Three Things I’m Watching on YouTube
Winter has the Canadian Prairies in its icy talons, making this the perfect time to curl up with a mug of something hot and catch up on my YouTube channels. Subscribing to 75+ gaming channels means I don’t always have time to watch things as they come out, but I always carve out time to binge videos I miss on the first go around. Today I want to look at three video series I think are worth catching as soon as you can, or saving up for a binge while the winter winds howl at your window.
How to be a Better RPG Player – A so-new-it-squeaks video series over at Saving Throw hosted by TTRPG veteran Amy Vorpahl. Amy has a conversational delivery which makes the videos feel like a chat with a fellow nerd, which is essentially what they are. She offers up great advice on creating and playing compelling RPG characters, as well as modelling good behaviour at the gaming table. And the videos are in easily digestible five-ish minute bites, getting right to the heart of each video’s topic without a bunch of empty theorizing. Best of all, the tips and ideas Amy presents are immediately actionable; you could use any of them right away on your next character, or use them to fix up an existing one. Definitely a series to keep an eye on. I also recommend checking out The Ironkeep Chronicles on their channel as well, where you can see Amy put her ideas into practice.
Relics and Rarities – Currently airing on Alpha, but coming out on Geek & Sundry’s YouTube channel after the fact, Relics and Rarities is a wonderful edited play D&D series hosted and DMed by Deborah Ann Wohl. The series features a regular cast of four players: Tommy Walker (Daredevil) as Veros, a human fighter; Xander Jeanneret (Sagas of Sundry) as Rikki, a gnome druid; Julia Dennis (Lofty Dreams) as Annabella, a human bard; and Jasmine Bhullar (Starter Kit: Vampire The Masquerade) as Beryl, a half-orc Barbarian. Each week they are joined by a guest player, and so far we’ve had Charlie Cox(Marvel’s Daredevil), Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo), Janina Gavinkar (Blindspotting, True Blood), and Sam Richardson (Veep). I can’t gush enough about this series. The sets (yes, there is more than one) are gorgeous, and both have become design goals for my own gaming spaces. The players are a delight, portraying a misfit band of heroes on the trail to solve a portentous riddle. But Deborah Ann Wohl as the DM is truly the star, in my opinion. She runs the game with such obvious delight it is a joy to watch this story unfold. Each episode is around two hours, which makes it an easy bit of viewing to fit into your schedule. I recommend doing what I do: pop some popcorn, pour yourself a drink, and settle in for a good time.
Dungeons & Dragons channel – Look, they sure don’t need a shout-out from me, but can I take a moment to say how much I appreciate everything they run on this channel? The sheer number of actual plays they host would be impressive enough, ensuring your screen will never want for great gaming content. But when you add in shows like Dragon Talk, D&D News, Adventurers Wanted, and Dragon+ Live, there is just so much great content here for the D&D nerd. There honestly isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not listening to or watching something from their channel. I mean, they have a new show called “Welch’s Game Juice” and if that doesn’t get you watching, I don’t know what to tell you, friend. If you want up to the minute info on D&D and some highly entertaining actual plays, hie thee to this channel.
That’s three filling my screen these days. I have plenty more, but what are you watching? Throw some ideas in the comments!