live test stream

Didn’t do this last week because I was still under the weather but hey! Here’s some highlights from Talks Machina this week, which is not the last Twitch episode:

  • Before the show started, Matt won a dice game by rolling four six-sided die and having them all come up the same number. Because of course he did.
  • The pit crew’s up first! Dustin and Amir both have a ton of technical directing/film experience, but Twitch is something new to them. Ryan was a chef and is learning on the go, but finds that his high-stress job experience actually helps a lot on the live-TV side of things.
  • The crew works 8:30AM to 11PM on Critical Role days (they have to run a few other shows those days as well). They typically have four hours of prep time scattered unevenly throughout the day and can’t fully test anything until they’re live—they test-stream to another channel, but swapping it to the real channel always seems to break something.
  • “How many people are needed behind the scenes?” Amir: “Needed? Probably five or six. But it’s just the three of us.”
  • “Speaking of bad, the first three episodes of Critical Role… IN TERMS OF TECH, IN TERMS OF TECH!” Matt, from offscreen: “I’M WATCHING.”
  • Someone asks what the pit crew would say to the people who have complaints with the tech. Ryan: “We know.”
  • Matt, Marisha, and Liam are up now!
  • Announcement: Talks Machina will be staying on Twitch indefinitely and will not be an Alpha-exclusive after all. Brian: “However, the entire pit crew’s fired. Sorry.”
  • Brian: “Without giving anything away, Matt, can you tell me who’s gonna win the Thordak fight and who’s gonna die?”
  • Marisha on the GameInformer article: “There’s a full centerfold of Sam Riegel.”
  • Changes to the set for the big Thordak fight? Liam, hanging off the back of the couch: “Corpses everywhere.”
  • Marisha: “Mysterious boxes keep arriving from Amazon. I’m not allowed to open the mail.”
  • The Thordak twitter account: “What are your characters’ secret fears and weaknesses… asking for a friend?” Liam: “I’m afraid of success, Thordak.”
  • The hourglass flipped when Vorugal fell—Matt knew Fort Daxio was going to be attacked regardless, timeline-wise. If they had returned later from the City of Brass, things would have been much worse.
  • Fan question: antlers are heavy, so is Keyleth’s neck super buff? Everyone wants fanart.
  • Gilmore’s based on someone Matt went to school with; he was never intended to be a major character. The twins tried to barter with Gilmore, Vex failed miserably, and Vax succeeded unexpectedly, so Matt decided there was a bit of a crush there.
  • Matt re: the shirt: “Sam is a master of surprise comedy in the most villainous way. (…) I love and fear that man in so many ways.” Liam: “He’s better than all of us combined.” Matt: “Which is why he has to die. Not in the game, just Sam.”
  • The limerick book was meant to be a private gift from Taliesin to Sam; it wasn’t mean to be an on-screen thing. Marisha: “Well, what did he expect?”
  • Re: someone with a super edgy twitter handle: “He definitely plays Overwatch as Reaper with the Halloween skin still on.”
  • Matt and Liam have talked about Matt playing as a PC for Liam as a DM in a one-shot, possibly after the current arc but before the final arc to give Matt a bit of a break.
  • Marisha almost put a song for Grog on Keyleth’s playlist, but it wasn’t quite right so she left it off. Liam: “I kinda feel like Marisha and Grog would hang out.”
  • Keyleth started getting interested in Vax when he gradually became the one who stood up for her when she was the voice of morality. Liam talks about how Vax and Keyleth are often the ones who are very focused on not compromising their ideals.
  • Vox Machina has been traveling together for about two and a half years in-game.
  • The twins were very insular pre-game–VM was the first time they really opened up to a bigger group of people.
  • According to Matt, Kima and Allura have behind the scenes rekindled a relationship that they had before. Matt’s been waiting for an opportunity to make that clear (and he has a lot more information about their relationship that he’ll share after the show if it doesn’t come up in-game), but it was tough to find a moment to show it. Apparently someone on a podcast talked about how Kima/Allura is fetishized and Matt was briefly insecure about that possibility but in the end disagreed strongly. (On a side note, Allura confirmed as bisexual, Gilmore confirmed as gay.) Matt wasn’t expecting the strong reaction to the kiss, but realized belatedly why it was so important to so many people.
  • Two myyyyystery guests next week. Who could they be? It is truly a mystery.