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)

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 (she/her)

Episode 3, Lost and Found

Rowan: Falyn (they/them)
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 (he/they)
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 (he/him)
Clover: Hazel Stapp (she/her)

Episode 11, Honor Among Thieves

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

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:
Written: Tal Minear (they/them)
Recorded and Produced: 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, voice actor, and sound designer with too many passions and too little time. A Mechanical Engineer by daytime, they can be found working on audio fiction by night. Tal is the writer and producer for Sidequesting as well as the co-creator of Light Hearts and Ungifts, and enjoys voice acting in other productions.Tal’s voice can be heard in several indie audio dramas, including Sidequesting, Light Hearts, Ungifts, Soulborn City, Novitero, and Quirky Voices MADCAP. They've also guested in Zoo, Inn Between, Take the Mass Pike, and The Pilgrimage Saga.

Cover Art: