Season 3, Ep 56 - The DQ Way (w/ Tim Ryder)

Season 3, Ep 56 - The DQ Way (w/ Tim Ryder)
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date August 31, 2020
Episode no. S03E56
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests D'athaniel Quen'yarvin
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, Adal Rifai
Post-production coordination Garrett Schultz
Earwolf producer Kimmie Lucas
Editor Anna Havermann
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Special assistance Ryan DiGiorgi
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"The DQ Way" is the fifty-sixth episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on August 31, 2020.


We're trapped in a cell next to the familiar voice of the elf D’athaniel Quen’yarvin.


After a week in the dungeon together, the trio have pretty much been in their own space, up to the point where they only started talking to each other, let alone other people, on the podcast. Arnie is behind the cell with the station's water, which he did not realize it was for everyone, especially while he was taking a bath in it. Chunt is shackled upside down on the ceiling. Arnie swings him and gets some water to him. Usidore has been in the wizard state the entire time and will not break his concentration, which will mean it's an "Energy Bois" podcast with Arnie and Chunt.

D'athaniel Quen'yarvin speaks up and finally gets their attention. He has been imprisoner for 7 weeks in the cell right next to them, can barely contain his elven figure. They notice that his cell was beaten down with kicks, but DQ is unable to free himself. He greets his friend Chunt and still holds some discontentment for Arnie. During his time in the dungeon, DQ hasn't been able to to get much food, especially since the kitchen was taken away by birds. Elves follow the Rules of 8; 8 weeks without food, 8 days without water, 8 minutes without air, and 8 seconds without resenting their fathers.

Speaking of fathers, DQ has achieved his quest of finding his father with his half sister/potential lover, Borghilde. Apparently, DQ's father had a secret, second family that he treated as his main family. During his quest, he was rejected by both his father and Borghilde. Now free from his quest, DQ gained the ability to kick backwards, leading him to found the philosophy of Kickism. He tried to spread word of his philosophy by kicking the message on a tree. This constituted as vandalism and ended up where he is today. DQ gained quite a few followers, mostly female, but had to reassure Arnie and Chunt that it is not a cult, but a way to see the world. Arnie asks if his followers know that he has been imprisoned, and DQ says yes, as he has been kicking messages, not by any alphabet, but the recognizable reverberation. Arnie points out that he can't know for sure, which saddens DQ.

The group takes a "break", but not really since they couldn't go anywhere. Since DQ is closing in on his limit without water, Arnie gets the jug of water to Chunt and swings him to DQ, giving him another 8 days. The two ask DQ about his escape plan. He states he has been doing it for weeks, as seen by his door. Chunt jokingly tells Arnie to kick his cell, but, in disbelief, it works. There are various excuses going around, from DQ weakening the entire cell, to him trying to hard. Even Usidore briefly got out of the wizards state to give his an incredulous response. However, no matter how much DQ, begrudgingly, takes these tips, nothing works. Chunt tries as a joke and he frees himself from his shackles.

DQ is happy for them accepting Kickism as a valid philosophy, but disappointed in his own situation. Once Arnie walked out of his cell, he was able to get a better look at DQ cells. It seems like it not much of a cell, but a utility closet, with many different tools he could use to escape. Chunt also points out that there is a door frame in his room that has no door and the door he kicked wasn't locked until he kicked it. DQ refuses using these tool since it is not aligned with the philosophy of Kickism.

As Arnie and Chunt begin to leave the dungeon, they check in with DQ one last time to see if he wishes to escape with them, but DQ is determine to escape through his own means or by his followers. At the minimum, they offer to at least check in on him and Chunt offers to bring him food when he is at his limit since Arnie would not remember. Sometime later, Usidore wakes up from his wizard state. He wonders where his compatriots are and finds DQ, filling him in on what happened on the podcast. When DQ tells Usidore that Arnie and Chunt that they freed themselves by kicking, Usidore only had to say the word "kicking" for his chains to release him. He offers to free DQ, yet again he refuses. Still Usidore summons a grand feast for him to help and leaves.


There are no new emails this week.

New characters

  • Krandor, the afternoon guard that Arnie kicked.

Returning characters

Earth References

  • "Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths
  • "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
  • "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson
  • Roger Ebert
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • ""Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
  • Trust Fall
  • Bootstrap Paradox
  • Horatio Alger
  • Daft Punk
  • Kickbacks
  • Kicklines/Can-Cans/Rockettes
  • " bed"
  • Flashdance
  • Beverly Hillbillies1
  • "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by Beastie Boys
  • Joe Rogan, NewsRadio, UFC fighter
  • Captain Crunch
  • Ocean Spray
  • Listerine
  • Siri
  • Voice Actor's Guild


  • The Mysterious Man hosts another podcast, called Ted Time Tinsel Town Murder Kitchen, where celebrities come in talking about their favorite Golden Age Murder where someone tries to explain an easy concept while making something in the kitchen. The cast of that episode is as follows:
    • Michelle Pfeiffer - played by Janeane Garofalo
    • Richard Widmark - Maurice LaMarche
    • Additional Voice - Paul F. Tomkins
    • Produced by Rachel Maddow, Haley Joel Osment, and the entire writers room of Young Sheldon in their off hours.
    • Earwolf Producer Scarelett Lucas
    • Logo by Flamingo Labanban
    • Theme by Anne Delusha Belgium

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