Dungeon Delving: How to Get Started in Table-Top RPGs Part 4
In this one, I’ll be discussing how to learn more about this hobby, and resources at your disposal.
There are a ton of resources to read and learn more about table-top RPGs. Countless, even. There are way too many YouTube channels and podcasts to count to get you started. One of the most entertaining is Critical Role, a popular weekly twitch stream on the Geek & Sundry channel, where voice actors play D&D together. Hosted by prolific and popular voice actor, Matt Mercer, it is a fun experience that has helped me absorb a lot of the mechanics to run my own campaign. The show has been going strong since early in 2015, and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. They have a loyal fan base and never cease to entertain those who watch. The episodes are lengthy, averaging out at about 3 hours per episode due to the weekly and streamy nature of their broadcast. Overall, it’s an easy-to-follow show while being story-driven and entertaining. It subtly helps to absorb the D&D mechanics.
Another popular YouTuber and well known figure in the RPG community is Matthew Colville. An author and game designer, Colville is known for his DMing advice and uses his channel to help those starting out. He has an intro video to his “Running the Game” series. He has a lot of great advice, a lot of which I have covered, but his focuses mostly on the Dungeon Masters of the world.
I also recommend hitting up the D&D and Pathfinder subreddits, as well as the more general r/rpg subreddit. These communities are overwhelmingly welcoming and open to a lot of questions. Each has a sidebar with great introductions to other resources you may need as you begin your adventure.
Well, that does it for this series. Join me in future endeavors in table-top gaming! If you’d like to reach out and tell me about your experiences, please hit me up on Twitter!