Tag Archive | Hello From The Magic Tavern

Monday works roundup, 2/1 (Wizard of Oz, Hello from the Magic Tavern, Leif & Thorn)

Leif & Thorn
Montmere, cliffside (art | scenery | worksafe)
Hermosa in Pink (art | Hermosa | worksafe)
Unnamed Goose Girl (art | trickster | worksafe)
2020 in Leif and Thorn (art meme, worksafe)
Midnight snow (wallpaper | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Delphinium in gold trim (art | Del | worksafe)

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Hall Passes & Badgie Huggies (fic | Chunt/Arnie, Arnie/Sarah, Chunt/Twosidore, Usidore | T)

Wizard of Oz
Five Earth Gifts Dorothy Brought Home (fic | Dorothy/Ozma, Eureka, Jack | T)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Annotated reruns of the full series, currently on chapter 1!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
This is not Hermosa’s beautiful house. This is not his beautiful spouse.

Monday Works Roundup 9/10 – Forward, Labyrinth, Sailor Moon, Magic Tavern, stamps, and more

But I’m A Cat Person
Cold Winter Nights Indoors (art | Sparrow, Reseda, Emma/Bianca, Patrick, Timothy | worksafe)
Sunshine Windows (art | Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Flowerchoke Sadkale (art | Kale | NSFW-ish)
Scimitar Hearts (wallpaper | Gerri, Peach, Rowan | worksafe)
Wolf in the Forest (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Forward
Your Silicon Pal That’s Fun To Be With (art | Zoa, Lee | worksafe)

Labyrinth/Hello From The Magic Tavern
Uncle Jareth (comic | Jareth, Sarah, Arnie, Usidore, Chunt, baby | G)

Sailor Moon
Moon Pride (art | Usagi, Chibiusa | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Pansexual flag stamp – base (stamp)
Trans woman flag stamp – base (stamp)
Webcomic Woes 21 – Performance kicxiety (comic, G)
Chibi Scalezz (reward chibi, worksafe)
Genderqueer flag stamp – base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Dr. Rosen is very cross about how much she’s been left out.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn is saved from having to make a nerve-wracking choice.

Erin Listens: The World in Words, Magic Tavern, Chronicles of Oz

I’ve been well caught up with the brief archives of the Lingthusiasm podcast for a while, so when one episode mentioned The World In Words, I went to check out the archive.

It’s ridiculous. There are hundreds of episodes. This podcast has been running since the Bush administration.

Basically they just culled all the language-related material from their overall supply of public-radio stories. Great international perspective — they’ll go to France to talk to the translator of a novel, China to interview people from regions whose dialects are being subsumed by Mandarin, Mexico to report on the state of bilingual education for kids deported from the US, anywhere and everywhere.

Early episodes are 30-minute compilations of segments; later they start releasing individual segments, so you’ll get a “podcast” that is 6 minutes, 5 minutes, even 3 minutes long. So it’s not quite as intimidating a backlog as it appears.

Still, it’s filling a lot of time. I haven’t gotten past 2013.

Hello From The Magic Tavern is getting good, y’all.

A recent live episode included an improv guy who hadn’t actually listened to any episodes, so he was going on a 5-minute summary of the premise. “Don’t worry, it’s not that serious,” they said. “You won’t break the show,” they said.

Two minutes in, he almost breaks the show. The scramble to fix it is adorable.

A while earlier, don’t remember which specific episode it was, but they get into a recurring gag of soda-based puns, expanded to general drink-based puns. One poor guest gets totally stuck until the end. (I spent a bunch of it figuring out how to work in a reference to “high seas.”)

The Chronicles of Oz is a dramatized rewrite of the book series — so far they’ve only gotten The Wonderful Wizard — but the authors are gleefully throwing in references to Baum’s entire oeuvre. Along with foreshadowing about Ozma, they’ve namechecked the political situations in Ev, Oogaboo, and Jinxland.

It takes things more seriously than the books. The death of the Wicked Witch of the East leads to riots, as the underground revolutionaries abruptly stop being underground, and clash with the established loyalists. Glinda reveals early on that she has a long-term plan to depose the Wizard. Continuity!

But it doesn’t throw out the spirit of the books for the sake of joyless grimdark. It’s fun. There are cute nods to the movies, too. (When Oz asks why Dorothy expects help from him, she stammers, “Because…of the wonderful things you…?”)

Dorothy here is a snarky, sarcastic teenager, who has very little in common with book!Dorothy, but she’s fun in her own right. I’m really loving their take on the Scarecrow — he sounds like Arthur Shappey from Cabin Pressure.

Halfway through the posted episodes, I’m already looking forward to Book 2.

Erin Listens: the Magic Tavern and other podcasts

Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100…then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work…and now it’s officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.

If you’re not already listening (and if you’re not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.

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Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It’s kind of…uplifting?…to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don’t have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they’re podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn’t make me sad.

They’re too hard on the ’92 anime — by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can’t help. Of course the first season doesn’t have much sense of “shared past” between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn’t know about it! Naoko hadn’t written it yet!

On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I’m all caught up with now) is too easy on the ’92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.

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I’m listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? — it’s just too slow otherwise.

…also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like “once I get through one of these, I’ll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode.”

More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness — it’s an inherent side effect of their premises — but in measured and relatively-contained doses.

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Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I’d want to do a re-listen.

…in fact, the only series on this list where I’m holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It’s highly re-listenable.

Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:

Honestly, I’d go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn’t been such a painful kick in the teeth.

I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just…don’t have the stomach to go near it.

That’s not an empty promise — anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.

Multifandom works roundup, 1/30/17

Leif & Thorn
Leif & Thorn Chibi Ensemble, stage 2 (chibis | Leif/Thorn, lots and lots of others | worksafe)
In the sparkling springtime (sketches | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Surf’s Up (art | Mata/Pato, Ivy | worksafe)
Vampire Castle (art | scenery | worksafe)

Hello From The Magic Tavern/Labyrinth
Should You Need Us…. (art | Usidore, Arnie/Sarah, Chunt, Jareth | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Pallas Swing (art | PallaPalla | worksafe)
General of Mau (art | Bakene [Rhett Butler] | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
motifs (vintage designs, worksafe)
Figure drawings (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Annie gets back to the surface, and Rowan gets a new musical obsession.