My new favorite podcast

RPG CircusA few days back I learned about RPG Circus. RPG Circus is a pretty new podcast hosted by three of my favorite RPG Bloggers: Jeff Uurtamo from The Bone Scroll, Mark Meredith from The Dice Monkey and Zachary Houghton from RPGBlog 2. As usual I was totally oblivious to the existence of that podcast until someone mentioned that Philippe Ménard aka ChattyDM was on the latest show.

So I started iTunes, searched for RPG Circus (iTunes Store link) and subscribed to the show, so that I could listen to it on my commute to work. And I have admit that I very much enjoyed the show. Alas episode 1 had some technical issues (Jeff’s voice was much to low and there was some hissing sound when he talked) but both the format and the actual content was just great.

Most of the other podcasts that I listen to, don’t feature any news. RPG Circus does and it’s pretty cool to listen to these three guys talking about what is right now happening in the industry or the RPG blogosphere with special focus on our own RPG Bloggers Network.

The main portion of the show is a three ring act. Each of those rings is run by one of the hosts and covers one topic. In episode 1 for example the three topics were:

  • We talk about Robertson Games’s proposal of a new gaming term, “Neoclassical” and how it may or not may not apply to gaming.
  • We review the reaction of FreeRPG Day at Mark’s local game store.
  • We ponder Palladium Books.

What I liked very much is that the show does much like three guys chatting about roleplaying games instead of a prescripted thing. I very much enjoyed listening to Jeff, Mark and Zach talk and more than once wished I could join the fun.

In Episode 3 of RPG Circus Phil Ménard joined the fray and talked about landing your first writing gig for the RPG industry. I hope this is not the last time they invited a guest to the show. Actually everyone can participate by sending in questions or comments as audio file or by calling them under 1-888-643-6322 and leave a voice mail message.

My advice: if you have just enough time to listen to just one RPG podcast, make sure it’s RPG Circus!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

10 thoughts on “My new favorite podcast”

  1. Thank you for the very kind words. Hopefully, the audio will improve over time. Learning to properly use a mixer and multi-track editing software is an adventure in OJT, I'm learning by doing.

  2. @bonemaster: You're welcome! And you did a pretty good job already. In episodes 2 and 3 the audio quality was almost perfect!

    @Zachary: I actually thought about sending you an audio comment, so that all the world will have the opportunity to listen to me mangling the English language. 😉

  3. @Stargazer – I know how you feel. I'm not sure if I'd ever want people to hear my bad attempt at German, French or Spanish. (I think I know just enough in each of those languages to accidentally insult people and not be able to talk my way out if it). Thanks, There are still a few minor tweaks here and there to be done, but I'm getting the hang of it. It will be interesting to see how the field recordings I plan on doing at GenCon will come out.

    @Stuart – I can understand that, but hey if it's a good idea, it should be discussed.

  4. @Stuart: I know what you mean. The same thing happened to me with the latest episode of Canon Puncture.

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