Encounter Party! immediately became my top priority podcast, as I was always waiting for the new episode to come out - pausing anything I may have been in the middle of when it released. It seems each live play podcast has a different specialty, and this one is all about the story. Organized into episodes that aren't too long, or filled with too much randomness, DM Brian and his amazing cast of players build a world and stories that truly capture the listeners' imagination. Even in looking back at episode descriptions I can picture some of the events in my mind and how these moments made me feel. From tragic ends to beloved characters to beautiful descriptions of fungi, having a cast made up of professional performers brings the quality of the storytelling and play up to another level. Somehow, the interstitial short campaigns between seasons (which have a bit more lighthearted feel to them) were even more fun than the main seasons, creating some of my favorite moments.
This podcast is truly gripping, hilarious, and completely changed the way I play D&D. I can not recommend it highly enough.