I only started listening to Return to Northmoor a couple of weeks ago, but since then I've been going through the podcasts at a blistering pace. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that Episode 19 might be the last! After all, I only started listening!
Actually, listening to podcasts about D&D has been a very new experience for me, but I have to say that it's a great way to feel connected to a larger community. The energy and creativity of so many people online is pretty inspiring and why I wanted to take the time to write you both.
No matter what you decide to do with the podcast, I wanted you to know the following:
1) You both sound great! I don't know if you have backgrounds in public-speaking, but you are professional presenters. The conversation is natural and dynamic. There's never empty air, but things don't ever feel forced either. And best of all, there is a really nice rapport between you both that I will miss hearing.
2) I think you offered something unique. The format you developed of alternating between planning episodes and then a mix of actual play and commentary is your own at this point. I really hope that it will not end with you. I agree with PATRICKW that this discussion is interesting and valuable to the gaming community and needs to take place.
In a ideal world, I would love Northmoor to continue with audio of actual play interspersed with your commentary. That way, some of the more confusing audio could be abridged by your summary and we would still get the benefit of hearing how your expectations met up with the reality of the gaming table. Or maybe even a highlight reel if you will, in which current Northmoor episodes could be briefly recapped in commentary with a few choice audio clips of actual play.
To be honest, I would miss your banter and gaming advice more than hearing AP. I understand that putting together the podcast is an investment of time and effort for you both and for that reason will respect whatever decision you make; however, I hope that you will continue to be a part of the podcasting community that reaches so many of us. I actually heard about Northmoor through Tim's appearance on The Tome Show. You are both WAY TOO TALENTED (as your ENNIE nomination shows) to not be on the air!