Adventures in Erylia
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Damian (The DM)

I’m Damian, and I am the DM for Adventures in Erylia. This podcast got started because a group of friends wanted to start playing D&D together and I had been wanting to try my hand at DMing. I had been spending the last few months of my free time working on creating a homebrew setting, named Erylia, so I was eager to get a group together to play in it. Originally, we were just recording sessions so that we, as a group, could go back and listen to previous session in case we took a long break and things had been forgotten, but I figured since I had the audio anyways, why not spend some time editing it and trying to get something listenable enough to post online as a podcast. I take a lot of my inspiration from the podcasts Dungeons and Randomness and The Glass Cannon Podcast, as well as the old video game Legend of Dragoon which accidentally inspired some of the plot for the large campaign. I’ve became a player a couple years before the podcast started, though had only DM’d a few sessions before we started recording.
 
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Caitlin (Lassair/Tempest)

Hello! I’m Caitlin! I like photography, crafting, and video games but never have time for anything because I have a toddler who was a tornado in a past life. When mine and Damian’s son was born we had a hard time keeping up a social life. When his gaming group disbanded we hit the facey book in search of people who would be willing to come to us and play games every once in a while. Turns out I shared a common interest in the show Critical Roll with my coworker’s boyfriend so they decided we could share in mutual nerdiness and they would partake in our game nights. This resulted in jealousy of another coworker and now I have friends who come over every weekend to play games with me!
 

Chantalle (Chalul/Kenina)

Hiya, I’m Chantalle. The Mieveht Story was my first experience with Dungeons and Dragons. In the beginning, I was a common participant in Caitlin and Damian’s biweekly tabletop games. Every other week they had a D&D campaign running which I was curious about but never really felt drawn in enough to join. I finally decided to sit in on a D&D session after hearing Christa talking nonstop about her new obsession shortly after she joined up with the D&D group. I was familiar with some of the lore and themes of D&D through books like the Dragonlance Chronicles and A Practical Guide to Dragons series, and games like Skyrim but I really had no clue what I was getting into. I had no prior concept of role-playing games so getting into D&D was like, whoa, there’s so much involved! There’s dice, and stats, and all these rules, but it’s so much fun! It’s taking all the elements from character building in video games that I love and giving them a personality you control and give voice to, in an awesome homemade world created by our DM. My buddies are super supportive and it’s certainly been a journey so far with all of us learning how to interact and hammering out some rules of our own. It was a bit of a fumble getting started but after completing my first arc in the Mieveht Story and running amok in the Erylian Epic, I felt a lot more comfortable with the game mechanics and role-playing. There’s lots of fun to be had in the future and I look forward returning to some old campaigns and starting completely new adventures.
 
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Christa (Willow/Ariel)

Hey there, I’m Christa. When I heard Caitlin and Damian were wanting to start up a D&D group I mentioned that my boyfriend Chris would love to join the group (and that I would come with my color book and pencils to hang out and watch.) I wasn’t actually interested, mostly because I really didn’t know much about it. I went shopping with Chris to get his binder, pencil, etc. (he already had a set of dice). I also bought him a 5E player starter set like a good girlfriend. Supporting his interests and stuffs. Then it happened. We went to the first night of character creation. I was sitting next to Chris with my color book out, but instead of coloring I was watching him roll his dice and figure out what his stats were. The interest was born. (I love rolling dice, Yahtzee has been my top favorite game since I was a kid.) Caitlin really wanted me to play D&D, but I was still afraid of the RP thing. After about 20 minutes she was able to talk me into at least rolling the dice to see what my stats would be. OMG I ROLLED HELLA HIGH! So yeah, I was easily talked into creating a character as well. And the rest is history!!!! (Unfortunetly, this character is not even a character I am currently playing! She’s taking a break…..somewhere….unless she’s dead….I dunno, only Damian knows this.)
 

Chris (Sug/Rem)

Hi I’m Chris. One of the players in Damian’s games. I joined when Damian and Caitlin decided they would like to host a game night and invited Christa and I over. At first it was a very informal thing with board games and movies planned and then DnD planned for later. (Which Christa was going to sit out of.) Well, shortly into our first session Christa started to show a bit of interest in character creation. It was one of the major factors in Christa deciding to play, and she has fallen in to the scene hard (kinda proud of that) . Anyway, I came from playing rpg games way back in high school, but could never get much going in college as it was mostly drinking and debauchery. So when Christa told me about Damian wanting to try his hand at DMing I told her I thought it would be fun and would love to play. The first few sessions were a little rough but it quickly smoothed out (We sill have more to work on.) Now we are the fun loving group that tries to get together at least once a week for something. The times when we can’t meet up make our weeks feel incomplete. I also like to game on my PC, and when time allows I still jump online and bust out a few games when possible. However, work comes first so I dont have as much time as I’d like to play games. C’est la vie
 
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 Our Gear

Mixer

We record the show using a Zoom H6. Zoom is a very popular brand for not just podcasting but for audio recorders in many other fields. The H6, with it’s EXH-6 expansion capsule, allows us to record each person on their own track as well as having a track open to record Syrinscape into the mix while we play. These tracks are all recorded directly to an SD card. My computer doesn’t have an SD card reader, but the H6 can be connected to it with a USB cable, which is how I transfer files to the computer. If you can afford the price and don’t need more than 6 tracks, we highly recommend this.

Microphones

Adventures in Erylia is recorded with everyone using their own Blue enCore 100, which is recorded into it’s own track. These mics were a slight upgrade from our previous mics, the Knox Podcasting Mic (no discontinued). They have a solid and sturdy build quality and produce a sound we are happy with. The price point at the time that we got them we right for us as well. Since we need to buy things in groups of 5 to keep everyone consistent, them only being about $60 each while being comparable to $100 mics made the choice an easy one.

Shock Mounts / Pop Filters

Unfortunately, our preferred combination for a shock mount and pop filter by Cisno regularly goes in and out of availability on Amazon. This combo not only gives a strong shock mount with the microphone being suspended on rubber bands, but the pop filter is attached to the mount, keeping it steady in one place and easy to position. If the combination is unavailable, the same style of shock mount can be found from other companies, though I haven’t found anyone selling the pop filter on it’s own.

Microphone Stands

Many people recommend using floor stands for around the table set ups like ours, but due to space that wasn’t a feasible option for us. We have opted for the Neewer table clamped boom arm. Each of us has a TV tray that is isolated to a single person with their microphone on it which gives them somewhere to have their character sheets and/or laptop in front of them. The boom arms are easy for us to tear down at the end of a recording session and allow each person to position the microphone comfortably in front of them.