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Dungeons & Dragons Will Stream a Massive Live Event Beginning Today

Dungeons & Dragons fans are in for quite the weekend. D&D Live 2019: The Descent will stream 50 hours of D&D content straight into your screens and brains. The lineup that Wizards of the Coast has planned is unreal.

Starting at 2pm PDT (5 PM EST) today, May 17th, 2019, D&D aficionados can take part in the huge “immersive entertainment experience” that is The Descent, broadcasting live. Alongside live play, famous DMs, well-known creators, and actual rock concerts, this will be the place to get the “first glimpse of the 2019 storyline.” We’re promised that The Descent is even bigger and more ambitious than 2018’s Stream of Many Eyes. Around the world, work computers will cry out in joy as they are diverted to better purpose.

Watch everything through an embedded video dashboard, learn about the creators, and check out the full schedule for D&D Live 2019: The Descent at dnd.wizards.com/dndlive.

What does The Descent have in store? This programming looks packed and impressive, and would have absolutely blown my mind when I used to scour the web for D&D info back in the ’90s using Netscape Navigator:

D&D Live 2019: The Descent brings fans more than 50 hours of must-see entertainment and introduces an unforgettable storyline.

D&D Live 2019: The Descent features game designers, performers, Dungeon Masters and rock musicians. Fans can watch Relics & Rarities, led by DM and storyteller Deborah Ann Woll and featuring Matthew Lillard and Janina Gavankar.

D&D designers Chris Perkins, Jeremy Crawford and Kate Welch will lead a 4-part live D&D story played by performers such as Joe Manganiello, Taran Killam, Mica Burton, Jerry Holkins, Travis & Clint McElroy, Matthew Mercer, Anna Prosser, Jim Zub and Patrick Rothfuss.

Amazing D&D creators such as HighRollers, Rivals of Waterdeep, Girls Guts Glory, MonarchsFactory, Nerd Poker, The Sirens, Drunks & Dragons, WebDM, D&D Beyond, and more will be broadcasting via Facebook Live, Mixer, Steam, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch.tv/DND all weekend long. Watch music performed live by Chris Funk from the Decemberists and featuring performances by Cardioid, Library Bards, Jason Charles Miller, the Mountain Goats, and the Magic Sword on Sunday night.

Not only is this content awesomely inclusive, but I’m really loving that hardcore players and casual D&D dabblers alike can all watch for free and feel like they’re part of this event wherever they are. Wizards of the Coasts’ organization here and ease of accessibility makes me wonder why more Cons and fan events can’t manage to stream or at least provide more video coverage of their goings-on. Con passes have soared in cost (if you can even manage to get them), and the extreme hassle of getting into popular panels mean that for many fans, they never get to experience live celebrations of their favorite properties. The Descent seems like the polar opposite of this geek-world problem.

“I can’t wait to share what D&D has been cooking up for D&D Live 2019: The Descent,” said Nathan Stewart, Senior Director of Dungeons & Dragons. “I’ve been trying to spoil it for weeks but Greg Tito keeps shutting that down. All I will say now is that it’s going to be hotter than Nine Hells. You really need to tune in to find out why!” I mean, you guys got Deborah Ann Woll, the McElroys, and the Mountain Goats for a D&D fest. Do you think we’d be anywhere else?

D&D Live 2019: The Descent starts at 2 PM PDT May 17th, 2019 and runs through May 19th. Yes, you have plans and can’t make it out to drinks this weekend. You can watch live here and also follow the hashtag #DnDLIVE2019 on social media for pictures, reactions, updates, and general wizardry.

(via Wizards of the Coast, image: Wizards of the Coast)

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