Media References of Episode 92: Deals in the Dark

If you're interested in the Signal Boost screensaver, based on the old flying toasters one, you can find it on Geek & Sundry's website!

  • (0:02:48) Sam: ...and the Oprah Winfrey rebellion of 2020…
  • (0:03:13) Sam: ...and all other Fortune 500 companies: Apple, Kroger, the evil warmongers of Johnson & Johnson
  • (0:07:02) Marisha: We also released a free screensaver that you can download that’s based on the old flying toasters. Matt: The After Dark, yeah.
  • (0:33:44) Travis: Does it fit on me giant, Oscar Mayer fingers?
  • (0:33:59) Matt: It’s like you went to Claire’s!
  • (0:36:30) Sam: We’re about to say yes to the dress and go and follow this plan.  Laura: It was the one?
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Puns of Episode 91: Vox Machina Go to Hell

(0:36:29) Taliesin: They’ll like that. Apparently, puns are very big down there. It is Hell.

  • (0:05:40) Marisha: We did a Hamilton workout yesterday. Oh man, it was so cool.  Matt: Yeah, four sets of core-sets.
  • (0:23:36) Vex: Well, we know the city that we want to go to.  Keyleth: I can get us somewhere within the City of Dis.  Vex: Dis City?  Marisha: Built Dis City!
  • (0:36:20) Marisha: And this [rakshasa] tends to come in and out and make people’s lives a living hell. Oh! Hell! Because, we’re going!
  • (0:47:05) Taliesin: I speak Disco, not Infernal.
  • (0:48:36) Travis: Yep, you get to suck. (as a succubus with none of their spells or languages)
  • (1:13:54) Laura: Let’s build Dis City! 
  • (1:14:06) Laura: *singing* Let’s go to Dis City!  Marisha and Laura: We built Dis City on rock…!
  • (1:45:27) Percy: Dis would be second. Liam: Dis is two. What level Dis?
  • (1:45:52) Grog: I am the Grand Poobah Da Doink of all Dis and Dat, so.  Laura: That’s true!  Marisha: Yeah, Dis is in your title!
  • (2:52:24) Percy: There’s certainly spirits in it. Soul and spirits!
  • (2:56:02) Liam: Ho-dis. (New phone, who dis?)
  • (3:13:26) Vax: … instead of, on a lark-in, sending down the brute to talk?
  • (3:55:03) Marisha: F***ing hell. Taliesin: F***ing Hell is right.

Media References of Episode 91: Vox Machina Go to Hell

Fun Fact: This was the second time "Disco Inferno" has been referenced on Critical Role. The first was Scanlan's Healing Word to Gern Blanston in Episode 46 (2:00:03).

  • (0:05:40) Marisha: We did a Hamilton workout yesterday. Oh man, it was so cool.  Matt: Yeah, four sets of core-sets. [...] Marisha: I rise-d up when doing squats. (“My Shot” from Hamilton) NSFW
  • (0:06:13) Matt: *singing* I’m so excited! (“I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters)
  • (0:06:15) Matt: I’m so excited… I’m so...scared! (Saved by the Bell)
  • (0:23:36) Vex: Well, we know the city that we want to go to.  Keyleth: I can get us somewhere within the City of Dis.  Vex: Dis City?  Marisha: Built Dis City! (“We Built This City” Jefferson Starship)
  • (0:30:39) Travis: Instead of moving in our Truffle Shuffle formation. (Goonies)
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Critical Role Critter Survey!

If you weren't able to watch Talks Machina last night or somehow missed the announcement on Geek & Sundry, Geek & Sundry and Critical Role have released a new survey regarding the state of the Critters, and we're very pleased to announce that we also had a hand in putting it together. If you have 5-10 minutes, please take some time to tell us about yourself, and pass the word around to fellow critters. This is YOUR opportunity to get events closer to you, the merchandise you want in the stores, and... well, generally, getting more cool stuff on the Internet. The survey will be available from now until April 18, 2017. Do it for the stats!

Critical Role Survey

What We Know About Hotis and the Nine Hells: A Summary

Vox Machina is determined to put an end to Hotis once and for all. To do that, they’ll need to make the dangerous trek through the Nine Hells. Did you start watching Critical Role at the Feywild arc and have no idea what’s going on? Forgotten the details of the Trial of the Take episodes? Curious about the Hells? We’ve got you covered. First, we have a link to our quote compendium about the Hells and Hotis. Second, below the cut we have a summary of the relevant information- spoilers abound! We’re going to largely steer clear of any speculation beyond the information that was laid out on Critical Role. Remember: the Nine Hells on Critical Role may have similarities and differences from the Nine Hells described in the DMG.

