The Glass Cannon Podcast

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In the spirit of old-school tabletop role-playing games, a collection of super-nerds engage in Actual Play podcasts of Paizo's Pathfinder Adventure Paths. Interweaving immersive storytelling with irreverent, improvised humor, the Glass Cannon Podcast delivers like no other the experience of what it's really like to sit around a table rolling dice and ball-busting with your best buds. In May of 2022, the original Pathfinder 1E Giantslayer adventure came to an end and the previously unreleased podcast episodes of the Strange Aeons live tour were added. In September of 2023, Campaign Two begins as GM and Glass Cannon Network CEO Troy Lavallee leads a crew of network founders Joe O'Brien, Skid Maher and Matthew Capodicasa along with fan-favorites Sydney Amanuel and Kate Stamas through the Pathfinder 2E Gatewalkers Adventure Path.

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  • YEET will rule
    Gate walkers is looking good!
    I’ve been listening to the naish for a while but after giant slayer everything got a little bland. (Except for blades in the dark, that ones awesome!) but gatewalkers is looking like it will be the new giant slayer or A&A which will be pretty awesome and I have a feeling it will hook a lot more people. You guys might just be the best rpg podcast of all time. Keep it up you guys are amazing! (Also don’t mind the username I was 12 lol)
  • Zenjager
    Come for the game, stay for the bant
    This show is so great because Troy and the players prioritize having fun over everything else. There is sooooo much here. You can start with Giantslayer and watch the naish grow or with Aeons and 2E or with the latest Gatewalkers campaign. The last Side Sesh was hilarious too, thanks to Jared!
  • arhertlein
    Catching Up!
    My brother introduced me to GCP last August. I started from Episode 1 and I just reached the March To 200! I figured I should rate it and support you guys! Hope I can catch up or start with your new campaign and attend a live show with him soon, he’s been to at least 3! Thanks for the entertainment!!!
    Don’t leave town!
    Was introduced to the pod by a friend a month or so ago and haven’t been able to stop listening since!
  • ParmaFlyersAC22
    Great show, great personalities, very funny
    The original 5 (Troy, Joe, Skid, Grant, and Matthew) really gelled on Giantslayer. Then they added Ellie and Sydney for A&A, and it got even better. Now with Kate on Strange Aeons and Jared on SQSS, it got even better and even funnier. Looking forward to Gatewalkers!
  • Heinzyee
    Perfect for Road Trips
    Started the podcast before a cross country drive. Perfect for keeping me smiling and geeking out. Back now and still listening. Highly recommend.
  • hXchristian7
    Couple of things are gonna happen…..
    Seriously the best podcast I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to or supporting. I have been a Patreon supporter since it’s inception and it only gets better with time. If you’re asking yourself at all if you should give it a shot, then just do it. Stop reading this and give 5 episodes a shot. They start off a bit crass but do they learn? Yes. Hours of entertainment worth every second and cent. The guys are genuine, transparent, and honest. TW below. This podcast saved me from some really dark times.
  • Henchman Speedy
    This is what tabletop gaming should be!
    I wish Skid was my dad.
  • Mgjc cjgm
    Best show on the network. Keep up the good work!
  • MikeForester
    Delighted Review. MikeForester
    I’ve been playing dnd (and other rpgs) for 1 year longer than Skid. (Ha! I win). I’ve been delighted listening to this podcast. It’s a raucous affair and the group of friends that play clearly like each other, though tease each other mercilessly. My latest 5e campaign is 2 years old and still going strong, as I DM my daughter and a group of her friends through an arduous and sometimes hideous trek. When WOTC (or Hasbro more accurately) showed their true colors I went looking for a different game system. Pathfinder is obviously it. Thank you for the education and enjoyment of this clearly first class RPG. For Highbury!
  • the man called pat
    Hilarious and informational, do yourself a favor and give a listen
  • Mars8606
    Love this pod. Love this crew.
