2017/08/07 – It’s been a little over a month since the last episode, which means I need to get my ass in gear and get the next one done! Only problem is that I’m totally caught up in the game to where I am in the podcast, so now I actually have to play Covenant and then figure out what I want to keep as far as the podcast goes, and what not to use, and then what to embellish as well. My wife and son will be gone next week for a trip, so I plan on playing for a couple hours this week/weekend to get the material for the next episode, and then hopefully when they’re on the road I’ll be able to do some writing and maybe even some recording. I’ll update again early next week to let you know where I’m at!
2017/06/26 – Not a moment to spare. I finished recording the audio tonight, and now just have to mix in the music and sound effects. I’m lucky this time in that most of what I wrote is in order with how I played, so I hope to be able to get this done in one night (which would be tomorrow, before I leave New York for a few days). I am hoping to get Episode 22: The Long Way Home posted by around midnight (Tuesday night / Wednesday morning). Running time for the episode is approximately 25 minutes.
2017/06/18 – I never thought it would be another three months before I posted another episode, but I think I’ve gotten about half of it written. I’m going to try to finish up the writing in the next few days, then I usually like to give it a day or two to settle, then come back and do a final edit. I tend to edit as I write. I know you’re not really supposed to do that, but it’s how I work for now. After that, I just need to record and do the editing. I believe I’m still on target to finish this before I leave for vacation on the 28th. My guess is I’ll do the recording and mixing this coming weekend and release the track on the 26th or 27th. One way or another, I will have it done before I head up to New Hampshire. I’m estimating it’s going to be another long episode. Probably approaching 30 minutes again. Thanks again for your support.
2017/04/12 – I wanted to give folks who come to this page to check my updates an opportunity to play a game I’ve totally fallen in love with – The Long Dark by Hinterland Games. It’s a post-global-disaster survival game, but it’s not multiplayer, so you don’t have to worry about hordes of kids slaughtering you as soon as you create something worth taking. It’s just you and the cold, some scattered remnants of civilization, and the wild animals. Right now it’s in early access, but even the sandbox is very mature and lots of fun. Hinterland will be releasing a Story Mode in the next year or so, and that will be free for anyone who bought the game during early access. I have purchased three Steam keys to give away, so if you want one, write back to me from the contact page and let me know how long you’ve been listening to MindFog, and why you’d like to try out The Long Dark, and I’ll send a key to the first three people who respond answering those two questions.
Check out a great review of the game here: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/01/09/the-long-dark-sandbox-review/
2017/03/29 – Well, that was something! I can’t thank you all enough for all the continued support, even when the episodes went on hiatus in the summer and in Jan/Feb. There were more downloads (overall and unique) of this episode in the first day than any other episode!
I’m going to start writing the next episode next week. The rest of this week and this coming weekend I’m pretty much booked solid, but it definitely won’t be another three months between episodes again. There’s a lot to cover in the next episode (The Trip to Covenant), so I want to keep chipping away at it in the hopes I can release it by the end of April.
Thanks again, everyone! I really appreciate the support!
2017/03/27 – MindFog Episode 21 will drop late tomorrow night (Monday, into Tuesday). Just have to do a little more mixing and ran out of time.
2017/03/24 – I should be recording the narration for episode 21 tonight, and hopefully will release it before the weekend is over. It’s a shorter episode, just because I’m stuck and I need to get this done so I can keep moving. It just covers the Memory Den. The next episode, which I have actually started writing already, will cover the trip to Covenant. After that, it’s an episode on Covenant (depending on how long that takes) and then the next one to the Red Rocket to pick up some Power Armor. That should be a long episode. I’m also thinking about offering some short webisodes between main episodes and wondering how people feel about that? If you have any thoughts on it – whether I should just keep this serious pure and do it as I can, or to put up a 5-minute episode here and there in between the big ones, let me know. This is the lineup otherwise:
- Episode 21 – The Memory Den
- Episode 22 – The Trip to Covenant
- Episode 23 – Covenant
- Episode 24 – Red Rocket / Glowing Sea
2017/01/06 – I did, in fact, decide to remix the episode. The only place you won’t hear the update is if you subscribe using Google Play Music. For some reason, they store the episode, then play it from there forever. I’d rather they pick it up from my server every time, so I could track it and update if necessary, but they’re Google so what can you do?
I just finished uploading the screenshots to the episode, which is something I hadn’t done when I posted because for some reason I misplaced all the screenshots and had to take them again. I need to get a little better organized.
2017/01/04 – So it took yet another week, but episode 20 finally dropped last night. It was done late, so I might remix it slightly to bring up the sound effects a little as I don’t think they were loud enough, especially at the beginning. But we’ll see.
Since the episode ended up being over 30 minutes (longest episode yet), and I didn’t even get inside the Memory Den, I’m going to have to slightly revise my episode list and timeline I originally posted in November.
Right now, it looks like this:
- Episode 20 (Jan 3rd) – Finding Goodneighbor
- Episode 21 (~Jan 31st) – The Memory Den
- Episode 22 (~Feb 21st) – Covenant
- Episode 23 (~Mar 21st) – Red Rocket / Glowing Sea
Maybe by the end of 2017 I’ll have finished the main campaign. I don’t think I’ve ever spread out a game over two years of playing.
MindFog is now at 5 hours of content, and individual episodes have been downloaded over 32,000 times from over 23,000 unique locations. There are approximately 400-500 of you downloading each new episode within the 48 hours of release. I’m so amazed by those numbers and the reception this podcast has received, and I can’t thank you enough for sticking with me on this journey!
2016/12/19 – Can’t believe another month has gone by. So sorry about that. Work and home have been tying up most of my time, but there WILL be an episode this week. I promise. It’s looking like Wednesday or Thursday, but it will be done before Xmas! It’s working out to be another long episode. After that, most of the outside work around the house is done for the year, what with winter coming and all, so I should be able to be better about updates. By the end of this year, I’ll have about five hours of content over 20 episodes. My goal is to have the same amount for next year, bringing this project to completion at about 40 episodes and ten hours. That sounds like a satisfying end to me. I’m not sure how much longer it is until the end of the main campaign, but if it comes in around 10 more episodes, I imagine I will take another ten or so for the DLC and some wrap-up of missions that might be interesting to write about.
2016/11/22 – So what’s new. I’m late again. I am going to try to get this episode done over the Thanksgiving break. Heading up to NH for a few days, but will do the writing up there so hopefully I can get this episode posted by next Tuesday or so. Again, I appreciate you all for sticking with me. I’ve played as far as the Memory Den, so the schedule for posting is going to look something like this, at least this is the plan for now:
- Episode 20 (~Nov 30) – Memory Den, leaving for Red Rocket
- Episode 21 (~Dec 13) – Stumble into Covenant on the way
- Episode 22 (~Dec 24) – Red Rocket / Glowing Sea
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you after the weekend!