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 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!

  • 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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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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Quick Answers 67

Can you keep track of how many times the dodecahedron has been used, and how many of those times it’s been used to reroll something?

Done and done; we now keep this list regularly updated on the Wildemount Running Stats page.

How can Beau buy extra reactions with her ki? Is it homebrewed?

As we stated in our Level 6 Update, Beau now has Mind of Mercury, allowing her to spend a ki to gain an additional reactions (max 2 reactions based on her INT mod). This is all part of the most recent class update to the Monk of the Cobalt Soul.

I am currently watching some of the one-shots done after campaign 1, and I was wondering if there are stats about those episodes!

There are! The easiest way to find information about past one-shots is using the One-Shot tag, especially if you’re looking for articles. If you’re looking for running times or who was present for each of CR’s one-shots (or just need the complete list), the links to those pages are always kept on our Running Stats page under the General Archives.

Is there a comparison to the number of times players rolled with advantage versus disadvantage in Campaign 1?

Vox Machina rolled with disadvantage a total of 351 times across 114 episodes. They rolled with advantage 984 times, or about 3 times more often than they rolled with disadvantage. By contrast, the Mighty Nein have rolled with disadvantage 152 times and advantage 246 times (only about a factor of 2!).

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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! 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 77 Highlights: 2-29

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Tonight’s guests: Liam & Marisha.

  • Announcements

    • ​​​​​​​Tonight’s sponsor is Dwarven Forge, who’ve recently launched their kickstarter for the Cavern’s Deep set. See more at

    • Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo airs this Friday at 7:00pm PST (on top of the regular episode on Thursday). They actually shot it last night, and it’ll air unedited on Friday. Liam: “No audience, no f***s left to give.” Marisha and some of the others will hang out in the chat Friday night to share the experience, and Brian will be posting some behind-the-scenes photos and videos at the break.

    • The Mighty Nein shirt is back in stock and available at 

  • Stats for this episode: 

    • ​​​​​​​The MN reached 159 “9″s this episode, which includes all rolls ever. The 150th 9 goes to Beau–dex save against the fire trap.

    • Beau dealt 147 damage this episode, the most for anyone in any episode in C2 so far. Liam: “This is the class you were born to play.” Marisha: “I’ve never been a Grog before. I’m so excited, you guys.”

    • In Episode 7, the Bust of Estelle Getty attacked twice and hit both times. In Episode 29, the Bust of Nefertiti attacked four times and missed all four.

    • Lorenzo’s last action was Cone of Cold; after that, the party dealt 117 of their total 146 damage.

    • The 6 rounds of this fight is the longest fight of this campaign. 

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Talks Machina Episode 75 Highlights: SDCC 2018

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Tonight's guests are Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Matt Mercer!

This episode was pre-recorded on Saturday, and hence there is a tragic lack of After Dark content. Please turn off all your lights after the episode airs to simulate the After Dark experience. Thank you.

  • Announcement:

    • Vox Machina: Origins will be back in 2019! The next arc (the first arc to really kick in for the home game) will be about meeting Pike and Percy.

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Bar Room Blitz Masterpost

Bar Room Blitz Masterpost

Thanks to @WendyDoodles for this art piece!

A starstruck sun elf, an angry tabaxi, the girl from The Ring, the D&D equivalent of My Chemical Romance, and some dwarves walk into a bar... hilarity ensues. Also Greep.

Damage dealt to others by the group: 126
Damage dealt to each other: 92
Time required to solve lock puzzle: 0:13:58


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Monster Analysis: Liam's Quest - Full Circle

Monster Analysis: Liam's Quest - Full Circle

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Often, our Monster Analyses are fairly in-depth looks into whatever battle happened in the most recent episode, including discussions of monster histories and player strategies. Level 17 characters, and the monsters that fight them, have so many differentiated abilities, each aspect of the battle merits a closer analysis. As we saw in Full Circle, Level 1 characters and corresponding monsters are much more limited and generalized in their abilities, so we can look more generally at their battles. This episode had no fewer than four battles: the initial skinned cat attack, the pack of cats, the demogoron and friends, and the machines.

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