    This pod has given me so many hours enjoyment. The cast and crew is amazing even as it has changed over time the quality of the podcast hasn’t changed in the least and had only improved. I applaud the crew for all the work they have put in.
  • LorctheOrc
    The best actual play out there.
    Everyone on the show is awesome! If you’re a huge NERD!!!!! and you’re not listening to this show you’re doing something wrong.
  • KWright50
    This is Awesome
    I’ve been meaning to offer a review for a while and been remiss. The GCP is awesome. I’ve been playing D&D for about thirty years and Pathfinder since its inception. Hugely entertaining, and it scratches the role playing itch when I can’t actually play. Thanks GCP crew, you guys are are, once again, awesome.
  • BoaFangRacing
    Internet reviewers are the worst. You’ll read one below that says “Troy has always been an egomaniac.” Get out of here with that. He’s a self-made villain (on the show) for entertainment reasons. These guys are all brilliant.
  • SlayRod
    Absolutely love this show, amazing content!
    I have never played DnD or Pathfinder but I really love this show! Dan Carlin levels of podcast talent here, imo. A friend turned me onto it recently and I have been enraptured by it ever since. These guys are funny and explain the rules and dynamics of the game extremely well. This show has inspired me to jump into the world of Pathfinder with my children. You guys are seriously hilarious! Thanks Glass Cannon Podcast, for giving me a template to get into a game I’ve always wanted to try but have never played!
  • grendel530
    Love it
    This podcast never fails to bring a smile to my face. I am filled with dread with every fumble roll, I exclaim victoriously with every crit and I get laughter-induced stomach pain with all the frequent comedic bits. I have not played Pathfinder but these guys are making me consider becoming a Pathfinder addict, and hey, it’s better to be an RPG addict than a meth addict.
  • OliveProcessor
    It’s a good show
    Troy has been an egomaniac and a control freak for his entire life. Jared and Skid are better DMs by far. The rest of the crew are fantastic, 9/10 all around. Lovely work here.
  • The Mattmann
    The G.O.A.T.
    The single best actual play podcast that I have ever listened to. This is must listen material.
  • Lwnasidh
    Where a Great Thing Started
    I've listened to a lot of Glass Cannon pods in the last year and a half including the Patreon exclusives, and I've finally got the time to go back and listen to the original. Giantslayer is amazing, as is everything else these folks do. They are hilarious, and you can tell they're friends because of the amount of abuse they dump on each other for our enjoyment. The only downsides are the profanity -- so I can't share it with certain friends that aren't inclide to such things -- and the complete lack of knowledge about the existence of fresh water sharks -- especially river sharks. That last one almost cost them a star. But I suppose that I can forgive that one small failing in exchange for the hours of laugh-out-loud enjoyment that I've experienced from this crew. I can't wait to see them live.
  • ddose
    Once was grand.
    Without Grant, It’s just and…
  • blackelkpathfinder
    Funny and engaging.
    Good for people new to RPGs. I laugh every episode. These guys are funny, silly and fun.
  • Drum and Bass
    Mostly amazing
    I loved Giant Slayer. The Stange Aeons pod is very hard to follow at times, and if you are a serious pathfinder player kind of hard to listen to at times. Just too many characters and new players that don’t know what they are doing which makes the combats especially painful listen to. 5 players getting bodied by a campaign designed for 4 because they don’t know how to play the game or build a character and single turns can take 20 minutes. That said the role play is super high quality and the players are all very entertaining.
  • kreminal27
    Great show
    Innovative and amazing, these folks have branched out in many directions, pushing what actual play podcasts can be. The Patreon material is amazing as well.
  • Paintballinrn
    Best actual play TRPG show
    Ran into this show when they first started out and was hooked from the beginning. I listen to everything this network puts out A+++
  • CaptainDigitalis
    Amazing stories, fun friends
    I learned about this podcast 5 years after it debuted, in the middle of this pandemic. Their stories, friendship, and care for their audience drew me in instantly. I binged all 5 years joyfully laughing out loud as my family stared at me strangely. It is an awesome example of pathfinder, live play, and just good fun!
