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What happens when an elfin Rogue (Inara Harthorn), a half-elf Warlock (Johnny B. Goodlight), and a Barbarian robot (Designation TR8c, more often referred to as Tracey) all get thrown in a dungeon together for petty crime? Why, they take a get-out-of-jail free offer and crash a gay fantasy wedding! Never mind that they're supposed to be acting as security for one of the grooms, and through this Faustian bargain get pulled in to world-saving shenanigans on behalf of said groom.

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An actual-play podcast that has been running since 2017, this podcast features three newcomer D&D players and their veteran Warlock friend. All are self-proclaimed theater geeks who love to use the game to play with their skills.

Aside from the regular campaign podcasts, each episode is followed by an "Afterparty" episode where the players and the GM discuss the story they just collectively experienced, what might have happened had they not botched an important roll (or alternatively, if they hadn't succeeded), and answer questions submitted by their fans about the world and its characters, as well as some sillier things.

A second season is scheduled to begin in March of 2020, with a different story and setting.


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  • Altar Diplomacy: Greg and Alonzo's marriage is definitely a case of this, joining their two powerful families together through the wedding of their sons. The fact that Greg and Alonzo seem to love each other keeps it from being nothing more than a cold power play.
  • Anachronism Stew: Subverted. References to rifles, arcades, and the paparazzi in a fantasy world may seem pretty weird until Word of God confirms that everyone is playing through the Concentric States during modern times.
  • Baleful Polymorph: During the Labor Party arc, the trio is sent to groom "Mr. Pickles," Ze'ol's cat. "Mr. Pickles" is a man named Vince who was cursed by Ze'ol to become a man-eating lion whenever he gets hungry.
  • Butt-Monkey: By the third arc, it's Alonzo. Falling under a giant's spell, drinking a potentially lethal alcoholic cocktail, insisting on saving the realm without a faint idea of how to do it... His entire existence seems to be wrapped up in failing spectacularly and making life for the main trio as difficult as possible.
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  • Cursed Item: Of the variety with side effects. Johnny can wield the Bright Lantern that houses the Undying Light, but usually has to save against the meddling of the Shadow within.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Discussed during one Afterparty; the Undying Light, even as a force of good, tries to manipulate Johnny as often as the Undying Shadow does.
  • Hugh Mann: The Bachelorette competition has a whole slew of competitors of every fantasy race, competing to be the Queen's future partner. Among them, Chad the Human, a Gelatinous Cube that believes it is actually human. By the end of the Bachelorette party, he confesses to Tracey that he knows he is not human and just wants to fit in.
  • Kissing Cousins: During the Bachelorette Party Arc, Inara meets another elf in the reality-show-slash-Gladiator-Games competition—and immediately develops a crush on her. Turns out she's a distant cousin. By the next episode, Inara's opinion of this elf has changed to one of jealous admiration rather than romantic interest.
  • Player Archetypes: None of the player characters serve as a Munchkin or The Real Man in this campaign. Inara and Johnny B. Goodlight roll as The Roleplayer while Tracey is often The Loonie.
  • Power Incontinence: Alonzo is descended from a long line of powerful sorcerers. Unfortunately, his access to the power of his bloodline is shoddy at best. It has a habit of manifesting (or more commonly, not manifesting) at inopportune moments. He later becomes more reliable as an archer.
  • Wedding Smashers: The Red Throat Gang's assault on Greg and Alonzo's wedding puts a damper on the atmosphere. While the party was released from jail to prevent the assassination attempt, the gang's use of poisonous frogs to kill Greg caught all of them off guard.
  • Wham Line: In the Meta Sense, the completely serious warning before Labor Party VII, the episode where Johnny is Killed Off for Real.
    Amanda: Hi, just wanted to let you know at the top that this episode is emotionally heavy, and some of you may find it intense to listen to. If at any point you prefer to read the transcript instead, head over to jointhepartypod.com. We’ve also released the Afterparty a day early so you can hear us discuss what goes down.
  • Widowed at the Wedding: Alonzo nearly suffers this fate, but thanks to his uncontrolled time-stop powers and the gang's quick thinking, they're able to get Greg an antivenom for the frog's poison before it kills him.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Johnny attempts to become this after embracing the Darkness as the counterpart to Light.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: More "you all wake up in jail," but the party is introduced as having engaged in some prior shenanigans.
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