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The Set of Talks Machina Holds Secrets and Stories
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The Set of Talks Machina Holds Secrets and Stories

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.

There’s something about the Talks Machina set that feels like home. With its comfy chairs, odds and ends sent in to the cast by crafty fans, and Trinket waiting to give big bear hugs, the set is as warm and welcoming as the Critical Role cast themselves.

New items are added regularly, but the original set decoration had a very Vox Machina beginning. “My favorite item is the large barrel that sits on the ground as a stand, actually,” says host Brian W. Foster. “Due to a number of circumstances, we only had two days before we launched Talks to get the set together. We had a builder/painter for the walls and shelves, but the rest was up to us.

“Almost the whole cast got up early on a Sunday and spent hours in the heat roaming the amazing rows of the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena, looking for treasures. Armed with master negotiator Laura Bailey, we wheeled and dealed a lot of the stuff you see there now. That barrel we got for probably 1/4 of the asking price, thanks to Laura completely charisma bargaining with the vendor.

“We lugged the day’s haul back to the cars, super excited about the show, and making the set a unique collection of memories and moments from Critical Role.”


Here are more fun facts about the items currently on display on the Talks Machina set that you might not have noticed while you were busy being dazzled by Brian and his guests for the week—and you might find out a secret or two in the list below.

Slight spoilers for Critical Role follow.

Did You Know?

  • The labeled glass bottles of mysterious ingredients are from the Critical Role episode of Escape!.
  • The red fez worn by Sam Riegel in the Honey Heist one-shot is hiding on a shelf.
  • The large stuffed Trinket was sent in for Critmas by a generous fan in 2015, and he made his stream debut in the first campaign’s Episode 30. (The cast was a little concerned that there was a corpse in the shipping box before they opened it.)
  • The Pike Trickfoot oil and gold leaf painting was created by Mike Hendrickson. “I love the Pike portrait that’s always behind Brian’s shoulder,” Talks Machina Segment Producer Dani Carr says. “Like Ashley is always there like, ‘Babe…'”


  • Frumpkin was knitted and sent to Liam O’Brien by Scarves for Caleb.
  • Dani and Talks Machina Producer Max James both count the imposing Vecna miniature as their favorite item on set. Dani remembers when it first arrived at Geek & Sundry. “Matt [Mercer] brought it in waaaay before the final boss fight,” she says, “and was like, ‘Dani, PLEASE HIDE THIS!’ So I hid it for ages in one of the offices.”
  • There is a VHS copy of the movie Wild Things somewhere on the set.
  • The plush Jester doll that calls the sofa home was handmade by a Critter. Read more about Jen Herrera’s incredible, adorable work.
  • The map of Emon on the wall was created by Matt Mercer himself in a city builder program and Photoshop, pre-stream. It’s missing Vox Machina’s Greyskull Keep, as he made it before the Keep was constructed.  (You can even download it.)


As you can guess, most of the items on the Talks Machina set have come from generous and creative Critters. Objects are still being added and moved around the set week after week. (Take a look at the FAQ on the Critical Role website for shipping info.) One of the latest additions, a Fjord bust sent in by a crafty fan, seems a little shifty…


Seriously, though, many thanks to Eugene Bell for the incredible Fjord sculpture!


  • Tune into our official aftershow, Talks Machina, live on Alpha and Twitch, Tuesdays at 7pm PT.
  • Follow the Critical Role crew on Twitter for news about events and signings.
  • Don’t miss new episodes of Critical Role live on Alpha and Twitch, Thursdays at 7pm PT!

Photos: Kelly Knox

GIF Image Credit: ArseQueef

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