ARG Netcast, Episode 1

Editor’s note: While we are still figuring out the logistical nature of netcasting, you can subscribe to the netcast by saving/dragging this link into your podcast/netcast program, including iTunes.

netcast.jpgWe’re happy to introduce the first in what will be a continuing series of netcasts featuring ARGNet staff and special guests. The ARG Netcast will be a weekly (we hope) look into the world of alternate reality gaming, in audio format. Episode 1 is up and features Brooke Thompson, Sean C. Stacey and myself talking about a number of different topics:

We dish on the games in our What’s Hot List!

We talk about other stuff!

  • Sean wants you to solve a puzzle in the tCotSA thread at unforums.
  • We want puppetmaster shills to be more creative.

Sean and Brooke talk about PICNIC ’06!

  • Sean was impressed at how Web 2.0 finds ways to make different connections between content and users.
  • Brooke liked the mood, food and environment of the festival.
  • Sean and Brooke note that industry leaders were discussing how their industries could collaborate for future endeavors people would never expect.
  • Sean talks about Google and their focus. How will this impact on ARGs?

Episode two will be available within the next two weeks, with special panel guests. In the meantime, enjoy the netcast, and feel free to let us know what you thought (our special netcast email address is [email protected]).


  1. Vortech

    I don’t see an rss feed for the netcast, and your TypeKey logon link says to tell you you have not signed up.

  2. Patrick


    Congratulations for the first ARGNetCast 🙂 Happy to hear that great news and to listen to the three of you.

    Best regards,

  3. Brian Enigma

    With regards to content: great work! I’m only about half-way through right now, but really like the topics and conversation so far.

    Can I make a technical suggestion? I listen to a lot of podcasts and love the content of this one, but the production value (compared to the others I’m subscribed to) is close to unlistenable. That’s not to say that I won’t listen, but the Skype audio artifacts are pretty distracting. It takes a lot of effort for me to listen, meaning I can’t really listen at work like I do with the rest.

    You might look into how to record a “double-ender,” for example, about half-way down the page here: . Specifically, each person participating in the conversation records just their end in a decent quality. The recordings are then collected by someone and overlaid atop each other, effectively giving a high-quality multi-track recording of the whole thing, bypassing the Skype audio issues.

    So that’s my technical gripe. Overall, I love the direction this is going and can’t wait for more.

  4. Lou

    I just finished listening to the netcast, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! As a long-time ARGer, but one who doesn’t play a lot of new games, I appreciated hearing about the current ARG “Hot List.”

    I also want to give kudos to Jon, Sean, and Brooke (and of course the rest of the ARGN staff!) for all of their work in the world of alternate reality gaming. From ARGN to Unfiction to the UnForums to the podcast, I really appreciate the time and effort in creating and maintaining this community.