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 Post subject: Shmup Podcast Open Call for Guests
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:52 pm 


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Hi everyone,

I’m new to the forums and am wanting to put-together a podcast about shmups. I was wondering if anyone out there in the community would be interested in coming on and just talking about your experiences with shmups and your views of the genre.

Here’s a sample of the types of questions asked on the podcast:

• When did you really start playing shmups seriously? What attracts you to the genre?

• What was the first shmup you ever 1cc’d. How long did it take? Was it a struggle?

• What is your practice routine like? How do you approach improving your skills?

• What is your local scene like when it comes to shooters, are you isolated or is there a community of players?

• Any arcade memories of playing shooters? How would you compare the arcade experience of the past to playing in arcades today? (if you have any arcades left in your area).

• What is your preferred home setup for playing shmups? Do you play on modern monitors or CRTs?

• What is your preferred input method (stick, pad, keyboard) and why?

• What shmup are you currently playing? Do you play for survival or score?

• What is your favorite shmup?

• What shooter do you think is the most over-rated?

• Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to shmup game design?

• What is sub-genre do you prefer the most? Do you have a favorite developer?

• What changes would you like to see happen when it comes to how shmups are viewed and played in the gaming community?

Thanks for your interest!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:56 pm 


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This is a great idea! :D I will follow your podcasts closely.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:24 pm 


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:43 pm 


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Cool idea! If I was more hardcore about my shmup playing, I'd want to be on the podcast, but sadly, I'm a "filthy casual" in that sense :lol:

Good luck with the podcast, however, and let us know when it's up and running. I'd love to listen to it, and perhaps get some tips, so I can endeavor to suck less at these games!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:01 pm 


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Plasmo wrote:
This is a great idea! :D I will follow your podcasts closely.

Welcome to the forum!



Thanks for the interest! Also, if you would like to come on as a guest that would be great.


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are you mark r. johnson


I am afraid I am not. Though when I was a kid making prank calls I would introduce myself as Mr. Stiffy Johnson.

FRO wrote:
Cool idea! If I was more hardcore about my shmup playing, I'd want to be on the podcast, but sadly, I'm a "filthy casual" in that sense :lol:

Good luck with the podcast, however, and let us know when it's up and running. I'd love to listen to it, and perhaps get some tips, so I can endeavor to suck less at these games!


Hey man, this is a podcast that is open to the entire community, casual or not. If you'd like to come on an episode that would be great. I am looking to have guests from all different perspectives.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Podcast Open Call for Guests
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:43 pm 


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Hey, I'm another filthy casual and probably wouldn't have a lot to say but I'd love to hear what others think. Perhaps, if I became more confident about my lack of knowledge I'd participate further down the line.

Anyway, main reason for posting was to suggest making contact with the STG Weekly guys. They're very knowledge and chatty. It might make a nice start to your podcast.

Regardless, best of luck. I've been looking forward to an English shmups podcast for the longest time!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:02 pm 


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Pedro Lambrini wrote:
Hey, I'm another filthy casual and probably wouldn't have a lot to say but I'd love to hear what others think. Perhaps, if I became more confident about my lack of knowledge I'd participate further down the line.

Anyway, main reason for posting was to suggest making contact with the STG Weekly guys. They're very knowledge and chatty. It might make a nice start to your podcast.

Regardless, best of luck. I've been looking forward to an English shmups podcast for the longest time!


Hi Pedro,

Thanks for the heads up! I'll definitely have to look into getting into contact with those guys. For one, I do think it would be cool to interview Prometheus about Full Extent of the Jam, since it was one of the first things I read back while I was getting into playing shmups more seriously.

You are right about there being no English podcast, that's actually one of my main motivations for putting this effort together. Let me know if you do come around to coming onto the podcast yourself. No pressure though.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:33 pm 


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I'm in the process of trying to put together a sort of informal shmup play through group for a website I contribute to, and possibly making it a joint venture with another website, since my shmup collection has grown to be reasonably large at this point, so if I get that going, it might be fun to be on the podcast to help promote that. I would assume the group will focus more on easily accessible shmups in the Western market, most likely domestic and region-free releases, Steam shmups, etc., so if we can get that going, I would certainly welcome an opportunity to promote it.
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Yeah, I'll do it, lots of fertile ground here, why should the rest of the world have slightly more fun ? Send some details.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:15 pm 


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Far from the best, but I would be willing to help out too.
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Stevens wrote:
Far from the best, but I would be willing to help out too.


That's great! I'm working on the first episode now and I am going to try and line up interview schedules soon.
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DialKnight wrote:
Yeah, I'll do it, lots of fertile ground here, why should the rest of the world have slightly more fun ? Send some details.


That's great! I'll send you some details soon.

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I'm in the process of trying to put together a sort of informal shmup play through group for a website I contribute to, and possibly making it a joint venture with another website, since my shmup collection has grown to be reasonably large at this point, so if I get that going, it might be fun to be on the podcast to help promote that. I would assume the group will focus more on easily accessible shmups in the Western market, most likely domestic and region-free releases, Steam shmups, etc., so if we can get that going, I would certainly welcome an opportunity to promote it.


