The D&R podcast is trying to raise money for artists and equipment.
This Kickstarter is really important to me, guys. It’s something my friends and I have been working on for awhile, and I’m going to tell you a bit more about it.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Dungeons and Dragons- it’s a really awesome fantasy table-top game that even people who don’t like fantasy at least know of. My pal Jason is the DM, and he started with just a small group of friends and has really made this into something great. Our story is huge- so huge in fact that there are three separate adventuring groups who pass through each others stories, and it would take a full week of non-stop listening and then some to catch up (but it’s cool if you jump right into the middle).
This story has grown well over the years. Jason is extremely progressive and has done everything he can to make the show inclusive. He’s gone out of his way to find female players because he knows how hard it is out there for us. The story includes characters of all races and sexualities (granted in a fantasy world ‘all races’ extends to tieflings and dragons and stuff but also POC), and all of them are well-developed and fully-formed entities, not just side characters.
Now Jason is trying to make this his livelihood. He was hurt really badly at work and now has a back injury that keeps him from working further, and his old bosses are doing nothing to help him- including trying to take away his insurance and retirement funds. They are keeping unemployment from him through dishonest means, and in his state it’s really difficult to prove he’s injured (they refuse to even speak to his doctor).
More importantly, he’s a great guy and a magnificent storyteller.
Even if you could just donate a dollar, it would mean the world to me. We have some really awesome tiers, too, so check those out. Jason’s going to be writing some really great stuff (he already is) and trust me, you’re gonna want to read it.
Hey everybody. Sooo I just started as a cast member/player on a D&D podcast called Dungeons & Randomness and I’m super excited about it. Check out what my pal Brianne has to say about it here because she says it better than I ever could. More later, though, I promise.
A few months ago, we launched a small project called Evening Edition over at Mule Design. We built it because it was something we wanted to exist and, much to our delight, people really seem to like it. We want it to be even better so we’re applying for a grant from the Knight Foundation to take it to the next level.
The first thing we want to do is hire more editors. Last month, we expanded beyond the U.S. West Coast to our first international edition. Our London editor, Felipe, has been doing phenomenal work and we want to bring the idea to more places and even more languages.
We also want to rethink our platform. Right now, we’re running on WordPress, which is great if you’re running a blog, but we’re already running into limitations. We’ve got some ideas about how to do a better job publishing as well as lots of lessons learned from building our own podcast network. We know we can build a world-class mobile news site.
All of this is going to take time and money. We’ve found some awesome sponsors to help us keep get started but if we really want to expand, to pay our editors, to build our platform, we’re going to need some help. We love what The Knight Foundation is doing to enable new ideas with the News Challenge and we hope that Evening Edition is something they’ll consider.
Here’s how you can help: if you like the idea of Evening Edition, if you’d like to see us expand around the globe, if you want to see us build a kick-ass mobile platform for news, heart this post. If you think it’s really great, feel free to reblog, tell your friends, send a tweet, do … a … whatever it is people do on facebook.