About a year and a half ago, I wrote about the podcasts I listen to. I thought it’d be fun to review those podcasts and see what’s changed.
Last time I talked about possibly giving this one up. Since then, I’ve taken it off of my regular listening on the commute, and instead put it on when I worked from home and don’t need to concentrate too heavily. When they put out a Geek Out show, I take that on the commute with me – they’re more interesting, and I want to pay a lot more attention to them. So I haven’t dropped it, and still don’t plan to, although I am getting quite a big backlog and might just drop some of the less interesting subjects.
The D6 Generation
I’d recently picked this one back up last year – having the time to spend on it again. I’m leaning away from it again though – 3 hours of talk about games I don’t play, and in many cases don’t intend to play, just doesn’t strike me as interesting anymore. I like some of the reviews, but the interviews are mostly a little dull. In fact, the one with Own Statter I just skipped entirely because the sound quality was so poor it was not pleasant to listen to.
On the other hand, there was the interview with David Weber – I had never heard of him outside of this podcast, and hadn’t read any of his books. Their interview with him made me want to run out and read every Honor Harrington book there is, the series sounds fascinating.
At the moment, I’m skipping most of these podcasts until I have nothing else to listen to and a longer commute day to listen to them.
I still love this one, and look forward to the new episodes. They’ve just started a series on the First World War, and I’ve already learned a lot about it (despite covering it in detail in school many, many years ago). I listen to it almost as soon as it comes out, and will find the time to sit and enjoy it as I would a book – it’s definitely that sort of show.
This has unfortunately gone the same way as .NET Rocks, and I only listen to it when working from home. I’m much less likely to skip it though, as the episodes are just the right length. I’ll probably skip the upcoming Hanselminutiae episode though – I don’t really care what gadgets they want to buy or use. I’ve never been a fan of gadgets shows or car shows or any of that sort of thing, and hearing two guys with enviable disposable income talk about exchanging one gadget I can’t afford with another when the first isn’t broken… Wow, it winds me up.
There were recently some new episodes, thanks to a Kickstarter promise for some reason. I really wish the show would update more, it’s really interesting, the hosts are fun and the topic is a nice change from the other stuff I listen to.
This podcast came back last year, and I’m enjoying the new format. They have formalised the podcast sections, but aren’t forcing it – some segments are every episode, others are rarer, and at least one episode was all about a tournament with no regular segment in it. So far, there hasn’t really been an army review like there used to be, I’m looking forward to seeing if they do one and how they handle it again.
This show has been getting better and better, and most of that has been Gareth – he’s been getting more involved and invested and I really enjoy what he brings to the show. Unfortunately, I’m wavering on Warhammer a little bit and I might drop one of the four Warhammer podcasts I listen to. Bad Dice is a little bit too tournament focussed for me, where I rarely even play the game anymore.
This recently mutated into the Bad Dice Weekly – I’ve yet to listen to it, it might be the Warhammer podcast that gets dropped. I’ve played one game in 2014 so far, which sort of hints that something is amiss.
I’m a bigger and bigger Mantic fan, and you may have noticed a fair bit of blogging here about DreadBall… Even though this podcast is less and less about DreadBall, I still avidly look forward to each new episode. Besides, Mars Attacks will have a DreadBall team out sometime soon! I am optimistic that DreadBall coverage will be treated equally with the other games, when the Galactic Tour Series or Xtreme get releases.
Garagehammer’s battle reports have gotten easier to follow – the one between Dark Elves and High Elves was excellent. It’s still a bit long and the ‘Toolbox’ – the personal journal type part of the show – talks about US TV shows and films and things, and I really don’t have much interest in it. I try and skip this whenever I’m able, but I like the show in general – possibly the most of any Warhammer podcast I have on.
Still listening to these, still 98% awesome. Also something that I can enjoy on a long car trip with others, who may not be interested in technical or gaming podcasts.
Still good, a nice break from the other things I listen to. I have to skip all the Magic talk though, that’s just not my bag.
I’m still slightly wavering on this one. I’m a little behind, and sometimes there are fantastic interviews and wonderful episodes. Other times, there’ll be a dud ‘congregation news’ and stories will be rehashed from earlier podcasts. Jen listened to one on the way down to Portsmouth and enjoyed it, so it’s another one I can share with other people. It’s also less cerebral than a lot of my other shows, while not being ‘dumb’ (despite the host’s protests). There’s quite often some interesting political or moral philosophy to think about. I don’t always agree, but it’s presented well and in a way that I can work through in my head and work out what I think and why.
The promised DreadBall Podcast didn’t materialise – there were a couple of episodes, then it died. Maybe weekly was too ambitious, or being ‘in-character’ was too difficult or restrictive. Who knows? Maybe someone else could bring it back. I think a monthly show might have worked better. There were at least two episodes they could have devoted to Kickstarter deliveries last year, two to cover the Open Day tournaments, that leaves eight to go into depth on particular teams or tactics… then again, that’s the eight new teams that were released last year. I think I’ll stick to blogging on a range of subjects, just one game may end up being restrictive.
Nope, never picked this up. I really ought to try it out and see if the sound quality has improved, but I just don’t care about computer games anymore. It’s probably not for me. Sorry Shamus!
I listen to this whenever it’s out, and I enjoy the interviews. It sits in a weird intermediate place – I can listen to it easily, it’s good fun, and I enjoy it. On the other hand, I don’t learn anything from it and it’s not a hobby focus. I think the only thing I can say about it is that it’s interesting and different to everything else that’s on my list.
History Hour & Science Hour
These two are great. I don’t have a lot of time for the news, so Science Hour keeps me up to date with some of the less headline-grabbing, but more interesting, developments in the world. I can’t keep up to date with magazines because there isn’t time to read them before the next one is out.
The History Hour is especially interesting, because it is covering history with accounts from witnesses. This constrains them to the 20th Century, and because it is produced by the BBC World Service, it has global scope. This leads to interesting stories about the pro-choice movement in the United States, the non-Mandela members of the ANC in South Africa, missing nuns in Mexico, Jonestown, and more.
The problem with both is time – my commute is a lot shorter these days, and they tend to have a bit of a mature focus (violence, death, disease) on at least a portion of each episode so I can’t listen with the kids around too easily. I’ve got a big backlog to get through!
The Strike Zone
This is an interesting DreadBall podcast, unfortunately I have skipped most of the early episodes. They were often talking to beginners about the basics of the rules, and I found them extremely dull to listen to (I have taught plenty of beginners to play, and I didn’t much care for the style in the podcast – however that might be down to filling a whole episode with a single concept, whereas I am trying to teach the whole game in 5 minutes). I did listen to the Season One review, and it made some interesting points on the Forge Fathers. I don’t think they’re quite as good as told, but did make me want to pick them up and try them out now I have more experience. The interview with our local pathfinder and tournament organiser was also good fun! We have a few tournaments coming before the end of the year, which I am getting excited about.
As the shows are moving into Season Two and Three now, I might be listening to more of them to get insight on some of the more peculiar teams. It’d be nice if they had a co-host though, with the exception of the bite-sized Bad Dice Daily (now Weekly) all the gaming podcasts are team efforts and it would be good to hear discussions rather than monologues. I’m interested to see where this one goes in the future.