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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).

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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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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Episodes

Audio Bonus Content #21 - What We Do When We Tell Stories (with Amanda, Julia, and Eric of Multitude)

10/21/2018
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Today's bonus content is a conversation that Zach and Christian had with Amanda McLoughlin, Julia Schifini, and Eric Silver of Multitude fame. We talked about the role that storytelling plays in society and how that intersects with roleplaying and self-conception. We're also pleased to announce that we'll be in production for our next chapter November through early December. We'll be announcing official release dates once we're a little ways into post-production, but hopefully early 2019.

Duration:00:53:17

#ASK THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD for Bk. 2 Ch. 4

7/1/2018
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Here's the audio from our #AskTOAFN livestream for Book 2 Chapter 4. It's been lightly edited for length and clarity, but you can still watch the full video stream on YouTube. Some shout-outs and announcements: Thanks to our Week 1 fundraiser on Maddy Groves, we were able to donate over $60 to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)! Thank you to everyone who bought the song! You can catch our own Shannon Harris (Ren, Nia's mom, writer) in LUKE CAGE (!!!)...

Duration:01:46:28

I’ve Been Working On The Whale-Road, Pt. 4

6/17/2018
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In the heart-stopping conclusion of Chapter 4, Regan and Ren navigate some treacherous waters. (That's literal and metaphorical, you see.) Meanwhile, General Traft makes some new friends. And Ry'y lo-Th'yyt catches a lucky break. Will she finally do some outmaneuvering of her own? The script for this episode can be downloaded here. And, since this is the final episode of this Chapter, it is time once again to #AskTOAFN! Got a question you'd like to hear answered on our video livestream? DM...

Duration:00:46:43

I’ve Been Working On The Whale-Road, Pt. 3

6/3/2018
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The Party is in for yet another of their many culture shocks as they make their way aboard Ren's notorious Red Reaver (except for Regan of course). Billy questions his role in the group, and Arlene levels up the vital bardic skill "read the damn room." Meanwhile, Bryce Riverfell proves far less cooperative than Ry'y lo-Th'yyt expected. And new pressures threaten the delicate agreement between Regan and Ren. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. The thrilling conclusion of...

Duration:00:49:34

I’ve Been Working On The Whale-Road, Pt. 2

5/20/2018
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Regan negotiates with Ren to get her crew to Armstrungard. Jethro the Woodsman explains more of his unusual beliefs to General Traft. General Riverfell has his evening plans disrupted. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Part 3 of this Chapter will be released on June 3. We hope we'll see you then!

Duration:00:59:15

I’ve Been Working On The Whale-Road, Pt. 1

5/6/2018
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Welcome back, dear ones! In the premiere of Chapter 4, our party must reap what they have sown aboard the Otto Olafsson's merchant vessel. (Hint: It's pirates.) Meanwhile, the High Council of the White Forest has some questions for Ry'y lo-Th'yyt. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Part Two of this Chapter will be released on May 20. We hope you'll join us then! CONTENT NOTES below. CONTENT NOTES: From 1:40-1:48 there are some vomit noises. From 5:35-6:21 (on script pg. 5)...

Duration:00:40:47

2018 Scheduling Announcement

4/8/2018
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Some scheduling announcements for our upcoming episodes. Book 2 Chapter 4 premieres on May 6, 2018. We'll see you then!

Duration:00:02:57

#ASK THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD for Bk. 2 Ch. 3

12/19/2017
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Today's bonus content is the cleaned up audio from our last end-of-chapter livestream (along with the Chapter 3 blooper reel). You can watch the video of this conversation here. Podcast Shout-Out's this episode: Greg: Til Death Do Us Blart, Worst Idea Of All Time Ian: Pod Save America, Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People Christian: Left Trigger Right Trigger, The Bright Sessions, Wolf 359, Join the Party, What's The Frequency?, Audio Drama Production Podcast, Métis in Space Zach: Nerds...

Duration:01:29:12

Bridges, Pt. 4

11/19/2017
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While Nia has a brief run-in with her past, Billy procures passage for the Party. But their new accommodations leave much to be desired for our heroes' purposes. Meanwhile, Traft's abductor reveals some explosive secrets about the recent past of Iorden. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Thus concludes this Chapter of our tale. We'll be taking a short production break for the holidays, but will announce Chapter 4 release dates as soon as we have them. In the meantime...

Duration:02:58:55

Bridges, Pt. 3

11/5/2017
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With the Knights of the Wood hot on their trail, our newly reunited heroes must think quickly to make good their escape from Freehold. Meanwhile, Ardel Redmoor is finally forced to confront the responsibilities of the title he now claims. And a wounded Ry'y lo-Th'yyt encounters yet another obstacle in pursuit of her quarry. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Chapter 3 will conclude on November 19. We hope to see you then!

