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'Critical Role' and 'HarmonQuest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours?

'Critical Role' and 'HarmonQuest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours?

Watching shows on Youtube is old hat, but not as old hat as tabletop role-playing games. Combining the two — watching people onscreen (online or TV) who are playing role-playing games — would seem to go a step too far in terms of our need to be entertained. At least two programs, though, are making it work. 

The series “Critical Role” (which streams on Twitch before hitting Youtube) and streaming service Seeso’s “HarmonQuest” center on filming groups of participants that engage in role-playing games — for “Role” the game is Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), while “HarmonQuest” uses Pathfinder. The fact that these shows can average...

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