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When three high school students from modern-day Pennsylvania find themselves trapped in a world of wizards, elves, and feudal intrigue, they must learn to survive in their new surroundings, and undertake an epic quest to save the world from the encroaching forces of chaos.



WARNING: This Audio Drama contains adult language, graphic descriptions of violence, and explicit discussions of sexuality. This is, of course, in the interest of historical realism. We hope you enjoy our story about wizards and elves.



THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD updates on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. For more, including series news, information about the cast and crew, and bonus content, visit onceandfuturenerd.com, and follow the show on Twitter (@_toafn).
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Today we wanted to let you all know about Paul Notice (Nelson, Antonin, Smith) and his project The Notice Blog. The Notice Blog “creates work that engages, informs, and represents the world’s complexities through journalism & fictional narratives.” You can check out their website to see all the documentary shorts, interviews, live journalism, and serial fiction they've already done. But now through Feb. 5, they're running a Kickstarter campaign to buy equipment and advertising so they can put out weekly content. Take a look, and help The Notice Blog out if you can!
Today's bonus content is the pilot episode of a new side project from our editor, Josh. It's a D&D podcast called Taking Initiative. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, but any feedback is welcome. If this just isn't your cup of tea, don't worry. Taking Initiative will have its own website and feed so that this one doesn't get bogged down with a show you didn't sign up for. But if you'd like to hear more Taking Initiative after today, you can head over to thespark.network for all the subscription info. Oh and by the way...the next announcement you hear from us will be the release dates for Book 2. Stay subscribed :-) And keep reading for Creative Commons attributions of music used in this episode. "Come Play with Me", "Spacial Winds", "Unnatural Situation", "Vanishing" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Today, we bring you yet another podcast pilot from within the TOAFN family. Greg Schulz (plays Yllowyyn) is one of the minds behind  LEFT TRIGGER RIGHT TRIGGER. It's a book club...for video games! We hope you enjoy it. If you do, make sure to subscribe to them on iTunes and follow them on Twitter. And for everyone who enjoyed the TAKING INITIATIVE pilot last time, here's a reminder that they have a new episode out tomorrow, Monday March 6. And if you still can't get enough D&D after that, you might enjoy YOU MEET IN A TAVERN. And of course...we'll be back with the premiere of Book 2 on Sunday March 12 - one week from today. See you then!
When three high school students from modern-day Pennsylvania find themselves trapped in a world of wizards, elves, and feudal intrigue, they must learn to survive in their new surroundings, and undertake an epic quest to save the world from the encroaching forces of chaos. WARNING: This show contains adult language, graphic descriptions of violence, and explicit discussions of sexuality. This is, of course, in the interest of historical realism. We hope you enjoy our story about wizards and elves. THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD updates on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
Part 2 of our 3-part series premiere... When three high school students from modern-day Pennsylvania find themselves trapped in a world of wizards, elves, and feudal intrigue, they must learn to survive in their new surroundings, and undertake an epic quest to save the world from the encroaching forces of chaos. WARNING: This show contains adult language, graphic descriptions of violence, and explicit discussions of sexuality. This is, of course, in the interest of historical realism. We hope you enjoy our story about wizards and elves.
Part 3 of our 3-part series premiere... When three high school students from modern-day Pennsylvania find themselves trapped in a world of wizards, elves, and feudal intrigue, they must learn to survive in their new surroundings, and undertake an epic quest to save the world from the encroaching forces of chaos. WARNING: This show contains adult language, graphic descriptions of violence, and explicit discussions of sexuality. This is, of course, in the interest of historical realism. We hope you enjoy our story about wizards and elves. This concludes our three-part series premiere. THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD releases episodes on alternate Sundays. The next episode will be released on October 6, 2012. Be sure to subscribe!
The party journeys towards the storied city of Armstrungard, in search of clues about the betrayal of House Guernatal, and learns more about the recent history of Iorden. But Brennen has an ulterior motive for this journey. Meanwhile, at Castle Guernatal, the nobility makes arrangements for the impending conflict. TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS EPISODE: Domestic Violence The next episode will be released on October 20th. Be sure to subscribe!
The party reaches the storied city of Armstrungard and, after stocking up on equipment, venture to enlist the aid of the legendary Elvish wizard Ba'a lo-Ky'yr. They gain a new ally in the process. Our next episode will be released on November 3. Be sure not to miss the thrilling conclusion of Chapter 1!
In the epic conclusion of Chapter 1, "The Prince of Iorden," the party descends deep into the seedy underbelly of Armstrungard in search of an infamous thief. But everyone involved may have taken on more than they bargained for. The first part of our second chapter will be released on November 17. Be sure to subscribe!
Audio Bonus Content #1

