Media References and Puns of 2-38 Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the jungle! It’s part of our fun and games.
We got snake and lizard people (critter, we know their names)
We are the people of the Nein searching to find an ancient being’s greed
If you roll low on that Con Save, baby, we got your disease.

Welcome to the jungle, welcome to the jungle,
Why don’t we bring some Yuan-ti to their--
 wait, do snakes have knees?

Media References

(0:01:16) Sam: Boggle, Unstable Unicorns

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What We Know About Fjord and Uk'otoa

What We Know About Fjord and Uk'otoa

Thanks to @planarbindings for this art piece!

Since boarding The Squalleater, Fjord’s past and patron have come under scrutiny. Ahead, we lay out what we’ve learned so far about The Mighty Nein’s resident warlock and his recently revealed patron, Uk'otoa. (Transcripts of relevant moments are documented here.)

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Media References and Puns of 2-37 Dangerous Liaisons

If Nott is Gilligan, which Mighty Nein members are the other characters on Gilligan's Island?

Media References

  • (0:00:57) Brian: The Goth of Wall Street. (Wolf of Wall Street)

  • (0:01:33) Brian: Hide your kids, hide your wives! (Bedroom Intruder)

  • (0:03:46) Brian: Don’t be a dick, please please. (Wheaton’s Law)

  • (0:05:47) Sam enters dressed as Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton, then does the

  • Hamilton pose.

  • (0:13:38) (To the tune of “Dear Theodosia” from Hamilton)

    Sam: Sam is our hero is the code to use,
    to buy your books at steeply discount rates. 
    When you go to DnD Beyond, just mention me.
    Ashley: Sam is our hero, and he’s handsome too.
    Look at that smile! And such a boyish face! Oh my god,
    These lyrics are so crappy, 
    Why did I agree?
    Sam: This crowd is loving my song,
    Ashley: They think it’s slightly too long.
    Sam: I’ll win a Tony award after all. 
    I’ll do whatever it takes,
    Ashley: This was an awful mistake!
    Sam: I cannot wait for our- 
    Together: Curtain call!
    Sam is ruining Hamilton.
    I hope the audience knows that Ashley told him ‘No.’
    And we know that we should start the game now,
    But it’s such a pretty song, for DnD Beyond,
    So we sang it anyway.
    Bidet, bidet! 
    Sam is our hero, yeah!
    Bidet, bidet!
    Okay Matt, take it away!

  • (0:15:31) Matt: And thank you, Hamilton, for hopefully enduring that terrible butchering of a wonderful piece of music.

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Talks Machina Episode 85 Highlights: 2-37

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Tonight’s guest is Travis Willingham (definitely not solo because of scheduling conflicts)!

  • Announcements: 

    • Liam’s episode of Between the Sheets is now available to subscribers on the Critical Role Twitch channel, and will be up on YouTube tomorrow! Sam’s episode airs on Monday, and it’s the longest episode yet.

    • The next episode of All Work No Play is this Friday at 7 PM Pacific on the Critical Role Twitch channel. This week, they visit a rage room, and they will be joined by actor/writer/producer Stephanie Sheh.

    • The cast and crew thanks everyone for their patience in the whole process of undoing the technical difficulties related to the live show. They’ve learned from the experience and will be working to avoid something like that moving forward.

  • Stats for this week’s episode:

    • Fjord has cast Disguise Self 21 times, and has made 20 deception checks over the course of the campaign.

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Monster Analysis: Harpies (Lucidian Ocean)

Monster Analysis: Harpies (Lucidian Ocean)

Thanks to @ZomgDae for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 1-27 The Path to Whitestone

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-36

  • Armor Class 11

  • Speed 20 ft, 40 ft flying

  • Passive perception 10

  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 38, 63

    • Harpy 1: 39 damage taken, 8 killing blow by Nott

    • Harpy 2: 39 damage taken, 10 killing blow by Beau

    • Harpy 3: 41 damage taken, 7 killing blow by Jester

    • Harpy 4: 39 damage taken, 8 killing blow by Nott

    • Harpy 5: 18 damage taken, escaped

    • Harpy 6: Escaped undamaged

Harpies are cruel, cowardly creatures who always seek the path of least resistance. They'll target prey that is limited in mobility and do not have much of a chance of fighting back. If the odds turns away from their favor, harpies have no problem retreating; they are happy to dish out damage, but they can't take it.

A harpy's luring song stands in stark contrast to their otherwise cursed appearance. This beautiful melody compels those who are unable to shrug off its enchanting effect to approach the source. Harpies will often use this to lure prey into positions they can’t defend themselves, such as off a cliff, into an open ocean, or simply into their waiting talons.

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Talks Machina Episode 84 Highlights: 2-36

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Tonight’s guests are Travis Willingham and Matt Mercer!

