A New Podcast – So this Is A Thing Now

A New Podcast – So this Is A Thing Now

This morning, two secret projects went live at the same time.

I say secret, but only because I haven’t mentioned them here on the blog before. If you stalk me on Twitter to see just how bloody stupid I sound in everyday conversation, you might have heard about one of them already.

Secret Project number one

The first not-so-secret project is a brand new Druid podcast being hosted by me and Rel (@RelWoW on Twitter), and the very first episode just went live this morning.

The show is called The Grumpy Druids, and that’s because I’m a Bear and Rel is a Moonkin and we’re, well… yeah.

The Grumpy Druids

The plan is to record the podcast once a week and shoot for about an hour of airtime, and if we go longer because we get carried away, oh well.

The show will be going live at 6:00 am Central time every Wednesday. Just so if you get bored mid-week, hey, there’s a couple idiots talking WoW, why not listen. At the very least we’ll give you someone to feel better than.

“My life is in the tank, but shit man, at least I’m not one of those bliterhing idiots.”

See? It’s almost like we’re providing a public service.

The podcast format is going to be about WoW in general with a “Wacky Druid stuff” segment, and no theorycrafting. As you should already know, Team WaffleCast has the badass Druid theorycrafting on lockdown. They are the shizzle for rizzle.

See? If I can say that, you know we’re idiots. And twenty years too old to be cool.

We’re starting with having segments about cool Druid stuff, grumpy WoW stuff, rays of sunshine coming out our butts so we balance the grumpy with the grateful, and what we’re calling WHY?!?, or What Are You… doing in the game. Because when someone asks us what we’re doing in the game lately, and we tell them, invariably the answer is “Dear lord, WHY?!?!?”

The goal is to have fun, talk about the game we love, and do our own thing in hopefully a moderately entertaining way. We’re not going to be a podcast that reads a news blurb from MMO Champion, and then asks each other, “So, what did YOU think of that?”

Well, we’ll probably inevitably do some discussion about news, but hopefully it’ll only be when there’s, like, actual news.

“Hey, an expansion just came out and Druids got nerfed to shit and lost cat form. What did YOU think of that?”

Yeah, that one might be a relevant news topic.

If this at all sounds like it could be interesting to you, I’d love it if you gave our first episode a listen and dropped some honest feedback. I’d sure appreciate it.

Secret Project number two

Along with the podcast episode is a blog post on the website to accompany it, called ‘Visual Aids’. We talk about a few things on the show that really could use pictures or screenshots to accompany it, so I added a post containing those set to go live at the same time.

Part of the visual aids are pictures and a description of my OTHER secret project…

A Feral/Guardian themed pistol build.

There are a lot more details on the Visual Aid post for episode 1, but here is a picture of the completed project to give you an idea of what exactly this is.

Ruger Mark III with custom modifications

Ruger Mark III with custom modifications

The family went to the range last night and tried it out, and it’s smooth as butter, and yes it turned heads and provoked grins.

Tuesday night is youth night at our local indoor range, and when I took the pistol out of the case on the firing line, a little girl, maybe 11 or 12 years old and bored as hell in the lane next to us took one look and her eyes just lit right up and she got what was almost the biggest grin ever.

Not quite the biggest grin in the world, since that would be the shit-eating grin on my son’s face when he shot it for the first time. He has a new favorite firearm for the range now. :)

I think the quote he made was, “I didn’t know a pistol could be that much fun to shoot, or that gentle.”

It’s a .22 LR pistol, and with the compensator and custom work I’ve done on the action, it’s just barely over 3 lbs of trigger pull and almost no kick at all. He loves it. Smooth and gentle.

as I said before, many more details on the pistol build, and the beautiful custom grip artwork that Tish Tosh Tesh designed for it can be found on the accompanying Visual Aid blog post on The Grumpy Druids website.

Wrapping It Up

I’m really looking forward to having this weekly podcast to do with Rel.

I’m often doing something in the ‘real world’, have an idea for a blog post hit me, and then have no time to really do anything about it anymore. But now, instead of those ideas going away unused, I can send off a quick email note to consider it later as a possible podcast topic. By recording day, that can be a lot of things to choose from.

At least, I hope it will be. And I hope some of them are interesting for you to listen to.

Thanks a lot for reading this far, and I hope you’ll go check it out!

Bare Butts on the Ready Check podcast!

As I continue to work out the epic battle of the Paragons of the Klaxxi, the blog stagnates.

Sorry about that.

