The long-running D&D series Critical Role is expanding into tabletop games publishing with a new company called Darrington Press.
For the past several years, the long-running Critical Role has proven to be one of the internet’s most popular destinations for all things Dungeons & Dragons with its cast of well-known voice actors including Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, and Ashley Johnson. The group’s ongoing campaigns and podcasts have sparked new life into the hobby of tabletop roleplaying games, and now the group is expanding even further by publishing upcoming games of their own.
Critical Role has officially announced that the company will be launching a new publishing division devoted to tabletop games called Darrington Press. According to the official announcement, Darrington Press will be an extension of Critical Role’s love of tabletop and roleplaying games, with the company being headed by Ivan Van Norman, who has previously worked on producing and developing tabletop games and was a producer on Wil Wheaton’s online series TableTop. Matthew Mercer will also serve as one of the heads of the company as its creative advisor.
We are THRILLED to announce our publishing company, @DarringtonPress! We are immensely grateful to everyone involved in helping us turn this dream into a reality.
Check out our official announcement AND follow our shiny new socials to learn more. ✨ https://t.co/2rpfBPf5du
— Critical Role (@CriticalRole) October 27, 2020
A few of the games coming from Darrington Press in the future were officially revealed in the company’s announcement blog post. The first game from Darrington Press is called Uk’otoa, which is “a tactical game of semi-cooperative card play” between warring factions of sailors on the high seas. The game will be arriving in Q1 2021, followed by three other upcoming games scheduled to release throughout the rest of 2021: Critical Role Adventures, Syndicult, and Guardians of Matrimonia.
You can check out an image of Uku’otoa below:
Critical Role started broadcasting their first campaign in 2015 on Twitch, and since then the series has taken off in popularity on YouTube, through their podcasts, and in live appearances and specials. Since then, the series has also expanded to different mediums including graphic novels, campaign books, art books, and an upcoming animated series on Amazon Prime Video.