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Critical Role Announce Darrington Press, a New Game Publishing Company

Darrington Press

Critical Role has launched its own tabletop game publishing company, Darrington Press.

The new company will be headed by Ivan Van Norman. Van Norman has produced tabletop games and media content for 10 years as co-owner of Hunters Entertainment. Matthew Mercer will be joining the company as Creative Advisor.

Along with staff, the new publisher has announced what’s coming in 2021.

Uk’otoa will be released in the first quarter of 2021 and is the publisher’s flagship title. It’s a tactical game of semi-cooperative card play as factions of sailors vie to be the last claimed by the raging sea leviathan Uk’otoa. As the ship slowly falls into the ocean, you’ll have to run, push, and sacrifice others to win!

The game is for 3-5 players ages 12+ and games should take 30-45 minutes.

Uk’otoa was created by Jeb Havens with additional game design by Gabriel Hicks, art by Hannah Friederichs, layout by Vee Nedro, and Uk’otoa sculpt by Niklas Norman.

The game will be available from the Critical Role shop and friendly local game stores.


In the second quarter of 2021, you’ll be able to embark on your own journey through Exandria with Critical Role Adventures. The game is described as a cooperative legacy-lite campaign game. It’ll use a “unique, narrative mechanic for social and combat encounters.”

Synidcult will be released in the third quarter of 2021. It’s a magic roleplaying game designed by Matthew Mercer where mob families guard secrets and battle for power in the streets.

Guardians of Matrimonia will be released in quarter 4 2021. You’ll fight monsters in this cooperative card game. Pre-built decks are pitted against a deck of monsters. But, you don’t want your deck to run out, or everyone loses.