Critical Role. Oh dear. What a great show. So much immersion, so much emotions, so much screaming. But what is it?
Critical Role is a show that is live streamed on Twitch that features voice actors playing Dungeon and Dragons for about 3 to 5 hours. They do it every Thursday night whenever most of them are available to play. Dungeon and Dragons, in simple terms, is a tabletop role-playing game that involves fantasy creatures and heroes and uses dice-rolling to resolve actions. If you’re a gamer like me, it would probably be more familiar if I say it resembles World of Warcraft. If you love movies/books, it might be similar to Lord of the Rings. Except all of these are done on paper and pen. With dice rolls and role-playing aspects. The game consists of the players and a Dungeon Master. The Dungeon Master or DM guides the story and controls what usually happens. The DM is not playing against the players. He/She merely facilitates the progress of the story.
The cast members of Critical Role are all voice actors or actors from a theater background or actors in general. They are Matthew Mercer (DM), Marisha Ray (Keyleth), Taliesin Jaffe (Percy), Laura Bailey (Vex), Travis Willingham (Grog), Ashley Johnson (Pike), Sam Riegel (Scanlan) and Liam O’Brien (Vax). They each play their own respective characters in brackets.
At this point of time I’m writing this, next Thursday’s episode could be the final episode for the current campaign. And I must say this show has given me something to look forward to every week…
I started watching these nerdy ass voice actors around June. I was just slowly getting interested in D&D when a friend of mine asked me if I was interested. I always heard of D&D before but never got the chance to try or play it. Nevertheless, I agreed and became more and more into it. I thought of making new and exciting characters and possible combat sequences. Eventually, I stumbled upon Critical Role on Geek and Sundry. And oh boy was it an amazing discovery.
Admittedly, I didn’t watch all of the episodes and only watched the recent ones. But every moment that I find on Youtube and every live episode that I was able to watch, I was so engrossed by it. The synergy, the companionship, the acting, the emotions, the thrill, the suspense, the family vibe. Everything, just everything about it. It was so good. And eventually, I was emotionally invested in it. And to think that next week is the final episode, I can’t bear my heart to it. Although they are starting a new campaign, I’m gonna miss the twins Vax and Vex, I’m gonna miss the awkward Keyleth and her friendship with Percy, I’m gonna miss the silly Grog and his antiques with Scanlan, I’m gonna miss Pike being a ‘mom’. I’m gonna miss so much about them. I wish everyday that Thursday would come sooner so I could watch them again.
What Vox Machina to me is that it represents family. Family doesn’t mean we all have the same personalities or bonded by blood. Family means even though we’re just a ragtag bunch of stupid people, we still love each other and will be there for each other no matter what. We’re all f-ed up in some way or another but that doesn’t mean we won’t support each other. And that’s what this bunch of nerdy ass voice actors and a nerdy ass game did to me. Having a family like them would be so awesome. Not to say that my current ones aren’t awesome but ya know, watching them interact makes me feel happy and miss my own families.
Honestly, I can’t express my feelings as to how Critical Role and Vox Machina changed my life. For better or for worse, it will always remain a special place in my heart. I don’t think most people will understand this blog post but whatever. You have to watch it to understand it. With that, is it Thursday yet? (P.S. it’s a special line that Matt says at the end of every episode)