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-->''"Until next time, listeners, here's hoping all your dice rolls are... [[TitleDrop Critical Hits]]"''
--> -- ''Stephen Schleicher, at the end of each episode''

-->''"Uh... whut?"''
--> -- ''Torq''

If you came looking for the Game Mechanic which results in high damage, that's over [[CriticalHit here.]]

This page is for a SpinOff of the Major Spoilers {{Podcast}}, in which the hosts and a couple of their friends play in a 4th Edition DungeonsAndDragons campaign. The team is made up of gamers who are completely new to Dungeons and Dragons, those who have been playing since Third Edition, and even one guy who’s been playing since the AD&D days.

The plot of the campaign follows a RagtagBunchOfMisfits as they try to stop The Void, a group of [[EldritchAbomination Insane Gods]], from invading their plane of existence. The first and second seasons had them racing to keep the [[ColonyDrop Moon from smashing into the Earth]], and in the third season, they've been recruited by a [[CelestialBureaucracy Higher Power]] to help cleanse a part of the Astral Sea of the remaining Lunar Monsters. For the fourth season, the party heads to the Feywild, Orem's home plane, in order to restore the balance tht was upset by the unnatural lunar activity of previous seasons. The group includes [[SquishyWizard Orem Rivendorn]] of the Eladrin, [[BigGuy Halston Thorkelson aka "Torq"]], [[GadgeteerGenius Randus du Thane]], and [[MysteriousPast Smith the Sorcerer]], [[spoiler:who has since been replaced by]] [[LoveableRogue Ket H'zard]] the Half-Elf Warlock. In Season Four, they're joined by an elf ranger, [[ForestRanger Trelle]].

It does take occasional breaks to answer listener questions, and Stephen and Rodrigo have created a set of podcasts which focus on Game Mastering 101, with its own set of characters. (Episodes 58-62).

The show itself is a delightful pastiche of learn-by-example play, nerd humor and old-time radio serials. It is a great way to introduce people to DungeonsAndDragons 4th Editions and [[TabletopRPG Role Playing Games]], enjoyable to both old and new players or people just interested in a good fantasy story.

You can find the episodes [[http://www.majorspoilers.com/media/criticalhit.xml here]], or download them from iTunes.
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!!This Series Provides Examples Of:

