Monster Analysis: Escape from Urukaxl

Monster Analysis: Escape from Urukaxl

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With the breaking of the first seal of Uk’otoa, The Mighty Nein began their desperate escape from the temple as it rapidly flooded with sea water. Just as their initial path through the temple was fraught with challenges, so too was their expeditious retreat.

While we typically reserve this series to focus on creatures, their abilities, any lore surrounding them, and how the party interacted with them, the series of skill challenges followed certain rules that also provided an interesting set of encounters for the party to strategize against.

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Level 7 Update: Spells for Days

Level 7 Update: Spells for Days

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Level 7 is rather straightforward for most of the Mighty Nein. All the primary spellcasting classes get access to 4th level spells. Beau, Nott, and Yasha, meanwhile, start to gain access to some of their more powerful class abilities.

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Talks Machina Episode 89 Highlights: 2-40

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Tonight’s guests are Marisha Ray and Matt Mercer!

  • Announcements: 

    • The next episode of All Work No Play will debut on CR’s twitch channel on Friday at 7 PM Pacific. This week, Liam and Sam are building a custom MAME cabinet, along with Felicia Day and Brittany Walloch!

    • CR is raising money for Operation Supply Drop!

    • The second art book will be on sale via pre-order on November 12th at 9 AM Pacific!

    • There will be an exciting announcement for Critters in the EU going up on social media on Monday.

  • Stats for this week’s episode:

    • The 200th PC natural 20 happened this episode: Beau’s acrobatics check to land outside the temple.

    • Beau has used 90 ki points so far. The top 3 uses of those ki points have been:

      • Flurry of Blows (25)

      • Stunning Strike (20)

      • Patient Defense (19)

    • At the end of the escape, the party had 6 points of exhaustion and 0 spell slots remaining. Marisha: “I had 10 hit points that whole game.” In typical Beau fashion, she wasn’t telling them anything. Matt points out that this is true of Marisha as well.

    • Fjord is responsible for 30% of all kisses in campaign 2.

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Media References and Puns of 2-40 Dubious Pursuits

Water and snakes. Why did it have to be water and snakes?

Media References

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What Does The Mighty Nein Have Left: Urukaxl

What Does The Mighty Nein Have Left: Urukaxl

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The Mighty Nein have had quite an adventure since landing in Urukaxl! Their first day was spent traveling, watching a lizardfolk/yuan-ti battle, and kamadans. Since waking up, they’ve traveled to the yuan-ti village, attempted to disguise their way through, killed several yuan-ti, conjured the image of a manticore, scaled a pyramid, gotten high on underground orchard fruit, batted sentient vines, and killed 13 heads-worth of hydra. That’s taken a lot out of them.

They have several options going forward, including going into the warden’s pool to try to find the first seal of Uk’otoa, finding their way out of the pyramid, and getting away from the Yuan-ti village with their lives.

As a reminder, these stats are based solely on what we tracked. If something is presented otherwise in-game, what happens in-game is canon. We always defer to the players.

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Monster Analysis: Wizard Chess and the Son of Aragorg

Monster Analysis: Wizard Chess and the Son of Aragorg

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Chess Pieces

  • Encounter Appearance: The Club of Misfits

  • King: 52 damage taken, 28 killing blow by Bunder

Son of Aragorg

  • Armor Class <16

  • 98 damage taken, 3 HDYWTDT by Claire

Spiders

  • Spider 1: 51 damage taken, 28 killing blow by Rook

  • Spider 2: 41 damage taken, 13 killing blow by Andy

Spider Swarms

  • Swarm 1: 15 damage taken, 15 killing blow by Claire

  • Swarm 2: 29 damage taken, 29 killing blow by Bryan

  • Swarm 3: 17 damage taken, 17 killing blow by Andy

Wizard chess is similar to IRL chess: there are two sides, white and black; there are the same number of playing pieces on each side: 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 1 queen, and 1 king; and the basic rules are the same. However, wizard chess has some notable differences: wizard chess pieces are life-size, the player takes the role of one of the pieces, and when one piece invades the space of another, they actually battle and the losing piece leaves the board. Most notably is that if a piece tries to move to a space that is already occupied, even if the occupier isn’t officially part of the game, the move is considered illegal for that chess piece, and another piece must move instead.

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Monster Analysis: Doxies

Monster Analysis: Doxies

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  • Armor Class: 14-16

  • Speed: 30 ft flying (approx)

    • Doxy 1: 14 damage taken, 14 killing blow by Andy

    • Doxy 2: 19 damage taken, 12 killing blow by Andy

    • Doxy 3: 13 damage taken, 13 killing blow by Andy

    • Doxy 4: 14 damage taken, 14 killing blow by Allison

    • Doxy 5: 14 damage taken, 14 killing blow by Allison

    • Doxy 6: 21 damage taken, 12 killing blow by Bunder

    • Doxy 7: 23 damage taken, 17 killing blow by Andy

    • Doxy 8: 16 damage taken, 16 killing blow by Bryan

    • Violet Fungus: 16 damage taken, 16 killing blow by Bryan

Doxies, often mistaken as fairies, are also known as Biting Fairies. They are covered in black fur, and can come across very sweet and docile when they are contained. Once free, though, their true nature as troublesome pests quickly comes to light.

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Talks Machina Episode 88 Highlights: Laura's One-Shot

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Tonight’s guests are Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, and a particularly adorable special guest.

  • Announcements: 

    • BtS featuring Matt Mercer is now available on the Twitch channel and will be up on CR’s YouTube live tomorrow.

    • There will be a holiday edition of BtS featuring Ashley Johnson! Brian: “I can’t wait. I’ve got a lot of questions for her.”

    • The next episode of All Work No Play airs this Friday on the CR Twitch. This week, Liam and Sam learn how to spin fire, with guest star Marisha Ray.

    • Remember that Daylight Savings hits the US this week: check wheniscriticalrole.com if you’re confused! (…about time zones. They probably can’t help you with other things.)

  • Stats for this week’s episode: 

    • Andy dealt the most damage (158) and took the most damage (56). Andy also had the most kills with 6.

    • There were at least 36 unique references to the Schmarry Schmotter series.

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Welcome, Eponymous Rose!

As a few observant critters probably noticed, our numbers here at CritRoleStats recently increased to five. If you've been archive surfing the site, you may have also noticed a few new articles scattered among the rest.

Tonight, we are so excited to give a proper welcome to Eponymous Rose as the new official member of the CritRoleStats team! In conjunction with helping us with all things Critical Role and Stats, we'll be featuring her weekly highlights of Talks Machina on the site each week after the episode.

Hailed by fans and critics alike as "literally the best," we are excited to have her expertise on the team! Welcome, Rose!