Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Crystal Palace

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Brought to you by our friends at Chaosium, this special Call of Cthulhu one-shot features Keeper of Arcane Lore Taliesin Jaffe guiding investigators Marisha Ray, Erika Ishii, Phil LaMarr, Travis Willingham, Ashly Burch, and Liam O'Brien through a horrifying adventure.

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Flando Maltrizian
Flando Maltrizian 3 yıl önce
HEY, there might be some SPOILERS under the thing 2:30 Glad Sam could make it 5:10 Traumatizing Travis 5:55 Intro cinematic 7:30 Episode Starts 8:35 Jonathan Lansey gives a fantastic speech 11:35 The latest in cats 12:20 Laying out the heist 17:10 Ida Cogswell 17:25 Septimus Goodfellow 19:10 Hanako Hayashi 20:00 Alexandra Elise O’Neil 20:20 Dr.Mason Pocket 22:45 Cpt. Bentley Badger 23:40 Naming cats 25:10 Septimus raises the stakes 30:05 Premature lantern 32:25 Scooby Doo/Cthulu crossover 37:30 Nigel Peesee 41:40 Edison took credit for other people’s designs? How surprising! 52:25 What spirits do 53:20 Cat react 57:25 Show me what you’ve got 1:02:05 1890 alarm system 1:04:35 Taliesin does not actually own historical Japanese tech 1:06:35 Sam Riegel’s signature move 1:11:05 Current wars 1:14:35 Taliesin knows what you look like dead 1:18:20 Taliesin is not King Arthur 1:22:55 Totally not evil crystal 1:27:05 Thanks for the update, Septimus 1:28:55 Keep the bag closed 1:30:50 Taliesin provided actual secret compartments 1:33:00 Bentley knows keys 1:35:05 Human hair, or humans FOR hair 1:44:00 Lifting Doctor Pocket 1:54:30 Good pun Taliesin 1:57:30 That’s DOCTOR Pockets to you 2:00:05 Figuring out sanity 2:01:45 Hanako and Bentley 2:06:10 Sanity panic 2:09:05 Alexandra and Dr.Mason 2:13:00 Break Starts 2:18:00 Break Ends 2:25:15 Freaking out together 2:28:40 Septimus sees Them 2:38:30 Taliesin makes a curious suggestion 2:40:20 The centipede defense 2:41:25 The shadows cling 2:45:50 Septimus drops the act 2:48:35 These props are amazing 2:51:25 Alexandra loves the adventure 2:59:40 The wheel slows to a stop 3:02:15 Never open that door if there’s no warrant 3:02:35 Ruby vision doesn’t help 3:14:20 Catastrophe 3:22:15 Surrounded by shadow 3:33:45 Ida goes under 3:36:55 A good poker 3:40:40 Septimus loses his head 3:44:15 Dr.Pocket’s curiosity is satisfied 3:46:55 Septimus has turned 3:47:55 Light 3:49:25 Maryweather begins to fight 3:53:45 Debriefing 3:59:45 Goodbyes 4:04:45 Episode Ends Twitch live viewership of this episode peaked around 21,000 people. The in-game start date for the episode was some time in the 1890’s. I’m not sure this timestamp thing really lends itself to a horror game, but personally I really liked this. Congratulations Taliesin, Lovecraft would have found this truly horrifying. Any moments I missed? Feel free to post them here. Is it Halloween yet?
Zyaire Benson
Zyaire Benson 11 aylar önce
@Alberto Kamdyn instablaster =)
Gary Potter
Gary Potter 11 aylar önce
You my friend, are amazing.
DMJB Yıl önce
"Lovecraft would have found this truly horrifying." And not because a black man has a Phd. That might be a little part of it though.
TheNewNicCage 3 yıl önce
I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but the Crystal Palace DID host a cat show in the late 19th century, and Harrison Weir really WAS the chief judge who resigned in 1890. The secretary's rambling monologue is Taliesin cramming all his research notes into the game to prove he's done his homework.
Remien Loru
Remien Loru Aylar önce
He clearly didn't do enough homework. A healthy amount of his in game details about the exhibits are not accurate.
IggyTthunders 4 aylar önce
And William Makepeace Thackeray is a real dude, and he did write a poem called 'The Crystal Palace'. The Crystal Palace is where the World Fair was housed, too, so that's cool.
Kasino80 5 aylar önce
@Josie McMillan Tal was the speech writer
Mkzim91 6 aylar önce
Wow, that's beautiful! I wish I was that motivated. Sounds like he put more work into this game than I did for my senior thesis.
Mkzim91 6 aylar önce
@Daniel Farris It is known.
Peter Bassom
Peter Bassom Yıl önce
Dr Pocket: Works at British Museum Group: Discovers strange red artifact stone Dr Pocket: "I call dibs" 10/10 historically accurate roleplay
XephronZz 2 aylar önce
@InkStick Well he is "british"
InkStick 4 aylar önce
Well he is Doctor “Pocket”
Antonio Cotillo
Antonio Cotillo 10 aylar önce
Underrated comment
Pasta Bolognese
Pasta Bolognese Yıl önce
I will always be in love with the fact that somehow everyone has agreed and accepted the fact that Taliesin himself is a cosmic horror in human form
Canaan Durham
Canaan Durham 5 aylar önce
The thing that amazes me is that an eldritch being beyond all understanding is so loved by the people he plays tabletop games with.
