Prior to the official launch of the show, we're releasing five mini-episodes that allow you the chance to meet the cast and characters. This is part three of the series, and introduces you to Player Jake and his character, Tilly.
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Scott: Hello and welcome to Shocking Gasp: A D&D Podcast. I'm your host and Dungeon Master, Scott Heckler. So we're building up to the launch of the podcast, and we thought it would be cool to give you all a few mini episodes to let you meet our cast and characters. This is part 3 of a 5 part series. And today we're meeting one of our newest players, Jake. Hey Jake.
Jake: Hey, howdy.
Scott: Tell us about your character.
Jake: I will be playing Alnor Gladdenstone, more informally known as Tilly. He is a rock gnome and he is a sorcerer.
Scott: Okay, and for the game stat-minded folks, why don't you lay out those stats for us?
Jake: So our DM graciously gave us the opportunity to roll up a couple stat. So we got three opportunities to roll. And my first set was almost unbelievable, but very true.
Scott: So you say...
Jake: So I say. The strength, Tilly's strength is a 17. His dexterity is a 16. His constitution is a 16. His intelligence, his weak point, is a twelve. His wisdom is 14, and his charisma is 18. So he's got some pretty strong modifiers.
Scott: Those are uncanny. Uncanny I tell you.
Jake: But true.
Scott: All right. I'll allow it. I'll allow it because I'm such a benevolent and kind dungeon master.
Jake: Such a gracious DM.
Scott: And humble, don't forget humble.
Jake: So humble too. And pretty. I heard so pretty.
Scott: Thank you. Thank you. You go too far. So what can you tell us about Tilly and Tilly's story.
Jake: Tilly was born in the village of Korrant to a family of inventors and researchers. Their best known inventions deal in the medicines and medical devices. And basically he grew up in this family and as he grew, he ended up growing pretty abnormally tall for gnomes. And has a form of gigantism that- he actually is 7 feet 10 inches. So he's nearly twice the size of a normal gnome, but still shares a lot of the same proportions. So he looks like a gnome but doesn't necessarily share a lot of the physical characteristics as having a smaller size. And because of that he- he kind of had- he was very self-conscious about it as he grew up. And tried to will some of his hideaway and actually was able to shrink himself at times and even make himself invisible through this sheer will and sort of develop this innate ability and this innate magic that he has yet been able to really kind of understand or justify.
Scott: So those are- those are the manifestations of his sorcerer's abilities then.
Jake: Absolutely. Yeah. And I liked when kind of thinking about the back story, I like that thought that he doesn't quite understand what it came from. And some of that self-consciousness led him to that will to find that innate ability. And now he wants to understand it because of his family history. So that's- that's why he's travelling. That's- that's why he's on the road adventuring... is through all of his studies he still hasn't found the reason why he has these innate abilities or why he's- he has this gigantism.
Scott: That's- that's really cool for Tilly. Hopefully- I mean- we'll- we'll see how that plays out. I really hope he can discover, you know, what's going on if there is an answer. I hope you can find it. Other than the gigantism though what does Tilly look like?
Jake: Tilly's pretty common for gnomes. He's got some fair skin, green eyes, brown hair. Kind of a skinny, flaxen-haired *Jake doesn't know what flaxen means* pretty- pretty prototypical for what it gnome would be. Other than nearly twice the size.
Scott: Okay. Any interesting facial features- like they have a nasty scar or anything like that.
Jake: No I mean he lived a pretty, pretty noble life. I mean his family was very well known Korrant is a smaller town- his family in that area is very well known and has been for quite some time. So he lived- He's lived a good life. He has no reason to leave his family and in frustration or disdain. It was just purely out of this innate wonder that he has.
Scott: That's like the first character I've ever heard that doesn't have a tragic backstory.
Scott: You know, like, there wasn't a fire, there wasn't a bunch of goblins that killed his parents.
Jake: Yeah, I mean I think the thing that's kind of interesting for him is, you know, he- he really hasn't had a reason to leave. But it kind of leaves him with some pretty interesting idiosyncrasies, I'll say, in how he handles most situations which is gonna be a little challenging I think to play. But I think that's a little bit of the fun of the game as well.
