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Greetings, THP.

Last night, and the topic of a THP podcast was brought up in IRC. The overall response of the concept was positive. I was also informed that this was not the first time the idea had popped up, but apparently everyone was too lazy to get it going.

I've decided not to let that happen again, so consider the podcast a thing! Except, well, I'm not sure what it'll be like yet. That's where the community comes in.

See, ideally, every month (give or take? it's up for debate), three or four or five THPers could get together and discuss Touhou and THP. I have a few ideas for segments that could be done (detailed at the bottom of this post), but I'd like to know what you want to hear.

“Now wait a minute, Flanders! Why should we get invested in a silly podcast, anyways?”

Glad you didn't ask, my dear observer. Simply put, a podcast will help THP! On an internal level, a podcast will theoretically bring the community closer. On an external level, we'll have something that will show the internet we exist. If we play our cards right, we can attract more activity, and maybe slow down or reverse this decline that someone in /blue/ inevitably rants about every few months.

And of course, perhaps most importantly, it'll be some good fun.

As for who will be doing the talking, well, mostly anyone! We'd probably have a few consistent members who would show up in a majority of the podcasts such as yours truly, with additional slots open to rotation. If you think you'd like to be in a podcast, here's the place to mention it! All I ask is that you have a somewhat decent mic; enough so that we can hear you and that there isn't crazy noise that can drown out other people's thoughts.

Lastly, here are a few ideas for segments off the top of my head:
-Touhou news
-Critical analysis of a completed THP story
-First impressions of a new THP story
-Interviews with THP writers

Thank you for your time~
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Okay Flan, you have my attention, and my support. I'm willing to assist in almost any way. I've got a mic and the time. Just let me know when, and how we will do it, and I'll be ready to assist.
I like talking. I like hearing myself talking. But even more than that, I like shouting.

I would be glad to help.
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That's an...impressive idea. Yeah, I'm in, no doubt.

I doubt I can really talk: my accent is heavy and I don't know shit about anything, but I still would like to support the idea.
I can get behind this. I'm just a lowly anon, so there's not much I can offer, but I'd definitely listen in.
Sure, let's try it. Wouldn't mind hearing everyone's lovely voices. I don't think I'd make a good host, but I'd like to help if I can.
I'm hardly knowledgeable about anything on this site, but I can shit-talk waifus all day.
I'm diggity down for this. I'd love for people to hear my [s]shitty[s]wonderful voice.
Inb4 I make a fool of myself.
>Fucked up the strikethrough
Fuuuck, did it before I even started.
I like it. I’m in.

However, I’d like to ask a few questions to begin with, as well as come with some suggestions as well.

>Touhou NEWS
Will this only cover Canon? If that’s the case, then we wouldn’t be able to talk about much since Canon is released kinda slowly.
If it also covers Fanon, then what’s the limit between it being worth bringing up and not being worth? Such as, would news of the next ReiReimu episode be consider worthy NEWS? New games being released? New music being released?

>Critical analysis of a completed THP story
For what purpose, exactly?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s a bad idea. I’m just curious as to the purpose of doing this.

>First impressions of a new THP story
I believe anon should suggest stories they want the cast to cover. We should place a limit on how many we decide to pick out as well.

>Interviews with THP writers
The host of the show (in this case, that’ll be you Flanders), will prepare a handful of general questions each writer would have to answer (if they want to of course), as well as a couple of questions personally tailored to that writer, such as “Why did you decide to abandon that story?”, if that’s the case, or “How can you be able to update so frequently?”, in case of KeyMaster. But for the love of god, just avoid basic questions like “What do you use to write? (what text processor)”, those are impersonal questions which serve no purpose what so ever.
Then of course the chat would be allowed to ask questions as well

Side tracking and rambling are allowed if the rest of the cast agrees to it.
Just don't bring YAF and I'll be okay with this.
If he came on, he'd lose the defense this site provides. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who abandon that.
I hope he does.

Also, I kinda want to hear writefag's voices. We'll see how it goes.
based on vocaroo shenanigans, Stove, Dan, and Teru all have pretty nice voices. Rabbit and Hal have loud and obnoxious ones but on the other hand, BSB does a great britishish voice.