Gerroditus Yıl önce
@Julia Gibbs Ms. Gibbs, I wish I could up this comment a thousand times. Seldom has a more insightful comment been made on TRvid.
Julia Gibbs
Julia Gibbs Yıl önce
As the story goes, in ages past, there once was an entity called Wil that challenged Taliesin’s role as ultimate omnipresent horror being. Taliesin, being beyond emotion, was at first dismissive of this finite consciousness, but Wil continued in his provocation of the eldritch being. Eventually, Taliesin found Wil’s annoyance too much, and cursed him across a his forms with terrible dice luck. Yet, in that moment, Taliesin found that his experience of frustration had created a mortal form, that could experience all emotions. Taliesin was intrigued, and thus to this day, is able to contain (somewhat) his consciousness in the form we see, enjoying his time amongst mortals while this form manages to not decay.
roticet Yıl önce
@Troodon Talon he did? Got a link? I wanna see/read.
Troodon Talon
Troodon Talon Yıl önce
Not everyone. There was one guy who tried to argue and it didn't end well. Wil Wheaton, I think his name was?
eggnblood 9 aylar önce
Travis: Scared shitless His character: heroic, resourceful Liam: Intrigued and having fun His character: cowardly liar
Cam Smith
Cam Smith 4 aylar önce
I LOVE Liam sliding out of his accent and catching it by shifting into a different accent. Whether it was intentional to the character or not, brilliant move.
jon simpson
jon simpson 7 aylar önce
👋Rollplay👋 I love it.
MrNeodylliphan 10 aylar önce
"Let's capitalize on this opportunity to name our cats!" Every Lovecraft fan: "Oh noooo..."
Margo Hughes
Margo Hughes 21 gün önce
Literally had a mini heart attack when I heard it lmao
Alex The Huntsman
Alex The Huntsman 2 aylar önce
I have to believe taliesin choose a cat show for his lovecraftian horror one-shot very deliberately
JustCommonCurt 2 aylar önce
It should be noted that this cat was named by a 9 year old in 1904...yeah.
Weiße Wölfin
Weiße Wölfin 3 aylar önce
Yeah the cat was originally his father's, who named it as such.
Justin Tyme
Justin Tyme 5 aylar önce
If I remember correctly Lovecraft was 9 when he had the cat. I believe his parents Gave the animal that unfortunate name.
Modredastal Yıl önce
I'm so disappointed that the players all dressed up and got in character, but Taliesin just wore his backup pajamas. It's also really weird that they recorded this in his guest bathroom.
rutger5000 4 aylar önce
@Sicarian Duraznac Uhm he is? Can't you see his true form recorded here? Haven't you drunk from the dark pool? Hasn't your fifth eye not seen the light yet? When was the last time that you and your bloodspawn danced in the light of the full moon?
Sicarian Duraznac
Sicarian Duraznac 8 aylar önce
@Modredastal if he was truly relaxed, he would be in his true pyramid form. He was in bipedal form so that we may witness his story without being struck mute from his triangular glory.
Sebastian Lehrbaum
Sebastian Lehrbaum 11 aylar önce
@Johnny Thunders What joke? I don't see any joke. Just facts.
Nico Ruppert
Nico Ruppert Yıl önce
He was even sitting on his toilet while recording, smh.
shannon oneill
shannon oneill Yıl önce
Really think that this outfit was probably hanging in T's closet already and was perfect for the event. I dare say they *all* look good in a steampunk/victorian age dress.
Paige Harris
Paige Harris 2 yıl önce
I DESPERATELY want a part 2 to this one shot! Or at least another Cthulhu adventure run by Taliesen. PLEEEEAAASEEE 🙏🏻🥺
athos1029 Aylar önce
One sequel? No no no children. We NEED a four part series at least with the possibility of a yearly return.
Phobos&Deimos Aylar önce
Yes! More Cthulhu, please!
Joz L
Joz L 2 aylar önce
JustCommonCurt 2 aylar önce
@JohnBlack88 what bizarre logic.
Spindlewax Yıl önce
I'm just now realising that Liam would play an amazing Gilderoy Lockhart.
DOOM! 2 aylar önce
meh. more lupin
RockandRoleplay 5 aylar önce
@Hugo Gojibiter he's PERFECT for Lupin. Good shout.
Dragon Archive
Dragon Archive 6 aylar önce
@Joel Parisi And travis trolls us with him once more.
Jan Tuts
Jan Tuts Yıl önce
@Nargon46 how about Liam as _every_ character in Harry Potter? :D
Elias Molck
Elias Molck Yıl önce
@Zane Alberts Check out Liam as Gollum in Shadow of Mordor, it's not far off.
Lindsay Speirs
Lindsay Speirs Yıl önce
Liam's sheer joy when Talisen says "they see your severed head..." Is so fucking hilarious 😂
Tim D
Tim D 4 aylar önce
That's a great Cthulhu moment for sure.
zubbworks 6 aylar önce
That guy was my favorite tho:(
Sarah L
Sarah L 7 aylar önce
Liam is always super amped about his characters dying. Every damn time he does his best to get them killed
JBen 3 yıl önce
Travis: is easily scared and allergic to cats Taliesin: makes him play a horror one shot that starts at a cat show
Madelyn Davis
Madelyn Davis Yıl önce
You are a special kind of friend when you can torment each other in very specific and targeted way XD
Anita Ardi
Anita Ardi Yıl önce
And he named his "Achoo" even better
Elias Molck
Elias Molck Yıl önce
@Jonathan Frederick On some level this man knew that. He went because he knew his fear would make it less scary for everyone else. The strong protect those they care about, however they can.
