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"EVERYTHING'S FINE!"
—Various, whenever things are anything but fine. Which is often.

A Dungeons & Dragons series hosted by Chris Perkins. A group of adventurers is pulled into the land of Barovia, and desperately try to escape and get waffles. Things go badly. The main characters are Diath, a rogue played by ProJared, Paultin, a bard played by Nathan Sharp, Evelyn, a paladin played by Anna Prosser Robinson, and Strix, a Tiefling sorceress played by 'Commander' Holly Conrad.

The streams can be watched here, and the subreddit is here

Has a Character Sheet that needs much love. The series appears to be set in the same continuity as Acquisitions Incorporated, for whom Strix moonlights on several occasions.


Because of the nature of the series, there are spoilers for Curse of Strahd, Storm King’s Thunder, and Tomb of Annihilation. You have been warned.

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  • Action Pet: Hooty McHootface and her offspring, Waffles. Stinky the cranium rat and Juniper the mouse might count, during the episode dedicated to them.
  • Addictive Magic: Evelyn has a hard time ridding herself of lycanthropy, due to the various benefits the condition brings her.
  • All-Loving Hero: Evelyn wants to adopt just about any monster they find that she can reasonably call cute, including the Hellhounds in the middle of attempting to rip her to pieces.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: The baby owlbear has this effect on the women in the group, even Diath grows fond of it after playing it in the 'pets' episode. Simon has this effect on Paultin and Evelyn, though he's more of a toddler than a baby.
  • Big Bad: From Season 1, Strahd von Zarovich. The soul monger from season 3.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Paultin, at least once per session.
  • Captain Oblivious: Evelyn refuses to see the world through anything but her rose colored glasses, Anna's consistently bad perception checks further enforce the trope.
  • Cartwright Curse: You don't even have to be a love interest. If you are a guest star or friendly NPC you should probably have your funeral arrangements in order.
  • Catch-Phrase: Several:
    • Paultin: "Not with that attitude it won’t."
    • Evelyn: "By the light of Lathander!"
    • Strix: "EVERYTHING’S BAD!"
    • Diath: "UNCANNY DODGE!"
  • Chew Toy: Diath. Hanged for assaulting a guard, raised by a necromantic Abbott (and Came Back Wrong), turned into a ghoul by an Eldritch Abomination to revive Strix, had that sacrifice rendered pointless by Van Richten, cursed by Arabelle, used his revival spell on Zog only to have him die again, and is just generally a magnet for whatever trouble Perkins can imagine.
    • Lamp Shaded by Jared in episode 30.
      Jared: I like how any time we flash back to something, it's always paired with "oh yeah, that's when that terrible thing happened to Diath.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Deprived of her spell slots, Strix falls back on screaming and throwing things. A dead rat does surprisingly little damage.
    • She can also turn her staff into a frying pan. She's yet to use it for this purpose, but it's been noted as a possibility.
  • Companion Cube:
    • Paultin gains an adopted "son", in the form of a deadly animated puppet the group dubbed "Murderbot" back in Barovia and later renamed Simon.
    • The dolls of the rest of the party were this to Strix during her fifty years alone in Barovia.
    • While in the Amber Temple, the Waffle Crew learned that Paultin himself was one, as he'd been abducted and replaced with a simulacrum by Strahd's forces.
  • Creepy Good: Murderbot/Simon although more creepy than good, Strix can be this at times, such as collecting hags hearts and the like.
    • Mourning Glory, while in Barovia, looked like a zombie horse.
    • Esmeralda, after being turned into a vampire.
  • Crossover: Strix's adventures with Acquisitions Incorporated. Strix joins with several other parties, actually.
    • Strix and Diath (in two separate episodes) took part in some of Aquisitions Incorporated's "C" Team's adventures.
    • The entire Waffle Crew and the entire "C" Team had a full crossover called "Waffles Inc.", consisting of eight players, two dungeon masters, and five episodes.
    • In season 3, the party are briefly joined by Kerrick, a resident of Tal'Dorei.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Strix commonly talks about how Sigil is a horrible place to live, and she grew up carrying bodies around, and nearly got sold as a slave. Diath has shades of this as well but he doesn't talk about it.
