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Season 3, Episode 6 – The Vault of Wonders

Storm Warden Keep

It’s a surprising trip back to Waterdeep, and a visit with the Order of the Silver Gauntlet.  Tarek & The Head Smashers meet an old friend with Ontharr Frume.  He is still salty about how The Head Smashers went about dealing with the Nation of Thay, as well as the Arcane Brotherhood.  While reluctant, he is still a valued ally.  This is the last stand for the Cult of the Dragon.  The last threats to the Forgotten Realms could come to a close with another alliance.

What waits for the heroes in Storm Warden Keep?

We have uploaded Trevor’s sketches from the sessions, we will make a gallery post and keep all the files there updated.  It’s a nice treat to get a recap in Trevor-vision, it’s great that we finally get to share it with you.

 

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Talking Crit Podcast: The Mines of the Many

You’ll find weird things at the bottom of a platinum mine, rocks, platinum, weird celestial baby guardians -wait, what?  You can’t even blame Matthew Mercer for that one, it was all chat brewed.  It’s to know whether to be proud or terrified that the Critter Community came up with that one.  Regardless, we have bigger things to tackle, and the Battle Royal is upon us this Thursday.  We will see Vox Machina, minus Liam & Ashley, cross swords one more time.  It’s going to be an all out dawny brook, and it is going to be awesome.  In the podcast we talk about Vax or Pike winning, that was before we knew who was going to be away for the PVP.  However, it does lead us into our Question of the Week.

It’s an obvious one, but who do you think is going to win the Battle Royal.  It’s going to depend if there are alliances, or if it’s just a free for all.  Give your vote and opinion on twitter and let us know who you think is going to win.

Shout outs this week involve art and music.  The first is to An Actual Frog, who created this amazing Hellboy/Vax’Ildan cover.  If you love the Mike Mignola style, then this is a piece for you.  You could see Vax along side Hellboy and Abe, it wouldn’t feel out of place.  The body pose, the action of the daggers, the smoke make this all feel like a normal Vox encounter.  You could switch the image out with Hellboy, and it wouldn’t make that feeling any different.  This is brilliant in style and colour, it is a fantastic piece.

The second shout out goes to Cantata Pansophical (@Cpansophical) and their Hamilton/Vox Machina cross over.  Holy crap, this is amazing.  It’s not a surprised that the Critter Community is filled to the brim with talent, but this takes it over the top.  It pulls you right away, and you get the feeling this would probably make a decent Broadway musical.  Critters take note, they are looking for help.  If you think you have the acting/singing chops to be a part of Vox Machina an Exandrian Musical throw your hat/helm into the ring and see what happens.  If this is just a taste of what’s to come, we’re all in for a treat.

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Season 3, Episode 5 – The Vault of Wonders

Border Management

It’s always a pain crossing a border. The random inspections, the tense atmosphere, the random ambushes from rogues and wizards shapeshifting into demons, it’s a mess.  It’s a showdown that leaves some collateral damage in the wake.  The Head Smashers have also gained the attention of The Knife.  This organized crime syndicate has sent Vondal a signal.  The Knife is on the move, and they are looking to disrupt the life of Vondal and the people around him.

How are the Head Smashers going to deal with a crime network while trying to recover powerful soul stealing artifacts?  They’ve already claimed the first soul stone, and now they move on towards the second.

Has your group ever been ambushed by a group?  How did it go?  Let us know on twitter or in the comments below.

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Talking Crit Podcast: Tary on my Wayward Son.

There are some songs that once they get stuck in your head will just stay there.  Thanks to Critical Role last week, we now have a Kansas Classic stuck in our mental Spotify.  This week we look at the new Bounty Hunter and her absconding with Taryon Darrington, we also get a look through the black orb of death under White Stone Castle.  Apparently it’s not a Sphere of Annihilation, but a Sphere of Transportation.   This could be the last arc of Vox Machina as they get closer to level 20.  Epic campaigns tend to get weird and extra planar, so it’s no surprise that we’re going to see more Vox Machina jumping through the realities.  There are still things to tackle on the material plane, and Taryon is at the center of a big plot point.

Our Question of the Week deals with what Taryon will do.  Will he obey his father’s wishes and marry himself off to keep the Darrington’s afloat?  Or will he stand up to his father, and do what he must to save the family name and fortune?  Put in your vote and let us know what you think is going to happen.

