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An Interview with Il Troubadore

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Il Troubadoure

Il Troubadore

Il Troubadore

Yes, Gen Con 2014 ended over a month ago and I am still publishing interviews. I am typing and editing as fast as I can. I ended up with a gluttonous amount of material but I promise you I will get them all done. However, between work, lack of drive space, ancient machines (my newest is 10 years old), a WordPress update eating the website, biological necessities and carpal tunnel I just can’t move any faster. Please be patient.

While there are a good number of very unique acts at Gen Con such as Five Year Mission, a Star Trek Themed band and Marc Gunn who theme is Sci-Fi, cats and hobbits, this act may well take the cake.

They dub themselves as a 16th century rock band.  While the entire ensemble was not present, the two, Robert Bruce Scott and Jon Silpayamanant, who performed put on quite the show. Robert Bruce Scott delivered an excellent solo performance.

They perform in numerous languages, blend classical style, opera and much more. They are likely the only band on the planet to do an Ewok song from the original Star Wars movie. (That’s right, Lucas took it out of the DVD releases.)  I also don’t ever recall a cello and mandolin covering Crazy Train, Stray Cat Strut and many other pop tunes. 

  • How many languages they sing in
  • Their influences
  • Their musical background
  • Their latest album, all around Star Wars
  • Thier take on the new media order
  • Advice to individuals who want to do what they do
  • Their musical backgrounds

You can find Il Troubadoure on the web at:

 

An Interview with The Celtfather, Marc Gunn

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Marc Gunn, Rythym and Folk

 Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014


Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014

Marc Gunn has been on my playlist even before the station existed. He was one of the first artist I contacted to get permission to play when I was the only DJ spinning indie music on a mainstream Internet station. (RIP Geeksradio.fm)  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally catch up with this wonderful kilted man.

Regrettably, and I still don’t get why, I don’t come through well on the recording. (Maybe it was where I was sitting, the crowd noise drowns me out.)  Nonetheless, the important part, Mr. Marc Gunn, is very audible. Listen in as we talk about:

  • Drinking songs
  • How long he has been doing Gen Con
  • Why he love Gen Con
  • How he got into his craft
  • His influences
  • Some of the gigs for him at Gen Con
  • His thoughts on the New Media Order
  • His advice for one who wants to do what he does

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

Marc is a HUGE supporter of the Celtic music scene, check out this list of donations by him at his website.

Marc also loves to travel and acts as a tour guide. Check out Celtic Invasion.

To close, I would like to personally thank Mr. Gunn for his time. Not only is he one of my favorite podsafe artists, I have always had admiration for how he supports his art form. I must also mention that he and I had more conversation after the interview and he continued with additional recommendations, all of which I have since explored and feel are of great worth. Hopefully, I can catch up with him again in the near future.

 

An Interview with William Witt of Pajaggle Games

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An Interview with William Witt of Pajaggle Games

William Witt of Pajaggle Games

William Witt of Pajaggle Games

There are many colorful displays at Gen Con but I think that Pajaggle may have taken the best of show for that department. The company was part of the Family Fun Pavilion and one of fifty participants in the Cheese Weasel Conquest. The colors alone make the game fun but listen in as William Witt and I discuss:

  • The game platform
  • How it is three games in one for ages 7 above
  • Some of the awards the game has received
  • The history of the company
  • His advice to those who would like to start a game company
  • What does the name mean?

Cruises for Gamers

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Cruises for Gamers

While Gen Con is mostly about gaming, you do find a bit of everything there. That said, I believe Kimberly Maita was the only travel agent there. (However, Marc Gunn also had information about Celtic Invasion Vacations) More specifically, Gamer Adventures is a travel agency that specializes in gamers.

Listen in to as Kimberly Maita of Gamer Adventures and I discuss:

  • The history of the company
  • Their cruise with Mayfair Games
  • Why the company was created
  • The price ranges of the cruises, you will be surprised at how little they actually cost
  • Her advice to anyone who has a wish to be a travel agent

You can find Gamer Adventures on the web at their website.  You can follow Kimberly on her blog.

An Interview with G33k and Company

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G33ky Stuff for All Ages

G33k and Company was one of fifty vendors who participated in the Cheese Weasel ConQuest. They had a fun thing to do to get your ConQuest card punched, you had to read a geeky nursery rhyme. I recorded some one doing so and it will be part of another podcast. They were also part of the Family Fun Pavillion area at this year’s Gen Con.

