Episode 101 – Save Crash Games!

Hey folks – here’s a new episode of the podcast; a Tony-less episode as this one was kind of put together at the last moment. This time around, Michael is joined by Patrick Nickell from Crash Games – genuinely one of the best people in the world of games. 2016 was something of a rollercoaster for Patrick, mentally and financially, and we talk about what’s been going on with him and his company.

Please note that this interview is pretty emotional and raw. There’s some heavy discussion about depression and suicide, but that doesn’t mean everything is dark. There is plenty of positivity in our discussion, plenty of passion and Good Stuff – I just want you, the listeners, to know what you’re going into before you hit play.

You can get the podcast over on iTunes, of course, or you can grab it directly from this link right here.

As ever, thank you for listening. And once you’re done with this episode, if you go and help Patrick and Crash Games, you won’t know how much I appreciate it.

We mention at the end that there are several helplines for people to call if you’re thinking of suicide or harming yourself, and as promised, here are some numbers. Most countries have some variant of these, and it’d be near impossible to list them all, but these are for places where the majority of Little Metal Dog Show listeners subscribe from. Metrics are useful 😉

US: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

United Kingdom: CALM – 0800-585858

United Kingdom: Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90

Ireland: Samaritans – 1850 60 90 90

Australia: Lifeline – 13 11 14

France: SOS Amitie – 01 40 09 15 22

Germany: TelefonSeelsorge – 0800 111 0 111

Remember – someone is always ready to help.




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Episode 100! Enter The Dark Carnival…

Blimey. Somehow we managed to reach one hundred episodes which, we suppose, is something of an achievement in itself. Thank you to everyone who listens, whether you’ve been around since the very first show or are new to the team. You’re all rather special.

This episode sees Michael speaking with the team from Psychopathic Records – home to the legendary hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse. Designers Robert Bruce and Louis Simpson and artist Tom Wood have collaborated to create a truly entertaining game, accessible even for those who haven’t heard of any of the bands on the label, and we talk about the design process, the game itself, and the pleasures and pitfalls of having a rabid target audience.

Michael and Tony also talk about licensing in gaming, covering Tony’s adventures with a small Welsh train, and just how awful a Trainspotting game could be…

The episode is up on iTunes now (of course) but if you’d like to grab it directly, you can do so – just right click and save this here link:


Again, thank you so much for listening. I’m still amazed to this day that anyone does so, but each one of you is a splendid person for taking time out of your day to hear me (and now Tony) jabber away. It means more than you’ll probably ever know.


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Episode 99: The One Where Tony Signs Up

Well, it’s been a while, but yes – The Little Metal Dog Show podcast is still very much alive. Michael returns with an all new episode and an all new co-host! From here onwards, each episode will also have the splendid Tony Boydell on staff as well, and we figured that the best thing to do would bring him in for a quick catch up before we hit the next episode that will actually get the show to triple figures…

Each show will have a theme, and this one covers the wonderful world of Conventions. From UK Games Expo to BGG.con and every show in between, the people, the games and the experiences are what make the world of games so good. Michael and Tony discuss the 2016 season and what they’re looking forward to in the next year…

The podcast will be available through iTunes as always, but if you’d like to get it right now, you can grab it directly from this link here. And of course, subscribing to the channel is always a nice thing too!

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Back from Essen!

We’re back after a hardcore week of booth-running at Spiel 2016! Thank you to all the people who I spoke with at the show who had such nice things to say about the stuff we’re doing at the moment (especially with the YouTube channel) – I hope you all enjoy the soon-to-be relaunched podcast, more on which will be revealed shortly…

Of course, Essen is all about Getting Your Hands On All The New Hot Games, and even though there wasn’t much time to walk the halls, a good selection of stuff made its way back home. Check out the video to see what loot will be hitting the table soon at Little Metal Towers!

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Portal Games live at Essen 2016!

Just a quick post to let you know that the first of our interviews from the show floor at Essen Spiel is now live – and why not start it in style with one of the biggest names in gaming, Poland’s own Portal Games?

I sit down with Marcin to discuss their new releases at the show, including the European unveiling of Cry Havoc, the latest expansion for Imperial Settlers – Aztecs – and the beautiful second edition of Robinson Crusoe. Check out the video below!

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