Matthew Mercer: Lessons in being a Good Dungeon Master


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  • XP to Level 3
    XP to Level 3   2 years back

    A few mistakes made it through in the final edit, the ending isn't supposed to have that 10 second delay for darkness, and some text and images pop up outta nowhere with no context. Sorry about that folks!

    • Dillon Wright
      Dillon Wright  1 months back

      No joke. That bit of silence at the end. I sat reflecting on my first session I'm about to run and it was a very beautiful/personal moment. I thought of the different friends that will be coming over and man I think maybe I felt a little of Matt's heart for a moment. You put me in a good place this morning. Thank you!

    • Harrison Lane
      Harrison Lane  2 months back

      wow i cant believe you 0/10 literally unwatchable

    • Scribeoflife
      Scribeoflife  5 months back

      @vicente vasquez de la Cruz Matt Mercer is and should be what a DM aspires to! Go fourth and dungeons and dragons my friend 😁

    • Scribeoflife
      Scribeoflife  5 months back

      Still, regardless of the mistakes (DMs make mistakes, we are only human after all) very helpful and intuitive! I wrote down a lot of what you said but I also saved it to watch later for more in depth DMing
      Much love 👍🏻

    • Nipha Ahtlantashah
      Nipha Ahtlantashah  5 months back

      you want a cool merchant? This is a 31 page document for a merchant that is dope as fuck and who brings all sorts of new spells and items in to the game via his wares (free)

  • DarkKosmic
    DarkKosmic  2 hours back

    He talks like a Stephen King book

    • MichaelNNY
      MichaelNNY  17 hours back

      Except for that insane falling damage he does. Nobody in the game world would be alive as you can trip and fall 5' and die with great certainty. Also: comon, they wouldnt be THAT animated if they werent mugging for the camera at last a little bit.

      • fluffinq
        fluffinq  2 days back


        • Laurel Luvs Dragons
          Laurel Luvs Dragons  6 days back

          Everyone needs a Matt in their lives

          • Alpacnologia
            Alpacnologia  6 days back

            A lot of this video is crushing on Matt and I very much agree

            • Mr. Potato
              Mr. Potato  1 weeks back

              I suck at dungeon master

              • Cat Goose
                Cat Goose  2 weeks back

                "Mathew Mercer, in my opinion, is a shining example of what it means to be a GOOD Dungeon Master."

                ... good. Good? G O O D ?! I've rolled a negative on my skill check for DMing, then.

                • Andrew
                  Andrew  2 weeks back

                  Anyone annoyed by Marisha?

                  • Adam Brodeur
                    Adam Brodeur  2 weeks back

                    I feel like this belongs here.
                    One of my ways of thinking when making any story is this.

                    Make it for those who can't and treat those who can like those who can't.

                    If you are making a story of any kind then you need to know that you need as much detail as possible, if there are those who are blind then you need to tell them whats happening, if there is someone who is deaf you need to show them whats happening, and all the people invested in the story will feel much better if you treat them like that. Matt Mercer, you do all these things and more... I just want to say thank you and I feel like we can all agree on that.

                    • 1AmGroot
                      1AmGroot  2 weeks back

                      The ending makes it sound like Matt is no longer with us. Rest assured that he is alive, well, and playing D&D

                      • David Johnson
                        David Johnson  2 weeks back

                        For the record, I agree that merchants need to be interesting and nice! In the real world, people need to be nice when running a business!

                        • Someone Somewhere
                          Someone Somewhere  3 weeks back


                          • Someone Somewhere
                            Someone Somewhere  2 weeks back

                            @flaming dragons thanks :) we will!!

                          • flaming dragons
                            flaming dragons  2 weeks back

                            @Someone Somewhere Thats awesome go do it some more then lol

                          • Someone Somewhere
                            Someone Somewhere  3 weeks back

                            @flaming dragons it was amazing actually, i got out of my comfort zone and voice acted and improvised ans everyone loved it :D really happy with it so far!!

