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The Mercer Effect and How it Affects Expectations for DMs

The Mercer Effect is known as players and DMs having extremely high expectations for what to expect from a D&D game. Do you think the Mercer Effect has become prevalent in the last 12 months, increasing with Critical Role’s popularity? Or do you think that it has grown with the knowledge of more D&D shows and an expectation that all DMs should be up to this level. Or – does it not exist at all?

  • Maybe it's because I'm not super familiar with Critical Role, but is the name "Mercer Effect" based on the DM? To pursue this topic, I think it might help to explain the cultural significance of Critical Role and its players/DM, and how D&D in Critical Role is played differently than the average game. I really like the idea of analyzing the rise of D&D shows and how that might impact expectations for new players! – Eden 6 months ago
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  • Sounds like a great topic, I would include how to set expectations for your players and foster a fun environment without expecting the polish of an expert I will say that Critical Role and D&D media are increasingly becoming peoples first contact with RPG's rather than playing them witch does change the expectations of a new player. – cjpetersen123 6 months ago
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  • As a long time DM who does not listen to Critical Role, this topic seems worth pursuing. However, you would need to describe (as another poster mentioned) why Critical Role is so popular.My question is: is the Mercer Effect a product of those who get into D&D because of Critical Role, or has it "spread" to longtime players who are beginning to expect something different from standard play? – Derek 6 months ago
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I misspoke. I meant to say influenced the game. It was early, my apologies.

Tolkien and Dungeons & Dragons

I think the worldbuilding by Tolkien was definitely something that DnD took inspiration from. Being able to create such a complex world and a series of languages is amicable, and I think Gygax did that so fantastically when he created the game.

Tolkien and Dungeons & Dragons

The one thing I hate about the remade Lion King is the fact that everyone is calling it live-action. It’s not live action, it’s 3D animation. Reviews and people online have been calling that since it was announced.

Live-Action Disney Remakes and the Souring Faith in Animation

It’s quite interesting, people I apparently am not the “type” to read comics, people seem to be surprised when they find out I’m into that stuff. Hopefully these “types” will be abolished in the years to come.

The Social Stigma of Comic Book Reading