Last night, critical role played a The Legend of Zelda-inspired tabletop role-playing game, and we may never see it, play it, or hear about it ever again. That could change but… who knows. The fact is there is a Nintendo Approved Zelda-inspired by the TTRPG there, totally playable, and no one is distributing it or even telling us how we might possibly see it.
io9 contacted critical role and Nintendo for comment. The only thing we’ve heard is that it’s Nintendo calling. We eagerly await the company’s response.
So here’s what we know. critical role and Nintendo Treehouse collaborated to create this custom The Legend of Zelda TTRPG based on the events and lore of tears of the kingdom. Nintendo actually sponsored the stream, making it a semi-official stream. The Legend of Zelda TTRPG. It uses both a D20 turn-based combat mechanic system that includes initiative and hit point based damage. A slimmed down Dungeons and Dragons combat is the best way to think about it. Kinda Rascalkinda In the strange. Very old school roleplaying structures.
The TTRPG is also inspired by apocalyptic world by Vincent and Meguey Baker – in game design parlance, a game that does this is called “Powered by the Apocalypse” – and uses two D6 dice to determine success, success with complication, or failure. It has at least three stats – Wisdom, Courage, and Power, which can add bonuses to or subtract from a roll.
Really, it’s very little, it’s almost nothing, but it’s something, and I’m completely out of my head thinking there’s a 20-page document out there somewhere detailing all of this that was created under the auspices of Nintendo. It’s a great franchise to put in a TTRPG, and the fact that a lightweight, easy-to-play game is basically out of the box gets me in trouble. This is probably largely due to the fact that Matt Mercer, critical roleThe resident general manager of and game master for this one-shot voice Ganondorf in tears of the kingdom. I just can’t imagine a universe in which “critical role creates a semi-official Zelda TTRPG” and “Matt Mercer voices Ganandorf” are unrelated.
So let’s go, see if it works. Dear Nintendo and critical role: Release the Zelda TTRPG! Let me read it! Give it to me!! Free the People’s Princess!! Show me the Di.e.-Fyeah! If anyone – literally anyone – emails me with more information, I’ll let you know.
The Legend of Zelda One-Shot: Watch out, here we come! broadcast on Tuesday, May 30 on Tic And Youtube. He will come out on Youtube Thursday, June 1 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific. THE podcast the version will be released on June 6th.
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