Dungeons & Dragons fans can play new Critical Role adventure online
Critical Role fans who don’t have a regular playgroup are in for a treat. Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s League, Wizards of the Coast’s organized play program, will have players racing throughout Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep story. The new adventure module, released on Tuesday, is currently being adapted for organized play. Sessions begin March 18.
The latest version of D&D Adventurer’s League is maintained by Baldman Games. It allows players to pay a nominal fee (currently around $15) to secure a seat at the table for a four-hour session led by a qualified DM. Founder David Christ led the charge online in 2020, taking the entire program to various virtual sets including Roll20, Fantasy Grounds and Foundry VTT. The League is still going strong, with much of its activity hosted on Discord.
Polygon had a quick chat with Baldman organizer Spencer Navarra-Chew, who explained that contractors working for Wizards were busy chopping the 224-page campaign book into manageable chunks. The goal is to divide it into multiple four-hour blocks that each have a beginning, middle, and end. Players will register to experience them in order, sitting down to play with a completely different group of players each time. Character progression – including leveling and loot – will continue.
The result is a D&D game that’s not as open-ended as the ones you might play at home. Players are not encouraged to deviate from the main storyline, primarily due to the need to wrap things up in a timely manner and prepare players for the next part of the campaign. But the advantage is that you don’t need a regular band to experience the whole story. You can show up to the table alone with your character and know that everyone who joins you is in the know and ready to move the narrative forward.
Registration is open now at The Yawning Portal, the official online registration tool for the D&D Adventurer’s League. Those starting at level 1 can sign up for the “Frozen Sick” adventure to get started right away. Options for players joining higher tiers will be coming soon. Head over to Baldman’s Discord for more information, including a list of books and rules that will be allowed for your character build.