Invitation to party in G4’s new Dungeons and Dragons series [Interview]
G4the most recent series of, Dungeons And Dragons Present: Invitation To Party finally premieres today! This new series is also the first series to be broadcast on linear television. It’s gonna be great to see a new generation of TTRPG players enter the series.
We had the chance to chat with the DM of the show, B. Dave Walters, as well as the entire cast on the series.
Invitation to an interview with the cast
B.Dave, you have worked on many projects related to TTRPG and D&D. What made you say yes to Invitation To Party to be the DM of the show?
B. Dave: I came by watching the original G4. So, working with them earlier this year on D&D Live was already a dream come true. The best thing about this project is that we’re going to be the first to do a real D&D play on TV. There aren’t many firsts left in this world. So, having the opportunity to innovate and advance the game that I love so much was too good an opportunity to let it pass!
I am delighted to have you guys on this show. Do any of you have experience with Dungeons and Dragons and what do you hope to gain from this amazing experience?
Kassem: My experience with D&D [Dungeons and Dragon’s] is very limited. I think among everyone I am the greenest. It was important for me to try something new but more importantly to make this game accessible to others like me. A lot of things in nerd culture have guardians and aren’t always the most inviting. I wish I could bring new players, like me, an easier entry point into D&D. Because it really is such a special game.
Fiona: I had very little experience with D&D and would always do one-shots for shows and things like that. So, this will be my first time joining a campaign, so I’m pretty excited about it. Because this show is all about comedy, we have little to no experience with D&D will actually make it funnier, I think. I hope to hone my improvisation skills with this challenge. And maybe it will help me get a raise since I will become so good and funny that they won’t want to lose me!
Scabbard : I played DnD on and off for a few years – never very seriously, but I painted models and drew boards and thumbed through manuals. I would say I know the game, but not an expert. Out of experience: I really hope to gain more experience in role playing and acting; I think everyone grows up with the desire to be an actor and that’s probably the closest thing to that – and I have to do the character!
Yes : I have been playing D&D since I was 18 and have finally been free from my parents’ clutches and their ban on playing due to residual satanic panic. Over the past five years or so I’ve done a lot of real D&D plays and as a performer that adds an extra level of pizzazz. You don’t just play for yourself, you play for the entertainment of others. I’m hoping to bring out a character that people watching can relate to and want to play like that too.
So who do you play in this series?
Kassem: I play Ignius Cassalanter. [Who is] a reborn human wizard with a strange past. He is charming and skillful and can sell ketchup ice cream to a woman wearing white gloves. He seeks power and would one day like to become the open ruler of Waterdeep.
Fiona: I will play Ollie, who is a Harengon wizard. Which, in simpler terms, I’m a bunny person who has a hero complex and wants to save everyone, but always seems to mess things up in the process. She is super fun and I love to play with her!
Scabbard : I play a vampire half-elf thief named Octavia. She is very pragmatic but secretly has a soft spot for the members of her team.
Yes : I’ll play Thorbie Contiki, an eccentric bard. (Calls in a redundant eccentric bard). I feel like Thorbie is the type of character people have been wanting to see me play for a while. He’ll be a completely clumsy person who hopefully can save the day. There is a lot of heart in Thorbie’s heart and I can’t wait to unravel and show it.
B. Dave, with 3 G4 hosts joining this game, did you contact Ify or how did Ify get involved in this project?
B. Dave: Ify is absolute power, and we are fortunate to have him in the TTRPG space. But, that also means he’s very busy! He has been a friend and collaborator of G4 for quite some time now. So when Invitation to Party finally came together, it made sense to have him on board. His skills and chemistry with the rest of the cast really help turn Party Invitation into something special.
For all of you, what are you looking forward to doing in this game?
B. Dave: I am delighted to be able to advance the medium as a whole. We’re going to bring elements of LARP and improv like you’ve never seen on a regular TTRPG stream.
Kassem: I can’t wait to build the episode-by-episode narrative in a way that we could never have planned or written if we were doing something scripted.
Fiona: Glad to do more character work. Which will help me enormously in Attack of the Show since we will be doing TONS of it. I’m also very happy that audiences see our characters because our dynamic is truly one of a kind.
Scabbard : I’m really excited to make the other cast around me look good and create engaging stories that depend on their interaction.
Yes : Play a bard. This is my first time playing one, and I’m always happy to learn new classes to play. On top of that, I hope to make the rest of my party laugh out loud and break up the character as much as possible.
B. Dave, which monster are you excited to see players face off against?
B. Dave: Well, spoiler alert but… Mindflayers.
What does it mean to all of you that this series is not only airing on Twitch and YouTube, but also the first D&D series to air on linear TV?
B. Dave: It means everything to me. When we absolutely get this out of the park – you really can’t imagine how really good Kassem, Frosk, Ify, and Fiona are – we’re going to be opening doors for all kinds of artists on all kinds of new platforms. My greatest hope is that this show will help people who have only heard of D&D in passing find their own love for the game. It would make me happier than anything.
Kassem: This is a huge opportunity to show an audience outside of Twitch / YouTube that you might not need to watch Shark Tank tonight. Here is ONE more option that might be fun. And With a bit of luck, getting people to play TTRPG who thought it was for basement teens or lonely nerds. I mean it’s for them too, but really it’s for everyone once you understand how it works. And I hope we can show it.
Fiona: I’m on TV?!?! Just kidding, yeah, that’s huge! Being the first D&D series to air on linear television is exciting but nerve-racking. I know a lot of us to say it, but there aren’t many premieres in the world. To be a part of this is an honor and an exciting opportunity.
Scabbard : Extremely surreal. I’m not new to the world of fine production coming from a Riot Games past, but doing something so creative is an extremely new adventure and challenge for me. I hope I don’t fall face down on the ground.
Yes : It’s inspiring, but also a little scary. We have the chance to play this legendary TTRPG on a big stage but there are so many elements that can be scary. D&D itself can be played in so many different ways, so for typical players, they can complain if they feel like we’re not playing the ‘right’ way, which is always the way they are. want to play, not necessarily in a way that is objectively correct. Then there’s the aspect of the casual viewer watching us play and wondering what’s going on. Your average real TTRPG game viewer has no problem hanging out for about three hours watching nerds roll the dice, but the layman would be wary of giving it five minutes. That being said, I feel like we’ve found an extremely entertaining way to play, whether you’ve ingested Critical Role and The Adventure Zone for years or using it to watch your favorite G4 hosts, so because of that, it’s all EXTREMELY exciting.