What is Critical Role (the company)?
Critical Role began as a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors sitting around a table together as friends to create epic stories, but has since morphed into a full-fledged, 100% independent and creator-owned media company. We create collaborative, story-driven content through our original shows which have blossomed into other media such as comic book series, art books, and even an animated series!
Learn more about our company values by visiting: critrole.com/community
We launched the Critical Role Foundation to leave the world better than we found it. Our 501(c)(3) non-profit works to distribute funds to a wide variety of local and international charities covering several topics near and dear to our hearts.
To learn more about how the Critical Role Foundation works visit: criticalrolefoundation.org
Darrington Press is our publishing company that focuses on bringing stories to your gaming table and unforgettable adventures into your heart.
Wait…what’s a Critter and why do you all like bidets so much?
The Critical Role community has lovingly added many silly in-show moments and phrases into our everyday lexicon. Here are a few of the most commonly used phrases within the Critical Role community.
Critter – A Critter is quite simply a fan of Critical Role!
Bidet – Bidet is a greeting that was used by Grog (Travis) in Campaign 1 while attempting to say “good day.” Now, it is a way for Critters to greet one another. Check out that moment here.
Hello Bees – During Campaign 2, Jester (Laura) went on a bee tour where she happily (and continuously) greeted the bees. Check out the moment here.
How Do You Want to Do This? – This is the phrase Matthew Mercer rewards the party with when they defeat the enemy, which then allows the player who dealt the finishing blow to describe the move in great detail.
What is Critical Role (the show)?
Critical Role is a weekly livestreamed RPG game set in Exandria, which is the world created by veteran voice actor and Game Master, Matthew Mercer. Each week, Matthew leads his friends (also fellow voice actors!) on epic adventures.
Our first campaign centered on the ragtag group of heroes known as Vox Machina — Pike Trickfoot, the Gnome Cleric (Ashley Johnson), Keyleth, the Half-Elf Druid (Marisha Ray), Percival “Percy” Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III, the Human Gunslinger (Taliesin Jaffe), Grog Strongjaw, the Goliath Barbarian (Travis Willingham), Scanlan Shorthalt, the Gnome Bard and Taryon “Tary” Darrington, the Human Artificer (Sam Riegel), Vex’ahlia, the Half-Elf Ranger (Laura Bailey), and Vax’ildan, the Half-Elf Rogue (Liam O’Brien). The first campaign ended in November 2017 after 115 episodes and 373 hours of gameplay (via Crit Role Stats).
The second campaign focused on the Mighty Nein who found themselves embroiled in conflict between the Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty after beginning their adventures together in Wildemount. The Mighty Nein consists of Yasha, the Aasimar Barbarian (Ashley Johnson), Beauregard, the Human Monk (Marisha Ray), Mollymauk Tealeaf, the Tiefling Blood Hunter and Caduceus Clay, the Firbolg Cleric (Taliesin Jaffe), Fjord, the Half-Orc Warlock (Travis Willingham), Nott the Brave/ Veth Brenatto, the Goblin/Halfling Rogue (Sam Riegel), Jester, the Tiefling Cleric (Laura Bailey) and Caleb Widogast, the Human Wizard (Liam O’Brien).
Critical Role is set to begin a third campaign on October 21, 2021, returning to Exandria and beginning in continent of Marquet.
Where can I watch Critical Role?
Critical Role airs on Thursdays at 7pm Pacific on Twitch at twitch.tv/criticalrole and youtube.com/criticalrole. Please note that Twitch is the only place to watch the livestream along with the community and participate in our moderated live chat. You can also watch our rebroadcast streams at 12am and 9am Pacific the following morning right on our Twitch channel.
Our community has made a handy website, which makes calculating time zone differences easy, at wheniscriticalrole.com.