Jonathan Frederick
I love how so many strong men ive met are scared easily. Like i consider myself strong. I played hockey growing up and lifted weights in high school and college. But i dont consider myself a stereotypical "strong man". But the strong men i have met get really scared really easy. I worked with a man that served. He was a strong guy. Extremely confident. He went with us to a horror nights at magic mountain and dude was screaming like a 12year old girl the entire time. Rest of the group could only laugh the entire time. Nothing was scary with him screaming the entire time.
Privatizität Yıl önce
@D. Shaffer I don't think he's new, just hasn't played for a long while
Dragon Elixion
Dragon Elixion Yıl önce
"Bless your ignorance child." reminded me so much of Percy's "Your secret is safe with my indifference." Taliesin is a gem
yuri gouvêa wagner
I can't believe Tal did a one-shot to present his family to his friends
benjamin andrew
benjamin andrew 3 gün önce
@Kendra Jade if the cats are flerkens maybe yeah. lol
Kendra Jade
Kendra Jade 2 aylar önce
The cats?
James Barton
James Barton Yıl önce
The sanity rolls here are fascinating here. Especially Ashley’s after opening the chest. “You hear a faint knocking, just on the edge of your hearing” leads to “Oh, it must be some young hooligans outside throwing stones.” I feel it really lends to an overarching theme in most Lovecraftian works, that being humanity’s overriding desire to understand or explain every phenomenon it encounters and the shutdowns when there simply is no understanding or explaining such eldritch occurrences that the staples of cosmic horror
Mark Clews
Mark Clews Aylar önce
LOL I remember playing a Limping WW1 Aussie Veteran in the US in COC. Everyone ran into a house to investigate while I limped in. They all got to the Library and found a horror Chess Set. The GM then stated I'd reached the library and asked me what I was going to do. I decided that they had the library well covered and started knocking on the walls trying to find secret doors, whereupon the GM required Everyone in the Library to make San checks :D Different Game same GM, We went into a different library and one of the other players picked out a book, said "This is intersting" then read out a passage whereupon the GM made everyone roll 3d6 san damage except for the reader who had to roll a d100. The Reader rolled 1, everone else rolled more than 10.
zubbworks 6 aylar önce
Honestly everything I can't explain, I try to explain. Half the time I do, the other half I'm just like, probably demons or somthing. Or God if it's more of a good thing.
Keiichiro Murata
Keiichiro Murata Yıl önce
Eldritch God: About to begin the game Travis (Un)Willingham: Can I leave?
Mary Hales
Mary Hales 2 aylar önce
I've hidden your keys. Your wife knows to lock the door.
Kasino80 8 aylar önce
@Incoming Bear the Eldritch God was masquerading as his wife.
Keiichiro Murata
Keiichiro Murata 10 aylar önce
@Noob7Zilla Noice. Thanks man
Noob7Zilla 10 aylar önce
Take your 69th like, you magnificent bastard
Pete W
Pete W Yıl önce
That (Un)Willingham was perfect 🤣
Sea 3 yıl önce
Anyone else desperately want Taliesin Jaffe to make videos just reading out old horror novels and creepy stories and whatever Because I want it
Ashley LaRicci
Ashley LaRicci 7 gün önce
I would love them, he would give very welcome to nightvale vibes
JustCommonCurt 2 aylar önce
I don't care how dry people thought that intro speech was,I'd listen to 3 hours of that shit.
nutsource 10 aylar önce
I would buy every audiobook this man narrated
Stefan Andrews
Stefan Andrews 2 yıl önce
This with some light music/foley work behind him to really set the stage, I would directly buy copies.
forrest key
forrest key 2 yıl önce
@LoLotov so I'm not a lit major as you'll soon see. What makes you say he has poor literary skills but great storytelling? What constitutes good literary skills? Just curious as a novice
Arun Hearn
Arun Hearn 2 yıl önce
These accents were pretty damn good! These guys should consider voice acting
testfire3000 9 aylar önce
You'd have thought someone would have mentioned it to them by now...
Bryce Decker
Bryce Decker Yıl önce
Honestly it comforts me so much to see Taliesin reading from notes as he is dming. I do the same thing since I can’t trust myself to share all the information my players need off the top of my head and I always feel bad watching critical role and seeing Matt able to narrate everything while looking the players in the eyes. But Taliesin was able to pull off an amazing session while reading off of notes which means that I can to!
R. S.
R. S. 7 aylar önce
When my players see me look at my notes, t's 50/50 on whether I'm actually looking at my notes, or improvising. 😁 😎
kohakuaiko 7 aylar önce
Matt's improv game is next level. Taliesin doesn't give a rat's patootie and just wants to get it right.
testfire3000 9 aylar önce
Every good DM (or GM, Keeper, or whatever a game calls the referee) has to have notes. Some like Matt Mercer just have them memorized but still handy just off screen. You can time to time see him glancing while the players make jokes about drinking, etc. Taliesin did a wonderful job here and had a lot going on at once, with SO many ways the players could run into trouble. 10/10 would watch Taliesin run another CoC game again.
Mineola 10 aylar önce
Matt does a lot without reading, but he also just reads stuff at times, he just is so good at it sounding natural that it is hard to tell. But I totally get it, I get super intimidated by him too.
