Jason MoslanderUnited States
So, I am not the only one out there who talks about playing two-player games. There are others who enjoy playing games with their spouse; talking about games with their spouse; and even blogging and podcasting about playing such games. They even bring their wives onto the podcasts to talk about games with them. This week's Sphere of Influence continues with a look a two couples who have an impact on me and how I view games, especially when looking through the lens of playing games with Mrs. GwT. I believe couples have some more insight that I can offer, so give them a read or a listen.
Dice Hate Me
Chris Kirkman does everything. He has a blog, podcast, and a successful game company. You can find links to all of his stuff on his website. First, the blog: he writes about just about everything, from games they are publishing, to reviews, to session reports. He has some great insight because he can give you multiple perspectives from the gaming world. This is great because so many of us have a limited scope. We see things as bloggers, reviewers, podcasters, designers, publishers, gamers, etc.
One of my favorite aspects of Dice Hate Me is the State of Games podcast. Chris does this with his wife @monkey238. I love that they refer to each other by their Twitter handles the majority of the time it-- cracks me up. Having monkey238 on the show gives a lot of insight to the podcast that other podcasts just can't give-- the female perspective. I love that I can listen to them and get a better understanding of what she enjoys and then compare that to what Mrs. Games with Two enjoys. It gives you a better cross section of what the female gamer is looking for in a game. And this fills a real hole in the podcasting world since the number of female podcasters focused on board gaming are few and far between.
Great Big Table
A newer podcast that I absolutely love is Great Big Table. This is another husband-and-wife duo from Indiana. They do a wonderful job of not only telling people about great games to play with couples, but also ones that work well with the whole family. Jim and Adrienne do a wonderful job at producing this podcast. They discuss thrift store finds, what they have been playing, and then go into a topic of discussion. The great thing is that they really want the podcast to be interactive. So, they pose questions on Twitter, Facebook, and their blog, and then reference those questions and comments on the blog. They also have a voicemail line for people to call in and leave messages about the show or to comment on a question. I love that they are so willing to have their listeners interact with them, which can be a difficult feat on a podcast.
Additionally, these two love to talk about their gaming experiences together and with their children. This gives you some good insight on games to play with your significant other and your children. My only complaint about Great Big Table is that they are not on a regular schedule of releasing episodes yet. I hope that they can get on one. I understand that they have kids and jobs and podcasting is probably not the first thing on their minds, but I love them so much. They do a wonderful job and I hope they stick with it and continue to pump out some great content.
Be sure to follow all these guys and gals on Twitter I will post their handles below. I am glad that I found some other lovers of playing two player games with that special someone. Getting more knowledge on gaming is always a plus, and if they tend to game in the same fashion you do, then that is a double bonus.