Yes is it unfortunately true, I am still editing interviews from Gen Con. I apologize for how long it is taking but my ancient hardware is just not allowing me to be effective at all with post production. (My newest machine is ten years old.) Nonetheless, it is what it is and I will do better next year. My 2015 motto is “new machine or bust”.
Happy Birthday is a card game that is similar to Apples to Apples. It is a family fun game from North Star Games. I really enjoyed watching the Happy Birthday Game demo. It is a simple to learn and play game for almost any age. Listen in as we play a game of it and talk to Luke about the game. You can also find North Star Games at:
Humble Bundle, Games, Comics, eBooks, Audio Books and More
I thought I might take a few minutes to scribe a post regarding Humble Bundle. Brian and I often talk about bundles on the Tech Net News and Opinion show. It certainly is in the spirit of what we believe in here at indienation.fm. Originally The Humble Indie Bundle, the company offers packages, aka bundles, with a pay-what-you-like model. The company is now a huge success.
As far as gaming goes, there are many “things” gamers may need to actually game. Some games require dice, cards, etc., In gaming, there are many games which require miniatures or models. To some gamers, a group of enthusiast of which I am a member, who feel that the creation of the model is just as big as the game itself. Some of us, even take it to the terrain level. For those of us who love miniatures and terrain, we need places like Morland Studios. They do models and terrain.
Game Designer and Author, Matt Forbeck
Okay, so what happens when you are kinda getting back into gaming, don’t know it nearly as well as your totally involved brother and you go to the best four days of gaming in Indianapolis? You end up running into an individual huge in both gaming and writing. The only problem is you don’t even know that he is that huge and big.
An Interview with Water Street Bridge at Gen Con
Water Street Bridge is a three person band from the Midwest. The members are Jon Baade, James Kuehl, and Richard Miller. They were one of the many acts performing at Gen Con 2014. To be honest, I had not heard of them before the event. However, I am darn glad I did. They do really good music.
Their music is refreshingly different and energetic. They also have a nice visual aspect to their performances because of the instruments and wardrobe they use. Finally, as people they are just fun to be around. (I really got a kick out of Jon photo bombing a few folks at the con.)
I think it is also very clear that these three men honestly love what they do. You can sense their passion when they perform and even feel it when you chat with them at their merchandise table.
Listen in as we talk about:
- How the band formed
- Their musical influences
- How to find our where they are playing
- Why they are hard to figure out exactly what kind of music
- What kind of instruments they play
- How many releases they have
- The story behind the skull shakers
- Their advice to aspiring musicians
You can find Water Street Bridge on the web at:
I got to spend a few minutes at the Gen Con with Andrea of USAopoly Games. The company has been around for a few decades and has a large number of games available. They also will make custom games. They offer a number of themed Monopoly games. They are a family fun oriented game company.
Listen in as we discuss:
- The company history
- Some Walking Dead Games the company is releasing
- How quickly they sold out of Walking Dead Bang
- Some stuff for Firefly fans
- A game based on the classic card game war
You can find USAopoly Games on the web at:
Mathew Rivaldi of Wiggity Bang Games
Mathew Rivaldi is the president of Wiggity Bang Games and he was nice enough to sit down with me and talk about his company and it’s most recent release, Alpha Bandits. The company was also giving out print and play versions of the game.
The company has a history of award-winning games and I feel that Alpha Bandits may well make that list. While I am still too far behind on interviews to have played it yet. I can tell you from watching others play it at the Con, it is a really entertaining board game. Listen in as we talk about:
- The company history
- Alpha Bandits, a devious word game
- Their competition at the Con
- How to pre-order their Kickstarter funded game, Alpha Bandits
- His advice to those who wish to create a game
You can find Wiggity Bang Games on the web at:
Below is a video showing you how to play Alpha Bandits
- Alpha Bandits by A Jennuine Life (feelincrafty.wordpress.com)
- With a Name Like Furt, You Know This Board Game Is Strange (wired.com)
A Short Interview with Steve of The War Store
This may be the shortest inteview I did at this year’s Gen Con. While the interview is short, the list of items that this exhibitor carries is extensive. In short, The War Store is about anything and everything for table top gaming. While I don’t think they had the largest exhibit at the con, it was pretty large and just packed with everything. If you are a tabletop gamer and you attend a future Gen Con, you need to add this store to your must visit list.
Listen in to this short interview as they talk briefly about:
- How long they have been doing Gen Cons
- How long the store has been around
- What the store is about, everything tabletop
- Some of the hotter games this year
- Some of the upcoming cons they will be at
You can find The War Store on the web at:
An Interview with Todd L. Jacobs, President of Talicor Games
While there are many game companies at Gen Con, one could argue that Talicor might have the most to choose from. I spent a few minutes watching some of the games played and even played a game of Jerk. This company has been in business for forty years and offers over five hundred products. In my opinion, they really know fun.
- How long have they been attending Gen Con
- The long time the company has existed, 40 years
- The fact that they have over 500 product
- We talk a bit about Jerk
- Some of their award-winning games, Fifth Gear, Core, Stop and Go
- His advice to those who aspire to create a game
You can find Talicor Games on the web at:
A Nursery Rhyme Turned into a Geekery Rhyme
Gen Con is a huge event. There is certainly no shortage of fun to be had at the event. In fact, there is soooo much to do at the event it is impossible to take it all in. One of the nicer things at the con is the Family Fun Pavilion area. You can even play a game, The Cheese Weasel Conquest, while you explore the various exhibits.
In my opinion one of the best exhibits in term of being family oriented was G33k & Company. While I made it a point to interview all of the Family Fun exhibits which participated in The Cheese Weasel ConQuest, I feel that this exhibit was likely the kewlest of the bunch. Listen in as an attendee reads what I am going to call a Geekery Rhyme. (Her son even celebrated his birthday at the event.)
These rhymes are the creation of “Mother Geek”, Diane Presnell. You can find Diane Presnell and her company on the web at:
- G33k & Company Website
- The SurReal Mother Geek on Facebook
- A YouTube Video of a 2013 Gen Con interview
- My interview with her
An Interview with C. Aaron Kreader of Studio 9 Games
- Their card game, Treasures and Traps, nominated for Origins Card Game of the year
- Their village building game
- Their Statego style game
- The history of the company
- Their expansion sets
- The affordability of their games, some as low as 12.95
- His advice to people who wish to develop a game