D&D Live 2020 Raises Over $315,000 to Help Children Living in Poverty: Check Out Our Favorite Moments!
Last weekend, the Dungeons & Dragons community came together for D&D Live 2020: Roll with Advantage. Fans donated to watch the first of it’s kind virtual extravaganza – which featured live games, roundtables, and product announcements, all to raise money for Red Nose Day.
We were lucky again to witness the incredible outpouring of support from the D&D community. Together, you raised over $315,000 to help end child poverty. That’s pretty amazing for a few day’s work adventuring.
And while we had a blast watching all weekend, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from D&D Live 2020:
1. Some D&D Newbies Learn the Rules of the Game
In true Red Nose Day fashion, our dedicated D&D game brought together celebrity supporters on a brand new adventure. Principal D&D writer Chris Perkins Dungeon Mastered Felicia Day, Brett Gelman, David Harbour, Brandon Routh, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and Martin Starr – many of whom had never played D&D before.
Since so many were new to the game, it makes sense that Chris had to explain some rules along the way. And while we know that D&D is infamously complicated and chock-full of specific rules, we enjoyed these more “off-the-cuff” rules that Chris shared:
“The first plan you try to execute on will never be the plan you actually execute on.”
True for D&D, and true for life.
“Some players like to keep information very close to their character’s chest and not share it with the rest of the party, and others…play the game right.”
When Maitreyi (aka Blue) found a nexus that she believed was filled with arcane energy (a very powerful and important thing, we’re told) she decided to share that with the rest of the characters so that they could all benefit. And Chris reminded us all that in D&D, sharing is caring.
2. Kate Welch Herding Cats – Or, Comedians
It’s not easy being a Dungeon Master. You’ve got to be an author, a director, and a referee. And while this is a tough job for anyone, DM’ing a game for five wild comedians really ups the ante.
But DM Kate Welch reigned supreme while guiding Sue Perkins, Kevin Sussman, Thomas Middleditch, Reggie Watts, and Melissa Villasenor on their adventure, even if it felt like she was herding cats to get the cast to concentrate. And we’re giving her special props for keeping her cool even when Reggie Watts shared that he didn’t have his character sheet (and DMs everywhere cringed).
You can watch the full game here:
3. The Celebs Get Into Character
While our cast proudly rep’d their characters, Felicia Day and Reggie Watts took things a step further.
Felicia, AKA Nancy the Bearded Dwarf during the Red Nose Day game, used her best dwarf voice for the entire game. It was both hilarious AND believable.
You can watch the full game (and delight in Nancy’s voice) below:
Comedian Reggie Watts, known for his antics and skill with voices, added a new dimension to the Comedian game using a number of different voices we conjured up (which totally made up for losing his character sheet….and opening the rule book for the first time on camera…)
4. Nathan Stewart Ups the Donation Matching to $250,000
D&D’s Nathan Stewart popped into the D&D Live stream to share some very exciting news for Red Nose Day. Originally announced that Wizards of the Coast was matching $125,000 worth of public donations, Nathan shared that Wizards of the Coast would match up to $250,000 of donations. We did the math – that’s DOUBLE.
This was an incredible moment, and we cannot thank the team at D&D enough for their generosity and support.
And if you fast forward to around the 11-minute mark on the video below, you can see that Anna Prosser and Mica Burton were just as shocked as we were:
5. The D&D Community Coming Together to Raise Over $315,000 for Children Living in Poverty
This “top moment” was a no-brainer for us. We are humbled and grateful to the entire D&D community for their support. Your donations will go on to help children stay safe, healthy, and educated, both here in the United States and around the world. So from us, and the many kids this money will go on to help, thank you.
Still want to get involved? The Dungeons & Dragons x Red Nose Day tee is still on sale (for a limited time only). You can also grab the Baby Snowy Owlbear Familiar Pack (which will come in handy when you’re playing the newly announced Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden), or the special adventure Return to the Glory – all to benefit Red Nose Day.