The Adventure Zone

By The McElroys

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Description

Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad for a campaign of high adventure. Join The McElroys every other Thursday as they kill a nauseating number of gerblins in ... The Adventure Zone!

Episode Date
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 10
01:28:20

With Amnesty Lodge and its residents in peril, the Pine Guard sets out to plan their next hunt post-haste — but can they find the strength to do so without the guidance of their absent leader? Aubrey does some recon. Duck gets the hard questions. Ned goes for a drive.

Jun 15, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 9
01:13:46

In order to defeat the abomination plaguing the waters of Kepler, the Pine Guard must first take an otherworldly field trip. Duck becomes a flyboy. Aubrey wants to touch a crystal. Ned makes his television debut.

Additional music: http://www.purple-planet.com/

May 31, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Live in Dallas!
01:23:45

Travis is on vacation, so here's our live show in Dallas from earlier this year! Tres Horny Boys reunite to help out some old friends who've run into some stiff competition with their small business, and perform more than a few explosive stunts along the way.

May 17, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 8
01:10:32

The Pine Guard’s prey proves too elusive for them to take down with their usual methods, forcing them to turn to outside help. Like … FAR outside. Ned fights his reflexes. Aubrey flames out. Duck gets his victory fanfare.

May 03, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 7
01:02:34

The Pine Guard heads to the scene of last night's attack to gather valuable intel about the latest abomination -- but end up finding much, much more than they bargained for. Aubrey sees the unseen. Duck helps with the laundry. Ned takes a dive.

Apr 20, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 6
01:15:48

A new menace encroaches on Kepler, West Virginia. Have our heroes kept up with their training in the months since their last monstrous encounter? Or has this latest abomination caught them unawares? Aubrey takes a dip. Duck shows off some new moves. Ned gets airtime.

Apr 12, 2018
The The Adventure Zone Zone: Experiments Post-Mortem, More on Season Two!
01:05:25

Everyone's favorite Talk Show About a Podcast Hosted By The People Who Do the Actual Podcast is back, just in time for the MaxFunDrive! We're answering your questions about the experimental arcs, and discussing our plans for season two with The Adventure Zone: Amnesty!

Apr 05, 2018
The Announcement Zone: Season Two, MaxFunDrive and more!
11:58

SEASON TWO APPROACHES. Find out what our plans are for the future of The Adventure Zone in this announcement-filled episode! Also discussed: The MaxFunDrive! Our book tour for the graphic novel (tickets go on sale very soon at mcelroyshows.com/tours)! A new The The Adventure Zone Zone! Some details on the buckwild thing Justin did for us! Some peppy piano music that came with Garageband! Tune in!

Mar 29, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 4
01:09:58

Sunlight creeps over the horizon. The Graysons are one big break away from cracking their case wide open -- but will they find their quarry before Dry River wakes up? Augustus does some spectral recon. Gandy cracks open a dangerous tome. Errol angers a friend.

Mar 22, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 3
01:09:42

The Graysons find an unexpected collaborator in their investigation of Jeremiah Blackwell's murder, but with slivers of sunrise shining down on the streets of Dry River, has their newfound luck come a moment too late? Gandy parts the veil. Augustus summons a snack. Errol meets the folks pulling the strings.

Mar 19, 2018
The Adventure Zone 2018 Live Shows Announcement!
02:31

Do you live in Dallas, Atlanta or San Francisco? Do you live ... like, AROUND there? You should come see The Adventure Zone Live! We're doing podcasts all across America over the next few months, and tickets go on sale this week!

You can find all the details at mcelroyshows.com/tours.

Mar 13, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 2
01:08:22

The Graysons continue their quiet investigation into the killing of Jeremiah Blackwater -- but outside interests are starting to take notice. Gandy plays a crazy game of poker. Errol ties up a quest. Augustus swears on his soul.

Mar 09, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 1
01:13:44

The Graysons set out to solve a murder in the streets of Dry River before sunrise. Augustus pulls some spectral pranks. Errol follows his nose. Gandy meets Death.

Mar 01, 2018
Setup - The Adventure Zone: Dust
01:23:30

Travis takes the wheel as we create our characters for our next mini-arc, The Adventure Zone: Dust! We're playing the supernatural RPG Urban Shadows this time around. Listen in to get a brief primer on the game, our characters, and the unincorporated, Wild West-inspired town of Dry River.

