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The Specter Show 045: The Beauty of Being Numb

BuJoRPG? Check. BuJoRPG2 is now BuJourneyRPG? Check. Bringing you all the greatest as far as what is coming and what is being done behind the scenes on your favorite bullet journaling role playing game? Yeah, there’s a lot of that…

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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Expecting a Journal of the Emerald Specter?

With the re-release of BuJoRPG and my diligent work on the next version’s “base,” I was unable to get a column written up. I’m hoping that the new BuJoRPG book is sufficient for this week and I’m also hoping that I’ll have something similar to release NEXT week, as well as a proper journal entry… or two, since I am not entirely sure I want to fall behind on this one.

Stay tuned!

BuJoRPG Info, Version 1 “Re-Release” and Update

I didn’t know what to title this one, so I apologize for the heading.

After working to “smooth out” the rough edged BuJoRPG (V1, henceforth referred to only as BuJoRPG), I wanted to re-release the instruction booklet. I also wanted to update anyone who is using the systems to understand what will be happening over the course of the rest of the year.

First and foremost, welcome to the BuJoRPG update:

There isn’t an enormous amount of changes, in fact, you’d probably be hard pressed to see most of them if I didn’t point them out. That is a good thing. I added a “cover” to spice up the look and the file is formatted into two columns instead of one big “page wide” format, which I personally think is easier to read.

Next, the UPDATE portion of this post.

Just as I did with BuJoRPG, I’m going to reformat the BuJourneyRPG (what I’ve been calling Version 2) to be similar in design, AND I’ll be doing everything humanly possible to have the earliest working version of BuJourneyRPG done before 2018’s “peak season,” when I’ll be out of time to do anything interesting.

I will also be doing what I did for the Emerald Specter Chess Club and creating a static page that will house all of the BuJoRPG, BuJourneyRPG, and any related items to as they get released. This will help not only people looking for it but will also help me locate the place to put the updates IN, because I have a problem finding the post almost every time I need to update it. I’ll make an announcement when the page goes up.

Enjoy!

Journal of the Emerald Specter 76: Radio and Podcasting

Before 2000, the real way that people could be heard in large numbers really deals with two mediums: TV and radio. Since TV was infinitely difficult to get on, mainly due to the fact that you needed to look prettier than average to even be on the boob tube, radio was the best means of getting your name out there is “bigger than average” numbers. Even radio was a high bar to get on because stations wouldn’t just bring anyone in… they’d have some “established talent” or people that knew people to get in.

Podcasting really started taking off in 2004 or 2005, putting radio on notice… and now anyone can get their voice out there.

Why the history lesson? Because I’d like to discuss a little something about radio, podcasting, and me.I technically started podcasting in 2001, when I had a wrestling column that I used to write and for four mighty episodes I turned that column into a “radio show on the Internet.” In 2003 I ran a 35 episode “actual play” / informational podcast called the Podcast of Darkness with two “players / cohosts.” A few years later I had a whole slew of podcasts that all eventually died, some of which I want to resurrect, and others which never will. Now, I have the Specter Show, the PRO Chess League Podcast, and the Greatest Show.

Now we’re all caught up.

I moved to Portland in 2014 to get the hell out of North Dakota. When we lived there, though, I did try to get on a morning radio show (my own, really) for an hour that would have had me on the air before work (the post office) Monday through Friday. I asked, was told I’d have my sample podcasts I’d given reviewed, and they were never reviewed. I kept pushing and pushing to get an answer and I kept getting told “we’ll get to it.” It’s over 5 years later and I still haven’t been given a response.

The main reason I chose to podcast is that I could get better at being on the audio format (and some cases in video) in order to build myself up to the point where I could talk about nearly any subject. There are a few things I stumble over, like the PRO Chess League Podcast episode 4 disaster, and I’m still getting my ducks in a row to do something that I’ve been thinking of doing… I’ve been thinking of it for some time now.

I listen to the Geek Out Loud podcast… Steve Glosson has been doing both radio and podcasting for about a decade (maybe longer?) and he’s got a plethora of shows. One of these is the Big Honkin Show, which is the podcast version of his radio appearances (which, when no longer on the radio, continued as a solo podcast).

