Talks Machina Episode 91 Highlights: 2-42

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Tonight’s guests are Marisha Ray and Laura Bailey (with special guest appearance from Ronin! Awwww), so I can hardly wait. We’re discussing Episode 42: A Hole in the Plan.

  • Announcements:

    • Brian is bursting with an announcement he’s not allowed to reveal for another six months. His favorite guess: something about him stealing all the money from the company and moving to an island, but that’s actually his long game, not the short one.

    • Throughout November, they’re raising money for Operation Supply Drop, Travis’s favorite charity, which supports both active and retired military.

    • No episode of Critical Role this week due to Thanksgiving. There will also be no episode of Talks Machina next Tuesday; instead, they’ll be airing Sam’s Fireside Chat! This was a reward from the Critter donations to the Pablove Foundation.

    • Critical Role hoodies are back in the store; the print is very similar to the original with a bit more embellishment on the text on the back.

    • “Honey Heist 3: Tova’s Honies” airs this Friday at 7pm Pacific! Marisha: “It was bear-nanas.” Laura: “Oh, no.”

  • Stats for this episode:

    • Jester has cast Blessing of the Trickster 31 times; 15 of those times were on Nott.

    • Jester technically won her bar brawl with Sorris! She dealt 16 points of damage to his 15.

    • Beau continues to have the most natural 20s with 49. She also has the most natural 1s, womp womp.

    • Marisha: “Well, I roll a lot, you know?” Brian: “Well, your husband is also a tyrant and not to be messed with.” Marisha says she thinks Gil’s die is cursed and everyone gasps. How dare.

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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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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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Talks Machina Episode 87 Highlights: 2-39

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Tonight’s guests are Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe! Also ft. Peak Dani (who has had it with these motherf***ing snakes on this mother***king show) and Marisha Ray Everywhere.

  • Announcements:

    • Marisha’s BtS episode has aired and is now available online on CR’s YouTube. Taliesin: “It’s not ridiculous to say she’s one of the best people I know.”

    • Matt’s BtS aired yesterday. Brian: “I’ve done twenty-some hours of interviews, and this is the one that broke me.” Liam: “Yeah, he’s super shallow, right?”

    • There will be a bonus holiday episode of BtS featuring Ashley Johnson.

    • The Halloween episode of All Work No Play aired last week! Liam: “The most handsome Sam’s ever been.”

    • Laura’s one-shot was pre-taped and aired on Thursday (now available on G&S’s YouTube). Brian, on trying to maintain a British accent for his character: “It’s a nightmare. I apologize to all the Critters. I’m going to get Peaky Blindered.” It’s truly a thing of beauty.

  • Stats for this week’s episode:

    • Matt surpassed 15 nat 20s and 20 nat 1s for the campaign in this episode.

    • The M9 got their 150th kill: the yuan-ti abomination killed by Nott.

    • This episode was the first time a character dealt more than 150 damage in an episode, with Fjord dealing 158. However, he only dealt the second-highest: Yasha dealt 301!

    • By the end of the fight, the Warden had grown an additional 8 heads and had taken a total of 428 points of damage.

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Talks Machina Episode 86 Highlights: 2-38

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Tonight’s guests are Sam Riegel and Taliesin Jaffe (and, as always, Dani Carr and… Tiny Corner Max?)!

  • Announcements:

    • The latest episode of Between the Sheets, featuring Daytime Emmy Award-Winning Sam Riegel ™, aired last night and will be available on YouTube tomorrow morning. Sam: “I feel like this channel is mostly just you and me talking?” Brian: “Are you saying that everyone else is just riding our coattails?” Taliesin: “He’s also saying that you look a lot like Liam at this point, and he can’t tell the difference.”

    • Another episode of All Work No Play will debut this Friday on the Critical Role Twitch (uploaded to YouTube on Sunday). In this episode, Sam and Liam do yoga… with goats. TJ Storm and Travis Willingham guest star!

    • Next week the cast will be at London MCM! Taliesin: “I’m packing slightly more tweed.” Brian: “Gettin’ tweedy with it.”

    • There’s a new (harp music) Laura Bailey emote on the CR Twitch for subscribers.

  • Stats for this week’s episode:

    • The M9 hit 150 natural ones in this episode. Number 150 was Jester’s acrobatics check to get away from the yuan-ti abomination.

    • Jester also set the record for the most natural ones in a single episode: 5. The previous record of 4 was held by Nott and Beau. Brian: “You guys remember these are not still going to charity, right?” Sam and Taliesin: “What?”

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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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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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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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Talks Machina Episode 82 Highlights: 2-34

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Tonight’s guests are Laura Bailey and Matt Mercer (and Dani’s mom, offscreen, who confirms that we are indeed on the internet)!

  • Announcements:

    • Thursday, October 4 is the NYC live show! Some tickets are still available. Everyone is so happy that Laura and Travis will be there this time!

