To watch some streamed D&D or other tabletop RPG action, you’re probably already watching Critical Role, which is the ten-thousand-pound gorilla of streaming tabletop games. So what do you do? The main Critical Role campaign is currently on hiatus, with campaign 3 set to begin on October 21. Until then, there are only a limited number of episodes of their Exandria Unlimited miniseries available.
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If you’re looking for something to watch while you’re waiting for Critical Role campaign 3 or simply want more TTRPG action in your life, here are a few suggestions from someone who doesn’t watch every single stream or RPG show on the internet.
1. The Oxventurer’s Guild
The Oxventurer’s Guild is one of my favorite D&D streamed games because it follows the antics of the Outside Xtra and Outside Xbox crew on a regular basis. Gamemaster Johnny Chiodini has done an excellent job of keeping a group of noviceD&D players on track in this one-shot D&D game with the staff of these well-known gaming YouTube channels. Even though the group has gained a lot of experience since 2017, when they first began, the show still has an air of offun over rules that I find endearing. Every Oxventure game has its own playlist, and they frequently stream new games on YouTube.
Much of the fun in the game is found in the interactions between the various characters. When it comes to bombs, the Dragonborn Paladin Egbert played by Mike Channel is dim but sincere. He also has a distaste for ghosts despite having encountered several. A Half-Orc Bard, Luke Westaway’s Dob enjoys adventure and will toss their entire savings into nearby lakes if given the chance. There is a Tiefling Warlock named Prudence, played by Jane Douglas, who is ten times more powerful than the average Tiefling Warlock. She uses her Eldritch Blasts to annihilate her enemies after first cutting them down with cutting asides. Merilwen, played by Ellen Rose, can be surprisingly lethal when equipped with spells like Spike Growth.
Check out their playlist on YouTube and keep an eye out for the next stream — they don’t have a set time, so it’s often easier to catch them after the fact.
2. The Black Dice Society
Because of this, the Black Dice Society is a far more refined affair than the Oxventure sessions. When it comes to D&D adventures, the first one is a lot of fun because of the energy and humor, but the second one takes place in Ravenloft, the infamous Domain of Dread where D&D meets horror. In addition to B. Dave Walters’ skill as a DM (he’s one of the best), the ensemble cast is nothing short of spectacular. They all have interesting roles to play, but Mark “the best crazy priest on the Citadel” Meer as Brother Uriah Macawber is the standout. Tanya DePass as Fen, Noura Ibrahim as the mystic Nahara, Deejay Knight as the lycanthropic Desmond, Saige Ryan as the resurrected Valentine, and Becca Scott as the former gladiator Tatyana are all interesting.
If you’re interested in watching past episodes, you can do so by visiting theD&DYouTube channel or by tuning in live on Thursday afternoons to theirTwitch channel (streaming before Critical Role). You can also keep up to date with their upcoming shows by following them on Twitter.
3. Dimension 20: Misfits and Magic
While it’s a brand new show available only on Dropout.tv, the YouTube trailer piqued my interest enough to make me give it a shot. I’m glad I did because I think the show has staying power. As the GM of Critical Role’s Exandria Unlimited campaign, Aabria Iyengar continues to impress me with her abilities as a game master. Contemporary magic school role players like Erika Ishii, Danielle Radford, and Brandon Lee Mulligan all appear to be having a ball with the concept.
You must subscribe to Dimension 20 in order to watch Dropout (which costs $5 a month or $50 a year). There are highlight videos on YouTube that will give you an idea of what the show is like if you decide to pay for it. The best way to sum it up is Lou Wilson’s “Private school is bleeping weird,” although he didn’t use the word bleeping.
4. Callisto 6
In the year 2119, do you want to play a cyberpunk superhero game? I mean, what’s the harm in trying? As a fan of superhero RPGs, cyberpunk RPGs, and streaming RPG shows based on the Cypher System, I think you’ll enjoyCallisto 6, a show that goes places a typical fantasy RPG would not.
As of back in 2019, there have been no further developments regarding the show’s third season. There was nothing sadder than losing an exciting game that got me thinking about running a supers game with the Blizzard Watch crew in the future. The cyberpunk superhero Lacey fromCallisto 6 was a wheelchair user before there was any controversy about wheelchairs in D&D — and seriously, people should be allowed to play characters in wheelchairs if they want to.
If you want to read the show’s introduction, Geek and Sundry has it available, and you can watch all of the episodes that have been released so far on YouTube.
5. Pathfinder: Knights of Everflame
It is, in fact, a Pathfinder feed.
In addition to that, I enjoy Pathfinder a lot, but the main reason I’m including it here is because of the excellent game mastering skills of Jason Bulman. He has a lot of knowledge about the game, both in terms of how it works and how it should work, because he designed the original Pathfinder and its sequel. Later, he became the lead game designer for other franchises like Oblivion’s Oath and Band of Bravos; there will be more.
In terms of the Paizo streams, it’s interesting to note that they’re not always a collective of performers.
Oblivion’s Oath andBand of Bravosare games played by game designers, so they have a different feel and are very interesting to watch, at least for me. However, Knight’s of Everflame is an exception and more like the big dogs of streamed RPGs with actual performers.
Secrets of Magic, a new series on the official Paizo Twitch, is also available.