5E Critical Role: Amazon Orders 2 Seasons Of The Legend Of Vox Machina

Amazon has ordered two seasons of the Critical Role animated show, The Legend of Vox Machina! This is the show that was Kickstarted for about $10M last year.

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Originally, 10 episodes were planned from the massive Kickstarter. Amazon has ordered 14 more, to make 24 total, aimed at late 2020.

Amazon owns Twitch, on which Critical Role made its name.

Kickstarter backers will still get the first look at the show, and will be able to access the first season for free.




Here's CR's own announcement:

Hello, bees!

We slyly hinted towards sharing some really big news and today is the big day!

Our friends at Amazon have partnered with us to broadcast Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machinaexclusively on Amazon Prime Video! And that’s not all… This partnership has allowed us to create TWO ENTIRE SEASONS and an additional TWO episodes per season. That’s a total of 24 episodes of animated Vox Machina goodness that we cannot wait to share with you.

What’s more, Amazon is throwing their support behind the show, allowing us to improve on the quality of the animation, the score, the special effects – you name it. And with 24 episodes to play with, instead of just 10, we’ll not only complete the entire Briarwood storyline in the animated series, but we’ll forge ahead into other classic Vox Machina story arcs as well!

Our lovely Kickstarter backers (hey, that’s YOU!) will still have an opportunity to watch the two-part special that kicks off the series before anyone else AND because you’re a backer, you'll be able to access the first season for free. We’re still working out all of the logistical details and should have an update around how all of this will work in late 2020.

We also announced a few more key players on our creative team, each mega-talented in their craft:
  • Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, and Travis Willingham (executive producers): Along with stepping back into their roles as the voices of Vox Machina, our cast will also serve as executive producers of the animated series.
  • Brandon Auman (executive producer): You may know Brandon as the executive producer of Star Wars Resistance and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as his writing on Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the upcoming Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
  • Chris Prynoski (executive producer, Titmouse): Chris is pretty much the guy that makes all the Titmouse magic happen and has played a major role in a bunch of cool animated projects, like Big Mouth, Niko and the Sword of Light, Tigtoneand The Venture Brothers.
  • Sung Jin Ahn (supervising director): Sung Jin is an Emmy-Award nominated director and has worked alongside Chris as the director for Niko and the Sword of Light, as well as other incredible projects like Motorcity and TRON: Uprising.
Our crazy little show was born on Twitch and we’re absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to continue to grow and develop deeper roots within the Amazon ecosphere.

We love you all very much and… Is it Thursday yet?

<3

Critical Role
 
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Matchstick

Explorer
To be fair he asked that question before we had thst info, this thread went up when the news leaked, then the article in question was taken down so he couldn’t have read it, thus their question.
Sunsword's legit, I had seen that. I'm just not sure how the "exclusively" and the "access the first season for free" pieces can work together. If there are countries that don't have Amazon Prime, and this is "exclusive" to Amazon Prime, how will backers there access the first season for free? If you have to pay for Amazon Prime, and this is "exclusive" to Amazon Prime, how will backers access the first season for free?

I have Prime and will be able to watch, I'm just really curious.

No way to know the answers at this point. The answers will be the "logistics" and it's certainly possible that "exclusive" is being misused. We'll find out.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Sunsword's legit, I had seen that. I'm just not sure how the "exclusively" and the "access the first season for free" pieces can work together. If there are countries that don't have Amazon Prime, and this is "exclusive" to Amazon Prime, how will backers there access the first season for free? If you have to pay for Amazon Prime, and this is "exclusive" to Amazon Prime, how will backers access the first season for free?

I have Prime and will be able to watch, I'm just really curious.

No way to know the answers at this point. The answers will be the "logistics" and it's certainly possible that "exclusive" is being misused. We'll find out.
It is exclusive to Amazon and included with Prime, doesn't mean they can't provide coupons through Amazon's system for people to get a free rental of the episodes in the first season. Probably something they negotiated very specifically when making the deal.
 

