Responding to iTunes Comments

iTunes allows listeners the chance to post a comment to the iTunes Music Store about the items it distributes. Whenever you buy a movie, a song, an album, or subscribe to a podcast you can read people’s comments to guide you. Maybe you’ll download the item because of a stranger’s opinion and maybe it’ll steer you clear.

This is a great feature of iTunes and in addition to posting comments listeners can also rate the item. The CWF Game Cast has been rated by 2 people who wrote comments. They are scoper22 and That70sGamer. Between the two of them our podcast has a combined rating of 3.5 stars. If those stars were a grade they’d be a C+/B- or to put it in the realm of Grade Point Averages the podcast has a GPA of 2.5. That’s not bad for a guy talking about gaming on his own based on his experiences. I’ll take that any day.

However, these two individuals left comments and they deserve to have them addressed by the podcast. I had originally intended to respond via podcast and that is why I have waited so long to address these comments. My apologies to both That70sGamer and scoper22 for the extended delay in replying. Now that the podcast is operational I have changed my mind and am going to respond to the comments both on this blog, for those who don’t listen to the podcast, and in the podcast so scoper22 and That70sGamer will receive the replies they deserve. If anyone knows these individuals I humbly ask you to alert them to the response and extend my personal thanks and appreciation to them for taking the time to comment.

I have long said that listener and reader feedback is the only way the blog and podcast can improve. I said it before and I stand by it now. Scoper22 and That70sGamer deserve my most sincere thanks and appreciation. Leaving a comment may seem like nothing but that extra step is one that most people don’t take. Doing it shows that both individuals care enough to voice their thoughts. I applaud both of them for their action in speaking out and I hope they, and others, will continue to do so in the future.

As to the individual comments I am taking the liberty of reprinting them here. They were made publicly on iTunes and as such are a public comment in regards to the CWF Game Cast. To see the original comments please go to iTunes and in the Podcast Directory look up CWF Game Cast. You will see their comments on that page. Sadly, iTunes doesn’t post a timestamp so I have no way of knowing exactly when the comments were posted.

That70sGamer, who was the first to post a comment, said “if you play tabletop war games this is a must to subscribe simply because its the only podcast of the subject. the host is good at presenting his information but is not very good at speaking, its hard to describe but if youve told a long story you might remember having to stop and breathe (just shortly) but the host is doing tis and its kind of distracting.” This was retrieved on 12/30/07 at 11:44pm EST.

In order to reply I’m going to parse the comment and address each segment in turn. I was surprised when I created this podcast that no others existed on the subject. That partly motivated me to create and continue the podcast. Tabletop gaming is a big area and no content existed on iTunes at the time. Now, there are more podcasts such as The Drop Pod Cast, Meeples & Miniatures, and Podhammer: The Warhammer Fantasy Podcast. These are just a few I subscribe and listen to. Each has its strengths and its weaknesses but they are all worth checking out.

I work very hard to present the information I have at hand, and to fact check that information for its accuracy. Where possible I do my best to provide supporting information or resources that you the reader and listener to access to see the source information. Or, I will post the information in the show notes and on this blog for you to use at your leisure. I appreciate this being recognized and noted. I am very excited about gaming and often will confer with my friends and owners of nearby FLGS before making a post or podcast. This gives me a chance to bounce ideas off them and to get the skinny on what’s happening.

The end of the comment provides me with some constructive criticism and I am embracing it fully. In at least several of my podcasts I do pause to catch my breath. I have a medical condition resulting in shortness of breath, tightened airways, inability to breath, and this accompanies my usual manner of speaking rapidly and in a rush when I’m excited about an issue or simply because I live in Massachusetts and we do everything fast here. I have no formal training in speech, if only I had taken the Public Speaking class in college, but I did participate in organized debates and I am also an elected official where I have to speak to groups of people. All of this has resulted in my being more careful and meticulous in my speech. I pledge to do my best to speak slower, more clearly, and with less pauses and to do my best in post-production to clean up any noticeable gaps. That70sGamer I hope you are still listening to the podcast or will at least give us another try. I look forward to receiving more feedback from you. Please, don’t ever hesitate to send me e-mails or leave comments in iTunes or the blog about a podcast episode. Your feedback is vital to the improvement of the show.

Phew, that’s a mouthful but there’s still one more comment to respond to. Scoper22 is the newest person to leave a comment. He wrote “hey owner/ person in charge of this podcast, do you ever do stuff on the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game from Games Workshop. Cuz u say u cover that kinda stuff but i havnt seen any. so, if you could do that would be awesome!” This was retrieved on 12/30/07 at 11:44pm EST.

