Meet Ben Yendall, the storytelling, community-building co-host of Tales from the Hydian Way, a podcast about a role-playing game set in the Star Wars universe.
As Ben says, Tales from the Hydian Way is about as niche as you can get, but podcasting is a great medium for serving your particular pack of people. He followed the advice we’ve often heard here and elsewhere: Make the podcast you want to listen to.
I don’t play the game and I stopped watching Star Wars at Return of the Jedi, and yet I tune into Tales from the Hydian Way from time to time just to hear them talk. Ben and his co-hosts David and Joshua improvise fan fiction online with people all over the world in the game, and then analyze how to do it better on the podcast. Isn’t that amazing?
It might be tempting with that level of expertise to exclude newcomers, but Ben has no time for gatekeeping or noob-shaming. “It doesn’t do us any good to make the community smaller,” he says. That’s pretty great, too.
Ben made these great local recommendations:
- Basket of Yegs, Troy Pavlek’s podcast about civic affairs;
- Northern Nerdcast, Dan Shessel’s look at all things nerdy in Edmonton;
- RPG Casts, a repository of role-playing-game-related podcasts.
Ben himself is @deuteriumice on Twitter. And you can often find him in real life at our Edmonton Podcasting Meetup. The next one is on Sept. 18 at Cafe Rista, on the subject of how to start a podcast, and we’ll be mining the expertise of our veteran podcasters to help people start their own. Sign up here.
This episode was one of several recorded at the Makerspace at the downtown Edmonton Public Library on 100 in 1 Day. Watch for more episodes recorded that day in coming weeks.
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Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.