Behind the Microphone

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John Thompson

John has been an avid computer and console video gamer since the Atari 2600 and his collection of Sierra Entertainment games (King’s Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest, etc). By the third grade, to cement his rightful place in general geekdom, he became the president of his elementary school’s Computer Club. Not long after, friends in his neighborhood introduced him to tabletop roleplaying games like Battletech, Greyhawk, and Ninjas & Superspies. Moving away, he lost touch with the roleplaying community until, in college, his future brother-in-law started a Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying group and invited John to join. Since that time, he has been heavily involved in the RPG community in one way or another, from laying-out Dark Skull Studio’s The Bloodfire Territories to serving as Assistant Regional Storyteller for the state of Texas in the official White Wolf fanclub, The Camarilla and writing submissions for White Wolf Fanzine in the early-2000s. His first experience with podcasting came after he met Roxanne in 2015 and she would play them when they would take road trips. Passionerdly was the integration of three of his former blogs, “The Nerdy Side”, “The Nerdy Couple”, and “The Nomadic Nerd” and podcasting felt like a natural evolution that would allow him to share his enthusiasm for tabletop gaming with a whole new audience.

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Roxy Thompson

Born the daughter of a sci-fi/fantasy-loving Dad and a true crime/mystery-following Mom, Roxanne was destined to place somewhere on the awkward geek spectrum. Her personal baptism into the geek fold took place when her dad would plop her on the sofa with him to watch Dr. Who reruns on PBS and Star Trek: The Next Generation in the evenings. It was his influence that later led to her following many different science-fiction franchises across many mediums, including her all-time favorite, Mass Effect, the video game series that has spawned novels, comics, an animated film, and many a shaken fist and bitter tears. Her first interest in podcasting began in 2005 when she began listening to a Harry Potter-centric show produced by The Leaky Cauldron fan site. In 2014, after having listened to an H.P. Lovecraft book club-style show for a few years, she happened upon Wil Wheaton’s Geek & Sundry webshow, “Tabletop” playing “Elder Sign”, Fantasy Flight Games’ board game based on the Cthulhu mythology. She quickly dove headlong into a veritable pit of board-, card-, and roleplaying games that ultimately led to meeting John, a veteran tabletop gamer. They married in 2016 and launched Passionerdly Podcasts in the fall of 2017. Roxanne spends her days working from home and corralling their four dogs (Fred, Booker, Elizabeth, and Starbuck) and two cats (Sol and Neo).