I want to begin by thanking Scoper22 for his enthusiasm for the LotR game by GW. I firmly believe the rules created for this game are incredible and that the models are breathtaking. There are posts on the blog about LotR and even some episodes of the podcast that briefly discuss the game. The main reason I stopped discussing it is because I don’t know anyone who plays it nor do I see it being played. Therefore, I thought it had died despite GW continuing to put our new releases for the system. There are so many games and only so much time to deal with them.

On average the podcast runs 30 minutes. Of that 5 minutes is something other than me talking. That can be music, introductions, themes, and etc. This leaves just 25 minutes to talk about everything from 40k, WFB, Starship Troopers, Warmachine, Hordes, LotR, BFG, Mordheim, Necromunda, Epic, Warmaster, Blood Bowl, AT-43, Battlefield Evolution, Starship Troopers Evolution, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, Confrontation, World of Warcraft CCG, Axis & Allies CCG, War at Sea CCG, Star Wars Minis, D&D Minis, Halo Action Clix, Horror Clix, Hero Clix, Board Games (Carcassone, Settlers, Ticket to Ride, Sitting Ducks, Apples to Apples, Starfarers, Infernal Contraption, etc), and many more.

If I discussed, equally, each of the above listed games in each podcast I’d only be able to spend 55.55 seconds per game (if I lump all board games together). That’s barely enough time to say the name of the game and a quick headline. I like being able to divide the show up to cover 2 or 3 main issues each podcast and this results in some games being cut completely and others left on the drawing board until next time.

The blog allows me the freedom to spend more ink on games and it is likely you’ll find more content on LotR on the blog. The most common thing you’ll find are pics of new releases. The new White Dwarf, issue 336 for January 2008, has some nice content for LotR. You can be sure that I’ll cover that in the blog. I will do my best to make sure that I at least mention in the podcast, or its show notes, when new LotR content is on the blog. Plus, each month I send out the CWF Game Cast newsletter that rounds up everything that happened on the blog and the podcast. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter by going to http://wargamingforums.com/newsletter/. You need to send an e-mail to cwfgamecast [at] wargamingforums [dot] com titled “Subscribe”. To unsubscribe e-mail cwfgamecast [at] wargamingforums [dot] com (Titled “UnSubscribe”). We honor all requests for removal done this way.

This has been a lengthy post, and I’ll have to cut it down to 5 minutes max in the podcast, so I shall end it now. I want to thank That70sGamer and scoper22 once again for rating the podcast and leaving a comment in iTunes. Everyone who uses iTunes can rate us and leave a comment about us. But, everyone (no matter how you listen to us) can leave comments on the blog or e-mail us to share your thoughts. We love getting your feedback and making the CWF Game Cast Podcast & Blog better for you.

WordPress 2.3.2 Update Complete

The CWF Game Cast has completed its update from its 2.3.1 version of WordPress to 2.3.2. Why do this, you may ask. Instead of trying to explain it all to you, the WordPress people did a great job of it already.

Please read WordPress 2.3.2 at the official WordPress blog. That explains all the reasons why we updated.

The upgrade went through without a hitch. Also today I picked up the January 2008 issue of White Dwarf, be sure to look for our Inside White Dwarf and White Dwarf Quick Picks articles coming soon, and it looks quite interesting. I’ll spend some time reading it on Sunday and Monday. Additionally, I finally purchased a World of Warcraft Playmat. I’ve been trying to get one for several months and even used some of my UDE Points to order a Fires of Outland Playmat back in November.

UDE Fires of Outland Playmat

But tonight I tired of the 4-6 week delivery time, as of tonight the playmat still has not been shipped, and picked up a March of the Legion Playmat at Battleground Games. It went for $24.95 and I don’t think that is too bad at all. I haven’t seen this one for sale online at all and I believe it was given out at regionals. I can’t wait to start using this playmat in my games. When my opponents see it they will know that Ta’zo is on his way. All fear the mighty Ta’zo. Yes, I can’t wait to use this mat. It will be quite nice.

March of the Legion Playmat

WordPress 2.3.2 Update

The CWF Game Cast will be updating from its 2.3.1 version of WordPress to 2.3.2 today. Why do this, you may ask. Instead of trying to explain it all to you, the WordPress people did a great job of it already.

Please read WordPress 2.3.2 at the official WordPress blog. That explains all the reasons why we are updating.

During the upgrade the blog will be unavailable. We expect this to last 30 minutes. But, check back at the blog for further updates. We’ll have the usual Site Unavailable for Maintenance Mode message up during this process.

