‘Critical Role’ is an American web series based on the fantasy tabletop role-playing game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, also known as ‘D&D. It is a show where a group of voice actors play the game as each one of them indulge in role-playing and embark on different adventures.
The tabletop game D&D was originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and was published for the very first time back in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. ‘D&D’ departed from traditional war games to introduce the style where each player could come up with their own characters who could, in turn, experience their own adventures. There is a Dungeon Master who takes up the role of the referee and storyteller and maintains the setting of the adventures. The other characters or inhabitants interact with one another, go into battles, and gather treasures. As a result of their activities, they also gather experience points.
‘Critical Role’ airs on show’s own channel on Twitch. The video-on-demand, i.e. VOD’s, are put up on the official website and also on their YouTube channel for the fans. The show first aired on March 12, 2015
Critical Role Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of the show is led by Matthew Mercer, who developed the show as well as plays Dungeon master. Mercer is known for his works in anime, cartoons and video games. He has lent voices for anime such as ‘Attack on Titan’, ‘Fate/Zero’, ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’, to name a few. He has also worked in video games such as ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Titanfall 2’, ‘Overwatch’.
Initially, the show had a cast of nine voice actors for the first 27 episodes but after that, the number has remained eight. Along with Mercer, there is Ashley Johnson, Laura Bailey, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Reigel, Taliesin Jaffe, and Travis Willingham. The show has had appearances by guest stars as well. Marisha Ray happens to be the creative director of the franchise.
Critical Role Plot: What is it about?
In ‘Critical Role’, a storyline is usually spread over a campaign containing many story arcs. And each of the stories is played over many episodes. Along with the main story arcs, the characters have the option of either taking breaks or exploring other side missions. Every character has a backstory of their own which are either complete or not and the state of their backstories influences their dynamics in the main story arc. ‘Critical Role’ has so far had two broad campaigns that are both located in Exandria, which is a fictional world that has been created by the Dungeon Master.