Critical Role is an American web series in which a group of professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. The series is broadcast live on Thursdays at 19:00 PT on the Critical Role Twitch channel, with the video on demand (VOD) being available to Twitch subscribers immediately after the broadcast. On the Monday following the live stream, the VODs are made available for the public on Critical Role's website and uploaded to their YouTube channel. The show started streaming in 2015, part way through the first campaign. Beginning January 2018,[update] the cast are playing through their second on-air campaign.
Dungeons & Dragons
|Created by||Matthew Mercer|
|Based on||Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition|
|Theme music composer||Jason C. Miller|
|Ending theme||"Twin Elms" (Season 1) |
"Welcome to Wildemount"
|Composer(s)||Jason C. Miller |
Justin E. Bell
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||115 (Season 1) |
75 (Season 2)
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||Approximately 180–360 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Geek & Sundry (2015–2018) |
Critical Role Productions LLC (2018–present)
|Original network||Twitch.tv |
|Original release||March 12, 2015|
A number of licensed works based on the show have been released, such as the official campaign setting guide written by the show's dungeon master, Matthew Mercer.
Critical Role is also the name of the studio owned by the cast. Since 2018, the studio has produced Critical Role and other programming.
The Critical Role storyline occurs in a campaign that consists of a series of story arcs, which are usually played over multiple episodes. Between—or sometimes within—the major story arcs, the characters rest, resupply, or go on side quests. In addition, every player character has a backstory, an unfinished part of their personal history that can be relevant to the campaign from time to time. Sometimes, major story arcs are intrinsically tied to a character's backstory.
Both campaigns are set in Exandria, a world of Matthew Mercer's creation.
Campaign one takes place primarily in Tal'Dorei, a continent of Exandria. It follows the exploits of an adventuring party known as Vox Machina, previously known as the Super High-Intensity Team, a rag-tag group of mercenaries originally formed in the swamp-town of Stilben. It consists of Vax'ildan, Vex'ahlia, Pike, Grog, Scanlan, Tiberius, Keyleth and Percy.
In their adventures prior to the start of the series, the group saved the family of Sovereign Uriel Tal'Dorei III, ruler of Tal'Dorei and its capital city of Emon. In appreciation, Uriel gave the group seats on the city council, and provided them with a residence called Greyskull Keep, which is located just outside the city. Episode 36, titled Winter's Crest in Whitestone, features a summary of the pre-series history (starting 1 hour 35 minutes into the episode), with artwork created by Wendy Sullivan Green and voice-overs provided by the cast.
The forthcoming Critical Role animated series will include a canonic story that takes place within the pre-stream time frame.
The Kraghammer story arc (episodes 1–16) jumps in at the point in Vox Machina's story where the cast's original home game left off. It takes place primarily in the subterrenean depths of the Underdark, and culminates in a battle between Vox Machina and a dangerous beholder by the name of K'varn, who is controlling an entire city of Illithid.
The Vasselheim story arc (episodes 17–23) splits the party into two groups, who seek to prove their worth to the "Slayer's Take", a local adventurer's guild in the ancient city of Vasselheim, by taking on dangerous missions. This arc features multi-episode guest appearances by Felicia Day (Lyra), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Zahra), Wil Wheaton (Thorbir), and Will Friedle (Kashaw), adding a new twist to the now-divided adventuring band. This arc also includes the first episode (episode 22) that touches on a character's backstory, as Keyleth visits another druid tribe to continue her Aramenté, a journey to become the leader of her people.
The Briarwood story arc (episodes 24–38) leads Vox Machina to Percy's ancestral home, the city of Whitestone, which was once ruled by his family. The party have to fight for control over Whitestone against Lord and Lady Briarwood, who are responsible for the demise of most of the de Rolo family and have taken the city as their own. The Briarwood's ties into necromancy and a secret cult make things even more dangerous, and Vox Machina must stop them from completing a ritual that threatens to endanger the entire kingdom. During the early stages of this arc, Tiberius leaves Vox Machina for good.
The Chroma Conclave story arc (episodes 39–83) begins with the attack of four ancient chromatic dragons on Emon, the capital of Tal'Dorei, with the Sovereign and other important political figures falling in the onslaught. The dragons take control over and divide the kingdom, and in order to defeat them, Vox Machina needs more power than they currently have. They search for the "Vestiges of Divergence", famed and extremely powerful magical items from ages passed, which are scattered throughout the world. During the ongoing battles against the powerful dragons of the Chroma Conclave, the backstories of some characters are also further explored. Smaller arcs focus on Grog's herd that once exiled him, the last figure from Percy's traumatic past, as well as a strained family reunion for the twins, Vex and Vax.
