Actual Podcasts and Streams

Sometimes the easiest way to learn is by watching. In the last few years an explosion of quality actual play podcasts and streams have taken the tabletop RPG world by storm. Not only do they reveal the basics of roleplaying games, they also show how the setup and outcome of each game session is driven by the gamester and players. Here are a few to get you started.

Critical Role – A cast of D&D-playing voice actors, led by Dungeon Master extraordinaire Matthew Mercer, have become a twitch.tv phenomenon as they take on evil and bring their characters to life in words and deeds.

D&D on Twitch.tv – Here you’ll find dozens of livestream channels devoted to D&D and other tabletop RPGs.

Encounter Roleplay – This twitch channel covers a lot of ground, from Call of Cthulhu to Star Trek.

Friends at the Table – Austin Walker and friends have played through multiple campaigns using several different systems, from Dungeon World to Stars Without Number.

Happy Jacks – The Happy Jacks team has been at it since 2009, and they provide actual play podcasts for several games, from D&D to Savage Worlds.

Rag-NERD-Rok – D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Fiasco, Monster of the Week, Pathfinder, the list goes on. This crew has produced dozens of actual plays for these and many other games.

Role Playing Public Radio – RPPR covers a lot of ground with their actual play podcasts, from D&D to Call of Cthulhu, Fate to Night’s Black Agents.

Saving Throw – The crew at Saving Throw have produced a slew of videos, including their extremely popular How to Play Pathfinder series.

TitansGrave: The Ashes of Valkana – Actor and author Wil Wheaton created the fantasy world of Valkana, which comes to life in this actual play video series, which uses the Dragon Age game system.

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