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D&D 5E D&D Live: Kate Welch returns with Jack Black, Reggie Watts and others!

During WotC's 'D&D Live' events in mid-July this year, there will be a live game called The Lost Odyssey: Last Light, featuring a dragons, krakens, and giant sea queens. WotC's Kate Welch will be the DM and celebrity guests Jack Black, Reggie Watts, Lauren Lapkus, Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes will be the players -- plus one other guest they have not yet announced.

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SkidAce

Legend
That sounds horrid
Welch is fine. Tried to watch celebrities play in one of the 2020 streams and it was abysmal. Poor web camera, bad mikes and weak characters
They're famous but you're still watching a bunch of awkward newbs play. Might as well set up cameras at the local game store
I have no problem with that. Might learn something from the way they play, might not.
 

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Yet people will say streamed games don't reflect how D&D is played on regular tables...
Streamed games with improv trained voice actors familiar with DnD doesn't reflect regular tables
And that's OK. It's entertaining and aspirational
It's watching professional golfers filmed on TV cameras

This is a celebrity golf tournament with players who've only have played a couple holes recorded on someone's smartphone
 


Marc Radle

Adventurer
Streamed games with improv trained voice actors familiar with DnD doesn't reflect regular tables
And that's OK. It's entertaining and aspirational
It's watching professional golfers filmed on TV cameras

This is a celebrity golf tournament with players who've only have played a couple holes recorded on someone's smartphone

Why on a smart phone?
Is there some reason you think this will not be recorded using professional equipment?
 

Why on a smart phone?
Is there some reason you think this will not be recorded using professional equipment?
Referencing the crap webcams seen in the 2020 live game
They didn't get the performers into a studio. Just called them up on Zoom

Same thing will happen now. The quality is reliant on Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and Jack Black having HD webcams, streaming quality mikes, and fast internet
 

more like celebs pretending to like playing D&D to get easy money and attention is very mainstream now
Why the negativity? Have any of those people shown a tendency to fake their gaming enthusiasm in the past?

Edit: and, as was pointed out, even if, so what? It doesn't hurt anyone, it promotes the game we (most of us) love in some form or another...
 
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lkj

Adventurer
I will agree that sometimes he seems like the Worst of Us - amateur psychoanalyzing him, I'd say it's a kind of overcompensation maybe from being the jock in school and the nerds gatekept him out of the hobby?

On his comments about Vin Diesel, not that it matters but I would believe he played before (isn't his witch hunter movie based on his 30th level character he talked about on Conan O'Brien I think it was?) but Joe isn't the only person I've heard say they don't know anyone gaming with Vin Diesel. You don't see anywhere talking about 'Hey! Vin Diesel came down to the gaming shop today for dice and just hung out ten minutes! It was awesome!'. As a multimillionaire, I'm not thinking he's sitting down with us proles. And as far as how connected the gaming community among celebs/entertainers/etc, my only inference is based on a video I saw of Matt Mercer talking about being approached to bring Critical Role to streaming...

The link is from a video Liam O'Brien took when they were approached about the game being brought to stream. The story Matt tells is about people saying they want to play with Ashley Johnson - "oh yeah, she's in my game too." I know it's anecdotal but again... I've never seen anyone lay claim to gaming with Vin Diesel or pictures from his home campaign on the Socials. Video:
Again, all conjecture.

TMDR - I will agree that Joe definitely puts off the 'not-best traits of gamerhood'.

I don't know that I agree. I didn't know about the Vin Diesel comment. But, honestly, every time I've seen Joe talk about the game, he is enthusiastic, encouraging, and seems to want everyone to play. In other words, a really good ambassador. None of us are perfect, but I hope we don't always characterize someone by their worst comment-- especially against a lot of other very good mojo.

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I have a theory about Vin.

I think he did play, absolutely. But when you listen to him talk about his character, the cool powers, and how he played... I think he was "That Guy." Or at the very least, some kind of mild munchkin. Heck, I know I was pretty cringe when I was young. And I get the impression he was too. Either way, he's probably not "That Guy" anymore.
 
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darjr

I crit!
Cool. I was just confused for a moment since the article said "WotC's Kate Welch" — I thought maybe she had rejoined the company.
Once a WotC always a WotC? I suppose she might be back but I think we would have heard. She runs a great game and has run star studded games before and been a part of the C team, a high profile stream, as a player. She’s an inspired choice and I’m glad they have her running .
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Referencing the crap webcams seen in the 2020 live game
They didn't get the performers into a studio. Just called them up on Zoom

Same thing will happen now. The quality is reliant on Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and Jack Black having HD webcams, streaming quality mikes, and fast internet
During 2020, not getting together in a place like studio was the major thing going on. I think they can be cut some slack for distancing during a pandemic.
 


Bayushi_seikuro

Adventurer
That sounds horrid
Welch is fine. Tried to watch celebrities play in one of the 2020 streams and it was abysmal. Poor web camera, bad mikes and weak characters
They're famous but you're still watching a bunch of awkward newbs play. Might as well set up cameras at the local game sto

During 2020, not getting together in a place like studio was the major thing going on. I think they can be cut some slack for distancing during a pandemic.
David Harbour's warlock with the many names was one of the high points of the Icewind Dale streams, I thought. I liked that they ran different streams with different celebrities - like wrestlers, and one with people from superhero movies (I LOVED the concept of Karen Gillan's character as someone who hunts dragons to put them INTO dungeons...)
 





Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Just sayin they could tap more streamers and peeps with actual webcams an mike setups
Go for quality rather than assume we'll watch just cause some movie stars and a washed up director are playing

Is this a DnD game or Hollywood Squares?

When you are doing these live with so many people on stream at once, there is going to be quality problems.
 

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