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High Rollers D&D is a Dungeons & Dragons series part of the Yogscast Twitch Livestreams. It is broadcast live every Sunday, 5pm GMT/BST, on the Yogscast Twitch channel. The series features Mark Hulmes as dungeon master, with Chris Trott, Katie Morrison and Kim Richards role-playing as their characters. They are currently playing the Lightfall Campaign on Mark Hulmes' multiverse. Regular cast member Matthew Toffolo temporarily left the show beginning March 13, 2017, to focus on a musical production he is involved.

BackstoryEdit

For 1200 years, the world of Arrak was a haven of peace and prosperity. This was the result of a once in a century event known as the Passing of Pelor's Light. It is a comet, a gift from Pelor, that radiates positive energy, which blessed crops, healed the sick and kept monsters in a magical slumber.

There is a celebration for the 13th Passing of Pelor's Light. The comet emerged into the world and rises up to the sky. As it reaches its peak, however, tragedy strikes. The comet shatters into thousands of shards! It fell across Arrak, flattening homes and cities, and destroying governments and economies. Monsters are now awaken and start ravaging the lands. Everything is thrown into chaos. Till this day, no one knows how or why the event, known as the Lightfall, happened.

46 years have passed. The world is slowly recovering. Heroes have come and re-established cities and nations. The towns and cities act as beacons of light in the darkness. They are safe-havens, with organised armies and militias, as they protect the people against monsters and dangers that lurk in the hills, woods and dungeons.

Our four adventurers are travelling to Talis'Val, the capital of the Dawn Republic. As it is safer to travel in groups, Cam, Elora, Jiǔtóu and Trellimar are in a caravan with other people. The story starts here as our adventurers begin their journey across Arrak to help the people and fight against monsters, eventually becoming Heroes of the world.

High Rollers - The Story So Far! (D&D Live Play)06:06

High Rollers - The Story So Far! (D&D Live Play)

Warning: Spoiler Alert!
This video is a recap from Session 1 to just before Session 18.
Produced and edited by Trott. Voice-overs by the High Rollers D&D crew. Artwork by Nina.

Main CharactersEdit

For non-canonical main characters, see The Haunting of Ennis House#Characters, The Cabin in the Woods#Characters, Christmas Special 2016#Characters and A Dish Best Served Cold#Characters.

Dungeon Master - (Mark Hulmes)Edit

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Mark takes the role of Dungeon Master for the series, using the D&D 5th edition rules, albeit with a few minor tweaks of his own such as swapping out dark vision for low-light vision, and doubling a single dice roll when a critical occurs where normally 2 separate die would be rolled. Mark also custom-made Arrak, the world specially designed for the Lightfall campaign.

Cam Buckland - (Chris Trott)Edit

Cam

Cam is a lightborn cleric, known for being a bit of a trickster. He was found as a baby and raised by a group of travelling gypsy entertainers called the Bucklands. He is well travelled and has developed a charming charisma, but is also somewhat devious at times. Cam has now decided to leave the Bucklands to go on a journey on his own.

His appearance is a cross between a gypsy and a magician, with long dark hair and a goatee. He wears a waistcoat and a cape and has a bandanna on his head. He has numerous daggers attached to himself in various places.

Elora Galanodel - (Katie Morrison)Edit

Elora

Elf druid Elora is a very friendly though rather naive character. She is descended from royalty, her father being the leader of one of the great elven spires. Despite this she is not the least bit noble, instead being very casual and chilled. Elora wants to become a hero, praised for helping rebuild the world as others have before her following the Lightfall.

Elora has blue hair, while her clothing alludes to her regal heritage. A Bow and arrows are her weapons of choice, but she also carries a staff.

Jiutou Zhiji Jing - (Kim Richards)Edit

Jiutou

Jiǔtóu is a tiefling monk, a humanoid with infernal ancestry. At a young age, she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents at the hands of the dragonborn and was subsequently taken away as a slave. She toiled for a years becoming increasingly depressed and angry, until one day she escaped and sought shelter at a monastery. The nuns and monks took her in and taught martial arts and meditation to help her through the trauma. She values freedom and her objective now is freeing other tieflings.

