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.
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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 encroac...
Part 2 of our 3-part series premiere... - 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,
Part 3 of our 3-part series premiere... - 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,
The party journeys towards the storied city of Armstrungard, in search of clues about the betrayal of House Guernatal, and learns more about the recent history of Iorden. But Brennen has an ulterior motive for this journey. Meanwhile,
The party reaches the storied city of Armstrungard and, after stocking up on equipment, venture to enlist the aid of the legendary Elvish wizard Ba'a lo-Ky'yr. They gain a new ally in the process. - Our next episode will be released on November 3....
In the epic conclusion of Chapter 1, "The Prince of Iorden," the party descends deep into the seedy underbelly of Armstrungard in search of an infamous thief. But everyone involved may have taken on more than they bargained for. -
In today's bonus content - our first audio bonus content! - the producers talk with Anya Gibian (Arlene/Regan) about keeping track of multiple dialects. - Short version: It's wicked hard. - And don't forget, Chapter 2 premieres next week!
This week's bonus content is our first ever audio bonus content. As usual, bonus content is only available on our website. So, if you'd like to know more about dialect coaching, monetary policy, and sexual healing,
After a brief encounter with some of Armstrungard's law enforcement community, our party of seven departs the city in a hurry. Their search for a locale in which to...let us say, "sequester themselves," as the reverberations of Chapter 1's events quiet...
Hoping to make the best of the situation, Brennen sets to teaching the kids the basics of armed combat. Meanwhile, back at Castle Guernatal, Ardel Redmoor makes the first tentative moves of a nefarious scheme. -
Regan has some doubts about the dependability of their temporary host, Bowen Briarhelm. Meanwhile, the children get some hands-on training in the use of weapons, and a crash course in introductory magical theory from Nia.
In the harrowing conclusion to Chapter 2, the party must beat the odds against the large number of mercenaries who have descended upon the Briarhelm farm. And Brennen is forced to deal with his friend's act of betrayal - not to mention a rather irate R...
Please note: This episode contains a retelling of a traumatic sexual experience. It is not especially graphic, but if you would rather not hear it, skip from 13:32 to 15:38. - As the party sorts through the carnage from last night's skirmish with the ...
The party finally departs the Briarhelm farm for Castle Guernatal, following a few uncomfortable disputes about logistics, of course. But their progress is halted by a potentially deadly obstacle, or rather, obstacles. A few thousand of them.
With the main road to Castle Guernatal blocked by a large Felghir encampment, the party must take the road less traveled. Without any way of predicting what dangers may lurk within, they journey into the labyrinthine caves below the foothills.
In the thrilling conclusion of Chapter 3, Ardel Redmoor springs his nefarious trap and Arlene has one last chance to stop him. Will she act in time? Meanwhile, the party must defend against a surprise attack from the Redmoor soldiers they've made camp ...
After the foiled ambush on the party by Redmoor soldiers, Brennen fears (correctly) that High King Gunther Guernatal is in danger. So, he makes haste back to Castle Guernatal with Regan in tow, hoping to re-establish the Guernatal dynasty before it's t...
Seeking somewhere to stay while they await the return of Brennen and Regan, the rest of the party heads for the outskirts of Armstrungard to entreat the hospitality of a former acquaintance of Regan's. As it turns out, their new host's house is...
Greetings, Dear Viewers! - We're very excited to announce that our Patreon page is now live. Patreon is a crowd-funding service, similar to Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, but allows supporters of a project to pledge small amounts of money on a continuing b...
Our story now turns to General Traft, the half-Orc commander of the rebel army. Traft attempts to gain a tactical advantage by recruiting an unlikely ally to his cause. In the process, Traft discusses the nature of stories,
In this action-packed installment, Regan and Brennen return to Castle Guernatal, only to discover the harsh reality of the Redmoor coup. Brennen confronts Ardel Redmoor, before being reunited with his King. Meanwhile,
The unbelievable conclusion to Chapter 4! Brennen and Regan make their escape from the dungeons of Castle Guernatal. Once free, they discuss the consequences of their escape, and the Monsters of the world. On her own,
This week's bonus content is written by Ian Harkins. - For today's bonus content, we are pleased to present an exclusive interview with wood sprite Ian Harkins, narrator of The Once and Future Nerd. In it,
Welcome back to The Once And Future Nerd! In this episode, Queen Regan and Brennen return to Armstrungard to rendezvous with Yllowyyn and the children. Upon reaching the city, they find that all is not well. Meanwhile,
Brennen and Regan track the children's path through Armstrungard. Mishap to mishap, they postulate on what had happened as they follow the trail...and occasionally even guess at something resembling the truth of things. - Our plot thickens!
