When Crit Happens

Two Interracial couples on a quest. A D&D Podcast Where Fantasy and the Real World Collide. Every episode begins with an actual play D&D session. We play 5th Edition in our home brew world of Rokhatima. Then, we talk about all the crit that went down! Microaggressions from an NPC...we gonna talk about it. Near death experience...we gonna talk about it...character choices that are thinly veiled lover’s quarrels...yeah we should probably talk about that. Come Through! Connect with us on Instagram, Patreon, Twitter and Facebook @Whencrithappens If you enjoy this podcast, show us some love with a review and sharing with your adventuring party. whencrithappens.com

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Episodes

18 hours ago

Jessiye Davis, our first guest DM, begins our adventure through The Shaar, a part of The Forgotten Realms that is inspired by real world Africa. Meet Ole Sampson, Dimple, and Minguu, and join them as they begin to investigate the drought and blight that is plaguing The Shaar. 
Then, on Dirty Crit, a discussion of avoidance, the meta-game relationship inherent between any character and the person playing them, and the heightened emotions that D&D allows us to explore, even if seemingly contradictory in nature.
If you enjoy listening to this episode, a video is available for Level 10 members. Join here:
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Fanroll Pride Dice collaboration with Tabletop Gaymers: https://fanrolldice.com/product/pride-bundle/#dice
Content Warnings: swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Nathan Paul
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
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Wednesday May 15, 2024

When Crit Happens welcomes Jessiye Davis, our first Guest Game Master, who is running an adventure through the Shaar for us! 
During Episode 0, we learn about the setting of the Shaar, which is part of the Forgotten Realms, and meet the characters we’ll be playing. We also talk through various safety tools, employing a brilliant and thorough document that you can access here (full link below), and Jessiye asks some insightful questions to help her prep for gameplay!
We want to give a special shout out to Jessiye’s brother, Nathan-Paul Davis, for composing original music specifically for this campaign arc! Find his links below.
Also, this campaign will have a special treat for Patreon members–video of our gameplay! Get ready to watch Episode 1 when it drops by becoming a member at here:
Patreon.com/WhenCritHappens
 
Link to Jessiye’s Safety Tools Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f0K46pHXoVSDmRprG15zvYGV8SEhNpEO5Hvq9FmvzJI/viewform?pli=1&pli=1&edit_requested=true
 
Find more about Nathan-Paul:
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5nTcwumRsv459Yw9kUP1JB?si=IHfDn4mkQuScUSgIXb0LOA
Socials - @nathanpaulmusic
Website - https://nathanpaulsound.com/
YouTube - https://youtube.com/@nathanpaulmusic?si=BMPqDGmoqfEdl36m
Linktree - https://linktr.ee/nathanpaulmusic
Theme Music: Nathan-Paul
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
Email us WhenCritHappens@gmail.com
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This is Shaarp Edges (Teaser)

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Wednesday May 15, 2024

When Crit Happens presents a mini-series that takes place in the Shaar, an African-inspired part of Forgotten Realms. Jessiye Davis will take the helm as Game Master for Deanna, Joshua, and Tor. 
This is completely independent from our Rokhatima campaign, so you can listen whether or you’re caught up on that story!
Plus, we’ll be releasing video of all the game sessions. Find it here:
Patreon.com/WhenCritHappens
 
Theme Music: Nathan-Paul
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
Email us WhenCritHappens@gmail.com
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Instagram  @whencrithappens

Talking Crit with Jessiye Davis

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Wednesday May 01, 2024

For Spring Break we give you a special Main Feed release of our conversation with Jessiye Davis. If you're caught up on the Rokhatima Campaign, you've heard us mention Jessiye recently, so check out this interview to get to know her!
Have you been to a gaming convention and worn pronoun ribbons on your badge? If so, you might have met Jessiye at the Tabletop Gaymers table, handing them out!
Our conversation ranges far and wide, including a discussion of accessibility in table top games, publishers who make awesome supplements, and some very hot takes!
Here are links to things we discuss on the show (we HIGHLY recommend the Ribbons link):
 
Tabletop Gaymers Ribbons (including in depth descriptions of all terms) - https://rewards.tabletopgaymers.org/collections/pride-flag-badge-ribbons
Safe Space Program - https://gamingsafespace.org/
Gayme Night Program - https://tabletopgaymers.org/activities/gayme-night/
Safety Cards -  https://www.deckofplayersafety.com/
D8 Summit Charities -  https://d8summit.org/
The Word Refinery - https://www.thewordrefinery.org/about
Adventuring with Pride (check out these pictures!) - https://adventuringwithpride.com/
 
You can find pictures of us wearing our ribbons on our Instagram!
 
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
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Goodbyes Galore (Episode 32)

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

The Ride or Dies wrap up their communion with the Evertree, and then wrap up their time in the Sanctuary. Everyone says goodbye in their own way: Titan has one last dance, Jasoo has an eternal embrace, and Jo just says fare thee well. For Jiminy, however, goodbye is too good a word, and what he says about the URSA Corporation is more than a little unsettling. So while they have leads to pursue and a sense that the puzzle pieces might all be laid out before them, what they’ll find next down the long and winding road, no one is quite sure.
 
