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Critical Role is a weekly web series of voice actors playing Dungeon & Dragons. The first eight chapters chronicle the adventures of a group known as Vox Machina. The series airs live on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel on Thursdays at 7pm (Los Angeles time), and episodes are archived on their website. The series began on March 13, 2015 with "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01), but the group began playing together in 2012. The show continues 20 years after the end of the Vox Machina Campaign with the story of the Mighty Nein, which is currently on going. The Mighty Nein’s story starts with "Curious Beginnings" (9x01), but the group did a session 0 before the stream for the players to get a feel for their characters and the setting they would be playing in.
→ See also: Category:Cast.
Main Cast Edit
- Laura Bailey as Vex'ahlia/Jester Lavorre
- Liam O'Brien as Vax'ildan/Caleb Widogast
- Taliesin Jaffe as Percy/Mollymauk Tealeaf and Caduceus Clay
- Ashley Johnson as Pike Trickfoot/Yasha
- Marisha Ray as Keyleth/Beauregard
- Sam Riegel as Scanlan Shorthalt and Taryon Darrington/Nott
- Travis Willingham as Grog/Fjord
- Matthew Mercer as the Dungeon Master
- Orion Acaba as Tiberius Stormwind (formerly)
On October 28th, 2015, at 6:40 PST, it was announced live on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel that due to a mutual parting of ways, Orion would no longer appear on Critical Role. Matt Mercer repeated the announcement at the beginning of "Stoke the Flames" (3x07). Orion last appeared in "The Path to Whitestone" (3x04).
Guest Stars Edit
Occasionally a guest star or two will join the main cast. These guests play their own characters who encounter Vox Machina while on their own individual journeys and decide to team up with our protagonists for as long as their goals are aligned.
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Zahra Hydris
- Felicia Day as Lyra
- Will Friedle as Kashaw Vesh
- Wil Wheaton as Thorbir Falbek
- Kit Buss as Lillith Daturai
- Jason Charles Miller as Garthok
- Chris Hardwick as Gern Blanston
- Chris Perkins as Shale
- Patrick Rothfuss as Kerrek
- Noelle Stevenson as Tova
- Jon Heder as Lionel Gayheart
- Darin De Paul as Sprigg
- Joe Manganiello as Arkhan
- Khary Payton as Shakäste
- Mark Hulmes as Calianna
- Ashly Burch as Keg
- Sumalee Montano as Nila
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Will Friedle have returned on several different occasions to reprise their roles as Zahra and Kashaw. Patrick Rothfuss also returned as Kerrek for several episodes near the end of the Chroma Conclave story arc.
The Game Before the Show Edit
Although Critical Role as a show did not begin until March 13, 2015, the campaign itself started on December 8, 2012. The very first session consisted of Liam O'Brien, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Taliesin Jaffe, and Orion Acaba as players, with Matthew Mercer as the Dungeon Master. All the players began with the same characters they had in the first episode of Critical Role, with the exception of Taliesin who played a dragonborn paladin for their first session. Marisha Ray and Ashley Johnson would join the game in later sessions.
→ Main article: List of episodes.
Other Media Edit
After "Where the Cards Fall" (6x06), Geek & Sundry began airing a show called Talks Machina which serves as an after-show for Critical Role. Hosted by Brian Wayne Foster, Talks Machina is a weekly show airing on Tuesdays where Brian and several guests talk about the most recent episode of Critical Role and answer questions submitted by fans. The guests usually consist of the regular cast of Critical Role, but guest players like Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Will Friedle, behind-the-scenes people such as Geek & Sundry's Pit Crew, and fans such as Andrew from CritRoleStats have also appeared on Talks Machina.
Geek & Sundry has begun releasing a podcast version of the show that only has the audio, for those who prefer to just listen. You can download it on the official website, on iTunes, or a variety of other podcast apps.
Dark Horse Comics is releasing a six-issue comic series titled Vox Machina: Origins that covers how the members of Vox Machina came to meet each other.
Soon after the stream started, fans of the show, known as Critters, began to show their support. First, by sending food during the stream and soon after, fan art, creations, and gifts. The cast would open these gifts and thank their fans at the end of a gaming session and the segment began to be known as Critmas.
So overwhelmed with their fans' generosity, the cast of Critical Role were inspired to each choose a charity and encouraged their fans to donate to them instead of sending gifts. Though this is not the first time they have promoted giving to charity.
During each broadcast, viewers are encouraged to donate to a charity, usually 826LA, and donators are thanked at the end of the session. During Hoomanism Appreciation Week in September 2015, the cast of Critical Role visited 826LA, where they presented creative director Joel Arquillos with a check for $15,000.
Many of the cast members of Critical Role were involved with the Geek & Sundry Extra Life charity drive in October 2015, including a special episode, Critical Trolls for Extra Life featuring the Vox Moronica crew.
"Critters" is a term that refers to the fans of Critical Role. The cast openly interacts with their fans via social media, and Liam gathers fanart from various artists to display in a gallery on the Geek & Sundry website every week. In return, Critters often show their appreciation by sending gifts and letters to Matt and the players, which they occasionally open on-stream in a segment called "Critmas".
- ↑ Liam O'Brien, Sam Riegel, and Travis Willingham all tweeted about their first game session together. Based on the timestamps, the game began on the night of December 8th and continued past midnight into December 9th. (Sources: Liam's tweet; Sam's tweet; Travis's tweet)
- ↑ A Critter's Guide To Critmas
- ↑ An Act Of #Hoomanism: Critical Role Gives Back To 826la
- ↑ #GNSLIVE Charity Drive – Keep Giving, Keep Playing
- ↑ The Season Of Giving – Where Your Extra Life Donations Go
External Links Edit
- CritRole.com official website
- Geek & Sundry on Twitch
- Critical Role on Geek & Sundry
- Critical Role on Twitter
- Critical Role on Wikipedia