Jiǔtóu has the distinctive horns and tail of a tiefling, and her dress is influenced by traditional Chinese style. She wields a vicious guandao as a weapon and used to wear a powerful sentient bracer called Crownrend, which she took off after it almost killed Cam without her knowledge.

Trellimar Aleath - (Matt Toffolo)Edit

Trellimar

Drow warlock Trellimar is a mysterious character, mostly keeping to himself. Following the Lightfall, the drow were forced to make uneasy alliances with other races, mainly dwarves, in order to hold onto some quality of life. Trellimar is now on a quest to save his kind from the evils in the Underdark.

He has an elf-like appearance and has long hair and dark skin. He wears a cape with a high collar (described by Matt as being similar to the style of Jon Pertwee) and wields a crossbow. He also carries a magical mask, Shroud of Eyes, bestowed unto him by his patron Dah'Mir.

Guest CharactersEdit

For non-canonical guest characters, see Duncan's Herb Green and Kit Buss' Mistle.

Falk - (Martyn Littlewood)Edit

Falk

Falk is a half-orc, half-elf battle master that guest-stars in Sessions 8 and 9. Falk has always been an outcast, disliked by the orcs for being half-blood. He was recently exiled from the orc camp because he was asking too many questions about the source of their power.

He is scrawny for an orc, and wears a scarf and goggles. He carries a slingshot which he constructed himself.

Loben Trogdor - (CaffCast)Edit

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Loben is a rock gnome wild magic sorcerer that guest-stars in Sessions 13 to 15. Loben is a scholar, who has been studying the effects the Lightfall shards produced for decades. He desperately seeks to retrieve his research from the Broken Sky.

Loben is three-foot tall and is middle-aged. His body hair is bright pink in colour. He often suffers the effects of a wild magic surge.

Jasmina Celladore - (Kat)Edit

Jasmina (commonly known as Mina) is a half-human, half-drow bard that guest-stars in Sessions 27 to 29. After losing her parents and family due to a fire set on the town they were in by a hobgoblin tribe, known as the Burning King, Jasmina now focuses on stopping them.

Jasmina has long, wavy hair ombre-coloured from white into blood red. Her eyes are different colours: one red, the other blue. Being a performer, she wears a belly top and a long split skirt, all coloured emerald green and adorned by inexpensive, homemade jewels. Burn scars are covered by an ornate jewelled armour piece that adorns her left arm, her burn visibly spread from her neck to her hip on the left side of her body.

Reynard Ferehorn - (Tom Hazell)Edit

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Reynard is a human hunter that guest-stars in Session 41. Claimed to have killed a chimera near Redcrop, the famed-yet-flamboyant hunter is hired by the Council of Guilds to investigate reports of suspected Broken Sky activities surrounding a hill dwarven town of Velderbarn.

Possesses a "Natural 19" only barely being beaten by Cam.

NPCs and FactionsEdit

Non-Player Characters (NPCs) are there to populate the world of Arrak, assisting the main characters on their journey across the lands while enhancing their exploration experience. NPCs with major roles include Dimitriv, Korak the Champion, Nalistri, Varesh and Vixanis. NPCs that are fan favourites include Barris, Enoran, Granamyr, Gurli, couple Shalana and Payla, and Tharizdun the Spectator.

Most NPCs are members of various Major Factions and Minor Factions, while some are categorized under Deities or Heroes. Factions can influence multiple settlements or even as big as an entire nation. There are three known major factions: Broken Sky, Council of Elves and a mega-faction Government of the Dawn Republic, which have smaller factions such as Council of Guilds and Council of Wizards. Known minor factions include Burning King, Darkscar Clan, the various Drow Houses, Grimfang Clan, Powder Beards and the Bucklands.


Mark Hulmes MultiverseEdit

Unofficially known as Mark Hulmes Multiverse, all High Rollers D&D campaigns revolve around the multiverse homebrewed by Mark Hulmes. All campaigns to date take place on Arrak, a continent on the Surface. Arrak itself has four regions, Bresseras, Dawn Republic, Troubled Lands and Unbroken Empire, and a massive underground region known as the Underdark. The five regions have their own settlements, which varies in size from as big as towns or cities to as small as villages and spires. Key regions and settlements visited in the series include Tallfield, Longwood Forest, Feyden, Talis'Val, Garden of Stones, Melody, Spire of Winter and Hallow.

