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Critical Role: Changing Lives Since 2015
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Critical Role: Changing Lives Since 2015

Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show, featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.

Three years ago on March 12, a small Dungeons & Dragons stream aired for the first time on Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel. There were some technical difficulties, and it took a little bit of time to introduce the characters and the world they live in, but then the story of Critical Role was off and running. It hasn’t stopped since.

Last week, Critical Role Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer reflected on the journey the show has taken him, and the response was staggering.

From guest players to Critters, Critical Role has undeniably changed lives since Vox Machina first entered the city of Kraghammer three years ago. Here are just a few ways people around the world have been changed for the better by Critical Role.

From Guest Players…

Recurring guests Mary McGlynn and Will Friedle found not only a new game to play, but a new wealth of friends through Critical Role.

“I gained a wonderful new hobby but much more importantly a whole new group of friends,” wrote Will. “I love you all. Happy anniversary!”

Darin De Paul, who played the unforgettable Sprigg in the first campaign, also shared his best wishes. “You inspire. You entertain. You change lives. Thank all of you for all the magic.”

…To D&D Luminaries…

Hosts of campaign livestreams on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel from Wizards of the Coast—who credits Critical Role in part for a surge of interest in the game—also shared their congratulations.

Dungeon Master Ruty Rutenberg agreed, saying, “There are many who thought it absolutely crazy but you all proved otherwise and this community proves it wasn’t a fluke.”

…To Critters

There are simply too many heartwarming sentiments to share in this list, but official campaign artist Ariana Orner, Wildemount mapmaker Devue Rue, feline fans Cat Cosplay, and Twitch moderator GaeaCa were just a few who also shared their thanks and congratulations.

Hundreds of Critters did as well, thanking Critical Role for new friendships, the inspiration to create art, write their own stories, or get into voice acting, starting their own Dungeons & Dragons games and groups, and for bringing some light into their lives on their darkest days.

Many also thanked the cast and crew of Critical Role for sharing their story with the world, and their dedications and efforts to the community that has been built as a result.

Sam Ma, an artist and fan, summed up the last three years succinctly:

Here’s to many more stories to be told in the years to come.


  • The cast of Critical Role will be at two upcoming conventions, WonderCon in Los Angeles, March 24-25, and C2E2 in Chicago, April 6-8.
  • Download the previous week’s adventures on the Critical Role podcast every Thursday.
  • Don’t miss the new campaign of Critical Role, live on Alpha and Twitch Thursdays at 7:00 PM Pacific.

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