Critical Role Suspends Broadcasts

With the ongoing global health crisis, Critical Role has announced that all live broadcasts will be suspended for the foreseeable future, starting today.

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Here's the announcement:

"Like many of you, we have been monitoring the progressing situation around COVID-19 and have made the difficult decision to temporarily stop all live broadcasts, effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. Please note that our next episode of All Work No Play will air live on Twitch today at 4pm Pacific and the finale will air on Tuesday, March 31st at 7pm Pacific.

The health, safety, and well-being of our company and employees is the highest priority for us and we asked our staff to begin working from home to practice social distancing last week.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19. If you are interested in helping, many state governments have set up special funds to help those in your local community or check out covid19responsefund.org.

Going forward, we’ll keep our social media accounts and website updated with the latest news.

Stay healthy, friends. We’ll be back soon.

Critical Role"
 
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Russ Morrissey

Comments

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
I was wondering if they were going to either postpone streaming or move online (which Friends at the Table does)
Maybe they'll consider going online if the pandemic goes on long enough, but you lose something playing online. Video doesn't perfectly replicate the in-person atmosphere, and I think CR fans would notice (and dislike) the difference.
 
Maybe they'll consider going online if the pandemic goes on long enough, but you lose something playing online. Video doesn't perfectly replicate the in-person atmosphere, and I think CR fans would notice (and dislike) the difference.
Are they going to dislike it more than not having any Critical Role at all for weeks or months?

Many of us are now doing a lot of work via videoconferencing. I suspect CR has the ability to make that work well, even if it is inevitably different -- everything is going to be different for a while.
 

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
Are they going to dislike it more than not having any Critical Role at all for weeks or months?
That is the question. But I expect Matt and the gang will try a one-shot or two before they start experimenting with CR. If the one-shots go well (and are received positively), then maybe they'll try CR-by-teleconference.
 

Gammadoodler

Explorer
If there's a group that could make the transition from in-person to online game smoothly, it'd be hard to pick a better candidate than a group of professional voice actors in L.A., sponsored by an online D&D tool, that have the resources of a production team.

Not to say that they should, just that I'm not sure who could do it better.
 

Count_Zero

Adventurer
That is the question. But I expect they'll try a one-shot or two before they start experimenting with CR. If the one-shots go well (and are received positively), then maybe they'll try CR-by-teleconference.
There's probably going to be a degree of stream prep as well - finding the right platform and that sort of thing (with cost possibly not being an issue - if word gets out that Critical Role is looking to at least temporarily move online, Matt will probably find his inbox flooded with sponsorship offers by pretty much everyone).
 
I suspect the more casual groups will jump into videoconferencing pretty fast. There won't be a big drop in quality for many of them.

Now I'm worried about Not Another D&D Podcast and Nerd Poker, both of which play around a table. 🤔
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
This is a very serious matter. It is like a Russian Roulette, most of times only a fright, maybe a couple of days in the bed, but some people are going to die, because they are too weak or vulnerable.

I am Spanish, and here until the summer we may be worse than Italy. My city where I live is relatively safe, but there was a next in the next town, enough close to go by walk.

And I feel a great rage because I think somebody is responsible. Can you believe it? In Madrid, March 8th was allowed a public demostration for the women rights, when some voices warned it could cause contagions, and this happened.
 

Gammadoodler

Explorer
Also insofar as the likes of roll20, fantasygrounds, and the like aren't running at reduced capacity themselves, this would be a prime opportunity for them to get their platforms featured on maybe the biggest stage in D&D.

If I were the boss for one of these platforms, and could manage it safely with my team, I'd be rolling out a red carpet, offering premium support with all the bells and whistles to help keep the show going online.
 

jgsugden

Adventurer
If they can do it, an online 'special adventure of the Darrington Brigade' might preserve the magic of episode 100 of Campaign 2 and keep something on the air.
 

pogre

Hero
I think they would be wise to suspend it and not go to another format. Then when things are safer announce the grand restarting of the campaign with new introductions of the characters and a summary of events thus far.

It could give the CR folks a deserved break during this stressful time and perhaps be a chance to attract new viewers when they restart - you know critters are not going anywhere!
 

MonkeezOnFire

Adventurer
If they do start streaming from home I don't think it's unfair to say that production quality would go down. They currently stream from a studio with professional grade lighting, sound, and camera equipment with a number of staff to manage things behind the scenes. To create comparable setups in each cast member's home would be unrealistic.

So the question then becomes "is a sacrifice of production quality to continue streaming worth it?" There's no real right answer here. The current fans would appreciate the show not going on hiatus in the short term, but preserving the quality of the show in the VODs for the long term is also understandable.
 

MarkB

Legend
Probably their best option would be to provide a limited output of one-shots and mini campaigns, maybe even pre-recorded rather than live to minimise the potential for technical issues. I'm guessing they'll be going pretty stir-crazy within a few weeks if they don't do at least something.
 

jgsugden

Adventurer
... know critters are not going anywhere!
NOt necessarily true. People follow because they're invested in the story. If another game continues to play and Crit Role sits out for several weeks, the interest in CR might be lost compared to the thing people have been investing in during the virus period.

A lot of things we assume will 'return to normal' after this period likely will be changed forever.
 

jgsugden

Adventurer
Considering the popularity of the podcast format, a pure audio option remains a possibility, especially for one shot content. Matt could set something in one of the unexplored areas of the new Campaign Book.
 
Considering the popularity of the podcast format, a pure audio option remains a possibility, especially for one shot content. Matt could set something in one of the unexplored areas of the new Campaign Book.
I don't watch any actual play streams, but just listen to them as podcasts while driving or exercising. A good microphone (and maybe some music and sound effects) is all I need. And, honestly, CR doesn't put much emphasis on the audio production -- their music is almost entirely World of Warcraft (and maybe other CRPG) soundtracks.

I think the argument that "people aren't going anywhere" is precisely why streamers should think about putting out content now. People are homebound and looking for something to watch. Black Widow just got bumped back, Mulan got bumped back, and TV shows are going on hiatus. A show you can produce with videoconferencing software is going to have a lot less competition as Netflix and its competitors burn through whatever they've got stored up.
 

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