* AffablyEvil: The Thing That Shatters the Sky.
** [[spoiler: Ma and Pa]] also get a namecheck as this, from Brian
* AGodAmI: The Thing That Shatters The Sky pulls this on all the other Gods of The Void.
* AudibleSharpness: Invoked with the Hogba's Black Mistress battleaxe.
* AWizardDidIt: Well, technically some Insane [[EldritchAbomination Gods]] did it - the moon is explained to be livable only due to the will of The Void.
* ActionGirl: Four examples, two of which are friendly [=NPCs=], and one PC.
** The Queen's Rebellious Daughter is a scientist who uses resonance to zap things. She's pretty handy in a fight.
** Bao Bel-Bina is a tiefling Avenger who serves Erathis.
** The third is Trelle, an elf ranger that recently joined the party.
** Fourth is Orem's sister Kammis, an Eladrin wizard specializing in familiars.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: The world is being attacked by insane extraterrestrial gods, who send their monstrous creations to attack, as well as having built towers on the Earth and the moon to draw them together. And even after ''that's'' been dealt with, there are plenty of quests they're needed for.
* AdventureTowns: Moonhold, The Exilarchy of Cogs' city, and Diamond Throne.
* AlienSky: Two: One happens after The Void's first attempt to [[spoiler:smash the moon into the Earth]], described by Rodrigo as constantly red, filled with clouds and roiling lightning. The second is when the heroes are [[spoiler: transported to the moon,]] described as a bubble surrounding the atmosphere with a blurry view of the planet itself.
* AllJustADream: Used to devastating effect, [[spoiler: not once but twice, in the Demonweb ]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Rodrigo has posted a [[http://www.majorspoilers.com/smf/index.php/topic,1470.0.html handy timeline]] for the Critical Hit Universe, and was kind enough to do an [[http://www.majorspoilers.com/critical-hit-first-arc-exit-interview interview]] about the first story arc after it ended. He also answers questions about Critical Hit in the same forum.
* AnAdventurerIsYou: It's a D&D Game.
* AnAxeToGrind: Torq's WeaponOfChoice is a Great Axe.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Thoney's Airship floats because its hull is coated in "Astral Brine".
** Later on, many of Randus' ship designs are heavily powered by "Elasma", which can be vented, etc.
* BadassNormal: Torq definitely counts, being nothing more than incredibly tough and strong in a party of magic users.
* BagOfHolding: Technically, the gang has a Handy Haversack, but it's basically a bag of holding in backpack form.
* BigDamnHeroes: When the Torqletones shut down the tower in Episode 7.
* BigEater: 17 Funnel cakes, to go!
* BlondesAreEvil: The evil cultist the Torqletones fight twice is handsome and has long blonde hair.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Void are gods who see no problem with creating and destroying entire races at their will, and constantly vie for dominance over one another, not caring who gets in the way.
* BodyHorror: Plenty of examples, which is to be expected in a campaign full of Insane Gods.
** Some of the cultists who worship The Void allow themselves to become hosts to creatures from the moon that do this.
** There's also the little white creatures Orem and Smith fight - their eyes are misshapen, and their limbs are all different sizes, to the point where some walk on one hand and one leg because those are the two limbs who touch the ground.
** Smith himself, randomly spawning magic items from various points on his body. Painfully.
*** D&D Brian namechecks this trope when the Torqletones fight the Candle Heads for the first time.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: Torq is now a priest of Corellon. They joked about him multiclassing to Cleric back in season one.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Torq is a half orc fighter with almost no skills... except killin' things. In this he excels.
* BuffySpeak: Matthew has a habit of calling things "frammistats" when he can't immediately think of the word he wants. There's also a lot of terms like "fighty fighty" and "talky talky", usually from Torq's direction.
* CantArgueWithElves: Stephen constantly plays Orem as disdainful of Elves and condescending towards all non-Eladrin. No one seems to be disturbed by this. This is explained early in the show as a hypertrophied version of the trope when Rodrigo describes the Eladrin to Stephen for the first time: "Eladrin are to regular elves as elves are to humans."
* CatchPhrase: The main one is Torq's "Uh... whut?", but Randus' "Indeed" is a close second.
** In the third season we appear to have Ket's "I don't cheat; I very rarely bluff" as a new one.
** Rodrigo often has NPC's say "I see" in response to the party's shenanigans.
** Torq also seems to have taken a shine to "I duck." in response to any attack made against him. It usually doesn't work.
** Trelle's Stare.
* CelestialBureaucracy: Season 3 takes place in the goddess Erathis' City in the Astral Sea, which is definitely run by bureaucrats
* CombatMedic: Randus, who has a Magitek crossbow and some offensive spells.
* CoolAirship: Thony's Proud Baroness.
* CriticalHit: Torq scores these often, interestingly enough, and Matthew is one of two players playing by remote. He gets paranoid that people will think he's cheating and has offered to have the DM roll for him.
* CursedWithAwesome: Smith "suffers" from some unique side-effects of the moon nearly crashing into the Earth.
* DealWithTheDevil: In season three, [[spoiler: Asmodeus tries to strike a deal with Ket, Torq, Seven Owls Wise, and Albrecht Ghostbeard. Asmodeus makes a different deal with Ket, becoming his sponsor in the Kobold Alley competition. ]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The End of Season 2 has our heroes [[spoiler:defeat The Thing That Shatters the Sky.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: Rodrigo says this word-for-word to Matthew on at least one occasion.
* DumbMuscle: Torq.
* DungeonsAndDragons: They're playing it.
* EldritchAbomination: The Void are a group of insane, evil Gods who inhabit the Campaign World's moon, plus the countless number of creatures they create and destroy on a whim, often sending them to fight the heroes.
* TheFairFolk: All over Season 4, which takes place in the Feywild.
* FiveManBand: As of Season 4.
** TheLeader / TheSneakyGuy: Ket
** TheMedic: Randus
** TheSmartGuy: Orem and Randus
** TheBigGuy: Torq
** TheChick: Trelle
** TeamPet: Randus' assistant and Ket's imp.
* ForScience: Evoked by Randus occasionally, and The Queen's Rebellious Daughter.
