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The Adventure Zone

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!

Episodes

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 17

The Pine Guard welcomes and interrogates their new companion, and has another brush with the intangible, unlucky forces that seem to be conspiring against them. Duck teaches talking. Aubrey throws a drink. Ned threatens a book.
posted by Lurch on Oct 18 at 4:58 PM - 4 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 16

With another accidental catastrophe averted, The Pine Guard catch their breath and split up to take care of some mid-Hunt business. Aubrey takes some magic lessons. Ned reflects on his larcenous past. Duck makes use of the In-fur-mary.
posted by Tevin on Oct 9 at 6:33 AM - 10 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live In Atlanta!

We're running behind on the next episode of Amnesty, so in it's stead, here's our most recent live show from Atlanta, GA! Follow Tres Horny Boys and their inscrutable companion on a journey across the planes as they learn the horrible history of one of their iconic armaments.
posted by Tevin on Sep 21 at 5:18 AM - 4 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 15

The Pine Guard meet the voice on the other end of the prophetic phone calls, and receive a new, even more dire warning of impending disaster. Duck makes some friends in the forest. Aubrey eyes some eyeglasses. Ned hits the brakes.
posted by Tevin on Sep 8 at 9:08 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 14

A mysterious caller has warned the Pine Guard of a disaster that will befall Kepler's citizens in mere minutes. Will they be able to prevent this impending calamity? And just who was on the other end of the telephone line? Duck rushes in. Aubrey flames on. Ned discovers the awful truth.
posted by Tevin on Aug 24 at 10:42 AM - 5 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 13

The holidays have descended upon Kepler, West Virginia. While the town prepares for its annual festivities, the Pine Guard prepares for the coming Abomination. Ned gets under the hood. Aubrey does some risky sleight of hand. Duck gets two fateful phone calls. (Thanks to Evan Palmer [@evantickles] for our new cover art!)
posted by Tevin on Aug 9 at 10:44 AM - 6 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live in San Francisco!

Our heroes receive a letter from an old friend requesting their aid on the open seas. Spurred on by the promise of incredible treasures, Tres Horny Boys set sail -- but what dangers await them beneath the ocean's waves?
posted by Lurch on Jul 26 at 8:21 PM - 10 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 12

A Lunar Interlude. The Pine Guard and the residents of Amnesty Lodge take a well-earned break at a local winter recreation hotspot. Aubrey meets the Hornets. Duck reveals soupy secrets. Ned logs onto the InterNed.
posted by Tevin on Jul 12 at 10:40 AM - 14 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 11

The Pine Guard arrive at an unlikely battleground, and face off against their shapeshifting foe. With an ominous vision predicting catastrophe, can they conquer the abomination before meeting their end in a watery grave? Aubrey taps into something new. Duck takes flight. Ned goes for a night swim.
posted by Tevin on Jun 29 at 12:26 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 10

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.
posted by Lurch on Jun 16 at 9:14 AM - 10 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 9

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/
posted by Tevin on May 31 at 10:31 AM - 7 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live in Dallas!

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.
posted by Lurch on May 19 at 2:31 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 8

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.
posted by Tevin on May 3 at 10:44 AM - 14 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 7

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.
posted by Tevin on Apr 20 at 7:28 AM - 17 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 6

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.
posted by Tevin on Apr 12 at 10:54 AM - 4 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: The The Adventure Zone Zone: Experiments Post-Mortem

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!
posted by Tevin on Apr 5 at 10:19 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: The Announcement Zone: Season Two, MaxFunDrive and more!

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!
posted by bleep on Mar 29 at 9:08 PM - 15 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 4

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.
posted by Tevin on Mar 22 at 12:17 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 3

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.
posted by Tevin on Mar 19 at 12:56 PM - 13 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 2

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.
posted by Tevin on Mar 9 at 4:09 PM - 15 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Dust - Episode 1

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.
posted by Tevin on Mar 1 at 5:13 PM - 6 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Setup - Dust

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.
posted by Tevin on Feb 22 at 1:43 PM - 21 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 5

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.
posted by Tevin on Feb 9 at 11:41 AM - 15 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 4

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.
posted by Tevin on Feb 1 at 11:40 AM - 17 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 3

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.
posted by Tevin on Jan 25 at 1:45 PM - 15 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 2

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.
posted by Tevin on Jan 18 at 11:50 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 1

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.
posted by Tevin on Jan 12 at 10:36 AM - 10 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Setup - Amnesty

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.
posted by nubs on Jan 4 at 4:10 PM - 13 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Candlenights in Tacoma!