Feb 22, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 5
01:17:54

Our heroes band together to hunt down the Beast terrorizing the woods outside Kepler. Ned remembers a fateful night. Aubrey receives a letter. Duck feels the weight of destiny.

Feb 09, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 4
01:02:57

Our heroes learn the whole truth of Mama's endeavors while recovering from a strange evening, and begin planning their first hunt. Aubrey remembers a relic from her past. Duck gets a late night visit from Minerva. Ned gets stuck.

Feb 01, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 3
01:10:17

Fate draws our heroes towards the same spot in the Monongahela National Forest, where, at long last, their destinies entwine. Ned has a remarkable dream. Duck travels to a strange land. Aubrey starts a fire.

Jan 25, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 2
01:02:08

Our heroes take one step closer toward their joined destinies, and learn the truth about the woods outside Kepler in their own ways. Aubrey visits the Lodge. Ned shoots a fan film. Duck gets a visit from an old friend.

Jan 18, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 1
01:08:35

Our heroes begin a fateful day in the unassuming, rural ski town of Kepler, West Virginia. Duck answers a peculiar distress call. Aubrey puts on a memorable magic show. Ned plans his next grift.

Jan 12, 2018
Setup - The Adventure Zone: Amnesty
57:37

We're moving on to a new game, new genre and new world as we continue our run of experimental mini-arcs! This time around, Griffin's back in the saddle as GM as we play the Horror-Lite RPG Monster of the Week! Join us in this setup episode if you want to hear about this arc's setting, and get the 411 on our new characters.

Jan 04, 2018
The Adventure Zone: Candlenights in Tacoma!
01:27:11

Our heroes reconvene at an important site from their storied past to traverse a perilous dungeon. What awaits them is far more deadly than they could have imagined -- and far more ... festive?

Dec 29, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Live in Nashville!
01:22:34

Our heroes are joined by a familiar face as they take on a dangerous heist in another reality. ALSO: Some news about the next few experimental arcs!

Dec 14, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 4
01:03:24

Our heroes come face-to-face with the King of America in the climactic finale of our Commitment arc. Remy does those good flips. Nadiya causes some collateral damage. Kardala swears her very genuine, heartfelt loyalty.

Nov 30, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 3
01:04:53

Our heroes face their first test of combat with their newfound superpowers, with … mixed results. Kardala tells a painful joke. Remy keeps the peace. Nadiya is good out here.

Nov 16, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 2
01:03:53

Our heroes are empowered by a somewhat gross and dangerous scientific process, and are dispatched on their first mission. Remy tries to keep the peace. Nadiya picks her favorite movie. Kardala breaks free.

Nov 02, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 1
01:02:56

Our new heroes attend a corporate mixer for the Do-Good Fellowship that will change the course of their very lives. The first chapter in Clint's superhero story, taking place inside of the Fate system. Remy embarks on a slider quest. Nadiya threatens a co-worker. Irene solves a particularly difficult employee benefit issue.

Oct 19, 2017
Setup - The Adventure Zone: Commitment
01:22:12

As we prepare for Season Two of The Adventure Zone, we're going to be doing a handful of short-form, experimental arcs, taking turns running new games and exploring new genres. Our first experiment is a super hero story created by Dad, who's running us through the Fate system! Come learn the basics of the Fate rules, and meet the new characters we'll be playing over the next couple of episodes.

Oct 05, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Live in San Diego!
01:43:14

The Tres Horny Boys are dropped into a deadly virtual training program modeled after a classic D&D adventure. With the help of the Chat, can they make it through Lucas' trap-filled dungeon before their lives run out?

Sep 21, 2017
The Adventure Zone: Live in Austin!
01:32:38

Earlier this year, Tres Horny Boys rolled up on Austin, Texas, and wove a tale of demons, dreamscapes and High School Drama. THIS IS THAT TALE.

Sep 08, 2017
The The Adventure Zone Zone: Balance Finale Edition
01:37:54

Everyone’s favorite talk show about a podcast hosted by the participants in said podcast is back! This time, we’re talking about the end of the Balance campaign, answering a bunch of listener questions and talking about what’s next for the show!

Aug 24, 2017
Ep. 69. Story and Song - Finale, Part Three
02:42:09

Our heroes reach their journey's end.

