So the first campaign of The Adventure Zone ended a few days ago and it’s been bittersweet and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it. I know the podcast is going to continue on with another story after they take a bit of a break, but it’s still sad that this story has ended and I’m gonna miss it and the characters a lot
I know this is gonna sound cheesy or dumb, but even though I started listening pretty late (didn’t start until the end of the Wonderland arc), but it’s really meant a lot to me
I’ve liked a lot of things, but I don’t feel like I’ve really loved something in a while. It’s been a while since I’ve really let myself love something because I used to have a friend who would make me feel like shit about liking things that she didn’t like or liking things that she liked but not in the exact same ways that she liked them. Ever since then I’ve kind of kept my distance from just being interested in things really and been ready to erase something from my life at the drop of a hat. It feels stupid to say but doing something as simple as enjoying things without having to justify why a dumb thing is worth caring about has been so difficult for me for the past six or so years and it feels so good to just be able to love something again
I really love Taako as a character. I hate that he’s seen as kind of “cringey” because he’s such a popular character, but there’s a reason why people love him? I’m also a feminine gay guy and I’ve also spent a lot of time feeling/being treated like an idiot because I’ve been a bit slow growing up, and not only is this like the first time in a long time that I’ve found a character I’ve felt like I’ve really felt close to, but even though it’s a comedy podcast and he’s involved in a lot of the gags, he’s never treated as less or as a joke because of those qualities, and he’s still a complicated character and that all means a lot to me
Griffin, and Justin, Travis, and Clint really, have been amazing story tellers and they’ve been just wonderful to listen to. When I started listening to the podcast, I did it while I did my homework and I’m a huge perfectionist to the point that the thought of doing something I’m not great at causes a huge amount of anxiety for me so I’d rather procrastinate and forget about it, and then get even more anxious because I’ve wasted so much time, but listening to TAZ while doing my homework made it become something I almost looked forward to. It’s made me laugh and cry so many times and so much more openly than I’ve ever let myself in years.
They’ve put just so much love and hope into the story and I don’t think I knew how badly I needed something like it until now. When I was a bit younger, it felt kind of “cool” to be cynical and believe that happy endings can’t happen and all that (and really, that was probably just the beginning signs of developing depression) but seeing so many unhappy and gritty stories, and all the the tragedies in the world, and just having so many problems in my own life is just so tiring. I want things to be better, both in my own life and in the world in general, but there have been times where I felt like I was stupid for wishing and hoping for that and tired of fighting for it and I just need reminders sometimes that it’s okay to keep going, and that it’s okay to step back and take a break from the world for a bit. Hearing those characters keep fighting on despite all odds and get their happy ending has been just about the most satisfying thing I’ve experienced maybe ever
I cried during the entire finale and didn’t really stop until long after I finished listening and I started crying again as I was typing this up. I’ve thanked the McElroys once already on twitter for all the work they’ve done on their show but I don’t think I’d ever be able to thank them enough. This is mushy as hell, but I could only dream of creating something as wonderful and full of love as they have and I feel so lucky to have it it in my life. I really can’t wait for what they’re going to make next. I don’t know what it might be, but I know they’ll be making me cry a lot more happy tears than they already have