Maxime Nourry
Maxime Nourry 6 aylar önce
"make the story a little less about him and a little bit more about you" this is such a great sentence and such a wonderfull message for any kind of art genre and lore being firstly introduced by a controversial figure
BoroFreak 6 aylar önce
24:16 I can't believe no one has brought up Erika's cat "Nyan", and the fact that "she's very well *bread*".
AKL 6 aylar önce
Oh god I only now got that. Thanks.... I think????
RuneLar 3 yıl önce
It was so nice of Taliesin to let them stream from his summer home's dinning room.
Xendra Nara
Xendra Nara 5 aylar önce
@Kairos a small closet? You underestimate what an eldritch entity can hoard after thousands of years of living. This was shot in Taliesin’s junk drawer. We have McDonald’s sauce packets and loose take out napkins, Taliesin has occult objects.
Kairos Yıl önce
@dexter goodman To much carpet for a bathroom, probably just a small closet in the left wing of his summer home estate.
dexter goodman
dexter goodman Yıl önce
Dining room? You insult him, that place is not nearly good enough for his Dining. Its obviously his guest bathroom
Savage Antelope
Savage Antelope 2 yıl önce
That’s a flex
Atron.Studios 9 aylar önce
Travis be out here playing Sir Bertrand Bell in every form and era possible. Love it! Haha
Star King
Star King 4 aylar önce
Not quite noble enough, more Fjord after his reveal
Saighin 7 aylar önce
Little detail: I adore the subtle creepiness that the _entire_ time Taliesin is narrating he's sitting in front of a Black Sun Disc (from which shadow tendrils begin to emanate at the appropriate point in the story) 😳
Exquisitane Aylar önce
Wow, didn't even notice that. They really knocked the art and such out of the park with this one shot.
Maura Hill
Maura Hill Yıl önce
spoilers: Liams character: *fucking dies in a very horrific way* everyone: *is shocked* Liam: *laughing and clapping*
The Mad Doctor
The Mad Doctor 9 aylar önce
I remember that I've had at least two character deaths in the games I've ran. The first guy was crushed in a cave in caused by cultists using dynamite. The second guy died by being grabbed by a giant bat monster and dropped off a cliff. Both players said that it was a very cool way to go out.
Persephone Underground
That reaction made me look at Call of Cthulhu a whole new way. At first I was like "but doesn't it suck if you die, why would anyone really like a game where you get killed off so easily?" because I'm used to getting attached to my characters and a lot of self-projection. Instead, having them go out in epic ways for a cool story is a very different approach to RPGs for me. It's a different kind of fun from D&D for instance, but his reaction illustrated how it can be just as awesome to "lose" as to win in these games.
Anthony Sunseri
Anthony Sunseri Yıl önce
Honestly I'm the same way, especially in Call of Cthulhu. If my character dies of course I'm going to be a little sad, but I'm still going to be a good sport about it.
JoRoFett Yıl önce
Liam is very based.
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi Yıl önce
I thought it was poetic justice liams character was quite literally a fraud and he was definitely the kind of character in a horror movie to die in a very gruesome way and the way his head just rolls into frame 😏👌 absolutely perfect it really sets the panick and terror into the scene while also dealing justice yo the character that was literally holding back the rest of the party
Jonathan Frederick
Yooooo! Tal is genius. When he made Phil's character get stuck rambling on and on about shadow people. Phil is SO GOOD at going on and on and making you feel awkward. HERE FOR THIS
Darth Ferder
Darth Ferder 8 aylar önce
It‘s incredible how they all are so professional that they converse in character and react accordingly and even improvise seamlessly
Travis Morton
Travis Morton Yıl önce
I must say it: Phil LaMarr is a national treasure.
royy164 Yıl önce
5:30 Tal: "I'm getting a taste for it, it's like tasting human flesh" Careful Taliesin, your Taliesin is showing...
wahsohkwiios 2 yıl önce
I would love to see Taliesen run another Call of Cthulhu one shot one of these days :)
yunafires Yıl önce
ok hold up Liam: **can do a Irish accent flawlessly** Taliesin: **can do a German accent flawlessly** Yet they were switched for Campaign 2?
Loke 8 aylar önce
Definiteky not a flawless Irish accent. It’s decent but not perfect you’d be able to tell it wasn’t authentic pretty easily
Erin BookNut
Erin BookNut 9 aylar önce
Liam has a pretty good ear for accents and affectations. Better than most.
caketin 9 aylar önce
no offence meant to Liam, but i wouldn’t call that Irish accent “flawless”. pretty good but not perfect
Greg Pivo
Greg Pivo 9 aylar önce
Taliesin can also do a flawless crow caw, which I hope is a subtle hint to his kenku character in C3. *(one more day)*
Lili Bryant
Lili Bryant 11 aylar önce
Flame 2 yıl önce
Why is no one talking about how handsome Liam looks in this outfit? That high collar looks good in him.
nutsource 10 aylar önce
Ngl they all look fine as hell in this
Ailias Yıl önce
I really wish we could post gif responses because mine would just be a pile of nodding with a big grin
Dylan Fair
Dylan Fair Yıl önce
[SPOILER] Probably 'cuz high collars look kinda weird without a head
Mathew nunya
Mathew nunya Yıl önce
"You see in the distance an old, decrepit, small, square castle... Its 5 flags flying from minarets atop each of its corners." "But, if its square... How could there be 5 flags in the corners?" "Good question, roll for sanity." Dont remember where I read this from but absolutely loved it and this reminded me of it. Want more of this!!!
