The Strand Gamers are a group of tabletop gamers who play together across both coasts of the United States. We record our games and all the chaos that goes along with them. We got started on RPGMP3.com but as our ambitions grew we branched out into our own site. Here we seek to provide our own home to our audio as well as offer tabletop gaming advice and insights.
Frequently Asked Questions (And Answers!)
What is this whole Actual Play podcast thing?
Actual Play podcasts refers very simply to recording tabletop gaming sessions. “Actual Play” is meant to distinguish them from podcasts which are simply about gaming. Some groups go for the full table experience, tangents, crosstalk and occasional awkwardness and all. Other group keep a tight focus, edit and/or add in sound effects to create a more radio show-eque product. The Strand tends towards the former, but don’t be surprised if you see proper radio shows crop up from us later!
Aren’t you just ripping off the WotC/PvP/Penny-Arcade/Wheaton podcast series?
No! We’re just ripping off RPGMP3, and they started off on Yog-Sothoth, who took the idea and ran with it for their own Call of Cthulhu audio. I am a fan of those WotC podcasts and have the great privilege to play in a weekly game with their DM, Chris Perkins, but it was a far from a new idea when they started. Even so I believe that AP podcasts are still a very fertile ground for new projects and have a long way to grow.
Can I play with you guys?
It is always flattering to get asked this, but the answer has to be no. My games are basically always running at maximum capacity and I don’t like to risk unknown players for recorded games. Your odds are much better flagging me down at a convention or a local game store.
How can I record my own games?
It really isn’t that hard. My personal recording set up is an AT2020 microphone from Audio Technica and a cheap boom mic stand. Games are a table are recorded into Audacity. Games over the internet are over Skype recorded using the MP3 Skype Recorder software. All of that software is available for free.
The hardest things are a matter of trial and error. You will mess things up, lose audio and have terrible sessions. Learn and move on.
Will you host my podcast on your site?
Nope, sorry. At least for the moment this site is purely for audio from the Strand Gamers.