Contains Moderate Peril Episode 142: I Miss You Grunge

posted this on April 14th, 2014.
Categorized as gaming, H1Z1, lotro, newbie blogger initiative, podcast, SOE.

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Finally we have returned to publishing the Contains Moderate Peril podcast on a Monday, despite wealth of technical issues. Due to the abundance of interesting material covered in the latest LOTRO producers’ letter, Brian and I decided to re-record a part of the show earlier today. For some reason only one side of the conversation came out. I eventually summarised what we have previously discussed and managed to edit that into the final cut of the show. Please excuse the my overall tone during this section of the podcast :) In this episode we also tackle SOE’s interesting new zombie sandbox MMO, H1Z1 as well as reflecting upon those games we cannot play due to lack of skill. There’s also news on this May’s Newbie Blogger Initiative.

Show notes for this weeks podcast:

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Got Nothing to Write About?

posted this on April 3rd, 2014.
Categorized as gaming, Got Nothing to Write About?, lotro, newbie blogger initiative.

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How often do you find yourself preparing to craft a blog post when it dawns on you that you have absolutely nothing to write about? All of a sudden the view out of the window becomes incredibly alluring, especially that bird on Mrs. Coltart’s roof. So you try to force yourself to concentrate on the matter in hand. Perhaps you can find some inspiration on the internet? Next thing you know you’ve lost several hours of your life to You Tube, watching videos of feral cats eating roadkill or Pro-Celebrity indoor Kabbaddi. Finally you give up, coincidentally just as the pubs open. It would appear that the universe has conspired to prevent you from sharing your witty and intelligent prose with your fellow man.

Of course this is all utter bollocks because there is no such thing as writers block per se. The reason that nothing got written is because you didn’t want to write anything. It’s that simple. Now that’s not to say that writing is a walk in the park and as easy as turning on and off a tap. It is not. However please name me any other job (because that is what writing really is) where for some nebulous, non-specific reason that you cannot perform your allotted task and everyone is okay with that? Writing is like any other form of work in so far as it can be done even when one is feeling ill disposed towards it. It requires focus, discipline and possibly some sort of psychological carrot on a stick (like a bacon sandwich or a pint of  stout).

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More Things To Be Done in 2014

posted this on March 29th, 2014.
Categorized as editorial, gaming, lotro, More Things To Be Done in 2014, movies, newbie blogger initiative, podcast.

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Last New Year’s Eve I wrote a post about the things I wanted to do in 2014. With the first quarter of the year nearly over, I thought now would be a good opportunity to review the list and see what progress has been made. Well the good news from my perspective is that I’ve achieved the three major goals I stated back in last December. I took advantage of the January sales and put together a replacement PC. It came in on budget and has fairly robust specifications. I have also managed to continue to blog on a daily basis. Contains Moderate Peril currently has over fourteen hundred posts. The podcast is still a pain in the butt to produce and the editing is still a major chore but the show still goes on. I recently discovered numerous positive reviews on iTunes, which lifted my spirits. I think some of the recent episodes with guests have been the best to date.

Time is precious commodity and there are always so many things competing for it. Games, movies, TV shows, books, pubs, restaurants and good company as well as something called work. Through ruthlessly planning my schedule and then sticking to it I’ve just completed my first online course of the year; User Experience for the Web. I’m starting another in a week, Introduction to Public Speaking followed by English Composition I: Achieving Expertise a month later. I becoming more and more of an advocate of e-learning and the benefits that it can offer. Remember that a lot of the courses are available are free, not that you should ever put a price on self improvement. You can also do the course work as and when you see fit rather than be tied to specific times. The associated forums are also a great way to meet new people of a like-minded disposition.

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Ongoing Podcast Improvements

posted this on February 25th, 2014.
Categorized as gaming, lotro, newbie blogger initiative, Ongoing Podcast Improvements, podcast.

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I have previously written about the processes involved in creating  the Contains Moderate Peril podcast. Until recently Brian and I have used Skype in conjunction with MP3 Skype Recorder. The major benefit of this system is that the recording puts each caller on a separate track, which naturally makes the editing process a lot easier. However, since I replaced my computer in January, I just cannot get the recording software to work properly. Exactly where the problem lies I cannot say and I won’t bore you with the technical details. It would appear that other people are still successfully using the third party software. Regardless of the reasons, an alternative means of recording was required.

So for the last four episodes we’ve been using TeamSpeak 3. A friend runs a server and allows Brian and I access, so the arrangement has the advantage of not incurring any additional costs. The client software supports recording in .wav format which eliminates the need for any extra software. However the audio quality is variable and once again editing a single file with all the voice data is not ideal. The voice activated microphone facility can also miss or drop parts of a a conversation. As a result I have not been entirely happy with this new system, although it is adequate.

