Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi / @AndaDiePodcast (Instagram and Twitter)


Currently, I’m the player and co-host on the Dungeons & Dragons 5e actual play podcast Me, My Spouse, and a Die. The campaign is set in a custom world, Moir, that I’ve been building with my husband for the past several years. We’ve played over the span of hundreds of years in the continent’s history, and we’re as comfortable in some of the cities as we are places in the United States. I’m also an attorney, writer, and mama to two beautiful cats – Pancake and Frying Pan.

I’m an attorney. I’ve worked in tax and love how each case turns on such highly factual situations.

Do you have a current project that you would like us to promote?

We’d love it if you all gave Me, My Spouse, and a Die a listen! MMSaaD is a family friendly one-on-one podcast where my husband and I play a custom campaign in our homebrewed world of Moir. Released every Wednesday.

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

My husband, Austin, introduced me when we were dating. The first game I ever played was with his family and friends and there were so many nerves going into that first session – impress the future in-laws and don’t forget the rules type of pressure! My poor elven Monk, Auris, was way over-thought and under-utilized. But I learned so much from her about the type of player I wanted to be at the gaming table and what type of characters motivated me.

What do you love about tabletop games?

I love getting to play a game for hours with friends and family, being able to be a Gnome riding on the back of a boar dual-wielding scimitars, being able to have been blessed by a god and fly with incorporeal wings, and shocking my husband in our sessions when I do something unexpected or guess his plot twists. I love being able to make decisions that may not be advantageous to my career, I love exploring a character that may be totally different than I actually am, and I love knowing that even if my group has to miss a week or two – we’ll all always be back.

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

Thankfully, I haven’t so far. My tables have almost always been filled with kind people, and I haven’t had to face the harassment and discrimination that has plagued so many. And for that I will always be grateful.

What would your advice be to women who are interested in tabletop gaming?

I can’t deny it can be intimidating. You’re expected to know all the rules and all the lore to every official setting right off the bat. And the time. Oh goodness the time commitment can make it seem like an all-or-nothing endeavor. But all that is garbage. Play a one-shot, if you want. Get your feet wet, if you want. You don’t automatically need to be sucked into a 12 hour a week campaign. Listen to an episode or two of an actual play podcast to get the feel. Try D&D, try Pathfinder, try any indie RPG setting – there is no “right” way to game. And I hope you love it.

In roleplaying games, what kind of characters are you drawn to play?

Outspoken characters. Confident characters. Characters who don’t care about the politics of a situation and will say what’s on their mind and in their heart even to the leader of a city.

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