Show 136: The One With Added QMx/Lootcrate

firefly QMxWelcome to the February show, and I’m going to keep this short.

Earlier this month I was very pleased to welcome Andy Gore of QMx back to Sending A Wave after a too long absence to talk about the new bi-monthly “Firefly” box from Lootcrate.

If you have yet to subscribe, don’t dilly-dally, click here and sign up to get your “Firefly” goodness every two months.  Don’t forget they ship outside the US, so use the drop down tab to find your country.

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Join me in March.

Take care

Wendy

 

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Show 126: The One on the Cortex

spectrum_posterWelcome to our March show.

For those listeners in western Europe, we hope you were able to witness some of the solar eclipse on 20 March along with us in the UK.

This show Odile and Wendy are joined by Stuart, a listener from Denmark to talk about the QMx Cortex app for their forthcoming “Firefly Online” game (go to their page).  Neither Odile and Wendy have been able to play the app quite as frequently as Stuart, so he was the best person to speak with about it.

How could we not talk about “Con Man”?  The campaign is edging ever closer to the $2.5m threshold and currently shows no sign of slowing.   As Wendy says, the word “congratulations” almost has no meaning in this particular context, but what else can be said?  Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma and Nathan Fillion, we’re certainly looking forward to the final product!  One of the things that we’d like to thank the three of them for (along with everyone who has contributed to make it happen) is that there will be two eps subtitled into another language that all contributors will vote on and that all the DVDs/blu-rays will be region-free.  The last one may not seem like much, but to us non-NTSC users, it’s brilliant.

As always, we hope you will enjoy the show and if you do, you can leave comments here or on our Facebook page or Twitter.

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Odile and Wendy

Show 125 – The Fast One

Welcome to our February show and we are very pleased you decided to listen to us.

Due to life (!), this show had one of the fastest turnaround times I think we have ever achieved, hence the title.

This month, we welcome back The Fallen Stars and Odile chatted to them about their latest release of songs inspired by The Verse. You can get to their website (and support them by buying their albums!) by clicking here! Please do do as this will allow them to continue creating great music! If you want to watch their videos then here is the link to their Youtube channel here!

If you are not already aware, QMx have recently released an app to accompany their forthcoming MMO game and we speak a little about that.  The app is free to download from the Apple App Store for iPhone, but you will have to see their game page for other supported platforms.

We have a promo from the new “Firefly Podcast”.  This will be dedicated to playing the RPG from Margaret Weis Productions.  They are on social media (Twitter and Facebook) and also Instagram.  If you wish to contact them their email is fireflypodcast@gmail.com.  Their first show will be released in March, and both Odile and myself wish them all success!

Our thanks to Stuart McKay for not only giving us an early heads up on the QMx app, but also for his kind virtual coffee/tea donation – thanks!

As always, we hope you will enjoy the show and if you do, you can leave comments here or on our Facebook page or Twitter.

You can find our podcast on itunes, here is a direct link to our page.

Of course you can also download the show directly from here! Or listen to us on PLayerFM by clicking here!

Lastly, if you have liked what you have heard, please consider donating a virtual cup of coffee or pint of beer to us via our donate button on the right-hand side.

Odile and Wendy

Dallas Comic Con May 2014

I started this from the departure lounge at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at the end of what was a fabulous weekend.  Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to finish it a week later …

Firstly, I want to say “thank you” to Tami from the Alamo City Browncoats for talking to me about the Browncoats in San Antonio and Shannon, COO, and Scott, Director of Operations,  at QMx for talking to me not only about the quite excellent “Hero of Serenity” statue which is now open for pre-orders, their forthcoming 6-inch figure range and the forthcoming “Firefly Online” MMO.  Thanks also to Jason Palmer (@jasonpla_art) who is always fantastic to say “hello” to, Maya (@AskKayleeFrye), Devin Pike (@justdevin) – who organised the excellent Saturday night shindig – and everyone I spoke with in queues …

The reason for attending was, of course, that there were going to be a number of the “Firefly” cast attending.  Unfortunately, as the con drew nearer, Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin withdrew due to work commitments.  I’m led to believe that during the course of the weekend, the event drew approximately 100k attendees which exceeded all expectations.

The only time it looked as if the organisers looked as if they were taken by complete surprise was for the “Firefly” cast panel.  Naturally, fans knew that this was going to be popular and therefore the only way to ensure getting in was to queue early, and fans had started to gather by 9:30am on Sunday morning.

By the time the panel started, to say that the atmosphere was electric was a bit of an understatement.  The hall used for the major panels had seats for 4,500; not only were all seats filled, but the organisers had taken the decision to allow standing in the back in order not to disappoint.

Anyone who has seen any footage is aware that the panel kicked off with a video message from Joss which was lovely and during the course of the panel, although we may have physically had seven cast members present, not only did Alan Tudyk call in from Australia, but Nathan Fillion contacted him via the iPhone’s FaceTime so not only could he see the crowd, but we could see his reaction.

As I said on an earlier podcast, this was going to be one panel that would be over far too soon and of course, it was; but it was fantastic and I’m so glad I was able to make the journey.

Regardless of the guests that the Dallas Comic Con will have in the future, it was a fun event and worth the time and money.

Wendy

The queue for the panel after one hour
The queue for the panel after one hour
40 mins to the panel start and standing room only
40 mins to the panel start and standing room only
JOSS!!!
JOSS!!!
Our Big Damn Heroes!
Our Big Damn Heroes!
Alan Tudyk from Australia
Alan Tudyk from Australia

Show 103 : The One Not From SDCC

As we type this now, it is hard to believe we have been the recipient of some California-esque weather only 48 hours ago …

Our July show is short  and to the point – it was hot, Wendy had to get back to work and Odile was travelling onwards.  We briefly talk about the new mobile “Firefly” game being developed by our good friends at QMX, the Londinium Browncoats CSTS and Friday 19 July’s fab “Firefly” themed tee from qwerty.com (We think it was qwerty …  Did we mention how hot it was …???)