Audio Bonus Content #1

2013-11-1009:53

In today's bonus content - our first audio bonus content! - the producers talk with Anya Gibian (Arlene/Regan) about keeping track of multiple dialects. Short version: It's wicked hard. And don't forget, Chapter 2 premieres next week!
This week's bonus content is our first ever audio bonus content. As usual, bonus content is only available on our website. So, if you'd like to know more about dialect coaching, monetary policy, and sexual healing, follow this link (http://onceandfuturenerd.com/2013/11/10/audio-bonus-content-1/). This does not change our regular programming schedule. Our next episode - the first part of Chapter 2 - will still be released on Sunday, November 17 and be available for download and streaming through all the normal channels.
Life In A Corner, Pt. 1

Life In A Corner, Pt. 1

2013-11-1718:253

After a brief encounter with some of Armstrungard's law enforcement community, our party of seven departs the city in a hurry. Their search for a locale in which to...let us say, "sequester themselves," as the reverberations of Chapter 1's events quiet down, brings them to the doorstep of an old acquaintance of Brennen's. The next part of this chapter will be released on December 1st. If you are enjoying the show, we would greatly appreciate if you rated us on iTunes.
Life In A Corner, Pt. 2

Life In A Corner, Pt. 2

2013-12-0121:455

Hoping to make the best of the situation, Brennen sets to teaching the kids the basics of armed combat. Meanwhile, back at Castle Guernatal, Ardel Redmoor makes the first tentative moves of a nefarious scheme. The next part of this chapter will be released on December 15th. If you are enjoying the show, we would greatly appreciate if you rated us on iTunes.
Life In A Corner, Pt. 3

Life In A Corner, Pt. 3

2013-12-1519:173

Regan has some doubts about the dependability of their temporary host, Bowen Briarhelm. Meanwhile, the children get some hands-on training in the use of weapons, and a crash course in introductory magical theory from Nia. Billy grows concerned over the influence Regan may be having on Jen, but Jen still finds herself in some serious danger. Be sure to subscribe to The Once and Future Nerd so that you don't miss a second! And, if you're listening on iTunes, we would be eternally grateful if you left a review.
Life In A Corner, Pt. 4

Life In A Corner, Pt. 4

2013-12-2214:254

In the harrowing conclusion to Chapter 2, the party must beat the odds against the large number of mercenaries who have descended upon the Briarhelm farm. And Brennen is forced to deal with his friend's act of betrayal - not to mention a rather irate Regan. We will be taking a brief holiday hiatus at the end of this month. Our next episode - Part 1 of Chapter 3 - will premiere on January 19. Be sure to subscribe, and rate us on iTunes!
A Little Blood, Pt. 1

A Little Blood, Pt. 1

2014-01-1919:114

Please note: This episode contains a retelling of a traumatic sexual experience. It is not especially graphic, but if you would rather not hear it, skip from 13:32 to 15:38. As the party sorts through the carnage from last night's skirmish with the mercenaries, Ardel's political maneuvering forces Arlene to confront a horrible secret from her past. This week returns us to our regular programming schedule. Our next episode will be released on February 2.
A Little Blood, Pt. 2

A Little Blood, Pt. 2

2014-02-0214:111

The party finally departs the Briarhelm farm for Castle Guernatal, following a few uncomfortable disputes about logistics, of course. But their progress is halted by a potentially deadly obstacle, or rather, obstacles. A few thousand of them. At Castle Guernatal, Arlene and Gwen have a breakthrough in their attempts to uncover Ardel's scheming. Our next episode will be released on February 16. Have you considered giving your sweetheart the gift of making them aware of this excellent audio series?
A Little Blood, Pt. 3

