An owl in the Gift Shoppe

Why yes, we have just acquired some new stock for the Gift Shoppe. There’s an owl, some tapes and a flurry of quills… Our first designs for the Magnus Archives are now in and looking good! Head to the storefront at Redbubble where you can find Rusty Quill logos and some lovely Magnus images, including the brooding owl logo of The Magnus Institute itself. Happy shopping folks!

Gift Shoppe is open!

Welcome dear visitors to the hallowed halls of Rusty Towers and I am very pleased to announce that, following some extensive remodelling and arduous posing (just between us, Sir Bertrand can be a bit… particular about his image), we can now join the ranks of stately institutions everywhere. Yes, our Gift Shoppe is now open! For all your Rusty Quill merch needs, we have set up a storefront at Redbubble where you can purchase a wide variety of clothing, stationery and household goods all bearing the wonderful images of the cast of the Rusty Quill Gaming Podcast, as fantastically illustrated by Anna Landin. There are 13 different pieces (including 3 most adorable ones of Brutor in costume) which can go on any item the store offers, from duvet covers and dresses to T-shirts and travel mugs! We are still waiting on final images for logos and The Magnus Archives but rest assured they will be incoming soon.

Archives accessibility

Having launched the Rusty Quill Patreon yesterday to great response (thank you so much to everyone who has already contributed), we’ve had some important feedback which leads us to re-evaluate part of the offering. These comments have indicated how useful transcripts of The Magnus Archives are to members of our audience who are hearing-impaired, so we’ve decided to make the transcripts freely available to everyone. Accessible, large-print versions of the transcripts will be posted on our Patreon feed for all to enjoy and Deluxe versions are being worked on for $10+ patrons. Apologies to any of our $5 patrons who pledged specifically for the transcripts; we hope you understand our decision to be more accessible. You’ll still get early access to ad-free episodes (as a bonus we’ll upload the most recent #Magnus and #RQGaming episodes tomorrow and future new episodes will be added as we finish editing them). Likewise, we have some WIP art for the #RQGaming merchandise which will be heading your way soon! If you have any other comments or questions about accessibility, do let us know, and thanks so much for listening and supporting Rusty Quill!

Patreon is live!

Well, here we are, the final day of #MarchMagnus! And as befitting the final day, we’ve saved our biggest announcement for last – Rusty Quill now (finally) has a Patreon! *cue fireworks from the battlements of Rusty Towers* We know a lot of people have been asking about this and here it is. For those who don’t know about Patreon, it’s a simple way for fans to give regular support to the creators of things they like, much like the patron/artist relation of old, so that they can carry on making those things with a little more peace of mind. All the money we get will be used to cover our running costs, make production easier and help fund new Rusty Quill developments. In return, you’ll get access to some special, backer-only rewards like statement transcripts from The Magnus Archives and character sheets from RQGaming! This is also a work-in-progress project – as things get easier for us to produce, so too, we can improve the Patreon offerings! And if there’s anything else you’d like to see or think would be a good idea to offer, let us know. It’s been one year of The Magnus Archives and all of us here at Rusty Towers would like to thank you for listening, supporting and commenting in myriad ways. You’re all such fantastic folk!

Gift shoppe coming soon

Come in, come in. Pardon the decorators, please, they’re setting up some of the new pictures we’ve ordered to brighten the place up a bit. Oh trust me, you’re going to love them. The dogs in particular… oh sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. And, of course, if you like them, you can pick up a copy too. Well, not now, but soon. Yes, next month Rusty Quill shall be launching its long awaited storefront! It’s taken a while to get here as we’ve had a few hiccoughs with art commissions along the way but we’re really pleased to announce that RQ merchandise will be available in April. We’re not quite ready to reveal the first design but suffice to say we have commissioned the fantastically talented Anna Landin! Go check them out on Twitter (@AnnaLandin) or visit their webcomic – Grassblades – or tumblr while you wait!

