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Episode 50

This week we discuss streams, missing Templars and killing Jennet.

News

  • AP Week: The latest patch brought free Ap. Earn one get one free. Until next Tuesday. You can find more info here
  • The Streaming Ones: The Templar were unavailable for comment and so the look at the inner workings of Temple Hall has been delayed again until the 1st of April.
  • Ultimate Crafter & Advanced Trade Post Updates: The main mods that have been affected by the change in the base code that deals with inventory have been updated. Not by the original creator but by bonzai86 who couldn’t bear to be without them any longer. The original UC still works if you don’t mind exploded items. You can find the new versions here
  • Podcast donations: You can find out more about our desperate requests for money here

Events

  • Otterdown’s Otterly Fabulous Fashion Contest: You can find the full details of the contest over at the Otter’s website otterromp.com
  • The Secret Buzz Giveaway: We have three copies of The Secret Buzz to give away thanks to Fred. To find out how to get hold of them head over to our contest page for more information here

Streamers

Radio:

As always you can get in touch with us by email info@thesecretpodcast.co.uk, Twitter@TSW_Podcast and on Facebook as well as our contact page. You can get the latest episode of the show from itunes here, Sticher here and directly from the site.

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Sneaky AP Week

Well it may not be issue 14 but the nice people at Funcom have decided to give us some bonus AP with the latest Server Restart.

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For every AP you earn you’ll get another one completely free. Which is useful for those pesky Augments or for those of you wanting to fill out your ability wheels.

And it’s available all week until the 29th of March so you’ve got plenty of time to stack up the AP.

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I Want My Fluffy Unicorn!

Funcom, in making The Secret World, created a universe with a rich mythology in which players could explore what it would be like to fight the supernatural in a modern day environment. Like all MMOs though, a section of the player based latched onto this world and mined it for the wealth it could provide for role playing. But at some stage, people started to veer away from what Funcom had created, and began to weave their own stories where their characters are no longer bees, but are vampires, demons, or even demi-gods. This community took on a life of its own, both in the game, and outside of it.

But when does this player created world become too much, and break what Funcom has built? When you character bumps into another toon who describes themselves as an eternal being with unlimited power, can you call them out on it? Who’s to say what is right or wrong when it comes to role playing, especially when you are making things up that are outside of the established mythology created by the game developers?Fae

I’ve been role playing my character, Zoe Prue, for a few years now. I’m not what I’d call hardcore, or particularly well known in the RP community, but I enjoy the various aspects of role playing. What I enjoy most though is telling a story. I’m slowly creating a long and hopefully rich background for my character to help with this, but at times it’s left me wondering – can I really tell the story I want to? Am breaking the world with this non-canon lore I’m creating? I mean, no one is going to accept Star Trek fan fic if Darth Vader turns up in it, right?

This thought crystallised for me a week or so ago, when I asked others how they dealt with Fae when role playing in TSW. I know a few people who role play actual Fae characters, something that isn’t really covered much in the established lore. I must admit, my question was loaded, as I had a pretty good idea what people would say, and what I was hoping to hear.

A few of the replies said that they took guidance from specific books, the Dresden series being a particular favourite. Others said that they did a little research and then just kind of made it up.

Now I have to admit, I’ve always had a fascination with the Fae. I’ve done a fair bit of research over the years, and have built up a very clear picture in my mind of what I thought they should be like. And this image is what I wanted for my story with my character. So, when some of the players described their thoughts, I bristled at the notion that their reality wasn’t the same as mine. How dare they try and create a world where our take on something didn’t align! I don’t want cute and fluffy Tinkerbell style fairies flitting about, I want dark and malicious, morally ambiguous! God dammit, you’re spoiling my fun!

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After I’d gathered up all the toys I’d thrown and put them back into my cot, I took a deep breath. These other players, they want to have fun and tell their own stories too. They aren’t doing anything different to what I am, so how can I possibly get mad at them? Maybe they think my idea of the Fae is dumb too, and who’s to say they are wrong?

No one forces who you role play with in this game. You’re not bound by any law, or game mechanic that says you must conform to someone else’s expectations, apart from those established in the game. If someone’s style doesn’t match your own,it’s easy enough to ignore them. In fact there are even tools both in and out of game that let you do it! So everybody should be empowered to have fun.

What I love about TSW is the world that was created. It is deep and interesting, and provides the players with a place to escape the grind of everyday life. And if that means playing as a fluffy pink fairy who loves riding a yellow unicorn, then who am I to object, right?


a1nq6tSeZoe Prue has been playing TSW on and off since 2012 and now RPs mostly on Twitter and Google Docs. You can find her on Twitter @zoezotprue

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Episode 49

This week on The Secret Podcast we are joined by Fred from The Secret Buzz magazine and DJ Psywarrior from Radio Free Gaia. We discuss broken inventories, fashion and learn a little German along the way.

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News

  • The ArchiTexts: The ArchiTexts Q&A has returned, there was a quick poll to decide on who faces the community this time and Mags (anonymous systems guy) won. You can find the results here and keep and eye out on the podcast site as well as the forum for a chance to ask your questions.
  • Broken Add-Ons: The latest update changed some of the coding related to inventory and broke some add-ons. You can find more info here

Events

  • Otterdown’s Otterly Fabulous Fashion Contest: You can find the full details of the contest over at the Otter’s website otterromp.com
  • The Secret Buzz Giveaway: We have three copies of The Secret Buzz to give away thanks to Fred. To find out how to get hold of them head over to our contest page for more information here

Streamers

Radio:

As always you can get in touch with us by email info@thesecretpodcast.co.uk, Twitter@TSW_Podcast and on Facebook as well as our contact page. You can get the latest episode of the show from itunes here, Sticher here and directly from the site.

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The Secret Buzz Giveaway!

The Secret Podcast has some stuff to give away! Fred of The Secret Buzz fashion magazine has provided us with one of every issue of the magazine.

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So, we needed to decide how to give them away. Competitions it is! There’s gonna be three, one for each issue. Read on below to find out what you will need to do for each issue.


Issue #1

If you want to get your hands on a copy of Issue 1 of the magazine, then we are having a caption competition. You will need to take a look at the below picture, and send us your best caption for it. We’re looking for the weirdest and wackiest caption.

TSB Caption Competition


Issue #2

For Issue 2, we’re looking for a picture of you, wearing the most ridiculous and silly combination of clothes you can come up with. We want strange, insensible, and disorderly. Yes. Like us. Full uniform sets are not advised.


Issue #3

For Issue 3, we’re having a simple retweet draw. You’ll need to retweet this tweet, and once the contest is over, we’ll draw a name randomly from the people who entered, and they’ll win the issue.

 


Rules

All entries will need to be submitted to KleTheTemplar or Auroris on the official TSW forums, to @TSW_Podcast on Twitter, or by email to contest@thesecretpodcast.co.uk.

The competition closes at midnight, Friday evening on 1st April. We will announce winners during the podcast recorded that weekend.

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