One-shots

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One-shots are self-contained episodes featuring TTRPG gameplay. Most one-shots are standalone works, though some feature sequels that are themselves self-contained narratives.

List of one-shots[edit | edit source]

No. Title GM System Original airdate Link Runtime
1 "Critical Trolls for Extra Life" (OSx01) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons October 3, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:08:23
Critical Rejects (affectionately titled "Critical Trolls" by our fans) featuring "Vox Moronica's" Salty Pete, Snugglelord, Ulfgar Fireforge, and a few of the Critical Role regulars.
2 "D&Diesel" (OSx02) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons October 19, 2015 VOD / Transcript 0:29:45
Created as a marketing promotion for Vin Diesel's upcoming movie, The Last Witch Hunter.
3 "Q&A and Battle Royale" (OSx03) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons February 25, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:41:10
In the first half of the episode, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Travis Willingham, Will Friedle, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Wendy Sullivan Green answer questions sent in by the audience. In the second half of the episode, Keyleth, Grog, Zahra, and Kashaw fight one another in a battle to the death.
4 "To the Poop! Goblins: A Pathfinder One-Shot" (OSx04) Matthew Mercer Pathfinder April 18, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:32:01
A special episode of Critical Role sponsored by Paizo's Pathfinder and Syrinscape. With Ashly Burch, Phil LaMarr, Ivan Van Norman, Taliesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, and Matthew Mercer.
5 "Q&A and Battle Royale: Take II" (OSx05) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons May 26, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:30:59
In the first half of the episode, Matthew Mercer, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O'Brien, and Marisha Ray answer questions sent in by the audience. In the second half of the episode, Percy, Pike, Keyleth, and Vax'ildan fight one another in a battle to the death.
6 "Deadlands One-Shot for MDA Charity" (OSx06) Matthew Mercer Deadlands June 25, 2016 VOD / Transcript 2:50:47
A Deadlands RPG one-shot. It was part of Geek & Sundry's 24-hour fundraising livestream for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
7 "Liam's Quest" (OSx07) Liam O'Brien Dungeons & Dragons June 30, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:12:05
As the guest Dungeon Master for this campaign, Liam O'Brien leads the players—who are playing themselves—through a mundane voice acting session when extraordinary events leave them struggling to survive in a Lovecraftian horror adventure based on popular movies and video games.
8 "The Return of Liam" (OSx08) Liam O'Brien Dungeons & Dragons September 1, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:55:47
In this one-shot Dungeons & Dragons adventure created by Dungeon Master Liam O'Brien, several members of the Clasp set off on a heist in Emon's recent past.
9 "CelebriD&D with Joe Manganiello" (OSx09) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons September 1, 2016 VOD / Transcript 58:29
Joe Manganiello plays the Dragonborn paladin/barbarian Arkhan with Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, and Taliesin Jaffe, alongside Nerdist's Dan Casey and Jessica Chobot on a mission of life and death as they delve into an abandoned temple in search of an ancient relic.
10 "Liam's Quest: Full Circle" (OSx10) Liam O'Brien Dungeons & Dragons April 20, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:42:27
In this sequel to "Liam's Quest" (OSx07), Laura, Taliesin, Sam, Travis, Ashley, Marisha, and Matt find themselves lost in time after the battle against Conan O'Brien. As they continue to loop through apocalyptic versions of Los Angeles they must ask themselves what they're willing to sacrifice in order to return everything to normal.
11 "Level 17 Battle Royale" (OSx11) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons May 25, 2017 VOD / Transcript 3:59:03
Grog, Keyleth, Percy, Vex'ahlia, and Taryon fight one another in a battle to the death.
12 "Bar Room Blitz" (OSx12) Sam Riegel Dungeons & Dragons August 31, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:06:48
In a bustling tavern nestled on the outskirts of the winter worn village of Jorenn, an unlikely collection of misfits find themselves swept up in a bar room brawl for the ages.
13 "Shadow of War – Part 1" (OSx13) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons October 3, 2017 VOD / Transcript 1:38:26
14 "Shadow of War – Part 2" (OSx14) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons October 9, 2017 VOD / Transcript 1:47:11
Parts one and two of a one-shot taking place in the world of the Middle-Earth: Shadow of War video game.