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?
posted by Cash4Lead on Dec 29, 2017 at 11:16 AM - 4 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live in Nashville!

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!
posted by zeptoweasel on Dec 14, 2017 at 7:07 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 4

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.
posted by Tevin on Nov 30, 2017 at 10:42 AM - 7 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 3

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.
posted by Tevin on Nov 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 2

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.
posted by Tevin on Nov 2, 2017 at 10:17 AM - 12 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 1

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.
posted by zeptoweasel on Oct 19, 2017 at 4:40 PM - 15 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Setup - Commitment

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.
posted by Tevin on Oct 5, 2017 at 7:20 AM - 26 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live in San Diego!

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?
posted by Tevin on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM - 2 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live in Austin!

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.
posted by zeptoweasel on Sep 10, 2017 at 7:32 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: The The Adventure Zone Zone: Balance Finale Edition

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!
posted by Tevin on Aug 24, 2017 at 9:59 AM - 15 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 69. Story and Song - Finale, Part Three

Our heroes reach their journey's end. Additional Music by Reeder: https://iamreeder.bandcamp.com/
posted by Tevin on Aug 17, 2017 at 9:03 AM - 44 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 68. Story and Song - Finale, Part Two

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/
posted by Tevin on Aug 1, 2017 at 8:54 AM - 26 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 67. Story and Song - Finale, Part One

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?
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 13, 2017 at 11:33 AM - 41 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 66. The Stolen Century - Chapter Seven

Our heroes long, forgotten journey comes to an end.
posted by Tevin on Jun 29, 2017 at 11:18 AM - 60 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 65. The Stolen Century - Chapter Six

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 on Jun 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM - 14 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 64. The Stolen Century - Chapter Five

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.
posted by Tevin on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:36 AM - 46 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 63. The Stolen Century - Chapter Four

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.
posted by Tevin on May 18, 2017 at 10:11 AM - 29 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 62. The Stolen Century - Chapter Three

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.
posted by Tevin on May 4, 2017 at 10:35 AM - 7 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 61. The Stolen Century - Chapter Two

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.
posted by Tevin on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 19 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 60. The Stolen Century - Chapter One

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.
posted by Tevin on Apr 13, 2017 at 10:10 AM - 18 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: The The Adventure Zone Zone - MaxFunDrive 2017

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!
posted by Tevin on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:05 PM - 17 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 59. Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour - Part Two

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.
posted by Tevin on Mar 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM - 21 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 58. Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour - Part One

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.
posted by drezdn on Mar 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM - 27 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 57. The Suffering Game - Chapter Seven

Game Over. Taako makes some fashionable friends. Merle does some wordplay. Magnus remembers.
posted by Tevin on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:03 AM - 58 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 56. The Suffering Game - Chapter Six

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.
posted by Tevin on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:25 PM - 61 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 55. The Suffering Game - Chapter Five

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.
posted by Tevin on Jan 26, 2017 at 10:23 AM - 12 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 54. The Suffering Game - Chapter Four

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.<
posted by Tevin on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:51 AM - 43 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 53. The Suffering Game - Chapter Three

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.
posted by Tevin on Dec 15, 2016 at 1:41 PM - 26 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: MaxFunCon East Live

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!
posted by Tevin on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM - 21 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 52. The Suffering Game - Chapter Two

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!
posted by Tevin on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:07 AM - 11 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: The Live Boston Stunt Spectacular

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!
posted by Tevin on Nov 4, 2016 at 11:07 AM - 11 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 51. The Suffering Game - Chapter One

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.
posted by Tevin on Oct 20, 2016 at 8:31 AM - 7 comments

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