Matthew Mercer: Lessons in being a Good Dungeon Master

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  • Published: 07 April 2018
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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!

    • DowskiVision MagicalOracle
      DowskiVision MagicalOracle  4 days back

      If you abstract this to leadership or "holding court" almost everything said in this video is just as relevant and applies.

    • 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 👍🏻

  • Baroness Bloodrayne
    Baroness Bloodrayne  18 hours back

    Hearing Matt's mother Manticore roar fills me with so much joy.

    • AfroBode
      AfroBode  2 days back

      10:17 It's kinda hard to do this when the first thing the PCs do is to try to intimidate the merchant and fail the roll, EVERY FUCKING TIME

      • Symb0lic TTV
        Symb0lic TTV  2 days back

        where do i buy out of the box encounters? is it still a thing? i cant find it on their website

        • DowskiVision MagicalOracle

          If you abstract this to leadership or "holding court" almost everything said in this video is just as relevant and applies.

          • Delinquent
            Delinquent  6 days back

            Matt uses the phrase, "Kind of..." so damned often that I am pretty sure that is his personal version of, "Um..."

            • luke borst
              luke borst  6 days back

              My first time DM today with some pretty good players so we’ll see what happens

              • BenJoe72
                BenJoe72  7 days back

                I will never be as good of a DM as Matt...I mean...look at that fucking hair. How perfect is that? Gosh, I'm jelly.

                • Zane Carlson
                  Zane Carlson  1 weeks back

                  My problem is my players have really one faced characters built around their stats. I have a hard time getting them to get creative.

                  • Rain0and0Thunder
                    Rain0and0Thunder  1 weeks back

                    I dunno...I think my boyfriend could give him a run for his money. He's been dming close to 30 years. XD

                  • fiddlewheelx
                    fiddlewheelx  1 weeks back

                    One trick ive learned to do as a DM to involve and cause the players to be interested in my worlds is that I sometimes ask them to tell me the names and locations of places, or give me details that I incorporate to my best ability.
                    I highly recommend doing this, because then it makes it feel more like the world isnt just somewhere they are visiting but a place they actually want to care about.

                    • DarkKosmic
                      DarkKosmic  1 weeks back

                      He talks like a Stephen King book

                      • MichaelNNY
                        MichaelNNY  1 weeks 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 weeks back

                          SKYRIM BACKGROUND MUSIC :0

                          • Laurel Luvs Dragons
                            Laurel Luvs Dragons  2 weeks back

                            Everyone needs a Matt in their lives

                            • Alpacnologia
                              Alpacnologia  2 weeks back

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

                              • Mr. Potato
                                Mr. Potato  2 weeks back

                                I suck at dungeon master

                                • Cat Goose
                                  Cat Goose  3 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  3 weeks back

                                    Anyone annoyed by Marisha?

                                    • Adam Brodeur
                                      Adam Brodeur  3 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  4 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  4 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  4 weeks back

                                            IM DM-ING TOMORROW AND I FEEL SO UNPREPARED THIS IS MY FIRST 5E D&D AND IM A SHY PERSON THAT DOESNT IMPROVISE WELL HELP

                                            • Someone Somewhere
                                              Someone Somewhere  4 weeks back

                                              @flaming dragons thanks :) we will!!

                                            • flaming dragons
                                              flaming dragons  4 weeks back

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

                                            • Someone Somewhere
                                              Someone Somewhere  4 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  4 weeks back

                                              How did it go bro

                                          • Caseydilla57
                                            Caseydilla57  1 months back

                                            ATTENTION ALL DMS: YOU ARENT ALONE. WE ALL GET MATTHEW MERCER EFFECT

                                            • Caseydilla57
                                              Caseydilla57  1 months back

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

                                              • Byron Lee
                                                Byron Lee  1 months 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  1 months 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  1 months back

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

                                                    • Amazing Worlds
                                                      Amazing Worlds  1 months 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  1 months 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  1 months back

                                                          Watching Christmas of 2019 anyone else

                                                          • Edward Friesel
                                                            Edward Friesel  1 months back

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

                                                            • daniel montee
                                                              daniel montee  1 months 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  1 months 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  1 months 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  2 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  2 months back

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

                                                                              • Eric May
                                                                                Eric May  2 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  2 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  2 months back

                                                                                    Watching this before I dm lmaoo

                                                                                    • Alan Smith-Emerson
                                                                                      Alan Smith-Emerson  2 months back

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

                                                                                      • Oopsie
                                                                                        Oopsie  2 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 ...