15 "Thursday By Night – Part 1" (OSx15) Taliesin Jaffe Vampire: the Masquerade October 19, 2017 VOD / Transcript 3:52:48
Taliesin DMs for the first time, leading Laura, Liam, Matt, Marisha, Travis, and Sam on a Vampire: The Masquerade game set in the Geek & Sundry offices.
16 "Thursday By Night – Part 2" (OSx16) Taliesin Jaffe Vampire: the Masquerade October 26, 2017 VOD / Transcript 3:24:49
Taliesin concludes his Vampire: The Masquerade campaign with the surviving characters as they find their way through the outside world.
17 "Grog's One-Shot" (OSx17) Travis Willingham Dungeons & Dragons November 2, 2017 VOD / Transcript 3:57:43
Travis DMs for the first time, portraying Grog playing a game of "Bunions and Flagons" with Percy, Scanlan, Vax, and Vex.
18 "Trinket's Honey Heist" (OSx18) Marisha Ray Honey Heist November 9, 2017 VOD / Transcript 3:43:26
Marisha DMs for the first time, playing Honey Heist with Matt, Taliesin, Sam, Liam, and Brian.
19 "Once Upon a Fairytale Cruise" (OSx19) Sam Riegel Dungeons & Dragons November 16, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:12:37
Sam DMs for the second time, leading Amy Vorpahl, H. Michael Croner, Molly Ostertag, ND Stevenson, Stefanie Woodburn, and Yuri Lowenthal on a fairytale singles' cruise.
20 "Kobolds, Catacombs and Dragons (Oh My!)" (OSx20) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons November 30, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:08:46
Matt returns to the DM chair, leading Laura, Liam, Taliesin, Travis, and special guest Jennifer Hale on a Hearthstone themed dungeon crawl.
21 "Epic Level Battle Royale" (OSx21) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons December 7, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:44:59
Grog, Keyleth, Percy, Scanlan, and Vax fight to the death.
22 "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (OSx22) Marisha Ray Honey Heist August 10, 2018 2:46:13
In a sequel to "Trinket's Honey Heist" (OSx18), Marisha returns to lead Matthew Mercer, Liam O'Brien, Taliesin Jaffe, Sam Riegel, and Brian W. Foster through another game of Honey Heist.
23 "Liam's One-Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (OSx23) Liam O'Brien Dungeons & Dragons August 31, 2018 VOD / Transcript 4:37:22
Join Dungeon Master Liam O'Brien as he takes his guests through a werewolf adventure in Wildemount! The Lorelei siblings return home to discover their castle ransacked, their staff murdered, and their father missing... (With Laura Bailey, Erica Luttrell, Sam Riegel, TJ Storm, and Travis Willingham)
24 "Crash Pandas: Too Trashed, Too Curious" (OSx24) Sam Riegel Crash Pandas September 21, 2018 VOD / Transcript 2:53:15
Sam Riegel's raucous raccoon speedsters are hitting the road with our special Crash Pandas one-shot!
25 "Critical Role and the Club of Misfits" (OSx25) Laura Bailey Dungeons & Dragons October 25, 2018 2:47:48
Five students at the magical school of Shmogwarts escape detention and learn that they're more than their 80s-themed archetypes!
26 "Honey Heist 3: Tova's Honeys" (OSx26) Marisha Ray Honey Heist November 23, 2018 VOD / Transcript 3:10:00
Tova's back. And she's rounded up five un-bear-ably funny ladies for the ultimate caper featuring ND Stevenson, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Krystina Arielle, Brittany Walloch-Key, Dani Carr, Laura Bailey, and game master Marisha Ray.
27 "The Night Before Critmas" (OSx27) Liam O'Brien Dungeons & Dragons December 21, 2018 VOD / Transcript 4:38:34
Special guest Julie Nathanson joins the cast of Critical Role for a hilarious "slay" ride featuring Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham, Julie Nathanson, and Liam O'Brien as the Dungeon Master.
