The first Actual Play podcast I listened to was Chris Perkins introducing the Penny Arcade team, Scott Kurtz and Wil Wheaton to Fourth Edition D&D. I hadn’t played a tabletop RPG since university and the mixture of irreverent humour and tropey genre adventure had me hooked immediately.
In the world of science-fiction, it’s rare that a countdown can be comforting. While the slowly descending count around which Moonbase Theta, Out is centered is far from benevolent, there’s a certain security to the plodding clock, as Communications Officer Roger Bragado-Fischer takes you through the seemingly mundane updates of life on Moonbase Theta.
As the reader or viewer, the final product can feel inevitable to you — how else would you end 2012’s The Avengers except with the “A” in Stark tower flickering alone, the other letters all knocked off? But, if the director’s commentary is to be believed, that idea came shockingly late in the process. And have you ever read the first draft of “The Star Wars”...?
When creators of Rogue Podron Meg, Danny, Saf, and Heath came together to create their show, they were four fans who loved Star Wars so much they made a podcast about the whole world of the Expanded Universe of Star, and documented their journey through the X-Wing series of books, The Courtship of Princess Leia, and I, Jedi. Just a few short years later, and they’ve assembled an amazing, hilarious, loving community
Podcasting for me started as a single falling domino which ultimately toppled many more and positively changed my life.
When my friend and I first thought to start a podcast, we were just lying on my bed, staring up at the ceiling, and thinking out loud. At some point, I’d listened to and enjoyed some podcasts, but I hadn’t ever lent them much value in my life.
One of the best parts of making audio fiction on the modern Internet is you can, in theory, work with anyone. Actors in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia? Yup. A co-creator in Hong Kong? Totally!
But if you are a glutton for punishment (like me) and favour recording sessions where your cast all get together to play off each other live, at some point you’re gonna lose sleep.
I don’t really write anymore. Not like I used to, anyway. I used to spin novels out of nothing without breaking a sweat, used to throw short stories together as easy as breathing, because once upon a time, I was a writer. Nothing made me happier than building a world brick by brick, populating it with people, and flooding my mind with their scenes, their conversations, the countless directions their stories could take. It was invisible to me, but completely essential, as if half of my heart was always in a world of my own creation.
Mount Olympus University is a podcast about Pandora Wordsworth navigating the terror that is university education. It's also about finding your place in a world that often asks you to be someone or something you're not – to the point where you might even find yourself wondering if you even have a place here.