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"Looks like he's the Intelligence 1 character."Technically, Grog has an Intelligence of 6. He knows what he's doing. ;P
Fun fact, Grog’s loud burp was actually made by mixing Marisha Ray’s (Keyleth) and Laura Bailey’s (Vex) belches.
The first two episodes were written for the show, to help show off what the characters are like. From episode three going forward, you can find on their livestreams from 24 onward.
@Colin Adams I mean you were mostly right; the only things kept that resemble what we know of the home game are the second fight with the blue dragon, and who it is. Everything else -the dragon destroying villages, the tavern brawl and party fall out, meeting the council and most of the scenes from the next episode - we're written for the show.
@Coran Baker Ah, missed that bit. Thank you for correcting me.
Well actually, the first two episodes are events from the pre-stream game, and are necessary since they set up a central plot point.
Guys, y’all are in for a *GLORIOUS* ride!
They're *Golden Gods!*
Grog has an intelligence of 6.Yeah, not a master strategist.This is an adaptation of their campaign, it is not a one to one. They're not dumb enough to do that, DO NOT just turn a DnD campaign into a show, it DOESN'T work.This arc is actually from BEFORE they were doing Critical Role. Due to a number of reasons I'll not get into here they do this first then skip chronologically over 20 episodes of their show. So it's quite different in that respect. After this it goes into what's called the Briarwood Arc, which is where most people say is where they really got into their groove. But yeah this particular arc took place before the streams when it was still a Pathfinder game, and it was GOING to be the entire show, just like a couple episodes to show this bit. Then the kickstarter EXPLODED and they're like "Shit guess we're doing the entire Briarwood arc" then Amazon picked it up and they're like "Shit guess we're doing a season two!"So the overall story is the same, but the details are different. The actual first mission they show on stream is a mission for Allura, the blonde woman that took them to the town on the skyship, to go and find Lady Kima, the dwarf that was with the council, in a place called Kraghammer. Yeah that's not shown in this series.
I still want more adaptations into a show, even if its not a one to one. Their live streams are typically longer and me not having an easy time imagining the scenes; games and animations I thrive and vibe with. If they decide to do a series within their worlds that's just adaptations of the story and keep the most funniest parts, then I'll love it. Like Campaign 2.
Actually, there's another legal issue with the Kraghammer arc. It's all mind flayers and beholders, both of which are copywritten by D&D; they'd have to get special licensing.
@republicazi32 It probably has relation to Orion, yes, but the lack of Tiberious can be easily worked around for the Kraghammer arc.More likely they wanted to start with the most well renowned segment of their first campaign, namely the Briarwoods, because it's their best foot forward. If you're gonna make a whole ass animated series, start it off with a bang. And boy did they.The only reason the stream starts in Kraghammer, is cause that's where they left off naturally. Animated series can start with it damn well pleases. There's a LOT before getting to the Briarwoods, and none of it really dives all that deeply into any of the specific members of Vox Machina. Really the more important character aspects don't hit home until, what do ya know? The Briarwood arc, and then the Chroma Conclave arc. Even if Orion was still around, I think they'd still begin at the Briarwood arc.
@republicazi32 You can say his name here you know; the subreddit Gestapo mods can't reach you here. Orion Acaba retained the rights to his characters when he left g&s. If they wanted to include him, and they quite understandably didn't, then they would have to license the character or some such nonsense.Basically yeah.
Are they doing it that way to avoid having to work around a certain person who shall go nameless from the first 25 or so episodes who left in not so good terms?
Few facts about the campaign to series shift:1. The story arc of the first two episodes was welded on and is originally from non-streamed home games. The dragon was also made a full adult for dramatic and story reasons when it was originally a juvenile.2. The group wasn't originally called Vox Machina, that came in later. They were originally called the SHITs, an abbreviation for...something that I've forgotten right now.3. There was originally another member of the group, a dragonborn sorcerer. However he's been left out of the series due to...creative issues with his player, among other things.
Super High-Intensity Team
FYI you can disable autoplay, which allows you to let the credits roll without panicking and looking for the tiny cancel button.
dudes, this serious is absolutely the most beautiful thing to ever come out this year for all the good reasons!!
Bidet (the greeting us Critters use,) Renegades. I'm so excited to see you guys get to it. The first season is 12 episodes and season 2 is TBA.Welcome to the fandom!
23:35 Speaking from one who is watching the first campaign currently, not only did they have the film writers make it flow better, but they had to make a lot of cuts of the story due to their friend Orion Acaba (who plays Tiberius Stormwind, a dragon sorcerer, in the original campaign) leaving the group after episode 26 for certain reasons. He's in a better place of mind from what I've last heard and Critical Role wished him nothing but the best.
At 22:15 or so, regarding Grog's low intelligence score...others have already noted the actual number. However, take note that several other members of Vox Machina also have a very low ability score in something, and I am not just talking about Trinket the Bear's "animal" stats. As you watch, see if you can spot the other low ability scores, and see if you can figure out who has them and which ones they are. LOL
12:28 announce your presence with authority with a BRAP
Was wondering if/when you guys would get to this. Was not disappointed.
