Ego Check with The Id DM
By Dr. Michael Mallen, The Id DM
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Ego Check with The Id DM is an interview podcast series hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D. The podcast delves into a variety of game types (e.g., tabletop roleplaying games, boardgames, videogames) from a psychological perspective. Dr. Mallen has been interviewing members of the gaming community for articles on his blog, The Id DM, since 2011 and is now posting these interviews for others to enjoy.
||CleanKyle Newman on Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana||I'm joined this week by Kyle Newman, one of the authors of Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History. You may also know Kyle as the Director of Fanboys (2009) and Barely Lethal (2015). Kyle talked with me about the genesis of Art & Arcana and ho||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElizabeth Roithmayr-Clemens on Suicide Prevention||I am joined this week by Elizabeth Roithmayr-Clemens, the New Jersey Area Director for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She shares her experience organizing community activities and advocating for greater suicide awareness and educatio||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Lubitz on Hearthstone's Meta & Potential Troubles||I'm joined this week by Steve Lubitz, host of the Off Curve podcast, a show about Hearthstone that Steve records while driving home from his job. He talked about the creation of Off Curve and how he has been a fan of Blizzard games since the original Di||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDanny Rupp on Worldbuilding & Mental Health in D&D||I'm joined by Danny Rupp, co-founder of Critical Hits. I'm joined this week by Danny Rupp, co-founder of Critical Hits and a very active participant on social media discussing Dungeons & Dragons and other roleplaying games. Danny talks about the origin||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAaron Retka, Managing Editor for Geeks Who Drink||This week I'm joined by Aaron Retka, Managing Editor for Geeks Who Drink. For the uninitiated, Geeks Who Drink is "a homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK" that covers "everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay t||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric Roth on Tabletop Gaming with a Physical Disability||I'm joined by Eric Roth, a veteran of tabletop games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Eric talks about growing up with a physical disablity that limits his mobility and kept him from traditional activitives such as sports growing up.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGaming Disorder Panel with Adam Johns, LMFT and Drs. Connell, Kelly, and Bean||I was fortunate to moderate a panel with licensed mental health providers about the World Health Organization's (WHO) decision to classify Gaming Disorder as a mental health diagnosis. I'm joined by Adam Johns, LMFT, Megan Connell, PsyD, Ryan Kelly, PhD||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndy Hand on Designing 5th Edition Monsters to Raise Money for Suicide Prevention||A special episode this week as I welcome Andy Hand from Limitless Adventures, which offers quality gaming products for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Andy talks about the history of Limitless Adventures, and we discuss how we collaborated to create a n||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Shea on D&D Streaming & Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master||Mike Shea joins the show once again to talk about the changing dynamics of tabletop roleplaying games. He explores how technology like streaming has advanced the hobby and spread its growth. We discuss the possible differences between what makes an exce||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Eastman on Developing Battle Chef Brigade||Tom Eastman, President of Trinket Studios, joins me to talk about their new release, Battle Chef Brigade, which is now available on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Tom talks about the four-year development process for Battle Chef Brigade, and the challenges||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCedric Van Dorpe on the Hearthstone Championship Tour and Mastering Arena||Cedric (@cedflanders) joins me from the Hearthstone Championship Tour in Amsterdam to offer a live report on the tournament. He details his experience at the event, and how he collected autographs from professional players and members of the Hearthstone||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeven Rue on Cartography and Disability in TTRPGs||Deven joins me to discuss her art, approach to cartography, and her interactions with the roleplaying game community. She talks about being introduced to Dungeons & Dragons at the age of 14 and the importance of finding a hobby and community that felt c||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreg Tito on "What is D&D?" and the Growth of TTRPGs||Greg joins me this week to discuss his career path before joining Wizards of the Coast in 2015, and details his roles and responsibilities as Senior Communications Manager for Dungeons & Dragons. He talks about his love of tabletop roleplaying games, an||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMegan Connell, Psy.D. on Using D&D in Therapy and Mental Health at the Table as a DM||I'm joined this week by Dr. Megan Connell, a licensed psychologist who is currently using Dungeons & Dragons in two therapy groups to teach children social skills and empowerment. She speaks about motivations for pursuing a career in psychology, includi||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJerry LeNeave on Gaming & Streaming, and Shadow of the Demon Lord||Jerry, known as The Dread Gazebo, talks about his views on the changing climate around tabletop and vidoegaming this decade. He speaks the lifespan of gaming blogs and the rise of streaming. He details his enjoyment of Shadow of the Demon Lord, and answ||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDuane Sibilly on Collaboration, Diversity, and Representation||Duane has been cultivating Hammer Gaming, a community for like-minded players who wish to avoid the toxicity that is often found in online games. He speaks about consulting with other gamemasters like myself, and we talk through an example of how we co||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnrique Bertran on D&D Joining the Mainstream, and Reviewing Tomb of Annihilation||Listen to Enrique Bertran, better known as NewbieDM, discuss the evolving Dungeons & Dragons landscape during the past 10 years. He shares his insights about how roleplaying games continue to get closer to "mainstream" status, and how 5th Edition D&D is||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Chin of Road to Infamy Games on Executing Kickstarter Campaigns||I'm joined by Jeff Chin, Co-Founder of Road to Infamy Games, and he speaks about lessons learned from successfully launching two prior games through Kickstarter. He details Road to Infamy's latest Kickstarter campaign, Bowties: The Dapper Drinking Game.