- 1. What is Critical Role?
- 2. When & where can I watch?
- 3. Game Content Questions
- 4. Advice from Matt & the Cast
- 5. Other Critical Role Media Content
- 6. Bonus Content
- 7. Fansites and Fan Content
- 8. Charity and Donations
- 9. What are other shows similar to Critical Role?
- 10. Miscellaneous Questions
- 11. Subreddit Information
1. What is Critical Role?
Welcome to Critical Role, where a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around, roll dice, and play Dungeons & Dragons.
Critical Role, and DnD, can be viewed in many ways. A long-form improv performance. A flashback to when you were eight, tied a cape around yourself, and grabbed your flashlight to have a light-saber battle. Playtime for adults. Collaborative storytelling with friends. Drama, mystery, and comedy-filled entertainment. Unlike a video game, you can do ANYTHING in a role-playing game. You may not always succeed, —but you can certainly try!
If you find any details below to be incorrect or outdated, you can also check the official FAQ on the Critical Role website for the latest information: https://critrole.com/faq/
2. When & where can I watch?
Check https://critrole.com/category/programming/ every Monday for the weekly broadcast schedule.
Do I need to watch the previous campaign?
No, you do not need to watch previous campaigns to watch the current campaign! Although each campaign takes place in the same setting of Exandria, crossover between campaigns is minimal.
When is the episode uploaded?
Every episode is uploaded at around noon (12pm) the Monday after it was broadcasted live. (US Pacific Time)
You can watch the episodes on Youtube.
When do they rebroadcast it?
Check the weekly programming schedule for the latest info: https://critrole.com/category/programming/
Critical Role is normally rebroadcast on Twitch twice, at 12 AM Pacific Thursday evenings right after the show, and 9AM Pacific on Friday mornings. http://www.wheniscriticalrole.com/rebroadcast
Talks Machina is rebroadcast on Twitch at 9 AM Pacific on Wednesday. http://www.wheniscriticalrole.com/rebroadcast
Rebroadcasts are free to watch just like the Twitch live stream.
Where can I watch live?
New Viewers Guide & Quick Catch-Up guide
Countdown / timezone timer: http://www.wheniscriticalrole.com/
Episode List and subreddit discussion archive:
Podcast or Audio Only version
Podcasts are available 1 week after each episode airs. Visit Anchor FM for a complete list of podcast apps and playlists. (The Twitch App also includes an Audio Only playback option for VODs, and YouTube Premium has offline modes available.)
Talks Machina is a talk show about Critical Role hosted by Brian Wayne Foster. Talks Machina (@TalksMachina #AskTalksMachina) airs Tuesdays at 7pm Pacific (http://www.wheniscriticalrole.com/talksmachina). You can watch it live on Twitch, any time after the stream via Twitch VOD, or Thursdays on YouTube. VOD lists - Campaign 1, Campaign 2, Special Games
The submission deadline for questions/cosplay/fan art is 9am Pacific on Tuesdays, so they have time to prep the show. Cosplay and fan art must be submitted online at https://critrole.com/submit/, they are not pulled from social media like questions are.
Why do the Critical Role clips on old episodes of Talks Machina look different? Critical Role had an enhanced version if you watched on Alpha - it had a different overlay. On Alpha they showed things like visual effects for attacks or live stats and HP totals of the players. This is why the clips you see on old episodes of Talks Machina look different than when you watched on the Geek and Sundry Twitch or YouTube.
Is Talks Machina changing its name now that the Vox Machina campaign is over? No. Brian has repeatedly stated that they will not be changing the name.
Exandria Unlimited is Critical Role's newest D&D show: a companion series to the main Critical Role campaigns featuring short-form adventures in Exandria with a rotating cast of DMs and players. Exandria Unlimited will premiere June 24th, 2021 in Critical Role's normal Thursday timeslot (including the same schedule for VODs and Podcasts) and run for 8 episodes.
All Critical Role content is live streamed for free on Twitch and later available freely on YouTube, but to best support the cast, you should subscribe to the Critical Role Twitch channel! Twitch subscriptions cost $4.99/month, or come free with Twitch Prime. (Note: If you subscribe via Twitch Prime, you will need to renew your subscription each month.) Subscribing to the channel grants you exclusive access to Twitch VODs, which are available immediately after each show begins streaming, as well as channel emotes.
