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ABOUT THE SHOW


Taking Initiative is a Dungeons & Dragons 5e actual-play podcast.  The game is primarily centered around the storytelling and role-playing, but it certainly doesn't shy away from the humor, both in and out of game.  The DM and players range from beginners to veterans, giving it a wide spectrum for both the group and its audience.  Come for the people, stay for the story.

The first campaign uses the Curse of Strahd module, much to the surprise of the players.  The arcs are as follows:
- Episodes 1-9: House of Spoops
Episodes 10-19: Barovian Rhapsody
Episodes 20-26: The Gunman Comes Around
Episodes 27-34: Behind Silver Eyes
- Episodes 35-46: House of the Rising Spoops
- Episodes 47-Present: The Final Count Down

Podcast episodes release every other Monday. The first episode of Hackinstone's Gambit released during Wizards of the Coast's Podcasts of Annihilation on September 18th, 2017.  The entire adventure is on the Taking Initiative RSS feed.  The TI episode for Podcasts of Foes came out on May 14th, 2018 and the TI episode for Podcasts of Waterdeep released on September 12th, 2018.  The PoA, PoF and PoWD events are accessible via Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeon Delve RSS feed.

If you'd like to support the show, gain access to bonus content like cross-over games and one-shots, and get the episodes before anyone else, feel free to visit Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TakingInitiative.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/taking-initiative/id1200286787

 

Cast & Crew


Jon "Bucky" Buckmaster

@bucky_masters

-Co-Owner
-Artistic Director
-Editor
-Cast Member

Your friendly neighborhood Bucky grew up in the mystical land of Long Island, N.Y., where he discovered who he truly was: a big f&$%in' nerd.  From video games and comics to film and TV, he embraced every nerdy thing he could find, but his particular skill set desired more.  Bucky graduated with a B.A. in theater, so improvisation skills plus tabletop role-playing caused everything to change (when the fire nation attacked).  When he's able to leave his editing cave and enjoy some free time, he plays a ton of video games, struggles to get in shape, cries about his inability to afford his tattoo addiction, develops accents and characters, and works in a post production facility for TV and film, alongside most of the other members.


Morgan conroy

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@thistleraven

-Patreon Artist
-Cast Member

Morgan is a pop culture nerd and social justice paladin living in the best neighborhood of Brooklyn: Bay Ridge. (Yes, she knows that’s far. Yes, that’s the point). Her loves include Ruining The Thing by applying sociology to pop culture and media, drawing, doing silly voices, and playing D&D with the loveliest group of babes a nerdy gal could ask for.


Nick Figueroa

@nikofigs

-Bonus Content Editor
-Cast Member

Nick is a feature color assistant from Jersey who has no idea who let him work in the film industry, but he absolutely loves every second of it.  He loves traveling more than being home and has a laughably horrible memory, which may be due to the overwhelming amount of useless comic and movie knowledge.  Nick never takes himself seriously, but will never turn down a dance battle.  Ever.


Josh Perault

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@XiroxisThe
Beard

-Co-Owner
-Website & Distribution Director
-Editor
-Cast Member

Professionally, Josh is an online/conform editor with credits in CBS's Blue Bloods, Sundance TV's Hap and Leonard, HBO’s High Maintenance, and the feature film American Assassin, among other things.  Unprofessionally, he is a tatted up dad, DM, gamer, musician, calculator, curly-haired beardy-face with a soft spot for logic and strategy.  Turn ons include calm, intelligent conversations and a love for root beer.  Turn offs include being terrible to other people and not liking root beer.  Josh is the originator for the Wizards of the Coast Podcasts of... series, as well as the co-writer/planner for Podcasts of Waterdeep.


Drew Tillman

@NotThatDrew

-Bonus Content Editor
-Cast Member

Created out of mud from a swamp deep in the heartlands of Georgia, Drew has since turned into a voracious reader, a storyteller, and an enthusiast for playing games with his friends. Now, he lives in New York and spends all of his free time creating things and listening to podcasts.


