The Brothers McElroy and Daddy Clint weave a fun, heartfelt tale of magic and deception complete with battle wagon races, hug bears, spirits inhabiting robots, life sucking liches, jellyfish that can erase memories and the world’s greatest kid detective. And that’s just Arch One!
In all seriousness, Arch One, The Balance Arch, may be the greatest fictional podcast achievement to date. Currently on my fourth listen through and still has me in stitches one minute and crying uncontrollably the next. The McElroys use D&D group storytelling to speak out against racism, gender discrimination and many other societal flaws all while creating a world and story that will leave you waiting for Good Thursday (every other week when the pod drops). And luckily, this arch is finished and you can just binge away.
They continue on with some experimental mini-series and one-shots before launching more story arch’s with more great characters. Humor and love abound from start to finish. If you like fantasy and/or D&D you’re doing yourself a disservice not listening to this podcast. If D&D rules make no sense to you and you don’t really care, start with episode 1.5 and buckle up for the ride of your life. Also, give Justin grace for the first few episodes while he nails down Taako’s voice, it’s totally worth it in the end!