Podcast news

One change:

I updated "Little Demons" from 16 monsters to 28, and while I was doing it I was thinking of doing one more each for spirits and faeries.

Canva, it turns out, now lets me make pdfs that are 100 pages long, so I'll just be combining them into one file. The working title is "Half Remembered Monsters". The Demons are done, but I'd like to revist them to say "I took this creature from this story and it is in Episode XX of the podcast. I've moved the creatures from episode order to realm then alphabetical.

This is a lot of work, so it's likely to be episode 250. Cornwall will be...somewhere else. 275? 300?

Actually now I think about it, that will make GFF easier this year: instead of making monthly files and sewing them together at the end, I can just make one big file, cut the monthly bit out, and then at the end just merged two files, one for each half of the year.

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I discovered that you were doing this recently. I did not find a way to have the episodes in publication or thematic order in your blog. Where can I find this? The amount of info you have generated is massive and I would like to have an index for it. Probably it is around, but I was unable to find it. Thanks!

Well, the blog is badly maintained. In the old days you could just type "monster" and you'd get all of the posts tagged "monster". Similarly faerie, demon and so on. I need to fix that. It shouldn't be that hard to do - I think I could crack it in about three hours of work...I'll give it a go at lunchtime at work and see what I can manage. When I say "three hours" I only mean the GFF posts - the blog goes back almost ten years and there all kinds of stuff lost in the depths of it that isn't really worth indexing.

The episodes are in publication order in the blog. It may not look like it, because the number you get at the start of the episode titles in your podcatcher is my production order. Basically I originally hoped to get things out in that order, but I kept accidentally sending out episodes early, then replacing them, and so the numbers are a bit tangled up. On the lower left there's also an Archive pulldown, which lets you jump to a particular month.

On Youtube,there are some playlists by theme, but, again, I've not really kept them up to date. Again, it's not hard to do - it just takes time.

I just wanted to say I really enjoy your podcast and all the work you’ve put into it. Several months ago I started running a game; was able to use some of your Cornwall stuff. It’s been really helpful.


Thanks, I hope to get the Cornwall stuff in an even more coherent shape this year.

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Just found a lovely new little monster as I finish off the Scillonian material.

The Scillonians had a saint who granted shipwrecks, and for their veneration of her, God washed the entire population of one island off into the sea with a tidal wave.

So, she's a False God, probably.

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Nice. A faerie can also work. Nothing heightens emotion like a tsunami. A kind of Master Kelpie?
But false god fits the bill perfectly, yup.

I've just discovered that the newer version of Canva has native linking in it, so the bestiary from Games From Folktales I'm preparing for episode 250 will have links to the podcast episodes and blog posts referred to embedded in the document.

Currently it has 78 monsters in it, although one is a cheat (it's from the episode coming this Thursday). The episodes planned between now and then have 5 additional monsters, so that brings it to 83, which is a disappointingly indecisive number. There's one episode which is an empty slot, but I don't think it will get to 100 this time around.

As I've said, these are all from the blog: so you've seen them before. That being said, it's handy to have them in one place.

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Four epsiodes this week.


People tell me the best way to keep a podcast audience is to do podcasts on a regular schedule, but a lot of people are trapped at home and bored right now, so, I'm sending my spare episodes out for people to listen to.

Episode 233 (New England) has technical issue and I'll fix and post it tonight.

Episode 250 was meant to be the collected monsters of the previous 249 episodes, but that's just a tidyiness thing for me: I can send it out and then rework it to include everything for 275, so it will also go live tonight. It's 83 monsters you've seen before, but now they are all in the one place, so hopefully it will let you slap some scenarios together quickly for your zoom games.

I evaluate Games From Folktales every six months, to see if it is still worth doing. Currently it looks like it has about 40 regular listeners, which is fine. I know that doesn't sound like many compared to a big podcast, but basically if I had a chat with people at Grand Tribunal and 40 of you showed up, that would be magnificent, so I count it as good enough to keep going. The paetreons are still covering my hosting costs, so it only costs me time.

(My numbers are a bit higher than 40, but part of it is that when a new person joins, if they download the entire back catalogue, then on that day my downloads spike by a couple of hundred. I think 40 is a fair, conservative sort of number.)

There will be some delay on the episode transcripts, and especially, the monster stats, at https://timothyferguson.wordpress.com/

I'm one of those new subscribers who started listening to your podcast a few weeks ago and downloaded and listened to all the content in a short time. I've enjoyed it, and you can count me one more ongoing listener.

Edit: "You can count me one more ongoing listener." I originally wrote "you can't," which was a typo.

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Well, that's great! I hope you are enjoying it.

It's not really settled into a shape I like yet, this year. Basically my idea is to do one episode a month based on Mythic Venice, one a month based on the "King of Elfland's Daughter" to keep the Dunsany theme going, and then whatever other bits turn up in the other weeks.

Your Podcasts are great, I don’t get them immediately when they’re released, but I’m the download and listen in batch type.

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Yes, I am enjoying it, and I'm looking forward to hearing more on Mythic Venice!

Also, I just edited my earlier post. I accidentally wrote "you can't" instead of "you can," but it seems like you understood my intent.

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I admit I listened to them more when I had a backlog. It was awkward for me when I went to listen to episodes during a jog and it ended after four minutes. Heh. It forced me to look up more podcasts!
It's really made me want to run something in the Stonehenge Tribunal, though my group has commited to a long-haul long-form game in Thebes.

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So, tonight nine episodes went live.

This is deliberate. I wanted to push as much material out so people had something to have a look at while the whole Corona thing was going on.

The notes aren't up on the blog. Transcripts in the next couple of days, and stats...whenever?

I know the wise thing would have been to keep the 14 episodes (I think?) that went live this week in the can and either do them one a week, or at least one a day, but...why not? At worst I'll do a chapter of The King of Elfland';s Daughter a week, and it has thirty chapters. 8)


I listened to a few of them on my way to work (post office work is always going to be essential) and I really enjoyed the Masks episode. I also really enjoyed the earlier episode with the poem about Helen of Troy; I may try to work a Helen into the saga I’m running.

Thanks for making this podcast. It’s definitely the work that best made me love the potential of Ars Magica; and, I wouldn’t have this amazing, entertaining saga without it.

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ooh which episode is helen in? (I have never figured out how to listen to podcasts, so this might be the push I finally need)


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A poem about her is in the Teasdale 2 episode, which is number 228.

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The transcripts (no stats) for the nine new episodes are now up.

I started my recording for Librivox about Venice - the author has a slightly upsetting fixation on Venetian women. That being said, there are two items for shape and material bonuses already. That'll all come out eventually.

A new version of the Cornwall websupplement I put together is now up:

140 pages of free Ars material.

If I were doing it for Atlas I'd be a bit more terse with the folk stories, but you aren't paying by the page, so I've left some of them in. 8)

Note this works perfectly well with the Vanilla Covenant material David is offering over at Download "A Vanilla Covenant" in its last and ultimate version so that's another 52 pages of material. It is set directly north of Cornwall in the Bristol Channel. If you add in the Half-rembered monsters over at https://timothyferguson.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/half-remembered-monsters-1.pdf for another 81 pages, you've basically got a book, and all of it has come out this month. A covenant for beginners, a gazetter for your immediate region and a pile of weird monsters. It's almost like a newbie saga starter pack, and it's all free.

Thanks again to the paetrons of the podcast, and the people who collaborated on Vanilla Covenant.