There are a lot of shout outs this week, let’s get started with Diepod Draws.  This pice of Vex’Thalia art is stunning with the way it plays with contrast and composition.  It’s one of those illustrations that forces you to look closer at the detail in the wings; as well as its ability to follow a natural line up the leg, while becoming unnatural as you follow the wing.  It’s just the hint of Vex that makes it great, with the small feather and flare in the hands that any fan of Critical Role would know who it is.

The next shout is for another black & white piece illustrated by Robyn Hope, and it’s of Vex firing the Oracle shot through the sphere.  Again, the composition here is great, as we see leading lines that light up Vex, while the darkness shows the void of the Shadowfell.  The gradient of contrast here is amazing as we go from black, to grey, to white with Vex.  The layers stack well, and it gives off a yin-yang feeling to the picture.

Julie Rush is our third shout out this week.  Portraits are a difficult thing to do, and she does them with exceptional skill.  It takes talent to find the right emotional moment to capture.  She has done the whole cast, with a small flare of each of the PC’s they play.  Go check out her twitter feed and see the rest of the images.  It is stunning work, and you can see and feel the moment she captures for each and every one of them.  You don’t have to be a Critical Role fan to appreciate amazing portrait work, but being fan adds to the flavour of the art.

The final shout out goes to a hilarious, and accurate, comic by Nick Uroseva.  In hindsight, it makes total sense that Keyleth would have an epic fail fall like this.  In true Keyleth nature, it’s thumbs up and back to business.  There has to be an on going series of this comic, Kiki Falling Through the World.

That is it for this week, don’t forget to subscribe to the amazing artists and follow their work.  Your twitter feed will become a better place when you have awesome artists like this filling your feed.

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Season 3, Episode 4 – The Vault of Wonders

Equus Resurrectus 

What does it mean to love a horse?  It means at least one diamond’s worth of love, give or take a few thousand gold.  Lord Fangorn is dead, and his lair is up for grabs.  There’s a lot to clean up, what do the Head Smashers do with the Emberbeards?  Who has claim to all that gold?  Will it help Granite Bend?

There is a lot to take in, and a lot left on their plate.  They have the first soul stone, is this enough to gain the trust of Mackenzie Mormont?  Is Mormont to be trusted?  Tarek & The Head Smashers will find out, once they make it out of the dwarves lands.

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The Nerds Podcast: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Family will always give you trouble, it is a constant through the universe.  In James’ Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, we get that in galactic spades.  The Nerds review what happened in the movie, and why Volume 2 made Volume 1 a better movie.

There was a lot packed into the new Guardians movie, with a lot of layers.  We look at the themes of family, and we look at how they leaned into the hokey.  Guardians Vol. 2 owned what the movie was, and played it to perfection.  We got more 80’s space opera, with a lot of character development.  If we were looking for more depth to the characters in Vol. 1, we had a lot of satisfaction after the end credits rolled for Vol. 2.

Sit back, relax, and join the conversation about Guardians Volume 2.  Did you see the movie?  Where do you rank in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Was that a fitting send off for Yondu?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Talking Crit Podcast: Family Matters

We have now learned more about the Trickfoots, and what a story.  This was a complete arc from start to finish.  It gave that sense of accomplishment and completion that you get from finishing a video game.  It brought us through the Hero’s Journey, and it was an awesome trip to take.  If you’re not familiar with the Monmyth, Glove & Boots has you set with their video here.  The thing that is mind blowing is that it was all improvised.  Actors came together to complete the Hero’s Journey with little to no prompting.  If Matt Mercer had planned this from the very start, then he’s a genius.  He still is for crafting the sandbox in which everyone could tell this story.

It was solid from the start to end, and it had a little bit for everyone.

Our Question of the Week looks at something that Kat Waterflame suggested.  Was Wilhand forthcoming with the Trickfoot history?  Is there a Hatfield/McCoy situation afoot, or is it something deeper?  Give your vote, and let us know what you think may be up with Wilhand.

Our first shout out this week goes to Emmanuel Padilla and his awesome portraits of the cast during Family Matters.  Let’s be honest, it’s all about dat Grog hat.  The bells, the bows, the feathers just make this hat quint essential Grog.  There needs to be some Critter fan art of all the hats Grog now owns, there has to be a walking closet in Greyskull that is nothing but hats.

The second shout out goes to Carlee Pakes and her amazing Slayer’s Cake poster.  This is something you would find on a billboard, or a poster add.  The colours and the composition makes you want to head over and get some Bear Claws.  It’s a style that works with the subject on many levels.  It’s something that we would see every day, and take a moment to register and admire it.  It’s subtle, and it works.

