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MaxFunWeek Day 5: MaxFun Meet Up Day

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Make a MaxFun friend or several! We want to see MaxFun meet-ups popping up all over the world at 7 PM local time on this day. You can find a current list of planned meet-ups here!

If you want to know what other MaxFunWeek challenges we have in store for you, you can find them all here! Start figuring out your favorite episode to share with the world tomorrow!

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Sunday, October 19th
Dave Shumka and Graham Clark (Stop Podcasting Yourself) - 1:00-2:00 PM PDT
Dan McCoy and Stuart Wellington (The Flop House) - 3:30-4:30 PM PDT

MaxFunWeek Day 4: Draw the Adventure Zone Adventurers

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Who can forget the legendary exploits of Taako, Merle, and Magnus? If you missed it, the McElroy brothers played Dungeons & Dragons with their dad, and it was great. We challenge you to draw/paint/sculpt/or otherwise visually represent those brave adventurers. The winning artist gets a D&D Player's Handbook (5th Edition), signed by the McElroys. Tweet your work to @MaxFunHQ, or email it to lindsay@maximumfun.org for consideration!

If you want to know what other MaxFunWeek challenges we have in store for you, you can find them all here! MaxFun Meet Up Day is tomorrow -- do you know where your closest meet up is? You can find a full list here, and there's almost certainly one within driving distance!

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Saturday, October 18th
Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade) - 1:00-2:00 PM PDT

MaxFunWeek Day 3: For Immediate Summary Judgement Day

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This one is for pop culture experts and Judge John Hodgman superfans. We'll post an audio clip of one of the Judge's signature interpretations of a culture artifact on Twitter, and it's up to you to guess the reference. The first correct answer gets entered in a drawing for a prize. What's the prize? Your pick of any poster or t-shirt from the newly restocked MaxFunStore over at Topatoco! We'll be posting them at the top of every hour, so make sure you're following @MaxFunHQ.

If you want to know what other MaxFunWeek challenges we have in store for you, you can find them all here! Do you know where your local meetup is on Sunday? You can find a full list here. And don't forget! We're giving away a signed 5th edition D&D Player's Handbook to the best artistic interpretation of the Adventure Zone adventurers, so break out those colored pencils/paints/marble slabs.

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Friday, October 17th
Justin and Travis McElroy (MBMBaM) - 12:00-1:00 PM PDT
Barbara Gray, Tess Barker, and Brandie Posey (Lady to Lady) - 2:00-3:00 PM PDT

MaxFunWeek Day 2: Leave a Review Day

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Today's challenge is an easy one: leave a rating and review for the MaxFun podcasts you love! It takes only a moment -- just visit itunes.com/maxfunweek, select the shows you'd like to review, compose an honest and sincere review, and submit. It helps others find the shows; think of yourself as a traveler leaving a waymarker that says "This is good." You want to help your fellow travelers, right?

Once you've left a review, be sure to let us know so we can thank you! You can tweet at @MaxFunHQ. We're always happy to hear from you.

If you want to know what other MaxFunWeek challenges we have in store for you, you can find them all here! Have you been studying up on your Judge John Hodgman cultural references? Did you see the MaxFun rocket line drawing is up for you to start coloring? Don't forget to check out the list of all of the meet ups happening on Sunday, October 19th!

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Thursday, October 16th
Dave Holmes (International Waters) - 2:00-3:00 PM PDT

MaxFunWeek Day 1: MaxFun Trivia Day

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Have you been brushing up on your MaxFun knowledge? Working hard to expand the breadth and depth of your expertise? Well, today is the day it all pays off. We'll be posting trivia questions for all of your favorite Maximum Fun shows throughout the day on the official MaxFun Twitter account (@MaxFunHQ). The first correct answer earns the answer-er an entry into a drawing for some cool MaxFun swag, courtesy of our friends at Topatoco. Be sure to check out the MaxFunStore, because we already added some awesome new stuff, and more new items will be added today!

