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Episode 39 – An Episode You Can’t Refuse

Time for another episode, and this one’s another Triple Threat!

First up, I get to speak with Gary Weis, the Chief Technical Officer at iOS developer Playdek. They’re really making a push to get quality games onto your iPhone and iPad and are already responsible for the excellent conversions of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Food Fight. With upcoming versions of Nightfall and Agricola on the way, we talk about how you transfer something from a tabletop to the palm of your hand and still make it fun. After that, Jump Gate designer Matt Worden joins me to discuss how he managed to handcraft a game that ended up becoming Games Magazine’s GOTY in 2011, as well as his plans for the future.

Finally, the devious duo of Steve “Voice of Ameritrash” Avery and Tom “Dice Tower” Vasel come along to discuss their forthcoming game Capo. Players who enjoy taking their opponents down a few steps will love this one as there’s plenty of opportunity to screw them over… but I’ll let the guys tell you all about it.

Et voila! This episode’s links:

Direct download link: http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/8j2bxv/LMD_Episode39.mp3

Our lovely sponsor for this show, Continue Magazine: http://www.continuemag.com/

Ace of Spies BGG entry (don’t forget, Kickstarter launches on April 20th!): http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/114316/ace-of-spies

Ace of Spies on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ace_of_Spies

Playdek’s site: http://www.playdekgames.com/

Matt Worden Games: http://mwgames.com/

The Dice Tower: http://dicetower.com/


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Listen Up – Great Gaming Podcasts

There are an awful lot of podcasts out there about board gaming. Before I started doing The Little Metal Dog Show, I listened to loads of them (and indeed, I still do). After having the guys from The Dice Tower on Episode 7 of the podcast, I thought it could be good to recommend a few different shows from around the internet that I enjoy and why I like them. Who knows? You may stumble across something you’ve not encountered before – give them a listen! Click on the titles to be whisked away to their home pages.

The Dice Tower

The Daddy of them all! Presented by Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer, The Dice Tower has something for everyone. It’s a well put together collection of reviews, news items, features from contributors around the world on a variety of subjects and – of course – the legendary Top Ten Lists. These cover everything from the best pick-up-and-deliver games to releases from specific companies, and often throw out some interesting contributions to the proceedings. While they’ve previously done a fortnightly release of a long show, they’ve recently switched to a weekly episode scehdule. There are two versions of the show – the enhanced one (with pictures of all the games they cover) is well worth your time, but can sometimes come up a little late. Tom and Eric are a great pair of hosts, sparking off each other well making The Dice Tower very easy to listen to.

Board Games with Scott

A video podcast presented by the excellent Scott Nicholson. Originally Scott would take an incredibly detailed look at a single game, giving viewers an insight into how it played, what you got in the box, strategies to consider and (of course) Scott’s opinions. After doing it for a while, Scott has now slightly changed the format of the show, but this is not bad at all – he now focuses on an aspect that covers a range of games instead of a solitary title. The latest episodes have looked at horse racing games, simultaneous auctions and using dice for resources, giving interesting insights and some great suggestions of stuff you can play.

The Spiel

Another long-form show, filled with informative chat. Each episode sees the hosts (Stephen and David) focus on a couple of games, really getting deep into what they’ve been playing recently. The show is well produced and the guys have had some great ideas in recent episodes; I really enjoyed their coverage of A Game Of Thrones which was pre-empted with a detailed review of the book, something they’re looking to do again in future.

Garrett’s Games & Geekiness

One of the most chilled out podcasts available, the husband and wife team of Doug and Shelley deliver a weekly show where they discuss what they’ve played that week. They often have guests over as well (be they designers or folk from other podcasts – their recent Meeplefest shows were excellent) and the conversation is always fuelled by a decent wine! It’s been running for a long time, and though many shows could be accused of getting into a rut, GG&G always entertains. A more mature look at gaming, it’s certainly worth your time.

Downtime Town

Robert Florence is a busy guy. I first came across his excellent Consolevania (probably the best video games show in history) a few years back, and was really pleased to discover he liked board games too – Downtime Town shows his passion for a wide selection of games, with in-depth video reviews: each episode focuses solely on one title; some old, some new. While it’s infrequently released – Robert is currently working on writing a new TV series – Downtime Town is well worth watching.

The D6 Generation

If you’re looking for a lot of content, you should go no further than The D6 Generation. With each episode clocking in at around three hours (or more!), D6G covers lots or different bases – there’s a lot of focus on miniatures, but board games get a good look in too. The presenting team work well together, and you get extra features from guest presenters. Their interviews are always good value with the team taking their time with guests, making them feel welcome and really getting into deep discussions. Probably not one to listen to in one sitting, but that’s why your iPod remembers where it left off…

Game On! with Cody and John

Another well made show, they’ve just passed their 50th episode. Presented – shockingly enough – by Cody and John, these two knowledgeable gents combine reviews, opinions and general random chat in a really enjoyable show. They have a great rapport and, as with all these shows, really show their passion for playing games and have a top time while doing it.