MonkeezOnFire

Adventurer
So will be be a "Dungeons and Dragons" show? Or just a fantasy show? I know they play D&D, and D&D Beyond is a sponsor, but is there anything officially D&D about CR (full disclosure: I don't watch it). If not, that's too bad. D&D needs a powerful pop culture presence that isn't just nods and nostalgia.
My guess is that issues with D&D licensing is one of the reasons they are skipping over the first adventure that was streamed.
That adventure heavily features mind flayers and concludes with a fight against a beholder.

Of course many will tell you it's because they don't want to include Orion's character...
 
I mean, we don't know exactl where it will go for this show, but the game is a 5E D&D campaign.
Right, I was referring to branding. It would seem weird D&D wasn't a thing with this show, but Hasbro has seemed to be completely unwilling to utilize the brand, so...?
 

Parmandur

Legend
My guess is that issues with D&D licensing is one of the reasons they are skipping over the first adventure that was streamed.
That adventure heavily features mind flayers and concludes with a fight against a beholder.

Of course many will tell you it's because they don't want to include Orion's character...
I think it is Orion's character primarily.
 

Phazonfish

Explorer
I think it is Orion's character primarily.
To be fair, the show started a couple years into their campaign, so that is where the archived footage starts. They either have to rebuild a bunch of arcs from memory (parts of which are already being covered in the comics, so kinda redundant) or skip some number of early arcs. Omitting Orion's character seems less drastic when they have to start somewhere in middle anyway. I feel you are probably correct and that his character was a big factor (probably the biggest factor), but I just wanted to play devil's advocate.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
If the serie is a success, they could make an agreement with Hasbro for the toys. Other option could be to call a team of players to play Dragonlance, but set "in a parallel universe" where we hadn't to respect the canon.

They could create adaptations for non-English-speaker countries, for example in Germany, Japan and South-Korea. How would be Spanish-speakers players with Maztica? Warning because they could to try a comedy style, talking with some typically Spanish regional accents, and this may be worse than when kenders try to be fun.

Do you think Hasbro would dare to produce a "kid-friendly" Harmon Quest cartoon? Or a crossover with Rick & Morty, maybe as a hidden pilot episode.

 

Sunsword

Explorer
To be fair he asked that question before we had thst info, this thread went up when the news leaked, then the article in question was taken down so he couldn’t have read it, thus their question.
I meant no disrespect. The "AND" was like that in the main announcement. I find that I overlook stuff when I'm excited about a press release.
 

Maestrino

Explorer
So will be be a "Dungeons and Dragons" show? Or just a fantasy show? I know they play D&D, and D&D Beyond is a sponsor, but is there anything officially D&D about CR (full disclosure: I don't watch it). If not, that's too bad. D&D needs a powerful pop culture presence that isn't just nods and nostalgia.
Joe Manganiello's character Arkhan the Cruel crossed over from Critical Role's first campaign into the Descent into Avernus module, so there's already a canon connection from Critical Role to WotC content. I'd bet more is coming.
 

MarkB

Hero
Right, I was referring to branding. It would seem weird D&D wasn't a thing with this show, but Hasbro has seemed to be completely unwilling to utilize the brand, so...?
When the show's setting, Exandria, was released as a campaign setting book, they already did a lot of work to strip out D&D IP from it, like using alternate names for the gods. So, in terms of them being able to make the series without directly referencing anything that would make Hasbro's lawyers twitch, they've done a lot of that work already.

In terms of whether they or WotC would like the D&D brand name on the cartoon, I suspect that for Critical Role it doesn't do them any favours - probably still a lot of licencing issues tied to that name, and basically they already got paid for this work through the Kickstarter.

WotC would probably see it as an opportunity, but an expensive one - they'd have to pay to get their foot in the door. And at this point they'd also have to make it worth Amazon's while, and that's almost certainly out of their price range.
 

