In the last week or two, roleplayers around the world have been so excited about “The Legend of Vox Machina” Kickstarter campaign. Gamers around the world have decimated records and provoked a ton of media coverage from sites like Cnet and Variety. This may have some of you wondering, ‘What is The Legend of Vox Machina anyways?’
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Critical Role, it
is a D&D tabletop game that is played by famous
voice actors. Many of you would know their voices from hit games like Overwatch, The Last of Us, and Guild Wars 2, but their credits are far beyond anything I could mention in this article. Instead, I’ll link the players IMDB pages for reference:
- Matthew Mercer
- Laura Bailey
- Sam Riegel
- Marisha Ray
- Liam O’Brien
- Travis Willingham
- Ashley Johnson
- Taliesin Jaffe
Anyways, the Kickstarter asking price is $750,000 and within 45 minutes of the campaign launching, it reached its goal and shattered records. In fact, the Kickstarter campaign made so much money that it blazed passed the $6 million dollar mark!
Because of its success, The Legend of Vox Machina, which began as an animated short, has been extended to a series of episodes. It will cover some of the D&D events from before the live stream on Twitch. The animated series will be brilliantly done by ‘Titmouse’ who has a reputation for working on Big Mouth, The Venture Bros., Metalocalypse, Niko and the Sword of Light, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures. His website can be found here.
Also because of the success, the cast of Critical Role have told the Critters (the name of the large group of us that follows the adventure on Twitch or on Youtube) to support other roleplaying creators – as in, they want us to spread the love! In efforts to help with this endeavour, here are a couple of Twitch channels to support: GeekandSundry, Roll4it, and HyperRPG, just to mention some.
I’m overjoyed because I’ve been a Critter for a couple of years now. This group have such an amazing chemistry that it demonstrates how roleplaying can be a positive and engaging experience. What I also love about the group is that the voice actors work with non-profits like 826LA, which is dedicated to helping young students between the ages of 6 – 18 with their creative writing skills. More information about the non-profit can be found here.
Anyways, this has been on my mind and I wanted to bring your attention to another sort of gaming, instead of my usual rants in the gaming industry.
Now is a great time to check out what roleplaying is all about!
Until next time!