>>45103363 He's extremely articulate and fast on his feet but he basically gold-plates mediocrity plot-wise in his games. Basically if he had a good idea man behind him he'd be 11/10 but as-is he's a 6.5 or so, since if you look past how charismatic and descriptive he is he's basically artfully embellishing the color grey.
>>45103363 He's a good GM. Better than most. He's got flaws sure, but all GMs do. He has experience, and excellent descriptions. I don't see why /tg/ has to keep mentioning him at all though, unless they're actually talking about his show. I guess because there aren't many popular RPG themed shows out there, and they he's the most popular, so they only one they can really hate on. Who gives a shit? Either enjoy his content or say hes over rated and ignore it. Threads like this are garbage, I just dont see the point of this dicussion. It's always the same.
On the subject of becoming a better GM, I'm trying to stream music for my players to make it more immersive. Shoutcast now requires a subscription to stream .mp3s, VLC chops out when connecting and changing tracks, and web based streams hog bandwidth and have a delay/stutter. Anyone have any recommendations?
>>45103620 Unless you GM yourself you cant talk, and I doubt you're that great if you are. He's got his strengths and weaknesses just like everybody else, stop whining about something that doesnt affect you at all.
>>45103651 >Unless you GM yourself you cant talk, I do.
>and I doubt you're that great if you are. I am.
>He's got his strengths and weaknesses just like everybody else, stop whining about something that doesnt affect you at all. How am I whining? I'm only pointing out that he has flaws so that new GMs who try to emulate him thinking he's the greatest GM ever or something know what to take from him and what not.
Thread Forecast: People get mad at popular thing that's getting people into the D&D wrong, and proceed to claim that Matt Mercer is a bad GM because of a couple of players that are just really cringe-inducing to put up with, as well as having a brainless twitch chat going.
And I say this as a guy who considers himself better than Mercer in a few big ways. He's a good solid GM, don't spend another thread pissing on him just because Geek and Sundry sucks.
SHOUTcast is free software--I don't understand how it can cost anything to stream. It should be a direct connection from your computer to your players', unless something has changed significantly in the past few years (and if it has, just use an old version).
>>45103968 It was a dumb thread in the first place. It didn't point out what makes him a decent GM and what doesn't so it's not actually any help to anybody who wants to be a better GM and would actually be a useful and interesting discussion. It's just a dumb pointless thread to fellate a semi-famous e-celeb over his decent GMing skills.
>>45103914 Very true. I wouldn't claim to be a better overall GM but I think my plots are better than his. He's much more articulate than me, and we're both pretty good at improv. As has been said a ton already though, strengths and weaknesses and all that.
>>45104087 I legitimately don't get the hate for Percy. Taliesen absolutely knows the kind of crazy he's bringing, and he's playing an interesting character, all things considered. Plus he does the dark and the funny both pretty well.
>>45104104 He was either in the background not doing shit, or he's making really stupid jokes, shitting places, or doing singing.
That said, between doing a solo dinosaur assault, destroying the cursed gun, and meeting his daughter, I'd say he's redeemed himself.
Is this the hot new troll? We just talk about this shill factory over and over, while most people don't give a shit, a smaller subset call it hot garbage (and they're right), and some turducken mongrel like OP just spams up the joint?
It's very uncreative. We don't need a Wheaton Abortion General.
Matt's a good DM and everyone at his table seems to have a lot of fun playing (especially now that Orion is gone.) That's the most important thing. He puts on an enjoyable show and it's helped me get people into tabletop who might not have otherwise.
For someone with a full time voice acting career he does pretty well getting a game together every week.
>>45107954 Sorry OP, we won't be mean to him. . . Oh gosh, isn't he like the best GM ever? Yeah, I love the way he emotes it makes me swoon. You know what else? Hey, Hey! You know what else? He's modest.
>>45108185 He let a disruptive player dictate the plot of his game. He treated himself like a computer that was there to parse the rules instead of a member of the group that was there to make a fun time.
It's even more of a fuck up the second time he GM's, where the game had a specific goal in mind, that he throws out the window because 'muh impartiality'.
Also, while knowing the rules is generally important, having them all memorized doesn't make you a bad or good GM.
Best DM right here. He wrote a whole fucking book for the campaigns backstory and hosts the game 24/7. Also sick world building. He literally created billions of billions of uninhabitable stars and planets no one will ever visit just for the fluff.
>>45108377 That's not necessarily good or bad. Especialy if you only have one d20, are running a game for a bunch of people that don't actually play DnD, are trying to speed up play in a large group, and are being used as a storytelling device by Dan Harmon.
>>45104488 >For someone with a full time voice acting career he does pretty well getting a game together every week. I would guess he works between 30 and 60 hours in a typical week. Plenty of time to do GM prep.
>>45108478 >MFW Kim Jong-un is the only deity available to Clerics >MFW Kim Jong-un is the patron of all Druids >MFW Kim Jong-un name replaces all the arcane spells like "Kim Jong-un's Acid Arrow" or "Kim Jong-un's Hideous Laughter" or even "Kim Jong-un' Sword" >MFW Kim Jong-un is a DMNPC who always appear on the game to save the party >MFW army soldiers enforce that the DMNPC of Kim Jong-un always appear on the game to save the party
>>45108688 What, are you the janitor? Why would you work for free, are you an intern or something? In any case I thought you were one of those nutjobs who honestly want a career of working 80h/w, if you're only doing 80 because you're studying too it's different, it makes much more sense.
