In this episode, I’ve got Brian and Roger formerly of the Contains Moderate Peril and Burton and Scrooge podcasts. We touch on many podcast and content creation-centered subjects, such as relating to your audience, the importance of a good co-host dynamic, and situations that might lead someone to finally call it quits.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. For the last several years, my sanity during the morning and evening commutes has been maintained by a trusty list of shows that are currently of interest. Recently it occurred to me that I’ve never actually posted about the shows that I enjoy, which seems odd considering that I’m such a proponent of word-of-mouth advertising for the medium! First of all, I do almost all of my listening on a mobile device, my Samsung Galaxy S5 using Shifty Jelly’s Pocketcast app. I think I paid $3.99 for the app, but since I’ve already paid, I’m having trouble determining if that price is still accurate (simply shows as “installed” in the Google Play store page). At any rate, it was a small price to pay for an app that does exactly what I need with suitable customization that I literally use every single day.
Recently, Roger Edwards over at Contains Moderate Peril announced the shuttering of his podcast after a fantastic five year run. In true Roger fashion, he’s carefully worded his announcement, terming it an “indefinite break”, thus refusing to completely close the door on future projects. At face value, however, I think it’s fair to say that the CMP podcast as we know it is ending. Five years is a long time to do anything, even something you’re passionate about, and especially something that requires as much work as a weekly podcast. It’s fairly easy to understand why Roger is choosing now as the appropriate time to step away, before his passion for gaming fades completely and while the show is still very well thought of within the community. “Going out on top”, as they say.
Today brought a good amount of twists and turns, not the least of which was the news that one of my favorite game-agnostic blogs Contains Moderate Peril is going dark. Whether this outage is temporary or not remains to be seen.
I would simply link to the post, but seeing as how I’m not sure how long it will be available, I’ll simply copy Roger’s own words into the following block:
This week, I was honored to be invited to participate in a round-table discussion on the future of MMO’s for the Contains Moderate Peril 150th episode celebration! It was a blast sitting alongside such esteemed company as Syl (MMO Gypsy), Joseph/Scormus (MMO Troll & Roleplay Domain), Jewel (Healing the Masses) and of course Roger and (as ever) Brian of CMP. Although most members of the panel were out of my league as far as MMO experience goes, this group was very welcoming, as expected. We discussed a variety of topics, from the emergence of sandbox to crowd-funding. Readers of this site and listeners of Beyond Bossfights will probably find it well worth their time to check out.
The latest Contains Moderate Peril podcast was dedicated entirely to Eve Online and brought up several interesting questions about the community surrounding #Eve. One facet in particular that caught my attention included the question of #ethics within the game. As with any game, and especially the more sandbox-style games, there are certain things that a player can do that are not necessarily against the rules of the game, but may have other consequences (blacklisting from other players, all out declaration of war) or none at all, depending on whether you get caught or not. There even seems to be an element of admiration for those who know the systems and networks within the game well enough to be able to get away with certain types of unethical behavior, and perhaps even thrive because of it.