The Taryon Darrington story arc (episodes 84–99) begins with the departure of Scanlan from the group, whose mental problems and disagreements with the group culminate in an argument that shakes the party. While traveling to Ank'Harel on the continent of Marquet, Vox Machina meet Taryon Darrington, an inexperienced aspiring author and adventurer. Adventuring together with Taryon, some smaller story arcs see Vox Machina helping Keyleth (who seeks to complete her Aramenté), literally traveling to hell, as well as dealing with Taryon's family, who reside in the Dwendalian Empire on the continent of Wildemount. During this arc, which is loosely defined by Scanlan's absence and Taryon's presence in the party, Pike's family also makes an appearance and her relationship with them is explored. The arc includes a one year time skip between episodes 94 and 95.
The Cult of Vecna story arc (episodes 99–115) revisits the mysterious and dangerous artifact that was activated beneath Whitestone Castle during the Briarwood story arc. Scanlan finally rejoins Vox Machina, while the party now has to fight a cult which tries to summon the evil lich demigod Vecna, who seeks to ascend to true godhood and rule Exandria. His ascension actually succeeds and he becomes the only god on this side of the Divine Gate, which keeps the other gods from directly interfering in the world they created. With the indirect help of some of the prime deities who aid them with special powers, Vox Machina are the only group of heroes who can possibly stop the "Whispered One" in one gigantic final battle.
A canonical one-shot game titled Vox Machina: The Search for Grog was played at a not-streamed live show in Los Angeles on January 19, 2019, and released on YouTube and Twitch on February 23, 2019. This game explored an event that took place in the final episode of campaign one, but was not played out in detail back then because it would have disrupted the already ongoing epilogue. Several additional Vox Machina one-shots are planned, with most of them being unlocked as rewards and stretch goals during the Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming Critical Role animated series. The first of these was Vox Machina: The Search for Bob, which is a continuation of The Search for Grog, as the end of this one-shot game had to be cut short due to time constraints for the live show. The Search for Bob aired on the Critical Role Twitch channel on June 21, 2019, with the YouTube VOD being made available on June 23, 2019.
In August 2019, it was announced that the next live one-shot will be The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas on November 23, 2019. It will feature Riegel returning as his character Taryon Darrington leading a group adventurers with the rest of cast as these new characters. It will then be aired on the Critical Role Twitch channel on November 29, 2019, with the YouTube VOD being made available on December 1, 2019.
In August 2019, it was also announced that the $2 million Kickstarter stretch goal one-shot Vox Machina's Summer Reunion at Dalen's Closet will air on August 29, 2019 in place of the normal Thursday night Critical Role episode on Twitch. VOD will be available immediately for Critical Role Twitch channel subscribers, with the YouTube VOD being made available on September 2, 2019. The one-shot takes places a year after The Search for Grog as the "legendary heroes reassemble to celebrate the wedding of Percival and Vex’ahlia in the beautiful coastal resort of Dalen’s Closet, filled with warm reunions and a few new faces".
The second campaign began on January 11, 2018. The story of the second campaign follows the exploits of an adventuring party known as The Mighty Nein and takes place on the continent of Wildemount, which was briefly visited during the Vox Machina campaign. The Mighty Nein campaign is set 20 years after Vox Machina's final battle against Vecna.
The Trostenwald/Alfield story arc (Episodes 1–7) serves as an origin story for the new adventuring party, whose members meet for the first time in Trostenwald, a town in the south of the Dwendalian Empire. Five travelers stay in the local tavern: Fjord, a male half-orc who gained magical powers out of nowhere; Jester, a young female tiefling who follows an unknown god; Caleb, a very guarded male human wizard; Nott, a seemingly benevolent female goblin; and Beauregard ("Beau"), a young human woman "on a wandering tour". They then meet Mollymauk ("Molly"), a pompous tiefling, and Yasha, a quiet swordswoman, who work for a traveling circus which is currently in town. The circus' first performance ends with several audience members turning into Undead, and the outsiders and circus people are quickly blamed for the incident. The seven individuals join forces to investigate the case and clear their names, discovering a fiendish creature which was responsible for the chaos. After surviving their trial, the seven decide to travel together. Before they leave north towards Zadash, the second-biggest city in the Empire, Beau is cornered by an elven monk named Dairon. She later reveals to the group that she ran away from the monks of the "Cobalt Soul", but has now rejoined the order after Dairon agreed to be her new mentor and gave her freedom to travel. On their journey, the group run into trouble in the town of Alfield, where they lend their assistance to the Empire's police forces, the Crownsguard, during and after a dangerous gnoll attack. At this time, the party come up with their party name, "The Mighty Nein".
