According to Forbes, Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever, with over 50 million gamers as of this writing. While it’s great to play D&D, it’s also entertaining to watch professional performers roll the dice and embark on their own adventures.
That’s why “The Legend of Vox Machina” and Critical Role’s online campaigns are so popular. The next series will be an animated recreation of one of Critical Role’s iconic campaigns, in which eight well-known voiceover actors take on the roles of characters in classic fantasy experiences.
But it’s the characters, not the adventures, that are the most enjoyable; they’re all a bunch of lovely misfits who are easy to cheer for.
Here’s all we know so far about “The Legend of Vox Machina,” a planned collaboration between Critical Role, Amazon Studios, and Titmouse.
Legend of Vox Machina: Who Is in the Cast?
The same eight voice actors that appear in Critical Role’s current campaigns will appear in “The Legend of Vox Machina,” all portraying the same roles they did in the previous campaign. (An totally different group of adventurers took part in the second campaign.)
The cast includes Matthew Mercer in the role of Dungeon Master, Laura Bailey as the half-elf ranger-rogue Vex’ahlia Vessar, Taliesin Jaffe in the role of human gunslinger Percival de Rolo, Ashley Johnson in the role of gnome cleric Pike Trickfoot, Liam O’Brien as the half-elf paladin-rogue-druid Vax’ildan Vessar, Marisha Ray as the half-elfdurid keyleth, Sam Riegel in the role of gnome bard Scanlan Shorthhalt and Travis Willingham as the goliath barbarian-fighter Grog Strongjaw.
Brandon Auman (“Star Wars: Resistance”) and Chris Prynoski (“Star Wars: Resistance”) are all listed as executive producers (“Metalocalypse”). Sung Jin Ahn (“Niko and the Sword of Light”) is the show’s supervising director according to Variety.
Legend of Vox Machina: Release Date
At a panel event with the actors at New York City Comic-Con, Amazon Studios just confirmed the release date for the first season of “The Legend of Vox Machina,” according to Variety. The animated series will air exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on February 22, 2022.
The first two seasons of “The Legend of Vox Machina” were already ordered by Amazon in 2019 (via Variety). That year, Critical Role launched a Kickstarter campaign, garnering $11.39 million more than its original $750,000 target to create a 22-minute animated program.
Fans will be relieved to learn that they will not have to wait nearly as long to see the program. Amazon also revealed the official opening titles, which were animated by Titmouse and are available on YouTube, during the panel event.
Even better, the cast did a live reading of one of the first season’s moments, which you can see on YouTube. Even better, the third official campaign for Critical Role will begin even sooner, on October 21. (via Critical Role).
Legend of Vox Machina: What Could Be the Plot?
If you like the Critical Role web series, you’ll like the animated version as well. “The Legend of Vox Machina,” according to Variety, will be a remake of the first campaign of the same name.
The story follows a motley crew of “second-rate mercenaries” who meet in a pub in the swamp town of Stilben in search of job. After a series of paid jobs, such as investigating a rival merchant organization on representative of an elf and infiltrating a mage’s tower to rob a brass fox, the main quest emerges: finding the missing Lady Kima of Vord, who’s traveled to Kraghammer, an underground dwarven city, in the hopes of defeating an ancient evil.
Part of the story’ charm is how the explorers gradually bond and become each other’s adopted family over time. So, brace yourself for plenty of brawls and mayhem, as well as drunken antics and Big Feelings. Toss a die for initiative.
Legend of Vox Machina: Is Based on the First Campaign of Critical Role
The Legend of Vox Machina is based on the first campaign of Critical Role. It is set in Exandria, a fanciful medieval land that has served as the backdrop for each of the web series’ key conflicts. The Amazon Prime series’ most remarkable feature is that it will follow a written plot rather than the live broadcast approach used by most D&D shows.
Several behind-the-scenes looks into Vox Machina’s production demonstrate that the program’s makers are attempting to incorporate the overall tone and vibe of their live streams into the show. The animated series will adapt the Briarwood Arc and show Vox Machina’s struggle to free Whitestone from the Briarwoods’ brutal dominion.
For those unfamiliar with the Critical Role universe, the amount of lore can be intimidating, but the most exciting aspect of the Briarwood storyline is that it allows the show’s creators to start introducing the main characters to a new audience while also designed to showcase many memorable scenes from the original web series.
The animated series will adapt the Briarwood Arc and show Vox Machina’s struggle to free Whitestone from the Briarwoods’ brutal dominion. For those unfamiliar with the Critical Role universe, the amount of lore can be intimidating, but the most exciting aspect of the Briarwood storyline is that it allows the show’s creators to start introducing the main characters to a new audience while also designed to showcase many memorable scenes from the original web series.
While The Legend of Vox Machina closely follows the events of Critical Role, there may be some surprises in store for both aficionados and newbies. The Amazon Prime show’s premiere marks the first time a plot from one of the series’ campaigns has been animated, allowing the showrunners to represent the story exactly as they envisioned it. Critical Role’s inventive team of storytellers will soon bring the huge universe they’ve created to life for audiences.
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