In the world of the online D&D community, I kept hearing about one show in particular over and over again.
Critical Role is a real play Dungeons and Dragons show streamed on Twitch every Thursday and is also available as a podcast too. The show stars voice actors Ashley Johnson, Laura Bailey, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Taliesin Jaffe and Travis Willingham with Matthew Mercer as the Dungeon Master.
I put off listening to it for a while since there were so many episodes and I had no idea where to start. It didn’t help that each episode is three hours long! However, I never heard a bad word spoken about it anytime I talked to folk about the show. I got a bit curious and started watching clips and fan-made animatics here and there.
Before I went down to Cornwall I knew we would have a fair amount of long journeys (not to mention the 13-hour drive home) so I decided that if I was ever going to start listening to the podcast, there was no better time to try then now.
After reading recommendations from Reddit, I started listening to the second campaign rather than the first. I might listen to it afterwards but considering how far behind I am on the current campaign already, it’s pretty unlikely.
Best decision I made on that holiday.
This podcast is brilliant! I can see now why everyone is raving about it. Amazing characters and incredible story thanks to Matt but the selling point to me is how genuine it is.
I’ve listened to quite a few D&D podcasts and watched a lot of people play it and sometimes it feels a bit forced. However, with this lot, you can tell each and every one of them is having a blast. Apparently, this started because they would play D&D together before they started the show three years later.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that they are not only all talented voice actors but also very witty.
Without a doubt, my favourite character is Caleb Widogast, the Wizard. I love the dynamic he shares with Nott, his growth as a character and as someone who also has a familiar in D&D, I love how Liam uses Caleb’s cat Frumpkin.
While Caleb is my favourite of The Mighty Nien the rest of the party are just as lovable in their own ways. The bonds they form with each other and their growth is amazing to watch, or in my case listen to.
I know how intimidating it is to start listening to a show with over 180 episodes that last three hours but trust me, it is so worth it!