All legacy episodes of Critical Role (the entirety of Campaign 1: Vox Machina and episodes 1 through 19 of Campaign 2: Mighty Nein) are available via Geek & Sundry’s channels. All new episodes are available on Critical Role’s channels. We have created handy YouTube playlists (Vox Machina || Mighty Nein) for you so that it’s super easy to find each of our episodes, and the video links have been posted here on critrole.com with viewing opportunities on at least one free-to-view platform.
Critical Role VODs for new episodes will be available for Critical Role Twitch channel subscribers immediately and will be available on the Critical Role YouTube channel at 12pm Pacific on Mondays.
Critical Role is also available as a podcast. Check out the PODCASTS section below for more information on how to listen.
Is Critical Role captioned?
We aim to have live captions whenever possible for the Critical Role livestream on Twitch, Thursday nights. Occasionally, stream issues occur that cause captions to be unavailable or to fail during the stream. Check out how to enable captions on Twitch here.
Critical Role VODs on YouTube go through an extensive captioning process for accuracy, which is important for a show that has a ton of interesting names and extensive lore. The process of finalizing captions can take some time based on the duration of our show, but we strive to have unedited captions in place until final captions are available. The YouTube description of each video is updated with which stage in the process the captions are at. Check out our article for an outline of the process here.
Is Critical Role kid-friendly?
Our shows are intended for adult audiences and you may want to watch an episode or show first and then decide if it’s appropriate for the little ones in your life.
A note about content warnings
Due to the improv nature of Critical Role and other RPG content on our channels, some themes and situations that occur in-game may be difficult for some to handle. If certain episodes or scenes become uncomfortable, we strongly suggest taking a break or skipping that particular episode.
Your health and well-being is important to us and Psycom has a great list of international mental health resources here, in case it’s useful.
What shows are available as podcasts and where can I listen?
Legacy episodes of Critical Role (the entirety of Campaign 1: Vox Machina and Campaign 2: Mighty Nein Episodes 1-19) are available via the Nerdist Industries podcast network (on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify)
New episodes of Critical Role are available on the Critical Role podcast network on a one week delay from the original Twitch airdate.
One-Shots & Mini-Series
One-Shots like The Search For Grog and Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Crystal Palace and mini-series like UnDeadwood are available via the Critical Role podcast network on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or whatever podcasting app you use.
New episodes are available on the Critical Role podcast network on a week delay after the original Twitch airdate.
Legacy episodes of Talks Machina (beginning with the very first episode discussing Critical Role Campaign 1, Episode 75 all the way through the episode discussing Critical Role Campaign 2, Episode 18) are available via the Nerdist Industries podcast network (on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify)
Starting with the episode discussing Critical Role Campaign 2, Episode 19, Talks Machina episodes are available via the Critical Role podcast network on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or whatever podcasting app you use.
All Work No Play and AWNP: Unplugged
New episodes are available in podcast form on a one week delay from the original Twitch airdate.
Between the Sheets
Where do I submit my fan art for the weekly art gallery?
Where do I submit my cosplay for the monthly cosplay gallery?
The first Monday of every month, we publish a gallery right here on critrole.com containing some of our favorite cosplays submitted to us.
To submit your cosplay for consideration for the gallery, please fill out the form at critrole.com/submit and be sure to credit everyone who helped create the cosplay (aka makeup artists, prop makers, et al.) as well as the photographer.
Where can I buy official Critical Role merch?
You can buy Critical Role products directly from the Critical Role online shops (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia). Critical Role products are also available in local game stores that are members of the Darrington Press Guild. Find your nearest Darrington Press Guild store, here.
Officially licensed Critical Role products are also available through a growing selection of retailers. Check out all the goods linked below.
- Dark Horse Comics – Comic books, graphic novels, and art books
- Funko – Pop! figures
- Hot Topic – T-shirts, accessories, and more
- McFarlane – Figures
- Sideshow Collectibles – Statues, fine art prints, and more
- Spencer’s – Drinkware
- The Op Games – Puzzles, board games, and more
- Wyrmwood – Tabletop gaming accessories
What are the differences between the Critical Role online shops?
