Playing Games with Strangers

John Harju, JS Earls, Josiah Crandall, Steve MacDonald, Katherine Czerwinski, Celeste Mora, & Dave Clements

Looking for a fun, family-friendly podcast that will make you laugh? PLAYING GAMES WITH STRANGERS is an actual-play podcast where voice actors from SUPERSONIC POD COMICS get together and play DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. You can listen to the adventure unfold as they roll dice, slay monsters, and have fun! The show originated in 2020 due to the global pandemic and is currently beginning its second season.

All Episodes

In the pilot episode of Playing Games with Strangers, cast members from Supersonic Pod Comics take their first steps into a homebrew Dungeons & Dragons campaign where anything can happen. Join Dungeon Master John , JS (Orbog), Katherine (Callum), Steve (Gheroth), and Josiah (Pough) as they enter the city of Waterdeep. Episode Engineer: John Harju

Apr 2020

2 hr 6 min

After meeting Mary Dusang, the party continues to retrieve her mysterious box from the Red Devils. CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterKatherine Czerwinski - CallumJS Earls - Orbog Towerfall Steven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of Sanders Episode Engineers: Josiah Crandall & John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

May 2020

1 hr 45 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterKatherine Czerwinski - CallumJS Earls - Orbog Towerfall Steven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of Sanders Episode Engineers: Josiah Crandall & John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Jun 2020

1 hr 54 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterKatherine Czerwinski - CallumJS Earls - Orbog TowerfallSteven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of Sanders Episode Engineers: Steven MacDonald & John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Jul 2020

1 hr 50 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterKatherine Czerwinski - CallumJS Earls - Orbog Towerfall Steven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin Sugarbaker Episode Engineers: John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Aug 2020

2 hr 8 min

We hope you enjoy this special crossover episode with Supersonic Pod Comics' Sumo Girl series! ***SPOILER ALERT*** It's more than just good fun! Elements from this adventure will have lasting repercussions on the world of Pough, Gheroth, Orbog, Aelin & Callum. Just you wait & see... CREDITS Sumo Girl was written & created by J.S. Earls Sound Production by Nathan James Norman Starring:Jenda Chan as Hojo Gozen (aka Sumo Girl)Michelle Nuñez as OrthiHiroshi Kita as Eiji GozenMike Williams as Golem KingJosiah Crandall as PoughSteven MacDonald as GherothJohn Harju as The KeeperCeleste Mora as AelinJ.S. Earls as OrbogAlana Zych, Jenda Chan, Josiah Crandall, and Steven MacDonald as The Petra “Still Alive” written & performed by Future Classic Narration by Nathan James Norman Cover Artists:Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Sep 2020

30 min 16 sec

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterJS Earls - Orbog Towerfall Steven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin Sugarbaker Episode Engineers: Josiah Crandall Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Sep 2020

2 hr 9 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterJS Earls - Orbog TowerfallSteven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin Sugarbaker Episode Engineers: JS Earls Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Sep 2020

1 hr 54 min

Chronicler's Note: For those who listened to this episode as it was originally released, we mistakenly forget to post this one, which caused a large, confusing gap between episodes 7 and 8. It's an important one, as you'll soon discover. A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterJS Earls - Orbog TowerfallSteven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin Sugarbaker Episode Engineers: John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Oct 2020

2 hr 11 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterJS Earls - Orbog TowerfallSteven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin SugarbakerEric Compagno - Stumblefoot Episode Engineers: John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Oct 2020

2 hr 18 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterSteven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin SugarbakerEric Compagno - Stumblefoot Episode Engineers: John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Oct 2020

2 hr 52 min

A group of voice actors from Supersonic Pod Comics band together as DM John Harju guides them through Dungeons & Dragons. Witness the sarcasm of Callum, the shortness of Orbog, the honor of Gheroth, and the daftness of Pough in their first adventure! CAST Josiah Crandall - The Dungeon MasterJohn Harju - Unyun RhyngzJS Earls - TuskaloosaSteven MacDonald - Bat AcroCeleste Mora - Dave Clements - Fenris von Bogg Episode Engineers: Josiah Crandall Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Oct 2020