Additional Music by Reeder: https://iamreeder.bandcamp.com/

Aug 17, 2017
Ep. 68. Story and Song - Finale, Part Two
02:01:40

Two lights shine down from the sky. Their story passes through reality. His song fills their hearts.

The world fights back.

Music: "Voidfish (Plural) by Rachel Rose Mitchell - https://rachelrosemitchell.bandcamp.com/

Aug 01, 2017
Ep. 67. Story and Song - Finale, Part One
01:21:06

Our heroes' memories have returned. At the end of everything, will they stand together against the encroaching darkness? Or will their past sins leave them irrevocably driven apart?

Jul 13, 2017
Ep. 66. The Stolen Century - Chapter Seven
01:28:35

Our heroes' long, forgotten journey comes to an end.

 

Music: "Relic" by Reeder - https://iamreeder.bandcamp.com/

Jun 29, 2017
Ep. 65. The Stolen Century - Chapter Six
01:25:36

 

The Hunger pursues, and our heroes escape. They’ve been keeping up the chase for decades now, evading without fail. But the Hunger’s getting faster. The journey’s getting harder. The team must take drastic steps, just to stay afloat. We’re nearly caught up, now. Merle writes his story. Magnus breaks his bonds. Taako plans a very good day.

Jun 15, 2017
Ep. 64. The Stolen Century - Chapter Five
01:05:58

Our heroes find themselves in a strange world where artists compete for national pride, submitting their works to a mountain that can make them known throughout the land. Can the team create satisfactory masterpieces before their year is up? Merle gets academic. Taako borrows some pearls of widsom. Magnus meets a fateful friend.

Jun 01, 2017
Ep. 63. The Stolen Century - Chapter Four
01:30:55

We're fairly deep into our trip down memory lane, but our heroes are no closer to figuring out how to stop the ever-evolving force that's pursuing them. With few other options, they'll have to adopt a new, remarkably costly strategy. Magnus helps out some Losers. Taako eats a fateful meal. Merle makes a powerful new friend.

May 18, 2017
The Adventure Zone LIVE at SDCC 2017 Announcement!
03:36

Are you planning on going to San Diego Comic Con this year? Clear some time for Tres Horny Boys! We're going to be doing a live TAZ (and MBMBaM!) this year -- listen in for more details! Tickets go on sale THIS WEDNESDAY, so don't miss out!

May 15, 2017
Ep. 62. The Stolen Century - Chapter Three
39:26

Our heroes have earned a break, don't you think? Merle finds a place to settle down. Magnus keeps 'em on their toes. Taako dispenses some beach wisdom.

May 04, 2017
Ep. 61. The Stolen Century - Chapter Two
01:27:57

Our heroes find themselves crossing between strange, deadly, beautiful worlds, pursued by a foe they cannot comprehend. Can they grow strong enough to defeat their cosmic enemy? Or will their journey take them down a road from which they can never return? Magnus leads an expedition. Taako is tempted. Merle leads his congregation.

Apr 27, 2017
Ep. 60. The Stolen Century - Chapter One
01:36:39

We're nearly at our journey's end -- but before we can understand what lies ahead, we must first return to this story's true beginning. What brought our heroes together to the crisis they face today? What happened to the memories of their dear, forgotten friends? And just how long have they been running away? Taako learns a new language. Merle eats some beans. Magnus trains under an unlikely teacher.

Apr 13, 2017
The The Adventure Zone Zone - MaxFunDrive 2017
01:22:47

Hey folks! In honor of the MaxFunDrive, we decided to put out an extra episode on the off week: It's another The The Adventure Zone Zone, the world's premiere The Adventure Zone fancast, hosted by the people who make The Adventure Zone. Listen in as we answer fan questions and talk about what's next after this campaign wraps up!

Mar 30, 2017
Ep. 59. Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour - Part Two
01:45:04

Our heroes are out of time, out of options, out of places to hide. The holes in their history are starting to fill in; but are they going to like the answers they receive? We're almost caught up, now. Taako fights his fears. Merle loses faith. Magnus hears music.

Mar 23, 2017
Ep. 58. Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour - Part One
01:17:15

Our heroes' party has just undergone a fairly shocking expansion. They're now tasked with an infiltration mission that hits close to home. As the pieces move into place for the endgame, what do our heroes hope to find -- and where do their allegiances lie? Merle goes along for the ride. Magnus faces a difficult decision. Taako makes one last deal.