Jaeger

Explorer
...Wonder what that means for the kickstarter campaign and all those raised funds if Amazon is paying the tab now.
Shouldn't make any difference: they made sure to not promise any particular access to the backers, just swag and making the show exist. They were wise in underpromising, unlike some previous show KS.
While I have my own opinions on CR as a show....

I can't hate on this hustle.

$$$$$$$$ in pockets for the win.

And if the show does well enough it could get picked up for several more seasons where they still draw fat cash with Amazon paying the overhead.

Brilliant.
 
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zedturtle

Explorer
In terms of whether they or WotC would like the D&D brand name on the cartoon, I suspect that for Critical Role it doesn't do them any favours - probably still a lot of licencing issues tied to that name, and basically they already got paid for this work through the Kickstarter.
The animation for the D&D Beyond spot and the opening animation for the show itself already specify that all D&D trademarks and copyrights are used with permission from WotC, it would be a quick and easy win for the opening sequence to include something like
Inspired by Dungeons & Dragons
All trademarks and copyrights used with permission.
WotC gets free advertising, CR/Amazon gets safe harbor so that there's no issue of copyright suits later on.
 

Nilbog

Snotling Herder
A bit OT but surely Hasbro has to sit up and take notice, CR is one of the hottest properties out there right now, and with D&D going against Hasbro's overall losses, surely they have to be looking at pushing it harder? If that's a good thing is a different question entirely

Back to the op I'm looking forward to seeing this, I'm not part of the streaming generation, and have pretty much missed out in cr so far, but a chance to see a fantasy themed show (I'm definitely part of the Saturday morning cartoon generation!) based on D&D, I'm all in.
 

Gorath99

Explorer
Hmm. Torn here. The additional budget and support is definitely good news. But Prime is a horrible deal where I live. Unfortunate that Netflix didn't nab the show.
 

akr71

Explorer
I'm happy for the cast and excited to see the final product. However, I'm hardly surprise that Prime is where they ended up - they stream on Twitch (owned by Amazon) and are heavily sponsored by D&D Beyond (owned by Amazon).

Also smart business by Amazon - they knew that they'd have to give access to the first 10 episodes to the KS backers, so why not pony up the $ to make more episodes. That way the die hard Critters will have to subscribe if they want to watch the entire thing.
 

gyor

Hero
So will be be a "Dungeons and Dragons" show? Or just a fantasy show? I know they play D&D, and D&D Beyond is a sponsor, but is there anything officially D&D about CR (full disclosure: I don't watch it). If not, that's too bad. D&D needs a powerful pop culture presence that isn't just nods and nostalgia.
The D&D Survey they just released had the setting for Vox listed as a D&D Setting Exandia and Blood Hunter listed among possible favourite classes. I think a deal to make The Legend of Vox Machina an official D&D Setting is in the works already, allowing this show to be an official D&D show and most likely leading to the release of an official D&D Exandia Setting/AP book. It just makes good business sense for WotC.
 

zhivik

Villager
So will be be a "Dungeons and Dragons" show? Or just a fantasy show? I know they play D&D, and D&D Beyond is a sponsor, but is there anything officially D&D about CR (full disclosure: I don't watch it). If not, that's too bad. D&D needs a powerful pop culture presence that isn't just nods and nostalgia.
I am pretty certain they said it would be just a fantasy story at some point, whether on Talks Machina (their post-game talk show) or on this special here (a talk with Titmouse representatives, the studio that will do the actual animation):


I mean, it wouldn't make any sense to show actual game mechanics, it is the story they are interested in, and they have plenty of it to animate. There are already speculations what they could cover in the second season, by the way, but if it proves successful, it could cover the entire first campaign and possibly carry on with the current one, if it is over by then.

At any rate, I am very happy they succeeded, I hope the money they get from Amazon lets them create a lot more content, because the entire roleplaying community benefits from it, regardless whether you like Critical Role or not.
 

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