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Emerald Specter 112: Back to Podcasting

I’ve written something like this before and I’ll likely write something like this again in the future. The point of everything is really planning out what will happen when and being ahead of the curve.

Podcasting is coming back and I need to change my philosophy on accomplishing what I’d like to get accomplished in 2019… sorry, STARTING in 2019.

The Specter Show stopped coming out on September 3 ,2018 and has really not gotten started back up yet, despite me talking about it like it was right around the corner again. I’ve had lots of plans to make things move forward but when I haven’t done anything due to holiday issues, the fact remains that I’m woefully behind on producing podcasts again.

The Greatest Show hasn’t put out an episode since June 25, 2018. That is the longest break in shows since Bob and I had a little over a year break way back in the early days. Technically, this was when the “season” was supposed to end but, honestly, another season should have started and be at least a few episodes in.

There is an impending SpecterChess podcast coming, too, but let’s start at the beginning with my longest running podcast: The Greatest Show.

I was attempting to build a live viewership with the season format, since we occasionally got a few viewers live to the show. Gifts were sent out to the only viewer interesting in participating in the free gifts and while I have more free gifts to give, I am giving up on the live podcasting model in favor of just producing more quality content.

I’m basically giving up on a release schedule to make sure we have the content without forcing everyone to get together to just talk about 2 weeks of news or so. The other issue with forcing the Saturday night broadcasts was that some hopeful guests couldn’t get on the show due to the time it was on, leaving me scrambling for interesting people who could fit into the previously rigid mold.

People I’d like to get back onto the show who have already been on (linked to their episodes): Eddy Webb, Dan from Fear the Boot, Quinny, Jason Brick, Miss Miniver, and co-founder Bob. These are just the recent ones (recent is relative) and I would love to have them all swing back by for another go at a time of THEIR convenience.

New guests I’m hoping for in the future (also at THEIR convenience): Dirk f’n Manning, Dan Berry, Brandi from GamersTable, Eric from GamersTable, Derek Russell, Money Flippin’ Matt Richards, and Daniel O’Brien. There are others I’d like to have on the show but I’m not going to make some sort of exhaustive list for you to look at…

If nothing else, I’m looking at getting back together with Bob more regularly to go back to the roots of the show and get things rolling forward again.

Moving on…

The Specter Show started as a place for me to just talk. Yep, no real direction and that ended up showing that was more true than not when I wouldn’t have anything super important to talk about on the show. I want to give the Specter Show more direction but I don’t necessarily want to give the show a reboot because I’m okay with the sketchy past and I’d like to keep the numbering.

That leaves me in a predicament. BuJoRPG talk will be getting it’s own platform in 2019, I’m fairly sure this is going to be a YouTube thing but I’m waiting for the voting results to come in, so I don’t want to concentrate on BuJoRPG development in two places when one is more than sufficient. I don’t want to talk about nothing every time, or a roundup, when I can be talking about something specific because I really need to focus on a topic to bring in the listeners.

Since I play both Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes and the newly released Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, I was thinking of putting out some content on the “gaming” side of things in their own podcast… but I can just make these the Specter Show instead, put out a YouTube feed (also pulling off the audio for the audio feed) and there’s my built in content. I do play UFC 3, too, as well as a few other things here and there, but I do both of the first mentioned two on a daily basis.

Sound good? I think it does… at least it gives me a little to work on for the future few episodes.

SpecterChess is the former PRO Chess League Podcast feed that I am trying to bring attention to my own chess improvement, making chess more about the excitement and matches, and moving towards getting others involved in a UFC-style presentation for the sport.

The big plan was to have grand “events” weekly that would be presented as if they were all PPVs. Initially, I was the only one on every event and after Christmas struck me, the grand format is being paired down to something a little more manageable so that I can produce what I’ve promised and run a little more free form after that… because I bit off more than I could chew and didn’t get a chance to preproduce what I wanted to have done by now.

As I write this, you should have a few episodes of that out by now but as I write this, I still haven’t produced a single episode of the series despite having done the prep work for the first 9 events.

Christmas really sucks.

Finally, there’s the coming Dev Blog for BuJoRPG. There should be lots of poll numbers in by now and I should have been working or at least planning the first episode whether that is in YouTube or on this site. I think I’d rather do YouTube so that I can show while I talk but I’m okay with typing, too.

If this does turn into a YouTube thing, I’ll put out an audio version, too, and then I can have content coming out regularly for multiple things on this site while I work on more content in the background.

Podcasting is coming back. Now that I’ve typed this all up, I’m hoping that I can get to work on at least one of these so I can get back into the habit of doing stuff. I’m digitally bullet journaling and that will help organize my life back towards what I want to do rather than just limping along lazily towards some incoherent goals loosely laid out in the future.

SpecterChess 1 Promo

SpecterChess 1: Allen vs Duaz on January 4, 2019

Emerald Specter 100: Finally

Who would have thought I’d get all the way to 100 with a column that is basically about nothing? Sure, I talk about things that are involving my life, projects, and it provides me with a place for some personal commentary, but #100?