28 "The Search For Grog" (OSx28) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons February 22, 2019 VOD / Transcript 4:41:09
After pulling a card from the Deck of Many Things, Grog's soul was stolen and trapped in the Plane of Pandemonium. This is the story of Vox Machina attempting to find and rescue their big buddy, Grog.
29 "Stephen Colbert's D&D Adventure with Matthew Mercer" (OSx29) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons May 23, 2019 VOD / Transcript 0:52:31
Matthew Mercer runs a special one-on-one D&D adventure for Stephen Colbert, shaped by the critters Red Nose Day donations! He leads Stephen through a special adventure in the Menagerie Coast in Wildemount.
30 "Tails of Equestria One-Shot" (OSx30) Mark Hulmes Tales of Equestria May 31, 2019 VOD / Transcript 3:39:19
GM Mark Hulmes guides Ashley Johnson, Markeia McCarty, Julie Nathanson, Liam O'Brien, and Roger Craig Smith through a ridiculously wholesome My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria adventure!
31 "The Search For Bob" (OSx31) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons June 23, 2019 VOD / Transcript 3:58:15
Vox Machina returns in this special one-shot, canonically taking place immediately following Campaign 1 and the events of "The Search For Grog" (OSx28).
32 "Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Crystal Palace" (OSx32) Taliesin Jaffe Call of Cthulu July 29, 2019 VOD / Transcript 4:04:52
Investigators Alexandra Elise O'Neill, Hanako Hayashi, Septimus Goodfellow, Ida Codswell, Dr. Mason Pocket, and Captain Bentley Badger attempt to survive this harrowing scenario that is set in a decadent 1890s London.
33 "Dalen's Closet" (OSx33) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons August 29, 2019 VOD / Transcript 4:09:44
After Vox Machina's journey to the Plane of Pandemonium, they reassemble to celebrate the wedding of Percival and Vex'ahlia in the beautiful coastal resort of Dalen's Closet, filled with warm reunions and a few new faces.
34 "Feast of Legends" (OSx34) Sam Riegel Feast of Legends October 3, 2019 VOD / Transcript 2:38:47
A one shot DM'ed by Sam Riegel, joined by Matt, Marisha, Liam, and Ify Nwadiwe, using sponsored promotional rules and campaign guide. The VOD was removed from the Critical Role Twitch channel and never posted on YouTube.
35 "The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (OSx35) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons November 29, 2019 VOD / Transcript 4:36:11
Join Taryon Darrington as he leads the Darrington Brigade, a group of unlikely miscreants, through a dangerous journey in search of glory.
36 "Cinderbrush: A Monsterhearts Story" (OSx36) Matthew Mercer Monsterhearts February 14, 2020 VOD / Transcript 4:35:56
Four teenagers take on the horrors of high school – hormones, social cliques, teen angst... Oh, and they're also monsters.
37 "DOOM Eternal One-Shot" (OSx37) Matthew Mercer DOOM-based homebrew March 16, 2020 VOD / Transcript 3:42:11
Game Master Matthew Mercer leads a horde of demons on an adventure based on the DOOM Eternal FPS.
38 "Diablo One-Shot" (OSx38) Matthew Mercer Diablo-based homebrew February 20, 2021 VOD / Transcript 2:15:03
Critical Role hosts a custom Diablo-themed adventure about a band of warriors pursuing whispered rumors of something ancient and evil stirring beneath the ruins of Old Tristram.
39 "The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - Part I: Death & Taxes" (OSx39) Matthew Mercer Elder Scrolls homebrew May 24, 2021 VOD / Transcript 3:37:05
Game Master Matthew Mercer leads a group of restaurateurs on an adventure inspired by The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood.
40 "Vox Machina vs. Mighty Nein" (OSx40) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons June 18, 2021 VOD / Transcript 4:19:52
Legendary Exandrian heroes Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein face off in an epic TEAM DEATHMATCH! This one-shot was unlocked as part of The Legend of Vox Machina Kickstarter campaign.
41 "The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - Part II: A Faulty Foundation" (OSx41) Marisha Ray Elder Scrolls homebrew August 19, 2021 VOD / Transcript 4:19:52
Game Master Marisha Ray leads a group of restaurateurs on their second adventure inspired by The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood.
