Matt Boothman
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A weekly podcast where theatrical people play roleplaying games.

Each season of Merely Roleplayers is a self-contained story in a different genre. Every other Tuesday, we release a Story Act, where that season's story continues. On the Tuesdays in between, we release Backstage episodes that shed light on our characters and the roleplaying game rules we use to tell our stories.

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Parallax Inverted

A space adventure in 5 acts

Something is awake at the centre of the universe. Also, something here might be worth money. Cue the crew of the Bad Moon Rising.

System: Impulse Drive

Players: Vikki, Strat, Chris S, and Matt. Hosted by Chris M (guesting from The Space Jam Continuum).

Seasons

Season 1:
Ariadne

A ghost story in 4 acts

Something's not right at the West End's Ariadne Theatre. For a start, why does no other company want the space? And why does everyone suddenly feel like they're being watched?

System: Simple World

Players: Ellie, Vikki, Alex, and Strat. Hosted by Matt.


Season 2:
Five Stage a Rescue

A Blyton-esque mystery in 5 acts

A young stagehand is missing. The company (and Ellie's cat, Tilly) give chase, but in a theatre built in a natural cave system, there's no telling where young Alfie might be - or what he might have discovered...

System: Simple World

Players: Ellie, Vikki, Chris S, and David. Hosted by Matt.


Season 3:
A Town Called Amnesty

A Western in 5 acts

Four undercover deputies ride into a town that's on no map. The outlaw they seek is here, but so is a whole mess of trouble not one of them asked for.

System: Simple World

Players: Ellie, Alex, Strat, and Helen. Hosted by Matt.


Season 4:
Let’s Get Gideon

A heist caper in 3 acts

Gideon Gilchrist fancies himself a patron of the arts, which is good, because Blackshaw need some cash, and they're artists. Con artists, that is.

System: Simple World

Players: Ellie, David, Josh, and Chris B. Hosted by Matt.


Season 5:
Codename: Mosaic

A spy thriller in 5 acts

Agents in all the world's intelligence services are turning on their colleagues for no reason. A four-person sleeper cell is activated to hunt down the individual pulling the strings.

System: Simple World

Players: Ellie, Vikki, Strat, and Chris M (guesting from The Space Jam Continuum). Hosted by Matt.


Season 6:
Parallax

A space adventure in 3 parts

The Simulation predicts what's best for the galaxy - but our heroes were never all that predictable.

System: Impulse Drive

Players: Ellie, David, Vikki, Alex, Strat, Chris S, and Matt. Hosted by Matt and Chris M (guesting from The Space Jam Continuum).

Theatrical people

The cast of Merely Roleplayers are mostly members and associates of Blackshaw, a theatre company based in London, UK.

The characters in our stories are also the members of Blackshaw, transplanted into different stories like in Quantum Leap or Mr Benn. We're playing ourselves - or versions of ourselves that could have been.

Ellie

Managing & Artistic Director @ Blackshaw

Appears in seasons 1-6

@elliepitkin

Vikki

Strategy & Planning Manager @ Blackshaw

Appears in seasons 1, 2, 5 & 6

@SpaghettiWeston

Strat

IT Manager @ Blackshaw

Appears in seasons 1, 3, 5 & 6

@RichardStrat

Alex

Actor @ Blackshaw

Appears in seasons 1, 3 & 6

@APankhurst

 

Chris S

Actor @ Blackshaw

Appears in seasons 2 & 6

Helen

Associate @ Blackshaw

Appears in season 3

Josh

Associate @ Blackshaw

Appears in season 4

@JoshYard

Chris B

Writer @ Blackshaw

Appears in season 4

 

Chris M

Host @ The Space Jam Continuum

Appears in seasons 5 (as player) and 6 (as co-host)

@TSJCommunity

 

Press kit

Factsheet

Images

Includes podcast artwork, logotypes, and backstage photos.

Trailer

34-second trailer. Includes .mp3 and .wav versions.