This week on the podcast I had a fantastic opportunity to meet with some of the team from FailBetter Games based in Greenwich, London. Alexis Kennedy co-founded the studio, and Cash DeCuir joined the team as a writer a little over a year ago.
They are best known for their Subterranean Victorian Gothic narrative online game Fallen London, that was just launched on mobile as an iPhone iOS application. As of now, you can check out Fallen London in the App Store and there's a good deal of chance it's right there featured in the best games at the moment. Of course, you can also play the game directly as I used to when it was first released in late 2009 via the Fallen London website.
I found out about the game years ago and immediately loved the beautiful writing and mysterious world to explore, as I prepared my initial lists of people I'd like to talk for the podcast, FailBetter Games were right there from the beginning.
We talk about their gaming and design inspiration including tabletop roleplaying games and video games, what Fallen London is all about, Sunless Sea (another game available in the same universe) and much more during the episode.
Slight warning with regards to language, there is a tiny bit of explicit language so maybe watch out if kids are around.
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We have a very exciting episode of the Ice Cream for Everyone podcast today! I had heard about Cindy Gallop a little while back and contacted her a few months ago to ask if she'd be up for participating in a conversation with me. A few months later and we managed to coordinate schedules to organise this.
For those who don't know her, Cindy famously describes herself as the Michael Bay of business; she likes to blow shit up. She has over 30 years experience in brand building and creative communications experience, much of it with BBH, arguably one of the best advertising agencies in the world.
She was voted New York Advertising Woman of the Year in 2003, and in 2009 did a TED talk for the launch of her new business, Make Love Not Porn. We talk about it in detail during the show, and I encourage you to check out the TED talk, it's only a few minutes long.
Cindy regularly talks about the state of the creative communications industry at different events and conferences and is an advocate for diversity in business. We had a fantastic chat, and I hope you enjoy too!
If ever you're near Sydney, Australia she will be the opening keynote speaker at Mumbrella 360 Australia on the 7th June, and will also be speaking at a User Experience in San Francisco in August.
I should warn the episode has a little bit of explicit language and of course talks about sex, in case that might offend you. I apologise for the line dropping at a couple of points in the episode, I've been having trouble with my Internet Service Provider, I'm in the process of changing it to avoid this in the future.
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I had learned about the murder mystery treasure hunt events organised by A Door in a Wall since before leaving London in 2011 and stayed signed on to their email newsletter so even while living in Asia I vaguely followed the events going on and am still looking forward to participating to one of them.
The live gaming events have been attracting a loyal following of participants, enough for Tom Williams to make this a full time activity and recently the first regular monthly event, called A Veiled Threat.
I met with Tom in London and we had a great conversation about his background and inspiration for the game events he creates for A Door in a Wall. We also talk about arts, Warhammer miniature games, Escape rooms and more. There are a few odd noises in this recording, sorry about that. I hope you still enjoy!
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I'd caught up with Anjali at The Story conference back in February and asked if she'd be up for participating in a recording. We managed to find some time a couple of weeks ago and it was excellent to have a conversation about everything she's up to these days.
Anjali is the Head of Innovation for phd, a global media agency. She also co-founded Ada's List, an online community of women in tech and business in the UK, now expanding to the US as well. Anjali regularly writes in industry publications and speaks at a variety of events and conferences. As this is published and in case you're going too, she will be speaking at the Internet Age Media Weekend in Barcelona from the 7th to the 10th April 2016. She also writes a weekly newsletter and curates a website featuring innovation, startups and new technologies from places away from Western countries focus, called Other Valleys.
We had a fun and fascinating conversation about Anjali's international upbringing, her interest in TV shows, her sociology studies, her role with phd, Ada's List and much more. Enjoy!
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