D&D Character Lab – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the D&D Character Lab podcast. At the time of the recording the show was ongoing, had over 80 episodes in the back log, and was producing some of it’s best content yet. Garren and Dan try to out-create each other’s characters in this DND podcast.

PodApplaud-D&D Character Lab

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about The Podcast: D&D Character Lab

D&D Character lab is a fun original Dungeons and Dragons podcast that focuses on building unique and interesting characters put out by hosts Garin and Dan. The duo is currently 7 episodes into their new revamped second season, but with a big archive of 77 previous shows there is plenty to catch up on. The episodes are generally between half an hour and 45 minutes long and release every week.

Let me be clear if you don’t play D&D or another role playing tabletop game this review is probably going to be gibberish to you, just a heads up. Alright now that the rubes have been removed let’s talk some nerd stuff. Garin and Dan each bring their own character to every episode in hopes to prove that they have built the superior character. They determine this through a back and forth debate, building their own argument and attempting to detract from the other’s. It’s a whole thing. What makes it interesting is that each episode there may be a theme, constraints, or additional rulebooks the character creators can draw from. Frequently the duo features the best supplementary materials that are written and peddled by the games dedicated creative fans.

The show is quite entertaining now more so than ever in it’s revamped second season. Garin and Dan have bountiful back and forth banter every episode and enjoy their good spirited debating. Each individual episode in the new season has really stepped it up, whether it be singing out their arguments as true bards would, having their characters voicing the arguments for them, or just getting real into these characters. You can draw a lot of inspiration for your own games from the show as well. The lab can motivate you to build out of the box characters, be more immersed in lore, and point you towards some really great supplementary material. I have heard every episode this duo has put out and listened to this show far before I decided upon starting my own podcast. I came for the concept and stayed because Garin and Dan have infectious personalities and hearing them talk about their passion for character creation is a treat.     

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’m going to give D&D Character Lab a 5/5, a standing Ovation. I have enjoyed this show for a long time. Naturally it is not for everyone, you have to be in the TableTop space, but it is great for the people who can appreciate it. The one change I would like to see made to the show is that I think the two hosts should play for something, as an incentive to spice up their arguing. I think in the beginning the debates used to have more heat and I liked that. I would recommend this show to people who are character building fanatics, or who are looking to pick up some character supplements and want to know what kind of material is out there.  
So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.