Lindsey Phillips
Lindsey Phillips Yıl önce
We need more horror one-shots, and Travis needs to be invited to all of them.
The Mad Doctor
The Mad Doctor 9 aylar önce
Most of my CoC games goes like this. Everyone is calm, thinking they're gonna solve a mystery and kill some cultists, but by the end of it they're fleeing for their lives from some abomination of flesh and bones.
testfire3000 9 aylar önce
Chaosium really owes a debt of gratitude to Taliesin and the CR players, guests and tech crew for this one. Taliesin started off by not spoiling the prewritten adventure that comes with the CoC boxed set, so anyone who wants to play it will get a fresh start. The adventure Tal wrote was amazing. Clearly, he had access to a lot of special effects and props that most people wouldn't. Nothing like that comes in the box. But it is the story told in imagination that makes it come alive just like every episode of Critical Role where (I don't know about you!) masterful storytelling makes everything seem so real I can almost touch it. Tal could have just as easily used an egg timer or tiny hourglass to simulate how long the heat would drive the Sterling engine. So could you! The rest of the props were mostly atmospheric, just like the outfits. I just loved this story and the game play! I remember playing CoC way back in the early days when Chaosium put out their first set. Good times!
Sci Entia
Sci Entia Yıl önce
this is my absolute favourite critical role one-shot. for two years now, i hope that Taliesin would give us another one like this. I want a continuation of Mr. Maryweather's adventure : )
Caspar Lapthorne
Caspar Lapthorne 6 aylar önce
One of the scenarios in the starter set begins with Rupert Merryweather inviting a selection of his old friends (the investigators) to visit him in hospital in Massachusetts in the 1920s. That's what Talesin meant by treating this as a prequel, so when this came out I was fully expecting them to return to it at some point but it doesn't seem like they will. It'd be really cool to see older versions of the surviving characters plus some new comers take on that adventure as it's honestly one of the best officially published TTRPG modules I've ever read.
Logan Babb
Logan Babb 2 aylar önce
Looking back at this I realize that this is the thing that got me into cosmic horror. He will never see it but big thanks to Talisin for the corruption of my mind
supagirl277 Yıl önce
Talesin chuckling over his plans going well is just so wholesome. Also, pay attention to the background behind Talesin at interesting points
testfire3000 9 aylar önce
That background "halo of darkness" was one of the best parts of the game. I noticed it right off, but paid no special attention to it. Then the creepy began and the cast began freaking out, that was awesome!
Eversplode 3 yıl önce
in the immortal words of taliesin jaffe: "We're running. Its bad."
paleoboy the demon
paleoboy the demon 2 yıl önce
In the words of the immortal taliesin jaffe we're running its bad
Felix Rosales
Felix Rosales 3 aylar önce
To this day, this is still one of, if not my most fucking favorite one-shot they have ever done. I'm so happy they did this!
The Great Skink Priest
After 3 years and hundreds of hours watching D&D content, this one shot is what inspired me to start DMing. So far I’ve only run 4 sessions but it’s such a great feeling when your players are having fun. Also Phil Lamarr was amazing.
testfire3000 9 aylar önce
That is the most satisfying part of running a game, seeing your players having fun. Laughing, joking, or genuinely terrified of what is happening! Whatever the results, as long at the evening ends with players wanting another go at it, you have success! I hope your campaign has been going strong!
Marie J
Marie J Yıl önce
It already got me daydreaming when Tal mentioned "a time, when the sun would set, thousands of years ago" but Marisha's final sentence made me wanna play Ten Candles sooo hard !
BassByTheBay 9 aylar önce
Man, this was possibly my fave one-shot. Love the emphasis on story and the de-emphasis on combat. Great job Taliesin and everyone!
kaniamia 2 yıl önce
The realization that when Taliesin tells Liam “You sense the thing that’s in your notes,” Liam’s notes must actually say, “You don’t know a damn thing; just bullshit.”
Ailias Yıl önce
@Hangover He was the perfect choice for that character
Xadiel Plasencia
Xadiel Plasencia Yıl önce
They say it multiple times, the first time around I was loke "Wow, He prepares more than Mercer, he has everytihng in his nothes" lmao I also realized that Liam never says anything useful at all, its always like "the air is turnin" He also makes some comments about his roll numbers, wich let you know that he doesnt know shit
Zaynstir 2 yıl önce
it's around the 45:30 mark
Alkabek 2 yıl önce
i would also like to know when this is
Matthew Ventures
Matthew Ventures 2 yıl önce
when is this?
Kurogaea Monari
Kurogaea Monari 10 aylar önce
I watch this one-shot every year and makes me wish I could play this with a fun group I could trust. Would love to see another oneshot with Taliesin at the reigns :)
Mazie18 2 yıl önce
I feel like they could have a one shot that was literally just them having a cat show and everyone would watch it. I know I would.
DragonbIaze052 10 aylar önce
And half of the party would still end up dead.
Incoming Bear
Incoming Bear Yıl önce
100% on board.
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown Yıl önce
Talesin did such a good job at this I'm surprised he hasn't been behind the screen more
Curious Dolphin
Curious Dolphin Yıl önce
MORE. We need MORE of these. Horror works so well with them and Taliesin is just glowing with excitement. Or maybe that was me.
