Sidequesting is a scripted fiction podcast about avoiding the main plot and doing sidequests instead. It follows Rion, an adventurer who’s willing to help anyone out - as long as they’re not being asked to deal with the scary wizard that everyone keeps talking about.



Written and Produced by: Tal Minear (they/them)
Cover Art: Julian Mundy (he/him)
Theme Music: Everyone is so alive by Monplaisir (they/them)
Sound Design: Tal Minear (they/them)
Voice of Rion: Tal Minear (they/them)

Reviews of the show!

"With a mix of narration and dialogue, Sidequesting brings humour to a fantasy life of kindness in Rion, who simply wants to help the people around them. Would highly, highly recommend this LGBT+ filled podcast."

"Sidequesting is the perfect blend of fun and casual. Each episode has left me satisfied knowing the adventures Rion went on, and the humor of avoiding the main plot is so refreshing."

"Was this podcast made with me in mind specifically? If you said yes, I would not be surprised. It's the slice-of-life, epic fantasy adjacent podcast of my dreams!"

"With excellent acting and amazing writing, this lighthearted podcast will remind you how much more fulfilling it can be to take a break from your big responsibilities to help some people and have fun doing it."

"The stakes are deliberately low, which flies in the face of what we think we know about storytelling - but it turns out that listening to something sweet, and kind, and that you know will turn out all right, is exactly what some of us need in our lives."

"It’s a cheerful jaunt into another world where all the things that are worrying you here and now aren’t that big of a deal, and everything works out."


David Wood
Claudia Elvidge
Kyle Decker
Jamey Combs
David Lapointe
Ayla Taylor
Frederick Greenhalgh
Ella Watts
Anne Baird
Mads Upton
Anne Baird
Mike Lecluyse
Leslie Joyce

Chris Cousday
Ilya Nepomnyashchiy
Talon Stradley
Jamie Feckley
Evan Tess Murray
David Lapointe
Kathi Sindelar
Xen Virtue
Danni Jager
David Lapointe
Jesse Salomon
Trace Callahan
Dan Frøskeland

Rachel Rauch
Michael Hudson
Arwen Minear
Legolas Minear
Dallas Wheatley
E. L. Thackwray
Alexandra Pal
Jessy Boros
D.J. Sylvis
Eddie Feeley
Kirsty Woolven
Tole Canal
PJ Caristi

The land where we live, work, and tell our stories is occupied land.
We would like to acknowledge that Sidequesting is made in Los Angeles, on the stolen land of the Kizh Nation.

Episode 1, Hero Knight

Willow: Sena Bryer (she/her)
Townsfolk: Katherine Shepherd (she/her), Francesco Macagno (he/him),
Roger Mohr (they/them), Luca Pill (they/them)

Episode 2, Travel Buddy

Lord: Brandon Jenkins (he/they)
Scout: Sterling Rae (she/they)
Guard: Jona (they/them)

Episode 3, Lost and Found

Rowan: M (they/he)
Family: Fox Cooper (they/them)

Episode 4, Basket Case

Oliver: Reggie Gacad (he/him)
Alden: Bret M-W (they/them)
Quinn: Dallas Wheatley (they/them)
Kid: Mira Leigh (she/her)
Jones: David Hanna (he/him)

Episode 5, The Princess and the Plan

Clara: Lucille Valentine (she/her)
Zoe: Katherine Shepherd (she/her)
Jefferson Merriweather: Xen Virtue (he/him)

Episode 6, Starshade

Iris: Erin B. Lillis (she/her)
Margery: Sheila Morris (she/her)

Episode 7, Cupid's Aro

Sam: Cass McPhee (he/they)
Miller: Tara Santora (they/them)

Episode 8, Ghost Story

Scarlet: Ace Corsaira (she/her)
Thea: Amani van der Hulst (she/her)

Episode 10, NPC

Avery: Chad Ellis (he/him)
Liam: DeeJay Sylvis (they/he)
Finley: Lisette Alvarez (they/them)
Aly: Hannah Wright (she/her)
Helyn: Nerys Howell (she/her)
Sif: Karin Heimdahl (she/her)
Amanda: Leslie Gideon (she/her)

Evan: Davis Walden (he/him)
Cole: Evan Tess Murray (they/them)
Erin: Claudia Elvidge (she/her)
Val: Therin Stapp (she/they)
Lysander: A.R. Olivieri (they/them)
Clover: Hazel Stapp (she/her)