3 hr 30 min

The group continues with Stumblefoot leading the way. CAST John Harju - The Dungeon MasterJS Earls - Orbog TowerfallSteven MacDonald - Gheroth UxishJosiah Crandall - Pough of the House of SandersCeleste Mora - Aelin SugarbakerEric Compagno - Stumblefoot Episode Engineers: Josiah Crandall & John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Dec 2020

1 hr 57 min

Welcome boils and ghouls! Yeah, a spooky Christmas special utilizing Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition). Weren't expecting that, were you? Join a group of ordinary people who wind up investigating some weird things happening at Porterhouse College. And enjoy the intro music, a cover of "Silent Night" by Deliverance. (Yes, they gave us permission!) CAST John Harju - The KeeperSteven MacDonald - Ambrose "Bro" LewisJosiah Crandall - George BaileyCeleste Mora - Sarah Jane HotepDave Clements - Calvin SawyerDallas Mora - Clayton Forrester Episode Engineers: John Harju Cover Artists: Dante Strada & Mamatrozi

Dec 2020

3 hr 17 min

Welcome boils and ghouls! In this episode we wrap up our Call of Cthulhu Christmas special! Join a group of ordinary people who wind up investigating some weird things happening at Porterhouse College. And enjoy the intro music, a cover of “Silent Night” by Deliverance. (Yes, they gave us permission!)

Jan 5

3 hr 57 min

Meanwhile in Waterdeep, a group of rogues have been tasked by The Defiance to retrieve vital information against Damien Mephistopheles and Christopher. The stakes could not be higher.

Jan 18

2 hr 32 min

After returning to The Yawning Portal, the group is introduced to one of the few survivors that stormed the tower, Wilder Filch, and ask him to return so that they may shut the portal.

Feb 1

1 hr 52 min

After closing the portal and losing Aelin in the process, Pough wanders off on his own to clear his head and ponder his next steps to confront Christopher. Orbog, Gherroth, and Wilder go in search of their silly ol’ bugbear.

Feb 15

1 hr 55 min

Wilder has an unexpected visit and the party travels to Daggerford in order to ask the House of Bulgar for their assistance in taking down Christopher.

Mar 1

3 hr 1 min

It's the finale of the first arc and, therefore, the end of the first season of Playing Games with Strangers. After going through a busted portal, the party is transported to Kitchen Pass and meets an old friend to help them lead the charge against Christopher's reign over Waterdeep.

Mar 15

3 hr 44 min

It's April Fools Day, so here's a special one-shot for you! We find some jukebox heroes in a teenage wasteland encountering a monster of rock! Will the ruler of this place be the king of America or a king of pain? Is someone building the perfect beast, or will these lost boys have to fight the good fight against a stranger in a strange land who wants to take the crown back in black? Can the crazy train give them live aid to the sonic temple before the final countdown? Enjoy the silence! Episode Engineer: Steve MacDonald

Apr 1

1 hr 48 min

It's been a year and a half since the fall of Christopher, Stumblefoot has become the new Lord of Waterdeep, and the party have gone their separate ways. During a performance at The Yawning Portal, Aelin's kid brother, Arlin busts through the door, bringing the group back together for the start of another adventure. Episode Engineer: John HarjuPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven Arthur

Apr 12

1 hr 16 min

The List of Craigory makes an appearance as Aelin continues to re-assemble The Party in an effort to find her parents. Episode Engineer: John HarjuPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven Arthur

Apr 19

1 hr 13 min

The Party encounters an old friend at The Yawning Portal that may have its own consequences.

Apr 26

1 hr 23 min

The party continues to investigate the odd happenings around Waterdeep and explores the Sugarbaker family bakery. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.

