Hello and Welcome to the Shocking Gasp homepage! You'll find anything you need to know about the cast, characters, and more right here! But first, some basics:
How can you support the show?
Ok, that's pretty much it! If you have any questions please submit them on the Contact Us page or email ShockingGasp@gmail.com. Happy listening!
The Shocking Break is at an end! Regular episodes of SG will return in January 7th and 21st! Yay! We know everyone is excited! Check below for our Q1 2020 giveaway announcement. Also, we thought it would be cool to provide a 2019 ‘Year-End-Summary’ for all of our investors:
For this we would specifically like to thank our final list of OG Patrons (those who hold the tremendous honor of being our first big supporters, good or bad):
Investors is a Terrible Name (Q1 Giveaway!)
You may have noticed we referenced our listeners above as ‘investors’. That’s TERRIBLE. Instead how about:
A random voter will win a kick-ass set of dice and bag with a dragon on it!
LOOK AT THEM! Dagrons!!!
Cool stuff Happening Now
Campfire Episode Downloads
There are currently two bonus campfire episodes available for download. You can get them HERE, or wherever you most enjoy receiving your Shocking Gasp.
Double-masher Steel-muscles Oakley—released 12/31/2019
Temple of the Lizardfolk downloadable module
We (and by we I mean Scott the Dungeon Heckler and Smooth DM) created a dowloadable module of our popular convention dungeon: Temple of the Lizardfolk!
The module can be accessed by clicking HERE.
The battlemap displayed below was created by Smooth DM. You can read about them in the next section of the newsletter.
Want to DM but don’t have time to create an adventure?
Check out SmoothDM!
Basically, this service will create a standalone dungeon for a group of 4-5 low to mid-level characters. The module can be used as an addition to an existing campaign or as a random encounter.
Great for busy DMs who do not want to disappoint!
This guy accidentally applied as the D&D race ‘Yuan-Ti’ on his college application. He basically told the school he was a snake person. Anyway, because of some actual Native-American heritage, he was sparked to ask his parents from which tribe they belonged.
They answered (being RPG nerds) the Yuan-Ti. So, he put that on his college app. He did say his parents were ‘a little apologetic’ about it. The role-playing in this house must be insane!
Ever been accused of being Patronizing?!
Have we got a deal for you!
Head over to our Patreon by clicking HERE. We have several tiers that can afford listeners anything from mini stories, swag bags, and working directly with Scott the Dungeon Heckler to create a permanent entity, item, or NPC within the show!
It's almost the end of 2019! As we say goodbye to our first year in production, we leave you with one final news update.
Patreon Tiers Revealed
The Patreon is officially live and ready for business! As a special bonus in December, we are going to release two of the Campfire episodes and one of our pre-generated adventure modules at no charge! The module will be a copy of the "Temple of the Lizardfolk" adventure that's based on the Episode 3 & 4 dungeon. You know, the one where the gang rescued Vantajar from the swamp temple after they put the blood back in. Anyone who joins in 2019 will receive special "OG Patron" status, which will earn you special benefits and rewards in the future!
$1, $3, $5 or more per month
We realize people have different financial situations, so we have created the Comfortable Sigh tier with three different donation levels so you can choose the price that fits your budget. We appreciate the support you give us no matter what. Thank you.
Benefits at this tier include:
$10 or more per month
You have surprised us with your kindness and support, and that deserves a show of thanks. At this tier you'll unlock a few monthly benefits as well as a quarterly bonus. This will be delivered at the end of each quarter (March, June, September, December).
$20 or more per month
Our minds have been blown! This level of support is the stuff of legend, and you run the risk of melting our eyeballs out of their sockets with your pure awesome sauce. In an effort to appease the beast that is your hunger for more Shocking Gasp, we offer several mega quarterly rewards. These will be delivered at the end of each quarter (March, June, September, December).
Our TeePublic store will be having a continuous sale from December 1st through December 18th! All items will be up to 35% off during that time. This is the perfect chance to buy your grandma that Tilly sweatshirt she's always wanted, or to get ahead of 2020's hot fashion trends by securing your Scott the Dungeon Heckler iPhone case now.