  • Amos_encrypted
    One of the best table top role playing groups in the world right now.
    These people are hilarious. If you love witty improvisation, snappy dialogue, great chemistry, and snarky east-coast style humor then you can’t do any better than this. I’ve spent many happy hours listening to these wackos pinball around a dizzyingly wide variety of role-play scenarios while I clean, cook, and clear those cursed logging missions in Snowrunner. Highly recommended.
  • madbar525
    Always worth it
    Proud NAISH member since maybe 2017? 2018? Love the show, love the players, love the content.
  • Shokotsu
    What I’ve Been Missing
    So, I’m late to the scene. Like… Very late. I’m in my thirties and discovered Tabletop RPG about 4-5 years ago. I avoided tabletop in general, board games, RPGs, and anything that was too nerdy. Not cause I thought I was too cool, cause I’m not and I wasn’t. I played MTG, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and played Video Games. D&D just seemed so old and pencil, paper, and cliché. People made fun of it and no one in my nerd group even considered it. My sister-in-law asked us to play 5e one day and I fell in love with it! The freedom of 5e wasn’t for me and I wanted something crunchier. Enter Pathfinder 1e and very soon after 2e when it released. I’ve been hooked ever since and yet, I wanted a vision of what I crafted in my head as a perfect group. Serious RP with a splash of comedy, describe your action, act out your roll, and a group of players into the AP or Homebrew. However, it’s all jokes, memes, boring RP, and green text garbage. Occasionally I’d get a group that ticked a few boxes, but never all of them. There was always a joke-player who wanted to build Kermit, a Grog, Horny Bard, or Edgy Thief. Not saying those are always bad or don’t have their place, but when every game and multiple players just wanna kill the shopkeeper, bang the dragon, or check out after combat ends. It’s depressing. I’ve never been a podcast guy, even before tabletop. I didn’t watch Twitch or listen to podcasts. Listening to someone else have fun didn’t make sense. A friend of mine I knew outside of Tabletop had joined my group of players and got me into Glass Cannon. I’ve been listening for a week or two, I’m currently on episode 24 of Giant Slayers and I’m hooked. This is what I’ve been missing!!! I’ve been hunting for THIS in my groups. The level of serious RP, detailed GMing, splash of comedy, explanation of rules, and using the crunchy system I love! It’s perfect. I’m gonna finish this and the next and the next and get caught up! Maybe when y’all start your next new campaign I’ll tune into twitch. However, 5 stars out of 5 stars. Thank you for reigniting my flames for the hunt of THIS! In finding this in a group for myself. Thank you.
  • Sande_Cheeks1286
    Seriously, THE best actual play
    This podcast got me back into ttrpgs, helped me meet new friends, made me cry, made me laugh, so much quality entertainment over the years.
  • Druxy95
    The best
    Really it's just the best. Not always rules accurate but they try and the chemistry between the group is fantastic.
  • Bubbasfatfriend
    Fantastic Show!
    This show got me hooked on pathfinder. I love the banter at the beginning of the shows and the Giantslayer cast is amazing together. The transition of cast members in Strange Aeons worked well as did the move from 1e to 2e.
  • Meta Godzilla
    The best in the biz
    It’s good!
  • Agni_Times_Essence
    My favorite to listen to
    If you’re looking for quality TTRPG content, GCP is the best it gets. They are funny, entertaining, and put out so much content it’s awesome. Glass Cannon Presents is just as good. Thanks for doing what you guys do.
  • Agirlisnoone
    I need no other rpg show
    The perfect amount of drama, gameplay, and hilarious banter all in high quality audio with tight editing. Take my money gcp crew and never stop pumping out that sweet sweet content.
