Local podcaster and science fiction author Mike Luoma reaches an awesome milestone today: it marks the release of the 500th episode of his Glow-In-The-Dark-Radio podcast!
The long-running podcast began in September 2006, and follows the adventures of his pulp science fiction character Alibi Jones, the subject of several of Luoma’s novels and graphic novels. Jones is a mediator for the Solar Alliance in the year 2130, and works as a covert-ops agent. In recent episodes, he’s been investigating a mysterious alien ship.
Brian Staveley has been in the news throughout this week, but we’ll share another link that involves him. Tor.com has recently instituted a podcast, and this week, Staveley is their guest:
In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin interviews fantasy author Brian Staveley about what it was like to have one of the most heralded debuts of 2014 and how he’s adjusting to life in the community. The conversation covers some writing techniques, discussions about his first two books—The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire—and whether or not authors can have “the juice.”
In episode 60 of Carnagecast, Tyler flies solo: no co-host, no guest! News of Carnage 2015 is soon to come. This past weekend the Green Mountain Gamers held their Winter Weirdness game day in Barre, Vermont. Games were played, money was raised for the Vermont Center for Independent Living and fun was had. Tyler talks about the games he got to play: three favorites and a brand new one. Where else can you run into Carnage folks in New England: MEGA Spring Meltdown, TotalCon and PAX East, to name a few.
Tyler wraps up with some of his other tabletop interests at the moment, including a live play show on YouTube called Decked! and dabbling in Doomtown. Carnagecast now has a voice mail box. Call in and let us know what you think!
The latest episode of Carnagecast is now up for your listening pleasure!
In episode 58 of Carnagecast, we talk about A Fistful of Carnage, the game convention Carnage held at Killington, Vermont last month. Yes, it’s been a month. We’ve recovered and are back, ready to talk about the fun we had and games in general in the coming year. Highlights of the weekend include, but are not limited to: the resurgence of interest in Dungeons & Dragons with the arrival of the fifth edition, Golden Goblin Press running Call of Cthulhu, Andre Kruppa’s own Lucid Dreams game, the pageantry of Miss Phoebe’s steampunk LARP and the metamorphosis of Gygax Magazine’s pub quiz into the less explicable pub calvinball.
Vermont podcast Rumble Strip Vermont recently stopped by The Book Garden in Montpelier to look at one of the store’s mainstays: Magic the Gathering.
Even though I don’t understand the game, I appreciate that it happens between real people, in person. Hugely enthusiastic players, ranging in age from around seven to forty-five, get together and battle it out, trade cards, and talk about creature powers. I’ve been taking my son to a Friday night game in Montpelier, Vermont–held at the Book Garden. Last time we went, instead of sitting in a foldout chair for 3 hours, I recorded interviews with some of the players.
This is a really neat look at one of the things that we’ve covered week to week. I’ve not yet listened to the podcast before, and I’m pleasantly surprised to find this to be a well-produced and structured podcast. Something to follow along with!
Ray flies solo this episode as he talks with Andrew Andrew Valkauskas, the designer behind Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok, about his new card gameGulveig, the future of the Fate of the Norns line, crowdfunding and more.
Gulveig is a quick, casual card game, featuring dynamic trick-taking and bluffing, with Viking clans gaining and losing supremacy over the course of the game. It’s designed to be family-friendly, with optional elements to increase the crunch factor.
The conversation turns to Pendelhaven’s success with the crowdfunding model of raising capital and future plans for the Fate of the Norns line. Depending on their success with titles like Gulveig and Vigridr, a crunchier card game now in beta testing, Fate of the Norns may expand beyond the role-playing market to become a genre-spanning game property.
Andrew and his crew will be at A Fistful of Carnage, demoing Gulveig, building interest for a tournament and, of course, running Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok adventures. Carnage-goers can look forward to being the first to try out new characters for Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok, experiencing new content from the forthcoming Denizens of the Northlorebook and a brand new Mjolnir, weighing in at a svelte 109 pounds. You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear Andrew’s challenge to anyone looking to heft Mjolnir.
Yesterday, I launched a new thing: Held Action Theatre. Specifically, it’s an actual play podcast, where me and my role-playing friends record ourselves playing RPGs. It’s a growing genre in game-related media, from let’s play captures of video game play throughs, to cameras hovering over Magic and Netrunner matches to audio recorders at role-playing tables — my personal favorite is the ongoing lunacy of the crew over at Role Playing Public Radio.
The plan is to post recordings of one-shots periodically, usually broken into parts for ease of listening. We started with the World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl, a parody scenario written by “adventure coach” Bill Cavalier. Six hapless schmoes are pressed into rescuing Princess Bumblebottom of the halfling kingdom Turnipton. That sets the tone for the evening, I promise.
With the locally-designed board gamePenny Press in the last stretch of raising funds to enhance the print edition, designers Matt Golec and Robert Dijkman Dulkes are making the rounds to get the word out to board game enthusiasts and potential backers. I was able to meet up with them last weekend at the Green Mountain Gamers’ Game ‘n Grill in Vergennes, where we took some time out from playing games to talk about playing games.
Check out Carnagecast 52, where Robert and Matt lay out how Penny Press plays, its journey from kernel of an idea to polished product and their experiences competing in the Tabletop Deathmatch design contest.
A new-ish podcast has started up here in Vermont, a news-based comedy affair. Here’s their description:
We cover obscure and strange news stories that often do not receive major media coverage. We also interview, every 5 weeks or so, people of interest in the world of entertainment. Including Sallie Bent who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy for Disney/Marvel, Carl Lindbergh who created the Bunnyman indie horror franchise, and most recently Andrew Mcelfresh who’s body of work includes: writing for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, podcasting with Kevin Smith on Edumaction and most recently co-writing the upcoming horror movie The Anti Claus with Kevin Smith.
Here’s what’s up in their latest episode:
In this latest episode, they sit down and talk with Andrew McElfresh! Past writer of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, current podcaster with Kevin Smith on Edumacation, and co-writer (with Kevin Smith) of the upcoming movie Anti-Claus! Andrew drops some new knowledge on the upcoming film and then drops some Edumacation on us as we play “Why” with him ala the Edumacation podcast. Jer and Scott stand in for Kevin Smith and learn some new stuff. We also manage to find time to talk about peeping pastors, a middle age woman sneaking back into high school, giant dino sperm, mystery YouTube channels, and more on this week’s Lost At Home Podcast!
Local artist Corey Hodgedon has been running a podcast called Maybe I’ll Be Back: Tales from Artist Alley, where he interviews artists and others.
Here’s this week’s episode:
On Episode 17 Corey calls the voice of one of his childhood heroes! LARRY KENNEY voiced Lion-O from the Thundercats, Bluegrass from the Silverhawks as well as some of your favorite cereal mascots! He was also on Imus in the morning for 35 years! We talk about his career as well as his experiences at comic cons around the country! Plus Corey has a new web comic and tells you a traumatic Thundercats tale from his youth. So grab a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and go coo coo for this episode!