D&D News Article
This article really warms us because it not only highlights our favorite tabletop game, it suggests that humans are using the game to reconnect in a way that doesn’t involve a phone or an app. Additionally, D&D has been therapeutically helpful in casting heal on those who struggle with social anxiety, autism, and ADHD. With the addition of the 5e ruleset, the game has become more accessible to a wider audience. It truly is a wonderful game and one of the things we look forward to in our lives.
Year End Thank You's
These are the folks that offered us tons of support this year and helped us grow to be who and what we are. Thank you all so much for the constant support. We love and appreciate each of you so very much!
That's it, everyone! 2019 has been a wild ride. We saw the podcast grow to where it is now, averaging 200+ downloads per listen with an all-time total of 9,500+ downloads. That's really cool and we have you to thank. So even if you're not on the list above, please know we still cherish and love you. Thank you so much!
The Gasp Cast
Hello Shocking Gasp fans! It's time for another news update, coming in just a teeeeeeny bit late (sorry!).
The year is winding down, but there's one more chance for you to meet us at a convention. The entire cast will be attending AcadeCon in Dayton, Ohio on November 9th. Scott the DM will be hosting two events named "Temple of the Lizardfolk" based on the Episode 3 & 4 dungeon. As of this writing, only the 4pm session has seats open, so act fast if you wanna play!
The convention road map is wide open for next year. If you're attending a Con and would like to see us there, let us know! We're totaly open to getting out more and meeting all you wonderful people! As of right now, chances are very high that we'll attend the following:
Patreon Completion Update
Patreon changed their fee schedule a few months back, and anyone who entered would be grandfathered in on the old (read: better) rates. So we made a Patron with a lone (read: minimum) $1 no reward tier. From the start, we told ourselves we wouldn't push a Patreon until we had fans asking for one. We had the account so we'd have the better deal, but it wouldn't be used until you, the fans, told us it was time.
Well, here we are a year in and we've had two fans go and join all on their own! And we've had a few more be very vocal in their intended support should we make one. So it looks like it's time to put it to use!
New tiers will be uploaded next month. Potential rewards include swag bags, bonus content episodes, access to our Discord server, and more! We've put a lot of thought and hard work into it and we hope you all enjoy what we have to offer. Keep your eyes and ears open in the next few weeks for more details!
We have an official monthly newsletter! if you're interested in receiving this, please visit our website and subscribe under the Contact section. The newsletter will contain all the same information we put in our monthly Shocking News episode with a little more detail. We'll also include a section with news from the industry to help you see more of what's going on outside of our little show.
Shocking Gasp will be releasing limited episodes during November and December. We'll use the time to work ahead and retool some of our background processes.
We're not going to blame it all on Jake's new baby, but it is 100% Jake's new baby's fault.
Just kidding. Holidays are a busy time for everyone, and we're not sure we'll have time to record, edit, and release on schedule. Plus, podcasting is hard and we just kinda want a break. Our plan is to release a few teasers for the bonus content you can expect from the Patreon, so we're not leaving you completely high and dry.
We hope you understand, and thank you in advance for your continued support. You truly are some of the best fans we could hope for. We love you all!
The Gasp Cast
Hello Shocking Gasp fans! It's Scott and Stephanie here, bringing you another round of announcements! Let's get right to it, shall we?
One Year Giveaway
First up, Shocking Gasp will be turning one year old this month! And to celebrate, we're launching a giveaway! And we gotta tell you, it's a big one. Check out the prizes we have up for grabs:
Legal Note: Unfortunately, for law-abiding reasons, we cannot allow anyone aged 13 and under to participate in the giveaway. It is also only open to residents of the United States.
That's right, it's time for another Shocking Symposium. If you're unfamiliar, this is when you, the audience, have the chance to submit questions to us, the Shocking Cast, and we'll answer them in a special Q&A style episode. The Symposium will air on October 15 and will include our announcement of the One Year Giveaway winner. You can submit your questions for the Symposium via the following:
Origins and GenCon are behind us, and 2019 is nearing its end, but that doesn't mean we're finished with our convention visits just yet! There are at least two more stops on our agenda for the year: AcadeCon and CinCityCon. If you're in the area or are planning on visiting one of these two conventions, we'd love for you to find us and say "Hello!" We'll have stickers and some other little knick-knacks to hand out to any friendly faces! Unfriendly faces will have to listen to a How to be Happy lesson from Gunny.
Also, Scott the DM will be running at least two sessions at both events. So if you're feeling adventurous, search the Events list and sign up soon!
