Scheduled from November through to March, these virtual weekends of D&D goodness are being run by a new Wizards of the Coast partner Baldman Games.
Baldman Games pays their DMs. On their website, Baldman says;
Programs like these are only possible due to our awesome legions of DM’s who put in countless of hours of work honing their craft, preparing adventures and platforms for their games, and sometimes even spending vacation days from work to help out. We like to think we have some of the best, if not the best, DM’s in the land and it’s time we recognize that fact.
As a result of Wizards of the Coast’s deal with Baldman Games, you can apply to be a paid-for DM at the Virtual D&D Weekends. The game you run does not have to be an Adventurers League one.
The money involved isn’t huge. A “Learn to Play Adventure” costs $4 per ticket and at the top of the list are a “Standard 4 Hour Adventure” which costs $15. However, there are special events which can modify prices.
If you’re interested in playing, rather than DMing then you can find out whether there are any of these tickets let at D&D’s Yawning Portal.
You can also use Geek Native’s Geeky Convention calendar to see these and other virtual events.
What do you make of the rise of the DM for hire? A healthy evolution of the RPG hobby?