42 "The Nautilus Ark: A Johnson Corp Odyssey" (OSx42) Ashley Johnson Mothership/Alien RPG homebrew September 9, 2021 VOD / Transcript 3:23:19
When the last of humanity is in cryostasis on the Ark, it's up to the intrepid crew of the Nautilus to ferry them to a fresh start on a new planet… If they can make it. Ashley Johnson DMs.
43 "The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - Part III: The Golden Goose" (OSx43) Liam O'Brien Elder Scrolls homebrew October 26, 2021 VOD / Transcript 4:28:56
Game Master Liam O'Brien runs the third and final installment of The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood-inspired adventures.
44 "Guest Battle Royale" (OSx44) Sam Riegel Dungeons & Dragons January 27, 2022 VOD / Transcript 3:54:02
Five warriors are plucked from Exandria's timeline and forced to fight in an alternate reality TV show — Garyon Garrington's Plunder Games. The last contestant standing will be awarded one use of the Wish spell.
45 "Elden Ring One-Shot: O Ye of Little Faith" (OSx45) Matthew Mercer Elden Ring homebrew March 1, 2022 VOD / Transcript 4:37:08
Matthew Mercer leads a group of the Tarnished through the Lands Between.
46 "Tiny Tina's Wonderlands One-Shot" (OSx46) Ashly Burch Bunkers & Badasses March 28, 2022 VOD / Transcript 3:35:40
Bunker Master Ashly Burch guides the group through a "Bunkers & Badasses" one-shot, inspired by Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.
47 "Dignity: An Adventure with Stephen Colbert" (OSx47) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons April 28, 2022 VOD / Transcript 1:24:35
Game Master Matthew Mercer guides an adventure shaped by Critter donations to the Critical Role Foundation for Red Nose Day 2022, starring special guest Stephen Colbert.
48 "A Familiar Problem: Sprinkle's Incredible Journey" (OSx48) Marisha Ray A Familiar Problem June 23, 2022 VOD / Transcript 3:49:06
Marisha Ray, co-creator of the free one-page RPG A Familiar Problem, leads a one-shot in Exandria with a chaotic crew of scrappy, stressed-out animal pals on an adventure. Featuring Laura Bailey, Matthew Mercer, and Travis Willingham with special guests Heidi N Closet (RuPaul's Drag Race) and Isabella Roland (Dimension 20).
49 "Generation Nord" (OSx49) Sam Riegel Homebrew November 8, 2022 VOD / Transcript 3:52:36
Players Laura Bailey, Aimee Carrero, Christian Navarro, Liam O'Brien, and Lou Wilson, are led by game master and sponsorship legend… Sam Riegel on a journey through the information superhighway (aka the internet).
50 "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 1 – Unfinished Business" (OSx50) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons November 17, 2022 VOD / Transcript 4:32:44
Picking up several months after the events in Cognouza, The Mighty Nein have all started new chapters in their lives. However, when some discover that there are still old chapters yet to be closed, our unsung heroes must reunite for more stories untold…
51 "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons December 1, 2022 VOD / Transcript 5:21:12
The reunion isn't over yet! Picking up several months after the events in Cognouza, our unsung heroes have all started new chapters in their lives. However, when some discover that there are still old chapters yet to be closed, The Mighty Nein must reunite for more stories untold…
52 "The Legend of Zelda One-Shot: Lookout, Here We Come!" (OSx52) Matthew Mercer Powered by the Apocalypse homebrew May 30, 2023 VOD / Transcript 5:05:01
Join the voice of Ganondorf himself, Matthew Mercer, as he leads Emily Axford, Omar Najam, Robbie Daymond, Liam O'Brien and Marisha Ray on a wild adventure through Hyrule.
53 "Mortal Kombat 1 One-Shot: Sindel Vs. The Realms" (OSx53) Marisha Ray Till the Last Gasp September 19, 2023 VOD / Transcript 4:10:24
Gamemaster Marisha Ray leads a Mortal Kombat themed smackdown with players Sam Riegel, Noshir Dalal, Travis Willingham, and Gina Darling using Till The Last Gasp by Darrington Press
54 "The Mighty Nein Reunion: Echoes of the Solstice" (OSx54) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons October 26, 2023 VOD / Transcript 4:43:12
In the wake of the chaos after the Apogee Solstice, The Mighty Nein join forces yet again to deal with the rolling dangers suddenly unleashed...
