After a much anticipated (not really) wait, the audio chronicles of Captain Farr Novarider and his crew of Wild Horses return! Tonight's story is: The Damsel of Gemini Delta IV.
In which our heroes take hunt for a grand treasure lost to the reaches of space! A villainous space Duke! A damsel in distress! A needlessly creepy kid! It's a shame I didn't focus the story on this. Nope. Instead, Reagan and Hollander take a day-off and hang-out together. Seriously, what was I thinking?
Well, I'm happy to say that after much frustration, I finally managed to complete Season 2. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to present to you Episode 11 of The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses.
I'll be continuing the schedule that I started with the previous season, releasing the new episode every other Thursday, right here on Boundcompass. As always, please leave comments, likes, dislikes, et cetera. I would love to hear from you.
Also, unless I have something absolutely pressing to say or news to announce, I think that I'm going to be discontinuing the written post that I've normally appended to each episode. This is mostly because when I write these, I'm usually fairly mentally drained. I'm not even certain that I'm providing anything new for you to read or if anyone is reading them. I don't want to bore you guys any more than I already have, so that being said, please enjoy the episode and look forward to the continuing adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the crew of the FFS Cabalina.
You stand in
your living room.Cold grey morning
light brushes the walls and furniture.Windows
- cracked, but not shattered - lay broken faded shadows on the
environment.The walls are quiet; even
their chatter of white noise seems lacking.You stand in your living room, unsure as to how you arrived or what you
were doing before.
Hey, everyone. First off, I'm going to have to apologize because this is going to be short and sweet. Those [few] who follow me on twitter (you should probably do that), probably noticed my excitement at the fact that my blog hit 5000 visits. Most of those I'm fairly certain are not my Mother.
When I sat down to
write this post (last night at 9:20 after serious research
onYouTube studying the socioeconomic
ramifications of cats chasing laser pointers), I thought to myself that I don't
want to be known for this topic.I don't
want to be the guy that does the silly holidays.I want to enlighten, humor, and broaden
perspectives.Tell the inspirational story
of a 65-year old Somalian gynecologist that fights warlords to save her
personally funded hospital.Explore
unique facets of science, and illuminate classic films featuring Nicolas Cage
or Tim “Spicy” Curry.That is, until I
discovered that today is National Waffle Day.I am not even joking.
Yes, on this day in
1869, Cornelius Swarthout patented the first U.S. waffle iron, to be made
available in every home and kitchen, thus forever cementing the delicious
morsel in our hearts.Most sources on
this holiest of holy days leave the topic at, "Waffles is om nom nom,"
but there is an actual history of the waffle.One that, if viewed on Wikipedia is depressingly well researched and
The English word
"waffle" is believed to be closely related to the Dutch word
"wafel" which is then tenuously tied to the Middle Dutch word
"wafele."While the first
proper waffles didn't appear until the 14th century, their history actually
goes back as far as the 9th to 10th centuries depending on the source.They begin with oublies, which were thin
wafers closely related to the communion wafers, and were pressed using various shaped-two
sided irons imprinting a rich tapestry designs on to the pastry including coats
of arms, animals, historical scenes, and Jesus crucified (fun times).
Already spreading in popularity across Western Europe,
accelerated when Crusaders in the 13th century began returning with unique
spices and flavors to include with the pastries.The growing demand lead to the formation of
the Oublieurs Guild in 1270, which handled distribution of the small treats,
would later do the same for all contemporaneous light pastries to follow
including what would become the Waffle.That's right, there was a Waffle Guild.Presumably they would have gangland-style clashes with the Lollypop
Guild over control of the yellow brick road and the seedier parts of munchkin
The first ever
printed recipe for waffles appeared in a short note from an anonymous 14th
century French gentleman to his young wife, not because she couldn't cook, but
rather because he was really jonesing for some fluffy battered goodness.The recipe was simple and imprecise, calling
for a few beaten eggs, salt to taste, whatever feels good on the flour, and
wine.Yep.Wine.Leave it to the French.
By the mid-18th
century, various recipes for waffles spread throughout the European and
American world.Waffles had become so
popular it's rumored that Thomas Jefferson returned from Europe proudly
displaying a waffle iron to all of his friends, setting a trend for parties
devoted to the consumption of the delectable treats.These little underground soirees were known
as Waffle Frolics.
