This fall, Critters can take an even deeper dive into the formation of the most-watched fantasy RPG livestream of all time. In partnership with Penguin Random House, Critical Role will release the new book The World of Critical Role under Ten Speed Press, featuring tons of new interviews with the cast and over 100 new illustrations from Oliver Berrett.

Co-written by the Critical Role cast (Matthew Mercer, Ashley Johnson, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, and Liam O’Brien) and author Liz MarshamThe World of Critical Role will examine how this group of friends’ home game became such a massive, unparalleled success.

With insights into the events, characters, and locations of the adventures of Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein, fans will hear from the players themselves about their most triumphant moments and darkest hours. This indispensable guide to Critical Role will also celebrate the massive community of Critters who support and expand the show’s world, through the crafts, cosplay, and art they create every day.

As part of the Critters celebration contained in the book, U.S.-based fans who are at least 18 years of age will have the opportunity to have their names printed in its endpapers, with proof of preorder. Until March 12, 2020, if you preorder the book and submit your receipt to Penguin Random House through this form, you’ll be credited in the back of The World of Critical Role, alongside others in the fandom.

Check out the full synopsis for The World of Critical Role below and be sure to preorder from your local bookstore. The book is slated to hit shelves on September 15, 2020, with final cover art to be revealed. For more info, visit

From its unassuming beginnings as a casual home game between friends to the role-playing phenomenon it is today, Critical Role has become the stuff of legend. These pages chronicle how a circle of friends who all happen to be talented voice actors built the most-watched tabletop role-playing livestream of all time.

Discover dazzling new illustrations and richly written insights into the locations, characters, and adventures featured in the hundreds of episodes across Critical Role’s two campaigns, Vox Machina and the Mighty Nein. Go behind the scenes with archival photos and exclusive interviews with Dungeon Master Matt Mercer and the entire Critical Role cast as they explore their characters’ most triumphant moments and darkest hours. And celebrate the massive community of Critters who support and expand the show’s world through a highlighted tour of the crafts, cosplay, and art they create every day.
Featuring a foreword from the cast, lush illustrations, and the inside story you won’t find anywhere else, this book is your indispensable guide to Critical Role. The adventure begins!

The World of Critical Role