All of the words I said out loud for S01E30 of Audio Drama Debut, my podcast showcasing new audio drama, fiction and RPG trailers.
F/X - Fountain pen writing, and then being capped. Fire gently crackles in the background.
The Librarian: Hello there. Come in, and grab yourself a jaffa cake. I always enjoy pretending they're biscuits, when they're registered as cakes for tax purposes. Though I'm not sure I'd dunk them in my tea.
Anyway, before you sit down, please take a look at the stand to your left. It's part of our new visitor feedback system. You'll find them all over the library, with quick questions above them and a series of buttons to provide your response.
You know the sort of thing - was this toilet clean enough, could you find the information you wanted, did the library staff have the correct number of faces? And of course the big one by the door, are you here for dramas, books, stories, actual plays or some other thing?
Anyway, each section of the library also has a generic "how enjoyable was this section" stand, and you're now looking at the Library of Audio Fiction's one. Unfortunately, it seems to have been broken during delivery, with one of the buttons being knocked off, but you can still tell us if you were satisfied, neither satisfied nor unsatisfied, unsatisfied or very unsatisfied.
Now, I'm not going to tell you which button to press. That would be survey interference. I'm also not going to tell you that I've got a special box of Lemon and Lime jaffa cakes in my desk drawer, which I'm handing out completely randomly on a whim.
Anyway, press a button and come sit down.
What's that on the chair? I don't know. Looks like it might be...ah, yes, it's another survey we're apparently doing. Card versions this time, instead of the buttons. Have a bit more depth to them.
It's already filled in? Well that's convenient for you, saves you a lot of effort. Just put your name on the back and I'll ensure it gets delivered.
Doing the same survey twice? Oh I'm sure it'll be fine. If you're not meant to do it, I imagine someone in administration will discount one of them.
And in return, here are three entirely unconnected shows. There's this one, about a group of ex-US Presidents who attempt to control the new one. Or this show, about a transition of power. Or perhaps this show, about bringing back hanging.
No? Your survey card says "insufficient trailers"? Well I suppose I should rectify that then. There's four here all cued up and ready to go.
The Librarian: First up, it's the Edge of the World Broadcast. Three years after the end of the world, Survivor Delsin Moore finds a fully functioning and active numbers station, and becomes what could be the last voice in a world on the edge of destruction. In doing so he begins to uncover the mysteries that led to this apocalyptic landscape and learns truths that could change the course of history... Or possibly, finish what was started three years earlier.
[CLIP - Edge of the World Broadcast]
The Librarian: Then in Forgive Me! we follow Father Ben, who left his congregation in Binghamton, New York, in the cover of night for the smaller, quieter pastures of St. Patrick’s. As our new, young, and at times progressive priest begins to acquiesce to his new surroundings, he finds himself butting heads with the eccentric parishioners who come to him seeking solace and advice. Whether he’s trying to understand Old Margaret’s “usual” confession; parsing out how Tom can better help care for his wife’s pet pig, David; or getting to the bottom of the Christmas Eve Mass Incident, Forgive Me! explores the intertwined lives in Ben’s new community and the funny, sad, and sometimes painful experiences that come out of confession and the Catholic experience.
[CLIP - Forgive Me!]
The Librarian: Then in this week's RPG, we've got Admiralty Blues, an actual-play podcast of Beam Saber - a Forged in the Dark sci-fi game with mechs! Many battles waged on the planet Sirvon’s supercontinent have been fought with these giant machines, and the ongoing cold war has heated up again as unknown forces have wiped out the Admiralty’s communication network: the belligerent Vanguard pirates and the vengeful once-empire of Lorne have found their time to strike! Tasked with fixing the network is Mercury Squadron, otherwise known as a bunch of oddball reservists living in an ancient blimp. With their wide range of skills and personalities, they just might be up to the task - or they’ll cause more problems than they'll fix!
[CLIP - Admiralty Blues]
The Librarian: And finally, Station Obscura follows the interstellar wanderings of one astronaut-scientist Dr. Steve Apollo as he meanders the expanse of the universe, capturing stories he picks up with his frequency interceptor. Each season Dr. Apollo and the Station Obscura Earth team releases the latest three-episode story acquired by the Doctor from a new voice in our galaxy.
[CLIP - Station Obscura]
Right, that's your lot for this week. Don't forget to press the button again on your way out, and leave an entry on our Twitter survey. It's @AudioDramaDebut.