Well, hello there, gamers! I hope the weekend treated you well and that you had a chance to play some board games. Today’s subject is podcasts. Yes, podcasts. As a member of the Xennial generation, podcasts are a part of my everyday life. I may not listen to them every single day, but Number One does, and he shares with me the things that he listens to. As you may know, there are podcasts for just about every interest under the sun. Board games are no exception! There are a variety of board game podcasts available for you to listen to.
As part of the Traverse City Board Gamers, I’ve had a chance to meet Josh from Power to the Meeple. Josh has a board game related podcast (a podcast where our TCBG creator and leader, Kyle, has been a guest). So, it only seemed fitting that I reach out to Josh and ask him some questions to get some of his views on podcasts.
Podcasts aren’t generally interactive on the listener’s part. You download it. You listen to it. You may decide to leave a comment or not, but that is really it. While I don’t want to generalize, as board gamers, most of us enjoy being social and interacting with other people. Unless you are having a listening party, podcasts are a solo activity. There has to be some benefit to listening to a podcast, right? When I asked Josh what he felt board gamers could gain from listening to a podcast about board games, these were his thoughts:
Gamers can get ideas about game recommendations and things to play especially if they find a podcast with a host whom they agree with. There are so many board games coming out that having someone who kinda plays like you can be helpful in testing things out. They can also gain a community. A lot of podcasts have a nice little community surrounding them via slack, messaging apps, or social media.
Like I said earlier, there are a multitude of podcasts available covering all aspects of board games. There is something for everyone. But in case you have no idea where to start, Josh has kindly offered a selection of his favorite podcasts. Here they are, in no particular order: The Brawling Brothers, The Party Gamecast, Blue Peg Pink Peg, and Mile High Game Guys. And of course, there is Josh’s podcast which can be found on his website and facebook page for Power to the Meeple.
What are the most important elements in a board gaming podcast? That aspect of listening to podcasts will be up to you, the listener.
I would be remiss in this blog post if I didn’t also mention that the Traverse City Board Gamers have a podcast in the works. I’m not sure where we will find ourselves in the mix of podcasts, but I’m sure that we will find our little corner of the airwaves to call home. Please be on the lookout for it in the future!
Have a good week gamers! Number One and I are always looking for new things to listen to, so share your favorite board game podcasts with me!