    • Durring a rare moment of emotion Paultin mentions having everything taken from him, no doubt talking about when Van Richten murdered his family.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Strix, a demonic-looking Tiefling with a fondness for dead things and filth, is kind, compassionate and put her numerous fears aside for her friends.
    • "Barmy", the undead Lich in the Amber Temple, proves to be a helpful ally. Bonus points for Perkins giving him the voice of Christopher Lloyd.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Diath and Paultin, but Chris and Strix are sometimes as well.
  • The Ditz: Evelyn is completely clueless most of the time.
  • Drunken Master: In a weird twist, Nate actually gets bad rolls when Paultin is sober. No rule, just luck.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The running commentary text was originally shown in the spare image box and didn't appear in the first episode at all. Eventually, White Text Guy got his own spot on the stream layout.
    • Earlier episodes had a feed showing #wafflecrew tweets
  • Easily Forgiven: Probably because the series is meant to be pretty lighthearted, but there seems to have been little moral repercussions for Diath killing Arabelle as a human sacrifice. Most of the terrible things the party does are easily forgiven, but it’s averted when Paultin uses suggestion on Diath. Eventually, the party splits over it.
  • Eats Babies: Werewolf!Evelyn; turns out to be a ruse.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Paultin's good looks are frequently remarked upon. He even uses his appearance to manipulate a lovelorn vampire.
    • Diath gets it less often, but still, has admirers of all sexes.
  • Feelies: There's been a number of physical representations of in-game items:
    • In Season 1, Chris sent envelopes with a different playing card to each of the players, prior to an in-game tarot card reading.
    • From the same season, Holly made an adorable puppet version of Mr. Shambleface (a.k.a. the Vistani doll of Strahd.
    • Holly later went on to make the dolls of the Waffle Crew that Strix made during her 50 years alone in Barovia and sent them to the other players. These get revealed on-stream during Episode 73.
  • Flaming Sword: Evelyn's sword The Heart of Spinelli.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • Strix: The cynic, mostly concerned with not dying
    • Evelyn: The optimist (often to dangerous extent)
    • Diath: the realist
    • Paultin: the apathetic.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
  • Funny Background Event: In a situation where the focus can only really be on one person at a time, this will happen:
    • Jared usually has a great facial expression ready to go
    • Special mention goes to Holly's 'chip flip' from episode 54 note 
    • A nightmare scenario sees Strix in the company of her party, but they're all in doll form. The rest of the crew hide off camera and hold up their dolls while this goes on.
  • Idiot Ball: Evelyn seems to hold it the most of the main four, but guest character Falkon (a wereraven played by Chris Trott) picks it up and runs right out the window.
    • Lately Paultin has taken it and outright refused to let it go. To the point of one of the players claiming he willingly falls for every temptation Chris Perkins throws at him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Diath, while he's a ghoul.
  • In-Series Nickname: Several, but most notable is "Ass-Smear" for Kasimir the dusk elf.
  • Interface Screw: A Twitch broadcast with an overlay provides several opportunities for this:
    • Whenever someone drops out of the stream and all the cameras become misaligned. Lampshaded when, by random chance, one of the players' cameras ended up in Chris Perkin's box and they proclaimed themselves to be the DM.
    • Greying out a character's stats when they die. Sometimes within a minute of the death taking place.
      • Also happened in episodes 82 & 83, while Paultin was under the influence of the Ring of Winter
    • Sometime after episode 52 when Evelyn became a construct, her title read Evelyn, 'Human' Paladin
  • Large Ham: Chris Perkins does not know the meaning of "understated performance". Neither does Mordenkainen. Or Bag of Nails. Or Magnus Burnsides.
  • Love Epiphany: In Holly's story about Strix making the dolls of her fallen comrades, she seems to have this moment when she has to start making Diath's doll. It is debatable if this is an actual epiphany since she seems more confused about the feelings than anything, but her behavior towards Diath does end up changing after said events. Holly also denounced Strix's asexuality, and said that it was during her time alone in Barovia that she became demisexual.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Juniper, Evelyn's pet mouse, proves invaluable in locating her after a werewolf transformation. Waffles also.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Turns out that Strix's ancestors made a deal with devils. This results in a Crossover with Acquisitions Incorporated and caused a whole lot of problems for both Strix and Diath alike.
