The Adventure Zone: Ep. 65. The Stolen Century - Chapter Six
June 15, 2017 10:07 AM - Subscribe

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.
posted by Tevin (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I find it so, so stressful (as a person who has spent a fair amount of times on both sides of the gaming table), when Griffin puts his players in situations where they have to peel a detailed plan right off the dome, as with this episode's "perfect day". I mean, Justin did pretty well, all things considered, but I always feel a distinct sense of narrative tension when I realize that the player's momentary distraction or offhand comment may define a significant plot point, permanently.

Not that I can fault the McE's for how things have shaped up, for the most part. They're remarkably good at rolling with a bit and making it work. But I can't help but wonder how much better that scene would have been if Justin had been able to take 10 minutes to plan and discuss, off-mic.
posted by bluemilker at 11:28 AM on June 15


Counterpoint: these podcasts are pretty heavily edited, moreso than most people realize. I'm not sure if Justin could get a mulligan but I'm sure he could have exactly as much time as he thinks he needs to come up with a perfect day
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:11 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


I liked the idea of the trial, but I think it ended up a bit rushed and anticlimactic here.

I think that it was heavily trimmed to fit two cycles in the podcast, and of course it was E3 so they were busy.
I worry that it was just shoehorned in to be the origin story of the director and that there wasn't really going to be much of a pay off for the others regardless.

That said I think Griffin enjoyed being Luup.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:50 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


I worry that it was just shoehorned in to be the origin story of the director and that there wasn't really going to be much of a pay off for the others regardless.

Well, the Director stuff, plus the fact that some all-knowing dudes with access to future events are certain that THB will fail in their quest.
posted by showbiz_liz at 5:27 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


That said I think Griffin enjoyed being Luup.

Lup is far and away the best part of Stolen Century, no question.
posted by Itaxpica at 12:06 PM on June 16 [1 favorite]


The Lup and Taako relationship is touching. It's even more touching when I think about it as the Griffin and Justin relationship in parallel.
posted by Night_owl at 12:40 PM on June 16 [2 favorites]


I'm really glad that a few people in this world are going to start cooking their scrambled eggs properly, thanks to Justin's guidance. Please, if you're not already compliant with the instructions he gave, take heed, it's important advice.
posted by howfar at 6:06 PM on June 16


Taako's working on his voice over reel because the tres horny boys WILL be in Fantasy Trolls 2.
posted by bleep at 9:15 PM on June 16 [5 favorites]


Two plot questions that I can't remember the answers to:

1. Why do they have to stay put on a plane once they find the Light of Creation? Couldn't they just move on and spare the plane in question from the Hunger (as it presumably will no longer be attracted to the plane once the Light is gone)?

2. Do they have an endgame here, or are they just running along without any sense of how to break the cycle (Sam Beckett style)?
posted by Rock Steady at 7:52 AM on June 20


1. I'm pretty sure the coming of the Hunger is what makes the border between realities wobbly enough for the Star Blaster to pass through.

2. I'm pretty sure Griffin has an endgame. The NPCs may even have an endgame. But Tres Horny Boys, and maybe even the real boys who play them, don't have the slightest clue.
posted by Night_owl at 11:55 AM on June 20 [1 favorite]


1. Why do they have to stay put on a plane once they find the Light of Creation? Couldn't they just move on and spare the plane in question from the Hunger (as it presumably will no longer be attracted to the plane once the Light is gone)?

They explained this in an earlier episode - when they tried it, they didn't leave the dimension they were in. The Hunger is somehow facilitating interdimensional travel.
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:26 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]


Taako's working on his voice over reel because the tres horny boys WILL be in Fantasy Trolls 2.

My son was watching Clarence on Cartoon Network the other day and I heard Griffin's voice and FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. We were chanting "It's Happening! It's Happening! It's Happening!" by the time my wife came home.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:36 PM on June 20 [2 favorites]


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