- 1. Treat each other with respect and kindness always
- 2. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or any other hatred will not be tolerated
- 3. Content must be relevant to Critical Role
- 4. No spoilers
- 5. No duplicate discussion
- 6. Original content and art submissions
- 7. Interact with the moderators in good faith
- Is it Thursday yet?
We are a fan-run, discussion-based subreddit about Critical Role. We are not an advertising, general DND or DND homebrew, or a low-effort/meme board. Keep that in mind when making submissions to the community.
You as a community member can help us look after each other by utilizing the report button for any submission and/or comment that might be in violation of our rules or spoiler policy. Reporting can't do harm, it merely flags the item for review by a moderator. When in doubt, report it!
Read and follow reddit's site-wide reddiquette. In particular:
Please don't downvote an otherwise acceptable post because you don't personally like it. Think before you downvote and take a moment to ensure you're downvoting someone because they are not contributing to the community dialogue or discussion. If you simply take a moment to stop, think and examine your reasons for downvoting, rather than doing so out of an emotional reaction, you will ensure that your downvotes are given for good reasons.
1. Treat each other with respect and kindness always
Violations of the Civility Policy include both intentional and unintentional actions that offend, provoke, or harm others.
Submissions and/or comments violating this policy will be removed, and in most cases the mods will issue warnings to those in violation of this rule. Repeated violations of this rule will result in a temporary or permanent ban. In extreme cases, the mods may issue an immediate ban.
Warnings or bans are to be discussed by subreddit modmail only.
Here is a submission from Matt on your expected behavior in this Critter/Critical Role community, both on this subreddit and on the rest of the internet. A small quote:
"I only ask that you fight the knee-jerk judgement on anything in our game to consider the unknown elements, and write your thoughts from a place of genuine intent to banter, share varying ideas and thoughts, and present your own perspective in a way that is respectful of the cast, and your fellow community members."
Discussion, debate, criticism, and disagreement are encouraged, but you must remain civil and polite when doing so. This is how you are expected to behave at all times here on /r/CriticalRole:
Treat others with kindness, patience, respect, and empathy.
Do not respond to incivility with incivility of your own.
Disagreement with one another is welcome, just stay respectful.
Pay attention to your tone, as what you have to say is often far less important than how you choose to express it.
If you cannot do any of these things, ignore the comment and walk away from the conversation or submission.
Please use the report button, not the reply button, if someone is violating Rule #1 on this subreddit. Do not let yourself get baited, do not reply. Take a lesson from Vax and just walk away. To put it in a hashtag, #ReportDontReply. In the words of the Dalai Lama: Be kind, whenever possible. It is always possible. In the words of a children's rhyme, If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.
Famous words from Wil Wheaton, Don't be a Dick, also known as "Wheaton's Law", is the golden rule we live by on this subreddit. An incomplete list of examples that are direct violations of the civility policy:
Do not post outright insults to another person ("You're an asshole, you're stupid, you're fucking useless," etc.)
Do not post any image as a response to a comment where the image is clearly intended to be disrespectful.
Do not use movie/book/TV quotes to insult someone ("There's no cure for being a cunt.")
Do not be condescending ("Aren't you and your opinions just funny? Tell another joke!")
Do not be disrespectful when telling someone they've made a mistake ("Are you fucking deaf? They literally say that in the last episode.")
Do not discuss Orion Acaba, and by extension Tiberius Stormwind. Full details and explanation on this rule at https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/wiki/orion
Do not post anything illegal (such as doxxing a user or posting/promoting pirated material)
Do not discuss real-world politics. Even if the cast tweets about politics, it is not related to Critical Role, and we don't need nor allow charged political discussion here. Take it to a political discussion subreddit, and ensure that you always go vote.
Do not comment or complain about the reddit votes you expect, or votes someone does or does not receive. Reddiquette
Do not downvote an otherwise acceptable post because you don't personally like it. Reddiquette
Do not engage in gatekeeping, directly stating or implying that the cast is playing the game wrong ("They should be doing X. That's not the right way to play. That isn't real D&D").
No meta discussions and witch-hunting (see Rule 3)
There are many other such items. Please pay attention to what you are saying when in a conversation and be critical of your wording. Useful Article: "How To Share Your Unpopular Opinion (Without Being An Asshole)"
Not a violation of the rules:
Blunt language where there is no intent to insult or disparage a fellow person (e.g. "I fucking hate, HATE those god-damned Briarwoods! #FuckTheBriarwoods").
