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Episode 61 – Age Before Beauty

It’s always the same when Daniel Solis comes on the show – we end up covering a wide range of topics and jabbering away for ages… and this time around on Episode 61, it’s more of the same! We chat about how he’s moving into teaching card layout, his adventures into the world of POD with Koi Pond, the upcoming Belle of the Ball (which will be released through Dice Hate Me Games later this year), what it’s like to work on the new Firefly RPG and more! I’m also joined by Brett Murrell, designer of the classic Duel of Ages, as we discuss the decade between the game’s first release and the brand new second edition that’s hitting tables around the world right now. Finally, Matthew Dunstan comes along to talk about Relic Runners which is due by Essen 2013 from Days of Wonder – not too bad considering it’s his first game…

Links? Whyever not.

Download the show from here: http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/r78ksy/LMD_Episode61.mp3

Koi Pond on Drive Thru Cards: http://www.drivethrucards.com/product/113454/Koi-Pond-A-Coy-Card-Game?src=FrontPage

Belle of the Ball at Dice Hate Me Games: http://dicehatemegames.com/games/belle-of-the-ball/

Daniel’s Card Layout Design course on Skillshare: http://www.skillshare.com/Game-Design-Create-Your-Own-Print-Ready-Cards-for-Table-Top-Games/1002733529/285892448?refId=649414&utm_campaign=teacher-referral&utm_source=ShortUrl&utm_medium=teacher-referral

And his insane blog, filled with amazing stuff: http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.co.uk/

More stuff about the Firefly RPG: http://www.margaretweis.com/

Site for Duel of Ages II from Brett Murrell: http://www.duelofages.com/

More information on Relic Runnershttp://www.daysofwonder.com/relic-runners/en/

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Episode 37 – Triple Trouble

There’s three excellent guests on this latest episode of The Little Metal Dog Show! It’s mesmerisin’, tantalizin’, captivatin’ and devastatin’!

First up, Ted Torgerson; less a designer and more an appropriator of systems to adapt and make his own, he’s about to launch 1989: Dawn of Freedom through GMT Games, based on the legendary Twilight Struggle engine and developed in conjunction with TS’s co-creator Jason Matthews. Ted’s also made Free at Last, possibly the only game based on the Civil Rights struggle in America in the mid-20th Century, and we discuss the possibilities of learning through gaming.

Next it’s time to welcome Daniel Solis back to the show. Always an entertaining guest, Daniel’s a machine – he’s forever creating incredible stuff that puts most of us to shame! This time around we discuss his latest project based around Evil Hat’s Spirit of the Century RPG system and look back at his Thousand Year Game competition that – after months of submissions and testing – now has a winner.

Finally, Rob Daviau has had his name on many excellent games – you may not be aware of him, but you’ll know his games. With the likes of Heroscape, Star Wars: Queen’s Gambit and Buffy The Vampire Slayer on his CV, he’s now also responsible for the new hotness that is Risk Legacy. Introducing brand new concepts to the gaming world is something that seems to drive Rob’s creative brain, and in this Guaranteed Spoiler Free interview we cover how the game went from idea to sitting on the tables of many gamers around the world.

Grab the show from iTunes or directly from here: http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/zit3me/LMD_Episode37.mp3

Be sure to check out this episode’s sponsors:

Chicken Caesar, the new release from Nevermore Games, available on Kickstarter… well, very soon indeed. Link to come!

VivaJava: The Coffee Game from the lovely folks at Dice Hate Me, also on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dicehateme/vivajava-the-coffee-game?ref=live

Other Show Links to follow!

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Episode 15 with Days of Wonder’s Mark Kaufman and the return of Daniel Solis!

It’s taken a little while to put Episode 15 together, but at last… here you go! Once again, there’s a pair of interviews for your listening pleasure, beginning with a discussion about the past, present and future of Days of Wonder with one of its co-founders, Mark Kaufman. DoW are (of course) responsible for some incredible games, not least Ticket to Ride, Memoir ’44 and the excellent Colosseum. We discuss how technology is impacting on the company and how they become one of the most recognisable names in the industry, as well as their upcoming new release – Cargo Noir. After that, it’s the return of one of my favourite folks to talk to: Daniel Solis. Following his last appearance on the show, I had many emails asking when he’d return, so who am I to fly in the face of public opinion? We talk about designing in public, something Daniel has occasionally been known to do, and what’s more important – theme or mechanics?

Chris gets another episode off – preparing for a wedding is taking it’s toll! – but I hope this week’s competition makes up for it. You may be aware that one of my favourite Trading Card Games is the brilliant World of Warcraft TCG and I’d like to share the love. Thanks to the guys over at Tomy, The Little Metal Dog Show is giving away TWO Worldbreaker Epic Collections. Doesn’t matter where you are in the world – everyone is eligible to enter. There’s a question in the show that requires an answer which needs to be sent to littlemetaldog@gmail.com, making sure you’ve put ‘WoWTCG’ in the subject header. Closing date is Saturday 12th February 2011! Winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries and will be contacted via email, as well as on here.

Now, if you fancy an extra entry, you could always become a fan of the show over on Facebook! Yes, I’ve finally succumbed to the march of progress and put a Little Metal Dog Fanpage up. Have a look, spread the word, and keep an eye out over there for exclusive updates and upcoming competitions… you can find it at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Metal-Dog-Show/118250901580941

Thank you, as always, for listening and supporting the show! It’s available now on iTunes or directly from this link right here – enjoy!

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New LMDS episode available!

Yup, episode number 9 is now out there on the internet for you to listen to. This time around it’s a kid’s gaming special, complete with an extra interview – three for the price of two! We start with a chat with listener Campfire Burning about the games he enjoyed (and hated) when he was young, followed up by spending some time with Susan Morris and her splendid D&D module specifically designed for younger players: Heroes of Hesiod (previously mentioned on this blog post right here). Finally, the busiest man on earth (Daniel Solis) joins me to discuss his junior RPG Happy Birthday Robot, the truly random Do and other projects. Chris also joins me – as usual – to answer your questions. If you want to get in touch, it couldn’t be easier – you can email on littlemetaldog@gmail.com or nudge us on Twitter. I’m @idlemichael and Chris is @RallyIV. Cheers for listening!

Oh, and here’s a few links you may find useful:

Susan Morris’ site can be found at seriouspixie.com – high quality writing and all round greatness!

Daniel Solis lives at danielsolis.com – well worth reading!

Daniel mentioned Pentago in our interview, and now I want a copy.

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