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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Dive deep into the history of the world’s most popular fantasy RPG livestream with the cast of Critical Role in this definitive guide featuring never-before-seen illustrations and photos.

From its unassuming beginnings as a casual home game between friends to the role-playing phenomenon it is today, Critical Role has become the stuff of legend. These pages chronicle how a circle of friends who all happen to be talented voice actors built the most-watched tabletop role-playing livestream of all time.

Discover dazzling new illustrations and richly written insights into the locations, characters, and adventures featured in the hundreds of episodes across Critical Role’s two campaigns, Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein. Go behind the scenes with archival photos and exclusive interviews with Dungeon Master Matt Mercer and the entire Critical Role cast as they explore their characters’ most triumphant moments and darkest hours. And celebrate the massive community of Critters who support and expand the show’s world through a highlighted tour of the crafts, cosplay, and art they create every day.
 
Featuring a foreword from Felicia Day, lush illustrations, and the inside story you won’t find anywhere else, this book is your indispensable guide to Critical Role. The adventure begins!

About the Author

Liz Marsham writes books of all types for readers of all ages. She began her storytelling career as an editor at DC Comics and Disney Publishing. As a D&D character, she would most likely be a warlock: She can do a couple of cool things in a row, but then she needs a nap. She runs a tiny fiefdom in Southern California with her husband, son, two cats, and what she insists is a “perfectly reasonable” number of dice.

Critical Role features seven popular voiceover actors diving into epic fantasy RPG adventures, led by veteran game master Matthew Mercer. What began in 2012 as a bunch of friends playing in each other’s living rooms has evolved into a multi-platform entertainment sensation, attracting nearly a million viewers every week.

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Foreword


There is a bit of magic in our world sometimes. Not spell magic, although that would be amazing—and sign me up for some fire-based powers, please—but chemistry between people. The kind that is effortless and enrapturing, and that you can’t stop watching. This is what Critical Role embodies for so many people. Including me.

My own discovery of the group was like most people’s: Through word of mouth. At a party in 2014, my friend Ashley Johnson mentioned that she played D&D with other voiceover actors. Not only did I fall more in love with her after hearing that (she is so very lovable so that wasn’t very hard) but I was hooked on the idea of watching her and her friends play. I never got that chance due to my “all work, no fun” nature at the time, but a year later, when I decided to start a Twitch channel with my former company Geek & Sundry, the first item I put on the brainstorm board was “D&D Live.” The first note I put under THAT was “Email Ashley Johnson.”

I still didn’t get the chance to watch the group before they started playing on the channel. But hearing how entertaining they were from my employees who went to scout them convinced me they were perfect. I felt the work of kismet happening, and I knew in my gut that they would be the exact match needed for my grassroots style. Sight unseen. (Yes, I am a “program first, ask questions later” kind of gal.) The very first time I actually watched them perform was with thousands of other people when they premiered on the channel. As soon as I saw them on screen, having the best time together, I was dazzled and obsessed and knew in my heart they were going to change the world of role-playing. And boy, have they.

Many may wonder what makes Critical Role stand out from all the other role-playing groups in the world. Aside from the movie-star chemistry between seven genuine friends who can do ALL the voices, it has to be the charisma and creativity of RPG genius Matt Mercer. The work of a DM is endless and complex and can seem completely overwhelming, but with Matt’s deep geek knowledge, incredible abilities as a voice performer, and waving-wheat hair that a ‘70s model would envy, he is a “total package.” A unique unicorn. Who, I know personally, has a caring heart and authentic passion for the geek space. Most importantly, he’s a leader who has set the tone for a fan family to flourish. And has helped gift the proud title of “Critter” to millions of people around the globe.

Critical Role’s complete journey is held between the covers of this book, and it truly is a joy to read. Anything you’d ever want to know about the group is right here. You won’t be able to help but fall in love with the rags-to-riches story of a group of friends achieving colossal success through doing what they love. And you won’t be able to help but laugh at some of the crazy anecdotes inside, especially Scanlan’s. (The craziest of which you will have to watch online, they couldn’t be put in print. To be clear, it’s because they are so damned dirty.) Hopefully, you will be inspired by the group’s enthusiasm, hard work, and dedication to each other. They are truly genuine, lovely people. By the end of reading these pages, anyone will be proud to call themselves a Critter. I know that I am.