Mark Hulmes Multiverse is based on the planes of existence from Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition. The Surface has two parallel planes, Feywild and Shadowfell. These three planes are connected to the Inner Planes and Outer Planes, each hosting planes connected to the physical and the philosophical respectively. Arborea, Astral Plane, Far Realm, Sigil and The Abyss are planes that have either been mentioned or visited throughout the series.


Episode GuideEdit

See also: List of High Rollers D&D episodes
YogscastLive — High Rollers D&D
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THE ADVENTURE BEGINS - High Rollers D&D: Episode 1 (17th January 2016) Watch
Treachery Revealed - High Rollers D&D: Episode 2 (24th January 2016) Watch
That`s So Raven! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 3 (31st January 2016) Watch
The Cam came back! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 4 (7th February 2016) Watch
Super Saiyan Buckland - High Rollers D&D: Episode 5 (14th February 2016) Watch
The Battle for Tallfield! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 6 (21st February 2016) Watch
Orcs, Dragons and Bears! Oh my! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 7 (28th February 2016) Watch
Jiutóu`s Solo Adventure + Q&A! - High Rollers D&D (6th March 2016) Watch
Let`s get Falk'ed! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 8 (13th March 2016) Watch
Welcome back, Jiutou - High Rollers D&D: Episode 9 (20th March 2016) Watch
Harp`ing On - High Rollers D&D: Episode 10 (3rd April 2016) Watch
Rollercoaster of Emotions! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 11 (10th April 2016) Watch
I CAN`T PERFORM! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 12 (17th April 2016) Watch
A New Challenger Approaches? - High Rollers D&D: Episode 13 (24th April 2016) Watch
Trial of Strength - High Rollers D&D: Episode 14 (8th May 2016) Watch
MURDERER! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 15 (15th May 2016) Watch
THE PERFORMANCE! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 16 (21st May 2016) Watch
The Assassin & Genie Wishes - HighRollers D&D: Episode 17 (4th June 2016) Watch
Undead Whispers - HighRollers D&D: Episode 18 (25th June 2016) Watch
DON`T TOUCH THAT! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 19 (3rd July 2016) Watch
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - HighRollers D&D: Episode 20 (10th July 2016) Watch
TACTICAL WITHDRAW! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 21 (17th July 2016) Watch
Plots & Plans! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 22 (24th July 2016) Watch
GODS, SECRETS & GOBLIN PIRATES! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 23 (7th August 2016) Watch
TANK/SUPPORT IN ONE! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 24 (14th August 2016) Watch
THE SHROUD OF EYES - HighRollers D&D: Episode 25 (21st August 2016) Watch
The Festival Episode - HighRollers D&D: Episode 26 (4th September 2016) Watch
A Revenant Revealed - HighRollers D&D: Episode 27 (2nd October 2016) Watch
Swan Boat - HighRollers D&D: Episode 28 (9th October 2016) Watch
