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The Long View of Kingdom Builder

Martin G
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Oh, and my second appearance on the excellent Long View podcast just went up, this time on Kingdom Builder.

New Episode of The Long View Posted - Kingdon Builder
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Taking the Long View

Martin G
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Oh dear, I appear to have been neglecting this blog horribly

I have not been entirely quiet though. A few weeks ago Geof Gambill invited me to discuss my favourite game, Tigris & Euphrates, on his excellent podcast The Long View. I strongly endorse his aim of looking in depth at games that have been around for a while, by talking to people who have played them a lot - kind of an audio version of the Voice of Experience reviews contest.

The [media=88263]episode has just gone live[/media] and I hope I did justice to the game and to the podcast - I had some tough acts to follow!

In other news, I'm getting ready for my first Essen and have a watchlist up. There are not many new games that I'm super-excited about, but I am really looking forward to experiencing the fair and meeting BGGers from round the world.
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Fri Oct 5, 2012 11:05 am
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On air: reflections on podcasting

Martin G
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Last night I participated in the recording of a podcast for the first time. Three London on Board regulars (Karl, Henrik and Conrad) started the Royal Society of Gamers podcast last year, and completed 9 episodes. But Conrad has moved back to New York and Henrik is taking a bit of a gaming break, so Karl has decided to try out more of a magazine format, with a rotating cast of LoBsters contributing segments. Last night, John, Paul and I went round to Karl's place in East London to record a few reviews.

It was a very pleasant and easy-going experience. We played a game of Kingdom Builder, chatted for a while over pizza and beers, and then Karl set up his big microphone in the middle of the table for the recording. I think it's a good sign that it didn't feel much different chatting about games with the mike or without it. We all know each other well already and so it was easy to have a rapport. We reviewed Kingdom Builder (which Karl likes less than everyone else), Galaxy Trucker (mixed reactions, but everyone wants to like it) and I'm the Boss! (popular with all). Karl's going to edit the segments soon and probably split them between the next couple of episodes.

All that said, I don't really listen to podcasts (or watch video reviews). I much prefer to digest information and opinion by reading than listening or watching. I can get the information I want more quickly and skip the bits I'm not interested in more easily. But recording an audio review this way turned out to be much easier than writing one. I guess it comes down to the hierarchy of speed of processing words. Speaking is faster than writing, even if you're a fast touch-typer (as I am), but reading is much faster than listening.

I guess what I'm saying is that, for me, podcasting shifted some of the effort from creator to consumer. When I write a review, I'll go back over it several times, revising words and honing the flow. With a podcast you have less opportunity to do that. Obviously you can (and should) prepare, but if it was completely scripted it would sound stilted. The big benefit is how easy it is to include multiple perspectives on the same game via a natural-sounding conversation. Written reviews are much more about communicating one person's experience.

Anyway, I will certainly make an exception to my no-listening habits to see how this one turns out, and I hope I'll be invited back!
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Tue Mar 6, 2012 10:55 am
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