The return of podcasting

Season 3 of the Space Quest Historian Podcast might be done, but I’m not done with podcasting. I’ll never be done with podcasting! Uh … ahem.

My other podcast, Back Seat Designers, has just started its 4th season. Along with my co-hosts, Fred and Gareth, we’ve decided to break out of our comfort zone and start doing interviews with people who actually know what they’re talking about.

The first episode is out now, and it guest stars Steve Gaynor, the writer and producer of Gone Home — a game that I absolutely love to bits. The second episode comes out this Sunday and has another special guest who is very special indeed.

New Back Seat Designers episodes will come out every Sunday from now on until we either get sick of doing them or game developers of the world stop speaking to us.

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Back Seat Designers: three faces only a mother could love.

On the broader side of the nerd spectrum, my other-other podcast, Nerd Against the Machine!, is back following a hiatus dating back to October 2016. Whereas the SQH and BSD podcasts are squarely about gaming, the Nerd podcast has co-host Robert and myself talk about everything under the nerd sun — from games to music to movies to anime to how to eat a pizza in New York.

Episodes of the Nerd podcast don’t have a set schedule, but we plan to do something at least once a month. We won’t go another three months without an episode, that’s for sure.

Last but not least, I promised Joe of the Upper Memory Block podcast that I would do a guest episode for him. I wanted it to be about Steel Empire (known as Cyber Empires in the U.S.), one of my favorite games when I was a child.

General Shit-For-Brains, take the command chair!

To that end, I have been in contact with the game’s original creator, Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack, with the hopes of getting his recollections about the game’s development “on tape,” as it were. That proved more difficult than anticipated, since the idea hit just around the end of November, and then all sorts of holiday nonsense happened.

But I finally get to sit down and have a chat with Denis tomorrow, which will then be worked into a full-length guest episode for Joe’s podcast. I’m really excited about that!

Other than that, I just finished my latest music album, so I now have the time to concentrate on doing Space Quest Historian: The Adventure Game, as foolishly promised as a Patreon milestone goal. Yes, that is a thing, and it is happening. But it’s also not a podcast, so I will say no more of it in this post …

Podcast season finale release news: A bit messy, but it’ll get there!

So, it’s almost Wetness Day. Tomorrow, in fact, at current time of writing. The season finale of the Space Quest Historian Podcast is upon us.

Well, almost. See, we’ve run into a little unexpected snafu of scheduling. Don’t worry, the show is coming out as planned. Sort of.

See, whenever I do a show, I send it off to Chris Pope who then publishes it on his TechJives network, and from there it propagates to your listening devices — be it RSS feeds, via iTunes, or whatever.

I had finished mixing the season finale early because I am leaving for Australia tomorrow. I sent it off to the Space Pope himself and figured everything would be set: the show would come out as I was leaving on a jet plane, so to speak.

As it turns out, Pope is also on holiday at the moment. So, if you’re a subscriber to the show, your podcast feed in whatever podcast app you’re using won’t see the episode tomorrow. It will come out, not to worry; just not right bang on schedule.

I’m not going to leave you high and dry, though. I’ve also had the foresight to prepare the YouTube video version of the season finale in advance, so that’s queued up and ready to release automatically on YouTube tomorrow at 12pm (Danish time).

When it launches, it’ll auto-tweet on my Twitter thingy, and it’ll go up on on my YouTube page, so you can listen to it from there.

Apologies to those of you who are subscribing to the show and waiting for it to drop in automatically in their podcast feed tomorrow. That’ll happen when Pope gets back from his holiday. In the meantime, you’ll be able to listen to the season finale on YouTube tomorrow.

(Oh, and if you’re a Patreon backer, there’s an mp3 version in our Slack backer chat. Yeah, it pays off to be a backer! Just sayin’.)

No podcast for you — season 3 temporarily on hold

Well, you can’t plan for everything. I certainly can’t, ‘cos I’m terrible at it. Case in point: I had failed to foresee that the charger for the laptop on which I record and edit the podcast might somehow fail utterly at doing its job, namely actually fucking charging something.

Okay, let’s be clear: It’s not as catastrophic as I’m painting it. The laptop itself is fine. It’s just the charger that’s a piece of shit.

This is not the first time this has happened. It’s the third charger I’ve had to buy for this thing, which admittedly raises some suspicions (namely, suspicions that these chargers are absolute shit), but that doesn’t change the fact that recording and releasing an episode of the Space Quest Historian Podcast tomorrow, as per schedule, is impossible.

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SQH Podcast Season 3 Announcement

Yes, janitors and janitorettes, it’s official now: The 3rd season of the Space Quest Historian Podcast will debut on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Please view the following announcement if you don’t believe me:

We’ll be kicking off the show with a plethora of awe-inspiring content, such as:

  • Serena Nelson’s top 12 tips for a successful adventure game Kickstarter
  • The memoirs of Pete Toleman, mastermind of Priapic Mountain Games
  • The return of SteveBot — and something altogether more evil
  • Jess Morrissette and I counting down our favorite memories of the Space Quest community, though not in any particular order
  • An interview with James Dearden, creator of Technobabylon

Please tune in for this extravaganza of nonsense entertainment. You can subscribe here via RSS, or subscribe with your iPhone-ish device.

See you in a week and a half!