Jun 172014
 

pic1073660_t[1]Matt Leacock has become the go-to game when is about cooperative games design. True that there are other designers out there who create fantastic cooperative games, but Matt… He’s the guy!

With Pandemic, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert  and others under his belt he’s an undisputed authority in the genre, so having him in a panel of his own was a great privilege.

He also happens to be a sincerely nice guy. Seriously. I challenge anyone to dislike him. Can’t be done.

Anyhow, he is also working with Modiphius to create a game based on a much loved franchise of British culture: Thunderbirds.

We talked about cooperative games, the new game, his past and his future!

Hope you enjoy the interview!

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May 282014
 

wd-preview-posterA couple of weeks before the Waggle Dance Kickstarter campaign started, we recorded some of the footage for the video and I thought it’d be a good idea to have a chat with the creator and publisher to find out more about the game and the plans that Grublin Games has for this excellent game.

Waggle Dance is a worker placement game with a few interesting bits that set it aside from most other games out there. With quite a lot of components and a solid game engine it’s accessible enough for newcomers to the hobby, and deep enough to have the strategists out there entertained for a while.

But don’t take it from me. Listen to the interview and find out for yourselves.

And sorry for my rough looks… I didn’t shave that morning!

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Apr 282014
 

salute2014Salute 2014 came to London another year, like every year. The biggest and probably best wargames convention in the UK takes place at Excel. And like every year, we took our camera and asked a few questions around to a few nice people!

Martin Vaux from Lords of War. This game came out with great success in Kickstarter a little while ago and an expansion also was very successfully funded and with very good reason, it’s a terrific game. I managed to get a few words with Martin about the game, its genesis, its future and some juicy bits about the table version of the game.

Mohammed Ait-Mehdi from Don’t Panic Games. France is a company that keeps coming out with great games and Don’t Panic Games has something in the making that looks super cool. Renown sculptor and painter Mohammed Ait-Mehdi gives us a insight on what’s to come, a game called Drakerys that will be funded via Kickstarter, and why we should be excited. Very excited.

Dan Faulconbridge from Wargames Illustrated. By far the best wargames magazine out there at the moment, Dan has been at the helm for a while and being very successful at it, even at a time of digital revolution.

Ian Brumby from Fenris Games is the company behind a lot of great minis, but they’re probably best known thanks to the incredible success of Cthulhu Wars. Incredibly, they’ve managed to keep the schedule ticking at the right pace despite the number of unforeseen extra miniatures that had to be created. Some lessons to be learnt from him!

Paul Nobb from Jersey Privateers. Ladies and Gentlemen, this man is one of the reasons why the wargames hobby is so successful and such a lovely place to be. Seriously. I challenge you to dislike this fellow!

Mike Berry from Leisure Games. The best games shop in the UK (yes, because I say so) and he knows a thing or two (probably three) about the gaming business. As always, he gives some terrific insight to a few rather difficult questions I threw his way.

Jake Thornton with Mantic Games. Meeting Jake has been the highlight of a very long time. I am very lucky to know a lot of games designers and Jake has shot right into the top of my list of Amazing Humans Beings. He’s not just a fantastic game designer responsible for some of the best that Mantic Games has to offer, but an absolutely wonderful man. Seriously.

 

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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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