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Radio Free Burrito 38c: Another Not A Radio Free Burrito

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Bent LeiaHow about another Not A Radio Free Burrito?

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114 Responses to “Radio Free Burrito 38c: Another Not A Radio Free Burrito”

  1. Stephen Staver says:

    I’m really enjoying the “not a RFB” casts. πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing these with us, Wil!

  2. Nick Heller says:

    I am rather enjoying the “Mini Burritos” recently. This podcast made me realize how long it’s been since I’ve played one of my favorite Tabletop games, Powergrid. Will have to sit down this week and have another go. Thanks for continuing the podcast.

  3. ben says:

    I enjoy hearing the new RFB’s – I went back and listened to all of your archives a while back.
    I have no preference of the material you cover, but like the creative output you put out.
    Don’t let the “bad” internet get to you.

  4. sean bonner says:

    Love these mini updates and have been thinking of doing something similar with Viva Riot but I’m still wrestling with just talking to myself and not sure I’ve found a voice for it. But really glad you are pushing people back to this kind of interaction. gooooo!

  5. Justin says:

    Dearest Wil,

    As requested, a comment.

    I quite enjoyed the episode. It’s all interesting, man. I very much agree with you on the recent trend in horror movies, so it’s refreshing to hear that IT FOLLOWS and SPRING are worth watching. They’ve jumped to the top of the must-watch list.

    Thanks for the entertainment!

    • Jochen says:

      Yeah, me too.

      It’s always an inspiration to hear from your work.

      I like the small episodes as well as the “normal” ones.

      I also like to re-listen older episodes of RFB from time to time.

      Keep up the good work!

  6. I think these are great. You are an awesome storyteller, even when it’s just little updates and anecdotes. I also find a lot of what you say is something that I can relate to and inspires me to write, play more games, exercise and more to pass time while waiting for tomorrow’s episode of Titansgrave to drop.

    As an aside, I’ve seen you talk about people being dicks to you and Anne and so I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate the hard work that you do and that I think you and Anne are the kind of people I can look up to. Thanks for being you!

  7. Jen says:

    Love that you’re podcasting again. The short podcasts are better than no podcasts at all. Thanks for the movie reviews. Been wanting some new ones to watch and you’ve given some great suggestions. Thanks Wil!

  8. 2Tea says:

    I find what you’re doing inspiring, particularly combined with that openness.
    it’s been a while that I wanted to express my gratitude, and I’m glad you’ve invited listeners to comment, so I feel I’m not imposing.
    I have CPTSD (you might heard about DID), and the Idea of listening to someone that suffers from the “what wires together fires together” functioning and able to articulate sincerely the complexity of being human is beautiful and reassuring.
    many of those little stories of your inner monologue/narrative, bring me back to my self, my true self, the artist, the one who loves to contemplate ideas, nature, colours and sounds.
    To do those thing for my own sake because I love the process, recording, painting, and who knows maybe I’ll start writing again…
    My condition prevents me from socializing, and your attitude is safe enough for me to read and/or listen to, which is kind of a rarity.

    It’s nice to remember it’s ok to have opinions πŸ™‚

    thank you for sharing, wil. I really mean it.

    as a former blogger, and a person.

  9. Matthew Basford says:

    Hi Wil, like always love hearing your podcast. The fact that you put the time & effort into giving back to the fans is awesome, cos really you don’t have to but you do. I just love hearing what you have to say in general, as much as you probably don’t like to think, you are an icon to a lot of people & i am one of them. So most things you say inspire me in one way or another. So thanks again & cant wait for the next RFB

  10. David Betz says:

    I enjoy RFB, long form or short form. You keep making them, I’ll keep listening. Thank for sharing.

  11. Jamison says:

    Love the short podcasts. Sometimes don’t have time (or attention span) for longer ones. Even though it’s tough on you, it’s refreshing to hear that you also struggle with questions about who we are and what we do with our lives. I appreciate the openness, and I think it helps those around you. I know it’s inspired me to try some creative activities, despite not being phenomenally good at it.

    You asked for suggestions and ideas, so here’s one for you. I love your storytelling, and I think it would be fun to challenge yourself to writing a story based on the inspiration and parameters of your fans. But with a twist. Ask for people to send you photos of landscapes or still life. Pictures that don’t include any people or animals in them. Then pick a dozen or so and weave a story around the images, and include the images embedded in the story. Or if you don’t want to open it up to all of fandom, maybe just seek out some friends that take some cool scenery shots.

  12. Penny Lane says:

    Really enjoyed the podcast. And I deeply related to the part about having to reset yourself, because that’s where I’ve found myself recently. I’ve gained 20 pounds in a year, I’m not doing anything interesting with my life, and feel like I’ve hit a creative dead end. I just reached the point where I realized, I’ve got to change some shit.

  13. Heather says:

    I like the conversational not burritos you have started doing. For all that everyone has an opinion on what you should be doing, it boils down to we like listening to you. So ramble on, long or short, you are still pretty damn entertaining.

    • Erica B says:

      ^This. This is pretty much what I wanted to say. Its just a pleasure to listen to you say whatever, doesn’t have to be formal or even carefully planned. Read the dictionary- people will still listen.
      I love the tone of these types of podcasts as I listen in the car because it feels like having a conversation, albeit one-way.

      I like the idea another poster suggested asking for out of context photos and making a thing around that. The Doubleclicks made a music video that way, and it came out really well. Here’s the trick so you dont get inundated: Mention it at the tail end of the pod after the exit music (if any) in that super secret space that many dont listen to. Its where all the cool kids hang out.

      Also don’t be a dick day is coming up. Any exciting plans for this year? I think you should walk around in your cape of dicks-everywhere you go

  14. Kai Herrmann says:

    I enjoyed this Radio Free Burrito that is Not A Radio Free Burrito.

    Maybe it’s simply that you like what you’re doing and you like talking about it. Coupled with the fact that you have become very good at talking about stuff that is meaningful to you, the outcome is so enjoyable.

  15. Sherman Dorn says:

    I like Nick’s term “mini-burrito,” though podcast dim sum* is what came to mind as I was listening.