The Zadash story arc (Episodes 8–18) covers the party's adventures in the city of Zadash. After arriving in the city and doing a small job for the Crownsguard, they come into contact with a secret group that fights corrupt high ranking government officials. The Mighty Nein decide to help and find evidence that leads to arrests, but also have to flee when a corrupt judge is killed in front of them. At the same time, the "Zauber Spire", a mage tower in the middle of the city, nearly crumbles in an attack. The group run into one of the attackers, a fleeing Drow. He is later killed by Crownsguard, but the Nein - unbeknownst to anyone else - "acquire" the mysterious power source he seemingly stole from the mages of the Empire-allied Cerberus Assembly. Laying low, the Mighty Nein start doing jobs for The Gentleman, an enigmatic figure who controls the criminal underground of Zadash. During this time, it is revealed that Molly is missing most of his memories, and Caleb entrusts the horrible secrets of his past in the service of the Cerberus Assembly and Archmage Trent Ikithon, who he is now hiding from, to Nott and Beau. The Nein also participate in (and win) the annual fighting tournament of Zadash - but on the day after their victory, as a consequence of the Drow attack on the tower, the Dwendalian Empire declares war on the Kryn Dynasty, the Drow rulers of the eastern country of Xhorhas.
In the Northward story arc (Episodes 19-31), the Mighty Nein decide to keep away from the war, and leave Zadash to deal with two important missions for the Gentleman. Their first errand takes them westwards to Berleben, a town in the Labenda Swamp. They eventually have to travel into the swamp itself to investigate one of the Gentleman's smuggler safe houses that recently went dark. The party deal with the responsible creatures, and also find a mysterious orb - which is suddenly sucked into Fjord's body. With no immediate answers to this development available, they take up their second errand by traveling north. On their way to the Empire's northern border, where they are supposed to aid Ophelia Mardoun, an ally of the Gentleman in the lawless city of Shady Creek Run, the party are ambushed by a dangerous group of slavers known as the "Iron Shepards". Fjord, Jester, and Yasha are kidnapped, and a desperate rescue attempt from the rest of the Nein leads to Molly's death at the hands of Lorenzo, the leader of the slavers. Caleb, Beau, and Nott grieve, but decide to gather new allies - including Caduceus, the last keeper of a holy graveyard in the forest outside of Shady Creek Run. They attack the Iron Shepards in their stronghold, managing to rescue their friends and kill all the slavers, including Lorenzo. Dealing with the Iron Shepards coincidentally was the job the Nein would have been assigned to in the north, so the group, alongside Caduceus, who wants to accompany them, returns to Zadash. After learning of Molly's fate, a grieving Yasha leaves the party temporarily.
The False Serpent arc (Episodes 32-47) leads the Mighty Nein out of the Empire on a more private mission, as they travel southwards towards the city states of the Menagerie Coast, specifically the coastal city of Nicodranas, where they hope to find out more about Fjord's strange powers and the orb in his body. After briefly meeting and helping out Jester's mother Marion, a famed courtesan, as well as a surprising reunion with Yasha, the Nein try to track down possible sources of information. An absolutely crazy series of events involving the group, pirates and the city guards leads to the Mighty Nein fleeing by sailing a ship onto the Lucidian Ocean. On their following journey, they discover that Fjord's powers - and the orb - are granted to him by an ancient being named "Uk'otoa". The party is forced into working with the cunning pirate captain Avantika, another one of Uk'otoa's chosen. She forces them to help her with her plan to release her ancient "god", and manages to break one of three necessary seals. While resting on Darktow, an island controlled by the pirate group known as "The Revelry", the Mighty Nein manage to sever their ties with Avantika by revealing her plans to overthrow the "Plank King", the current leader of the pirates. Avantika is executed, but Fjord continues to follow Uk'otoa's path, breaking the second seal despite the doubts of his friends. Then, he finally figures out that he doesn't want to be responsible for releasing an evil calamity, and, despite Uk'otoa threatening him in his dreams, decides that the party needs to leave the ocean without searching for the third seal. The Mighty Nein head back into the Dwendalian Empire after hearing about developments in the war with Xhorhas, specifically a Kryn attack in the city of Felderwin, Nott's former home in the east of the Empire.