Visiting friends

A welcome Wednesday to you all! Since Rusty Towers isn’t beaming out an episode today, why not check in with some of the friends we’ve made along the way and hear from some of the crew in a different environment. After all, the Podcast General does advise that all podcasters should get some fresh air and a change of scenery from time to time. So, back in December, the crew had a little outing to Dragonmeet, one of the foremost UK gaming conventions, and joined The Rolistes Podcast and Formal Gamer for some audio shenanigans as part of the Podcast Zone. Tune in to The Formal Gamer’s bonus episodes as both Jonny (Episode 1) and Anil (Episode 4 – joined by RQ fan menacingsibrow) took on their one shot challenge. For some other general RPG musings and interviews with RQ folk (amongst others), Episode 18 (all parts) of The Rolistes Podcast is well worth a listen! And as part of his interview-based drama series, The Family Tree, Dave Pickering talked to the crew about fantasy gaming and the conflicts between tabletop and live-action.

Fanworks Friday!

It’s time to celebrate the #Magnus community here at Rusty Towers! To everyone out there listening and sharing the podcasts we put out – thank you so much! It’s thanks to you all that we’ve come so far, so quickly. And there are those of you who have taken further steps, writing reviews, crafting stories, putting together corkboards and forging new outlets for fans to come together and contribute to the conversations. Fandoms are built on these foundations and we’re so lucky to have these shiny, superb pieces. We start with the #Magnus wiki – a repository of all things statement-related, complete with timeline, for all your red string needs! Next up, don’t forget you can join up with other fans on the community proboards forums and a dedicated Magnus Archives subreddit. We’ve also been added to the hallowed rabbit hole that is TV Tropes. If you fancy some (mostly) fluffy reading, we are stoked to reveal that we actually have fanfic now! And, of course, there’s the tumblr community, who have been making some very astute observations as of late. Take a peek at: Centauri Anthropology Ook, Said the Librarian Vinegar Fairy Flame Sprite Where I Keep My Thinking Hat And for a dose of humour to wash down the horror, take a look at the surprisingly on-the-button, Incorrect Podcast Quotes. Hope you enjoy this trip around the #Magnus community – maybe it’ll inspire you to craft something too! Let us know if you do 🙂

Looking on

It’s time to open those boarded-up windows and let some air into the dusty stacks… For The Magnus Archives is now on YouTube! Hopefully The Archivist will approve of this extra level of backup for the statements. Welcome to the Rusty Quill YouTube channel where you’ll find, in time, original video content from the Rusty Towers crew as well as being a repository of our back catalogue for both The Magnus Archives and the Rusty Quill Gaming Podcast. The aim is to update weekly until we’re caught up with the current series and then release in step with the podcasts as they air. We are committed to bringing our content to as many platforms and channels as we can and YouTube is one of the biggest there is. We’re really looking forward to showcasing some video projects down the line and hopefully, with an ad-supported channel, we can get there a little bit quicker. So be sure to like, comment and subscribe to the channel – the more interest there is, the sooner we can have more juicy stuff flowing through them Internet pipes!

Helping out

Happy Tuesday everyone! No doubt the keen-eyed amongst you will have spotted the newest item to be installed in the foyer – a golden Donations box! Yes, the vaults of Rusty Towers are now open to accepting your donations to our continued running. Since the early days of Rusty Quill, some of you have asked if there were a way you could help out financially and now you can! After all, we’ve got to keep Hamid in the style to which he is accustomed. Rusty Quill currently runs by a lot of amazing people giving a lot of their time and efforts to produce interesting things (check out the Team page to see the current crew roster). And we’d really like to make sure that folk are appropriately compensated for this (both existing crew and any guests we bring in), as well as cover our operating costs and be able to expand our offerings. The Donate button is here to let you make one-off or occasional contributions so we carry on bringing you high-quality entertainment. We will have a Patreon offering coming soon as well, so if you’d like to help out on a regular basis (and get some nice backer rewards), you may care to wait for that. But whatever way you choose to contribute, know that everyone here at Rusty Towers is very grateful – you’re all fantastic! To donate or see other ways you can help us out, check out our Support page!

Welcome to our brand new website!

Welcome, one and all, Rusties and travellers alike, to the brand new Rusty Towers Foyer! As shiny as Bertie’s armour (but with less falcons) and as slick as one of Jane’s fattest children, consider this the welcoming atrium to Rusty Towers, where visitors can tarry awhile and partake of the entertaining fare we have to offer. We’re still putting the finishing touches to some of the decorations but this kicks off a whole slew of new and wonderful things we’re going to be bringing out over the course of the month! For you see, this month heralds the first anniversary of the launch of The Magnus Archives and what better way to celebrate than by giving out treats! So drop in here or look out for #MarchMagnus on social media to see what lurks in future mists…