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Critical Role PSA: You are not Matt Mercer

darjr

I crit!
I LOVE all the new faces and players. I also love learning new things and styles.
I many of these folks will go on forming their own tables and games.
 

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Inchoroi

Explorer
A lot of us wanted to and tried to create our own campaign worlds when we started out - didn't hurt that when I started, it was before FR was published and there were reams of setting material out there. It's normal and most of our attempts fall flat. It's part of the learning process. Best we can do, when a DM's world peters or flames out, is to pick the poor DMs up, dust them off, bandage their skinned knees, and let them know that the next attempt will be better. And the next attempt after that will be better still.
The DM in this case did not take it well! He ended up switching with me, then ended up dropping out entirely because his character got hurt and almost died in the campaign (pro-tip: don't go swimming with piranhas while you're bleeding).
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
I LOVE all the new faces and players. I also love learning new things and styles.
I many of these folks will go on forming their own tables and games.
I bet you're the kind of person who likes going to game conventions and playing at tables with lots of new people.
 


akr71

Adventurer
op isnt exagerating.
I wasn't suggesting that it wasn't real, just that I've never encountered it. I've played in online games where the first session or two there were an alarming number of horribly fake english accents, or there was a lot of chatter to 'how they do it on CR.' The DM there was always quick to respond with 'well, this is how I'm doing it.'
 


Seramus

Adventurer
Also, Tyberius was definitely not the most memorable CR PC. Does someone really remember his accent?
I wouldn't call him the most memorable, but he was definitely my favorite character until... things started to happen. I do remember being really confused about why they were upset with Tyberius killing the unconscious bandit when Grog had murdered three prisoners earlier. Then I discovered the issue was OOC and it all made sense. There was nothing wrong with the character itself.

I love this bit, and think of it every episode that Nott doesn't use her magic leathers.
 

I rolled a natural 20 on my invasive body odor skill check and got so excited I spilled my 60oz Mountain Dew.
I once dm'd at a con and someone who i would not exactly call attractive managed to "seduce" a con girl who was also playing irl. He got so excited when he realized hed rolled a nat 20 on his irl "seduce gamer girl" check that when he jerked in surprise at her handing him her number the contents of his coke can managed to defy gravity and splash UP about a foot and a half into the bottom of his laptop which was turned on. It of course immediately short circuited but he was completely unbothered because "got the (nerd) girl".

I still have no idea to this day how that person passed the check though.
 

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Hahaha. I always get sad when someone says "They are paid actors, nobody can be as good as them!" Because while Matt is a really talented person, most of the Players are pretty average. They forget their abilities constantly, often aren't prepared when their turn comes up, argue for large chunks of time, etc. After 5 years, you would think they could figure things out. But Liam is the only one who has.
Sounds like my crew.
 


Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Hahaha. You have my condolences.
Actually I love gaming with these guys but they are mostly very casual about RPG games. 20-30 year friends as well. At this point it is what it is. The good thing is they will play any system I want to run and seem to be always coming back for more. Though admittedly at times I want to pull hair out but that is what scotch is for.
 

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
Actually I love gaming with these guys but they are mostly very casual about RPG games. 20-30 year friends as well. At this point it is what it is. The good thing is they will play any system I want to run and seem to be always coming back for more. Though admittedly at times I want to pull hair out but that is what scotch is for.
You use Scotch for pulling your hair out? You mean I'm doing it wrong? [looks sadly at bottle of Highland Park 16 on shelf]
 



prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
Is it too soon to start talking about "The good old days" when we could gather in a large room with a bunch of strangers to play a game? :unsure:
Gawds, I hope not. I'm not a con person, but I miss gaming in person something fierce and I ran my most recent campaigns in game stores because a) my place was small and at best untidy and b) I wanted to game with new people.
 

Seramus

Adventurer
Actually I love gaming with these guys but they are mostly very casual about RPG games. 20-30 year friends as well. At this point it is what it is. The good thing is they will play any system I want to run and seem to be always coming back for more. Though admittedly at times I want to pull hair out but that is what scotch is for.
Oh yeah. I totally understand where you are coming from. The funny part is that Friends are often really bad at D&D, but we keep playing with them because they are our friends. So we just get used to their flaws and goofs. But man, there are lots of players I would love to say "Get better!"

My own players are pretty good about it these days. But that's because I started using a "If you forget about it, you don't get it" policy. I don't mean that maliciously, but if you don't remember your attack bonus or spell DC after about six months then it's ZERO.

"I rolled a 14 and... what's my attack bonus?"
"14 misses."
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I love Dungeons & Dragons (been playing it for the last 30+ years), Critical Role (been watching it since it first aired), and Matt Mercer (I think he's a great voice actor, writer, and human). But we shouldn't put equal-signs between all of these different names.

As much as I love Matt, he isn't the end-all, be-all for dungeon mastery. He's an excellent DM, maybe one of the best--but his style isn't everyone's cup of tea. He isn't the face of D&D, and it must be frustrating when people elevate him to such.

And as much as I love CR, there's no way I would want that play-style at my table. I have nothing but love for Talisen, Liam, Sam, Marisha, Travis, Laura, and Ashley, and I'll always visit them when they come to RCCC, but they would drive me up the wall if they were my players! (Maybe not Ashley. She's pretty chill.)

At the end of the day, we're all just a bunch of weirdos, hanging out and telling stories together, and that's D&D. My gaming group is all civil engineers; Matt's gaming group is all voice actors. We don't have much in common, and it would be weird if we did, but at least we agree on this much:

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Fauchard1520

Explorer
As much as I love Matt, he isn't the end-all, be-all for dungeon mastery. He's an excellent DM, maybe one of the best--but his style isn't everyone's cup of tea. He isn't the face of D&D, and it must be frustrating when people elevate him to such.
I should clarify: this is more or less where I come down. Nothing but respect for Mercer.

The problem for me is that, because D&D has been a micro-cultural thing for most of its history -- just you and your buddies figuring out what the game is like together -- having this iconic example of WHAT D&D IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE endangers the diversity of playstyles.

So yes: CR is a good thing for the community. It brings in a lot of new blood, and that makes me a happy gamer. But I'm less happy to hear about new players that want 'what I saw on CR' rather than discovering their own group's take on the hobby. Does that make sense?
 


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