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, 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 (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 contains 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 or through Podbean.

Where can I watch Critical Role?

Critical Role airs live on Thursdays at 7pm Pacific time at twitch.tv/geekandsundry, youtube.com/geekandsundry, and projectalpha.com. Our community has made a handy website (which makes calculating time zone differences easy) at wheniscriticalrole.com.

The Critical Role VOD (video on demand) is available after its live broadcast to Geek & Sundry Twitch, Alpha, and VRV subscribers. Alpha and VRV subscribers can watch Critical Role with an enhanced gameplay overlay which includes hit point trackers, status effects, and general in-game information.

Geek & Sundry usually rebroadcasts Critical Role for free on Twitch over the weekend, but the schedule is not set in stone. If you don’t or can’t catch a rebroadcast, you can subscribe to Twitch, Alpha, or VRV for the VOD, or wait until Monday when the VOD is uploaded to Geek & Sundry’s YouTube channel. We also embed the VOD right here on critrole.com!

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.

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 winner is selected for fan art of the week and GIF of the week.

Where can I watch Talks Machina?

Talks Machina airs live on Tuesdays at 7pm Pacific time at twitch.tv/geekandsundry and projectalpha.com.

The Talks Machina VOD is available to Geek & Sundry Twitch and Alpha subscribers ($5/month). Alpha and VRV subscribers can watch an additional 20 minutes of Talks Machina (referred to lovingly as Talks Machina After Dark), which airs exclusive to Alpha subscribers after the Twitch broadcast ends.

How do I submit my gif or art to Talks Machina?

Please email your submission to [email protected]. The cut off for submission is Tuesdays at 9am Pacific.

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?

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.

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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