There are four Critical Role online shops in the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada. Occasionally, we have items that are exclusive to one store or items that are variants between stores. These shops are set up in accordance with the standards and laws of these countries. For international orders, be sure to look into local Customs fees and processes that may affect your order.
How do I contact support for the Critical Role online shops?
What is The Legend of Vox Machina?
The Legend of Vox Machina is our animated series which was made a reality thanks to the incredible Critters who backed the Kickstarter campaign in 2019. Our team is hard at work on the series now with our friends at Titmouse Animation and Amazon Prime Studios. Check out the latest updates here.
BOOKS & COMICS
What is Vox Machina Origins?
We’ve partnered with the incredible team at Dark Horse Comics for Vox Machina Origins, our comic book series which tells the unseen story of how the adventurers who would one day be known as Vox Machina first came together. For a full-break down of all of the issues and collections that make up Vox Machina Origins, check out our article featuring all things Dark Horse, here.
What is The Mighty Nein Origins?
The Mighty Nein Origins is our series of graphic novels with our friends at Dark Horse Comics! Each volume focuses on the life of one of our Wildemount adventurers before they joined the Mighty Nein. For a closer look at the volumes and creative teams announced so far, as well as where you can order these fine tomes, check out our article featuring our entire Dark Horse collection, here.
What is the Chronicles of Exandria?
The Chronicles of Exandria is our art book series that recounts the adventures of Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein through the curation of fan art created by the incredible artists in the Critter community.
Chronicles of Exandria, Volume I and Chronicles of Exandria, Volume II together tell the entirety of Vox Machina’s adventures as seen on the Critical Role stream.
For Chronicles of Exandria – The Mighty Nein, we teamed up with our friends at Dark Horse to put together an art book telling the first adventures of the Mighty Nein from the perspective of the Cobalt Soul Archivists using the notes of one Expositor Beauregard Lionett. This book comes in both a standard and deluxe edition. To learn more about the differences and where they can be ordered, check out our article featuring all things Dark Horse here.
Do you have any campaign books or adventure modules set in Exandria?
We do indeed! Our very own Matthew Mercer has written two campaign books to help you bring your own style of stories to Exandria!
The Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, created for 5th Edition D&D and published by Green Ronin Publishing, allows adventurers to explore the continent of Tal’Dorei, the main setting of Vox Machina’s Campaign 1 adventures. Written by Matthew Mercer and James Haeck, the book provides a deep dive into the history, people, and places of Tal’Dorei and also features new backgrounds, magic items, and monsters.
Check in with your local bookstores and game stores to see if the Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting is available.
The Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, created for 5th Edition D&D and published by Darrington Press, expands upon the original Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting to encompass the impact of Vox Machina’s adventures and include pelnty of new goodies to play with. Tal’Dorei Reborn features writing and design by the talented team of Matthew Mercer, Hannah Rose, and James Haeck, with added contributions by Critical Role players Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, and Travis Willingham as well as Exandria Unlimited Game Master Aabria Iyengar (you may just recognize a few elements from episodes of ExU) and the incredible John Stavropoulos. Tal’Dorei Reborn also includes four new subclasses as well as new magic items, creatures, maps, over a hundred new illustrations, and the answer to the oft-asked question — Who IS on the Tal’Dorei Council?
Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn will release in Late 2021 / Early 2022. For more information, check out our Darrington Press announcement article here.
The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, created for 5th Edition D&D and published by Dungeons & Dragons, allows adventurers to explore on the continent of Wildemount, the same setting as the Mighty Nein’s Campaign 2 adventures. Written by Matthew Mercer, Chris Lockey, James Haeck, and James Introcaso, the tome contains four starting adventures, three new subclasses, new creatures, and magic items, as well as guides to Wildemount’s pantheon, factions, dunamancy magic and more! A team of incredible artists really brought the whole guide to life. For a list of everyone involved, check out our article here.
