Do you love character building in D&D? Zach does! Fantasize me is a podcast created by Zach Katz. Each episode (with the exception of Brendan Fraser) is between 35 minutes to an hour long, perfect for commutes to work or a nice long walk. There is a selection of both imaginary and real people. At the time of writing this article there are 45 episodes. Every episode is a character build from level 1 all the way up to level 20 in great detail. Not familiar with D&D or not a fan of character building? Don’t worry as Zach does a great job teaching what each thing does and how each class feature changes as that class gets leveled up.
Some things that I appreciate is that for every step in the character build, Zach tells the reasoning behind his choices and gives a detailed description for each new thing that the character gets. As a DM I really enjoy listening to the creation process of some iconic individuals and hear the reasoning for the choices. In the moments that Zach was debating between taking two different options (such as picking between two feats or whether to do a stat boost vs. feat) it was laid out to us the listeners the benefits of each choice and why Zach went with the choice he did. Even the few times I did not agree with a choice that Zach made, he explained it well enough and the characters worked out so well in the end that each episode I have listened to has been a success with a well thought out character that makes sense and true to the character being portrayed.
Thoughts From the Fox
I overall enjoyed listening to the different characters created by Zach. As a DM I loved hearing each individual choice that was being made and many of the character creations have been great renditions of these beloved characters/people. Some of my favorite episodes I have listened to include Bruno from Encanto, Sir Charizard, and Loki. The whole Halloween Season from 2021was also fantastic with classics such as Jack Skellington, Mortician Addams and The Headless Horseman to name a few.
Want to Listen for yourself?
Check out “Fantasize Me” podcast at Anchor, Spotify or Apple Podcasts. If you have a character suggestion for who Zach should create into a 5e character next you can email him at FatntasizeMePod@gmail.com. Love what Zach does? Consider buying Zach a Coffee on his Kof-fi here. You can also find five subclasses in his Ko-fi shop for free and three other works of his such as "The Tome of Peretion," "Mundane Backgrounds" and "The Elemental Codex" for purchase.