The Little Metal Dog Show began back in April 2010 with an idea to produce a podcast on board games that did things a little differently. It took a while to decide the approach that would be taken, but soon an interview-based show quickly became the format to stick with. Each episode normally has a couple of interviews that could really cover any area from the world of gaming – as long as someone is interesting, they’re welcome to come on as a guest. From players and designers to mathematicians and film-makers, The Little Metal Dog Show looks far and wide for people who – above all else – have something interesting to say.
Michael Fox is a podcaster and writer by night, and pretty much the same by day. He is passionate about gaming of all kinds, his favourite games including Battlestar Galactica, Dixit and Power Grid. A total technology geek, he has far too many things with cables sitting underneath his television. As well as The Little Metal Dog Show, he also co-presents Joypod, a regular podcast that’s meant to be about video games but always ends up as a torrent of name calling and idiocy. If that sounds like your kind of thing, check it out at http://www.spong.com/joypod – it’s actually quite popular. When he doesn’t have a controller in his hand, he can often be found huddled around a table throwing dice and cards about trying to save the universe.
He is married to his brilliant and talented wife, Steph. She draws comics (and little metal dogs) and can occasionally be seen picking up wooden cubes off the floor, cursing. She is very very tolerant. Together they have a fish called PG who has an aversion to wooden penguins.
Chris Swaffer likes games and has done as far back as he can remember. Board, card, war, tabletop role-play, live-action role-play, computer, console, abstract conceptual: you name it, he’ll probably play it. Favourites include Ascension, Fury of Dracula, and “anything co-operative without a secret traitor mechanic”, but as the self-confessed games bicycle, he’ll play anything once, given half the chance. He is particularly fond of role-playing games, and will often attempt to inject a roleplaying element into whatever he is playing at the time, be it Heroquest, Twilight Imperium or Risk.
To fund his gaming habit, Chris works for a large IT company, providing technical support for an evil empire / insurance company. He is married to the splendid Daisy, who is wonderful, organised, and also likes games: truly a match made in heaven. They got married in a castle, which was the very definition of awesome.
Stuart Platt (aka The Judge) is a board game enthusiast / fanatic and a part-time Professional Wrestler. After writing extensively on BGG, he was plucked from obscurity to write expert prose for the mighty Little Metal Dog Show website. Stuart currently lives in Daventry and his favourite colour is Orange.
He will play literally any genre of game – but particularly enjoys mid-weight Euro’s. Current ‘Top Games’ include Eclipse, Agricola and Le Havre.