These hard hitting questions were curated by a group of… one. Yes, Psydekick Larry came up with these questions all by himself. He also will speaks about himself in the third person on occasion. If you have any interesting or funny questions that you would like to submit to Psydekick Larry, write them down… and keep them to yourself until Psydekick Larry decides to make a reader’s Q&A issue. So without further adieu, let’s begin Psydekick Larry’s interview with the one and only Will Meadows!
PL: Where are you from Will?
Will: I was born in Colorado; raised in the great state of Ohio; but have lived in South Carolina longer than anywhere else.
PL: Give us two truths and a lie about yourself. (Let us know which one you think is a lie in our discord channel https://discord.gg/G3aJDb)
Will: I’m a master of the martial arts; I can crochet like a pro; and I play volleyball like a beach bum.
PL: What got you into the board gaming hobby?
Will: When Sara and I had our first kiddo, our regular weekend outings came to a screeching halt. We now had better things to spend our time and money on. So we started looking for fun things to do from home.
PL: In other words, kids turn you into broke homebodies?
Will: Ha ha correct! We found out our neighbor was big into board games. So we started inviting him over on Monday nights. We would provide a meal, and he would bring the games. Over the years, more and more people got invited to our regular “Game Night”; and Monday nights at the “Tantrum House” (we had 3 boys under 5) became a staple. At this point, “Game Night” has been going strong for 15 years!
PL: So that’s how you guys came up with the name of the company?!
Will: Yep! Thanks boys!!
PL: So when did you "join" Tantrum House? Ha!
Will: I guess I joined Tantrum House when I signed the paperwork in order to form the original LLC?Ryan had inspired me to bring my game to Kickstarter; so I recruited a couple of friends that I’d always wanted to work with and we started the company. Our business plan was to leverage human capital, try and have razor thin margins with zero overhead, and learn as much as possible along the way.
PL:What do you love about board games?
Will: I love when there’s the challenge of playing an intensely competitive game that requires strategy, focus, and skill—but woven in between each turn is a warm and hilarious ongoing conversation between friends or even strangers.
PL: Yeah! Or antagonizing your board game nemesis!! Or fighting with your board game enemy!!! Or hate drafting someone so they can’t get the one card they need!!!! Or blocking a person’s progress so they have no where else to go!!!!!
Will: ………….uh huh.
PL: Sorry. I got carried away. Please continue…
Will: Then after the game, we all get the opportunity to share in the thrill of revealing/hearing the winning strategy, unveiling secret identities, or sharing in the victory if it’s co-op. It's almost more the after-game that I enjoy.
PL: So what is your favorite game or genre of game?
Will: I like so many different board games that it’s REALLY hard to just pick one. When pressed, I usually say “Don’t Mess With Cthulhu” because it’s such a beautifully simple game but it generates an incredible amount of excitement!
PL: I agree! That game can become very tense and exciting. So you like social deduction games?
Will: Actually, “Don’t Mess With Cthulhu” is one of the few social deduction games that I enjoy. My favorite genre is probably dice worker placement. I thoroughly enjoy games where you have to try and make the best decisions possibly based off of what you’ve been randomly dealt and what's available on the table.
PL: What do you dislike about board gaming?
Will: ...I don’t like bad sports and/or rules lawyer.
PL: Oh we know! Everyone has experienced “Will’s rules”! LOL!
Will: Haha! Since, for me, it's all about the enjoyment of the experience, there’s just no need for people to get all worked up. If you’re not here to have fun, then I’m not sure why you’re here! #boardgamesandchill
PL: So what is your favorite snack and drink while hashtag board gaming and chilling?
Will: It’s the same as when I’m not board gaming: coffee and cheesecake. (Have you heard the rumors about the "Coming Soon" Tantrum House coffee blend???)
Will: Shhhhhhh! It’s a secret.
PL: Will, you have made it to the end of the first ever Tantrum House newsletter interview; and I’ve got one more important question for you. It’s something that the whole Tantrum House family is wondering! The question is… “What RPG race and class would best describe you?”
PL: Take your time… We have all day… Look it up online if you must…
Will: Okay, the online quiz I just took says “Adventurer.”
PL: Not exactly a race and class… so let’s go with a centaur hunter. Yeah, that sounds adventurous.
Let Psydekick Larry know what you think Will’s “Adventurer” RPG race and class should be on our discord channel (again that’s https://discord.gg/G3aJDb). Also let him know what RPG race and class best describe you (no humans allowed).
P.S. If you are and avid RPG player, please don’t be offended if we make up something that doesn’t make sense or isn’t possible.
Thanks for reading our interview this month. Next month, we will have another interview featuring Ryan Pilz. So until then… ALOHA!!!
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