Travel and Podcasts

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Traveling seems to provide an excellent opportunity to get shit done when you have a bunch of podcasts to edit and a website to build. But here’s the joke. It doesn’t. Airport WiFi sucks, planes are small, and carrying two laptops is the worst thing ever. Especially when one is a 17″ aircraft carrier from Dell (the best intention of an overly enthusiastic employer). You might have a 2 hour lay over and plan to use all that great wasted time to edit audio and be productive. But you know what you really do? You drink at a bar and talk to other traveling co-workers because airports blow. Long story short, traveling and productivity don’t mix. Thank god none of these podcasts are live yet.

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1d4 DMs: A Preface

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Why did we decide to do this podcast? Mainly because we all talk about D&D and table top RPGs anyway, so why not record it. Also, being 4  DMs with 4 different styles and experience levels, we kind of figured our inane conversations might be informative. Entertaining at least. But we make no promises.

We have plenty of topics in mind to discuss, since we’re all running and playing in games right now. But that does not mean we aren’t open to suggestions. If there’s something you’d like to hear about, or some insight into a thing you’re dying to hear, feel free to ask. Hell, if you have questions, we’ll collect them up and do a Q&A cast. Whatever you want. Tweet at us @1d4dms, or send us an old fashion email at 1d4dms@thearistocasts.com. Just like a good DM, we’re really only hear for your entertainment.

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An Intro to Dare to be Stupid

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What is Dare to be Stupid? Well… it’s a podcast, and by all measure, it’s the best podcast ever created. Originally started back in 2007, the super original Dare to be Stupid was 2 hours of insanity and the rambles of mad men. It was still just Ryan and I but we were just holed up in a bedroom, with crappy mics duct taped to clamps, clamped to a bed frame. It was pretty bare bones, and not very good. Don’t get me wrong, it was still bizarre and funny as hell, but 2 hours is a long-ass time to listen to two people talk about nothing. There were no topics, no rules, no nothing. It was a direct reaction to the restrictions of the regular broadcast medium, so we just kind of went for it.

Flash forward 3 years. Dare to be Stupid returns! In this iteration, we talked about things! We picked a topic and riffed on it. We still used crappy mics, but this time there were mic stands involved. We upgraded from office chairs to a comfy couch. Oh and we leased an old underground bunker / missile silo from the US government in return for… favors. We turned this unnamed cave into our production studio and rocked the podcast world. Well… not really. No one listened still, things got pricey, and Ryan and I had to take a brief… hiatus. Let’s leave it at that.

Fast forward now to 2017. The country is in chaos. Everything seems to be falling apart. Celebrities are dying en mass. We paid our debt, and it seemed like it was time to return. Taking the studio out of mothballs, clearing out a few demons that had taken up residence, and fortifying the soft Pleistocene alluvials, we moved back in, vowing not to abandon the studio until the world was right again. And probably not after that either. We have no place else to go.

Coming back with fresh eyes, and a fresh intern, we’re going to pick topics, riff on them and spread knowledge and joy to the listening public. We’re also going to keep it to about 30 – 40 minutes and try not to yell at you quite as much. A listening experience for the entire family*, Dare to be Stupid is back with a quality program!

*If you’re family has no real moral compass, is all above the age of 25, can take a fucking joke, doesn’t mind the casual – or not so casual – swear, encourages violence, is not a Trump, and has 30 – 40 minutes they don’t care about.
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