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This episode: The attack begins, and the alliance is surprised by a sudden surprise twist! SURPRISE!


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  1. The Great NateO
    January 21, 2012 at 9:32 am — Reply

    Rodrigo does it yet again and puts everyone on their toes. Great show guys, and do not worry I’m sure not everyone is dead. Wait you guys already know, dame guess I have to see next week. This is the only reason to get up early on a Saturday – Critical Hit

    All Hale Randus.

    • J
      January 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm — Reply

      Randus, Imperator!

  2. Andreas
    January 21, 2012 at 10:37 am — Reply

    Can’t belive non of you shouted ” It’s a trap!”
    … And Sir Brentzen as Intelligence Officer???

    • Matthew
      January 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm — Reply

      Haha, I got the exact same Return of the Jedi vibes. I was wating for the “Wait, that thing is operational” reference from someone.

  3. Aspiring Spambot
    January 21, 2012 at 10:43 am — Reply

    The demon equivalent of an imp is a quasit. Other than alignment, I seem to remember them being entirely identical. The difference in name is probably mostly just to justify them going off on anyone who confuses the two.

    • January 21, 2012 at 11:43 am — Reply

      Ah, of course, the humble Quasit, Mephits are elemental guys.

      • Aspiring Spambot
        January 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm — Reply

        Indeed they are. Although they have horns in a lot of the art. Elemental horns of totally non-infernal elemntalyness.

  4. January 21, 2012 at 10:56 am — Reply

    I had fully expected the Exilarchy of Cogs to show up rather than Gruumsh. Just as cool though.

  5. Marco
    January 21, 2012 at 11:45 am — Reply

    Epic. Epic. Epic. Hope Ket and Brenzer are ok :S.

  6. LemmyCaution
    January 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    Epic? I love you guys, but I am going with “protracted.” I can’t even remember who Gruumsh is at this point. Still love the show, and I look forward to every episode.

    • January 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm — Reply

      If you can’t remember, then do what we do- go back and redownload all of the episodes again… :D

      • LemmyCaution
        January 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm — Reply

        I did! I was really into it, too. Loved hearing the team come together and the evolution of Brian and Rob as “on-air” talent. Then it got close to losing the loss of Smith, and I couldn’t go through that again!!

        • LemmyCaution
          January 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm — Reply

          Argh. I gotta read these things closer before I post them… sentence structure bad, tree pretty.

    • GeorgeDubya
      January 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm — Reply

      Gruumsh… The God of Battle. One of the five evil gods.

      In regards to the episode, I loved the entire thing. I had to drive around 4 hours for work today, and I ended up listening to the episode twice during the drive. Amazing job helping us visualize the entirety of the battlefield and the epic scope of things. A+ work.

      PS – Stephen, in skill encounters you don’t have to use your existing powers as the explanation for your actions with your arcana. Just blast some people with your magical badassitude!

  7. dp8351
    January 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    I was NOT expecting that. I’m guessing A Companion To Whispers is a sub-entity of She Who Slumbers In Agony? Great to see Grumsh join in.

    Has the party used their “Thony saves us from the blond guy” yet this season?

  8. Red
    January 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    Rodrigo, way to go! Amazing mental picture. When Bahamut slams into that thing it really felt (for lack of a better word) epic. I really hope Corellon puts on his serious face and hops into the fray next to Bahamut and Grumsh, I want to see what that guy can do when he sets his mind to something. Stephen, I’ve said it before but this time I’m serious. I’ll never forgive you for this cliff hanger! Well, maybe.

  9. January 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    This is just the beginning!

    Soon we’ll encounter the rest of the “Them what Horrify the Horrors!”

    Awesome show!

  10. Ricco
    January 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm — Reply

    Unholy mother of Vecna!


    Great job Rodrigo, standard Critical Hit, then the Gods start fighting, talk about a 3d worthy fight!

  11. Dan
    January 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    *starts waiting….patiently* Is it Friday/Saturday yet? It would be awesome if Critical Hit was animated in a anime (without tentacles) style. Either way truly epic. Oh was Rodrigo wearing the fez?

  12. Beren1
    January 22, 2012 at 9:37 am — Reply

    Hmmm… I liked it. Good times, especially liked Matthews reaction to the Gothis cathedral void seed with eyes that see nothingness. Also thank you for the fleet discriptions. Go go Exedrin Migraine!

  13. Chillidawg72
    January 22, 2012 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Too… Damn… Awesome.

  14. StellarLeader
    January 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    O-M-F-G! From now on, a ‘Rodrigo’ story is one that makes ‘epic’ stories look like bad jokes.
    I wish I had any drawing or painting talent… the mental picture I got for the battle is simply amazing. Kudos to Rodrigo for that. And thank you everyone! You guys rock!

  15. Alexander D.
    January 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm — Reply

    I’m surprised that dimensional-hopping minotaur didn’t show up at some point.

  16. Jesse
    January 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    Ket will live. No way he becomes some type of demi-god and then dies so uncerimoniously. Hey, we ever get that Smith statue?