In this installment, Brennen and Regan continue to seek out the remainder of the party. Meanwhile, we learn more of what actually has transpired with Billy, Jen, Nelson, and Nia in the inn outside of the city. - In case you missed it,
In the thrilling conclusion to Chapter 5, the brutal Sir Frieshelm catches up with our party. A shame, really, as Jen was nearly ready to process her recent acts of violence, and Nia was on the verge of a breakthrough with her dreams.
Welcome back to TOAFN! We are proud to present the first installment of Chapter 6, The Singing Sister. The party sets off from Armstrungard. Their destination is The White Forest, home of the elves. After some minor shenanigans passing through the cit...
On the road to the White Forest, Sir Brennen tells stories to keep himself awake and the party entertained. We learn of his childhood, the first time he had met King Gunther Guernatal (then only a prince)--and the first time he had killed a man.
CONTENT NOTE: This episode contains a portrayal of a rape survivor being forced to confront her attacker from time-stamp 1:00-6:35, as well a portrayal of bodily mutilation from time-stamp 18:33-18:50. Please use your own discretion in listening to the...
As of today, we have accumulated 10,000 total downloads. - To celebrate this milestone, and to thank all of you dear viewers for your support and listenership, we're re-releasing the entirety of Chapter 1, "The Prince of Iorden,
CONTENT NOTE: This episode portrays the aftermath of bodily mutilation from timestamp 16:18 - 17:40, and again from 21:25 - 21:45. Please use your own discretion in listening to these scenes. - In the moving conclusion to Chapter 6,
September 21st marked one year since we began releasing episodes! So we sat down with most of our current cast to talk about where we've been and where we're going. - Special thanks to Silver A./AG Audio for helping us out with the audio work on t...
With Brennen and Jen in desperate need of medical attention, the party arrives at the White Forest - the sacred sanctuary of Iorden's Elves - in great haste. But the barriers to entry prove vexing even for Yllowyyn the Kalth'yr. Meanwhile,
CONTENT NOTE: The first scene of this episode depicts some graphic violence. Use your discretion in listening. - - Brennen and Jen are treated by the best Elven doctors, whose behavior just seems to rub Billy the wrong way.
Just a reminder for all you dear viewers that voting for the first round of the 2014 AudioVerse Awards closes on November 17! THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD is nominated in several categories so we hope you'll consider voting! - http://www.
As we mentioned before, we are finalists in several categories of the AudioVerse Awards. Thank you to everyone who voted in the semifinal round, we hope you'll consider giving us your vote again. Head to http://audioverseawards.
Arlene Redmoor's wedding finally arrives in this episode! Arlene is wed to Antonin Mooncrest, and what follows is a party that will not soon be forgotten by any involved. Meanwhile, in the White Forest, our party is introduced to the last member of Yll...
CONTENT NOTE: This episode contains a retelling of sexual abuse, which may be disturbing to some listeners, between timestamps 8:17 - 9:18. Please use your judgment in listening. - Faced with the harrowing decision of whether to officially declare her...
Update: The holiday bonus period is now closed. Check here for more info. - From everyone at TOAFN, we'd like to wish you a happy holidays and beginning of 2015! We've got two big announcements to share with you all for the holidays. - FIRST,
For today's bonus content, Zach and Christian talk to cast member Greg Schulz (Yllowyyn, others) about the story so far and his experiences being the newest cast member. - Did you know that we now have an official TOAFN discussion board set up on ...
For today's bonus content, Zach and Christian talk with Dan Dobransky (Ardel, Traft, others) about villains and their role in a story. You can check out more of Dan's work in the webseries CLAN on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/113923451),
Welcome back to The Once And Future Nerd! In this week's episode - the premiere of Chapter 8 - Regan makes her fateful decision about what to tell the Th'ar lo-Hyyl, the Kids get to better know Yllowyyn's sister,
Convinced that Ardel Redmoor has harmed his new bride, Arlene, Antonin Mooncrest wants to retaliate against Ardel immediately; his Uncle Julius advises caution though. But Arlene and Gwen are, in fact, alive and well,
Alone in the Horse's Head Inn, the Kids try to pry some information out of some out-of-place college students. But, as always, danger is just around the corner. Meanwhile, Antonin Mooncrest issues a public and irrevocable ultimatum to Ardel Redmoor.