    Yes, recharge. This is the second tinfoil-free taquito* in which you’ve mentioned you need time for yourself. So take your advice, okay? What I tell some colleagues who do not self-advocate enough is that there is a concept I call appropriate selfishness–not being a jerk but taking enough time for yourself to be productive in the long term.

    One comment on the intensity of gaming videos you’ve been doing: the larger point is the infectious love for play. But there’s a little more that’s come out in Titansgrave — the skill of a GM who makes the mechanics disappear in the story. I just downloaded the Fantasy AGE rulebook, and I was struck by a significant gap between the details of the system and how that just stays in the background in the series (thus far). Best demonstration of GM’ing I’ve ever seen — yes, with the magic of editing. But still — huge kudos to everyone in the production, to make good gaming coming alive. Huge food for thought in terms of gaming, in terms of how to create a great experience in general.

    Gotta be some better terms out there.

  16. Michael Presson says:

    I too am enjoying the not burritos, and you are absolutely right to take the time to do what you need to do to be happy. I know myself how when your hobby and job overlap it can make one feel like the other and leave you nothing to relax with.

    I completely agree with what you said about tabletop, introducing people to games is something not done in many places so is a very valuable service. Hardcore gamers are more than capable of sorting their own collections out.

    As for future content, I quite like it when you talk about the films and whatnot you have enjoyed. Maybe some more film and book reviews? You do a fair amount of audio book narration, maybe a behind the scenes on what it’s like doing them?

    Whatever you choose to do I’ll be sure to tune in.

  17. Christian says:

    Hi Will,
    I also enjoy These short ramblings πŸ˜‰
    But I’m nontheless looking forward to a “real” burrito!

  18. Chelle says:

    Thoroughly enjoying the Not a Radio Free Burritos; I smiled the who time. You weave a fun, interesting and often meaningful tale (or 5).

  19. Scott says:

    Loving the return of The Burrito. Great to hear you talking again. Structured or unstructured is fine. I particularly enjoyed hearing about your process for constructing the Tabletop show. Also love hearing your personal anecdotes. Having Ann on a few months back is super fun too. You’re a leg (pronounced Ledge, which is short die legend here in Australia). Don’t let bastards get you down. You’re a beacon of humour, intelligence and humanity. Keep bring that.

  20. Herman says:

    One of the reasons I listen to (quite a few) podcasts like this one is that it gives an insight in the regular life of people that otherwise are out of reach, the same goes for most of the Tested podcasts. The nice thing is that you (Wil) can control the flow (and amount) of β€œpersonal” information you release, no need for assholes spying on you with cameras and fake stories.

    Although this might seem β€œcreepy”, but living in the Netherlands is rather different than living in the US, and problems like Gamergate and such are totally unknown over here. Most of the time the problems you guys are experience will come to Europe with some delay, so reading and listening to how you cope with things like that is very interesting.

    Besides all that I like to hear about other peoples creative processes. I always have a lot of ideas for making games or writing books, most of the time I end up writing down the key points about that idea (in various degrees of detail), but finishing the idea into a real story or product seems to be one step to far. So by listening to other peoples processes might inspire me to take that next step πŸ™‚

    Thank you for making these podcasts, and please continue doing so πŸ™‚

  21. Kenneth says:

    Hi Wil, I’m really glad that you’re uploading podcasts again. It doesn’t matter if they are burritos or “mini-burritos”, just hearing whatever you have to say is enough! I hope that you benefit in some way from making these too. so it isn’t completely a waste of time from your end.

  22. Chris Waller says:

    I’m loving hearing about you “reinvesting” in yourself and what you feel is important. As someone that recently made similar decisions in my own life it really resonates.
    Keep up the good works!

  23. Michael Young says:

    Keep up the awesome work. Love listening to the podcast! Keep your head up and don’t let the trolls get to you!


  24. Erich says:


    Love these little updates. It’s always interesting to hear your thoughts on the different things that are going on in your world, but the world around us. It’s especially interesting to me because often your thoughts line up with mine, which makes me feel less crazy.

    Keep up the good work. You are doing things for yourself and your family, which sometimes is not always the easiest. Thanks for sharing your life with those of us who are interested and truly enjoy it.

    My buddy and I who are going to GenCon got really hooked on board games because of Tabletop. Had these been super crazy strategic games we would have still been intrigued, but the format that you do is something that makes complete sense. And now we are really digging Titansgrave and are looking forward to the continuation of the story as well as the Q&A session at GenCon! We would love to buy you a beer (you said less beer, not cutting beer out completely) if you had the time or interest!

  25. Jessica says:

    Love the mini episodes – particularly love the movie/game/TV/podcast suggestions!

  26. Mick says:

    Totally agree with your comments on social media and how it has change how people interact on-line.

    Also, hearing the name of that movie – Spring – led my brain to a really strange place. I started imagining jump scares to this

    Then I remembered Springy the Springfield Spring. And imagined him as a horror villain.

    And then I collapsed into giggles. So thanks for that.

  27. Bill says:


    I’m enjoying your recent entries into the RFB. I actually missed you while you were gone.

    I’ve been listening to your ponderings for about six months now, and I enjoy listening to a fellow creative soul wrestling with the decisions about the creative process, deciding what to pursue and dealing with those questions which haunt most artists. Sounds as if you’ve found a way to support yourself doing what you love. Kudos!

    I’ll be taking a road trip to Portland in a couple weeks… So I’ll keep my eyes peeled for ya… chuckling

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Sounds like you’re enjoying it, and we’re enjoying following along.

  28. Ted says:

    I have just stumbled upon this podcast and I love it. I have been thinking about getting back into RPG’s such as D&D as a way to get my sons (who are 17 & 10) to have fun together and be imaginative.

    The reboot idea is also fantastic. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day that you lose sight of taking care of yourself physically and mentally.

  29. Allen W. says:

    Mr. Wheaton,
    Really enjoy these stream of consciousness podcasts, they are a lot of fun. It is great that you take time from your busy schedule just to make these for we the fans. We are nearly the same age and you have been an entertainer for me since Stand By Me. Keep up the great work, Peace And Long Life.

