Posted in Extras

Guest Post From ASmouseInTheHouse

Thank you ASmouseInTheHouse for sending me this! He was the winner of the fan art contest and gets to make a guest post

The Blackgaard Chronicles Book Series

Warning: Major spoiler alert for all the books in this series!

It all started in August 2017, when the first book of a new AIO series called “The Blackgaard Chronicles” was released, written by Phil Lollar. The book was titled Opening Moves and was said to contain a behind-the-scenes perspective on the events of the Blackgaard Saga. Opening Moves specifically covered….well…opening moves that set the stage of the beginning of the most epic and legendary sagas in the history of Adventures in Odyssey.

But why, some might ask, would you read the book series when there are actual episodes?
I thought the same thing when the books started coming out. I read them on the Club when they were availible….
And was surprised.
I might have expected a word-for-word echo of the scenes from the episodes, but that was not the case.
When reading any book from the Blackgaard Chronicles, readers find out things that were not mentioned in the audio episodes. Everything from added lines, insightful descriptions of the setting and characters, extended scenes, and best of all, entirely new scenes!

I was amazed upon reading the first few books. Who knew the ridiculous scheming and manipulating that had gone into obtaining the building for Blackgaard’s Castle? Who knew how Richard Maxwell had been caught up in Blackgaard’s team? Who knew the story of why Whit was in Chicago for Waylaid in the Windy City?
Not only do readers learn about the behind-the-scenes workings, they also get a fresh perspective on scenes that are heard in AIO. We suddenly learn more specific descriptions of characters, their thoughts, or their favored facial expressions. We learn of Phillip Glossman’s backstory in the opening of the series. We learn that Blackgaard had more plans that we ever realized. We learn why Maxwell left Whit’s End to speak of his plan with Lucy, and that his cologne actually is a thing (not confined to the whimsical I Slap Floor!).
Sometimes, readers notice that a scene continues even after the audio scene would have ended. Sometimes it continues in description. Other times in dialogue. No matter which, this additional information is always interesting to devour.
In addition, we sometimes get the extra bonus of added humor to seen and unseen scenes.

“Glossman stewed in anger and in rank-smelling cologne. He had no building, no way to get the building, and no good news for Blackgaard. And to top it all off, he was going to have to sell his car and burn his clothes because they smelled like Richard Maxwell. This was not a good day.” -Book 2, chapter 3.

“I am not cleaning your litter box.” -Book 4

“And your name is really…Pinky?” -Book 5

“Alright, nobody move!” “That’s my water gun.” -Book 5

…to name a few of my favorites.

I gobbled up Pawn’s Play, Cross-Check, and Rook’s Ruse. Recently, I got Knight’s Scheme.
I’m not sure which book I’d say is my favorite. It’s safe to say that I enjoyed every single one and am looking forward to reading the rest! I did particularly enjoy Cross-Check and Rook’s Ruse. If you ask me, they are definitely worth reading.
Oh, and by the way, check out the Young Whit books too. These two book series are starting to connect in some interesting ways! But that’s another story for another time… maybe I’ll post an article about that on my new AIO blog, the Odyssey Obsessors! www.odysseyobsessors.wordpress.com
Have any of you read the Blackgaard Chronicles? If so, how did you like them?

Posted in Extras, Morrie Rydell, Rydell Saga

What Is this

So I just wrote a fanfiction or something…

Morrie: “Oh Emily….” Emily: “LEAVE ME ALONE”

Morrie: COME HERE EMILYEmily: tricks morrie and traps him in whit’s office

Morrie: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Emily: LETS GO

Whit: Morrie I thought you would change..

Morrie: shape shifts into the chairman

The Chairman (Morrie): There, I changed

Whit gasps

Whit: It, It can’t be..\

Whit: Jerry Whittaker????

The Chairman “Hello, Father”

Whit: “How, how could this be?”

The Chairman (Jerry): I honestly don’t know

Whit: oh

ok

They then have a celebration and whit forgets that he is the Chairman

Jerry: I’m sorry it has to come to this

Traps him in a black hole

Whit: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

The Chairman: HAHAHA YES. NOW I CAN ENSLAVE THE HUMAN RACE!

Detective Polehaus: Not so fast, Jerry

Jerry: How, how did you find me?

Detective: Dumb dumb it’s a public building and people can hear your screams

Jerry: oh

Emily: LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Atom bomb explodes and everything was suddenly no more

Only a piece of bacon survived

The end

Posted in Extras, Miscellaneous

Join My Discord!

