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How do you track it when Liam announces a roll as “total balls”?

It’s fairly common for players to not announce their rolls, especially if it’s low or if it’s made irrelevant by advantage or disadvantage. In those cases, we still log that the rolls occurred in our All Rolls Charts (check the individual tabs at the bottom for each episode), but we mark the value of the rolls as Unknown.

Are you keeping track of the number of insight checks between Campaign 1 and Campaign 2?

We have them all on record in our All Rolls charts (Vox Machina and Mighty Nein) for easy consulting, but we don’t isolate them into a separate list.

Will you be tracking total healing given/done (via spells and other abilities, not rests) this campaign?

Like insight checks, we have healing rolls on record in our All Rolls charts, but don’t have it isolated into a separate list.

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Media References and Puns of 2-14 Fleeting Memories

Media References and Puns of 2-14 Fleeting Memories

Thanks to @AvivOr (@UpTo4Players) for this art piece!

Yah yah yaaaaaaaah...

Media References

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Monster Analysis: Xhorhas Assassin

Monster Analysis: Xhorhas Assassin

Thanks to @JohnHerzogArtist for this art piece!

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-13 Lost & Found
  • Armor Class 16 < x < 20
  • Speed 30 ft
  • Darkvision 60 ft, able to see in magical darkness
  • 41 damage taken, 5 knockout blow by Mollymauk

After escaping from an out-of-control heist, watching one of Zadash’s great landmarks suffer serious damage, and fleeing into the sewers under the cover of the city’s panic, The Mighty Nein found themselves facing an angry, very wounded individual in insect-like armor who only spoke to them in a language they didn’t speak (Undercommon). While they weren’t interested in fighting the individual, they had no intention of lying down while they slaughtered the lot of them.

For background into Xhorhas and the Dwendalian Empire’s longstanding feud, check out our Context post from last week.

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Stats 30k Celebration: The Bardic College of Calculation!

Thanks to you, friends, we have reached 30,000 followers on Twitter and 11,500 followers on Tumblr. We’ll continue to iterate that we are humbled that so many of you consider us such a valued source of information for Critical Role, and we’ll continue to strive to do so!

In celebration, we’ve put together our own bardic college on the Dungeon Masters Guild, partially inspired by the work we do here: The College of Calculation. If you’ve wanted to give an Intelligence-based bard a try in 5e, now’s your chance! While we always appreciate your donations, the price is set at Choose Your Own for a reason. Please consider this our gift to you!

Special thanks go to Elizabeth Fonseca (@lyingfawn) for providing the character art for this piece. Special thanks also go to my first D&D group’s Slack channel, who offered constructive criticism over the class' development. And, of course, thank you to the Critical Role team, everyone at Geek & Sundry, and all you critters who add to the positive experience that is this community!

Media References and Puns of 2-13 Lost & Found

Media References and Puns of 2-13 Lost & Found

Thanks to @Ashinthepan for this art piece!

How do we stop an assassin?
Beau: Bo.
Nott: Bow.
Jester: Bows!

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The Historical and Current Context to the Attack and Aftermath of Zadash

The Historical and Current Context to the Attack and Aftermath of Zadash

Thanks to @GalacticJonah for this art piece!

So much happened in last episode, and we found our heads spinning a little trying to consider the scale of it. Figuring that we weren’t the only ones, we’ve written up a post detailing the context needed to grasp just how the events of last week’s episode fit into the world at large. We’ll start at the planar level of Exandria and work our way smaller. Fair warning: the last few sections of this post contain massive spoilers for episodes 11 and 12 of Campaign 2. Turn back now if you haven’t caught up and wish to remain unspoiled!

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CRStats Favorite Moments, Episodes 2-01 - 2-12

CRStats Favorite Moments, Episodes 2-01 - 2-12

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Our first favorite moments list of Campaign 2! This isn't an objective list by any means; we just wanted to share moments that we enjoyed thus far!

  • Caleb and Nott’s introductions (Ep2-01, 0:19:55)
  • Jester, Beau, and Fjord’s introductions (Ep2-01, 0:31:05)
  • Fjord notices Caleb and Nott watching them, leading to the two groups meeting (Ep2-01, 0:35:31)
  • Molly and Yasha’s introductions (Ep2-01, 0:44:31)
  • Molly reads Jester’s fortune (Ep2-01, 0:48:34)
  • Jester uses Thaumaturgy to open (and then shut) the windows of the Nestled Nook (Ep2-01, 0:59:34)
  • Nott learns to play The Crick-Queen’s Call from Jester (Ep2-01, 1:04:59)
  • “Will you hold me through the show?” (Ep2-01, 2:02:312:05:50)
  • Nott attempts to soothe the savage beast (Ep2-01, 2:32:26)
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Media References and Puns of 2-12 Midnight Espionage

Thanks to @elluzant for this art piece!

Don't let the list throw you. The area is particularly hazardous to runners.

