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The podcast described in this article is not real, but it can really be found at Hello, from the Magic Tavern.
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Hello, from the Magic Tavern is a weekly podcast created by Jackbox Games employee Arnie Niekamp set in the magical world of Foon.

After falling through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago, Arnie finds himself stuck in the world of Foon. Luckily he has his podcast equipment, and a faint wi-fi signal coming from the Burger King on the other side of the portal, so he decides to set up a podcast in the Vermillion Minotaur, the local tavern.

His co-hosts are Chunt, a shape-shifter currently in the form of a badger, played by Adal Rifai, and Usidore the Blue, a wizard, played by Matt Young. They are joined each week by a variety of special guests who live in Foon.

Has a Character Sheet.


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Hello, from the Magic Tavern provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Spintax the Green is treated like this, much to the dismay of Usidore.
  • A-Cup Angst: Princess Trachea Aurelia Belaroth did not inherit her mother's world-renowned bust size, and is not happy about it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: On two occasions, Arnie's broadcasts cuts off in the first few minutes, and the bulk of the episode follows the antics on the space station.
  • Affably Evil: Baron Ragoon seems like a really nice guy, but he's a follower of the Dark Lord. Arnie isn't fooled. "I'm from the Midwest. I know the difference between nice and polite."
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sometimes they call Chunt "Chu Chu".
  • Another Dimension: Foon is located in a separate dimension from Earth.
  • As Himself: Arnie Niekamp plays Arnie Niekamp.
  • Audience Participation: The characters will read emails and tweets from listeners.
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  • A Wizard Did It: The Retcon to explain why robins were non-existent in an early episode, but came to be regular birds later on.
  • Bed Trick: The usual MO of memory gremlins.
  • Born as an Adult: All wizards are born this way.
  • Born of Magic: Usidore the Blue came into the world fully formed as an adult. He was born of wind, fire, earth, and birds (and lightning and some frogs).
  • Brick Joke: In the first few episodes, Arnie (and occasionally Chunt) begin saying Hoobastank as Usidore reaches the Hoogstandjes portion of his collection of names. Cut to Episode 14, with Glenn Miller and Spants breaking out into a Usidore-themed version of "The Reason" by, you guessed it, Hoobastank.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Usidore the Blue, Spintax the Green, etc.
  • Cuckoo Nest: Episode 59 has Dr. Ward, a director of clinical psychology claiming that Arnie has been checked into his institute for the last year, and all of his time in Foon has been a hallucination.
  • Doppelgänger: It's implied that there's one of Arnie on Earth impersonating him in his absence.
  • Dungeon Crawling: A common activity for adventurers in Foon. Arnie has made it his quest to dungeon crawl for Lunar Sword.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Foon is a very sex-positive realm.
  • Fictional Sport: Mittens is the most popular sport in Foon.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Usidore and Spintax once resolved their sexual tension in a liaison so powerful that it nearly destroyed a mountain. The dwarves know it as Wizard Fuck Mountain
  • Full-Contact Magic: Jamillious The Mauve can literally slap the taste out of someone's mouth.
  • Gag Boobs: Queen Titania Belaroth is mostly known for her large breasts. Spintax the Green lives in a multifaceted gem in her cleavage.
  • Golden Snitch: In the game of Mittens, killing a bird that lands on the field gains your team 700 points. This can result in final scores of 2800-10.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Otok Barleyfoot, the owner of the Vermilion Minotaur, is half-elf, half-human.
  • Hurricane of Puns: A common Running Gag within an episode is for the actors to take one Earth musician/actor, and cram in as many puns related to their work as possible. It's coincidental in-universe, so Chunt, Usidore, and the guests do it straight-faced. Arnie sometimes tries to deliberately play along, and sometimes just cracks up for reasons he won't explain, other than "Earth people are loving it."
    • Lampshaded with an episode appearance of Chunt voice actor Adal Rifai, for whom punning is treated as a debilitating manic compulsion.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted for laughs. Foon has a child death rate of about 80%.
    Arnie: What do kids in Foon fantasize about growing up to be?
    Chunt: Alive.
  • King Incognito: Tom the Traveler, son of the King in the Northeast, masquerading as a humble cock-tickler.
  • Large Ham: Usidore is frequently shouting things at the top of his lungs, especially his name during the episode intro. Regularly Lampshaded in the outro credits by the Mysterious Man's sarcastic assessments of Matt Young's performance.
  • Magic Staff: Usidore's is made of birch, topped with a hexatite crystal.