Brennen, Yllowyyn, Nia, and Regan venture into the ancient burial mound known as the Cairn of Evil Untold to retrieve an artifact for the Knights of the Wood. It goes...about as well as you'd expect for a place that's called the Cairn of Evil Untold.
Nia and her companions are attacked by Renault D'Esprit, the "nice" necromancer. Will any escape the Cairn of Evil Untold with their lives? Or their souls? Will Renault ever shut his stupid face? (Probably not, on that last one.) Meanwhile,
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Fan Q&A. That's @Anarchaelogist on Twitter, Rena and /u/screwbuharvard2 on Reddit, and Logan Waterman on Facebook. If you want to keep the conversation going,
In the premiere of our ninth chapter, Billy and Jen push each other to acknowledge their true feelings about being in Iorden, but they are interrupted by the Templars of Discord, and quickly succumb to the same poison which incapacitated Nelson.
As Bryce Riverfell's medics tend to our children in the infirmary at Freehold, the poison they ingested produces striking visions in their minds. In this episode, Nelson struggles with doubt over whether his life so far would make his parents proud.
CONTENT NOTE: This episode depicts a physically and emotionally abusive domestic situation from the beginning until the 4:15 timestamp. Please use your discretion in listening. - In Billy's vision, the young man must contend with his father's harmful ...
The conflict between Antonin Mooncrest and Ardel Redmoor comes to bloodshed. Who will survive? Meanwhile, Arlene struggles to adapt to a working woman's life; her inexperience threatens to leave her and Gwen without a roof over their heads. -
In this, the final episode of Chapter 9, Jen must confront a man from her past she was not expecting to see. Iorden's civil war arrives on Bryce Riverfell's doorstep whether he and his charges are prepared or not.
In this, the premiere of Book 1's final chapter, Generals Riverfell and Traft make one last doomed attempt to reach terms before the Battle of Freehold begins in earnest. The fate of the Human Realms of Iorden hang in the balance.
As they wait for the rendezvous with Ry'y lo-Th'yyt (and hopefully the fulfillment of her promise of assisatnce), Nia and Regan consider the wages of their struggles so far. But far away, in the icy seas of the south,
As we mentioned before, we are honored to nominees for Best Podcast in the 2015 Geekie Awards. Well, the Awards are now open to a PUBLIC VOTE to determine who gets to take home a statue. - If you would like to vote, just go to http://vote2015.
For today's bonus content, Christian (director, co-creator), Zach (co-writer, co-producer), Anya (Regan, Arlene, various female), Ian (Narrator, various male), Dan (Ardel, Traft, various male), Paul (Nelson, Antonin) and Lily (Gwen, Ry'y,
In this, the penultimate episode of Book 1, Julius Mooncrest mourns his nephew Antonin. But all is not what it seems with the young lord's apparent demise. Meanwhile, at the Horse's Head Inn, a terrible discovery threatens to cut short Gwen and Arlene'...
CONTENT NOTE: The violence in this episode gets particularly graphic. Listen with care. - The First Book of our Tale comes to its bloody close at the Battle of Freehold. - Our deepest thanks go out to everyone who has tuned in along the way.
We're so pleased to be nominated for the 2015 AudioVerse Awards amongst an extremely wide and formidable field of contenders. We're up for: Best Original Composition in an Original, Short-Form Production Best Audio Engineering for an Original,
Thanks so much to everyone who voted in Round 1 of the 2015 AudioVerse Awards. Thanks to you, we are now FINALISTS in EVERY CATEGORY for which we were eligible. Best Original Composition in an Original, Short-Form Production - Tom Lee
Hey guys! - A lot of you have been writing in to say how much you miss the show and wondering when it's coming back - and it's really great to hear from you and to know we're missed! The short answer is: Book 2 is coming - just not yet.
We're really excited to announce that the Special Edition of The Once And Future Nerd Book 1, is now available through Audiobooks on Tape. (They make these really cool USB flash drives that look like old cassette tapes!) -
Remember the song that Arlene sang to Gwen back in Chapter 6 and again in Chapter 9? We know at least some of you do, because you wrote in to tell us how much you loved it, and to ask whether it was available as a standalone track. - Well...
