Live from Barsaive: Episode 1

Our first episode!

Some highlights include:

  • Chad actually remembers to introduce himself (after several takes).
  • Focus of the show and what to expect from future episodes.
  • Our initial impressions of the 4th Edition books.
  • Rachel gets Chad going on a big unplanned tangent about Parlainth, but it kind of works.
  • The first of many shameless plugs for our game, Flibitz
  • Joe Russell

    I haven’t listened yet, I plan to do so today at work. But I was wondering if you had an iTunes feed yet?

    • Not yet, but we’re adding one very soon. I should be able to get the RSS feed created this evening. Then, from what I understand (this is the first podcast I’ve done), it may take a few days to show up after we submit it to iTunes.

      Originally we were going to hold off on announcing the podcast until it went live on iTunes, but we decided just to go ahead and put it out there on our site while we’re still working on it.

  • Ernesto Plasmo

    Great first show!
    I look forward to hearing all your meanderings about races and locations.
    You mentioned the sheer volume of Earthdawn content there is and how long it would take to see it all… and that brought back memories of my former Earthdawn GM and how he had us crossing back and forth across Barsaive and basically couldn’t help himself from telling us far too much backstory that our PCs really ought not have known. He just loved the setting so much and felt constrained by just doling it out per game session. He wanted us to see ALL of it!

    • Thanks for the feedback. It’s cool to know that people are listening and enjoying it.

      I am guilty of all of that. I drag my poor players all over the Provence. Sometimes I also tell them secret GM-only stuff and then tell them that their players have to ignore it. I’m having to fight that temptation on the podcast because we have GM’s and players listening.

      Avoiding spoilers is tricky, which is one of the reasons why we figured races were a good place to start. The second episode meanders much less than the first. Future episodes will probably be somewhere in the middle.

  • Lou Prosperi

    A nice blast from the past!

    It’s still very rewarding to hear people talk about how much they enjoy Earthdawn after all these years.

    Lou Prosperi
    Earthdawn First Edition Line Developer

    • Very cool! Working on Earthdawn development must have been fun (and a ton of work). I’m constantly amazed by how consistent the source material is. That must have taken some major discipline too keep that many designers and developers working toward making such a cohesive universe.

      We were seriously into Earthdawn in the mid- to late-nineties, then we got out of it and recently took it up again. Because of the “blast from the past” factor, I decided to channel my 19 year old self when I wrote the intro music. When I recorded it, I think I felt my hair grow back a little. 🙂

    • Jake

      Thank you Lou!! You and the First Ed. Team did a phenomenal job creating a rich and immersive system and universe. I’ve been playing since release and have collected every piece of First Ed. Supplements and books. I even have all of the novels. This is by far my favorite PnPRPG!

  • Jake

    Chad, any word on if these will become available to download? I would love to put this in with my podcasts on my phone without having to stream it. I have an Android phone and don’t use itunes

    • Jake, the plan is to create the RSS feed and submit it to iTunes (and probably other sites) today. It’s not a huge deal to do, but this is my first podcast, so I’m adding a “should” in case I run into unforeseen issues. Then it can take some time for iTunes to pick it up, a few days to a week or so, based on what I’ve read.

      In the meantime, here are the direct download links for the first two episodes.
      http://lavamonkeygames.com/podcastfiles/LiveFromBarsaive_001.mp3
      http://lavamonkeygames.com/podcastfiles/LiveFromBarsaive_002.mp3

      Most browsers will open these as a streaming widget, but they usually give you the option to right click and “save target as mp3” or something like that.

      Sorry for the inconvenience. The original plan was to hold off on announcing until all of this was in place, but as it turns out I am really impatient an like jumping the gun on things. 🙂

      • Jake

        I’m glad you were a little impatient 😀 I’m loving the podcast. You’re love for Earthdawn matches my own and I’m glad to see some new creative content about it.

        • Thanks! We really appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback.

          To be honest, most of my content is not all that original. I’m kind of acting like a curator of the excellent body of work that FASA has done over the years.

          Reading Earthdawn books is kind of like drinking from a firehose. I mostly want to help people figure out which sourcebooks are for them and how to best utilize them in their games.

        • Jake,

          The RSS feed is done. You can use the “RSS” link above near the player (the iTunes and Android links are not set up yet), or if you need to manually type in the url, use: https://lavamonkeygames.com/feed/podcast/

          We have submitted the feed to iTunes, so in the next few hours, days, or weeks…it can vary…we should be showing up there also.

          Like I said, this is the first podcast we’ve ever done, so if you run into any technical issues with the feed, please let us know so we can help get it sorted out. Thanks!