To watch some streamed D&D or other tabletop RPG action, you’re probably already watching Critical Role, which is the ten thousand ton gorilla of streamed tabletop RPGs. 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.
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
Outer Xtra and Outside Xbox have a lot of fun with their D&D streamed games, and The Oxventurer’s Guild is no exception. 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 of 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. As a Half-Orc Bard, Luke Westaway’s Dob is a thrill seeker who will gladly toss their money into any nearby lakes.
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 YouTube playlist and keep an eye out for the next stream — they don’t have a set schedule, so it’s often easier to catch them after the fact. How to watch:
2. The Black Dice Society
In comparison to the Oxventure sessions, the Black Dice Society is a much more polished affair, which is by design on both sides. Despite the fact that I prefer the former for its exuberance and levity, the latter is a superb D&D adventure set in Ravenloft, the infamous Domain of Dread where fantasy 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.
You can watch past episodes of the show on the D&DYouTube channel or catch it live on theirTwitch channel on Thursdays in the afternoon on Thursdays (streaming before Critical Role). You can also follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on their upcoming gig schedules.
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. Performers like Erika Ishii, Danielle Radford, and Brandon Lee Mulligan appear to be having a blast with the modern-day magic school role-playing 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 a sense of the show’s quality before you decide whether or not to shell out the cash. 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 don’t see why not. 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.
A third season of the show was planned, but that was back in 2019 and there hasn’t been any new information since then. That’s a shame, because it was a great game to watch and it gave me some ideas for a supers game that I’d like to run with the Blizzard Watch crew in the future. Lacey fromCallisto 6 was a full-fledged cyberpunk superhero in a wheelchair years before the pointless controversy about wheelchairs in D&D — seriously, if people want to play a character in a wheelchair, let them—
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 stream that you’re watching.
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. Obviously, someone who designed both the original Pathfinder and its sequel, has a lot of knowledge about the game’s mechanics and how they should be implemented. In addition to Oblivion’s Oath and Band of Bravos, he’s now GMing other series.
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.
On the official Paizo Twitch, a brand-new series, Secrets of Magic, is also available.
And those are all the channels I’ve had enough experience with to feel confident in recommending. I haven’t seen L.A. by Night because vampires aren’t really my thing, but it stars Erika Ishii and B. Dave Walters, both of whom I admire, so it’s almost certain to be excellent. That’s a well-deserved mention.
Don’t forget to show your support for the creator of the Combat Wheelchair, @mustangart. It’s encouraging to see players included and given the resources they need to create the characters they envision.