“Singing Sister” Sales on Feb. 3 will go to the ACLU

TL;DR – If you buy Arlene’s song on Friday, Feb. 3 2017, all of your money will be donated to the ACLU. 

In light of recent events, Bandcamp has pledged to donate the entirety of their share of sales on Friday, Feb. 3 2017 (starting 12pm Pacific) to the ACLU. You can read Bandcamp’s press release here. Several members of our team already contribute privately to the ACLU, but we thought this would be a good opportunity for any of our fans looking to do the same.

As you may know, we currently sell “The Singing Sister” through Bandcamp (link at the top). If you buy the song this Friday, we will also donate the entirety of our share of sales to the ACLU.

For those of you keeping score at home, that means Bandcamp’s whole share and our whole share will be donated – which leaves only a cent or two on the dollar going to PayPal. If you’ve done your homework, you may have some misgivings about one of the founders of PayPal. So, to offset that concern, we will also match and double the PayPal fees in our donation.

Thanks everyone. Stories matter, and we’ll keep doing what we can to ensure that endangered stories get heard. We hope you’ll join us in the effort.

TAKING INITIATIVE Pilot

Today’s bonus content is the pilot episode of a new side project from our editor, Josh. It’s a D&D podcast called Taking Initiative.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, but any feedback is welcome. If this just isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry. Taking Initiative will have its own website and feed so that this one doesn’t get bogged down with a show you didn’t sign up for. But if you’d like to hear more Taking Initiative after today, you can head over to thespark.network for all the subscription info.

Oh and by the way…the next announcement you hear from us will be the release dates for Book 2. Stay subscribed 🙂

And keep reading for Creative Commons attributions of music used in this episode.

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A Statement Regarding Recent Events

Dear Fans,

We’re sorry this didn’t come out sooner. We wanted to get as many of our voices on tape as possible. 

Full text of the statement is below:

The Once And Future Nerd is an organization that stands for love and acceptance, and vehemently opposes bigotry and hatred of all forms. We believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. All people, regardless of race, gender, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, or any other point of identity.

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Book 1 Special Edition

We’re really excited to announce that the Special Edition of The Once And Future Nerd Book 1, is now available through Audiobooks on Tape. (They make these really cool USB flash drives that look like old cassette tapes!)

The Special Edition includes:

  • Full chapter files with credits only once per chapter for maximum bingeing (previously only available to Patreon subscribers)
  • Bonus interviews
  • TOAFN artwork in 4K Ultra HD, including our new map, and several never-before-seen character designs.

All proceeds from the Special Edition will go towards funding Book 2 (which we are currently writing!), and are also a great gift for anyone who loves Fantasy or Audiodrama, but doesn’t do podcasts.

Purchase at AudioBooksOnTape.com (just search for ‘Once And Future Nerd’).

And in honor of the Special Edition, we sat down for a conversation with Ian Harkins (the Narrator) looking back at Book 1. Think of it like a free companion piece.

We’ve also got some limited-time-only coupon codes for fans who want to purchase the special edition, so keep reading for those.

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Cool New Addition to the Community

Hey everyone!

We wanted to bring your attention to an interesting new SciFi audiodrama podcast called You Are Here (full disclosure: this blog post is a perk of supporting us on Patreon. A close friend of You Are Here decided to support TOAFN’s Patreon, and one of the perks of their support is a shout-out of their project. So here it is. If you’d like your project to be discussed on our blog and broadcast to our audience…consider supporting us on Patreon!)

The interesting feature of You Are Here is that it is a “choose your own adventure podcast”. Did you ever read choose-your-own adventure books as a kid? You read a few pages, and then your character comes upon a bear in a cave! To fight the bear with a stick, go to page 45. To run away screaming in fear, go to page 70. Of course, when I was a kid, it seemed like I always accidentally led my character to a gruesome, horrible fate…so horrible…

Anyway, lets not go there. Back to the point! You Are Here is a brand new podcast (so far only 2 episodes and a prologue released) that is undertaking the tremendous effort to bring that concept to audiodrama! The show will play out like any other audiodrama…you subscribe on iTunes or wherever you prefer, listen to each episode as it comes out. Every few episodes, the plot reaches a cliffhanger where the character could chose between a number of courses of action. And then fans vote! Via twitter or facebook, the fans make their opinion heard, and then the majority vote determines what happens in the next episode!

Personally, we’ve never seen another audiodrama try this approach before. This may be the first / only one to ever attempt this. As a listener, this gives you a unique opportunity to jump on the bandwagon early and direct the course of the plot.

So, if you are looking for a new audiodrama podcast to get into during the TOAFN hiatus, consider You Are Here.

Website: www.YouAreHerePodcast.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/YouAreHerePodcast
Twitter: www.twitter.com/YouAreHerePod
Patreon (where donating gets you extra votes and other perks): www.patreon.com/YouAreHerePodcast