What does this all have to do with you, DJ?

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a “multiple times a week” podcast… a single show that happens two, three, or five times per week.

If I can’t consistently do a single show, or three, once a week (each), how can I possibly do a show multiple times a week? Well, there is where the tricky part comes in, then I’ll discuss a little more about the process.

Right now, I would normally record the Specter Show and the PRO Chess League Podcast on Sundays (back to back). The Greatest Show is normally on Saturday nights, though our idea would be to record on a more flexible schedule so that we can get more varied guest list to join us from time to time. If something happens on a Sunday that leads me from home, the recordings normally get delayed or cancelled all together… if I get off late or can’t get anyone else to jump on as a cohost, the Greatest Show normally gets cancelled, too. That variable schedule means cancelling is easier than it sounds.

Having a steady two to five days a week means that I’d more than likely be getting up earlier than work on the days that I’d record… or broadcast, since I’m actually thinking of “being live” when I’m actually “recording.” That’s another reason why having a steady multiple day show going on would be something I could do more often, I’d have a live audience. The ideal location for the live show would only be two places that I can think of right off the top of my head: YouTube and Mixlr.

As for what I’d talk about, I already have some ideas. I have always wanted to address “strange news” type of show, commenting on the absurd and weird. There’s always the weekly “each day is a different theme” option… New Comics Wednesday, Throwback Thursday (for some sort of topic about the past, obviously), “Who”sday (for Doctor Who news, thinking of Tuesday), and that type of thing… a regular schedule means I could do weird news along side those other options.

I’d ask for some feedback, but almost never get any when I call for it. If you want to send some, emeraldspecter.com@gmail.com is the email address.

Options are being weighed. Wondering whether I want to short myself 30 to 60 minutes every day of sleep is another thing being considered.

Time will tell.

Journal of the Emerald Specter 75: BuJoRPG… My Head Hurts

Bam! I’m just doing this right from the very beginning and I’m going to take you on a trip, so hop into this imaginary car and enjoy my dulcet tones as I explain to you (in this column) a little journey of what I’m doing and how this is going to work… 

The 2018 Bandit Edition Trans Am… yes, it’s real.

If you’ve been reading along, the last column, the podcast, and now this column, you’ve seen in near real time a thought process as I’ve thought about things (since I’ve had the time to think about them). This is ALL BuJoRPG related, so don’t worry about things that aren’t related to that…

TLDR? Read this column.

I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole recently… literally, about an hour before I wrote this column, I fell into something I wasn’t looking for in order to accomplish something I didn’t know how to put into words… and I am going to be pushing my own bullet journal to accomplish the goals I’m about to lay out for you.

First, I’m not renaming BuJoRPG (version 1)… it will remain as JUST BuJoRPG (“The original, you might say.” ~ Richard Hurndall from Doctor Who: The Five Doctors). I do plan on coming up with a “quick skin” template so that I can do a minimal amount of work to make your templates (i.e. Wuxia, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc, etc) without spending inordinate amounts of time toiling over these.

If it takes an inordinate amount of time, it isn’t really worth doing, wouldn’t you agree?

Second, I’m jumping up to “BuJoRPG3” and I’m telling you that this isn’t a thing… I’ve got some preliminary ideas but I’m jumping back and letting this one sit until the “2” is complete.

Third, let’s discuss BuJoRPG2… or what I’m now branding as “BuJoRPG: Journey.” I don’t have any graphics made up for this yet, but BuJourney (shorthand?) is going to be the (primary) focus of the bullet journal efforts for 2018 on my site. The “rabbit hole” I fell into is a colored paragraph, if you don’t want to follow that part of the journey, skip the color.

~ This leads me to the rabbit hole… ~

Discovering the wonderful world of the Internet, I needed a printable dotted paper page and found one on Savor + Savvy… and it is in two sizes, which is exactly what I needed. On the page was a “do it yourself” video using those printable pages to make your own journal (which I would love to do), located on ChristineMyLinh’s YouTube channel.

