Adam has always been a pursuer of epic tales from days of yore. As a teenager, he had a love for all things Geekdom which eventually grew into a hobby. It was not uncommon to find him drawing his own comic books, or writing short stories that were filled with character driven adventure. As he got older those hobbies became a passion project as he began working on the World and Lore that would eventually become The Stubborn Heroes.
When the guys decided to start playing D&D in 2015 - Adam was the only one they trusted to weave a story that had the action, adventure, depth and intrigue they wanted in the experience. He learned the rules of the game academically through research and studying the source material, reading the Players Handbook and Dungeons Master Guide three times over before their first pre-podcast campaign began.
Five years and over 100 episodes later...
Adam's knowledge and experience of the game has grown in leaps and bounds, primarily thanks to the constant shenanigans of his players. When Adam isn't acting as the GM, he's very likely playing with his son Grayson.
That's right – Adam is a father.
Billy was one of the original Heroes in the unaired "Campaign 0" which took place before the podcast. During the first Campaign, he returned as a paladin whose journey came to a swift end at the hands of a green dragon.
After playing two rather serious role-playing PC's, Billy decided it was time for a change. Together with Adam he made the concept for a new, wacky character that would be over the top and fun on every level. A character that would leave you laughing your pants off from hilarity, but also quivering in fear for your life.
The infamous rogue Cedric Crow was born.
For the second Campaign Billy chose to shift gears, playing an easy-going gunslinger, a radical change from his days embodying Cedric. From the way he inhabits a character to his contagious laughter upon hearing Ray react to something Adam said, you can tell that there's little else Billy would rather be doing.
David is the older brother of Adam the GM. Before 2015, Dungeons & Dragons was not something he had thought about before - never mind something he would actually play! In 2015, Adam convinced David to play in the first unaired "Campaign 0" as a half-elf rogue.
From that moment on, David was hooked.
After playing a thieving, murdering monster for an entire campaign, David decided to go in a completely different direction for Campaign 1. He chose a druid because he loved the idea of transforming into any animal, and role-playing as someone that was seeking to preserve life and family, not destroy it. His rogue instincts often bleed through but he does his best to separate his meta-gaming and roleplay, something he continues to struggle with.
David's Campaign 2 character is shrouded in a great deal of mystery, but one thing he's happy to admit is that the character is based on his daughter, who is the center of his universe.
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Cody began his D&D career playing a wood elf ranger in "Campaign 0". For the start of Campaign 1 he decided to stick with a wood elf but tried out the monk class briefly. Brief, because the character didn't end up living very long...
After that ghastly demise, Cody wanted to play a spellcaster that could fight from afar rather than up close. He decided on a tiefling warlock, which really broke him out of his shell, and despite still role-playing the least out of the Heroes, he is more active with the group than he ever has been before.
For Campaign 2, Cody opted for a character that would allow him to channel all of the rage he has for his fellow Heroes into the bodies of his enemies, thus a goblin barbarian seemed appropriate.
Outside of D&D the only thing Cody loves more than video games, is anime.
When Raymond (Ray for short) first joined the Heroes in Episode 5 of Campaign 1, his only experience of D&D was with Edition 3.5, although you wouldn't know it because he adapted to 5th Edition with ease.
Much like the wizard he played in Campaign 1, Ray is a sarcastic prankster in reality as well. He has a penchant for speaking his mind, and sowing chaos. He doesn't shy away from calling the other Heroes out on their bullshit. His signature "What the Fuck" in response to most situations is an authentic and real response one can expect from him. Ray says he chose a wizard specifically because he "wanted to create a PC whose job is to fuck with all of the GM's plans".
For Campaign 2, Ray decided to mix it up and play a soft-spoken monk, although it's too early to tell if his old mischievous ways will return. When he isn't roleplaying Ray can be found running an independent video game and collectibles shop, which Adam takes advantage of from time to time...
Before the beginning of Campaign 1 Episode 1, Michael had never played D&D before. In many ways, the podcast has been a documentary of Michaels progress as he learns the ins and outs of the game. His journey through the world, as well as the mechanics, is one thing which made his first character, a ranger, grounded and relatable.
In many ways the personality and attitude of his first character was a clone of Michaels own. When the character reacts to a certain situation, you can be sure that Michael himself is reacting the exact same way. His Campaign 2 character, a tortle cleric, is a reflection of his more shy and quiet side, but also gives him the opportunity to experiment with a more spellcasting-focused class.
Besides D&D, Michael has a love for collectibles. Over many years he has amassed a very impressive collection of Power Rangers and Transformers figures.
A favourite fictional character of his is Taratulas from "Beast Wars" - undeniably one of the best shows of all time.
Joining the podcast over 80 episodes into Campaign 1 as a "guest star", Adam (known to all as "Parker" to avoid confusion with Adam the GM) quickly fell in love with the game, having never played before then. The Heroes welcomed his enthusiasm and he was brought on as a regular member for the rest of Campaign 1. With by far the least amount of experience among the Heroes and far too much time on his hands, he eagerly sought out any D&D books and material he could get his hands on, eventually even deciding to start up his own campaign acting as GM.
Parkers first character was supposedly an ice sorcerer, but you wouldn't know it from the number of times he cast "chain lightning". Clearly he developed an affinity for the spell and so it comes as no surprise that his Campaign 2 character is a blue dragonborn sorcerer.
Known for his dark sense of humour and a love for voices and impressions, Parker now spends most of his free time either playing D&D or thinking about the next time he'll get to play D&D. Also a decent pianist, you can sometimes hear his compositions in the podcast whenever Adam needs a customized background track.
Anthony joined the podcast over 40 episodes into Campaign 2 as the silver-tongued bookworm Strata, The Lorekeeper. He first started playing D&D as a way to stay connected with friends after graduating university but this casual pastime quickly blossomed into a deep love for tabletop roleplaying games.
He enjoys characters that deal with the strange and other-worldly, and as such Warlock, Sorcerer and Cleric are his favourite classes to play. He tends to write characters that are personable, inquisitive and goal-oriented.
Anthony is an environmental scientist by day, working to become a geologist and loves to incorporate these inspirations into his characters. Anthony is also an experienced GM where he enjoys running games of D&D, Call of Cthulhu and various micro-RPGs.
When he isn't rolling dice Anthony enjoys making music, snowboarding and cooking for friends and family.
Lead illustrator &
Angelina first began listening to the podcast during her long commutes to and from her work as a tattoo artist. Enjoying the humor and world building of the group, she began making fan art which in turn lead her to take on a more major role for the art production in Campaign 2.
With her specialties in character design and storytelling, Angelina is currently freelancing as an artist as well as writing/illustrating an as-of-yet unreleased webcomic with a friend.
Check out some of her Artwork for The Stubborn Heroes
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