A show that dares to ask: what if Studio Ghibli made podcasts? D&D actual-play meets audio drama. New episodes every other Tuesday.
Actual Play Meets Audio Drama
Actual play is a podcast genre in which the cast plays a table-top roleplaying game — in this case, Dungeons and Dragons 5e. It is fully improvised and encompasses in-character interactions between players, storytelling from the gamemaster, and out-of-character engagements such as dice rolls and discussion of game mechanics.
Unbalanced Encounters uses play sessions as the source material to produce something in between actual play and audio drama. When layered with soundscapes and an original score, the improvised story springs to life as a polished* narrative podcast.
*Please respect our qualifiers as we aspire to astound on a budget.
On the edge of a primordial forest sits a remote logging village. Burdened by the weight of this hostile terrain, a demanding empire, and a string of bad luck, Rally teeters on the brink of collapse. And these four idiots probably won’t be able to save it.
Rally follows four leaders of the eponymous village. Harisa, a wayward sharpshooter, and Guard, a ceramic automaton, stand as the town's defense. June, the jejune daughter of the town's founder, and Isaac, Rally's hapless chief, comprise its governance. Together they tend to take things from bad to worse.
With the environmental urgency of Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke, the goofs and gaffs of The Adventure Zone, and a brilliant original score — Rally promises a fascinating world, hours of soaring elation, and moments of captivating heartache.
Campaign: Campaign 1, Rally, is ongoing. Arc: Arc 1, War is Disorganized Boar is released. Arc 2, They'll Need a Crane, is ongoing. Episode length: 80-120 minutes Genres: Fantasy-adventure, improv comedy Audience: New adult, with explicit language and some graphic violence.
Unbalanced Encounters is explicitly diverse, inclusive, and community-built. We believe strongly in the importance of representation in the historically white-male-dominated D&D space, which is why our main cast is made up of BIPOC, queer, and neurodivergent performers. That attitude extends to our audience, who we see as fellow storytellers and creatives. We consult our audience in many of the decisions we make about the show, and regularly spend time collaborating with them in our Discord. The Discord also serves as a resource for fellow TTRPG GMs and players, and a safe space for questions, self-promotion, and socializing.