Anne does the main production of DDOcast which includes producing content, broadcasting, editing, and overall organizing. She’s also the webmistress of the site. Occasionally she writes, but only when she has time.

Aug 202013

I’m posting this here today because soon Patrick will fully take over DDOcast. He is but one man doing a whole lot of work for you and the DDO community, and I believe that he will be needing your help! I’ve written about segments before and how to send them in. But I thought I’d take a moment to post this information here on

What is a Segment on DDOcast?

DDOcast - A DDO Podcast!A segment is a short audio topic (about 2 to 10 min long) on a related to the podcast itself. Topics can range from specific to general, but falling within the domain or overall topic of DDO and D&D. Here are few examples of current and past DDO segments:

  • DDO Puzzler: DDO brain teasers
  • Premium Perspective: reviews of purchasable Adventure Packs, classes, and races for the prudent premium player
  • OCD Gamer: The devilish details of DDO
  • Back to the Lab: techie talk about classes in DDO
  • Crunchy Bits: strategy builds and detailed mechanics of DDO
  • Epic Education: the how-tos on running DDO epic quests
  • Sound Concepts: Meta advice to help get you through the tough spots in DDO
  • DDO Poetry Corner: Poems and Prose in the tone of DDO
  • DDO Top 10: “top 10” DDO comedy sketch
  • Eberronian Chef: an Eberron related cooking show
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Jun 282013

ddocastBack again with more HOA tips and tricks! The last article I posted was Video Casting with G+ Hangouts on Air – Part 2: Your First Broadcast. This week I’ve got a few webcam recommendations, tips on setting up your studio, and other small tricks to do for your broadcast.

Selecting the right Video Camera

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 ($100) – If you work from home and use video to stay in touch with colleagues and attend meetings, or if you just use it to stay in touch with friends and family around the world, the Logitech C920 HD webcam offers stunning video quality—including Skype and other video calling (when supported) in 1080p, autofocus, sensitive dual stereo microphones, and full HD video recording if you produce video from your computer. Continue reading »

Apr 182013

Its been a bit of a chore to get enough money for GenCon this year. Between airfare, hotel, car rental and all the extras, the price is racking up. We’re lucky that Sig’s friends at his office are determined to get him to GenCon this year to play in the Legend of The Five Rings Tournament. Me on the other hand (since I work as a Web freelancer and now I’ve decided to run my own business instead of working for the “man”) I have to offset the cost some how. My answer is to sell gaming goods for my friends on a commission. My good friends Steven “Stan!” Brown and Jeff Grubb are joining me on this venture. Stan has even lent me his name and I run my store under StannexMart.

Most of my goods are used, but many are collector items and are still sealed in plastic wrap. I also have like-new (not used, but have shelf-wear), very fine (aka hardly used) and very good (lightly used) items. Most are games, but I’ve also comic books, toys, novels, collector magazines (Dragon, Dungeon, etc) and other geeky goodies.

Today I wanted to offer something special for my favorite DDO peeps: For today through this weekend only, If you buy ALL of  my remaining D&D Eberron 3.5 d20 books and send me a message saying YARK! Yark! I like playing with DDOcast kobolds!” when you check out your order.  I’ll include a DDO bonus items:

  • 1 Large DDO Menace of the Underdark T-Shirt
  • 1 DDO PAX Prime 2010 Side Bag
  • 1 Drow Assassin Figure
  • 1 Purple DDO Dice Bag
  • 1 Menace of the Underdark Expansion Key
  • Discount shipping. Don’t worry, I’ll resend an invoice!

DDO goodies

I’ve got about five Eberron books left, so take a look at them here!

If you’re not into Eberron or 3.5 D&D, but you want to help me get to GenCon AND want to get a good deal on some gaming books, consider taking a look at my other stuff and visiting my eBay store.

Thanks everyone!

Apr 122013

HangoutDDOcastIn Part 1 gave you a list of tools you’ll need to get started. So now you have a Google Account and you’ve activated your YouTube Account. Let’s move on to setting up  G+ Hangouts so you can broadcast live!

By default, when you start a hangout on Google+, you’ll also see an option to use Hangouts On Air. After the hangout and live broadcast, you can edit the recording of the meeting and share it on YouTube.

System Requirements for G+ Hangout: Can you do it?

You’ll need one of the following browsers

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Apr 112013

HangoutDDOcastI’ve gotten a few questions on how I broadcast DDOcast via G+. There’s a lot of information into that answer, so I’ve decided to give it a write up in parts.

For Part one, here’s a quick overview of what you need and why.  I’ll go over in detail on how to set things up and use them in broadcasting over the course of this series.

  • A Google Account
    • This is a requirement for both YouTube and G+
  • Create a YouTube Account
    • Once you have your Google Account you can go to and Sign-in. You’ll be prompted to create a new YouTube Page.
    • You need YouTube because G+ Hangout on Air uses YouTube to record video and audio
  • Access your G+ Account
    • Follow any prompts to setup your account. Add an image and a bio on your about page.  The important part is being able to “Start a Hangout”
    • For the first time you’ll need to start a hangout and “Enable Hangouts On Air” and authorize its use. I’ll go into more detail later.
  • A Web Camera
  • A GOOD Microphone
  • A set of Headphones – DO NOT USE SPEAKERS! EVER!
    • These can be anything from cheapo ear buds to fancy Bose noise canceling.  The important part is to make sure that no audio from your speakers feeds back into your microphone.
    • Audio Feedback is VERY BAD!  Feed all audio to your headphones.
  • Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) Software
    • The latest version is Virtual Audio Cable v4.12 – $35
    • VAC is intended to connect several audio applications together in real time. It’s like a sound card with hardwired input and output: when an application sends an audio stream to a virtual cable, other applications can record this stream from the other cable end. Thus, you can record and process output of almost any audio application by almost any other audio application. VAC operates like TotalRecorder but is more universal.
    • I use VAC to feed audio from XSPLIT to G+ Hangout so it gets recorded to YouTube and so that my Hangout Group can hear what I play on the air.
  • XSplit Broadcaster Software
    • The latest version is XSplit Broadcaster v1.2
    • I bought the Personal 12-month License for $40, you go as low as $15 for a 3-month license.
    • XSplit is great for recording and broadcasting presentations with mix media (mp3, video, camera, flash and images).  You can use your camera as a source in combination with Skype or Adobe Flash.  Overall it’s a pretty versatile tool that mimics a virtual Audio mix deck except with all kinds of media.
  • Think about getting Video Editing Software

Next week in Part 2, I’ll talk about setting up your Google account along with G+ Hangout and YouTube for the first time.

And of course visit us at to view some of our Video Casts!