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Critical Role Critical Role's New Show - Exandria Unlimited!

Critical Role is launching a new 8-week D&D 5E campaign on June 24th called Exandria Unlimited.

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"Exandria Unlimited is the newest eight episode mini-campaign brought to you by, and existing within, the same world as Critical Role. Following a fresh-faced and freshly formed crew of characters, this adventure begins in Emon, a city still recovering from the scars of the Chroma Conclave attack nearly 30 years later."


The show features Matt Mercer (as a player not DM), Aabria Iyenger (who will be the DM for this show), Aimee Carrero (who currently plays She-Ra), Robbie Daymond (voice of Marvel's animated Spider-man), Ashley Johnson (co-founder of Critical Role), and Liam O'Brien (also from the main Critical Role show).


I am so hyped for this!


 
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I really wish that Matt had said that Campaign 3 would feature 'all your old favorites' or something to that end. Everything they've said about campaign 3 has been very vague - seemingly intentionally. I have this lingering feeling that it means someone is leaving - and I'd put my money on Sam.
No news is good news?

I think they just haven't seriously started work on it beyond the brainstorming stage and Matt wants to spend a month prepping
 

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Probably can't advertise using copyrighted and trademarked terms, like "Dungeon Master" or "Dungeons & Dragons"
Nah, that's not it. For multiple reasons!

1. "DM" is not a trademark.
2. You can use trademarks in that situation, even if it was.
3. They use "D&D" in the same paragraph.
4. Like WotC is going to challenge CR?

So there's a reason why they are using GM, but it's not because it's a trademark.
 



Parmandur

Legend
Nah, that's not it. For multiple reasons!

1. "DM" is not a trademark.
2. You can use trademarks in that situation, even if it was.
3. They use "D&D" in the same paragraph.
4. Like WotC is going to challenge CR?

So there's a reason why they are using GM, but it's not because it's a trademark.
Maybe consistency, for the times when they talk about other game systems.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Hmmm. Now I'm not sure if I should start here! Maybe I'll just practice guitar instead of taking up a new hobby....
It's a limited series, so it is probably going to be perfect for a quick dip to try the idea out, though you won't be getting Mercer doing his amazing DM performance, I'm sure he vetted a grear alternate: imagine having the means to get out of being a forever DM by hiring someone talented to let you play!
 



Parmandur

Legend
If it's anything like Liam's Christmas one-shot, "A Night Before Critmas," entertainment is guaranteed. Matt was the best player at the table.

Okay, Travis was. But Matt was a close second.
Matt's been a great player, butnhe hasn't had a lot of time to get intk a serious character. He was fantastic as the bear in Honeyheist.
 

Nah, that's not it. For multiple reasons!

1. "DM" is not a trademark.
2. You can use trademarks in that situation, even if it was.
3. They use "D&D" in the same paragraph.
4. Like WotC is going to challenge CR?

So there's a reason why they are using GM, but it's not because it's a trademark.
 

BRayne

Explorer
Matt did guest on a pair of Dimension 20 sidequests, Escape from the Bloodkeep which was a Tolkien parody from the view of the villains where he played the Witch King expy, and Pirates of Leviathan where he played a cursed pirate.
 


Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member

R_Chance

Adventurer
Yes. As I said “DM“ is not a trademark. Trademarks are very specific. You have to apply for - and pay for - each one.
What you mean no one has trademarked "DM"? I mean Direct Message / Direct Messaging (DMing) is so important in social media... :D

Sorry, I couldn't resist. We all have a jargon that applies to our jobs / hobbies and we assume everything relates to that.
 





overgeeked

B/X Known World
I may not matter that much, but I always use the term Game Master, be it D&D, Savage Worlds or Call of Cthulhu. I'm never into rule system / setting specific versions of GM.
I've always liked referee or Keeper better. Any version of "master" seems too authoritarian and reminds me of the Doctor Who villain.

Anyone willing to guess at the numbers on EXU? Most of the one shots eventually do about the same as the regular campaign episodes but start slow, numbers wise. But Undeadwood kinda tanked. It went from 1.5 million for the first episode down to 480k for the finale. That finale still pulled bigger numbers than any other live/actual play streams, but it's about half to a quarter of what regular CR episodes and one shots do. I think that's because it was edited, honestly. Random episode pull, the Call of Cthulhu one shot (Oct 2019) has 2 million views and C2E123 (Feb 2021) has 1.1 million.
 


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