Streaming D&D Full Time with Will Jones

by Mike Shea on 12 June 2017

In May 2017 on the DM's Deep Dive I spoke to Will Jones of Encounter Roleplay who plays D&D full time on Twitch professionally. For us old timers who barely have a handle on what Twitch is, this is a fascinating look into the world of streaming D&D online.

According to a recent analysis of over one million tweets tagged with #dnd, from 2015 to 2017, use of the #dnd hashtag grew at roughly 10% a month. In the first five months of 2017 alone, it's grown roughly 30%. Many attribute this growth to the growth of the D&D streaming community, which manifested in full force at the recent Stream of Annhiliation event in late May 2017. This conversation with Will Jones gives us a wonderful window into this new way to enjoy this hobby of ours.

Our conversation covers a wide range of topics such as how he got started in streaming, how to cultivate a streaming community, how to get enough material to run so much D&D, how to run a D&D game for 125 people (yes, that's not a typo), how to get started streaming your games, thoughts on games designed for streaming, running theater of the mind on streaming shows, and how some old grognards are a bunch of assholes.

If you want to get a glimpse of Will's work, he recommends this stream of his Curse of Strahd game.

You can watch the video on Youtube or listen and subscribe to the podcast at the DM's Deep Dive homepage.

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