Mar 09, 2017
Ep. 57. The Suffering Game - Chapter Seven
01:14:41

Game Over.

Taako makes some fashionable friends. Merle does some wordplay. Magnus remembers.

Feb 23, 2017
Ep. 56. The Suffering Game - Chapter Six
01:04:23

Our heroes are forced to square off against their deadliest former foes -- but their real challenge comes in the form of a danger the likes of which they've never experienced. Taako gets primal. Merle gets disconnected. Magnus gets a couple of helping hands.

Feb 09, 2017
Ep. 55. The Suffering Game - Chapter Five
01:10:46

Strange things are afoot in Wonderland as our heroes find themselves aided by an invisible accomplice -- but will their secret plan pop off before the boys lose something precious to the Wheel? Merle does some costly healing. Taako gets into cosmetics. Magnus forgets.

Jan 26, 2017
Ep. 54. The Suffering Game - Chapter Four
01:04:59

After Round One of The Suffering Game, our heroes aren't doing too great -- and with another turn of the Wheel ahead, the future's not especially bright, either. Can they keep their heads up (and on) to power through? Magnus makes an invisible friend. Merle charms the crowd. Taako makes 'em laugh.

Jan 12, 2017
The Flop House Presents: Return of The Hogsbottom Three
03:30:30

We're all on holiday break as we spend some time with our recently expanded families, but instead of skipping a biweek, our friends at The Flop House put together a SUPER BEEFY bonus episode for us! The Hogsbottom Three, fresh off their MaxFunDrive Switcheroo debut, are up against some devious dangers whipped up by DM Stuart Wellington: an old foe, a volcanic giant and the deadliest bowl of chili ever stewed.

Dec 29, 2016
Ep. 53. The Suffering Game - Chapter Three
01:18:51

Wonderland has revealed itself as a genuinely unsafe place for our heroes to be. Can they make forward progress in a cyclical game designed to extract raw anguish from them? Can they reach their distant goal before they've sacrificed too much? Magnus goes spear fishing. Merle is the MVP. Taako has a spot of bad luck.

Dec 15, 2016
The Adventure Zone: MaxFunCon East Live
01:39:26

Griffin and Rachel had a baby! But that's not the only bundle of joy being delivered this week! We have a very special episode recorded live at MaxFunCon East! Our adventurers have been through a lot together, but they don't always work so well together. Well, the BoB higher ups have noticed and they've decided to do something about it! So join the fellas (and a very special guest!) as they grow closer as coworkers and friends!

Dec 01, 2016
Ep. 52. The Suffering Game - Chapter Two
01:06:36

Our boys survived their first encounter in The Felicity Wilds -- but will they survive the perils that await them inside of Wonderland? Or like, maybe it's not so bad in there? No, I'm just goofin'. It's pretty dang bad in there. Magnus makes a new BFF. Merle goes dark. Taako considers a job application.

Music: "Storm Top Dog" by Zackery Wilson. You can find his music at soundcloud.com/zackerywilson and at zwmusic.bandcamp.com!

Nov 17, 2016
The Adventure Zone: The Live Boston Stunt Spectacular
01:56:15

Travis and Teresa had a baby! We're so excited for them, but we're also very excited for YOU! Because you're about to hear a live episode we recorded in Boston this past July that turned out super, super great. Thanks to everyone in attendance, and to all our listeners for sticking with us during Trav's leave of absence!

Nov 03, 2016
Ep. 51. The Suffering Game - Chapter One
01:07:15

After a summer spent tirelessly training, our heroes are finally prepared to take on their next, harrowing mission. What horrors -- or fortunes -- await them in Wonderland? I mean, this arc is literally titled "The Suffering Game," so you can probably piece it together yourself. Merle hangs ten. Taako's like a bird. Magnus drops in on an old friend.

Oct 20, 2016
Ep. 50. Lunar Interlude IV: The Calm Before The Storm
01:37:11

Our heroes have some well-earned free time between missions, although some of their sidequests are a bit more relaxing than others. Enjoy it while it lasts, fellas. Taako has a date with death. Merle spends time with some VIPs. Magnus takes a swim.

Oct 06, 2016
Ep. 49. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Nine
01:23:09

 

Their prize secured, our heroes look to close out their final loop in Refuge by doing something unprecedented: They try to keep everyone in town from exploding, for once. Merle does some stargazing. Taako encounters an old friend. Magnus opens a tube.