Deme just sounds like a typical /tg/man and Nobody sounds like you'd expect: really softspoken and quiet.
It's great to see such positive responses to this! Thank you, everyone, for your kind words.

>Touhou news
Well, the news segment would be somewhat variable; if there's nothing interesting of note that month then there's no need to do it. As for subject matter, I was originally thinking "canon and some fanon" but you raise an interesting point. What makes fanon important enough to be in news? Personally I'd say something like a new episode of Memories of Phantasm, for example, but it's hard to draw a concrete line.

>Critical analysis of a completed THP story
Perhaps "critical analysis" is a bit too strong of wording. It would more or less be a spoiler-less summary and then the opinions of the story by those present. The purpose would be to generate interest in what THP can offer best: its stories. Admittedly, this would be more for hooking outside audiences to the site, though I guess it could also get current members to read some old stories.

>First impressions of a new THP story
Sure, Anon could vote a few new stories and the cast will take a look at 'em. This should bring more attention and motivation to an aspiring writer.

>Interviews with THP writers
"So, Keymaster: your waifu a shit?"

>rambling and etc
I envision a semi-casual podcast. There will be a general format, but it won't be so rigid as to discourage tangents and whatnot.
>"So, Keymaster: your waifu a shit?"
Questions like that can be ignored, and if repeated, cause time-out and/or ban. From experience, no streamer should hesitate to ban a viewer for the sake of maintaining a proper chat. Even if we are kinda in/famous for being loose with the insults, it's not exactly inviting for new writers to see that kind of tone right of the bat.
Pretty interesting idea Flanders.

Just make sure you stop some people from trying to read my stories aloud! It feels so weird!

But ahem, joking aside, nice idea. I wonder how many writers would be up for it though?
Oh, so you're thinking of this from a livestream perspective. Honestly, I hadn't thought of doing it like that, but now that you mention it... well, what does everyone think?

Would you prefer the podcast as something recorded, edited, and then uploaded, or as a live event with interaction between the cast and the viewers? Or, perhaps an alternation between the two?
Could maybe try both?
Recorded edited and all that would be better I think. Then, the people with less social problems can try a live one.

Also: they guy with the deep voice reading aloud /at/ stories. You can't go wrong with that.
Recorded edited and all that would be better I think. Then, the people with less social problems can try a live one.

Also: they guy with the deep voice reading aloud /at/ stories. You can't go wrong with that.
Personally, I'd go with live.
You'll be able to connect with the viewer on a different level that way. And most stream hosts save the whole stream so it can be viewed later. Then you can take that video and edit it, and throw that on YouTube or wherever you/we decide upon.
As for the people with social problems. Think about this: What's the difference in sitting in a Skype call and chatting with stangers, recording that chat and then uploading it to the internet, and then just doing a straight up live stream.
But that's just me. And I have social problems.
Overall, I think it is a pretty neat idea. I wouldn't mind helping out if you need it. If all you need are bad pronunciations of touhou names and strong opinions, I'm sure that many others will join in as well.

On a more serious note there are pros and cons to being live and prerecorded. Made a quick chart --

+ Simple editing
+ Dynamic enough to bounce ideas off an audience
- Timezones or other scheduling complications
- Sacrifice audio quality temporarily (bandwidth) and control

+ Higher control of audio (levels and noise reduction) and content
+ Flexible times to record
- More editing (Merging audio files and more complications in files)
- Won't find out results about certain things until after it is posted

Trying both out wouldn't hurt but prerecorded does have safety nets that some would find comforting. A hybrid of both could be done to get the same quality and control, at least for archival purposes.
Okay, yeah, they both seem to have their own set of merits, so we can do both! The first few will probably be pre-recorded, just so that I can get used to the whole thing from the safety of editing. Then we can alternate between live and pre-recording.

What should we call this thing? The THP Podcast? THPCast? Not-Cast TouHou Podcast? Something without "podcast" dropped in? I'm open to any sort of suggestion on that.

