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  • Published: 12 December 2019
  • Joe Manganiello explains his plan for stealing the Hand of Vecna during Critical Role, and how that lead to Arkhan the Cruel going to Avernus and appearing in the new official D&D adventure 'Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus'

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Comments • 418

  • GreatCthulhu Rambles
    GreatCthulhu Rambles  2 hours back

    "I went around the globe and basically played Arkhan everwhere, with all the best DMs." - Joe, Buddy, you never sat at my table. I honed my craft for 26 years, it made me a successful writer, this glorious hobby of hours and I have friends that offered me money to DM for them. Come to my table and I will blow your expectations out of the water. Yes, I toot my own horn. I can. I am that good a DM.

    • brandon shorkey
      brandon shorkey  3 hours back

      What episode did this happen?

      • Vallin Vallentine
        Vallin Vallentine  4 hours back

        He went from hot to hot dork in my eyes, so +5 to Charisma.

        • Gtwiz
          Gtwiz  6 hours back

          When did this happened

          • Jeffrey Becude
            Jeffrey Becude  8 hours back

            Amazing story. I thought it was a spur of the moment thing, but to realize it was all so prepared makes it so much better.
            There's this edit going around on youtube about Sam's master plan to counterspell Vecna, which is brilliant. But this is on a whole other level!

            • Mathew Wallace
              Mathew Wallace  12 hours back

              He hailed from Tiamat that was clue #1 not to trust his character.

              • brandon otto
                brandon otto  5 days back

                What does the hand do?

                • AHarice
                  AHarice  5 days back

                  Either a one VM where joe is dm

                  • Michael White
                    Michael White  6 days back

                    I remember thinking, the very moment he took the hand, that he was DAMNED lucky that Scanlan blew that last counterspell when Vecna tried to teleport away, otherwise the fight would have continued there and then. He might have even won it, but he was damned lucky nonetheless. That final piece of Arkhan's puzzle fell into place perfectly.

                    • Joseph Mort
                      Joseph Mort  1 weeks back

                      I always wanted to know, what was the oath that Arkhan broke?

                      • Garrett Carter
                        Garrett Carter  1 weeks back

                        "Joe stealing Vecna's hand was one of the most iconic moments of Critical Role."

                        Goldfish Keyleth: AM I JOKE TO Y-[splat]

                        • Raymond Biskner
                          Raymond Biskner  1 weeks back

                          Were people really that shocked?

                          • Eserhaudin
                            Eserhaudin  2 weeks back

                            I love how Joe is so into it.

                            • Jin Wong
                              Jin Wong  2 weeks back

                              #1 ANIME BETRAYAL OF ALL TIME

                              • brian morris
                                brian morris  3 weeks back

                                Also, not to be a dick, but I stole that hand back in 86'. Lol

                                • REDEYEJEDI
                                  REDEYEJEDI  3 weeks back

                                  This needs to be a Movie... Joe as the Dragonborn obviously

                                  • Chris Ericksen
                                    Chris Ericksen  4 weeks back

                                    I love his big ideas. Extremely motivating.

                                    • Comicsluvr
                                      Comicsluvr  4 weeks back

                                      As a writer and a life-long gamer, this man is my hero right now lol!

                                      • aelred1
                                        aelred1  4 weeks back

                                        Just not terribly impressed, this new celebrity stuff is reality tv, not gaming. You mean to tell me nobody got a perception/reaction/etc check to see what was going on and get an action? Sorry not sorry, playing for 40 years and in general not impressed with "TV D&D"

                                        • Prasanth Priyan
                                          Prasanth Priyan  3 weeks back

                                          Talking out of my ass here... but I assumed since the players were shocked in real life, the same could be said for the characters from a storytelling standpoint. And the DM was for it so ...:P

                                      • J.J. Gardner
                                        J.J. Gardner  4 weeks back

                                        Ya know I'm only just now finishing true blood and this pops up

                                        • Norm Knapp
                                          Norm Knapp  1 months back

                                          I just had a nerdgasim

                                          • RedwoodTheElf
                                            RedwoodTheElf  1 months back

                                            But he didn't grab the Eye as well?