Media References

  • (0:00:14) Matt: Returning for the second week for the newly released game Far Cry 5!
  • (0:01:13) Matt: Voiced by friend of the show, Julie Nathanson.
  • (0:01:59) Sam: I’m partial to Dead Earth, Empire of Satanis and F.A.T.A.L.
  • (0:02:45) Laura: Leave it on, you kind of look like Estelle Getty.
  • (0:09:45) Travis: One day more! (Les Miserables)
  • (0:23:17) Travis: I apologize. (Deadwood)
  • (0:31:14) Marisha: In between Adventureland and Frontierland.
  • (0:35:44) Travis: Hashtag NBC Blindspot.
  • (0:43:11) Liam: Crossfit t-shirt.
  • (0:50:12) Laura: Simon! He's a real boy! (Pinocchio)
  • (0:53:42) Taliesin: We’re going to need a bigger boat. (Jaws)
  • (0:55:29) Taliesin: A Denny’s whatever. Travis: Is there a Denny’s around? Or an IHOP?
  • (0:58:52) Taliesin: Magnets. How the f**k do they work. Matt: That’s the better version of the song. (“Miracles” by Insane Clown Posse)
  • (1:00:01) Liam: I am going to go between them like Noah through the water- oh wait, that’s the wrong one- like Moses. Sam: Like Noah through the Ark.
  • (1:01:24) Matt: Rosemary’s Baby-style.
  • (1:54:11) Taliesin: Be the chaos you want to see in the world. (Gandhi)
  • (1:54:34) Marisha: Show us where Melrose is! Show us!  Liam: Wasteland!
  • (2:05:58) Liam: Caleb appears in the sewer like Pennywise the Clown. (It)
  • (2:07:14) Taliesin: We are going to sit in the sewer like so much clown. (It)
  • (2:12:23) Travis: Far Cry 5!  Sam: Far Cry 5. It’s 5 better than Far Cry 0.
  • (2:23:47) Sam: Thundah! Thundah! (Thunder by Imagine Dragons)
  • (2:26:05) Marisha: Anime run. (Naruto)
  • (2:27:47) Liam: Chimney stack?! We’re not Santa Claus.
  • (2:39:00) Liam and Marisha: Breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law! (Judas Priest)
  • (2:40:11) Jester: It’s like the NeverEnding Story! Don’t be afraid, you guys, just go!
  • (2:50:06) Liam: You are not prepared! (World of Warcraft)
  • (2:51:35) Liam: You’re the best around! (You’re the Best Around by Joe Esposito)
  • (3:05:20) Liam: Allow myself to introduce myself. (Austin Powers)
  • (3:17:51) Taliesin: You're a gofficer and a nentleman.
  • (3:33:52) Sam: Does [Ulog] go around the back of me? Matt: Like Ghost style?
  • (3:37:33) Sam: Checking for traps. Marisha: Checking for traps, checking for traps. Liam: Regular Traps. (“Breakin’ The Law” by Judas Priest)
  • (3:38:08) Matt: There are portraits of men, human, different ages, that are lining [the wall]. Sam: It’s One Direction.

Puns

  • (1:48:59) Nott: How strong would you say you are, on a scale of 1-20?
  • (2:25:50) Marisha: I cast Step of the Wind. [...] Step of the Wind gives me double jump or triple dump ... jump distance. Sam: I cast Triple Dump earlier.
  • (2:39:13) Sam: Edubation
  • (2:40:20) Sam: We are up s***’s creek, so we need Schmidt’s creek.
  • (2:41:03) Sam: He’s mansplaining to me.  Matt: Roguesplaining, technically.
  • (3:02:49) Matt: The rug is barely holding on by a thread.
  • (3:22:30) Marisha: We beat the rug!
  • (4:04:04) Liam: Edubate once a day.

Monster Analysis: Rug of Smothering

Thanks to @ManWhoPlantSwag for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: Grog’s One-Shot
  • Encounter Appearance: 2-12 Midnight Espionage
  • Armor Class 12
  • Speed 10 ft
  • Blindsight 60 ft
  • Immune to poison and psychic damage
  • Immune to blinded, charmed, deafened, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, and poisoned
  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 33, 60
  • 35 damage taken, 5 killing blow by Nott

Rugs of Smothering typically serve as home security for those who can afford such an enchanted object. Unwary thieves fall prey to what looks like a standard rug to the naked eye when not active. For a crueler twist, rugs can be designed to appear as carpets of flying, waiting to wrap up the user once they hopefully issue a command word.

The rug’s scariest feature is the ability to transfer half of all damage dealt to it to whoever was unlucky enough to get tangled within it. Nott sustained 12 damage from the rug attempting to crush her, but it was the 10 damage she took from Jester and Beau’s attacks on the rug that knocked her unconscious. Likewise, Beau took 10 damage from the rug, but it was the 18 she took from Ulog and Nott that knocked her out. (Yes, Beau knocked out Nott, then Nott returned the favor against Beau.) Either one of them could have used their action to try to escape, though both opted to attack the rug. Caleb, Jester, and Nott all attempted to pry the rug off of Beau, though none succeeded the required DC 13 grapple check.