Victor Olearius
Victor Olearius 3 yıl önce
Why is Taliesin the only one not in a costume? He's just wearing his every-day clothes.
Mash709 Yıl önce
I think it's his regular dinner wear. "Business Casual" if you will.
Chicken Fingers
Chicken Fingers 2 yıl önce
This is like that John Cena bit about him being invisible
hobo johnson
hobo johnson 2 yıl önce
Taliesins like sorry guys I was running late and didnt have time to change out of my gym clothes
justmindset 3 yıl önce
@Lucas M. his shadow gives us a glimpse of his true form
Shawn Wabschall
Shawn Wabschall 3 yıl önce
@Timothy Creighton if you listen closely, you will notice that it is you screaming
LapisLazoli 2 yıl önce
"the man was a problematic mess even for the standards of his time" thats certainly a word for it if not an understatement also i dont like that black hole behind talisen please keep it far far FAR away
Draoch Var
Draoch Var 6 aylar önce
@IvanLagayacrus Red Hook was a rather early work of his, so that really isn't representative of his late-life views. And he didn't hate his wife. His later works are far more ... balanced, as can be seen in "At the Mountains of Madness", than stuff like Red Hook and a good bit of his correspondence shows that towards the end of his life, he had begun to change his ways. That process was sadly cut short by his death. Now don't get me wrong, the man had ISSUES, but he wasn't a monster.
IvanLagayacrus 10 aylar önce
@Burger Kang he also hated his wife and everything about her and where she lived, and most of his stories have strong undertones of condemnation of interbreeding. While there is a letter stating that he regretted his mindset, his stories are still HEAVILY charged, probably most notoriously The Horror at Red Hook
Burger Kang
Burger Kang 11 aylar önce
@connor mcphee well, he married a Jewish woman, so that's a step toward changing his attitude I would say.
connor mcphee
connor mcphee Yıl önce
@Akash Chindam I keep hearing about the cat and people saying that it was his father's cat that was called that, also I've seen a few other folk saying that he regretted his racism and changed his views before he died, any truth to these things cause of course it doesn't absolve him of what he had said or done but I just like to hope he changed his ways for the better before his end
Tad Mrozowski
Tad Mrozowski Yıl önce
@Akash Chindam got ya, thanks!
Sebastian Rotenberg
I want to play a warlock with Taliesin as my eldritch patron. He could be any of the ones available, but I feel like the hair screams fey
Cyber Searcher
Cyber Searcher 2 aylar önce
@jon simpson undoubtedly
jon simpson
jon simpson 7 aylar önce
Great old one, really.
Morslupus 2 yıl önce
So something I noticed in case people missed it (Cause I nearly did): Watch the lights behind Taliesan as the story continues. Adds to the whole thing (Props to the tech team on THAT one)
Neruba 5 aylar önce
Im genuinely impressed how they managed to do a full presentation of the game without mentioning HP Lovecraft a single time.
rickdriesxd Yıl önce
this is like the fourth time i've watched this and I only now realised that dark halo around Taliesin is background VFX and not some sort of massive mariachi hat
PhoenixHacker Yıl önce
No it's actually just just the dark halo that's followed Taliesin since birth. They normally use VFX to hide it.
Lucyb_1701 Yıl önce
lmao i’ve just realised that this is in england and the crystal palace was around when this was set. THATS RIGHT BY MY HOUSE! THERES A CAMPAIGN SET BY MY HOUSE
Charles Hayes
Charles Hayes 7 aylar önce
The next time you have family in town you can add a new stop on the tourist tour...
Gerroditus Yıl önce
@PED So very true.
PED Yıl önce
Congratulations! You'll never be able to sleep in the dark again!
Alex Osias
Alex Osias Yıl önce
Agent Cooper
Agent Cooper 10 aylar önce
I watched this two years ago, but when I saw this pop up in my recommended, I just had to say this. What. A. Cast. So much fun. Taliesin was made to GM Call of Cthulhu. I would love to see him do a longer series. That game deserves “Cthulhu Roll” series.
Soreg 10 aylar önce
It's Halloween season again, let the Ancient One hear us: we want more of the Crystal Palace. Taliesin said himself that it's basically Cabin in the Woods scenario with a lot of different horrors, I want to see more of them so much. Or at least see him put up the module itself. And hey, we have another half of the CR cast to scare! Please? Pretty please?
MonarchsFactory 6 aylar önce
Archie: But what about the shadows and mirror people? Badger: Backburner, Archie! There's an insane cat in here and it has to be dealt with!
Disappointment Yıl önce
God one of the my favorite one-shots, with all the details and just Taliesin’s general story telling was just so immaculate. And the cast dressing up, all the props that work, it’s even more immersive and so nice. If this were ever animated or like an actual movie, I’d watch this even though I typically don’t watch horror.
Ryan 2 yıl önce
Having the shadows on the wall behind Taliesin evolve over the course of the game is so cool. When he mentions shadow hands there are hands on the wall. So good.
Stasia Chan
Stasia Chan 6 aylar önce
This one shot is what really got me into watching/listening to Critical Role. It was also what got me interesting in trying my hand at being a GM. I ran one of the starter one shots for my friends on Halloween, and it was so fun!