The How to Play Podcast

Very much what it says, Ryan Sturm’s incredibly informative podcast tells you how to play a good range of games. Each episode has a very detailed run-through of a specific game’s rules, ideas for strategies you can attempt, discussions on what you actually get in the box and much more. Ryan has chosen an excellent variety of games so far, from the popular (like Agricola) to the obscure (such as Magic Realm) and also produces occasional special episodes of a more topical nature, such as teaching games. One of the most informative shows out there.

Game Night Guys

Something of a new addition to the world of podcasts, but quickly becoming one of my favourites. Presented by Mike and Brian, these two chat with each other about a single game in each episode, recording their banter as they play. Their choices are… interesting – there’s not many shows that will cover Twilight: The Game, for example – but you can tell they love to play and have a great relationship with each other. I’d like to see them tackle something a bit more geeky in future episodes – something like Carcassonne would be grand, for example – but for now, just enjoy their chat.

And that’s about it for my recommendations. There are many other great podcasts out there – just head to the Other Games section on iTunes for hundreds of others. Some may not entirely up your alley, some you may love – just give them a shot and see what you think! Of course, if you have a suggestion of your own, link it up in the comments under here or drop an email to littlemetaldog@gmail.com – cheers for reading!

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Podcast Episode 7 – now available!

Hey there peoples! Yes indeed, after a month away, the latest episode of The Little Metal Dog Show is now available for you to download right now. Click on this link here to listen (or right click and save if you want to keep it). As always it’ll be up on iTunes as soon as possible, and any reviews are always gratefully receieved. It’s a cracking little show, this time featuring interviews with Brent Evanger (founder of new independent publisher Interaction Point) and two of the leading names in board game podcasts: Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer from The Dice Tower.

If you’ve got any comments, do get in touch – you can email me at littlemetaldog@gmail.com or leave something after this post. As always, cheers for listening and I hope you enjoy the show!


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News and Stuff – 15th May 2010

OK, it’s a day late, but I plead mitigating circumstances – recording and editing two interviews yesterday followed by putting Episode 2 together took a long time, meaning this week’s news is a little tardy. Hopefully the new episode will make up for the disappointment! A bit of a mixed bag this week – more awards, Dominion gets bigger and an Ancient One takes a new form…

My favourite gaming podcast, The Dice Tower, has announced the nominees for this year’s Dice Tower Awards on their site which you can find here. It always makes for a good listen when their awards show rolls around, mainly because all the contributors’ opinions don’t exactly match up all the time. However, it’s all in good fun, and the discussion is interesting. The awards cover a range of categories from best game for kids to best expansion, but the big one is – of course – Game of The Year. This time the nods have gone to:

Chaos In The Old World – Fantasy Flight

Dungeon Lords – Z-Man Games

Small World – Days of Wonder

Summoner Wars – Plaid Hat Games

Thunderstone – Alderac Entertainment

Having played all the nominees except for Thunderstone, I think I’m going to go for either the huge and complex Chaos In The Old World or uber-portable but surprisingly deep Summoner Wars. Results will be announced in an upcoming episode of the show!

Next up, Dominion’s latest expansion is now available. Slightly smaller than previous ones, Dominon: Alchemy introduces a new basic card (the potion) and a bunch of new kingdom cards. Having only recently got my own Dominion set, I must say I’m keeping an eye on this one – anything that adds new possibilities to the game is great. However, the thing that really caught my eye was when the game’s designer Donald X. Vaccarino posted up his Secret History of this expansion. Basically a write up on all the new cards available in this expansion, I really enjoyed reading about how he came up with the concepts and how he thinks they’ll fit in to the game as a whole. It’s always interesting seeing under the hood.

Finally, the guys over at SJ Games have possibly enraged demonic forces by releasing this:

Just. Run.

A Cthulu dice bag. Admittedly a cute(ish) Cthulu dice bag, but an Ancient One nonetheless. I fear this may well be the end of days. Available soon for $30 – a small price to pay to bring about the destruction of the world – it’s a very curious addition to any gamer’s home. There’s also been talk about the upcoming release of Cthulu Dice (due very soon) – the designers notes are online to read here, and again it’s pretty interesting to see how the mind of a designer ticks.

And that’s it! As mentioned above, the second episode of The Little Metal Dog Show is up on iTunes now. You can also direct download it by right-clicking and saving this here link. As always, if you want to get in touch just email littlemetaldog@gmail.com or poke me on twitter: I’m @idlemichael. Thanks for reading!

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