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 …

I went to AdventureX with a video camera

I hardly need to reiterate at this point that I had a great time at AdventureX 2016. I’ve spent the past week since I got home saying it over and over again, to people in private, to people on Twitter, to my friends who were also there.

I think Fred actually said it best: Not only was it a good time and everyone was super chill, but it felt validating. Like our little obsession that most of our friends and IRL surroundings doesn’t seem to understand has a reason for existing.

It’s still surprisingly hard to explain to people who have no knowledge or interest in computer games what an adventure game is. My outlets for that is, as you’ve maybe noticed, to make endless YouTube videos and podcasts about it, as well as talking about it daily on Twitter, because that’s how I get what’s quite frankly a life-long passion of mine out of my system.

Going to a convention like this was, in a strange way, like coming home. I kept saying, “These are my people,” whenever someone asked me if I’m having a good time, and by that I meant that I was finally in a room with likeminded individuals to whom jokes about sliding tile puzzles and slow-talking narrators weren’t met with quizzical glares but with nods of understanding.

Anyway, I also brought a video camera, and the footage that came out of that (as well as my mobile phone) was used in two videos. For the sake of posterity, I’m archiving them here.

The first one was edited by Frederik for our Back Seat Designers YouTube channel, with the focus of the three of us (Fred, Gareth, and myself) all being in the same physical place for the first time ever:

The second was my own little travel documentary, focusing less on the convention itself, but more on my experiences getting to and from the convention and the challenges I faced in doing so:

I will definitely be back for AdventureX 2017. I hope to see you there.