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    The Problem with D&D Longplay Podcasts

    I really like playing D&D but I have no one to play with. To that end, I’ve tried listening to a few D&D long play podcasts, but I’ve noticed I can’t keep my attention on any of them. They’re all just so boring and here’s the common problem: They don’t move forward fast enough. There’s too much airtime placed on the players’ interactions in the environment or ten-minute debates on how to solve a puzzle. It’s like listening in on someone’s business meeting or a very long detailed book-on-tape. If you’re going to construct a story, you’ve got to play by one rule: keep the story moving. But all these…

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    Serial with Milk

    You know what’s big these days? Cereal. No wait, I mean, Serial, that 12-episode podcast that acts like Dateline for the MP3 player. Everyone’s making a big deal out of it — spoilers, funny pics, and even a parody on SNL. How weird is that? A piece of new media that’s so popular a forty-year-old sketch comedy show deems it universal enough to feature. The whole purpose of this blog is to tell you I don’t care. I’m sure that’s exactly what you wanted, my opinion on menial shit. Don’t get me wrong, I did try to listen to the first episode. I got midway through and finally realized I simply don’t give…

  • Goodbye to EscapePod

    I’ve decided to stop listening to EscapePod and PodCastle, and there’s no reason you need to know this. But I’m always running out of shit to say, so I figured this was something to write about. This isn’t out of the blue though. There are two good reasons. One is a problem I feared would happen, despite editor reassurances that it wouldn’t. Two years ago they split fantasy stories off into their own podcast — PodCastle. I like both fantasy and sci-fi and I like getting the best of both. And that’s hard to do with short stories since I’m not in love with them, they have so much harder…