Running the game will be the show’s primary DM, Matt Mercer, who also voices Ganondorf in Tears. (You may also know him as Hot Ganondorf.) The players consist of Critical Role co-creators Liam O’Brien and Marisha Ray, along with recent transplants Emily Axford (Dimension 20) and Robbie Daymond (Exandria Unlimited/Campaign 3), plus newcomer Omar Najam (Dimension 20). On Twitter, Daymond described the one-shot as a “glorious fever’s fully unhinged,” while Mercer called it “delightful to play officially in Hyrule having grown up wanting to BE in Hyrule.” With how big Critical Role is on its own and how Tears has basically become most people’s Game of the Year, the synergy makes sense and may potentially bring some Zelda fans into the TTRPG fold when all is said and done.


Critical Role will premiere its Legend of Zelda one-shot on Thursday, May 30 @ 7 PM PT (so 9 or 10 PM, depending on if you’re Midwest or east coast) via its Twitch and YouTube channels.

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