Critical Role RPG Show

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  1. Dolnor

    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

    Jul 2, 2012
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    San Diego, CA, USA
    (**Warning: The message contains my opinions that are on the verge of being a rant. I have strong opinions and rarely voice them strongly on any forum. I feel more at ease to do so here...I guess it is the age-thing! ♥heh♥)(Updated Text in Blue)


    This thread is about an ongoing streaming D&D adventure available on YouTube but originating on But first is the reason why I am posting this thread.

    **UPDATE** I started this thread in Oct 2015 and things have progressed. Now the show has aired Episode 65 and something Unexpected has happened in the game...which will be hopefully resolved this coming Episode on Thursday.

    (personal backstory)
    Long ago (about 35 years ago) I was younger and played a lot of D&D. Mostly 1st edition (I had the original white box and about 100 first edition miniatures) adventures but some originally created adventures (created by other people). I adventured about 70% of the time and DM-ed about 20% of the time...with the remaining 10% being asked to impersonate NPC characters in games.

    I gave up playing D&D when it became more about buying books, following the rules to THE LETTER (as if it were THE LAW), dealing with Rule-Nazis, and DMs becoming more Ruthless Dictators/Captain Blighs than Player-Guides-Who-Give-Characters-70%-Chance-To-Survive.

    I still enjoy watching the various PAX Live D&D videos...I even found a link to the original Podcasts when that group formed. I would suggest listening to all the podcasts from the start because I am sure you all can relate in one way or the adventurers flesh out their characters over time. Here is the link for those podcasts & videos: The Incredible True Story of Acquisitions Incorporated

    (/personal backstory)

    This is to inform about the Critical Role RPG Show on Geek&Sundry (and Live on channel "geekandsundry") website. These videos are now also available on YouTube but only 17 episodes are posted there. The show is still adding new episodes...totaling 29 so far. So I watch them on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel.

    Critical Role videos pick up after the party & DM have been already adventuring together 2 years. The characters and the players are comfortable with everyone's personality...fictional and real life. There is a lot of inside jokes that crack the group up but leave the Viewing Public in the dark. Sometimes the DM explains these but mostly he just skips over and moves on...leaving the rest of us in-the-dark.

    Also the DM seems to be giving the player about a 70% survival chance with ad-lib encounters regardless how outrageous the characters act out. It seems these players' characters are like level 9 (now level 14) or so with the higher-than-normal stats + bonuses + traits + etc. The DM describes how each character's actions would be visualized including combat. Everyone displays great voice acting and great NPC interactions thrown in.

    I really enjoy the DM's descriptions of the environment and acting out the NPCs. His adventures are well thought-out with great encounters. Being that they are ALL Voice Actors, the different character personalities work well with inventive voices added.

    (TIME WARP!!!) Before this game started airing on, the team had been playing 2.5 years and then name of their group was the S•H•I•T•S...obviously they didn't take themselves serious! -)

    Even before that, Liam O'Brien and Sam Riegel (two members of the group) had met, became great friends and started a podcast called "All Work No Play" in which they just talk about their lives, work in the Voice Over field, their kids, etc. At the end of every episode they "challenge" themselves to try something new...what ever it may be. At the end of the 2nd podcast, the mentioned their friend Matt Mercer (the DM) hosted D&D games for friends and they thought it would be a great thing to try...neither of them had ever actually played the game. Well, here is the link to their 3rd podcast where (about 1/2 way into it) they excitedly talk about the game and their reactions. This was the Very First Game that became Critical Roll. -)

    In this vein, here are a few videos that Liam and others took during those earlier games...years before they played Live on Twitch channel...when they didn't know what they were doing! -)

    Here is where Matt talks about the group and the offer from Geek & Sundry to fund/help them televise their group playing the game...

    Here are more recent link that I've found...
    Behind D&D's Resurgency - Forbes Website

    Here is the link to the first episode at the Geek & Sundry website:

    There are other links I'll add if there is interest. Like the shows called "CritMass" where fans send 100's of gifts to the cast members and they show the gifts' opening & thanks to the fans...some of the gifts are $$$$$! And interviews of the cast at Comic/Industry Conventions, E3/PAX/OtherGameCons, etc

    Sorry about the wall of text...guess I am showing my inner-get-off-my-lawn! ♥heh♥

    Last edited: Sep 28, 2016
  2. Narkeleth

    Narkeleth Getting Started

    May 13, 2013
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    I've seen these folks before in the video they posted of Vin Diesel playing with them as a promo for The Last Witch Hunter movie. I have enjoyed watching various group role playing, this group certainly does the best voices I have seen. No wonder I guess based on their professions.

    I have been working on starting up an online game myself just trying to get myself organized enough to get it underway. It's been quite a while since I have played but am looking forward to running a game again soon.

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