Critical Hit Devilish Research

In this installment of Critical Hit – A Major Spoilers Podcast: Oh No, Oh No, Oh No, Oh No, Oh No!

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  1. simonsimonforyou on

    This was great Rodrigo. This was excellent. You’ve outdone yourself.

    I made a guess last week on what the deal was with everything at this Island.

    And I’ve been wondering if you were going to do a big midpoint thing this season, and thought maybe not.

    This was much worse (for the characters) than I’d guessed, a hundred times more surprising, a thousand times more gut wrenching.

    This midpoint would’ve worked in Last Airbender. This was truly great storytelling. I thought I was through getting impressed with how well you intervene the sort of “fundamentals of” or “matter” that makes up D&D, with both the world, and the story.

    Guess not.

    This episode felt like transcendend storytelling for the medium.

    This is some fudging next level stuff.

  2. The Queen's Obedient Cousin on

    As horrifying as this was, my main reaction was “Finally!” The inevitable straight-up (first) confrontation with Asmodeus has been brewing for so many seasons now, and I’ve been so curious about how it would go.

    And now we all get to wonder who has the blue starfish, because that may be a big, big question as the story continues.

    Also, if you aren’t supporting this show on Patreon, you’re REALLY missing out on the episodes-a-week-early perk. Next week’s episode is freakin’ mind-blowing, and I’m so excited about where it goes from here.

  3. Rodrigo, you magnificent bastard! The scent of future betrayal indeed. I am so excited for more. Just brilliant.

    And the interaction of the party seals the whole thing. Well done, everyone. Thank you all for the years of enjoyment.

  4. I definitely feel good about calling the fact that Gai was clearly the mole. Still unsure why they didn’t permanently unsummon the imp for this arc…

    Also, I wish Corallon had been thinking and used his servant Torq to warn the party instead of just trying to assassinate them. Surely he had options apart from blatant murder…

      • Yeah. I can see why the Church hasn’t. I guess I just assumed that Corralon would be able to find Torq directly if necessary. And, even if Torq wasn’t personally available, sending some kind of warning, clue, or other message seems like a not-unreasonable option compared to repeated, unsuccessful assassination attempts…

  5. Adam Lafferty on

    This was a truly great episode! I never saw that coming and I’m thoroughly thrilled that all the metaphorical chickens have come home to roost! Now I’m trying to conceive all the consequences of what has happened here. You guys are awesome! Both the first and the best! Congrats my dudes and dudette!

  6. This episode was incredible. The reveal involving Corallon was icing on an already delicious and amazing cake. I love this show, its the best DND show I’ve ever listened to and its a perfect mix between the PCs and the Rodrigo. I pray for insane wealth someday simply to pay for you guys to play games and podcast full time.

  7. Frederick Pagliarulo Jr. (a.k.a. Darth Macho) on

    Still wowed by the twist in this episode. I was not expecting it. I was so involved in a potential Vecna reveal, that I never suspected Asmodeus. Speaking of those two, at one point in the episode, Asmodeus seemed to be talking to no one in particular. Is it safe to say that he was talking to Vecna, who was secretly present, or at least tuning in to the conversation? I can’t wait to see how things go from here! Thanks for the great collaborative story.

  8. I have been re-listening to Lords of the Feywild and just realised when the Pumpkin helmet was following Ket because of future betrayals it was actually following Gai!

  9. Holy Forking Shirtballs!

    I was so excited for Vecna, I was completely blindsided by this. Yes, future betrayals indeed…

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