  30. Rob A. says:

    I am also enjoying these shorter, not-burrito episodes. I get a lot of value from the shorter and more freeform conversational recordings.

  31. Bill Paine says:

    Hey Wil,
    Thanks for these shorter snippets. I listen to a variety of podcasts. It’s nice to listen to you in a produced format with a a theme as well as the brief free form. It’s all good.

  32. Britney C. says:

    Hi Wil,

    Just wanted to drop by and say I enjoy Radio Free Burrito. I’m a long time listener and it’s been cool to see more posts in the last few months. I enjoy the well thought-out/produced podcasts, but I also really enjoy the short podcasts (like this one). Thanks for sharing about your creative process. It’s inspiring!

    Titansgrave is a great show and it’s cool to hear you talk about writing and producing it here on Radio Free Burrito.


  33. beowuff says:

    I’m enjoying the not RFB casts. I like to hear your thoughts on other games that can’t be included in Table Top. I also like to hear about some of the new things your trying, like the image manipulation and playing with music.

  34. Allen says:

    Hi Wil,

    I discovered RFB about six months ago and spent about a week just binge listening to every episode. I’m now constantly checking back for new episodes.

    I’ve enjoyed everything you’ve done and talked about. Every time I listen, my mind gets rolling on some of the things you talk about and I get inspired to write, which is something that has been hard for me to do for the last few years.

    I particularly enjoy your stories about the normal, every day things that you manage to derive so much meaning from. It helps me to look for those things in my own life.

    I love Titansgrave and Table Top as well.

    Thanks for all you put out into the world!


  35. Kat says:

    I really love watching Titansgrave, and I hope that the RPG Show will come back in the future. Your GM style is great and entertaining!

  36. Keep doing this man, its good. We are listening. I will admit it’s not until recently I discovered you did these audio-podcasts. I am sometimes on the run or playing video games in my stream so I usually prefer audio so I don’t get visually distracted. Also I can relate to some of the first world geek problems you mentioned. I have been so involved in getting my stream known and playing video games while talking to people life its starting to turn what my hobby is to work. So now I also feel when I want to whined down I can’t cause I don’t feel like playing video games. As for media, we created such a fast amount of data collection sites we are like the NSA. With so much data and no way to compile it. So many opinions, no way to personalize a response or be more one on my new with people like in the blog days. It’s one of the reasons I live in Reddit and sometimes twitter because it feels closer to a blog community.

    Anyway, brother keep doing your thing I will listen.

  37. Erik says:

    Since you asked for feedback, I’ll say I like burritos of all sizes. That is to say, full RFB episodes and these “mini burritos”, as Nick calls them.

    I’d love to hear more about what you’re doing in terms of working out. I’m a nerd/geek guy who picked up running rather late in life, but it’s been amazingly beneficial for me in ways I never expected. I really like trail running as it brings out the playful side of running more than a road or track. What I’d really like to hear from you about is how the “nerd vs. jock” side of phyical activity influences what you do. I know the clicks formed heavily influenced my ability to feel like I fit in with any group growing up. I played a few sports, so I always felt like while the nerd/geek groups accepted me it was never really as one of their own. The athletes were less accepting, I played well enought they were fine with me on their team but very few ever wanted to so much as talk to me outside of team activities. While that divide is much smaller among adults, I still feel like too many of the more creative and intelligent people are pushed away from and/or scared of physical activity and healthy living. I’ve already gone on long enough – hopefully you’re willing to share your thoughts.

  38. Brandi Clark says:

    I really dug the outtro experiment, which I find could easily be in a proper psychological horror thriller movie film.

  39. Derrick says:

    I love your pod casts, burrito or not. No matter what you are talking about, even if it may seem trivial to you, I enjoy hearing the opinions and ideas of those I respect. Several episodes ago you talked about the importance of ‘making a thing’ and that resonated with me. I have been trying to find ways to get in touch with my creativity and that is thanks to you.

  40. Eddie says:

    I love the casualness of the podcast. That’s also what I like about Chris Hardwick’s podcast. Keep up the awesome work and play more games!

  41. Ben says:

    loving these recent episodes. I would be very happy for these to continue, you are very compelling talker.

  42. Tokind says:

    Wil, a few minutes of “Not Radio Free Burrito” is a pleasing alternative to silence. I enjoy listening to you trying (and most frequently succeeding) not to be a dick. Stories are interesting. Please don’t stop.

  43. Filavirus says:

    I liked the audio file and could stand to hear more. It reminded me of the band Skinny Puppy. The movie reviews reminded me of the film Sunshine. That movie was a masterpiece in the making for the first two acts and then it fell to pieces in the final. I’ve rewritten the end of that movie in my head a dozen times.

  44. AvgSupermom says:

    Hey Uncle Wil! I’ve been feeling kind of shit the last week or so because I’ve been having dental issues. Yesterday I got them taken care of (sort of..emergency root canals suck, btw) and last night, as I was trying to sleep I was listening to your latest not exactly episodes of RFB.

    Then, as I was drifting off, I heard this noise that literally made me sit up and scream, “OMG WTF BBQ JESUS GRAPES!”

    Yeah. Nine Lives is not my thing, but it’s..interesting. πŸ™‚

    Keep it up.

    Live long and prosper.

  45. Scotto says:

    Hey Wil,

    I’m a newcomer to your podcasts so I can’t compare it to your regular cast but I like what you’re doing. Like another commenter said, you’re a natural storyteller. Your short stripped-down podcast reminds me a lot of Richard Vobes’s “The Naked Englishman”.

    BTW, I’m immensely enjoying your narration of Ernie Cline’s Armada. You nail the voices and mood perfectly. I was on the fence about buying the book, but after seeing that you’re doing the narration, and having also enjoyed you on Scalzi’s Lock In, buying it was a no-brainer. Please x 10^10th power do more narrations. They make the story exponentially better.


  46. Travis Patton says:

    This episode was great, did miss the guy at the beginning. I was wondering though, is Titans Grave online somewhere or not available yet? Would like to get into some new things and that sounds interesting! I, like others have realized that I’ve neglected a lot of my old table top games and should get back into them.

