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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

One For The Team, Pt. 2

10/6/2019
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The village of Three-Bridges finds consensus in First Snow’s plan, but Tyymos lo-Jyf - as you can imagine - objects. Ardel Redmoor makes plans to flee Castle Guernatal, but the Phantom of the Castle objects to this. Regan and Yllowyyn find Nia, along with a whole lot of trouble they weren’t looking for, and Nia tells the Party of her plight. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Our featured sponsor for this chapter is Audio Fiction 101 – an online course for anyone interested...

Duration:00:29:10

One For The Team, Pt. 1

9/22/2019
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Welcome, one and all, to the premiere of Book 2 Chapter 6! Nia has no choice but to negotiate with Lord Commander Ry’y lo-Th’yyt, and Regan and Yllowyyn have no choice but to go looking for Nia. Meanwhile, the village of Three-Bridges learns of Elven encroachment on their farmland, and debates what to do. And Nia’s parents learn the limits of Elven hospitality. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Our featured sponsor for this chapter is Audio Fiction 101 - an online course...

Duration:00:30:29

Chapter 6 Release Dates!

8/25/2019
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We are pleased to announce release dates for our next chapter! THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERDBook 2 – Myth Made FleshChapter 6 – “One For The Team” Part 1 – September 22, 2019Part 2 – October 6, 2019Part 3 – October 20, 2019Part 4 – November 3, 2019 Also, FYI - we're going to be changing some geeky stuff under the hood so we get sorted into the right categories on Apple Podcasts. This should NOT change anything for you...UNLESS you subscribe directly through FeedBurner, Email, or our RSS feed. (If...

Duration:00:01:40

#ASK THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD for Bk. 2 Ch. 5

5/30/2019
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Here's the audio from our #AskTOAFN livestream for Book 2, Chapter 5. It's been edited for clarity but you can still see the unedited (and severely technologically challenged) video stream on our YouTube channel. Links to topics discussed in this episode: "On how forced the story with the Orcs feels" from the TOAFN subredditChimamanda Adichie on The Danger of a Single StoryLouis Riel on WikipediaThe fan-run TOAFN Discord Server TOAFN is brought to you in part this week by Plus One Balms. Go...

Duration:01:06:01

An Impregnable Missive, Pt. 4

5/5/2019
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Out west - far west, past rebuilt Freehold, past ruined Blackhold and ravaged Silberg, past even Jethro’s remote cabin and its terrible cellar, over the god-made walls of that primordial fortress you call the Black mountains, down the foothills where the downtrodden many pull precious stones from the living rock, for the benefit of the privileged few - there is a town on the plains. The inhabitants of this town would be called Urrkyet by the Elves, that is to say Orcs in the common tongue of...

Duration:00:22:41

An Impregnable Missive, Pt. 3

4/21/2019
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Nia asks her old friend for a confounding favor. The Pennsylvanians love it when a plan comes together. The script for this episode is available here. Our sponsor this week is Plus One Balms. Made from high quality all natural ingredients, Plus One Balms give you everything you need to level up your beard or give your skin an AC boost after a shave. Head to plusonebalms.com/TOAFN and enter code TOAFN at checkout for 10% off your offer and to help support our show! The conclusion of Chapter 5...

Duration:00:23:10

An Impregnable Missive, Pt. 2

4/7/2019
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Regan is short on friends willing to aid in her campaign. Nia seeks medical help from an old friend of hers. Ardel Redmoor is even shorter on friends than Regan.

Duration:00:26:54

An Impregnable Missive, Pt. 1

3/24/2019
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Nia's parents receive some troubling information, and Ry'y lo-Th'yyt delivers some bad news herself to the Freehold garrison. Two mariners have a very unlucky day at sea. The Professor and Miss Bailey grieve, and have some...concerns. This episode features guest performances by Beth Eyre and Felix Trench. The script for this episode is available here. Our next episode will be released on April 7. We hope you'll join us then! CONTENT NOTES below. CONTENT NOTES: From 15:31-20:19 (p. 13-16)...

Duration:00:32:10

Help Us Reach Our New Goal

3/3/2019
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We're trying to hit $500/episode by March 24th to make the show more sustainable for everyone involved. And we've added some cool new rewards to do it! Please help us spread the word, or consider pledging if you're able. Thank you as always for listening, and we will see you on March 24 for the premiere of Book 2 Chapter 5!

Duration:00:04:01

Chapter 5 Release Dates! (And Other Announcements)

1/16/2019
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First! The announcement you've all been waiting for! Release dates for our next chapter. THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD Book 2 - Myth Made Flesh Chapter 5 - "An Impregnable Missive" Part 1 - March 24, 2019 Part 2 - April 7, 2019 Part 3 - April 21, 2019 Part 4 - May 5, 2019 We can't wait for you to hear what we've been cooking up. Next, we're conducting an audience survey to get a sense of your likes and dislikes, and to see where we can grow and improve the show. Your participation would be...

Duration:00:02:54

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 this...

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) a...

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 though,...

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