Pretending to be People

Reviews For Pretending to be People

I was turned on to Pretending to be People about a week ago, and have been binging it hard ever since.. It is a genuinely fun podcast that somehow rides that fine line between horror and comedy (dark, juvenile, and just plain funny in equal measures) surprisingly well. I highly recommend giving it a listen if you enjoy cosmic horror and small town shenanigans.
The crew has really good chemistry and it is nice to see something other than dnd for a change.
An actual play with great humor, great sound quality. It’s a lil bit spookie-ookie, a lil bit country, and a lot bit hilarious. I’m so glad these nerd put down their cashew chicken flavored frozen custard long enough to make this podcast. Big ups to the PTBP crew.
I love this show and really look forward to seeing what happens next every week. Recently got into pathfinder/call of Cthulhu with some friends and PtbP has been some of my favorite listening lately!
The crew is having fun recording this game and it comes through in the recordings. Their practice of not being in the room when their character isn’t present makes for wonderful moments of both characters and players reacting to the unknown.
PTBP is one of the best “real play” RPG pod casts I’ve heard. Ignoring how obvious it is that the cast are dear and close friends, their execution of character in dynamic and unpredictable scenarios thought up by their dedicated and hard working game master is a constant enjoyment to listen too, and laugh along to. I eagerly await each week, and can’t wait to see what hi jinks and shenanigans they get them selves into, and out of.
The boys from Contention absolutely deserve your time. Blending Delta Green and Pulp Cthulhu, PTBP weaves together comedy, the New Weird, local radio, conspiracies, and a lived-in universe to make an Actual Play podcast that consistently satisfies.
I’ve waded through a sea of mediocre real-play podcasts, and this one is awesome. The players do a great job of paring a dark and interesting story with great moments of humor, and you can tell they are all invested in the story and podcast. The GM keeps the story going while allowing the players freedom to explore the world and have a part in the story. I love this podcast both for the story and for the rapport and humor the players bring to the table. 10/10. P.S. If you’re like me and are looking for a podcast to listen to after the Glass Cannon ruined all other real-plays, this show is for you. :)
These guys are hysterical and have a great rapport. Please give them a listen, you won’t regret it!
These weird boys are way too much fun to listen to, and the keeper Zach does a great job of keeping the game running smoothly in the face of the players being straight up goofy sometimes. Recommend if you're looking for an actual play to listen to!
This podcast brings out the best of southern (midwestern?) gothic Americana style shenanigans. A semi-noir romp with a great RPG story, a fabulous, funny cast and, an intricately crafted world that feels right at home alongside a town like ‘undisclosed’ from John dies at the end or Nightvale. Would highly recommend. Give it a listen.
Hot boys! Hot boys! Hot boy's!
I am a huge fan of the show. I am a long time keeper/player of Delta Green and Call of Cthulhu and I find myself constantly impressed by both the players and the keeper in all aspects of play. From the ideas, the willingness to flow with the improv, and the crafting of tension.
I came for the intrigue of an old friend starting a podcast, but stayed for the ever-changing storyline and comedy. I had zero experience with role playing games before listening to this podcast and was oh-so pleasantly surprised when it sucked me in during the first episode. The dynamic between everyone is great and I laugh out loud during every episode. Props to Zach for character creation. I almost pooped my pants when that bear roar came out of nowhere from one of the villains. If you like True Detective but wish it were funny and had a lot more sci-fi, give this a listen. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
I’m super impressed with the quality of this podcast. All the role players are imaginative and committed, and the DM is an incredible story-creator and story-teller. My husband and I listen to this weekly. Definitely recommend!
This is such a fun podcast, the guys are hilarious and the story is fun and full of crazy twists and turns. This awesome for an actual play, I am not familiar with delta green but I love it, way different from other fantasy settings as it is in modern times. Totally recommend it!
I am a big fan of Delta Green and was recommended PtbP by a friend. It is by far one of the funniest podcasts I have listened to, but the jokes do not detract at all from the fascinating and frightening world. I am almost through the backlog and recently became a Patron. Looking forward to more! Hell yeah!
I stumbled upon PTBP because I wanted something NOT D&D. I am so glad I found this podcast. The guys are so great and the story so far is epic. I have been telling all my friends about them. I am so vested in the story that I became a patron supporter. The first bonus episode let me know I made the right choice. This is a Delta Green at its finest!


