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AM Audio Media Interviews With Rikki Wright & Andrew Chalmers!

It’s finally here – the AM Audio Media interview with Rikki Wright and Andrew Chalmers!

If you’re not familiar with the fine folks behind the Doctor Who Dark Journey radio drama, check out the embedded #TWTT video or podcast below.  You can also visit the official AM Audio Media web site, home to delicious Doctor Who fandoms.  Skip ahead for breaking news from our friends at AMAM and the interview double-header.  It’s FANTASTIC!

As some of you know, I had a recent hard drive crash right after one of my computers started to act up.  We’ve been recovering from the losses but fortunately we had backups an the support of fine folks like Mike T.  He’s even sending us some new Doctor Who sound bits to use on our soundboard and post-productions.  The one and only MA Tamburro also added some breaking Whovian news that is somewhat exclusive so – YAY!

BTW We’re planning a launch of Series 2 of Dark Journey at the end of the month if you’d like to mention that to your listeners. We’d love to be on the show at some point in June and intro a full new episode.

So it turns out we are posting these interviews right on time, after all (PHEW).  Stand by…  AM Audio Media nterviews warping in!

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I’ve always been a fan of third person games, from the Doom and Duke Nukem era through Goldeneye through to current incarnation of the Grand Theft Auto series.  I like driving games too so when you combine them into something like Driver or Getaway, that’s what really cranks my chain… or floats my boat or… erm… let’s just say I’m particularly fond of them.  ~Rikki Wright a.k.a. “Just Fred”

Three Pantomimes & Interchangeable Pertwee Head Scarecrows

TWTT:  Before we get into your work with Dark Journey, tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do for fun, for example?
Rikki Wright:  For fun, I run marathon’s to raise money for various charities, I am an activist for certain group that promotes freedom of speech but who shall remain “anonymous”, and I actively get involved in the rescue of puppies from illegal dog fighting rings.  Really?  No, not really.  I rarely leave the comfort of my Lazy-Boy recliner where I spend most days as close to horizontal as possible while watching reruns of 1980’s game shows, eating cheesies and scratching myself with a medium sized stick (interestingly I found that a large stick whilst providing greater coverage was too heavy and hence required a greater consumption of cheesies to generate the energy to use properly).  Really?  Also no, not really.  The reality is almost less interesting than both of those extremes.  As a father of 2, I spend most of my “spare” time running kids from swimming lessons to hockey practice and birthday parties.  I am on the board and coach at my local rugby club and in those rarest of moments when I do find time for myself, I pretend to be an actor both on stage, on camera and in the case of Doctor Who Dark Journey, behind a microphone.  Occasionally I turn my pen towards paper and have written (and produced) three pantomimes. 
What does Doctor Who mean to you?  Does it have a special place in your heart?
As a child growing up in the 80’s in England, Doctor Who was quite popular and so when I think of Doctor Who (the classic era) it reminds me of my childhood.  More recently however, with the latest regenerations of the Doctor, it reminds me that my wife often goes to bed much earlier than me and thus I get free reign to watch whatever I want on TV!  Mixed emotions then.
EDITOR’S NOTE:  I know the feeling well..  My family hogs up the big screen TV..   But, on a positive note, I got my anti-sci-fi wife mildly interested in Doctor Who – it’s a start!
How did you come to be involved with the Dark Journey radio drama?
I became involved in Dark Journey after answering a casting call I came across online. I auditioned over the phone reading from a play I performed in when I was about 15 years old… so just a few years ago.
What is your fondest memory of recording with the cast (thus far)?
Andrew and I share a very similar sense of humour (or as he would pronounce it “youmer”) – recording with the cast was always a challenge as Andrew and I would crack jokes (often with double entendres providing the punchlines).  The challenge was always continuing recording after a good giggle and trying to keep a straight face.  I’d regularly have to close my eyes or turn away from Andrew to avoid making eye contact and cracking up again.  Unprofessional… maybe! I will not miss the small and overly warm recording studio that somehow managed to create the most unusual smells with no apparent source material.
Who is your favorite Doctor?   Least favorite?
I have a romanticised idea of liking the third doctor Jon Pertwee because of another TV character he played on Worzel Gummidge (a scarecrow with interchangeable heads!) I really should go back and watch some of the episodes from that era, particularly as he is often compared to the current Doctor Peter Capaldi whom I have a difficult time warming to.  If I were to pick a favourite Doctor (who I can actually remember clearly), without a doubt it would be Tennant. In terms of least favourite Doctor, I will probably be lambasted for this but I didn’t like Matt Smith, too quirky and full of self importance… although that could describe most Doctors.

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Heroes Of The Storm Open Beta Patch Preview & Upcoming Changes

Breaking news, fellow Blizzard fanboys!

