On Ending Friday Night Trivia

Friday Night Trivia is a weekly show that I do for my Radio Free Caemlyn podcast. I started Friday Night Trivia back in early February of 2010 as a way of having something to do on a Friday night, as I had (and still have) no social life. It started off as a combination of Doctor Who trivia and word puzzles, and has become a weekly social event that a dedicated group of people look forward to each weekend.

So why would I bring something like this to an end, something that has become more than just about trivia, but a weekly social event?

Well, I’ve been considering ending trivia for a while. I want to change over to a conversation show. During our pre-shows, we have a lot of fun discussions on a lot of topics. These discussions are never recorded, and thus lost to the ether as soon as they are had. I want those to be the podcast, I want those to be the show. Trivia is fun and all, but…

Trivia has been fun. We’ve done nearly 200 episodes over nearly five years. As the saying goes, though, all good things must come to an end.

Trivia has run its course. It’s tired. It’s time to move on. It’s about moving on.

UPDATE (081202.2014): It’s been a month since I ended Friday Night Trivia. Since then, I’ve tried doing Radio Free Caemlyn Live shows, where conversations are the focus, but those proved unpopular. Everyone who showed up just wanted to go back to the trivia format. People wanted that gimmick to return. I still feel that the trivia format is limiting, and is something that has run its course. I have no plans of ever bringing trivia back. If someone else wants to run their own version of Friday Night Trivia, go right ahead. I’m sure they’ll end up on TalkShoe. (That’s something else: I tried my damnedest to move Trivia away from TalkShoe. I don’t like hosting Trivia shows there, the site is cumbersome and limiting. My preferred method would be to do Skype calls and broadcast that over Mixlr)

Anyway, 21 November was the final episode of Radio Free Caemlyn Live, where not that many people showed up. The following Friday was the Friday following Thanksgiving, here in the states, so I didn’t do a live show. This past Friday was the first Friday where I just didn’t do a Friday night show. Personally, I prefer not doing Friday night shows, as it gives me more time to rest. Even if I were still doing Friday nights shows, December is a busy month to even consider doing that. As for Trivia…the format was no longer fun; I was no longer enjoying Friday Night Trivia. Realizing that was the case, I decided it was better to end Trivia than let it decay and die due to a host that no longer loved the format.

There is still some confusion with Dave, whether he wants to run trivia. Others, if any of them want to start and run their own weekly Friday trivia show, go right ahead. I won’t be joining.

I’ve compiled all episodes of Trivia into their own RSS feed, which you can find here.

RFC Commentary: Twin Peaks Pilot Episode

I’m finally starting a series of commentaries for the Radio Free Caemlyn podcast. This time, Erica (from Marble Operator) joins me to talk all over the top of the American pilot of Twin Peaks. Hopefully we can continue this through the end of season one, at least.

Download the commentary track here, and listen along as you watch. We talk over the American version of the pilot episode.

Marble Operator 97: Entry 87 and the End of Marble Hornets

Episode can be downloaded here.

Rion, Logan, John, Abby, Katie, and Erica join Rand to discuss Marble Hornets Entry #87, which marks the end of the series. The panelists also discuss the conclusion of the series, and their thoughts on Marble Hornets as a whole.

This episode marks the final discussion for Marble Hornets. We have three series to discuss at this point, those being TribeTwelve, Dark Harvest, and Andersen Journals.

This episode also marks the end of the Marble Operator podcast. It’s been fun. Had some fun interviews. Met some cool people.

See you over on Radio Free Caemlyn.

Marble Operator Episode 96

Episode 96 of Marble Operator is available to download.

On this episode, John, Logan, Katie, Erica, and Abby join Rand to catch up on recent Slender-series videos. First, they cover the two most recent Marble Hornets videos, being Entry #85 and Entry #86. Then John, Logan, and Erica give their thoughts on the most recent upload from the Andersen Journals, being “GOODBYE”.

Total run-length of the episode is 1:08:32.

Behind the scenes note, I need to figure out why my Skype call recorder isn’t working correctly, then see if I can upgrade the audio quality.