10 April 2019

D and D is cool

The New York Times recently published an opinion piece explaining "Why the Cool Kids Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons."

Of course, I have known that D&D is 'cool' for over 30 years now...

One thing mentioned in the essay -- which elicited from me an old man, 'you-kids-these-days', reaction -- was this: "Adding to the newfound popularity are thousands of D&D games broadcast on YouTube and the live-stream service Twitch." For the life of me, I cannot comprehend the appeal of watching others play games online. That sounds about as appealing as watching other people drink beer or eat chips. The point of role-playing games is to play. But whatever -- it's obviously no harm to me if others enjoy that sort of thing, and if it gets more people interested in playing RPGs, and thus growing the hobby, then so much the better.


  1. I need to rock a pair of overalls like that down at the game shop

  2. You obviously don't watch any mukbang streams, then :P

    Anyhow, I don't watch RPG streams for pretty much the same reason. Reading play reports with funny stories and GM/player insights is one thing; watching an entire session is something else.

  3. People watch others play sports and no one says, "The point of baseball is to play." What is the difference? Both are sedentary activities of vicarious enjoyment.


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