Board Game Binge

James Staley

Do you love board games? I do! But do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? How do meet-up groups get organized? What is the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign? How do publishers get their games to market? How are people reaching their market in an ever more competitive market? What type of social media personalities are springing up in support of this industry? James interviews experts from across the industry and takes a peak under the hood in his quest to understand this far reaching community. Each episode is bite-sized, clocking in around 30 minutes, so you can take nibbles, or binge several episodes at once. read less
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Episodes

Episode 288: Mark & Maria, Launchboom
02-04-2024
Episode 288: Mark & Maria, Launchboom
Mark Pecota - the CEO and Co-founder of LaunchBoom ⁠– a global team of experts who help creators turn their product ideas into real businesses.His deep knowledge of crowdfunding, digital marketing, and scaling companies has been critical to the success of not only his clients, but also his company LaunchBoom, helping creators raise over $125M through crowdfunding since 2013. He is the author of Crowdfunded – the #1 best selling book on crowdfunding, where he breaks down the step-by-step system he and his team have used to launch thousands of products in dozens of categories.Maria Dutton - Maria Dutton is the Product Launch Director at LaunchBoom, spearheading the LaunchBoom Games program with a focus on crowdfunding initiatives within the tabletop game realm. With over three years of dedicated experience in the crowdfunding space and a love for tabletop games, Maria leads LaunchBoom's client relations and plays a pivotal role in guiding creators through strategic planning for their upcoming launches.To learn more about Launchboom and how they can help your next campaign, visit launchboom.comFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-games
Episode 286: Sam Gullman, Purple Lantern Games
19-03-2024
Episode 286: Sam Gullman, Purple Lantern Games
Sam Gullman is the designer of The Presence and CEO of Purple Lantern Games. He is running the small publisher with Leonie Magnusson, a studio based in Sweden that focuses on dark and thematic hobby board games. He has a lifelong experience as a hobby board gamer, but also plays tabletop RPG's. In his dayjob he works as an automotive engineer creating next generation electric vehicles, focused on heatpumps and thermal system design.The Presence is a Victorian ghost horror board game currently in its final days on Kickstarter, is a strategy game featuring elements of deduction and one-versus-all mechanisms.You can check out THE PRESENCE: A VICTORIAN HORROR BOARD GAME here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/purplelantern/the-presenceFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-games
Episode 285: T.K., Koltin, Dennis, Kinson Key Games (Galactic Cruise!)
12-03-2024
Episode 285: T.K., Koltin, Dennis, Kinson Key Games (Galactic Cruise!)
Kinson Key Games is an independent board game publisher based out of Tennessee, where founders (and lifelong friends) T.K. King and Koltin Thompson were born and raised, and where they both live with their families. The company was created during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, when the two of them decided to make a board game to pass the time. One game became a dozen games, and out of that creativity, their first major game, Galactic Cruise, was born. Manitoba-based designer Dennis Northcott joined the team in 2023, and he immediately became an invaluable part of Galactic Cruise's development--so much so that he is credited as a co-designer of the game. The goal of Kinson Key Games is to make theme-forward, intuitive, and well-polished games of medium (or higher) complexity, and to bring joy to gamers worldwide.You can check out the Kickstarter for Galactic Cruise here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kinsonkeygames/galactic-cruiseFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-games
Episode 284: David Bock, Binxadinx Games
05-03-2024
Episode 284: David Bock, Binxadinx Games
David is the lead game designer and directs the visual direction for the Binxadinx Games. Originally he got into the board game industry as a reviewer after a career as a professional photographer and graphic designer. This led to his first job as a marketing manager and eventually led to him working as a freelance creative to the tabletop industry as The Game Bocks. His clients include Cephalofair, Red Raven Games, Incredible Dream Studios, Ravensburger, and Grandpa Beck’s Games. In his free moments, he can be found reading manga, watching k-dramas, or playing Halo with his wife and son. He hosts a weekly game night in Elgin, IL and loves playing dungeons and dragons with his friends (when they can get together for a session). He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his family and pet spiders.You can check out his newest Kickstarter for Rocket Ranchers here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davidbock/rocket-ranchers-herding-cats-in-spaceFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-games
Episode 283: Leonie Grundler, Lioness Games (Biome)
26-02-2024
Episode 283: Leonie Grundler, Lioness Games (Biome)
A long time board game nerd, Leonie spent a few years working at tech start-ups across Berlin (Airbnb) and San Francisco (Shef) before starting to design her first game, Biome.  A few weeks later in January 2023, Leonie decided to take the leap and founded Lioness Games.Protecting biodiversity has been an issue close to her heart since she was eight years old, when she learned about humans' impact on wildlife, which causes 10,000 species to go extinct every year. Lioness Games is an independent board game publisher committed to designing unique games that serve to spark joy, facilitate connection, foster strategic thinking and to drive wonder among players.A link to the Biome Kickstarter page can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lionessgames/biomeFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-games
