The Game Master
About Mary Anne Ewing Patterson (Maz)
I have been a part of Adventurers & Artists from 2017 when the group began. I started as a player character Momo, and while I had a blast as Momo, when the time came for Nik Bell to step down as Game Master, I was invited to take over the mantle and haven’t looked back since.
With hundreds of hours of experience GM’ing at my local D&D Club, Canterbury Dragons, and have seen many players pick up the hobby anew and thoroughly enjoy it. My favourite points in a game always happen when players feel an emotional connection to the story that my group collectively tell and from the wonderful relationships built upon that shared story. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband (Gareth, aka Zrusk) and son, go for massive walks, visit my local church and sometimes tinker with the novel I’ve been working on for about a year.
David Moore as Goald of Zahl
About David Moore
I have managed to get involved in the project in so many ways I am generally getting confused as to which hat I am wearing! As the owner of Dice and Destiny I was from the start a keen supporter. I’ve been involved since the pilot season, where we ran in Westgate Hall (I was a general manager there at that time too!) Then finally I am one of our players as well.
I have loved DnD form a young age and have recently got back into playing the game regularly after a hiatus. In the last year or two, I have been in up to 3 different campaigns in a week with a variety of characters. Now my focus is solely on the AnA campaign.
About Goald of Zahl
Goald of Zahl bard extraordinaire! A drow that was raised in an orphanage. Goald has long been used to performing to make ends meet and entertain his peers. At a young age, he became a smash hit for his poem “One and Only Love”, which combined with his natural good looks and charm propelled him to fame. Unfortunately, this was not to last the money dried up and the fame was only fleeting. Now years later, while still barding Goald has taken up adventuring in the quest to find that story that will again bring him the adulation of the masses. Goald is only here to reclaim his rightful place as bard extraordinaire. All this adventuring and fighting is for the little people in the party not for him to get his hands dirty with, oh no. Yet still as with everything not everyone is as skilled and talented as Goald so sometimes he will have to step in and save the day. If he can do it without a fight all the better.
Gareth Patterson as Zrusk
About Gareth Patterson
Ever since my first character, a half-elf fighter mage was eaten by a red dragon in 1994, I’ve been playing D&D and similar games. I’m a performer for AnA which is a fancy way of saying I play with dice and spout nonsense in bad accents while other people do all the real work.
I got involved with the project after volunteering during a casting call at Canterbury’s local gaming shop – Dice and Destiny and so two years on, no one has managed to get rid of me no matter how many dice I hoard. I live in Canterbury with my wife and son who brings a new meaning to the phrase “wandering monster”.
In my spare time, I like to play more games than a grown man should, procrastinate about publishing the novel I once wrote and pet cats.
This Half-Orc bastard spent his early years in the scummy depths of Dell’s Keel, leading a rag-tag band of fellow orphans who knew only how to steal to survive, when he came across the path of Ser Edward Greybriar. One of Zrusk’s younger companions was trying to pilfer the pockets of the visiting High Commander, when the commander’s strong hand caught the little mite’s own. This was unacceptable for Zrusk, who immediately threw himself in his friend’s defence. This impressed Ser Edward Greybriar to the extent that he allowed Zrusk to keep the trinket that the young child had been trying to steal. Not long after this, Zrusk was caught red-handed, thieving gold from a merchant’s purse so he could purchase food for his starving friends and was sentenced to hang. The mayor, seeing the High Commander’s insignia in Zrusk’s possession, immediately sent the trinket back to his old friend with a passing note about the execution of the thief. Concerned, Greybriar returned to Dell’s Keel just in time to see the young Zrusk hanged. Admiring his resolve in the face of adversity and having witnessed his strength of character beforehand, the High Commander instead petitioned to have the thief released under his care.
Thus Zrusk began his life in the Order of the Watchful Tower. A holy order that maintains utter neutrality in the politics of the surrounding nations. Sitting in the border between Xandar and the desert of Tanzadar, the Order of the Watchful Tower stands ready to defend against the aberrations and creatures of the night. Zrusk spent years earning the trust of his fellow Paladins and those he served, but after much dedication and discipline, even his most ardent critics grudgingly admit he is a most capable Paladin.
Connor Brew as Mangus
About Connor Brew
I joined the project as I’ve been a lifelong fan of DnD, yet rarely had the chance to experience DnD personally. I thought this would be an excellent way to get further involved with DnD, and give me a chance to really flex my limited preforming abilities, and thinking skills. Prior to joining as a player, my experience of DnD was limited to being a DM for several separate games. However, I was also one of the founders of the Dungeons and Dragons Society at Canterbury Christ Church University, which, I served a term as Vice-President. I enjoy the interesting concept that the project puts forward, as music can really change how something is experienced.
