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Thank you for the opinions. Again, I've never been interested in watching people play D&D, even with special "occasions" like the porn stars playing, "I hit it with my axe" & such so I don't think anything here changes my opinion about CR. I'll probably take a look at the book when it comes into the store & if I can use it, I'll purchase it off DnDBeyond.

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Critical Role is Porn for D&D players. It is nothing like real RPGs with professional actors, situations that don't exist ( a group meeting weekly...really) and over the top elements ( I am looking at you housewife and pizza boy). Much like porn it has its fanatics, but at the end of the day would you rather watch or do it?

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38 minutes ago, Beowulfthehunter said:

Critical Role is Porn for D&D players. It is nothing like real RPGs with professional actors, situations that don't exist ( a group meeting weekly...really) and over the top elements ( I am looking at you housewife and pizza boy). Much like porn it has its fanatics, but at the end of the day would you rather watch or do it?

My group meets weekly, yo. We have the occasional absence (nowhere near as frequent as Ashley Johnson's on CR).

 

As for the weird porn analogy...

Yeah I don't get it. It's like saying "Pro football is like porn, wouldn't you rather just play football?".

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20 minutes ago, BlazingTornado said:

My group meets weekly, yo. We have the occasional absence (nowhere near as frequent as Ashley Johnson's on CR).

 

 

To be fair, she is the legit actress in that group with a real on screen experience.

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2 minutes ago, Beowulfthehunter said:

To be fair, she is the legit actress in that group with a real on screen experience.

Travis Willingham got his face punched in on screen by none other than Robert Duvall, I'll have you know.

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This thread got weird... It is possible to enjoy both playing and watching - you don't have to pick one or the other! 

 

3 hours ago, Beowulfthehunter said:

To be fair, she is the legit actress in that group with a real on screen experience.

I feel like I should point out that they all have a mixture of on-screen, stage, voice-acting and motion capture experience. They are all legit actors/actresses.

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All I'm going to say in this thread is that CR is #notmydnd, but one hundred percent my favorite radio drama. I've watched a few episodes and found it to be very much not something I want to spend time watching, and largely not the way my table plays... But I've listened to every episode of Campaign 2 in podcast form, and I absolutely love it. 

 

There is more than one way to RPG, and also more than one way to be a Critter.

 

I won't be buying the book, because any D&D I run is set in Eberron and anything I play is home brew or FR, but I love that CR has helped open up the hobby to the mainstream culture.

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My primary current RPG is Pathfinder 1, and I've yet to find a Twitch or podcast stream that didn't irritate me eventually. The closest was Glass Cannon, but I found the GM annoying and their inability to get even pretty basic stuff in Pathfinder right eventually too much distraction.

 

If I were a D&D 5 player, I suspect CR would be the stream I would watch or listen to, because I think Mercer is entertaining and a good GM and most of the players are some combination of entertaining and personable. But since I cordially dislike D&D 5, it's a bit too serious for casual consumption and too much not my game for serious consumption. Plus, as noted above, the extreme emphasis on story telling before game doesn't match my gaming style at all.

 

Instead, the one live play RPG experience I regularly consume is Acquisitions Inc (the main group, not the C Team). It's even less interested in rules than CR, but it really doesn't take itself seriously at all, so it hits me as purely a performance, not a game, so it still works.

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I really do have to give acquisitions Inc a try.  If listened to critical role a few times and well, fell asleep.  To be fair my meds will make me do that but it was too much player drama and not enough gaming for my taste.  

 

Overall I would much rather be playing!

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On 1/17/2020 at 5:08 PM, Sanael said:

All I'm going to say in this thread is that CR is #notmydnd, but one hundred percent my favorite radio drama. I've watched a few episodes and found it to be very much not something I want to spend time watching, and largely not the way my table plays... But I've listened to every episode of Campaign 2 in podcast form, and I absolutely love it. 

 

There is more than one way to RPG, and also more than one way to be a Critter.

 

I won't be buying the book, because any D&D I run is set in Eberron and anything I play is home brew or FR, but I love that CR has helped open up the hobby to the mainstream culture.

:winkthumbs: This!  I listen to it while folding laundry, doing dishes or on the bus when I need a change from whatever book I'm reading or when I forget my glasses (oops!).  I won't ever try to game their way (my group couldn't rollplay their way out of a paper bag) but as I used to LARP, there's a little bit of nostalgia in it for me.  

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I've ordered the new and the old CR sourcebooks.  I wouldn't mind seeing the CR world.  I think Matt does a good job with the world details.  I've tried getting into CR though, but the 3-4hrs per week is tough to find time for and I don't find the performances that compelling.  They're good, but my mind wanders into other topics quickly enough.  Maybe something to try while painting?  my mileage varies.  

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7 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

I really do have to give acquisitions Inc a try.  If listened to critical role a few times and well, fell asleep.  To be fair my meds will make me do that but it was too much player drama and not enough gaming for my taste.  

 

Overall I would much rather be playing!

 

Too much player drama (well silliness more than drama) and not enough gaming is kind of the definition of Acquisitions, Inc. But I find it fun anyway, just not much like any game I've ever played in.

 

For something with a bit more gaming, you might try Oxventure:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKVj_5q1Z3Q&list=PLoid6oOAGqMcZ3YWFqABFXbx9l5edm6XK

 

Also kind of silly at times, but seems to pay more attention to the actual gaming parts. And the GM and players are engaging.

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40 minutes ago, mikem91 said:

They're good, but my mind wanders into other topics quickly enough.

I'm in the same boat. ADD is a hell of a disability and it's hard for me to follow it as it lacks in visual stimuli to keep my focus.

I was able to keep focus when watching it live with my other players who like the show but I had to stop, living on the East Coast meant this show ends VERY late for me and it was starting to affect my performance at work.

 

I never got into Acq Inc. Their merpaherpaderp brand of humor turned me off right away (much like the "humor" of their comic).

The further fact that the game seems to be an ego trip for the two Penny Arcade guys at the expense of everyone else at the table (they're the bosses and always in charge and everyone else is some weak underling, they wouldn't even consider Scott Kurtz on equal ground even though he was there since day one, he was just a "cast member" to them) turns me off them even more.

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3 hours ago, BlazingTornado said:

I'm in the same boat. ADD is a hell of a disability and it's hard for me to follow it as it lacks in visual stimuli to keep my focus.

I was able to keep focus when watching it live with my other players who like the show but I had to stop, living on the East Coast meant this show ends VERY late for me and it was starting to affect my performance at work.

True enough, just listening to the game on a podcast vs watching it on Twitch/YouTube is a different experience.

 

I prefer watching it on YouTube several weeks after the original broadcast to have the subtitles added instead of the real-time subtitles from their stenographer. Seeing the interactions makes it much easier to follow as there can be a lot of stuff happening around the table that isn't conveyed by pure audio.

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