Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Episode 007 – Multiplayer Part One

Hello everyone! Hope this episode will find you well. Hope also you enjoyed the little callback to the pilot :) I've come up with a few of those little cold opening things lines up for the next few episodes.

You can find this episode on BOTH feeds at iTunes and the Zune Marketplace (NOTE: THE EPISODES ON THE OLD FEEDS HAVE A BRIEF MESSAGE AT THE START THAT THE NEW FEEDS DO NOT HAVE. USE THIS TO TELL THEM APART) and you can direct download them from the toolbar on the right or by following this link. This will be the final episode to air on the old Switchpod feeds before we convert entirely to the new CyberEars feed.

This episode is part one of a two part series examining what "multiplayer" means to different people in Lord of the Rings Online. We catch up with Swifty from Arkenstone and discuss some of the more social-oriented aspects of LOTRO. In the next episode in the series (scheduled for late May) we will take a look at a raiding kin to get some different perspectives on the subject.

In this episode, we also take a close look at the goings on in the real world. Turbine has been very active for the 2nd Birthday for LOTRO. They have released a lot of interesting tidbits that you can read about here.

Over on the Arkenstone observer, some players are trying to set up an all-captain Turtle raid. Get some more information here.

The Middle-Earth Revue will be holding it’s Spring (and first ever) concert next Thursday, May 7th. For more details, follow this link.

To read the new issue of the Arkenstone Observer, click here. To see some of the other works by Swifty, check out this link.

Don’t forget to submit your questions for the Berephon interview! Submissions are due by Midnight PST, April 30th.

Monday, April 27, 2009

DDOCast Shoutout

Hello, eveyone!

In the latest episode of DDOCast, LOTROCast got a shoutout! DDO and LOTRO are very closely related games, not just because Turbine makes both of them. I've had a chance to try out both games and both certainly have their strongpoints. I know a lot of LOTRO players enjoy DDO so if you haven't yet had a chance to listen to DDOCast yet, now is as good a time as any. Unlike me, he has a monopoly on the game podcast industry :) They do some pretty nifty stuff over there including some very exclusive content. He gives us a shoutout in his recent episode so make sure you check it out on Zune Marketplace, iTunes, or just point your browser to www.DDOCast.com.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

LOTROCast Developer Interview Series Continues!

Hello, all!

I am pleased to announce that I will be continuing my developer interview series with a chat with Berephon, the resident 'lore-monkey' and name maker at Turbine.

If you have ever had a question about lore integration, thought processes behind areas, or just wondered what REALLY happened to the Cat Lady submit your questions here or email them to LOTROCast at LOTROCast@gmail.com before Sunday, May 3rd. I cannot promise that every questions will be answered but I will consider each question that is submitted.

If you missed the first Dev Interview with Rowan, the live producer of LOTRO, you can get caught up here.

The interview episode will be the Early May episode, not this immidiately next episode.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Phase 1 Complete

Hello, all!

I know it hasn't been long since my last post, but I just wanted to let everyone know that phase one of the podcast migration is complete. You may notice that I have a different RSS Feed listed at the top of the page...THIS IS THE NEW LOTROCAST RSS FEED. If you are someone that uses a custom aggregator to collect your RSS feeds, please go ahead and replace the old feed with the new one.

I know that a lot of people would rather not bother with RSS feeds and like to direct download episodes. Well, good news! I have put in a new gadget that lets you direct download the five most recent episodes right from the toolbar! On the right side of the page, you should see a gadget for direct downloads! It will update automatically. It will only show the 5 most recent episodes, so just be aware of that.

Anyway, all my files are now migrated to CyberEars. I have submitted the feeds to both iTunes and Zune, so I will keep you abrest of the of that situation. Once the new feeds are up, I will ask you to subscribe to those feeds. You will be able to tell the difference because I will be releasing an announcement ONLY on the feeds that will be discontinued and deleted. ONLY the podcast feeds that has the announcement will be discontinued. I will make it as obvious as possible to identify the to-be-discontinued feeds.

If there are any questions, feel free to ask email me and ask me.

Thanks for your understanding,


Monday, April 20, 2009

Big Changes Coming to LOTROCast!

Hello, everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying Episode 06. My numbers certainly show you are. Thanks to you guys, LOTROCast has become the number one LOTRO related podcast on iTunes (the one about Secrets of LOTR I don’t count, as it is not about LOTRO but for whatever reason is lumped in there). I am so incredibly grateful that you guys have given me a chance and I look forward to many months of quality content.

