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Meet the Lovable Lug with a Dark Past and His Tasty Giant Crab Companion in Those Bastards 5E D&D Live Play

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Missing constellations, infernal plots and all the sibling feels are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in Those Bastards, our live play fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons game streaming on Tuesdays 8-10 p.m. eastern on our second channel, Nerdarchy Live. We got the players and Dungeon Master together to share about the game, their characters and themselves.

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As part of our effort to boost the show we sat down with the players and Dungeon Master to discuss the campaign, their characters and how they fit into the party. Today we’re sitting down and talking to Nerdarchist Dave about his half-orc Beast Master ranger, Oonga.

Who are you, and who is your character?

“Nerdarchist Dave, Co-Founder and Brand Strategist for Nerdarchy, LLC. I’m playing the half-orc Oonga who travels with his companion Sheldon the Giant Crab.”

What was the thought process behind your concepts of Oonga and Sheldon (race, class, story, etc.)?

“Sometime ago Nerdarchy met for the first time at the convention Concoction. Megan was drafted to run a game of D&D. On a lark, we decided to play a game of half-siblings. So we all chose half-breed races. I hadn’t played a ranger yet, let alone the Beast Master ranger. Rangers were supposed to be subpar and the beast companion the worst of the lot. I figured test it out and find out for sure. That is how I picked my class and subclass.”

How do Oonga and Sheldon view the others in the party?

“Oonga is happy to be a part of a group and to have a family. Having grown up on the streets, Oonga and Sheldon only had each other to look out for each other. Everyone else they encountered either wanted what they had, to eat Sheldon or take advantage of Oonga’s gullibility. They see them as family. Galesin is so fancy it’s amazing, Prudence is very wise and is almost like having a mother for the first time. Vent is the smartest person we know. He’s also the best adventurer ever. Being the youngest, Oonga looks up to everyone. Sheldon, despite how surly he is, really likes having the group around. He might just like having more people to be grumpy at. I see his personality kind of like Chopper from Star Wars Rebels.”

What do Oonga and Sheldon want to accomplish during the campaign?

“They are along for the ride. The biggest thing is not losing what they’ve gained. He really wants Vent to find their dad because it is important to Vent. He’s not sure really wants to find him. He left them.”

What is Oonga’s greatest flaw? What about Sheldon?

“Oonga is a slow thinker, kind of gullible and lacking any social graces (Dump stats are Intelligence and Charisma). Sheldon is super grumpy and thinks in curse words.”

Is Oonga very similar to or different from the sorts of characters you usually play? How?

“I’ve played characters like him but I always had a twist. Oonga, while he seems dimwitted and kind those are partial truths. He has a great capacity towards violence for those not in his good graces. He loves things of nature, but people not so much. Geoff was a dwarf he ran with on the streets for a long time. Oonga later discovered Geoff just used him as muscle on the streets, tricking him often. He confronted the dwarf tough over this. In a fit of rage he strangled Geoff to death with the help of Sheldon and left his body in an alley. The other low Intelligence characters I’ve played were genuinely good and selfless. They lacked Oong’s dark side.”

What are three facts about Oonga that you can let the audience in on?

“Here harbors a dark secret that doesn’t feel very bad about. (See above.) He loves animals above people, especially Sheldon. His family, the adventuring party, falls somewhere between animals and Sheldon. He’s kind of rowdy and likes to fight.”

Why should people watch Those Bastards?

“To see the antics we get up to and why the whole party shouldn’t dump the Intelligence stat.”

Thank you Nerdarchist Dave for sitting down and sharing about your multifaceted character!

Discover more about Oonga and Sheldon and their dark secrets and catch Nerdarchy’s new streamed D&D game Those Bastards every Tuesday night, 8-10 p.m. eastern with VOD available immediately following each session. Those Bastards are nearing the end of their first big adventure before our in-house team group embarks on a new campaign, so visit Nerdarchy Live to subscribe and hit that notification bell because you don’t want to miss a thing here and until next time, stay nerdy!

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Steven Partridge

Steven Partridge is a published fantasy author and staff writer for Nerdarchy. He also shows up Tuesdays at 8:00pm (EST) to play with the Nerdarchy Crew, over on the Nerdarchy Live YouTube channel. Steven enjoys all things fantasy, and storytelling is his passion. Whether through novels, TTRPGs, or otherwise, he loves telling compelling tales within various speculative fiction genres. When he's not writing or working on videos for his YouTube channel, Steven can be found lap swimming or playing TTRPGs with his friends. He works in the mental health field and enjoys sharing conversations about diversity, especially as it relates to his own place within the Queer community.

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