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GeeklyInc (sometimes written Geekly Inc or Geekly, inc.) is a family of podcasts that focuses on topics such as tabletop gaming, literature, hit television shows, and video games.[1] GeeklyInc is perhaps most well-known for its Dungeons & Dragons podcast, "Drunks & Dragons," which won the award for best podcast in the "Games and Hobbies" category at the Academy of Podcasters Awards in 2017.[2] In addition to their podcasts, GeeklyInc also produces written articles that explore nerd and geek culture in more depth. Since 2014, GeeklyInc has hosted a yearly convention and fan meet-up that rotates between different cities including St. Louis, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio. Though GeeklyInc has many producers, it is led primarily by co-founders Michael DiMauro and Tim Lanning.[3]


Drunks & Dragons[edit]

Drunks and Dragons is a real-play Dungeons & Dragons podcast, utilizing first the 4th edition ruleset and later 5th edition. It features Michael DiMauro as Dungeon Master with the other cast members each playing a single player character. The cast has remained relatively stable, with only one addition and one departure throughout its run.

Drunks & Dragons has been listed in multiple lists of best Dungeons & Dragons podcasts, and in 2017 it was recognized by the Academy of Podcasters awards as being the best podcast in its "Games & Hobbies" category.[4] In 2017, the podcast was featured in Wizards of the Coast's "Podcasts of Annihilation," as a part of its efforts to promote its adventure set, "Tombs of Annihilation."[5]


Characters are listed in reverse order, with the character's race in parentheses. Past characters are in italics.

  • Michael DiMauro - Dungeon Master.
  • Tim Lanning - Toby Treacletart (Gnome), Titus Harper (Human), Tum ″Darkblade″ Thumble (Halfling).
  • Jennifer Cheek - Rowan Grey (Half-Elf), Aludra Wyrmsbane (Dwarf).
  • Mike Bachman - Skud Derranger (Water Genasi), Steve Meloncamp (Gnoll/Warforged), Jett Razor (Nerevean), Bananas Foster (Ancient Monkeylike Species), BearCharger(Minotour), Thom Vidalis (Dragonborn).
  • Nika Howard (Joined 2014) - Lahnik ″Lahni″ Caplain (Wood-Elf), Jaela (Deva).
  • Steven Strom (Left show in 2013) - Junpei Iori (Githyanki).

Random Encounters[edit]

Random Encounters is a spin-off of the Drunks & Dragons podcast utilizing a variety of game systems, including Fiasco, Gamma World, and Shadowrun. These games may be as simple as one or two sessions or, like the Norhall campaign, can go on indefinitely. Though the games featured in Random Encounters are meant to stand on their own, they often contain characters or locations from the main Drunks & Dragons Podcast. The podcast features a constantly changing cast of players, incorporating guests from other GeeklyInc podcasts and people from outside of GeeklyInc.

Cast of Thrones[edit]

Cast of Thrones is a podcast that follows, comments on, and analyzes the HBO series Game of Thrones. In addition to it's focus on the HBO series, the podcast also focuses on George R.R. Martin's book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which forms the basis of the show, hosting a "reading club" for the various books and short stories in the series. Cast of Thrones also hosts specials such as "Wine, Women, and Westeros," which discusses gender issues in Game of Thrones, and the Game of Thrones Year Endy (or GOTYE) Awards, which bestows fictional honors on various characters at the end of each season of the show, such as "Best Butt."[6]


  • Michael DiMauro
  • Tim Lanning
  • Jennifer Cheek
  • Nick Bristow


Sayer is a narrative fiction podcast, detailing the lives of the inhabitants of Earth's man-made moon, Typhon, as they begin their employment with Aerolith Dynamics. It is written and voiced by Adam Bash. The podcast is told from the perspective of the eponymous "SAYER," an Artificial Intelligence created to help new residents acclimate to life on Typhon.

In addition to the podcast, Sayer also spawned a comic book titled "Welcome to Typhon," which details the trials of a schoolteacher sent to Typhon to help educate the AI. The comic was written by Adam Bash, penciled by Jim Lawson, and Inked by Colin Panetta.[7]

Cthulhu and Friends[edit]

Cthulhu and Friends is a real-play podcast featuring the D20 variant of the Call of Cthulhu RPG. It is inspired by and set in the universe of H.P. Lovecraft. The show is separated into several distinct but related "seasons" based on long story arcs.


  • Veronica - Game Master.
  • Staci
  • Mike
  • Josh (Former)
  • Ben (Former)

Yer a Wizard Harry[edit]

"Yer a Wizard Harry" is a Harry Potter book club. Each episode is centered around one chapter of the series, discussing the events of that chapter and how they relate to the larger story. It also regularly features trivia and general commentary about the series as a whole.


  • Michael DiMauro
  • Bijaya Shrestha
  • Sarah Tompkins

Brute Force[edit]

Brute Force is a real-play podcast using the Fate Core game system set in the lands of Eorith. The podcast first used the [[World of Darkness system, but changed to the Fate Core in 2017.


  • Adam Bash - Storyteller
  • Carly Shields - Hollis the MerPerson; Lola the Harpy(No Longer Active)
  • John Calfield - Mort McCoy The Vampire(Previously a living Skeleton)
  • Patrick Rankin - Leland Deacan The Mummy; Ezra The Golem(No longer Active)
  • Bijaya Shrestha (Former)- Mirka the Yeti
  • Michaela Ray (Joined around Ep.51 )- Cammy the Kitsune

Transformation Sequence[edit]

"Transformation Sequence" is a weekly review that gives an in-depth discussion of anime series, generally exploring one series or movie per week. It sometimes features guests from other GeeklyInc podcasts.


  • Vince Kenny
  • Kym Stonick
  • Ben Stonick

The Hosts[edit]

"The Hosts" is a series of podcasts created initially as a spinoff from "A Cast of Thrones," featuring the same cast. Originally titled "The Hosts: Westworld," it was intended to examine the HBO series Westworld in between seasons of "Game of Thrones." However, after the first season of Westworld had completed, the group began "The Hosts: American Gods," which would give the same treatment to the Starz series, American Gods. The hosts have stated the potential to merge the series and add more series, however it is unclear at this time whether or not this merger will become formalized.


  • Michael DiMauro
  • Tim Lanning
  • Jennifer Cheek
  • Nick Bristow
  • Carly Shields (Joined for "The Hosts: American Gods")


In addition to their podcasting network, GeeklyInc also hosts a number of articles, blogs, and columns on their homepage. These articles explore issues related to nerd and geek culture as well as provide reviews of games, books, comics, and television shows. While some of the articles are created by the hosts of the podcasts, most are written by others outside of the podcast hosts.


Starting in 2014, a grassroots effort from the fans of GeeklyInc began in order to organize a meet-up in Chicago, IL, modeled on other such fan conventions.[8] Since then, GeeklyCon has become an annual event, drawing hundreds of fans from around the US. At these conventions, fans and hosts alike to play board games, tabletop RPGs, screen episodes of TV shows, and view live tapings of GeeklyInc podcasts. GeeklyCon has been held in Chicago, Louisville, Portland, St. Louis, and upcoming in Columbus.


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