Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 188: The Road to Madness, Part 4

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20At the end of our previous episode, adventure fans, the Broken Promise crew arrived at Urlglar’s abandoned—or perhaps destroyed—camp. If you want to know what they found, please listen now to episode 188, “The Road to Madness, Part 4,” or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!

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DriveThruRPG reviews for January–February 2014

During January and February of 2014, I reviewed seven products for DriveThruRPG—all of them gaming soundscapes from Ambient Environments. I enjoyed all of them, giving all but one ★★★★ or ★★★★★. If you like to use music and sound effects at your gaming table, consider adding the Ambient Environments tracks to your library.

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 187: The Road to Madness, Episode 3

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20We’re back, adventure fans, with another installment in the ongoing adventures of the Broken Promise’s crew. In this episode, our heroes embark on their journey up a frozen river, and unlock one of the Broken Promise’s buried secrets. Please listen now to episode 187, “The Road to Madness, Part 3,” or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 186: The Road to Madness, Part 2

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Are you ready for another hour of Icosahedrophilia, adventure fans? At the bottom of the world, the crew of the Broken Promise continue to take stock of their situation, and prepare the ship for a long trip up a frozen river—one more step toward saving the world from the return of the “great old ones.” This combat-free episode features a lot of strategizing and preparation by our heroes. Please listen now to episode 186, “The Road to Madness, Part 2,” or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!

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Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 185: The Road to Madness, Part 1

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Now that the crew of the Broken Promise have decisively retaken their from the bugbear pirate admiral Gnash, what surprises await them on board? In this episode, our heroes get reacquainted with Gretchen van Fleet, Tyria Silverspray, and other members of the Broken Promise crew, and they find out what the bugbears have done with their ship! Please listen now to episode 185, “The Road to Madness, Part 1,” or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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DriveThruRPG reviews for October–December 2013

Well, yes, this post has obviously been very long delayed. What else is new in my world? But for those of you interested in such things, I reviewed five items for DriveThruRPG during the period from October to December 2013. That rate of progress is horribly slow, but perhaps you’d like to check out these items even though they’re not the freshest things on the shelves. Let me highlight the ICONS Stark City adventure Defy the Prophecy, which has a bit of a clichéd plotline but great ties into the Stark City setting from Fainting Goat Games, on which I did some editorial work.

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Icosahedrophilia podcast publication prospectus

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Adventure fans, in case you’re wondering why the publication of Icosahedrophilia 185 has been delayed, here’s the deal. In the brief time I could devote to podcast editing during recent weeks, I’ve been struggling with the audio for the next adventure. It’s got a nasty hum/whine in it that I can’t seem to eliminate. I normally use SoundSoap to fix things like that, but I don’t seem to have the settings quite right for this particular noise. I can’t eliminate it from the gaps without silencing the background music, and I can’t seem to get it out of the times where people are speaking (which is obviously the heart of the show). I’m sure it’s just a matter of tuning the settings properly, but I’m also having issues that I think might be related to partial incompatibility between some of my audio apps and OS X Mavericks. At any rate, I’m working on it as fast as I can with all the other commitments I have going. (November is crazy busy for me professionally.) Don’t despair! The crew of the Broken Promise will return!

Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 184: Cold Air, Part 6

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20Our previous episode closed with the crew of the Broken Promise fighting to retake their ship, which had once again been commandeered by bugbear pirates. In this episode, the battle concludes, with a big surprise or two waiting for our heroes below decks! Please listen now to episode 184, “Cold Air, Part 6,” or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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A tale of two servers

If you follow the Icosahedrophilia podcast, you may have had trouble accessing some of the episodes within the last three weeks or so. I apologize for that, and wanted to give you a little behind-the-scenes look at the reasons for the trouble … and ask for your help.

Several months ago, I moved to a new web hosting company that offered unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and more accessible (i.e., 24/7) tech support than my prior web host. I talked with a salesperson beforehand and cleared my use case—podcasting—with the salesperson before committing. Fast forward a few months to August 2013. All of my websites unexpectedly go dark. My host had unilaterally suspended my sites because of “excess server load” caused by downloads and/or streaming of old Icosahedrophilia episodes. In order to get the site back up and running, I removed the offending episodes, and things went back to normal … until September 2013, when the whole “excess server load” thing happened again.

After arguing with my hosting company for a while about the definition of “unlimited”—to me that means “unlimited,” to them it means “within normal expectations”—and doing some comparison shopping (you might be surprised how many “free” services aren’t free), I ended up migrating the websites to a virtual private server rather than a shared server. This move cost me about $300 to complete.

So, dear listeners, I am coming to you once again in “fund drive” mode, looking for contributions. If you enjoy the show and you want to help out with the cost of the server migration, please just send a small donation, perhaps $5, to d20-at-drchris.me via PayPal.

When I started the Icosahedrophilia podcast, I vowed never to put anything behind a paywall and never to hold any episodes for “ransom.” I am sticking to that pledge. If I receive $0 from this request for help, I will still continue to publish Icosahedrophilia just like always. But I will appreciate any help received. And in the event that contributions exceed the cost of the server migration, I will channel the excess back into our gameplay at the table, looking to make the podcast more enjoyable for all of you who listen.

Icosahedrophilia Podcast, Episode 183: Cold Air, Part 5

The Icosahedrophilia podcast logo, featuring a big blue d20In our last episode we left you hanging, adventure fans, as the crew of the Broken Promise prepared to leap off an antarctic tower onto the deck of their stolen ship! Please listen now to episode 183, “Cold Air, Part 5,” or subscribe via iTunesZune, or plain old RSS!

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