The Hotis Quote Compendium

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Gil References

Talks Machina 15 (0:38:32)

Brian: Should we have-- oh, I hate to do this to them, should we have CritRoleStats keep track of how many times Gil f***s someone or not?
Travis: Sure, yeah!
Matt: This is true; they don’t have enough to keep track of! Just throw more on the pile! I’m so sorry guys, I’m so sorry.
Brian: Andrew just threw a beer at the screen.
Gil: They’re five people, right?

Four, to be precise. Luckily, we have the most awesome volunteers in the world who stepped up to help us out! Updated to Episode 90.

For any critters who don’t know, Gil Ramirez is a blacksmith, critter, and all-around delightful person who forged dice for the Critical Role cast. You should go check out his work here.

Thanks to Alexandra, @ChrisVLinden, clefos, @dutchcritter, @EBalensuela, @fancynancypie, icecream-s-coops, @InvictusRob, @JacobSBrowning, @jgraveart, @Ju_Draakje, @_miss_maria_, mthwiz, @omrjeuss, Rosie-Lostbetweenthepages, @RowenaHighland1, soaringsparrows, Supertoasty, themeaningofnight, and zahra-hana for their work compiling this list!

  • Times Gil’s Dice Helped: 25
  • Times Gil’s Dice Hurt: 9
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Media References and Puns of Episode 90: Voice of the Tempest

Vox Machina: Making country songs out of fiends, shop owners, and city guardsmen since 2012

Media References

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Quick Answers 50

This is our fiftieth Quick Answers post! We appreciate your enthusiasm and curiosity, Critters. Don't forget to check out our FAQ, Running Stats, Rankings, and Character Sheets. If you have other questions, you can use our new Contact form or Tumblr Ask.

Can you tell Matt and the cast that the numbers they said are wrong, so they can fix them?

We could, but we also prefer to lead by example and observe & record without interference. While they can throw our numbers off from time to time and have a drastic impact on the story, mistakes are part of the game, and the story goes the direction it goes. If the players want to contest or fix those, we’ll leave it up to them to do so. It’s their game and their story.

Well, can you at least publicly confirm said mistakes with us, so we can tell them to fix them?

See above about leading by example. We’re not going to publicize their mistakes. Think about how it would make you feel to have a stranger reprimand you for not using a particular character ability after your D&D game. Even if they meant it to be helpful, it comes across as invasive and nitpicky. When in doubt, err on the side of empathy and kindness!

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Puns of Episode 89: Curious Tides

Beware the orca-strations of the gods!  (Real Talk: the cheesiness of that pun almost caused a full-scale war between the CRStats team members.)

  • (2:06:55) Liam: Enough about strawberry, how about RAW-berry?!  Taliesin: Juice Springsteen!
  • (2:12:48) Grog: Most rods are good close up.
  • (2:37:00) Vex: Probably need to start studying Orcus as well.  Grog: Why?  Vax: Uh, Orcas. Orcas. After all of that undersea...  Vex: All those killer whales.  Vax: Struggles.  Grog: Oh. Know our allies, yeah.
  • (2:37:18) Percy: Let’s take our time before the orcas.
  • (2:57:32) Grog: Because of my high OFF-ice, I will forgive this OFF-ense.
  • (3:01:04) Percy: Happy rebirthday!
  • (3:09:25) Laura: This is a journal! (pronounced as girl-nel)

Media References of Episode 89: Curious Tides

Who stole the lodestones from the Kraken's lair? Vox Machina stole the lodestones from the Kraken's lair? Who me? Yes, you! Couldn't be! It's true!

Monster Analysis: Kraken

Monster Analysis: Kraken

Thanks to @_lanternshark_ for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 88 Tangled Depths
  • Armor Class 18
  • Speed 20 ft., 60 ft. swimming
  • Truesight 120 ft, Passive 14, Telepathy to 120 ft
  • Immune to lightning, non-magical physical weapon damage
  • Immune to frightened and paralyzed
  • Legendary actions (NO legendary resistances)
  • Suggested average, max HP: 472, 729
  • 804 estimated total damage taken
    • 374 estimated to tentacles

Taliesin: And I feel so useless.
Matt: Welcome to fighting a kraken, buddy.

Older than most mortals can fathom, the kraken is one of the few remaining creatures in the Monster Manual that, completely unmodified, can provide a terrifying, deadly challenge for even heavily seasoned adventurers. Originally bred for purpose in the war of the primordial titans, the krakens broke free. Dangerously intelligent and cunning, krakens ultimately exist to destroy, and tales of lost ships and destroyed seaside civilizations haunt seafarers and coastal dwellers alike.

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