May 3

1 hr 5 min

Katie Leigh, the voice who raised millions through Adventures in Odyssey, Dungeons & Dragons, Darkwing Duck, and many other cartoons, has joined the party! We're ecstatic and hope you are, too! Cast John Harju as The Dungeon MasterJS Earls as Orbog TowerfallJosiah Crandall as Pough SandersKatherine "Squid" Czerwinski as Callum MordhaSteve MacDonald as Gheroth UxishCeleste Mora as Aelin SugarbakerDave Clements as Wilder Filch Special Guest Katie Leigh as Nimlalwe Episode Engineer: Dave ClementsPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven Arthur

May 10

1 hr 15 min

With Aelin and Pan-Da bamfed into the unknown during the encounter with Nimlalwe, the remaining Party members venture on to track down Zaos. Episode Engineer: John HarjuPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven Arthur

May 17

1 hr 32 min

Aelin wakes to find herself in a field, picnicking with her mother. Wilder has cut himself loose after walking through the dimensional door into what appears to be a giant ocean. Callum has split yet again. What's going on with the Party?! Cast John Harju as The Dungeon MasterJS Earls as Orbog TowerfallJosiah Crandall as Pough SandersKatherine "Squid" Czerwinski as Callum MordhaSteve MacDonald as Gheroth UxishCeleste Mora as Aelin SugarbakerDave Clements as Wilder Filch Episode Engineers: John Harju & Josiah CrandallPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven ArthurAmbient music provided by TabletopAudio.com

May 24

1 hr 16 min

The Party has yet again reunited, only for Gheroth - with Pough's "help" - to venture out of The Yawning Portal in search of a way to regain functionality to his leg. They stumble upon an unexpected dilemma and something even more surprising. Cast John Harju as The Dungeon MasterJS Earls as Orbog TowerfallJosiah Crandall as Pough SandersKatherine "Squid" Czerwinski as Callum MordhaSteve MacDonald as Gheroth UxishCeleste Mora as Aelin SugarbakerDave Clements as Wilder Filch Episode Engineer: John Harju & Josiah CrandallPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven ArthurAmbient music provided by TabletopAudio.com

May 31

1 hr 1 min

Faced with the task of bringing Aelin to Zaos, the Party returns to their favorite inn to regroup. Meanwhile, Callum has some surprising and deep discussions that ask some hard questions. Episode Engineer: John Harju & Josiah CrandallPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven ArthurAmbient music provided by TabletopAudio.com

Jun 7

1 hr 37 min

Eric Compogno (Stumblefoot) takes the Dungeon Master throne and guides special guest Ben Avery, and the majority of the main cast through a spin-off adventure, celebrating the post-Christopher liberation of Waterdeep. Episode Engineers: John Harju & JS EarlsPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven ArthurAmbient music provided by TabletopAudio.com

Jul 5

4 hr 1 min

As Pough and Wilder leave Gheroth to get used to his new old leg, a familiar face is spotted in a nearby alley. Episode Engineer: Josiah Crandall

Jul 12

1 hr 24 min

The Party agrees it's best to let Aelin stay hidden; attempting to make their way to a safe haven away from Zaos. Fate, however, may have had other plans. Episode Engineer: JS Earls

Jul 19

1 hr 19 min

Having taken down a 20-foot-tall undead guy who likes to throw dead bodies from his belly, The Party heads to a possible place of safety from Zaos: the Bugbear village. Episode Engineer: JS Earls Playing Games with Strangers Theme by Steven Arthur

Jul 26

1 hr 11 min

We opened up the internet airwaves and you asked us questions about Playing Games with Strangers. Did we answer them? Of course! Why wouldn't we?! A huge thanks to our Patrons - Geek Devotions, Andrew C Peckham, and The CelCast - and those who showed up in the AMA livestream! We can't wait to do this again!

Aug 2

3 hr 15 min

As Pough's body is shoved through a door after making a deal with the hag Jadis, the party must decide their next steps. Episode Engineer: JS Earls

Aug 9

1 hr 27 min

The Party's attempt to retrieve Pough's soul from Jadis continues.

