So… it’s August already? Leo’s been roaring up one hell of a summer this year, and maybe it’s time for some stuff to shine along with the blazing sun.

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To start with, our latest (All Ages!) episode of Adventure Hook debuted on Patreon this week, and it’s another type of approach to hopefully bring in new listeners. Maybe one of whom might really dig my idea for educational RPG workbooks and even find a way to one day introduce it as a type of curriculum.

While Aaron is pursuing some potential new actual plays we might consider (perhaps in lieu of new masterclass material), we also went ahead and recorded what will become Episode 31 this week, which all revolves around the idea of Trial by Combat… and so maybe not quite as epic as Full Disclosure was, but it should still be interesting. We also may wind up doing occasional “double-header” recordings down the line to get ahead on our schedule, but for now there’s just AH31 to worry about…

I’m still toying with ideas for the promo art for that episode, and it’s my turn to edit the episode as well, which I’ve done the preliminary clean up for, but haven’t really actually “dived in” yet. Technically I have 10 days before it’s due up on Patreon so there’s time, and I’ve had other things on my plate of late as well (namely day job stuff).

And it was very awesome to see our good buddies over at Red Moon Roleplaying wound up winning the Silver ENnie Award for Best Podcast this year. While new listeners finding them could always potentially trickle down to Adventure Hook/Blackspire, that chance definitely goes way up when Wizards of the Coast also tweets out a congratulations to them.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Congratulations to UK-based <a href=”https://twitter.com/RedMoon_RPG?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@RedMoon_RPG</a> for winning a Silver ENnie award for Best <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Podcast?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Podcast</a>! They&#39;ve run multiple <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/DnD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#DnD</a> campaigns and will be playing Baldur&#39;s Gate: Descent into Avernus. Look for it soon!<br><br>Listen to their Curse of Strahd campaign here: <a href=”https://t.co/ZDM6V9gqUl”>https://t.co/ZDM6V9gqUl</a></p>&mdash; Dungeons &amp; Dragons (@Wizards_DnD) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Wizards_DnD/status/1158679106470469633?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>August 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

The casual mention of the new Avenus module they’ll be running only calls back to the To Baator and Back episodes we did together (Avernus being the first of the Nine Hells of Baator where our story took place of course). I wonder if my game will end up flavoring what RMR does with it in any way…

This week also marks the release of the latest teaser to try to get folks interested in the Patreon-exclusive episodes of Blackspire… and this one is probably my favorite so far.

If these ten minutes don’t hook you into wanting to know more, I doubt anything will…

Not that I won’t still try… and really need to get on that as well, as I’m now out of Teasers and need to mock up some more, as well as create some more content…

Emails are being traded, plans are being made, and gaming/recording sessions are being scheduled over the next few weeks to generate more Season 2 content, and so far everyone seems really excited to get into things (myself included). While we’ve got a big White Hydra session scheduled for this weekend (the outcome of which is still very much dangerously undecided) I may also try to use this opportunity to record a Season 0 looking back episode as well (depending on a bunch of factors currently unclear).

Additionally, there are side sessions left to do with (nearly) every player character to boot, so I have loads to consider. Jenny’s just approved the final version of her character sheet in HeroLab, and we should be ready to record some new stuff. We still need to do some unpacking of the RPGB, but with this out of the way we’re now technically prepared to play out scenes involving her mentor (who she’s supposed to try to kill every time she meets him).

Bwa-ha-ha!

I’ve also been discussing things with our newest Season 2 recruit, and have plans to record her first brainstorming session next week (and my prepwork for that has been really cool… I can’t wait to utilize it). I don’t want to spoil any real details yet (as we’ve really yet to make anything actually “canon”) just know I’ve been reviewing a lot of Japanese folklore this week in preparation… especially the kitsune (fox spirits).

Still, Jenny and I made our way downtown to catch the show of Dead End Lane at The Sidebar as well this week. We’d recently befriended some of the band members, and wanted to come out and support them. However, we’d not actually heard them play before and so were pleasantly surprised to learn they were really good… like better than I thought to expect good.

Their set was super high energy and loads of fun (while still sporting a fairly serious origin story), and while Sidebar’s a pretty small venue, everyone there was really into it. We’re quite lucky to know so many musician friends, and Jenny was sure to raid their merch table for their new album… and a t-shirt to match.

And, as another weird quirk of fate, who should Dead End Lane be opening for that night, but the old skool ska band Mephiskapheles… a band that other high school friends (some who went on to become professional musicians themselves) and I used to listen to back in the day… (those being the bygone halcyon days of the 90’s)…

It was pretty cool to hear them play live (it was a great show) and definitely a fun little punk show to catch.

I’m also still waiting to hear about some potential writing gigs, but regardless of how things turn out there, I’ve also had the idea of expanding my Yule Lads pitch into an actual one-shot RPG module I could write… maybe for D&D 5E, maybe for Pathfinder (both editions?) or maybe I try writing it so it’s useful without mechanics… still not sure, but as a freelance-y thing I could do for the holidays… might be worth considering.

And, at a friend’s recommendation, I’m trying some new “obvious” ways of actually monetizing this site a little more. While the “big fish” seems to be setting up an actual email capture service (and something to consider working towards) what I can start right now is signing up as an Amazon Affiliate.

So, full disclosure… I’m doing that now…

I don’t really know what to expect, or how likely it is to be used… but I link to Amazon all the time on this blog (as well as in Adventure Hook, whose show notes I duplicate here when I embed the new episodes from adventurehook.biz) so it doesn’t seem like a huge shift.

These are all books we’ve cited on the show (many at length), and so to kick things off here are the new affiliate links you can use if you want any for yourself:

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Did you buy anything? Well, Amazon says I have six months to redirect three actual sales to them, or I get pulled from the program… I’m not going to knock myself out trying to pimp stuff out… but I’ll do my best to utilize the Amazon stuff on this site more organically going forward, and we’ll see how things actually pan out come the holidays…

My YouTube 800 subscribers this week as well. If that too could crest the coveted (and monetized) 1000 subs before end of the year, I might even be inclined to finally cobble together the nightmare that would end up being the creation of Magick 202: The Formula of Ritual – Part 2 (which I don’t even have video for, just less-than-stellar audio).

For now, I’d be pleased if of the 21K viewers who supposedly started watching, even 500 of those folks actually managed to make it all the way though what I’ve already created, before I go and make something else completely new (and huge) from almost scratch…

Crap… does that sound like I’m trying to weasel out of spiritual service? Or is that what it’s going to take for me to hit 1000 subscribers in the first place?

Well, it’s not happening this week anyway…

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Wednesday 8/7/19-

Sun: Leo–

Moon: Scorpio (50% Waxing)

If you’d like to start from the “beginning” of all this… you can read from my first blog post.

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