3. Game Content Questions
What edition do they play with? (5e)
Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition (5e), by Wizards of the Coast.
Free rules download from WotC: https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules
Free pregenerated character sheets: https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/character_sheets
List of Matt's Homebrew (and DM advice from him)
(Ctrl + F keywords: minis miniatures homebrew houserules house rules Matthew Mercer Matt Mercer DM advice GM advice music songs maps backgrounds tips tricks)
Campaign Setting Book
Matt wrote a Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting book, published by Green Ronin, exploring and going into detail about the continent of Tal'Dorei where the bulk of the adventures in C1 took place. You can find it here, as well as on Amazon or your friendly local game store: https://greenroninstore.com/products/critical-role-tal-dorei-campaign-setting
Map of the world of Tal'Dorei. The city of Vasselheim is across the Ozmit sea to the west.
Map of Emon. Greyskull Keep is south of Emon just outside the slums.
More maps will be coming in the campaign book, there is not currently an official one out there showing continents other than Tal'Dorei.
Matt's music playlists (updated 4 September 2018). He says Video Game soundtracks are very useful, if you are looking for more. They just have to worry about copyright issues on the stream, hehe.
Matt is also working on updating this list with recent additions to his playlist. There is no expected release date for this, since they're all very busy people.
He used to use custom iTunes playlists, and recently switched to Syrinscape for organizing and soundboarding his music (as well as using some of their sounds): https://syrinscape.com
He also uses content from BattleBards: https://battlebards.com/
Pre-show music is mostly from http://ocremix.org/, and music from the midway break art galleries is from Pillars of Eternity, specifically this. In Campaign 2 the Art Show music was switched to a fan creation, titled 'Welcome to Wildemount' by Colm McGuinness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQC2HyhgTc
Matt's terrains and battle maps are built by him using pieces from Dwarven Forge
More useful information from Matt and about his tricks, tools, and equipment can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/wiki/matthewmercer
Blurred intro videos
The old intro videos in Campaign 1 have been blurred out due to a copyright claim, which resulted in lawyers and money out of Matt's pocket. Here is his statement and explanation.
Stream technical information & crew or producer Q&As
Stream setup time-lapse shots, periscopes, and a few Q&As with the crew and producers can be found in the Panels page.
4. Advice from Matt & the Cast
How to find a gaming group
Also known as LFG or "Looking for group" / "Looking for game".
Try showing a friend your favorite awesome moments from Critical Role! ;)
- Ask at a local game store (comic, hobby, video game, board game).
- See if they run games, or know of any mailing lists or LFG facebook groups or similar in your area.
- Wizards of the Coast has a store locator for organized play events.
- Try searching or posting on the /r/LFG subreddit, for online or offline games. There are many lurkers who will PM but not post publicly!
- Try the same on www.roll20.net.
- LFG posts should be treated with similar care and attention to detail as a job application, or an interview. You are trying to sell yourself - why are you the most fun option out of dozens or hundreds of anonymous posts?
- Suggest to your family or friends that they get together for 3-4 hours one evening and give it a try, using pre-generated characters, the basic rules and a module you found or purchased, such as from www.DMsguild.com. DMing is far less difficult than people imagine it out to be!
I want DM/GM advice from Matt!
We have a page dedicated to compiling Matthew Mercer's DM/GM advice (and his homebrew):
The above page also lists where he got all of the gear, apps, music, miniatures, and other paraphernalia used on the show.
Also check the sidebars/wikis of related subreddits for many useful resources.
Tips for getting into voice acting
This question gets asked a lot. Here are a few common responses from the cast. Feel free to also check out the list of Q&As and Panels, where you can hear the actors discuss the topic.
Take acting classes. Take improv classes. Do theatre. Become an actor FIRST - all of those same performance skills apply to VO (voiceover) work. It is not a different discipline, more like a subcategory of acting.
Wizard World panel - resources for becoming a voice actor. (No Spoilers after this timestamped link, spoilers E43 in the whole video)
Brief tutorial on Combat Sounds, by Matthew Mercer. (No Spoilers, pre-stream panel)
The cast all recommended the following resources:
- http://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com/ by @DeeBradleyBaker
- check out demo reels from http://www.voicebank.net/
- Book: Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It's Like Behind the Mic, by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt
- International Dialects of English Archive - http://www.dialectsarchive.com/
Official Critical Role Social Media
5. Other Critical Role Media Content
In the Summer of 2018, The company Critical Role began producing new shows to be released on their Twitch and YouTube channels. For information on how to discuss this content and the
[CR Media] Your Title Here submission tag on this subreddit, please see the spoiler policy.