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOhad Zach Details the Methodology for the Vicious Syndicate Data Reaper Report||I'm joined by Ohad Zach (ZachO), General Manager of Vicious Syndicate and writer of the weekly Data Reaper Report, which provides comprehensive statistical analysis for Hearthstone. He spoke about his fandom of Blizzard games and joining forces with Vi||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatrina Ostrander of Fantasy Flight Games on Anxiety and Being a Woman in the Gaming Industry||I'm joined this week by Katrina Ostrander, Fiction Editor for Fantasy Flight Games Fiction and Story Team Member for Fantasy Flight Games. She talks about her early experiences in gaming, which were mostly comprised of play-by-post games. She speaks abo||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWayne June on Life as a Voice Artist & Providing the Voice for Darkest Dungeon||This week I am joined by Wayne June, voiceover artist and narrator with extensive experience in the audiobook industry. He is perhaps best known recently for his work as the voice of the Darkest Dungeon; he performs the lines of The Ancestor, who serves||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Benefield||This week I'm joined by Chris Benefield, a longtime friend I first met during our days in graduate school way back in 1998. Chris has a masters degree in Educational Psychology, and is now working toward an advanced degree to become a school counselor.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarina Kom||I'm joined by Carina Kom, Co-founder and CEO of Crash Wave Games, which successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for their next game, Iron Tides. Ms. Kom discusses her years of experience wearing various hats in the gaming industry, which led her||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Patterson||I'm joined by Brian Patterson, Co-Owner of Exploding Rogue Studios, and Creator of the webcomic, d20monkey. He completed a successful Kickstarter to fund his efforts to create Karthun, a campaign guide. I previously interviewed Brian in 2011 and 2014 fo||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. Janina Scarlet on Superhero Therapy and Personal Experience as a Refugee to the United States||I am joined this week by Dr. Janina Scarlet, and we talk about her upcoming book, Superhero Therapy - A Hero's Journey Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Scarlet shares her fascinating origin story and how her personal journey with negative||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. Peter Whalen & Dr. Tzachi Zach||This week's MEGA Hearthstone episode celebrates the annoucement of the next expansion, Journey to Un'Goro. First, Dr. Peter Whalen, Senior Game Designer for Hearthstone, joins me to discuss his experiences working for Blizzard since 2015 and his role as||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShanna Germain on Writing and Advocacy in the Gaming Community||My guest for Episode 9 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Shanna Germain, co-founder of Monte Cook Games, and an acclaimed writer and game designer. She covered many topics during our discussion, including her work as an activist and advocate in and out of||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAllison Rossi||My guest for Episode 8 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Allison Rossi, Dungeon Master for Adventurer's League and Social Media Manager for a Competitive Overwatch League. She discusses her entrance into tabletop roleplaying games several years ago and h||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHawke Robinson||My guest for Episode 7 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Hawke Robinson, founder of the RPG Research Project. Hawke discusses his early history in gaming, which dates back to the 1970s, and talks about choosing a career in recreation therapy, which allows||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSusan J. Morris||My guest for Episode 6 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Susan J. Morris, a fantasy author and editor that is best known for her work editing Forgotten Realms novels for Wizards of the Coast and novels for Monte Cook Games. She has published multiple books||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdam Johns & Adam Davis||My guests for Episode 5 of Ego Check with The Id DM are Adam Johns and Adam Davis from Wheelhouse Workshop, a two-man operation whose mission is to help youths in the greater Seattle area build social skills through the intentional and targeted use of||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFelix Mak||My guest for Episode 4 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Felix Mak, software engineer for Vicious Syndicate, which provides detailed data reports on competitive play in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Mr. Mak is also a Legend-ranked Hearthstone player a||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeos Abadia||My guest for Episode 3 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Teos Abadia, writer for companies such as Wizards of the Coast and Kobold Press. Mr. Abadia is very active in the Dungeons & Dragons community and spends a great hour with me discussing publishing||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Bourassa||My guest this week for Episode 2 of Ego Check with The Id DM is Chris Bourassa, Co-Owner of Red Hook Studios and Creative Director for Darkest Dungeon. Mr. Bourassa spoke with me about his sources of inspiration for Darkest Dungeon, and the realit||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Shea||Mike Shea, also known as Sly Flourish, was gracious enough to sit down with me, and we enjoyed a sprawling conversation about mindfulness and roleplaying games. Mike shares his insights about the journey from roleplaying-game fan to freelance writer f||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Dr. Mallen, aka The Id DM, has a continuous cavalcade of guests on this show that run the gamut of the gaming hobby. He's a great interviewer with an approachable style. My one nitpick with the show is audio quality, but this is one of those rare shows where the quality of the content outshines any technical deficiencies.
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Dr. Mallen is doing good work with the Ego Check podcast! Episodes have featured a really diverse set of guests and Dr. Mallen asks great questions to keep conversations flowing. I’ve appreciated listening to the discussions about gaming culture, mental health, and inclusivity at the table. Thanks for providing such an insightful perspective for the RPG community!
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Dr. Michael is an excellent interviewer and in this podcast he dives deeply into different avenues of geek and gaming culture while learning about the various people who help make these hobbies a reality. Thought provoking and heart warming, I highly reccomend this podcast!