Also, what are some completed stories and some new stories you guys would like us to look at first?
>Touhou Hats Podcast
>Misadventures in Gensoyko.
How often would you do a podcast? Once a week? If so, might as well go live after a few and we get some viewers/listeners. If more than once a week, which is unlikely, then we could do One prerecorded and one live. Prerecorded is put out before our live one and we can get some viewer feedback during the livecast. Even bring back some topics we talked about during the reco-cast and let our audience voice their opinion.

My ideas could be shit regarding this though. I'm kinda terrible with planning...
I doubt I'll be able to do it once a week. Perhaps every few weeks -- surely not longer than a month, though. That'd be pushing it.

>Prerecorded is put out before our live one and we can get some viewer feedback during the livecast. Even bring back some topics we talked about during the reco-cast and let our audience voice their opinion.
I like this idea, though. The two formats could be done within a few days of each other.
>Once a week?
That's way too often. It'll tire out both the people making them and the people listening. I'd say once a month of every 2 months.
I'm interested in participating as well. I'm often kind of bad at articulating what I'm trying to say, but I have nearly infinite free time (in the sense of few life obligations) and am always happy to help. I also kind of don't know what my voice sounds like recorded, beyond the fact that it's very different sounding from how I hear my voice normally. It's that skull vibration thing, I guess.

The ideas proposed so far sound good and interesting. At the very least, I'd make a point of listening to the podcast when it happens. Every other week to monthly is probably a good balance of timing for it.

For a suggestion of a segment, maybe a writing advice portion? That's broad enough that a lot could be done with it.
>once a month every two months
Confusing. And too long.
Once every two weeks is fine, IMO.
Once every few weeks seems like a more ideal period, considering not much happens around here in the span of a week/two weeks.
Yes, this is still a thing. Not exactly sure when the first podcast will happen, but rest assured you'll all know the moment it's up and about.
I'm curios as to how you pick the people who participate.
By relevance of topic. For example, if we're going to talk about [i]Misadventures in Gensokyo[i], we'll want people who have actually read it. If there's a large pool of people to choose from, it will probably be a names-in-a-hat draw or something like that. If someone qualifies but hasn't had a chance to be in a podcast yet, they will have higher priority.

Well, at least, this is what I think right now. My method may change as we go along.
Hello again, THP.

Let me start and end with an apology. First, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post any status about this. It's been nearly a month since I created this thread. You're probably wondering: what have I accomplished so far?

Well, to tell you the truth, I've barely been able to scrape together even a paragraph of an outline for the first podcast. Now, I can go on and on about how I've been too busy, or I'm under stress from a personal issue, or some other similar scenario, but that would be a lie. The truth is, I think this idea was a little presumptuous on my part.

See, I've never done anything like a podcast before, so I made the silly presumption that this would be something simple that I could throw together with minimal effort. I soon realized, however, that hosting THP's podcast would take a lot more out of me than I had anticipated. More than I can give, I'm afraid.

That's my fault, of course. I should have put more research and thought into everything before making the jump and getting everybody's hopes up.

I've been tossing back and forth what to do from here. Do I just go ahead with the podcast, just so that it exists? No, I felt that if I were to do this, I would need to do it properly. It would need to be something I could actually put passion into and produce an excellent result. So, now what? Do I forget about this thread, pretend it never happened? That would be too foolish.

Well, finally, I decided to just come out with it. I don't have the experience, nor enough commitment, to do this thing. I'm going to have to put it on hold. Probably indefinitely. (Or, at least, it won't happen from my fingertips. Perhaps someone else out there with better resolve for this sort of thing might use this thread as a resource. But, I digress.)

The guilt flows through my blood at an uncomfortable pace. I feel like an asshole for letting you guys down in this way, and I'm really sorry. I hope those of you who were interested in this can forgive me for backing out. Maybe, somehow, I can make it up to you all somehow in the future.

Thank you for your time.
I'd offer to take over, but my prime time of activity is around 2pm to 10pm UTC, which is in my experience the time where most Americans are busy with work/school, and I assume most of the people here are from around that time zone.
If I'm wrong and most are able to be around doing my schedule, then I'd be happy to try my might at it.
Yeah, that's about six hours ahead of central time... You might have better luck on weekends, when people aren't usually doing much.

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