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The other day I was asked why I love gaming and podcasting those games so much and I had to take a second and think about that. I’ve had a long, long, life long enjoyment of games going back to some of my earliest memories of gaming with my Aunt and her husband in insanely long Monopoly sessions. It was never who won or lost but how we enjoyed the company and stories and comradery of the times. Thankfully that style of game enjoyment followed me as I grew older and started playing more than Chess and other milton bradley games. Then one faithful day I saw the AD&D GM’s Guide cover and fell in love with D&D consuming all I could about it and the books (Mind you Fantasy choose your own adventure books and Comics were how my parents snuck reading into my life before this time), and novels of Fantasy adventure and monster slaying.
To make a long story short flash forward a hand full of years and I was regularly running Teenage mutant ninja turtles, Rifts, Robotech and still D&D games and loving the story writing, pacing adventures and surprise encounters all the while loving to GM and occasionall getting to play!
Than fast forward again a pair of decades and I noticed something, our gaming groups had of course morphed, evolved, and changed due to adult duties and needs but even with old friends who didn’t game any more we could sit and talk about those AMAZING adventures of yesteryear! It was at this point now married and tied up in work, chores, to do list and trying to fill in a active gaming life (Thank you Honey for being a Gamer!) We noticed the hard long gaps in gaming and at the end of a game session we all would hurry and be whipping out phones and calenders looking for the next free day to game. I had been a long time lover of Podcasts on iTunes, so I decided to podcast our games from then on because of nothing else than to let us keep track of where we left off as well as we could listen to those epic moments where some amazing speech or snide remark was tossed out at the spur of the moment, or as I like to call it the ’magic of immersion in the now’. That feeling where your totally in sync with your character and your not playing them but being guided by what you just know to be true there character and when at that level of game enjoyment things just happen and hours fly by and you are left gasping at the amazing story you all just completed together. That magic is why I love to podcast so we can relisten, share and talk about it and if lucky get to relive it a little each time we revisit it. One thing I know that surprised us all was how much our listeners enjoy the shows and that’s added to us wanting to add little things like NPC stories and behind the scene moments that are a blast to write and record! So to sum it up I love to set up story frameworks with twists and turns and varied ending and getting to share them with those who enjoy similar things =D
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Today I got asked a great question on Twitter from a long time listener of our Scion RPG Ragnarok & Roll, a Scion Hero to Ragnarok story podcast asked me how to help the group keep making more podcasts? I actually been asked this once or twice and figured I should write up something in all the ways we all can help keeping our podcasts and YouTube channel making content and share cool stuff:
1 We need to keep enjoying making cool stuff! If you know me you know I’m always up for sharing cool things and willing to burn the midnight oil editing stuff and I’ll keep at it hoping to have the podcast as an actual full time paying gig!
2 Share what you love! We love sharing and please if you can share our podcasts, Meme’s and videos. Also shoot us feedback, I know the group love the links, jokes and questions fans send into us! Speaking of which we need another cast Q&A soon, so feel free to email Us your questions fro Character and players, please subject them “Q&A” and send them to Creativeplaypodcastnet@gmail.com
3 Socialize with us on Social Media! Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter (still dragging my feet on snapchat/twitch) www.facebook.com/CreativePlayandPodcastNetwork/ & @CreativePPnet
4 We are trying to be busier on out Blog so blog with us! We’re hoping to get sponsor Ads on the blog sight and to help please stop by from time to time and drop a comment or two on what you think, We do a Meme of the Day and share cool sales when we hear about them! http://creativeplayandpodcastnetwork.com/
5 Podcast with Us! Soon I’ll be running games on Roll20 as well as we always try to game at local stores (Even more is some of them take us up and hiring us to produce regular podcast shows for them, let your Tucson area stores know!). Invite us to your events, normally we need time to schedule it but we’d love to record you fun moments! Finally we do Skype all the time, shoot me a voice mail or lets do a phone interview and chat about creating cool stuff, cosplay or games!
6 Support the site by using links for our favorite RPG products on Amazon! If your like me you spend too much time shopping on the sweet sales mistress I call Amazon, but by using our links we get a tiny sliver of a copper, but these add up. Heck personally U use others I know because every little bit helps and I’d rather support a blog I know that a online Bot ad maker =D
7 Feedback, we love it, we hate it but we need it! Please review us on Facebook, iTunes and sights like RPG Podcasts.com it helps other find our shows and share in the fun! iTunes: D&D Journey of the Fifth Edition , Ragnarok & Roll, a Scion Hero to Ragnarok story, Creative Play and Podcast Network
8 Help us out on patreon.com/cppn! This site helps us pay to keep the lights on and more than one episode up at a time, if you can even just $1 a month is a huge help (We average 30,000+ listens a month, imagine if everyone gave us the cost of a single Starbucks coffee once a month, We could add so much more content and give so much back. Personally I’d do so many favors for our supporters if I could make this a full time gig!!!!) Any amount is GREATLY appreciated! https://www.patreon.com/cppn
9 Play more games! Share this hobby we love and raise the next generation to love it as much too!!!
10 and Finally be kind to each other and support makers in your community I’ve heard of too many Makers, Cosplayers and Game designers get their dreams and hopes crushed and at the very least we can choose to be kind and supportive as people to each other and be kind to our fellow humans who have that amazing zeal to create and share!