Scott: So growing up in a gnome community, I have to ask, what you've told us so far Tilly sounds very self-conscious about his size- was that from bullying or is this a self-imposed doubt.
Jake: Oh this is absolutely self-imposed. Yeah. His family was- and friends for that matter, were very accommodating, almost too accommodating. And in Tilly's mine he feels that they were a little patronizing even,
Jake: But that- that wasn't- that wasn't what they wanted and because they supported him, he really excelled at the things that he did. So he's- he's got a- he's got a very supportive background cast and he left in good terms. So it wasn't anything other than his own sort of self-focused- self focused self-consciousness that was kind of causing him some grief.
Scott: This is really interesting to me- I mean I've been- I've been playing this game I've been the DM for, I think 15 or 16 years now, and I've never really had a character with this sort of, I don't wanna say predicament, but character depth, I guess, I'm not sure what words to use to be honest. So this is going to be a new foray for me as a dungeon master to play around with the character who is not the size that it should be.
Jake: Yeah. Yeah. And I think- I think it also kind of shares and in sort of real life opportunities too that, you know, there's just certain things that weren't quite made for him. So he's always- he doesn't, you know, doorways he's always ducking under and it's always kind of difficult in certain situations for him when he's trying to hide from something which came into some of this self-innate magic that he sort of willed in with the invisibility and the shrinking was to kind of feel a little bit more normal for his society. And even though his family weren't requiring that of him, that's what he wanted to participate in. So it should be a very, very interesting role and I certainly hope that any listeners that may have experience with this would share it with us because it is something different. And I certainly don't want to handle it the inappropriate way.
Scott: That's an excellent point. And as I said it's a new thing for me. I don't know anybody or have any personal experience with anybody with gigantism or dwarfism or really I guess any other sort of physical disabilities or anything like that. So if you're a listener and you have something that you think can share with us to help make Tilly situation more authentic or more representative, please let us know. Send us a message. We are on Twitter @ShockingGaspDnD. That's a letter 'n' not a ampersand. Or you can shoot us an email, the email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear your feedback on this because I think this is a new venture for both of us and we really want to do it right.
Scott: So the big question, I think, this being a podcast is will we be hearing a character voice for Tilly.
Jake: I am going to give it a go. So I've obviously have never been on a podcast before. But in listening to many of the podcasts, I do, I think it does add a little bit of a unique flavor when you get to hear some of these amateur voice actors try to do some voices so I will be attempting a voice for Tilly.
Scott: Yeah that's definitely something that I think a lot of people look forward to in a podcast is getting to hear the voices. But I mean I'm not a voice actor- nobody on the shows a voice actor and I'm- you know our accents are going to be pretty terrible. But as a DM, I try and I'm going to encourage my players to try. But, Stephanie, she already said she's not going to do it. But if you want to try for it, man I support you in that.
Jake: Yeah. And that's another reason I kind of want to try to do it too as I know there are a couple of people in the podcast that won't. So I figure if I do it from the onset maybe I can convince people as we go through to do it.
Scott: And I'm sure just for our for our listeners here- I know Alex is going to do it, and you might as well- we're gonna have to grow into the voices of the voice you hear on Episode 1, I would not be surprised if it is not the same voice you hear on Episode 5 or 10 or 20.
Jake: Oh absolutely.
Scott: We're going to develop these voices as we go along.
Jake: You know it.
Scott: Do you have an idea of what you want Tilly to sound like?
Jake: Yeah. I mean I think part of it, you know, because of his size I feel like I kind of have to keep it a little bit deep but still on the same register as me just for simplicity's sake. And being- having a sage and kind of a noble background, he's got a little bit of an air of arrogance about him so, I'm kind of thinking something along the lines of (deep, slow, enunciated speech), 'Hello my name is Tilly. How are you?' Something like that. We'll see.
Scott: All right. I like it. I like. I like where your head's at. And that'll be really interesting to see Tilly develop along his path. Let's take a moment to meet the man behind the screen. How long have you, Jake, been playing Dungeons and Dragons?
