Over the past few months, I’ve been looking for something to fill in the time that classes and schoolwork usually take up. I’d never really done much research into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, only occasionally watching HarmonQuest. But recently, I’ve been late to the game discovering the amazing cast and creators of the Critical Role team over at Geek&Sundry. Matthew Mercer, a fantastic voice actor from many games and animated characters I’ve loved through my life, joins his other voice acting friends including: Travis Willingham (Grog Strongjaw), Liam O’Brien (Vax’ildan), Laura Bailey (Vex’ahlia), Ashley Johnson (Pike Trickfoot), Sam Riegel (Canlan Shorthalt), Marisha Ray (Lady Keyleth), Taliesan Jaffe (Percy de Rolo III), and Orion Acaba (Tiberius) to create the most amazing and humorous team of misfits that I’ve ever seen play D&D. Through critical hits, fails, and many other ridiculous situations, they’ve managed to create an atmosphere for people from any and all walks of life to join in on the fun that is creating and diving into a mystical world of adventure. From every “How do you want to do this?” or “Yep, that’s a 1…” they’ll have you hooked on wanting to know what’s going to happen. Though I may only be on episode 9 of now over 100 episodes, I can’t stop watching and listening to the stories that Matt and his crew create.
Now, I’ve found what it is that I’ve been missing. I love being a DM. For those that don’t know, a DM (Dungeon Master) is the “all-knowing” being that creates the world in which the PC’s (Player Characters) are having their adventure. You can create a world all your own or you can use modules that have been created by other people. I’ve been putting a lot of time and effort into trying to create my first, original adventure for some friends on mine to join me on, but it’s hard work. I need to have every detail, every avenue, every possible outcome prepared so that my worthy adventurers feel like they’re lost in a seamless world of endless possibilities. So, that’s where I’ve been. Diving headfirst into something that I’ve had no experience in but loving every second of doing it. I can only hope that one day I’ll be able to match the love and energy of the Critical Role cast! Who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enjoy to meet the group itself or join the Geek&Sundry team!
If anyone out there has any tips or tricks for DM-ing or running a campaign, feel free to leave a comment. Or, if you’re like me and have interest in this world, be sure to check out Matt and his friends at Critical Role!