Playing together every week for nearly 3 years, we are passionate about tabletop roleplaying games. Here you can learn a little about your favorite cast member.
Quinn Sowers – Dungeon Master
The creator, producer, and writer of Heroes Not Included, Quinn Sowers (@sowersian) is a former professional photographer, an avid video and tabletop gamer, and a writer who has been playing and running roleplaying games in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years.
It all began when TSR released the 3rd edition of their Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set in 1979. When most kids their age were chasing after crushes, they spent endless hours leaning over a table covered in strange dice, cryptic sheets of paper, pewter figures, and dustings of snack food crumbs. Not only did discovering roleplaying games help them overcome their dyslexia, the games proved to be the spark that ignited a lifelong love of storytelling and adventure.
Nothing in their life has been left untouched by this love for roleplaying games, including doing graduate work on the urtext of all fantasy, the Lord of the Rings. Over the years, they have played everything from FASA’s Star Trek RPG to Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2020 published by R. Talsorian Games to Siembieda’s RIFTS and the classic Star Wars RPG from West End Games. But through it all “the original fantasy roleplaying game,” in all its incarnations, has remained the touchstone.
Richie Hazlewood – Eobard, Baern
Richie Hazlewood stumbled onto tabletop roleplaying in sixth grade when a kid on the bus invited him to make a character for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition. He had never played a game like this before. By the end of the first session, he was hooked. He has been looking for good opportunities to play ever since. A fan of fantasy and science fiction, Richie has no real experience in acting or entertainment but loves arguing his way out of situations, which seems to lend itself to roleplaying.
One thing Richie enjoys most about roleplaying is the humor that often comes out in playing. Some of hardest times he has ever laughed was when a group inevitably found themselves trying the most unorthodox and ridiculous schemes to solve a problem. Any phrase that starts with, “Okay. So just try and imagine,” makes him eager to hear what comes next.
Zakaria Zajac – Calak, Erok
Zakaria Zajac is a software developer by day and a game-oholic by night. As a former stage actor, Zak has done everything from musicals to dinner theater. Roleplaying gives him the opportunity to put his acting skills to use and explore his imagination.
Zak played Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition by Wizards of the Coast back in high school for a few years before taking a long hiatus. During that time, he developed a passion for digital roleplaying games, including Everquest by Sony Online Entertainment and Worlds of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment. For the past two years, he has played Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition and Star Wars Edge of the Empire from Fantasy Flight Games with this awesome group, using his great sense of humor and his many talents to make every episode fun.
Greyson Simon – Aspen Tamble
Assisting with production of the podcast as our editor, Greyson Simon (@Legend0fGreyson) is the baby of the cast. Aside from a brief foray into a Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition Starter Kit with their dad, Greyson has only been playing since 2010.
Played mostly on the floor of their tiny studio apartment and outside the laundromat while in college, their first character was a half-elf swashbuckler named Phinn in a solo adventure using the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game by Paizo Publishing. Since joining the group 3 years ago, Greyson has spent most Saturdays at the table playing straight man to Richie’s goofs. They are notorious for creating well rounded characters to fill in the gaps that often occur in small parties. They eagerly await the release of the Eberron setting for 5th edition.