On the Character Crusade Podcast

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the lovely gentlemen from the Character Crusade podcast. They had me on their show to talk about issues of lore, immersion, and lore-friendliness. They have a wonderfully interesting and well produced program and I would highly recommend subscribing. You can listen to their most recent episode here. The interview starts a little ways in. We even talk a little bit about the Elder Scrolls related projects I’ve been working recently. You’ll have to listen if you want any details. Enjoy.


Updating Episodes

I have fixed a couple of the episodes that people seem to be having the most trouble downloading. I’ve provided new links for the Numidium and Myth and Cosmology episodes. If you come across other broken episodes, just let me know and I will get around to fixing them. I have also been emailing listeners links to episodes if they have trouble accessing them, which I would be happy to continue doing.

So, the podcast has been inactive for awhile…

…and I feel like you guys and gals deserve an explanation.

Once again, life has gotten in between me and my podcast. It’s not something that I’m particularly upset about, but it does make me sad that can’t find time to work on the podcast. I thought that when I finished graduate school I would have all of this extra time. Well, that came and went. I graduated in May with an MFA in Digital Media. My thesis project was a four minute animation about duelling samurai. Summer came and I spent every extra moment I could with my beautiful daughter, who is almost a year-and-a-half old at this point. After summer came September and I, along with every other public school teacher in the United States, went back to work. I teach, I come home and spent time with my wife and daughter, I play video games for a bit (I am currently really enjoying The Long Dark, by the way), and then go to sleep.

None of these things are upsetting to me. I love spending time with my family and my daughter. I love being a high school art teacher. I love playing video games. I also love working on the podcast, but it has slowly slid to the back-burner.

I am glad to say that the podcast is continually getting new listeners. I still get emails a few times a week from people who have just stumbled across it, and want to thank and congratulate me. We are very close to surpassing the 200,000 visitor mark, which is extremely exciting to me. 200,000 viewers! That’s crazy! Over the course of our fifty episodes we have spent about 13 hours discussing the intricacies and absurdities of Elder Scrolls lore.

So, you might be asking, what about that sixth season I’ve heard so much about? Well, I still want to keep it a secret. I am not abandoning the podcast, I’m just keeping you updated on why we have been inactive for a while. I’ve been working with an author within the community to adapt some of their lore-based work into a kind of radio drama. A few episodes have been finished, but there is a long way to go. It represents a slight departure from what we’ve done in the past, but still stays true to the neverending quest for Elder Scrolls knowledge we have always had. The scripts for each episode amount to (in some cases) ten pages of writing. The episodes clock in at over an hour each. I am excited by the project, and you should be to too. It also represents a significant increase in the amount of tender love and care that I have to put into recording and editing each episode. Inactive might not be the right word to use when describing the state of the podcast, because I have been working on these new episodes since the beginning of the summer. The work has been slow and arduous, however. That’s about all I want to say about it right now.

So, you might also be asking, what can I expect in the future? Well, someday I would like to have all ten episodes finished and uploaded for your enjoyment. Also, conceivably, somewhere down the line (after Fallout 4, of course) a new Elder Scrolls game will come out. There is new lore that has been added with the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, but I will remain quiet on those topics until I can be sure that Bethesda will consider them canon.

That about brings you up to speed. The blog and the Facebook page will remain up and I will update them as time goes on. I still check my Elder Lore email address regularly, so you can contact me with questions or suggestions or problems.

Keep on keepin’ on.

Welcome to ELDER LORE

Our blog and podcast have been around for almost three years! In commemoration we have re-designed our blog, now featuring the amazing artwork of Alexey Rudikov. Google him, now.

To date, we have had over 195,000 views to our blog. Our best day was June 5 2012 when we had just over 800 views in a single day. Most of those views were for our episode on the Morag Tong and the Dark Brotherhood.

So, welcome and thanks for visiting. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, you can add the RSS feed manually (http://bit.ly/K6v76V), or you can listen to the episodes here on the blog.

State of the Podcast, July 21

After extensive uploading/downloading/renaming/link fixing this weekend I think we are all up and running. All of our episodes have been moved to our own servers here at WordPress, which has no bandwidth or file size limits. This means that our episodes should download and be available more reliably than they have been in the past. All of the links on the blog have been updated (I think), so you should be able to find them all here. Note: if you find dead links anywhere, please let me know! I’ve also updated the RSS feed, but sometimes it takes a few weeks for those changes to actually make it to iTunes. I’ve also done my best to clean up the code in the feed, so the dates should be arranged better in the iTunes Store. As of right now, some of them are still not showing up right, but I chalk that up to just needing more time to fully update.

We will be having a new episode coming out very soon, but I do want to give all of these changes some time to roll over and normalize before releasing. Be on the lookout for it within the next week or so. I have been working on the mod as well, but I am waiting to push those updates until our next Wanderer’s tale so as to minimize the amount of updates needed to download. So be on the lookout for that as well.

Thank you for your continued patience as I iron out all the mistakes I’m sure I’ve made.

Server Maintenance

We will be performing ongoing maintenance on our servers over the next several days, so expect to see some strange things happening. If you have subscribed to the podcast through the iTunes store, then nothing should change for you. However, if you listen to the episodes on the blog you might come across a dead link here or there. Long story short: all of our episodes are going to be moving to a new location and old links will no longer work. To be updated, keep checking to blog or get our updates through Facebook. Thank you for your patience.

A Loremaster is Born

On April 24, 2013 at 12:43pm, my daughter and first child was brought kicking and screaming into this world. Naturally, this will mean that the blog and podcast may be entering a brief period of inactivity. Rest assured, however, that we are not gone forever. In fact, we’ve already begun production on a number of new episodes for the beginning of our next season. So stay tuned for more episodes in the Tales’ series, in addition to academic discussions about magic and space travel, renegade Wise Women of the Ashlands, and more.