Using just what I listed in the above paragraph, I was going to create a few “template pages” for the BuJourney or BuJoRPG and make them into a DIY book. Specifically for the BuJourney, I was thinking that this would also be usable as the “adventure” booklet (the instructions, in book form, of the “places” you visit to learn the lore of the land that I’d promised) and that would be cool to make. The other item (in DIY journal form) was going to be the modules I was talking about on the podcast linked above, meaning it would be “lore” and an “adventure” book, while teaching you how to get moving on a specific “quest” (like learning a language, doing a “couch to 5K,” etc).

Still with me? Good.

My wife and I ate out earlier in the day (on the day that I wrote this) and we ended up stopping at a fabric store, where I sat in the car to play on my phone. Since I belong to a bullet journal group (many, actually, but the one in question is Bullet Journal Beginners) and someone posted something about loving Boho Berry stuff, I did a search and found her YouTube channel… and the first video I saw was her Unboxing, which leads me to the next step of this rabbit hole.

I had mentioned wanting to put together a “BuJoRPG Box,” complete with instructions, examples, a couple of pens, a couple of dice, maybe some stickers, and an empty journal for you to begin your BuJoRPG or BuJourney in… the Unboxing video made me realize that I was overthinking the entire box idea. I also realized that this might be an opportunity for me to release my modules, specialty spreads (like the TARDIS themed February spread that I created in my own TARDIS themed journal this year), and even release custom “month specific” journals that I was toying with how to implement.

With the way Boho Berry has a “subscription” service, which is all the rage lately, I thought this would work perfectly for BuJoRPG (or BuJourney, or whatever comes next). There would be exclusives in the subscription box, special items from time to time, and even some specially curated items from my favorite BuJo suppliers.

This is just a little bit of something I’m thinking about once I get moving forward on the actual creation of the systems and information to put into the journals as the RPG elements.

~ Now back to our regularly scheduled column. ~

What I’m doing is going to put my biggest effort into getting the BuJoRPG and BuJourney stuff built out as quickly as I can (with a quality I would expect in a finished product) to get the RPG stuff moving again. I go back to work tomorrow (this is the last day of my first week of vacation) and I am confident I can actually get back into a routine starting tomorrow.

I’d really like this thing to end up being more of a business rather than just a hobby… I’m interested in helping people be entertained and getting some improvement done in their own lives, and having the income from this endeavor allow for me to put 100% of me time into this would be spectacular.

Since my columns seem to be heavily laden with BuJoRPG related items (overall), I’m going to break out topic into a bullet journal column (with videos on YouTube, also… maybe), covering general ideas and themes that I’ve come up with. There are a few folks out there doing this and I’d like to melt into the fray, coming up with my own brand of elaborate and useful bullet journal tools.

Hopefully this is something that interests you, too.

The Greatest Show 143: Play the Sumo Game

Metal Jesus? Check. DJ? Check. Tricia? Check. Discussion and Tom Foolery? Check.

Hosts: DJ Allen, Tricia Allen, and Metal Jesus

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The Greatest Show 142: This is the Bottom of My Trophy

When Bob comes on, a good time is always had… and he’s joined by DJ, Tricia, and Metal Freaking Jesus as we talk about all kinds of stuff!

Hosts: DJ Allen, Tricia Allen, Bob Miotto, and Metal Jesus!

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PRO Chess League Podcast 003: Weeks 1 and 2

The PRO Chess League weeks 1 and 2 are over and I do a terrible job covering them. First time back jitters.

Host: DJ “The Emerald Specter” Allen

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The Specter Show 43: Self Destruction Part 2

There is more information than you can handle about BuJoRPG, chess, the Emerald Specter Chess Club, the future, and all kinds of wonderful!

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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The Greatest Show 141: Pennywise Was There

The trio of DJ, Tricia, and Kevin Couick discuss a little bit about dancing, chess, some RPG talk, and we do a lot about the Kumoricon that happened in Portland!

Hosts: DJ Allen, Tricia Allen, and Kevin Couick

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