Jeremy Bulloch

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Jeremy Bulloch
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Jeremy Bulloch with wife, Annie Bulloch at 8th Dimension Comics & Games, April 24, 2017
Born (1977-09-22) September 22, 1977 (age 39)
Nationality United States of America
Occupation Producer, Cast Member
Years active 2014 -
Known for Dog, Balta Karalius (voice), Bobby-Jack McGee
Home town Houston, Texas

Jeremy Bulloch, (born September 22, 1977) is a founding member of the Minionworks Podcasting Network. He is best known for playing the characters Dog in The Misadventures of Max's Minions and Bobby-Jack McGee in Troublesome Times in Tumbleson County. He also is serving as the creator and producer of the upcoming podcast, The Minionrillion.

Backstory

Jeremy is co-owner (along with his wife Annie Bulloch) of 8th Dimension Comics and Games, a comic book and gaming store in northwest Houston, Texas - it was at 8th Dimension that all of the current Minionworks team met following its opening in June 2011. Most of the team met through the weekly Wednesday night D&D Encounters sessions held in the gaming room at the back of the store's original location - the same game room that would host the very first recording session of The Misadventures of Max's Minions in January of 2014. (8th Dimension moved across the street from its original home in 2016 to a larger storefront, in part, to accommodate for a huge influx of gamers that the original game room could no longer contain.)

Jeremy played his character, Dog, a naive human ranger that had allegedly been raised by bears - as Jeremy has stated, "That's literally as much thought as I put into the backstory for Dog because I never thought we'd make a podcast or play a game this long". His animal companion, Bear, an aptly-named grizzly bear, was often portrayed as much as a family member as opposed to a trained beast. In the eleventh episode of the first season of Minions, "Let Sleeping Owlbears and Dead Kings Lie", Dog obtained an owlbear egg after killing its mother when it attacked the party in a cave while searching for the Sword of Nerath and the Trihorn Crown for Maximillian and Clydor, his assistant. Dog would eventually hatch and raise the owlbear, naming it Al Bear, giving him a second, full animal companion. Dog was also accompanied by an actual dog named Dog (companion) at the beginning of Season One. As the canine was considered only an ornamental pet, as opposed to an actual player-controlled companion and thus only possessing a single hit point, the dog often died during the first encounter of the play session getting caught in the crossfire. This became a running joke throughout much of Season One as, each session, the pet would be replaced by another stray dog, often a completely different breed, would latch onto Dog who would be oblivious to the fact entirely. Dog lost his dog permanently when the party went through the opened portal into the Endless Halls at the end of Season One, though both Bear and Al Bear came with the party.

During Season Two, Jeremy began to grow frustrated by elements of both the confined nature of the Endless Halls and Cameron Orwin's style of dungeon-mastering. Jeremy would later recount that the latter issue was more the direct cause of the eventual falling out between him and Cameron during the session that included the episodes "You Don't Get Jazz Hands as a Free Action", "She May be a Lady, but She's No Super Girl", and "Saps, Maps, and Wizard Traps". Jeremy relented that Cameron's refusal to allow conflict between characters and to actively ignore character backstories and motivations into the campaign ultimately drove him to the decision to declare at the start of that session that he had "... three goals for the evening: make a new friend, use a rope, and not use my weapon in a fight."

During the encounter covered in the episode "Saps, Maps and Wizard Traps", Dog refused to engage in combat with three elementals that had been summoned in a trap-laden room, thus fulfilling his third "goal" - an act that enraged Cameron to the point that a heated exchange began. As Nathan Lett recounted, "If you listen to the episode with that information in mind, you'll definitely notice that about halfway into the action, Jeremy grows completely quiet - there was a fair amount of editing that had to be done to completely cover up the building tension and eventual release." The following day, Jeremy announced to the group that he would be stepping away from the table as he was no longer enjoying the game and did not want to ruin it for anyone else. Dog and Bear (Al Bear had been killed by Dog when the beast refused to obey him any longer in the ninth episode of Season Two, "Cubic Rubes") were "written out" of the series when the characters disappeared after setting off a trap in the twenty-ninth episode of Season Two, "The Chasm of Despair, Part One". It was later revealed in the forty-seventh episode of Season Two, "Doggone Minions", that both Dog and Bear had been killed off by Mother Superior and the Silent Brotherhood after attempting to lead a group of inhabitants of the Endless Halls in a rebellion against her organization.

Although Jeremy had left the game, he maintained a good relationship with the player-members of the Minionworks team. In the spring of 2016, he began to plan a 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons games based on J.R.R. Tolkein's The Silmarillion. After approaching both Nathan Lett and Aaron Burkett with the idea, the trio began to formulate the idea that the story being played out in the game would be wrapped within the existing framework of the Minions - the idea being that the Minions would find an ancient tome describing a foreign and ancient history starting with gods and goddesses creating a world and the subsequent ages of mankind that would follow. When the third season of Minions wrapped in June of 2016 and the group parted ways with Cameron Orwin, the group began moving forward with the newly-titled The Minionrillion as a podcast concept in parallel with Troublesome Times in Tumbleson County. Though Tumbleson has dominated the team's gaming since it began in the summer of 2016, Minionrillion continues to move forward and will be re-tooled as a scripted Minions story effectively narrating the ancient history as the actual game-play in the podcast.

Jeremy would eventually return to the podcast as a non-player character, providing the voice of Balta Karalius in the final episodes of the third season of Minions and reprising the character of Dog in the series finale, "All Good Things...", when it is revealed that both Dog and Bear were not killed by Mother Superior, kept as pets instead, and returned to the Nentir Vale when the Lady of Pain grants each of the Minions a single wish, as best she can, as repayment for the party saving her life from Maximillian.

Currently, Jeremy plays as Bobby-Jack McGee in Tumbleson, a character with oddly similar traits as his Minions character, Dog.

Jeremy has also run a short-lived hiatus game for the Minionworks team entitled Black Rock, West Virginia, a Call of Cthulhu game set in the early 1920's that is the spiritual predecessor to Tumbleson as some of the mythos from Black Rock has been carried forward. Additionally, the fictional town of Black Rock was the birthplace of Sheriff Horace Ferguson and many of his family members that have since moved into Youngtown, Not-Mississippi.

Characters

Jeremy at the original 8th Dimension Comics & Games storefront, April 11, 2015

Jeremy is the creator of several characters within the Minionverse.

The Misadventures of Max's Minions

  • Dog, a naive human hunter "raised by bears". Dog has a grizzly bear companion named Bear, an owlbear companion named Al Bear, and a dog named Dog (companion).

Troublesome Times in Tumbleson County

  • Bobby-Jack McGee, a young man who was kicked in the head by a horse as a child causing mild mental impairment which has rendered him simple, naive, and very child-like. He has an animal companion - a mule named Sweetie.

The Minionrillion

  • Jeremy reprises his role as Dog in the series.