Raise the Fungal Radiation Shields!

We’d heard about species of radiation-loving fungus in relation to Chernobyl in the past, but this article by Stephen Johnson in Big Think explains how they’ve been testing it on the International Space Station.

Specifically, they’ve been testing it with the idea that some form of this radiotrophic fungus could help shield astronauts bound for Mars. Exciting news.

And, as we’ve put real-universe science into Rogue Tyger, we’ll almost certainly have some mention of the “radiotrophic fungal layer” in the ship’s shielding in some future episode.

Because science is cool.

Casting for the New Season of Quorum Completed!

We’re happy to announce a key milestone in bringing the latest season of Quorum to you all: casting is done!

Cameron McNary returns as Jimmy Harmon, no longer an online poker player and no longer in Las Vegas. That change in locale means you won’t hear all the same characters you heard in “Outstanding Debts,” though a few familiar voices will pop up (we’re going to keep who a surprise). Rounding out the case are voices you may recognize from the rest of the extended Jabberwocky company as well as some new voices coming from the DC area’s deep bench of acting talent.

We’ll be sharing more in the coming months, with the completed episode airing next Fall.

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 9: Flatrock, Part 4 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:13pm ET)  as we begin the next serial of our debut show, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Thanks to a tip by Flatrock fixer Vic Ratha, Aidan and Reg are off to “the Two-Forty,” the artificial moon’s nature preserve, where Louie Hardin’s partner, Icarus Crane, may be hiding. But how will they find him? And how does Zenocrate factor into it all?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Louie Hardin: Neil Conway
Park Ranger: Francis Abbey
Thug One: Bjorn Munson
Thug Two: Brooks Tegler

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 9:27
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi noir related peril and flagrant bribes.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama “G”)

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 8: Flatrock, Part 3 of 5

Our heroes try and make sense of the forces at play in Flatrock, hoping to find out who wants them dead before it’s a done deal.

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we continue the second serial of our debut show, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Evading cops and booby traps, Reg and Aidan are left with a dead body and lots of questions. Will a visit to Morgantown and Vic Ratha provide the answers?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Vic Ratha: Francis Abbey

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 12:59
Rated AD-PG for general audiences. Contains alcohol, corpses, and a bit too much perfume.

Rating: AD-PG

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 7: Flatrock, Part 2 of 5

The tangled webs continue to be woven this week as the Tyger crew continue to deal with skullduggery on Flatrock.

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:13pm ET)  as we begin the next serial of our debut show, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

The Tyger crew’s adventures on Flatrock continue as the Tyger has left the Haapsalu system for the celebrated Frontier port of Flatrock. But what fates await Reg Macorum and his crew, especially Aidan?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico
First Officer: Phil Amico
Second Officer: William R. Coughlan

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 10:38
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi noir related peril.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama “G”)

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 6: Flatrock, Part 1 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we begin the next serial of our debut show, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

The Tyger has left the Haapsalu system for the celebrated Frontier port of Flatrock. But what fates await Reg Macorum and his crew, especially Aidan?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico
Port Controller: Kim Davenport
Louie Hardin: Neil Conway
Vic Ratha: Francis Abbey

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 12:57
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi related peril.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama “G”)

Imperium Encyclopedia in Depth: Reg Macorum

If you’ve been enjoying Rogue Tyger, have you checked out the Encyclopedia of the Imperium yet? It’s the definitive source for the history of the Seven Systems and the greater Imperium. 

Reg Macorum

Illustration by Javier Charro

(b. 388 SIY) freighter captain with previous associations to the Zenocrate Cartel. Notable for actions in the fifth century of the Imperium relating to the Zenocrate Cartel (especially the Salatiga Incident) as well as his involvement with Walker’s Brigade during the Border Wars.

Born in the late 4th century Imperium, publicly available records of Macorum’s early life are scarce and sometimes contradictory. His birthplace was somewhere within the star systems of House Kalmar and he was orphaned at an early age. It is believed he lived on the streets of a port city in Kalmar space for a number of years.

School records show that, as of 402 SIY, he was enrolled in Mifune Military Academy on Qingdao thanks to the generosity of an unknown benefactor. Graduating from Mifune in 406, he was enrolled in one of the Imperial military ‘satellite colleges,’ likely in the Shantung system, but was called up for active duty during the Wolverton Uprising in 409 SIY. Then, as now, students were granted partial or full scholarships based on their enlistment in Imperial military service.

Reports of Macorum’s service during the Wolverton Uprising are inconclusive, but all sources agree his actions resulted in his not returning to complete college. Macorum disappears out of public records until the 420s, when he is mentioned several times in dispatches related to General Tomas Arkady Walker and his brigade of “Red Beret” mercenaries.

It is believed that Macorum served in Walker’s Brigade throughout the Border Wars, including the decisive assault on Masshad as well as the celebrated retreat of House Malde forces during the siege of Urmia. Records indicate he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Walker’s organization and was responsible for much of the training of soldiers the mercenary outfit conducted later during that conflict.

There are little to no records of Macorum for several decades after the Border Wars until the 460s, when his name appears in relation to flight plans filed for the freighter Silver Star, a vessel that has since been connected to the Zenocrate Cartel. Both Reg Macorum and the Silver Star are mentioned in accounts of the Salatiga Incident of 469. No previous account of Macorum traveling in Coutharian space exists.

Note: this entry will be updated with events from 473 SIY onward after reviewing newly acquired historical documents.


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Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 5: The Pilot, Part 5 of 5

The adventure comes to an end… and a new one begins.

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:10pm ET) for our first show, Rogue Tyger.

Finishing repairs in the nick of time, the crew of the Tyger are forced into a desperate plan to escape the Nokari mercenaries closing in on them.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Tormar: Phil Amico
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 10:55
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi related action and peril, things blowing up, and characters discussing life and death.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama “G”)

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 4: The Pilot, Part 4 of 5

The adventure continues!

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET) for our first show, Rogue Tyger.

The crew of the Tyger race to repair the ship, treat their injured pilot, and come up with a way to escape as the Nokari mercenaries comb the asteroid field looking for them.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Tormar: Phil Amico

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph .
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 11:17
Rated AD-PG, Parental guidance suggested. Includes the angst and tension you might expect if one were hunted by mercenaries, plus people doing shots of alcohol.

Rating: AD-PG

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)