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Dungeons & Dragons is going stronger than ever, and that fact will be celebrated at the upcoming PAX Unplugged. According to a recent announcement, there will be plenty of D&D events scheduled throughout the event dedicated to tabletop gaming.
It's been great seeing D&D (along with all sorts of other pen and paper RPGs) take off in recent years. The game used to be played in secret, in somebody's basement like the youngsters from Stranger Things. And while plenty of people still hang out in basements pretending to be paladins and rangers, saying you play D&D is more of a badge of honor these days. Just like with video games, tabletop gaming has officially gone mainstream.
That's evident by the number of events that keep popping up dedicated to physical gaming, such as the upcoming PAX Unplugged. And, while plenty of sessions (both official and random) will be played throughout the event, organizers have now announced that several big D&D personalities will be making an appearance for live events, including Critical Role, Acquisitions Inc. and Dice, Camera, Action.
While tabletop was helped into the stratosphere in recent years thanks to more and more games being crowdfunded, D&D owes a bit of its success to people playing the game in the public eye. Sure, having a new edition that's super streamlined and player-friendly helps, but all of these "watch us play" groups have managed to capture the attention of a huge audience that, in turn, go on to play the game with their own friends.
PAX Unplugged will run from Nov. 17-19, with the groups listed above hosting official panels where they'll be recording sessions of their games. If you can't make it out to the event yourself, you can always tune in on Twitch. We imagine each group will provide their sessions through their regular means, too.
The Dice, Camera, Action crew will be live on Nov. 17 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on the main stage. The usual team will be on hand, along with an unannounced guest to help spice things up a bit.
Geek and Sundry's Critical Role squad will be on stage Nov. 18 from 4 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. They'll be more focused on their past adventures while giving teasers for what to expect in the episodes ahead.