Cast & Crew
Ashley "Ash" King
The creative mind behind Red Dirt D&D and the Ka'alban Frontier setting. Ash has been playing D&D for the past 5 years, nearly since the beginning of 5e. They are heavily involved with the organized play side of D&D in Oklahoma and you can often find them helping out with events such as SoonerCon and Extra Life as an Admin - or "Overlord" as some have dubbed them. They are the self-proclaimed "Trash Queen of the Underdark" and hope to one day take over writing Drow lore.
When not running D&D games, Ash enjoys numerous creative pursuits. They dabble in just about everything from writing, to traditional art mediums, to photography, to cosplay. They're also trying to become the manager of their three cats' and dog's Instagram career. In addition, you can find them reading tarot cards at local Oklahoma conventions as The Chaos Fox.
Michael Cross hosts Morning Edition on KOSU as well as his personal Okie Geek Podcast. Michael began playing Dungeons and Dragons with his own friends as well as his father and his friends in the early 80s. After taking an extended break from the game, he returned to play in 5e with his son, Aidyn, who now DMs his own games with His friends. The true blessing was bringing his wife, Kimberly, into D&D.
Mak’ren Stoneshaper is voiced by Brook Bullock of Oklahoma City, OK. To be a productive member of society, Brook has taught English for over 25 years and has been an Advanced Placement Consultant for the College Board since 1997.
Brook started playing D&D with the 1980s Red Box (Mentzer Edition) and moved into AD&D 1e & 2e, but then took a break to during the 1990s "to be an adult.” However, some of his closest, lifelong friends from those gaming days in the 1980s still try to get together from scattered locations across the country about once a year for an all-weekend-long gaming binge. So, if you see large quantities of Mt. Dew or Little Debbie’s missing from the shelves, it might be time for that particular weekend. It was one of those marathon weekends that introduced him to D&D 3rd Edition, and he was hooked once again. Now, in addition to playing D&D, Brook also GMs a Pathfinder game.
When not spending time in Ovathir, Greyhawk, or Golarion, Brook enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and family, riding his motorcycle, and, of course, reading into the wee hours of the night.
Kyri Hester, who lends her voice to Poppy Tealeaf, combined her love of storytelling, mythology, improv acting, and worldbuilding into a love of D&D just 2 short years ago. She quickly dove headfirst into the game, watching hours of lore videos on Youtube as well as binging actual play shows like Critical Role, Not Another D&D Podcast, Dimension20, and D20 to Curtain.
Outside of D&D, Kyri makes a living teaching English and Mythology at her small hometown high school. When she’s not playing or working, Kyri enjoys painting, knitting, reading, writing cringy fan-fiction which she refuses to let anyone read, and confirming Yes, Netflix, she’s still watching. She is a proud member of many Fandoms which include, but are not limited to: Supernatural, Outlander, Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, Westworld, and Kingdom Hearts. If given an opportunity she will wax poetic about the importance of secondary characters and the societal implications of house elves and pokemon for hours, so maybe steer clear unless you have a few hours to kill.
Johnnie is an actor who has appeared both on stage and in film. His involvement in theatre extends to having served on a theatre board of directors and directing community shows. Along with his early discovery and love of theatre, Johnnie fell upon Dungeons & Dragons at an early age and has been an active gamer ever since. From writing a Live Action RPG to Game Mastering, Johnnie enjoys the creative outlet and escapism of being at the table. He and his wife activly host a monthly game night for their family and friends.