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What's the shortest, best advice I can give someone? Orcs attack!

Matt Colville is a Youtuber, game designer, and independent fantasy author. He hosts the Running the Game web series in which he teaches new Tabletop RPG players all about running the game. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2018, he founded MCDM Productions and released a supplement for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition called Strongholds & Followers. An additional, related supplement called Kingdoms & Warfare, was released in 2021. A third supplement, a monster compendium entitled Flee, Mortals! was Kickstarted in 2022, with playtest material released being released periodically during the development cycle.

In January 2019, MCDM started a Dungeons & Dragons 5e campaign, The Chain, with Matt running the game. It airs Wednesdays at 7 PM Pacific on the MCDM Twitch.

In January 2021, MCDM began publishing Arcadia, a monthly supplement magazine for D&D 5e, containing a wide range of homebrewed material from various creators; Matt takes a supervisory role in Arcadia's production, but otherwise leaves it under the purview of a managing editor.

Matt Colville has worked on



  • Ratcatchers
    • Priest
    • Thief
    • Fighter (unreleased)
    • Wizard (unreleased)
    • Paladin (unreleased)

Tabletop Games

  • Strongholds & Followers
  • Kingdoms & Warfare
  • Arcadia
  • Flee, Mortals! (in development)

Video Games

Web Video

Tropes associated with Matt Collville:

  • The GM Is a Cheating Bastard: Less cheating and more manipulative. Matt's advice to new GM's is often manipulative, but never unfair. For example, want to introduce the Deck of Many Things to your game? Shuffle it in their presence, put it inside a box, and set it aside. Present it to the group but put an interesting (but not harmful!) card on top of the deck, inside the box, so they will be tempted to use it again.
  • Heroic BSoD: As a result of smashing Kickstarter's record for a TTRPG book, previously held by John Wick's 7th Sea.
    Matt: *Looks at his Kickstarter project's final grand total. Several seconds pass as he stares into the camera, a mix of fear and shock on his face.* Eep!