It isn’t news to anyone that I’m a big fan of Numenera. It is my favorite game to run and I will shamelessly hype for it to anyone who will listen. About two years ago, I started a campaign for some friends and it was truly a wonderful play experience. We took a short break before kicking off our second campaign, and during the break I broached a topic that had been buzzing around in the back of my head since we first started playing together.
What if we turned our games into a podcast?
Everyone in the group is a great role-player, and I feel like I do a good job GMing. But I was wary. It’s a time commitment to properly do editing and marketing for a show. In addition, the Actual Play podcast market is mature, and some might even say, glutted. So, I initially wrote it off. But as time went on, I found myself thinking about things more systematically. What did some AP podcasts do well? Where did some fall down? What kind of things were fun to listen to, and what left me cold?
When I finally raised the topic with the group, I was delighted by the response, and how similarly we all felt about what we liked in actual-play podcasts.
All this is to say that I’m happy to introduce you to Explorers Wanted.
In the end, we decided to keep our second campaign unrecorded, so as to still have a game for us that is just for fun. Instead, I developed a whole new campaign for the podcast. We started recording this February, and quietly dropped a trailer for the show around the same time. We’ve spent the ensuing months recording, editing, and transcribing our first eight episodes so that we can launch and maintain a reliable publishing schedule for our listeners.
Today, we’re releasing our first full episode, and I’m very proud of it. We’ll continue releasing episodes weekly on Wednesdays. I can’t wait for you to meet this lovely cast of characters, and the hear the adventures they will have across the Ninth World. I hope that you enjoy it, subscribe, and even more, I hope I tell your friends about it.