Status of The Independent Characters Podcast

IMG_5710As you have perhaps heard by now, at the end of April 2015 I will be ending the run of The Independent Characters. This is something I have been considering for the past few months and the decision to end the show is based on several factors. Family time, my personal time to actually play the game and hobby (which is impacted tremendously by the time it takes to produce the show), as well as a new job which is going to take a tremendous amount of energy on my part in 2015.

The show has far exceeded my expectations and this is in no small part to the continued support of our advertisers and listeners over the last 5 years. Our show is arguably the most successful Warhammer 40k Podcast currently in existence (depending upon how you measure such things!) and rather than have things limp along or slowly degrade, I prefer to go out “leaving them wanting more”. We have always strived to bring you the very best in Warhammer 40k Podcasting and I would hate to end that legacy on a sour note.

The site will continue to stay up, and the back episodes will be available for as long as there is interest. For the most part, our episodes are “timeless” and cover topics which will almost always be relevant.

Geoff and I started this show based upon several factors:

  • We couldn’t find a show at the time that met our needs for enjoyment of Warhammer 40k.
  • We wanted to share our approach to the hobby and game with everyone we could.
  • We wanted to celebrate the entire hobby, not just competitive play.

Somewhere along the lines we also took on the following:

  • Championing playing with Forge World rules and models.
  • Encouraging players to get their armies painted to increase enjoyment for all players.
  • Helping the community by looking at the game, hobby and community in a positive light.

10801521_909392699072731_2102940305161239_nOver the course of my time in producing The Independent Characters I have made an incredible number of friends. Some even within Games Workshop, Black Library, and Forge World. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been able to share my enjoyment of the Warhammer 40k hobby with all of you and I wanted to thank you so much for listening.

Several friends and guest hosts who were aware of the decision, have tried to talk me out of this course of action. There have been offers to help with editing and other work, as well as suggestions for how to monetize the show. Let me be really clear that this show has always been a labor of love and neither money nor financial gain has ever played a factor.

Others have asked if I would pass the show onto someone else. The answer to that is a very firm “No.” The Independent Characters was created by Geoff and myself and without either of us on the show… well it just isn’t The Independent Characters. This is one of the biggest things either of us has created and we are incredibly proud of it. Handing it into the care of someone else just isn’t an option.

Carl & Geoff - The Independent CharactersSo what am I going to do now? Well besides spend more time with my family, I intend to go on playing 40k and Horus Heresy games. I really DO love this hobby and enjoy it immensely. I am by no means quitting. I also want to get back to playing some RPGs (primarily 40k themed or Call of Cthulhu). I miss playing RPGs.

I will continue to put out videos from The ICs Unbound (check out the You Tube channel if you haven’t yet) and if the mood strikes we may record an episode here or there. I’ll continue to be a presence on Facebook and other forums, including the IC’s forums as long as they remain active. I will also continue to champion for Warhammer 40k as long as I enjoy it.

That’s it for now. There are still several episodes of The Independent Characters to come before I close it all down. You will have plenty of time to hear from other guest-hosts on the show about their thoughts, in the weeks and months to come. We still have quite a lineup of episodes planned for you. So sit tight and enjoy!

