THE GLASS CANNON DEBUTED IN JUNE OF 2015 AS A WEEKLY ONE HOUR ACTUAL PLAY PODCAST OF PAIZO’S GIANTSLAYER ADVENTURE PATH. IN JUNE OF 2016, THEY LAUNCHED A BEHIND THE SCENES TALKBACK SHOW CALLED CANNON FODDER WHICH TAKES A LOOK BACK AT EACH WEEK’S EPISODE WHILE ALSO ANSWERING GM AND PLAYER QUESTIONS FROM LISTENER MAIL ALL AROUND THE WORLD. IN 2017, THEY ANNOUNCED A PARTNERSHIP WITH PAIZO, INC. TO BECOME THE FIRST OFFICIALLY LICENSED PODCAST OF THE PATHFINDER GAME SYSTEM. THEY ALSO STARTED A PATREON WHICH QUICKLY BECAME ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS ON THE SITE IN UNDER SIX MONTHS. THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF GCP NATION, IN APRIL OF 2018, THEY LAUNCHED THEIR SECOND WEEKLY ACTUAL PLAY OF PAIZO’S FIRST STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH – DEAD SUNS! TRAVELING TO GAMING CONVENTIONS, MAKING SURPRISE VISITS TO THEIR NUMEROUS FAN MEET-UPS AND BRINGING THEIR INFAMOUS LIVE SHOW ON THE ROAD ALL MAKE FOR AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR FIVE NERDS BASED OUT OF ASTORIA, QUEENS.
The Cast of Characters
Troy rolled his first d20 at the tender age of eleven in the summer of 1990, bringing to life the much maligned AD&D 2nd Edition Cleric/Fighter Yort Elaval. (If you have an Intelligence score of less than 8, you may have missed that’s basically just Troy Lavallee spelled backwards.) Having caught the RPG bug from early original Nintendo games like Goonies II, Willow, Maniac Mansion, and Déja Vu as well obsessing over finishing every storyline in those vintage Choose Your Own Adventure books, it was an easy transition into a world where THAC0 made sense. Other classic games like HeroQuest, Middle-Earth Role-Playing (or MERP as the “cool” kids called it) and TSR's Marvel Superheroes game soon followed. After a solid two decade break from pencil and paper RPGs, Troy jumped back in crotchfirst, immersing himself in the glory and majesty of Pathfinder. When not rolling crits and killing beloved PCs, Troy is an actor, comedian, and producer based out of New York City. Originally from Haverhill, MA, he studied Theatre Arts and English at Boston College before earning his MFA in Acting from Columbia University in 2003. After 15 years slinging drinks in clubs and bars all over NYC, Troy is now a full-time actor, stand-up comedian, and freelance producer.Website
Skid has been nerding it up since 1982, when his uncle Sinclair gifted him the Basic D&D set (the Tom Moldvay edition) for his ninth birthday. It was all downhill from there, as he subsequently dabbled in such classic games as Champions, Gamma World, Judge Dredd RPG, Ghostbusters RPG, Robotech RPG, Top Secret, Tunnels and Trolls, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG (before it was a stupid cartoon), Middle Earth Role-Playing, Beyond the Supernatural, Twilight 2000, Price of Freedom, Mechwarrior, and Traveller. Nowadays he spends most of his time developing gaming and media projects with the Mozzlestead production company, and obsessively watching Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings. He also had a letter read on Late Night with David Letterman, and was briefly a very minor celebrity on Japanese TV. Oh, and once he saw a blimp.Website
Joe was roped into the world of fantasy and adventure when he was handed his first Dragonlance novel in elementary school. He stumbled into D&D thanks to his friend’s father who was a computer programmer 20 years before anyone was really using a computer. That guy was the smartest guy in the neighborhood and he played D&D, so there must be something to it, right? Joe gave up the hobby for no good reason in college and for many years after in the pursuit of “meaning”, but quickly found that to be another fantasy tale. So after honing his speaking, acting, and editing skills through collegiate forensics and moving to New York City, he met Skid, who showed him Pathfinder and officially got him back in the game. He has since GM’d games in D&D and Pathfinder, including completing Paizo’s Council of Thieves Adventure Path! He’s also played or ran games of Burning Wheel, Shadowrun, Deadlands, Inspectres, and more. In 2016 he had his first child, a beautiful little girl that seeks to destroy all that lies in her path (she’s likely to be featured in Paizo’s much anticipated Bestiary 7). When he’s not gaming, he’s traveling the world and hiking (trying to pretend he's a real adventurer). His latest adventure was a hike over the high passes of the Andes into the ruins of Machu Picchu, a trip that continues to inspire his roleplaying and sense of adventure. He hopes the Glass Cannon Podcast will show people that RPGs are an amazing tool for training creativity, promoting adventure, forming friendships, and laughing your ass off.
Though a lifelong nerd, Matthew has only recently branched out into RPGs, which is probably pretty obvious to most listeners. While not Gormalaith-ing or Della-ing, Matthew writes plays and fiction. His plays include YOU REMIND ME OF YOU, FRELMETSCH THE MANEATER, THE CITY IN THE CITY IN THE CITY, VESSELS, ALL THE PEOPLE YOU'VE BEEN, CHAOS AND CAESAR SALAD, TWO AND ONE and ANIMAL CRUELTY. His work has been presented or developed at the Kennedy Center, the National New Play Network, Primary Stages, the Flea Theater, the Abingdon Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Theater Masters, the Habitat, Fordham University and NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing. He is the recipient of the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and his plays have been finalists for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Heideman Award. His work has been published by Samuel French, and his fiction has appeared in WEST 10TH. BFA, NYU/Tisch. MFA, Fordham/Primary Stages.Website
Grant began his D&D days with the release of Baldur's Gate in 1998. Finally, a game that had some tough choices, developed characters, and adult situations. It took another 15 years for his THAC0 expertise to pay off as he began his first tabletop roleplaying scenario, Rise of the Runelords. Of course, THAC0 is long gone, but the rich roleplaying system remained much as he remembered thanks to Pathfinder; albeit greatly enhanced by the presence of talented, living, breathing players and DMs. Pathfinder has been some of the best fun he's ever had, and he owes it all to Matt "Detect Magic" Kopel. Hailing from Texas and standing 6'4", Grant has always wanted to roleplay as something he has never been - a short gun owner. He currently resides in Queens, NY with his wife. His job is to make videos that help other people and he thinks you should consider making a donation to a charity that does the same.