All of the words I said out loud for S02E01 of Audio Drama Debut, my podcast showcasing new audio drama, fiction and RPG trailers.
F/X - Fountain pen writing, and then being capped.
THE LIBRARIAN: Hello there. Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Library of Audio Fiction. This is your first visit after the Christmas holidays, right?
Here, help yourself to a cup of Darjeeling - hopefully that'll warm you up in this cold weather.
Ah, you've decided to to try listening to more shows this year, have you? More of our dramas, books, stories, actual plays and a few other things? You're not the first person to tell me that this week - I think it must be quite a common resolution people are making. Trying one of those "listen to a new show every week" challenges, I suppose ?
I decided to do that myself this year, a bit of self-improvement, so I've put together a list of things I want to try.
The first resolution is to get on with the Library's Director better. We had a few logistical tussles last year, and so I thought I might see if we can improve our relationship this year.
Related to that is my second resolution. Try and get tasered less.
Then third is to have a productive conversation with HR. For some reason, all I remember of visits to them is lots of yelling.
And finally, make better use of this.
F/X - Label maker producing a label.
I'm trying to be more organised this year, so everything is getting labelled with the Dymo. Just hold your arm out for a minute.
F/X - The sound of a label being painfully slapped onto skin.
There we go! Visitor. Perfect. Ah, don't try and pull it off, I've upgraded to the super sticky version. Might hurt a bit. Should come off on its own after a month.
Anyway, now that you're labelled correctly, here, have a look at these shows if that's what you've come in for. They've all got new, perfectly descriptive stickers on them. Admittedly some have covered the titles, but I'm sure that's not a problem.
There's a pulp set in 1950s Los Angeles , one about a private eye on mars and a mystery show recorded from live performances.
No? You've only got about seven minutes? Seems a bit of a strange choice to come in here then really. In that case, all I've really got that's suitable is a collection of trailers. Will that do?
Excellent, here we go then.
First, it's The Hand of Brass. Duncan has become bored in his time as a ceremonial duelist for hire. When a charming sorceress employs him for his renowned swordsmanship he quickly finds he may have forgotten more of his knightly training than he'd realized. He will aim to redeem himself and rediscover the skill that once earned his great reputation - If his luck lasts that long. It may already be too late as he has become bound to a mysterious relic that may seal his fate forever, The Hand of Brass.
[CLIP - The Hand of Brass]
THE LIBRARIAN: Then, Aqua Net & Funyuns is a podcast of five different operas connected by dozens of hidden Easter Eggs. Each episode highlights the cliff-hanger nature of serial narratives by alternating between all five operas in “round-robin” style. The serial episodes tell compelling stories with vocals, instruments and immersive sound design.
[CLIP - Aqua Net & Funyuns]
THE LIBRARIAN: Then, this week's RPG is Pod Against the Machine, the only Actual Play podcast that specifically mentions its opposition to the machine in the title. It's a ragtag group of five creating an epic story while playing through the Iron Gods Pathfinder First Edition adventure path from Paizo publishing. It’s like Dungeons and Dragons, complete with wizards, monsters, and skeletons…but with an added bonus of evil robots and horrifying aliens, all tied together with (hopefully) funny banter, interesting characters, and edge-of-your-seat action.
[CLIP - Pod Against the Machine]
THE LIBRARIAN: And finally, The Kleio Files, a pseudo-archaeological podcast which follows a team of explorers deep into the Indian Ocean as they search for the Lost City of Kumari Nadu.
[CLIP - The Kleio Files]
THE LIBRARIAN: And that's that. Good luck with your resolutions, whatever they are. Anything interesting? Don't try and commit a coup? Well that seems a bit too easy for a resolution, but best of luck with it. Anyway, feel free to tell us whether you have any success on the library's twitter account. It's @AudioDramaDebut. You've still got one of those, right?