Magnus was born to a High elf mother and a Drow father. He lived a life of luxury for his early years. However, Magnus keen imagination and constant scapers meant his family secreted him away to a monastery to teach him a little patience.
Starting age 4, Magnus spent the next 13 years learning the art of meditation, martial combat, and various studies on magic and history. Excelling at all parts, Magnus began to delve into more knowledge about Daemons and the Abyss. Magnus felt the tug to follow a more evil path but always stayed true to his good nature. He came to believe he had an inner Daemon who he called Araxandeus or Azzy. However one day Magnus had to flee the monastery after the Daemon claimed his life was in danger with all honesty. Magnus remembers nothing of that day, but he awoke in a small hamlet near the monastery with a strange mask and the threat of the monks chasing him down.
Magnus maintains a permanently happy-go-lucky attitude, and prefers diplomacy over force, to the point that he took a vow to never to kill anyone, as all life is sacred, if sometimes misguided. His current goal is to discover why the monastery wants him dead, and what this strange mask does. All while trying to find best friends for Azzy and spreading a mandate of peace across the land.
Reece Dougal as Morkai
About Reece Dougal
Hey guys. My name is Reece, I’m a 21-year-old graduate and a new player to Adventurer’s and Artists. I’ve been playing Dungeon’s and Dragons for two years now, having been introduced to it by some friends of mine who were in the D&D Society at my university, which I joined soon after. My experience of D&D has been a mix of playing the game and running games, both for the university society and in my personal life. One of the main draws to the game for me is the ability to make an emotional and compelling story run between a variety of characters, which is something that will always get me hooked.
I was approached by Jason to join Adventurer’s and Artists as a player, and after doing a long run as a GM for my own table, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to get back in the role of my own character. After meeting the rest of the group, I knew I was in capable hands, and that this would be a story I was excited to find out more about and share with other people. Hopefully you will enjoy this project just as much as I had being a part of it.
What might strike you first about this tiefling are his gentle eyes. As a skilled physician, Morkai’s talents have been sought by kings and paupers alike. He is ready to heal and soothe the troubles of rich and poor, never discriminating between his patients, unless they ask to bend the natural cycle of things, of course. Death is as much a part of that cycle as life. More recently, the purple (some say lilac) hued tiefling has found himself in the service of a great merchant king and here is where his story with us begins…
Sam O’Slatra on Electronics
I’m a Creative adventurer, with a love of sound, vision, and multi-sensory experiences, I have a particular penchant for the quirky, bizarre, surreal or plain weird.
I’ve worked with-and continue to explore a number of points of interests in the Visual Arts, as well as enthusiastically dabbling with sound and music. I love writing, whether it’s stories, prose, little vignettes of gibberish-or lyrics that feed into my goofing about as a vocalist/ rapper/ rambler.
I’m a self-confessed introvert, get a buzz from performing, actively dislike audience participation (if I’m in the audience), acronyms and long, pointless forms. I became involved with this project because it sounded really interesting, has given me the scope for working in different ways than I have before-and is ultimately helping some good causes.
Colin Johnson on Bassoon
I’m Colin, and I’m one of the musicians on this project. I play the bassoon, a wind instrument which has a long history. The modern bassoon is the latest in a long line of “double-reed” instruments, where you make sound by blowing between two reeds and then changing the note and sound by opening and closing holes on the instrument. As well as being an important instrument in classical music – Vivaldi and Mozart wrote famous bassoon music, and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” opens with a striking bassoon solo – it has been used in many other styles of music. I’m particularly interested in improvised music, where the focus is often on sound, texture, and “musical storytelling” as much as on details of notes and harmony. This is what drew me to this project – and opportunity to take inspiration from a different kind of storytelling and improvisation and to be provoked into new ideas for making sounds and music.
Jacob Lewis on Viola
I’m a Viola player currently attending St Mary’s University. Being both an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and musician I’ve found this project a brilliant synthesis of the two. Being classically trained, it’s been a major transition to the style of improvisation that’s accompanying our adventures. I’ve very much enjoyed the process and used it to explore worlds of sound that I haven’t had the opportunity to travel through our music. It’s been amazing developing music with the players, expanding and evolving my range of motifs to match the tone and atmosphere of the adventure. In addition, I’ve found the relationship between player expression, whether vocal or through body language, and musical particularly interesting and it’s played a substantial part in my artistic process.