Having already recommended one of my favorite Actual Play podcasts, I'm going to use this space to recommend one of the most impacting Audio Drama podcasts I've listened to so far. I'm talking about The Far Meridian.
The End of Time and Other Bothers is a game-changer of an actual play podcast, set in the fantasy world of Alba Salix but with no need to listen to Alba Salix first.
When one is fortunate enough to attend a banquet, one is given to certain expectations. The meal is to be rich and delicious, well-balanced so that each course does not erase the tastes of the other, but instead enhances them. An amuse-bouche inflames the palate without satiating it, a lighter soup or salad leads into a heavy, meaty main course. And of course, there’s the promise of dessert at the end, one final sweet treat to send you home full and content.
I started listening to podcasts about five years ago, back when I was a tiny high schooler. I started in the most stereotypical way: listening to Welcome to Night Vale. I quickly fell in love, listening to it with my mom as we painted my room bright purple. I even got to go to one of their live shows (I still have the t-shirt). But I never strayed past Night Vale’s borders. I didn’t really feel the need to.
“A rising tide lifts all ships.”
I have heard this phrase hundreds of times since I have become involved in the audio drama community. It is repeated as we celebrate successes, as we strategize, as we mentor others. But what does it mean and why is the idea behind it so important to so many audio drama creators?
Returning December 21st, Marsfall’s complex imagining of a group of human colonizers on Mars is rife with conspiracies, well-executed action, and classic science-fiction discussions of ethics and artificial intelligence in ways that don’t alienate their audience.