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The Critical Role Cast Played These Games and You Should Too (on Tabletop Day)
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The Critical Role Cast Played These Games and You Should Too (on Tabletop Day)

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 we are lucky enough to watch the Critical Role cast sit down to play a game, there are some rare occasions when it’s not Dungeons & Dragons. We’ve been treated to other role-playing games from the cast like Honey Heist, Vampire: The Masquerade, Deadlands, and more—and of course, they were all spectacular—but did you know they also enjoy board games from time to time?

International Tabletop Day is the perfect opportunity to play some of those tabletop games yourself! Here are four games they’ve played here on Geek & Sundry. If you’re a fan of Critical Role, be sure watch the cast play so you can learn the rules and see some of your favorite D&D players change the game.

Weave

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Like Mansions of Madness, Weave integrates smartphones and tablets with a free app that’s an important part of the gameplay. One player is the Storyteller, who chooses the setting and storyline. Cards are drawn and scanned with the app, giving you theme, locations, and a boss.

Every week on Weave Society, a different storyteller takes the reins and leads the players through amazing stories of kooky characters in strange places. Marisha Ray recently led the Weave players on a “Leaderboard Lockout” adventure set in 1982. It was her first time playing and leading a game of Weave, showing not only how easy the roleplaying game is to pick up, but how good she is at telling stories.

Dead of Winter

You and your friends will battle against zombies and the elements in the cooperative board game Dead of Winter. At least, you think they’re all your friends—there may be a traitor in your midst, thwarting your efforts to stay alive in the harsh winter.

Ashley Johnson teamed up with Grant Imahara, Dodger Leigh, and Wil Wheaton for a harrowing game on TableTop that mixed survival with suspicion. It seems like they’re all on the same side, but when (even more) terrible things start to happen, can they get out alive? (2-5 players, 60-90 minutes, Ages 12+)

Mansions of Madness

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(Video available on demand on Twitch with a subscription to view.)

Matt Mercer, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Talks Machina host Brian W. Foster, and Critical Role guest star Darin DePaul joined forces to enter the H.P. Lovecraft-themed board game Mansions of Madness (Second Edition). With characters to choose from, miniatures, and a well-developed setting, it feels like a mini role-playing game.

“Insanity is always a risk,” described Matt. “There’s creatures, and mystery, and mystique, it’s fun. I’m a big fan of [Mansions of Madness].”

The game is unique because of the detailed, robust app that accompanies gameplay. “It will auto-generate a board for you,” explained Taliesin, “that you only discover as you play the game… The app auto balances as things are added to make sure the game is fair.” (1-5 Players, 2-3 hours, Ages 14+)

Harbour

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Harbour is a competitive worker placement game from the creator of Tiny Epic Galaxies. It combines “marketplace strategy, resource management, and of course, clever worker placement with maybe the most adorable meeple you’ll ever see in your life,” described Wil Wheaton. He invited Critical Role Dungeon Master Matt Mercer, Nika Harper, and Kyle Newman to play.

Even when playing board games, Matt enjoys adding a narrative to the experience. “It keeps it lively and invests me even more beyond the mechanics of the game,” he says during the Harbour TableTop episode.

If you want to add even more fun to your Tabletop Day, encourage your fellow players to embrace their inner witches and other sordid characters so they can do the same. (1-4 players, 30-60 minutes, Ages 10+)

Be sure to join us on April 28 on Twitch for our International Tabletop Day stream hosted by Ivan van Norman, and help us support charity:water to raise money for a project to get water to a community of people who currently lack access to clean water.

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