Sep 22, 2016
Ep. 48. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Eight
01:17:12

Could you resist the power to go back and change your very worst mistake? What if it meant unraveling some of the non-mistakes you've made since? Also: Imagine, for the sake of this hypothetical, that you're a complete goober. Merle runs out for smokes. Taako takes the show on the road. Magnus goes home.

Sep 08, 2016
Ep. 47. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Seven
01:12:44

With a fairly rowdy loop behind them, our heroes come face-to-face with divinity, and try their darndest not to make complete asses of themselves. With the Big Clock winding down and their prize in sight, can Tres Horny Boys save the day -- or, at least, one of the days? Merle goes deity shopping. Magnus takes a Chance. Taako lends a hand.

Aug 25, 2016
Ep. 46. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Six
01:27:28

If our boys want to get out of this time-locked quagmire, they're going to need some divine intervention -- and the only way to get this particular god to play ball is to get up to no good. Let's hope that big wheel doesn't stop turning on this rotation, yeah? Magnus hurls a friend. Merle does horse stunts. Taako gets the gold.

Aug 11, 2016
Ep. 45. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Five
01:09:00

Now that Refuge's destroyer has been revealed, our heroes work together to discover a way to stop it. But how many more attempts will they get at solving this, their most deadly mystery yet? Merle leads the group in prayer. Magnus plays hardball. Taako gets on his diamond grind.

Jul 28, 2016
Ep. 44. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Four
01:15:25

Our heroes explore an extremely deadly derelict mine in an attempt to find out what's happening to Refuge every time the clock strikes noon. They do so with the usual amount of caution and grace, which is to say things go very, very, very poorly, very, very, very often. Merle makes some furry friends. Magnus finds a trap the hard way. Taako flies to Heaven.

Jul 14, 2016
Ep. 43. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Three
01:11:28

Our heroes start to get a hang of the difficult business of repetition as they learn more about Refuge and the events that led the town to such a sorry state. How much catastrophe can they undo in 60 minutes? Certainly they can't make things worse -- can they? Taako burns some spell slots. Magnus goes Over the Top. Merle's evangelism is met with the usual reception.

Jun 30, 2016
Ep. 42. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Two
01:10:13

What waits for our heroes on the other side of the time-stuck barrier? Seriously, what could be in there? A dragon made out of time? A parallel universe where people eat time like snack chips? A genuinely kind of innocuous, rustic town? Whatever it is, one thing's for sure: There's about to be some trouble in that bubble. Merle does some successful evangelizing. Taako gets caught red-handed. Magnus rushes in!

Jun 16, 2016
Ep. 41. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter One
01:08:32

After a fairly morose start to the episode, our heroes are launched -- with great speed -- into a new adventure. What awaits them inside of the time-stuck anomaly? More important question: Who's ready for SUMMER FASHIONS? Merle exhibits classic Dwarven jealousy. Magnus loves a fish. Taako accidentally saves the day.

Jun 02, 2016
The Adventure Zone LIVE in Boston Announcement!
02:52

The Adventure Zone is doing its first open-to-the-public live show! We'll be at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, MA, on Fri. July 15. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, June 1, at noon EST.

Tickets will be available at bit.ly/tazboston! They will probably go quickly! Do not sleep on them!

May 30, 2016
Ep. 40. Lunar Interlude III: Rest & Relaxation
01:31:20

That last adventure was a tough one. Our heroes have earned some time off -- both from mortal danger, and from each other. But how do adventurers spend their downtime between jobs? Also, what's hot and fresh at the bakery counter of the Fantasy Costco? Magnus considers a change in careers. Merle dishes out some beard-centric philosophy. Taako takes on a pupil.

May 19, 2016
Ep. 39. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Eleven
01:12:14

After a climactic victory, our heroes have a few loose ends to tie up before moving on to their next adventure. Will Lucas and Maureen get Regulated? Will Kravitz claim his undead bounty? More importantly, how are they going to get that big, magic rock out of Magnus' tummy? Merle does prank medicine. Magnus tells a fib. Taako just twerks it out.

May 05, 2016
Ep. 38. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Ten
01:13:28

It's time for the final confrontation. Who's been hunting our heroes all throughout this campaign? What's Lucas really after? Why is Merle getting just completely boned in every fight? Answers to these questions and more linger just behind the play button. Taako has a plan. Magnus has a snack. Merle says his prayers.