In the Xhorhas story arc (Episodes 48-71), the Mighty Nein travel east and get in over their heads. In Felderwin, they learn that a halfling named Yeza was taken by the Kryn, triggering major revelations from Nott. She reveals herself as a halfling named Veth, who was forcefully turned into a goblin - and Yeza is her husband. The Nein travel into the wastelands of Xhorhas in search of Yeza. In the city of Asarius, they take on mercenary work to gain favor with the Kryn, managing to seal a rift to the Abyss, the demonic plane. As their reward, the group are granted an audience with the Bright Queen, ruler of the Kryn Dynasty. During the audience in the capital, Rosohna, the party are accused of espionage. In a last effort to save their lives, Caleb pulls out the object the party "acquired" in Zadash. It turns out to be one of the "Beacons of the Luxon", key parts of the Kryn's religion that were stolen by the Cerberus Assembly, and that Yeza unknowingly helped experiment on - the theft was the reason for the war. The Mighty Nein are declared heroes for returning one of the Beacons, and Yeza is released from prison. The party continues to work for the Kryn to understand them better, quickly stumbling upon more rifts they manage to seal, for which the Kryn reward them with a house in Rosohna. Continuing to investigate the mysterious rifts, the Mighty Nein find out that they were opened on purpose. They chase the responsible person, Obann, northwards to a place called Bazzoxan, where he lures them into an ancient underground temple. Here, everything breaks apart: Obann reveals himself as a demon and releases an ancient terror known as the "Laughing Hand". In this moment, Yasha turns on the party. She had, in a past of which she had no memory, served with Obann in the cult of a being called the "Angel of Irons". The rest of the party barely escape with their lives, unaware that Yasha was influenced by Obann and had no control over what she did. Shaken, they return to Rosohna and plan their next steps. They reunite Yeza with his and Veth's son, Luc, escorting them to live with Marion in Nicodranas. Meanwhile, Dairon, Beau's mentor, has infiltrated Xhorhas for the Cobalt Soul order. She stays undercover in the Nein's house in Rosohna, while they seek a way to deal with the "Laughing Hand".
The current story arc (ongoing from Episode 72) follows the six remaining party members to the "Greying Wildlands", north of both the Empire and Xhorhas. They travel to a kiln within a volcano, where they hope to reforge an ancient broken sword that might help them kill the "Laughing Hand". Caduceus learns from the Dust family, the keepers of the kiln, another holy burial place, that the other Clays, his family members who left their holy graveyard years ago in search of a cure for the corrupted forest, came through the kiln in the past. Also, the group find out that they need to seek the master smith who already had reforged the sword centuries ago, a dwarf living in the nearby city of Uthodurn. In these days, after continuously refusing to help Uk'otoa, who threatened him in his dreams multiple times, Fjord is depowered by his dark patron. Instead of giving into Uk'otoa's demands, Fjord throws his pact weapon and the last orb, key to the final seal, into the legendary forge of the kiln, seemingly destroying his pact for good, but also giving up all of his magic powers. Fjord seeks guidance from Caduceus as the Mighty Nein make their way to Uthodurn, team up with Reani, a druid vigilante and discover that to re-forge the sword they need a material called "iceflex" which is made from a white dragon breathing on mithral. With Beau negotiating with the library for information and transport, the group make their way to a dragon's lair and narrowly escape with their lives and return the metal to Uthodurn. After travelling back to the kiln with a blacksmith and the iceflex, Frojd meditates and has a dream from the Wildmother and promises that he will do work in her name. The Mighty Nein find Fjord wrapped in seaweed, his powers returned and the sword is reforged and then presented to Fjord.
Cast and charactersEdit
Since October 2015,[update] Critical Role has consisted of eight main cast members, all of whom are the original cast. The show had a cast of nine for the first 27 episodes. A number of guest players have also appeared on the show over the years.