oxox,

Felicia Day

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DrOttoVonBelgrade
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good but not much new
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2020
The artwork is beautiful but the reason it’s getting three stars is because there isn’t anything really new. As a critter, I’ve watched all CR content from the main game to Between the Sheets and I even listened to All Work No Play before it was a show. I was hoping to... See more
The artwork is beautiful but the reason it’s getting three stars is because there isn’t anything really new. As a critter, I’ve watched all CR content from the main game to Between the Sheets and I even listened to All Work No Play before it was a show. I was hoping to learn more behind the scenes stories, maybe learn about taking the risks they’ve taken to be where they are or hear just funny stories that have gone unheard. Instead it’s character profiles, maps and background on the world/game. Still cool but I’m already into the show, I know that stuff!
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Madison
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Amazing, but watch out for Spoilers
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
If you’re a fan, you’ll love these behind-the-scenes glimpses into the show and it’s creators. But be warned, if you aren’t caught up on both campaign one and two, you will 100% get spoiled. It’s got spoilers through the entirety of campaign one and through at least episode... See more
If you’re a fan, you’ll love these behind-the-scenes glimpses into the show and it’s creators. But be warned, if you aren’t caught up on both campaign one and two, you will 100% get spoiled. It’s got spoilers through the entirety of campaign one and through at least episode 97 of campaign 2.
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Mark Owens
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A fantastic look at the history and personalities behind Critical Role
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2020
I loved Mary Elizibeth McGlynn''s narration. She loves CR and is good friends with the cast and her love of the material shows through. The book is a fantastic overview and it also provides a pretty solid intro to what Dungeons and Dragons is and what it can be for anyone... See more
I loved Mary Elizibeth McGlynn''s narration. She loves CR and is good friends with the cast and her love of the material shows through. The book is a fantastic overview and it also provides a pretty solid intro to what Dungeons and Dragons is and what it can be for anyone who doesn''t know already or who only knows the nonsense that floated around in the 80s about it. As a long-time player and DM myself I found a lot of useful and instructive perspectives about the game itself, through the lens of Critical Role. It''s an encomium, not an expose, which is why it''s so long. The cast is such an amazing group of people and it shows in everything they do.
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ZLemur
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Great book; bound poorly
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
Bidet! The book itself is great! Love the background and history and everything! The print shop/binder did a pretty dirty job. There is a chunk taken out of part of it. The binding got creased/bunched up at one point. Where the binding got... See more
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The book itself is great! Love the background and history and everything!

The print shop/binder did a pretty dirty job.

There is a chunk taken out of part of it. The binding got creased/bunched up at one point. Where the binding got bunched, the book doesn''t open flat without putting a gentle wave on the page, making the reader use extra force to keep the book open. See photos for details.

Minor shipping damage to one corner, which I''d ordinarily ignore, but with the other above issues, it just feels insulting. I''ve grown accustomed to the TOP NOTCH quality of items from the Critical Role store, so this is quite the disappointment.
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Fantastic coverage on Critical Role’s journey - Goth Teen DM approved!
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
This was a complete treasure to find - my kiddo is a DM and loves this show (and D20). It’s not just about the gameplay, but that there’s these incredibly kind and funny role models out there for teens and adults like us. (I’m no prude, but sometimes it’s nice to just have... See more
This was a complete treasure to find - my kiddo is a DM and loves this show (and D20). It’s not just about the gameplay, but that there’s these incredibly kind and funny role models out there for teens and adults like us. (I’m no prude, but sometimes it’s nice to just have good non-drama people in the arsenal, ya know?)

Kiddo and I are also HUGE “making of” buffs when it comes to film/television/streaming - and this book nailed it. I even got long hugs from my teen!!! It was totally a fantastic purchase and we love supporting a great show as well.

Added bonus: SUPER AFFORDABLE! I was expecting to pay double and hold off a few more months to get it if it was that much because, well, I’m a single parent in Seattle wage-earner...so budgets are freakin’ tight all the time.

But, it was a normal price - $26 I think after tax at the time! What?! So this along with my other two reviewed purchases nailed it for their 15th birthday. Don’t worry, he got more stuff and some sweet sweet cash...but because of luck I was able to get him things I normally struggle to afford.

