A Very Non-Statsy Love Letter to the Community

One year ago today, Crit Role Stats posted its very first article. What started as a one-man project of counting crits and live commentary has turned into what amounts to a full-time job for a team of individuals tracking all sorts of things that happen on a show featuring a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors as they sit around the table, roll dice, and play Dungeons and Dragons.

Over the past year, I have been extremely fortunate to talk with many wonderful critters over Twitter, Skype, and Tumblr, meet some of you at conventions, and collaborate on several cool projects. While a part of me is sad that I have not yet had the opportunity to meet many of you or find you at conventions like SDCC or GenCon, I can say it is still extremely heartwarming just to see all of your amazing faces and to watch the love that just exudes from all of you wonderful people. In time, I hope to share my love with many more of you in person.

As for Crit Role Stats, this project has truly become something else. I want to extend my thanks to all the volunteers who make it feasible to track many of the zany things we log, and to the network of other awesome critter projects I’ve had the pleasure to watch in motion. I want to thank the critter community at large. Y'all are crazy awesome, fun to watch, and even more fun to talk to. The creative energy, the loving support, and the joy and charity that this community perpetuates has been a powerful force to experience and be a part of.

I want to thank Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, and Travis Willingham, who are some of the kindest people I have ever met. I also want to thank Liam O'Brien and Ashley Johnson, two individuals I haven’t had the opportunity to meet but whose hearts are very influential on those around them. I also want to thank the Geek & Sundry crew, who tirelessly do the work of 20 people with a skeleton crew, as well as the rest of the individuals at @geekandsundry who have made the leaps and bounds of this community possible.

Especially, I want to express my extreme gratitude to @thesingingbadger, not just for her work on organizing content, cataloging stats, and directing critters for episodes to watch, but for doing all of that tirelessly week after week. I want to express my extreme gratitude to @dragonmustang01, who has taken on several very sizable and awesome projects. I want to express my extreme gratitude to @kathatherine, who introduced me to this show and community in the first place, and continues to support this project in many ways. Thanks to all of you, for your regular work and support.

The Crit Role Stats team is going to be taking next week off to deal with a series of major life events happening for all of us (nothing bad, just very attention-worthy!). We’ll be running live commentary on Twitter for the episodes when they air, but the ask boxes on both Twitter and Tumblr will essentially be closed until August 29. We look forward to continue being the primary source of Critical Role statistics and trivia for as long as Critical Role and Critterdom continues!

Love and stuff,