Behind the Scenes: Habitica Staff Podcast Picks!

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Illustration by Jessica Chase and Beffymaroo

The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!

Hello Habiticans! In this month’s edition of Behind the Scenes, we’re talking podcasts! If you’re not already on the podcast train, we highly recommend hopping on. Podcasts are a great way to learn, laugh, and be entertained when your media choices are limited to audio options. We love to listen to them while commuting, doing chores around the house, exercising, and more!

Beffymaroo, AKA Beth:

“I listen to TONS of podcasts. A lot of them are true-crime podcasts, because that’s a subject I’m very interested in. A pick I think might be more relevant to Habiticans (and easier for Tavern discussion, haha) is Stuff You Missed in History Class. It’s a really fun show from HowStuffWorks where the hosts discuss interesting off-the-beaten path corners of world history, or more obscure facts about well-known events and people. It’s always fascinating and often gives me a good laugh, too!”

SabreCat, AKA Sabe:

The Fastcast is ‘a podcast for nerds with short attention spans.’ It’s a discussion ‘cast covering pop culture and media, with an emphasis on niche games, each episode edited down to around 20 minutes. I like it because I tend not to be able to concentrate if I have a podcast running while I do other things, so the short runtime is good to sit with, listen to in its entirety, and move on!”

Redphoenix, AKA Vicky:

Planet Money: One of the great NPR podcasts (next to This American Life, which goes without saying). Covers topics about finance and economics in a really accessible and often entertaining way. Not at all as dry as you would expect given the subject matter.

Martini Shot: roughly four minutes per episode on the foibles of the entertainment industry, but often generally applicable to other contexts. Rob Long, the host, strikes an excellent balance between being respectful but not indulgent of the craziness of show business.

Writing Excuses: This Hugo award-winning podcast takes fifteen minutes to break down a particular aspect of the writing craft. Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal bring a variety of writing styles and philosophies to the table and are often joined by additional writer friends. A mini lecture series taught by the who’s who of science fiction and fantasy writers.”

Vicky also recommends this link from How-To Geek if you need help getting started with podcasts.

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Paglias, AKA Matteo:

Matteo recommends The Indie Hackers Podcast: “It’s a series of conversations with founders of small internet business , how they got the ideas, the customers, the problems they had, etc.”  Sounds like a great fit for Habiticans interested in the start-up world or internet-based business!

TheHollidayInn, AKA Keith:

“I definitely recommend Ologies – it has a great host who interviews all different types of -ologists. Then Stuff To Blow Your Mind with two host who delve into interesting facts of life and discuss the research behind it. And finally I recommend Pod Save America because politics can be fun and it’s important 🙂 ”

Viirus, AKA Phillip:

“Currently I like to listen to Under the Radar, which is a 30 minute podcast about iOS development and working as an independent developer and Fragmented, which is about Android development. For non-tech podcasts I also like the Invisibilia podcast, that explores various topics about how humans are shaped by “invisible” influences.”

Lemoness, AKA Leslie:

“I actually spend all my listening time on audiobooks instead! I check them out of the library for free using the Overdrive app. It’s a great way to read books while doing chores.”

What podcasts are you loving right now? We’d love to hear your recommendations! Feel free to share them in the comments, or pop into the Tavern chat to discuss there! ❤

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11 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: Habitica Staff Podcast Picks!

  1. So I love podcasting and I made a podcast because of you guys. I have a lot of episodes but you can ignore those. There are only a couple episodes that deal directly with habatica. I will be doing more episodes soon. Here are the two that pertain to this platform. https://anchor.fm/l4h/episodes/Hidden-Treasure-e16p45

    https://anchor.fm/l4h/episodes/Defeating-the-Dehydrator-e1440r

    Not really posting these for publicity as I am still dotting my eyes and crossing my tease LOL. Just wanted you to know that I have something in the mix and eventually my channel will be dedicated fully to this habitica

    Please listen with headphones otherwise the full effect is not there.

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  2. tanelf

    My favorites: TED Radio Hour (awesome curated snippets of TED talks along with additional interviews with TED speakers, compiled along major themes); The Productivity Show (Asian Efficiency has built an entire company around helping others be more productive); the Tara Brach podcast (she manages to make mindfulness themes entertaining); and last but not least, my daughter and I listen to a LOT of the Myths and Legends podcast in the car. Seriously fun. If we’re out of Myths and Legends, it’s audiobooks. 🙂

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  3. aust

    I can’t believe no one mentioned Welcome to Nightvale! Because radio drama with a bit of a Lovecraftian taste is too good to miss out on 🙂

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  4. TeaDidikai

    I’m a huge fan of On Poetry, Lore, and Cross-Cultural Poetics.
    I also love Hardcore History- but since they’re so long, they’re perfect for road trips and cross-country flights.

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