One Year On

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Biiiiirthday LittleMetalDogShooooooow (deep breath)… Happy Birthday to uuuuuuuusssss!

Yes! We made it to our first birthday with relatively little casualties.There have been a few losses (mainly One-Legged Tex from Homesteaders and a missing copy of Zombies!!! that I posted out) but after a year, we’re looking in pretty good shape. LMDS has put out 20 episodes of a podcast that is gaining listeners on a daily basis to add to the thousands who already check out each episode. We put up regular reviews of some of the finest (and occasionally not so fine – Doctor Who, I’m looking at you) games out there, along with interviewing brilliant folks from the industry. We’ve expanded from just me to a team of great people who love to play and talk about games. There’s a swishy looking site (well, it’s quite pretty) and we’re looking forward to our second year of doing more of the same for our readers and listeners.

This is just a quick post to say thank you to everyone who’s listened, read, emailed, twittered, whatever, to anything we’ve put out. Without you lot we’d just be shouting into the wind – awesomely, we actually get people shouting back. To all the people we’ve spoken to and interviewed, we couldn’t do the show without you. To all the other great sites and podcasts out there (in particular the splendid ladies and gentlemen of the UK Gaming Media Network) – cheers! To all the companies large and small who support us by flinging the odd review copy our way, my wife is incredibly grateful that we can actually pay our rent without me saying “I just need to pick up a copy of…” – our bank manager appreciates it greatly.

To celebrate the first birthday then, we’ve teamed up with the good people at Eagle and Gryphon Games to give away a few titles from their catalogue – copies of Swat, Yin Yang and Cornucopia are up for grabs (and a little package called Railways Through Time that you may have seen and possibly salivated over). Additionally, they’ve been signed by the game artist, which is pretty aces! Wherever you are in the world, you’re eligible to enter to win one of these fine games… but how do you do so?

Well, you can get up to three entries. First up, just post a comment under this very post saying one thing you enjoyed about the show or site this year. Easy! Second, if you’re on Twitter, post something game related using the hashtag #littlemetaldog – even easier! Finally, you can visit the LMDS Facebook page and leave a birthday greeting. Become a fan if you like, but you know… no pressure. Much.

Now, even though you’re allowed up to three entries, you can only win one prize – it’s nice to share, after all. I’ll be drawing the victors randomly tomorrow morning (10am BST) using my faithful online randomizing site of choice. So get entering! Oh, and the competition is open to EVERYONE, not just UK residents. We have a worldwide listenership – to exclude people would be impolite.

Thank you again for all your support. Chris, Campfire, myself and the writers appreciate it. We hope we’ll do even bigger and better things in our next year. And now: CAKE.

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31 responses to “One Year On

  1. MotiVater

    Grats on the birthday eggman! I thank the show for getting my kids interested in playing the new DnD boardgames after trying out Heroes of Hesiod, your interview with the creator was the gateway.

    • Jonathan Leech

      Congrats Michael on what has turned out to be perhaps the most successful boardgame podcast ever. My highlights would be your interview with Peter Olotka and possibly Daisy’s interventions. Wishing you even more success for the next year of LMD

  2. Many happy returns, buddy! Keep setting trends and teaching lessons on how to do it right! You’re a legend!

  3. Congratulations for reaching a whole year of the podcast. It’s always an entertaining listen and educational too. I am blaming the podcast for the dent in my wallet that getting into board games has caused, but it’s so worth it. Hip – hip – ho-ray!

  4. PogleWogle

    Big Congrats on being One Year old 🙂 Haven’t listened to all the podcasts but I do read all the reviews, as I like the writing style and they’re always pretty objective. Keep up the good work and long may you continue !!

  5. Fantastic, year one achievement unlocked. you can only go from strength to strength now.
    Chris you are an Awesome guy. and a pleasure to talk to and be interviewed by. hope we get to game again.
    Thanks for the entertainment. Good luck to you and more shows to come.

  6. Congratulations on your one year birthday! Keep up the good work. We’ll be hearing your voice on Super Bowl commercials by next year. 🙂

    -Brandon Allen
    Director of Marketing
    Eagle & Gryphon Games

  7. Darn Ragnar

    Happy 1st B’day. May it be the 1st of many 🙂

  8. I love the enthusiasm and passion of Chris and Micheal for games of all sorts. The LMD podcast is both infectious and addictive. Keep up the supply of the gamers’ equivalent of cocaine. Well done lads.