  • Mirror Universe: Where Chunt, Usidore, and Arnie are all working for the Dark Lord, after Arnie fell through a portal behind a Chick-Fil-A. Heard from in the interlude after episode 80.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In Foon, the first rumor about anyone is that they're gay.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Blemish, after spending a whole episode saying various horrifying and threatening things: "Ha ha, just kidding! Come see me at Chunt's Night."
  • Musical Episode: Episode 14, starring the traveling bards Glenn Miller and Spants.
  • The Nameless: The Mysterious Man (identified that way in episode 10) who does the intro and outro speeches from a space station.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Chunt's mother, Eleanor the Manticore, lives in a commune of other mix-and-match critters (and regular lions and cats), charges crystals by moonlight (Usidore says that's inefficient), and performs palm readings with her scorpion stinger.
  • No Indoor Voice: Daphne The Unwed Mother has only one setting: screeching.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Arnie always has to assure the audience that his email address- magictavern@puppies.supplies - is a real address.
  • Once per Episode: Arnie almost always gives a brief rundown of how he would up in Foon at the beginning of every episode.
  • Only One Name: Chunt.
  • Overly Long Name: Usidore, Wizard of the 12th Realm of Ephysiyies, Master of Light and Shadow, Manipulator of Magical Delights, Devourer of Chaos, Champion of the Great Halls of Terr'akkas. The elves know me as Fi’ang Yalok. The dwarves know me as Zoenen Hoogstandjes. I am also known in the Northeast as Gaismunēnas Meistar.
    • And there may be other names we do not know yet.
      • Names of such great power, that if you even hear them you shall perish
    • This trope applies to all wizards in general, as they also list their powers and identities in their introduction.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Spintax's plan for defeating the Void required the rendered fat of six children.
  • The Quest: Usidore keeps trying to recruit people and get his started, to limited success.
  • Retcon: When Chunt tries to explain an inconsistency in his shapeshifting, Arnie said it sounded like a retcon.
  • Running Gag: Usidore's long introduction, and his ongoing quest to recruit adventurers to defeat the Dark Lord.
    • Chunt voice actor Adal Rifai abruptly introducing characters that the rest of the cast hate and try to have killed off.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "Different things mean different things." - Arnie
  • Shapeshifting: Chunt takes the form of whatever being he last had sex with.
  • Solid Gold Poop: Gold coins and rubies, from imps.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Eunuchs in Foon can talk to birds.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Usidore has convinced a few people to join his quest, but never reaches the tipping point of leaving Hogsface and getting started.
    • Arnie and the others have extensive contact with Earth through email and Twitter for 3+ years now, but none of that has affected the "Arnie can't get in touch with his family and let them know he's okay" plot point.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The intro and credits are done by a Mysterious Man who keeps insisting that the podcast isn't real, and definitely doesn't mean that there are alternate dimensions. Eventually this grows into a whole subplot, with the narrator and companions working from a space station.
  • Talking Animal: Foon has many different kinds of talking animals. Chunt is a shapeshifter in the form of talking badger.
  • Token Human: Arnie.
  • Trapped in Another World: The premise of the series.
  • True Companions: Arnie, Chunt, and Usidore come to refer to themselves as "boon companions" (and/or "goon companions").
  • Tsundere: Chunt usually vacillates between insulting Arnie and wanting to marry or sleep with him.
  • Unfortunate Names: Chunt and Usidore like to point out how "Arnie Niekamp" is awkward to say. They assume most Earth names are this way and that the full name of Arnie's wife Sarah is Sarah Rahkamp.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Krom the Barbarian can be provoked into one by teasing.
  • Wasteful Wishing: Chunt gains access to one wish and spends half of an episode pondering what to wish for. After the commercial break, he confesses that he had considered using the wish to send Arnie back home to his wife and child, or to aid Usidore by defeating the Dark Lord... but instead he used it to ensure that no matter what form he shapeshifted into, he would always have two buttholes.
    Usidore: Chu-Chu, you really are the worst.
    • Later, Chunt gets three wishes from a genie. The last wish—which, again, could be used to send Arnie back home to his wife and child or to aid Usidore by defeating the Dark Lord—is used to get Arnie his socks back.
  • Wizard Classic: How Arnie describes Usidore.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Usidore is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.
  • The Worm That Walks: Dripfang, the Dark Lord's chef inquisitor, was initially 1,000 snakes in a skin suit. Usidore killed a few, and then at his performance review, he was ordered to downsize to 500 snakes.

Doesn't that sound like a delightful romp through the imagination? Just remember it is not real.

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