For this week's bonus content we sat down for a chat with Justin Sloan, a prodigious Fantasy writer who has worked on and published several original novels, written for video games including Telltale Game's Game of Thrones series,
Dear Fans, - We're sorry this didn't come out sooner. We wanted to get as many of our voices on tape as possible. - Full text of the statement is below: - The Once And Future Nerd is an organization that stands for love and acceptance,
For today's bonus content, Christian interviewed Stephanie Cooke of Rogue's Portal about her latest project, a live audio drama called THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HELL. The conversation touches on how Stephanie got into audio drama,
Today we wanted to let you all know about Paul Notice (Nelson, Antonin, Smith) and his project The Notice Blog. The Notice Blog “creates work that engages, informs, and represents the world’s complexities through journalism & fictional narratives.
Today's bonus content is the pilot episode of a new side project from our editor, Josh. It's a D&D podcast called Taking Initiative. - We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, but any feedback is welcome. If this just isn't your cup of tea,
We are extremely pleased to announce official release dates for our next episodes (!!!) THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD Book 2 - Myth Made Flesh Chapter 1 - "A Cruel And Sullied World" Part 1 - March 12 Part 2 - March 26 Part 3 - April 9
Today, we bring you yet another podcast pilot from within the TOAFN family. - Greg Schulz (plays Yllowyyn) is one of the minds behind LEFT TRIGGER RIGHT TRIGGER. It's a book club...for video games! We hope you enjoy it. If you do,
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 in...
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.
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 Re...
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 ...
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 shoul...
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. -
Billy, Nelson, and Nia attempt to parse Regan's revelations through the varied lenses of their unique lives. Meanwhile, Regan reacts very poorly to needing to be cared for. And Yllowyyn returns with what he's heard to the White Forest - and to his pare...
Having been all but kicked out of his parents' house, Yllowyyn finds several unlikely allies and adversaries in his familial conflicts. Meanwhile, the Kids consider how to make the best of the turmoil in their camp.
Having had some time to cool off, some of our party takes steps towards reconciling. But Brennen is still struggling, and seeks the guidance of Bryce Riverfell, before the two are interrupted by an unexpected guest.
In the harrowing conclusion of Chapter 2, Gwen shares what she's learned with Brennen and Bryce. And Arlene has some very difficult questions to answer. - The script for this episode can be downloaded here. - As this is the end of this chapter,
Today's bonus content is an interview with Tal M. Klein. His sci-fi novel THE PUNCH ESCROW - the film rights to which have already been purchased by Lionsgate -is available now, and he's touring indie book stores to promote it. -
This episode is the audio from our latest #AskTOAFN, which we did as livestream. It's been cleaned up a little and lightly edited. And you can always watch the original, unedited and with the video right here. -
Today's bonus content is an interview with the one and only Zach Valenti, star and co-producer of Wolf 359 (among many other things), who took on a cameo role as Merril in our last few episodes. - This conversation was originally broadcast in May as p...
An inebriated and ill-prepared Yllowyyn finds himself with two lives in his hands. No matter what he does, his decision is likely to echo loudly and far. - The script for this episode can be downloaded here. -
Strange and unnatural circumstances abound at Redmoor-occupied Castle Guernatal. The downtrodden General Traft finds shelter from a storm. But what manner of shelter is it? The prodigal Elf, and Knight, and Lady,
With the Knights of the Wood hot on their trail, our newly reunited heroes must think quickly to make good their escape from Freehold. Meanwhile, Ardel Redmoor is finally forced to confront the responsibilities of the title he now claims.
While Nia has a brief run-in with her past, Billy procures passage for the Party. But their new accommodations leave much to be desired for our heroes' purposes. Meanwhile, Traft's abductor reveals some explosive secrets about the recent past of Iorden...
Today's bonus content is the cleaned up audio from our last end-of-chapter livestream (along with the Chapter 3 blooper reel). You can watch the video of this conversation here. - Podcast Shout-Out's this episode: Greg: Til Death Do Us Blart,
Welcome back, dear ones! - In the premiere of Chapter 4, our party must reap what they have sown aboard the Otto Olafsson's merchant vessel. (Hint: It's pirates.) Meanwhile, the High Council of the White Forest has some questions for Ry'y lo-Th'yyt.
