Heroes Not Included was excited to participate in the fantastic Podcasts of Foes event from Wizards of the Coast. We produced a special episode, featuring our current characters, that debuted on 10 May on Wizards’ Dungeon Delve podcast feed. This special one-shot episode, wherein the cast take on some of the most dangerous foes in the new Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes book can be found here. To learn more about Podcasts of Foes and to see some of the other great podcasts that participated, visit the official Podcasts of Foes page.
Thank you for visiting our patreon page! Whether you're here to learn more about Heroes Not Included or you would like to become a patron, the cast and I appreciate your interest.
Heroes Not Included is a serialized story podcast featuring actual play using the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast. I produce a weekly show that follows the adventures of a ragtag group seeking fame and fortune across Faerûn and the planes of the multiverse.
But the weekly show is only the beginning. With homebrew roleplaying game content dating back to the 80s, I have a vast collection of material and a depth of experience that I want to share with all of you. Our patrons get access to patron-only posts, monthly updates, meta-game and behind the scenes content. They can listen to the unedited podcasts, featuring meta-game discussions, fart noises, and more. Patrons also can watch gaming tips and tricks videos, receive monthly unique fully detailed characters, access to a special actual play podcast that highlights various roleplaying game systems, and a monthly play kit featuring additional factions, groups, characters, magic items, and setting information. Finally, Legend level patrons can even get a complete digital adventure module instead of having to purchase it through DriveThruRPG.
Along with all this great content, patrons also have an opportunity to make a real difference in my life. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2014. Since that time, my ability to work a traditional job has been hindered by a failing body. This has meant an almost monthly struggle to make ends meet. By supporting me, you will not only be getting some great roleplaying game content and ensuring the ongoing production of Heroes Not Included, you will be helping me cover the cost of medical expenses, groceries, and even rent.
More About the Support Rewards
In addition to being listed as a patron and a supporter of the podcast and the various contents that I will produce, and behind-the-screen content previews, patrons receive a variety of content that they can use to make their own tabletop gaming even better.
Heroes Not Included Uncut
Patrons who support at the Fan level or above get access to our HNI Uncut podcast series. Each one of these podcasts is the unedited and uncut version of the episodes that are available through your favorite podcast app. This contains all our various meta-game discussions, character motivation questions, rules lawyering, and more. If you like behind-the-screen details, worts and all, then this is a great series for you.
Patrons who support at the Sidekick level or above gain special access to a patrons-only serialized podcast featuring unedited actual play of various roleplaying game systems by the Heroes Not Included cast. These are great ways to learn more about a particular system. We recently played Fantasy Flight Games' Edge of the Empire Star Wars RPG, featuring their unique narrative dice system, and Catalyst Game Labs new edition of Shadowrun.
Currently, we are exploring the hard science fiction setting of Eclipse Phase with the talented (and Superhero patron) Josh Hettel. He brings nearly as much roleplaying game experience to the table as myself, beginning with AD&D in the 1980s. A huge fan of Cyberpunk 2020, his enthusaism for the setting is infectious. Together with Greyson Simon, they explore the dangers, horrors, and wonders of the Milky Way galaxy. It is also a great example of how to run a game with only a small group of players. If you love Aeon Flux, the Mass Effect series, The Expanse, Ghost in the Shell, Firefly, Stargate, Cowboy Bebop, and Blade Runner, then you'll love Eclipse Phase.
Fully Detailed Characters
Patrons who support at the Hero level or above will receive a fully detailed character once a month for use in their own Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Need a villain to face off against your player characters? Looking for some ready-made characters for a one-shot adventure for new players? The characters will come with a fleshed out background that gives them a context. Also, these non-player characters come with detailed personalities, an outline of their motivations, and other personal characteristics that will make them playable and useable immediately. And I include a fully detailed stat block with each one. As with everything I create for patrons, it will all be available for your to tweak and make it your own.
Patrons who support at the Superhero level or above receive a monthly play kit that features a unique gang or faction or sect that will contain fully detailed characters, minions, a history of the group and information how the group fits within the broader Forgotten Realms setting. Though, they are kept general enough to fit in almost any fantasy setting available. Are you putting together a new campaign or adventure but you only have a limited amount of time? Are you looking for a unique context for a player character idea? These play kits can provide you with a packet of material that can be used to help create a memorable adventure and all you have to do is add some player characters.
Right now, patrons who support at the Legend level for 4 consecutive months will receive a digital one-shot adventure module. These will be released every 4 months for the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Forgotten Realms game setting. While I'm a big fan of the adventure books being produced by Wizards of the Coast, I miss the simple and straight-forward modules from days gone by that required little prep and a lot less time commitment from everyone. All hail the One Shot! So, this is my chance to fill that gap with easy to play and prep adventures designed for a variety of player character levels. This means that Legend level patrons (who are so for a full year) will receive a total of 3 one-shot adventures.
The creator, producer, and writer of Heroes Not Included, Quinn Sowers (@sowersian) is a former professional photographer, an avid video and tabletop gamer, and a writer who has been playing and running roleplaying games in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years.
It all began when TSR released the 3rd edition of their Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set in 1979. When most kids my age were chasing after crushes, I spent endless hours leaning over a table covered in strange dice, cryptic sheets of paper, pewter figures, and dustings of snack food crumbs. Not only did discovering roleplaying games help me overcome my dyslexia, the games proved to be the spark that ignited a lifelong love of storytelling and adventure.
Nothing in my life has been left untouched by this love for roleplaying games, including doing graduate work on the urtext of all fantasy, the Lord of the Rings. Over the years, I have played everything from FASA’s Star Trek RPG to Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2020 published by R. Talsorian Games to Siembieda’s RIFTS and the classic Star Wars RPG from West End Games. But through it all “the original adult fantasy roleplaying game,” in all its incarnations, has remained the touchstone.