While most posts here at DAN a.k.a. DAD are going to be kid related, this post is more about “dad.” This is a cross-post with DanTaylor.Blog — read it here, or read it there. Today’s post is not about my adorable daughter Jean Louise. It relates more to one of the hardships of being a father — managing to still be able to enjoy the other things in life, like hobbies and camaraderie. In this case… Playing Dungeons & Dragons. As rewarding as fatherhood may be… The call to explore dungeons and slay dragons must be answered.

No, the title is not “DAD DNA.” It’s “DAD DND,” and it refers to Dungeons & Dragons. Dad DNA is a whole different subject for a whole different kind of post. So, what in the hell is DAD DND? In addition to being a forty-nine year old father of a one year old daughter, I began playing Dungeons & Dragons over forty years ago. Playing DnD (or D&D) and other role-playing games were a big part of my life for the following two decades. Over the last twenty years, while I have played here and there, I haven’t been able to sneak my teeth into a good ol’ regular DnD game for awhile now. And with being a dad now, my time is even more limited. My DnD experiences are now lived vicariously through others on various Dungeons & Dragons game podcasts. Having co-hosted a podcast for over a year and a half now (Starmageddon — a podcast for fans of Star Trek AND Star Wars) I figured why not get together four or five other dads that are itching to play, utilize an online virtual tabletop, record the shenanigans, and produce a podcast called DAD DND? So… That’s what I plan to do.

I posted the above “recruitment poster” in a Facebook Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition group and the response has been overwhelming — positive even. Many other dads who play Dungeons & Dragons think that it’s a nifty idea and are asking how they can be a part of the podcast. Obviously, I can’t run a DnD game that includes everyone who has expressed interest in participating. We’re talking well over a hundred or so DnD dads. I’m not that good of a Dungeon Master. I’m going to have to figure out a fair and reasonable way to determine who’s on board. As pretentious as it sounds, I might have to run some sort of audition process.

If you’re thinking that you may want to be part of the DAD DND podcast. Awesome. But first you might want to get a better idea of the kind of podcast that I (Dan Taylor, your host and DM) run. While the format for DAD DND will be actual gameplay of Dungeons & Dragons by four or five additional player dads, and not news discussion and interviews, you might want to give my other podcast Starmageddon a listen. It’s a Star Trek AND Star Wars centric podcast that can be found at the following podcast feed providers: iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, and/or your favorite podcast provider (maybe.)

For more info on DAD DND please check out the DAD DND Facebook page and/or follow @daddndcom on Twitter. You can also bookmark dandnd.com and be on the ground floor when the site launches in full.

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