The cast, their character(s), as well as that character's race and class for the two campaigns are listed below. When a player has taken the option of multiclassing, the classes are listed in the order taken by the player. An H is used to indicate a homebrew class developed by Mercer.
|Actor||Campaign 1: Vox Machina||Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein|
|Matthew Mercer||Dungeon Master|
|Ashley Johnson||Pike Trickfoot
|Yasha Nydoorin |
|Laura Bailey||Vex'ahlia "Vex" de Rolo (née Vessar)
(half-elf ranger / rogue)
|Jester Lavorre |
|Liam O'Brien||Vax'ildan "Vax" Vessar
(half-elf rogue / paladin / druid)
|Caleb Widogast |
|Marisha Ray||Keyleth of the Air Ashari
|Beauregard "Beau" Lionett |
|Sam Riegel||Scanlan Shorthalt
(gnome bard; absent 86–98)
|Nott the Brave |
(human artificer; 85–102)
|Taliesin Jaffe||Percival "Percy" Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III
(tiefling blood hunterH; 1–26)
|Caduceus Clay |
(firbolg cleric; 28–on)
|Travis Willingham||Grog Strongjaw
(goliath barbarian / fighter)
(half-orc warlock / paladin)
|N/A||Sir Bertrand Bell |
|Orion Acaba||Tiberius Stormwind
(dragonborn sorcerer; 1–27)
Guests are an irregular occurrence on Critical Role and, in most cases, only stay on the show for a one-off appearance or a few consecutive episodes. Only a few guests (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Will Friedle and Patrick Rothfuss in Campaign 1, as well as Khary Payton in Campaign 2) have appeared in non-consecutive episodes, with their respective characters playing an active role in different parts of the overall storyline. So far, Chris Perkins is the only guest to have appeared in both campaigns, playing a different character for each campaign.
|Campaign 2 |
|Mary Elizabeth McGlynn||Zahra Hydris
|Wil Wheaton||Thorbir Falbek
|Will Friedle||Kashaw Vesh
|Kit Buss||Lillith Anioska Daturai
|Jason C. Miller||Garthok
|Chris Hardwick||Gern Blanston
(dwarf/werebear blood hunter)
|Jon Heder||Lionel "Chod" Gayheart
|Darin De Paul||Ethrid "Sprigg" Brokenbranch
|Joe Manganiello||Arkhan the Cruel
(red dragonborn paladin/barbarian)
|Khary Payton||N/A||Shakäste |
|Mark Hulmes||N/A||Calianna |
(half-elf sorcerer, 1/10 black dragon)
|Ashly Burch||N/A||Keg |
|Sumalee Montano||N/A||Nila |
|Deborah Ann Woll||N/A||Twiggy |
(forest gnome rogue)
|Mica Burton||N/A||Reani |
Critical Role is a creator-owned streaming show where the cast play an ongoing Dungeons & Dragons campaign, with Matthew Mercer serving as the show's Dungeon Master for the seven other cast members.
The group's first campaign began two years prior to the start of the series as a one-off, simplified Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition game for Liam O'Brien's birthday. The players enjoyed this initial game so much that they continued to play while switching to Pathfinder. After Felicia Day heard about the private home game from Ashley Johnson, she approached the group about playing it in a live-streamed format for Geek & Sundry. In order to streamline gameplay for the show, the game's characters were converted from Pathfinder to Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition before the web series began airing on March 12, 2015.
In June 2018, Critical Role launched its own Twitch and YouTube channels, with cast member Marisha Ray being announced as the creative director of the franchise. Critical Role then started to self-produce new shows and content which did not air on Geek & Sundry's channels. The sets for Critical Role and Talks Machina moved from Legendary Digital Network's studios to Critical Role's own studios in July 2018. In February 2019, Critical Role's amicable split from Geek & Sundry and Legendary Digital Networks was completed, with live broadcasts of their shows and VODs airing exclusively on Critical Role's channels. "Legacy episodes" (the entirety of Campaign 1, the first 51 episodes of Campaign 2, as well as the first 100 episodes of official discussion show Talks Machina) remain available in Geek & Sundry's archives on YouTube and Twitch.
Critical Role is a mixture of a weekly show and a modern gaming Twitch stream. Each episode usually runs for 3 to 6 hours and is streamed live on Critical Role's Twitch channel on almost every Thursday, with possible breaks from the show being announced at least one week prior to the broadcast. The VOD is made available for subscribers of Critical Role's Twitch channel immediately after airing, before being uploaded to Critical Role's YouTube channel the following Monday, where it can be watched for free.
