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.