What is Beacon?

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WARNING: DO NOT STARE DIRECTLY INTO THE BEACON. CRITICAL ROLE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY BRAIN MELTS, POWERFUL NEW ABILITIES, OR SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM COLLAPSES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE. 

HOWEVER, WE WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY* FOR ANY HOURS YOU’VE FOUND YOURSELF SWEPT UP IN THE WORLD OF EXANDRIA, AT THE TABLE WITH FRIENDS, OR RECENT SUSPICIONS OF MOONS. 

*This is not legally binding. Unless you’re staring into the Beacon** right now, in which case, you’ve officially transcended beyond any legalities of the mortal realms and surpassed any –  **If your soul has undergone consecution, you can ignore all clauses above.

If you’ve made it this far, dear Critters, you’ve officially been initiat–ahem invited to join Beacon! 

WHAT IS BEACON?

Beacon is a special membership service and the new home for all things Critical Role! As a member, you’ll receive live event presales, merch discounts in all our online shops, and an invitation to a private Discord. 

You’ll be able to enjoy the shows you love completely ad-free, get early access to content like Critical Role Abridged, The Re-Slayer’s Take, Midst – and for the first time ever, the Critical Role podcast, which will be available instantly after the initial broadcast. Beacon members will also get new exclusive series like Critical Role Cooldown where you’ll get a peek into the post-show reactions as soon as a game ends.

Nothing changes with how you’re able to watch or listen to our content currently – we’ll continue to be on Twitch & YouTube as usual. As an independent company, Beacon allows us the flexibility to create special perks, stay better connected with you all, and provide you with a better unfiltered experience - without being beholden to algorithms or outside companies. This won’t be taking anything away, it’s just our way of bringing you even MORE - more content, more access, more perks, and more chaos (probably). 

Please know that this is just the beginning! We’re always striving to provide you with exactly what you wish, and with Beacon, we have the ability to do just that. We'll keep scaling and improving the program to ensure you have the best experience possible - there is so much more to come. Head on over to beacon.tv and start a 7-day free trial today!

Thank you so much for your support, your ongoing feedback, and for being a part of our community for over 9 years!

NEW SERIES! 

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering –  What The Fuck Is Up with these shows I’ve never heard of before? Is this you right now? 🤳 

Well, SURPRISE! We’re excited to introduce you to Beacon exclusives like Critical Role Fireside Chat and Critical Role Cooldown (meaning the only place you’ll be able to find these are ON Beacon) as well as Beacon early access series like Critical Role Abridged and The Re-Slayer’s Take (meaning they’ll be available FIRST on Beacon and then later available everywhere else).

BEACON EXCLUSIVES: 

CRITICAL ROLE FIRESIDE CHAT

Join us in the tavern for a monthly Ask Me Anything (AMA) series where you can sit down with us and learn more about our Critical Role cast and guests! Questions will be curated directly from Beacon members via Discord and each episode will feature a different cast member for a 30-60 minute LIVE fireside chat. Cozy up by the fire and enjoy the deep dive with us starting May 21st with our first guest, Matthew Mercer!

CRITICAL ROLE COOLDOWN

Get a backstage pass to a Critical Role episode! You’ll be right there at the table immediately after Matt says “Is it Thursday yet?”, experiencing the cast's post-show reactions. Share in the tumult of theories, the chaos of questions, and the pitching of plans from the cast after the show. If you’ve ever wondered what lies just beyond the curtain, this is your chance to find out! Starting with Campaign 3, Episode 83, you’ll get instant access to 10 episodes with new episodes dropping every Thursday with each new Critical Role episode.

BEACON EARLY-ACCESS: 

THE RE-SLAYER’S TAKE

Follow the audio escapades of the second-coolest monster hunters this side of Exandria: The Re-Slayer’s Take! After six misfit mercenaries are rejected from the elite monster hunting group, The Slayer’s Take, they band together as The Re-Slayer’s Take, battling supernatural creatures across the rugged continent of Issylra. But will they be able to overcome the plight of The Timberblight and its undead army? Can Idrin, Farah, Heera, Frog, Timpani, and Poogs learn to work together through it all? This all-ages actual play is carefully edited into a tightly woven narrative that’s easily digestible in bite-size episodes, making for a fresh new suite of Exandrian adventures for a long-time Critter, or a perfect first dip into the world of Critical Role. 

The cast is led by a duo of game masters, George Primavera and Nick Williams (Hero Club), with the main cast including Jasmine Bhullar, Jasper William Cartwright, Caroline Lux, and Jasmine Chiong. The Re-Slayer’s Take premieres Monday, May 20th everywhere podcasts are found with new episodes every Monday. Beacon members get early access to episodes and stay two weeks ahead of the free feeds. 

CRITICAL ROLE ABRIDGED

All the twists and turns of an episode of Critical Role in half the time! In Critical Role Abridged, the rich tapestry of a Critical Role campaign is lovingly distilled to its most pivotal, hilarious, and poignant moments in about 60-90 minutes per episode. Our Lorekeepers have ensured you’ll catch all the crucial plot points, characters, and worldbuilding you’ll need to get started with Critical Role, catch up to the current episodes, or revisit old friends. Plus, each episode is enhanced with new pieces of artwork, bringing key characters, items, and moments to greater visual detail.  Critical Role Abridged begins with Critical Role’s third campaign, Bells Hells, with new episodes airing every Tuesday at 10am Pacific. Beacon members receive the first 12 episodes right away with two new episodes dropping every week on Tuesdays & Fridays. However, to celebrate the launch of Beacon, we’ll be dropping the first 4 episodes on YouTube over the next week for everyone to enjoy!

BELLS HELLS LIVE SHOW!

Watch Critical Role LIVE at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on June 15th as Bells Hells gather their courage and their allies to stop Ludinus Da'leth and his planned destruction of the gods.

Game Master Matthew Mercer will lead players Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Liam O’Brien, Sam Riegel, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Robbie Daymond, and Marisha Ray through an exciting live performance of Campaign 3, Episode 98 of Critical Role with the extraordinary Brennan Lee Mulligan serving as the Master of Ceremonies. 

VIP ticket holders get to enjoy a 45-minute Q&A moderated by Brennan Lee Mulligan with the cast of Critical Role and Robbie Daymond ahead of the main show.

Presale for Beacon members begins Monday, May 20th at 10am Pacific, but keep in mind that you have to be a paid member to receive the presale codes – a free trial does not include access to live event presales. To guarantee access to the presale, you must sign up for a monthly or annual membership no later than Thursday, May 16th at 11:59pm Pacific. If you miss the presale, don’t worry, we’ll have tickets available for everyone the very next day on Tuesday, May 21st at 10am Pacific. Anyone unable to join us in person can watch the livestream on the Critical Role Twitch & YouTube channels on Thursday, June 20th, or the VOD on Monday, June 24th. Find all the details right here: critrole.com/events

The Shadowhand will see you now…Welcome to Beacon.tv

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Explore unparalleled access to Critical Role with a Beacon membership. Enjoy ad-free beloved & new exclusive series, instant access to VODs & podcasts, live event pre-sales, merch discounts, & a private Discord.