Critical Role has played with a live theater audience six times: the first for episode 60, Heredity and Hats, held on July 14, 2016, at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles; the second for episode 62, Uninviting Waters, held on August 6, 2016, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis; the third for episode 109, The Ominous March, held on August 18, 2017, at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis; the fourth for episode 29 of the second campaign, The Stalking Nightmare, held on August 3, 2018, at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis; the fifth for episode 37 of the second campaign, Dangerous Liaisons, held on October 4, 2018, at the United Palace Theatre in New York; and the sixth for a one-shot game called Vox Machina: The Search for Grog, held on January 19, 2019, at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
As of January 2016, each episode of the show has been watched for more than a million minutes on Twitch, totaling over 37 million minutes watched for the whole series. Additionally, the YouTube archived videos have over 17 million views. It has amassed over 68 million views overall. On January 11, 2018, the second campaign's first episode peaked at 135 thousand viewers on Twitch and YouTube, compared to the first campaign finale's 40,000 viewers.
The show has caught the attention of the publishers of Dungeons & Dragons, Wizards of the Coast, who discussed it at length on two occasions on their official D&D podcast, along with cast members Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Liam O'Brien, Laura Bailey and former member Orion Acaba. In an interview with the online gaming magazine Polygon, lead D&D designer Mike Mearls commented about the show, stating "It was really cool, as a guy who works on Dungeons & Dragons, to open up my Twitch app on my iPad and see Dungeons & Dragons in the first row".
Viewer responses to the show have been overwhelmingly positive, with many fans, nicknamed "Critters", creating content such as fanart, fan fiction, character-inspired music, and fan-created merchandise for the show. Fans also send in many gifts for the cast and crew, resulting in occasional "Critmas" episodes during which the gifts are opened and distributed.
The cast of Critical Role are active participants on sci-fi/comics convention circuits, appearing for panels and signings at San Diego and New York Comic Cons. For the 2015 New York con, "critical rolls" were available from one of the food vendors.
|2018||Streamy Awards||Live Streamer||Nominated|||
|2019||Webby Awards||Video Series & Channels - Games||Won (Webby Award & People's Voice)|||
|2019||Shorty Awards||Games||Won (Finalist & Audience Honor)|||
There are a number of spin-off shows and podcasts, all of which are produced by the Critical Role studio.
Various third-party, licensed works have been released since Critical Role began in 2015.
The Critical Role studio produces several shows, some of which are directly related to the original Critical Role series.
Instead of an episode in the main storyline, the series will occasionally feature a one-shot game, often with several guests replacing absent cast members. Some have a tangential relationship to the main storyline; others are fully independent adventures. Not all one-shots use the Dungeons & Dragons game system, as some are based on different, often one-page RPG games. As of February 2019, over 20 one-shots have aired, and every cast member - with the exception of Ashley Johnson - has taken up the duties of Dungeon Master/game master at least once.
On September 28, 2016, Geek & Sundry announced Talks Machina, a fan-centered after/talk show hosted by Brian W. Foster, a close friend of the cast. On Talks Machina, the latest episode of Critical Role is discussed with some members of the cast of Critical Role, who answer fan questions and give some insight on in-game decisions. The first 100 episodes of the show were broadcast on Geek & Sundry's channels and are available via a playlist on Critical Role's website. Beginning in February 2019 and coinciding with Critical Role's split from Geek & Sundry, new episodes now air live on Critical Role's Twitch channel on Tuesdays at 18:45 PT. The VODs are available to Twitch subscribers immediately after the show and are also uploaded to YouTube on the following Thursday.
Hosted by Critical Role production coordinator Dani Carr, Critical Recap quickly summarizes the events of the previous week's episode of Critical Role. Starting with Episode 11 of the second campaign, Critical Recap aired on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel before the Critical Role live stream on Thursdays. After Critical Role's split from Geek & Sundry, new episodes of Critical Recap are now premiering on Critical Role's YouTube channel every Tuesday, while a rebroadcast airs on the Critical Role Twitch channel immediately before the Critical Role live stream on Thursdays.
Handbooker Helper is a to-camera, weekly show that aims to explain the basics of playing Dungeons & Dragons. The show's name is a parody of Hamburger Helper and a reference to the Player's Handbook. Though not a requirement to watch, the Critical Role campaigns are often alluded to through inside jokes and other meta-references.