  47. Scott Langdon says:

    Loving the burrito-bites Wil. Tastes great, and less filling.

  48. T.J. says:

    Hey Wil, you asked for it so I will do my best to deliver. I enjoy hearing about what projects you are working on even if you have to dance around it due to NDA’s. I find that a lot of the stuff you are in/into aligns with my interests. Specifically; acting/voice roles, tabletop, politics, and I am severely enjoying TitansGrave!

    You also asked to point you to things you might be interested in, and since you brought up magic and possibly getting into it again I would like to point you my friend Brian Brushwood. He is a educational magician, that is to say he uses his knowledge to help others not get fooled by others or learn about specific tricks. Search YouTube for Scam School, if you like it you can delve deeper into his (and friends) variety of podcasts.

  49. Jan says:

    Hi Wil,

    i really enjoy your not-a-radio-free-burritos almost as much as i did enjoy the normal free burritos. They are just a bit short, but with this frequency that doesn’t really matter. Since you asked yo nice, i thought i write a few sentences, although it is kinda hard for me since i grew up thinking in twitter-length instead of blog length and english is a second language to me. So sorry for potential gibberish.

    What i really like about your podcast, and i am aware that that may be a bit disappointing for you, is that you share the events in your day to day life with us. Not only is it always nice to hear, that famous people are normal people too, but also as a father and as a writer i find your views on these topics very inspirational. It helps with your own struggle to hear, that others struggle too from time to time. So thank you very much. I listen to quite a lot of podcast, but besides “stuff you missed in history class” yours is the only english one i listen.

    That soundscapy-thing in the end was nice. It strongly reminded me of mulholland drive, which is a good thing and a bad thing, because now i have to think about that guy behind the wall.

    So please keep up and know that every time you upload a new episode and my phone says “there’s a new burrito” you cast a smile on my face even before i’ve listened to it.

    best wishes from germany

  50. Scott petrone says:

    Loving the mini burritos Wil. Never mind hearing you expound on your world and what’s going on. It’s been rather inspirational as I’ve been coping with simular problems. Keep up the good work Wil.


  51. Ira says:

    Hi Wil.

    I think the shorter episodes are great. I think the main reason it works is that it’s more conversational and less, I don’t know, it’s hard to say, less scripted maybe or just more natural. Less like a thing you “made” and and more like a thing you are sharing with us casually over a pint, just catching up.

    Not to be ignored, is how it seems to make YOU feel, which as you say, you enjoy it more. This is maybe the most important thing of all, because while you have a lot of people listening I assume, this is your thing.

    Speaking of having a pint. I really wanted to thank you for talking about healthier choices that you’re making and how much better you feel. As somebody struggling with this myself, I really appreciate hearing your take. I can safely say I enjoy good beer as much as you do, so I know firsthand how difficult it is to scale back, especially in the face of so many freaking good beers around.

    Keep being awesome.

  52. Brian says:

    I don’t consider myself a creative type at all but I very much enjoy hearing your perspectives and your honest sharing. It’s interesting to get to know you a bit even though it’s only one-sided.

    I am glad you’re finding some time, however much it is, to do these podcasts again and appreciate them.

    I’m also LOVING Titansgrave! I realize it’s not likely a typical experience for these games because of all the extra time and effort put in as well as the talent in the room but it has certainly inspired me to want to try to get into these types of games with my young family once they’re able to participate.

    Thanks for all your sharing.

  53. matt says:

    Hi Wil, I’m loving the podcasteven in this form, almost especially in this form, because this is a little less produced, it feels a little more intimat. Your podcvast was always intimate, but this feels slightly more conversational as many others have pointed out. You speak to my interests, so I’ll follow where you go, but wanted to let you know, I’m glad you’re back!

  54. Chris Condon says:


    I enjoy these informal podcasts. It’s just a slice of life and update on what has been going on with an old friend I’ve never met (if that makes any sense).

    Also, if you are into this sort of thing, I recommend silent movies on occasion for at-home movie nights. Some of them are super-entertaining and visually amazing for the time, and you can talk about the movie with each other while it’s going on without really distracting from it.

    In particular, The Thief of Bagdad (1924) on Amazon and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) on Netflix are great. Or anything with Buster Keaton, especially The General.

    Most of these are on, too, but the quality on the commercially streamed versions is better for a TV-size screen.

    Oh, any hey, waaaaaay back in the day you talked about your Fitbit and your recommendation in part convinced me to get one. It has been a big help in me reaching my weight-loss goals, so thanks! 10K steps a day, baby!


  55. Eric says:


    I very much sympathize with your comment about turning hobbies that you love into jobs. I’ve have managed to do that with several hobbies/interests – web dev, scale modeling, and Formula 1 – into a mix of full time jobs. I also then found it very difficult to enjoy these things as just hobbies, especially when comparing my ‘hobby’ work to other’s work in the same area.

    It does get a bit depressing… even to the point of not wanting to participate in the hobby as much or at all.

    I’ve not managed to find a way to balance the work and hobby aspects yet. Especially since I seem to spend most of my time in the ‘job’ aspect which allows others to share their love of the hobby. I feel a greater responsibility to their needs than I perhaps do for my own.

    Maybe I’ll find a way someday.

    Thanks for the not a burrito podcasts… perhaps you should call them taquitos or something…



  56. David Mackie says:

    Hi Wil,
    I have really enjoyed the mini-burritos you published this month. Your commentary on movies, books, games, internet-goings-ons is always interesting and insightful. I’m looking forward to the next one!

    The segment where you describe your decision to reconnect with your creative self has inspired me to do the same – thanks for that!

    Wishing you all the best,

  57. I very much like these episodes. Especially the openness about struggling with depression. As a dude with bipolar disorder who’s been on a big down swing lately, it’s nice to know that somebody with similar obstacles has succeeded in life. Also, it’s awesome that you make strange music.
    I can also, relate to the making you hobby your work feeling. I’ve tried to be a musician (being in bands, putting out records, playing shows, etc.) and the business side of it has all but ruined the music side. I just get real discouraged when I start to write something and the first thoughts I have are about what album I’d put it on. How would I sell that album? I have to play it at shows. And so on. It’s a real bummer.
    Anyway, I really dig what you do. Cheers.

