Episode 339: Holiday Party 2019
Release Date: Dec. 20, 2019
Running Time: 148 min.
Join our party of misfit nerds for fun and games, and plenty of freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world of geekdom.
We hope you'll be in a festive mood for the season after listening to some Grade A goofing around.
Francie Broadie (Indianapolis, IN)
Gubbins (Indianapolis, IN)
Allen Chen (Cupertino, CA)
Miklos Fitch (Omaha, NE)
Starla Fitch (Omaha, NE)
Debbie Ohi (Toronto, Canada)
Darrell Ottery (Reading, UK)
Mark Rickards (Hobart, Tasmania)
Jeff Ridpath (Toronto, Canada)
Kristof Tersago (Sint Truiden, Belgium)
Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN)
Mark Wilder (Chicago, IL)
Debbie Ohi provided the fun and festive artwork for this episode!
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Cast of Characters
Francie Broadie lives in the padded cell with her partner in crime, Stephen. She loves cats, knitting, folk music and makes beautiful beaded jewelry.
Allen has been goofing off with Stephen since high school. If it was nerdy, these two were neck-deep in it. He's a lifelong lover of games, from the classics to the modern.
Allen works and lives in Silicon Valley and enjoys traveling the world with his wife Pei Fang and his two sons Peyton and Bryson.
He's a car nut and spends weekends driving in timed rally races whenever he can. And he's an avid fan of the Colts & Pacers.
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.
Miklos & Starla Fitch
Miklos and Starla are avid board gamers and have recently moved to Omaha, Nebraska. 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.
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.
Darrell Ottery and his wife Becky own Eclectic Games, located in Reading, UK. They manage the shop with help from their feline companions. Darrell enjoys a pint, a nip of scotch and is a wizard at social deduction games.
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.
Kristof lives in Sint Truiden, Belgium. He's been a good friend and listener to The Spiel for over a decade, helping us to orchestrate a documentary film shoot in Antwerp, Brugge, Brussels and Hasselt.
Kristof is a lifelong player and collector of games. He's also a lover of Belgian beer and Genever. He's an accomplished chef and enjoys using his Weber grill any chance he gets.
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.
Debbie's review of said whiskey
Things We Love 2019
Mark Rickard's picks
Miklos & Starla's Picks
Mark Wilder's Picks
DONT watch The Rook
Mark Smalley's Picks
Music credits include:
The Nutcracker Suite
Little Drummer Boy