About Us!

We believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s crazy world; your personality, your sense of humor, and most importantly, your heart. All of these elements inspired us to create a D&D Podcast back in 2016. In the Crit Academy podcast, we provide guidance and inspiration to both players and DMs. We achieve this through product review, inspirational ideas and concepts, D&D tips and tricks, and of course, open discussion. We were so lucky to find that people actually wanted to listen to us and our show has been growing and thriving for 4 years now. In 2019 We expanded our show by launching as a Livestream so you all could see the faces behind our sexy voices. We are now Live on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitch every Sunday.


We have come a long way in the last 4 years. While we started out as a podcast, we have now become a successful publisher of 5e D&D resources as well. Interviews with some of the RPG industry's most popular content creators inspired us to begin creating supplements with our first release back in 2018. We've since released nearly 20 products and have just completed our first successful Kickstarter campaign. Our Patreon page has helped us expand on our content creation by giving us the opportunity to release new and exciting content every month thanks to our amazing patron supporters. Our Patrons also help us to create and cultivate new ideas and projects. 

We invite you to explore our site, learn about our passions, and explore what excites and interests you.

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First Official Pic!

Crit Academy Team!

Get to Know Us

Justin Handlin



Justin has been playing role playing games for many years. Some games he loves are; Rifts, AD&D, 3.5, 4e, 5e, Pathfinder and 13th Age. He loves the social aspect and spending time with other like minded people, and allowing his imagination flow like diarrhea after eating mexican food! He has a long way to go when it comes to rules, but constantly tries to learn and memorize as much of the game as he can...just to forget it later. His primary focus to bring as much fun to his players and himself as possible. He truly enjoys teaching newbies the ropes, even if he sometimes hangs them with it as a DM. 


Keep your blades sharp and spells prepared Heroes!


Austin Sargent

Co-Host and Grappling Hook Demigod

Austin is the newest - and probably youngest member to the crew, coming on after Brandon. While dreaming to be a voice actor of sorts, he is a small time cosplayer, a lifelong gamer since the days of the SNES, and now a Dungeons and Dragons newbie! While lacking in raw game knowledge and history, he brings fresh ideas to the table, such as abusing an idea of a grappling hook to an almost ridiculous degree, or tying down giant chain guns with some chains and a lock.


Ian Wood

Co-Host and Rules Lawyer

He is a hardcore gamer in his late twenties and the show's resident rules lawyer. When not gaming he works the graveyard shift for a local TV station. Ian has been on the tabletop gaming scene since 2006 with D&D 4e. Since then, his love for gaming has grown across all platforms and styles. Some of his favorites include Mutants and Masterminds, Pathfinder, Dragon Age and much much more.


Seth Eitniear


Seth has been a gamer since before he could read, but only recently delved into the world of tabletop roleplaying games due to productions such as The Adventure Zone. He donned the role of DM with the 5e Starter Set and roped his family into joining as players. He enjoys the collaborative storytelling aspect of the game the most and loves creating fun adventures that make his friends and family feel epic and heroic.


In addition to gaming, Seth hones his creativity as a musician, sound editor, writer, and coffee enthusiast, amongst other things, and loves spending time with his equally geeky wife.


Keep your blades sharp, spells prepared, and imagination alive!