  58. chinkleDC says:

    A comment, good sir? But of course! I really have enjoyed these shorter not-a-RFB podcasts, and I’m glad that you’ve given yourself permission to not have to make everything a Big Deal ™.

    Since your writing introduced me to Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist world several years ago, I have become a big fan of his; so I was particularly stoked to hear about your double date. πŸ™‚ How fun! Can’t wait to see you on @midnight again.

    And super thanks for doing the Titansgrave show. I honestly am not a gamer, although I did play a bit of D&D as a kid (I’m a year younger than you), so I didn’t think I’d get into the show, but I absolutely love it. You and Ryan should be proud!

  59. Lynn Bethke says:

    Another voice for those really enjoying the short podcasts.

    Just the mention of It Follows creeps me out. The Babadook is another recent horror type movie that I really enjoyed that you might consider checking out.

    Also, as someone who has never played a Titansgrave style RPG, I adore Titansgrave. The story is great, the players are great, the editing is fabulous, and I love how you fit the players’ decisions into the story arc.

    Thanks for putting these things out into the world.

  60. John Frazier says:

    Wil! If you like trippy datamoshed ambient, I suggest you seek out Paulstretch – an open-source audio-stretcher that can take regular music and slow them down by hundreds of times. The resulting file is enormous, but the soundscape is amazing. I stretched Toad the Wet Sproket’s Something’s Always Wrong to 1/20th the speed. It’s recognizable – barely – but incredibly haunting.

  61. William says:

    I like the shorter podcasts. Easy to find time to listen.

  62. Molly says:

    Hey Wil,

    Loving that you’re back doing the NotRFB thing. I missed them. The Nine Lives piece was freaky as hell.
    I love that you’re not afraid to put your feelings out there for people to comment on and I’m so impressed that you can identify that you’re feeling crappy and try out things to help you not feel like that. I’m glad to hear that the changes you’ve made seem to be working.
    I wonder if you’ve ever heard of Derren Brown? He’s a British magician/illusionist/mentalist who is fantastic. You can check out some of the shows he’s done for Channel 4 on Youtube:
    His stuff is really impressive.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!

  63. Elizabeth McKee says:

    It makes me so happy when I see there is a new radio free burrito no matter the size!

    I do like hearing your film/TV/book recommendations (It Follows did not disappoint) and your openness about your struggles with depression has really helped me in my life. I love reading your blog but it is nice to literally hear what you have to say sometimes.

  64. Crazy Tea says:

    Love the short recordings. Feels more like a conversation then a show and that’s a good thing. I’m digging the movie talk and game talk too, I quickly looked up several the items you brought up.

    What I would like to hear, and I believe you did this a few post back, is that original story you wrote and read. If you had more of those that’d be rad. Got myself in the mood to pick the pen back up. Keep crushing it Wil.

  65. Kelley McKay says:

    I just want to throw my appreciation of your openness about depression, anxiety, and general life angst. Your writing has helped me to realize I should try not to hate myself, and that I need to make time to pursue the things that I like. Don’t shut up, Wil.

  66. Stephen says:

    Hey, Wil, this is totally an actual episode of RFB. You committed time to make a thing and you did it. That’s awesome. I’ve been working on creative things my whole life too, but I have a full-time job and, sometimes, when I get home, I just want to be entertained and not create. I enjoy your books and Table Top. Whatever you want to include in RFB is just icing. “Nine Lives” is pretty funky.

    You’ve inspired me to create (really, edit) something. My friend, Jeff, and I made some cheesy superhero movies when we were teenagers. Now that we have the technology, I’m going to go back and edit them and add some special effects. Even if I don’t share them with other people, I think it will be fun.

  67. Scott says:

    I would tune in to hear you read the assembly instructions of Ikea furniture. So glad you’re doing these Mini-notRFBs

  68. Shane says:

    Per Mr. Wheaton’s Request:
    I’m really enjoying this whole podcast thingy. I’ve been listening on the website. And I really do like listening to the sort of inane ramblings of all-grown-up Wesley Crusher. I’d love for you, Wil, to film you playing 40k, or talking about hardcore tabletop on a personal channel, just like a side thing for hardcore gamers that actually are fans. You don’t have to like break your spirit making it perfect or anything, it would just be cool to see.

    The Doctor

  69. Adrian Bruce says:

    Short podcasts are just as good as long ones…

    WRT: Ambient Music production: Maybe you should check out SuperCollider ( . It is a free, modern computer music, graphic tool IDE for doing “Computer Music”. Like a guy in Turkey (with source code) did the THX DEEP NOTE theme in under 140 characters! See

    Lots of samples for mangling sound and stuff.

    Computer Music is an academic field I spent decades involved with… its isn’t rock and roll, but can be applied in whatever direction you want to take it…

    I do metal and electronic stuff, but have Super Collider set up too….

  70. Bastian Balthazar Bux says:

    I enjoy the off-the-cuff recommendations and shorter format. I don’t have much time to research cool new movies, books, games, etc. so it’s nice to have a trusted source to give ideas now and then when I free up and have a chance to relax.

    Just a note on exercise routine (hey, I figured I’ve received plenty of good recommendations from you that I can do a good deed and give you one back in return!), you should check out buying a Concept 2 rowing machine for your home. It’s been AMAZING for me (a busy professional and Dad). I seem to remember reading that you had a bum knee or hip from Happiest Days of Our Lives (or maybe on the blog), and the row workout is no impact, burns lots of calories, and works out nearly every muscle in your body. Better yet, you never need to leave the house and risk running into well-wishers, paparazzi, etc. I have a TV/sound system set-up in my garage where I can row and then geek out and watch stuff my wife won’t watch (sci-fi, Rush concerts, etc.) AND get a great workout at the same time. Best way to start the day.

    Anyway, I swear, no commission and no affiliation with the brand; just an enthusiast. The rowing machine could help you lose the remaining 4 pounds and create a sustainable exercise habit that will last well into old age.

