Music for Tabletop Gaming

A wonderful thing you can do to enhance the gaming experience is to play music appropriate for the game’s setting. This is true of both board games and role playing games!

Matt Mercer, the dungeon master for Geek and Sundry’s twitch show Critical Role uses a masterful selection of music to set their environments and situations. Critical Role music selections come from a couple of sources:

  • Incompetech – Royalty-free music by Kevin MacLeod
  • Plate Mail Games – high quality professional background loops for a variety of genres

But if you’re looking for the Critical Role theme song, you won’t find theme there. That was written by Jason Charles Miller, and I believe you can download it on iTunes.

Another great source for gaming environments is Tabletop Audio. Some of these loops are ambience and sound effects, some of them are movie-score like compositions. But they’re all free to use at home! If you do use them a lot though, it’s friendly and good of you to contribute to the creator’s Patreon account.

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