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The NUAGE Podcast is a for-fun show where four adventurous Northeastern University students discuss their experiences in hobby board gaming in relation to their beloved board game club.
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Stories from the Hearth is an experimental storytelling podcast, a free artistic space in the style of a painter's studio or writer's diary. It is a place for you to lose yourself in truly original short stories and their immersive soundscapes, written, narrated, and produced by Scottish poet Cal Bannerman. Learn about the history of storytelling in occasional miniseries The Wandering Bard, or escape your daily stresses with one of Cal's queer-focused fantasy, historical, supernatural and sc ...
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A love letter to Gojira, a post-Cold War parable, a tale of confinement, escape, and approaching catastrophe. Mother Pearl and the Nuclear Disaster is all of these things and more. It is the story of a child born into nuclear winter, a community obsessed with a giant pearl, a president with a woefully short memory, and a world entirely unprepared f…
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Bumps in the night. Shrieks through the wall. Strange smells in the hallway. A long-empty flat suddenly occupied by a reclusive and rather... furry individual. Upstairs neighbours are - let's face it - a nuisance, an anomaly, the bane of all apartment blocks. But when an urban fox moves into the flat upstairs in a crumbling Glasgow tenement, the re…
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An old woman with her can of spray paint invokes the anger of the Argentinian government, a group of armed civilians, and an American newsroom run by some questionable characters. At the core of what becomes an international crisis lies an ancient cave painting: hundreds of human hands overlapping each other. A painting to which the old lady feels …
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Detective-Inspector Rosa Dubois is half-magic, half-human, and ever since she got blipped up here to the City of Black Clouds she's been searching for a case. A real case. With you (Igor the guinea pig familiar) by her side, Rosa bites off more than she can chew when a mysterious witch comes to town in this neon-noir, magical crime-fighting comedy.…
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It's our very first birthday! Come gather round the fire with us once more in this special birthday short story. Take a look at what the future holds for Stories from the Hearth, and learn how you can be a part of it. Wrap yourself in some fiction and hunker down by the hearth, it's getting cold out there. The next story episode of Stories from the…
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Avery is about to turn 28, which means that soon she'll have lived longer than her father, the legendary rock-star Kash Bauer, ever did. She's been dealing with that fact all year, and this morning she can't seem to escape it. By the boughs of a larch in autumn, Avery Bauer seeks the answers to her questions. Dealing with depression, mania, and sui…
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An extra special episode of The Wandering Bard on Stories from the Hearth, in which Cal holds a conversation on storytelling with Joe Fisher, creator of the popular sci-fi audio drama Midnight Burger. Cal and Joe chat about Prince, Shakespeare, and the Devil; the terrors of the Metaverse, the safety of the multiverse, and the future of storytelling…
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In a loch in the lee of a mountain in the Scottish Highlands there lives an ancient king. Banished by his people millennia ago, these days he survives on trickery, deceit... and the flesh of human men. This Halloween, a group of friends meet a stranger on the mountain trail. Together, they take shelter in a ramshackle bothy on the edges of the loch…
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In the Stories from the Hearth minisode series - normally exclusive to Patreon - Calum reads a classic story from the public domain; be it fable, fairy-tale, or moral; European, or International. Sometimes they perform them as they were first told, sometimes they rewrite them in their own style, and sometimes they perform bits and pieces from their…
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Ludoslaw Dragon is a lonely drunk. Ludoslaw Dragon has a hole in his heart. Ludoslaw Dragon has disappeared... In the aftermath of World War Two, a once-picturesque Polish town hides a dark secret beneath its air-raid rubble. A photograph of a young pianist is found amongst Ludoslaw's clothes. A heart-breaking love affair comes to the surface. Stor…
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By flickering candlelight, Chinese storytellers have been telling tales with exquisite, colourful shadow puppets for over two-thousand years. Surviving war, famine, regime changes and revolutions, this is one of the world's oldest and most intricate storytelling traditions. I look at the music, singing, and puppetry of the artform, the training its…
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Reaching the elven town of Eldritch, it soon became clear to Lucky the troll that their kind was unwanted. Now, Lucky is set to face an even greater threat: a sect of zealous mages whose singular purpose is to bring about the extinction of the trollish race. Where has Lucky's sister-in-law Diaphony Le Viol disappeared to? How will trollish pacifism…
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In West Africa, speech goes deeper than just communication - the spoken word is imbued with the natural power to create and to give life. For centuries, West African storytellers have been advisors to kings, emperors, village elders and tribal chiefs. They have served as walking libraries, fonts of all knowledge, "the memory of humankind". And whil…
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Lucky is the unluckiest troll in the Hole: a massive cave system which has provided sanctuary for trolls like Lucky since his great-great-great-grandpappy Grimblade's time. But now there's a newcomer - Lucky's sister has married an elven woman - and with the elf's arrival, the peace between trolls and the outside world threatens to come crashing do…
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When Polynesians first settled the isolated Hawaiian Islands, they transformed traditional dancing into Hula, which almost all of us recognise in some form, even to this day. Except, Hula isn't just a dance, it is a complex, beautiful, and culturally important form of storytelling. This is Part One in the second season of Stories from the Hearth's …
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The end of the world isn't caused by a meteor, a nuclear blast, a monster or god. The end of the world isn't exciting, nor is it terrifying. The end of the world comes slowly, quietly. It is so subtle that humanity doesn't realise the end has come until it is too late. In the ruins of old Tokyo, one woman - born at the beginning of Lights Out - ima…
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Deep in the jungle interior of the Southern Islands, a species of sentient beings live out their lives at peace and in harmony with the forest, and with the mountain at its heart. The Cónglín yōulíng, however, are not the only sentient species on their world, and as Onyongo is about to find out, there are others out there with less than honest inte…
