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Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of ... you know, kobolds or whatever in ... The Adventure Zone.
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In this, the pilot episode of The Adventure Zone, the McElroys create the characters with which they'll build a new -- and hopefuly very, very lucrative -- fantasy fiction franchise. Join in the campaign as Justin (Taako), Travis (Magnus) and Clint (Merle), led by Dungeon Master Griffin, take their first steps into the unknown.
In this, the pilot episode of The Adventure Zone, the McElroys create the characters with which they'll build a new -- and hopefuly very, very lucrative -- fantasy fiction franchise. Join in the campaign as Justin (Taako), Travis (Magnus) and Clint (Merle), led by Dungeon Master Griffin, take their first steps into the unknown. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to listen to the FULL first episode! Also, be sure share with friends!
Our heroes’ first job is not going especially well. Taako, Merle and Magnus are hot on the trail of their employer’s kidnappers, leading them into a perilous gerblin den. Will they discover the fate of Gundren and his ward, Barry Bluejeans? Or will they find themselves held up by complicated gerblin office politics?
With one half of their former employers effectively rescued, our party begins the hunt for Gundren Rockseeker in earnest. There are just a few things standing in their way: They don't know where he is, they're all Level Clown-Shoes, and also, a jelly monster.
After solving a particularly difficult jelly puzzle, our heroes journey ever deeper into Wave Echo Cave. Taako meets a kindred spirit, Merle does some missionary work and Magnus does some really cool stuff with some chains.
Merle, Taako and Magnus complete their rescue mission, but then completely fail an entirely new, far more important mission. Taako acquires a powerful artifact, and doesn't seem so stoked about it.
In this, the thrilling conclusion to our first Adventure, Merle, Taako and Magnus pursue their engulfed employer into the heart of Phandalin. Will they be able to douse him before things get out of hand? Also, are you going to finish that Luna Bar?
In this interlude chapter to the Adventure Zone saga, the mysteries of the universe are revealed to our heroes. Magnus has a good cry to some elevator music. Taako further unravels The Eldritch Riddle. It's about to get super weal up in here.
Now that they can finally understand like, anything that anybody important is saying, our heroes seek employment in the Bureau of Balance. Merle brags about how smart he is. Taako accidentally encounters some life-changing intel. Magnus does horrible, horrible things to an automaton. 
Having passed the Bureau of Balance's punishing test of initiation, our heroes stock up on supplies and learn abilities that will help them immeasurably in the future. Merle finds a new god. Taako has a difficult encounter with a coin slot. Magnus advocates for moon-dogs.
Our heroes are sent out on their first mission as Reclaimers for the Bureau of Balance. Their initial task is an impossible one: Do they possess the competence required to be on time for a train? The answer may surprise you, but — no, actually, it probably won’t.
Our heroes attempt to make the best out of a swampy situation, and race to Rockport before they miss a fateful train. They also meet a beloved radio personality and spokesperson, and hold him ransom for MaxFunDrive donations. Magnus exhibits his upper body strength. Taako gets charming. Merle takes a stink-bath.
Our heroes board their fateful train to Neverwinter, and are rude to just about every single person aboard. Merle strikes out at evangelism. Magnus learns that he may not, in fact, have the biggest muscles. Taako just wrecks some baby carrots.
As you might have guessed from the title of the past few episodes, our heroes' journey isn't going to be an especially calm one. Because of all the murder, I mean. Taako mourns the dead. Merle finally plays his part. Magnus does one of the absolute coolest punches ever.
The game is afoot! The game of murder-solving, I mean. The game of Dungeons & Dragons has been afoot for a while. Magnus finds unorthodox uses for furniture. Taako practices his interrogation techinques. Merle becomes a robot mom.
In this penultimate chapter in the Rockport Limited murder fiasco, our players deduce the true culprit of the titular heinous crime. Merle runs out of magic. Taako finds more creative applications for Levitation. Magnus gets some fresh air.
In the final chapter in the Rockport Limited story arc, our heroes have little time to stop their runaway train from colliding with Neverwinter, potentially ruining some other group's D&D session. Magnus takes a tumble. Merle channels Gary Sinise. Taako does some pretty dope magical stuff.
In this brief interlude between adventures, our heroes attend an office party — well, a carnival — at the Bureau of Balance’s lunar headquarters. They also hit up the Fantasy Costco, where they must match wits with their most fearsome mercantile foe yet. Taako makes a discrete trade. Merle tries on some cool-ass slippies. Magnus finally finds a friend.
In this first chapter in a new Adventure Zone story, Merle, Taako and Magnus are in hot pursuit of a master criminal in the metropolitan city of Goldcliff. Can they stop The Raven before her crime spree tears the town apart? I don't know, because we haven't finished playing this part of the campaign yet. Magnus does some chopping. Taako learns to Nightcrawl. Merle has a genuinely upsetting encounter with some vines.
Our heroes attempt to reconcile with Trent the Treant; a task made difficult by the fact that one of them just cut him in half. After that, buckle up y'all, because it's ELEVATOR TIME. YEEEEAAAAHHHHHH ELEVATORS. Merle befriends a crowbar. Taako does a rope trick. Magnus holds on for dear lives.
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podcast fanatic

I love how Justin and Travis said "oh god D:" at the same time lol

Jan 18th
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Andreas Gustavsson

When Barry said "kill me before I forget" I broke. As someone who's relatives have gone through dementia this hit home hard.

Jan 17th
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Ryan Darcy

I woke up today just dying to hear one mcelroy explain equity to another mcelroy said no one ever

Jan 17th
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Alex Gulino

5 stars. Absolutely love TAZ(along with pretty much everything else the brothers do). It was the first dnd cast I listened to which opened up the whole category to me. After listening to many other play podcasts, it is so frustrating they only do about 2 hours a month as their target length. took them literally 2 months to put out the content Critical Role does in 1 night(which they do every week as Mathew Mercer is a DM cyborg created by Wizards of the Coast using his extensive vo career as a cover). I know they're dad's and busy with the other 100 podcasts they do but man it's frustrating when you enjoy it a bunch but it takes so long to produce. Got spoiled bc I started listening kinda close to the end of Balance. I stop listening for what feels like forever so I get what should be a nice backlog to enjoy in bigger chunks but I still fly through it in 1 day. I recommend this to anyone who hasn't tried it out. You're incredibly lucky to have 100s of enjoyable hours ahead of you before you catch up.

Jan 14th
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Fiona Leikness

oh gosh, im sobbing x'D Ned x'D im not even kidding about the tears on my face

Jan 14th
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Logan James

39:34

Jan 10th
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PJ Mouse

Everyone just likes putting Griffin in boxes huh

Jan 10th
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khakis

you got served! lmaoo

Jan 10th
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Connor M

that sound legit scares me and gives me paranoia. well done griff.

Jan 7th
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Logan James

1:28:39

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Strawberry Pimp

Yay now I hate my emotions

Jan 6th
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Ellie Mcmurrin

Vashta Nerada! Any other doctor who fans?

Jan 6th
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Logan James

1:18:44

Jan 5th
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At the Kitchen Table

Oh Lord. He chose swashbuckler. It's so broken! Just finished a campaign where I played a rogue/bard elf and this class got ridiculous

Jan 4th
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Crystal Lening

I remember that happening all the time in EverQuest

Jan 4th
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Logan James

53:27

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Logan James

38:29

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Logan James

32:30

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Logan James

25:08

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Logan James

23:56

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