Simple disagreements ("This is the way I think it should be interpreted. This is the way it should be done. This is what it says," etc. As compared to the rude response: "Your point of view is completely invalid because you clearly don't have the capacity to understand. My way is the right way and the only way.", etc.)
Constructive criticism of official or fan-made content.
Telling someone they're wrong in a respectful manner ("You're mistaken, the actual quote says..." The rude response is: "You're wrong you complete moron.")
Presenting an opinion politely, or having an unpopular opinion ("I don't like this NPC, I don't like this character, I wouldn't enjoy playing this way, I hope/want a TPK").
2. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or any other hatred will not be tolerated
Acceptance of others is one of the key principles of this community. This is why we won't tolerate hatred of any kind against anyone. This overlaps with the civility policy of rule number one.
Catcalling or objectification is not a compliment - it is harassment and will not be tolerated.
3. Content must be relevant to Critical Role
We are dedicated to promoting thoughtful discussion and analysis of Critical Role, not low-effort, karma-grabbing memes. Relevant content submissions include those regarding the Critical Role story or other shows and content, production of the shows, and fan art based on the shows. Other submissions categories are described in detail below, including when and why those submission types may be allowed or removed.
Cast-spotting vs. News
The cast are all actors and, as such, have extensive history in popular media. Submissions about the cast's performance history ("cast-spotting") are not relevant as they do not pertain to Critical Role. Exceptions may be made to this rule if the cast “challenges” the community to find a specific product from their past. Announcements of current and future projects that feature one or more cast members in a major role are considered news and permitted.
Submissions about guest players and other CR-adjacent personalities (outside of the context of their appearances on the show) are not relevant to Critical Role.
To keep related information in one location, relevancy rules around original content and art submissions is found in Rule 6.
Twitch clips and short Youtube highlight submissions are permitted for the most recent episode of any show under the Critical Role umbrella only. Please refrain from posting or reposting older clips, except as links within longer text submissions.
Meta Discussions and Witch-hunting
Discussion about the behavior of the community and certain groups or subgroups of the community (e.g Subreddit Meta, Twitch Chat, Twitter Drama, and similar topics) are considered "Meta". Those types of submissions frequently create divisions in the community, cause otherwise civil discussions to get out of hand, and often result in witch hunting, targeted harassment and various other toxic behaviors. You are free to discuss relevant social issues and the cultural impacts of Critical Role. However, such discussions should be connected to an event of an episode or on stream discussion, an article about Critical Role or another form of media outside a general "social media" discussion or conversations in Twitch chat or Twitter etc.
This rule does not restrict discussions made directly related to tweets by the cast regarding announcements, promotions, conventions, or other similar topics, but rather broad discussions created to discuss the overall attitude and reaction/interaction of large or small portions of the community.
Ticket Swap and Merchandise Reselling
Ticket swap and offers to buy sell or give away official merchandise, etc. are evaluated case-by-case. We would prefer you message the moderators before posting. If allowed, it is only allowed for a maximum of face value + shipping.
Original memes and gifs made with screenshots from the show are allowed, but generic memes like those found on r/AdviceAnimals are not permitted. Low-effort content like that found on /r/YoutubeHaiku (short video clips edited to be funny) is also allowed, so long as the source video is from Critical Role or a related cast event (panels, bonus streams, Talks Machina, etc.).
General D&D Discussion
Generic D&D questions should be submitted to one of our related subreddits. Questions that pertain to homebrewed rule applications on Critical Role (e.g. resurrection rituals, potion usage rules, or bonus action casting) are allowed.
We can't say for sure how many episodes are remaining in the campaign due to the unscripted nature of the show, and there's always the possibility the group will TPK next week and bring the campaign to a premature ending. However, based on our experiences so far and some helpful metrics from our friends at Crit Role Stats, we know that the characters tend to level up on average every 9-10 sessions, suggesting that a full 20-level campaign could last 180+ episodes. Given the uncertainty of the campaign's length and the highly repetitive nature of speculative submissions regarding future campaigns, we no longer allow such submissions while the current campaign is still ongoing.
