Character Crusade Podcast
About This Show
We take an in-depth look at Skyrim and discuss ways we can use everything from game mods to screen writing techniques to transform the way we play not only games like Skyrim but also classic table-top RPGs like D&D and Pathfinder. Join us in the adventure!
Most Recent Episode
A Rift Into Oblivion, a reading
A reading of the original short story, A Rift Into Oblivion, by Joe
Liljedahl (The Panicked Monk). Join three Falmer, Aubron, Vesstan, and
Kalantar, on the run from Ysgramor and his army, and their fateful decision
to take refuge in an obscure nearby cave.
Rated 5 out of
If you enjoy words like 'verisimilitude', if you think RP comes in many shapes and sizes, if you enjoy witty and urbane repartee, then this is a podcast for you!
The podcast features all or some of a trio of guys - Stu, Joe, and Matt who get together and talk about roleplay stuff. The vehicle these guys use is Skyrim, but the concepts they talk about are universal. I was very pleased to hear them distance themselves from the sort of snobbery that can creep in around RP that if you're not speaking the very words a character would say, it's not RP. Willing to be a broad tent that includes what we might call fully-immersive, but also finds room for someone who has a story for their character but is able to share it in a more 'director's commentary' style means that these guys are able to see lots of ways to tell stories - and share those in a multiplicity of ways. You'll find something that resonates with the way YOU do a story and not be marginalized for the way you do it.
These guys have a sense of derpy noobness about them that makes the content fresh. You can tell this is something they think about a lot. It's not polished or overly edited, and this lends a sense of purity, an echo of authenticity. They are obviously amateurs - but it is this aspect that makes the show so approachable. If you're new to Skyrim, or RP, or computers, or story writing, or tale telling, or world building, then you'll know how hard it can be to find accessible advice. Listening (and lately, watching) these guys gives you a great sense of 'it they can do it, I can do it'.
They are small so the community is pretty close-knit from what I've seen. They are also struggling to grow this thing into something more tangible. So there are invitations to sub, Patr(e)onize, buy a mug or whatever, but this is highly restrained and limited to what I think are appropriate points at the outro. In fact, they could stand to even say as they open that if you're liking what you hear, join as you go. Folks are friendly and polite. The guys answer questions directly.
From a more negative point, this is obviously an organic thing, so there is some mixing between Let's Plays, the wider body of fiction growing up around these guys, and the art and craft of story telling. Sometimes I find myself wishing that they would focus a little more tightly on one aspect or the other, or tighten up the transitions with more clear cut demarcations between the material, but I think the show is still evolving and finding traction. Some of the show notes are excellent. Some are so-so. They can also sometimes make the mistake of thinking that as a listener, I have listened to everything and so don't need a link to a Patreon page, or a story page, or know exactly which character they are referring to at any given time. There is a website, and it's very pretty, but it, too, can be a little daunting to the new person who wants to find more but is not sure exactly what they are looking for, and there even there a continued muddle between stories themselves, and tools and arts used to tell those stories.
All in all, if you have an interest in how tales can be told in a variety of ways and find the episodic nature of YouTube and Podcasting interesting as a tool, then strongly consider listening in here. Great hosts, engaging guys, and a great show - especially when Matt can show up to do the tech! (Thanks for ruining the show, Matt!)
Date published: 2016-07-26