“If you build it, they will come.”- Field of Dreams
“If you build it and provide snacks, they will come.”
– Gaming Table of Dreams
In this episode, we talk to Jools Thomas* and Ryan Thomas* about the Japan International Gamers Guild (JIGG). Jools is the unofficial JIGG historian (he made a T-shirt with that on it, so…), whose blog sparked the idea for this interview. Ryan is one half of the duo, Linda Thomas being the other, that brought gaming to Kansai. If you’re interested in the history of the best gaming community in the world, or if you’re interested in how to start up a gaming community or group, this is the episode for you.
*No relation. Did we run out of last names?
“No, we’re okay, now that we’re not murdered or anything.”
In this episode, we debut another series: movie genres. To kick it off, we discuss thrillers and what thrilling tricks we can use in our games to make them more, yup, thrilling. Lyal talks about submarine movies. Wayne talks about submarine movies. No, wait, that was Lyal talking over Wayne. Chris talks about getting a lot of “great ideas” from Lady in the Water, despite it being pretty far from thrilling and pretty far from great.
Chris podcasts from inside a can again.
In this episode, we talk about the games we played at the most recent JIGG (Japan’s International Gamers Guild) Game Day and gamer etiquette.
Here’s a list of the rules of etiquette that didn’t make the episode:
Don’t eat over the communal pizza.
Trash talking is fine.
Never ever allow do-overs, except under the following 83 circumstances…
Yujiro and Kristos guest host. Actually, Wayne and Lyal just do Kristos impressions.
In this episode, we talk about how to best use lying and secrecy in your games.
The secrets of this episode:
- Wayne’s d100 joke was originally Lyal’s. It was also originally funny.
- Wayne has never seen Goodfellas, and Lyal has never seen Family Guy. This actually won’t seem like much of a secret after you listen to the episode.
- Chris initially had a joke where he said the episode was about fantasy. Get it? It was a lie. It’s no secret why this “joke” never made it in.
In our debut Creature Feature, we shine the moonlight on werewolves. We discuss werewolf legends and movies and how to run werewolf antagonists and protagonists. We also talk about The Werewolf of Washington a lot. Never heard of it? There’s a reason for that.
Lyal forgot his notes at home, so “skin-walkers” become “skin-changers” and “The Beast of Gevaudan” becomes “The Beast of B-something”. Chris’s research seems to have consisted of after school specials on safe sex. Wayne is allegedly from the “ghetto”, which explains why Lyal and Chris lose it when he tells his wrapping tube story.
Despite this, we come up with a pretty decent setting to play werewolves in. Can you handle the Werepocalypse?
In this episode, we discuss board games with our special guest, Kristos.
Kristos talks about making his wife cry, which is related to board games. Chris mentions nun rape, which isn’t related to board games. Lyal does sound effects, which, oddly, is related to board games. Wayne threatens to “get started” on Toys ‘R’ Us (again), which, while related to board games, would have been cut (again).
Find out which board game is the best on the market and which one is the worst. Kristos also shares his secret on how to make Monopoly even more boring.