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Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting


Critical Role has taken the roleplaying world by storm. Now, you can join the adventure!

Until now, the wondrous and dangerous lands of Tal’Dorei have been the sole stomping grounds of the show’s adventuring company, Vox Machina. But now, you can explore these realms in a tome from the pen of Game Master Matt Mercer himself!

Will you find one of the revered Vestiges of Divergence or perhaps discover part of the Chroma Conclave's legacy? Can you help the Ashari in their sacred charge to prevent the elemental vortices from overwhelming the world, or will you find yourself embroiled in the machinations of the Clasp?

This setting book takes an in-depth look at the history, people, and places of Tal’Dorei, and includes new backgrounds, magic items, and monsters for the Fifth Edition rules.

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Matthias B March 29, 2019 2:23 pm UTC
Will there be an update with all the changes Matt did to his character options?
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albert R December 14, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
No preview = No purchase
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R Brian S December 08, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Love the book, however, any plans for an update to include the current changes to the Way of the Cobalt Soul they are using in Campaign 2?
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Marcus B May 27, 2018 7:18 am UTC
As the preview does not show the TOC: what is actually in there? Especially interested in 5E rules tweaks and extensions.
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YANN E May 06, 2018 12:02 pm UTC
What is the value of the campaign world for those who have never seen the videos ?
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Benjamin B May 06, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
I'm running a game in it right now and find the value to be good, though I put in lots of work on my own - I firmly believe you can use it to play as-is. There are plot hooks, cities, regions and more included, as well as enough detail on organizations to use them but not so much as to be stifling your own creativity as a DM.

Still, maybe you should ask more specific questions - value will always depend on what you are looking for.
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Derrick C May 04, 2018 12:07 am UTC
Could someone tell me if the map file that comes with the pdf, has that God awful crease in it that the full preview has?
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Benjamin B May 06, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
I find the "God awful" crease to be charming, as this is supposed to be a map that actually exists in game. But yes, it does have the crease.
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Derrick C May 12, 2018 10:19 pm UTC
That's your taste, they could have simply added a clean version as well as this little "charm" with little effort. I like clean maps for displays on roll20 for campaign tracking and little "charms" like this for player handouts.
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Benjamin B October 21, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
The availability of this book off of Amazon is TERRIBLE in Germany. Delivery time is estimated in literally 1-2 months. As such, I'd love to be able to purchase this to be printed from DriveThru, but PoD is not available for this. Will this change anytime soon?
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October 16, 2017 1:52 am UTC
Since the “preview”is just a map, can anyone tell me if this is actually a campaign (like Titansgrave), or is this just a source book only?
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Benjamin B October 21, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
As I've gathered from Youtube-videos, this is a source book only, having some class options, feats and plot hooks. No set campaign though. To be fair, what should they take? The whole campaign clocked in at around 5 years of weekly play after all...
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Brian J October 14, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Does anyone know of a print/pdf bundle anywhere?
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Ismael A July 24, 2017 4:17 am UTC
Is there a way to get both this and the printed version for a discount?
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Rob T July 21, 2017 10:51 pm UTC
Any plans for a Fantasy Grounds conversion?
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Jason S July 23, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
I e-mailed Doug from Smiteworks about it. He told me that he's going to reach out to the folks at Green Ronin.
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Rob T July 24, 2017 1:53 am UTC
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entropy R July 21, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
For someone not familiar with the show is there anything about this setting that's unique enough in concept that would be worth giving it a look? With so many great other settings out there that push new ideas I just want to know what separates this from the generic Fantasy bucket.
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John S July 21, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Issues with previews, can't see them in two different browsers. Just me?
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Tim G July 21, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Not just you. No preview loading for me either.

And GR, you might want to be less cagey about what this is a setting -for-. At the moment it sounds good but I have no context for what I might do with it.
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Sean T July 21, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
They're not really being all that cagey. It's under their "5E Compatible" sub-section (literally the only thing there at the moment), and the pop-up info and the sidebar have the system as "5e-compatible." Also, since the show Critical Role (which is where this setting originates) uses 5E, the answer should be pretty obvious.

Just saying, the info is there if you look for it.
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Tim G July 24, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
As a slightly interested browser, it's not my job to look for it in odd corners of the page. Much better if the description, the core of the page, actually told us what Critical Role is and what the book will do for us. (I did poke around and do a search, but that's a lot of effort for a general web visitor.)
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Sean T July 30, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
Well, the description has been updated, so I guess you got your wish. However,

A) Since I imagine most people interested in purchasing this product will do so because of the show (what with Critical Role being probably the most watched D&D live-play program on the net), I figure they'd either already know the rules system, or easily figure it out.

B) Having recently acquired a copy of the book myself, I can tell you that most of the information within is just lore, thus system-neutral. There are some new options and items, and some npc/monster stat blocks, but about 2/3rds of the material could be used with any system.

C) Again, none of this information was hidden. It would take maybe 30 seconds, tops, to figure this out (you wouldn't even need to leave the product page). So when you say, "it's not my job to look for [this information] in odd corners of the page," I can't help but read that as, "I'm too lazy to actually go looking for this piece of information...See more
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Christian P July 20, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
The book comes with a poster map of the setting. It did not upload correctly when the PDF first went live but should be fixed now. If you purchase it, check your download library and it should be there.
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Christopher J July 19, 2017 12:50 am UTC
P.2 has a partial map, and the gazeteer has a bunch of disparate partial maps but you know what is missing? An actual useable, composite map. Why on earth would GR/Matt Mercer not include an actual setting map?
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J. Michael L July 19, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
I agree a map would be great to have.
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Todor P July 20, 2017 10:01 am UTC
Who on earth sells a campaign book without a proper map?
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Christian P July 20, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Should be fixed now.
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Christopher J July 20, 2017 11:03 pm UTC
Awesome! And the map is really nice. I retract my critique!
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