If you want to know what other MaxFunWeek challenges we have in store for you, you can find them all here! Maybe you want to get a head start on your rendering of the Adventure Zone adventurers? Or start pondering your favorite episode?

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

Today also kicks off our series of Reddit Ask Me Anythings, so get those questions ready! We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Wednesday, October 15th
Theresa Thorn and Biz Ellis (One Bad Mother) - 12:00-1:00 PM PDT
Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace) - 1:00-2:00 PM PDT
Kevin Allison (RISK!) - 2:00-3:00 PM PDT

Welcome, Destination DIY, Baby Geniuses, and The Flop House!

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We are so excited to announce Destination DIY, Baby Geniuses, and The Flop House are now part of the Maximum Fun family. You probably already know and love these wonderful shows, but in case you're not familiar, here's a rundown:

Destination DIY
Destination DIY is a show about all kinds of creativity. Host Julie Sabatier takes the concept of "doing it yourself" well beyond arts & crafts and home improvement. From fitness, to health care, to building a space suit, Destination DIY is about recognizing that you are an authority.

Baby Geniuses
Comedian Emily Heller and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt love learning stuff, and they pursue that knowledge by inviting guests to share information on whatever topic they want! Self-proclaimed and dubious experts alike are welcome on Baby Geniuses.

The Flop House
Not every movie is a hit, but even the worst of the worst can be fun when Flop House hosts Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington examine them.

We know you'll love these shows as much as we do. Please give all of these new additions and their hosts a warm welcome if you see them around the internet. And don't forget you can subscribe to the feeds for updates and support the creators by becoming a MaxFun member today!

MaxFunDrive Final Update: 2678 new and upgrading members!

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Stained glass by Patrick Roddy of Stain in the Glass

We've reached the end of the 2014 MaxFunDrive, and it was a huge, incredible success all around. 2,678 people joined or upgraded their memberships, Jesse jumped in a lake, and we're giving 6780 meals to Los Angeles families. Does it get any better?

We'd like to thank everyone who made this drive possible: our friends at Tonx and STACK Soap for helping us put together a kickass Morning Essentials Kit, the incredibly talented Megan Lynn Kott for painting our hosts as cats, Ian Tennant and his boyfriend Joseph for providing the Malort that Jordan enjoyed at the live show (sorry, Jordan), and Xyloart for making us a pair of adorable plush rockets.

And most of all, we'd like to thank each and every one of you who signed up, upgraded, and Tweeted/Facebooked/emailed/snail mailed your encouragement and support. We love making these shows for you, and we're honored and humbled to have you in our corner. Thank you.

By the by, if you were on an old-timey, transatlantic voyage or missed out on the MaxFunDrive by some other means, you can become a member or upgrade your membership at any time by visiting maximumfun.org/donate.

MaxFunDrive update: 2,550 new and upgrading donors, plus weekend amnesty

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"Ugh, my shoes are still full of the juices." - Jesse Thorn

We did it! We broke 2,500 new and upgrading members, we soaked Jesse, and we're up to 5,500 meals for Los Angeles families. Thank you all for your incredible support!

If you haven't yet had a chance to become a member or upgrade your membership, we're offering you this weekend to TCOB and still get our awesome pledge gifts. Don't miss out; this is your last shot at a cat calendar, MaxFun Morning Essentials Kit, and rocket engraved highball glasses!

MaxFunDrive Final Day: 2,239 new and upgrading members

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The sun has risen on the final day of the 2014 MaxFunDrive, and it looks like #SoakJesse may actually become a reality this evening, as we're already at 2,239 new and upgrading members. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up! If you haven't, join or upgrade now, and help us reach 2,500!

Don't forget -- for every new and upgrading member above 2,500, we're donating 10 meals to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. We're already at 2,390 meals, so let's keep that number climbing! And thank you!

Ad astra!

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