  • Mood Whiplash: Fairly often in the first season because of the contrast between the Gothic Horror of the module's setting and the snarky attitudes of the players.
    • Example: Soon after they get trapped in the Amber Temple Evelyn and Diath almost die, Diath twice! Then soon after, in an attempt to control an amber golem Strix alters her form to pretend to be Strahd, a comically bad performance complete with an atrocious Swedish accent
    • Episode 86 the episode starts with Simon making silly jokes and ends with Evelyn and Simon dead and Strix unconscious.
  • Oh, Crap!: Often.
    • In Episode 43, when the Dao says to Paultin "That's very interesting. I wish you hadn't noticed that."
    • Episode 86 again. Strix throws a fireball and Chris laughs. The whole party has an Oh, Crap! moment.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business
    • Paultin gets downright spooky when dealing with Van Richten.
    • Evelyn's a cheery, forever-optimistic Genki Girl, so when she starts humming to herself for support, then drops to her knees and tearfully starts praying to Lathander, you know shit is serious.
    • The whole party is in trouble when Diath has a Heroic B.S.O.D.
  • The Paladin: Evelyn is a paladin of Lathander, the Morning Lord.
  • The Paragon: Evelyn, almost all of the time.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Evelyn's constant, joyful evangelizing is a little disturbing when paired with her eager violence.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: Waffles, the owlbear chick/cub. Strix’s pet dinosaur.
  • Pet Monstrosity: The owlbears Hooty McHootface and Waffles, Stinky the cranium rat and (while in Barovia, at least) Mourning Glory
  • Plot Armor: Perkins is a pretty forgiving DM, giving the Waffle Crew plenty of outs when they'd otherwise be dead several times over. The guest characters and NPCs do not fare so well.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Whoo-boy, can these people not communicate with each other.
    • This is lampshaded in an episode when the party is travelling by ship and Perkins makes a point of the crew employing teamwork to do things easier.
    • This isn't helped by Paultin, who seems to make a game of being the least helpful and cooperative possible, especially in combat.
  • P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: In terms of the whole team, Strix can technically be seen as the poster girl. Every party member has their own quirks, and Chris is very good at giving the entire party a healthy amount of spotlight. That being said, Strix can be said to be the most exotic of them all, being the only one of the group to not be human (in this case a tiefling) and having a very witch-like design. In most crossover events, Strix is normally the first character to be advertised before the rest of the party (such as in *Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms*) or the character to crossover into Chris Perkins' Acquisitions Incorporated.
    • While not literally (since there is no true POV), Diath can also technically be the POV boy. He appears to be the most normal of the group (with the least charisma), the only one to not use magic, the straight man of the group, the youngest character (thanks to a youth potion), and the agreed leader of the team. The fact that there is some romantic tension between the him and Strix ends up being a pretty funny coincidence. However, this is also averted since despite Diath appearing normal, the fact that he has the last soul of a powerful family and a piece of said soul being missing shows that he's not nearly as normal as he appears to be.
  • Quirky Bard: Paultin is a Bard, though he spends more time drinking than performing.
  • Retail Therapy: Evelyn has a lot of fun having outfits tailor-made for her, while Diath buys Boring, but Practical supplies.
  • Running Gag:
    • An early one was 'Eeeeeevelyn', due to Chris continually mis-pronouncing it as 'ehh-vuh-lin'.
    • "Welcome back to the Waffle Crew!" = somebody rolled a 1.
    • "EVERYTHING'S FINE!"
    • 'Suboptimal' - an early comment Chris made about the party's composition - has come up a few times. Mostly from White Text Guy whenever somebody fails a roll.
      • Lamp Shaded in the pre-game banter of Episode 69: note 
        Chris: But you guys are, like... awesome at everything, so...
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Mr. Shambleface.
    • The sarcophagi in the Amber Temple.
  • Shackle Seat Trap: Paultin to Van Richten when he shows up in Citadel Adbar. An odd example because the chair has no trapping mechanism, but has been magically animated.
  • Straight Gay: Falkon, and to a lesser extent, Escher.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Diath becomes a ghoul in exchange for the power to raise Strix from the dead, only to have Van Richten do the job with a revival spell.
  • Talking Weapon: Diath's Sigil sword Gutter.
