Ego Check with The Id DM

Ego Check with The Id DM is an interview podcast series hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D. The podcast delves into a variety of game types (e.g., tabletop roleplaying games, boardgames, videogames) from a psychological perspective. Dr. Mallen has been interviewing members of the gaming community for articles on his blog, The Id DM, since 2011 and is now posting these interviews for others to enjoy.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 59m. Bisher sind 62 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle zwei Wochen gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts

episode 55: Matt Forbeck on Shotguns & Sorcery

Matt Forbeck joins me to discuss his career as a an author and game designer. He discusses his world of Dragon City, which has spawned numerous books and the recent tabletop roleplaying game, Shotguns & Sorcery. He speaks to his inspirations for the game...



episode 54: Kelly Carlin on Legacy, Purpose & Resilience

Kelly Carlin joins me to talk about her life as the daughter of famed comedian, George Carlin. She previously wrote a memoir, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George, which was published in 2015. She has earned a bachelors degree from UCLA and a ...


 2020-06-09  47m

episode 53: Tomo Moriwaki on Designing Epic Tavern

Tomo Moriwaki talks about his career in videogame design and how his experiences led him to the latest endeavor, Epic Tavern. In Epic Tavern, players are tasked with building up a tavern to cater to adventure needs AND with sending those adventurers on q...


 2020-05-11  54m

episode 52: Stacy King & Andrew Wheeler on Dungeons & Dragons: Wizards & Spells

I'm joined by Stacy King and Andrew Wheeler, two of the minds responsible for the wonderful Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer's Guide series. They talk about the latest entry, Wizards & Spells, and detail how they took the vast magical information in D...


 2020-03-19  42m

episode 51: Keith Ammann on The Monsters Know What They're Doing

Keith Ammann joins me to discuss his book, The Monsters Know What They're Doing, which provides highly-detailed tactical guidance for monsters in 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. He speaks about the his interest in strategy games and how that influenced h...


 2020-03-16  1h10m

episode 50: Megan Connell, PhD on Therapeutic D&D and Coping with Creative Burnout

Dr. Connell comes back to Ego Check to talk about the developments in the therapeutic use of Dungeons & Dragons in therapy. She talks about how the game allows players to achieve personal growth through exposure. She offers insights into how to manage an...


 2020-03-10  57m

episode 49: Elizabeth & Jared Kilmer on Therapeutic D&D for Veterans

I'm joined by Elizabeth Kilmer (soon-to-be PhD) and Jared Kilmer, PhD this week as they discuss their use of Dungeons & Dragons in clinical settings with military veterans. They present how the therapy gaming groups are structured and the themes that com...


 2019-12-03  55m

episode 48: Dr. Rachel Kowert on Video Games & Mental Health

Dr. Rachel Kowert is a psychologist with years of published research examining the mental health effects of video games. She details how her research has NOT supported a variety of commonly-held and spread myths about video games. She discusses her role ...


 2019-10-29  59m

episode 47: Matt Henderson on Designing Loke Battle Mats

Matt is the map designer for Loke Battle Mats, which has been releasing tabletop battle mats for roleplaying games in recent years. Matt talks about the origins for the product line and his inspirations while designing the maps. We discuss how Dungeons &...


 2019-10-17  40m

episode 46: Matt Dixon on Illustrating Hearthstone

Matt Dixon talks about his career as a freelance illustrator and his work in digital spaces leading to his work with Blizzard. He talks about starting on the World of Warcraft TCG and how he got hired again for the Goblins & Gnomes expansion in Hearthsto...


 2019-08-27  1h7m