Then on Dirty Crit, the ethics of drugging a problematic member of society, and other issues of conflict resolution.
 
This is our (unofficial) last episode of season 1! After this, we’ll be taking a break from Rokhatima and have some other adventures coming your way starting after Spring Break. 
 
In the meantime, find plenty more episodes available only for our members:
Patreon.com/WhenCritHappens
 
Content Warnings: swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
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Thursday Apr 04, 2024

The Prophet of Evertree has awoken, but all is not well. The Ride or Dies have a thief to catch who's quick on his feet, and well equipped. Once that’s put to rest, then finally the party can learn some of the sage wisdom of this ancient grove. Jo gets a new accessory, Titan gets a clue about their magical connections, and Jasoo is reacquainted with the light of the sun. As many deep questions finally find answers, one cryptic passage resurfaces that still bears investigation: the Prophecy of Evertree.
Then, on Dirty Crit, there’s much to discuss, including practical uses of mind control, how we change our behavior, parenting–and much more!
 
To support the show, go to:
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Content Warnings: swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
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Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Nerves are on edge as Jo and Titan witness Jasoo delivered from yet another mountain lake by yet another draconic spirit. The dragon teaches them much, and they return to Evertree having gotten what they came for. There’s a new face that greets them on the way, however, and many more faces to meet before reaching the Prophet. Titan is, as always, persuasive, Jo puts her necklace to work, and Jasoo puts her healing to the test. But after treating the Prophet, all is not well. What’s that hammer doing, and what happened to the Doomstone?
Then Dirty Crit abounds–consent for interstellar travelers and their symbiotes, walking folks home, and Rokhatima’s ecological overlaps with our real world.
And if you want to get all the inside jokes, listen to the Preshow–available at all levels of our Patreon: 
Patreon.com/WhenCritHappens
 
Time Stamps:
1:38 Recap
6:17 Game play
35:41 Patron Shout Out
1:22:53 Dirty Crit
 
Content Warnings: swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
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Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

The Ride or Dies take in the view of the burned out valley before setting off with Golmeev in pursuit of a thornberry root, prepared for a dragon to appear at any moment. They find a doomstone, a bush, and you guessed it, a large, flying, angry spirit. In the ensuing encounter, Jo gets into the thicket of it, Jasoo explores a newfound aerial prowess, and Titan tries to threaten a dragon. Poisonous wine-vomit floweth, but the party seems as though they’re going to pull through—until the dragon has one last emotional outburst, that is, and everyone has to ask: is this really happening AGAIN?
Then on Dirty Crit, we get into some nuances of D&D boss fights and how we like to infuse them with narrative.
If you want more of our thoughts on Narrative Forward D&D, check out the recent Patreon Exclusive we did on the topic! Check it out now:
Patreon.com/WhenCritHappens
Content Warnings: swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
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Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

The Ride or Dies are dead tired, and lay down to get some sleep–all except one, that is. After a much needed night of rest, whether sleeping or not, everyone is grateful that Thulla can get them proper breakfast over which to talk through their next moves. Thulla introduces them to a new friend, and passes on a gift from Mortha. Then the party sets out in pursuit of root from the thornberry bush. In the process, Titan finds they are finally able to let their guard down, Jasoo finds trust in a new friend, and Jo finds love in an unexpected place. But when the party gets to the top of the ridge, all their careful preparations can't stop their shock at what lies beyond. 
Then, on Dirty Crit, analysis of relationships between our in-game characters and their growth. We discuss real world frameworks for healthy relationships, and how they collide with our fantasy story. Some really interesting stuff. 
And there’s plenty more for our members, so join today:
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Content Warnings: forest fires, mushrooms, 4.0 GPAs, swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
Email us WhenCritHappens@gmail.com
Or get in touch on the socials:
Instagram  @whencrithappens 
Facebook @whencrithappens 
Twitter @whencrithappens 

Thursday Feb 08, 2024

Still reeling from the horrors inside Hitherheim, the Ride or Dies make their way to Evertree Sanctuary. On the way, Titan checks in with Prim, Jo hears from her father, and Jasoo tells the Bridge Fungus something less than true. The Sanctuary offers much needed rest and information about the state of the Prophet and the Dragon. But when the party learns there are some in the commune who aren't thrilled to see them, someone goes down for the count.
 
Then, on Dirty Crit, Monty Python, bringing your irl state of mind to your role play, and some subtleties of affinity groups. 
 
Hear more engaged content on out Patreon:
 
Patreon.com/WhenCritHappens
 
Content Warnings: swearing, threats to children, death of animals, heights, gore, body horror, death, misgendering, alcohol.
Theme Music: Cullen Fitzpatrick
Original Musical Underscoring: Wormwood, Baylen Wagner and Benjamin Burgdorf
Logo Design: Casey Hoekstra
 
Email us WhenCritHappens@gmail.com
Or get in touch on the socials:
Instagram  @whencrithappens 
Facebook @whencrithappens 
Twitter @whencrithappens

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