I think their About Page is a nice summary of what this young company is:

G33k & Co. is a group of companies dedicated to serving the entire geek family. We specialize in products that will engage all members of the family, and in particular the littlest geeklings. Located in Dayton, OH, we can ship our products anywhere in the world. In 2014, you’ll find us at geek, gamer, and pop culture conventions throughout the country, including GenCon, Indianapolis, and Denver ComicCon.

An Interview with Five Year Mission

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Perfect for Gen Con, A Star Trek Themed Quintet

Five Year Mission

Five Year Mission

While I am into Star Trek, these five men take it to a higher level.  Not only did they form a band which pledged to do one song for each episode in the original series which, quoting Fark, “Is one song plus a whole butt-load more” but they also are insanely popular to the point where they just returned from playing the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I confess that I felt a tad jealous when I heard they got to meet William Shatner.

Catalyst Games at Gen Con 2014

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An Interview with Loren L. Coleman, Owner of Catalyst Games

A Large-scale Version of "The Duke"

A Large-scale Version of “The Duke”

While I am not the world’s most avid gamer and have only recently gotten back into the hobby, BattleTech, Shadowrun and The Duke are all on my list of “To Do and To Get”. All are products of Catalyst Game Labs.

Frankly, the two largest problems in my life at the moment are; too many games and too little leisure time, along with too many music submissions and too little listening time.  Then again, as a gamer and indie music geek, I want those problems.

The company has a huge selection of high quality games. They are a regular at the Gen Cons and occupied at least three booths worth of space, aka the Catalyst Compound.  They also had one of the most awesome attractions for the attendees.  Check out the large-scale version of The Duke in the photo on the right.

An Interview with Ray Wehrs, President of Calliope Games

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Gateway Games to Introduce Your Non-Gaming Friends to Gaming – Calliope Games

Calliope Games

Calliope Games

I was lucky enough to catch the president of Calliope Games at the 2014 Gen Con.  Calliope Games are “gateway” games.  A game is to introduce non-gamers to gaming as a hobby.  This means they are low-cost with all titles under 30 USD and have short play times with most games being played in under 30 minutes.  They also appeal to a wide age group.

The company was part of the “family fun pavilion” area of Gen Con; an area designed for games to target the entire family.  They were also one of fifty companies participating in this year’s Cheese Weasel ConQuest.

Heroes Wanted and Game Developer Travis R. Chance

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Heroes Wanted

I knew I wanted to get this interview even before I got to the Gen Con.  I already wrote about how much I liked the concept of this game, Heroes Wanted.  I got even luckier than I thought. Not only did I get to interview someone about the game but I actually got to interview the game’s developer, Travis R. Chance.  Listen in as I get to sit down with this developer and co-founder of Action Phase Games as we talk about:

You can find out more about this game company at:

 

Joan Wendland of Blood and Card Stock Games

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Game Designer Joan Wendland

Blood and Card Stock Games offers a variety of non-collectible card games.  They are a game company that I would call a “gateway” game company.  By that I mean they offer games that offers games that non-hard-core  and hard-core gamers alike will enjoy.

I was lucky enough to get some time with Joan Wendland who is the “owner, operator, game designer and Queen of Cards”. Listen in as we talk about:

  • The many games the company has to offer
  • Joan’s interesting education
  • Her advice for those who wish to develop a game
  • Her thoughts on Kickstarter
  • TheGameCrafter.com

You can find out more about Blood and Card Stock Games at their website

A Few Minutes with Dylan Birtolo

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An Author in Armor

Dylan Birtolo

Dylan Birtolo

I am not joking.  This guy is really into sword fighting and he is a published author.  (The photo to the right is actually him.)  To be truthful, when I first approached him, I thought I was unfamiliar with him completely. During the interview, I found he writes for one of the games I follow. Besides, how could a blogger and gamer not want to interview an author in armor?

Mr. Birtolo is a, to say the least, well-rounded, amazing person. He is also a computer programmer who works for Microsoft, a martial artist and jousts.  If you explore his about page, you will see he that there is much more to him.  Listen to the interview to find out more as we discuss:

  • His book The Shadow Chaser, the first of a trilogy by him
  • Some of the games stories he has written
  • How he became an author
  • His influences and inspirations
  • His advice to aspiring writers
  • His favorite book on writing

You can find Dylan on the web at the links below

I would also like to publicly thank him for his time.  He seems like a wonderfully interesting person and I am already hoping he is at the next Gen Con because I have many more questions for this multi-talented man.

One last thing about this author, talent must run in the family.  His mother is also an Emmy winning writer and actress.

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