  • Announcements:

    • The NYC show on Thursday still has tickets! 

    • The latest episode of Between the Sheets, featuring Laura Bailey, is now available on the Critical Role Twitch channel for subscribers! The VOD will be released on YouTube tomorrow.

    • The second episode of All Work No Play will air on the Twitch channel on Friday at 7 PM! There will be tapdancing involved.

  • Stats​ for this week’s episode:

    • With four games in, the Dallas Cowboys are at a 50%– wait, wrong stat.

    • The M9 got their 140th kill in this episode: Nott against the fourth harpy.

    • This is the third time Fjord has used the dodecahedron, and the second time he’s put a fragment of possibility to use.

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Media References and Puns of 2-36 O Captain, Who’s Captain?

O Captain! Who’s Captain? our half-cocked trip has begun,
The ship was gained by jack, with it from the Zolezzo we run,
The port is far, the crew is par, with tortle navigating,
With hearty food from firbolg meal, the half-orc takes the bearings;
                        But O part! part! part!
                           O the sadness from fate unkind,
                              Where back in town the Ruby lost,
                                 With blink dog left behind.

Media References

(0:00:35) Laura: New York City! (Pace salsa commercial)

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Death Saves - Campaign Comparisons

Death Saves - Campaign Comparisons

Image from Handbooker Helper: Death Saving Throws

Back in July following The Mighty Nein’s encounter against the Gearkeeper, we (along with some other critters) started wondering about how many death saves have been made throughout Critical Role’s tenure. And, us being us, we decided to go through our documentation and see what we could find. Unfortunately, by the time we finished our research, a certain in-game event made publishing it less than tasteful at the time, and it’s been sitting on our back burners ever since.

However, thanks to last week’s Handbooker Helper, we were reminded to dust it off and update it! Here are those results, updated to episode 2-36. Spoilers for Campaigns 1 and 2!

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Monster Analysis: The Mist Captain and Crew

Monster Analysis: The Mist Captain and Crew

Thanks to @cerigg for this art piece!

The midnight encounter on the Restless Wharf is a great example how players (and their dice) can determine both the type of encounter they are going to have, as well as how they can set their own difficulty for it. What could have been either a simple spy mission, attempted diplomatic conversation, or even silent assassination quickly turned into... well, what it turned into.

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Talks Machina Episode 83 Highlights: 2-35

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Tonight’s guests are Marisha Ray and Liam O’Brien!

  • Announcements:

    • The NYC live show is one week from this Thursday (October 4)! Tickets are available now, and an NYCC badge is not needed to attend. There is much speculation over what on earth Sam’s going to wear this time around.

    • Travis’ episode of Between the Sheets is available for CR Twitch subscribers now and will go up on CR’s YouTube channel tomorrow! Marisha: “He’s like the big brother to us all.” Laura Bailey’s up next!

    • All Work No Play premieres (returns) this Friday night at 7PM Pacific at twitch.tv/criticalrole!

  • Stats for this episode:

    • It has been 61 days since the party found the Cloven Crystal, and 45 days since they first learned of Marius LePual. (The party’s been together about 87 days total.)

    • Beau has avoided 126 points of damage by using Deflect Missiles.

    • Caleb’s top speed in this episode of 120 feet is still a quarter the speed of a hasted and flying Vax: 480 feet. Liam points out that he mostly used the speed last campaign to rush at problems. This campaign, it’s more for rushing away from problems.

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Media References and Puns of 2-34 Dockside Diplomacy

Yo ho, yo ho, a failed attempt as a diplomat straight into a pirate’s life for me.

Media References

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Crash Pandas: Too Trashed, Too Curious Masterpost

Crash Pandas: Too Trashed, Too Curious Masterpost

Thanks to @sephiramy for this art piece!

Car Names

Select your vehicle. Then poison the driver.

  • (0:15:00) R.E.V. Speedwagon: Burnt umber 1978 caprice station wagon

  • (0:15:09) Taxicab Concussions: Beat-up NYC Taxicab with the doors painted shut.

  • (0:15:16) Victor von Vroom: Green Corvette that looks zippy but hard to control

  • (0:15:24) The Exterminator: Royal blue exterminator van with Pest Control emblazoned on the side

  • (0:15:33) Mr. Fastee: A huge ice cream truck

  • (1:38:02) Sasscar: An adorable little mini roadster racer.

  • (1:38:32) Mothah Truckah: A tweaked-out GMC pickup that looks steady but slow, but very firm.

  • (1:38:50) Actual Vin Diesel: A supercharged engine.

  • (1:39:32) The Champion, a.k.a. Roadkill: Yellow and blue customized Ferrari with claws out front, its hood ornamented with a raccoon skull.

  • (1:40:30) This Guy On A Motorcycle.

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