                          • flaming dragons
                            flaming dragons  3 weeks back

                            How did it go bro

                        • Caseydilla57
                          Caseydilla57  3 weeks back


                          • Caseydilla57
                            Caseydilla57  3 weeks back

                            Imagine being Orion Aca- 🤢🤢 Playing as Tiberius Storm- 🤮🤮 nvm I cant even say it

                            • Byron Lee
                              Byron Lee  3 weeks back

                              The best dungeon master advice I've gotten so far was from a friend of mine who said, always prep the adventure ahead of time, make sure you read through the rules, try to stay a step ahead of the players, and don't worry if things don't exactly go as planned.

                              • Joseph Murphy
                                Joseph Murphy  3 weeks back

                                I know this is a pretty old vid but as someone who just started being DM, I needed these tips and lessons, my next session is next week and I will definitely be heeding your advice. I also didn’t know about critical role and am checking it out right away, great vid!

                                • Kendrick Roche Lanzot
                                  Kendrick Roche Lanzot  3 weeks back

                                  10:16 first merchant I met was a dwarf that wasnt so kind XD

                                  • Amazing Worlds
                                    Amazing Worlds  3 weeks back

                                    Professional football players shouldn’t make you feel like you can’t enjoy playing football yourself with your mates because you don’t operate at that level. Sure you can learn but shouldn’t be your goal

                                    • core magnum
                                      core magnum  4 weeks back

                                      mean merchants go out of business fast. it kinda doesn't make sense if merchants aren't approachable / mean / etc

                                      • Dustin Hendershot
                                        Dustin Hendershot  4 weeks back

                                        Watching Christmas of 2019 anyone else

                                        • Edward Friesel
                                          Edward Friesel  4 weeks back

                                          I've come back to this video 50 times just to watch 0:45 again and again...

                                          • daniel montee
                                            daniel montee  4 weeks back

                                            I didn't think this video was going blow Matt Mercer off the whole time. But hey different strokes for different folks. Just not for me.

                                            • Ston
                                              Ston  4 weeks back

                                              *Be a good actor: *Engage your players, don't bore them. *Give NPC's life*, voices and personalities. *Bring your vision to the players:* Describe the scene in ways your players can understand. Whether it's a room, a cave, an Inn or a forest. *Use weather variants:* If the mission takes them to a cold region, my players better get the nessasary items or get F*CK*D UP. *Balance out danger and downtime* My dungeons were dangerous (not sadistic) but very rewarding. In 1985, one of my best dungeons, my players screwed up and got captured. Their lives depended on an NPC's battle with a Boss. He won. They still talk about that dungeon.

                                              • No No
                                                No No  4 weeks back

                                                DM whatever way you and your group enjoy. Don't feel like you need to be like anyone specific. Be your own kind of DM.

                                                • klizzard5166
                                                  klizzard5166  1 months back

                                                  Matt IS that good of a GM

                                                  • Isabel Nat
                                                    Isabel Nat  1 months back

                                                    I can only hope to be as good of a DM as him, but god knows I’ll try

                                                    • Grim reaper
                                                      Grim reaper  1 months back

                                                      I like Matt for the most and enjoy most of his rulings but there are a few questionable rulings that he's made that make me scratch my head.

                                                      Such as interrupting a players turn to "Fix" a mistake he had made on the round(s) prior, and RETCONNING a whole list of actions because he forgot to do 1 thing on the monster's turn. Or forcing a reroll even though the outcome had already decided because the character should have had disadvantage. Another one of my big gripes is him raising hit points on certain monsters to stupidly high numbers, because I don't really find it fun, but rather annoying.

                                                      • Roe Wilson
                                                        Roe Wilson  1 months back

                                                        This was awesome!!! DM video for Griffin Mcelroy and your thoughts on his style?

                                                        • Phhase
                                                          Phhase  1 months back

                                                          Afromenace and his Carbon Interface campaign are another example of stellar DMing to me. The man wrote his own system, is evolving it on the fly alongside his players, does voices, epilogues, cutaways, the whole shebang, and it's all raw and demonstrably real. Couple that with an actually heart-wrenching world-class story in a cyberpunk dystopia, and a penchant for rolling with the chaos his players create, and it really gets my goat.

                                                          There are many immortal lines, but my favorite must be: "You see...I ANTICIPATED getting my ass kicked!"

