What Is It:
Gaming is this week's category within the Performers theme. And tabletop gaming, by its very nature, is really more about the doing than the watching.
But thanks to the current popularity of streaming live game play, there are a few games out there that have actually become as much of a performance as a game for the players.
Please allow me to introduce you to Acquisitions, Incorporated.
Acquisitions, Incorporated is a highly entertaining, ongoing D&D campaign that has been running since 2008. It started out as periodic podcasts, later moved to YouTube, and then became live games held at PAX Prime conventions (also recorded and available on YouTube).
The games are actual, live role-play, but some of the episodes are embellished with fun animated intros, like this one:
There are three characters who have been with the party since the very beginning.
Omin Dran - CEO of Acquisitions, Inc.
Played by Jerry Holkins
Played by Scott Kurtz
Played by Mike Krahulik
And the core party is usually joined by an Intern (aka guest star player).
Aeofel Elhromane - Intern
Played by Will Wheaton
Viari - Intern
Played by Patrick Rothfuss
Morgaen - Intern
Played by Morgan Webb
Not sure what it's all about? Check out their "Intern Orientation Video" to get a good feel.
Over time, it has gone from a simple game of people sitting around a table, to a stage production including costumes and elaborate props.
Even without the stage dressing, this is a game that is truly entertaining to watch or listen to. Just check any part of any video or podcast to see what I mean.
I could go on for a while in this vein, but I think you get the point. Fortunately, there is a large back catalog of podcasts and videos for this show. So if Acquisitions, Inc. is new to you - and you have an hour or two (or 72) to kill - have fun catching up on the story!
What's your favorite live game on video or podcast? Tell us in the comments!