    Have a blast with the creative process in August!

    PS – Really enjoying Titansgrave. I have no time to RPG so it’s fun to watch it vicariously.

  71. Cole says:

    Thanks Wil for the as always entertaining things that you do. I am really enjoying these little mini not episodes. Your thought processes and words that you have expressed in these few small “not” episodes have really inspired me to do the things that really make me happy, and much like you get in touch with my inner creative self again to really find out what the real me wants. As well as to finish some of the projects that I started years ago. you have probably heard this a lot, but dammit it is true. Anyways I hope you have a great creative August, and play plenty of games! hopefully mine when I finish it πŸ˜‰ lol

    PS- thank you for the recommendation for Spring I made sure to watch it and you were not kidding it was a really great movie, oh yea and Titansgrave kicks total ass I await every episode!

  72. Martin says:

    Hi Wil,
    I’m enjoying the RFB. Nice to hear you talk about what’s going on and general non-business stuff.

  73. Rob c says:

    Enjoy listening to you. Your a good story teller and often make interesting observations about life. We have depression and anxiety in common so it can be helpful when you talk about that. I have also followed only one commandment before I heard you say it and that is don’t be a dick.

  74. Michelle says:

    Hi Wil,

    Thank you for all the RFB and NRFB! I really appreciate how you open up and talk about your anxiety and depression. It helps me understand that I am not alone and I should not be afraid of seeking out help. I constantly go back and forth (which sound silly as I write this comment). Please keep the episodes coming!

  75. William says:

    This is the first time I’ve listened to Radio Free Burrito. I’ve been looking for more podcasts that aren’t celebrity interviews, and I think this is exactly the sort of thing I’m looking for. I want to hear interesting people talk about interesting things in their own unique voice, and this seems like just that.

    I’ve been inspired by you and your work a lot lately, Wil, so it’s surprising I’ve taken this long to listen in.

    Coincidentally, the “website” link in this comment form made me realize how hopeless outdated and useless my own site is. I’ll fix that today. Thanks for the indirect inspiration!

  76. Larry says:

    I like to think of these shorter episodes as Radio Free Taco and who doesn’t love tacos? I’ve always preferred your spontaneous work as it allows your personality to shine through. Make things you love and the people that love the same things will keep coming back. Heavily produced and edited work is great but we already get a lot of that.

  77. Brian says:

    Hey Wil, honestly digging these shorter RFBs. The weird songs and old-timey commericals are fun, but I enjoy hearing about what’s going on with you and your thoughts on what is happening in the world.

    By the way, re: your comments about how “playing games for a living” has negatively impacted playing for fun, that is perfectly valid. Speaking as someone who turned an interest in computers into a career, there are nights when I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is touch a computer. You find ways to adapt.

    Thanks for all the awesome RFB goodness over the years.

  78. Brian says:

    Oh..and thanks for the reminder about how cool it is that I turned a hobby into my career. It’s one of the best things that’s happened to me and I tend to forget sometimes.

  79. Mark says:

    I’ve only just begun listening, so I haven’t heard an actual, full-length, RFB to compare it to. But I’ve really enjoyed the last three (38a-c) podcasts. They had a personal feel and were very easy to follow along with while I was getting a few other things done.

    That said I’ll be listening from 36 on later today, so I can give a more pertinent answer then. I have a feeling both will be great, but just to come full circle, I’ve definitely enjoyed the current format.

  80. Chris says:

    I always enjoy listening to your thoughts on stuff you are working on or just whatever is on your mind. I feel I have a very similar point of view of stuff as yourself.

    I also used to be really into magic stuff when I was a kid. My aunt would take me to this little corner magic shop in downtown Reno all the time to look at different kits and whatnot. That was always very fun for me.

  81. Adam says:

    Hi Wil,

    I didn’t really have anything to say about this show but I thought I’d add some positive energy to your day. My wife and I started playing board games because of Table Top and it’s been a great addition to our lives. We mainly play with just the two of us so it’s not usually the games you have on Table Top. We watch the shows together, we both eagerly await each episode of Ashes of Valkana, and our routine of walking to our local coffee shop to play Dominion was sorely missed when my wife was away on business last weekend. These “rituals” have become a time we bond and have fun together and remind me of another strong bonding experience I had when I was younger. You were there too although you don’t know it.

    Like many familes we would gather around the TV on Saturday to watch STNG and afterwards we’d discuss the characters and topics that were part of the episode. My parents, sisters, and aunt bonded over that time too. We’d learn details about who each other were/are as people through the show and through that appreaciate each other more. I know that your creative outlet is primarily entertainment but you have to know that in my life, and many others I’d imagine, you have entertained but also enriched lives. The least I can do to say thanks for that is come comment when asked πŸ™‚

    A friend,

  82. Justin L. says:

    I was very glad to see new episodes of Radio Free Burrito pop up in my podcast queue, even if they’re not technically episodes. I greatly enjoyed working my way through the older episodes earlier this year and was sad when I reached the end of the playlist. You have a very easy voice to listen to and can make even topics that I’m not typically interested in sound appealing, and I have looked into some of the items you’ve mentioned on here. Hope you continue to produce these podcasts, whether as full episodes or not. (And “Nine Lives” would definitely be a good fit for a horror movie down the line.) Keep up the good work.

  83. Matthew G. says:

    Just got finished listening to podcast 38c…”not another RFB” and you invited us to come to the site and tell us what you think.

    I really enjoyed it. I’ve liked most everything you’ve done but one of the best things about listening to your podcasts is hearing about the work you’re in the processing of doing. I’m trying to get myself back on track with writing again and hearing your words of “just make a thing” help me stay motivated.

    Great work, Wil.

  84. Ryan V says:

    Hey Wil !

    Just wanted to say glad to have you back. I really like both the Radio Free Burrito and the ‘not’ radio free burrito. I think whatever is easier and more fun for you to do is best.

    Have a good one.


  85. Thom P says:

    Really enjoying these not-a-burritos. πŸ™‚

    I’ve never sought out Much ambient music beyond what you’ve played on past RFBs. A favorite piece that I’ve gone back to several times was the piece you out under the story about the station fire smoke and the whoop-de-doos. After hearing your memories set to it, the song is now tied to hot quiet summer nights for me.

