D&D General G4's New D&D Show Is Called 'Invitation to Party'

The D&D show that US digital network G4 announced earlier this year has a title -- Invitation to Party.

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The show launches this month, and will be an actual play show with B. Dave Walters as the Dungeon Master, who will be running the game for Kassem Gharaibeh, Fiona Nova, Indiana Black, and Ify Nwadiwe. It launches on streaming services Friday, 19th November at 6pm ET (11pm GMT) and then re-broadcast on G4TV on the Monday.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

overgeeked

B/X Known World
I really wish other games than D&D got such hype and production value. I'd kill for a well done Shadowrun game.

Makes me think of MMOs. "Lets make a new MMO!" "How about a fantasy one, there aren't already several that 1-2 of already dominate the genre, right?" "Good idea!"
All other games combined are less popular than D&D 5E. D&D has a greater than 50% market share.
 

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Let's remember those shows are relatively low-budget but very useful to promote the brand, and the players who are profesional actors in the real life can be known by the audence.
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Big pass for me. I absolutely can't stand B. Dave Walters. Getting through LA by Night with him as a player was hard. Nothing against him, but there's something about the way he speaks, his faces, his energy. Must remind me of someone.
Funny, I found LA by Night similarly hard to watch, but because of Jason Carl. I thought B. Dave Walters was pretty good on it.
 


I wonder about any game-live show with virtual tabletop and avatars, where you don't watch the players but the avatars of the characters in a virtual tabletop, giving a look like a machinima video.
 

I think actors who never played dnd before find playing dnd like an improv class to improve their ability to get into and create a character…if they find out they actually enjoy the game, all the better!
 

Staffan

Legend
Big pass for me. I absolutely can't stand B. Dave Walters. Getting through LA by Night with him as a player was hard. Nothing against him, but there's something about the way he speaks, his faces, his energy. Must remind me of someone.
Huh. I liked his work on the show, and I had a much harder time with Xander Jeanneret and Josephine McAdam (though I can't really tell if it was because they had annoying characters or that they played them in annoying ways).
 

Norton

Explorer
Not sure on which side of this ItaP applies, but I have a new rule: only watch actual-play tabletop if the players are in the same room. I can no longer abide remote play with its fractions of delay, monitor staring and disparate production values. It slaughters the energy for me and inevitably the DM is forcing good vibes rather than letting a genuine mood sink in to keep spirits up. Critical Role benefits greatly from a number of things, but playing in the same room—even socially distanced—makes all the difference in the world to me.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I wonder about any game-live show with virtual tabletop and avatars, where you don't watch the players but the avatars of the characters in a virtual tabletop, giving a look like a machinima video.

The technology does not exist to do real time animation of avatars to match what the players are saying (and in some cases doing - gestures matter too). Staring at static avatars while unseen people talk does not sound like a good show.
 



The technology does not exist to do real time animation of avatars to match what the players are saying (and in some cases doing - gestures matter too). Staring at static avatars while unseen people talk does not sound like a good show.


Imititating all the gestures in real time aren't necessary, but I imagine a menu of actions like in the Sims (Medieval).
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Imititating all the gestures in real time aren't necessary

I think it is, to make a TTRPG live real-play work. Most of the time is sitting around talking. A canned menu of actions isn't going to cut it to make that interesting to watch for several hours.
 

…more actors pretending to play D&D…cool 😎👍

I’d watch if that Norm guy was part of the partay 🥳

I think actors who never played dnd before find playing dnd like an improv class to improve their ability to get into and create a character…if they find out they actually enjoy the game, all the better!
These aren't actors. Like none of them fit the the traditional definition.

There's a video game streamer, a studio host, and a couple professional roleplayers (including the DM).

The gatekeeping here is based on being too lazy to look into who the people are, not in reality.
 

My biggest issue with actual plays is how someone will always resort to Generic Eastern European Accent. Just clicking on that CoC classic link someone posted with Walters, I jumped to a random point and the lady was talking and gesturing wildly while speaking in Generic Eastern European Accent.
It's just a huge pet peeve of mine.
I guarantee, at some point in this show. someone will do it.
It's a cousin of the "Dwarves are Scottish" thing.
 

EllisEthel

Explorer
These aren't actors. Like none of them fit the the traditional definition.

There's a video game streamer, a studio host, and a couple professional roleplayers (including the DM).

The gatekeeping here is based on being too lazy to look into who the people are, not in reality.
B. Dave Walters - IMDb
Kassem Gharaibeh - IMDb
Fiona Nova - IMDb
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5141473/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_
Plenty of acting experience from all but one of these people and the other has tv and media experience…

If you enjoy this type of thing then great but I think these shows are just that…shows. Scripted and rehearsed, starring actors playing the parts of gamers.

Anyway, I might be wrong…but I still find these types of things pretty dull. No worries..enjoy 👍
 

Wow, threw gatekeeping at me, thanks. Regardless, they are actors, even in a loose term I’d imagine they did high school, college, and other type of gigs that wouldn’t even be covered on IMDB but acting none the less. Social media blurs the line of what some consider actors (Tom cruise or broadway actors, or online presences like so many people nowadays who might act on their streams) and again if they think of dnd as method acting, great, have fun enjoy the show. I’ll check it out and see how it goes.
 

BRayne

Adventurer
B. Dave Walters - IMDb
Kassem Gharaibeh - IMDb
Fiona Nova - IMDb
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5141473/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_
Plenty of acting experience from all but one of these people and the other has tv and media experience…

If you enjoy this type of thing then great but I think these shows are just that…shows. Scripted and rehearsed, starring actors playing the parts of gamers.

Anyway, I might be wrong…but I still find these types of things pretty dull. No worries..enjoy 👍

Fun fact: Actual Play shows are recorded as "TV Series" under IMDb as are studio hosting jobs. The vast majority of BDave's and a sizeable percentage of Ify and Fiona's actor credits there fit under those (and probably a fair amount of Kassem's but I'm not super familiar with him)
 
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Bravesteel25

Baronet of Gaming
My biggest issue with actual plays is how someone will always resort to Generic Eastern European Accent. Just clicking on that CoC classic link someone posted with Walters, I jumped to a random point and the lady was talking and gesturing wildly while speaking in Generic Eastern European Accent.
It's just a huge pet peeve of mine.
I guarantee, at some point in this show. someone will do it.
It's a cousin of the "Dwarves are Scottish" thing.
I think it is just the idea of voicing the "other" in a fantasy space. Are you Eastern European? I'm Anglo-American, and the number of times people put on an English accent (ANY of them) in fantasy RPGs would put the numbers for Eastern European/Scottish accents to shame. I don't let it bother me though, because I understand that they are commonly heard/understood accents that easily create a fantasy atmosphere.
 

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