Great great great book - great! It’s a lovely trip into the show and the creators and production. It really brings the culture of Critical Role home.
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What a fun and uplifting read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
Loved it! The insight into the characters and the players behind them, as well as the peak behind the curtain of the show and story was a complete joy to read. I recommend it to any fan of the show and also any lover of D&D. It really shows just why Critical Role is so... See more
Loved it! The insight into the characters and the players behind them, as well as the peak behind the curtain of the show and story was a complete joy to read. I recommend it to any fan of the show and also any lover of D&D. It really shows just why Critical Role is so popular. The people that helm it love storytelling, and they love making the world a better place through that story.
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depmod
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Looking Forward to This Read
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
Just received the book and have only had a chance to skim through it so far, but already know it''s going to awesome. Having been a fan/critter for years now, I look forward to reading the behind the scene highlights and getting insight to how Matt''s mind work. He''s a... See more
Just received the book and have only had a chance to skim through it so far, but already know it''s going to awesome. Having been a fan/critter for years now, I look forward to reading the behind the scene highlights and getting insight to how Matt''s mind work. He''s a freaking genius! Great images throughout the book. It will go great with the rest of my Critical Role/D&D collection.
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Riley
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NOT what I expected- but still good!
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
It''s not what I thought it was... I thought this would be like "a look inside the Critical Role actors"- like entries on them BY THEM. But it is more in a biography style where it is often told in a second person perspective. THAT BEING SAID! It''s still about them, the book... See more
It''s not what I thought it was... I thought this would be like "a look inside the Critical Role actors"- like entries on them BY THEM. But it is more in a biography style where it is often told in a second person perspective. THAT BEING SAID! It''s still about them, the book came in excellent condition, and if you like Critical Role It''s still an excellent addition to your collection.
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PictoPirate
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Fan Service at it''s Finest
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2021
The World of Critical Role: The History Behind the Epic Fantasy is a wonderful companion piece to the brilliant show. Anyone who knows me will know that I''m a sucker for Critical Role. I''ve listened to all of the podcast, read the graphic novels and literally bought the...See more
The World of Critical Role: The History Behind the Epic Fantasy is a wonderful companion piece to the brilliant show. Anyone who knows me will know that I''m a sucker for Critical Role. I''ve listened to all of the podcast, read the graphic novels and literally bought the t-shirt. This was always going to be a home run for me, and unsurprisingly, I loved it. This book goes into the characters and the story of the games and goes back to the home game that spawned it all. It is almost as amazing how this came to be as the effect it has had on the community and the wider world. This little show spawned a TV show, graphic novel, charity, and a whole community of the most wonderful, welcoming, talented people in the world and this book covers them all. There are deep dives on all of the players, a look a the community and the charity work and a whole bunch of amazing art. This is basically one giant Critter hug that just makes you smile. If you''re a fan of the show, you''ll love this book. If you''re not, well, read it anyway to get a story of how a few people and a few dice changed the world for the better. It is a great story.
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Godfather Morlock
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Good, but not enough behind-the-scenes content.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2021
This book is a great introduction to CR...but I can''t imagine many readers will not already be fans. There''s a lot of material here that critters will already know: intro to D&D, synopses of character arcs, outlines of the Vestiges, and many anecdotes that we have already...See more
This book is a great introduction to CR...but I can''t imagine many readers will not already be fans. There''s a lot of material here that critters will already know: intro to D&D, synopses of character arcs, outlines of the Vestiges, and many anecdotes that we have already seen because we watch the show. There are bios for the entire cast which are nice, and some fascinating info about the process of bringing guests on. I was hoping for more info that wasn''t obvious from watching the show - the decision to set up as a company, the development of the set and lighting, the shift to their own studio, the technical setup, the production team, making the spinoff shows, or abandoned experiments like the chopper cam. It''s well-written and presented, but be prepared to plough through a lot of stuff you already know to find anything new.
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K. Cutterbuck
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Good book, bad packaging from amazon
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2020
The good:The book is beautiful, full of lots of background information on both the cast and the characters they play. I’d definitely say someone who likes CR would love this The bad: amazon seems to be messing up on the delivery of these books. The lower corner edge was...See more
The good:The book is beautiful, full of lots of background information on both the cast and the characters they play. I’d definitely say someone who likes CR would love this The bad: amazon seems to be messing up on the delivery of these books. The lower corner edge was completely messed up and I’m not the only the one whose received their book in this condition.
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User 979
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Beautiful book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2021
I ordered this as a gift for my boyfriend who loves critical role. Me, having no interest in it what so ever, read the whole thing before giving it to him for xmas it was that nice and well written!
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How do you wanna do this?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2020
It’s your turn to roll!! Excellent book, informative and fun, great pictures, art and behind the scenes stuff, loved it and flick through whenever I have the inclination, which is often, if you are a fan of the show, it’s a must
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