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Maintaining A Community Through Podcasting

Star Trek Borderlands

I’ve been playing in RPG games through Star Trek: Borderlands for 6 years now.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities for creativity that has presented, the friends that I have made, and the ways in which we can continue to build our shared role playing world.

ST:B has been active since 1993, and as far as I know, one of the key features to our sharing has been podcasting.  As I write this, our Pocast is in its 4th generation (give or take), but the value of it to our community of games has always remained constant.

In our podcasts we conduct interviews of both old and new players, special guests from outside our community, and more.  We read selected posts aloud.  It is a wonderful way to give credit to a writer for the contribution he or she makes to your tableau.  We laugh, we cry, we TALK.

Sometimes through these wonderful sessions, you get feeling that you know a person in a deeper way; a human way.  Sometimes, giving a person a voice can break through the veil of misinterpretations of intent.  Sometimes, you make honest to goodness friends.  There IS magic in verbal conversation.  In this text based world that we now live in, we sometimes forget that.

My experiences as a guest on The Captain’s Log have given me a sense of belonging that have taken me to the next level of involvement in our group; and let me just say that you always want to find ways to maintain that emotional tie between your members and  your game.  Without that, they leave.

I would like to take this opportunity to strongly encourage any RPG/ Sim community to bolster their player base with a real chance at connectedness through podcasting.

I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that some of Star Trek: Borderlands success has been due to this wonderful tool.

The current host of The Captain’s Log has asked me to share a couple invitations with you all.  First, check out our podcast and see if its format could be adapted for you.  It can be found at:

But beyond that, she would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in an online podcast to discuss gaming in general and to plug your own game through our podcast.  You may contact Mickie at:

Since we are new to Ongoing Worlds, we are very interested in the community that exists HERE and in the ways in which we are all related.  We are fully aware that we are all interdependent on one another to create exciting games that appeal to an ever-changing group of creativity minded people.  By sharing our vision we can encourage each other in that grandest of quests.