                                                          • Jay 1066
                                                            Jay 1066  1 months back

                                                            Still your best work. Wish I could leave another like.

                                                            • Eric May
                                                              Eric May  1 months back

                                                              I run a game with my friend in Jr high after school this helps Soo much although I'm still not a good dm this all helped

                                                              • Knight of Svea
                                                                Knight of Svea  1 months back

                                                                The "DM describes everything" is acctualy kind of personal.
                                                                Iv experienced that some Acctually like to make their own script on how they do things.
                                                                MM is awesome. Not saying that. But i think he takes the stage from his players some time, but then again thats his style and they know it 🙂

                                                                • taylor taniguchi
                                                                  taylor taniguchi  1 months back

                                                                  Watching this before I dm lmaoo

                                                                  • Alan Smith-Emerson
                                                                    Alan Smith-Emerson  1 months back

                                                                    Up next: Nerdarchy's "You Can't Be Critical Role, Get Over It". 😭

                                                                    • Oopsie
                                                                      Oopsie  1 months back

                                                                      Thank you XP to Level 3, thank you Matt Mercer!
                                                                      Really inspired me on how to take on things.

                                                                      • Max Fury
                                                                        Max Fury  2 months back

                                                                        On God I'm not an emotional personal. And Matt saying that the character wasn't going to be a regular anymore brought me to tears because I could see the character in his face. I've never watched critical role in my life. But God damnit if Matt Mercer doesn't know how to act.

                                                                        • Yor Neustein
                                                                          Yor Neustein  2 months back

                                                                          Me wanting to host a game next week

                                                                          Me after this video :

                                                                          ... i will disapoint anyhow ...

                                                                          • Elite Fox
                                                                            Elite Fox  2 months back

                                                                            I am a big fan of d&d but I don’t have a complete set and I never get to really study the rules of d&d I also wish I had a bunch of people I could sit down with at many times and make a story with my friends, it sound a so much fun.

                                                                            • Kasino80
                                                                              Kasino80  2 months back

                                                                              To quote Thor (or someoneelse can't remember) "Asgard is not a place it's its people"

                                                                              • Kyle Mozisek
                                                                                Kyle Mozisek  2 months back

                                                                                In my groups campaign. There is a blacksmith who is a smart ass and just a dick lol basically if you told him you want a lock. He will give you a lock but not the key. So you had to be very specific with your words

                                                                                • Israel T. da Gama
                                                                                  Israel T. da Gama  2 months back

                                                                                  He is Keanu's little brother!

                                                                                  • itsme Emma
                                                                                    itsme Emma  2 months back

                                                                                    he makes it very emersive, and is great, ive got a great DM myself who really helps his players well, but really good DMS are pretty rare, some can be v annoying

                                                                                    • Wednesday Fuentes
                                                                                      Wednesday Fuentes  2 months back

                                                                                      I'm new to DMing and my first merchant was kind of a dick )))): I made him aggressively french and obsessed with rope and everyone found it funny but now I'm worried about it having him be so mean

                                                                                      • Seiggrain Hart
                                                                                        Seiggrain Hart  2 months back

                                                                                        If you think about it, Actors in general technically make the perfect DnD players. Both on the player side and the DM side. They're already used to playing Roles after all...

                                                                                        • meh :[]
                                                                                          meh :[]  2 months back

                                                                                          Players: *does absolutely any action*
                                                                                          Matt: *describing intensifies*

                                                                                          • j
                                                                                            j  2 months back

                                                                                            I take a very small step.

                                                                                            Matt: With the force of a thousand wild hyenas you lift up your foot, and slam it on the ground in a thunderous "VOOM", the sky crackles with lightning as all the surrounding villagers drop their work and all current tasks to turn towards you in awe as they see you are now removed exactly 6 inches from your original position.

                                                                                        • Declan Blair
                                                                                          Declan Blair  2 months back

                                                                                          Matt gives his campaigns consistent 2160p graphics while mine are buffering constantly

                                                                                          • olearris
                                                                                            olearris  2 months back

                                                                                            the one thing i dont like is when he describes the attack/spells of the players. its always been more fun as a player to describe it themselves. I love to describe my attacks to the party.