You’ve probably heard of tabletop gaming, but what about tabletop gaming shows? Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer and many more have provided countless hours of imaginative, engaging group storytelling between friends throughout the years. Recently, a new type of show has cropped up that seeks to bring that magic outside of the game room to a wider audience—the new genre of tabletop gaming shows!
Much like video game let’s plays, tabletop gaming shows grew out of a desire to make a private activity—in this case playing tabletop games with a group of friends—into consumable, episodic stories. While it might seem farfetched, tabletop gaming shows have certainly found their audience, with shows like voice actor Matthew Mercer’s Critical Role and the McElroy brothers’ podcast The Adventure Zone gaining widespread popularity.
Tabletop gaming is a uniquely special way to craft a story with your friends, and shows like these are bringing that magic to a growing fan community. Here are a few excellent examples of this blooming genre!
A comedic journey into the hilarious world of fantasy roleplaying with Dan Harmon and his Comedian Companions. A new series starring Dan Harmon, Spencer Crittenden, Erin McGathy, and Jeff B. Davis. Guest stars include, Paul F. Tompkins, Chelsea Peretti, Steve Agee, Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, & more.
Voice actor Matthew Mercer leads a group of fellow voice actors on epic Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. These familiar voices bring the audience into the full experience of D&D, allowing imaginations to soar as the characters embark on adventures. This is Critical Role!
Dare ye cross over into a realm of mystery and intrigue? Methinks ye shall. From the team behind Red vs. Blue, RWBY, Fan Service, and more comes this rollicking journey! Join Rooster Teeth for Heroes & Halfwits.
Wil Wheaton is the Game Master, inviting viewers along as he puts an eclectic mix of adventurers (Yuri Lowenthal, Alison Haislip, Hank Green, Laura Bailey) through a rollicking role-playing game in the arcane world of Valkana.
It’s Cow Chop vs. D&D vs. the ’80s in CLASS OF 198X! Join Cow Chop as they roleplay four high school misfits brought together by a horrifying alien menace invading their local mall. They’ll battle monsters, teen angst, and one another as they overcome insurmountable odds to rise from zeros to heroes to save their hometown.