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The 5 Best YouTube Channels for Learning Dungeons and Dragons

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Are you thinking about getting into D&D? Do you already play and want to learn more about the game? Have you been considering entering the world of dungeon mastering?

A great way to learn about Wizards of the Coast tabletop RPG masterpiece Dungeons & Dragons is YouTube. If you know where to look, you can find a YouTube video that’ll teach you just about think you could want to know about D&D.

Thankfully, we’re here to remove the guesswork from the process by showing you some of the best YouTube channels for D&D players and DMs.

These are not channels with people playing D&D for your entertainment (though we’ve covered actual play D&D podcasts if that’s what you’re looking for). These are channels designed to break down the mechanics of the game and help you be a better player or DM.

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1. Matthew Colville

Your First Adventure, Running the Game #1

When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, few have the amount of knowledge possessed by Matthew Colville. When it comes to being a dungeon master, he’s seen just about everything, so he probably has a solution to every problem you could encounter.

His Running the Game series is one of the greatest chunks of dungeon master knowledge on the internet. I watched the entire series, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve learned. And while most of Colville’s content is focused around DMing, there’s still a lot that players can learn from getting inside the head of the DM.

2. Don’t Stop Thinking

Leveling Up - Becoming A Better D&D Player

When I first decided to get into playing D&D, this channel was one of the first ones I stumbled upon, and I always recommend it for anyone who’s looking to learn about the game. It covers both player and DM topics, so anyone who wants to learn D&D will get something out of the content offered.

The episodes are very easy to digest. They feature a pleasant animation style and delivery style that gets to the point. If you don’t need long videos and you just want to get down to the basics of learning D&D so you can get to the table and start having fun, this is the channel for you.

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3. Dungeon Dudes

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The Dungeon Dudes are a couple of genuine guys who sit down and deep dive into all sorts of Dungeons & Dragons topics. Kelly McLaughlin and Monty Martin have tons of experience and they bring that to both players and DMs in weekly videos.

If you’re looking for help with building a character, their guides are among the best on the internet. For anyone entering a long campaign who wants to have an optimal character for the long haul, their videos are just what you need.

4. Web DM

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Like the Dungeon Dudes, this is another channel run by two D&D fans with years of experience. Join Pruitt and Jim Davis are the hosts, and they cover everything you could ever want to know about D&D. For DMs, there’s lots of good stuff on this channel including inspiration to help you write campaigns, help with problems they’ll face at the table, and lots more.

Don’t let the name make you think there’s nothing here for you if you’re not a DM, because they have tons of videos covering issues that relate to players. They have videos teaching you about the different D&D classes, tips for role-playing your character, and so much more.

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5. The DM Lair

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The DM Lair is an underrated gem in the D&D world. The amount of effort Luke Hart puts into his videos is truly staggering. Not only are they incredibly informative for anyone who wants to start DMing games of D&D, but they’re also funny and entertaining.

While the videos are definitely aimed at people who want to run D&D games, players can get a view behind the DM screen and learn some stuff. Learning about issues DMs have with players can help anyone be more pleasant to play with, and that’s always useful!

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