Actual Play 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.
Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff – Hosted by legendary writer-game designers Kenneth Hite and Robin Laws, there are no actual plays, but plenty of wide-ranging discussion with a slant toward alternate history, occult/horror gaming, and campaign-building in this perennially award-winning podcast.
Saving Throw – The crew at Saving Throw have produced a slew of videos, including their extremely popular How to Play Pathfinder series.
Tabletop Squadron – A Star Wars actual-play podcast using the Edge of the Empire system.