Show number thirteen! And there’s a competition!! So many exclamation marks!!!
The final show of 2010 (right click that link for a direct download, also available on iTunes) has a trio of interviews and, as it’s the time of year that I most remember playing games with my family when I was young, I thought it would be good to look into the more mainstream side of the hobby. First up I got to speak to Leigh Anderson, the author of a new book called The Games Bible. We talk about social gaming (which is pretty much perfect for this time of year) and how the idea for it came about. I got to speak to Holly Gramazio from Hide and Seek about her company’s newly released Boardgame Remix Kit as well: from new rulesets to mashups of classics, the BGR is entertaining as well as packed with brilliant ideas – check out their site here (as well as their App on your iPhone or iPad). There’s also discussion with Kevin Tostado, the writer and director of the brilliant new documentary Under The Boardwalk. The film tells the story of Monopoly as well as looking at the road to the 2009 World Championships, culminating in a very tense final… Even if you’re not a big fan of the game (and we all know how it divides the boardgaming community) the film is incredibly entertaining and beautifully put together. Here’s a trailer that explains a little more:
Now, how about a little extra? Fancy a copy of the film for yourself? Maybe one that’s been signed by Kevin himself? Well… it just so happens that Kevin sent a copy over to give away to a Little Metal Dog Show listener! If you’d like to get your hands on it, there’s a very simple question to answer (if you do a bit of digging). I just want to know the year that Monopoly first came out in the USA. Do some investigating and email your answer to email@example.com- the winner will then be chosen randomly from all correct answers on the morning of December 26, 2010 and announced here on the site (as well as on twitter). They’ll also be contacted directly so they don’t miss anything. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, either – the DVD is region free – so get your entry in! You can also earn an extra entry by leaving a review of the show on iTunes and letting me know your ID there.
Thanks (as always) for listening. If you want to get in touch with the show, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (which isn’t just for competition entries – questions, feedback and anything else is gratefully appreciated). Chris and I are also on Twitter: I’m @idlemichael and he’s @RallyIV. Have a great festive season and a wonderful new year, wherever you are!