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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:  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/126967

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:  thecaptainslogpodcast@gmail.com

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.

  • Charles Star

    Borderlands has such a great and rich history. You guys definitely have a good thing going over there. I’m really glad you’re here at OW!

  • Daenelia

    Any tips on how to record it?

    • When I’ve recorded a podcast before (I record one with my brother for his scifiideas.com blog) what we do is chat using Google Hangouts On Air, which is good quality, and records both audio. We also each record our own audio using Audacity, which can be combined together.

      But anyway, that’s how we do it. I’d be interested to know how Borderlands do.

      • Daenelia

        Me too, we’ve only experimented with recording on a mobile phone, so far… Long story, but it works. We did look for other ways, but this gave us the best quality without having to fiddle with headsets (which is just weird, if you’re sitting next to each other).

        So any other tips would be appreciated. I did take a look at the site where the log is hostes! That looks good.

        • sero

          We use Google Hangouts on Air for the Trek Simming Podcast, which people like to view live. Then I download from youtube, extract the audio and use GarageBand (I’m a Mac user) to edit and add in the opening and closing music. We have a small audience so I just whack it up direct to the server and post it on the WordPress site with the aid of the Blubrry PowerPress plugin. If / when we grow I’ll look at hosting specially for podcasts.

          • Do you do the hangout on air with video?

          • Yes we do 🙂

  • Mickie

    Hey everyone. I run all of the technical aspects of the Borderlands podcast. The basics of what we do:

    We use Skype and I use an add on that I purchased called Pamela to record the Skype call. It allows me to record my voice on one channel – everyone else is recorded on the other channel which means they can’t talk over one another or else the recording will often times have difficulty recording both voices at the same time and it becomes garbled. (In my research, the only way around this is to have everyone record their own audio and then splice them together, which could be useful if everyone on the podcast is tech savvy and recurring personalities on the show. We decided against this because of our rotating guests)

    After recording the audio, I will edit out mistakes, poor audio quality, etc within a free program called Audacity. After that, I add in our intro and outro music, written by and used with the permission of the podcast’s first host: Ken Denmead (who you may know as the guy behind Geek Dad). I use Mixcraft for this part, but you could easily do this in Audacity. I just like combining the audio channels at the end, but it’s not necessary.

    Once everything is put together, I convert my audio into an mp3 format and upload it to talkshoe.com, which will host your content for free.

    Hopefully that helps to answer the questions that you have. Please note that I have a Windows OS. When I revived the podcast, Ken was kind enough to send me a list of programs he used on his Mac. If there is interest, I will dig out the info when I get home tonight.