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 (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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A Shiny New Map

Cool little tidbit to share with you all.

Fantasy Cartographer and author in her own right D.N. Frost has created a high quality map of Iorden. we’ve worked closely with her over the past few months to ensure that this is the most accurate, Official map of Iorden there is.

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TOAFN Official Map

D.N. wrote a bit about her process here, with more to follow in that series. (You can also follow that link if you’d like to commission a map of your own.)

She’s also written two books of her own, as part of her Tales of the Known World series. Her novels explore themes of humanity, such as destiny and free will, the rise and fall of civilizations, good and evil, and the individual’s journey to find purpose in the world. They also probe many social constructs like inequality, tradition, propaganda, religion, fame, corruption, loyalty, and prejudice. So, right up our alley.

If you’re interested in checking out her work, she’s been nice enough to offer TOAFN fans a discount code on the first book in her series. Coupon code after the break.

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An Update for our Fans!

Hey guys!

A lot of you have been writing in to say how much you miss the show and wondering when it’s coming back – and it’s really great to hear from you and to know we’re missed! The short answer is: Book 2 is coming – just not yet. We took a break after Book 1, and now we’re getting back into it. That said, making The Once And Future Nerd to the level of quality you’ve come to expect requires a big metaphorical machine with lots of moving parts, so we can’t responsibly commit to any kind of release date at this point, but we can promise that the show is moving forward!

What can you do to contribute to Season 2? We have some ideas:

  • Keep sending us positive messages – that really encourages us!
  • Draw some fan art and put it on Tumblr (we’re looking at you, artsy people!)
  • Tweet about us and the awesome (also – a huge thanks to whoever made that!)
  • Get redditing! Participate on the subreddit, discuss your theories about season 2, tell your friends, and get them to start listening and discussing too.
  • And last but not least, if you haven’t yet, please consider buying some merchandise or pledging on Patreon. The truth is, so far we still lose money in creating each episode – and our brilliant actors are still by and large compensated in pizza. Any money we receive from Patreon will go towards offsetting the production costs of the show, and if we ever were to break even on production, it would go towards compensating our cast and crew. And if you are not in a position to contribute, don’t worry, we pledge that our podcast will always be free to listen. But if you are in a position where you could comfortably contribute, each dollar pledged (or piece of merchandise purchased) will help to grease those big machine gears and smooth the process towards creating Book 2. And as a reminder, no matter what you pledge on Patreon you won’t be charged for it until we put out an episode.

So do we have anything for you in the meantime? Well, many of you have been nice enough to tell us how much you liked the song that Arlene and Gwen sing to each other, and you asked whether we could make it available as a standalone release. Consider yourselves heard – we went into the studio with an improved arrangement and real instruments. We’ll need a little time for pickups and mixing, but as soon as that’s ready, the song will be available for sale, and a making-of featurette will be available for free on our feed!

Also want to call out a few great iTunes reviews we’ve had since the last episode. Deepschwag says “Kind of Vincent Price meets Buffy.” High praise indeed. User Thousand Things says “I emerge, after a weekend that started with thinking “hey, this looks like an interesting podcast…” and ending with having binge-listened to the entire series. Considering forcing my husband to sit and listen to the whole thing again while I enjoy it a second time through. In other words, AMAZING. YES. LOVE. Listen to this podcast!” And Jesse W Jackson says “Found this through a search and I’m very pleased. A nice story with a just the right amount of naughtiness. I like the characters and the story is easy to follow. My only suggestion, more titles based on Bruce Springsteen songs!” Noted, Jesse, and thanks. Glad someone caught that. So those are all greatly appreciated.

That’s all we’ve got for now. Thanks for your love and support and patience, and keep subscribed to this feed for all future updates.

Cooking up something special for the New Year…


Merch Store, Special Free Downloads, and a Raffle!

The finale of book one is fast approaching! But fear not, we’ve got some exciting promotions to carry you all through these next few weeks.

#1) FREE FULL-CHAPTER DOWNLOADS! Between now and September 6, Chapters 1-9 will be available as a single full-chapter audio file for free! Use this to catch up in time for the finale, to re-listen in time for the finale, or even better, to get your friends in! Head to to grab your free audio downloads. These downloads will only be available between now and September 6, so be sure to get these ASAP.

#2) PROMOTIONAL RAFFLE! These full-chapter audio files are a great way to get new listeners into the show and caught up in time for the finale, but these new listeners need to know where to find the mp3s. To help entice people to share the news about the finale, every tweet, every facebook post, every internet discussion mentioning the finale and the full-chapter downloads will earn an entry into a raffle! On Twitter or Facebook, use the hashtag #TOAFNCatchUp and tag us in the post so that we know to count your entry in the raffle. If you post on Reddit or some other social media, or even tell a friend in person, shoot us an email at iordic.princes[at]gmail[dot]com so that we know to give you an entry in the raffle. We’re going to limit at 3 entries per social media per person (so 3 tweets, 3 facebook posts, and 3 other, for a maximum of 9 entries per person). Any post between now and September 6, 11:59 PM EST will count as an entry, and the winner will be announced in mid-september.
Of course, a raffle is no good without a prize. What’s the prize, you might ask? Well, I’m glad you asked, because the prize is…

#3) TOAFN MERCHANDISE! We are so so happy to announce that we now have a merchandise store with CafePress!  Our store is at . We have t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, beer steins, and so much more, all with the TOAFN artwork you see around our site (all the art is from the talented John Flanagan). Please do check out the store, there’s some pretty sharp-looking stuff in there. If you see something you like, consider treating yourself, or maybe getting a super-super-early head start on that old Xmas shopping list!

The lucky winners of the promotional raffle will each win a T-Shirt from our store. So get those raffles in, and you may get lucky!


We’ve said it before, but we really really cannot say it enough, Thank you everyone so much for supporting the show, listening every episode, and following us. The support we’ve been getting, especially surrounding the Geekie Awards and Parsec Awards, has really been unbelievable.  So thank you for listening, we hope you are enjoying, and get excited for the Book 1 Finale!