AD&D On Camera
For those wanting to film and share their Advanced Dungeons and Dragons games THACO DRAGON recommends the following modifications to allow for quick and easy-to-comprehend onscreen gameplay:
*Player Characters start play at 3rd or 4th level or higher, which gives the characters enough hit points for continuous activity. The DM may elect to start at 1st level, with the interest coming in how characters with low hit points negotiate their way through their encounters.
*Hit points of all monsters be reduced to half their normal levels to cut down on the time taken to run battles.
*Use costumes so that viewers can easily identify what character the player is controlling - miniatures cannot be easily seen. If the players have a prominent NPC in the party the DM might want to dress up a dummy or large plush toy to represent this character.
*If one camera is used then avoid adventures that rely heavily on tactical plotting using a battle grid. If two cameras are used then filming techniques can include a close up of the battle grid or of individual players.
*Ensure that the sound recording is clear. Poor audio will discourage views no matter how good the visuals.
For an example of the BEST presentation of a Dungeons and Dragons game, from which the above points were derived, please consider the excellent Yogsquest D&D gaming session:
YogsQuest Episode 1: Adventurers Assemble - Funny D&D session (language warning)
YogsQuest Episode 2: Owl Tassels - Funny D&D session
Link: YogsQuest Episode 3: Jambawok Whispers - Funny D&D session
Link: YogsQuest Episode 4: Rubbish Dump - Funny D&D session
Link: YogsQuest Episode 5: Crazy Doors - Funny D&D session (battle commences)