CWF-2007-12-27 Cases for Collectible Minis, Welcome Back Podcast, and December Wrap-up

CWF GameCast features Cases for Collectible Minis, Welcome Back Podcast, and December Wrap-up.

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1) Theme, Zombie by Devin Anderson (Electronic)

2) Thursday December 27, 2007, CWF GameCast, Cases for Collectible Minis, Welcome Back Podcast, and December Wrap-up on 12/27/07.

3) Our Website = www.wargamingforums.com

4) Welcome Back Podcast

Merry Christmas ^Mr. Raven^ or why the podcast is back.

5) Cases for Collectible Minis

Stanley 2 sided 46 compartment Tool Organizer Model #14266 $19.99 @ Home Depot
This case is perfect for individual models such as SW Minis, Axis & Allies, Horror Clix, and Hero Clix. It works great for smaller models such as characters. It has central trays that pull out where you can store rare minis, or entire teams to use in your games and league play. I use this for my SW Minis and Axis & Allies War @ Sea minis. Keep it mind it has a max load of 44lbs.

Stanley 24in Tool Box Model #240123 $15.96 @ Home Depot
This case is perfect for larger models such as SW Minis Starship Battles, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Horror Clix, and Hero Clix. It works great for larger models such as vehicles, starships, AT-STs, and the like. It has central trays that pull out where you can store rare minis, or entire teams to use in your games and league play. My friend Steve uses this for his thousands of Hero and Horror Clix. Its internal tray is perfect for commonly used minis, playmats, or rulebooks. It also has two compartments on the top that are great to store teams, cards, or dice.

6) December Wrap-up

December 2007 Articles

7) Closing comments, next cast will be week of December 30, 2007.

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9) Our Website = www.wargamingforums.com and it has all the shownotes and updates

10) Exit Theme, Pop Science by Devin Anderson (Electronic)

Next cast will be week of December 30, 2007.

Merry Christmas Mr ^Raven^

Merry Christmas and 1 day to all you wonderful gamers.  By now you’ve opened your toys, looked them over, played with them a bit and can’t wait for more.  This Christmas I didn’t receive any games but I did receive a wonderful, brand spanking new, iMac.  Hurrah!  This will allow me to get back into podcast, it has iLife and therefore GarageBand.  For the time being I took a few pictures of my new computer to share this wondrous occasion with all of you.

Please enjoy the photos below.  Everything was set up in no time.  But Windows had almost 100 “high priority” security updates.  It took a few hours to install Windows and do all the updates.  I got sorta used to not dealing with that while using the G4.  I’ll be using both machines now with my iMac as my main.  I can boot into XP for playing games or using Office for school.  Or, I can use OS X for other things.  While I game or am in Windows I can use my G4 to search the net.

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The monitor on the left is a Dell LCD.  I got that a few years ago for Christmas.  It is hooked into my Mac G4, which is under the desk.  The big monitor on the middle is my new iMac.  In front of that is my new Mac keyboard.  To its left are my Altec Lansing AHS headphones that I use for podcasting.  To the far right is my Dell notebook.

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This picture shows my entire computing workstation.  The drawer is pulled out and you can see my G4 keyboard to the left, the new Mighty Mouse in the center, and a Walmart mouse pad I got free in college with my new Logitech mouse on top.

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This is a good close up of my G4 setup.  In front of the monitor is my Buddy Christ, from Kevin Smith’s Dogma.  To its right is a Mallrats Inaction Figure of Brody Bruce that my fiance gave me.  Under them are two batteries to replace flashlights for when I read manga at night.  To their right is a small Transformers Starscream figure from the Armada series.  Next to my headphones is a blue CD case with a Pepsi logo on it.  I got that from an old Pepsi points program.  It is filled with every Dave Matthews Band album I can get my hands on.

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This is a close up of my iMac.  It is a 20 inch monitor with 1GB of memory and over 250GB of disk space.  It has a decent graphics card, it runs on OS X Leopard, and I used Boot Camp to install Windows XP Home on it too.  To the right of the monitor are some Protectorate of Menoth models from the Warmachine game by Privateer Press.  They are the ones in the core box for Menoth.

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This is a close up of my Dell laptop.  It is sitting on a cooler fan to keep the temperature down.  It gets really hot and without the added fans it could overheat.  On top of it is a printed out version of a PDF on J’t’p’tan from the new WotC d20 Star Wars RPG.  Plus, there’s some CDs I’m listening to and a remote for my stereo system where I listen to WBCN.