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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 final 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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    • 4.8 • 692 Ratings

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 final 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).

    BOOK 2 PREMIERE: A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 1

    BOOK 2 PREMIERE: A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 1

    Dear Listeners, we are extremely pleased to present to you the first episode of Book 2, MYTH MADE FLESH.



    After the disturbing events that concluded our previous book, Regan finds herself in a literal tight spot and in possession of very sensitive information. Jen must decide between keeping Regan's confidence, and looking out for the best interests of the Party. And Arlene and Gwen's own troubling discovery threatens to disturb their newfound peace. All the while, Regan's prospects for escape from her predicament dwindle by the minute...



    Part 2 of this chapter will be available on March 26. We hope you'll join us then.







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    This episode features brief flashbacks to genocidal violence.

    • 26 min
    A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 2

    A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 2

    We return to the camp outside Freehold, shortly after Regan's clandestine departure. Jen and Nelson receive stark prospects for their futures from a newly candid Nia, who also speculates about important matters metaphysical and arcane. Brennen and Yllowyyn disagree about the next steps in Brennen's ongoing campaign, and Yllowyyn's place in it. But once Jen comes clean about Regan's whereabouts and intentions, Brennen drops everything and chases after his Queen in great haste.







    Our next episode will be released on April 9. We hope you'll join us then.



    In the meantime, March has seen an industry-wide push to introduce more people to podcasts in general. If you have any friends who don't listen to podcasts, recommend this show or anything else you think they might enjoy. If you do it on social media, you can use #TryPod.

    • 23 min
    A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 3

    A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 3

    As the Kids discuss Nia's advice and how to proceed with it, Yllowyyn discovers Brennen's ruse and confronts Nia. Things get a bit spooky back at Castle Guernatal. But all disagreements within the Party halt when Brennen returns with a badly injured Regan, in desperate need of medical help.







    The conclusion of this chapter - along with information on our upcoming listener Q&A - will be released on April 23, 2017. We hope you'll join us then.



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    * Starting at 14:16 through the end of the episode, we listen to someone audibly struggle to breathe.



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    • 19 min
    A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 4

    A Cruel And Sullied World, Pt. 4

    It's the dramatic conclusion of Book 2, Chapter 1. At the Horse's Head Inn, Arlene and Gwen Anna and Gayle reluctantly make plans regarding their newfound ward. In an ice cave in the south seas, Renault the "nice" necromancer meets a legendary warrior from an age nearly forgotten. And back near Freehold, a newly (and just barely) conscious Regan divulges what she saw in the western forest.



    The script for this episode can be downloaded here.



    We'll be taking our customary micro-break between chapters, but release dates for Book 2, Chapter 2 - entitled "What Used To Be Enough" - will be announced shortly. In the meantime, though, we'll be answering listener questions on air! Read this post for full details on how to submit a question.







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    * From 09:47-10:38 (on script pg. 63), bodily mutilation is played for laughs.

    * From 15:00-16:25 (on script pgs. 68-69), the extreme violence from the end of Book 1 is verbally recounted.

    * From 23:18-23:25 (on script pg. 75), a character threatens suicide in a way that is flippant and obviously insincere, and is dismissed just as flippantly.



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    • 26 min
    #ASK THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD for Bk. 2 Ch. 1

    #ASK THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD for Bk. 2 Ch. 1

    Thank you so much to everyone who wrote in for our first #AskTOAFN of Book 2! We answered as many questions as we could. If yours didn't get answered, we hope you'll try again next time.



    And let us know if you enjoy this episode and whether we should keep doing this.







    Cool stuff mentioned in this episode:



    * Our revamped merchandise page is now live!

    * Listen to Greg (voice of Yllowyyn) on the Left Trigger Right Trigger podcast, and in his band Duckspeak, who have a new EP out.

    * Wil Williams writes podcast reviews and obviously has impeccable taste.

    * Kat on Tumblr also has great tastes in podcasts (even if her question almost broke us all up.)



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    * From 32:08-33:00 a real-life mass shooting comes up in the course of our discussion.



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    Release dates for Chapter 2 will be announced in the very near future. Stay tuned!

    • 50 min
    What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 1

    What Used To Be Enough, Pt. 1

    As the shockwaves of Regan's revelations ripple through the party, Yllowyyn feels less welcome than ever. Ry'y lo-Th'yyt discovers a loose thread in urgent need of snipping. And Brennen is given an ultimatum.



    The script for this episode can be downloaded here.



    Part Two of this chapter will be released on June 11. We hope you'll join us then!







    And finally, the artist D.N. Frost, who designed our official map of the Human Realms of Iorden, has just released her new guide on "How To Make Fantasy Maps In Photoshop." Now through June 23, it's available as a free PDF download on her website. A literal steal for anyone interested in Fantasy world-building or cartography.



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    * From 8:50-9:27 (on script pg. 8), a corpse is mutilated in an area of the body we'd probably consider private. (And no, it's not Renault.)

    * From 16:30-20:25 (on script pgs. 15-18), discussion of the violence at the end of Book 1 continues. It's not especially graphic, but may remind some listeners of real-world violence.



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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
692 Ratings

692 Ratings

StevenDL ,

Absolutely love this show

It makes me laugh, the foley is fantastic and the creators’ world building is so much fun. Thank you so much, friends, for making this show.

madison Spurling ,

Audio Fiction Master Class

As someone who found himself discovering the potential of podcasts later in his early adult life, Once and Future Nerd was on of the first shows I followed. I’ve been along for the ride sing 2018 and couldn’t be happier. If you haven’t listened you’re missing out. It is a story for anyone who loves the fantasy genre. The world building is thoughtful, the social dialogue is intentional, and the love for story telling is palpable.

Perhaps most importantly this show is clearly a labor of love. A group of actors, creators, and collaborators who get together to bring the world of Iorden to us. It is a wonderful and thrilling story that asks us both the difficult and fun questions posed high fantasy setting. Please listen. You won’t regret it.

Kinnickkinnick ,

Incredible

Absolutely awesome series. I am blown away by the character development. It’s clear how much heart and talent goes into this series.

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