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06 April 2019 @ 02:53 pm
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Critical Role is getting an animated series based on their first campaign!




(The theme is sung by Laura Bailey, Ashley Johnson, and Sam Riegel)


To give a bit of background on this, on March 4th they officially launched their Kickstarter to help fund what initially was supposed to have been an animated special about the Briarwood arc from the first campaign. The initial goal was for $750,000 which they hoped would reach within weeks time, but instead within hours the fandom ended up exceeding this goal threefold, after almost a day they hit over 3 million. As you'd expect, this kind of broke the cast in the best kind of way, because they didn't think it would've happened this quickly. At this point, Critical Role was already breaking records in Kickstarter history, and being reported on via many different articles and media outlets of this success. Since they had 44 days left in their Kickstarter, they continuously set up particular stretch goals to help make the project even better, and naturally the fanbase exceeded those as well. And just this last Thursday on April 4th, they passed their final stretch goal of 8.8 million that would fund a ten-episode series of The Legend of Vox Machina.

This is a passion project for them, this was something that they dreamed about doing for a while and didn't think it would be possible to go this far, but thanks to the dedication and love from the fandom, it became a reality. Not just an animated special, but an animated series.

As a fan of Critical Role and of this cast, I am so, so proud. Proud for them and proud of the community. This is the kind of good and positive fandom content I like seeing, none of that unnecessary drama that inevitably happens in fandom but when we come together to help with stuff like this. Knowing how expensive animation is and how much hard work it goes to even do a series, this is something that I know will be worthwhile of an investment and that they will do everything in their power to do it right, because it's just as much for them as it is for us. And I'm just so excited for this, for them, for the fans, for this whole project that has continually baffled and surprised everyone. It is successful not because of the money, but because of how beloved these people are for streaming their D&D sessions every week, giving us free content, and how we, the fan community, want to give back to them as much as they've given us over the last several years.

(And the crazy thing? At this time the Kickstarter still has 12 more days left and it has now reached over 9 million. They, of course, mentioned any additional money from here on out will go into production of the animation and anything else to make it a better experience.)

If you aren't familiar with Critical Role, or have been wanting to get into it but were intimidated with how many hours you'd have to watch of their game, would you be interested in watching the animated series once it finally comes out?
 
 
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Profiterole_profiterole_ on April 7th, 2019 12:28 pm (UTC)
That's great news! Congrats to them!
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on April 8th, 2019 03:35 am (UTC)
I'm so happy and proud. Like, I knew that the crowdfunding was going to be successful in some way, it just took an unexpected but surprisingly turn. I shouldn't be surprised because, hey, you can't underestimate fandom, but it's still so phenomenal nonetheless. :D
noybusiness: capricaboomerwarheroesnoybusiness on April 7th, 2019 03:01 pm (UTC)
It's great that they're releasing their storyline in streamlined, fictionalized form for all to enjoy!
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 8th, 2019 03:38 am (UTC)
Even if it's a condensed version of what the streamed game is like, having an animated series telling a specific arc will not only be a nice visual treat for fans but also be a great introduction to newcomers who are curious about it, as well. Plus, it'll give the cast a chance to relive these moments from the first campaign. It's a win-win all around!
squint13squint13 on April 7th, 2019 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hah xD I'm not watching Thursdays CR ep until Tuesday, but if they broke 8.8m before that ep started, I am *assuming* we'll get THE BIGGEST FLASK (and if not in this ep, then in the next one)
Yes, I am genuinely excited, because I know it'll be hilarious, because it's Sam we're talking about xD
Also! ASHLEY JOHNSON DMING A ONE-SHOT !!! :D Gonna be fun and interesting. :D

Anyway, I'm so so happy for them; their reactions to the whole thing have been priceless, and endearing. They're good people, and they deserve good things. And it's a win-win, since we get not just the animated show, but extra one-shots and stuff. :D
Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on April 7th, 2019 08:59 pm (UTC)
They reached the final goal during the first half of the stream, and while I haven't seen anything of it yet I bet you anything we'll definitely be seeing the flask. ;)

I'm honestly so excited about Ashley doing a one-shot! I still wish that there could be a way for us to at least buy her out of her Blindspot contract, but we can't have everything.

Seriously though, watching this whole thing unfold has been absolutely amazing. Their reactions are priceless, yes, but just seeing the community come together to make this happen and go above and beyond expectations is just wonderful as well. I mean, don't underestimate the love and devotion of fandom obviously, but like I said after years of them giving us hours upon hours of free content that they didn't have to provide for us, the least we can do is give something back to help them with this project. It makes me very, very happy. :)
Jessicaimpala_chick on April 8th, 2019 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh, this is actually pretty exciting! I have a few DND friends who like Critical Role, but I just feel overwhelmed when I try to get into it. A show from the beginning would probably be more accessible for me.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on April 8th, 2019 03:08 am (UTC)
It is pretty overwhelming and intimidating knowing how much time you'd need to invest watching every single episode of the first campaign. When I first got into the show I randomly ended up joining in the middle of it all, and having to go back and forth understanding the context of what was going on. I stuck wit it because I adored the interactions with the cast and the hilarity that ensues which happens a lot when playing D&D. But I know not everyone can do this, and having an animated series at least focusing on a certain part of the first campaign will be easier for newcomers to consume without going through all 115 episodes and hundreds of hours to understand everything, and be a nice introduction to the story and the world.

Plus, there's the Vox Machina: Origins comics that are out which gives background to the characters and how they meet very, very early on, since their game started at home before they ended up streaming for an audience. So that could be something to also look into, as well, for more understanding of the characters and such.
Jessicaimpala_chick on April 9th, 2019 05:10 am (UTC)
Oo, thanks for the info about Vox Machina. I've seen that name around the internet but a comic seems like something that I could read and get into fairly easily.
Galadriel.: Fifth Element ✽ Multipasssixphanel on April 8th, 2019 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yay, happy news! :) I love when the fandom makes good things! This is what we should do best, not all the wars and conflicts and meeeh!

I've wanted to watch Critical Role for sooooo long... but like you said, I find it a little bit intimidating. Still, I might get into it before the series! And once it comes out... I bet I'll be watching.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on April 9th, 2019 09:37 am (UTC)
This is a prime example of the positive things fandom can achieve when not resulting into petty fighting, and it's beautiful to see. :)

It most likely will be a while before the animated series premieres, so you'll have plenty of time to make your way into starting CR. If you're going to start with the first campaign, note that the beginning episodes are a bit strange since they hadn't perfected their setup yet (audio quality and camera setup), but they quickly figured things out by around episode 18, I believe. That's something I always tell people when they want to start watching the show, because it can be a bit jarring if you've only seen clips from later episodes and such. Either way, I do hope that you'll find your way into watching any CR content in the near future. :D