Episode 309 - Holiday Party 2018
Release Date: Dec. 21, 2018
Running Time: 200 min.
Old pillow cases, burritos filled with pop rocks, nutmeg jail, Gobblesquatch, oh, and a board game or two.
From Tasmania to Norway and Toronto and across the USA, join our party of misfit nerds for a festive, freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world of geekdom.
Most of all, be ready to laugh!
Jay Bartelt (Racine, WI)
Francie Broadie (Indianapolis, IN)
Stephen Buonocore (Boyton Beach, FL)
Maggi Cottrell (Seattle, WA)
Ezra Denney (Alameda, CA)
Gubbins (Indianapolis, IN)
Miklos Fitch (Houston, TX)
Starla Fitch (Houston, TX)
Beth Heile (Chicago, IL)
Debbie Ohi (Toronto, Canada)
Mark Rickards (Hobart, Tasmania)
Jeff Ridpath (Toronto, Canada)
Katherine Rosland (Stavanger, Norway)
Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN)
Mark Wilder (Chicago, IL)
Debbie Ohi provided the artwork for this episode. She was doodling while we recorded and, after you listen, you'll see lots of fun tie-ins!
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Cast of Characters
Jay Bartelt is a lifelong gamer and one of the organizers of the Gaming Hoopla, a non-profit game convention which raises money for cancer research.
Francie Broadie lives in the padded cell with her partner in crime, Stephen. She loves cats, knitting, folk music and makes beautiful beaded jewelry.
Stephen Buonocore is the owner and President of Stronghold Games and the new face of Indie Game Studios.
Stephen organizes several gaming groups, and is most passionate about heavily thematic, American-style boardgames.
Stephen is also a fan of Sci Fi and fantasy, and an avid craft beer enthusiast and former homebrewer.
Former chef and noted Cribbage fiend, Maggi (maggibot) lives in Seattle. She is the Hobby Brand Manager at PSI. She covers the game industry on her site meeplesincluded and starting in 2019, Maggi will be recording a segments for The Spiel!
Noted wallflower Ezra Denney is a theatre nerd, power forward, lifelong gamer, Giants and Warriors fan. He works in the non-profit sector. He plays games at a regular meet up in the Bay Area where all are welcome.
Ezra is also hosting playthroughs of board games and rpgs for the fine folks at Quests & Chaos.
Miklos & Starla Fitch
Miklos and Starla are avid board gamers in the Houston area. They especially enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of gateway games, hoping to welcome more African-American players into the gaming community. They run a wonderful page on Facebook called Our Family Plays Games highlighting great games they've played. Look for new segments from Miklos and Starla The Spiel in 2019!
Gubbins Boffin is rarely seen and those who have seen him think it is best kept that way.
Gubbins loves co-op games and is still basking in the afterglow from winning Pandemic Legacy: Season 2.
Beth Heile is, quite likely, the most enthusiastic game player on the planet. She is part of the BGG production crew. She also helps organize and run the largest board game meetup in Chicago.
Beth is an assitive technology expert for special needs students.
Look for her new segment in episodes of The Spiel in 2019!
Debbie Ohi & Jeff Ridpath
Debbie Ohi & Jeff Ridpath share a passion for fun whether through games or books or art or music. They live in Toronto.
Jeff is a technology development specialist for the Glenn Davis Group.
Debbie is an artist, writer and musician.
A man of many voices, Mark Rickards is from Hobart, Tasmania. He is one of the creators and co-host of The Dice Men Cometh, Australia's leading board game podcast. It airs on 99.3 Edge Radio every week.
Katherine is a multi-talented creative whirlwind from Stavanger Norway. She is one of the interview hosts for BGG's livestream coverage at Essen. She enjoys performing in live action role playing events and theatre.
Katherine and her husband Geir Harald are active volunteers with their local gaming group and convention.
Mark Smalley is an avid gamer, reader and is a huge fan of roller coaster and theme parks. He also has a huge crush on game designer Tom Lehman. His pal Henson (a Chihuahua) is an avid listener of The Spiel. And one day, little Darwin might be, too!
Mark Wilder is a 74 year old woman trapped in the body of a middle aged Chicagoan. Mark loves contract bridge, opera, and his lovely bloodhound Roscoe. Mark has a small photography business and runs Operahound, a site listing all opera performances in Chicago.
Weird Things We're Attached To
Doug's Baseball card - Gus Zernial 1952
Jay's Giant Record
Katherine's triple nut
(NOTE: this picture is an art project based on the nut)
Jeff's Spike Bathing Suit
Maggi's Nutmeg Jail
Mark's Hawaii Picture
And a pic of Percy, Buonocore's cat, because we love him
Things We Love 2018
Miklos & Starla's Picks
Mark Wilder's Picks
Mark Smalley's Picks
Music credits include:
Holiday For Bells
by Bert Kaempfert | the song
Chickens Are In The Chimes
by Sascha Burland & The Skipjack Choir | the song
by Ramsey Lewis | the song
Christmas in the Stars
Star Wars Xmas Album | the song
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The Three Suns | the song