"DnDSports": Competitive Play With Prizes

It seems like the rumours of D&D as e-sports weren't so far off after all in today's bit of unexpected news, as D&D Beyond and Encounter Roleplaying have announced DnDSports. "DnDSports is the first online D&D Tournament in a cooperative Party vs Party setting from Encounter Roleplay & DnDBeyond with a grand prize of $5,000."

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[FONT=&amp]Here's the full announcement:

Imagine if two parties fighting for opposite sides found themselves in the same dungeon. It’s kill or be killed. What will they do to survive?[/FONT]

DnDSports is the first online D&D Tournament in a cooperative Party vs Party setting from EncounterRoleplay & DnDBeyond with a grand prize of $5,000. Over the course of 4 weeks, 16 players will compete in teams of 4 in single elimination games. Each game is a best of 3 arena battle and played via Roll20.

How is it Played?

The full rules for DnDSports will be released shortly after our next round of Playtesting. We don’t claim to have created perfect balance, nor is that our aim, as every competitive game has an element of strategy. We’re also implementing MOBA-esque mechanics such as a Pick/Ban phase to help expand the strategy. We’ve been working closely with over a dozen talented DMs to create 15 pre-generated characters from which the players will choose, and adapt the pre-existing Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition rules.

We know that this will be an incredibly fun new way to play D&D, because as long as you’re having fun, you’re doing it right!

When is it?
Day 1: November 10th at 12pm PST
Heat 1: Team Beholder vs. Team Mindflayer

Day 2: November 17th at 12pm PST
Heat 2: Team Kobold vs. Team Tarrasque

Day 3: November 24th at 12pm PST
All Stars Charity game for 826LA foundation

Day 4: December 1st at 12pm PST
Grand Finals

Where can I watch it?

Watch live on Twitch here.
The VODs will be uploaded to Youtube here.

Who is involved?

The EncounterRoleplay & DnDBeyond crews have teamed up to bring this production to life!
As for who’s competing? Keep an eye on the DnDSports Twitter & here on the blog to learn more about the teams as they are revealed!

But D&D Shouldn’t be an eSport?!
It’s not an eSport. We created something that would make competitive gamers feel safe and comfortable trying out D&D5e for the first time. It’s a new way to display the versatility of combat in D&D5e in a unique setting. We encourage you to respect the way different people play D&D because we know that this will be a fun event and there is no wrong to play D&D, as long as you are having fun!


(Thanks to Jeremy for the scoop!)

Many feel competitive play isn't what D&D is about, historically that's not entirely true. Here's a history of D&D and competitive play, going back to the 1970s.

"D&D has always had a competitive streak. Many of co-creator Gary Gygax's published adventures were adapted from tournaments that were played competitively at conventions, like Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan and Tomb of Horrors.

Thanks to its wargaming roots, tournament play was well-established by the time D&D came along. Tournaments were associated with wargaming conventions. The first large-scale D&D tournament took place at Origins in Baltimore, MD on July 25-27. An estimated 1,500 attended, with 120 participating in the D&D tournament."
 

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SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
Serious, how does who other people enjoy a game ruin how you enjoy it?

I'll give you an example of this type of concern. Its just an example, not a bulletproof argument so go easy on me.


I don't care for multiplayer shooter video games like Call of Duty very much. I did (as a war buff) however really enjoy the single player campaigns.

Due to the money making potential and popularity of the multiplayer shooters, less attention is paid to the single player. In some cases and games, it has become non existent.

So Call of Duty is no longer the game I enjoyed because of how other people prefer it to be played.


*Not complaining, just recognizing that how other people enjoy things can influence they games I play.*






I know, I have my books and can play my way forever, but like single player campaigns, the culture will eventually change and leave me behind.
 
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guachi

Hero
I have missed the mark on popular media pretty consistently over the years:
  • Televising a poker game? That will never work!


  • I've literally never heard anyone say this. Showing fictional poker games in movies and TV is a staple of (mostly western) movies. Shall I list all the movies that have poker games in them or will you just admit this is a stupid strawman you've constructed?
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I've literally never heard anyone say this. Showing fictional poker games in movies and TV is a staple of (mostly western) movies. Shall I list all the movies that have poker games in them or will you just admit this is a stupid strawman you've constructed?

There were plenty of skeptics who didn't think poker would be successful as a spectator game. Bill Gloss has a nice, short, readable history of how power developed into a spectator sport...something it only did fairly recently (late 90's, early 2000s): http://www.billglose.com/poker.htm

Attempts had been made to televise poker tournaments since the late 70s, but it was not until Steven Lipscomb and Lyle Berman developed a format using "pocket cams" in 2002 that televised poker took off.

Similarly, professional recordings of D&D radio shows were recorded by TSR in the early 80s, but it wasn't until new technology made spectating D&D games more cost effective and compelling.

I think the overall point is that there are plenty of activities that get televised, which a certain segment of the population would scratch their heads at and think would never take off, but a large enough segment of the population do enjoy watching them, especially when technology make for more compelling audience experiences.

Off the top of my head, I can't understand watching:

darts
bowling
golf
spelling bees
yahting
most reality TV

But they all do quite well without my patronage.
 

pogre

Legend
I've literally never heard anyone say this. Showing fictional poker games in movies and TV is a staple of (mostly western) movies. Shall I list all the movies that have poker games in them or will you just admit this is a stupid strawman you've constructed?

I think constructing a fictional drama around the game is quite different from broadcasting actual tournaments. Which, I admitted I missed the mark on. I think a lot of things can be dramatized to seem much more exciting.

It's not a strawman argument when this was my actual perception, flawed as it was. I don't think I was alone in this perception/prediction at all, but I have no way to empirically back that up.

In all fairness, it took a while for televised poker to take off.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker_on_television
 

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