Apr 21, 2016
Ep. 37. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Nine
01:03:10

It's going down. Our heroes have a thrilling showdown with three of their most deadly, most dead foes -- but will they fare as well in Round Two as they did the first time around? Taako defies gravity. Magnus adds to his collection. Merle learns the basics of the Cleric class.

Apr 07, 2016
Ep. 36. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Eight
01:20:59

Hey, things aren't really going that great for our heroes right now, but on the plus side -- it's MaxFunDrive time! You can support our show by going to maximumfun.org/donate, though unfortunately, you can't really support our heroes right now; they've got to un-goof this situation themselves. Merle saves a life. Magnus gets new legs. Taako introduces a long-overdue tentacle scene to the show.

Mar 24, 2016
The The Adventure Zone Zone
01:42:56

Happy MaxFunDrive, everybody! To celebrate, we're doing a between-weeks episode of The The Adventure Zone Zone, an informal chat show about the rest of the podcast that we do. Join us for a discussion of Taako's Taco Quest, the origins of Barry Bluejeans and what's in store for future campaigns! And visit maximumfun.org/donate!

Mar 17, 2016
Ep. 35. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Seven
01:11:03

Our heroes recover after performing some impromptu emergency surgery on their holiest team member, and then, after kicking it for a while, learn the secrets of the universe. No big deal. Taako tries on a new voice. Magnus does some backseat Regulating. Merle learns about an exciting new plant.

Mar 10, 2016
Ep. 34. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Six
01:00:39

Can our heroes achieve a competent victory against three relatively unkillable foes? More importantly: Can they do any sick stunts while doing so? Taako conjures up the ultimate terror. Magnus has a public service announcement. Merle faces a crystal conundrum.

Feb 25, 2016
Ep. 33. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Five
59:04

Our heroes face a series of challenges while exploring Lucas' lab that are, admittedly, all pretty adorable. But still super deadly! Just, like, huggably deadly. Merle performs a random act of kindness. Taako remembers an acrobatic nursery rhyme. Magnus experiences the magic of flight.

Feb 11, 2016
Ep. 32. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Four
01:03:19

We may have finally found a challenge that our heroes cannot overcome: Math-based trivia. Can our heroes stump their animatronic captor before turning extra crispy? Can they stave off a crystalline death for one more episode? Merle seeks divine intervention. Magnus makes an otherworldly find. Taako's good out here.

Jan 28, 2016
Ep. 31. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Three
01:01:47

Having survived an encounter with their deadliest foe yet, our heroes take a moment to reflect on some of Faerun's most prodigious scientific achievements. Later, the trio is forced into a deadly test of intellect, and you can probably guess how well that goes. Merle does some pest control. Magnus makes a token of friendship. Taako enjoys some "Taako time."

Jan 14, 2016
Ep. 30. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Two
01:02:06

Our heroes make their way into Lucas' floating, crystallized lab, and face off against their deadliest foe yet. Will they thrive under the pressure of an apocalyptic time limit? Or will they waste too much time just standing around, debating the names of members of the band U2? Magnus gets caught fibbing. Taako learns about a Grandpa. Merle gets Touched by an Angel.

Dec 31, 2015
Ep 29. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter One
01:01:48

A new adventure begins! Join our heroes as they host a relatively successful office holiday party, and mourn as that party gets totally sidelined by a potential apocalypse. Magnus puts his carpentry to good use. Taako perfects his macaroon recipe. Merle does some re-gifting.

Dec 19, 2015
Ep. 28. Lunar Interlude II: Internal Affairs
01:15:34

Our heroes return to the Bureau of Balance's moonbase after a job kind-of well done. They've got a lot waiting for them: A heated debrief, a major change in the payroll and, of course, a visit to everyone's favorite fantasy bulk shopping outlet. Magnus makes a tentacle connection. Merle gets Zone of Truth-blocked. Taako really just wants to get down on some Quiznos.

Dec 03, 2015
Ep. 27. Petals to the Metal - Chapter 10
01:09:11

This is it. Our heroes are in a dead heat with The Raven, the finish line in sight. Who will emerge victorious? Who will end up with the mighty Gaia Sash? More importantly, is there any prize money for this thing? Taako does some sunbathing. Magnus gets shredded. Merle executes the weirdest brag ever.