In the modern day,
there are dozens of verities of waffle spanning every continent, not counting the
genius and mind-bending modifications such as the waffle cone.Belgium, famous for the waffle that shares its
name, actually has many countless recipes and varieties.In fact, no town, city district, or tiny
hamlet in Belgium is worth visiting, which lacks not only its own beer recipe,
but its own unique waffle recipe.In
celebration of this world famous pastry, I recommend immediately going to your
nearest Waffle Hut, and eating yourself stupid on these unforgettable anytime
Those of you who have seen my last few tweets know that earlier this week, my computer suffered a catastrophic crash (the first I've had in years). Long story short, I managed to save my files and get my computer running again (harder, better, faster, stronger). When I grabbed my recording files and pulled them onto the back up hard drive, I thought I had grabbed them all. Yeah... not so much.
Work is already under way, and fortunately Episodes 11 to 15 had already been layered with sound effects and music, so it's just a question of recording and editing those. As of Sunday, I'm done with recording episode 14, so things are moving along smoothly at about two episodes recorded per week. I am running down on time on getting one of the guest tracks back, though (no one famous, a friend is moving because he's going to be teaching at Notre Dame), but I might just go ahead and grab him this weekend just to get his part recorded before he leaves.
Other than that, everything is coming smoothly. I'm doing my best to not rush through the second recordings because I still want the series to sound as good as it did before (if not, better). I'm still very pleased with this coming season, and hope that you all will be just as happy to hear the final product as I've been.
Also, have you seen that I have ad space now? That's right, Boundcompass is willing and desperate to sell out because daddy needs to pay off his debts. Want to show off your cool product, comic, site, or overrated opinion to the literally ten or so people that visit Boundcompass daily (two of which may be my mom and mother-in-law)? Then give those ads a quick click. Hell, click them enough times and Project Wonderfull might actually re-list them (the jerks) and allow me to earn a few dollars back on this time and money pit. But hurry! Before someone else takes your rightful place among the chosen few. CLICK THEM NOW!
In which and old enemy returns. Will our heroes manage to hawk the
ancient alien artifact they legally procured from Baron Helion? Will
they manage to outrun the enigmatic villainess? Will Reagan give two
craps? No, Not really, and not a chance.
Thank you all for listening to the very first season of The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses. Especially those of you managed to stick around for the long run. You are few, but I know you're out there and I greatly appreciate your willingness to give me a shot.
Tonight's episode is: the Battle for Turgel. In which our heroes must rush to the aid of a small resistance group fighting against a tyrannical Baron. Because he's a jerk and that's what heroes do.
While I am a nerd and certainly entertain the idea of jet packs, the practical and logical side tends to give the nerd in me a swift wedgie. I really enjoyed writing this ad. It definitely played into the 1940's to 50's feel that I originally wanted to play up (but later got overwritten to better flesh out the universe of Captain Novarider).
In which our heroes must face the return of an old enemy. Novarider is denied some of his most valued crew members... and Reagan.
I think I'm done with the Christ on a Cracker joke as of writing this post. It'll show up a couple more times, but it's definitely not going to be a running gag. I think the intention was to turn it into a returning joke, but I had so many other better ones, now it's just a bit of product placement more than anything.
I knew that Galabrax was going to have to return when I first created the character. He was fun to write and fun to act (although he's killer on the throat). He's almost a character who writes himself, which is convenient for me. I'm just sad that he's not in this season all that much - although he has a much bigger presence in the second season (coming soon).
In listening to this episode again, one of the problems that I'm shaking my head at (other than the otherwise visual humor), is that Captain Jake sounds too similar to Galabrax over the hailing frequency. I suppose that's just a problem that I have to deal with since I'm certainly no professional voice actor, and I don't have the money to pay one.
In non-the Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses news, not to long ago, I finished fleshing out a new side series idea. I still have to put in a little bit more thought on presentation as well as finalizing the scripting, but it could prove to be an interesting diversion to work on The Amazing Adventures. I don't think that it will turn into a main stay for the blog, so much as just be something that I try to put out once a month to keep things from being kind of stale.
I do have plans for a different type of series for "the off-season" of the Amazing Adventures, but right now I still have a lot of work to do on the second season. I'm probably going to sit down a flesh out a concept as well as (hopefully) a rough of the first episode. I have some vacation time coming soon, so that might be the time that I put some work into it.
Tonight's episode is the Hellion Wing, in which our heroes discover a lost Confederacy warship. One must return to his past, and one will die. No, seriously. Someone is going to die this episode (my bet is on Reagan).
Everyone give a "Woot" for episode six! Ev... woot. Fine, whatever. At least it's on time this week.