Jake: So I have always considered myself a little bit of a closet nerd. I did grow up playing Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. But the last bastion of my denial and considering myself a nerd was D&D and never really had a group to play with. So it never really came up in any of my life until I actually met our lovely dungeon master.
Scott: That's me.
Jake: And absolutely. And so if memory serves, it was 2 years ago, on July 4th where you and your lovely wife were visiting me and my lovely wife and after hanging out a little bit. We ended up getting on the discussion of D&D and I know I had made the comment that it's something I've always wanted to try and slowly but surely I was invited on to the weekly group which, Alex is also on, and so I have been playing since. So I think it's been probably 20 months now. I came on as a, sort of a second character, and then I played my first character, was, that I wrote was a human fighter named Shealteal. He was pretty prototypical human fighter, meat shield sort of character. And then I played around with a couple of characters here and there for some in-persons, a bard, I've played a rogue. Yeah. There's been a couple different iterations of kind of characters that I've played but this is the first time I'm playing really a heavy spell caster and or wizard or a sorcerer so I'm excited to do that.
Scott: I think sorcerers are easy to play, easier to play than Wizards because sorcerers you have that set the spell list and you can cast it all willy nilly like you like you want. Wizards, I mean, if they're studious enough they can reach a point where they have all the spells and they have to pick which ones they're going to cast that day and that can be-.
Scott: So I think for your first foray into a full magic class, I think sorcerer was a really good choice.
Jake: Yeah I'm looking forward to it- kind of and creating him, it should be fun.
Scott: I think you're going to do good too. I mean I've seen you grow over the last two years and you're your solid player I think.
Scott: It's why I brought you on the show man.
Jake: Very much appreciated.
Scott: What about outside of Dungeons and Dragons. What does Jake do for fun when he's not playing the world's greatest role playing game?
Jake: I attempt poorly to play banjo. I'm a car geek. I was my first true nerd passion was into cars. So I have a toy car that I enjoy wrenching on. I am very lucky to be married to my best friend and we have two dogs. One is a one eyed shits who named Patches O'Houlihan.
Scott: Aw Patches. I love Patches.
Jake: He's such a good boy.
Jake: Yeah. Other than that usually just eating good food, watching Netflix.
Scott: Wow dude that was cold, you straight up left your other dog off the list.
Jake: Nita? Yeah.
Scott: There you go.
Jake: She's a little bitch.
Scott: She's the one everybody forgets.
Scott: They're good dogs.
Jake: They are good dogs.
Scott: Well I think that just about wraps it up for this episode. We might be running a little bit longer than the other ones. Do you have any sort of social media that you're on or are you going gonna be like Alex and Steve and sit out of it for the time being?
Jake: Yeah I don't have any social media so-. I will be sitting out. If you want to reach me send a letter to Jake at Shocking Gasp and maybe the Postmaster will figure out where to send that eventually.
Scott: Yeah that'll work. It's just like sending a letter to Santa. Just put Jake at Shocking Gasp.
Scott: Put it in the mail and it will find its way.
Jake: Yeah the Postmaster General is good about that stuff.
Scott: Yeah, but if you want a more reliable source feel free to send a message to the main podcast page on Twitter @ShockingGaspDnD. You can also find me, Scott the Dungeon Master. I am @HecklerusPrime. That's H-E-C-K-L-E-R-U-S Prime.
Scott: I thought I was really clever I was a big Transformers fan. When I came up with that I thought has been super clever.
Jake: Yeah that's pretty nerdy.
Scott: Yeah I'll probably change that. But that is a wrap for this week please check out the other spotlight episodes and meet the rest of the cast. If you'd like what you hear, leave us a review on iTunes hopefully but really anywhere else you find it and check out all our other amazing content that is coming your way. Thank you for the listen and I hope you have a great day.
Shocking Gasp is a serialized actual play D&D 5e podcast. When an enigmatic being falls from the sky, four strangers investigate and find themselves on the run from a superhuman force. Now they must fight for their survival while attempting to unravel the mystery of who the being was and why they’re being hunted. New episodes released every other week on Tuesday at 6am EST. First time listeners advised to start at Episode 1 - Livin’ On a Prayer