                                            • Owain Hale
                                              Owain Hale  1 months back

                                              Joe is one of my all time man crushes, he's such a stereotype destroying, multifaceted legend! Love everything this guy puts out.

                                              • Ties 1akgo44Awesomenes
                                                Ties 1akgo44Awesomenes  1 months back

                                                So is there a campaign about him or something or is this going to be in the campaign of Critical Rol?

                                                • V3loCiTy123
                                                  V3loCiTy123  4 weeks back

                                                  @Ties 1akgo44Awesomenes not that I am aware of, no. He might show up in streams here and there, as he has done in the past, but I don't think he'll play a full cp anytime soon.

                                                • Ties 1akgo44Awesomenes
                                                  Ties 1akgo44Awesomenes  4 weeks back

                                                  @V3loCiTy123 yea I know that het joined. But there is not going to be like "a campaign" with him

                                                • V3loCiTy123
                                                  V3loCiTy123  1 months back

                                                  He joined in on critical role cp 1 near the end. This video is spoilers to that.

                                                  The setting with the tower that he is talking about will come out as an official DnD module that Wizards will be releasing.

                                              • 〈〈CatRandy〉〉
                                                〈〈CatRandy〉〉  1 months back

                                                You should play a Paladin who never talks. He is a silent knight, but he is a holy knight.

                                              • Max SMoke
                                                Max SMoke  1 months back

                                                Canon for D&D? The only DM's that those pre-built worlds are fools too lame to do any real world building themselves. Those pre-built worlds are fodder for a creative DM's brain grinder, just chunks to be reduced to paste and remade into something better. Gawd, I hope this non-stop barrage of cellphones and the internet haven't robbed people of the ability to be creative... especially in D&D of all things! There should never be "Canon" in D&D.

                                                • Damir First
                                                  Damir First  1 months back

                                                  How passionate is Joe about his character!
                                                  This is so much fun to watch, he is so passionate about it, i see the same spark we all get once we're in the flow

                                                  • Kjw Youell
                                                    Kjw Youell  1 months back

                                                    I do any of that, it's called homebrew or not allowed. Seriously, what the hell.

                                                    • Ginger Holley
                                                      Ginger Holley  1 months back

                                                      It's cool. It's iconic. Still kind of mad he didn't have to roll for it.

                                                      • snakebitcat
                                                        snakebitcat  1 months back

                                                        I HAVE STILL NOT FORGIVEN YOU, JOE

                                                        • doorran
                                                          doorran  1 months back

                                                          Manos, hands of fate

                                                          • Jeremy Schneidt
                                                            Jeremy Schneidt  1 months back

                                                            Joe, I love your stories and characters. thanks for all you bring to D&D.

                                                            • baka baka
                                                              baka baka  1 months back

                                                              I have no idea What kind game they are playing because it's not even close to D&D. That's why I don't play D&D only pathfinder. So much more you can do in Pathfinder than listen to your stupid DM talk his way out of idea's on how he let a player steal the hand of Vecna....

                                                              • Tal Moore
                                                                Tal Moore  1 months back

                                                                The reason Joe's in such a big chair is that it's the only one that can carry the weight of his balls.

                                                                • mobigg dude
                                                                  mobigg dude  1 months back

                                                                  Just saying sounds like it would be a Great Movie!

                                                                  • usernamedkjah
                                                                    usernamedkjah  1 months back

                                                                    Well I do congratulate these celebrity fans having their characters become part of D&D lore it's still gets under my skin of what I'm forced have to consider canon but it pushes me towards homebrewing more and just ignoring does the Dungeons and Dragons' lore all together except for some of the foundations.

