Podcast: Dave Guerrieri on Dungeons & Dragons

Today’s Stoic Philosophy Podcast episode features special guest Dave Guerrieri. We talk about parallels between Dungeons & Dragons and Stoic Philosophy.

The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment.

Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement is central to Stoic thought – strengthening and improving one’s mindset.

Dave Guerrieri is a retired technology education teacher, golfer, and gamer married to wife Linda, with a step-daughter, step-son-in-law, and a grandson. He spends way too much time doing things other than gaming. Dave has been playing D&D and Greyhawk since the summer of 1980 and became involved with the Role Playing Game Association’s Living Greyhawk game in 1999-2000 as prime minister of the Regulators, one of the premiere gaming groups of LG. He was a Keoland triad member from 2005 until the end of the campaign, and a Living Forgotten Realms admin for a time as well. He’s the founder and administrator of Greyhawk Reborn – the longest running 5th edition D&D living campaign.

Enjoy the conversation!

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.