Apr. 5th, 2017

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To tide myself over until the final episode of The Adventure Zone I paid $5 to gain access to the subscriber extras on Maximum Fun. There's 5 Adventure Zone episodes: a prequel where the gang meets, a stand alone Beach Episode, and three episodes of "The Adventure Zone: Nights", a separate campaign run by Travis.

The first two weren't super exciting but cute. The Adventure Zone: Nights took a while to grow on me, especially since Travis turned out to be the kind of nerdy dude who starts with FIFTEEN MINUTES of worldbuilding and then fills his dungeons with mazes full of logic puzzles, not the recipe for a compelling podcast. Also I'm attached to the regular characters, and three episodes isn't enough for these new ones to gain much depth, though it was interesting seeing everyone play someone different. (Griffin is a nebbishy warlock bartender, Justin a quietly badass female monk, and Clint a loudmouth bard)

But then in the final episode...Lin Manuel Miranda shows up? As a bard who sings his way out of trouble??

So yeah, if you want to hear Lin Manuel Miranda use an original battle rap to lower the self esteem of a robot, consider subscribing to Maximum Fun! The episode is still largely kinda dry, listening to someone roleplay methodically destroying 50 barrels to find the one with the gem they need is boring even if the ropleplayer is a Tony award winner. But I feel like I got my $5 worth overall, especially when you consider the 50+ free Adventure Zone episodes I've listened to and enjoyed. I've cancelled my subscription again, but will happily pay another $5 if they add more bonus content I'm interested in.

Also note: the third TAZ:N episode is labelled "TAZ:N 2" for some reason. Read the summaries carefully.

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