Jan 112014
 

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Last of the episodes with the interviews we recorded at Spiel 2013. We have left some of the very best for the last episode, so sit back and enjoy because we talked to:

Krosmaster Arena. One of my favourite (if not my favourite) game of 2013, Krosmaster has featured heavily in my game shop and we’ve played many, many times. It was a great surprise that it plays so well and it’s as cute as it deserves to be. I caught up with the designer of the experience. A very great pleasure!

Surprised Stare Games. With Snowdonia turning out to be an extremely solid and truly fantastic game, Surprised Stare Games is one company worth keeping an eye on to see what else they have up their sleeve and wonder how they’re going to surprise us in the future. I talked to Tony Boydel to find out!

Mindwarrior Games: A Finnish company making a splash with a lovely booth, extremely professional approach to gaming and a very good selection of games, both boardgames and role playing games. I caught up with their Marketing Manager and also with Mike Pohjola, designer of Heroes of the Storm RPG.

Sproket Games. Comany created by Michael Fox, from the Little Metal Dog website and podcast, Sprocket Games has a lot more to it than meets the eye and therefore I decided to have a chat with Steph Fox, artist and gamer who is responsible for a great deal of the look and feel of the games for the company. And an awesome human being to boot!

Strata Max Games. Let’s Take a Hike is a seriously lovely filler game. Fun and mean to the players and with some hilarious artwork that fits the theme very well indeed. Sheepdogs is receiving tremendous praise and yet not enough people knows about this company. Let’s do something about that!

Esdevium Games: The biggest distributor in the UK and part of Asmodee, Esdevium has a very proactive company policy to being present at conventions and promote the games they sell, I sat down with Daniela Pietrosanu to talk about her company, Asmodee, their games and the company.

 

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Jan 062014
 

spiel-logo123Arctic Union is an organisation that caught my eye a long time ago for being a collective of designers and publishers who decided to join forces and unite under one banner to showcase and sell their games.

And they’re a nice bunch of guys to boot, so we decided to do a special episode dedicated just to them and the games they brought to Spiel 2013.

Juha Salmijärvi gives us an introduction and overview of what Artic Union does and why , as well s talking to us about Revision Games, the publishers who have Iron Sky, the boardgame based on the movie, among its titles.

RollD6 Games: Eero Hulkkonen tells us about Jaa Sulaa, a game with ice, penguins and  fun for everyone. He also tells us about forthcoming releases and how to kill trolls with lights and mirrors!

Dragon Dawn: The brain behind this company, Timo Multamäki, tells us about Phantom League and tons more!

Lastly, but by no means least, we talk to the guys from Serpent’s Tongue, one of the most amazingly produced games and most intriguing I have in my collection. A game in which you have to learn the language of Magic to play it? Coloured me *very* interested!

For more information about Arctic Union and their games, please visit their website. It’s well worth it.

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Jan 062014
 

spiel-logo12By Paco Garcia Jaen and Martin K. Reed

Another release with some more of the interviews we carried out at Spiel directly to your video stream!

In this episode:

AEG: One my favourite companies with a few great games and they keep coming up with some terrific games time and time again. This year they released Canalis at Spiel and we talked to Mark Wotton about it quite a lot. And of course we also talk about Smash Up and a great deal more!

Golden Egg Games: Elad Goldsteen, the one and only designer for this company has been extremely busy with some cool games. The Fallen City of Karez and City Council two of them that feature quite heavily!

The Historical Games Factory: I caught up with the publishers of Sigismundus Augustus: Dei Gratia rex Poloniae, a company that intends on turning history into a game and have fun with it. Lots of plans for the future!

Hobby World: The biggest games publisher in Russia, Hobby World has also been very successful in Kickstarter wth Seotikon: Uranium Wars. Timofey Bokarev gives us an insight on gaming in Russia, the company and their games too!

Iello: The publishers of King of Tokyo were kind enough to spend some time discussing their releases and giving us an idea of what the future releases will be, and Zombie 15 is one to look forward to. Not that they don’t have enough amazing games to keep us busy, mind you!

