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Critical Role Launches Tabletop Game Publishing Company, Four Games Set For Release in 2021

October 27, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Darrington Press Uk'otoa Critical ROle

Critical Role’s reach in the tabletop community is expanding, as they’ve launched a game publishing company with four new games set for release next year. The company, best known for its D&D livestream of the same name and the D&D sourcebook that launched from it, announced on Tuesday that they’ve launched Darrington Press which will publish games both within and outside of Matthew Mercer’s setting of Exandria.

Mercer will serve as the Creative Advisor for the new company, which will be headed by Ivan Van Norman. Norman is a co-owner of Hunters Entertainment (Alice is Missing, Altered Carbon, Outbreak: Undead) and has consulted for a host of companies including Wizards of the Coast and Taboo publisher Hersch Games. He was also a game producer on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop series.

The company’s first game, Uk’otoa, is set for release in G1 of 2021 and will be available in the Critical Role online shops in the US, UK, and AU, as well as hobby stores in the US. The full initial slate of games and release schedules is below:

Uk’otoa – Q1 2021

A battle for life and death on the high Lucidian seas! This flagship title from Darrington Press is a tactical game of semi-cooperative card play as factions of sailors vie to be the last claimed by the raging sea leviathan Uk’otoa. As the ship slowly falls into the ocean, you’ll have to run, push, and sacrifice others to win! Fans of Critical Role know Uk’otoa as the ex-patron of warlock Fjord (played by Travis Willingham). Who could say whether these tales hold any truth? Fjord isn’t telling. Uk’otoa is suitable for ages 12+, is meant for 3-5 players and consists of 30-45 minutes of gameplay. Uk’otoa is created by Jeb Havens (Burrows, Mother Sheep, You Don’t Know My Life!), with additional game design by Gabriel Hicks (Roll20, Paizo, Mythic Grove), art by Critter Hannah Friederichs, Uk’otoa Sculpt by Niklas Norman (Runewars, Imperial Assault, Fallout: The Board Game) and layout by Vee Hendro (Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG, Visigoths vs Mall Goths, and Lost Roads).

Critical Role Adventures – Q2 2021

Embark on your own journey through Exandria with Critical Role Adventures! Play as the upstart adventurers Vox Machina and overcome treacherous challenges. This cooperative legacy-lite campaign game uses a unique, narrative mechanic for social and combat encounters, luring you back session after session. Within this enormous box, you’ll find a host of hidden treasures and a rich storybook to guide you through thrilling combat, dynamic character growth, and tales worthy of the name Vox Machina.

Syndicult – Q3 2021

Syndicult is an original modern magic roleplaying game designed by Matthew Mercer in which mob families jealously guard secrets and battle it out for power on the city streets. Featuring a simple storytelling dice mechanic, Syndicult is a low magic world where all bets are off.

Guardians of Matrimonia – Q4 2021

Fight the monsters, save the party! Guardians of Matrimonia is a cooperative card game where players have pre-built decks that are pitted against a deck of monsters (party crashers). If your deck runs out, everyone loses. But if you battle your way through the entire party crasher deck, everyone wins!