    • VOD of the first episode of Between the Sheets is available for CR Twitch subscribers now and will go up on CR’s YouTube channel tomorrow! This week’s features Taliesin Jaffe; next week’s is Travis Willingham!

    • Brian will be doing a Reddit AMA this coming Friday at 2 PM Pacific.

    • CR is raising money for the Pablove Foundation and has already raised $68,000. If they hit $100,000, Sam will do a Fireside Chat. Matt and Laura are excited, because for all that they consider Sam to be one of their closest friends, they feel like they don’t know too much about him. Everyone loves his wife, but Sam might be a spy-and-or-assassin. Theories abound.

      • Sam’s Crash Pandas one-shot will be streamed on Friday at 7 PM Pacific on the CR Twitch channel!

  • Stats for this episode:

    • Jester has dealt over 600 points of damage so far in the campaign. 

    • She has cast Cure Wounds 40 times. Matt: “That’s like once an episode.” Laura: “Matthew.” Brian: “You’re like an AFK Zenyatta. You’re a Mercy who’s just using her taser gun the whole time.”

    • Jester has used Blessing of the Trickster 26 times.

    • Matt announced his 40th natural 20 of the campaign. Matt: “Honestly, I think the Snitch, as much as I like to build the mystique, I think it has to be in Taliesin’s hands to become magical.” Dani: “If you’re not a paladin wielding the Holy Avenger, it’s just a sword.”

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Talks Machina Episode 81 Highlights: 2-33

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Tonight’s guests are Taliesin Jaffe and Liam O’Brien!

  • Announcements:

    • Support the RavenRook Kickstarter! Brian used one of their notebooks to take notes in his own home campaign. (”I was the Marisha.”)

    • The NYC live show on Thursday, October 4 still has tickets available! (Liam: ”It’s like the inside of Gilmore’s mind, that theater.”)

    • There’s a new State of the Role video on YouTube and the website!

    • Between the Sheets, CR’s new show, premieres on Monday, September 17 at 7 PM Pacific on CR’s Twitch channel, and then on YouTube about 36 hours later. The first episode features Taliesin Jaffe and is over an hour long. Brian: “Taliesin is like an endless well of darkness and love and joy. So many bad things.”

    • All Work No Play is returning! Premieres on the Twitch channel (also later windowed to YouTube) on Friday, September 28 at 7 PM Pacific. A dire warning from Brian: “Have liquid nowhere near your mouth.” Liam: “We’ve seen some things.”

    • CR is raising money for the Pablove Foundation!

  • Stats for this episode:

    • This is the first episode of campaign 2 to have no crits.

    • There were 16 spells cast this week. Ten of them were Disguise Self, six of those by Jester. Taliesin: “Sometimes you don’t want to be the guy who’s nine feet tall in the theater.”

    • Of the eight Sending messages Jester has sent this campaign, only her last one to the Gentleman was under the 25-word limit.

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Talks Machina Episode 80 Highlights: 2-32

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Tonight’s guests are Liam O’Brien and Sam Riegel!

  • Announcements: 

    • No Talks Machina next Tuesday, but they will be back the following week to discuss episode 33 of CR. Next Tuesday, instead of Talks, they’re filming something very special for the new channel. Sam: “You are? Oh, god.” 

    • Handbooker Helper premieres tomorrow at 10 AM Pacific Time at youtube.com/criticalrole! The first episode focuses on dice basics. 

    • There’s a new charity drive for the Pablove Foundation, dedicated to research toward ending children’s cancer; they’ve already hit the first $20k benchmark, which means Sam will be DMing a game of Crash Pandas! The next goal is $50k, which will be used to establish a research grant.

  • Stats for this episode:

    • Nott has successfully disguised herself 12 times since the campaign started.

    • Caleb’s most-cast spells (in order): Alarm, Firebolt, and Identify.

    • The party has spent 55 of their 81 days together on the road.

    • Gustav’s sentence in Trostenwald lasted 77 days. He averaged about 7 gold, 8 copper per day of work.

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Talks Machina Episode 79 Highlights: 2-31

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Tonight’s guests are Marisha Ray and Matt Mercer!

  • Announcements:

    • A one-shot will be airing on August 30 in place of Critical Role (Matt, Marisha, and Taliesin will be away).

    • A new Critical Role show will be announced (I have seen the future).

    • Crew AMA on Friday at 2 PM Pacific on the /r/criticalrole subreddit!

  • Stats for this episode:

    • The party spent 4,047 gold and 2 silver, plus the cost of the Dust of Deliciousness and the straw hat, in their downtime shopping (Matt’s enjoying the financial caution that comes from being at low levels).

    • Nott’s discarded save against the Bead of Force was the M9′s 3,000th d20 roll.

    • Jester used eight of her ten spell slots and both uses of Channel Divinity during the prank/escape.

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