TheQwuilleran 5 aylar önce
This whole story is just Taliesin giddy over how much he enjoys his friends solving the puzzles he built for them with fabulous colors *less than three*
Noah 4D
Noah 4D Yıl önce
Liam's reaction to being beheaded was the best part of this by far.
zoettastone 7 aylar önce
Outside of roleplaying and everyone costumes, Ashely's characters machine actually working I think that was the coolest part of this entire game
Oliver Johansson
Oliver Johansson 4 aylar önce
You can buy these fairly cheaply, the heat of your hand is enough to make them spin, it's called a stirling engine. The thing they used to heat it is a rechargable heat pack often branded as magic heat.
Shadow Gam3r
Shadow Gam3r Yıl önce
Travis just keeps surviving Talesins attempts to murder him
Ian Ross
Ian Ross 2 yıl önce
I like how everyone starts off being super flirty with each other and then by the end its just panicking
Jack Thorton
Jack Thorton 8 aylar önce
@sirilay And the thing is the cheesy nature of a teen horror is what made it so good to admire.
sirilay 8 aylar önce
That's... essentially every teen horror XD
Jack Thorton
Jack Thorton 10 aylar önce
All in good time for a little banter 😏
AGEmail Yıl önce
@Automaton can confirm, every mixed gender (character or player) game has in-character flirting. Everybody loves to do it, and who am I as a Keeper to say no!
Automaton Yıl önce
This is pretty much how every call of cthulhu game goes lol.
TribalGrayFox 8 aylar önce
2 years later: I still want this as a series
David Kolifrath
David Kolifrath Yıl önce
I love how I can date all of the CR one-shots based off of Taliesin's hair. I don't recognize this style so I know that it came farther ahead of where I am in the campaign lol.
Nonsense 2 yıl önce
I can't believe I missed this somehow. Also, during my first viewing last night I fell asleep before it was over and had a dream narrated by Taliesin. I woke up terrified by whatever he was saying in the video, but was asleep for. Time to restart!
Ciaran McGuinness
2:05:49 that instantly made me think of "Hey who turned out the lights" and given that Taliesin is a Doctor Who fan it's a great reference if it was deliberate
Kasino80 8 aylar önce
Tal is a massive DW fan, and I'm sure the Vashta Nerada was a big influence.
HappySandals 2 yıl önce
The Name "Call of Cthulhu" actually refers to Taliesin calling his pet in for dinner.
Ashley Cook
Ashley Cook Yıl önce
@Richard Smith sorry, I meant to post that as a comment but I was distracted by the awesome reply section here. So I guess it's here now too 😃.
Richard Smith
Richard Smith Yıl önce
@Ashley Cook Preach, Sista! Say it for the souls in the Outer Realms to hear!
Ashley Cook
Ashley Cook Yıl önce
@Richard Smith I'm just tickled pink every time I remember that all the ppl the original author deemed less than human have taken his work and improved it so. I hope he is restless in his afterlife knowing ppl of colour, gender/sexuality non conforming are making a good living and having a great time by making his art more inclusive.
Evrim Erim
Evrim Erim Yıl önce
RandomBattleXP Yıl önce
"Cthulhu! Cthulhu! Hey....wake up buddy...the stars ar right...wake up sleepyhead"
Luciver Yıl önce
Talisen dming a game based on mythology writen by hp.Lovecraft: *C* *A* *T* Me: *oh no*
Aberran Fox
Aberran Fox Yıl önce
@Jimmy Hendricks But only those that mean them harm
Max Greenwood
Max Greenwood Yıl önce
I started laughing so hard at this I almost died😂
Jimmy Hendricks
Jimmy Hendricks Yıl önce
The cats of Ulthar are known to eat people all the way down to the bone, so I get the fear.
No Taliesin! You can't say that! it's forbidden knowledge! Taliesin: I will say the n wor
Stewart Monti
Stewart Monti 11 aylar önce
Bring back Phil LaMarr anytime! I’m very much looking forward to seeing him on Critical Role again
Jason Deiss
Jason Deiss Yıl önce
I especially like T - "I'm just getting it out of my system." M - "Are you getting it out of your system?" T - "I'm getting a taste for it. It's a bit like getting a taste of human flesh."
cordial001 10 aylar önce
This is my clear favorite of any one shot they've ever done. I hope we get more of this kind of thing one day
I love how Taliesin dms this with the background of someone who obviously loves and appreciates museums and anything antique and other-timely. As a fellow old stuff lover it brings so much joy to my heart.
Kendra Jade
Kendra Jade Yıl önce
@Jurassic Bread He has 4,000 years of knowledge.
Jurassic Bread
Jurassic Bread 2 yıl önce
I mean, taliesin is thousands of years old
Ian Byrne
Ian Byrne 2 yıl önce
Matthew Bowles Taliesin is basically a non-evil Vandal Savage
Matthew Bowles
Matthew Bowles 2 yıl önce
He was around when the stuff in museums were made. He doesn't love old-timey stuff. He's feeling nostalgic.
Kasino80 4 aylar önce
I've tried watching other COC rpg streams, but there's something about Taliesin's style that makes this soooo much scarier than any other I've seen.
Fernando 2 yıl önce
Watching this for a third time, damn I really love this one shot ran by Taliesin. This made me enter to Call of Cthulhu so hyped and I've been loving it so far with my friends. I really need more of CoC with CR
I love Phil lemarr so much. His improv work is phenomenal. Been following him since Madtv. So i love how Taliesin didnt give hom an immediacy to his failed insanity roll but something to improv in a few moments
[CLGU] Necrophilia
I can't wait for more Call of Cthulhu with Taliesin as Keeper, this was just amazing!
