I have this idea that game communities are more stable when you have the chance to have good, brief experiences in that game’s world. Many computer games are striving for this now: you can play for half and hour and get something concrete done, then save and come back to it for another meaningful session. An Ars game that’s under two hours doesn’t have much of a story, so it can’t be little in character vignettes.
There are some in-fandom things that you can do for a good half hour of Ars immersion. You can stat up something. You can read the latest Sub Rosa. You can listen to Arcane Connection, I think there should be more material like that.
My most recent project in that direction, my vlog, failed, because I didn’t udnerstand the scope of the effort required. Wheezy Waiter, who is a vlogger extraordinaire, takes about an hour to make a four minute video. There’s no way I can justify that sort of time, when I could be researching, writing, or just putting arrows in people in Skyrim.
I am, however, something of a podcaster. I release a heap of material through Librivox, and currently I’m churning out a chapter a fortnight (one per month on each of the two books I’m recording), so I’ve been thinking about that seriously as a future direction. I’ve mentioned it on the Ars forum, and the response has basically been “Meh?” which is a bit of a pity.
The set-up is easier if I just throw money at it, which I may do, or free if I learn how to do it via WordPress and Community Audio, which I might do instead: if anyone has a preferred platform, speak up in the comments. Also, I will need to check with Atlas about how it works, because there’s usually a monetization model on the eay-to-use sites.
As a starting point I need to get scripts together, and it occurs to me that my Mythic Perspectives and Hermes Portal articles had reversion clauses in their contracts, so that’s a lot of material I could rework. I was also thinking of some sort of loose structure, so say I wanted to do something each week, there’s be a rotation of, for example, Treasures, Monsters, Places, Hooks.So, I know I’m shooting the breeze a bit here, but if I went ahead with it, I’d like to get my at together for this in a way far beyond what I did for the vlog, then script and produce 12 episodes before it went live. That’s particularly important if I do pay a podcast hosting firm. That means I can’t just do one and let people tell me what they think, I need to get a sort of pre-feedback.