What is Critical Role?

Critical Role is a weekly livestreamed Dungeons & Dragons game set in Exandria, which is the world created by veteran voice actor and Dungeon Master, Matthew Mercer. Each week, Matthew leads his friends (also fellow voice actors!) on epic adventures.

The first campaign centered on the ragtag group of heroes known as Vox MachinaPike 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).

Critical Role is now in its second campaign, in which the Mighty Nein begin 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, the Goblin Rogue (Sam Riegel), Jester, the Tiefling Cleric (Laura Bailey) and Caleb Widogast, the Human Wizard (Liam O’Brien).

What is the Critical Role podcast?

The Critical Role podcast is an audio-only version of the show. Podcasts for new episodes are uploaded 1 week after the episode aired, on the following Thursday.

You can listen to the Critical Role podcast through your favorite podcasting app.

Campaign 1: Vox Machina, Campaign 2: Mighty Nein (through episode C2E19), and Talks Machina (starting with Talks Machina’s first episode Discussing C1E75 through Discussing C2E18) podcasts can be found through the Nerdist Industries podcast network (on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Spotify).

Starting with C2E20 of Campaign 2: Mighty Nein and Discussing C2E19 of Talks Machina, podcasts can be found through the Critical Role podcast network. You can find the podcast links though the Podcast section of our website and the podcast can also be found via iTunes, Google Play Music, and Spotify.

Where can I watch Critical Role?

Critical Role airs live on Thursdays at 7pm Pacific time at twitch.tv/criticalrole. 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 the Critical Role YouTube channel. We have created handy YouTube playlists (Vox Machina link || Mighty Nein link) 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. 

Starting with Campaign 2 Episode 20, the Critical Role podcast is through the Critical Role podcast network. The entirety of Campaign 1 and the first 19 episodes of Campaign 2 can be found on the Geek & Sundry podcast network. This means that you will need to subscribe to the new Critical Role podcast feed if you’d like to keep up-to-date with the podcast version of the show.

How do I submit fan art for the Critical Role art reel?

To submit art for consideration for the Critical Role art reel that airs before the show begins and at intermission, use the hashtag #criticalrolefanart on Twitter or Tumblr or submit your work at critrole.com/submit.

What is Talks Machina?

Talks Machina is a weekly livestreamed aftershow for Critical Role, hosted by writer, musician and resident bad ass, Brian W. Foster. Each week, Brian sits down with a handful of Critical Role players to discuss anything and everything related to the previous week’s episode. Questions are also submitted from the community, which are compiled from the Critical Role subreddit, the #AskTalksMachina hashtag on Twitter. Every week, a community winner is selected for our Fan Art of the Week and Cosplay of the Week contests.

Where can I watch Talks Machina?

Starting Tuesday, February 19 (Episode 100), Talks Machina will air at 7pm Pacific at twitch.tv/criticalrole. The VOD for Episode 100 will be available to Geek & Sundry Twitch and Alpha subscribers.

Starting with Episode 101 (2/26/2019), Talks Machina VOD will be available for Critical Role Twitch channel subscribers immediately and will be available on the Critical Role YouTube channel at 12pm Pacific on Thursdays.

In addition to the YouTube upload, Talks Machina (starting with Episode 101) will also be available moving forward in podcast format through the Critical Role podcast network on a one-week delay.

Please note that new Talks Machina VODs (starting with Episode 101) will be available only on Critical Role channels.

How do I submit my cosplay or art for the Talks Machina Fan Art of the Week or Cosplay of the Week contests?

Please fill out the form at critrole.com/submit and be sure to check out the official contest rules here.

Where can I send gifts to Critical Role?

We ask very kindly that you consider a donation (which doesn’t always have to be monetary — time is a very valuable donation as well!) to one of our favorite charities.

We are a longtime supporter of 826LA, but here are a few additional (and amazing) nonprofits for your consideration.


We are constantly blown away by your generosity and thoughtfulness, 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 other Critical Role fans and community sites?
  • wheniscriticalrole.com — helps demystify broadcast times based on your own time zone for both Critical Role and Talks Machina
  • Crit Role Stats — includes accumulated game statistics, monster calculations, character sheets, and lists of references
  • Critical Role Wiki — for all worldbuilding information, maps and place names, the spelling of characters and who-was-that-NPC needs
  • Critical Role Transcript — A volunteer group that provided official transcriptions and subtitles of previous episodes and currently provides caption status updates of all new episodes
  • Critical Scope —  YouTube channel collecting and editing, and archiving videos from the cast
  • Critical Role Discord — the fan-run Discord Chat
  • Critical Role Fan Club — Facebook group
  • /r/CriticalRole — the Critical Role subreddit
  • #CriticalRole — our hashtag on Twitter

Please note that the above communities and sites are not officially run by Critical Role. We have an amazing community that has supported us (and each other!) since the early days of our show.

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!).

Ariana Orner: Our official Campaign 2 artist! You can check out her art in the footer on our website. Follow Ariana on Twitter at @ornerine.
Kent DavisPortrait of Doty on our Blog header. Check out the full version here and follow Kent on Twitter at @iDrawBagman.
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.

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.


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.

Have a question not listed here? Check out a much more in-depth FAQ on the Critical Role subreddit. (Friendly disclaimer: much of this FAQ was gently borrowed from our amazing moderation team on reddit!).
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