What is Critical Role? I always see your posts about it but I have no clue what it is?
Short answer: Critical Role is a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors getting together, rolling dice and playing Dungeons and Dragons, and it is amazing.
The long answer: Critical Role a live-streamed 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game, played most Thursday nights on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel (now also on Project Alpha and on Youtube), run by Matthew Mercer of voice acting fame (like seriously the man is in most video games) and a cast of other amazing voice actors including Laura Bailey, Liam O’Brian, Travis Willingham, Ashley Johnson (who sadly does not get to attend every week because she’s in New York filming Blind Spot), Sam Riegel, Marisha Ray, and Taliesin Jaffe. Occasionally they bring in guest stars, like anyone from Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day to Jon Heder.
The game started about 5 years ago now, when a bunch of friends got together to play a Pathfinder one-shot for Liam’s birthday, and they just couldn’t stop playing. Eventually Felicia asked them if they wanted to livestream it with G&S, they converted to 5e, and we all got to follow the misfits known as Vox Machina (see below) through their adventures in the lands of Tal’Dorei and beyond as they fought necromancers and dragons and saved the entire world of Exandria, a homebrewed world created by Matt himself (and Tal’Dorei has a campaign guide here if you’re interested!), and made me laugh and cry and scream along the way.
Look at these fucking nerds, I love them so much.
That exclamation up there might seem pretty dry, anon, and I apologize, but I don’t think I can really capture how amazing it is just to watch them play. Critical Role is as exhilarating as any scripted TV show, with arcs and highs and lows and beautiful character choices and perfectly timed narrative beats (comedic and otherwise), and the cast are all best friends and love each other so much, and you can just tell.
The tale of Vox Machina ended in about November of last year– and it broke down to about 151 episodes of about 4hrs each (which I know is very intimidating), but they have also been releasing the episodes as podcasts, which you can find wherever podcasts are posted. If you are brave enough to try, I recommend starting with episode 24: The Feast, which is when one of the best arcs of the show begins, or with episode 16.
But while Vox Machina’s story is over, the show definitely isn’t. The cast has rolled up new characters that I already would die for, so if you are interested in finding out for yourself, you can jump in fresh with Episode One. Episode Two, which aired last Thursday, will be up on Monday afternoon.
I hope this helps, dear, lovely Anon. <3 if you have any other questions, or do end up joining the rest of us nerds (collectively called Critters), my inbox is always open.