A Little Blood, Pt. 3

2014-02-1615:222

With the main road to Castle Guernatal blocked by a large Felghir encampment, the party must take the road less traveled. Without any way of predicting what dangers may lurk within, they journey into the labyrinthine caves below the foothills. At Castle Guernatal, as King Gunther's court analyzes the latest information about the movements of the rebel General Traft, Arlene and Gwen deduce the next monstrous step in Ardel's plot. But will they be able to stop him? The action-packed conclusion of Chapter 3 will be released on March 2. Be sure to subscribe, and rate us on iTunes if you haven't already.
A Little Blood, Pt. 4

A Little Blood, Pt. 4

2014-03-0217:371

In the thrilling conclusion of Chapter 3, Ardel Redmoor springs his nefarious trap and Arlene has one last chance to stop him. Will she act in time? Meanwhile, the party must defend against a surprise attack from the Redmoor soldiers they've made camp with. But the gravest consequences fall on Billy and Nelson. Chapter 4 will premiere on March 16. If you're enjoying the show, please leave us a rating on iTunes!
Monsters, Pt. 1

Monsters, Pt. 1

2014-03-1612:332

After the foiled ambush on the party by Redmoor soldiers, Brennen fears (correctly) that High King Gunther Guernatal is in danger. So, he makes haste back to Castle Guernatal with Regan in tow, hoping to re-establish the Guernatal dynasty before it's too late. Little does he know that Ardel Redmoor has already made his treacherous move for the Throne. The rest of the party heads back to Armstrungard to hide out, but Billy and Nelson are deeply troubled by the events of the recent battle. In the west, House Ironhertz - and their tactically advantageous stronghold - falls to the rebel General Traft. If you're listening on an iOS devices, iTunes reviews are greatly appreciated! Our next episode will be released on March 30.
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Comments (17)

David Smith

the last episode was November it's been damn near a year now are we gonna get more episodes or an explanation. I love this podcast but at the very least if you cant release an episode you should relate something explaining your time tables

Sep 25th
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David Smith

I love this show but I'm tired of clicking on here and getting bullshit and not real episodes. If you cant release episodes because your under mandatory quarentine say that if you blew through your funding and cant release an episode say that. I dontated money to keep these episodes going and I can honestly say I regret that now because i feel like it would have been better suited going to someone who would actually do something with it.

Sep 15th
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David Smith

its fucking happening new episodes yessssss

Jul 26th
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David Smith

is there ever gonna be another episode I've checked once or twice a month since April or something

Jul 3rd
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kash3862

Congress me IS how rich people say it.🤣🤣🤣

Jun 6th
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Bella Ring

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

May 4th
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derek ng

love this episode

Feb 18th
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Lyrica Moon

This is one of the best podcasts and stories I've ever listened to. Thanks so much for putting in all the effort you guys do, it's appreciated so much!

Feb 6th
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Magnus Olofsson

Best show I've listened to by far. Kudos to all involved. 10/10 would strongly recommend!

Jan 9th
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Ivan Brooks

I haven't really noticed voice actor changes, but I have noticed a harder focus on Jen as opposed to Billy and Nelson. She's had far more character development than the two of them combined. Even after the psychotropic trip, she remains the singularly most dynamic character in the whole story.

Nov 2nd
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Bella Ring

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jun 25th
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Viacheslav

IMHO it's one of the best audio series I've ever faced. I'm just finished 'bout 3 hours of listening, hope that in future episodes sound effects and voices would be clearer. Thanks a lot for this podcast!

Jun 13th
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echo126

So glad to hear this story again! I really appreciate all the hard work you guys put into this. It's amazing. Thank you!!!

Apr 8th
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Cuppaginger

Just binged the show up to the end of I've Been Working on the Whale Road and have loved getting in to this story. If you can hold on through a few voice actor changes and get in to the story you'll find it has a bit of everything, humor, adventure, pirates, rogues, knights, castles, battles, love, and more. I do wish there was a note at the beginning of episodes where the voice actors changed as it's a bit jarring to hear new voices and try to place them in the story but that's my only nit-pick. Definitely go give it a listen 👍

Dec 29th
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Cards against

did they change Nelson's voice actor?

Nov 10th
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echo126

Loved this book. it was awesome! Am I the only one that kind of ships Reagan and Jen? ik itll never happen but they have awesome chemistry hehehe

Aug 3rd
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