I’m going to talk about a variety of topics, so buckle up, folks… we’re going on a ride.

If you haven’t figured out that I’m a giant Doctor Who fan by now, then you must have been visiting the wrong website for years because I loves me some Doctor Who. 

Since we are about to experience our first female Doctor in the series, there has been a bit of a divide among fans. Everyone who is an actual fan is willing to watch the show and see if Jodie Whittaker is interesting in the role (like I want to see) is in one camp… and the rest are misogynists.

Why does the Doctor have to be a man? When Tom Baker was getting ready to leave the role, he said (during an interview) that his successor could very well be a woman. That was in the late 70s/early 80s. Here we are over 30 years later and people are out there complaining about something they haven’t even seen yet.

The concept of judging something before you know what it is baffles me. Completely. It’s akin to a four year old complaining that broccoli tastes terrible when that four year old has never had broccoli.

Back to the fun stuff… 

Materializing a new season on October 7.

On October 7, 2018, Jodie Whittaker’s era of Doctor Who begins and I am so excited… more for the fact that Steven Moffat is no longer in charge than anything else, but I am genuinely interested to check out what’s in store for the new season.

Chris Chibnall, the new show runner (known previously for Broadchurch), said that there won’t be any returning villains this first season. None. There has been a heavy reliance on them over the course of this New Who and even though they seemed heavily involved in Classic Who, there is so much Classic Who it’s difficult to understand that there were many appearances because the Classic Who stuff ran for over 25 years.

I’m excited that there won’t be any Daleks.

The Daleks are, arguably, the reason that Doctor Who wasn’t cancelled way back in the 60s. They took the UK by storm and have allowed Doctor Who to develop into something we all understand today. The Daleks, however, are so over used. There have been WAY too many Dalek stories in New Who… and I’m not even talking about the ones where they make an oblique or cameo appearance, I mean Dalek stories proper.

That being said, I’m hoping Chibnall does what Moffat was incapable of doing: bringing back some of the villains that deserve some more development. I’m talking about villains like the Rani, Omega, the Black Guardian, the Meddling Monk, and Salamander.

If you don’t know who those characters are, then you have allowed Moffat to dictate to you what matters to Whovians. Let’s not forget those that had so much potential and weren’t used again because the show was cancelled (or actors died).

I’m also excited for some new monsters. So far, we’ve gotten some greats in the Gelth, the Silence, Weeping Angels, and the Vashta Nerada. There have also been some epic misses under Moffat and Davies, like the Slitheen.

We need new monsters and villains, especially some good ones. I wouldn’t even mind a couple seasons without seeing classic monsters, even though that means I’ll miss my favorite Cybermen.

I decided to make a more inclusive “sports” category than one for each of the sports I enjoy (football, soccer, sumo, MMA, racing, etc). This one will also be about more than one sport, so I’m killing a couple birds with the same stone on this one.

There is a Sumo Game that I play online every other month when the Basho is taking place. I’ve participated in 6 events, with my last two being less than desirable results. I’m hoping to get better at this and return to winning ways, because I like the way things are run there and the game is generally fun.

I have also witnessed a fair amount of change since I’ve been watching sumo again. While I was paying attention way back (when ESPN was running it), you’d see nearly all the same people at all their same ranks time and time again. It was good but there wasn’t much movement (or at least that is what I perceived at the time). Now? I’ve gotten to see someone become a Yokozuna, seen at least two new Ozekis, and there is massive movement in the top division.

Having access to someone posting the events on YouTube (Kintamayama) is also a huge help, because I get to see every day and all the events in their entirety rather than only catching a broad recap from a major network.

On the soccer front, I’ve been watching more Manchester United on the NBC Sports app (at least until this weekend, when they’ve started peddling their overpriced “Gold” garbage). The last time I got to watch this much Manchester United they were flying high under Sir Alex Ferguson… my, how we’ve fallen.

I also have the look like I don’t understand the hype of Mourinho, too.

Manchester United has gone from a “score when it counts” type of team to a “score once and hope the other team doesn’t score” mentality. Jose Mourinho is no Sir Alex and I’m worried that the club is going to falter for another decade before figuring out what to do in his wake.

I’ll keep watching and hoping they finish with a Premiership Championship again soon but I’m realistic enough to understand that probably isn’t going to happen for at least another two or three years.

The 25th Anniversary marks a rough patch for the UFC as well as a milestone.

I’ve been watching more UFC lately, as well as more One Championship and more Invicta FC. In a bizarre sequence of events, my interest in each company has taken some weird turns to return me to a place where I thought things might not work out so well for the UFC… but they will… ish.

There is a column on this site about the UFC seeing a loss in interest coming on the horizon. While I still feel strongly about the ESPN deal being terrible for the UFC, I don’t really think they have the competition that I thought they did only a couple of months ago.