>>45108721 >What, are you the janitor? Not knowing that the janitor is often one of the most well payed people on any business model. If he can into mechanics or electric, shit, he's also an specialist which makes him one of the most well payed shitlords in the building.
Child came into the game late then. If experience is a measure of skill (and it usually is at these sorts of things), no Storyteller will ever catch up to a Gamemaster, who will always lag behind Dungeon Masters, and Dungeon Masters can't fucking touch a Referee like me.
>>45103363 >>playing with some non-stoner friends house for the first time >describing a combat between a Heavily armored skeleton and the players >>stoners come in and listen in respectful awe as I describe the scene
>>45110586 >If social interaction has good mechanics than it's just autistic >talking should just be talking
No this shit is even stupider. Sure you don't need to have complex combat rounds or something for a conversation but role-playing is half the game and deserves support through game mechanics, character options and fluff choices. D&D focuses almost combat and character choices are based almost entirely around combat, so it's a combat focused game. There is no shame in it.
>>45103649 It's not like this will get answered, because we're too busy arguing about other dumb shit.
But I use Syrinscape for my sounds right now (though I wish it had better background music for combat, I'm working on that).
My main issue is that I can get my audio to all my players just fine by piping it through Skype's microphone channel via virtual mixing board (not as complicated as it sounds), but when I play back recordings of the game later, the music is almost non-existent. Not sure how to fix that.
>>45111971 Matt Mercer. A voice actor who also runs a (monthly?) D&D game for a bunch of other voice actors, hosted on Felicia Day's Youtube channel (although they don't seem to be actually associated with her apart from that).
>>45108407 >shitty, unrealistic landmasses >rivers that don't connect to anything >thousands of Mary Sues in the Hollywood area alone >being a middle-class white male is objectively superior to any other race/class choices
>>45112255 >shitty, unrealistic landmasses Learn to research as good as him, plate tectonics are fucking crazy. He's practically transcendent in his science. >rivers that don't connect to anything See above. >thousands of Mary Sues in the Hollywood area alone Not really, just a few that minmaxed and took a bunch of addiction flaws to pay for their publicist perk. >being a middle-class white male is objectively superior to any other race/class choices Not in 2016e, anon.
>>45112611 >2016e comes out >taking the MCWM immediately has you making DC24 Charisma checks against every NPC you meet >If you don't pass you immediately get slapped with the Pariah flaw >objectively superior They got nerfed into the floor.
>>45112225 Weekly The game had been going for about 2 years when they were invited to stream it live on G&S, other than 2 guests episodes with Wil Wheton, Felicia Day, Will Freider and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, they seem to have no connection
>>45104008 Keyleth/Marisha undoubtedly. Her backstory is a shitty Avatar: Last Airbender ripoff. Her idea of roleplay is just LOUD DRAMATIC EMOTIONS.
Scanlan/Sam occasionally goes too far with his humor, but he's been reigning it in. He and Grog both fit their roles well as far as party comic relief goes. He needs to learn how to actually play his character though.
Tiberius/Orion was the spergiest but he's gone, and the game is better for it. Having the bumbling old fool in the party was nice, but he was broken as shit and metagamed most fights. Slowed down the game a ton too.
Vax / Liam is the best at staying in character, but his character is a total edgelord. Definitely "nothin' personnel, kid" tier
Pike doesn't have a good grasp on what her spells do or what she should be doing most of the time. Definitely has that "just along for the ride" look about her, and rarely contributes to roleplay or combat. I'm usually happier when she can't make it.
Grog is amazing, but since he's a barbarian he can't contribute much outside of combat. Bro tier for sure
Vex / Laura is way too fixated on Trinket to the point where the bear isn't allowed near danger most of the time. She has a weird fascination with that imaginary bear
Percy is edgelord coolguy #2 and I'm pretty sure he's using a broken d20. Rolling 3-4 nat 20s per session every session is ridiculous.
>>45115085 >Percy is edgelord coolguy #2 and I'm pretty sure he's using a broken d20. Rolling 3-4 nat 20s per session every session is ridiculous. Mercer actually did ban the d20 he was using halfway through a session and made him use Marisha's. Nat 20s kept coming.
he can't pronounce Sigil or Chitinous but otherwise he does a good job. His NPCs seem to be his strong point, but his story arch is pretty predictable and generic.
I've noticed him bailing the party out of shitty situations sometimes. He has said that he isn't afraid to kill a PC and has done it once already (before they started doing the show) but now I think he realizes that the sheer amount of fan art, presents, action figures, etc. means he can't really get away with killing off a PC GoT style. Now that there's an audience people expect to be entertained
But seriously, the best part about his campaign world is that you don't have to upgrade to each new rule change. Most people haven't adopted the white male nerfs, and I suspect they won't for some time.
>Hirelings have always been a big part of D&D. They'd be damn well important in war game play, too, since otherwise there's only the 4-8 of you.
Such a shame their mechanics have ALWAYS been "just bullshit something". And yes wargames typically don't have that small a number but D&D was explicitly made FOR small-scale skirmishes outside of wargames usual giant massive scale shit.
>New edition has rules on running a business. It's very simple (pretty much: you roll, you either profit, stay steady, or make a loss).
Try reading REIGN.
>But if you want to apply strict medieval business rules to D&D, you can. I don't think that sort of thing belongs in the rules. It's a part of world building.
Why? Managing an empire or company can offer you plenty of opportunities. Again: read REIGN. That book gives an excellent explanation for how you can do it in an engaging way.
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