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Critical Role Fans Take MCM London 2018 By Storm
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Critical Role Fans Take MCM London 2018 By Storm

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.

When the Critical Role cast finally made it to the United Kingdom for MCM Comic Con London at the end of the October, they were greeted by a crush of Critters. (You know, like a murder of crows, it’s a crush of Critters.) Fans from all over Europe were thrilled to chat with the cast, cosplay, and bask in all the Critter love, and the Critical Role crew was just as delighted to meet them.

Here are just a few highlights from the weekend, from cosplay, to the panels on the main stage, to the moment ArseQueef met Brian W. Foster. If you think it’s impossible to have your heartstrings pulled in a story about a fellow named ArseQueef, just read on, my friends.

Cosplay

Cosplaying Critters were out in force. Vox Machina, the Mighty Nein, their friends and allies, and even some of their enemies all roamed the convention floor. Sneaky Zebra, a YouTube channel known for their incredible musical cosplay videos, spent a few moments highlighting amazing Critical Role cosplayers in their wrap-up video.

Critical Role Cosplay also wrote up a feature from the weekend, highlighting costumes from both campaigns. And you’ll find even more stunning photos from Sean on Imgurand another highlight video from YouTube channel The 86th Floor. That’s a lot of Critical Role cosplay!

Live From the London Stage

Well, not quite live, but the cast’s panels were filmed from the main stage of the convention on both days. MCM London shared Saturday’s hour-long Q&A on their YouTube channel.

Critical Scope has you covered (like always!) with video of the Sunday panel, a 30-minute interview session with Matt Mercer, Taliesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, Liam O’Brien, Sam Riegel, and Brian W. Foster. The group talked nerves in the DM chair, running other RPG systems, and much more.

Meeting the Cast

If you listened to the Sunday Q&A, you might have heard Sam Riegel name-drop one of the more notorious Critters in the community: ArseQueef. ArseQueef made quite a name for himself (*cough*) in the early episodes of Talks Machina, simultaneously tripping up and delighting host Brian W. Foster with his questions for the cast. Their meeting was a moment that many Critters anticipated, and no one was disappointed.

“I only had an autograph ticket for Brian,” ArseQueef tells Geek & Sundry, “but as soon as I got to the front of the queue, Brian made sure to bring me round the back of the table so I could meet the rest of the cast. They all recognized me immediately, and were so warm and welcoming. It was totally surreal and they all had such nice things to say.”

The end of the convention was just as memorable as that first meeting, he says.

“As the con was wrapping up, I was waiting for Brian at his autograph table so I could say goodbye,” ArseQueef says, “and Liam still had about 100 left people in his line (not an exaggeration). It was about 10 minutes after everyone was supposed to leave, so, sensing that the people left in line might be sent away without a chance to meet Liam, Taliesin came rushing back to the autograph area and said, ‘I have a feeling a lot of people are about to be disappointed, so let’s try and make their day!’

“He ran up to the queue and proceeded to hug and talk to every person who was still left in line. It was a moment that just confirmed to me that even when these people are at their most exhausted, they will always make time to ensure that the people that came to see them have the best experience possible. MCM ended up keeping the line going until they got through everyone, which is super cool, too.”

The experience made just as big of an impact on Brian W. Foster, he tells us.

“ArseQueef has gone from a funny screen name with great Talks Machina questions to a friend of the cast and behind the scenes crew at Critical Role,” Brian says. “He represents the symbol we rally around, which is this community and the ability for someone halfway across the world to be impacted by these shows, and to give back to them in a way that benefits the whole.

“From our side of things, it doesn’t get much better than seeing our community connect with each other. We are better for having known him.”

The awesome and hard-working CR Translate team also had a chance to stop by the tables as well, and gave Matt Mercer a sign of their gratitude (literally).

There’s almost too much Critical Role joy from the weekend to fit into one recap! If you were at MCM London, share your own memories in the comments below.

WANT MORE CRITICAL ROLE?

  • Catch up from the very beginning of the first campaign, and keep up with the new one, with the Critical Role Podcast.
  • Tune into the official aftershow, Talks Machina, live on Alpha and Twitch, Tuesdays at 7pm PT.
  • And don’t miss new episodes of Critical Role LIVE on Alpha and Twitch, Thursdays at 7pm PT.

Featured Photo: Photographer – So Say We All; Caleb – Richard__Ash, Fjord – Blood Spider, Nott – kittiofdoom, Yasha – Van Helen Cosplay, Beauregard – Ragemoreroberts, Jester – Tigerlilycosplay,
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