Both these artists have done amazing work, please give them a follow and fill your twitter feed with beautiful Critter art.  If you need to cheer your your feed, follow as many Critter artists as you can, you will not regret that decision.

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Season 3, Episode 3 – The Vault of Wonders

The Emberbeards

What does it take to resurrect a horse?  This is a question that has haunted adventurers for generations. The reality is, we may never know what it takes to bring a creature back from the Equestrian Plains, but Tarek & The Head Smashers are going to find out.  After the deception at the quarry, our PC’s head into the mountains to track down the lair of Lord Fangorn.  They have the lead with the Emberbeards, but who are they?  What are they?  Only the lair will hold the answers.

As with every dungeon crawl, they find the traps.  Buckle in for another romp underground as they try and find the first Soul Stone.  Has your group set off any traps?  What is the most dangerous trap you’ve been caught in?  Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for joining in on the wild adventures.  Please contact us and let us know what you’ve enjoyed.  We’re all active on twitter and would love to hear from you.

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“Well, we found the trap.”

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Talking Crit Podcast: One Year Later

We are back and so is Vox Machina.  It’s been a year long break, in game, and a lot has changed.  Critical Role has jumped back into the fray with new developments, and one deck of many things.  The comedy that came off the interaction with Grog and the new Lord of the Crossroads was comedic genius.  You can’t write that kind of comedy, it’s just chaos running its course.  We also got introduced to Pike’s family, the Trickfoots.  There is more going on than they are letting on, and the notion of a Trickfoot curse is floating about.  It seems like a meeting with Wilhelm is in order, that old gnome may be hiding a whole lotta secrets from his granddaughter.

What is an episode of Critical Role without an epic comedy adventure.  The vacation was pure improv gold.  One of the best parts about it was the pranks and Vex coming back into form.  You don’t realize how much you’ve missed his pranks until they’re gone.  Try also armed Vox with an item of importance.  We don’t know what it is, but the reactions of the players, and Vax’s love for trimming beards means that it can have some maximum prankage potential.

Our Question of the Week looks at the Trickfoot clan.  Is there actually a blood curse, or are the Trickfoots travelling snake oil sellers that are trying to dupe Pike and Vox Machina?

Shout outs this get animated this week, as we see two animated art gifs that are amazing.  The first goes to Ioana Muresan and this image of Keyleth in study.  The portrait is already great, but the animated smoke off the incense and drops of water off the plant leaves make it Keyleth.  This is a great example of less is more, there’s no need to get outrageous with animation.  We all pick up on the subtle queues, and it accents a great image.  Amazing work by Muresan, anything in an animated gif format is going to be great.

The other shout out goes to Sam under the @samazkama twitter handle.  This goes back to Liam’s Quest last week, and it is the heart breaking scene at the end.  The episode was one of the best Critical Roles made, and this scene is like Sam took the image out of of my mind’s eye.  Another case of less is more, and that one little glitch on the screen is all we need to get the feels flowing again.  The piece brings back Liam’s haunting robotic voice, and the emotion that all the players were putting out.  It’s great for seeing how the colours and electric right angles make up the scene, and it’s terrible for making us relieve that scene all over again, argh.

That is it for this week, we will be live tweeting this Thursday as we all get to know the Trickfoots a little more.

Thank you to everyone who has been listening, and thank you to the artists for the amazing content you all produce.  If you want your twitter feed to make you feel good, fill it with Critter Artists.

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The Nerds Podcast: TCAF

It is May, it is almost the start of summer, and Con season is ramping up for another run through geekdom.  Toronto is a hot bed of comics, conventions, fandom, and it’s time to start the summer off right with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.  Our resident dwarven cleric happens to also be one of the organizers for the festival.  Miles comes in to talk everything about TCAF 2017.  There’s a lot of cool and awesome panels to see, as well as the artists and creators bringing in their own brand genius.

It’s going to be a full festival of events, one of the best things you can do to help yourself navigate all the panels and events is to download the Guide Book app for TCAF.  You can find the download link here: www.guidebook.com.

This will get you all the information you need to traverse the festival and check out great panels like the D&D Panel at the Mariott, or the Comedy & Comics panel at The Pilot.

You can also check out all the awesome poster work for 2017, and see amazing work by Jeff Lemire, Eleanor Davis, and Sana Takeda.  You can also catch up on all the updates by following the TCAF twitter account: @torontocomics or by visiting their website: www.torontocomics.com.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival free art exhibition runs from May 13th to May 14th at the Toronto Reference Library.

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