Aug 312022

Since we posted our first episode in June 2011, our notion of Rag-NERD-rök has been evolving. It started out as a geek culture blog and podcast, where we would cover events, post reviews and interviews, and discuss our nerdy interests like film, comics and role playing. Two months later, Rag-NERD-rök became an actual play podcast, when we posted “Dragon Heat: Rise of the Chili-Mancer,” a Fiasco that we recorded on a lark. Before long, we stopped posting our daily articles on the blog, and started alternating actual play recordings with our regular episodes. After 2014, we decided to focus exclusively on role playing sessions, and we’ve been an actual play podcast ever since. 

Now, as the project enters its eleventh year, Rag-NERD-rök is changing again. 

As we get older, as life presents us with new challenges and opportunities, it has become more difficult to gather every week to record a session. We’ve tried a few tactics to mitigate this problem, such as recording off-night one-shots, and splitting every recording into two, but we have nevertheless struggled to play enough to produce a new episode each week. 

As such, we are going to take an indefinite hiatus from posting–not because we want to stop entirely, but in order to try something new. Going forward, we’re going to hold the sessions of our campaigns in reserve until the final game is recorded. We’ll then schedule the episodes to release once a week, as they would normally, until the entire campaign is posted. You may even hear a few new voices here and there, depending on whether Ryan can successfully lure more unwitting victims into his basement, or imagine more friends into hideous unlife—whichever continuity you believe. 

An aside to our Patrons: we have not yet decided how this new posting schedule will affect the Patreon. For now, we’re going to put the campaign on pause while we evaluate our options and make a decision. Look for another update with further details. 

In conclusion, we wanted to thank you all for continuing to listen while we play pretend. We are always thrilled to get feedback on the stories and characters we’ve created together, and chat with you on Discord or social media. 

Whatever the future brings, we’ll save you a spot at the table. 

A Note to Our Traitorous Listeners

I hope you fuckwhistles are happy, now that you think you’ve won. This is what you wanted all along, wasn’t it? Well, rest on your laurels for now, assholes, because we’ll be back when you least expect it. 

That’s a promise. 

-The Rag-NERD-rök Staff

    Alex, Chris, Ed, Erik, James, Meyer, Ryan and Will.

Aug 172022
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Join us this week for the series finale of A Song of Remembrance! Can Sha-Sheena (The Giant!), Nylathria, Garek, Wei and Xeno defeat the evil General Orax before his sinister plan to revive the dead god Rohr comes to fruition? In order to do so, they’ll need to gain entry into the Thyraxian capitol, infiltrate the palace, and negotiate its hazards. Then, they’ll need to dispatch the general himself. Can the heroes triumph over evil, or will they find themselves in the drink? Listen to find out!

Aug 102022
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We’re back from our hiatus with another episode of A Song of Remembrance! In this week’s adventure, the adventurers and their ancient counterparts split up to gather the forces they’ll need to fight General Orax. One group travels to the Cave of Wonders, where an artifact known only as the MacGuffin is hidden. The other group races to confront, and possibly recruit–the giant, rampaging robot–did we mention that there was a robot? Can the two groups of heroes complete their missions before time runs out, the Shimmer collapses, and the dread servant of Rohr brings ruin to the entire wob? Listen to find out!

Jun 292022
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The No Way! Squad is back! Well, a No Way! Squad is back. 

Des Moines has become the latest hotbed of supervillainy and general shenanigans. And a new No Way! Squad is needed to deal with the threats. 

But will the team be able to come together for the good of the city? Or will they be doomed to failure?

Listen to find out!

Jun 222022
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Three men owe a great deal of money to a man in London. They’re all down-on-their-luck criminals, so the man asks them to do something for him: smuggle seven parrots on an overnight flight from New York to Heathrow. 

But the parrots are also criminals. And they hate being cooped up and smuggled.