I recently started a new discord chat! It’s for, basically anything Odyssey. It’s going to be active as well. If you don’t have discord, consider getting it. It’s free. Here’s the joining link:

https://discord.gg/SBa84ENf

Posted in Extras

Well, I’ve Been Inactive (Once More)

So, I haven’t posted in over a month, and for that, I apologize. I have been busy, and doing new things. I hope to be more active soon. Especially when the new album is released! Stay tuned

Posted in Extras, Miscellaneous

Subscribe To This Amazing YouTube Channel!

This is Marisa’s, one of my faithful followers YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXcTIGcuT2Tq5AvN1Hadkyg

I’ve watched the videos and there great! Send her some support!

~Riley

Posted in Extras, Miscellaneous

Blog Updates and Schedule

Hey guys! Today I decided to make a schedule for the blog. These posts will be posted every week unless some real life obligation takes priority. Here are the things I’m planning:

~ Mystery Monday

In Mystery Monday, I will be posting something random, whether it’s fan fiction, rants, and more. Basically it will just be a random fun post that has something to do with AIO

~ Fan Art Friday

In Fan Art Friday, It’s pretty much self-explanatory. I’ll be posting my AIO fan art! I’m most excited about this one.

In between these, I’ll be posting updates, competitions, and news.

If you guys have any other suggestions, leave a comment!

~Riley~

Posted in Competitions, Extras, Miscellaneous

Updates

I have updates on the Blogger Competition and Fan Art Competition. First, There is a limit on votes per month. Only 30. I have to pay if I want more. I don’t see any reason to pay for more votes. If your planning to vote, save it to around September 30. For the Fan Art Competition, I only got 1 entire, so I will extend the deadline to September 14. You can send any Odyssey art you have done. Tell me in the comments if you have any questions!

~Riley~

Posted in Competitions, Extras, Miscellaneous

AIO Blogger Competition

I am proud to announce the first annual AIO Blogger Competition. The rules are simple. Go to the official website, and vote for your favorite active AIO blog. The deadline and prize information are on the website. https://aioblogcompetition.wixsite.com/aiocompetition

My blog is not one of them.

Please share this and reblog so we can get as many votes as possible.

~Riley~

Posted in Extras, Miscellaneous, Q & A

Blog Q&A

Thanks everyone for the questions! Let’s start.

If you could visit anywhere fictional (besides Odyssey of course) where would you go?

Marisa

I would have to pick the setting of my favorite book, Warriors.

Which aio podcast is your favorite? (besides your own lol).

Marisa

The AIO Wiki Podcast

Which oa club exclusive episode is your favorite?

Marisa

That’s tough… I really don’t know. Maybe A Predicament Of Biblical Proportions, or Thirty Jay’s Hath September. I could go on. I just really haven’t picked a favorite yet.

Where do you see your blog or your blogging endeavors two years from now?

Lee Acim

I see more Podcast Episodes, more reviews, and other than that, I see myself posting like I do now. I assume maybe 40 Followers by 2021.

Why did you start the AIO Insider?

GabrielMatthew

I had major inspiration from AIO Audio News and Welcome to Odyssey. I decided it would be fun to make a blog about Odyssey. I’m glad I did.

Why do you call it the AIO Insider.

GabrielMatthew

I don’t really know why I called it that. I assume I was brainstorming ideas in my mind, and that popped in, and I used it because it was original and fit the theme I wanted my blog to have.

Which AIO character describes you best?

Carl

I’d say Buddy Norman. He mirrors my creative mind (although not as creative as his insane imaginations).

When did you first listen to AIO?

Raegan

Around 2011

What did you imagine your blog would be like now when you started it? We’re your expectations surpassed? Disappointed?

Jay Smouse

I didn’t expect to get this far. I had a few ups and downs, not knowing whether to continue or quit, but all of the support kept me going. My expectations were maybe 10 followers, and I have 25 now. Again, thank you guys so much for your support.

Thank you guys again!

~Riley~

Posted in Extras, Miscellaneous

How Many Likes Can This Get?

Here is another graph I made on this blog’s stats

Man, just seeing this makes me like, thank you guys so much. All of the support you guys give me is amazing, and I hope to grow this blog even more in the years to come. Thanks so much!

And as a throwback to my old posts,

Peace Out ✌🏻