  • discinque
    Pick this one
    I've listened to a LOT of ttrpg actual play podcasts, but this is the only one I've stuck with for several years. The crew is just outstanding. I was worried when they started to expand the cast, but every addition has been phenomenal. If you're looking for your next addiction, pick this one. And it's a perfect time to join they're patreon if you want the additional content as they've just started a new campaign in the Pathfinder world. And if Pathfinder isn't your jam they have a bunch of other system one shots or short series. You won't regret it
  • universlduck
    Gaming fun
    I’m an old lady gamer— been doing this for 44 years. This is the first actual play podcast that’s kept my attention. Excellent sound and music and very fun banter among 5 friends. I came to this (very) late and just finished Giant Slayer. Some good role play and character development although Books 5-6 were kind of a grind. I laughed, cried, fell asleep, and stayed awake to this. I’m sorry to have ended this story and interested to see how GCN has grown. Thank you for sharing these stories! I highly recommend this to folks with an interest in ttrpgs and stories.
  • Crimsonsun21
    Such a phenomenal podcast. It helps beginners and keeps the veterans hooked. Only on episode 66 but the creativity and story telling keeps me wanting to come back! Keep it up guys!!
  • Chiickadee
    Love it!
    Kept me company for many years, and I hope for years to come! Listen if you haven’t.
  • Laike189
    Amazing podcast
    Giant slayer is an epic story filled with ups and downs. Not a fan of Pathfinder but definitely a fan of this podcast.
  • TickinSlipdizzy
    Best podcast of all time
  • jdsharp11
    The Greatest RPG Saga EVER
    This original run of Giantslayer by the GCN is a saga told over the course of 7 years or so of game play, and is THE QUINTESSENTIAL RPG campaign to listen to. There is nothing out there that even comes close to the GCP. When you finish all 326 episodes, check out A&A, Strange Aeons, and all of the other shows in the GCN for the best gaming content PERIOD.
  • Theo BH
    Best RPG podcast out there!
    This podcast is unbelievably good! Go on this journey, you will not regret it. The Glasscannon Podcast is the best actual play RPG podcast out there. You will fall in love with the characters, the drama, and the banter. There is truly nothing better than Troy, Joe, Matthew, Skid, and Grant going on an adventure.
  • HomewardBone69
    Favorite podcast and TTRPG crew of all time!
    These guys create the best TTRPG content on the market. This story in particular has stuck with me and has prompted multiple re-listens at this point. So many fantastic roleplaying moments over the years. Also Skid’s roleplaying has inspired me to step up my game at my own tables. Truly some inspired work, both in terms of humor and serious moments.
  • sjedw
    Excellent TTRPG Podcast
    Immersive storytelling by a group of friends - feels like you are at the table!
  • Sparrk1234
    I’m hooked
  • nocturnme
    Best pod
  • Kyofox
    The best podcast ever
  • dheater
    Thank you!
    This review is going to be a bit of a tldr situation, but bear with me. I was laid off from my job in August - not the end of the world, but certainly not the best way to end my summer. Shortly after that, I found the glass cannon podcast first from their Haunted City series, which I quickly devoured. I then moved on to their Time for Chaos campaign - again quickly listened to every available episode. Then I found the Giant Slayer campaign. I am finishing episode 200 now. I want to thank the entire Glass Cannon team. This podcast has brought such joy into my days spent frantically searching jobs boards. You’ve given all of your fans such a great gift. The moment I am employed again, please expect a healthy patreon membership from me. I have shared your entire network of podcasts with my gaming groups and we are all huge fans. Keep up the good work!
  • pupper1717
    New obsession
    Started listening per a friend recommendation about 2 weeks ago, on episode 40 now and finally leaving a review! I didn’t think anything would tear me away from keeping up with Hermitcraft on YouTube - especially a fantasy game that I don’t play. But the humor of these guys and the storytelling and the immense effort that they all out in to this podcast has not gone unnoticed and I am completely into it. Have had some trouble pairing voices with characters, but that’s my only (complaint?) and that’s honestly a me problem. This story and their gameplay has been such a pleasure to listen to and I’m so excited to catch up to present day. Thank you to the 5 men who have devoted so much effort to producing such good content - you guys are amazing.
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