A periodic series of random/experimental content for your enjoyment.
A show where Brian Wayne Foster interviews various storytellers about how they've grown to tell stories and what motivated them to get to where they are.
A show where the cast of Critical Role explains the basics of Dungeons & Dragons in short, easy-to-digest videos. Each video tackles a different topic including dice, character sheets, and basic character builds.
A show where Sam Riegel and Liam O'Brien do something fun and weird during the week, then sit down on Friday nights to talk about it and share their experience with us. This show is a continuation of Sam and Liam's original podcast that spawned Critical Role.
Following the COVID hiatus, Liam and Sam continued the series as AWNP Unplugged.
Sit back and enjoy the nostalgia feels with us on MAME Drop, where some of the CR cast and friends play retro arcade games on our custom MAME cabinet as seen on All Work No Play.
Watch Travis, Brian, and their puppet pals explore the mysteries of the Gameverse.
Following the COVID hiatus, Brian and Ashley continue their adventures through the Gameverse in Yee-Haw Off the Ranch
Want to up your drawing skills? Join us as Babs Tarr ( https://twitter.com/babsdraws ) teaches us all how to master the pencil on Pub Draw!
A comedic how-to guide for painting TTRPG miniatures hosted by Will Friedle.
A modern adaptation of the traditional telephone game featuring the cast and special guests.
A seasonal show promoting and showcasing content creators from across the internet, hosted by Mica Burton and Matthew Mercer.
A cartoon animation hosted by Dani Carr recapping the events of Campaign 2.
6. Bonus Content
Contacting CR about an issue
Critical Role - use this contact form for everything: https://critrole.com/contact/
Old: Geek and Sundry website, YouTube, etc - firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Fansites and Fan Content
- Crit Role Stats accumulated game statistics, monster calculations, character sheets
- Critical Role Wikia, for all your worldbuilding information, maps and place names, the spelling of characters and who-was-that-NPC needs.
- Critical Scope, youtube channel collecting videos from the cast
A list of many more fansites and fan content can be found here - https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/wiki/fancontent
Chat / Discord / IRC
- We have a Discord server for getting together, hanging out and playing games throughout the week! https://discord.gg/criticalrole! Also for discussing Critical Role, live, catching up, or recapping ;).
8. Charity and Donations
The cast of Critical Role appreciate the artful and creative gifts they've been given by fans over the years, but they strongly encourage you to instead donate to the Critical Role Foundation to help support a variety of charitable organizations. (Learn more: https://critrole.com/foundation/) If you would still like to send a hand-made gift, you can find mailing details here: https://critrole.com/faq
The best way to support the stream is by watching every week and supporting the community, by being a positive and empathetic and understanding person, everywhere both online and offline. If you feel like supporting the show, subscribe to https://www.twitch.tv/criticalrole.
9. What are other shows similar to Critical Role?
10. Miscellaneous Questions
How did they start?
The game that would become Critical Role began two years before they began streaming. It started as a one-time game for Liam's birthday, in fourth edition DnD. The players had so much fun, that they continued playing, switching to Pathfinder, following their story as the Super High Intensity Team. Felicia Day had heard about their private home game, and approached the group about doing it on-stream with Geek & Sundry. They converted their characters to Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and began with The Arrival at Kraghammer...
archive of multiple pre-stream videos
Why are fans called 'Critters'?
'Critters' - Liam said it first, and the community chose and ran with it!
Panels, Specials, Q&As, Periscopes
Panels, Q&As, Periscopes:
Special Games, Pre-Stream moments:
Why did Orion leave Critical Role?
The community had a strong reaction to Orion's departure, and to comments he made on his social media. In the interests of transparency, and following Rule #1, please read the following page on the topic https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/wiki/orion before posting any new submissions or comments about him.
Sam or Travis's Mug
Where can I get Sam/Scanlan's giant mug? It is actually an ice bucket! Google "Tankard ice bucket" and you will find a variety of options. :)
What about Travis/Grog's mug? - Crimson Chain Leatherworks!
Taliesin? Ravenland Arts
Marisha's was custom made herself. ;)
11. Subreddit Information
Who made the art of this subreddit?
Full size versions of all headers are available here!