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Jason and I are getting ready to post episode 1 this weekend – tomorrow, actually.  In reality we’ve already recorded the first 5 episodes of the show, and we’ve learned so much in the process.  I thought it might be fun to take a little look back over our first 5 shows, before the first one is even posted, and think about how the show has already grown.

Episode 1 was really just a chance for us to get our feet wet.  We got together in my office only to do some test recording.  But everything seemed to be working so we just went for it and did the first show.  Listening back it felt a little wooden to me.  Much less casual and natural than we’ve been since.  I’m ok with that.  We had to pop our podcasting cherries.  In terms of sound quality, we were using a boom mic Jason already had, plus the digital converter box I’d bought.  The mic was barely picking us up, so I had to increase the volume after while editing.  But that revealed some background noise we didn’t realize would be a problem.  Time for some changes.

Episodes 2 and 3 were recorded a week later.  I’d done some work on the office to hang blankets to reduce echo.  It didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, but it was better than nothing.  And I managed to crush a thumb and a finger with a hammer the night before, so I was in pain while recording.  These shows also marked the first time we had our disclaimer at the end of the show saying that these game ideas are ours and listeners shouldn’t steal them.  We figured that would be a good idea.

Episodes 4 and 5 were recorded the week after that.  The big improvement for that show was figuring out how the microphone worked.  Or, to be more specific, Jason finally showed me the right way to set it up.  I had the battery in backwards before.  So the sound quality was instantly better.  Now I don’t need to pump the volume way up in post, which is great!  But it also picked up a whole lot more echo and background noise, which is not so great.  That means I’m going to need to do some more work on sound absorption in the future.  As far as our hosting went, I think these shows are where we finally for the first time started to relax.  We sound far more natural and conversational to me, and that’s how we want to sound.  Our hope is that you can feel like you’re hanging out with friends, having a conversation.  And I think we’re really getting there.

I’m putting up this post because I want to be true to one of our core goals with this show.  We want to be open and honest with the community.  We want to share with them everything we’re learning as we learn it.  We’re not just first-time game designers.  We’re also first-time podcasters.  There’s a lot to know, and we’ve got a long way to go.  But if you’re willing to join us for the adventure, I think you’ll enjoy it as much as we are.

Rob

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