Walkthrough Episode 2: Beginning the Game!

It’s our second episode! We start by introducing ourselves since we failed to do that in our introductory episode (oops!).

Layla is fluent in German, Russian, and English! She’s a writer, she does translation work, and she’s a full time coordinator at Writespace in Houston, Texas.

Amal is a writer, editor, and critic. She reviews books for NPR, edits the poetry zine, Goblin Fruit, and is currently a finalist for the Locus Award for her fiction (and she won the Locus Award last year, too! Yay!). Amal divides her time between Ottawa and Glasgow.

Julia is a writer and editor. As an editor, she is currently a Hugo Award  finalist for her work with Strange Horizons, which ended in August of 2015. Yay! Now she is the poetry and reprints editor for Uncanny Magazine. Her first writing sale was to Amal’s Goblin Fruit in 2008, and she is delighted eight years later to count Amal as a close friend. She met Layla through the internet in 2001, so she’s getting to do this podcast with two close friends, which is the best.

So, how about the game? In this episode we play “And the Earth Was…”, “Chaos and Confusion”, and the “Look For Sentries” Challenge.

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Julia walked Episode 1 in Western Massachusetts with a friend. Beautiful scenery!

And then there was this crumbling barn. Very post-apocalyptic!


Layla texted her live reactions to Julia!

The boy band Come Together. Amal feels like maybe the multitude of beards is a sign of this game taking place in a slightly different universe. at do you think? Agree? Disagree?

Layla doesn’t actually think an EMT took out her cell phone. EMTs are nice people who help save lives! She meant EMP. Oh, typos!


Steve is Layla’s super exhausted walking buddy!

We’re off to an exciting start! Join us next week for Episode 3 when we’ll play Episodes 3 (“The Company of Kings”), 4 (“Heaven is Split Open”), and 5 (“All Tremble at War”). In the next couple of days we;ll also release our first spoilercast, in which Amal and Julia discuss Layla’s initial reactions in the context of the entire game’s story arc. We recommend the spoilercasts only for people who have already played through the entire game. They’ll be there for the rest of you (and Layla!) when you’re finished!


Walkthrough Episode 1 – Introduction

At last our long walk is about to begin! This introductory episode covers the format of the game and the way the podcast will work, but we don’t actually end up introducing ourselves properly! That’ll come in episode 2!

In this episode, we talk about how Amal started playing (and why she got so involved that she drew Julia in and eventually started a podcast!), and a bit about the game’s immersive features like the grey square landscape items you can collect along the way.

Next week, we’ll be starting the actual game. We’ll be walking episodes 1 and 2 and completing the first 24 hour challenge. Please do get The Walk for your phone and join us!