Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show, featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.
Fans of Critical Role, called Critters, express their love of the show in many different ways, from fan art to cosplay. Fans also make incredible crafts in honor of their favorite characters, from soft, plushy creations to squeeze at night to bookmarks to scarves, and many of them generously send along their creations to the cast themselves.
Take a look at the gallery below for just a few of the creations made by crafty Critters.
Scarves for Caleb
Some Critters craft for a cause, inspired by Liam O’Brien’s character Caleb Widogast. You may have heard Liam talk about it as the “The Howling Mines” episode got underway a couple of weeks ago.
“[Critters] came up with the idea to make scarves for Caleb, but not for me, but to give to homeless shelters, to veterans, to anyone who needs scarves, hats, or mittens,” he said. “I think it’s a great idea.”
#ScarvesForCaleb was organized by Courtney Heavens, who made the cozy scarf Liam was wearing during that episode, and Elsa Fluss of Polymorph Crafts, who describes herself as a cheerleader and wrangler for the initiative.
Courtney started watching Critical Role just last year, but has been a longtime fan of the casts’ voice work. After noticing Caleb’s threadbare scarf in the official character art, she was inspired to crochet a scarf for Liam himself. “I posted it on Twitter upon completion because I was proud of the end product (having never made a full scarf on the loom before), and the hashtag was supported instantly by Liam,” she says.
From there, it took off, and the idea to create scarves as fan art, as well as for others who might need some warmth in the winter, gained enthusiasm. “It quickly became adopted by crafty Critters who don’t have the ability to make gifs or fan art as a way of expressing their adoration for the current and original campaigns,” Courtney says, “and it has been a means of allowing people who have a 3-dimensional crafting skill to participate in the spread of creative artforms in the Critter Community.”
“We saw an opportunity to harness some of the creativity and kindness of Critters,” says Elsa, who originally binge-watched the show and has been watching live since the epic battle with Thordak. “I think the Critter Community is full of people who care, who want to do good in the world, but have various roadblocks… The community realized that this was a need that we could fill, and I want to see it continue throughout the campaign.”
If you’re a Critter Knitter who would like to help out, visit Scarves For Caleb on Twitter (website coming soon) for more information.
WANT MORE CRITICAL ROLE?
- Catch up on Vox Machina’s adventures you missed with the Critical Role podcast.
- Don’t miss the new campaign of Critical Role, live on Alpha and Twitch Thursdays at 7:00 PM Pacific.
Featured Image: Golden Enigma
Other Images: Geek & Sundry and Courtney Heavens