                                                                    • ShockVox
                                                                      ShockVox  1 months back

                                                                      This man was robbed. He would’ve been an amazing Deathstroke.....with the right writer/director, of course. It’s still the DCEU so quality is iffy, but HE would’ve been great.

                                                                      • Joshua Fischbeck
                                                                        Joshua Fischbeck  1 months back

                                                                        I would have NEVER EVER guessed he was a DND guy... i love how all these people I never would have thought were dnd nerds totally are. Critical Role (Vox Machina) is the GREATEST story in the history of ever... change my mind

                                                                        • Alexander Wijnhamer
                                                                          Alexander Wijnhamer  2 days back

                                                                          @Joshua Fischbeck yup starts at 1

                                                                        • Joshua Fischbeck
                                                                          Joshua Fischbeck  2 weeks back

                                                                          @hilmanic28 if you have an iphone, use the podcast app there, or if its android use google version. Start on youtube if you can't figure that out... type Vox Machina Campaign 1 episode 1 then keep going :) its worth it

                                                                        • hilmanic28
                                                                          hilmanic28  2 weeks back

                                                                          I'm just getting into these stuff. How do I start watching Vox Machina? Any suggestion? Theres like hundreds of episodes right? Lol

                                                                      • Charlie Ocho
                                                                        Charlie Ocho  1 months back

                                                                        WHAT IS GOING ON WITH JOE'S DRAGONLANCE SCRIPT? UPDATE PLZ!

                                                                        • David S
                                                                          David S  1 months back

                                                                          Joe is an idle player. He HAS to be canon now. Take his material and run with it. D&D would be a better game for taking his input seriously.

                                                                          • The Man in Black
                                                                            The Man in Black  1 months back

                                                                            I always figured that Bahamut had a deal with Asmodeus to keep Tiamat imprisoned in Avernus, which is why a CE Dragon Goddess is trapped in the LE Nine Hells. But Asmodeus, that wily devil, turned around and made a deal with Tiamat to smuggle her eggs onto the Prime Material, getting Red Dragon eggs for his cults in return.

                                                                            So what did Bahamut give Asmodeus in return for the archdevil's services?

                                                                            • legionbunny
                                                                              legionbunny  1 months back

                                                                              Critical role shouldn't be made part of the games official lore

                                                                              • Jacob King
                                                                                Jacob King  1 months back

                                                                                So... An army around a tower dark sorcery protecting the owner seeking the way to free its dark master from its imprisonment.... Joes living lord of the rings in DND lol

                                                                                • Justin R
                                                                                  Justin R  1 months back

                                                                                  Jesus Christ,
                                                                                  Can I sit at his table one day.

                                                                                  • RetroStation 1989
                                                                                    RetroStation 1989  1 months back

                                                                                    'I hope dat yer next character be a masculine character....'

                                                                                    • Ambrose Wetherbee
                                                                                      Ambrose Wetherbee  1 months back

                                                                                      I love Joe, he's a Dragonlance fan, he mentions both Ariakas and Verminaard as elements of Arkhan's make up. I love the fact that he's an experienced D&D player that thoroughly thinks out his characters.


                                                                                      As much as a boon it has been to have D&D referenced by big shows like Big Bang Theory and Stranger Things, as well as get a lot of people into the game via streaming shows like Critical Role, it's people like Joe who could be key in helping D&D get to the next level. I just hope the movie slated for 2021 won't go down the same path of failure that the previous D&D movies have gone.

                                                                                      • Scimerio
                                                                                        Scimerio  1 months back

                                                                                        Wait, isn't Vecna on Ravenloft?

                                                                                        • Cormandine
                                                                                          Cormandine  1 months back

                                                                                          Nope. Critical Role Season 1 is canon in the D&D multiverse and he ended up on Matt Mercer's world of Exandria where he attempted to become a God.

                                                                                      • Khurt Khave
                                                                                        Khurt Khave  1 months back

                                                                                        So? Who hasn't? N00bz.