A brand new episode of the show from the UK Games Expo brings another two big names from the industry to your ears! This time around it’s the Z-Man himself, Zev Shlasinger, the head of Z-Man Games. While I normally get to grab a few scant minutes with Zev every year over at Essen, this is the first opportunity that I’ve had to sit down with him and catch up with him properly, talking not just about his company’s latest releases but also the story behind Z-Man Games itself. Following that, I got to speak to Justin Ziran, the president of WizKids Games. Makers of this summer’s hottest and hardest-to-find release (Marvel Dice Masters) they’ve come under some heavy fire regarding the shortages. Find out why and more besides in this interview! And special thanks to Dani from Esdevium for sorting out the interviews!
Z-Man Games – http://zmangames.com/home.php
Zev’s BGG Page – http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/5610/zev-shlasinger
WizKids Games – http://wizkidsgames.com/
UK Games Expo – https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/
Hey everyone! It’s been a little while, but The Little Metal Dog Show is back with a blast of an episode! First of all, it’s the glorious return of gaming’s most splendid and naughtiest chap, Tony Boydell! Following the fantastic success of his beautiful game Snowdonia, he’s back with a new release that will tug at the nostalgia glands of plenty of gamers of a certain age: Ivor The Engine. Recorded prior to the 2014 UK Games Expo, we discuss the game itself and ramble off into many (and I mean MANY) topics. After that, something of an exclusive for LMDS when I get to sit down and speak with one of the most powerful men in gaming, Christian Petersen. Not only is he a highly talented designer (with games like Twilight Imperium and Game of Thrones under his belt), he also happens to be the founding owner of a little company called Fantasy Flight Games. We talk LCGs, the history of the company, Kickstarter and the possibility of an FFG Theme Park (NOTE: THIS IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN). It was fantastic to meet Christian in the flesh – he’s a great chap and I think that really comes through in our talk!
As always, thank you for listening. Episode 79 will be with you later in the week with another pair of big name interviews: Z-Man’s own Zev Shlasinger and Justin Ziran, President of WizKids! Be sure to check it out!
Direct Download the new episode from here! – http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/8nqxuh/LMDS_Episode_78.mp3
Surprised Stare’s Site! Get your Ivor here! – http://surprisedstaregames.co.uk/
Tony Boydell’s rather odd blog on BGG – http://boardgamegeek.com/blog/344
Fantasy Flight’s Site – http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/
Two new interviews on your favourite Little Metal Dog Show this time around! First of all I get to speak to Richard and Emily Gibbs from 64oz. Games, the team behind a new Kickstarter project that aims to make the games we love accessible to blind and partially sighted players through the use of Braille. It’s an excellent project and I definitely recommend checking it out – we’ll also be working with them in the future to make our own releases from Sprocket Games accessible too! I also get to speak to the man behind The Agents which blew up last year into something of a phenomenon. Saar Shai joins me to discuss the game, the campaign, and his plans for the future…
Links? We got your links right here, buddy.
Download the show from iTunes or get it direct – http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/dpr4x3/LMD_Episode77.mp3
Visit the Sprocket Games Of Mice And Lemmings page (seriously, it’s a really good game!) – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/108292040/of-mice-and-lemmings-from-scott-almes-and-sprocket
Visit 64oz Games’ Kickstarter, making games Blind Accessible! – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64ouncegames/board-games-now-blind-accessible?ref=live
Saar Shai’s The Agents site – http://www.playtheagents.com/
It’s another Triple Threat episode! This time I’m joined by Scott Almes, whose Tiny Epic Kingdoms recently took Kickstarter by storm and surpassed his expectations by miles. He also happens to be doing a brand new game for Sprocket Games in the near future, Of Mice and Lemmings, so of course there’s a bit of chat about that! Justin Blaske’s up next, a first time designer who is currently crowdfunding Area 1851. This is a neat game of drafting, collecting the right cards and building some utterly ludicrous inventions and truly deserves your attention! Finally, I sit down with the one and only James Ernest, designer of legendary games like Kill Doctor Lucky, Lords of Vegas and… The American Idol Collectible Card Game? We discuss a wide range of stuff including his latest design, Pairs. It’s a big episode but well worth the time!
Links for you!
Direct Download for this episode – http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/tup8f4/Episode76COMPLETE.mp3
See all the cool stuff that happened with Tiny Epic Kingdoms – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coe/tiny-epic-kingdoms?ref=live
The somewhat sparse (for now!) Of Mice and Lemmings BGG page – http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148509/of-mice-and-lemmings
Area 1851 on Kickstarter! – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/area-1851
Cheapass Games – http://www.cheapass.com/
James Ernest’s ludicrously huge BGG designer page – http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/61/james-ernest
No, no, it’s not an offshoot of Tom and Eric’s show, but a brand new episode of Little Metal Dog!
After a little while away (hooray for medical issues, ie: my spine is a mess) we have returned with another pair of splendid interviews for your listening pleasure. First up, I’m joined by Mat Hart and Rich Loxam, the guys behind tabletop skirmish sports game Guild Ball which is currently destroying it on Kickstarter. After hitting their £30,000 funding goal in under twelve hours, you can expect some pretty big things for this interesting take on the medieval ‘sport’ of Mob Football. I also got the chance to spend some time (while in Germany at the Nuremberg Toy Fair) with the man at the top of Chessex Dice, Don Reents – we talk about the history of the company and how he plans to keep Chessex ahead of the pack in future.
YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE LINKS:
Direct Download of the new episode – http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/pz9hn7/LMD_Episode75.mp3
Our new Patreon Page! Chuck us a dollar, why dontcha? – http://www.patreon.com/littlemetaldog
Guild Ball’s Kickstarter page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1248312770/guild-ball-a-tabletop-medieval-football-game?ref=live
Guild Ball site – http://www.guildball.com/
Chessex site – http://www.chessex.com/