Merch Store Sale Dates
TBD - Update coming soon
If you listened to the most recent episodes (C1E18 - Shots ft. KneeCoalWoody and C1E19 - The Final Countdown), then you know the Deitouched are fighting in the Challenge of Champions. The Challenge is, of course, a grant competition to find the best of the best of the best (sir!) adventurers in Telunor. The prize? The coveted right to Citizenship in Solarion.
But what of the history of the Challenge? And, more importantly, what if you wanted to run the Challenge in your own group? What are the rules? Click "Read More" to find out!
In honor of Stephanie's 30th birthday, we’re hosting another giveaway!
Steve, Stephanie, and I all visited Las Vegas and decided to check out their oldest and largest game store, the Little Shop of Magic. It’s a really neat store and we recommend you check it out if you’re in the area (you should also check out Koma Sushi next door for some super yummy sushi, but that’s beside the point). While we were at the store we saw they had some cool swag emblazoned with their logo, and we decided to snatch it all up for the giveaway. Up for grabs are a drink Koozie, patch, tote bag, and two Shop of Magic 24th anniversary d6’s.
So how can you enter? You can have up to three entries, one each on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. Click those links to be taken to their respective entry posts. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the May 28th episode.
- Scott the Dungeon Heckler
UPDATE: Congrats to Megan Drehmel for winning the contest! Thank you to everyone who entered! Be sure to keep an eye open on our News page or Facebook and Twitter for more upcoming giveaways!
Big news, folks! We've been asked to join the Necropodicon Network!
What does that mean for us? Well, rest assured nothing will change as far as our episode releases and structure. Shocking Gasp remains under our full control, and there are not changes being made to our RSS feed (how you get your episodes). And any funding you supply either through Ko-Fi or Patreon will continue to support us. The biggest change you'll notice is the addition of one or two 30 to 60 second promo clips at the end of each new episode. These clips will highlight some of our partner shows on the Network, so be sure to stick around until the end and maybe you'll hear something that will spark your interest!
We are happy to announce that Shocking Gasp is now providing transcripts of our episodes!
There are many reasons a podcast should provide transcripts. It helps boost SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It provides fans the ability to copy and paste their favorite moments into Tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, and so on. It makes it easier for the editor to find good content for a recap. But the foremost reason is accessibility.
Accessibility is important. We want people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, or struggle with understanding us to have a way to enjoy the show. We care about these people. We care about everyone, really. So if we can find a way to help you enjoy our story, then it will always be worth our effort.
I mean that. I promise you that we will never, ever charge for transcriptions. Shocking Gasp will always provide this service at no cost. So if you've found someone charging for them, let us know. We'll shut them down.
Currently, we've got no income, and affordable (read: free) transcription services offer limited functionality. So we're doing it on our own. Stephanie is transcribing each episode for us by hand. It's a long process, and I love her for doing it. But what that means is our transcripts will lag episode release, sometimes by weeks or even months. We'll get them up there, that's a promise, and we'll do it as fast as we can.
As soon as we can afford it, we'll start getting professional transcriptions so we can deliver them in a timely manner. But until then, I hope you can forgive a little tardiness or the occasional mispelling.
And be sure to let us know if you have any tips or comments. Thank you.
- Scott the Dungeon Master
We've compiled all of the episode transcripts into one big file in addition to posting them to each episode entry here on the official website. If you prefer the file, click the button below to download it.
Our "Name that Viking" contest has concluded! We received a lot of really good NPCs for the contest, and it was really tough to pick a winner. So tough, in fact, that we chose two!
Our first place winner is Nicole Woodworth (@KneeCoalWoody on Twitter) for her submission, Jørgen Torp!
Our second place winner is Robert Allen Porter (via Facebook) for his submission, Jan Vindar the Victor!
Congratulations to both of our winners! You'll get a change to meet Jørgen and Jan in the next story arc, or read their stories by click "Read More" below!
Shocking Gasp is a serialized actual play D&D 5e podcast. When an enigmatic being falls from the sky, four strangers investigate and find themselves on the run from a superhuman force. Now they must fight for their survival while attempting to unravel the mystery of who the being was and why they’re being hunted. New episodes released every other week on Tuesday at 6am EST. First time listeners advised to start at Episode 1 - Livin’ On a Prayer