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Part Three in the first season of Stories from the Hearth's bonus historical and interview series: The Wandering Bard. Each season of The Wandering Bard examines a different aspect of the history and nature of storytelling, as well as people behind it. In season one of The Wandering Bard, we ask the question “Why do we tell stories?”, and in today'…
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In this extra special episode of Stories from the Hearth, The Pale Blue Dot comes to its dramatic (and rather silly) conclusion. Flying freelancer Jahanara Khan is wanted by the Intergalactic Council of Sentience for the theft of the Brainiac - the multiverse's single standard of intelligence. But it seems all Khan is concerned with is money, and f…
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In this extra special episode of Stories from the Hearth, flying freelancer Jahanara Khan seeks refuge in a run-down space station called the Pale Blue Dot. It is a den of depravity and illicit transactions, run by a ragtag group of aliens including a disgruntled green blob, and a frighteningly upbeat Texan automaton. What Jahanara wants with such …
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Part Two in the first season of Stories from the Hearth's bonus historical and interview series: The Wandering Bard. Each season of The Wandering Bard examines a different aspect of the history and nature of storytelling, as well as people behind it. In season one of The Wandering Bard, we ask the question “Why do we tell stories?”, and in today's …
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You stand in shadow. The moon is late to rise tonight. At your side is your katana, newly forged, never used. And so you wait, ready and eager to test its sting. This episode's story is based on the historical Samurai practice of tsujigiri (辻斬). CW: violence and character-specific sexist slurs Stories from the Hearth is an experimental storytelling…
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Part One in the first season of Stories from the Hearth's bonus historical and interview series: The Wandering Bard. Each season of The Wandering Bard examines a different aspect of the history and nature of storytelling, as well as people behind it. In season one of The Wandering Bard, we ask the question “Why do we tell stories?”, and in today's …
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Xi'an, China. 1967. A Kazakhstani writer has travelled through time to the heart of Communist China's barbaric Cultural Revolution. Now, he awaits trial, charged with crimes for which the penalty is death. The protagonist of his latest story, a girl called Junlei, finds herself trapped in a mysterious library. Solving the riddle of this library mig…
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Xi'an, China. 2045. A Kazakhstani writer sits down at his desk and begins to type. Beneath his fingers, the story of a young girl unfolds: she holds a mysterious key, inherited from her grandfather. As the key turns, and the world changes, the lives of the writer and his character must intersect, or fade from memory forever. This is part one of a t…
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On a lonely island, wreathed in mist, Ludmiła the two-spirit harvests the soft down of eider ducks for a living. Made an outcast because of their gender-fluidity, Ludmiła finds companionship in the most unlikely of places. With mad sailors, new-born ducklings, and reflections on queerness, this is a tale of friendship, love, and the celebration of …
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In the Stories from the Hearth minisode series - normally exclusive to Patreon - Calum reads a classic story from the public domain; be it fable, fairy-tale, or moral; European, or International. Sometimes they perform them as they were first told, sometimes they rewrite them in their own style, and sometimes they perform bits and pieces from their…
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In a distant future, intergalactic space-travel happens in the blink of an eye. One young astronaut has been tasked with finding a viable alternative to Earth, in order that humanity can be saved. Arriving on Terra-II, things at first seem promising. However, in the city of Carcosa, all is not what it seems... Stories from the Hearth is an experime…
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As a pirate terrorising the Red Sea, Shahar has long survived by disguising herself as a fearsome and solitary man. But on a return trip to Oman, carrying the Iman's precious cargo, Shahar's identity is not the only thing she's in danger of losing... CW: explores themes of both a sexual and racial nature Stories from the Hearth is an experimental s…
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Stories from the Hearth is an immersive storytelling experience, delivering original soundscape-backed short-stories, written, performed and produced by Calum Bannerman, as well as educational episodes exploring the history of storytelling. Each fiction episode will feature a brand-new tale, be it sci-fi, romance, fantasy, historical fiction or hor…
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In this episode of The NUAGE Podcast, Chase takes his turn on leave as we have guest host Dan Lieman join the fun! The struggles are many and challenging, and we hear about tales from Raxxon, Middle-Earth, the Cold War, and more. Club news is shared, and we discuss how we prefer to learn games for the first time before teaching them. In the Genre O…
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In this episode of The NUAGE Podcast, Max makes his triumphant return as we discuss party games! What makes a fun party? The four of us, of course! We discuss our jobs, The Lion King, The Dice Tower Award winners, and our feelings on reprinted games, new editions of games, and other iterative processes in the industry.…
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In this episode of The NUAGE Podcast, Chase, Connor, and Jasmine welcome our first special guest: Luis! Chase's audio is fixed, and e subconsciously celebrate Independence Day in America by discussing games with fire trucks and fireworks. We talk about The Amazing Race v2, vocab words, the worth of Legacy Games, and overview some of our favorite co…
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In this episode of The NUAGE Podcast, Chase, Connor, Jasmine, and Max discuss hopes for Chase's audio quality for the next episode. They banter about Cadence of Hyrule, Round One arcade, The Puzzled Pint, and maybe a few board games too. Later in the show, they discuss the different stages of building a board game collection and their favorite area…
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In the inaugural episode of The NUAGE Podcast, Chase, Connor, Jasmine, and Max introduce themselves and the podcast. They talk lots of recent game plays, dive into the Spiel de Jahres game award nominees, discuss some tips and tricks for introducing people to the world of board gaming, and close the show with a discussion of the genre of gateway ga…
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