  9. Well done on the show. I would say the overall site rebuild has been awesome but I still like how as a noob boardgamer the pod casts are still easy going and informative.

  10. Congratulations, dude ! Personally I love the fact that it’s a podcast that’s actually informative, warm and not padded out with rubbish. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, it does. Here’s to your continued success, me old cocker.

  11. Wojo

    Hi LMD crew! Congratulations on your first anniversary, keep up the great work and I sincerely hope that I will be able to read and/or listen to you for many more years to come.

    As for the most enjoyed thing … this is easy for me. I love interviews in your podcast.

  12. Jon Gorman

    Well, happy birthday ;). I’ve only have had the chance to listen to three or four episodes so far, but it’s already joined the stable of my “must listen to” podcasts, along with “Game on with Cody & John”, “The Dice Tower”, and “RadioLab”. (With honorable mention to ” The Spiel”, which I also recently started listening to but sometimes drops low on the queue due to length).

    The length is great and I absolutely love the interviews. Just finished listening to the last episode this morning and now craving a game of Hive and picturing giving a certain Pratchett fan the “Guards! Gaurds!” game.

    Looking forward to catching up on the last year and the years of listening to come.

  13. jupham

    Great show. Congratulations on the first birthday. Pretty close to my daughter’s (tomorrow). Anyway, I hope this contest is available to people in the US.

    • idlemichael

      Don’t worry, man – the competition is open to everyone, no matter what country you’re in. We have listeners all around the world so excluding them would be just plain unfair!

  14. LMDS congrats on your one year and keep up the good work!!

  15. Brenden

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!
    Keep up the great work on a very unique podcast. Industry interviews are definitely an under represented segment of the board gaming podcast world. Thanks for filling the void!

  16. Always enjoy reading/ listening to my friends across the pond. Keep up the good work Michael!

  17. Lance Coffee

    Happy Birthday LMD!

    For someone from the USA, I appreciate a different point of view. I have enjoyed the wide range of people you have had on the show and finishing with Chris is always a treat.

  18. Dr. Mabuse

    Happy Birthday LMD! You’re Peter Olotka interview was AWESOME!

  19. Congrats! I really enjoyed the interview that you did with Todd at AEG; very good to hear insights from the industry.

  20. BigShimmeryWall

    Congratulations on the first year of the Little Metal Dog Show and kudos to the Little Metal Dog Squad for putting together such a fine piece of audio geekery, in particular the D&D episode, which I loved.

  21. I enjoyed when you interviewed Jeff Cannata from the Totally Rad Show. I’ve been a listener of his for quite a while, but as they hadn’t really covered Board Games on their show at that point I didn’t know, until listening to your show, that Jeff had jumped head first into the hobby. It was a nice collision of podcasts that I really enjoy.

  22. Stejay

    Happy birthday to The Little Metal Dog Show and many thanks for reinvigorating my interest in the hobby. Excellent work guys.

  23. Blunted

    Congratulations on making it to your 1st birthday LMD crew 🙂 let’s hope for many more birthday celebrations to come!

  24. Wow, it’s really hard to believe that you’ve only been active for a year! You do such a great job that it seems like you’ve been doing this forever. Your episodes just seem to get better and better, but probably one of my favorites was the interview with Peter Olotka because it’s always cool to hear more about the “history” of the hobby.

    On the other hand, I still can’t figure out if you were actually serious about enjoying the Game Night Guys podcast, though. Based on your recommendation, I listened to a couple of episodes, and it was just plain painful to get through.

    But I can forgive that little moment of leading me astray, and gladly wish you congratulations for a fantiastic first year!!!

  25. flams

    Happy birfdayz!

  26. ginginer

    huge congrats on the 1 year celebration, it has been great listening to little metal dog over the year. my fave interview was with the guy from jurrasic wars i now own the game. litening has not been friendly to my bank account as you always find facinating and interesting games to play.

  27. Lovely show man. Brill to download and listen on my commute.

  28. jon chapman

    Happy birthday!

    I love the written reviews. great depth and good information

  29. Congratulations on reaching your first birthday. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the reviews. Keep up the good work.

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