A Frosty Reception - HighRollers D&D: Episode 29 (23rd October 2016) Watch
Sassy Elves (Halloween 2016) - HighRollers D&D: Episode 30 (30th October 2016) Watch
A Plan Gone Awry - HighRollers D&D: Episode 31 (6th November 2016) Watch
The Daring Drow! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 32 (13th November 2016) Watch
The Wild Wild North - HighRollers D&D: Episode 33 (20th November 2016) Watch
FROST GIANTS AHEAD - HIGH ROLLERS D&D: Episode 34 - YOGSCAST JINGLE JAM - 4th December 2016 Watch
Lair of the Witch - HighRollers D&D: Episode 35 (8th January 2017) Watch
Werewolves! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 36 (15th January 2017) Watch
Wet Willie - HighRollers D&D: Episode 37 (5th February 2017) Watch
Jiutou's Apology - HighRollers D&D: Episode 38 (12th February 2017) Watch
Awkward Moments - HighRollers D&D: Episode 39 (5th March 2017) Watch
Farewell, Mr Aleath! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 40 (12th March 2017) Watch
Never Fear, Reynard's Here! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 41 (19th March 2017) Watch
Jiutou: Angel of Death - HighRollers D&D: Episode 42 (26th March 2017) Watch
Teleportation Evaluation - HighRollers D&D: Episode 43 (2nd April 2017) Watch
Brides, Bahumat & Beyond! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 44 (9th April 2017) Watch
YogscastLive High Rollers Specials — High Rollers D&D
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High Rollers - Pathfinder "The Rusty Dragon Inn" Miniature Unboxing Watch
High Rollers Pathfinder "The Rusty Dragon Inn" Miniature Unboxing #2 Watch
High Rollers D&D - Episodes 1 - 9 RECAP! (27th March 2016) Watch
D&D Q&A + Art w/ Mark & Nina! - 7th April 2016 Watch
D&D Q&A w/ Mark! - 1st May 2016 Watch
Q&A (with special guest, Matthew Mercer!) - HighRollers D&D (18th June 2016) Watch
KICK HIM IN THE D*CK! - HighRollers D&D: The Haunting of Ennis House (31st July 2016) Watch
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS - HighRollers D&D: One Off (28th August 2016) Watch
High Rollers - The Story So Far! (D&D Live Play) Watch
OUTLAST + D&D Q&A w/ Matt, Katie & Kat [1] - 11th September 2016 Watch
OUTLAST + D&D Q&A w/ Matt, Mark & Kat [2] - 25th September 2016 Watch
D&D Chilled Miniatures Painting Session - 16th October 2016 Watch
KAT'S PRE-TRAINING TRAINING + Q&A w/ Matt, Mark, Kat and Katie - 27th November 2016 Watch
THE HIGHROLLERS NON-CANON CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! [1] - YOGSCAST JINGLE JAM - 18th December 2016 Watch
THE HIGHROLLERS NON-CANON CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! [2] - YOGSCAST JINGLE JAM - 18th December 2016 Watch
DM Trott Special! - HighRollers D&D ONE SHOT (22nd January 2017) Watch
CAM IN SKYRIM?! - D&D Q&A w/ Trott & Katie - 29th January 2017 Watch
The Horror of Overlook Inn - HighRollers D&D: One Shot (23rd April 2017) Watch
Kim — High Rollers D&D
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High Rollers DnD: Lightfall Highlights #1 Watch
High Rollers DnD: Lightfall Highlights #2 Watch
High Rollers DnD: Lightfall Highlights #3 Watch
High Rollers Q&A! Watch

