A brand new podcast which unites music and roleplay in beautiful harmony!
What do you mean what?! Music, writing, painting, roleplaying - these are all forms of art, right?
The RnRP crew believes that exploring roleplay's depths will lead us to useful and insightful revelations about the world, ourselves and society. Music is a stimulant for the soul, urging us closer to the unseen realities hidden in our emotes.
This first bit is directed at the Squarespace site, not the Youtube link. The website and/or in-browser player you've got is terrible. I'm not sure which. Multiple times trying to listen to the whole episode I got redirected to a Squarespace log in page out of nowhere. I'm not sure if I clicked on some button or it just happened automatically. Super goddamned annoying. Going back, it did not save my position in the track--which isn't a big deal by itself. However, it took more than a minute to seek up. My internet connection is solid, it really should not have taken that long. I didn't see a way to just download the sound file to play in my own player. It also lacks a volume slider. Putting it on Youtube helps a lot here.
I *really* like the music, and I'm going to seek some of the stuff you highlight to add to my playlists. Your taste is excellent. However I think you handled the mid-conversation music poorly. You were pausing the dialog mid thought for a moment to increase the volume on the music for dramatic effect. It made the dialog sound REALLY stilted and over-edited. *Maybe* between topics where a transition might naturally occur you could increase the volume a bit. I'm not even sure about that much. Right now the pauses sound bad, and even when you're not pausing the music volume is a bit too high. I listen to podcasts to hear people talk about something I'm interested in; that's your core engagement. As-is the music distracts from that. Exceptions for when you actually stop the recording to play music of course. Also the track you chose, Dead Roots Stirring, was wa-a-ay too long. It's a beautiful piece and I intend to add it to my regular listening, but I did end up thinking, "this is great, but let's get back to the discussion already."
Audio levels seemed kind of off in general. Dyna and... one of the other guys, I couldn't tell who, seemed way quiet compared to the other two.
The except from your intro to RP video was aggressively unnecessary. This kind of content is not something someone new to RP is going to seek out. I think it's fair to assume your listeners know what RP is and most of the basic terms--IC, OOC, and ERP were pretty much assumed in this episode for example. Given the previously mentioned problems seeking with your player especially, I think that is a poor allocation of your play time.
You guys have a certain approach to the conversation that is... "pretentious" is the word that pops into my head, but I'm not sure it's accurate. I'm not sure how to put this into words, but I'll try. You add an air of mysticism to the discussion of roleplaying that I think is harmful. The way music is used here accented this impression to me. It makes the scene seem unapproachable. You put it up on a pedestal in a way that seems out of reach. Maybe that's just me, but I think that detracts from the conversation. Maybe that's just the type of group you have.
Reading the feedback you might think I didn't even like this, but I praise by exception. Anything I didn't mention, I liked. This kind of thing is not a conversation I can have in real life as I don't know other RPers face to face. Even if I did I don't think this kind of conversation is something I'd engage in without the distance of the Internet between us. So, yeah, still rough around the edges I guess. But I'm looking forward to hearing more.
Also, don't know if you guys are the sort who'd put guests on, but as I've already demonstrated here, I have Opinions and wouldn't hesitate to share them.
a look at the communal origins of roleplay and traditional music
BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE
In this episode, we're going back to our roots by examining the similarities between traditional folk music and roleplay. The RnRP crew believes that exploring roleplay's depths will lead us to useful and insightful revelations about the world, ourselves and society. Music is a stimulant for the soul, urging us closer to the unseen realities hidden in our emotes.
In addition to talking about folk music and roleplay, we're returning to Taage's original setting of White Falls, the RP which began in the previous episode. I will be reprising my role as Miller, alongside Dyna as Brenda Stewart.
We'll also be meeting Ma1function as Jim Ashby, a local high school teacher!
(Spoiler: He is amazing.)
smoke rises, horns bellow, men chant and women dance, you've come to the place where pagans play
AN OFFERING TO BRAGI, GOD OF POETRY AND STORYTELLING
Tonight we explore the cultural connections between modern paganism, the heathen music scene and of course, roleplay. Why is it that these old faiths seem so intertwined with roleplaying games?
Stone The Skald will share his bardic beliefs and discuss modern heathenry's ties to roleplay.
Afterwards we will continue the ongoing roleplay in Varlynd 's original setting. Dyna and ma1function will be playing their characters Brenda the housewife and Jim the school teacher/paranormal investigator, and I will return as young drug dealer, Hudson Miller as we attempt to discover the truth about the unnatural horrors lurking in the shadows of White Falls.
a recent study suggests RPers have more empathy than others
AND HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
In this episode, we discuss empathy and what relation it has to roleplay. Does roleplay refine relatability? Or do empathetic people invest more in roleplay?
We'll then return to our voice RP in White Falls (DMed by Varlynd ) where Mr Ashby ( ma1function ) and Miller (myself) are seeking out Chief Makhan in order to learn more about the mysterious and malevolent beings which lurk in the town's shadows. Meanwhile, Brenda Stewart ( Dyna ) seems to be having some troubles with shadows of her own...
Five who hunger ever
With fear they will be fed
A mirror's surface ravels
The soul's eternal thread
The final hour has come for White Falls. Will Miller discover the truth about what happened to Sara? Will Brenda's horrified family ever trust her again? Will Mr. Ashby force us to listen to more Polka?
Find out how the idyllic Pacific Northwest town of White Falls fares as our unlikely (to put it mildly) heroes (HA) become its sole defenders in a climactic showdown with the otherworldly skin-walkers. Also, the RnRP hosts discuss specific RPG settings (Azeroth! Tamriel!) and consider how roleplay differs within each.