Critical Role, the enormously popular show featuring a beloved cast of voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons, may have started in 2015, but the group began playing together a couple years prior. The initial idea started when Critical Role dungeon master Matthew Mercer appeared on the All Work No Play podcast with fellow voice actors Liam O’Brien and Sam Riegel. Mercer invited the two to play a D&D campaign with a group of friends and the rest is history.
The podcast, which began in 2012, has only released 15 episodes over the last six years as the voice actors became busier and busier. With new ideas in tow, the duo is eyeing a full All Work No Play revival.
Riegel, who is best known for his work on series like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Phoenix Wright, says both the original run of All Work No Play and the new rebooted series were born from his and O’Brien’s desire to spend more time together amidst their busy schedules. “We could ‘work’ and ‘play’ at the same time!” he says. “Now, with the success of Critical Role and other professional commitments, we’re faced with the same problem: too little time and too much