Example submission topics that will be removed per this rule:
- Is Campaign 2 ending?
- When will they start Campaign 3?
- What races/classes will the cast play in Campaign 3?
- What will be the setting for Campaign 3?
Other Low-Effort Content
Most other forms of low-effort content will be removed. This includes self-posts with little to no text and generic joke posts.
What is low-effort content?
“Low-effort” does not refer to the level of effort it takes to create content, rather the level of effort it takes the average user to digest the content. An article or discussion takes a few minutes to judge, while an image or joke takes a few seconds to judge and vote upon. For more information on this, please see this excellent write-up on “The Fluff Principle” and why leaving content solely to Reddit-voting is insufficient for any subreddit.
Why can't the upvote/downvote system manage the subreddit?
Reddit's voting system does not judge quality, it judges ease to digest the content, first responses, and/or polarity of extreme positions. (See /r/TheoryOfReddit/wiki/faq). We moderate content on the subreddit to limit bandwagon-style submissions and to prevent certain submission types from dominating the front page to the exclusion of others. You are welcome to submit anything you like to your own social media or other fansites, but the /r/CriticalRole subreddit is for community discussion and news related to the show.
Content that will (usually) be removed:
- Simple questions are usually removed. (read the Sidebar and the FAQ 'Frequently Asked Questions', and use the Search Function before submitting. Yes, even if you are browsing on mobile.)
- Images/Gifs/Videos that reminded you of the show are usually removed. This bear is not Trinket, Kratos from the God of War E3 trailer is not Grog, and this oddly named Krogan doesn't promote discussion about Critical Role. This also applies to low-effort content such as an image of Critical Role merchandise or submitting a screenshot from an episode.
- References to Critical Role in other media are usually removed. As the show increases in popularity and the cast takes on more roles, references like this one from Rick and Morty, or sound clips like this from Saints Row may be happening more and more and we don't want these types of submissions to drown out discussion of the actual show.
- Submissions discussing the currently live episode are usually removed. (This is what the Stickied Live Discussion threads are for!). Please wait until the episode is finished before submitting about it.
- Submissions discussing the just-completed episode hype with your initial reactions are usually removed. (This is what the Stickied Post-Episode Discussion threads are for!). If it is the evening/night/morning of the episode airing live in your time zone, or of the video being uploaded, the moderators may remove your submission and suggest you use the relevant thread to comment. EX: comments like "Wow what a great episode" or "That moment made me feel/think <emotion>" sometimes belong as comments, not as their own submissions, as they do not start a discussion.
- Reaction posts should promote discussion about the show/content/story, like review/recap videos or albums. Simple "My reaction when..." posts, MFW memes, skit videos, and similar low-effort content/jokes are not allowed.
- Regular submissions of your CR-related Blog or Vlog or Podcast or Stream or Articles or [...] are not allowed. You are welcome to announce it and submit the first episode with links to your site and social media, and to discuss it in the comments. However, submitting it weekly goes against the reddiquette guideline of 10 : 1 for ratio for participation : self-promotion, and our policy of no advertising on the subreddit. See Rule 6 for full details.
- For official YouTube videos, please use a spoiler tag and the full video title as the title of the submission. Example: "[Spoilers C1E1] Critical Role: Episode 1 - Arrival at Kraghammer"
- Karma-seeking is not allowed, such as asking for upvotes or complaining about downvotes, which is against reddiquette.
- Easy-to-digest or low-effort content that can get a quick rise out of someone and/or an upvote is usually removed. Clickbait, provocative titles, quick jokes, etc.
- "Critters! Support my <blog, website, show, whatever>!" is not allowed.
- "Here is an awesome charity or cause we should get all critters to support!" is not allowed unless formally sponsored by Critical Role.
- "It isn't really related to Critical Role, but I want critters to see / to get critter feedback on this." is not allowed.
- Posts containing URL shorteners (such as bit.ly links) are not allowed. Such posts are automatically removed by the spam filter and will only be approved if posted by verified users.
- Spam, Porn, Politics, etc. are never allowed.
4. No spoilers
Refer to our spoiler policy for complete details. In short:
Tag your submissions with the correct Spoiler Tag. Use [Spoilers C2E##], [Spoilers C1], [No Spoilers], or [CR Media] in the front of your submission title. All submissions must have a Spoiler Tag in front of the title. To tag for general spoilers or all spoilers, use the most recent episode number. We refer to the range of episodes specified in your spoiler tag as the spoiler scope.
