Most people view Thursday nights as the nearing of a glorious two days off from work or as a marking of an increase of tasks surrounding the service industry. Nowadays, Thursdays don’t mean much when many of us are working from home. Typically, Thursdays are special to me for one reason, and one reason alone, it’s the day of the week that Critical Role streams on Twitch. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, our favorite nerdy voice actors have been unable to share their D&D campaign with us. Well, ya’ll, I’m here to tell you Critters, your Thursday nights just got more enjoyable because Critical Role is back!
Critical Role is a creator-owned streaming show in which the streamers play the magical game Dungeons and Dragons. The team consists of several voice actors including Matthew Mercer (Dungeon Master), Ashley Johnson (Pike & Yasha), Laura Bailey (Vex’ahlia & Jester), Liam O’Brien (Vax’ildan & Caleb), Marisha Ray (Keyleth & Beauregard), Sam Riegel (Scanlan, Tarryon, & Nott), Taliesin Jaffe (Percival, Mollymauk, & Caduceus), and Travis Willingham (Grog & Fjord). This crew is currently on their second campaign following the tale of the Mighty Nein as they traverse the land of Wildemount during a time of war between the Dwendalian Empire and the Dynasty. I don’t want to push any undue spoilers upon anyone, but I do want to point out how close we are to Traveler Con and the shenanigans that come with it.
I know watching other people play a role-playing game isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; however, I just need to take a moment to mention the chemistry between the players and their DM. The cast has a way of pulling you into this world that Mercer has built, and even shopping episodes are full of unique dialogue and heartfelt moments. There have been episodes that reduced me to tears, had me jumping with joy, or sweating through my most absorbent shirts. Overall, Critical Role has a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to once again hear Mercer utter the words, “How do you want to do this?”.