    A friend of mine sets up/hosts(?) noisecore shows at a local venue here, I don’t get it, but they tend to draw a crowd. Seems more installation art than music to me, but perhaps I haven’t given it a fair shake.

    I quite liked your musical piece, except the loud “sing-songy” part. I’m guessing that’s what you thought didn’t fit? Seemed too harsh and jarring for the context to me, but apart from that bit, I’d love to hear more.

    Thanks for sharing so much of your time with us.


  86. Kristian KjΓΈller says:

    I’ve noticed that I really enjoy when you do a “not” series. I’ve liked this as much as your not the flog.

    Since RFB is part of your creative output I don’t really care if you’re releasing it on a regular schedule. All I (yes, me the selfish guy) care about is that you want to make it.

  87. Benjamin Nielsen says:

    Hey Wil,

    As with most of the other people here on the comment sections, I like your recent non-RFB outputs.

    I found your podcast earlier this year and had been listening to all your entries over the span of a few days. I really enjoy listening to your stories about beer production, shit accidents etc, so please continue down that track.

    What I would like to see (but would not make such sense, perhaps, if you dont follow a regular schedule) would be an informal weekly/bi-monthly take on “nerdy” news or just news that impact you. As I come to think about it, RFB may not be the right outlet for that, but it sure would be interesting to listen to.

    Keep up your good work. It is really inspiring.

  88. Grahm Eberhardt says:

    I always enjoy hearing your thoughts on any topic because you approach everything with honesty. These smaller burritos are especially great because I can listen to them while I’m getting ready for work in the mornings. I guess that makes them breakfast burritos!

  89. Dave says:

    Dear wil,

    OK, I’ll finally comment after all these years. Thank you for your continued creative output. Keep making not-a-Radio Free Burrito, because it’s better than not making Radio Free Burrito. Besides, I want to hear your Peter Capaldi story! I’ve been reading the blog since its first year, and listening to your audio creations since you started posting them, so I think we know you well enough that we’re not too worried about “production.”

    That said, I look forward to reading Memories of the Future Volume 2. Please? I am your age, so watching Wesley was a mixed bag of emotion, particularly since it seemed in the first two seasons they couldn’t figure out whether you were an interesting character or a plot device. Since I can’t have new TNG episodes, I want a new take on old TNG episodes, with all of the snark that comes from reliving my youth misspent watching you in syndication. (Of course, now I watch you in syndication on Big Bang Theory, so old habits die hard.)

  90. Trent Dobbs says:

    A little late replying, but I have recently gotten wrapped up in an audio book about a VR world with a huge prize that some guy is currently narrating the F out of! Anyway, I do listen to the podcast and enjoy it whatever the format is! Thanks for creating such an interesting podcast.

  91. Alison says:

    Long or short, RFB is always interesting, entertaining and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your passions!

  92. Mike Trevino says:

    I’ve been listening to you for a while man and always find your output on RFB to be great listening. You have changed it up and that is fine. I have yet to hear a session I hate. There may be flat points, but all in all a good show.

  93. mimi/melissa says:

    Hi Wil,
    So yeah – I listen to RFB 100% of the time. It’s so easy for me to plug it in on my drive to work, and it’s a great way to start my morning. Full burritos, small burritos, it’s all good. We all love the conversational nature of it. I have to say though, we’ve enjoyed a long string of HOT DRY SUNNY days here, after a very long gloomy chilly wet spring. It’s glorious. It’s like California. So, it was kind of eerie listening to the music you made while driving to work on a 85 degree morning with not a cloud in the sky. We are living in the pool while it lasts. I hate weather guilt. However, if I lived somewhere it was sunny all the time, I’d spend the first 6 months outside in the pool.
    Anyway, I haven’t seen any scary movies lately. Have you seen the Babadook? I’ve been told to watch the babadook. I am very susceptible to the psychological scary movies and it breaks parts of my brain. I literally forced the husband to escort me to pee in the middle of the night after watching Paranormal Activity – and haven’t seen a scary movie since.
    I’m on the search for games for Claire to play – she’ll be 5 on Saturday and I am considering quirkle might be a good start, she’s excellent at math and colors and shapes. Smart kid. I’m sorry to say I haven’t watched as much tabletop as I want to have watched.
    So, maybe you could chat about how twitter is so full of venom? You and Anne seem to give so much attention (lately) to the worst part of twitter, who easily gains the most attention. It’s discouraging that all you seem to get is a waterfall of bullshit and you can’t or don’t get to see much positivity. #beardgate

    • wil says:

      Qwirkle is PERFECT for a 5 year-old. She will love it. Also holy shit Claire is 5.

      I wasn’t crazy about The Babadook, and it seems to be a pretty polarizing film. Parts of it were a little scary to me, but I was eventually just annoyed. Some other recommendations: It Follows, Spring, The Others, Haunter.

      • M says:

        Thanks! I’ll get quirkle. Five. I know, dude. Five.
        I will put the movies on my list, though I actually really prefer comedies and good comedy is much harder to come by, so… Think of me if you find something good. Have a great day!

  94. SIMON MILICH says:

    Hey Wil,

    I agree, the short form podcasts are a good substitute until you have the time/energy/creativity to do a “normal” one. Remember you have said previously, the idea is to make a thing, it doesn’t necessarily need to be perfect.

    I am trying to catch up on Titansgrave, only watched the first two eps so far, but there is only so much time during the day. What I have seen has been awesome, and you can never have too much Laura Bailey, haha. πŸ™‚

    This kind of “reset” you are talking about sounds interesting, it is something I might need to consider. Going through a bit of a stress/anxiety phase low at the moment, and it might help me break out of that a little sooner.

    Thanks for making this, best wishes to you and your family.


  95. Matthew Clark says:

    You asked for a comment about your most recent RFB. I just wanted to let you know that yes, I listen to the show and enjoy most of what you publish. Don’t worry so much about it–your instincts are doing just fine.

  96. Warren Tegg says:

    Hello from the UK!

