154 David Steele | How the Podcaster Met the Dungeon Master

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Here’s the Recap:

David Steele is the founder of the Steele Empire podcasting network that is home to A Quest for Magic and Steele, which he hosts and produces with his children, and Ark City, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the listener tags along with the hero of the story as it unfolds on each episode.

Always searching for new ways to feed his creative hunger and bond with his family, David decided to start A Quest for Magic and Steele which is based off of the popular role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Complete with character voices and a Gamemaster, A Quest for Magic and Steele is played out live for its listeners to enjoy and enthrall themselves in this improvised fantasy world.

What We Covered:

  • 06:50 – Where David and I met
  • 07:21 – His experience with podcast conferences
  • 08:13 – The story of how he learned about podcasts
  • 11:10 – Why he turned to podcasts as a source of information
  • 13:20 – Podcasts as a good source of consuming a lot of content
  • 15:01 – Why he decided to start his own podcast
  • 16:13 – What he did to learn how to podcast
  • 18:08 – Our love of DJ’ing
  • 18:45 – Tapping into his creative side
  • 22:51 – Using his podcast as a way to bond with his family
  • 25:17 – His kids and their interest in board games
  • 27:37 – What he likes about D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) and how he likes to play it
  • 29:04 – What he told his kids about how he wanted to do A Quest for Magic and Steele
  • 31:32 – How he determines to end each story/episode
  • 33:09 – What the feedback has been from his show
  • 35:32 – The median download numbers Libsyn releases to gauge your shows performance
  • 38:32 – His new podcast, Ark City, and how he got it started
  • 43:04 – What Ark City is all about
  • 45:03 – Ark City’s interactive website
  • 46:20 – My easter egg hunt thank you letter
  • 48:29 – Some of the challenges he’s had and the things he’s learned
  • 49:45 – The help he’s received from podcasting groups
  • 51:40 – His podcast workflow and a little insight from Ark City’s first season
  • 53:20 – Where he draws his inspiration from
  • 54:34 – His sci-fi book recommendations
  • 56:44 – The different tattoos he has
  • 58:55 – My one and only tattoo
  • 01:01:53 – The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:02:32 – How his approach to parenting has changed over the years


Links Mentioned

David’s website
David on Twitter – @davidosteele
Podcast Movement
Critical Hit podcast
The Podcaster’s Studio
Cliff Ravenscraft
Daniel J Lewis – The Audacity to Podcast
Dave Jackson’s School of Podcasting
Gravy for the Brain
The Adventure Zone
After 6 podcast
The Sword of Truth
The Iron Druid Chronicles
The Dresden Files

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