Sidequesting Press Kit
What is Sidequesting?
A sidequest is defined as a quest given to the player that has no direct bearing on the main story of the game. But what if these sidequests are the main story? That's what this podcast is about. Sidequesting is a scripted fiction, fantasy-adventure podcast about avoiding the main plot and doing sidequests instead.
About the Pod
Sidequesting is about Rion, a budding adventurer who’s willing to help out just about anyone, as long as they’re not being asked to deal with the scary wizard everyone keeps talking about. Each episode follows a new sidequest of Rion’s as they travel from town to town, meeting new people and doing new things. Inspirations for Sidequesting include Dungeons and Dragons, Skyrim, and Lord of the Rings. It pulls from classic tropes across fantasy stories, but subverts them. It’s a fun, light-hearted, and exciting adventure.
Sidequesting is produced one episode at a time. To accommodate a need for a flexible production, there is not a set schedule for episode releases, though they will be announced at least a week in advance on social media.
The first episode will be released September 1, 2019.
Where to Listen
Transcripts are available on our tumblr.
Transcripts for an episode will be released the same day as the episode audio.
Cast and Crew
Written: Tal Minear (they/them)
Recorded and Produced: Tal Minear (they/them)
Cover Art: Julian Mundy (he/him)
Intro/Outro Theme: Everyone is so alive by Monplaisir (they/them)
Voice of Rion: Tal Minear (they/them)
This press kit will be updated with guest actors as their episodes are released.
Queer Friendly, Queer Created
We strive for a production that welcomes those from all marginalized identities and backgrounds.
When writing Sidequesting, Tal brings not only their love of fantasy but also their experiences as a queer and nonbinary person. Most of the characters throughout the story are queer, transgender, and/or people of color - in prominent, positive roles. Sidequesting will have a diverse set of guest actors to bring these varied characters to life. Lots of fantasy stories are very straight, very cisgender, and very white, but this story isn’t going to be one of those.
About the Creator
Tal is a SoCal based podcaster with too many passions and too little time. A Mechanical Engineer by daytime, they can be found working on audio fiction by night - or sword fighting, playing DnD, rock climbing, or painting… there’s too much. Tal’s voice is in Ungifts, Zoo, Inn Between, Monsters Out of the Closet, and Take the Mass Pike. Ungifts is also co-written and co-produced by them. Sidequesting is Tal’s solo endeavor, filling a desire to make a lower-stakes, fantasy escapist podcast.