Adventure 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!
Our 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 iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
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.
In 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 iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
What with the start of school and all, August and September were pretty slow months for me as far as DriveThruRPG reviews went. Still, I managed to post a few short reviews. Most of these were for music or sound effects, including my first reviews of two artists I didn’t know about before: Gil Luna and Wes Otis. Gil’s music for Ambient Environments leans more toward the musical soundscape variety, while Wes’s for Plate Mail Games are chiefly sound effects with little if any music. They both have some really evocative tracks available. So far I have found all of Gil’s and Wes’s tracks to be worthy of ★★★★ or ★★★★★. I also have some more of Gil’s soundscapes in the queue for the next round of reviews.
The last couple of weeks have presented some frustrating challenges for the website and the podcast. I’ll tell you all about those in a separate post, but right now what you really want to know is what happens next to the crew of the Broken Promise down in the antarctic regions of their world! Please listen now to episode 182, “Cold Air, Part 4,” or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
Yes, it’s a couple of days late, but welcome to part three of “Cold Air,” the beginning of our heroes’ foray into antarctic environs! Please listen now or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
Last week turned out to be fairly hectic, adventure fans, causing me to miss a week of publishing Icosahedrophilia. But not to worry, for part 2 of “Cold Air,” our heroes’ initial foray into the arctic (yes, I said “initial”), is here! In our previous episode, combat broke out between our heroes and a pack of savage polar gnolls. To find out what happens next, please listen now or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
Well, adventure fans, I missed the Wednesday publishing target due to some website misadventures. Somebody out there was pinging episodes 4 and 6 in a way that caused excess server load, so I had to take them down. Sorry, but those two episodes will be gone for a while. I think I’ll try to remix them in the new lower bandwidth format I’ve been using for quite some time now. Nevertheless, at this very moment it’s still Thursday where I live, so I’m only a day behind.
But you didn’t really come here to read about those old adventures. You came for the new hotness, which is our next adventure arc, entitled “Cold Air”! (Get it? “Cold Air” is the new “hotness”? See what I did there?) Ras Gan is dead, and the other PCs have to deal with his loss while still advancing their quest … to the very bottom of the world! To find out what happens in episode 179, please listen now or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
Adventure fans, we’ve reached the final episode of “The Horror from the Hills!” In our last episode, our heroes escorted some rescued villagers back to town, but the local raja was revealed to be a treacherous rakshasa who tried to renege on his deal with the PCs! The adventurers were therefore reduced to fighting to obtain a sliver of the godslayer shard. The battle to obtain the sliver concludes in this episode—but not all of the PCs will make it out alive! Please listen now or subscribe via iTunes, Zune, or plain old RSS!
By the way, I’m sorry that I failed to publish this episode last Wednesday, as scheduled. The main distraction was setting up a new independent game company. Learn all about it on the Novetus Games website!