HYPE: LISTEN TO OUR NEW SCI-FANTASY AUDIO DRAMA, MIDST!
Written by Nicole on March 29, 2023
We’re thrilled to announce something very different and exciting… a new narrative audio series that we’ve brought into the fold – MIDST! Originally released in 2020, Midst is an immersive, semi-improvised sci-fantasy series in which three mysterious and unreliable narrators spin a tale about complicated antiheroes making bad decisions in a world on the edge of disaster.
We’re truly such fans of this story and the talented creators behind it: an anonymous trio known collectively as Third Person. Through this partnership, Midst will be completely re-released! In addition to the audio format, which has been fully remastered with updated sound and music, we’ll also be presenting beautiful, lightly-animated video editions of EVERY episode, featuring all-new artwork from a variety of stupendously-talented artists including Ricardo Bessa, Lenka Simeckova, Sam Bosma, Artem Chebokha, Lap Pun Cheung, Will Kirkby, and more!
Critical Role has always believed in the positive impact of storytelling and we’re excited to have the opportunity to amplify stories beyond the world of Exandria while empowering these innovative creatives!
Join us April 11th on your favorite podcast app, our Critical Role YouTube Channel or the Midst website. If we’ve piqued your interest, dear reader, please read on to uncover everything you need to know about Midst!
SO TELL ME, WHAT EXACTLY IS MIDST ABOUT?
We’re so glad you asked! In this series, three mischievous narrators will take you on a surreal, space-western journey about the doomed planet of Midst that spins on the border between two halves of the cosmos: the dazzling bright atmosphere called “The Un” and the sea of dark otherworldly fog called “The Fold.”
Life is simple for most of the planet’s inhabitants… until an influential and shadowy society known as The Trust takes an interest in Midst and sparks an unexpected chain of events, intertwining the lives of a crotchety outlaw, a freakishly-virtuous cultist, and a weird diabolical bastard. This excellent story has unsolved murders, cult brainwashing, supernatural darkness, bright spots of hope, found families, and rich world-building.
Also, the moon is about to fall out of the sky and cause reality to eat itself alive. And that’s just the start of where we begin with season one! The first two seasons of Midst are ready to go, and the team is hard at work on the third season—so whether this is the first you’ve heard of it or you’re a long-time listener, we think you’ll really enjoy all there is to come!
WHO ARE THESE MYSTERIOUS NARRATORS?
Midst is recounted and created by the immensely talented performance and production studio known collectively as Third Person. These three friends originally created the universe of Midst as a TTRPG setting for themselves to play with and fell in love with the narrative they created. They eventually decided to pursue it as a podcast for everyone to experience and used the rules of improvisation to create a totally original dialogue and story.
They are multi-talented narrators, artists, producers, and storytellers, and we couldn’t be happier to collaborate and partner with them! It’s deeply meaningful to us to continue to broaden the kinds of stories told at Critical Role by welcoming other creatives into our world.
HOW INTERESTING! WHEN & WHERE CAN I FIND MIDST?
We’ll be re-launching season one (and eventually season two) of Midst starting with the first episode on April 11th!
Throughout the week, the first three episodes will roll out on the Critical Role YouTube Channel and your favorite podcast streaming app! Our YouTube releases add gorgeous, lightly-animated scenery to each episode and provide a new sensory dimension to this audio drama.
This will be the release schedule for our free feeds on launch week:
- Episode 1: April 11th
- Episode 2: April 12th
- Episode 3: April 13th
However, if you want to get a jump start AND support the project, you’ll have the opportunity to Join the Fold as a paid subscriber and gain access to the first five episodes instantly on April 11th! Paid subscribers will receive an ad-free experience and early access to an array of lore-expanding bonus content known as the Appendices. You‘ll be able to sign up on the Midst website.
After launch week, new episodes will air weekly on Wednesdays (aka the MIDST-le of the week) for the 19 episodes of season one. Paid subscribers remain two episodes ahead of the free feeds—so for instance, on April 19th, free feeds will see Episode 4 released while paid feeds will receive Episode 6.
THIS IS REALLY COOL AND NOW I NEED TO KNOW MORE!
We think so too! We’re humbled by the opportunity to share a new type of story with you and elevate new storytellers in the process. This adventure is just getting started and we can’t wait for everyone to love Midst as much as we do.
If you want to stay up to date, we’ve created a special Midst newsletter, so be sure to sign up for more info on new releases, future seasons, and more!
Let us be the first to say, Welcome to the Fold…
4/11/2023 Update: Check out the Midst website here!