CAST

Azaka’s Gambit

Dungeon Master………………………………….Josh Perault
Thunder…………………………………………Adam Carnevale
Biter…………..……………………………...Nicholas Figueroa
Raindrop……….……………………………………Joel Zammit

The Death Walkers: A “Curse of Strahd” Campaign

Dungeon Master…………………………………..Josh Perault
Ven…….…………………….……….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Charlotte, Roz….…………………….…………Morgan Conroy
Callista………………………………..….…….Donna Fenimore
Kent..……….…………………………………Nicholas Figueroa
Abraham, Ferguson, Krusk, Mykil……….…..Drew Tillman

Rictavio / Rudolph Van Richten……..Celeste Conowitch
Maureen / Wifey……….………………….Kristen DiMercurio
Strahd Von Zarovich……….……………………..Zach Valenti

Everyone is Jon

Game Master…………..…….……………………….Max Hadson
John……..…………………….………Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
John…….…….……….Cody “Actual Jim Henson” Cardarelli
John………………………………..….………..Nicholas Figueroa
John..……….…………………………………………...Kyle Reagin
John..……….………………………………………….Drew Tillman

Hackinstone's Gambit: A “Podcasts of Annihilation” Adventure

Dungeon Master………………………………….Josh Perault
Malaika……..………………………Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Thunder…………………………………………Adam Carnevale
Biter…………..………………………………Nicholas Figueroa
Ramiel……..…………………….………………..Sage Stafford
Otto……….…………………………………………Drew Tillman
Raindrop……….……………………………………Joel Zammit

Into Ivy Mansion

Dungeon Master………………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Clementine….…………………….……………..Morgan Conroy
Johanna………………………………..….……Donna Fenimore
Sebastian..……….………………………….Nicholas Figueroa
Morgan…….…………………….…………………...Josh Perault
Roscoe……….……………………………………...Drew Tillman

I’ve Shadowfallen and I Can’t Get Up: A “Podcasts of Foes” Adventure

Dungeon Master………………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Ray….…………………….………………………..Morgan Conroy
Calla..……….………………………………...Nicholas Figueroa
Johann…….…………………….…………………...Josh Perault
Agmnon……….……………………………………...Drew Tillman

Lab Rats: A “Nerds on a Roll” Crossover Event

Game Master…………………………………...Loren Peterson
The Living Complex……………..Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Kevin..……….………………………………..Nicholas Figueroa
Fission…….…………………….…………………...Josh Perault
Velocity……….……………………………………..Drew Tillman

Meanwhile in Barovia: The Beast

Dungeon Master…………………………………..Drew Tillman
Theo……………………………………………………………….Arch
Heintz..……….……………………..Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Snow..……….…………………………………..Donna Fenimore
Henrik…….…………………….………………….…Josh Perault
Gary……….……………………………………….Robert Segarra
Grimette the Flaming Comet..……….……………..Volonda

Meanwhile in Barovia: The Ghost

Dungeon Master………………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Natalya Alexandrovna Alyokhina……………………….Casey
T.A.N.K...……….…………………………...Celeste Conowitch
Billy Beau Bob Boom..……….………………Jonathan Serna
Aeshlynn……..…………………….………………Sage Stafford

Meanwhile in Barovia: The Marionette

Dungeon Master………………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Natalya Alexandrovna Alyokhina……………………….Casey
T.A.N.K...……….…………………………...Celeste Conowitch
Billy Beau Bob Boom..……….………………Jonathan Serna
Aeshlynn……..…………………….………………Sage Stafford

Meanwhile in Barovia: The Seer

Dungeon Master…………………………………..Drew Tillman
Surnia Reedfellow…………………………………………….Juls
Otus Reedfellow..……….……………………….John Sedlack
Grimette the Flaming Comet..……….……………..Volonda

Meanwhile in Barovia: The Village

Dungeon Master…………………………………..Drew Tillman
Surnia Reedfellow…………………………………………….Juls
Otus Reedfellow..……….……………………….John Sedlack
Grimette the Flaming Comet..……….……………..Volonda

