What’s one of the better ways to pass the time when you’re not playing D&D? Watch others play D&D, of course. Game streaming services like Twitch are the perfect place to go to find and watch hundreds of your fellow D&D players during the week. Below are my current 7 top D&D Twitch channels, one for each day of the week. These channels have a bunch of people with great real life and D&D personalities to watch. So mark these show times on your calendars, follow and subscribe to their Twitch channels, and help support these outstanding D&D streams!
Sunday: High Rollers
Yogscast has been an online geek icon since 2008. High Rollers is the channel’s D&D show that broadcasts from Great Britain every Sunday at 9 a.m. PST. / 5 p.m. GMT. This game and stream started in January this year, and you can check out the YouTube channel for past episodes in case you want to get caught up. The High Rollers are Mark Hulmes as Dungeon Master, Kim Richards as Jiutóu Zhìjī Jīng, Katie Morrison as Elora Galanodil, Chris Trott as Cam Buckland, and Matthew Toffolo as Trellimar Aleath. Watching these players mix my love of D&D and British humo(u)r is a bloody marvelous way to start the week.
Monday: D20 Babes
D20 Babes began their D&D stream in December 2015, and were quickly added to my list after watching just the first episode. Their D&D show is streamed from Vancouver, Canada, on Mondays 7 p.m. PST / 2 a.m. GMT (Tuesday). Comic writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) DMs adventures of his own design in a campaign set in the Forgotten Realms. His cast of players are Shannon Wiebe as Petunia, Jenny Johnston as Lia, Julia Llanos as Van Tyler, and Nhi Do as Shriela. I would definitely suggest watching this group from the start. The players began as never having played D&D before, and watching them get into the game and their avatars over some past 40 episodes has been a grand adventure in itself.
Tuesday: Dice, Camera, Action!
Dice, Camera, Action! is an official D&D stream from Wizards of the Coast, DM’d by D&D Creative Director Chris Perkins, who also DMs for Acquisitions, Inc. DCA streams on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. PST / 11 p.m. GMT. This stream began just this past March, with Perkins taking four adventurers into Barovia, the realm of Count Strahd von Zarovich. The cast of Waffle Crew, as the group is known as, includes Anna Prosser Robinson as Evelyn Marthain, Holly Conrad as Strix, Jared Knabenbauer as Diath Woodrow, and Nathan Sharp as Paultin Seppa. DCA has also included a few guest players during its time, including Mark Hulmes and Chris Trott from Yogscast, and Geek & Sundry’s own Erika Ishii.
Misscliks is a large, first-class gaming and streaming group, which includes no less than 7 D&D streams! Misscliks: Prophecy is streamed on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. PST / 1 a.m. GMT (Thursday), and runs through the Roll20 virtual tabletop. DM Nadja Otikor guides an intrepid band of adventurers searching through the world of Avanth the Lifegiver for the missing goddess of creation. The Prophecy game is the newest Misscliks D&D show and is already 34 videos strong. The Prophecy cast of four includes Robert Dyer as Ellorian, Jess Timmons as Alizarin, Laura Lania as Calithra, and Brit Weisman as Xeesa. Like Critical Role, the Prophecy players all started as off-camera friends, which has made their player dynamic all the better with each episode.
Thursday: Critical Role
Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s own D&D show that started in March of 2015 and do I really need to tell you any more since everyone reading this is probably a die-hard Critter just as I am? Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST / 2 a.m. GMT (Friday) is when you can catch the live stream, with DM Matt Mercer attending to the adventures of a group of nerdy ass voice actors in Mercer’s homebrew world of Tal’Dorei. The group of players are known as Vox Machina in game, and include Travis Willingham as Grog Strongjaw, Laura Bailey as Vex’ahlia, Liam O’Brien as Vax’ildan, Marisha Ray as Keyleth, Taliesin Jaffe as Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III of Whitestone, Ashley Johnson as Pike Trickfoot, and Sam Riegel as Scanlan Shorthalt. I could wax eloquently for a few thousand words about Critical Role, but will just say that, if you are only able to watch one D&D show each week, I would strongly recommend it be this one. It really has everything a D&D game should have. And also ale.
Friday: The World of Drema
The World of Drema is streamed on Fridays at 6:30 PST / 1:30 a.m. GMT (Saturday). And speaking of Critters, this show is made up entirely of Critical Role fans, and is one of many D&D groups Critical Role has sparked into creation. This group is another that only started early this year, but already have 21 videos worth of adventures under their belts. The World of Drema was created by the group’s DM, Rachael (@raenohey), who handles the task of DMing 7 players in a homebrew world quite well. Drema’s cast of characters include @CO_Darksoul as Maliki, @fayded_soul as Rook, @SJORSOMFG as Henk, @Katjac1997 as Katjac, @LitaPhoenix as Saralisse, @TAGoodenough as Thomas, @Cmolony17 as Arathana, and @meyers_inc as Hollyelia.
TimeToDice streams every Saturday at 2:30 PST / 9:30 GMT, and is another D&D group composed of Critters inspired by Critical Role. This group stream began in August of 2015, and currently have 40 videos on their YouTube channel to catch up on, which I’m still in the process of doing. Aside from the quality fun of watching the group play, I really like that they also make use of the Obsidian Portal campaign website to track and archive their adventures. Their Adventure Log there was especially helpful in getting me up to speed with their avatars’ backgrounds and personalities, much faster than having to watch every past episode could do. DM @OMGItzGnaR escorts a cast of characters that include @tbq_ as Keena Darrow, @fmacanadaguy as Verrin Stoutheart, @pVolkhausen as Rana Logdha, @misstray9 as Lilli Nengel, and @xdarkagentx as Talareg Redfield.
And there you have a week’s worth of groovy D&D content to watch, a show for each day of the week. If you’re looking for still more, just type ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ into the Twitch search bar and delve through the many channels that show up to find ones you like. What are your favorite weekly D&D streams to watch? Share them with us in the Comments below!
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Image credits: Yogscast, d20Babes, Wizards of the Coast, Misscliks, Critical Role, The World of Drema, TimeToDice.