Critical Role | A Geek's Confession

Today we're going to take a few minutes, open our hearts, and share what's been going on in our lives.  Today, I'm going to share with you something that's been keeping me up late on Thursday nights, and sometimes sucks me back in over the weekends.  Today, I'm going to come clean and share with you what I've been geekin' over.

Critical Role.

Yes, that's right.  Critical Role.  You might be asking yourself what this "Critical Role" is.  Well, I'm here to be open and honest and share about it.  It's a show on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel that airs on Thursday Nights, starting at 9PM CST (My local time) and keeps me up until midnight, and often even later than that.  Fridays are extra long due to it, and the Mrs. always gives me a slightly disapproving look at night when she goes to bed and I tell her that I'm going to stay up and watch it.  That's not good, but I just can't help it, I have to watch it.  Nine voice actors get together at the Geek and Sundry studio and play Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition.  Ah, that felt good to get out in the open.  

Lead by boy wonder, Matt Mercer, as the DM (Dungeon Master) and story creator, the story is narrated in a way that is engaging and exciting.  Liam O'Brian and Laura Baily play the two half-elven twins, Vax and Vex.  They're sibling banter in character would lead you to believe they may be real life siblings.  Ashley Johnson and Travis Willingham portray the unlikely friends, a tiny gnome Cleric named Pike and the Goliath Barbarian named Grog.  Their friendship is one only portrayed in tales, and yet is as real as it gets in game.  No good friendship would be perfect without the 3rd wheel, that one friend who will go to the brothels with you while longing for the female half of the friendship.  Enter Scanlan, the gnome bard played by the entertaining Sam Riegal.  Grog and Scanlan love to enjoy the ladies, but Pike and Scanlan have a budding love relationship happening, that is more than entertaining.

Any self-respecting adventure group wouldn't be without a Dragonborn, and Tiberius Stormwind, Dragonborn Sorcerer, fills that role perfectly well.  Buffoonish and cunning, Orian Acaba plays Tiberius to perfection, and you get the feeling that Tiberius might just be Orian's alter ego.  

Shy and quiet, Keyleth the half-elven druid is played by Marisha Ray.  She is powerful beyond her years, and yet as naive as her age would indicate.  With that said, she brings a unique mix of power and ability to the table that only she can control.

Lastely, often seen carrying Bad News, Taliesom Jaffe plays the home brewed class, the gun slinger, as Percy.  He has some crazy long name, but when he introduces himself as such, the entire crew says "Call him Percy".  It's funny, but there's a reason he has such a name.

Now that the who is out of the way, let me tell you the what.  This motley crew, known as Vox'Machina, has recently defeated the maddened Beholder, Kav'Varn.  In a fight that was one of the most epic fights I have ever seen played out in a game or movie, Vox'Machina dispatched the beholder, almost losing Grog.  With the evil Horn of Orchus ripped from the head of the beholder, the Illithid of the area then turn on the team, and a secondary fight breaks out, and Pike then is the next to make it out alive with a single hit point of life.  Horn of Orchus in tow, the crew heads back to their home town, convene at the town council, and are ready for the next leg of their adventure.  There is far more to the story, but it would be best if you watched it for yourself, as there is far to much to try to summarize it all in a single post.

Needless to say, after about 3 months into watching this show, I now have orderd the Dungeon Master's Guide, Player's Guide, Monster Manual and the Starter Set and am actively looking for a group to play with or DM with.  

Yes.  I am actively looking to play Dungeons and Dragons.

So, now that I've come clean, I hope you can to.  Go, watch the series, go get all of the books, and play.  Your inner geek will thank you for it.  

Thanks for reading this Geek's confession, and until next we meet, Geek Out.

Kyle JohnstonComment