37 Responses

  1. André Dittrich
    That really makes me sad but I can fully understand how you would reach that decision. Balancing my own time between family, work and hobby is a constant struggle for me as well and I am NOT running a podcast. I have taken up the hobby again 1.5 years ago and also thanks to your podcast it has taken an important place in my life. It was the grown up and laid back attitude paired with great enthusiasm towards the hobby that I mostly enjoyed in your show. I wish you all the best and thanks for the awesome work. Greetings from Berlin (Germany).
  2. Adán Tejada
    Carl, Thank you so much for all that you have done for the community. You and Geoff had a great vision and created something that has benefited the community. And a personal thank you from me to allow me to be a part of it. Adan
  3. Hagen Laughridge
    Carl and Geoff, thank you both for the work you have done to improve the hobby via your podcast. Ive always enjoyed the show when I listened and will be sad to see it come to an end. Good luck with your further endeavors in life and thanks for the memories.
  4. Tom Chambers
    This makes me sad, I love the Podcast but as is always the case with the hobby family and living your life is more important. So I wish you the best of luck and thank you for the hours of entertainment and inspiration.
  5. Steve Williams
    This is sad news, The Independent Characters has been a mainstay listening for me since I found it. Carl you and Geoff started a fantastic podcast that has gone from strength to strength and will be sorely missed by a lot of people. I wish you all the best with your future projects and hope you keep posting up those beautifully painted armies of yours.
  6. Goodbye. And thanks for all the fish.
  7. Well, I am well and truly gutted but completely understand the reasons. I had the pleasure of meeting you at salute 2013 and I just want to say thank you to all involved for producing a podcast which I have enjoyed thoroughly.
  8. Thanks for a great show. Sorry to hear its coming to an end but goodluck in your new job and other future endeavors! Take care guys
  9. Wow. That is a bit of a blow. That being said thank you so much for hours and hours of entertainment an information. As ridiculous as it is I feel as if I'm losing some of my good friends. The ICs are without a doubt the premier 40K podcast, I shall miss it dearly. Good luck to all of you.
  10. This clears the way for Lords and Heroes Podcast to begin in May?
  11. It's been a great run and I congratulate you on all you success. I wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavors. All I can say is thank you for the time and effort you have put in to producing a great show.
  12. Thank you Carl, and Geoff and everyone else who have made The Independ(a)nt Characters such a fun and supportive show. We will always have Guardsman Lynard. Cheers!
  13. Chuck Moore
    I am saddened at the loss of the best 40k podcast I have ever heard. You have helped me and been with me in my hobby since I started. Thank you Carl and all the hosts who have gave me endless hours of entertainment. I wish you well in your future and while the loss will be felt and shake the foundations of the hobby I am gladdened and reassured by the thought of your continued presence in the community on whatever level you feel comfortable with. My only regret is not being a part of the forum community sooner(and not participating in a Hobby Progress Challenge lol). Good luck and thank you IC's!
  14. Paul Lippincott
    Wow - sad to read this, but I totally understand. I just wanted to say that this podcast--and this community!--has inspired me to do more with WH40K that I ever would have on my own. I'm going to miss the show, but I'm happy the site is remaining up. Carl, I know you've gotten a lot of ribbing over the years about how much you spend on Forgeworld, but I sure hope you continue to show off your stuff on the The ICs Unbound. As someone with a far more limited budget, I am grateful that you not only jumped in with both feet, but that you've extensively discussed your purchases and how they've worked out hobby-wise. It's definitely helped my decision making (plus it's nice to see more of the cool stuff than Foregworld tends to show on their site).
  15. Philippe Lacasse
    Wow. That's going to make a big hole in my 40k hobby (and possibly the warp?). The IC has been by far the most well rounded, interesting and professional podcast out there. Thank you Carl, Geoff and everyone else who's been on the show for the many, many hours of enjoyment and for your dedication to the hobby. I wish you guys the best and will stay tuned for the IC unbound every now and then.
  16. James Edward Barr
    Thanks for all the great shows. I will definitely miss the ICs, the highlight of my podcast list. You guys had a great approach and very professional execution. It will be hard for anyone to fill the gap in the community but I look forward to hearing new shows try.
  17. Jimmy Carmine
    Sad to hear the Independent Characters is ending in April. It's been a consistently fun hobby podcast. :(
  18. Olivier Comeau Gauthier
    Ditto....Our Quebec based gaming group will miss you guys!
  19. this is a sad day indeed and good luck on water you guys decide to do in the future