Regan negotiates with Ren to get her crew to Armstrungard. Jethro the Woodsman explains more of his unusual beliefs to General Traft. General Riverfell has his evening plans disrupted. - The script for this episode can be downloaded here. -
The Party is in for yet another of their many culture shocks as they make their way aboard Ren's notorious Red Reaver (except for Regan of course). Billy questions his role in the group, and Arlene levels up the vital bardic skill "read the damn room.
In the heart-stopping conclusion of Chapter 4, Regan and Ren navigate some treacherous waters. (That's literal and metaphorical, you see.) Meanwhile, General Traft makes some new friends. And Ry'y lo-Th'yyt catches a lucky break.
Here's the audio from our #AskTOAFN livestream for Book 2 Chapter 4. It's been lightly edited for length and clarity, but you can still watch the full video stream on YouTube. - Some shout-outs and announcements: -
Today's bonus content is a conversation that Zach and Christian had with Amanda McLoughlin, Julia Schifini, and Eric Silver of Multitude fame. We talked about the role that storytelling plays in society and how that intersects with roleplaying and self...
First! The announcement you've all been waiting for! Release dates for our next chapter. THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD Book 2 - Myth Made Flesh Chapter 5 - "An Impregnable Missive" Part 1 - March 24, 2019 Part 2 - April 7, 2019 Part 3 - April 21,
We're trying to hit $500/episode by March 24th to make the show more sustainable for everyone involved. And we've added some cool new rewards to do it! Please help us spread the word, or consider pledging if you're able.
Nia's parents receive some troubling information, and Ry'y lo-Th'yyt delivers some bad news herself to the Freehold garrison. Two mariners have a very unlucky day at sea. The Professor and Miss Bailey grieve, and have some...concerns.
Nia asks her old friend for a confounding favor. The Pennsylvanians love it when a plan comes together. The script for this episode is available here. Our sponsor this week is Plus One Balms. Made from high quality all natural ingredients,
Out west - far west, past rebuilt Freehold, past ruined Blackhold and ravaged Silberg, past even Jethro’s remote cabin and its terrible cellar, over the god-made walls of that primordial fortress you call the Black mountains,
Here's the audio from our #AskTOAFN livestream for Book 2, Chapter 5. It's been edited for clarity but you can still see the unedited (and severely technologically challenged) video stream on our YouTube channel.
We are pleased to announce release dates for our next chapter! THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERDBook 2 – Myth Made FleshChapter 6 – “One For The Team” Part 1 – September 22, 2019Part 2 – October 6, 2019Part 3 – October 20, 2019Part 4 – November 3,
Welcome, one and all, to the premiere of Book 2 Chapter 6! Nia has no choice but to negotiate with Lord Commander Ry’y lo-Th’yyt, and Regan and Yllowyyn have no choice but to go looking for Nia. Meanwhile,
The village of Three-Bridges finds consensus in First Snow’s plan, but Tyymos lo-Jyf - as you can imagine - objects. Ardel Redmoor makes plans to flee Castle Guernatal, but the Phantom of the Castle objects to this. Regan and Yllowyyn find Nia,
Something very unwelcome washes ashore in a southern fishing town. Jen has a rough night, and Nelson has an unsettling dream. The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Update: The promo code for Audio Fiction 101 given in this episo...
The conclusion of Book 2 Chapter 6! The party puts their daring plan into action against the Elves. Will fortune favor the bold? The script for this episode can be downloaded here. Chapter conclusions mean it's time once again to #AskTOAFN.
This week - to hold you over until our #AskTOAFN livestream, we have an interview with three brilliant podcast creators. Sarah Shachat, Gabriel Urbina, and Zach Valenti are the production team behind Wolf 359, No Bad Ideas, and Time Bombs.
Today’s bonus episode is the audio from our #AskTOAFN livestream for Book 2 Chapter, originally broadcast on November 17. It’s been cleaned up and lightly edited for clarity, but you can watch the full original stream over on our YouTube channel.
In today's bonus content, Producer Zach Glass interviews author Liz Kerin, whose novel The Phantom Forest is available now through Inkshares or wherever you get books. And - as mentioned in the episode - you can watch Colleen Scriven (creator of Le...
Hey all, This is normally about the time that we'd be announcing we were about to start recording our next chapter. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, there's a global pandemic going on, and it's hitting New York City especially hard.