Here are two truths of the world. 1) There's a little podcast called The Instance produced by Scott Johnson and FrogPants Studios that is the premiere World of Warcraft podcast in the world with tens of thousands of weekly listeners. 2) I still do, and always have, memorized and recited dialogue from movies/games/books/plays to myself over and over again.
Mash those together and you get The Redial Log.
For everyone who just read that last paragraph and said some variation of "what the ____" to themselves, here's some clarification.
1) Here is a link to The Instance's website containing show notes and information. Alternatively the iTunes feed can be found here. It's an awesome show and was actually the very first podcast that I ever listened to. For exactly how much this show means to me see my article Amphibian DNA - Mobile Inspiration.
2) For as long as I can remember I have always had a memory for films, games, and specifically dialogue. I've been making the joke forever that if I could memorize law terms as easily as I can memorize movie lines, I could have attended Harvard.
I was able to recite, and still can, the opening monologue of Romeo and Juliet before I had to study it in high school. In complete seriousness I can probably recite the original three Star Wars films word for word with minimal mistakes. I've never sat down and studied these things, it's simply something that comes very naturally to me. Furthermore, I would imagine that I would be hysterical to eavesdrop on in the shower or driving down the highway. When I'm alone and in a situation without an abundance of stimuli my mind wanders to favorite scenes from movies, games and books and I try to perform it out loud to myself. I'm also an avid rewatcher and rereader so I come across these scenes fairly often and every time I do my accuracy improves.
I have always enjoyed all of Blizzard Entertainment's games and in particular the Warcraft universe has been a very important part of my life since the late 90's. I played World of Warcraft very extensively during college and have recently resubscribed to the game and am very much looking forward to the Mists of Pandaria expansion. For members of the WoW community out there, I am the type of player who reads every single quest that I accept. I am fully involved in the story of the world and it is by far my favorite part of the game. I would venture to guess that a majority of World of Warcraft players don't read every quest and might not have experienced all the fantastic writing and story that Blizzard offers.
Therefore, I have decided that I wanted to be more involved with The Instance podcast and put my unique, somewhat odd, interests and talents to good use.
The Redial Log is an after-show segment that will play every week in the outro to The Instance. The first installment aired today, May 11th, 2012, on episode 275. Every week I will take dialogue from a Blizzard cinematic, trailer, quest text or world event and perform my own rendition. I think this is a great opportunity to contribute to my favorite podcast and to try my hand at voice acting. Sometimes I might actually be able to provide an epic listening experience, other times I'm going to try to get a few laughs, but the real gems of this segment might come from the times that I try to be epic but veer into funnyville.
Look for The Redial Log [Re + Dialogue = Redialouge, Redial = dial again, Log = multiple, serialized entries. Redial Log -- See what I did there?] every week following The Instance podcast. Past shows will be available here at Six Horizons as well. New installments will be posted in both the Everything front page and in the newly created Redial Log page for easy navigation.
I really hope this segment is enjoyable. Please listen to the latest episode of The Instance and let me know what you think!