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I will point something out: Actual Play recordings miss out on a massive amount of the atmosphere. You don't have the visual actions of the players or that personal proximity that they have. So you're probably getting something that's 30%-40% as engaging, at most (no hard numbers, just my guess), as an in-play session.I agree. It's very difficult to convey the role playing experience to outsiders. Do you guys have any examples of Actual Plays or other presentations of RPGs in recorded media which really nailed it? I'm aware of Wil Wheaton's Fiasco playthrough on YouTube. Any other good examples?
You have to gear a recording specifically towards being a recording in order to get a lot of mileage out of it, and not just pop a recorder into the middle of a session.