Worlds Beyond Number

Fortunate Horse, Worlds Beyond Number

Brennan Lee Mulligan, Erika Ishii, Aabria Iyengar, and Lou Wilson hang out together and use games to make up stories. It's pretty good. read less

Our Editor's Take

Worlds Beyond Number is a distinctive show with several parts. The show is about storytelling. But the storytelling happens in a different way, because these stories occur through games. More specifically, they occur through tabletop roleplaying games.

Tabletop roleplaying games need a bit of imagination and improvisation. Luckily, the four hosts (Brennan Lee Mulligan, Aabria Iyengar, Erika Ishii, and Lou Wilson) are well-equipped. They hold backgrounds in voice acting, improv, sketch comedy, and the like. They're self-professed general media nerds and make the Worlds Beyond Number podcast beyond enjoyable.

For those unfamiliar with these games, the podcast hosts take players on an adventure. However, the game has rules about how they behave. Famous examples include Dungeons & Dragons or Blades in the Dark. There's all the usual stuff of games-combat, drama, intrigue. But it's all determined by the role of a dice. This means that chance guides the stories in Worlds Beyond Number.

The hosts say they use the tabletop roleplaying method for two main reasons. One is obvious: tabletop roleplaying games are fun. The second is that it allows the hosts to remain on the same side of storytelling as the audience. They don't know what's about to happen either! This makes Worlds Beyond Number as intriguing as possible.

The epic stories the hosts make up can go wherever their imagination heads. For example, the story might be long-form and span many years. Or, it might be shorter, taking up a single episode. It might be a comedy, a tragedy, or a tragic comedy. It's a bit of a mystery, making up (more than) half the fun.

Worlds Beyond Number is a compelling storytelling podcast spoken through games. Four hosts take turns to add input to the ongoing storyline. A backing track and sound effects punctuate the stories to make them more realistic. It is engaging and clever. Listeners may enjoy this show if they find tabletop roleplaying games entertaining.

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WWW #14: There is an Ocean Vaster Than This One
Aug 31 2023
WWW #14: There is an Ocean Vaster Than This One
Nothing ends. Everything begins.Thus concludes chapter  one (1) of The Wizard, The Witch, and the Wild One. The  world of Umora will see you in October!  But WE're not going ANYWHERE. If you are not already a member of the patreon you are going to tremendously regret that over the next few weeks. Don't be a "Regretful Jeb", come join us! And follow us on "social" (yikes) to get updates and calendars and schedules for everything coming out over the break. So much stuff, we probably shouldn't even call it a break. I need a vacation from this vacation!This episode featured a song called The Rain Road, with music by Taylor Moore and lyrics by Taylor Moore and Brennan Mulligan. Look at us, like Hall and Oates over here! We had wonderful help with the choral arrangement from composer and choir director Héctor Muñoz (available for hire!) and the Macraphona Choir: Camila Chaij (solo), Micaela Roldán Juan Leoni, and Nahuel CamargoWorlds Beyond Number is:Brennan Lee MulliganErika IshiiAabria IyengarLou Wilson and is produced, designed, and scored by Taylor Moore at Fortunate Horse.Transcript of this episode coming soon! You can find transcripts of all our episodes here, for free, on our Patreon.THERE IS A WORLD OF WONDER COMING TO OUR PATREON OVER THE BREAK BEFORE THE NEXT CHAPTER STARTS. GET THEE TO IT.Our album art is by the great Corey BrickleySome additional ambient sound design comes from Michael Ghelfi Studios. You can get their sounds and music for your home games and VTT as well, which we enthusiastically recommend. .