Wing Commander and Audio Books

Bandit LOAF

Long Live the Confederation!
Hmmm... that gives me an idea. How about a Wing Commander Pod cast?

Podcasts always strike me as a "why?" thing. Is there really an audience of people out there who would rather listen to non-professional-recorded geeks rambling instead of just reading a news post or an RSS feed? Who are these people?

I also hate the name, which is one of those techno-for-the-sake-of-techno-for-idiots things. They don't have anything to do with iPods, save that you can theoretically download them and put them on iPod to listen to later. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to Subway for a delicious Cheesecaste.

(Because you can, theoretically, put cheese on a sandwich.)

If anyone wants help making/webhosting/whatevering a Wing Commander podcast, I'm here... but our last attempt didn't last long (and we called them 'Infobursts!' and that was before anyone knew what an iPod was! Get off my lawn!)
 

frostytheplebe

Seventh Part of the Seal
Podcasts always strike me as a "why?" thing. Is there really an audience of people out there who would rather listen to non-professional-recorded geeks rambling instead of just reading a news post or an RSS feed? Who are these people?

I agree with your point here about the random geeks rambling. The ones about the news or things like that are really stupid. But I've heard a few amateur sci fi stories/plays done on these casts that aren't half bad to listen to when you've got nothing better to do.
 

Worf

Vice Admiral
The deal with podcasts is that they're mobile. Show me an RSS feed that works when I'm driving down the road, or offers commentary on said news. Or when I'm on the bus commuting.

Given how few people own iPhones and other internet-connected devices, downloading content for viewing/listening later explains the popularity of podcasts.

Effectively, they're the 21st century equivalent of talk radio, but on any topic that might fancy.
 

Mace

Vice Admiral
The deal with podcasts is that they're mobile. Show me an RSS feed that works when I'm driving down the road, or offers commentary on said news. Or when I'm on the bus commuting.

My car stereo does that. And the bus and subway have their own news updates on matrix sceens, if they are more then 30 seconds from the next stop.
 

criticalmass

Vice Admiral
As a frequent consumer of audio books, I'd definitely like the idea and would be prepared to spend some money on it. So if you see a market, go for it - many of the people here will support you, and if it's quality work it will also attract some scifi geeks outside the community.

Don't be put down by the doubtful reactions; the people in here have seen a lot of grand plans come with lots of fanfare, and go plunk a little time later.
We may seem jaded (and my first reaction reading your idea was along the same lines), but we like to see the underdog come through too.

My less personal thoughts on the project:
- Rights. Who owns them, and what will you have to pay to make it work?
- Audio dramas are for stories that everybody knows and buys. Get a good actor, that's it.
- Sound effects and music are embarrassing most of the time, and only add cost.
- Podcasts (as much as I join Loaf in disliking the geek-gabble ones) can work as promoting independent fiction productions; even regardless of story quality as Scott Sigler demonstrates..
- CDs just add cost, voice recording does not have to be 1024kbit-streaming quality

In closing: I still like the idea (apart from the wingcommandery logo and company name of your employer), and the website and product lines leave a good impression.
 

ChrisReid

Super Soaker Collector / Administrator
The deal with podcasts is that they're mobile. Show me an RSS feed that works when I'm driving down the road, or offers commentary on said news. Or when I'm on the bus commuting.

Going back to how so many are fairly boring, I don't really care to hear the commentary in them; and I read the regular news in those places from my phone.

Given how few people own iPhones and other internet-connected devices, downloading content for viewing/listening later explains the popularity of podcasts.

You have to be somewhat of a dork to seek out podcasts, plan what you're going to listen to and put them on your ipod to take somewhere. Those people also have internet-connected phones.
 

LeHah

212 Squadron - "The Old Man's Eyes And Ears"
Podcasts always strike me as a "why?" thing. Is there really an audience of people out there who would rather listen to non-professional-recorded geeks rambling instead of just reading a news post or an RSS feed? Who are these people?

I think its an antiquated idea that would've been more interesting back when you guys were doing the WC Mailbag things. I've co-hosted a couple of podcasts and you're right in that they're totally "homebrewed" - Hell, I know LOAF and Frosty both heard that one about the last Star Trek score - but there is apparently an audience out there. (So long as its a free download on ITunes)
 

Hunter_13

Rear Admiral
Assuming that most (if not all) Wingnuts are into Star Citizen, thus the novellas, thus audio versions of those novellas, I found this a few days ago on the RSI site and just finished Cassandra's Tears. Pretty well done.

Here is a link to the RSI forum
https://forums.robertsspaceindustries.com/discussion/25647/

Here are links to the downloads for each of the novellas

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/ax8v6qs6cb0th/Cassandra's_Tears



https://www.mediafire.com/folder/wjxm04mnvlokj/Tales_of_Kid_Crimson



https://www.mediafire.com/folder/7c3wa5bq61q6q/The_Lost_Generation



https://www.mediafire.com/folder/chh7gqpjf0b3q/A_Human_Perspecitve



https://www.mediafire.com/folder/wp5mq96yo8bo3/Dateline_Sesen



https://www.mediafire.com/folder/78l8n88nfafk1/The_First_Run

Maybe someone could get this guy to do the same treatment for the original WC novels?
 

Jdawg

Commodore
I agree with loaf and others very few podcast are good bc the host of these said podcast are usually boring . The only "podcast" I listen to ( I put podcast in quotations bc I actually just listen to it after its been uploaded to youtube) is from a comedian named Bill Burr. I like this podcast bc its like a mini stand up special every week.
 
@Jac I love the old radio dramas, if this will be an unabridged dramatization I'll definitely be interested. I'm sure this community can help provide many sound effect and I highly recommend contracting "The Fat Man" for the music orchestration, as he has created the music for most of the WC Games.

Edit: I would also start with "End Run"
 
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