It was only a matter of time before the itch of podcasting crept back into my blood. For those of you who don’t know, I have been doing a podcast called the Voyages of Vanguard since last April and a show devoted to Everquest 2 since August.
Both shows were a lot of fun, and I had some great guests and a super duper cohost, known as Jaye in the worlds of Telon and Norrath (Vanguard and Everquest 2 respectively). We pumped out show after show for nearly a year, with only two small lapses for vacation and the Christmas holiday.
Then about six weeks ago my mind ground to a halt — I bet my wife could see the wisps of smoke and hear the grinding of sprockets in my brain. My work really started to suffer several months ago — somehow I lost the spirit of podcasting and to a lesser extent I was not enjoying the games I was talking about. Its very hard to work on a show that you don’t play any longer — it become hollow and the listener can immediately tell that the JAZZ is no longer in your words.
With that, I turned away from podcasting and just took a deep breath. Man, those first four weeks went by in a blur. I started playing Lord of the Rings online as a diversion — something different than anything I had played before. I really thought I was going to hate it — I had heard from so many people that the game was boring, grindy, and repetitive. I am happy to say that I disagree with those statements now, but do have some reservations towards the game. I have a short capsule commentary on LoTRo in my new podcast.
That brings me to my new podcast. Yes, about two weeks ago I started playing around with some ideas of getting back into podcasting. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but from the outset I did not want to repeat what I had done before, and I did not want to step on the toes of the many other podcasters at the collective. I toyed with a number of ideas, but ultimately decided on a short and compact show dealing with the travels and adventures I had in the universe of Multi-Massive-Online games.
With the encouragement from Brent over at Virginworlds I cooked up the idea of the Travels with Troy, a weekly half hour (or less) show on a wide variety of topics all centered to some extent on MMOs or the very least the things I do to enjoy those games. I will have to say that I do have some future segments that may deal with topics outside the MMO genre, but for the most part it will be all about the games we all love to play. Better, I will not be tied down to one game, but can talk all about LoTRo, Eve, City of Heroes, Everquest, WoW, and future games such as Age of Conan and others!
I am also presenting on a weekly basis a segment of the show called Phantasm Adventures TMOG, where I provide a pdf of a set of rules and talk about projecting the game into a hypothetical MMO of the future. There is so much to be said for future games, and I hope I can inspire others into thinking what the next blockbuster will be for MMOs.
I am once again so excited about podcasting, that I am eagerly developing the second show as I type this blog. I look forward to listener comments and am jazzed at the thought of tweaking and changing the programming according to what I read.
Please stop by http://www.virginworlds.com and listen for yourself.