Episode 276: Jason Tagmire, Button Shy Games
09-01-2024
Episode 276: Jason Tagmire, Button Shy Games
Jason Tagmire is a game designer from South Jersey. He has been designing and self-publishing board and card games since 2007 under the name Button Shy, and won The Game Crafter's Resource Game Design Contest with his family-friendly resource management game, Sandwich City.He is best known for reducing our 16th president to 16-bits in his card game / video game, Pixel Lincoln. He's the designer of the AEG card-throwing game, Maximum Throwdown. He was also co-set designer on Quarriors: Quest of the Qladiator, co-creator of the pop-culture site Fruitless Pursuits, and was the Kickstarter curator for the Philadelphia chapter of the International Game Design Association.His company, Button Shy, is a small, independent publisher that does things a little bit differently. They primarily make 18 card wallet games - pocket-sized games that come packaged in a small vinyl wallet and make for great games to have on the go. Some of their most popular games are Sprawlopolis, Tussie Mussie, and Skulls of Sedlec. Button Shy releases a new Wallet Game every month and hand assembles every single one.Currently, The Last Lighthouse is on Kickstarter. Check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/239309591/the-last-lighthouseFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-gamesBoard Game Design Course: https://boardgamedesigncourse.com/
Episode 274: Caezar Al-Jassar, Alley Cat Games
26-12-2023
Episode 274: Caezar Al-Jassar, Alley Cat Games
Caezar Al-Jassar is the director at Alley Cat Games and heads of product development and business strategy. He originally started out as a postdoctoral academic working at British universities and institutions such as Birmingham University, UCL and the LMB with multiple first author papers in the field known as “Structural Biology”. He started Alley Cat Games, which he co-founded with his wife, back in 2016 with the successful Kickstarter campaign for their inaugural game: Lab Wars. With over 80 skus since then and games in high street stores such as Barnes and Noble and Waterstones, Caezar likes to ensure that everything they do is of the highest quality bursting with theme and fun. Alley Cat Games features games that are mass market friendly all the way up to complex hobby games so they’re always something in their line compatible with any type of gamer!You can learn more about Alley Cat Games at alleycatgames.comFOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-gamesBoard Game Design Course: https://boardgamedesigncourse.com/
Episode 273: Drew Denning, Welcome to Boardom
19-12-2023
Episode 273: Drew Denning, Welcome to Boardom
In 2020, Drew wanted to start a new hobby to occupy him outside of work, thus started his tabletop gaming collection. After collecting his first 100 board games and playing multiple popular games with his loved ones, he started to create short form content in 2021 - starting with TikTok and eventually expanding to other popular social media sites. Drew would continue to create content and overviews of great games that he enjoys, along with sharing his creative expression through his comedy skits, which ultimately led to his current job as a sales representative for the manufacturer: Whatz Games. As a gamer, Drew enjoys a plethora of games and mechanics whenever it comes to game night, no matter if it is a party game or a crunchy game, Drew is up to the task to play! He MIGHT be a leader of a board game playing, flannel-wearing cult...but that is purely speculation...You can follow Drew on any of his socials here: https://welcometoboardom.carrd.co/FOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033Visit Our Websites: Board Game Binge: https://boardgamebinge.com/Tin Robot Games: https://tinrobotgames.comElixir Board Games: https://www.elixirboardgames.com/our-gamesBoard Game Design Course: https://boardgamedesigncourse.com/
Episode 272: Daryl Andrews, Award Winning Game Designer
12-12-2023
Episode 272: Daryl Andrews, Award Winning Game Designer
Daryl is a game designer and a member of the Game Artisans of Canada (GAC)Daryl Andrews is an award winning freelance game designer and developer, who began designing in 2013, moving to full-time in 2015. With 30+ board games already released through 20+ different publishers, Daryl’s output has been unrivalled over the last several years. Sagrada (published by Floodgate Games) is Daryl's best selling game (so far), selling around the world in 25+ languages.  Beyond design, Mr. Andrews is a consultant for Maestro Media as their Head of Talent, helping connect great creators, artists and IP to make amazing games. Daryl has worked with a variety of gaming companies with a special focus on popular licenses, including Batman, Titanic, Marvel, Back To The Future, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, The Oregon Trail and many more to come.Check out Daryl on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darylandrews/FOLLOW US ON: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamebingeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebingepodcast/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/boardgamebingeWHERE TO FIND OUR PODCAST:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5RJbdkguebb3MSLAatZr7riHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-board-game-binge-72500104/Tune In: https://tunein.com/embed/player/p1344218/Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vYm9hcmRnYW1lYmluZ2U=Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/board-game-binge/id1522623033