Actual Play Artists Deserve More Recognition Industry-Wide

How Do We Encourage and Support Actual Play Artists?

We can start by looking for and paying attention to Actual Play content from smaller channels. We can also share this content on social media and mention the creators in articles about tabletop gaming. When writing an article about a tabletop RPG, consider linking to or embedding Actual Play content which showcases that system. Alternatively, you could write a couple of sentences discussing the content that the system has been used to create. Why does Gen Con, the world’s foremost convention for tabletop gaming, not have an Actual Play networking event? These are storytellers, actors, comedians, writers, and more. They are trailblazing one of the most exciting new mediums in fiction. The industry should do more to celebrate that.

Expanding the New Jersey Web Festival…Again.

In 2021, I worked with Neem Basha and the NJWF to expand their top-rated web series film festival to include Fiction Podcasts for the first time. A hill I am willing to die on each and every day is that the definition of Fiction Podcasts includes Actual Play content. We instantly received a fantastic response from the community, shattering our submission goals by over 300% and setting ourselves up for an incredible year one. Almost immediately after we announced, I received numerous emails and DMs from people asking if their livestream was eligible. We didn’t have the infrastructure to support that at the time, but we were focusing on audio-only Actual Play content. It also didn’t feel right to nominate podcast performances against livestream performances. So in year one, we had to say no.

Submit for our Judges Today!

Our judges have already selected two fantastic livestreams as early acceptances to our festival. “Advantage in Paradice”, produced by Paradice Productions, was our first acceptance, and “Lost Across the Fence”, submitted by @superdillin, was our second. Additionally, Dice Shame, and 2021 NJWF award-winner Party of One have been selected as the early acceptances for Actual Play Podcasts.

Advantage in Paradice, by Paradice Productions
Lost Across the Fence, by Superdillin



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Ned Donovan

Ned Donovan

He/Him • Actor • Content Creator • Podcast Producer • Co-Founder Audition Cat, Charging Moose Media, Play+1 • Board Member New Jersey Web Festival • @neddonovan