* ForestRanger: Trelle, friend to all nature right up until it's killing her horribly.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Trelle's interactions with all living creatures, Adriana refers to this as Trelle "Disney princessing it"
* GameMaster: Rodrigo, Stephen and Rob.
** Matthew, while an old-school Game Master, has outright stated that he doesn't expect to ever run a game for Critical Hit, partially due to rules issues and partly due to trying to stand in Rodrigo's long shadow.
* GadgeteerGenius: Randus and Thony.
* GenreSavvy: The players, for sure. Not so much their characters.
* GunboatDiplomacy: Ket employs Torq as his support in this from time to time when trying to get information from others.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Ket is a Half-Elf, and Torq is a 3/4 Orc (his mother was a full Orc and his father a Half-Orc).
* HighAltitudeBattle: With the Lunar Dargon in Episodes 27 and 28.
* HitPoints: Since this is a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, absolutely.
* HouseRules: Rodrigo has his own house rules when it comes to Skill Challenges.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Orem.
--> Orem: (drinking nectar infused with soda water) "It gives me a lot of pep, see?"
--> Orem: (presenting fruit pods enchanted to hold recordings of their adventures) "Behold these pods, that I have cast."
* InAndOutOfCharacter: There's a lot, especially when the guys go off on a tangent. Matthew usually does a voice for Torq, at least.
* InSeriesNickname: Introducing the Torqletones!
* IndyPloy: The Torqletones are really just making it up as they go along.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Smith at the end of season two.]]
* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler:Bao Bel Bina dies when her ship is destroyed by She Who Slumbers in Agony. Thony dies of old age sometime before episode 239.]]
* KissDiss: Orem shares one with an Eladrin named Simmy in episode 84.
* LampshadeHanging: A lot.
--> Innkeeper: "Sorry, that was my lampshade going off...."
* LargeHam: Matthew, Torq's player, is this 9/10ths of the time. Stephen also qualifies when playing Orem, and ESPECIALLY as a DM. GM Rodrigo has been known to ham it up a bit with some [=NPCs=].
* LeeroyJenkins: Torq has pulled this once or twice.
* {{Lunacy}}: The Void is a collective of insane moon gods, which fits the trope.
* MacGuffin: The Four-Facet Key for the first story arc.
* {{Magitek}}: While not ubiquitous throughout the setting, there is definitely some of this stuff, from Randus' crossbow and familiar to The Exilarchy of Cogs.
* {{Malaproper}}: Torq malaprops multisyllabic words at LEAST once an episode.
* {{Mooks}}: The Lizard-Monkeys, our first introduction to lunar monsters.
* MrFixit: Randus has to retool a lot of stuff, including himself which crosses over with his role as CombatMedic - just with spanners as well as syringes.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The names of some of the Lunar Gods: She Who Slumbers In Agony, The Thing That Shatters The Sky.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Orem accidentally breaking a small town's protective spell with an overuse of Prestidigation.
* OneOfUs: Aside from obviously being gamers and geeks of a variety of stripes, the players often reference tropes.
** In fact, this very page was referenced in a Q&A session.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: GM Rodrigo loves taking monsters from the books and changing what they look like in order to give them an EldritchAbomination feel.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Smith goes through various states of wolf, but most notably when bloodied in battle.]]
* ProudScholarRace: The Eladrin of the Feywild, or downright snotty in case of young graduate Orem Rivendorn.
* ReligiousBruiser: [[spoiler:Halston Thorkelson, newest anointed priest of Corellon.]]
* RobotBuddy: Randus's assistant and Thony's raven.
* RunningGag: Torq jumping out windows.
** "Uhhhhh, funnelcake?"
** "Listen to these pods I have cast!"
** Torq rolling 20's and Randus rolling like crap.
* ShipperOnDeck: Orem for [[spoiler:his sister Kammis and Trelle.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: Thony casually hands one of these to Orem. Well, it was casual until Rodrigo [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade from it]].
* ShoutOut: Considering this is a show with 5-6 nerds, pretty much every episode contains a few references to movies, whether it's something one of the players say, or something within the campaign itself. Matthew is particularly {{egregious}}.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's Randus. Not Randice, Randis, or Randace. Also, it's The Thing That Shatters the Sky, not He Who Shatters the Sky.
** Halston Thorqelson's nickname is spelled T-O-R-Q.
** Notably it's not just the fans who mess these up. Stephen's descriptions have contained both of these errors.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Trelle. She used to date Orem's sister Kammis, who this trope would also apply to.]]
* TalkingWeapon: One of Orem's swords, that he never uses. Because all it does is tell him to kill his friends.
* TitleDrop - As the quote at the top of the page says, it's at least once an episode, plus whenever someone (Torq) scores an actual CriticalHit.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Orem becomes this in the eyes of Torq when [[spoiler: Moonhold's entire town guard with the exception of Torq die.]]
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is An NPC]]: Joked about in the fight to save a bunch of panicky gnome villagers.
* WizardingSchool: The Cerulean Academy of Magic.
* WeaponOfChoice: Each of the player characters has at least one.
** Orem: At first he uses a MagicWand, but later decides to opt for a CoolSword, appropriate as he's the closest thing the party has to a leader. Interestingly, he only started actually hitting people with it after some coaching by Torq.
** Randus: A Crossbow, with lots of [[GadgeteerGenius crazy attachments and gizmos]].
** Torq: A [[AnAxeToGrind Great Axe]], fitting his status as TheBigGuy.
** Smith: [[KnifeNut Daggers]], though he doesn't fit the trope as he uses them to channel his magic rather than cut people.
** [[spoiler: Ket: A [[WhipItGood Whip]], fitting his status as a swashbuckling rogue.]]
** Trelle: Uses two types of weapons; either [[CoolSword longswords]], or [[ArcherArchetype bows]].
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