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D&D General Live-Action D&D Shows/Podcasts: Love Them or Hate Them?

When it comes to live-play D&D (shows, podcasts, events, whatever), do you Love Them, or Hate Them?

  • I love them.

    Votes: 14 32.6%
  • I hate them.

    Votes: 2 4.7%
  • ...actually, I neither love them nor hate them.

    Votes: 27 62.8%

  • Total voters
    43

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ReshiIRE

Adventurer
Genuinely unsure. You would think after watching half-way through Critical Role Campaign 2 and other Critical Role campaign stuff, and a smattering of other sessions and such, but I admit I drift in and out of focus, and am terrified of being contaminated in a negative way by watching them.

I often use them as noise, to help me through my day. For a wide variety of reasons I prefer to have some background noise on when I can (such as when I'm alone and focusing on some tasks). This is partly why I navigated to Critical Role (besides familiarity from hearing from friends and cultural inertia): there are a LOT of episodes, and a lot to listen to. And visuals to focus on, I suppose, with actual people.

if there are other shows that have had long campaigns (a good fourty or so episodes), then I would be interested. For other TTRPGs too - I have been meaning to watch some Cyberpunk Red and Pathfiner 2e actual play as well.
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
The only ones I've been able to stomach are the Critical Role streams. Their Call of Cthulhu one-shot game is what drew me in. After that I tried their regular game, which was early-mid Campaign 2 at the time. I've tried a few others but they just seem off. Trying too hard, not trying hard enough. CR is slick. Most of the rest are not. I also haven't been able to get into CR's Campaign 1 because of the same issues. The sound is terrible in the early days, the chat and the cast's engagement with it is maddeningly distracting, one of the players (later removed) is a jerk, etc. I like Matt Colville and his DM advice videos, and I tried to watch his game streams, but no dice there either.
 


Greg K

Hero
I don't like or hate them. In general, I have disliked most that I have seen and find them boring. However, there have been a few that I have enjoyed.
To my surprise, I, finally, found one episode run by Chris Perkins enjoyable to watch (the players were from Stranger Things). My enjoyment came more from watching the interaction and reaction of cast members, but it was actually fun to watch. However, if the adventure had been part of a regular campaign in which I was participating, I would have been annoyed as a player.
 

cmad1977

Hero
I can only listen to the podcasts. Can’t watch people. I use them as a “watch the tape” kind of thing. I listen to the situation and either come up with “my” ruling in the moment and see what the DM does. Maybe I agree with them maybe I don’t. Maybe I don’t agree with them and then more circumstances arrive and I agree. Or maybe I would do something different. Helps me think about various potential situations in my games and how I’d handle them.
 

not-so-newguy

Adventurer
The only Actual Play podcast that I listened to regularly was the early episodes of Nerd Poker with Brian Posehn. I think my enthusiasm was based on the fact that half of them were professional comedians familiar to me. The D&D part was just a nice bonus. I've tried several other Actual Play podcasts but I find them boring
 

Ristamar

Adventurer
I listen to a few, mostly those with a comedic bend (Glass Cannon, Dungeons & Daddies, Crit Juice, etc), but I don't have the time or patience for 3+ hour podcasts. Even 2 hours is pushing it. If it's not roughly an hour or less, I'll typically pass.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I enjoy some, others I can take or leave.
I listen to a few, mostly those with a comedic bend (Glass Cannon, Dungeons & Daddies, Crit Juice, etc), but I don't have the time or patience for 3+ hour podcasts. Even 2 hours is pushing it. If it's not roughly an hour or less, I'll typically pass.
Which is why I only tend to listen for an hour or so at a time. Well, longer sometimes depending on my bike route.
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen
There are some of them that I love, some of them that I like, and some of them that I want to like but just don’t have the time for. Most of them I have very little interest in. But I wouldn’t say I hate any of them. And since this is the internet that means by process of elimination I must love them.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I have mixed feelings. Some podcasts just feel extremely artificial to me, like they're trying out their improv comedy while they happen to play D&D.

Critical Role to me, doesn't feel forced and the back-and-forth is both enjoyable and feels like a normal D&D game. With unlimited Dwarven Forge budget of course. Now if they could just read the PHB and get a better grasp of the rules for their characters! :rolleyes: Now maybe it's because they're so amazingly good at acting (see the other thread, but I don't really see it) or maybe because it's while they're very engaging and charismatic, it's just the way they played D&D before the stream was a thing.

In any case, I'm up to episode 100 something. So I may have to go trying out different streams again. Maybe one with a bit less shopping this time.
 

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