The next critical role campaign begins with a new Dungeon Master

After six years, two campaigns, and 265 livestreaming episodes, Critical Role is doing something new in the Exandria world. The actual Dungeons & Dragons play series launches an eight-part mini-campaign with the new Dungeons Masters (DM). The story is set about 30 years after the end of Season 1 and 10 years after Season 2. Best of all, creator Matt Mercer will join as a full-time player character.

The title of the new demonstration series is Exandria unlimited, And it starts on June 24th Cramps And YouTube.. The CMO of Aabria Iyengar will take the lead as DM. Envy of the dice She herself is a popular real theater performer. Fans of Iyengar’s work have her Mother earth (Kose), Happy Jacks (Tendai Collier the Joined, Kairin Antwi), Dimension 20 (Myrtle the Bitch), and Saving throw — She also spent time as a DM.

Abria Iyengar
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“I know more about Exsandria than the core forgotten territory of Dungeons & Dragons,” Iyengar said in an interview with Polygon. I have been emotionally investing in this world for a long time. […] I couldn’t imagine any more teams to spend time together and build stories together. ”

Mercer, who created the critical role, will participate in the campaign as a player for the first time. He tells Polygon that he is excited to have Iyenga at the table.

“I’ve been following Aabria’s work for a long time,” Mercer told Polygon. “We have a lot [actual play performers] But there are people who get your attention, and Aabria is one of them. We brought Abria, but she blew away all our expectations. ”

Amy Carrero for the rest of the castElena of Avalor, blind spot) And Lobby Damond (Marvel’s Spider-Man, Sailor moon) Ashley Johnson, founder and veteran voice actor of Critical RoleLast of us, Infinity train, the Avengers), Liam O’Brien (Spiderman, Star Wars Rebels, Last of Us Part II).

When asked for details, Iyengar and Mercer couldn’t reveal much about the premise of the mini-campaign. However, Mercer told Polygon that he would play a character that was “very different” from the normal archetype.

“I learned a lot from Travis [Willingham] “To really embrace chaos,” Mercer warned, referring to one of the co-stars in the series known for his top-notch playful behavior. Mercer also had one character, not dozens at a time. He seems to be particularly keen on acting.

As mentioned above, Critical Role has spent hundreds of hours on each of its two previous campaigns. This time, fans need to expect a more concise experience. This is for those who may have been put off by the enormous amount of effort needed to keep their previous campaigns up to date. The story is based on existing folklore, but it’s a whole new adventure, telling a fresh face and a unique story.

“It’s perfect because it creates the female of this story,” Iyengar said. “This is a very different type of storytelling in the familiar world.”

Exandria Unlimited is currently in production and all episodes will be pre-recorded prior to airing. This new style should enable a more edited and propelled story. This is a kind of experiment and may affect the format of future series.

The success of the critical role reflects a major shift in the tabletop RPG industry as a whole. The transition began around 2015. It was then that D & D publisher Wizards of the Coast admitted to Polygon that most of its marketing efforts were focused online rather than face-to-face. Most of the changes are in fact. It’s a play movement, either livestreamed by a group of players or made publicly available to the public. The actual theater movement, whose critical role is just one of many performer groups, won the Diana Jones Award in 2018 and has been recognized throughout the industry.

In 2019, Critical Role launched Kickstarter, an animated series based on the first campaign. The end result was $ 11.3 million in sales and a streaming deal with Amazon Prime. But its success also focused on the lack of diversity in the group.

Realizing that he is the only voice telling the story of Exandria so far, Mercer “intentionally created this world with plenty of space for others to create and develop.” I was enthusiastic about pointing out. “Aabria is the primary choice for those I trust to do this,” he added.

“We were keen to get others in and create in that space, but that’s difficult if the main show is weekly,” Mercer told Polygon. .. “This was an opportunity for us to take a step back and bring in other great creative people to see what happens.”

“It was great, everyone was kind and open,” Jenga added. “I’m really glad that everyone was so interested in my personal perspective.”

Critical Role also launched its own publishing department in 2020. Darrington PressOperated by Ivan Van Norman, who has 10 years of experience in the gaming industry, released the first board game. Ukotoa, Currently available in the Critical Role Store. Along with Darrington Press, it has also established an important role. Foundation of important roles CRF works with five partners to provide philanthropic assistance both in the United States and around the world. Mercer, a member of the board, emphasized that CRF is a way to “spread integrity” in the critical role.

“It’s very unrealistic and almost coincidental. We didn’t mean to do this a lot,” Mercer said. “We want to ensure that we have the opportunity to expand appropriately and carefully and support the lives of others. Launching a foundation with an important role was a big part of that.”

He also described the establishment of Darrington Press as an “opportunity” to avoid the challenge of partnering with manufacturers with their own commitments.

“We thought,’Let’s try this. You probably don’t have to worry about all of these issues.'” We need to do a lot of experimentation to see if it works. I’m very excited, I’m grateful for our opportunity, and I want to get more people to help guide the rocket. “

You can find details of important roles On the official website..