Aug 16

1 hr 5 min

A friendly face meets up with The Party and it seems there's a lot to catch up on.

Aug 23

1 hr 1 min

Pough comes up with yet another crazy idea, this time around getting Aelin back, and utter chaos ensues. Episode Engineer: JS Earls

Aug 30

1 hr 24 min

Welcome to a new series we're doing here at Playing Games with Strangers HQ (PGwSHQ?!) wherein Kate Czerwinski sits down with each of the cast members and gets to know them better! The first installment features Orbog himself, JS Earls, who also happens to be running a Kickstarter for his Nemo: The Lad comic series until September 19th, 2021. Patrons get to submit their own questions for Insight Check, so be sure to join us at https://patreon.com/playinggameswithstrangers/ and be part of the fun! Episode engineers: JS Earls and Dave Clements Music by BlenderTimer and Monday_Hopes from Pixabay

Sep 6

1 hr 31 min

With a cracked soul crystal in their possession, The Party must determine if and how they can get Aelin and her body back. Meanwhile, Wilder's past continues to haunt him and Orbog samples some crunchy potions from Caleb in Daggerford. Ambient music by Tabletop Audio and PixabayPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steven Arthur

Sep 13

1 hr 5 min

The rescue attempt for Aelin continues while Caleb's crunchy potions give Orbog visions of hidden secrets. Wilder's increased drinking has its consequences. Ambient music by PixabayPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur

Sep 20

1 hr 6 min

Aelin is back where she belongs, but there is more than coffee brewing in The Yawning Portal for our party of strangers. Ambient music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, and ZapsplatPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur

Sep 27

57 min 3 sec

The Party heads to Stumblefoot's church at Orbog's behest, to see if they can help remove the shadow creature from Callum. Aelin returns to Only On Tuesdays, and Wilder continues to wrestle with the ghost of his past. Ambient music and SFX by Pixabay, and Tabletop AudioPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineer: Dave Clements

Oct 4

1 hr 17 min

Following news of the Sanders and Bulger tribes headed to war with each other, The Party ventures on to assist in any way possible. As you might expect, something dark and mysterious has other plans in store for them. Music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, and Podcast MusicPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineer: Dave Clements

Oct 10

1 hr 5 min

With Wilder vanishing into a tent, Callum heads in for a rescue while the rest of the party takes on a clown with a sinister laugh. Stumblefoot's fate continues to hang in the balance. Music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, and Podcast MusicPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineer: Dave Clements

Oct 18

1 hr 22 min

The Party is welcomed to the circus of Fenrik Coldwater. Music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, Podcast Music AND STORYBLOCKSPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineer: JS Earls

Oct 25

1 hr 13 min

Early in 2021, John invited Steve, JS, and Dave to a Call of Cthulhu session. What began as a fun game turned into a darker story than anyone planned. Listener discretion is advised due to difficult situations. This is not your typical Playing Games episode. Music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, Podcast Music AND STORYBLOCKSPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineers: JS Earls & Josiah Crandall

Oct 31

1 hr 19 min

Early in 2021, John invited Steve, JS, and Dave to a Call of Cthulhu session. What began as a fun game turned into a darker story than anyone planned. This is the final half of that session. Listener discretion is advised due to difficult situations. This is not your typical Playing Games episode. Music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, Podcast Music AND STORYBLOCKSPlaying Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineers: JS Earls & Dave Clements

Nov 1

1 hr 24 min

After a successful battle against the monster claiming to be Wilder's mentor, The Party moves on toward the bugbear village. More is revealed to them in the form of Aelin's dreams. Music and SFX by Pixabay, Tabletop Audio, Podcast Music AND STORYBLOCKS Playing Games with Strangers Theme by Steve Arthur Episode engineers: JS Earls & Dave Clements

Nov 8

1 hr 5 min