The first episode of Handbooker Helper dealt with the different types of dice the player can expect to come across. Later episodes cover aspects of Dungeons & Dragons such as character quick builds, and rolling with advantage.
On March 4, 2019, the cast launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a 22-minute animation called Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina Animated Special. The animated story will be set just before the streaming portion of the campaign started – when the players were around level seven – during a time when, canonically, there is an in-game period of roughly six months when the (then eight) members of Vox Machina were not all together at the same time. For a single 22-minute animated short, fulfilling the other campaign rewards, and the fees associated with a crowdfunding campaign; the cast projected a cost of US$750,000. Not knowing how long this would take to raise, the campaign length was set at 45 days.
Within an hour of launch, however, the Kickstarter had reached more than $1,000,000. At the end of the first full day, all of the announced stretch goals had been unlocked, and the total had reached more than $4.3 million. With four 22-minute episodes funded in the first 24 hours, additional stretch goals were added, expanding the project into an animated series. The first two episodes would cover the pre-stream story arc. The subsequent episodes would adapt the Briarwoods' arc, also from the Vox Machina campaign. By March 18, 2019, eight 22-minute episodes had been funded. Finally, on April 4, 2019, the last published stretch goal of $8.8 million was reached during the airing of episode 57 of Campaign 2, pushing the total length of the animated series to ten episodes. A "secret" $10M stretch goal of Travis Willingham being filmed going around a haunted house was reached April 16. The final total raised by the Kickstarter when it closed on April 19, 2019, was $11.3M. When the campaign closed, it was one of the most quickly funded in Kickstarter history, and was the most funded Kickstarter for TV and film projects.
The cast will reprise their respective Vox Machina roles, with the exception of Orion Acaba. The animated series will be written by Jennifer Muro, and animated by Titmouse, Inc. The project is slated for release in late 2020.
Geek & Sundry produced a six-panel series of webcomics weekly from November to December 2015 that describes a "Winter's Crest Festival" that occurred pre-series. The webcomics are written by cast members Marisha Ray and Taliesin Jaffe, and feature artwork by Wendy Sullivan Green.
On July 22, 2017, at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, a comic book that tells the tales of the beginning of Vox Machina pre-stream and pre-game was announced. It is written by Matthew Colville, drawn by Olivia Samson (a long-time member of the Critical Role community), and colored and lettered by Chris Northrop. It was scheduled to be released before the end of 2017. On September 6, 2017, Geek & Sundry announced that they partnered with Dark Horse Comics for the comic book. They also revealed the cover for the first digital issue by Deborah Hauber and release dates. It was announced to be available digitally beginning September 20, with a physical graphic anthology to follow in Spring 2018. The first digital issue was released on September 20, 2017. A trade paperback Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I was announced on March 11, 2019, and is due to be released on October 15, 2019.
On March 11, 2019, a second set of six comic books was announced continuing the Vox Machina Origins stories. Also published by Dark Horse Comics, Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II is written by Jody Houser, drawn by Olivia Samson, colored by MSASSYK, and lettered by Ariana Maher. Issue one will release on July 10, 2019.
Campaign setting booksEdit
On August 8, 2016, Green Ronin Publishing announced that it had signed a licensing agreement with Geek & Sundry to release roleplaying game sourcebooks based on Critical Role. The announcement was made by Chris Pramas, president of Green Ronin and Ryan Copple, General Manager of Geek & Sundry, live on the 62nd episode, Uninviting Waters, at Gen Con 2016. All books in the series will use the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition rules. The books will be written by Matthew Mercer and will be set in the world of Exandria.
The first book, titled Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, is set on the continent of Tal'Dorei where most of Vox Machina's adventures take place. The hardback edition was released at Gen Con 2017 on August 17, 2017, while the PDF version was released on July 17, 2017. On July 14, 2017, Green Ronin revealed the cover by Aaron Riley of Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting on Twitter.
On the 100th episode of Critical Role, the launch of the Critical Role podcast was announced: an audio version of the game sessions. It is available on iTunes, Google Play Music, and at the Geek & Sundry website.
The first campaign's podcast episodes were released in batches of 10-15, between June 8, 2017, and January 8, 2018. Since the start of the second campaign, the podcast episodes have been released on the following Thursday.