Call of the Netherdeep, created for 5th Edition D&D and published by Dungeons & Dragons, contains seven chapters of thrilling adventure spanning 224 pages for characters levels 3-12, as well as new creatures, magic items, and NPCs. The adventure begins in Wildemount’s Wastes of Xhorhas and travels to the glimmering oasis city of Ank’Harel in Marqet, and finally to a realm of gloom, corruption, and sorrow known as the Netherdeep. Call of the Netherdeep is co-led by our very own Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and D&D Principal Story Architect Chris Perkins, with additional contributions by James Haeck. Learn more about the book here.
Call of the Netherdeep will release on March 15, 2022. Pre-order your copy here.
What is The World of Critical Role?
The World of Critical Role is our very first nonfiction book published by our friends at Penguin Random House. The book takes readers behind-the-scenes of how Critical Role went from a casual home game between nerdy voice actor friends, to an independent and 100% creator-owned company at the innovative forefront of collaborative storytelling. Written by Liz Marsham and the cast of Critical Role, this book features illustrations by Oliver Barrett and photography by Ray Kachatorian.
The World of Critical Role releases October 20, 2020. Order your copy now at criticalrolebooks.com
What is Kith & Kin?
Kith & Kin is our first novel published by our friends at Penguin Random House. The book tells a never-before-told story of Vex, Vax, and of course Trinket before the twins ever meet Vox Machina. The novel is written by Marieke Nijkamp and features cover art by Nikki Dawes. You can learn more about the story and check out the cover, here.
Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin releases October 26, 2021. Order your copy now at criticalrolebooks.com
Where can I send gifts to Critical Role?
We are constantly in awe of the support and kindness we receive from our community and are truly so grateful for your generosity.
If you would like to send us a gift we kindly ask you to consider supporting the Critical Role Foundation.
Critical Role Foundation is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization that provides grants and support to several other nonprofit organizations that advocate for causes we are passionate about, rooted in the goal of leaving the world better than we found it. To learn more about our Critical Role Foundation, visit criticalrolefoundation.org.
We are constantly blown away by your thoughtfulness and support, but unfortunately, we cannot accept items that are sent in to be signed and returned back to you. Also, as much as we love perishable items (like doughnuts), they can be really tough to ship. We ask kindly that you only send non-perishable items.
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Where can I find Critical Role community sites?
There are many places on the internet where you can connect with other Critters, share your cosplays, chat about the latest episodes, and more. These spaces are not managed by Critical Role but instead by members of our community.
Here are a few of the most popular spaces to connect!
Also! We have several hashtags that can help you quickly search content from our Critter community. Here are a few of the most popular hashtags for Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
Can I come and watch the live show at the Critical Role studio?
Only cast and crew are allowed on set when shooting the show. This helps keep the cast and crew focused on doing their best.
How can I work for Critical Role?
Our LinkedIn page is the best way to stay up to date on opportunities to work with us.
How can I support Critical Role?
There are a variety of ways you can show your support for Critical Role — whether it be by telling your friends, buying a piece of merch from our US, UK, AU, or CA online shops, or subscribing to our Twitch or YouTube channels. Whatever way you choose to support us is the best way. We are so happy to have you here in our community!
What is a Twitch subscription?
Subscribe to our Twitch channel starting at $4.99 USD a month or through Prime Gaming (formerly known as Twitch Prime) to receive instant access to our VODs as well as access to a full set of custom emotes and subscriber badges designed by Arsequeef, Joanna Johnen, and Grace Berríos. Subscribers also gain the ability to post links in the chat.
Subscribe to our Twitch channel by visiting twitch.tv/criticalrole.
Website artist credits
Every day, we are so incredibly impressed and humbled by our amazing community — many of which create incredible art inspired by Critical Role. We have featured a few different pieces of art here on our site (with permission, of course!).
How can I contact Critical Role?
You can reach out to us by using our contact form here. The handy drop down menu allows you to select the category of your message which include: advertising with us, press inquiries, business development, messages to the cast or if you have a general question not covered in our FAQ.