Dice+: Tablets and games are a combination made in heaven, and yet, there is still that niggling bit about not being able to use real dice with those games. Not anymore, though! Dice+ brings us a real dice that connects to your tablet and allows you to do all sorts of cool stuff. Watch and marvel!

Bezier Games is the last interview for this episode, though not the end of the interviews. Ted Alspach gives us a run down on their new releases, which include Ultimate Werewolf and more Suburbia.

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Jan 012014
 

spiel-logo[1]By Paco Garcia Jaen and Martin K. Reed

The third episode in our series of interviews at Spiel 2013. This episodes features interviews with:

 

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Dec 042013
 

essen2013By Paco Garcia Jaen

The second episode with the interviews from Spiel 2013, this time we’ve packed a bit more in the episode with eight interviews. Behold!

  1. Greater than Games: Little I can say about Sentinels of the Multiverse that hasn’t been said already, but that’s not the case with Christopher Badell. As the inventor and designer of the game, he does have a great deal more to say about it, and I was only so happy to listen to him!
  2. Fable Smith has been a great surprise this year with Ortus. I interviewed him for the podcast, we reviewed the game for the Boardgame Review Room podcast show and I couldn’t miss the chance to say hello in person to one of the designers with the most interesting background story out there!
  3. E-raptor has been another of those discoveries in 2013. They create products you don’t realise you need until you use them. Then you don’t want to be without. Ever!
  4. Mage Company has been in my radar for a long time, so I had to pop by and find out how Wrong Chemistry was coming along and how 12 Realms has come to fruition after a very successful Kickstarter campaign!
  5. Like a Phoenix that never truly died, Wotan game is coming back from the ashes of an unforgiving past with redoubled resolve and redoubled games. I talked to Julian Musgrave about Camelot, his return to the game publishing arena and the future of the company.
  6. Card games are not just for the table. They are also for the tablet and Faeria is a gorgeous looking card game that should be seeing the light of Kickstarter very soon indeed. Curious as always, I wanted to find out who was behind the lovely graphics and busy booth.
  7. Jamoma Games is a one man band with a game called Suburban Dispute that promises a lot. Gangsters and Chicago in a game is a good recipe for good fun and I had the feeling this game could deliver just that, so I spoke to the designer to find out!
  8. Z-Man Games… I won’t say anything about them because… c’mon… because Z-Man games!

 

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Dec 042013
 

essen2013By Paco Garcia Jaen

The first of a number of episodes with the interviews we recorded at Spiel 2013. In this episode, we have interviews with:

  • Dan Yarrington: Owner of Game Salute, Dan is a man who’s learned a thing or two about games and games publishing and one of the people who has taken best advantage of Kickstarter. But not everything Game Salute is all about is Kickstarter, as you’ll soon enough find out!
  • Frank DiLorezo: Behind R+R Games, a company that packed a massive amount of gaming in a small booth with some really neat ideas, including how to play with stones!
  • Wolf: Eggertspiele was mega busy pretty much every single time we popped by and, as you’ll discover in this interview, with very goo reason. Rococo looked great!
  • Czech Board Games: This is an organisation some people should take good note of. In a country with limited resources, people come together to ask for advice, show the games and ask fro help. When they see a good game, they produce it and sell it! Another side to crowd funding!
  • Goty Games: DUCO has been a game that I liked since the very beginning when I saw the pre-production copy of the game. I liked enough that I bought three copies so I cangive them away to my nieces for Christmas. Hope this interview will give you an idea why I liked it so much!
  • Ludonaute: One of my favourite companies *ever*, they have been producing some stunning games for a while now. This Spiel they released SOS Titanic and Lewis & Clarke. And they’ve done it again… they look amazing! I caught up with Anne Cecile Lefebvre, one of the owners of the company, and Cédrick Chaboussit, the designer of the lovely game!
  • NSKN Games came to my attention with Warriors & Traders, a heavy game that’s currently being looked into and getting a second edition. They also came out with Exodus: Proxima Centauri, a science-fiction game that, after another remake, has got even better and much easier to store than ever before. And it seems they have some more interesting games coming out very soon!

 

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