About Us

Sam, wearing glasses, with a surprised look on their face, messy blond hair and beard.

Sam (Monkeys, Bears, and Robots) He/They

Sam GMs the Pathfinder 1e Actual Play Podcast for which this website was created.  They’re extremely uncomfortable with typing up any sort of a biography, so they’re just putting up this crappy, vaguely humorous one in hopes that they’ll forget to replace it with a real one later and no one will ever notice and no one will yell at them.  Oh yeah, and they write stories interminably, and occasionally freelance for Paizo.


Gero's head, floating in space. He's wearing black sunglasses.


A librarian from central Florida and avid gamer, Gero spent most of his youth playing Yu-Gi-Oh and modding RTS computer games. After discovering and dropping TTRPGs several times over the years, Gero discovered that Pathfinder was a thing, and was also very, very fun. Having a large amount of free time and left-over recording equipment, he decided to join the Pod Against the Machine actual-play podcast in 2020, and the rest is history!

Izzy wearing a white shirt, with pink highlights in their hair, expression bemused.


She/her. Batman stan (BatStan). Likes French bulldogs, musicals, and the concept of snow. Dislikes actual snow and when people play UNO really vindictively, which is always. New to TTRPGs, old to RPGs. Bad at sentences, good at words. Won the election, by a lot.

Jeff, wearing glasses and a beret, with a short beard, drinking coffee.


He may or may not be a sentient rocket from the distant future, but Jeff is absolutely fueled by cold brew coffee and shiny math rocks. By day, he’s a big nerd writing code and working with data. By night…he’s a big nerd rolling dice and playing make-believe. He’s been listening to actual play podcasts and playing Pathfinder and Starfinder for a few years now and is thrilled to be a part of creating this pod with these newfound friends.


Zak provides questionable accents and some beep-boops to this fantastic project. Pathfinder 1e is his preferred system— cutting his ttrpg teeth on THAC0, he loves crunch and intricate rule sets that he’ll assuredly screw up. In his free time, he enjoys hiking + camping (and secretly hopes all the time spent in the woods with his dogs will eventually give him a level in druid).

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