DELIVERANCE, OH— Four unlikely twenty-somethings are thrown headfirst into the hidden underworld of monsters that haunt their rural Ohio town, policed only by an arcane sect of monster-hunters masquerading as a nondenominational youth group. THE UNEXPLORED PLACES is an actual play podcast about exploring weird worlds and making bold choices. We are currently playing Monster of the Week by Michael Sands.
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nickname_toolong
Oct 28 '19
Rating:   10
This podcast changed my brain and my life

Spoiler warning!!I have relistened to this podcast every couple of months ever since I first got caught up. Today I almost cried at school listening to lance die. Can’t wait for season 2!

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Ms. Elizabeth
Oct 16 '19
Rating:   10
SPACE

Personally very excited to start season 2: space scoundrels and mishaps

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LJ7519
Oct 15 '19
Rating:   10
The most fun

Oh man, this podcast is just so much dang fun. Christine is a great dm, and they and the rest of the cast have great chemistry. They’re all wicked funny, but also bring surprising emotional depth to their characters sometimes, and Christine is able to also make moments suspenseful and creepy in addition to the humor. It’s quickly become one of my favorite podcasts.

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nickname_toolong
Oct 12 '19
Rating:   10
A favorite

I love love love this podcast!!!

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Baruch_LS
Sep 17 '19
Rating:   6
An okay podcast that could be better

ProsGood chemistry: the group clearly like each other and like playing together. They build off each other well. Representation: the group is diverse and representative of the LGBTQ+ community. World-building: The monster-hunting youth group sect is a genius piece of world-building with tons of potential and good hooks. ConsUnfocused: The first mystery drags one for far longer than it should with a runtime of almost 10 hours. The Keeper Christine struggles to utilize Keeper moves and the mystery countdown to build tension and advance the plot. The players often spend a lot of time just acting out their characters in ways that don’t advance the plot or have much to do with hunting monsters because they’re not being given many clues and nothing is creating tension or urgency. When moments should be tense and snowball, Christine doesn’t keep the tension high with hard moves and tough choices. The lack of postproduction editing to remove dead air and off-topic tangents exacerbates the unfocused feeling, making it easy to forget what they were even doing before the joke break. Poor audio quality: You can almost instantly tell that they’re playing remotely and relying on people’s laptop mics for the recording. Different players will have wildly different volume levels at points, and the audio sometimes gets metallic. Bad mic etiquette: The group doesn’t do well playing to record. They’ll often talk over each other and muddle the audio. They’ll talk about maps and memes that the listener obviously can’t see, leaving you confused. They also swear like f-bombs are punctuation, which quickly feels tiresome and juvenile and makes it something you can’t listen to out loud in many places. SummaryI want to like it because it’s some much needed diversity and they’re having fun. The low production values and middling storytelling keep it from being super engaging. Asking people to slog through tedious 10 hour mysteries to get into the good stuff later in the run is unreasonable, and many will stop listening before the monster even shows up the first time. It’s not the worst podcast by far, but it’ll be disappointing if you expect tighter, more professional work.

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cheerio_buffet
Aug 26 '19
Rating:   10
Gay, Monsters, Gay Monsters

The Unexplored Places is one of my favorite APs out there. It's heartfelt, it's funny, it's queer, and it's a whole lot of fun. Christine is a great keeper. They help weave such an amazing story with the players, who also have great chemistry together.

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Samusun1123
Jun 24 '19
Rating:   2
Rough listen

Feels extremely cliched and doesn’t feel horrific. The players cater to a specific clique of people, doesn’t feel like a group I could engage with.The lone guy seemed steamrolled and extremely acquiescent to each lady, almost like his job was to be the humor factor. I feel bad for him, because they probably assume he’s fine, and probably doesn’t offer counter opinions, but it’s difficult to listen to.

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Magenta4
Mar 8 '19
Rating:   10
Hilarious and breathtaking

This is an excellent show, with a fun cast and even funnier characters. Christine game masters masterfully (pun intended), and the storyline never ceases to amaze.

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Jesseabe
Mar 1 '19
Rating:   10
A great showcase for talented players and GM

The Unexplored Places is one of my favorite AP podcasts. Christine is a steller keeper, I learn alot from them every episode, and the players are also fantastic.It's funny, occasionally moving and always riveting.

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davis4262
Feb 28 '19
Rating:   10
Listen to this show

Unexplored Places ahs quickly risen to the top of my favorite podcasts. All the PCs are hilarious and have a great chemistry with each other, and the GM is absolutely phenominal, I've never been so nervous about people rolling dice before. A def required listen if you enjoy live plays, or campy horror shows like buffy or supernatural

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Wet Flipper
Feb 27 '19
Rating:   10
Highly recommended

Probably the best MOTW podcast in terms of following the spirit and the rules of the game. The hosts have great chemistry and it provides a good mix of humor and engaging storytelling.

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Selene98
Feb 27 '19
Rating:   10
Just getting started, but I’m hooked!

I’m only about 5 episodes in, but I’m already hooked! Everyone is having so much fun and the storytelling is amazing. (I’ve screamed a couple of times when things got intense or freaky!) I can’t wait to get through the backlog and catch up! Definitely listen if you love monster stories, friends having fun, and very niche jokes about going to the same college or youth group!

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ztdubs
Feb 26 '19
Rating:   10
incredible stories, best cast

this show makes me laugh, makes me cry, and brings the best out of Gothic literature and Gothic storytelling. the entire crew works hard and puts together a really fantastic actual play! absolutely fantastic.

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vampiresquid42
Feb 26 '19
Rating:   10
Listen to this podcast!!

I was looking for a Monster of the Week podcast to learn more about how the game runs and saw this recommended on reddit. I was expecting a middling quality bunch of white dudes playing a game about shooting vampires. Instead what I found is this adorably awkward and hilarious group (very LGBT+ friendly, too!) who have inspired me to get my own friends together for a MotW game :) If you like good good LAX boys, angels weirdly invested in reality TV, disaster gay vampires, and demon-summoning youth group leaders, this is the podcast for you!!

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Michael-S-
Feb 25 '19
Rating:   10
Tuesdays will be your new favorite day of the week.

The best actual play/audio drama/podcast out there.Want a great mystery? Want quality queer content? Want to know what's in the beans, in the beans? Want to (not) be dragged to hell by Tease Me Walmo? The group dynamic is perfect, the production quality is unparalleled, the Feels(TM) are genuine. Get excited.

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Jt1497
Feb 23 '19
Rating:   10
Genuinely a Fun Show

The hosts have a lot of fun crafting their world and characters, and are not half bad at dramedy improv. Reccomended for those looking to branch out into the lesser known Actual Play podcasts.

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Tara the Bomber Belle
Feb 14 '19
Rating:   10
Love it so much!!

I ADORE this podcast! It’s hilarious, has fantastic rep, interesting storyline, diverse players and GM, fun NPCs and player characters.... I could go on forever. It’s amazing. Go listen!

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