COVID-19 hiatus

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Photograph of the empty Critical Role set, by Chris Lockey.[art 1]
Photograph of the empty Critical Role set, by Chris Lockey.[art 1]

On 17 March 2020, Critical Role announced[1][2] that it was suspending all live broadcasts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marisha Ray later clarified on Twitter that they did not wish to put any unnecessary stress on the crew, nor did they want to affect the overall experience of the show best achieved sitting and playing together at a table, so there were no plans to stream the campaign via Skype, Zoom, or other online venues.[3][4] The last broadcast of Critical Role before the hiatus was 12 March 2020, on the five-year anniversary of the show.

On 12 June 2020, Critical Role announced[5] that they were actively developing plans for their return in accordance with local guidelines. On 2 July 2020, they returned to broadcasting Critical Role in a pre-recorded format.[6] A socially distant version of Talks Machina began airing bi-weekly on 15 September 2020.

The company continued to produce limited content during the hiatus, including:

Of these, Narrative Telephone, AWNP:Unplugged, Yee-Haw Off the Ranch, and Mighty Vibes continued at least briefly past the resumption of the live stream.

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  1. Photograph of the empty Critical Role set, by Chris Lockey (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.