In a bizarre turn, the One Championship organization has started doing some really weird things with their events. They are, for Western audiences, essentially the UFC of the east. One is WAY more popular in Asia than UFC, to the point that some Asian Continent residents don’t even know what the UFC is… 

What weird things, you ask? How about scheduling a headlining fight containing the WBC Super Flyweight Champion Srisasket Sor Rungvasai battling Iran Diaz. Regular, boring ass boxing as the MAIN EVENT of an MMA organization card? What the actual fuck is going on? Am I in bizarro world?

The whole reason I enjoy MMA is because it isn’t boring ass boxing. Boxing, where the waistline has crept up to just under the nipples, is sluggish and very awkward to watch. There is a lot of hugging that happens and not in the fun, punch someone in the face kind of way like MMA.

Why would you schedule a boxing main event on an MMA card?

One has also been doing kickboxing on a regular basis lately, too… as well as Muy Thai, and other fringe (I use that to mean not large scale) style fights. I was okay with a little kickboxing, but if One is going to turn into a “we are just combat sports, not MMA” then I’m probably going to start watching more UFC… 

Until the ESPN, that is… because I’m not paying ESPN to watch UFC.

I will be posting the Chess Basho VI: November Basho in the next few days, which will mark the first basho where I’m not going to be participating. As I write this, I am in dead last of the Chess Basho V event and I’ve decided that maybe it’s time for me to let the others go… and maybe, hopefully, get some advancements through the system as a result.

There is an ulterior motive in this “retirement,” too.

Last column I mentioned that I’d like to start reviewing ALL of my chess games, and that means I’m hoping to go for events and opponents that will help me improve. As of last night (the day I am writing this), I beat a 1400+ player in an event because I decided to try something different (rather than going with the knee jerk reaction move). Look, I’m already learning.

The idea of reviewing every rated Chess.com game is to see, in real time, my advancement through the ratings and how I am either getting better or worse… because, I am currently “better” but I expect a dip in the near future.

I am also (already) looking at dropping the SpecterChess events from weekly to bi-monthly (every other week). If I’m reviewing every single one of my games (single, one off games as well as tournament play), then I can probably keep up the pace… but with the current mode of how I’m doing things, I am having issues finding similarly rated opponents.

Time will tell.

The Greatest Show will be returning. This week, not next week or the week after, is when I’m going to start recruiting guests. I’ve got Kirby Krackle interested in joining me, Dan Berry (the creator of Verdacomb and TOFUzilla), and possibly even Dirk Manning. These may be at the “normal” Saturday evening time, or in the case of Dirk (for example), I’ll be having it whenever I can.

As far as whether the other hosts will be joining me for these is entirely up to their availability. In a similar vein, I’ll also be bringing back the shows WITHOUT special guests because I want to get back to talking geeky with other folks on a semi-regular basis.

The Specter Show has not been recorded in a few weeks, again… I’m getting ready to put out episodes of other things in that feed, so there will be content coming. I have some prep to do before that happens, though.

Once again, I’m going into a holiday season without an idea of how things are going to work out. I’m in a new office at work, on a new route, and unfamiliar with the “holiday season” of my new route, I’m expecting to be overwhelmed.

I’m retiring from this new office, in 15 or so years, so I’ll get a feeling for how the holiday will work out in the future. Knowing that after this year, I’m hopeful that planning can be done for the things I like to do.

See you all for #101!

SpecterChess Is Coming

The PRO Chess League Podcast is dead… and SpecterChess is coming to replace it. Listen now!

Host: DJ Allen

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056: Pilgrimage

The Specter Show returns after a two month hiatus! Things are being pointed in the right direction as DJ talks about BuJoRPG, BuJourneyRPG, podcasting, more about the Bullet Journal RPGs, and serial fiction! Check it out!

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Eddy Webb

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148: Eddy Webb is an RPG Mecca

Eddy Webb joins DJ, Tricia, and Metal Jesus as they discuss a wide range of geeky topics, including things like Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Fetch Quest, Onyx Path Publishing, living overseas, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, and more!

DJ can be reached at EmeraldSpecter.com, @EmeraldSpecter on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email emeraldspecter.com@gmail.com.

Tricia can be reached at MadeByTricia.com, @MadeByTricia on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email madebytriciapdx@gmail.com.

Metal Jesus can be reached through astral projection and smoke signals.

Eddy Webb is EddyFate on literally everywhere… so you can find him on any social media by searching for EddyFate… no, really.

055: Even Deeper

Bullet journaling takes the forefront, with notes about what I’m doing with my own bullet journal… as well as a little bit about Westworld, mysteries, and a potential website redesign.

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Dirk Manning

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054: Just Like You Imagined

Memorial Day weekend and a whole lot got done on BuJourneyRPG. Hear about it now!

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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053: The Fragile

The news parody “Hard Baked News,” I hope you like it.

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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052: We’re In This Together

A topic roundup, of sorts, including BuJourneyRPG, moving at a faster pace with the Specter Show, and a little more.

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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