I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet, but gaming is a pretty big part of my life. My weekly Dungeons and Dragons game is the biggest contributor to my interacting with people outside of work. I’ve been playing D&D ever since my freshman year of college, and it continues to be one of my favorite passtimes besides reading and writing. Well, now I’ve officially jumped on the streaming bandwagon. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to be streaming several times a week on my Twitch channel.
To start, I’m going to play through the classic computer RPG Baldur’s Gate II. But later this month I will begin streaming a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that will follow the new Curse of Strahd module. It is the latter of the two streams that I am most excited for.
Dungeons and Dragons is, in my opinion, a good passtime for writers. It is at its heart a kind of group storytelling experience. Each player creates a character, except for the Dungeon Master, who creates the many: the villain, the players’ allies, and all the little side characters in between. Even when playing a pre-written campaign it is impossible for the Dungeon Master to leave the world free of their influence, as they are still in charge of how each character acts.
The interaction between players and their Dungeon Master creates a unique story experience no matter what module you’re running, and it is for that reason that I find Dungeons and Dragons just as much fun to watch as to play. I hope you’ll toon in so you can see what I mean.
The Baldur’s Gate II stream will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM EST starting tomorrow, March 29th. The Dungeons and Dragons campaign will be streaming every other Saturday at 7:00 PM EST starting April 9th. I hope to see you there!