The Logistics of a Podcast

We’re a bit behind in our recording. As the avid listener may or may not know, Don and I(note: make an ABOUT US page) are family men. As such, we fall under the schedules of such family.

I’ll even take you further down the rabbit hole and give you a peek at the inner workings of the podcast.

I sit at the desk of the office I currently inhabit, at a Dell laptop with Ubuntu installed on it, and Skype opened. I use a Razer Carcharias gaming headset as my microphone. I don’t have a fancy setup. I’m unsure as to what Don uses. We chitchat, running over the script and making sure we understand what’s to be discussed. I have to run a network cable to my laptop as the wi-fi here is unreliable.

We finish the pre-show, and get to the meat. Don opens an app that records our conversation, and we get to work. We run through the script, trying our best to keep from giving a “reading” sense of it all. There are just some things that you can’t avoid, though: the community posts that Don makes, for one. Sometimes, we need to clarify community posts and comments that people don’t see.

We try to keep things as perfect as possible, but there are flubs, naturally. Freudian slips, Senior Moments(when something just gets stuck on the tip of your tongue and you can’t remember to get it out), and just mispronunciations litter a recording. If I ever release the raw files, you folks would laugh yourselves silly. Note to self: do a commentary-style recording, no editing allowed, just to give you folks a taste.

We finish the recording, and chitchat again, a post-recording party of sorts. We upload the recorded file to Adrian, who makes our pile of excrement into gold, and then we adjourn for the day.

I see so many podcasters these days with radio-quality setups and think, I’ll never get this show to that level. Then I get one comment that isn’t spam and realize, I’m just fine where I am.


An Idea!

Cue lightbulb icon.

I’ve been doing some thinking, and I’m wondering to myself, “How can I generate some revenue to pay some artists and maybe get some gifts going to those who collaborate on my Star Wars D6-related material?”

Didn’t click off yet? Good, keep reading.

The idea came to me a few days ago as I pondered finding a way to pay my overworked editor and maybe have some book-buying money, as well as hook Don up for all the work he does…you get the picture. Well, I realized I’d posted adventures in D6 Magazine(the second, Asylum, will be released soon), and they’re tailored for D6 Space, but they were originally SWD6 adventures.

Then it came to me – why not make things D6 Space-centric, offer Kickstarters and the like, even print them out, and offer FREE fan-made conversions over to SWD6? I can avoid the FFG lawyer stampede(I should trademark that), maybe, and still make SWD6 content that’s professionally produced. I can legally fund artists like Khairul Hisham and make a dream possible.

Thoughts? Is it possible, or will the dream die here?

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Tre’ Grisby joins us to talk L.U.G Con! It will be held the week of September 1-7, and Daniel will even be hosting a SWD6 game!

We also begin a series of discussions called GM 101. We’re targeting those players who are “on the fence” about taking that one step into becoming a GM. Don and I get that it’s a hurdle, and we jump in to try to lower the obstacle for you.

Don’s Big Book of Ships keeps on growing!

He’s posted a ton of TIE variants here.

Our favorite co-host, Mike Fraely, has started converting items from Edge of the Empire : Enter the Unknown over to D6, and you can find them here.

Episode 36 is coming, and it will be HUGE.

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We got Mike “Cheshire” Fraley into the virtual studio to talk Butts. Lordan Butts.

Butts humor aside, we talk a lot about some space battle situations:  a Top Gun-inspired campaign named Top Blaster: an idea of crmcneill from the Rancor Pit forums. Speaking of crmcneill and garkhal, they spearheaded a discussion about area denial and battery fire from a capital ship.

Don continued the space motif by converting a metric ton of ships:

Gage-Class Transport

Terminus-Class Destroyer

Conductor-Class Landing Craft

Ministry-Class Orbital Shuttle

Herald-Class Shuttle


M-Wing Starfighter


Bantha-Class Assault Shuttle