Mobile Frame Zero: Firebrands

Presented By…………..…….………………….Loren Peterson
Erlwich Maltese……..…………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Lance Snizzilwit…..Cody “Actual Jim Henson” Cardarelli
Anastasia Snizzilwit………………………………..….…..Casey
Amelia Gillette..……….……………………………..Kim Hadson
Jean Quast..……….…………………………………..Max Hadson
Vash Gillette..……….……………………………Jeremy Sickels
Judge Judge Loremy..……….…………………….Drew Tillman

Podcasts of Waterdeep: Episode 03

Dungeon Master………………………………….Josh Perault
Petros……..……………………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Charlotte…………………………………………Morgan Conroy
Scrach……..…………………….……………...James D’Amato
Valindra……..…………………….……..Kelly Lynne D’Angelo
Chirp…………..………………………………Nicholas Figueroa
Krusk……….………………………………………..Drew Tillman

The Wild Sheep Chase

Dungeon Master…………………………………..Drew Tillman
Dryft..……….……………………….Jon “Bucky” Buckmaster
Kennedy…….…………………….……………….Morgan Conroy
Amethyst..……….……………………………..Donna Fenimore
Felix…….…………………….………………..Nicholas Figueroa


Notable Credits/Thanks

Supporting the Podcast……………………………………………..Idle Champions

The Death Walkers & Hackinstone’s Gambit Logos……….Kati Kawaguchi

Royalty-Free Music………………………………Kevin MacLeod / Incompetech

Hosting the Pilot Episode………………………Christian Madera, Zach Glass

Theme Songs, Additional Music, Into Ivy Mansion Editor………Neil Martin

“Podcasts of…” Events and Support…..Greg Tito & Wizards of the Coast


OUR PATRONS

Guild Artisan………………………………………………………………….Geoffrey Ali
Guild Artisan……………………………………………………………..Joshua Andres
Guild Artisan…………………………………………………………….Kit Battlebeard
Guild Artisan………………………………………………………………Patrick Briggs
Guild Artisan…………………………………………………………………………...Eivor
Guild Artisan………………………………………………………………Vanessa Haas
Guild Artisan……………………………………………………………………………Lilth

Adventurer…………………………………………………………………………Adam Ali
Adventurer……………………………………………………………………..Anonymous
Adventurer…………………………………………………………….Jacquelyn Greene
Adventurer……………………………………………………………………..Rob Murphy
Adventurer…………………………………………………………………..Brittany Sipe
Adventurer……………………………………………………………..Raymond Stanek
Adventurer……………………………………………………………..Christopher Tate
Adventurer……………………………………………………………..Margaret Thaden
Adventurer……………………………………………………………………..UndeadBan
Adventurer……………………………………………………………………..Zach Walls
Adventurer…………………………………………………………………..Adam Wilson
Adventurer………………………………………………………….Matthew Woodyard

Mercenary……………………………………………………….……..Cheney Gianarelli
Mercenary……………………………………………………….…………….Max Hadson
Mercenary……………………………………………………….………..Kati Kawaguchi
Mercenary……………………………………………………….………………Kenna May
Mercenary……………………………………………………..Hayley Robinson-Smith
Mercenary……………………………………………………….………..Robert Segarra

Town Guard……………………………………………………….……….Sage Stafford
Town Guard……………………………………………………….…..Venture Maidens
Town Guard……………………………………………………….……………….Volonda


Previous Logos

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Original Logo: House of Spoops

by Josh Perault

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Barovian Rhapsody

by Kati Kawaguchi

Hackinstone's Gambit

by Kati Kawaguchi

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The Gunman Comes Around

Original Art by Kati Kawaguchi
Modified for Arc by Josh Perault

Behind Silver Eyes

Original Art by Kati Kawaguchi
Modified for Arc by Josh Perault

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House of the Rising Spoops

Original Art by Kati Kawaguchi
Modified for Arc by Josh Perault