    Wil, I’m loving the Not RFB podcasts, the shorter ones make it easier for me to listen in while working!

    I’m a huge fan of Tabletop and Titansgrave, I’ve never played an RPG before, but I need to get a campaign in my life, like, now! I’m going to order the books when they are available!

    Keep up the great work, if the short podcasts help you brain dump, then so be it, I’ll keep on listening!

    You’ve inspired me to start looking after myself a bit more, and get all of these creative ideas out of my head and into a notebook, which never leaves my side now.

    Thanks Wil, You’re AWESOME!

  97. Miltom Smith says:

    Hey Wil!
    Just wanted to say I’ve been listening to RFB for quite awhile now. Always enjoyed them! Maybe for these shorter ones you could call them hmmm “Burrito Bites”?

    Anyways, just wanted to say I’ve always enjoyed your blogs and your podcasts because it makes you more 3 dimensional. Let me explain, most of us see people on TV/Movies?Music and all we see is that. So, for some odd reason, its hard for us to see them as people sometimes.Most people would say “Hey! That’s Wil Wheaton, he was that kid in Stand By Me and Star Trek:TNG, he’s also been in some other stuff and didn’t he get eaten by a shark in Sharknado 2?” But then, you talk about all this other stuff going on with your life, your depression, your wife, your kids, etc…and we see that “Hey! This Wil guy is just like the rest of us really, he just has all this other cool stuff going on as well!”. JUst makes you seem more of a person and not just “that guy on the TV and the interwebs”. If that makes any sense.

    Oh, and for the record, I always thought Wesley Crusher was awesome. I wanted to BE him on TNG, or well, Riker because he seemed to get his fair share of the ladies. Ha!

    Take care, Wil!

  98. Bryan Hunter says:

    Hey Wil,
    Love the RFB broadcasts that you just ad lib, I think just being able to process through things without a script really just helps give insight to what you are going though… life.

    I’ve stumbled onto RFB due to having a lot of new free time on my hands and really just trying to tap into my creative side again. I have been trying to draw more and more and hopefully after my move, I hope to get back into photography and cinematography.

    I think listening to your slumps and triumphs of exploring your creative side has been supportive of me with my own ups and downs. So.. keep on truckin!


  99. Matt C says:

    Hi Wil,

    Another UK listener here. I’m a big fan of Tabletop and of Titansgrave, but have been a follower of yours through your blogs and books for a while now. I loved your appearances on Leverage and the Big Bang Theory as well as Eureka.

    As a fellow July 29er with my 40th birthday tomorrow, I’d like to say thanks (and Happy Birthday). You’ve inspired me to take better care of myself, write a little more, read a little more, and play (and run) more games.

    You are awesome!

    ~ Matt

  100. Garrick says:

    Please keep these up, sir! Because of Radio Free Burrito and Tabletop (Titans Grave especially) I’ve been working on my own RPG system and settings.

  101. Mike says:

    Thanks for creating content for us. Your creativity inspires me to try and be more assertive in my own life. Keep putting your thoughts out there.

  102. Brandon Lester says:

    After enjoying your parts on the Big Bang Theory and then watching the Wil Wheaton project I recently found this podcast. I have gone back and listened to back episodes and enjoy all the topics you have covered. I will listen to any topic you cover and if 10 min episodes means I get one or two a week I am all for it.

  103. Matty says:

    Just recently caught up with the podcasts. After you mentioned your love of the film Ex-Machina I wanted to lay out a recommendation.

    There is a new show on Channel 4 here in the UK called Humans, it’s set in a modem world like ours but robots or s they are called in the show “synths” can be bought for many uses from house work, to medical carer, or even in sex trade. I won’t say much else but if you loved Ex-Machina then I bet you would love Humans.

  104. Mike H. says:

    Hi Wil!
    I just wanted to let you know i really enjoy your RFB and NARFB episodes. You tweeting about new episodes when you started this back up several months ago is what introduced me to podcasts, now I spend all my time driving listening to them. I just wanted to let you know that your episodes always go to the top of my playlist.

    Have a great day!

  105. Lauri says:

    Always enjoy your podcasts! Our local office of 400+ employees closed last year/ Half of us got to keep our jobs but no work from home. So your podcasts are a great way to fill the loneliness of being a virtual employee.
    I had taken a break from twitter for a couple of weeks so just found these most recent NAFFB posts.
    Will miss you during August but totally understand the want to step back and recharge.
    Anyone have suggestions for similar type of podcasts to fill the void?

  106. Rowan says:

    Hi Will,
    Thankyou. Really, thankyou.
    So many people online and in face to face interaction are so disingenuous, but you talk about being a real person.
    You talking about nourishing your creative self really resonated with me, I’ve been studying graphic design for the last two years and I have just recently come to the realisation that the relentless pace of it is having a detrimental affect on me. This is not to say that GD is bad, but just the constant output has left me with so little that I find myself becoming irrational and short tempered. Listening to you talk I have been sketching just for myself, no direction, no expectation, just whatever comes to mind. It was remarkably freeing. Also, hearing you speak about taking up hobbies again also resonated, I love magic and desperately want to learn more, and always find myself longing to ballroom dance and go rock climbing. Maybe now is the time, no more delays, get out there.

    Thankyou for being real.

    The topic of what your topic should be? I really enjoy hearing you talk about life, work, what’s happening, genuine thoughts and feelings.
    I’ve only just found these podcasts but will most definitely be returning, whatever the format.

    Please, keep being you.

    Ps. You also have reminded me to keep exploring the great unknown, my curiosity is my greatest asset.

    Thankyou again,

  107. Jeremy Hidy says:

    I love the “short” format that you have come up with. It is actually easier to digest
    About your weight loss/gain: You should think of refined grains (or any concentrated/refined food) as Lembas, great for sustaining you with small quantities, but if you were to eat it in the quantity that you would eat regular food, you would slowly become Veruca Salt. (Not in a good way like the band, just less Purple Haze.)

  108. CG says:

    Wil – just discovered your blog, tabletop, and Titansgrave. I must say I really enjoy everything and hope you have a nice August off. See you in September!