During last week’s recording Ultimate lol asked if we’d be doing anything special for our third birthday, such as a big contest. We didn’t know if we’d have anything to give away so he suggested asking listeners to gift their extra games as prizes — generously offering to gift one of his own (The Ball, Braid or Audiosurf).
If you’d like to offer one of your extra copies/gifts as a prize let us know, either by responding below or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of Unsent giftable games on your Steam account can be found under “Games > Manage Gifts and Guest Passes…” in the Steam client.
Don’t gift the games to the email address above, just tell us which game/s you’d like to offer as prizes. We’ll tell you who to gift the game/s to when the time comes.
It may be possible to use Steam Trading
to transfer games temporarily, which would be a cleaner option, but I’m not 100% certain yet so I’m waiting for William to confirm.
Our third birthday episode is #156, this leaves around a month for us to decide exactly how to give the games away and, hopefully, receive enough game offers to have more than one recipient.
We’d love for this to be a community competition/event, so if you have any ideas feel free to post them below — the only thing decided so far is that you offer games and then gift them to whoever we say, so go nuts.
Thank you for helping us help you help us all.
Podcast 17 is running out of resources, no it’s not gold, no it’s not vespene gas, no it’s not blood … well actually… it’s sort of blood. We need people; more specifically, voices!
As most listeners have probably noticed we have been lacking in the official co-host roster as of late. This is due to a multitude of reasons, but primarily because people just get busy!
Because of this drop in participation we are putting out a public casting call for more official co-hosts. This means anyone can get a chance join the Podcast 17 team. We don’t do this often so now is a great time to get involved. We are looking for dedicated Half-Life and Valve fans who can spend ~6 hours of the week preparing for and being on the show. Preparation includes playing mods, video games, and reading media posts; which most of you already do!
Try-outs are tiered:
- Tier 1: Pseudo-resume. This is the first step – we aren’t asking for a professional resume, just tell us who you are, why you love Half-Life, what projects you’ve been involved in and at least one thing you would change about Podcast 17. Email your pseudo-resumes to email@example.com
- Tier 2: Private audio interview. Once we accept your pseudo-resume William will organize an appropriate time to speak with you over Skype. An official co-host might also be present. In this stage we just want to get to know your personality… maybe play some video games with you… maybe talk about the weather… who knows!
- Tier 3: Live Show. Once we are comfortable with your personality we will bring you on a live show and see how you handle yourself. However, we will not keep you for an interview if there is one during your live show try-out.
- Tier 4: Success! You have been accepted as an official co-host and are now part of the Podcast 17 team!
A great way to speed up this process is to hang out in our mumble voice server. This is a good way for us to get to know you and perhaps expedite the tiered process.
Don’t worry about not being able to make the current show time, as we gain new hosts availability will change and the show time may change to match that. Even if you have no time, but are still interested, still apply. We have no rules on how many episodes you need to attend, you could attend one a year for all we care (e.g. Thomas).
So in conclusion, send your pseudo-resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. We look forward to hearing from you!
Minecraft is fun!!! You know the feeling, building a near perfect castle, spending countless hours digging, hiding in holes from creepers!!! Minecraft isn’t fun when it’s laggy and this is why we need your help!
The current Minecraft server is hosted by William on his local machine and tends to lag after it is populated with more than three people… this is an issue as we have many Minecraft subscribers here at Podcast 17. We aren’t talking 150ms latency over 100ms latency, we are talking up to 3 min delays!! This can make for a very frustrating atmosphere. To top it all off our current Minecraft server isn’t 100% up 24/7, as William has to reboot his machine every now and then and do some pretty CPU intensive things (like play Arma 2 and edit/record the podcast). We don’t mind hosting it locally, it’s just the lag that is unbearable!
So once again, we need your help! Our proposed idea is to buy a Minecraft server from multiplay.co.uk and locate it in London England. The multiplay servers come preloaded with hMod and soon Bukkit; not to mention they will be blazing fast.
The issue with purchasing a Minecraft server is that it would cost us 120$ a year for 8 slots… William proposes that if the Podcast 17 group can donate at least 60$ USD he will pay the remaining 60$ (of course more is welcome). This means 6 people only have to donate 10$… or 12 people 5$… or … well you get the point! Of course we will keep the local server running until we reach our goal, but hopefully that’s sooner rather than later!
Donations can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com or you can click this handy-dandy button they generated:
We thank you for your support of Podcast 17!
Update by Nic on Jan 10 @ 01:18 UTC: The donation target was reached in under 20 minutes; continued donations could help us to increase the slot count or carry over to next year’s server costs.
It’s around $15 USD to add a slot.
We now have a Mumble voice chat server ― for those of you who’ve never heard of Mumble, it’s a VoIP voice client similar to Ventrilo or TeamSpeak.
The server has 20 slots and is hosted in London by Multiplay. We’ll increase the slots when needed, as with the live stream.
You can download the client at the Mumble project page or wiki. Once installed you’ll be asked to go through a brief audio wizard, and to generate a certificate for user authentication.
A self-signed/generated certificate is the easiest and will work with our server. The Mumble wiki strongly advises at least a Class 1, but it’s entirely up to you.
Once you’ve done that, and on any future launches, you will be greeted by the Server Connect window. The quickest way to connect to our server is by adding it as a favourite, to do this click the “Add New…” button and use the following information:
- Servername: Podcast 17 (or whatever you want)
- Address: 126.96.36.199
- Port: 2812
- Username is what you will be called on the server.
- Password: podcast17 (asked for on first connect)
Once connected, we ask that you hit Self > Register in the top menu. This will have the server associate that name with your certificate, preventing name theft and allowing us to assign user groups/permissions to you.
If you’re familiar with Ventrilo and/or TeamSpeak, you should find Mumble easy to pick up. However, if you do run into any problems or have any questions feel free to post a comment here or contact William directly (Steam: cubicvirtuoso / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oh, and Happy New Year!
Update on Jan 3 @ 02:48 UTC: Hiro warns that Punkbuster may pick up the Mumble in-game overlay as a potential cheat and kick you. As far as I know the same applies to Ventrilo and TeamSpeak overlays, so this shouldn’t come as a shock if you’re familiar with those.
If you experience this problem, or want to avoid it, the overlay can be disabled in Configure > Settings > Overlay.