This page is about the actor. For the character from a one-shot campaign, see Matthew Mercer (character).

Matthew Mercer's catchphrase when the players defeat a challenge

Matthew Miller, known by stage name Matthew Mercer,[3] (@matthewmercer) is a voice actor and the Dungeon Master (DM) for the show Critical Role,[4] as well as member of the board of directors for the Critical Role Foundation.

Pre-Stream[edit | edit source]

Matt began DMing in his freshman year of high school after playing in a campaign with a particularly bad DM.[citation needed]

When Matt created the campaign that eventually became Critical Role, he made up his own world of Exandria and restructured some of the game system rules to allow for more flexibility in the storyline. He has been the Dungeon Master since the beginning of the campaign in 2012.

Before the Geek & Sundry streaming gameplay sessions, the group would meet every month to month-and-a-half for about eight hours. This infrequency was problematic, as many of the players needed to be reminded by Matt of elements of the storyline, how to play, etc.

When Matt told the other cast members about Geek & Sundry approaching him about making Critical Role, the group's reactions were recorded for posterity.[5]

In preparation for the stream, Matt converted the game over from Pathfinder to Dungeons & Dragons, because Pathfinder combat is slower due to an abundance of various modifiers. D&D also has more name recognition. When converting their game, Matt had to create a custom fighter's Martial Archetype for Taliesin Jaffe's character, Percy, as the gunslinger doesn't exist in 5th Edition D&D. They both sat down and took a full day to switch over the character and all of his stats and abilities.

Custom D&D Materials[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Matthew Mercer as a bard in the College of the Maestro, by NLN4.[art 1]

Matt created several custom supplementals for Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition, some of which are available on the Dungeon Masters Guild:

  • "Blood Hunter" class[6] Also available on D&D Beyond[7]
  • "Lingering Soul" class[8]
  • "College of the Maestro" for the bard class[9]
  • "Gunslinger" Martial Archetype for the fighter class[10]
  • "Blood Domain" for the cleric class.[11]
  • "Path of the Juggernaut" for the barbarian class.[12]
  • "Runechild" sorcerous Origin for the sorcerer class.[13]
  • "Way of the Cobalt Soul" for the monk class.[14]
  • "Oath of the Open Sea" for the paladin class.[15]

Matt's Player Characters[edit | edit source]

Although Matt is the Dungeon Master for the main campaigns of Critical Role, he occasionally gets to be a player when someone else takes over the DM chair. These are the characters he has played as so far.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Matt is married to Marisha Ray, who played Keyleth in the first campaign and currently plays Beauregard.
  • When asked if he could be any player character in the game, Matt has repeatedly chosen Scanlan.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, he (as the Dungeon Master) represents XXI - The World.
  • Matt's NPCs are sometimes borrowed from or inspired by his player characters from other games. Two of these characters are Grimthorne and Eskil Ryndarien.
  • On Talks Machina, the host Brian Wayne Foster likes to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that are either mispronounced or wordplay that sounds close to their names. Here are the names for Matthew Mercer so far:
    • Mike Mercer
    • Michael Mercy
    • Mike Murker
    • Mad He Cursed Her
    • Math Precursor
    • Path Traverser
    • Splat Nurser
    • Bathroom Nurser
    • Make You Cry Mercy
    • Merciless Murder
    • Back Few Nerves Hurt
    • Cast and Crew Hurt-er
    • Thank You Turnt Sir
    • Blast You Zauber
    • Ogres Smell the Worst Sir
    • Stabby Crow Voicer
  • Matt's chosen drink for his Between the Sheets interview was a dark & stormy.
  • Every Halloween, the cast of Critical Role dresses up in costume for one episode. Matthew has dressed up as Geralt of Rivia (2015), Victor (2016), Dante from Devil May Cry (2018) and Jesse McCree (2019).
  • Matt has done cosplay as a hobby for years. He even cosplayed as Pumat Sol during a convention, and again for a Twitch ad.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hype: Fall Programming Schedule on
  2. Between the Sheets: Matthew Mercer
  3. Matthew "Mercer" is Matthew Miller's stage name that has become his general-use name, according to Matthew on Twitter.
  4. Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style (by Matthew Mercer)
  5. D&D NEWS (by Liam O'Brien).
  6. See "Blood Hunter Class" (source).
  7. See "Blood Hunter Class Details" on D&D Beyond
  8. See "Lingering Soul Class" (source).
  9. See "College of the Maestro - Bard College Option" (source).
  10. See "Gunslinger Martial Archetype for Fighters" (source).
  11. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 101.
  12. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 102.
  13. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 103.
  14. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 104.
  15. DDB.png Paladin Oath of the Open Sea on D&D Beyond


  1. Fan art of Matthew Mercer as a bard in the College of the Maestro, by NLN4 (source).  Used with permission.

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