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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Interview with Stephanie Cooke

For today’s bonus content, Christian interviewed Stephanie Cooke of Rogue’s Portal about her latest project, a live audio drama called THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HELL. The conversation touches on how Stephanie got into audio drama, the logistics of producing a live show month after month, and her collaborative process. Follow Stephanie on Twitter for updates on all her projects.

PLUS! Announcements about the future of TOAFN and a bunch of shout-outs for people who’ve gone out of their way to flatter us in public.

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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Interview with Justin Sloan (And a new podcast in the family!)

For this week’s bonus content we sat down for a chat with Justin Sloan, a prodigious Fantasy writer who has worked on and published several original novels, written for video games including Telltale Game’s Game of Thrones series, and adapted several novels for the screen. Oh and he was also a martial arts instructor in the United States Marine Corps. So yeah, it was interesting conversation.

You can find Justin and links to his work here:

Twitter: @JustinMSloan
And his instafreebie Fantasy books:
Falls of Redemption Episode 1 and Other Stories  https://www.instafreebie.com/free/GdZ3C
We are also THRILLED to announce that our Co-Executive Producer Jess Kelley-Madera is launching her own podcast this coming Tuesday, September 6. ENGAGEMENT THERAPY is a non-fiction storytelling podcast about the things people don’t talk about when they talk about weddings:
Other cool things mentioned in this episode:

The Singing Sister is Available Now as a Single

Remember the song that Arlene sang to Gwen back in Chapter 6 and again in Chapter 9? We know at least some of you do, because you wrote in to tell us how much you loved it, and to ask whether it was available as a standalone track.

Well…it is now! We re-recorded it with a new arrangement and live instruments. Head over to onceandfuturenerd.bandcamp.com to purchase it for $1 (or more if you’d like to be very kind. Patreon subscribers, check your Patreon feed for a coupon code to save 50¢.)

And for today’s bonus content, we talked to the talented folks involved for insight into making the song.

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