Project Idea: Dungeons and Dragons on YouTube and its Growing Popularity

Creative and Critical Thoughts

Topic

In recent years, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has become a popular form of entertainment on YouTube for both players and the people that like to watch it. Live streaming and “live play” campaigns account for a lot of the surge in popularity that we’ve seen. Critical Role is arguably the most popular group with the first episode of their first campaign having over 5 million views (DeVille 2017).

Curious Beginnings | Critical Role | Campaign 2, Episode 1

Other groups worth noting include: The Dragon Friends (an Australian based group), girls guts glory (an all female group) and The Oxventurer’s Guild. Due to its popularity and contemporary relevance, I want to research this topic further in order to produce a video essay that explores how a particular group of D&D players on YouTube have created a community around the role playing game.

Additionally, my interest in this topic…

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