Episode 1: Let the Games Begin


Episode one is up for the internets to judge. We are super excited to bring you the show. We had a number of technical issues that resulted in the current sound quality of the show, however, our goal is to improve on every episode.

On this weeks show:

Dungeons vs. Dragons (5:02) A discussion about the current state of D&D and whether or not, version 5 will bring the fans back to the game.

Event Calendar (22:40) We pimp out the LARPs Zombie, Shadow Accord, Alliance Seattle, Gaslight, Dying Light, and Legacies.

NPCs Are People Too (33:16) A discussion on what is reasonable for the paying customer (the PCs) to expect from the volunteers (NPCs).

Matt Oostman Interview (49:55) An interview with Alliance Seattle's general manager/head of plot, Matt Oostman.

Let us know what you think. Please comment. If you hate role-playing or are just here to troll, please don't bother posting. If you have constructive criticism, we would love to hear it.

Sound clips from Revenge of the Nerds, Ghosts n' Goblins, The Megas, Super Mario Brothers OST, Super Mario Brothers Super Show theme. All sound bytes used with permission or for parody, under Fair Use. No copyright infringement intended, we are just nerdy fans.

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  • Ashe

    Awesome work, guys! First episode sounds amazing. Might become the only podcast this non-podcast-listener listens to.

    Sep 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm
  • nwnerdcast

    Thank you so much!

    Sep 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm
  • Britt

    Love the new show. Enjoyed hearing about all of the different LARPs and talks on tabletopping. It was interesting to hear everyone’s different opinions on some of the topics. Look forward to hear what you guys do next!

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm
  • Ben

    I love what you have, but it’s hard to listen to. The sound is a bit off with a lot of static on the pick up, or the gain is turned way up to compensate for poor mic/poor voice projection. Other than that, I’m going to finish listening to this on my nano as it sounds interesting.

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm
  • nwnerdcast

    I agree, Ben. My rig went dead, the day of recording. We had postponed a lot so we went ahead with inferior equipment. We should have much better sound quality for episode 2. Thanks for the comment! =)

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm
  • GeekTrucker

    Hey guys just listened to the podcast today at work: It was great fun! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing you guys geek out about 3.5, 4th, and Pathfinder. The interview with Matt was great it was a really good overview of what Alliance is like.

    Overall great first episode other than the audio quality which I know your fixing but I have some comments on.

    When I listen to podcasts it’s always at work in my Semi. So when listening today I had to crank the volume to be able to hear you guys. Also Matt was very hard to make out most of the time. However when the music clips played it damn near blew my ears out. Not being an audio guy I don’t really know how to fix that but maybe lower the music volume and raise the volume on the voices?

    Thanks for the entertainment and I look forward to the next episode!


    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm
  • nwnerdcast

    Thanks so much for the suggestions!

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:23 am
  • Raddue

    As someone who will be joining the LARPing scene to see how I like on at the September Alliance event, it was nice to hear about the events and how people go out of their way to include new people. I’m excited to try it out!

    Sep 13, 2012 at 11:59 am
  • TheNikki

    Hey guys! of course head about it on facebook. Sean Listened to it, and said it was good, though the sound quality could be improved. I’ve tried a few podcasts before, and just could not get into them. it always seemed like i was listening to something i was only mildly interested in, or there were parts i was interested in but it took way too long to get there, but this podcasts kept me engaged and everything talked about was interesting. There were enough people with opinions that made it more interesting and more in depth. I would be curious to see about getting a new player on there, and asking about their experiences with everything. Like how it is to join a new D&D campaign for the first time, how ti pick one, and larping for the first time ect. any ways. Great job guys! i love listening.

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm