Indie Talks Episode 41 – Curt Covert of Smirk and Dagger Games

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Feb 062014
 
Indie Talks Episode 41 - Curt Covert of Smirk and Dagger Games

Curt Covert joins me today as we talk game design, being back stabby and the process of publishing games! Curt is the driving force behind Smirk and Dagger games. For more of Curt’s history in the world of table top gaming, and just as a generally good idea all around, check out Tom Vasel’s Board Game University podcast! Episode 28 features Curt. Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get […]

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I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Become an Indie Talks patron – get satisfaction and stuff!

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Jan 242014
 
Become an Indie Talks patron - get satisfaction and stuff!

After spending a few nights this week talking with three folks involved in gaming – the Zeppeldrome guys (Anthony Gallela and Jeff Wilcox) and Fred Hicks of Evil Hat, I’ve decided I really need to keep doing the Indie Talks Podcast. I love doing it! I very much enjoy talking with people in the gaming industry who are entirely responsible for the hobby we all love. And I love sharing it with the world. To that end, I’ve revamped, and relaunched a Patreon campaign to […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks Episode 38 – Dan Yarrington of Game Salute

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Jan 202014
 
Indie Talks Episode 38 - Dan Yarrington of Game Salute

This podcast was unfortunately delayed a bit from before the holidays as I struggled mightily with some Youtube issues. I’ve finally gotten those straightened out, and what we’re left with is an excellent podcast! Dan Yarrington joins me from Game Salute as we talk about everything under the sun that has to do with the board game industry. Dan takes us through getting a game ready to publish, the manufacturing, kickstarting and then publication and distribution of modern hobby games. We would love to get […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Jan 152014
 
Game School: Creating games with kids (in mind)

I consider myself a lucky guy. I’ve got two great daughters and I can brag about all the things that father’s normally brag about. But I’ve got some extra brag here – because both of my girls harbor a love of tabletop games. I feel slightly strange saying this, but it’s like I grew my own gaming group. First I want to talk a bit about my youngest daughter, Luca. Primarily because, as the youngest child, she most often goes second when it comes to […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Game School: Indie Talks Episode 36 – Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games

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Dec 042013
 
Game School: Indie Talks Episode 36 - Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games

Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games joins us today to talk about board games, publishing and what it’s like to live the dream! Stephen takes a nice, deep dive into game production and talks about lots of juicy details that go into actually producing a playable product. We also talk nerd rage, craft beer and microgames, among other things. Please visit Stronghold Games online, find them on Facebook and hit up Twitter as well!  Also check out the three latest titles released – Space Cadets: Dice Duel, Going, […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Game School: Gaido moves forward and I enter my first design contest

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Nov 222013
 
Game School: Gaido moves forward and I enter my first design contest

There comes a time in every game designers life when they find themselves contemplating contests. There are a ton of game design contests out there, ranging from simple, self fulfilling things to big prizes and publishing deals. Gaido has finally gotten to the point where I think it’s ready to be shown off even more, so I’ve entered it into The Game Crafter’s Micro Game Challenge contest! The basics of the contest are this: The game has to fit into a tuck box (what a […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks Episode 35 – Angelia Parenteau and Total Confusion

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Nov 202013
 
Indie Talks Episode 35 - Angelia Parenteau and Total Confusion

This episode I’m joined by Angelia Parenteau, Media Director for the gaming convention Total Confusion! TotalCon takes place in Mansfield MA in February of every year and it’s by far my favorite convention to attend. I’m tacking this one into my Game School section of podcasts as well, as we talk an awful lot about how to actually run a convention – everything from planning meetings to pulling off four days of gaming. Total Confusion bills itself as the largest gaming convention in New England. It may […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Nov 142013
 
Game School: Life, the Universe and Play Testing - being creative when life happens

This started off as a simple post about play testing my game Comet Cowboys, but in the course of 36 hours it turned into something else entirely. A common theme I see, a question I get asked a bit is this: How do you (in the generic sense, not me personally) continue to create when life throws everything at you? How do people go about play testing a game when they’ve had an awful day, or look at artwork when they’re battling a nasty flu? […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.