For some additional insight into your favorite D&DDT characters and players, we’re rolling out a playlist series to help capture the vibe of the folks making rolls for you every Wednesday.
This week, it’s your DM… GUY! The Beard! You can check out all of the Tasty Boyz playlists on the official D&DDT Spotify account, or listen from the comfort of this website using the embedded playlist below.
And now, without further ado, here’s Beard:
D&D – Live 2005 by Stephen Lynch
Well my medieval brother, there’s room here for another
Would you care to take a roll of the die
You guys make me weep you think that you could
keep up with a warrior as mighty as I
Our opening anthem and while tongue in cheek with the self-deprecation, the theme sums up the fun and humor filled type of D&D that I like to run. It doesn’t take itself too seriously but has the opportunity to create deep bonds and big moments that we’ll hopefully be sharing for years to come.
The Grand Experiment by Doomtree
We shape the stone / paint our pictures on the wall / we hunt alone, plant in spring / learn to harvest in the fall / and we choose a king, mine the metals for his forges / to better wage our wars and all of Olympus is laughing / until we go and split the atom.
When I think about creating collective storytelling, I always shift to the unnoticed power that the players holds in shaping their world and the moments of recognition or realization that become some of the most powerful role playing experiences are my favorite.
The Boys Are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy
Friday night they’ll be dressed to kill
Down at Dino’s Bar ‘n’ Grill
The drink will flow and the blood will spill
And if the boys want to fight, you better let ’em
Something strange happened as it usually does around food and gatherings of people. The band of hardened warriors that barely made it out of the initial dungeon test started to find their stride once they all lightened up a bit and there’s nothing that summarizes that feeling of the Tasty Boyz better than Thin Lizzy.
I Like Birds by EELS
I can’t stand in line at the store
The mean little people are such a bore
But it’s alright if you act like a turd
‘Cause I like / Birds
This is a two-fer between the escapism of the real world and the love of, and impersonation of birds that played central to the second arc of the first act of D&DDT when the Boyz visited The Great Nest and really featured the arrival of Hank Bloodpile: Master of Disguise.
Fuck Your Stuff by P.O.S.
My whole crew’s on some shit
Scuffing up your Nikes, spitting on your whip
Kicking out your DJ, rock it then we dip
We don’t watch the replay, we play
Some days we tell stories together. Sometimes all the Boyz want to do is play murder hobo. What do you do as a DM when that happens? Some days are more of a challenge than others.
Marble Machine by Wintergatan
When I was looking for something to use to edit the podcasts I was revisiting a folder of saved videos and have always been taken by this and any music machine. I thought the lyric free, fun whirring start gave a nice flavor to wrapping up the episode and sending the podcast to The Finisher each week.
Missy’s Gift by Murray Gold
When chronomancy gets involved, everything is thrown out but the opener. Drawing from and hoping for some time inspiration from the Whoniverse, I looked to a favorite sci-fi composer Murray Gold and Missy as an orchestral stand-in for Professor Jakob’s wife.
Blackhole by Beck
Wake up, wake up / Nothin’s gonna harm you
Glass wall, glass wall / Standin’ on the furniture
Little boy, little boy / Layin’ on a sleeping bag
Watching, watching / Through the cracks of his eyelids
Life can be pretty dark at times and D&D is both a wonderful way to confront that darkness indirectly and consider new ways to tackle old problems. As proxy, as avatar, we are able to step outside of ourselves into new consequence and confront things far beyond our ken, and if we’re lucky, bring some of that inspiration back into reality.
The Shrine / An Argument by Fleet Foxes
I went down among the dust and pollen
To the old stone fountain in the morning after dawn
Underneath were all these pennies fallen from the hands of children
They were there and then were gone
I could use Fleet Foxes as a backdrop for D&D all day and be completely happy. The neo-folk movement is chock full of whimsical storytelling and vibrant imagery. This is a favorite.
The Ecstacy of Gold by Ennio Morricone
A ways back, King and I were discussing the most epic songs to be used in storytelling and this was right at the top of the list so before he could use it I nabbed it for D&DDT and haven’t looked back. I even had the opportunity to do a little mini spaghetti western there during the interlude wagon heist arc. There have been others, but there will never a better way to wrap up another epic adventure of the… TASTY BOYZ!