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Podcasts are a great way for busy geeks to stay on top of their obsessions when they’re stuck in traffic (or a cubicle). A good podcast can encapsulate your favorite TV or radio show and even have that feel of “old-timey” radio. They’re also a great way for independent producers of various content to get their stuff “out there.” All you need to get your silky voice out there is a computer, some kind of compatible recording equipment and a program like GarageBand or Audacity.
And with that, Nerdvana brings you our first look at podcasts for geeks.
G4 (formerly Tech TV) is the home for gamers and gadget lovers on digital cable TV (it’s Channel 158 on Cox Digital in the Valley). G4 programs like Attack of the Show and X-Play have their own podcasts here, but so do their hosts, with such titles as “Sessler’s Soapbox,” “In Your Pants,” “Gadget Pron” and “The Feed.” The great thing is you can keep up with a lot of G4 content without paying for cable!
This podcast is actually a recording of a weekly talk show of the same name on National Public Radio. Host Ira Flatow leads a discussion of science topics in the news, and the goal is “making science user-friendly.” I’ve been catching it on and off for years now, and it’s always enlightening — and sometimes even entertaining.
The ForceCast is the official podcast of TheForce.net, which is probably the greatest unofficial site out there devoted to Star Wars. Unofficial or not, they still manage to get great scoops and Star Wars insiders as guests, such as collector extraordinaire turned Lucasfilm employee Steve Sansweet. He has the largest private collection of SW memorabilia in the world (and I remember him introducing SW collectibles on QVC before the prequels came). Now he is “director of content management and head of fan relations” for Lucasfilm. That is one lucky geek!
Star Wars Roleplaying Game official podcast
This new podcast has the designers of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game from Wizards of the Coast offering advice for running exciting ongoing scenarios in the Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Before Wizards finally got on the ball this month with an official SWRPG podcast, a couple of independent podcasters had already racked up a couple dozen episodes on the same topic. Order 66, named after the Emperor’s order to exterminate the Jedi in Star Wars — Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, strikes a good balance of crunchy rules discussions, adventure ideas and humor.
Dungeons & Dragons official podcast
Game design gurus from Wizards of the Coast offer behind-the-scenes looks at D&D products as well as actual-play recordings, such as recent audio of the gamers from Penny Arcade getting their first experience with D&D Fourth Edition.
Next time: More tabletop gaming (RPG) podcasts, and your requests! Speaking of which …. Got any requests?