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Things To Be Done in 2014

posted this on December 31st, 2013.
Categorized as editorial, gaming, lotro, newbie blogger initiative, podcast, Things To Be Done in 2014.

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I don’t waste my time on New Year resolutions. They are frequently arbitrary, impractical knee-jerk reactions, therefore doomed to failure. I prefer to set myself practical and achievable goals that I know I can get done. So bearing that in mind here are a few of the tasks I shall be undertaking in 2014.

Build a new PC:

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Opinions, Debate and Courting Controversy

posted this on December 6th, 2013.
Categorized as Courting Controversy, gaming, lotro, newbie blogger initiative.

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This post has been gestating for a while. I guess I’ve held fire on writing it because I’ve gotten somewhat tired of pissing in the wind. Because that is what speaking out on certain subjects frequently feels like these days. There is a sense of tedious inevitability that any post on sexism, racism or any form of marginalisation will eventually lead to a torrent of vile, ill-informed and just plain dumb comments. It put’s me in mind of that quote from Platoon “Hell is the impossibility of reason”. Often you’ll find precious little reason on the internet.

Two things have occurred recently that prompted me to write this post. One is the ongoing decline of both the Official and Unofficial LOTRO forums. The other was two recent blog posts by J3W3L and Doone Woodtac in which they encouraged fellow writers to express their opinions and not shy away from controversy. The two LOTRO forums have become so polarised that they now mirror each other in their own militancy and now seem to be different sides of the same coin. As for the two blog posts I referenced, although measured, well conceived and fair, the comments on at least one soon got derailed. Both of these events are far from unique. Yet they go me thinking why does it have to always be this way and is there anything that can be done?

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Podcasting – How I Like to Do It

posted this on November 1st, 2013.
Categorized as gaming, How I Like to Do It, lotro, newbie blogger initiative, podcast.

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This is a very self indulgent post. I like to listen to podcasts as well as produce them myself. I have very particular tastes, not so much in respect of content but more with regard to presentation, style and quality of production. As a result I aspire to make the Contains Moderate Peril podcast in a certain fashion and to a specific standard. But as everyone has their own personal tastes I fully understand that other podcasters may wish to do things differently. Hence this article is not being held up as a de facto guide. It is simply me sharing my process.

Format and structure versus informal chatting:

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newbie blogger initiative

posted this on October 9th, 2013.
Categorized as eq2, everquest 2, games, lord of the rings online, lord of the rings online, lotro, lotro, minecraft, MMO, NBI, newbie blogger initiative, rpg, skyrim, vanguard.

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It’s back!

For the  month of October, over 70 established bloggers will be supporting new bloggers by providing help, advice, feedback and a whole load of traffic to the new sites :)  See the NBI blog and the forums for more information.

so… why do I blog and why should YOU blog?
I started blogging because I started reading gaming blogs, really enjoyed them and thought I’d enjoy writing about my gaming experiences too.  The interaction with other bloggers is also pretty cool.  I love reading about other people’s experiences with the games I play and their opinions, screenshots, creative efforts, news, speculation…

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The Newbie Blogger Initiative – Self Discipline

posted this on October 1st, 2013.
Categorized as gaming, lotro, newbie blogger initiative, The Newbie Blogger Initiative Self Discipline.

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The Newbie Blogger Initiative is back and we’re bad. I won’t bother with the customary Lethal Weapon 2 reference, because it’s bound to be misconstrued by someone who’s not familiar with the movie and will end up derailing this post.

So let’s talk about blogging. Specifically, blogging about games, although a lot of the advise that the NBI has to give is applicable to blogging in general.

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Remember the Newbie Blogger Initiative?

posted this on September 20th, 2013.
Categorized as gaming, lotro, newbie blogger initiative.

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Myself and Doone Woodtac from T.R. Red Skies Blog are currently trying to rally support for a second Newbie Blogger Initiative campaign. At present this is very much an idea in the planning stage, although online resources are currently being set up. It is hoped that a more formal announcement will be made presently and a specific schedule put in to place. What we are seeking at present is an indication of support for the project. Like last year we need established blogs to act as virtual mentors and runs articles about their writing experiences. Through a month long campaign of sponsored articles, as well as a dedicated forum, the aim is to once again encourage gamers to write.

As you can see the plan is broadly the same as last year. The only difference this time is that we want to reach even more people and have a permanent presence online. Alas, the old forums have bitten the dust, although you can get a glimpse of how things were via the Way back Machine.

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