For those of you who don't know, there's a database out there called The Audio Drama Directory, basically filling the harrowing job of building a listing of various audio dramas for the world to consume. It's awesome. If you haven't checked it out, you should. Seriously, there are a lot of great shows listed here, and the guy (his name is Jeremy) is basically doing this for free - as far as I can tell.
Tonight's episode is The Royal Pirate Hunters. In which our heroes must
face their deadliest enemy, yet: a pair of bored Confederated counts.
Can they escape the sleepy Count Urban Cometdust? Probably. But watch
The last few weeks have apparently been a bunch of firsts for me. From hitting 1000 site views and still going strong at 1652 at time of writing this, having a single episode make over 100 total views (apparently less than 10% of hits actually watch one of my episodes - awesome), and today for the first time, I forget to post the new episode. GOING STRONG, BABY! WOO!
Tonight's episode is: The Artifact From Beyond. In which our heroes heroically hawk a priceless alien artifact they stole. Thrilling. And a new menace emerges from the shadows to... menace the crew of the Cabalina.
Okay, full disclosure. I like voicing a girl. While I'm sharing, I would take it hard from the exit only if it was coming from either Edward James Olmos or TimCurry. If this were high school, this is where someone would snicker at me and mockingly say, "gay." Thankfully, I'm secure enough in my manhood to not let that get under my skin. So, y'know... I am rubber, you are glue. Everything you say bounces off of me and sticks to you. Neener, neener.
Okay, I'm probably going have a few of these in the next few months. I promise to keep them as minimal as possible, but in the meantime bear with me. Point is because we share the same composer (badass Bradley Rains, bestest musician in the world), LoadingReadyRun used a miniscule - miniscule - clip from The Amazing Adventures soundtrack. *Squeeee*
I know this is an incredibly small victory, and in no way does it really mean anything. No, I take that back. It means they were digging around for a clip of dramatic music, asked Bradley, and he was like, "here." Doesn't matter. Don't care. At this point I do have to take small victories, like hitting 1200 views today. Or noticing the fact that I have five consistent viewers that I'm sure are not related to me. Or that I know have a wiki on Audio-Drama.com - and no, it doesn't matter that I was the one who created it.
Okay, I'm done now. Switching gears, I'm still working on adding another show to the blog. Not that I particularly need to make my life more busy, but I figure that it won't hurt to have an extra show around for entertainment's sake. The current concept is game of Mutants & Masterminds (second edition) that I'm hopefully going to be GM'ing for a friend sometime soon come hell or high water. I just need to figure out the process of recording over Skype, as for some reason I can't get Mixcraft 5 to capture his end of the conversation. Any recommendations on that would be more than useful.
There will be action, drama, tears, laughter, and chances are good that there will be a time-traveling Marmeset with a jet pack and a gun that makes the player characters violently vomit. Look for that along with other shows to hopefully come soon (more realistically in the off season of The Amazing Adventures).
Tonight's episode is The Marauding Horses! In which our heroes must seize a cargo of unfathomable treasure in the face of an elite corps of Royal Confederated soldiers. One of our heroes will die... probably. Okay, not really, but your watching now, so the hook works.
This was one of the first episodes that I realized that I would need to do a major rewrite. While some of the current relationships were there, the jokes just weren't clicking. Originally, Cartwright was very ambiguously
Okay, for those of you who don't know: Mechwarrior Onlineis a thing. It is an awesome thing as any Battletechfan can tell you. Every time I jump onto this game's site, I immediately begin simmering in my pure joy for this series' triumphant return to the PC, and of this series finally getting a loving touch - much unlike the brutalization it received with Mechwarrior 4 (oh, that's right, I have plans for you Mechwarrior 4, dark and sinister pans; and don't think you're getting away clean either Harmony Gold).
While I certainly love the clack of the dice, the careful analyzation of an ever developing situation and implementation of tactics, and calculation of distance in hexes; I also love viewing the world from my modified CPLT-K2 Catapult, rapidly switching systems, carefully monitoring my heat, and the satisfying way an enemy 'Mech collapses to the ground. In short, I can't wait for this game to release. Now if I can just get my computer up to spec...
Another year has come, and once
again, it is that special day for lovers everywhere. The day when many a young couple will go to
the local fair or amusement park; share a romantic meal of fair chili and
watered down soda; spend ten dollars apiece to share a cozy seat on the Ferris
Wheel; and enjoy a romantic view of the park while hoping that the guy in the
chair a head of them doesn't vomit from too many deep fried twinkies and
prehistoric corn dogs while he's above them.