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Night Vale's come up in a couple of places, so why not have a dedicated thread?

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Here's your spot to post your Cecil cosplay photos, freak out about cliffhangers, or just properly hail the glow cloud and hide from the librarians.

The podcast home page is here. A few of the live shows are available for $2 on iTunes or Bandcamp.

There's also a wiki with plot summaries, and merchandise available at TopatoCo.

15 Jan 2015 They've also added a youtube channel.

8 March 2016 The creative team's expanding their productions to a podcast platform, "Night Vale Presents", and introduced the story, "Alice Isn't Dead", written by Joseph Fink.

Ahhhhh. All hail the....

What was it we were hailing again?

I couldn't help myself.

Not only do I assert the existence of the dog park, but I went into it.

Sorry.

In before StrexCorpCertis locks the thread!

This thread DOES NOT EXIST.

What is going on in this thread?

I actually cheered during the June 1st episode.

Amoebic wrote:

I actually cheered during the June 1st episode.

Same here, I was very happy

Spoiler:

to have Cecil back.

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My cast photo shot from the live show

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Me as Cecil at NYCC last October

I am so jealous you got to go to a live show. That would be so much fun. Great Cecil look too!

I was so happy to hear Tamika Flynn on the most recent episode. Love that character.

Even though the pilot episode failed to impress, I got the next few episodes that I'll try out tonight at work. It has that vibe that I used to get listening to Coast to Coast AM in the middle of the night while out on patrol as a security guard years ago. The weird, the fringe, the slightly disturbing that is best listened to after dark.

So, next up: Glow Cloud.

Yeah, it is one you have to commit to, I think. I remember listening to the first one and thinking, interesting, not great, but I'll keep listening to see if it gets better. And, hoo-boy, does it get better. I ended up binging on all the available episodes during one or two days of work.

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Nicholaas wrote:

Even though the pilot episode failed to impress, I got the next few episodes that I'll try out tonight at work. It has that vibe that I used to get listening to Coast to Coast AM in the middle of the night while out on patrol as a security guard years ago. The weird, the fringe, the slightly disturbing that is best listened to after dark.

Oh man, I miss Coast to Coast AM. I used to listen when I worked 2nd shift and wouldn't fall asleep until 4 in the morning.

It was never the same when Art Bell left. He had that perfect radio voice, and a willingness to never contradict any crazy thing anyone said, whether he believed it or not. It was so much unbelievable ridiculous fun.

I can totally see the Coast to Coast vibe. Tho' it gets weirder than Art Bell ever got.

Yeah, man I miss Art Bell. George Noory was great, too, but his stuff got really political and he lost sight of what made that show great: the weirdness. I don't buy 99.9% of the stuff I hear on that show, but for some reason it was still entertaining in a creepy off-beat way.

Night Vale is sorta growing on me...maybe? It definitely has a time and a place for listening; it's not something I could just put on driving to work, for instance. But a long, late night car ride? Totally.

The "PTA bake sale for a blood space war with proceeds going towards neutron bomb development" was a great bit.

give yourself to the brown stone spire

I'm an employee of StrexCorp. That's what this little flesh module tells me anyway.

I got to Episode 38 Orange Grove then lost interest. I like the idea enough to have gotten that far, but despite a few really fun episodes there was very little sense of an over arching narrative. They hinted at something a few times, but it never seemed to pay off.

The narrative arc gets stronger as they go along, IMHO.

I can't imagine quitting on Orange Grove, that's one of my favorite episodes... and it's totally relevant to the ongoing plot, too, so *shrugs*

I would definitely recommend seeing a live show if you can, we went to see the Librarian and it was hilarious.

Thank goodness we finally have a thread for this! I kept telling Demyx she should make a thread when she started getting impatient that I wasn't caught up with the main plot (she started listening a month or two before I finally decided to see what it was all about) as I suspected there had to be other people here who were listeners (she didn't believe me or something).

Tanglebones wrote:

My cast photo shot from the live show

Great photo. As Demyx said, we went to see Librarian when they were in town. We completely underestimated how popular the show was and how big a venue they had booked for it. We ended up in the nosebleed seats and I couldn't take any photos of the cast from that show because we were so far away

Me as Cecil at NYCC last October

Nice!

Nicholaas wrote:

But a long, late night car ride? Totally.

Definitely. We've listened to about a dozen episodes by now on various trips to my parents, which is usually a 3 hour car ride from 8 PM - 11 PM across MA and CT. It goes very well with driving on the dark highways and rural backroads.

The show took about 10 episodes or so to really find its feet and takes an even longer time to hit anything resembling a story arc. I didn't quite see the appeal of it for a couple episodes, which was the same reaction I had with Dr. Who when Demyx first introduced me to that.

Nicholaas wrote:

Night Vale is sorta growing on me...maybe? It definitely has a time and a place for listening; it's not something I could just put on driving to work, for instance. But a long, late night car ride? Totally.

I find that it's a perfect amount of weirdness to go with folding laundry. (Too bad I have to fold laundry more than twice a month.)

Jayhawker wrote:

Nothing that aired on Coast to Coast was any more real than Night Vale, but the idea that it was truly real to so many people made it more fascinating to listen to. It's probably the biggest reason I can't really get into Night Vale, because all I think about are the Art Bell stories that people actually believed that were weirder than what these folks are making up.

I think you just encapsulated my feelings on Night Vale better than I could. I'm enjoying it, but I'm not into it. I feel like I'm giving it an extended audition for my listening time rather than listening because I want to hear what crazy stuff they came up with next. It's neat, but as you said, listening to the people who actually believe stuff like this is far more interesting and, to me, unsettling. Fascinating, but unsettling.

Night Vale is the odd yarn told around a camp fire; Art Bell was the sh*t that sticks in your head for a while.