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Wendy and Odile

PS: Can’t let this post go without posting what is Wendy’s favourite photo from SDCC 13 so far – Nathan Fillion and Zachary Levy watching the crowd leave following the Nerd HQ “Serenity” screening at Petco Park, San Diego on 20 July.  Thanks to Caroline Prince  (@CarolPrince82) for sharing on her Twitter feed:

Nathan Fillion & Zach Levy after Serenity screening SDCC2013

QMx: continuing to achieve the impossible

QMx are continuing to feed our Browncoat love for the ‘Verse!

Announced today, during the first day of the annual San Diego Comic Convention, was QMx’s first foray into online gaming with “Firefly Online”.

Although the game is still in development primarily for mobiles (IOS and Android) and due for release in 2014, BUT you can register for updates, exclusives, etc at the website www.keepflying.com.  Or you can read the office press release here.  They are covering all social media with their Twitter account, @Firefly_Game, and Facebook, www.facebook.com/FireflyOnlineGame  so you won’t miss a thing!

They have a great video, too:

Firefly Online

So remember; a captain’s job is simple: find a crew, find a job, KEEP FLYING!

Wendy

Happy 2012

Our first new blog of 2012 covering a newly published novel from a Browncoat, QMx’s photos of the 12ft Serenity miniature, Firefly MMO games and CSTS

Yes, we’re a tad late, but *shrug*?

Hot on the heels of the announcement that MMO game developer, Multiverse has officially closed down, the Browncoat year kicked off already with a report that their source code for the “Firefly” MMO (announced in December 2006) may not have disappeared into the ether and according to massively.joystiq.com, they were contacted by Tristan Bacon from Multiverse Foundation saying that they have acquired the source code and “starting work full-time on the actual MMO creation platform.” Bacon says that if there is still interest from fans, the team intends to use the platform to make a Firefly MMO.”  Unfortunately this is where it all starts becoming a little sticky as if you go direct to the Multiverse Foundation website, not only is it under construction (but there are forums!), you are greeted with this message from Mr Bacon:

“For those of you who have come here looking for news of the potential FireFly MMO – the idea is only being discussed, and nothing has been finalised. Despite what has been written on various MMO sites, we have not officially decided whether we will pursue the idea, as we would need to secure IP rights from both Fox and Mutant Enemy Productions.

Feel free to sign up to our forums and follow us on Twitter (@MultiverseMMO) to be the first to know.

Thanks,

Tristan Bacon

Director of Communications

The Multiverse Foundation”

Unfortunately it is worth pointing out that the reason why the original MMO was never finalised to the point of actual online gameplay was to copyright/licencing issues, and as both Odile and myself have discussed on various shows over the last few years, as much as we applaud efforts like this; there is, however, a danger of announcing such ventures early, enjoying the benefits of fan interest and involvement only to see it all dissolve into disappointment and disillusionment when the venture enters into the “long night”of R&D, obtaining rights, etc without regular updates or gets to the point of where the project has to be abandoned without announcement.  Meanwhile the Firefly Universe Online MMO, whom we interviewed during 2011, appears to be gathering momentum with updates on their Facebook page, here, posting current information regarding the game.

As expected there was a minor discussion on Whedonesque.com where long-term contributor (and former SaW guest) Gossi was able to shed a small light on the matter, here.

QMx gave Wendy a fun birthday present by posting photographs of the 12-foot Reaverized Serenity miniature built by Grant McClure Design for “SERENITY” spotted during a recent visit to Universal.  If you have not yet viewed the page (and why are not you subscribed to the QMx Insider?), please click here.  Also on YouTube there is footage of the miniature being filmed:

We received a lovely email from the lovely William Pace, 2011 Global CSTS Organiser:

“To everyone at Sending a Wave,

On behalf of the 2011 Global Team at Can’t Stop the Serenity and volunteers of CSTS worldwide, we’d like to take this time to thank you for your generosity in support of our charities through your gracious donations.  Your support as a sponsor during the 2011 season helped us raise over $130,000 for Equality Now and dozens of local charities.  The money raised this year will help women and children worldwide who are subject to slavery, sex trafficking and laws and traditions that deny them freedom, justice and a voice.  We are so very grateful for your help.

Thank you.

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to lend your support again in the coming 2012 season.  Your donations help us raise awareness of issues that might otherwise go unnoticed and lend a boon to the local volunteers in over 50 major cities the world over.

If you would like to continue as a sponsor, please feel free to contact William Pace about your sponsorship.

Again, thank you.  We could have not accomplished so much without all of you.

-The 2011 CSTS Global Team”

We look forward to continuing our relationship with CSTS during 2012

Apologies to Jen Hilton, 2011 Raleigh organiser for not adding this to one of our last 2011 blogs or mentioning on our show – yet!  Jen contacted us in mid-December to give us some wonderful news, she was having her first sci-fi novel, “Stellarnet Rebel” published!  I’m pleased to say that the novel is now available (published 2 January) and is available on Kindle via Amazon.com in the US (here) and Amazon.co.uk (here).  If you wish to learn more about Jen and the novel, please visit her website, here.  Both Odile and myself wish Jen every success on her writing career.

Lastly, a bit of fun that made me laugh; “Galactic Princess Headphone Covers” available from the Jacquie Longlegs Etsy store here.

Until next time

Wendy