The Great Lucky Paper Radio Retroactive Annotation Project

Thank you for your interest in helping us annotate old episodes of the show. Consistent metadata about each episode will make it easier for listeners to explore the back catalog, and perhaps most importantly having inconsistent notations between episodes is really bugging Andy 😅.

Credit

You will be credited by name or handle with a link to your Cube Cobra page on every episode you help annotate. Your credit will remain on the site until the heat death of the universe, or at least as long as Lucky Paper exists in any capacity.

Process

For each episode we have to pieces of meta-data: timestamps for key topics, and a list of every card mentioned so listeners can follow along or reference rules text.

  1. Claim an episode with Anthony via Discord, Twitter DMs, or by emailing [email protected] Wait for confirmation that your claim has been recorded before you start!
  2. After confirmation, check this spreadsheet, or the episode’s page on the website, to see what metadata is missing for your chosen episode. We began adding timestamps, listed contents of the pack 1, pick 1, and a full list of cards mentioned at different times, so some episodes are already partially done.
  3. Make a copy of this Google Sheets template. (Example completed sheet)
  4. Listen to the episode, noting timestamps of major topic changes, every Magic card mentioned (including the pack 1 pick 1). Please try to minimize typos and misspellings as much as possible, as each one will need to be fixed manually. If you have any questions or confusion about individual timestamps or cards, feel free to add a column with notes and leave a timestamp.
  5. If there are any other issues with the episode, such as the overall volume being noticeably quiet, wide volume fluctuations, or editing mistakes, please note those as well.
  6. Once you’ve completed the annotations, send them to Anthony. You’re all done!
Timestamp Guidelines

Timestamps consist of a time and a label. Very simple!

  • Create as many or as few timestamps as you think are appropriate for the episode’s contents. Take a look at old episodes to get a sense. Oftentimes segments of the conversation will be broken up by a stinger, but not always. When I hear a stinger, I’ll usually note the time, then come up with a label afterwards, as I am listening.
  • Timestamps should be points where listeners have a plausible reason to jump to a segment like major topic changes. The very beginning and outros aren’t necessary.
  • Segment labels should be title case. This tool can do that automatically for you.
Cards Mentioned

Cards are listed by the full english card name, optionally they may have a specific set, and be broken up into groups with optional headings.

  • The cards should be in chronological order, as mentioned in the episode.
  • Additional groups with headings can be added. We use this almost exclusively to separate a pack when we do a pack 1, pick 1. To add a group, add a label in the heading column and a url to the cube if relevant, and leave the card name and set columns blank on that row. If it’s a p1p1 set, add another ‘(main topic)’ heading after the pack so I know to separate it with a space.
  • Please do your best to note every single card mentioned, even if it’s mentioned by a nickname, e.g. “Oko” → “Oko, Thief of Crowns” or “Bob” → “Dark Confidant”
  • The set code is optional. Occasionally we’ll call out a specific printing or illustration, but is otherwise not necessary. Feel free to specify a version if you have a favorite printing though!
  • If a mention is ambiguous, add a note the card name column with a timestamp.
  • If a card is mentioned multiple times in relatively rapid succession there is no need to note it multiple times. However, if a card is discussed in two very different conversations within the episode, it’s usually best to note it both times. A good rule of thumb is if 12 or more cards have been mentioned in the interim, note it again.
Resources
Thank You!

We really appreciate if you’re able to contribute. The show has been a joy to make. We’re constantly looking to improve it and we’re grateful to our wonderful listeners who are willing to take the time to help us do that. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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