the world of Table Top RPG's are not just anti-social basement games for nerds looking to number crunch their next killing blow, they are vastly flexible and wonderful tools for group storytelling and automatic laugh machines just waiting to be operated. 20 Sided Stories hopes to rid once-and-for-all that feeling of "you had to be there" and capture the honest magic that is pen, paper, polyhedral dice, and good company.
Everyone has a podcast these days. So we aren't going to sit here and tell you it costs a lot. That being said, everyone has a podcast these days, and it costs a lot to stand out. That's where you come in. By pledging any amount of money on Patreon, you are directly supporting 20 Sided Stories and giving a base for the podcast to grow beyond a Monday night hobby. That may be how we started, but we see so much more in the future! We want explore all sorts of settings, worlds, and systems. We want to bring in notable guest players and guest musicians and licenced music. We want to sound as legit and immersive as technically possible. We want to do more live stage shows! All this costs money and time because duh. Sage wants to do his best and bring on the best. But he really can't do it without your support. You can check out our Goals column for a clearer breakdown of what we're shooting for in the near future.
Patreon is a wonderfully streamlined place to get the funds necessary for a niche project such as this. Beyond something like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, Patreon allows its creators to create with sustainability. Which, for a weekly podcast, is not just key, its necessary. We want 20 Sided Stories to be an ongoing series. While the show will always be free to the public, if you take a look at our rewards column, we have some cool stuff to sweeten your donation. For as little as $1 per season, not only are you directly supporting the podcast and helping it flourish, but you get content that isn't available to anyone else, directly from us. You also get access to an exclusive feed here on Patreon that opens up easier, more direct communication with you, the listeners! DIRECT DIRECT DIRECT.
Whatever you decide to put down, if you do, thank you.
We appreciate it greatly and will be doing everything possible to prove our gratitude and put your funding to good use.