I started watching C3 and caught up, so I decided to go back and begin with their first campaign. This episode and I believe the next few are from before they started streaming their games. I’m currently on C1 episode 33 and am loving all of the tension and plot twists. It’s honestly shocking how lucky they are
16 isn't bad for initiative, but don't forget to add your dexterity modifier Nate.
honestly, I would love to see you all play a DnD one shot or even a full on campaign.
It reminds me of Invincible, The Witcher, and obviously D&D. I love The fact that Grog is voiced by Travis Willingham (The VA for Thor).
Enjoying your reaction to the show. I've watched the season and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sidebar: Dude on the left is giving me serious Patton Oswalt vibes.
I am so excited you all are reacting to this!!!
Episode 1&2 are pre-stream and for the animated show really is meant to introduce the characters to those unfamiliar with the Critical Role twitch stream. Episode 3 is when the story follows the D&D twitch stream. When they started the stream their characters were already level 9. It’s also when things really kickoff.
Hey...there is a channel called JudgementFish that has episode by episode videos that take moments from the show and compare them to the moments they are based on in the original campaign....I definitely recommend them highly to see how the show is adapted from the 5e play on the live stream.
I love this show so much.
At 11:48 You can see A Matt NPC lookalike. There’s one in every episode so keep your eyes out!
@BlueEyesMaste they get rarer as the episodes go on, but they admitted in one of the watch parties, he is not in every one
@Corvacks Which episode do you say doesn’t have one?
The mpc is not in every episode
I saw someone else call them "MPCs"
It's pronounced Tah-luh-sen Jah-fee.
YES! Vox Machina is a great show!
Yesssss, I was hoping you would react to this.
This is midway their campaign, it starts around level 9vax, short for Vaxildan, Rogue assassin halfelf, played by Liam O'Brian, best known role possibly Gaara from Naruto.Vex, short for Vexhalia, his twin, halfelfven Beastmaster Ranger, played by Laura Bailey, who shares a birthday with Liam, hence the idea for their twin characters (the campaign actually started out as a 1 time game run by Mercer for Liam's birthday).Grog, Goliath Berserker Barbarian, played by Travis Willingham, who plays Thor in most media and is Laura's husband.Pike, war domain cleric gnome, played by Ashley Johnson.Scanlan Shorthalt, Gnome bard, college of lore, played by Sam Riegel, most active as a voice director, but also played roles such as Donatello in the TMNT and others. IRL best friend of Liam O'BrianPercy, short for Percival (and that's just his first name), human gunslinger fighter (homebrewed into DnD5e from a pathfinder class).. Played by child actor Taliesin Jaffe turned voice actor with roles such as the Flash and othersKeyleth, halfelven druid, circle of the moon, played by Marisha Ray, who has voiced a lot of minor characters in a lot of thingsTrinket: bear companion to Vexhalia, played by Matt Mercer who also plays Silas Briarwood and a slew of other bit part. his likeness appears in each episode, sometimes heavily disguised. he and Marisha are also a married couple
"Sub-brick intelligence with the linguistic skills of a man missing his tongue" 😂 I'm a Magic the Gathering guy, not D&D, but that joke plays on any field
Ashley was in the first avengers movie, she was the waitress near the end
This is why I love Amazon made shows.They don't give a fuck about gore, they take it up to a 10 then crank it to a 11.
This encounter wasn't actually their first. There were several years of play that happened before they began streaming. At the start of streaming, the characters were already level 9. This dragon fight happened pre-stream, but was actually years into the campaign. I wish they had used season 1 to tell a more extensive backstory, but they chose to only show this one incident, as it was an important moment for the story going forward.
Best D&D show ever
Fuck yeah, you guys are in for a treat!
Yo, please do the dnd video. I would watch ya'll play that
I meam Records of Lodoss' war was a TTRPG played in Japan by its creators.So was The Slayers. So anime exosts based on d&d like campaigns already with amazing stories.
Some of the names from the campaign had to changed for the show due to copyrights.
So the general in the first 2 episodes is voiced by David Tennant
Speaking of Ashley Johnson y'all should watch Infinity Train if you haven't. Great animated show in league with things like Gravity Falls and OTGW
You guys should react to the creation of Batman who laughs
I did not know this show was based on critical role damn.
The first two episodes are pre-stream campaign material, so there's no actual footage of this part of the story.
I hope when they get to the 2nd episode that all of the funniest parts of this is based on their rolls during the initial DnD session. Like for example to make the prayer, I remember it being a roll that didn't actually give a blessing, a low roll, it wasn't her being a dick. lol
Yes. Here we go 💯💯💯
Wow scanlan's legendary intro didn't make the cut... Lol
16:46 Not til next campaign, kid.
I hate to be that person, but Talisen's name is is pronounced in a similar way to talisman.
I would like to RAGE! Also, first.
WTF you cut out Scanland's Intro... Your the FIRST reactors to do that... Might I inquire why?
A fellow NieR fan, huh. Nice.
Omg yes letz goooo
Lets fucking go
Let the adventure begin. Side note: Noticed my name isn't no longer mentioned at the end of the videos. It's been an honor.
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