Critical Role Do you Critical Role?

Do you Critical Role?

  • Um...what's 'Critical Role'? Is it some kind of podcast or something?

    Votes: 3 1.3%
  • I've never watched a single episode.

    Votes: 51 22.9%
  • Not really. It's just not my cup of tea.

    Votes: 62 27.8%
  • Eh, I'll watch it every now and then, when I'm bored or whatever.

    Votes: 22 9.9%
  • Every now and then, when I can find the time.

    Votes: 29 13.0%
  • I'm a regular viewer. Is it Thursday yet?

    Votes: 35 15.7%
  • Yep. And Talks Machina, and Between the Sheets, and Handbooker Helper, and...

    Votes: 21 9.4%

  • Poll closed .


Limit Break Dancing
Recent threads (and national headlines) have got me curious: how many ENWorlders watch Critical Role?

EDIT: Sorry about the poorly-worded Response No. 5...I didn't intend to make it sound so similar to the adjacent option.
If it helps, pretend I said "As often as I can, when I can find the time."
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Limit Break Dancing
No. Absolutely not.
And it's not because I don't enjoy the idea. I just don't have the time.
Not even close to enough time.
The struggle is real. I want to re-watch the Briarwoods story arc, but at 4-5 hours per episode, that's pretty much a part-time job! :)


I marked "every now and then" My high school/college age children watch it regularly (especially my son in High school). I catch bits and pieces; typically I see the first little bit on Thursday evening, and he catches me up on some of what has happened. I enjoy it in small doses; I'm not minded to stay up to watch the whole thing, and I find that I enjoy watching others play D&D less than I enjoy playing it myself. But I enjoy being a fan "once removed."


For whatever reason, could be the playstyle, the editing, the types of players, I not only couldn't get into it, it always felt more like an uncanny-valley-like interpretation of tabletop play than anything I've personally experienced.

Then again, I don't really enjoy listening to play session recordings anyway, preferring my podcasts to be people talking about tabletop, rather than performing it.

I tried it. It wasn't my cup of tea. I'm glad it exists for people who do like it, though.


Lowcountry Low Roller
I never watch it live, I listen to it in the background while I work. As I work alone it’s nice to have the company.

Edit: and I especially appreciate it now that my home game has slowed to every other week. (which means a month gap if it gets cancelled... :( )


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I'm a big fan of the voice actors, but this is not for me. I've given it a try several times, did not latch on.

Correlated, I can't stand podcasts. They don't go at the right speed to keep my attention. And I have lousy ears and speeding them up often makes me miss words here and there. My mind wanders off to think about other things. Spoken word / conversation speed is ridiculously slow when you're just consuming. At least with movies (which I watch little, and same with TV) there's more for your eyes to enjoy as well, and you'll also processing the score and such. Plus the pacing changes up - might have a dialog, and then it shifts to something else, and so forth.

I'm a rather fast reader (60 pages/hr technical, up to 100 pages an hour for fluff fiction), Critical Role, as much as I enjoy could enjoy it for a five minute stretch, just can't keep me entertained for an hour, much less a whole episode, and forget about all the episodes.


Limit Break Dancing
My wife and I are weekly regulars; it's pretty much replaced "Netflix and chill" for us on Thursday nights.

Yeah, we're one of those couples.


First Post
I used to follow it, but don't have the time or patience to sit through the full four hour episodes, especially since they go into the wee hours in my timezone.

Funnily enough, I find myself watching more of their side content (Between the Sheets, MAME Drop, whatever the hell it is Travis is doing while wearing a cowboy hat...) than the actual show itself.


Magic Wordsmith
I've tried watching and it doesn't meet my requirements for games or gaming podcasts. Those requirements being: It must be funny and/or very productive. Preferably both which is the goal I set for my games. Unfortunately, I don't find it funny and they don't get enough interesting content in over the course of a session to keep me engaged.


Expert Long Rester
I'll listen to the podcasts while a do yardwork. Never bothered with Between the Sheets.

But I pass Handbooker Helpers on to my noobie players all the time.


I've been told it's pretty good and that I should watch it but I don't have enough time in the day to watch this alongside everything else.


Watching on YouTube at 1.25x or 1.5x speed makes it much easier, I usually go with 1.25x which shaves off nearly an hour per episode. It's amazing how quickly you get used to it, I can barely stand watching it at normal speed now.


Also: while I enjoy the show and listen to the podcast(only), I don’t particularly enjoy it when they players get all... ‘actory’. Which is weird I guess because they’re professional actors. I just want to tell them ‘we get it! You’re VERY sad!’

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