By ETHAN BECK
Throughout the mid-’70s and even into the ’90s, the tabletop game known as Dungeons and Dragons was met with mass propaganda, as was anything new in that era. But after nearly 50 years, the game has broken a world record. Somewhat. In March of 2015, the web series known as Critical Role started going live. It was essentially a bunch of incredibly talented voice actors (who have voiced characters in pretty much anything animated) and a play D&D together for 3-5 hours an episode. The series has had two seasons over the years, the first being 115 episodes long, while the second has 50 and is continuing its story and premieres on Twitch every Thursday (this isn’t just an ad, there is some news). How the series broke a world record, is when Critical Role announced how they would be doing an animated special, and launched a Kickstarter for $750,000. As of now, the animated series has raised over $8.2 million dollars, making it the most successful crowdfunded product in history, and the time for donation isn’t even over! As of now, there is the talk of an 88-minute special, with talks of other stories further on. Critical Role and D&D as a whole have succeeded in a way that literally broke records. As a player of Dungeons & Dragons and a fan of Critical Role, this animated series might just revive my broken heart after the next Avengers.