  • Team Dad: Diath is very protective of the team and tries to make the important decision for the team. They often push decisions off on him because they trust him to do the smartest thing. this becomes a bit of a problem when he develops PTSD over accidentally causing the deaths of hundreds of slaves and the party is forced to step up when he doesn't trust his own decisions.
  • Team Mom: Evelyn tries to mother her teammates; occasionally, they let her. When they don't, she has the pets.
  • Team Pet: The Waffle Crew has several animals, but Waffles the baby owlbear fits this trope the best thanks to being the only one not to specifically belong to one member and sharing the team's name as well.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Subverted with Strix, who thinks she's this and appears to be at first sight due to her demonic appearance, but really isn't evil at all. Paultin, however, while not always evil, definitely isn't good and has allied with Strahd and Escher along with threatening Van Richten. This is further cemented in episode 80 when Paultin casts ''Suggestion'' on Diath and forces him to summon Shemeshka for assistance.
  • The Trickster: Paultin has not only trolled enemies to death but even tried to con Big Bad Strahd.
  • Verbal Tic: Perkins' dwarves either sound like pirates or Swedish Mario.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 52 is tentatively one with, Paultin and Evelyn getting to kiss, Evelyn giving all her equipment (including her broken ax Lightfall) to her friends expecting to die, and then getting turned into a construct that was supposed to be Simon. The dwarf king being a doppelganger and expecting to get assassinated, and offering Strix to be king after he escapes. Also, a humanoid twig monster giving Paultin a severed hand.
    • Episode 58 takes a dark, dark turn, with everyone aside from Strix being helplessly executed and Strix living alone in the forest for 50 years.
    • Episode 78 set a new standard for emotional trauma with each character becoming separated and facing a scenario designed to destroy their willingness to go on.
    • Episode 80, where the party spends the entire episode trying to figure out how to survive a bomb with the power of 10,000 magic missile spells, only to have Strix teleport the bomb a relatively short distance away, then Paultin uses mind control magic to force Diath to summon Shemeshka, which only ends up costing Diath a heavy price, all to find out that he had the ability to disarm the bomb the whole time using one of his magic keys.
    • Episode 86 looks at every previous episode and says 'Hold my beer'. About halfway through the episode, Evelyn is torn to pieces by a tentacled abomination. Her soul ends up in a hellish plane that seemingly acts as a feeding ground for the Soul Monger where she meets a legendary figure of her religion, throws herself into the grasp of one of the Soul Monger's tendrils in another soul's place, sees the ghost of Simon arrive in that same purgatory and as she is being devoured, she becomes a sun; dealing a what appears to be a grievous blow to the Soul Monger and lifting Diath and Strix's Death Curse.
    • And OH BOY Waffles Inc! It's at this point that Strix and Diath's relationship end up bringing hell upon the Waffle Crew, and the C-Team get caught in the affair as a result. The Mercykillers attack both teams' locations, two powerful evil spirits attempt to kill the two parties, the whole group comes together in a town witnessing the Blood War, an endless war between demons and devils, enter the material plain, a pit fiend and an erinyes attack the eight heroes (particularly Diath), and Asmodeus, the lord of the Nine Hells himself ends up, showing up at the very end threatening to separate Strix and Diath permanently. It's not all bad whams, however. Rosie offers to take Strix into her family by making a deal with Asmodeus, effectively removing Strix the family that is not only keeping her away from Diath, but also adding an extreme amount of pressure and fear for being the most powerful member. Strix and Diath are finally allowed to calmly and safely embrace at the end of all of this craziness.
  • Wham Line: Numerous, usually followed by "And that's where we'll stop":
    • Episode 22: "Strix is dead."
    • Episode 73 had a lot of build up to this one, but it still hit hard:
      Evelyn: I know you've loved us a while, but how long have you loved Strix?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Various pets will disappear for episodes at a time so the party doesn’t have to think about them while important things are happening. Mostly averted with Waffles though since she’s pretty much their mascot by now.
    • The "Waffle Pets" (at the time consisting of Waffles the owlbear, Stinky the cranium rat and Juniper the mouse) get their own focus episode while the Crew is in the fire giants' forge. It's adorable.
  • Wretched Hive: Sigil, where Strix grew up. Which explains a lot about her...

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