The Dungeons, Dragons, & Psychology Podcast

The Dungeons, Dragons, & Psychology Podcast

The Dungeons, Dragons, & Psychology Podcast is an RPG themed podcast where each episode dives into different aspects of tabletop roleplaying games, frequently viewed through the lens of psychology. Your host, Robert Walker, is a longtime DM and student of psychology and is the author of "Session Zero: The DMG to Writing Great Campaigns in any System."

Recent Episodes

E28: The Psychology of RPG Friendships w/ Tom Sanderson

Oct. 2, 2022

In todays session I'm joined by Tom Sanderson, the host of the podcast Tom Meets Interesting People, and we discuss his university dissertation of the formation of friendships through roleplaying games. In Tricks of the Trad…

E27: Why You Can and Should Play Characters Who Don’t Represent You IRL

Sept. 25, 2022

In today's session I discuss whether players should play characters who don't represent them as a person. I share an experience of my own that I recently had when playing a character with a different sexual identity than mys…

E26: The Problem with the Drow

Sept. 18, 2022

In this session I discuss how views that I have expressed in the past have been wrong and insensitive. I look at what the 3 primary problems with the Drow have been, and how we can still maintain the current literature that …

E25: Bringing Campaigns to an End W/Nate and Chris Pohl

Sept. 11, 2022

In today's session I'm joined by my close friends Nate and Chris as we discuss how to bring games to a successful conclusion. In Tricks of the Trade we give you some ideas of endings that you could plan for in your own campa…

BONUS: Playing Characters with Dissociative Personality Disorder

Sept. 7, 2022

On today's bonus episode I sit down with Dan Ware, a mental heath therapist, who discusses his experiences in playing a character with dissociative personality disorder. He offers commentary on where he draws inspiration fro…

E24: Dreamscapes W/ Jordan from Modified Roll

Sept. 4, 2022

In today's session I am pleased to be joined by Jordan, the Dungeon Master for campaign 2 of Modified Roll. We discuss the show, and how they played through backstory elements. In our main topic we discuss using dreams and v…