Critical Role: A Dance of Deception
February 14, 2022 12:10 PM - Season 3, Episode 13 - Subscribe

With a heist somewhat planned, the group attends the masquerade ball but have trouble keeping a low profile as various complications arise...
posted by nubs (13 comments total)
I need to know all about speed dating in the Feywild.

Omg, all of the shenanigans. Tossing the ring, Fearne's engagement, Ashton being like 'whatever, I'm in disguise, that makes me inconspicuous', not realizing they're in disguise as the nightmare king, Imogen having the one brain cell.

I hope that Laudna got to enjoy her dancing. She seems like she would.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:41 AM on February 15, 2022

So many shenanigans! And that was some epic-tier DMing from Matt, keeping everything going.
posted by velvet_n_purrs at 10:30 AM on February 16, 2022 [2 favorites]

I'm half way through and I just want Chetney to start smelling people.
posted by fiercekitten at 3:48 PM on February 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

Toward the end he does!
posted by fiercekitten at 6:39 PM on February 17, 2022

I could not figure out what the 'she smells mouldy' line meant until the very end. I was like 'does she smell like Laudna?'
posted by dinty_moore at 6:47 PM on February 17, 2022

Chetney wasn't there for the fight with Duggar but I bet if he was he would know the smell. I'm trying to remember and I think he smelled like mold, rot and dank earth?
posted by fiercekitten at 7:33 AM on February 18, 2022 [1 favorite]

I'm sure he did! I just could not put two and two together for the live of me before the reveal
posted by dinty_moore at 5:51 AM on February 19, 2022

Really liked the chaos, the whole party screaming at the plan. Another way the show is like Actually Played is that like just the inability to come up with a plan and the execution having half the players pulling their hair out.

I loved the reveal of the Lord of the Quadroads guy, as pointed out on marisharaygun's recap.

Also the reactions of Laura and Travis when Robbie lays the name Maude on her character.

This season is odd for me. It feels kind of boring, it's not getting like fantastic enough for me, there's not enough plot hooks or something pulling my interest. On the other hand, I like the characters and interactions a lot. I like this party .... I just want them to like... do more stuff.
posted by fleacircus at 7:08 PM on February 20, 2022

I have been watching a lot of the first campaign videos, and it really strikes me, especially with this episode, how much Marisha has changed.
Maybe it's because she's the youngest, but of all of them, it seems as if she had matured into a very different player over the three campaigns.
I hope it's not inappropriate to speculate about the players' personal lives but when I see how she interacts and reacts now, it seems as if she's survived something tough and life changing. Maybe the pandemic, or just having a lot more responsibility in her professional life. Her face has a quiet kindness and empathy now.
I wonder how she would portray Keyleth now.
posted by Zumbador at 8:21 PM on February 25, 2022

I suspect that she took acting lessons as prep for the Vox Machina series. But I admit I've seen very little of the other seasons because I don't like her style. Or rather I didn't like her style because I'm into the Vanessa Ives vibe she's bringing this campaign.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:29 PM on February 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

Honestly, the surviving something tough and life changing might just be the sheer amount harassment and vitriol that was directed towards her because of Keyleth. It was really gross. (I think the difference between how Keyleth has been received in the animated series and how she was received earlier sort of proves that people seemed to have issues with the idea that she was playing a character - Keyleth was supposed to be awkward and unsure and sometimes make the wrong decisions, and people seemed to assume that was Marisha, instead)
posted by dinty_moore at 8:33 AM on February 26, 2022 [2 favorites]

I think it's fine to say that she was just pretty insecure and inexperienced in S1, and like, not very skilled at the rulesy side of D&D (or maybe the harsh sim part of it). I mean I don't think it was in character for Keyleth to kill herself jumping off a cliff. They just rolled that into Keyleth bc roleplaying, baby -- you think you're playing someone else but you're just being you.

Like I can sympathize with, "This person is Bad at Game and I don't enjoy watching them," I guess. But obviously it shouldn't turn into something gross, and I think it's probably just 90% pure misogyny however bad it got.

I wasn't watching for S1 but my impression was that the fans were breathing down the casts' necks a lot more than they are now, and/or they were still not used to it. I mean they were live, they were getting rules corrections and stuff in real time? I don't think Matt was exactly pleased when he'd complain about how if he made any mistake he'd be getting corrected on Twitter about it a lot.
posted by fleacircus at 12:58 AM on February 27, 2022

I wasn't watching C1 live either but the online harassment of Marisha was clearly a very big thing. Even during C2. Lauren came in for a lot of vitriol too, spoiler coming up... just check the comments on the episode her character died because of, according to some fans, Laura and/or her character's greed. A real vindictive vibe of "that **** deserved to die".
But I felt the change in Marisha came after the end of C2.
But I feel like I'm going over the line of inappropriate speculation now so let me leave it there. :)
posted by Zumbador at 1:16 AM on February 27, 2022

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