Thursday By Night – Part 1

"Thursday By Night – Part 1"
One-shot episode
Episode no.Episode 15
AirdateOctober 19, 2017 19:00 PDT
Running time3:52:48
Game systemVampire: The Masquerade
Starring
Laura Bailey as Laura Bailey
Matthew Mercer as Matthew Mercer
Liam O'Brien as Liam O'Brien
Marisha Ray as Marisha Ray
Sam Riegel as Sam Riegel
Travis Willingham as Travis Willingham
and
Taliesin Jaffe as the Game Master
Links and related articles
Associated
Talks Machina
"Talks Machina #44: Thursday by Night" (TMOSx15)
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"Thursday By Night – Part 1" (OSx15) is the fifteenth one-shot episode of Critical Role. It uses the Vampire: The Masquerade gaming system.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Pre-Show[edit | edit source]

Announcements[edit | edit source]

Part I[edit | edit source]

The gang awakens into pitch blackness. After a little investigation, they discover they are all sealed into individual wooden coffins. Laura eats a rat. With a series of strength-based checks, they all manage to extricate themselves from the boxes and discover they are on a set, which appears to belong to Nerdist.

Break[edit | edit source]

Part II[edit | edit source]

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

Player characters[edit | edit source]

  • Laura Bailey: A fictionalized version of herself that had been sired as a Toreador.
  • Matthew Mercer: A fictionalized version of himself that had been sired as a Lasombra.
  • Liam O'Brien: A fictionalized version of himself that had been sired as a Nosferatu.
  • Marisha Ray: A fictionalized version of herself that had been sired as a Gangrel.
  • Sam Riegel: A fictionalized version of himself that had been sired as a [____].
  • Travis Willingham: A fictionalized version of himself that had been sired as a Tremere.

New[edit | edit source]

  • Gary Gygax: A fictionalized version of the late famous dungeon master and co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax.

Mentioned[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Taliesin indicated that he was interested in leading a one-shot with the "Vampire Masquerade" gaming system on Talks Machina, and Laura was enthusiastic about dressing up for it.[1] Taliesin also mentioned after "Liam's Quest" (OSx07) that if he run a one-shot, it will be likely based on this system.[2]

Taliesin simplified the rules "immensely", running the game where the players didn't have to learn "Vampire Masquerade" lore and most of the game's rules. Taliesin "brought in certain rules once heightened levels of the game kicked in", teaching them to the players as they moved forward.[3]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Talks Machina #8: Raishan" (TM1x80) at 1:05:46.
  2. "Liam's Quest" (OSx07) at 2:52:34.
  3. The World of Critical Role, pp. 608–609.

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