No problem man, sounds like a cool idea. I'd be interested to hear more about your experiences with collecting as well.
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While we've gotten a little bit of this in the past from STG Weekly episodes, it seems like you have an interesting and unique approach.
I'm curious to see how this will go.
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Would welcome it as well!
and fits nicely next to STGWeekly.
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Hey everyone,

Just a quick update. I am going to be finishing up the first episode tonight and reaching out to some people about setting up an interview for the second episode this weekend.

Thanks so much for all the support, It's really helped me find the motivation to get this thing up and running.
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I'd love to see some design-focused discussions. It would complement nicely with STG Weekly, which is more focused on players and their runs. Some of the members here have made shmups of their own (e.g. Danbo who made Blue Revolver, Ebbo and eebrozgi who are working on FINALBOSS, and trap15 who's working on Fire Lancer) - if you can manage to bring together some of them and discuss their approaches and philosophies to making shmups and the lessons they learned when doing so, that would be awesome. Developers outside this forum are also welcome, of course.
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I'd definitely be up for something like this if you'd have me. Think it's a great initiative!
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Always looking for more interesting podcasts to listen to while working and there really isn't anything out there like this. Please share the link when your first episode is out.


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Good luck with your podcast. If you have any questions for stgweekly ( i work on the show), feel free to dm me.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:59 pm 


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The first episode of the podcast is now complete!


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Here is the link to the Google Drive Folder I am hosting the episodes from:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1v-q8hNE5rlPRSJGcRXGCIn4ELF6ATzF3


I will also create another thread on the forum that will go into greater detail about the episode. I would just like to thank everyone again for all the interest and support. I hope this thing doesn't disappoint (I do plan on improving as I go).

P.S. The original image I used for the basis of the cover art is by Tarrow100, a japanese artist that I asked permission to use the image from around two years ago. I then redesigned the color and added the other stuff. Here's the link to the original image, in case you were curious and wanted to compare them. https://www.deviantart.com/art/AXELAY-Toon-Shading-Ver-510972784
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Good luck with your podcast. If you have any questions for stgweekly ( i work on the show), feel free to dm me.


Thanks my man. I will definitely do that. It would be great to get some STG Weekly people on the show.

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I'd definitely be up for something like this if you'd have me. Think it's a great initiative!


You got it! I am interested in talking with people from different countries than my own and comparing and contrasting our experiences. I'll add you to my list of people to coordinate a time with. Right now I'm still trying to get everything organized, so I'm sorry if it takes a while for me to follow up.
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Interesting project, and a very decent first episode. If you don't mind, some suggestions:
Encoding the podcast at 320kbps is really great, but if you eventually have storage issues, I suggest encoding to v0. The file will be slightly smaller, but the sound quality won't change by much;
If you go above the 1 hour mark on future episodes, add some short music tracks in between segments. Some members here compose some great music for shmup games, or that sounds like shmup music, so you could ask them permission to use them. Maybe in the future you could have your own theme song for the podcast. :)
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An update on interviews for the podcast:

Hey everyone, I have been spending the last few days thinking about how I am going to regularly get guests on the podcast. As I mentioned in my first episode, I would like to conduct live calls with members of the community. However, when I think about some of the barriers many members of the community will face for coming on the show (like audio equipment, matching my time schedule, and perhaps feeling unsure of what you want to say) I thought that it would be good to introduce an alternative as well.

So this is the idea that I have come up with. In addition to the call in option, I also want to see if you guys would be interested in taking part in written interviews. How it will work is that I will send you a link to a google doc. On that google doc I will write a question and you can write a response. Then, I will write my response to your response and we can have a conversation back and forth. What is nice about this is that is doesn't have to be done in one sitting and we can conduct the interview according to our own schedules. This could potentially be a much more reliable method for getting guests as well. Then, once the interview is completed, I will read through the interview for the podcast. This is also nice because I could fit in more interviews per episode.

What do you guys think? Anyone interested in trying this style of interview for the podcast? I at least want to try it once and see how it goes.

Sincerely,

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Frenetic here from STGWeekly. Do you have a Twitter? I'd be happy to follow and retweet when your podcasts come out.

May I suggest created a Google Form? Then you can have an archive of people interested and their answers to questions: https://www.google.com/forms/

Please et me know if you need any other help!

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Frenetic here from STGWeekly. Do you have a Twitter? I'd be happy to follow and retweet when your podcasts come out.

May I suggest created a Google Form? Then you can have an archive of people interested and their answers to questions: https://www.google.com/forms/

Please et me know if you need any other help!

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Thank you for the support my friend! I think the google form is a great idea. I have gone ahead and put one together. Here is the link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FLWRV ... 5RrS65enlQ

Let me know if you think it is setup properly.

I have also setup a twitter for the podcast.

My twitter handle is @Mark_MSX_

I also have a discord channel everyone is welcome to join. Here is the link for the discord:

https://discord.gg/YXHK2Fp

Thanks again!
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