Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 11 - The Damsel of Gemini Delta IV

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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

You Stand in Your Living Room

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.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

National Waffle Day

                When I sat down to write this post (last night at 9:20 after serious research on  YouTube 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 sourced.
                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 land.
                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 pastries.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Quick Update on The Amazing Adventures Season 2

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.

Because of this, I've lost the majority of the recording files for The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses.  Shit.  The good news is that I have all of Season 1 mixed down to MPEG-3 and MPEG-4 formats which survived the transfer, so those are all nice and safe; not to mention they're all saved on Blip (say, while we're here, why don't you check out my channel and give the episodes you might have missed watch or two... or eight).  The bad news is that I had to start over recording for Season 2 from scratch. 

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!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 10 - The Return of Aislyn Aphelion

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 09 - Platypus, the Bounty Hunter

In which our hero... gets drunk and falls asleep, apparently.  Awesome.  Well, our side kicks... are abducted by a third rate bounty hunter.  Is anyone really trying at this point?

Okay, this time, I promise: no more platypus jokes.  Seriously, I'm done.  It's okay to go back into the water.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Huh... Okay.

So... fiddling with the new band around my finger. It's the only real thing at this point that makes me feel like I'm married. Extremely tired.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 08 - The Battle for Turgel

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).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 07 - the Revenge of Galabrax

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.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 06 - The Hellion Wing

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.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Audio Drama Directory

I am a dick.

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.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 05 - The Royal Pirate Hunters

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 anyway!

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!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 04 - The Artifact From Beyond

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 Tim Curry.  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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Newbie Moment

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 - 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).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses - Episode 03 - The Marauding Horses

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Just a Nerdy Aside

  Okay, for those of you who don't know: Mechwarrior Online is a thing.  It is an awesome thing as any Battletech fan 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...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses

Episode II of the fantastical audio drama is here!

(This video has been removed.  Check out the new one here).

For those returning, welcome back.  I know there are a few out there that are at least interested for the next

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

St. Ferris' Day

                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.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses

Lady's and gentlemen. Boys and Girls. I am proud to present to you:

My new audio drama, the Amazing Adventures of Captain Farr Novarider and the Wild Horses!

Tonight's episode is: The Betrayal at Proxima Serpentis VI.

I should make quick mention that this episode does use some strong language. If at work, you may want to put head phones on.

**The video is no longer here.  I've moved it over here instead.**

Just a quick note, all: this is audio only; the title card is just a place holder.

**Update Below**