Season 1, Ep 1 – Hello From The Magic Tavern
Hello from the Magic Tavern
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date March 9, 2015
Episode no. S01E01
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Hosts Arnie Niekamp
Guests Chunt the Shapeshifter, Usidore the Blue Wizard
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Evan Jacover, Ryan DiGiorgi
Associate Producer {$associateproducer}
Editor Ryan DiGiorgi
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Additional sound effects Jason Knox
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"Hello from the Magic Tavern" is the first episode of season one of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on March 9, 2015.


Hi. I’m Arnie. I fell through a portal behind a Burger King into the magical land of Foon. I’m still trying to get my bearings, but I have my podcasting gear and get a weak WiFi signal from the Burger King so I figured I might as well set up shop at the nearby inn and interview some people. When in Foon…


"Before we get started, there’s a little bit of an expositional road bump that we have to get over. I’m Arnie Niekamp, I’m from Chicago, and I guess it’s worth mentioning that Chicago is on the planet Earth. A couple of days ago, I fell through a magical rift behind a Burger King, into a magical land called Foon. Luckily, I happen to have my podcasting equipment with me, and I’m still getting a slight WiFi signal from the Burger King, through the magical portal, so I’ve decided to host a weekly podcast here in the tavern, the Vermilion Minotaur."

At the top of the episode, a Mysterious Man speaks to the audience, telling them that the podcast isn't real.

In the pilot episode, Arnie explains how he came to find himself in Foon. He also meets Usidore, a wizard, and Chunt, a changeling currently in the form of a badger.

Arnie starts the interview with Chunt, who was the first being he met when he entered the world. While he is in Foon, Arnie has been staying with him. Chunt talks about his parents; his mother is a manticore and his father is a hunger ghost. He also describes how shapeshifting works (via intercourse) and all the different creatures he has been. Chunt's changes has been tracked by a sex tapestry located in his hovel. Currently, Chunt has been a badger for about two weeks.

Arnie learns a bit about the town of Hogsface. Usidore tells Arnie a little about his quest to defeat The Dark Lord. Even saying his name would cause great ruin, so Arnie proceeds to guess his name unsuccessfully. Usidore taps into Arnie's wi-fi and sees the history of Chicago and decides it's an evil place. Although Usidore was not able to go in depth on his quest, Arnie mentions that they will recording every week and Usidore swears to return.

When the broadcast ends, the Mysterious Man comes back and reiterate the fictional nature of the show and gives the credits.

New characters


A full transcript is available at Hello From The Magic Tavern - All The Words: Episode 1 – Hello From the Magic Tavern.

Earth References


  • In this episode Usidore urges Chunt to sleep with a Great Blue Tiger so as to gain its powers, Chunt attempts to do just this a few months later just before episode 17 — "D’athaniel Quen’yarvin".
  • The earliest version of the podcast's show art had a comma after "Hello," but according to Matt Young this was a mistake.1

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