Update: Resolved – Once again, problems with iTunes

Update: It looks like the problem fixed itself.  I made some changes to the feed, too, to make the episode names consistent.

If you’re an iTunes user, it seems that iTunes isn’t listing Episode 2 for no particularly good reason. I’ve checked the site, the feed, and the iTunes settings and nothing seems to be amiss, but it’s just not there. For now, I recommend using the RSS feed and adding it directly to iTunes, instead of trying to use the iTunes store.

http://feeds.feedburner.com/2GaGaaG

Hopefully it’s just a glitch in iTunes that will fix itself, but I’m not holding my breath.  Apple continues to do nothing to address concerns about how iTunes is run, or the complete lack of transparency for the user or publisher.  Currently, it just doesn’t work, and I don’t know why.

Child’s Play is an Awesome Charity, and You Should Support Them

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Normally, during the introduction to the shows, I make a point to ask people to use the Amazon link, or if they would like, to give a little donation to keep the show running.  In the spirit of the holidays, though, I’d like to ask that you instead consider making a donation to, or through, Child’s Play.  I could try to explain what they do, but they have a nice press kit that does a much better job than I can, so we’ll just crib from them.

The Mission

Child’s Play is dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play.

How It Works

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.
Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

There’s actually a third option for supporting Child’s Play, which is to buy games through the Humble Bundle, making sure that money is being directed to Child’s Play.  You get to support a worthy charity, and you get some shiny new video games out of the deal.

A lot of people have an image of gamers as being anti-social weirdos.  To be honest, some of us are.  In truth, though, there are a lot of very generous people who love to play, whether it’s video games, board games, or tabletop games like we play on 2 Guys, a Girl, and a Goblin.  So, since you’ve earned XP all year, I think it’s high time to level up, and win at charity.

www.childsplaycharity.org

 

P.S.  If you’re wanting to buy stuff for your family and friends, you should definitely still use the Amazon link for that.  We’d appreciate it, and so would our local liquor distributors will also appreciate it.

A Wallpaper for a Podcast that We Don’t Make – Harmontown

I really love Harmontown, and especially Spencer Crittenden’s D&D Dungeon Mastery towards the end of the show.  He really prompted me to up my own game as a DM. With that in mind, and since there wasn’t any D&D on this week’s Harmontown, I decided to make something related to it, for my own amusement.  So, here it is:

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It’s kind of a first draft in the style of 60’s minimalist movie posters, still working on the idea, but I’m generally happy with the direction it’s going.

RSS Feed Problem Resolved

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Somewhere along the line, a WordPress update seems to have messed up the RSS feeds for the podcasts so that it did not show earlier episodes.  The problem’s been fixed!  Especially if you’re a new listener to “2 Guys, a Girl, and a Goblin“, this is a chance to listen to the earlier episodes.  It will take some time for iTunes to update, but the RSS feeds are working for your listening pleasure.

Calling All Writers, Visual Artists, Musicians, and Talkers!

Everyone’s Got a Thing Wants More Things!  If you’ve got a thing you want to talk about, show off, or publish, we want to help you do that!  If you’ve got something you’d love to talk about for a few hours, then be a guest on “Everyone’s Got a Thing“.  Even better, if you’ve been wanting to do a podcast of your own, them we’d like to publish it!

If you’re interested in joining us for a podcast, or joining the EGaT team, contact us at egatpod@gmail.com

 

Give Us Your Input!

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If you like 2 Guys, a Girl, and a Goblin and want to do some fan art of our intrepid heroes (or Splug), we’d love to see it, and we’ll post it on the site.

You can email us at egatpod(at)gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @egatpod, rate and review on iTunes, or make a comment on the shows’ pages.

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Podcasters vs Patent Trolls

For those who don’t follow the ins and outs of patent law (I don’t blame you, a lot of it is really boring stuff), there’s some important stuff happening right now that endangers the  future of podcasting.  Patent law, and specifically law protecting bad patents, is harming society and the economy, largely because of what are called patent trolls.  Patent trolls are companies that file for or purchase patents for the express purpose of suing others for “violating” their patent.  To be clear, patent trolls don’t actually produce anything of their own, they just use their patents to get money from other people who do make things. Currently, a patent troll named Personal Audio, LLC is suing several large companies (Apple being one of the more prominent), and sending demands to small companies, all seeking funds for  doing nothing.  They’re actually suing Adam Carolla’s company as well.  I guess because he’s popular?

This company, and many companies like it, threaten the freedom of the Internet, and threaten podcasts like this one.  Apple can afford to keep fighting, and I hope they do, but not everyone can.  The good news is, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has decided to help, because, as they put it:

As with so many patent troll cases, the troll is asking for money despite having contributed nothing to the industry. By its own admission, Personal Audio tried and failed at its attempt to make an audio player. Having failed at actually making something, it became a shell company that does nothing but sue on its patents. And now it wants a handout from those who worked hard to create popular podcasts.

For those that care about podcasting, or just Internet freedom, it’s important to try to support the EFF as our best chance at defeating this troll.  If you can, give some cash, or if you’re broke, give some time; the EFF needs examples of prior art to help bust this patent.  (Oops!  Looks like the EFF already reached their money goal, but keep giving examples of prior art if you can.)

Click Here to visit the EFF website for more information on how you can help.