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.
Reviewed on Apple Podcasts