Episode 11, Honor Among Thieves

Cassandra: Kirsty Woolven (she/her)
Astrid: Caroline Mincks (she/they)
Fig: Brad Colbroock (they/them)
Rory: Scottye Moore (he/they)
Gate Guard: Anne Baird (they/them)
Hall Guard: Alicia Atkins (she/her)

Episode 12, Building Bridges

Cam: Beth Crane (she/her)
Argyle: Eddy Yeung (he/him)

Episode 13, Shining Armor

Sir Blaise: Sawyer Green (he/him)
Leah: Ali Cataltepe (she/her)
Unicorn: Tina Daniels (she/her)

Episode 14, What Goes Around Comes Around

Halley: Emma Laslett (she/they)
Richard: Sean Howard (he/him)
Ananda: Amara Augustine (she/her)
Bert: Ali Hylton (she/they)
Theodora: Shade Oyemakinwa (they/them)

Episode 15, Equivalent Exchange

Remmington Fullbright: Leo Balestri (they/he)
Aspen: Evan Tess Murray (they/he)
The Interviewer: Clint McElroy (he/him)

Episode 16, Into The Cavern

Cene: Alex Welch (they/she)
Episode Written By: Brad Colbroock (they/them/he)

Episode 17, Trial By Fire

Castor: Caleb Del Rio (he/him)
Yeenog Herozu: James Oliva (he/him)
Episode Written With: Hannah Wright (she/her)
Episode Transcript By: Ria Couoh (ae/they/she)

Press Kit

What is Sidequesting?
A sidequest is defined as a quest given to the player that has no direct bearing on the main story of the game. But what if these sidequests are the main story? That's what this podcast is about. Sidequesting is a scripted fiction, fantasy-adventure podcast about avoiding the main plot and doing sidequests instead.

About the Pod
Sidequesting is about Rion, a budding adventurer who’s willing to help out just about anyone, as long as they’re not being asked to deal with the scary wizard everyone keeps talking about. Each episode follows a new sidequest of Rion’s as they travel from town to town, meeting new people and doing new things. Inspirations for Sidequesting include Dungeons and Dragons, Skyrim, and Lord of the Rings. It pulls from classic tropes across fantasy stories, but subverts them. It’s a fun, light-hearted, and exciting adventure.

Contact Details
Email: sidequestingpod @
Social Media: @SidequestingPod on Twitter, @sidequesting on Instagram, and sidequestingpod on Tumblr

Where to Listen:
RSS Feed
Apple Podcasts
Radio Public
Pocket Casts, Google Play, and More!

Transcripts are available here.
Transcripts for an episode will be released the same day as the episode audio.

Cast and Crew:
Lead Writer: Tal Minear (they/them)
Producer, Showrunner, Director: Tal Minear (they/them)
Dialogue Editor and Sound Designer: Tal Minear (they/them)
Cover Art: Julian Mundy (he/him)
Intro/Outro Theme: Everyone is so alive by Monplaisir (they/them)
Voice of Rion: Tal Minear (they/them)

Queer Friendly, Queer Created:
We strive for a production that welcomes those from all marginalized identities and backgrounds. When writing Sidequesting, Tal brings not only their love of fantasy but also their experiences as a queer and nonbinary person. Most of the characters throughout the story are queer, transgender, and/or people of color - in prominent, positive roles. Sidequesting will have a diverse set of guest actors to bring these varied characters to life. Lots of fantasy stories are very straight, very cisgender, and very white, but this story isn’t going to be one of those.

About the Creator:
Tal is a SoCal based podcaster with too many passions and too little time, who cannot be stopped from making things. A Mechanical Engineer by day, they can be found working on audio fiction by night. Tal is the writer and producer for Sidequesting and What Will Be Here? and the co-creator of Light Hearts and Someone Dies In This Elevator. They enjoy voice acting in other productions, including Novitero, Soulborn City, The Path Down, Sector Ø, and Transmission Folklore. They've also guested in Arden, Zoo, Inn Between, Take the Mass Pike, and The Pilgrimage Saga, as well as several anthology shows. Tal is the sound designer for Seen and Not Heard and their own podcasts, and they occasionally write for other audio fiction shows, including The One Stars and The Ace Audio Archive. Find them on Podchaser here and follow them on Twitter here.

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