By now you’ve probably read the most recent blog post about me leaving WombatCast. You may or may not have questions or you may or may not even give a rip, but I figured I would explain a few things and go from there.
Justin came to me with a bat-shit crazy idea just about 2 years ago. We had been merrily wrecking people’s Facebook threads and Twitter feeds with random talk of Wombats and pop culture and generally having a good time for a fair few months. In fact, people had gone so far as to friend both of us simply so they could watch these insane comment-wars unfold real-time instead of hearing about them after the fact. It sounds incredible, but that’s what was happening. Justin saw the potential in this and suggested that we start a podcast. Both of us already listened to a dozen or more shows that weren’t much different than what we were doing so he bought a URL and a mic and tricked me into agreeing. Well, I may have consented a little easier than that, but if you ask Justin, that’s pretty close to the truth.
We went through a lot of changes and tweaked the show all the time and when I look back to 2 years ago (both of us being nervous on mic and needing to chug a few drinks to get going) to where the show is today with 3 regular hosts, modern equipment, solid relationships with other podcasts and leaders in the gaming industry, local businesses, and even a few conventions, I am amazed. Straight. Up. Amazed. The show has come an incredible distance, but the race isn’t over, not by a long shot. There are some awesome changes in the works (new logo, new layout, less cursing/racism/misogyny/homeless abuse) and a less random feel to the things talked about. Think of it as WombatCast v2.0.
All shows experience ups and downs, and in this medium “pod-fading” is a real thing. That is when a show slows down or dies completely for any number of reasons – the most common reasons being not having the time to do it, not wanting the put out the effort, the sometimes high cost to take a show to the next level, and simply losing the drive to do it. In fact, a quick look at the stats show that 25% of all podcasts, that’s 1/4th of all these shows, don’t make it past their 10th episode. Well, WombastCast has around 80 shows on air with a half dozen or more shows that have been recorded but never posted because of faulty tech or because of low quality.
With that in mind, I guess you could say I am a victim of pod-fading. As much as I love the show, it is time for me to move on and the upcoming changes are a great time for me to step gracefully away from the mic and let Justin and Matthew helm this ship of fools towards adventure, fame, and the edge of the world. As far as Justin and Matthew and I, we are parting the same way we started the show: as the best of friends. Expect to hear me at the conventions, game days, and as the occasional drop-in guest host. I also hope to attend whatever Wombat Outings I can. Much to the dismay of some folks that have written me today, I am not dying, getting a sex change, joining a Furry Cult, or taking over a small South American country (although I do have my eye on French Guiana – roll all up in that bitch and take over, know what I mean?)
There have been some truly awesome times, a few of which I will list below in no particular order:
- Meeting and recording with Ben Schulz (aka Leeroy Jenkins). He’s a great guy and a ton of fun.
- Recording a live show with an audience at a tattoo parlor while Justin got inked for the first time and V-Dub and Marn chugged LemoNapalm.
- Joining forces with the Denver Gamers Association and being part of three great conventions.
- The Wombat Army Field Trip to see Super 8.
- Watching some of our fans and listeners fall in love with podcasting and take off on their own to do great new things.
I could go on all day so I’ll end my list there. Something that I didn’t list is that I have gotten to spend at least an hour a week with two awesome friends, Justin and Matthew. The show happens because they are incredible guys and they are fun to be around and to record with. It never would’ve worked without that chemistry. I want to thank them both sincerely for putting up with me for so long.
What will I do with my time you ask? Well, aside from my family and my day job, I’m helping tweak the Cyberpunk 2020 rule set with our friend Harley Stroh from Goodman Games, writing modules, doing some HR consulting, and recording a podcast of my own. A podcast of my own, you ask? Yes indeed. I started AndysMovieMinute.com. If you love the Andy-style snarky humor and you like movies, this 8-10 minute weekly show might just be for you. Head over to the URL and check it out and tell your friends (I bleep the bad parts so it is safe for families as well). I’ve also got a Facebook page and a Twitter account. I’m doing it under the P5 banner so I’m still part of the Wombat Family.
If you have anything you want to ask me or tell me in public, head over to the FB page or the forums and lay it out there. If you have something to say in private, feel free to e-mail me.
I want to wrap this up before I hit a 3rd page so I will close with this: our listeners, for being a rabid bunch of misanthropes, are amazing. No, really. This is my serious voice now. You’ve been there for us as friends and as entertainers and you are the reason we put ourselves out there each week. You’ve stuck by the show during our ups and downs and stayed loyal while we tried out new tech and new hosts. I want to thank all of you truly and deeply. You’ve made the last couple of years worthwhile and I love you all for it.