Episode 388: Holiday Party
Release Date: Dec. 20, 2020
Running Time: 221 min.
Join our party of misfit nerds for fun, games, and freewheeling conversations spanning the wide world of geekdom.
We hope you'll be in a festive mood for the season after being part of some Grade A goofing around.
Guests: Francie Broadie (Indianapolis, IN) Erik Bussé (Hasselt, Belgium) Ezra Denney (Alameda, CA) Alex Despres (Arlington, TX) Suzie Despres (Arlington, TX), Dave Eckard (Lebanon, IN) James Engelhardt (Greenville, SC) Gubbins (Indianapolis, IN) Max Michael (Indianapolis, IN) Darrell Ottery (Reading, UK) Mark Reed (Atlanta, GA) Mark Rickards (Hobart, Tasmania) Katherine Rosland (Stavanger, Norway) Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN) Erwin Susara (Indianapolis, IN) Bruce Voge (Baltimore, MD)
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, cooking, knitting, folk music and makes beautiful beaded jewelry.
Erik lives in Hasselt, Belgium. He is a lifelong player and collector of games. He's also a lover of wine, Belgian beer and Genever. He also is an expert quiz master!
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.
Alex Despres is the reigning 2021 Spiel-a-thon Champion! He is an aviation engineer and project manager in Fort Worth, TX. He has been an avid gamer since a chance encounter with Axis and Allies on a picnic table in the woods in the late 80s. Alex is always ready for an 8-hour strategy game but will also get down with party and dexterity games.
Suzie Despres enjoys board games, knitting, and drawing. She has been playing board games since age 5 when she started playing Spiel des Jahres winner Rummikub. She likes drawing and knitting so much that she has created five related coloring books.
Dave is a card carrying member of the Rat Bastards. His two beagles, Vi and Maddie, are his constant companions. Dave enjoys poetry, jazz, community theatre, bourbon, board games, and basketball. He is part owner of the Lebanon Leprechauns, a professional basketball team.
James Engelhardt wrangles words at Swamp Rabbit Editorial and teaches writing at Furman University. You can find him at game tables or in the woods around Greenville, SC, where he sips beers and reads books with Laura Morris, their new son Emerson and a pair of old lady cats.
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 enjoying play Pandemic Legacy: Season 0.
Max is the founder of StrataMax Games. They have been publishing strategy games for players young and old for nearly two decades. Titles you may be familiar with include Tammany Hall and Airborne Commander. In addition to games, Max is very active with his church and spends weekends in uniform as a French & Indian War reinactor.
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.
Mark lives in Atlanta and has been a friend and fan of The Spiel for many years. In recent years, he has submitted many contrubutions to the Apropos of Nothing segments, proving his thirst for useless information is almost as boundless as our own!
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. The show is preparing for a relaunch in January of 2022!
Katherine Rosland is from Stavanger Norway. You can find Katherine and her husband Geir Harald rocketing across the countryside in Serenity, their Tesla.
They are both active in the LARP community in Norway and active volunteers with their local gaming group and convention.
Mark Smalley is an avid gamer, reader and is a huge fan of roller coasters 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!
Erwin hails from the Bronx, NY and is proud to call himself a Hoosier now, though he is still indifferent about basketball. He is a lazy tinkerer at heart. That impulse led him to be the entrepreneur behind Snake Sandbags. He is a coffee nerd and has a deep and abiding love of cameras and spreadsheets.
Bruce explores his love of dexterity games with the Flickin' Around segment on The Spiel. Bruce is the Moderator, Editor and Producer of the Party Gamecast featuring the Party Game Cast (a podcast about party games and games you take to parties) and the host of The Just Barely Sports Podcast with the Minor League Geek. He is also recurring guest on the On Board Games podcast. In this work life Bruce is a DJ, MC, Trivia Host and all around entertainer.
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