Thursday, June 25, 2020

If a Podcast Falls in the Forest

I've only been doing TOTM for 2 months, but it has already been quite a journey. I've been exposed to all kinds of notions and questions - even philosophies - regarding rpgs that I never considered before. One of these is the whole concept of solo gaming, which I've talked about here before. Although TOTM is a kind of solo game, it is also not a game. I'm actually not sure what it is exactly. The medium, tone and genre are obvious enough but the mode is a bit wonky. If TOTM were a solo game played on a tabletop at home, and not a podcast made for an audience, would I be playing it? To be honest, probably not. I don't play other games solo, so I probably wouldn't play this one. But that's weird, because I don't know the audience and I was never guaranteed to have one. So TOTM was made for an imaginary potential audience and probably would not exist without that flimsy concept to motivate it. That's super weird to me.

Do authors think about this kind of thing? Would anyone write a book if there were no readers? Probably not. Does that mean that TOTM is more of a novel than a game? Maybe. I'm not sure I like that. Given that I do care that people are listening, the bigger the audience, the better, right?

TOTM recently hit some benchmarks. Here they are:

Passed the 500 followers on Twitter mark
Passed the 400 followers on Instagram mark
Passed the 1000 downloads mark


The other day I did my first ever TOTM related interview. (Hopefully there will be more.) It was with Matt Davids of Matt wrote the very successful "Random Tables" supplements for D&D, along with other stuff. Trevor of Me Myself & Die uses them often. The interview went pretty well. I was wondering if an hour was a long time to fill, but in the end I could have talked for three. Actually, I barely talked about TOTM (oops!) and just went off on a number of hot takes about this and that. I told myself not to Yuck anyone's Yum by negging the popularity of comedy D&D podcasts.... but I guess I kind of did. Dammit. Matt was a good interviewer and fun to talk to - I hope I gave him some good stuff.


  1. Congratulations on all you've accomplished so far. Looking forward to the next episode!

    1. Thanks a million. Every note of encouragement I get means a lot. Very much appreciated!