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Emily A. Duncan

An Introduction to Critical Role: Prepare Your Emotions

So, you’ve listened to a few tabletop RPG podcasts (or none at all!) and have wanted to get into the ever growing in popularity Critical Role but you don’t know where to start and are kind of overwhelmed. It’s a daunting task, as Critical Role is currently some 240+ episodes and each episode is at least three hours long, sometimes stretching into five hours (those are usually boss battles and/or the most stressful episodes of all time). It makes for thousands of hours of content. It has spawned comic books, coffee table art books, merch, and an upcoming animated series.

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5 SFF Books for the Goth in Your Life

It is an aesthetic born of counterculture. One defined by a potentially insufferable amount of black clothing, wearing a lot of straps on your pants for seemingly no reason (it looks cool, okay), and copious amounts of eyeliner. The subcultures that have fractured from the original are too many to number but there’s something to be said for the defining factors of listening to music that’s outside the norm and creating art that’s meant to be a little out there and a little (or a lot) provocative. It’s counterculture, so that means relishing a bit in the over-the-top, in the grit, in the glamor, in the dark.

Also, sometimes one is just extremely lazy and an entirely black wardrobe makes getting dressed in the morning easy, but I’d like to think there’s more to it than that. So I have five books that I think cut to the heart of it all and are extremely Goth.

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