Dear readers, it is with great pride and excitement that I announce my newest project, one that Boyfriend and I have been working on for three months or so of late, highly caffeinated nights …The Spoony Bard Podcast!
I confess to not being a terribly avid listener of podcasts. In fact, prior to meeting Boyfriend, I’d never listened to one. I didn’t really understand the appeal. Boyfriend, however, listens to a staggering number of podcasts (Watch Out for Fireballs, The Worst Bestsellers, The Flop House…and these are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head). He got me really interested in Serial, a fascinating in-depth look at thorny legal cases, but I haven’t really found the time to listen to many others.
So when he called me one late one night, declaring that he had “the best podcast idea EVER!!!” I was skeptical. I didn’t really understand podcasts; how would I make one? However, when he explained that he wanted to make a retro video game radio play podcast, I started to get excited. While I am an avid gamer, my first love is dramaturgy, and adapting a video game into an audio play is basically video game dramaturgy. Once I came to this realization, I was 110% on board with this idea.
Turning the idea into reality was slightly more complicated. I suggested we adapt Final Fantasy IV for our first project, as I remembered being very fond of the game, it has an excellent plot with interesting characters, and the story wasn’t so big and complicated that it would be impossible to do.
After three months of late nights figuring out how Audacity works, experimenting with proper microphone positioning, playing the first twenty minutes of FFIV about a hundred times, practicing twenty silly voices apiece, script writing, sound editing, and coffee drinking…we have our first episode. I expect that it will be the first of many, as this was fun as hell to do and we’ve got a heck of a lot more story to tell. Check it out!