Critical Role

A Games, Hobbies and Fiction podcast featuring
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Welcome to Critical Role, where a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons! Join Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and an all-star cast of world-class performers each week as they travel through imaginary realms for more adventure than you can shake a magic staff at. Need a deeper dive? Be sure to catch Talks Machina with Brian W. Foster, the official Critical Role companion show, right here on Critical Role.
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27 episodes
I was worried the first time I listened because so many actual plays end up being just about the jokes. However, Critical Role explores the characters at all levels, from humor to drama.
To be honest, you should going into this knowing that this is an audioversion of a streamed game rather than a podcast, and it really shows. Some of the jokes will be tied to the visual cues, face expressions and gestures. Overall, it's just a wonderful (though a bit lengthy and sometimes emotion-inducing) way to get yourself familiar with TTRPGs and D&D. And maybe start playing. P.S. It's better to start with Campaign 2 (the beginning can be found in Geek & Sundry's CR feed), C1 tends to be... loud
Critical Role is, in many ways, the gold standard of narrative actual plays. Everybody embodies their characters so well, and the story is full of twists and turns, but quiet moments of contemplation and drama. Really, the only fault of the podcast is that it doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from the livestream. Tighter editing to remove dead space, waffling, and references to visuals that are no longer present could probably bring these episodes down to a more manageable hour or two, instead of the three-to-four hour behemoths they currently are. If you want to listen, you really need to commit to listening, currently, and that's just not possible for many.

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    Podcast Details

    Started
    May 22nd, 2018
    Latest Episode
    Mar 19th, 2020
    Release Period
    Daily
    No. of Episodes
    180
    Avg. Episode Length
    About 3 hours
    Explicit
    Yes

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