Whilst I labor on, if you’d like a bit of bare bear bouncing may I direct your attention to the Ready Check podcast, where I was a recent guest. Very recent, like this last weekend. We had ourselves a big bear brawl of a good time. no, really, it was a freaking blast.

Cassie rates the podcast episode highly, saying “why is it the only time you’re funny and charming is when you’re on a podcast? Why do I get the bitter and nasty bear?”

You hear that? She clearly said I’m funny and charming!

So please, go visit Toman, Flaps and Hunni for season two, episode 8.

Stay awhile and listen as we explore;

The perils of the Paragons!

The torment of the Tournament!

The chills of the Challenge!

And so much more.

Come for the bear, stay for the brilliant podcast personalities.

Ready Check.

Voted #1 podcast crew I’d most like to go on a pub crawl with, paws down.

And speaking of pub crawls, if you’re in the UK, don’t miss out on your chance to attend the special event Ready Check has put together for Blizzcon on Saturday, November 9th in London, the Barcraft-on-Thames!

I’m told there will be prizes, Blizzard Blues, streaming Blizzcon and truly outstanding people. I wish I could see you there!

So go, tell me all about it. I bet it’s going to be a blast.


Sorry, no, really.

Due to circumstances truly beyond my control, I won’t have the big announcement/update ready until I get a teensy bit more research done.

Personally, I blame Samwise and Perry Gatner.

In the meantime, I will seek to distract you with shinies.

If you like podcasts, and listening to random people talk about role playing games and such, then as a BBB reader it might interest you to know I was a guest on the first episode of a new gaming show, “Gaming in the Bear Cave“, created and hosted by Ursiheil for the Versus the World Productions podcast lineup.

There ain’t a thing about WoW in it, but it was fun to chat for a bit about role playing games in general, and PBeM games in specific. If that’s the kind of thing that interests you, why not go check it out?

Hey, there’s a podcast out there somewhere!

The fine folks over at the CASTaclysm podcast were nice enough to invite me as a guest last week, and I think it was a pretty good time.

That is Bear speak for, they’re a bunch of crazy bastards.

My kind of guys. :)

It’s now available for download as an mp3 from their website directly, and hopefully by the morning it will be live on iTunes. It’s Episode 22, and it wasn’t on iTunes when I just checked, so if you don’t see it there, you ain’t crazy.

I hope you enjoy it!

Podcast alert! Going LIVE in 3… 2… 1….


I’m going to be on the CASTaclysm podcast, which is streaming live, like, in 5 minutes!

Here is the link, if you’re somewhere near a computer, and have any interest at all in hearing it and taking part in a live podcast.

Guess what?

I don’t even talk about Cataclysm Druids on my blog, but they kinda forced me into agreeing to talk about Cataclysm.

No, I don’t know what I was smoking.

Come on, you know you want to be on Ustream with me.

Awww, he's so cute!

Just a short note here.

We did another Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast on Wednesday, “WoW, unscripted”… also known as “Wow, train wreck…”, with the Lady Jess, Bre and myself. Ratshag was unavoidably detained. As in, he ran far and fast.

If you’re interested in our WoW podcast and haven’t heard it before, you can find it at Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and it’s also available (I still get a laugh out of saying it) for download at iTunes.

Every time I see our podcast on iTunes, I feel like a Pirate. “Arrgh, we’ve hijacked yer nice clean Apple image, matey! Off the plank with ye!”

If you haven’t heard it before, really, I’m gonna warn you. It’s truly not scripted, nor is it edited in any way. Not even if I blow the bloody intro 3 seconds in, we just keep rolling along until someone whispers me, “Wrap it up, I got a nap to take!” We don’t even pause the thing for potty breaks. If you want something thats totally not ‘politically correct’, or carefully worded so as to not offend someone, if you just want to kinda “sit in” on a vent chat while playing or farming herbs or skinning or fishing, then this is the podcast for you. If you want hard hitting news… umm, no. Just, well, no.

I won’t go into a blow by blow here, but I’d like to say, I saw the cutest damn thing ever while we did it.

We decided to do the podcast while running a couple normal instances, just the three of us, me tanking, Bre healing, and Jess melting faces, and when we were done with the third boss and were going to jump down into the water, I was still in Bear form when one of the two Priests “floated” me.

There I was, a big ol’ Bear, floating in place… and my legs hung down kinda paddling in the air. Cutest widdle thing ever!

THEN someone tossed a Baby Spice on me, and I becamse an itty bitty cute widdle floaty Bear the size of a pet!

Screenshots were taken, and if you’d like to see one, go check out Lady Jess’ latest blog post.