Talks Machina has been available in a podcast format since episode 101. Like the podcast version of Critical Role; there is a week's delay between the broadcast of Talks Machina on Twitch, and the corresponding podcast episode's release.
On August 18, 2017, at a live show in Indianapolis, a Critical Role art book titled The Chronicles of Exandria Vol. I: The Tale of Vox Machina was announced. It includes backstories for Vox Machina, as well as some of the NPCs. It features artwork from the community. On August 3, 2018, was announced. The Chronicles of Exandria Vol. II: The Legend of Vox Machina, a sequel to the first art book, was released November 2018.
The first Mighty Nein art book The Chronicles of Exandria: The Mighty Nein was announced on March 11, 2019. It is expected to be published late 2019.
Obsidian's RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire received a free DLC entitled Critical Role Pack on launch day, adding additional character voices and portraits. The set corresponds with eight characters from the first campaign, making up the bulk of Vox Machina. Additionally, the characters Arkhan the Cruel and Spurt the Kobold appear as playable characters in Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. Arkhan's inclusion was announced on Talks Machina as part of a sponsorship deal.
Licensed miniature figuresEdit
In July 2018, Steamforged Games (SFG) raised approx $1.2M in a Kickstarter campaign for a collection of licensed miniature figures based on player characters (PCs) and non-player characters (NPCs) from both Critical Role campaigns. The Kickstarter campaign included miniatures of both Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein, and exclusive miniatures of Taryon Darrington, Doty, Pumat Prime, and three Pumat Sols. Because Caduceus was not part of the Mighty Nein until after the SFG Kickstarter campaign finished he is not included in the Mighty Nein set of figures.
In a February 2019 update, backers were informed that the expected March 2019 fulfilment date would be missed, as quality control samples had failed to meet both SFG's and the Critical Role cast's standards. The miniatures began shipping to backers June 2019, and were added to the Critical Role online stores for pre-order a month later. A date at which the miniatures will also go on sale at gaming stores has not yet been announced.
A Caduceus miniature was announced as part of SFG's coninuing "Vault" line of Critical Role miniature figures in July 2019. The Vault line are limited edition figures, which are produced in resin at lower volumes than the PVC figures in the Kickstarter campaign.
On October 16, 2015, the Extra Life fundraiser episode raised over $20,000 for the Children's Miracle Network during the broadcast. This charity episode included a reappearance of the Critical Rejects, as well as three members of the Critical Role cast, Liam O'Brien, Marisha Ray, and Orion Acaba.
During the show, viewers are invited to donate money to 826LA, which is later provided in a lump sum to the charity. Donation amounts and messages appear live on the stream, and on earlier episodes, a list of donors was read at the end of each session. During Geek & Sundry's 2015 Extra Life fundraiser, a special interactive episode was broadcast. This episode alone brought in over $20,000 for the Children's Miracle Network, and the event as a whole raised over $76,000. In late November 2015, Geek & Sundry's Twitch channel held a special Doctors Without Borders fundraiser, with nearly half of the $10,000 goal being raised during the 4-hour Critical Role broadcast. In December 2015, the cast released a "Critter's Guide to Critmas" in response to the flood of gifts they were receiving from fans, asking them to instead donate to a variety of charities, with a different cast member sponsoring each charity.
In Spring 2018, the show held a charity drive for 826 LA which resulted in community members donating over $50,000, which was matched by a generous community member. This charity drive resulted in some prizes being unlocked for the community, such as discount codes for D&D Beyond and Wyrmwood Gaming, a second Fireside Chat with Matt Mercer, and a second Honey Heist run by Marisha Ray.
The Critical Role studio and Stephen Colbert teamed up for Red Nose Day for a special one-on-one adventure with Mathew Mercer as Dungeon Master that aired on May 23, 2019. Fans were able to donate to the cause and vote for elements of the adventure such as Colbert's companion, his class, his legendary weapon, and the villain. In the one-shot campaign, Colbert played a half-elf bard named Capo, and had a bee named Eric as a companion. The event raised $117,176.20 for the charity.
Critical Role studioEdit
The Critical Role company, Critical Role Productions LLC, was set up during the split from Legendary Digital Networks.
As of 2019[update], Travis Willingham serves as chief executive officer, Matthew Mercer as chief creative officer, Marisha Ray as creative director, Ed Lopez as chief operating officer, Rachel Romero as senior vice president of marketing, and Ben Van Der Fluit as vice president of business development.
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