Back on December 7th, 2011 the Internet was introduced to a humble little show that would eventually launch a network that spans not only from the show itself, but to all of gaming in general.
Skyrim Off the Record
Formed by Evarwyn, Joe Wilson and Louis Olan, Skyrim Off the Record has been steadily recorded episodes weekly since that day in December 2011, bringing new and informative views on a game we all have grown to love. Skyrim became an essential part of thousands of people’s lives as we all tuned in to the show each week to hear the three hosts experiences, as well as get impressions on the news and notes of the week and some of the best mods. Eventually David “Dienforce” Adams would join the show, as well as a few guests hosts along the way who have since become permanent fixtures in the Network the show headlined.
Episode 23 saw a change to the show as Skyrim became Elder Scrolls. With the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online, Skyrim OTR became more than just the single player game we all loved, and the show began to reflect that. The name change also heralded in a bevy of new discussion, but the core of the show remained the same: four guys sitting around talking about a series they loved.
Episode 45 not only saw Liz return as a guest, but also our first experience with one ShankthTank! Eventually Shank would join the show to lend his viewpoint in a more “permanent” capacity. The show didn’t change even with the inclusion of a 5th host, but rather it got better.
In October of 2012, Joe and Evarwyn were invited to visit Zenimax Online Studios in Baltimore, marking a turning point for our humble little show. Elder Scrolls Off The Record was no longer just “another fan show,” but had solidified itself as one of the “go to” spots for all things Elder Scrolls. Since that trip ESOTR has propelled our network to leaps and bounds. We have visited PAX East, E3 2013 (as media) and PAX Prime, each show with the goal to get better acquainted with ESO and the team over at Zenimax/Bethesda.
Since those trips, our efforts to make Elder Scrolls Off the Record the best Elder Scrolls based podcast in the world have been pushed further and further along. As some hosts parted ways with the show to focus on other facets of life, ESOTR has stayed constant in one ideal: the show is about having fun in a world we all love and enjoy. Listen to each episode and you’ll still hear the same joy and fun exuded from those Skyrim Off the Record podcasts over 2 years ago.
My personal experience with the podcast began at Episode 6: Slayer of Lambs. I immediately downloaded the previous five episodes and had a binge Skyrim-SkyrimOTR play session. Every week since I have listened to the show, at the same time each week if I can help it. I am fortunate enough to become on of those who guest hosted on an episode and then become a permanent fixture in the Quest Gaming Network. In April I will have written for QGN for two years, and since October of 2012 I have served as QGN’s News Lead/Director.It all started when I wrote my first article for what was then still Skyrim Off the Record.
Because I found the show some of my dreams have literally been realized. I was sent as a representative of QGN to E3, a lifelong goal of mine. It has given me a platform to live, breathe and talk video gaming. I have met some of my best friends working with QGN.
And to think it all started with me searching for “Skyrim podcasts” on Google one day.
So with the most sincere of thoughts, my heartfelt “Thanks” to Elder Scrolls Off the Record for being what you are: an amazing podcast with even more amazing people hosting. Congratulations on all the success, and here’s to 100 more!