Cragified 2 yıl önce
I envy how supportive Taliesin's friends are. His first time running CoC and a naturally anxious person the cast threw themselves fully into this to make him more at ease. Costume, mannerisms, and listening without rushing.
Ethan Hopkins
Ethan Hopkins 9 aylar önce
@bren bread No... first Jaffee has been DMing and Playing TTRPG's like Vampire the Masqurade, D&D, and so many others since he was 13. second his twitching is caused by Essential Tremors he cant help it...
MojoDog 10 aylar önce
It was kinda hard to watch this for me. He is making the exact same faces that my mother used to do right before having panic attacks. Brought back memories of difficult times in my life. But he did great and I hope he also had fun.
Tim D
Tim D 11 aylar önce
@Switch You know that's a medical thing, no?
Tim D
Tim D 11 aylar önce
He's played this before. There wasn't much done on the internet in front of 50,000 people back then. They should bring this back for an episode or two for sure.
TheJerbol Yıl önce
I'm not sure the reason they went all in on this was just to allay tal's anxiety XD and he seemed totally confident to me
Star Boy
Star Boy 2 yıl önce
"I'm getting a taste for it. It's like tasting human flesh." *ExcUSE ME!?*
Vic Rose
Vic Rose 3 aylar önce
When was this?!?
shannon oneill
shannon oneill Yıl önce
OMG so glad I'm not the only one who caught that...I was half listening and had to stop and go wait what??
shoobe Yıl önce
i absolutely love this and taliesin did a freaking amazing job dming it, but also the music....whoever was in charge of that, thank you....it sets the mood perfectly and I can't stop thinking about it!!
Christian King
Christian King Yıl önce
I swear to god I could listen to Taliesin Jaffe read a phone book for hours and not get tired of it.
Azazel Ashbight
Azazel Ashbight Yıl önce
That shift with Liam's character was very well done always impressed
Henry Knowles
Henry Knowles 3 yıl önce
The only reason taliesin stutters is because he’s converting his first language (ancient Phoenician) into our boring modern english
AL_emonade Yıl önce
this is my favorite piece of critical role lore
Rhonda Cumbo
Rhonda Cumbo Yıl önce
Sumerian, I believe he said.
Gabriel Gama
Gabriel Gama 2 yıl önce
Huh, I always assumed Taliesin's first language was Enochian.
K Lilly M
K Lilly M 2 yıl önce
Modern English is a nightmare
Cyro-Nydd 2 yıl önce
I have to profess I love this entire thread.
James Emshoff
James Emshoff 2 yıl önce
'What the worst that could happen?" lol'd so hard at that knowing how bad this game can go and how quickly it can get there XD
CosmicFungi 2 yıl önce
Travis: Speaks the voice of his character. Me: *FJORD?!?!?*
Anthony Sunseri
Anthony Sunseri Yıl önce
I heard Grog.
ExpensiveMagic Yıl önce
A Fjordian slip
Charlie 5 aylar önce
Woo! Ashly Burch is in this one. She’s so great. I love her work.
Pretty practical Panda
I love taliesin so much. I'm really looking forward to the next time he graces us with a one shot. Thank you for this adventure and the fright
Justin Liber
Justin Liber 3 yıl önce
I want this to be a regular series just so it can end with Mr. Merryweather accidentally revealing his eldritch form, fleeing to California, and changing his name to taliesin jaffe.
Norok Od Ven
Norok Od Ven Yıl önce
No he went up north, was frozen in ice later to be uncovered by Norwegians.
Sochikki 2 yıl önce
@scouttyra I understand that reference, though I personally do not wish for Taliesin to melt to goop in his bathtub
WiseSageBum 2 yıl önce
@scouttyra with an ammonia cooling system
EmperorCeasar12 2 yıl önce
@Red Shift Productions Edge of Darkness I believe was from 6th Edition. I'm glad they put it in the Starter Set.
Red Shift Productions
For all of these replies check out the Call of Cthulhu starter set and you'll find out who Rupert Merriweather is and what becomes of him after the "events" of this scenario
Israel Hans
Israel Hans Yıl önce
The outfits are absolutely amazing.
Wavetech 2 yıl önce
The *come back with a warrant* fucking killed me. ended my life i'm still laughing XD
antonio rafael
antonio rafael 11 aylar önce
Love them all, but i really really want more Ashley Burch and Phil as guests in the future
James Todd
James Todd Yıl önce
Maaan I fucking loved this one shot, tali's voice is so commanding and has so much presence and tension when explaining the events in the game
DemonDude656 3 yıl önce
Matt: "You could certainly try" Taliesin after a minute of talking to himself: "Thats interesting"
Foolish Bastion
Foolish Bastion 3 yıl önce
I love it!!
Maura Hill
Maura Hill Yıl önce
I like how with call of Cthulhu, the more you look into things the more shit can go wrong, example: Travis and Erika saw the "man" looking at the window who only said one line. Travis looked into it more and lost sanity points while Erika was fine because she didn't investigate.
Joshua Woodfolk
Joshua Woodfolk Yıl önce
I like how Travis started all 3 curses
RolanVern 10 aylar önce
I have to say this is my favorite one-shot that they have ever done because this is legitimately unnerving and I love horror stories and this scratches that ice while also scratching my TTRPG itch
Michael T
Michael T 2 aylar önce
I would love to see Talisen do this again with, Aabria , Marisha, Erkia, Travis, Matt, and Liam that would be such a good game
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