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Hello from the Magic Tavern

Hello from the Magic Tavern

If you think you don't like radio drama, you probably just haven't heard Hello From The Magic Tavern yet. Allow us to catch you up. A few months ago, Arnie fell through a trans-dimensional portal outside a Burger King in Chicago and ended up in the magical land of Foon. Luckily, he had his podcasting equipment with him and is still getting a faint wi-fi signal from our world, which allows him to record and upload this show. Really, though, he's not the most adventurous sort. He spends most of his time hanging around a tavern called The Vermillion Minotaur with his newfound 'boon companions': the deadpanning Chunt (a talking badger/shape-shifter) and grandiose Usidore (a wizard). Every week, Arnie and his friends sit down for a conversation with a resident of the world of Foon: snooty D'athaniel Quen'yarvin the Elf, who insists on his apostrophes being properly pronounced; creepy, enslaved tavern employee Blemish; sensitive barbarian Krom.

It sounds demented, and it is. But also, it's so funny. The show is largely ad-libbed, so what they're really doing is improvised world-building, one-upping each other with bizarre new revelations about the workings of Foon, and lovingly skewering fantasy tropes along the way. Long-running story threads form up a larger plot - Arnie has left a wife and kid behind on Earth, and doesn't appear to be in a hurry to get back to them; Usidore keeps trying to recruit people on a non-specific quest to defeat The Dark Lord; etc, etc; we won't spoil one bit more.

Episodes run 20 to 30 mins, and listening in order is an absorbing pleasure. Heartily recommended. 

Gateway episodes: 3 - Flower (19 Mar 2015) / 12 - Krom the Barbarian (23 May 2015) / 20 - The Wedding Planner (17 Jul 2015)

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