Nov 19, 2015
Ep. 26. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Nine
01:02:55

In this penultimate installment of a race that has gotten wildly, profoundly out of hand, our heroes take on a trio of automotive threats. Merle starts himself a convoy. Magnus fights a shark. Taako catches up with an old friend.

Nov 05, 2015
Ep. 25. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Eight
59:33

This episode is basically a self-contained Fast and the Furious movie, if that film franchise incorporated actual arcane magicks, rather than just "movie magic." Magnus does some risky jumping. Merle takes a tumble. Taako summons a new best friend.

Oct 22, 2015
The Adventure Zone Presents: The Great Switcheroo of 2015
02:05:14

You didn't think our heroes were the only adventurers in the world of The Adventure Zone, did you? In this episode, the hysterical folks from The Flop House take over, introducing the world to a new, lovable trio of mercenaries.

Strap in for a two-hour D&D session starring Stuart Wellington as DM, Elliott Kalan as the Dragonborn Bard Jeremy "Scales" Fangbattle, Dan McCoy as High Elf Druid Lucian Buttwatcher and Zhubin Parang as the noble Tanzer Silverview.

Oct 08, 2015
Ep. 24. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Seven
59:41

BWAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! That's the sound of a horn, meaning it's time for the Battlewagon Races we've been building up to for six episodes to begin. BUCKLE UP. Taako holds a coronation. Magnus leaps before looking. Merle gets a face hug.

Sep 24, 2015
Ep. 23. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Six
57:15

Can our heroes secure their hairy compatriot and their arcane objective while not killing everyone in sight? Also, can they go five whole minutes without making a dildo joke? Merle soothes some anger. Magnus sets his axe to stun. Taako reveals his spirit animal.

Sep 10, 2015
Ep. 22. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Five
01:00:44

Our heroes attempt a sneaking mission to retrieve a vital Battlewagon component, and end up doing something ghoulish that they'll have to keep secret forever. Also, a beloved character returns. Merle saves his heals. Taako grows a third eye. Magnus clefts.

Aug 27, 2015
Ep. 21. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Four
01:07:45

Having straight-up embarrassed themselves in their first encounter with The Raven, our heroes look for alternative methods of defeating her. Merle channels a Train God. Magnus makes a fishy deal. Taako receives some bathroom aid.

Aug 13, 2015
Ep. 20. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Three
56:39

In this installment, the question isn't 'Will our heroes survive,' it's, 'What's going to kill them first?' Our money's on either the elevator shaft full of sentient vines, or the godlike criminal waiting for them at the top of said shaft. Magnus has an embarrassing pants accident. Taako runs out of juice. Merle goes walking in Memphis.

Jul 30, 2015
Ep. 19. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Two
55:24

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.

Jul 16, 2015
Ep. 18. Petals to the Metal - Chapter One
01:00:49

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.

Jul 02, 2015
Ep. 17. Lunar Interlude I: Carnival Chaos
01:11:09

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.

Jun 18, 2015
Ep. 16. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Seven
01:02:21

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.

Jun 04, 2015
Ep. 15. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Six
01:00:52

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.

May 21, 2015
Ep. 14. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Five
58:21

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.

May 07, 2015
Ep. 13. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Four
56:46

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.

Apr 23, 2015
Ep. 12. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Three
59:30

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.

Apr 16, 2015
Ep. 11. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Two
01:03:12

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.

Mar 26, 2015
Ep. 10. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter One
01:06:49

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.

Mar 19, 2015
Ep. 9. Moonlighting - Chapter Three
01:06:12

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.

Mar 12, 2015
Ep. 8. Moonlighting - Chapter Two
01:13:22

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. 

Feb 26, 2015
Ep. 7. Moonlighting - Chapter One
01:05:37

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.

Feb 12, 2015
Ep. 6. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Six
57:30

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?

Jan 29, 2015
Ep. 5. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Five
58:48

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.

Jan 15, 2015
Ep. 4. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Four
01:05:39

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.

Jan 01, 2015
Ep. 3. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Three
01:17:13

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.

Dec 18, 2014
Ep. 2. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Two
01:07:27

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?

Dec 04, 2014
Ep. 1.5: Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter One (Super Cut)
50:55

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.

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Dec 03, 2014
Ep. 1: Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter One
01:58:43

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.

Dec 03, 2014