With Mark Kinney, Carol, Mags, and (surprise surprise) Chris Heim. What Chris has been doing. The GutterSkypes are live! Uber-geek Christmas gifts. West End Games news and an Open d6? GenCon registration is coming soon! ConGlomeration news (still need a venue, folks!). 2008 in review. Mark found a lost contest prize from the move ages ago! A Christmas movie aside. A skipped review, and an interview with the crew at Polymancer Studios. Games You May Never Have Heard Of: Reponse to the Redneck controversy and GAMERS magazine. Happy New Year! "Unstructured Time" begins with some GenCon talk. So you want to do a podcast? "Unstructured Unstructured Time" starts with 2009 gaming plans. Parcelling out the review queue. Oh, wait, Mark never got around to his 2009 gaming! Mark reveals the book he'd planned to review for this episode, but for time. Feedback got cut -- look for an Extra. Looking forward to 2009 -- see you there!
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The Gutter Skypes
West End Games Update
GAMERS Magazine (Currently a wiki page...)
JazlerShow! Version 1.5.1 : This version is freeware.
Audacity(R) is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Hardware, via Radio Shack:
Mixing Board: 4 Channel Stereo Microphone Mixer (catalog# 32-2056). Supports up to four microphones. Requires 9-volt battery (available anywhere) or AC adapter (ask at your local Radio Shack) to operate
Adapter to connect the board to your laptop or desktop's microphone jack: 6-Ft. Y-Adapter, 1/8" Right-Angle to Two RCA
Mikes: Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone (catalog# 33-3038) Decide how many you need. As host, you'll have to have one for yourself. Mark and Mags use four--one for the host, and three four guests.
Mike Stand: Desk Mic
Stand (catalog# 33-370). You need one for each mike.
Mike Filter: Large Acoustic Foam Microphone Windscreen(catalog# 33-4001). You need one for each mike.
Headphones: the ones we use aren't on their web site, but you want something comfortable and noise-cancelling, like these or these.
3-way adapter to hook up headphones to your headphone jack: 6-Inch 3-Way Headphone Y-Adapter, 1/8" Plug to 1/8" Jacks (catalog# 42-2458)
Please note that the above represents a beginner's-level equipment, and while there are other podcast starter kits out there for beginners, this is the only way we're aware of to have this many microphones for this little amount.
Resources on Learning to Podcast:
School of Podcasting Morning Announcements
About.com: How to Create Your Own Podcast - A Step-by-Step Tutorial
How Stuff Works: How To Create Your Own Podcast
Podcasting For Dummies (book)
Other Podcast-Relevant Materials:
Podsafe Music Network
Podcast Alley's list of podsafe music
Soundsnap.org (for podsafe sound f/x)
The Internet Archive (for public domain material)
Gear Bag (to haul your podcasting hardware in)
International Detective Dragons From Outer Space
The Game Master Show
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email@example.com (Contest Address)