Looking further back in the party’s infiltration of Lord Sutan’s estate, it becomes significantly more apparent how fortunate the party was to notice the various traps that guarded the hallway. Dungeon masters who are reading along in the Monster Manual (pages 19-20) need only to peak at the other constructs in the same section to recognize other animated threats that would have made the infiltration even harder to survive...

Mighty Nein Level 3 Max Damage

Mighty Nein Level 3 Max Damage

Thanks to @MakioKuta for this art piece!

By this point, we know most of what the Mighty Nein is capable of in combat, so time to revisit one of our old favorites: Max Damages!

As a reminder, this is the total amount of damage each character can deal to a single target during their turn, assuming no resistances or vulnerabilities, but allowing spells and effects to carry over from a previous round. For simplicity’s sake, no one gets any reactions, either. This also assumes the completely insane situation where everyone rolls the maximum number on each damage die, all attacks crit, and targets fail all saving throws.

The last time we did this was for Vox Machina at level 20. Level 20 characters are capable of dealing out insane amounts of damage (since, y’know, they tend to fight gods/demigods and are basically gods themselves). The damage a level 3 character can deal out is, frankly, hilariously small by comparison. (Le-vel 3! Le-vel 3!)

The good news is, the calculations are correspondingly much easier, since everyone can do five things at most. You’ll also recall that the spellcasters fall far behind the physical attackers at those upper levels, since most of their spells are area-of-effect, don’t require attack rolls, or are debuffs (or some combination of the three). This turns out to not be the case at level 3. So without further ado and in no particular order:

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Media References and Puns of 2-11 Zemnian Nights

Zemnian Night, like Zemnian Days,
More often than not,
Are hotter than hot,
In a LOT of good ways.

Media References

  • (0:00:20) Matt: Our fresh sponsor of the evening is the fantastic film by the fantastic Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim: Uprising. [...] Travis: My wife and I, we original Gipsy Danger fans. [...] It is up to John Boyega and his sweet ‘stache…
  • (0:03:32) Liam: Emmy-nominated, ladies and gentlemen.
  • (0:17:56) Marisha: Maybe she was a ghost the whole time. (The Sixth Sense)
  • (0:22:08) Liam: We’re getting into Mr. Potato Head territory.
  • (0:57:42) Sam: If they find a Fight Club
  • (0:57:54) Travis: Oh...oh...oh. Matt: American Pie reference!
  • (0:59:43) Marisha: Oh, it’s Bel Air.
  • (1:09:41) Sam: There’s a guy in an Abraham Lincoln costume who is just whackin’ it.
  • (1:13:07) Marisha: This whole place is magical, Caleb. Travis: Angels and Demons.
  • (1:14:56) Travis and Taliesin: Heaving, heaving breaths. (Clue)
  • (1:15:48) Matt: [Shallow Breaths] is smutty. It’s Anne Rice fairytale book level. [...] Matt: I got really into Interview with a Vampire… “My mom got these great new books about Cinderella! ...Whoa.”
  • (1:17:16) Matt: It begins like the Silmarillion.
  • (1:17:23) Travis: In a hole in the ground… (The Hobbit)
  • (2:11:58) Liam: Theo!  Matt: Ruby… (The Cosby Show)
  • (2:12:30) Marisha: Test of wits, like Dinner with Andre-style?
  • (2:18:10) Matt: … not in a way that triggers your Spider Sense. (Spider-Man)
  • (2:40:23) Marisha: … before you jump in the ring with Muhammad Ali.
  • (2:47:55) Laura: You’re like a tiny Pennywise peeking through there. (IT)
  • (3:05:42) Travis: My MySpace is still up.
  • (3:40:11) Travis: Like a small Morticia Addams. (The Addams Family)
  • (4:00:32) Laura: We can just go to the Hall of Justice. Liam: Meanwhile, at the Soltryce Academy! (Super Friends)

Puns

  • (0:02:30) Sam: Aasimar, I hardly knew her!
  • (0:45:20) Taliesin: Clean [Fjord’s breastplate], please. It has a bit of a brine.
  • (1:02:58) Travis: Your hands are all sticky before handling the books. Liam: Better than after.
  • (1:10:12) Liam: I like to learn something while I’m being titillated… Marisha: Edu-bation.
  • (1:21:09) Marisha: They keep talking about the heft of his equipment, lot of reference to his equipment.  Travis: The gauge of his pipe.
  • (1:36:03) Liam: I appreciate the gesture, because it’s the thought that counts. It’s the gesture, Jester.
  • (4:02:14) Liam: I think that ship has sailed, Fjord.

Tales of Passion and... Tusks.

Tales of Passion and... Tusks.

Thanks to @PettyArtist for this art piece!

By now, critters have not disappointed in their own renditions of the cover art and tales available for purchase at Chastity’s Nook. Regardless, to aid in further delectable debauchery, we’ve listed the known titles, cover descriptions, and synopses up through episode 11 of season 2. (But seriously, we’re expecting at LEAST three solid minutes of Tusk Love covers in the art scroll this week, and several novels worth of quality... yeah.)

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