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Showing posts from March, 2020

Andrea Driedger of

We speak to Andrea Driedger, owner of Adventure Dice and Communications lead for the Terminal City Tabletop Convention . We learn how Andrea started Adventure Dice from a place of adversity, and developed it into a successful business and an outlet for her creativity. We discuss how games can be used in the age of Covid-19 and how they must change to meet our current needs. Andrea recounts how difficult it was to cancel TCTC. But rather than succumbing to her own disappointment, she channeled it into the first ever, virtual TCTC on Twitch . TestCoastGames-019-andrea-driedger-of-adventure-dice.mp3

Special: How to Stay Connected During a Pandemic

A panel of friends comes together to discuss how best to stay connected during this global pandemic. Featuring Nick Angiers, Mark Ellis, Marcel Perro and Mark Yuasa. TestCoastGames-panel-001-stay-connected.mp3 We discuss a number of tools and topics including: BoardGameArena   Tabletop Simulator   Tabletopia   Tilt 5   Vorpal Board   Teburu   TCTC Virtual Convention   Discord   GenCon / GenCan’t   Origins / Norigins Vancouver Playtest Group   GAC virtual meetup groups   Nerdlab / Mastermind Groups   Tokaido Digital Books by Geoff Engelstein Gametek   Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design  

Dan and Ken of The Raving Gamer Bistro

We speak to Ken Nishidate and Dan Szukalow of The Raving Gamer Bistro in Langley, BC. In addition to being Langley's first board game restaurant, the Raving Gamer is a retail game space with a full-service bar. Ken is the master of the Kitchen and Dan is the Master of Games. We learn about the struggles they faced in getting their family-run business off the ground. Our own Mark Ellis gives his perspective from his recent visit to the bistro. Ken tells us about the unique culinary creations he crafts with help from local bakeries, cheese-mongers and distilleries. Dan tells us about the joy of introducing new games to skeptical patrons and the challenges of finding the right games to please a big crowd. h t t p s : / / t h e r a v i n g g a m e r . c a / t h e - g a m e s / h t t p s : / / b l a c k w a l n u t c a t e r i n g . c a / TestCoastGames-018-the-raving-gamer-bistro.mp3

Indie Spotlight - Chris Morris

In "Indie Spotlight" we speak to designers who are taking the first steps towards publication. Chris Morris is a Kelowna, B.C. based designer of Victorian Gardens, City of Glass, and DinoPark (coming soon).  IS-003-chris-morris.mp3  

Shannon Lentz of the Terminal City Tabletop Convention

We speak to Shannon Lentz, project manager at Panda Games Manufacturing and organizer of the Terminal City Tabletop Convention that takes place in Vancouver, BC in  March 2020.  Shannon tells us the origin story of TCTC and some of the challenges he faced in making the first one happen. In addition to the amazing Games Library, we discuss the Used Marketplace, #Catan National Qualifier Tournament, Kids Corner, RPG Room and amazing activities that makes TCTC Vancouver's original community con. We also discuss the ever-popular Proto Alley where some familiar names will present their protoypes. There may be a hint at a future spin-off event in the works. Just saying. TestCoastGames-017-shannon-lentz-tctc.mp3