Blizzard has been pretty tight-lipped about the specifics of the upcoming Heroes Of The Storm patch so we’ve put together a report based upon what they have told us and what makes sense given the upcoming open beta and full release dates (May 19th 2015 and June 2nd 2015, respectively).  These details come on the heels of the following statement from Vaeflare, Community Manager on the Heroes Of The Storm forums:

We have indeed not yet announced when our next patch or Hero release are, so anyone claiming otherwise is factually incorrect.
We have, however, confirmed an official release date for Heroes of the Storm: June 2, 2015.

Heroes Of The Storm / Blizzard Game Designer, Matt Cooper

This vague response has many Blizzard fans frustrated.  It’s been over five weeks and we still don’t know much about the next major patch.  In a recent developer spotlight with Matt Cooper, HotS game designer, we did get some straight answers.  Here is what Blizzard has confirmed for the upcoming Heroes Of The Storm patch:

  • Healing Ward Rework – Healing ward will have scaling HP as a trade-off for being affected by all attacks, including AoE abilities.  It will also have a higher targeting priority so enemies an’t sit on it to block attacks.
  • The Rich Get Richer – Diablo and E.T.C. are both getting reworked a smidge with new Storm Powers.  That’s right: the two most popular Warriors in the current meta are being improved further.  The reworks, in a nutshell, will Diablo and E.T.C. will be even stronger in Heroes Of The Storm!.  E.T.C. players will get more value from Mosh Pit and worry less about “hard counters”.  While I play both Warriors and love them, I hope that other Warriors are buffed to keep pace.
  • Balance Changes – Lots of hero changes are coming in addition to the aforementioned.  Chen is going to be buffed so that he is more than just a trolling damage sponge.  Anub’arak will now have more effective beetles and talent specs thereof.  Abathur’s backdoor cheese plays will be essentially removed.  Lost Vikings will have their Longboat nerfed and their less-used heroic buffed.  Last but not least, Illidan is not being touched.
  • Sylvanas, The Banshee Queen – Blizzard has confirmed that Sylvanas is well within their win-rate threshold, hovering at around 50%.  The only change they are looking to do in the future is a rework of her Possession heroic; however, they do not have enough feedback to work off of currently.

There are some nice and, well, interesting design decisions but we are sure there is much more in the pipelines.  Now for some speculation or, better yet, educated guesses…

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Happy Cinco De Mayo – Celebrate Blizzard & Gaming With Us!

YAYAYAY – Happy Cinco De Mayo! *takes a shot*

Tonight, May 5th 2015, we’ll be drinking, probably drunk-streaming, and counting down to the Heroes Of The Storm open beta on May 19th.  We’re counting down to the big Heroes Of The Storm full launch on June 2nd 2015, too.  Lots of Blizzard fanboy status going on.  Plus it’s a good excuse to drink if you’re of age.  Who’s with us?

In our May 4th/5th The G.A.N.G. Minute vlog, we discuss tons of great stuff, including:

  • Yogizilla returns to streaming?
  • Cinco De Mayo late-night Twitch stream plans – to be multicasted on channels GeekyAntics and Yogizilla!
  • Back on Hearthstone, SolForge, Scrolls, and indie games for the strum, yo.
  • Heroes Of The Storm release dates announced: May 19th and June 2nd.
  • We still have Heroes Of The Storm beta keys for our geeky friends.
  • Comcast backpedals on broadband data usage charges.
  • FCC regulations, net neutrality, and Internet as a public utility – what does it all really mean?
  • Jedmartinez25 chimes in about how Internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity.  Agreed!
  • Welcome Beard_And_Hat to #TheGANG!
  • Beard_And_Hat advocates Don’t Starve, PS4, and Mag!
  • Blizzard Battle Tag Exchange – join us for Blizzard gaming fun!!
  • BM and toxicity makes it way into Heroes Of The Storm, sadly.
  • Heroes of the Storm is all about raw teamwork.  #WordUp
  • Shout-outs to Cupcakeeenvy, CupcakeNoms, MaidenShyWhiteWolf, RenayeBones, BFT9000, Linkwall, ObioneX2, Melissaaaxd, Jedmartinez25, and F8tl_Blades.
  • Check out our awesome sponsors including ShinyPrints.com -the place to get durable, high-quality, beautiful photo and art print solutions!
  • We miss Internet cafes and arcades.
  • #GamerGate returns.  Are media portrayals skewed?  Is it just the gaming industry that is corrupt?
  • Yogi’s quest to get his gaming rig back up and running.
  • Yogizilla is back on #TeamXBox – XBox One HYPE!!!
  • …And MORE!

Read on for more info on our Cinco De Mayo gaming and drinking plans!

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“Black Jester”, A Poem For Kind People In An Unkind World

I tell jokes to hide a sad soul

I laugh to hide a crying child

I listen so no one else is alone

I wear bright colors to distract from red-rimmed eyes

I am kind because I don’t want others to suffer

I teach so others may learn from my mistakes

I lie so no one else need feel my sadness

I help so no one else need be like me

I am the Black Jester

 

See more of  creative works by Lord_Rakdos a.k.a. Andrew Murray at:

http://geekyantics.net/forums/topic/black-jester/