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D&D General D&D TV Series Coming This Fall From G4

G4, the company which partnered with WotC for some of their streamed events this year, has announced that it is bringing a limited-run Dungeons & Dragons television series to screens this fall. They describe themselves as a ‘digital first network’.

”Dungeons & Dragons Limited Series: Coming off the immense success of D&D Live 2021 featuring notable celebrities like Jack Black, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Smith, and DrLupo, G4 will continue its partnership with Wizards of the Coast with an all-new, limited-run series to premiere on G4 this Fall. The series will follow four campaigns with a mix of G4 talent, veteran D&D players, and celebrities for a new generation of D&D fans.”

It sounds like the show will be a mix of several live games.

G4 is coming to TV and streaming services on November 16th, via Verizon Fios, Cox, and Xfinity TV, as well as streaming services like Twitch.


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Russ Morrissey

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I thought it would be a cartoon serie, like Critical Role: the Legend of Vox Machine, but Hasbro has got its own media studios (cartoons and action-live) and the partnership with Paramount hasn't ended yet.

I don't dislike the idea, but today there are lots of rivals, and they should offer something, for example a virtual tabletop on the screen, with virtual avatars.
 

aco175

Legend
I can see it now, an announcer doing a play-by-play in a hushed voice standing in the shadows behind the players during the game.

"It's looking bad for Nerds-at-Play, The group is in serious trouble, having bitten off more than they can chew in this fight with the Balor, a demon modeled on Tolkien's Balrog. With the rest of the party down, it's up to Shady the rogue. He was able to hide last turn so this is a tense moment. Does he run? Try to finish off the badly wounded Balor?"

The camera pans in to a closeup of Jane, Shady's player as she looks down at the map in front of her and back to her character sheet. Dead quiet, she picks up a pair of D20s and a handful of D6's.

"This is a tense moment here, it looks like Shady is going for the attack. I gotta say, it's a gutsy move because if he misses it's all over for Nerds-at-Play. It looks like she's going with her lucky green die and the translucent blue, another favorite."

Once again, the camera zooms in, this time on Jane's dice tray as she rolls all of her dice. The dice roll, slowly come to a stop.

"She's done it! A critical hit on a sneak attack! Double checking damage now ... it's going to be close ... and THE BALROG GOES DOWN! THE BALROG GOES DOWN!"
Now I want to watch this. Although I do watch golf, partially to nap though.
 

NotAYakk

Legend
If you want to upgrade "Actual Play" to top tier content, you could do a parallel animation of what is going on the game, cutting back to the actual play moments.

Naturally, you'd want to reshoot some of the "actual play" moments after the fact to maximize drama, like how "reality TV" works.
 

Osgood

Adventurer
I guess I am officially transitioning to an old curmudgeon! I just don't get what the kids are into these days... I've never been able to watch more than 10 minutes or so of any of these actual play shows without getting bored to tears. But that's at least twice as much time as I've ever been able to stand any reality show or sporting event.
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
If you want to upgrade "Actual Play" to top tier content, you could do a parallel animation of what is going on the game, cutting back to the actual play moments.

Naturally, you'd want to reshoot some of the "actual play" moments after the fact to maximize drama, like how "reality TV" works.

That's what they did for HarmonQuest.

Which I still maintain is possibly the best "Tabletop game as a show" viewing experience.
 











Dire Bare

Legend
Not sure why this is a big announcement, it just sounds like live streamed games. Not a bad thing, but not particularly newsworthy either. Maybe it's just that everyone wants to try to hitch a ride on Critical Roles success?
The big difference is that most "actual play" games are broadcast on internet platforms like YouTube and Twitch. G4 is a television network. Of course, the difference between TV and web-based video platforms is diminishing, and it also sounds like this new incarnation of the G4 network is perhaps a hybrid itself . . . .

Also, I get the impression these won't be live streamed, but pre-recorded and edited. We'll see.

Finally, it's a big announcement because G4 wants your eyeballs. Anybody producing a new series, regardless of the nature of the series, is going to do some promotion to let everybody know about it. Why wouldn't they announce their new show?
 


The big difference is that most "actual play" games are broadcast on internet platforms like YouTube and Twitch. G4 is a television network. Of course, the difference between TV and web-based video platforms is diminishing, and it also sounds like this new incarnation of the G4 network is perhaps a hybrid itself . . . .
G4 already has been a streaming content producer. They softlaunched via Twitch and YouTube several months ago. Many of us on these very forums watched D&D Live 2021, which was a G4 production.

In the linked press release you can note that they also have other social platforms that will get unique content too.

But, as much as the internetirati like to claim TV is dead, a TV show that got the viewership that Critical Role does wouldn't make the 30-ish people only 10 million a year (an assumption that Twitch is only about 40% of revenue). It would also be one of the least watched shows on television. Shows with viewership as low as CR get cancelled.
 

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