Category Archives: Interviews

Special interview episodes of the show.

SC 010: Gruff

Gruff is cool!  And today I talk with Brent Critchfield, the designer, all about it.  Oh, and he has a Kickstarter going for the 2nd expansion which adds solo and co-op play, you can find that here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/31839895/gruff-rage-of-the-trolls or here http://www.studiowoe.com

Basically Gruff is a game of battling goats guided by unique shepherds.  You pick a shepherd, then you pick three goats.  This gives you a pool of cards (15 per goat) and you build a deck from that pool (8 per goat).  Ready, set, battle!  The rules are straight forward, but there is a ton of depth both in the deck construction and the play itself.  There are two expansions (well the 2nd is on Kickstarter now), both are standalone and great deals by themselves.  All in all, this game looks and plays great.  A perfect 2-player game and with the latest expansion, you can play it solo and co-op.

(Hmmm, that sounded very market-ish, but really I just like this game and wish it success.)

 

SC 009: Roll20CON

Today I talk with Suzanne and Stephanie about Roll20CON happening June 24-25, 2017.

Roll20.net is one of the leading online role-playing platforms and Roll20CON is their annual (this is the 2nd annual to be precise) convention to raise money to combat cyber bulling via the Cybersmile charity.  Go to Roll20CON.net now to sign up to run a game or to play a game.

Follow them on Twitter: @Roll20app

Use the hashtag #Roll20CON to talk about the con.

And watch them on twitch at twitch.tv/Roll20app

Details with bullet points:

 

  • Roll20CON is the free, online-only celebration of the Roll20 Community, starting Saturday, June 24th and ending Sunday, June 25th, 2017. No timezones this year — we’ve scheduled the fun to continue through them all!
  • On June 17th, all games labeled for Roll20CON will have access to some Plus-level subscription features (tagged games will be ad free & will have access to Dynamic Lighting) for free until the end of the event.
  • During the convention, some of your favorite streamers will be live on Twitch helping us raise money for Cybersmile, the international non-profit supporting victims of cyberbullying. (We have not announced who yet!)
  • Teespring campaign coming June 17th with profits to Cybersmile!

 

 

SC 008 Interview: JT with The Game Crafter

In this episode I talk with JT, one of the founders of TheGameCrafter.com.  This site is even cooler than I thought and it keeps getting better.

We briefly start with the history of the site but then jump right into all the options you have when designing games.  Laser cut custom shapes…I need not say more.  But I will!  Cool upgrade components, dice, and contests.  A Ton of contests (each contest weighs 1/3 of a ton, so that means 3 contests: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/contests).

And if you want to hear more from JT, he has a weekly podcast that can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/game-crafter-official-podcast/id955056351?mt=2  or just search “The Game Crafter” wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Oh, and here is the link to the image of the dice JT talked about: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b13zha2pbkqygtz/customwoodendice.jpeg?dl=0

 

SC 006 Interview: Ash Maczko about Squarriors

This week I talk with Ash Maczko about his upcoming non-collectable card game Squarriors (http://squarriors.com).  This is based off the comic of the same name.  I’ve played the demo and I really enjoyed it.  The Kickstarter starts in a few days, so give this a listen and check out the Kickstarter.

SC 005 Interview: John Zinser of AEG about Thunderstone Quest

In this Side Chat episode I talk with John Zinser, CEO of AEG games. We talk briefly about the origins of the company and then segue into the origins of the original Thunderstone.  Of course that leads us to Thunderstone Quest and how it is different from it’s predecessors.  We also talk a bit about why this is a Kickstarter since this is a first for AEG.

For more information about AEG visit their website at https://www.alderac.com

For Thunderstone Quest you can go directly to their page here https://www.alderac.com/thunderstone/

And you can find the Kickstarter here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alderac/thunderstone-quest-from-aeg

 

SC 004 Interview: Isaac Childres on Gloomhaven

Today I talk with Isaac Childres about Gloomhaven, the reprinting of Gloomhaven, and the Founders of Gloomhaven Kickstarter.  It’s a lot of Gloomhaven but we manage to sneak in a few questions from the listeners as well.

SC 003 Interview: Wreck Age with Anton and Matt

Today Chris talks to Anton and Matt of Hyacinth Games.  We talk about their RPG and tabletop miniatures game Wreck-Age, a post-collapse world set in the not so distant future.  We talk game mechanics, the world, and about the upcoming Kickstarter that will add vehicle miniatures and combat to the game.

You can find more at their website: https://www.wreck-age.net

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1579527745704563/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HyacinthGames

And you can follow them on Twitter: @wreckageRPG

Their Kickstarter starts on March 17th, 2017 around noon central time.

You can also find them at  AdeptiCon in Schaumburg, IL on March 23rd-26th at the Renaissance.  They’ll be on the dealers room floor and it’s free to stop in.

SC 002 Interview: Dungeon Alliance with Andrew Parks

This is the first in our new interview series.  In this episode Chris talks with Andrew Parks about his new Dungeon Alliance Kickstarter.  And since it’s Andrew Parks, we also talk a bit about Core Worlds and the upcoming game from WizKids: Assault of the Giants.  (Although I call it “Attack” of the Giants on the show – sorry!)

Find out more about Dungeon Alliance and watch Andrew play the solo game on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/quixoticgames/dungeon-alliance