To that end, I have taken a sponsorship deal of sorts with the good people at CyberEars.com they have agreed to host my podcast AND pay for a new domain name. If you want more information on them, head over to CyberEars.com. I found their user interface easy to use and their service top notch. If you ever wanted to try out podcasting, I would recommend checking them out. This DOES NOT mean that I will be singing CyberEars’ praises at the start of all my episodes (it’s not THAT kind of sponsorship) but understand that I am grateful that the 50-odd dollars a month I would be paying by the end of the year using my current service is taken care of.

What does this all mean?

Well, most importantly, you will no longer be able to access the old Podcast Feed. If you are currently subscribed over iTunes, Zune Marketplace, or some other means, understand that THOSE FEEDS WILL NO LONGER BE ACTIVE starting in May. I may post the very next episode on them to allow people to bridge, but after that I will request that iTunes, Zune, etc delete those feeds and add the new ones. TO EMPHASIZE: you will still be able to access the podcast as you would normally through iTunes or Zune...you will just have to subscribe to the new feed. I will let you all know when the new feed is up and running. If you are a person who direct downloads the episodes, you won’t have any troubles…this change shouldn’t affect you at all.

Also, we now have a domain name: www.LOTROCast.com. For now, it will lead you to this blogspot website. As the year unfolds, however, I may move to a proper website. For now, LOTROCast.blogspot.com is safe. I would love it if people would update their bookmarks and get in the habit of typing Lotrocast.com instead of the whole long thing so that if I DO move, it won’t be a big deal.

I am excited about the months ahead and some of the possibilities that are now open to me. I will strive to continue producing quality content that you are interested in. To that end, I always welcome suggestions, thoughts, ideas, and comments at my Lotrocast@gmail.com address.

See you in Middle-Earth!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Episode 6 – New Players, Lore Masters, and Conventions…Oh My! Show Notes

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to another episode of LOTROCast! In this episode, we focus on New Player help and the Lore Master.

You can find the episode on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace, and direcly download it here.

Drop in and comment about a possible LOTROCon at the thread on the official forums here. If you are interested in helping out with the organization of the convention, drop me an email at Lotrocast@gmail.com.

In this week’s server rundown, we talk about a few interesting happenings on the servers.

On the Landroval server, there are a few things going on. First of all, check out Nathon’s idea for a bounty system for Role Players here.

Also, check out the Rohirrim’s fish derby and picnic event information here.

Over on Nimrodel, check out Pariah’s guide to the Battle of Lorien.

And make sure you check out Issue 8 of the Arkenstone Observer, handcrafted with love by Swifty of the Arkenstone server. You can find it here.

If you want to see how some Guardians have altered their UI, check out this thread.

Look for the next episode in two weeks. It is very likely the episode will focus on crafting in some way or another. It may also be the first ever LOTROCast Videocast! I’ll keep everyone updated as the weeks unfold.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Update Podcast Episode Shownotes

Hey everyone. I have gotten a multitude of emails from listeners wondering when the next episode will be coming out. I made an audio update to reach everyone so that everyone will be on the same page. You can find it here, or subscribe to the RSS feed here.

While you are waiting for the next episode of LOTROCast, check out some of the other LOTRO podcasts out there! I recommend the Ring Cast found here or the other Lotrocast found here.

In addition, there are several spectacular blog offerings out there. You can see some of my favorite in the ‘LOTRO Network’ sidebar. You can find a link to ‘Grinding to Valhalla’ here.

Vote for Turbine in the Escapist’s March Mayhem tournament. You can find more information here.

To find out more information about a potential convention of LOTROies, take a look at my blog post here. Feel free to join in the conversation here.

Check out the website of the most kickin’ card game out there, Munchkin, here.

Look for the next episode coming out Wednesday, April 15th.

Pushing Back One More Week :(

Hello, everyone! Hope this April Fool's day finds you tricked and bamboozled. If you haven't yet, I would check out the Gmail Autopilot and see how Google can now auto complete and respond to emails for you!

In non-joking news, I need to push back the episode one more week. I promise it will come out, never fear. I'm not abandoning LOTROCast when it is just getting started. But I do need another week to get everything in line. I've been pulling late nights the past few days to catch up after my surgery (which went fine). In addition, I am getting details on my new job. It's been pretty hectic. I haven't even got a chance to arrange my interviews yet (though I do have all my victi-- I mean subjects selected and contacted) so I need to push production of the next episode back another week. I'm sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, but I want to be able to deliver a quality product.