In 2017, fans said goodbye to the characters of Critical Role’s Vox Machina. One year to the day, the live Dungeons and Dragons show that spawned thousands of fans, wrapped up their first campaign with the episode The Chapter Closes. The emotional ending brought a community even closer together. Their love for the Twitch streamed game and the nerdy voice actors behind the characters is shown daily on social media. The fandom took to the internet and rolled a natural 20 to hit the cast right in the feels with the hashtag thanks Vox Machina.
We love you all. <3 pic.twitter.com/780FaCfcdQ
— Critical Role (@CriticalRole) October 12, 2018
Members of the show posted their response to the outpouring of love, kindness, and beautiful fan art. With more than 216,000 followers on Twitter, the fans, or “Critters” as they are called, created art, cosplay, and wrote heartfelt responses to the cast and crew. Thanking them for three years of storytelling, community, and Dungeons and Dragons.
I DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS HAPPENING BUT I WANT TO JOIN IN THE TEARS
— ??CaitMayButExtremelySpooky☠? (@caitmayart) October 12, 2018
What started as a 2012 game at home between voice actors Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, Ashley Johnson, and Taliesin Jaffe, has turned into a community full of passionate fans, artists, cosplay, and more. On October 12, 2017 live on Twitch, thousands watched the final episode of Critical Role’s first campaign, as it completed the story of Keyleth, Grog, Vex, Scanlan, Taryon Darrington, Vax, Pike, and Percival “Percy” Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III.
All of these #ThanksVoxMachina posts are really making it hard to see. All this strange water in my eyes…
It really was such a journey. I’m so happy we could share it with so many, have you all adventure with us.
— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) October 12, 2018
Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6, Overwatch) tweeted his reaction to the hashtag.
I’m not crying, you’re crying b/c onions or something something. All of these #ThanksVoxMachina tweets are getting me right in the gut. Thank you, you beautiful unicorn babies. Also, throwing it back to my OG bestie, Grog @WillingBlam. https://t.co/EGQ7Uva7gS
— Ashley Johnson (@TheVulcanSalute) October 12, 2018
As well did the groups healer and current barbarian rage monster, Ashley Johnson (Blindspot, The Last of Us).
Critical Role is on their second campaign, playing new characters. They’ve released six comic book issues and countless merchandise.
The fan base continues to show their devotion for the game and cast by putting out art, creating cosplay, and writing fan fiction. New episodes stream every Thursday on Twitch. You can see more tweets from the cast and fans by following the hashtag on Twitter.
Scott’s been gaming since he could hold a controller in his hands. He’s a journalist who loves Dungeons and Dragons, video games, tabletop RPGs, and comic books. He has an intelligence of 6, he knows what he’s doing.