The Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone

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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!
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 3
Nov 16 • 64 min
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.
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 2
Nov 2 • 63 min
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.
The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Episode 1
Oct 19 • 62 min
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…
Setup - The Adventure Zone: Commitment
Oct 5 • 82 min
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…
The Adventure Zone: Live in San Diego!
Sep 21 • 103 min
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?
The Adventure Zone: Live in Austin!
Sep 8 • 92 min
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.
The The Adventure Zone Zone: Balance Finale Edition
Aug 24 • 97 min
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!
69. Story and Song - Finale, Part Three
Aug 17 • 162 min
Our heroes reach their journey’s end. Additional Music by Reeder: https://iamreeder.bandcamp.com/
68. Story and Song - Finale, Part Two
Aug 1 • 121 min
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/
67. Story and Song - Finale, Part One
Jul 13 • 81 min
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?
66. The Stolen Century - Chapter Seven
Jun 29 • 88 min
Our heroes’ long, forgotten journey comes to an end. Music: “Relic” by Reeder - https://iamreeder.bandcamp.com/
65. The Stolen Century - Chapter Six
Jun 15 • 85 min
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….
64. The Stolen Century - Chapter Five
Jun 1 • 65 min
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…
63. The Stolen Century - Chapter Four
May 18 • 90 min
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…
The Adventure Zone LIVE at SDCC 2017 Announcement!
May 15 • 3 min
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!
62. The Stolen Century - Chapter Three
May 4 • 39 min
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.
61. The Stolen Century - Chapter Two
Apr 27 • 87 min
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…
60. The Stolen Century - Chapter One
Apr 13 • 96 min
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,…
The The Adventure Zone Zone - MaxFunDrive 2017
Mar 30 • 82 min
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…
59. Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour - Part Two
Mar 23 • 105 min
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…
58. Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour - Part One
Mar 9 • 77 min
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…
57. The Suffering Game - Chapter Seven
Feb 23 • 74 min
Game Over. Taako makes some fashionable friends. Merle does some wordplay. Magnus remembers.
56. The Suffering Game - Chapter Six
Feb 9 • 64 min
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…
55. The Suffering Game - Chapter Five
Jan 26 • 70 min
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…
54. The Suffering Game - Chapter Four
Jan 12 • 64 min
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….
The Flop House Presents: Return of The Hogsbottom Three
Dec 29, 2016 • 210 min
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…
53. The Suffering Game - Chapter Three
Dec 15, 2016 • 78 min
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…
The Adventure Zone: MaxFunCon East Live
Dec 1, 2016 • 99 min
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…
52. The Suffering Game - Chapter Two
Nov 17, 2016 • 66 min
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…
The Adventure Zone: The Live Boston Stunt Spectacular
Nov 3, 2016 • 116 min
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…
51. The Suffering Game - Chapter One
Oct 20, 2016 • 67 min
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…
50. Lunar Interlude IV: The Calm Before The Storm
Oct 6, 2016 • 97 min
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.
49. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Nine
Sep 22, 2016 • 83 min
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…
48. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Eight
Sep 8, 2016 • 77 min
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…
47. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Seven
Aug 25, 2016 • 72 min
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…
46. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Six
Aug 11, 2016 • 87 min
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…
45. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Five
Jul 28, 2016 • 69 min
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….
44. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Four
Jul 14, 2016 • 75 min
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,…
43. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Three
Jun 30, 2016 • 71 min
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 —…
42. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter Two
Jun 16, 2016 • 70 min
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…
41. The Eleventh Hour - Chapter One
Jun 2, 2016 • 68 min
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…
The Adventure Zone LIVE in Boston Announcement!
May 30, 2016 • 2 min
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…
40. Lunar Interlude III: Rest & Relaxation
May 19, 2016 • 91 min
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…
39. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Eleven
May 5, 2016 • 72 min
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…
38. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Ten
Apr 21, 2016 • 73 min
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…
37. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Nine
Apr 7, 2016 • 63 min
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…
36. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Eight
Mar 24, 2016 • 80 min
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;…
The The Adventure Zone Zone
Mar 17, 2016 • 102 min
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…
35. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Seven
Mar 10, 2016 • 71 min
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…
34. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Six
Feb 25, 2016 • 60 min
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…
33. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Five
Feb 11, 2016 • 59 min
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….
32. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Four
Jan 28, 2016 • 63 min
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…
31. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Three
Jan 14, 2016 • 61 min
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…
30. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Two
Dec 31, 2015 • 62 min
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…
Ep 29. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter One
Dec 19, 2015 • 61 min
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….
28. Lunar Interlude II: Internal Affairs
Dec 3, 2015 • 75 min
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….
27. Petals to the Metal - Chapter 10
Nov 19, 2015 • 69 min
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…
26. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Nine
Nov 5, 2015 • 62 min
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.
25. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Eight
Oct 22, 2015 • 59 min
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.
The Adventure Zone Presents: The Great Switcheroo of 2015
Oct 8, 2015 • 125 min
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…
24. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Seven
Sep 24, 2015 • 59 min
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.
23. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Six
Sep 10, 2015 • 57 min
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…
22. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Five
Aug 27, 2015 • 60 min
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…
21. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Four
Aug 13, 2015 • 67 min
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.
20. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Three
Jul 30, 2015 • 56 min
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…
19. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Two
Jul 16, 2015 • 55 min
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…
18. Petals to the Metal - Chapter One
Jul 2, 2015 • 60 min
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…
17. Lunar Interlude I: Carnival Chaos
Jun 18, 2015 • 71 min
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…
16. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Seven
Jun 4, 2015 • 62 min
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….
15. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Six
May 21, 2015 • 60 min
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.
14. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Five
May 7, 2015 • 58 min
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.
13. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Four
Apr 23, 2015 • 56 min
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…
12. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Three
Apr 16, 2015 • 59 min
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.
11. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Two
Mar 26, 2015 • 63 min
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…
10. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter One
Mar 19, 2015 • 66 min
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,…
9. Moonlighting - Chapter Three
Mar 12, 2015 • 66 min
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…
8. Moonlighting - Chapter Two
Feb 26, 2015 • 73 min
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,…
7. Moonlighting - Chapter One
Feb 12, 2015 • 65 min
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.
6. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Six
Jan 29, 2015 • 57 min
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?
5. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Five
Jan 15, 2015 • 58 min
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.
4. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Four
Jan 1, 2015 • 65 min
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.
3. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Three
Dec 18, 2014 • 77 min
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…
2. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Two
Dec 4, 2014 • 67 min
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…
1.5: Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter One (Super Cut)
Dec 3, 2014 • 50 min
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…
1: Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter One
Dec 3, 2014 • 118 min
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…