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!!!
While there's a bit of a learning curve with RPGs, it's well worth the effort. Here's what you need to know about being a beginner with tabletop RPGs.
What are RPGs?
RPGs— Role Playing Games— are a combination of "choose your own adventure" story, board game, and theater. In this gaming experience, you enter a storyline as a fictional character and make decisions that ultimately impact the outcome.
RPG tabletop games are an exciting alternative to traditional board games. Rather than just moving pieces around a board, you're strategizing, storytelling, and creating a unique experience every time.
Why Play RPGs?
The main reason to play RPGs is that it's fun to do so. Beyond that, RPGs also help you develop creativity and problem-solving skills. They're a great platform for socializing and getting to know people better and give you the opportunity to explore scenarios you wouldn't in real life.
Playing RPGs can become an engaging hobby that stands the test of time.
Types of RPGs
There are lots of different types of RPGs to explore. While the focus here is on tabletop RPGs, this is also a common theme for video games and even live-action events (LARPing).
Within the tabletop RPG world, some of the genres include:
Choose the Right Game
The first step when starting to play RPGs is to find the right game for you. A beginner-friendly RPG game should be easy to follow while piquing your interest. Fortunately, many of the big players in the tabletop RPG realm have introductory games and starter kits for new players.
Once you've chosen your game, take some time to yourself to understand it before inviting people to play. Read through the game and figure out the nuances that make it interesting. You should feel comfortable explaining the basics of the game before inviting people over to play.
Finally, get everything you need to add to the experience. If you need a variety of dice, you can try D20 Collective to find a set that works for your game. Think of where you'll play, what music you can add to set the tone, and what other elements will create the ideal atmosphere.
Choose the Right People
RPGs aren't for everyone. Choose people who you know will engage in the game and are open to experiencing something new.
If you don't have friends who are interested in playing the same genre of tabletop RPGs as you, reach out to local interest groups. Local game and comic book shops might already have gaming groups in place. Apps like MeetUp can help you connect with like-minded individuals.
Set the Expectations
If getting together for an RPG is going to be a regular occurrence, it's important to set and manage expectations so that everyone stays on the same page. These expectations may be game-specific or could pertain to the gathering itself.
For example, discussing who is bringing snacks, and what will be provided is a non-game expectation that should be set in advance. You might outline a hosting schedule with a group of friends. These are things that you can figure out at your first gaming experience.
You should also set some ground rules for playing. Here are some common examples:
Remember to relax and have a good time. While RPGs can be emotional, they should come to an end with good spirits and camaraderie.
At TantrumCon 2020 we gave a select number of game designers the opportunity to pitch their board game concepts to our live studio audience and we've captured it here for you as well. The board game prototypes we covered include: Holi, Jurrasic Parts, Hedge Hogs, Pet, Tross, Anatolia, Wicked & Wise, Cracked Earth, Small Town, White Elephant, Marvelous Works, Fruit Fingers, Lord of the Things, Color Field, and Imperial Garden.
Will and Sara recap their Essen Spiel 2019 first-timer experience and Will shares one of his most favorite moments of the convention.
The Tantrum House crew got together with Peter Vaughan from Breaking Games to play the new Dwellings of Eldervale board game that's coming to Kickstarter soon. In this video, they chat about their experience playing a prototype version of the game. Note: All shown components are prototype and do not reflect the final production.
Melissa and Sara attended the 2019 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio and had an opportunity to talk with lots of publishers and check out all kinds of new games!
Melissa and Kevin go to CMON Expo 2019!! They look at Giant Gizmos, Foodies, Sugarblast, and interview Eric Lang and Michael Shinall about Bloodborne the Board Game.
Melissa and Sara travel around to different booths at PAX Unplugged. Check out all the cool games and publishers!
Druid City and Skybound Games with Walking Dead Something to Fear
Soaring Rhino with Pirate Tricks
Pandasaurus Games with Dinosaur Island and more
Thunderworks Games with Dual Powers
CMON with Song of Ice and Fire
Bezier Games with Werewords
Burnt Island Games with Endeavor and In the Hall of the Mtn. King
Grand Gamers Guild with Artemis Project
Smirk and Laughter with And then there were Stars
USAopoly with Harry Potter Codenames
Kevin looks at more than 20 board games launching on Kickstarter the 2nd half of July 2018.
Listen in for the details on our contest which ends July 20, 2018. A winner will be picked randomly from the comments! For 10% Discount Code on our Etsy T-shirts visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TantrumHouse?coupon=SUMMERSALE10
Board games coming to Kickstarter the 2nd half of July 2018:
July 16 Madeira and Zhanguo
July 17 Vanguard of War
July 17 Eldrich Century
July 17 Thunderstone Quest
July 17 Game to pick a game
July 18 Dragon Dice
July 19 Escape Plan
July 23 Game I'm not allowed to talk about yet...
July 23 Knights of Glory
July 24 Artemis project
July 24 War of Supremacy
July 24 Moonshiners of the Apocolypse
July 27 Scavenge
July 30 Build a Cure
July 30 one night ultimate supervillains
July 30 Terminus Breach
July 31 HyGround Tiles
July Trogdor Board Game
Tantrum House interviews Smirk and Dagger, Thunderworks Games, Grey Fox Games, HABA, Alderac Entertainment Group, Daily Magic Games, and Czech Games Edition at Origins Game Fair 2018.
Tantrum House was live on location at Origins Game Fair 2018. In this episode, they get a QuickLook at games coming from Indie Boards and Cards, USAoplopy, White Wizard Games, and Kosmos.
Tantrum House was live on location at Origins Game Fair 2018. In this episode, they get a QuickLook at games coming from Brain Games Publishing and Deep Water Games.
Melissa interviews Shawn at CMON Expo 2018 about Blue Moon City. A reprint with new art work and minis of the popular game - Blue Moon City by Reiner Knizia.
While at Origins we got in a SUPER quick interview with Ross Tompson from IDW Games and he gave us a glimpse at several of their newest board games. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Orphan Black, Outpost Siberia and Planet of the Apes are all available or coming soon!
While at Origins we had a chance to check out a couple of IDW's games, including the new Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty's Trail. Here's a real quick look at what the game is about.
While at Origins 2017 we had an opportunity to interview Sarah Erickson from Renegade Game Studios and get a Quick Look at a new board game coming to the market soon: Flipships
(Sorry the volume is bad - we had mic issues).
Melody from Smirk & Dagger drops it like it's hot when she gives the rundown on their entire lineup of board games in under 3 minutes! It's a feat to be witnessed.
While at Origins we had an opportunity to interview the designers behind the brand new Spoils of War game from Arcane Wonders. Here's a Quick Look at everything inside the box and some of the thought behind it!
While at the Origins Game Fair we got a Quick Look at a game that will be coming out next year. It's called Tower of Madness, and it's being published by Smirk and Dagger. It's a cthulhu themed kerplunk style game with lots of cool dice and cards to fill it out. Looks like its going to be a blast!
At Origins we got a Quick Look at a new game from Smirk & Dagger called Biotix. It's a quick and fun take-that game for the whole family.
Will and Ryan interview Brandon Parson from Brain Games and get a Quick Look at one of their newest games: King Frog.
Last weekend we got to hang out at SC Comicon and demo games for Boardwalk, our favorite FLGS. We had a blast playing our game Steam Court, meeting lots of cool people, and taking in all of the sights and sounds of one of Greenville, South Carolina's fastest growing conventions.
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