When last we left our heroes...

The Campaign Diaries are a series of YouTube videos that Matt Colville narrates the previous Dungeons & Dragons game he has played and shares his thought process and things that went well or poor. He began the first series in 2016, and the second in 2019.

Here's a link to the entire playlist on YouTube.

As Above, So Below[]

The first series of campaign diaries was about the game Matt Colville ran at Turtle Rock Studios in 2016, with the group of adventurers known as The Shield of Gravesford.

Matt originally intended to show his preparations before the night, record the night the party played and then use clips from the recorded video when showing new Dungeon Masters how easy it is to run the game. However, that process proved very difficult and the first time he tried this, there was no audio for the game. Instead, Matt would narrate what happened in the session, explaining his thought process throughout the video.

From Episode 8 to Episode 11, the campaign diaries were actual streams of the session and then a Q&A, instead of the narrative story.


  1. The Goblin Gambit Published on March 17th, 2016
  2. One Black Pudding Published on March 18th, 2016
  3. Catastrophic Failure Published on April 18th, 2016
  4. Introducing A New Character Published on May 6th, 2016
  5. Bonebreaker Dorokor Published on May 12th, 2016
  6. The Last Baron of Bedegar Published on May 19th, 2016
  7. The Lord of Rend Published on May 27th, 2016
  8. As Above, So Below Published on June 11th, 2016
  9. The Mul Published on June 15th, 2016
  10. The Revenant Vow Meets the Shield of Gravesford Published on June 22nd, 2016
  11. The Siege of Avarak Sul Published on June 29th, 2016
  12. Inside Avarak Sul Published on July 14th, 2016
  13. The Svirfneblin Published on July 31st, 2016
  14. Campaign Diary #14 Published on August 21, 2016
  15. Campaign Diary #15 Published on September 12th, 2016
  16. Campaign Diary #16 Published on September 25th, 2016
  17. More Trolls! Published on October 3rd, 2016
  18. Greechak! Published on October 16th, 2016
  19. The Siege of Castle Rend, Part One Published on May 31st, 2017
  20. The Siege of Castle Rend, Part Two Published on June 16th, 2017

The Chain of Acheron[]

Main article: List of Episodes

The second series of campaign diaries is about The Chain's adventures. The first half of each video is a recap of the events of the game session. The second half covers Matt's thoughts about how the session went, and sometimes previews upcoming campaign content.

After the diary for “The HRP Broad Sword(Episode 7), Matt decided to stop creating the campaign diaries, for two episodes. The process at that time took a lot of time to create and edit the campaign diary. There are no campaign diaries for episode 8 and 9. A new process allowed the campaign diaries to resume after “The Underdark Job(Episode 10).

Unlike his Running the Game videos, Matt records the videos in his office.