55 "Persona 5 Tactica One-Shot" (OSx55) Liam O'Brien and Liam O'Brien Modified D&D 5e November 17, 2023 VOD / Transcript 4:13:59
Join gamemaster Liam O'Brien as he leads the rebellious players Robbie Daymond, Xanthe Huynh, Krystina Arielle, Jared Goldstein, and Matthew Mercer in a one-shot inspired by Persona 5 Tactica!
56 "Red Nose Day 2023 One-Shot: Choose Their Adventure… Again!" (OSx56) Matthew Mercer Dungeons & Dragons November 28, 2023 VOD / Transcript 2:28:53
Game Master Matthew Mercer guides a quest shaped by your donations for CRF’s Red Nose Day fundraiser! Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, and Sam Riegel will play alongside legendary comedians and actors Sam Richardson and Tony Hale to help raise money for the fight against child poverty.
57 "Critical Role plays Daggerheart" (OSx57) Matthew Mercer Daggerheart March 12, 2024 VOD / Transcript 4:33:58
Join game master Matthew Mercer as he leads players Ashley Johnson, Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, and Liam O'Brien through a LIVE One-Shot using the Daggerheart system
58 "The Menagerie Returns!" (OSx58) Matthew Mercer Daggerheart May 14, 2024 VOD / Transcript 3:43:58
The Menagerie returns! Join game master Matthew Mercer as he leads the cast of Critical Role through a LIVE One-Shot using the Daggerheart system
59 "Candela Obscura Live" (OSx59) Spenser Starke Candela Obscura May 30, 2024 VOD / Transcript 3:46:19
When a vile phenomenon emerges on set, the cameras roll on the Circle of the Silver Screen - Assignment #29 -1128 'Stagecraft'.
60 "Ménagerie a Trois" (OSx60) Matthew Mercer Daggerheart June 13, 2024 VOD / Transcript 4:09:43

Set in Exandria[edit | edit source]

Title Canonicity System Notes
"The Search For Grog" (OSx28) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"The Search For Bob" (OSx31) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"Dalen's Closet" (OSx33) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (OSx35) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"CelebriD&D with Joe Manganiello" (OSx09) Canon Dungeons & Dragons Described as "technically Exandria-canon" in "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (1x91)[1]
"The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 1 – Unfinished Business" (OSx50) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"The Mighty Nein Reunion: Echoes of the Solstice" (OSx54) Canon Dungeons & Dragons
"Red Nose Day 2023 One-Shot: Choose Their Adventure… Again!" (OSx56) Canon Dungeons & Dragons Confirmed canon by Matt in "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79).[2]
"Liam's One-Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (OSx23) Semi-canon Dungeons & Dragons Suggestions of some level of canonicity, see the article for details
"Critical Trolls for Extra Life" (OSx01) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons
"D&Diesel" (OSx02) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons
"The Return of Liam" (OSx08) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Also known as "The Screw Job"
"Bar Room Blitz" (OSx12) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons
"Grog's One-Shot" (OSx17) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons
"Stephen Colbert's D&D Adventure with Matthew Mercer" (OSx29) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons
"Dignity: An Adventure with Stephen Colbert" (OSx47) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons
"A Familiar Problem: Sprinkle's Incredible Journey" (OSx48) Non-canon A Familiar Problem Describes canonical events in Campaign 2
"Q&A and Battle Royale" (OSx03) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Battle royale
"Q&A and Battle Royale: Take II" (OSx05) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Battle royale
"Level 17 Battle Royale" (OSx11) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Battle royale
"Epic Level Battle Royale" (OSx21) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Battle royale
"Vox Machina vs. Mighty Nein" (OSx40) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Battle royale
"Guest Battle Royale" (OSx44) Non-canon Dungeons & Dragons Battle royale
"Trinket's Honey Heist" (OSx18) Non-canon Honey Heist
"Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (OSx22) Non-canon Honey Heist
"Honey Heist 3: Tova's Honeys" (OSx26) Non-canon Honey Heist

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