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Sunday, April 16, 2006

BGTG 56 - April 15, 2006 - All About Vinci (with David Arnott)





I was on vacation last week. No, not at the Gathering of Friends, I was in Hawaii with my family. I thought I might catch up on a little podcasting backlog or at least spruce up the web page. Instead, I ended up doing what I should've planned on all along--relaxing! That's why this show recorded at the end of March is just being posted now.

But here it is, the All About Vinci show. I announced this ahead of time with the thought that people could play the game, review the rules, etc. This is a longer show--as all of the All Abouts turn out to be--and I figure that level of discussion makes the most sense when the listener is already familiar with the game. And if that's the case, then maybe we don't need to go over the rules in such depth? I ask that question in the opening of this podcast, something I'd like to hear back about.

By the way, if you want to skip past the rules, just scan your CD or MP3 player forward to about 30:45 after you get through my intro. You'll miss a little commentary & analysis that squeezes its way in amongst the rules overview, but not too much.

Anyway, that's Dave and I recording the podcast in the photo, of course. I'm on the right, and we're using the simple headsets + audio splitter setup that costs less than $50. (Ok, you need to have a computer already, but the recording software is also free.) We're at an upstairs table during SoCal Games Day 25, at the Burbank Moose Lodge. Really!

Links
BGTG 31 - All About Medici (with the Dave Arnott bio)
Vinci
Play by Web Vinci (on Ludagora, at Online-Vinci)

-Mark

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

BGTG 55 - April 4, 2006 - "Dark Johnson" Interview (with David Arnott)



Dave Arnott sprung this show on me, turning the tables on the interviewer. His plan was to expose me for the sinister, heartless gamer that I really am. Of course, the plan backfired and I come out smelling like a rose. :)

No, he just asks some fun questions about my changing tastes and even behaviors in this hobby, touching on subjects like game themes, new games vs old, and short games vs long. It was a fun conversation, one that made for a nice, little show. There was also some good discussion about Elasund in particular but I clipped that part out, to be part of a David Arnott Leftovers show along with some further talk about Medici.

-Mark

P.S. It's not my birthday quite yet, but very soon. Lordy, lordy, look who's . . .