I rarely listened to Art Bell, but one caller stuck in my mind.

Caller: "Hi Art, I have a problem. I just bought an eight slice toaster."
Art: "What's the problem?"
Caller: (panicked) "Art, how am I going to eat eight slices of toast?!"
...next caller.

I felt like that guy really understood what the show was all about.

At any rate, I think my wife will be all over Night Vale. We'll have to give it a listen this week.

Nicholaas wrote:

Even though the pilot episode failed to impress, I got the next few episodes that I'll try out tonight at work. It has that vibe that I used to get listening to Coast to Coast AM in the middle of the night while out on patrol as a security guard years ago. The weird, the fringe, the slightly disturbing that is best listened to after dark.

So, next up: Glow Cloud.

I worked as an overnight board-op during the best Art Bell years. The vibe of his overnight shows was pitch perfect. And when my daughter started listening and playing Night Vale around the house, it was exactly what I thought of.

My favorite night of listening to Art Bell was when he had a guest on that lasted two hours. The story was that one night he passed out in his recliner watching TV, only to wake up while The Philadelphia Experiment was on. That's when it hit him a like a ton of bricks. He was the guy that Michael Paré's character was based on. He then proceeded to tell a tale of time travel and visiting Mars that I could not stop listening to. The genius of Art Bell is that he is such calm and neutral observer during these interviews. He never says anything about the truth or how unreliable any of his guests are, he just lets them spin their tales.

My favorite moment from that interview was when a caller called in to ask the guest about this time machine. Apparently, it had these giant rotors that the guest had mentioned rotated clockwise. Someone called in to ask if the time machine was built south of the equator, would the rotors need to turn counter-clockwise. The idea that some random guy needed to know that just cracked me up to no end. Was he going to build one?

Nothing that aired on Coast to Coast was any more real than Night Vale, but the idea that it was truly real to so many people made it more fascinating to listen to. It's probably the biggest reason I can't really get into Night Vale, because all I think about are the Art Bell stories that people actually believed that were weirder than what these folks are making up.

But I do get a rise out of my daughter every time I talk about the dog park.

Nicholaas wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

Nothing that aired on Coast to Coast was any more real than Night Vale, but the idea that it was truly real to so many people made it more fascinating to listen to. It's probably the biggest reason I can't really get into Night Vale, because all I think about are the Art Bell stories that people actually believed that were weirder than what these folks are making up.

I think you just encapsulated my feelings on Night Vale better than I could. I'm enjoying it, but I'm not into it. I feel like I'm giving it an extended audition for my listening time rather than listening because I want to hear what crazy stuff they came up with next. It's neat, but as you said, listening to the people who actually believe stuff like this is far more interesting and, to me, unsettling. Fascinating, but unsettling.

Night Vale is the odd yarn told around a camp fire; Art Bell was the sh*t that sticks in your head for a while.

Once the show gets its footing, it's way less about "what crazy things will they come up with" and a lot more about the unusual personalities of the recurring characters.

Cecil doesn't even develop a personality until almost a year in.

Demyx wrote:
Nicholaas wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

Nothing that aired on Coast to Coast was any more real than Night Vale, but the idea that it was truly real to so many people made it more fascinating to listen to. It's probably the biggest reason I can't really get into Night Vale, because all I think about are the Art Bell stories that people actually believed that were weirder than what these folks are making up.

I think you just encapsulated my feelings on Night Vale better than I could. I'm enjoying it, but I'm not into it. I feel like I'm giving it an extended audition for my listening time rather than listening because I want to hear what crazy stuff they came up with next. It's neat, but as you said, listening to the people who actually believe stuff like this is far more interesting and, to me, unsettling. Fascinating, but unsettling.

Night Vale is the odd yarn told around a camp fire; Art Bell was the sh*t that sticks in your head for a while.

Once the show gets its footing, it's way less about "what crazy things will they come up with" and a lot more about the unusual personalities of the recurring characters.

Cecil doesn't even develop a personality until almost a year in.

It may also help once they get to some of the guest voices; the show really hits its stride around the sandstorm, in my opinion.

Welcome to Night Vale sucks! Thrilling Adventure Hour rules!!!

It's too bad that the recording of their cross-over show back in March got messed up. Speaking of which, they're on for another cross-over show at Comic-Con and tickets for that show conveniently go on sale tomorrow.

In retrospect, I'm impressed at how smoothly it went from episodic with multiple continuing references to having a strong central narrative.

Problem is, it was so smooth and there are so many continuing references that I have no idea what to recommend as a starting point. Probably no later than Summer Reading Program, given how important Tamika Flynn has become (and that was almost a year ago), but Intern Dana got introduced a few months before that, and the Carlos-Cecil arc goes way back...

misplacedbravado wrote:

In retrospect, I'm impressed at how smoothly it went from episodic with multiple continuing references to having a strong central narrative.

Problem is, it was so smooth and there are so many continuing references that I have no idea what to recommend as a starting point. Probably no later than Summer Reading Program, given how important Tamika Flynn has become (and that was almost a year ago), but Intern Dana got introduced a few months before that, and the Carlos-Cecil arc goes way back...

First three eps, then if you're impatient skip ahead? You definitely don't want to start anyone later than Sandstorm for obvious reasons.

Important season one episodes:
Pilot introduces the world
Glow Cloud
Station Management
PTA Meeting is pretty fun
Wheat and Wheat By-products is a funny episode and the wheat ban gets brought up a lot
The Candidate introduces the mayoral race
A Story About You
The Phone Call, for Carlos plot
The Sandstorm

After that point I wouldn't miss any.

I came in at the woman from Italy, I think. I've gone through the submarine. I haven't grasped much of a narrative thread. Should I go back and start from the beginning?

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