Important note: It seems conventional on other podcasts I listen, to mention explicit language - in case your kids are around while you listen or something. There are a few F-words in this episode. I apologise I forgot to mention it in the intro to the episode.
This week on the podcast we geek out about tabletop roleplaying games (and a bunch of other stuff - don't feel left out if you don't play tabletop roleplaying games) with an awesome guest: Luke Crane. Luke had won multiple Origins Awards for Best Roleplaying Games in 2006 for his first system Burning Wheel and again in 2008 for MouseGuard. He also designed several other games such as Burning Empires, FreeMarket (with Jared Sorensen) and recently Torchbearer. Luke regularly talks about game design as a variety of events and conventions. Last but certainly not least, Luke is also the Head of Games for Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding website. He gets to support thriving game designers bring their projects to life thanks to the support of fans on the popular crowdfunding platform.
We had a fantastic conversation about the design voices in Luke's head, his lunar origins, authors intentions in game design, his latin studies, the Burning Wheel RPG system, his favourite games and movies, how games and tabletop games in particular are seeing a renaissance thanks to crowdfunding and more.
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I am playing around with the Ice Cream publishing day of the week at the moment, here trying Thursday out for size instead of Friday, if you have any comments please keep in touch.
This week on the podcast, I caught up with Richard Huntington in London. For the planners reading this, Richard is pretty well known for his writing and comments about the advertising & marketing industry, whether you agree with him or not it would be tough denying he's a very smart person - even though he denies it most of the time.
I'd caught up with Richard at the European Planning Conference in Prague a few months ago and asked if he'd be up for having a chat for the podcast, which he graciously accepted. He probably had no idea I'd mine the internet for possibly ancient and best forgotten information about his student years. We had a fantastic conversation about how he got into advertising and marketing, how important writing is for aspiring and current strategic planners, as well as commenting about tabletop board games, ad blockers and content marketing.
It was a brilliant and fun conversation, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Thanks to Heather's introduction following a previous episode of the show, I've had a brilliant conversation with Rachel Thompson. Before falling into advertising and marketing Rachel was studying cultural anthropology and made Live Action RolePlaying games in the UK the main focus of her Masters. We had a great talking about her knitting, interest in science-fiction, comments about the recent trends in virtual reality headsets, loyalty for brand (or lack thereof), live action roleplaying and much more. I hope you enjoy!
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We have an exciting show this week, a great conversation about gaming and diversity with Tanya DePass. I found out about Tanya and #INeedDiverseGames thanks to an article I read on Offworld. I'm conscious that the majority of my guests so far are a bunch of white guys, I'm interested in talking to a diverse set of interesting people from around the world so I thought it would be great to find out more about the "I Need Diverse Games" community with Tanya.
We have a lovely conversation about Tanya's background as a gamer, both video games and tabletop, her time spent in Japan for studies, her background in computer science and human computer interaction, how #INeedDiverseGames started as an angry tweet from Tanya and grew into a full time activity, her activities as a diversity liaison with conventions like GaymerX and more.
Tanya also co-hosts a gaming audio podcast, Fresh Out of Tokens (iTunes / Stitcher), that I also highly recommend you go check out, there are some great conversations about gaming and with game designers. I've listened to a couple of episodes so far and thoroughly enjoyed them.
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This week on the podcast, Philippa tells us about The International Exchange. After a successful career working with some of the best advertising agencies including Leo Burnett and BBH, Philippa created TIE in order to leverage the skills of professionals in the communications and marketing industry and put them to use for the benefit of non-profit organisations, often based in developing countries, and help them make a difference in the world.
We had a great conversation talking about Philippa's background in South Africa and Canada, her studies in Bangkok and working in London. She now lives in the Northeast of Brazil, in Olinda, near Recife, and runs TIE from there.
Now her clients include some of the largest advertising agencies in the world including Network WPP, Wieden+Kennedy, Leo Burnett, BBH, and more. TIE also works with non-profit organisations in Brazil, Ghana, Malawi, India and more across causes as diverse as providing houses with fuel efficient stoves to taking care of re-inserting street children into society.
If ever you're listening to this and wish to get involved with TIE, first check out their Facebook Page, second follow them on Instagram, Twitter and lastly, if your agency isn't working with them yet then I guess send your powers at be a link to this interview so they can hear more about it!
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