How long have you had your podcast?
We launched January 30th, so coming up on two months.
What inspired you to become a podcast?
We started Me, My Spouse, and a Die (MMSaaD) because we love Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), and we love playing Dungeons and Dragons with each other! We’ve listened to many TTRPG podcasts through the years and have really enjoyed them as the media because of how the form can make an engaging story that’s nonetheless left up to chance depending on how well the players and Dungeon Master roll. We wanted to add our unique twist to the genre because few actual play D&D podcasts are composed of one Dungeon Master and only one player and we also wanted to make a story that is family friendly so that anyone can enjoy.
We also started MMSaaD as a way to stay in touch and make something creative together when Gwenyth had to move away from Austin for her job. We had toyed with the idea of starting a podcast over the years, and even recorded a few of our sessions, but we had never recorded with real intentionality or actually sat down and made a plan. So when we officially decided to launch MMSaaD we knew we wanted to be very intentional with our audio, post-production, marketing, etc.
What kinds of topics do you talk about on your podcast?
Me, My Spouse, and a Die is an actual play Dungeons and Dragons podcast. That means that Austin, our Dungeon Master or “DM,” leads Gwenyth through a custom story set in a custom world that’s built on the framework of the TTRPG’s rules. Gwenyth plays the character of Octavia Marguerite Sinclair, who throughout the story is struggling to come to terms with a family member’s death, and the role she played in that death, while fulfilling her mission to protect the Land of Moir from the uprising that is the Monster Wars.
We talk about heavier topics such as death, coming to terms with responsibility, divine quests and calling, and the consequences of actions. But we’re not all melodrama as we routinely talk about our cats, how much we both love pizza, and Gwenyth tries to pepper in as many terrible dad jokes as she can.
What inspired the name of your podcast?
We wanted a name that was indicative of our genre, rolling dice is a fundamental part of Dungeons and Dragons hence the “Die” reference, and we also wanted to make it obvious that there were just two of us on the podcast, hence the “Me, My Spouse” portion. It’s also a fun pun on “Me, Myself, and I” so we knew we couldn’t go wrong with it!
Which has been your favorite episode to record so far?
Probably our most recent episode, episode 10 – Aerial: The little Bearmaid. We are really in sync, Austin’s jokes are on point, and the story takes some wild turns that neither of us saw coming.
In episode 10, after discovering the Monster Army marching towards Stagpine, a fortified city to the west, Octavia and Karhun, a character controlled by Austin, continue their hurried journey north toward Montingon where they encounter unexpected resistance. Oh, and, there may be flying bears.
What is the most challenging part about podcasting in the genre you’ve chosen?
The most challenging part about being a D&D actual play podcast is probably making ourselves stand out amongst similar shows, which is why we try to hone in on what makes us unique – being two people playing in a custom world and campaign and being family friendly.
It can also be challenging to keep things exciting and memorable in hour-long segments – both to keep the energy and engagement up for that length of time while recording and, on the flip side, an hour can be a short amount of time in which to weave a complex story.
Do you have any funny stories from podcasting?
While we’re able to edit it out, our cats do like to impose themselves into our recording from time to time. At one point our youngest cat, Frying Pan, a little black kitty, had made himself at home on our kitchen counter and Gwenyth had to leap up from the table and mic to shoo him away!
During the wind storms that swept through the east coast a few weeks back we had gotten set up to record, our mics were primed, our notes were out, we were on our Discord call and moments before we hit the “record” button all of the power shut down. We waited, thankful not to have lost any audio, and when the power came back we got re-set up, mics prepped again, and then right before we hit “record” that second time, you guessed it, everything powered down. Needless to say we didn’t record that evening and were just grateful not to have lost power mid-episode!
Where can we find you on social media?
Thanks so much to Austin and Gwen for taking the time to answer these interview questions, they are amazing folks that you should definitely look up! Follow them for cat pics, giveaways, and, of course, an amazing podcast.