By Abra A
This is funny and I love delta green so this works out for me
This is the first,and thus far only, RPG podcast I’ve listened to. I was expecting to hate it. Really, really hate it. Much to my surprise, I find myself mid-binge and constantly humming “No Backbone” by Kudzu. The story is over the top and great. The characters are memorable. The game mechanics, which I anticipated would detract from the story, actually enhance the suspense to the point that I feel anxiety at times when the DM asks for a roll. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in: interactive story telling, horror (especially the H.P. Lovecraft “cosmic” variety), Role Playing Games, world building.
Found out about this show thanks to the fine folks over at GCP Nation. Happy I did.
This is a great show! The production value is really great, not only are the mics clear but the music really adds a level of immersion, so does changing the pitch of voices for certain characters and sound effects. They know when to be silly and fun and when to go a little more serious, which I find is the best way to play games like this. The story itself is incredibly interesting, and it demonstrates why I like Delta Green/Call of Cthulhu over D&D; it’s more about being your character and investigating and driving a story over combat and rolling dice. It doesn’t feel like there’s any wasted episodes here, it’s all interesting. Great job!
I don't listen to many real-play RPG podcasts, because they're mostly fantasy and all kinda blend together for me, but when I heard there was one based on Lovecraft and the Call of Cthulhu games, I had to check it out. I'm glad I did! I must admit, I don't think I would like the hosts if I met them in real life, but that doesn't really matter in the podcast. They all have a great chemistry, and the story is super-engaging. Also, the framing device of a radio dj recapping the story and introducing the theme song is just great.
Found this podcast from a post on Reddit, and fell in love. GM does a great job, the side conversations are asinine and wonderful. It’s just so good.
I’ve been hooked on roleplaying podcasts lately and this is my new favorite! I love the system they use - the story depends heavily on the roll of the dice, but it isn’t weighed down by it. There’s no long monotonous calculations for damage; this podcast is all story (and some occasional hilarious off-topic banter). They’ve also got an original song from a local band of theirs? And it sounds AWESOME! I’m happy to have found this podcast and added it to my list of weekly must-listens.
I’ve given quite a few actual play podcasts a try since falling in love with the Glass Cannon Podcast, and almost all of them have been unable to hold my interest. This one is different. The guys do a great job of creating an engaging story. There are no pointless battles for level grinding or other fluff like you find in a lot of other podcasts. Only the good stuff
I found out about this from the Glass Cannon Podcast subreddit. I’m a big pathfinder and dnd nerd and never played Call of Cthulhu or this version. But, they make it easy, make me want to play, and the story is absolutely insane. Amazing job, I listened all the way through in a week and will keep doing it. Keep it up!
This podcast is good. GM is good, players are good, theme song is good.
I found out about this podcast through the Glass Cannon Podcast community and love it so far. I’ve never played Delta Green or Cthulhu games but this group makes it very easy to understand. There’s great chemistry at the table that leads to great interactions and immersion. They hit a great balance between navigating a really deep and twisting story with lots of good lines and some really, genuinely funny stuff. Thanks for putting this out there!!
Really high audio quality, interesting story, fun system, great chemistry between the hosts, there isn't a whole lot more you can ask for out of a gaming podcast. If you are at all into Call of Cthulhu/Delta Green type games, enjoy comedy horror, or just like actual play podcasts of any type, you should really check this one out.
This podcast is up there right next to Adventure Zone. The episodes go by so quick, the worst part of the show is waiting a week for another episode.
The 19 episodes went way to quick for me I can’t get enough. The show's quality is high and they all play off Each other well. The story is good and has you guessing not having any clue what to expect. On several occasions they have had me laughing so hard I was either 1) crying or 2) my side hurt.
Currently on episode 9! The storyline is great, the podcast itself is done really well with amazing audio, and dynamic that these guys have with one another is amazing. Listening you really feel like you’re in the story watching as a fly on the wall. Can’t wait to listen to more.
Loving this podcast - really good quality editing and audio. The best part is the dynamic these guys have - they do a great job of recreating the experience of a great fun night of RPGing with a bunch of your friends.
A really great listen if you love DnD podcasts that have a strong narrative focus. Really fun for those of us that care more about the mystery than about the mechanics of dice rolling. This one has a mix of good humor and a pretty chilling storyline.
I downloaded iTunes again just to write this review. The mystery is inticing, the crew is hilarious, and the horrors are horrifying. It's early yet, but they might be giving Neoscum a run for their money when it comes to RPG hijinks. I've listened to the first three episodes and I'll be clamoring for more. Oh, and the theme music is some of the best around. Great choice, guys.
Excellent audio quality and backing music. Great for RPG lovers or anyone that just enjoys a nice mystery story. You make me want to do a Delta Green campaign with my RPG groups. I can’t wait to see how you guys progress!
Great chemistry and surprisingly solid production value with a collaborative story that’s shaping up to be very promising. Looking forward to seeing how both story and podcast grow in the future.
HOOKED. If you’re looking for a D&D-esque podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this is perfection.
Fantastic podcast! It just keeps getting better and better with each episode! Who needs Serial when you can have this! Listen to this and you won’t be disappointed.
Great combination of humor and horror! These dudes know how to riff on one another while exploring the slow build of psychological and paranormal torment. Can't wait for the next ep.!!
Best thing to hit my ears in years! So funny and great for people who have never played a RPG or people who love them. 10/10. Excited to see where the story goes!
This podcast is so fun. I love The Adventure Zone and The Glass Cannon network and thought nothing would ever compare. Now I have another weekly campaign to enjoy!
This may be the world’s preeminent mystery/horror role-playing podcast. As a listener, you’ll laugh at jokes, feel a bit nauseated by the descriptions, and be entertained overall. The music and sound effects are great, too!
This is the best podcast. I thought I knew what podcasts were. Then, THIS. Why would you listen to other podcasts? I just don’t get it. It’s got role playing. It’s got hilarious dudes. It’s got drama. Just listen to it!! Be cool. C’mon. Niiiiiiiice.


The most fun I’ve had wishing I was someone else