    And is Vecna the reason the bubble expanded, or was that just coincidence? Hmmmm…

    Rodrigo for new King of Town! Huzzah!

  17. Adam
    January 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I was ready for Ket to give us a solid, “Action Stations!”

  18. Dave
    January 24, 2012 at 12:57 am — Reply

    GaaaAAAaaaAAAaaaHHhhhH too much epic!!!



  19. MarkW
    January 24, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

    Finally got caught up with the last few episodes. Wonderful stuff Rodrigo, and kudos to all the players for being willing to do so much rollplaying.

    I was very suprised that none of the party realized the small legless scout Void creatures were the lizard monkey’s. It seemed like Rodrigo was going out of his way to make that obvious, but no one seemed to catch it. Or did I just jump to the wrong conclusion?

    And also I appreciate the way Stephen tries to reference his actual powers when using arcana in skill challenges. Though he does seem to overuse his cantrips like Ghost Sound. I was really hoping that on one of his arcana rolls he’d have described it as casting Mordinkenon’s Sword outside the Bomb Bolt. I love the image of a sword flying out in front of the ship slashing up any Void monsters that got in the way.

    • January 24, 2012 at 9:22 am — Reply

      Thanks for the praise, glad you’re enjoying the show.

      I think you may have jumped to the wrong conclusion, Monkeylizards are one of the few critters that I described as-is from the Monster Manual. They’re normally called Kruthiks and aside from a slight color change they look something like this:

  20. Vorpal
    January 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    … … … WOW. Rodrigo, that was probably the most awesome battle sequence I’ve ever heard a DM describe. Extra kudos for making me laugh in the middle of it, (Correllon: Ha-hah! hahahahah! *jumps away*)

    Stephen… Worst cliffhanger since the dreamy episodes at lolth’s hideout.

    And… two words which I think sum up the entire episode.

    Poor Rob.

  21. Sarah
    January 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm — Reply

    Oh, my word, that was epic! I love this show so much. I hope that someday when I play D&D with other people (it’s going to happen!) I have a DM who is half as imaginative and awesome as Rodrigo, and fellow players who really invest something into the characters like you guys do.

    I can’t wait for Saturday — I just want to know what is going to happen to everyone!

  22. chrisblue77
    January 25, 2012 at 5:46 am — Reply

    Is SWSA moure spider then building or moure building then spider?
    And I think they killed Bell.

    • StellarLeader
      January 25, 2012 at 11:35 am — Reply

      It seems so, BBB and sir Brinzen (or whatever his name is written) are out. Good thing Ket has that piece of the Raven Queen’s soul…

  23. chrisblue77
    January 26, 2012 at 5:36 am — Reply

    BBB reminded me of Trance Gemini, crap I miss spell cheek, or cheak. Its to early.

  24. BavarianGnomes
    January 26, 2012 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Stephen, I think you should have an in-character blog on the site written in the style of Orem’s Diary.
    That Judy Blum reference from last week still makes me chuckle.

    Also, Rodrigo, good job at finding the right balance of creepy and epic. Effective stuff that Excedrin PM! ;-)

    Oh and is it Friday yet? No? Where’s that darned Triskelion when you need it?!?

  25. dp8351
    January 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    I wonder if The Queen’s Rebellious Daughter will make an appearance?

    PS Did we ever find out who she and Resplendent Tiger work for?

  26. Alfie
    February 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    Amazing, truly amazing.You guys are awesome. Through a chanced comment I read in one of the rpg wesbites, I found someone making a comment about Torq being THE badass in 4e.. not knowing what this meant, I looked for who this Torq was and his band of merry torqueltones, and thus I was introduced to D&D podcasting heaven. “Word-of-mouth” works, so to speak. I know this comment comes one year later (I have been listening for a few months now since episode 1 (which was initially hard to find)), but this episode and the last few climatic episodes were amazing: lots of roleplaying, lots of plot, lots of brainfood for the imagination, and I laughed and gasped to no limit. I don’t know how Rodrigo gets his inspirations, but he should be writing fantasy books! The action and sheer enjoyment of these sessions wouldn’t be there if Stephen, Rob, Brian and Matthew did not lend themselves to great roleplaying and in-character acting (and out-of-character comedy). Sometimes what they do or say are flukes, sometimes they are on purpose (especially the references!), but the result is always entertaining and I think as much fun for us as for them. I will eventually catch up with the initial podcasts I had started to hear (#170s) and carry on to become, as everyone else, anxiously and impatiently freaked out waiting for next week’s episode. Well worth the contribution I will now and continue to make given how much I enjoy all of the advice you all give on playing this wonderful game (I started with AD&D 2nd, left playing at 3.5, but returned for 4e), or in using various WOTC products, and more significantly for letting us join you in sharing these epic adventures. Long live the Critical Crew! and may your rolls continue for many more. All the best, from Switzerland.

  27. Paul
    July 31, 2013 at 11:46 am — Reply

    The bit corellon was standing on is called a Jib (pointy beam jutting out from the front of a boat)

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