  20. Thanks for what you have done! I selfishly wish it could go on for my enjoyment for ever, but totally understand your need to move onto other things. I am very glad to here you will remain a positive force in our great hobby! Power on, my friend, power on!
  21. Sad news indeed. Thank you Carl, Geoff, Adan, Justin and the rest of the people who contributed. The ICs has had such a positive influence on the hobby. We will miss you, but we also wish you all the best in the future. Juggling family, work and hobby is never easy and you put such a huge amount of time into the hobby. The Warhammer 40K community is a little dimmed by this news, but the light you have cast will shine on for a long time. Well done and thank you for all you have done.
  22. Thanks for explaining the reasoning, Carl. Not that you need to of course. It's your show after all. I have enjoyed all of the episodes over the past couple of years...I started listening in mid-2012. I look forward to going back to the previous shows and catching up. The IC show and cast have defined what it means to be positive in the 'Grim Dark' of 40k. I am glad to read that the IC's Unbound videos will continue. I'll look forward to the remaining episodes with fondness. As the legendary Bob Hope said, "Thanks....for the memories......"
  23. Sad news, but The ICs will live on for a long time in our private collections. You are the benchmark we at Masters of the Forge aspire towards. Personally, I'll look you up when I next visit the Bay Area, you can be sure of that. ;) - Snorre
  24. Guido Kreemers
    Thanks for a great show guys. You made me re-appreciate radio. I haven't felt this mix of feelings since Ron stopped "from the warp"
  25. Ryan Couch
    This has been hands down the most influential podcast for me and my 40k endeavors. It is a sad day to see such a quality podcast fade in to the warp. thank you guys for the many great memories. I would not be the hobbyist I am today with you! #waaagh!!!! #unforgiven #avedominusnox
  26. Brian Brenner
    It's been a wonderful ride. As a fellow NorCal player I hope this means we will see more of you out and about and playing. Thank you for all your efforts over the past five years. It has been both refreshing, rejuvenating and inspiring to listen to your podcast.
  27. Will certainly miss your show, it has kept me company at work for quite some time. Thanks for your hard work you guys.
  28. Despite no longer being into the game or the hobby all that much, this is still one of my staple podcasts and I am very sad to see it come to an end. Your show has always been of the highest quality, reflecting the fun of the narrative game. It is a great loss to the community. We wish you all well, and hope to hear you around other places. Thanks for all the good times, the great memories, and all the great podcasts. The awards show will be a legend for years to come!
  29. William A Scott
    Hate to see the show go away as it is by far my favorite 40K podcast. While there are others out there a hole where your guy's professionalism and special love for the hobby will be missed. Looking forward to what the next couple of months bring and I hope you stay in touch with the community for as long as you can. Thanks a lot for hard work!
  30. IC Team, Thanks so much for your podcast. About 3 months ago I started getting into 40K and your podcast has provided so much information! I've downloaded many of the past episodes and have enjoyed your coverage of modeling techniques, show of force, and the Horus Hersey FW books. I will miss listening to all of you. Thanks again for helping me get integrated into 40K!
  31. Carl Tuttle Jr.
    Thanks man. I think the reason I felt I needed to provide the reasoning was simply because I owed everyone an answer. Yeah it is my show - but it wouldn't exist if it weren't for people like yourself. If there is one thing that drives me nuts, its when a show gets sporadic or just vanishes without a trace. I would much rather give everyone some insight into whats going on and celebrate the show until the end!
  32. Joshua Glantz
    The show has really kept me excited about the hobby and reinforced the way I like to play the game. Thanks for all your efforts.
  33. Anonymous
    Carl, Very sad news to hear that the IC's podcast is coming to an end. It is strange but it feels like a member of the family moving away, I have listened since episode 10 and at time you and Geoff have had me crying with laughter, I'll miss you guys. As a father of two young children I totally understand the whole family time thing. A lot of my miniatures are in storage in the garage as my daughter needed a bedroom so bye-bye hobby room. I'll keep eye out for any IC's Unbound and listen to the podcast until the last. All the best to you and your family, enjoy your extra time.
  34. Tanks for the memories guys! Sad to see you go but I totally understand and wish you all the best :)
  35. Carl, I really can't add much to what's already been said. I'll simply say, thank you, for everything that you, Geoff, your family, and the rest of the IC Crew have brought to the hobby. Yours is the best podcast, bar none, and its absence will leave a gaping hole. Pax Imperialis.
  36. I won't lie I died a little when I heard that you would end the show. I have been a big fan. Best of luck to you in whatever future endeavor you are going for.

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