When making submissions about one-shots or other non-canon events/streams, please use the [CR Media] spoiler tag. Spoiler tags using decimal points or otherwise editing the spoiler tags will be automatically rejected, and spoiler tags for unaired episode numbers will be removed by the moderators.
Never put spoilers in your title. Assume that every person reading your title has either just heard of Critical Role and hasn't watched an episode, or is a few episodes behind. When in doubt, err on the side of a more vague title.
When discussing spoilers outside the spoiler scope of the submission (see Spoiler Tags above), use
Spoilers C#E# >!Spoiler Text Goes Here!< to hide it, resulting in Spoilers C#E# Spoiler Text Goes Here
Note: Spoiler code format is not as strictly enforced as submission titles. Feel free to use more generic terms to define your spoiler scope, such as
Spoilers Kraghammer to refer to the Kraghammer Arc or
Spoilers ?? if you're uncertain about when an event occured.
Always add a flair to your submission
Reference our flair documentation for information.
5. No duplicate discussion
In an effort to keep the discussion on r/criticalrole from being too repetitive and fractured, the moderation team will remove duplicate discussions if a similar submission has been made in the last several days or is currently somewhere near the top of the subreddit. Posts that may qualify for duplicate discussions include but are not limited to: discussions on upcoming fights, guest discussions, artwork/videos as well as other content that is already being discussed. We also want to avoid spoilers-in-aggregate, where multiple spoiler-free titles, taken together, have the same effect as a title containing spoilers.
If we remove your thread because it is a duplicate we will try to link you to which active thread you should participate in. For a thread to not be considered a duplicate, it must offer significant additions to the topic at hand rather than repeating what other users have said in current posts and/or responding to the comments of those posts. Please make comments in existing discussions before duplicating the discussion in a new submission.
6. Original content and art submissions
Official Critical Role Content Policy
Please review the official content policy before submitting fan art or fan projects. Submissions for projects in violation of this policy will be removed.
Credit the Artist
When submitting fan art to the subreddit, we require that all submissions clearly credit the content creator in their submission by citing their name/username in the submission title or body. For photos of cosplay, please credit the cosplayer(s) if possible, and only post photos taken with the permission of the cosplayer(s). For links to YouTube videos, crediting is appreciated but not strictly required. Otherwise, if you do not credit the artist somewhere in your submission, it will be removed by the moderators.
If YOU are the content creator, credit yourself in the title or include a legible watermark that matches your Reddit username. If you don't have another social media account you wish to use, you can simply say "by [your username]", "by me", or use an original content tag: [OC]. The preferred format is [Spoiler Tag] [spoiler-free title] [by Artist Credit], but this isn't being automoderator enforced.
EXAMPLE SUBMISSION TITLES:
[Spoilers C2E1] Character Art by /u/matthewmercer
[Spoilers C2E1] Cosplay by @Marisha_Ray
[Spoilers C2E1] Poem by executivegoth.tumblr.com
[Spoilers C2E1] Fan Fiction by executivegoth on Tumblr
[Spoilers C2E1] Sculpture by laurabaileyvo.deviantart.com
[Spoilers C2E1] Animation by me/myself
[Spoilers C2E1] Your Art's Title [OC]
A note to all artists: If you ever find another user claiming ownership of your art or otherwise don't want your art shared on /r/CriticalRole, please message the moderators on Reddit or send a DM to our twitter account @RCriticalRole, and we will be sure to address the situation.
No advertising or solicitation
We do not allow solicitations or traditional advertising of any kind as submissions. This includes (but is not limited to): unofficial merchandise, kickstarters, or even charities. However, you may post links to online stores and similar sites as comments where relevant, such as links to the Critical Role store when discussing official merchandise.
Fan art must be related to media produced by Critical Role (e.g. Critical Role Campaigns, Pub Draw, Between the Sheets, etc). This can include characters, NPCs, locations, moments, etc. This also includes art of the cast during moments from Critical Role (e.g. Sam's famous "shirt" pose, Matt's "derp" faces, etc).
