I have a suggestion. One that's been percolating in my brain for a good 6 months now. As many of you know, I've been a staff member over at RPGamer for almost a year now. It's fun, it's sometimes a lot of work, it's like any volunteer thing: pluses and minuses. One big plus has been doing podcasts over there for the past year. I have no one that I regularly speak to IRL that plays RPGs. Before I started listening to a lot of podcasts the past 2 years, there's a boatload of game names and character names I've never heard spoken aloud before that now I'm finding rolling off my tongue (Shin Megami Tensei, Atelier _______, etc.). Whatever, I'm getting off topic. The point is, I'm loving podcasting.
Here's the thing: is there a DQ podcast out there that's done by long-time DQ fans? I know I've chatted with @Woodus and @Liamland and we listen to Puff Puff Hour & a couple others. But the ones in the past couple years have been from people new to the series. They're great, but they're playing stuff for the first time and typically playing the newest versions and they've left me wanting more reminiscing about the original games and the changes made for remakes and remasters and sequels and the like. I'd love to hear a podcast by people who've been playing and replaying and chatting about DQ games for decades and knows all the stuff that many of us here at the Den know. The inside jokes, the annoyances, the fixes, the growth of the series.
Blah blah blah, all this talk, no suggestion yet:
I'd love to host a DQ podcast, by long-time fans. I'd like to get a fixed format together to slowly work our way through the entire DQ series over the course of a few years. Maybe we'd record an episode every month or two, maybe longer/shorter depending on people's schedules. I've got the basic outline of a show, one I'd love to stick to so we don't forget things episode to episode, but of course be somewhat flexible. What I've found most interesting about the podcasts I've listened to are the people doing the podcast and their reactions to the games they play. I don't want a 20 minute plot summary of a game. I want to hear what my favorite podcasters thought about plot points and what was interesting challenging/what was not. I want to hear some of insane number-crunching trivia that @ignasia would be able to rattle off, I want to know some of the stories and artwork stuff @Dwaine knows a ton of (or the obscure artist @Sackchief dug up). I want to hear about the time @Woodus got flown out to play a DQ game early (Joker, right?) I want to know what @Pendy has experienced with all his trips to Japan and @Liamland too plus all his DQIX multiplayer stories! I want long-time fans to tell stuff, not just the new guys reading a Wiki and just having experienced it for the first time.
I've got a ton of little thoughts & issues I'll just bullet point below & sit back and just hear from you all over the next couple of days. I'm in no rush to do this. I'm about to go on vacation for a month, so it's not anything I'd set up ASAP, I'd like to really flesh out an episode
Have a set order to each episode: Staff intros, character intros from selected game (just a couple mins), brief summary (5-10 mins tops), go around the staff and each tell some of things that really impressed them or they loved about the game or annoyed them - all staff jump in and interrupt the hell out of each other to keep the conversation flowing for a good hour at least for an episode, have a round table at the end where we all get 5-10 minutes to tell what we're playing currently so listeners kind of get to know us better. Sure, these episodes might last 2-3 hours each, but that's fine.
Use Skype or Discord to record
Hosted on Den
A dedicated subforum for this, a specific topic for each show up weeks before we record one where the people that are going to be on start taking notes and any other forum member is free to chime in to remind us of stuff
Not necessarily go in game order! Why not start with DQ1, but then this December let's talk DQXI because some of us will have finished our 2nd time through on DQXIS version.
Not just cover main games, let's do DQM and Joker and DQ Swords
Not just do main games first: DQ1, DQ Swords, DQ5, Joker 2, DQXI, ...
Pick something like First Monday of the month at 9pm EST or 9pm Central time so everyone can plan and likely be free of noise and other responsibilities
Would need someone to record the podcast & do light audio work/mixing. I think I'd be able to get some of the mixing stuff down eventually, just some musical transitions mainly, nothing heavy. But with a longer podcast, it'd be good to stop and save recordings every so often and they'd need to be mixed together.
How do you get a podcast on iTunes...?
Are there enough people interested in talking?
So, it's now 3am here and this idea has kept me up a great part of the night. I'd love to hear from you all good or bad about this and if it's even feasible!