Duration:00:43:38

Bridges, Pt. 2

10/22/2017
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Strange and unnatural circumstances abound at Redmoor-occupied Castle Guernatal. The downtrodden General Traft finds shelter from a storm. But what manner of shelter is it? The prodigal Elf, and Knight, and Lady, and Handmaiden return to the side of their Queen. But there's little time for warm reunions. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. As we've mentioned before, we are thrilled to be nominees in this year's Audio Verse Awards, alongside literally dozens of shows we love...

Duration:00:36:34

Bridges, Pt. 1

10/8/2017
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An inebriated and ill-prepared Yllowyyn finds himself with two lives in his hands. No matter what he does, his decision is likely to echo loudly and far. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank whatever kind souls saw fit to nominate us for the 2017 Audio Verse Awards. Thank you so much, and please stay tuned for details on when/where to vote. Part 2 of this chapter will be released on October 22. We hope to see you then! CONTENT...

Duration:00:45:08

Audio Bonus Content #18 - Zach Valenti on Listening to Audience Feedback

8/20/2017
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Today's bonus content is an interview with the one and only Zach Valenti, star and co-producer of Wolf 359 (among many other things), who took on a cameo role as Merril in our last few episodes. This conversation was originally broadcast in May as part of Zach's ongoing "Self Care Sunday" livestream project. You can watch video of the interview here (Christian starts at right around hour 2), and subscribe to the channel at zach.live. Release of Chapter 3 is delayed slightly, for reasons...

Duration:02:36:32

#ASK THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD for Bk. 2 Ch. 2

8/6/2017
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This episode is the audio from our latest #AskTOAFN, which we did as livestream. It's been cleaned up a little and lightly edited. And you can always watch the original, unedited and with the video right here. Thank you so much to everyone who wrote in with questions! We tried to at least acknowledge receipt of everything even if we didn't answer it, so if you believe you sent in a question and you didn't get any kind of a nod from us, let us know. If you won a book, we'll be in touch...

Duration:03:03:08

Audio Bonus Content #16 - Tal M. Klein on Tropes and the Future

7/30/2017
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Today's bonus content is an interview with Tal M. Klein. His sci-fi novel THE PUNCH ESCROW - the film rights to which have already been purchased by Lionsgate -is available now, and he's touring indie book stores to promote it. If you'd like to be entered to win a copy of the book, tweet something using the hashtags #TOAFN and #GetPunched. And as a reminder, we'll be doing an #AskTOAFN livestream on Tuesday August 1 at 8pm Eastern. Stream will be posted at this link. We hope to see you there!

Duration:01:51:01

What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 5

7/23/2017
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In the harrowing conclusion of Chapter 2, Gwen shares what she's learned with Brennen and Bryce. And Arlene has some very difficult questions to answer. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. As this is the end of this chapter, it's time for you to send in your #AskTOAFN questions to be answered on the air in a couple weeks. You can submit your questions anytime before 11:59pm Eastern time on July 28, through Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr, or Patreon, either with a DM or by...

Duration:00:42:29

What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 4

7/9/2017
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Having had some time to cool off, some of our party takes steps towards reconciling. But Brennen is still struggling, and seeks the guidance of Bryce Riverfell, before the two are interrupted by an unexpected guest. Yllowyyn grins and bears his new traveling companion(s). And back at the Horse's Head Inn, Arlene makes a new...friend? But she'll have to reckon with an unexpected guest of her own. The script for this episode can be found here. The pulse-pounding conclusion of this chapter will...

Duration:00:52:07

What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 3

6/25/2017
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Having been all but kicked out of his parents' house, Yllowyyn finds several unlikely allies and adversaries in his familial conflicts. Meanwhile, the Kids consider how to make the best of the turmoil in their camp. But things seem especially gloomy for Nia and Brennen. And elsewhere in the realm, Arden the Annihilator - legendary hero of antiquity - returns to the field of battle for the first time in millennia. The script for this episode can be found here. Our next episode will be...

Duration:00:38:31

What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 2

6/11/2017
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Billy, Nelson, and Nia attempt to parse Regan's revelations through the varied lenses of their unique lives. Meanwhile, Regan reacts very poorly to needing to be cared for. And Yllowyyn returns with what he's heard to the White Forest - and to his parents, who attempt to set straight the prodigal son. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Our next episode will be released on June 25. We hope you'll join us then. And in case you didn't see it on our other social media, we've...

Duration:00:50:55

What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 1

5/28/2017
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As the shockwaves of Regan's revelations ripple through the party, Yllowyyn feels less welcome than ever. Ry'y lo-Th'yyt discovers a loose thread in urgent need of snipping. And Brennen is given an ultimatum. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Part Two of this chapter will be released on June 11. We hope you'll join us then! And finally, the artist D.N. Frost, who designed our official map of the Human Realms of Iorden, has just released her new guide on "How To Make Fantasy...

Duration:00:43:54