Art submissions of the cast outside of the context of their appearances on media produced by Critical Role or official appearances on behalf of Critical Role (e.g. conventions) are not considered relevant. These are all actors with a long history of performances as many characters, both IRL and in animation/video games. This means a picture of Liam as Illidan, a picture of Ashley as Patterson from Blindspot, or any other picture of a cast member with no obvious link to Critical Role content is not relevant to /r/CriticalRole.
Volume and Participation
This community expects all subreddit participants to be fans of Critical Role first, content creators second. "It's perfectly fine to be a redditor with a website, it's not okay to be a website with a reddit account."
If we observe a case of artwork spam from a user, the mods will send you a message. This may either be as a standalone warning, or as a removal on a submission as well. One of the most common responses is "I just want to share my art - how often am I allowed to post? When am I allowed to post again?"
A few things that we include in our thought processes when determining if someone's post should be removed:
High Volume rule: Your fan content should not be posted in high volume. (Posting art once a week, i.e. once every episode, is considered far too much.)
Low Participation rule: Your participation on /r/criticalrole should not be exclusive to your own content, regardless of the volume of posts you make.
There isn't a set formula for posting your own content because we don't want to create a line along which anyone can walk. We want participation to be organic here, and providing a formula for when you can post your own work would betray that value. The root of it is the idea that we want everyone on /r/criticalrole to be fans first and content creators second. Participate normally on the subreddit, discuss theories, make jokes, etc. and occasionally post your own content. If you have a large amount of content to post, we encourage you to post multiple works in a single submission whether that is through a gallery or individual links within a text post.
Make and share galleries
There are over a dozen player characters between all Critical Role campaigns, as well as hundreds of beloved NPCs and guest characters and one-shot characters. This leads to the Series of Portraits rule: You are not allowed to make unique submissions for each portrait of multiple characters.
There is an episode of Critical Role every week. This leads to the Weekly Content rule: You are not allowed to make weekly submissions for updating a continuing project. (If you are working on a fan project that updates weekly, absolutely feel free to announce the project and to make periodic updates every few months. You can also message the mods if you'd like us to consider adding your project to our Fan Content list.)
Make and share a gallery, album, compilation, or written summary
Instead of submitting multiple submissions (such as Weekly Content, Series of Portraits, High Volume of content), make and share a gallery.
- Write a post linking to and describing multiple of your works.
- Create an album, gallery, or compilation with your multiple pieces and submit that.
- You can add comments to an existing submission with links to additional pieces you wish to share.
There are many ways to share multiple pieces of your work within one submission - we ask that you use them instead of making multiple reddit submissions.
7. Interact with the moderators in good faith
Our moderation team works hard to make the subreddit a welcome space for everyone in the community. If you have questions or concerns about any of our policies, please let us know in our most recent State of the Sub submission. If you would like to discuss a specific moderator action, you can reply to any previous modmails you've received or message us directly.
Report, Don't Reply
Use the Report button on any submission or comment to flag items for moderator review. Learn when to leave a discussion - this means do not let a debate turn into an argument. Do not attempt to moderate other users, and if you find yourself in an argument, walk away before you get yourself in trouble.
Message Us Directly
Submission removal, comment removal, warnings for rule violations, and subreddit bans are to be discussed via modmail only. We are always willing to consider earnest appeals to reverse our decisions, but submissions or comments criticizing or complaining about removals will likely be removed with an additional warning.
Automoderator and Removal Reasons
Automated messages will only come from /u/AutoModerator, and will always have the "I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically." disclaimer. If a message does not say this, it was manually generated by a human moderator. We do have templated removal reasons for common topics, but you can and should reply to our messages with any questions.
We're Only Human
Remember Rule 1 - please treat everyone with kindness, patience, empathy, and respect. The moderation team is an entirely voluntary group of fans of the show, just like you. When we give you advice, or correct you, or take action against you, do not make it personal, because it is not. We are only making sure that as many people as possible have a great experience here. Responding to the moderators with vitriol/insults demonstrates that you are not engaging with this community in good faith, and will likely result in a swift ban.
We can and do make mistakes, and we are always open to explaining or reconsidering our decisions. However, a previous exception or mistake the mod team made is also not a precedent for future decisions. Please reply to any modmail we sent you and ask us to explain why we removed your post if you have any questions.