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Ep. 32. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Four

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We may have finally found a challenge that our heroes cannot overcome: Math-based trivia. Can our heroes stump their animatronic captor before turning extra crispy? Can they stave off a crystalline death for one more episode? Merle seeks divine intervention. Magnus makes an otherworldly find. Taako's good out here.

Ep. 31. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Three

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Having survived an encounter with their deadliest foe yet, our heroes take a moment to reflect on some of Faerun's most prodigious scientific achievements. Later, the trio is forced into a deadly test of intellect, and you can probably guess how well that goes. Merle does some pest control. Magnus makes a token of friendship. Taako enjoys some "Taako time."

Ep. 30. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Two

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Our heroes make their way into Lucas' floating, crystallized lab, and face off against their deadliest foe yet. Will they thrive under the pressure of an apocalyptic time limit? Or will they waste too much time just standing around, debating the names of members of the band U2? Magnus gets caught fibbing. Taako learns about a Grandpa. Merle gets Touched by an Angel.

Ep. 29. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter One

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A new adventure begins! Join our heroes as they host a relatively successful office holiday party, and mourn as that party gets totally sidelined by a potential apocalypse. Magnus puts his carpentry to good use. Taako perfects his macaroon recipe. Merle does some re-gifting.

Ep. 28. Lunar Interlude II: Internal Affairs

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Our heroes return to the Bureau of Balance's moonbase after a job kind-of well done. They've got a lot waiting for them: A heated debrief, a major change in the payroll and, of course, a visit to everyone's favorite fantasy bulk shopping outlet. Magnus makes a tentacle connection. Merle gets Zone of Truth-blocked. Taako really just wants to get down on some Quiznos.

Ep. 5. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Five

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Merle, Taako and Magnus complete their rescue mission, but then completely fail an entirely new, far more important mission. Taako acquires a powerful artifact, and doesn't seem so stoked about it.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 122: Reckless Endungeonment

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Ryan and Dan are longtime friends who have played hundreds of role-playing games together over the years. Dan's become bored with what he sees as "safe" gameplay recently and decided to shake it up, taking more risks with his character. Ryan says this type of play doesn't fit with their style and is ruining everyone's fun. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Judge John Hodgman is ably assisted yet again by guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte of the terrific WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI for helping us produce this show!

And thanks to Tavie P. for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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