Crucible of Realms
By Jim Ryan
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We like to create worlds of fantasy, sci-fi and other genres. In each episode, we brainstorm a new setting. Come and join us!
||CleanEpisode 26 - Pinewood Cove||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: David Sobkowiak It appears we've returned! This episode was one of a handful coming up that we thought gone to the mists of time. Thankfully, we've finally managed to recover the audio and are delighted to present it||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 17 - I Bought a Monster||RECORDED LIVE AT CONCAROLINAS 2015! Kent and I met up at ConCarolinas to do a live podcast this year, marveled at the fact that the room was nearly empty and practically gave up hope. Then, as we were getting ready to pack it all in, we were bolstered b||6/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanEpoch Iteration 16 - Running and Screaming and Giant Frogs||For the first time, we have a guest on an Epoch Iteration! Author Eden Royce returns to talk about her upcoming novella release, Containment 2: Unleashed, a good portion of which takes place in our own Hell Noir setting. She also reads an excerpt from t||3/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - Western Evolution||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: Scott Roche Our latest world is a mashup of the Western, Sci-Fi and Horror genres with a slight touch of Steampunk thrown in for flavor. Not long before the turn of the 20th century, a group of scientists led by Niko||12/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - Terror||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: Mark And now, as we get ever closer to Halloween, we bring you a realm of chilling darkness where fear is the greatest commodity. This is a place in which all of the world's worst nightmares are embodied. A strange,||10/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Azure Tears||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: Jason Bulmahn of Paizo Publishing and Minotaur Games We brainstorm up a world so full of ideas that we had to bleed into an extra half hour! In a Conan-esque world where magic waxes and wanes in centuries-long cycles, the||9/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 15 - Collating Data Between Our Various Selves||Nope, we're still not dead. Listen in as we talk about recent events, the current state of affairs, upcoming releases and how to get rich using time travel. We also read listener feedback! Believe it or not, ACTUAL EPISODES ARE COMING SOON! LINKS: Think||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 14 - Kobolds & Super Heroes||A quick Iteration to talk about our guests' upcoming projects! Image courtesy of ImgurLINKS: Eloy Lasanta's Kickstarter for Third Eye Games, AMP: Year One, can be found HERE. Wolfgang Baur's projects for Kobold Press, Deep Magic and The Kobold Guide to||3/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - The Brilliance||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Eden Guest: Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games We create a future Earth in which some of the human population have begun to evolve into beings of light. These new types of humans have made significant gains in equality, but there a||2/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 13 - A Frozen Wasteland||This Iteration was recorded on Groundhog Day! We talk about the recent Snowpocalypse/Snowmageddon (which seems to have repeated itself) and read listener feedback. Image courtesy of ImgurLINKS: The Walking Dead comparison page can be found HERE. Jim's s||2/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 12 - We Demand Sanitation Ninjas||We are not dead! In this Iteration we go off on many a tangent about D&D, Doctor Who and conventions in addition to reading some listener feedback. Image Courtesy of ImgurLINKS: Scaldcrow Games' Worlds of Pulp (DrivethruRPG, Kickstarter) AetherCon The||12/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Epilareus||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: Charles White of Fabled Environments We create a fantasy city where the holy orders are involved in almost every level of society. The various factions of Epilareus are each guided by their religion, and it is up t||9/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 11 - Find a Naked Singularity||In this Iteration we talk about recent events, read listener feedback and go off on many a tangent. Image Source: Northern Arizona UniversityYou can find Jim's other podcast, Transmissions From the Ninth World, HERE. You can find Kent's video podcast at||8/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - Sorcerer's Gambit||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: THE Jim Harris In this episode, we create a Steampunk / Victorian Fantasy mashup setting. As the British Empire rolls out its engines of industry, the indigenous populations of its colonies call upon ancient magics||7/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 10 - Walk the Fire||Another quick Kickstarter-related Iteration this time. Upcoming guest David Sobkowiak talks about an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for Walk the Fire, a shared world sci-fi anthology series. Check it out HERE. And stay tuned at the end for outtakes from E||5/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - Ptemos||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: Matthew Wayne Selznick Finally, a new episode with actual world-building in it! Though in this episode, we go about it a little differently. Our guest, creator Matthew Wayne Selznick, walks us through the process o||4/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 9 - Throw Yourself at the Ground and Miss||We discuss recent strange turns of events related to the podcast. We also go back and talk about some listener feedback we neglected to cover earlier. (This show was recorded in late February.) The fateful promise Jim made in the Comments section of the||3/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 8 - The Internet Stares Long Into You||We ramble on about recent events, continue pondering the apocalypse and pine away after movies and kickstarters. Mentioned in this Iteration: Asteroid Meme Maya / 2012 Apocalypse / Maya Calendar Apocalypse List Jeane Dixon Apophis / Apophis Clint Black||1/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 7 - Release the Christmas Bears!||We talk about current events, make announcements, discuss feedback and develop a strange fascination with spices and animal attacks. The Worldbuilding Subreddit Jon mentions can be found HERE. You can find the Transmissions from the Ninth World Podcast||12/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Accord||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: John "Scooter" Weaver In this episode we create a burgeoning city full of humans making its way in the world on the edge of three nonhuman lands. In this fantasy world, the human kingdoms do all they can to get a l||11/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 6 - Help the Walking Eye||A quick iteration discussing the fire that happened recently at the home of two of the hosts of the Walking Eye Podcast. Here is a link to the ChipIn fund that's been set up to help them out: http://ortiz.chipin.com/kevin-weiser-and-jen-dixon Give to it||11/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 5 - Wondrous Feedback||We read listener feedback, freely toss around Avengers spoilers like they're Halloween candy, and acknowledge the wonders of video game exhaustion. The plant growth time-lapse video discussed in the episode can be found HERE. RECOMMENDATIONS: Jim recomm||10/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpoch Iteration 4 - Dragon*Con Post-Mortem||We talk a little about show notes, read listener feedback and then talk for quite a while about what we did at Dragon*Con 2012! In October, Kent will be participating in the charity Extra Life - check it out! RECOMMENDATION: Jon recommends the web comic||9/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||CleanEpoch Iteration 3 - Not Going to GenCon||We may not have made it to GenCon, but we *will* be at Dragon*Con! We touch a bit on that, recent feedback, upcoming episodes, World of Warcraft, The Dark Knight Rises and more! UPDATE - HERE is the worksheet I (Jim) use to track information as an episo||8/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - GLADIUS Sanction||Hosts: Jim, Jon & Kent Guest: Jon Carmody We present a world where everything is EPIC! A Michael Bay-ish world overflowing with testosterone. A world where even the smallest things are cranked up to 11! In this world, the biggest problems are h||8/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Creative and Excellent!
The hosts do an excellent job bouncing ideas off each other. They don't argue and shut each other down; rather, someone suggests an idea and they run with it. IT seems like a highly functioning group. I especially loved the Bennu episode!
A Bounty Of RPG Ideas!
The hosts do an excellent job of providing settings and seeds for role-playing games, short stories, novels, and other story-telling media. They build on each others' ideas, gradually creating a logical and consistent framework. If you are looking for a setting for your next game, no matter the genre, Crucible of Realms is the podcast for you.
Creative ocean of plenty!
Good cast that is fun to listen to, but also really helps to brainstorm off of the realms they create. Looking forward to more!