MusicEdit

Main article: High Rollers (Official Soundtrack)

High Rollers (Official Soundtrack) is the official soundtrack album of the series. It is composed by Steve Bruce and release on May 27, 2016. The soundtracks are used as background music during the livestreams of the series, usually selected to fit the ambience of the events happening as it is. A second soundtrack album is in production, which includes a royal theme for Elora and a dark theme for Trellimar.[1]

Other songs and soundtracks used during the livestreams include:

TriviaEdit

Note: More trivia such as meta-games and Cam's penis size can be viewed on other High Rollers D&D articles.
  • #rollonsunday is made the official Twitter hashtag for High Rollers D&D at Trott's suggestion.
  • Steve Bruce, and sometimes Sam Gibbs, runs the livestream behind the scenes. In Session 6, Steve added blood splat overlays whenever anyone took damage, and a skull over Kim's face to represent her death on numerous occasions.
  • Several special guests have appeared on the show: Martyn on Sessions 8 and 9; CaffCast on Sessions 13 to 15; Kat on Sessions 27 to 29; Tom Hazell on Session 41. Martyn, Kat, Kit Buss, Duncan, Mike Fleming and Tom Hazell have also been invited to various One-Shot campaigns.
  • Before High Rollers D&D, only Mark and Trott plays Dungeons & Dragons regularly on different campaigns with other D&D players such as Smith. Kim played a campaign long time ago but is inexperienced. Both Katie and Matt had not played D&D before, although Katie had watched Critical Role and is somewhat familiar with the mechanics of D&D.[4] Martyn shares that he did play D&D Fifth Edition once a few years ago, but has forgotten some of its rules, although Mark exclaims that he re-learn some of the rules quickly before his first guest appearance in Session 8.[5]
  • High Rollers D&D sessions can have touch-ups to coincide with holiday celebrations: Session 4 receiving a Chinese New Year treatment; the crew dress up in costumes for Halloween in Session 30; a Christmas-inspired One-Shot campaign was held in 2016.
  • A new livestream setup is revealed in Session 26. The main change is that the whole crew is now playing D&D together on a single table, unlike the previous setup where they had to play on three separate tables.[6]
  • With scheduling issues either due to game conventions or personal matters, not all streams have the regular High Rollers D&D crew aired live on Sundays:
    • One-Shot Campaigns: Mark ran a solo campaign with Kim, followed by a Q&A session, on 6 March 2016. Several One-Shot campaigns were held on 31 July 2016, 28 August 2016, 22 January 2017 and 23 April 2017, with either Kim or Trott replacing Mark as dungeon master. A Christmas special One-Shot campaign with a full cast and a guest was held on 18 December 2016.
    • Q&A Sessions: with Mark on 7 April 2016, 1 May 2016 and 18 June 2016;[7] with gameplays on 11 September 2016, 25 September 2016 and 27 November 2016;[8][9][10] with miniature painting on 16 October 2016.[11]
    • Recap: CaffCast provided a recap of Sessions 1 thru 9 on 27 March 2016.
    • On Saturdays: Sessions 16 to 18 aired on Saturdays, but as Nilesy's livestream takes place immediately after High Rollers D&D, donation messages are not read out in order to keep with the streaming schedule.[12]
    • No Stream/Cancelled Stream: There was no High Rollers livestream on 28 May 2016, 18 September 2016, 19 February 2017, 26 February 2017 and 16 April 2017.[13][14][15][16]
    • Cut-out Replacement: In Session 3, Trott was replaced by a cardboard cutout of himself.
  • The mini figures used are 25 - 28-millimetre scale.
  • The crew gave shout-outs to High Rollers D&D summary contributors, including LadyFufu on the High Rollers D&D sub-Reddit, TV Tropes and the Yogscast Wiki.[17][18] Mark adds that he sometimes refer to such sites to refresh his memory on certain events that happened in the game.[19][20]
  • Critical Role's Matt Mercer has given shout-outs to Mark and High Rollers D&D, one of which was during a Q&A at Wizard World Portland.[21] He later appears as a special guest on the Q&A Session, hosted by Mark, on 18 June 2016.
  • Mark published a homebrewed race, the Lightborn, on the Dungeon Masters Guild.[22] Trott's character Cam Buckland is a buffed-up version of the Lightborn.[23]
  • Throughout multiple sessions, the green screen fell on the players on several occasions.

LinksEdit

GalleryEdit

Main article: High Rollers D&D/Gallery

ReferencesEdit

  1. OUTLAST + D&D Q&A w/ Matt, Katie & Kat (1) at 0:31:02
  2. Let's get Falk'ed! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 8 (13th March 2016) at 03:08:38
  3. A Revenant Revealed - HighRollers D&D Episode 27
  4. THE ADVENTURE BEGINS - High Rollers D&D: Episode 1 at 00:19:05
  5. Let's get Falk'ed! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 8 at 03:15:21
  6. The Festival Episode - HighRollers D&D: Episode 26 at 00:11:55
  7. Mark Hulmes' Twitter, 1 May 2016
  8. High Rollers D&D's Twitter, 11 Sep 2016
  9. Mark Hulmes' Twitter, 25 Sep 2016
  10. High Rollers D&D's Twitter, 26 Nov 2016, 21:53 UTC
  11. High Rollers D&D's Twitter, 16 Oct 2016, 16:31 UTC
  12. MURDERER! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 15 at 00:09:39
  13. MURDERER! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 15 at 00:09:56
  14. High Rollers D&D's Twitter, 18 Sep 2016
  15. Mark Hulmes' Twitter, 18 Feb 2017
  16. High Rollers D&D's Twitter, 25 Feb 2017
  17. The Cam came back! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 4 at 00:08:45
  18. Harp'ing On - High Rollers D&D: Episode 10 (3rd April 2016) at 00:13:51
  19. Swan Boat - HighRollers D&D: Episode 28 at 2:59:27.
  20. Lair of the Witch - HighRollers D&D: Episode 35 at 0:04:52
  21. Wizard World Gaming at around 03:15:00
  22. Mark Hulmes' Twitter, 12 May 2016
  23. MURDERER! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 15 at 00:11:51

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