Week 52!!!

Well, it’s happened, we made it an entire year of doing the podcast!

We celebrated by having a round table discussion with all of the contributors to the show and special guest Jason Hancock of the Docking Bay 94 Podcast.  It was a good time talking with good people about a hobby that we all clearly enjoy.

Also on the show, AnnaBeth gave us another rousing story from her Rory’s Story Cubes and Kerensa joined me to talk a little bit about Project Dreamscape and just some random babbling about our bad movie parenting.

I hope that all who traveled to Dallas for BGG.Con had a fantastic time and have arrived back home healthy and rested. I hate that I didn’t attend this year, but I hope to start figuring out a way to make that not the case next year. My only issue is that I hate to leave half of my family out of the hobby that is also theirs. I would push for BGG.Fam in the spring but that’s too close to the end of school and our favorite convention, Geekway to the West, so that isn’t happening .

In the queue for the blog I have a couple games that I’d love to do reviews for and I think I am going to get started on those this week. We’ll also do a bit of a review of them on the podcast but I wanted to devote a bit more to the written review as the podcast is kind of becoming what I wanted it to be, a variety show for people to talk about what they’ve been playing. I’ll still do Kickstarter previews on the podcast for games that I want to do previews for that are offered. I love doing those for people who focus on the family aspect of gaming. But for the time being, I’ll be doing written reviews here on the blog and I think Eric Booth will be doing reviews on the podcast and Derek Davis will be doing an ongoing review to see how his views of a game change over a course of 10 weeks or so.

I did pick up Pandemic Legacy for the family as a Christmas gift and I kind of want to incorporate that into a blog post as well, but I have to figure out how to do that and not spoil other’s enjoyment of the game. I may just say to heck with it and put SPOILERS all over the post but warn people, but we’ll see.

Other than that, there are a couple things bouncing around in my head that I’d like to explore, it’s just a matter of finding the time to sit and write it all out.

In closing, I do want to thank everyone who has helped with the podcast over the past year either as a guest or as a contributor:

Contributors: Eric Booth, Ray Shell, Patrick Hillier, Chris Renshaw, Joe Brogno, Bill Corey and joining the show soon is Derek Davis.

Interviewees: Travis Hill, Dave Ferguson, Paul Grogan, Ken Grazier, Matt Wolfe, Brad and Kate Morrow

Most of all thank you to my family for tolerating what has turned into my Sunday ritual of writing, recording, editing and releasing, all in one day and more recently, even being a part of the show more and more.

And to everyone who has listened and read, even if it was just stopping by one time, thank you as well!!

Alright, it’s time to start on the next year!!

AnnaBeth’s Story Cubes for this week
Our Secret Santa was awesome!!

Week 49!!!

Time for a little change

First things first, I will always, and I mean always, post the updated podcast on Mondays, or at least try to. But what I want to do is turn the blog into something a bit different, something more “bloggish” and not just a receptacle for my podcast notes. So, from here on out, this blog may be a bit more active, I’m not sure yet, it just depends on what ideas pop into my head and what makes the journey from there to this page.

I’m going to try to dip my hands into more written reviews here and let Eric and whoever else wants to do a lot of the reviews, do them. I’ll still do short ones on the podcast during our what did you play segment, and I’ll still do previews for Kickstarter projects that I really want to endorse both here and on the podcast, but I want to do more written reviews of retail games as well, I kind of feel like I’ve started to ignore them even though our collection is primarily retail oriented. I love Kickstarter, but man, we have so many games and so little time.

You may see a video, you may not. It all just depends on what they look like if I shoot one and if I have some ideas for video. I may be more active on Periscope, I may not. I like the app, but I’m just not sure that it’s something folks would want to see.

In short, something is changing, but the blog is not going anywhere, so if you enjoy the blog, you’ll still get to enjoy the blog, just in a different way.

Be sure to let me know what you thought of the newest episode. Kerensa took a big leap in coming on and basically becoming a co-host with me this week, although she’d probably tell you that I’m the co-host and you all are listening to hear her.

Also, if anyone wants to contribute in any way to the show, let me know, I love having Eric, Patrick, Joe and Chris on doing segments, it really makes the show a bit different in my mind than what you get elsewhere from different podcasts. We may not give you 45 minutes about a single game or topic, but we touch on an awful lot in our 30-60 minutes every hour I think. In the future on the show we have a 1 year anniversary episode coming and for that I’m getting together the group for a round table discussion about what we’ve been playing and about topics in the board gaming world that interest us. In honesty I’m hoping to do that every couple months or so and see what happens. Also, we may have a new contributor joining our ranks, he’s just trying to tweak his idea a little bit and get it ready to go, so I’m looking forward to that as well!

Things are looking good leading into Year 2 of the What Did You Play This Week Podcast Thing and Blog.