Vanguard Forever Podcast, Episode 02

MMOAxis, Ardwulf’s Lair and Vanguard Forever finally bring you the long-awaited Vanguard Forever Podcast episode 2, hosted by Ardwulf and Quert. The direct download link is HERE, and the show will be available on iTunes shortly.

Show Notes

The delay in releasing this episode, recorded weeks ago, is all Ardwulf’s fault; that you now have it in your grubby paws is thanks to Quert, who finally took over the editing and knocked the thing out in a couple of marathon sessions. Enjoy!

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Enter The New Eden Chronicles

Scheduling issues delayed it, controversy dogged it, and technical glitches nearly derailed it… but the first episode of The New Eden Chronicles is finally available, starring His Dominance CrazyKinux, Maeve Trinity, Memoocan and myself. The direct link to the feed is HERE and it’ll be available on iTunes… well, whenever iTunes gets around to it, which may be anywhere from a day to a week.

The show was a blast to record, and three finer co-hosts I could not name. It was a bitch to edit, a task I foolishly volunteered for, but I think the end result was worth it. Give it a listen, and subscribe!

Ardwulf’s Lair Podcast Available on iTunes

The Ardwulf’s Lair Podcast (with one episode available so far,) is at last available on iTunes. Ardwulf Unplugged was up within the hour, so I’m not really sure why it took so long this time around, although I suspect it’s host-related. The direct link to the iTunes store listing is HERE – I encourage folks to subscribe.

To recap the show format, it’s short and news-focused, and will typically a news rundown (with relevant links in the show notes,) along with one or more commentary segments that may or may not be categorized as rants. Target runtime will be 20-30 minutes.

Ardwulf’s Lair Podcast Episode 00

After a long and unwanted break, I’m back in the podcasting arena, with episode zero of a new show, the Ardwulf’s Lair Podcast. This is a test show to feel out the new hosting and technology – offhand, I think the sound quality is fairly lousy – it’s something I’ll have to work on. But there’s some actual content there as well, not just me talking about how I’m podcasting again. Mature language is included, so be warned.

The podcast page is HERE. The direct link to the feed is HERE. The show should also be available via iTunes in short order.

Show Notes

  • Brief Introduction and my intentions for the show.
  • Obligatory link to Shut Up, We’re Talking, which I mention in the show.
  • Rant/Commentary about World of Darkness Online and the permadeath fracas
  • Music by InspiredBM, Recycler and Fractals. I’m probably sticking with this mix for the time being.
  • Running Time: 11:16

For those who’ve asked, by the way, Podbean is the new host. We’ll see how this works out.

Podcasting Issues

Huh. I have a podcast recorded pending final editing, but I just found out that GCast, who I was hosting through, is no longer accepting uploads.

Anybody have an alternate podcast hosting site that’s free?

Schedule Delays and Surprise Bargains

Well, it looks like I won’t be doing a show this week after all, and am back to my original plan of doing one next week. On the plus side, the next one may be on the long side, as I’ll have tons to talk about.

Along with the gift-giving holidays every year comes the inevitable ugly-ass stuff that I wouldn’t wear to a bris. This year’s haberdasherery abomination came from Old Navy, where I typically can’t find much to replace the original unfortunate gift, me not being either 19 or the weight I was when I was 19. Usually, the only saving grace of the place is their plain t-shirts, which are cheaply made and which fall apart within 6 months, but which are extremely comfortable. In addition to this, I find their TV commercials exceptionally obnoxious.

This year the thankless trip to Old Navy was a surpise. While waiting in line, I noticed a little in-store kiosk selling Rock Band titles. Shockingly, at the same prices I find at Best Buy. So instead of a disposable shirt, I picked up Rock Band 2 for $20. This was made of win.

The astute reader will recall that I already have a full set of Rock Band instruments from the PS2, and they’re supposed to be fully compatible with the PS3, which has borne out so far (I haven’t tried the drums yet.) I can’t wait to get the PS3 online so I can start downloading stuff; mostly Rock Band stuff, but also the DLC for Dragon Age.

I strongly suspect this latter title is a better experience on the PC. But with my PC down I don’t have that option, and on the PS3 it’s still an awesome game.

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Podcast News

Ardwulf Unplugged #5 is now recorded. It still needs editing and music added, and the podcast notes need to be assembled. Plan on it releasing later today, tomorrow at the latest. Right now I’m taking a break – this one took a lot out of me for some reason.

This show is going to run long as well, probably in the neighborhood of 22-23 minutes. This is longer than I’d originally envisioned, but I’m finding a comfort level at about this length. So right now I’m saying that the target length for regular episodes is going to be between 20-25 minutes after all is said and done. (It’s not impossible that I will do occasional longer “Specials,” but I have no specific plans in that department right now.)

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Ardwulf Unplugged Podcast Episode 03

The third show is in the can, despite all the trials and tribulations! It’s already on iTunes, or you can download the file from HERE. This is only about three days worth of news, plus a little bit on the older Warhammer news that I thought was important enough to talk about. This likely means that some future shows may be longer. Feedback, as ever, is appreciated.

Show Notes

  • Running Time: 8:42
  • What I’m playing: World of Warcraft, Audiosurf, Mount & Blade
  • Dominion Expansion launched for EVE Online
  • Siege of Mirkwood Expansion launched for Lord of the Rings Online
  • Warhammer Online Death Spiral: Endless Trial (Free Tier 1 play,) more server merges
  • Mythos Nearing launch, new Mythos website
  • NCSoft News: More Korean money down the drain
  • CrimeCraft banned in Australia
  • Music for this episode: Planet Chemical by kil the king

Also: Did anyone have an issue downloading the last episode (02) from iTunes?

UPDATE: The aforementioned iTunes issue may have been a one-time bug. But if anyone has a problem, let me know.

SUWT #49

Today’s the day when I point you, Dear Reader, to the latest Shut Up, We’re Talking. And strut about like a peacock, ’cause I got to be on it.

The discussion revolved around two topics: the impending transition of D&D Online to a free-to-play, and the Xfire stats I posted last week. The other panelist was Anjin from the Bullet Points Blog, another great source of news and insight. Much good dicussion was had, many good points were raised, and a good time was had by all. Give it a listen.

This is the first time I’ve been on a podcast, but it’s something I’ve thought about doing on an ongoing basis. There are steps that’d need to be taken first, of course, starting with me getting just a little more comfortable behind the microphone, so as to stop stammering like a nimrod and starting everything off with “um”s and “ah”s. And second, of course, would be the microphone itself. For SUWT I used my headset mike, which is a pretty decent headset mike, but sounded, to my ear, very tinny on the actual broadcast. I do have another microphone which is also kind of a cheapie, but I can only use it with the laptop for unclear technical reasons.

I’ve played around a bit with Audacity to the point where I think I could edit and assemble a podcast passably well, but the holdup has generally been a dearth of material, in that I have generally already blogged about stuff I want to talk about, and I don’t want to go over the same material again. It’s another project for the future, for now.