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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

BGTG 42 - Nov. 6, 2005 - Boardgamegeek.Con (with Aldie and Derk)

My listeners will know that I wanted to record something at Boardgamegeek.con, and I finally got that chance in the final hours of the event: an interview with Aldie and Derk about the convention itself. Aldie had agreed to it as early as Friday, but those guys were just so busy throughout the weekend that we didn't get an opportunity until the very end. They were pretty fried, but probably pretty satisfied, too.

To have three voices on my podcast was a new technological development, and it turned out to require no more than an extension of my existing low-ball recording equipment. Remember how I just connect a $15 PC headset to my laptop's audio-in jack to record . . . and for the second voice I only need a $3 splitter and second audio headset? Well, what do you think I did for the third voice? Another splitter and headset. That's right, a splitter into a splitter. No mixer required. What do you think of the audio?

This is the first of a couple shows I'm doing on the con. The second will be my own impressions of the games I played, what I thought of the convention itself, etc.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great show! I thought the sound quality was excellent, I had no trouble hearing or understanding anyone.

You did very well turning the tables on Derk and Aldie and rolling with their style. I laughed when you pined for your 'solo' show. :D

You did succeed; I'm sorry I missed BGG.con, it sounds very fun. I attend a few local cons and GenCon, but BGG.con seems much more focused and yet laid back at the same time.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts as a gamer attendee.


7:24 AM  
Blogger Jasen said...

Audio sounded great. I honestly can't tell the diff between your typical non-long-distance-phone-call stuff and BoardGameSpeak or DiceTower podcasts. Why bother with the expensive high tech equipment when you do just fine with the cheap alternative?

Great interview with Aldie and Derk. It was nice to hear their perspective on things. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the next con. I'm eager to find out what big plans they have for BGG and BGG.con.

While you only scratched the surface in terms of your own thoughts on the con so far, I think what you said about it being a Gathering of "New" Friends would be accurate and echo my own thoughts on the con. By Day 3 or 4, I'd started gaming with people I had gamed with earlier at the con and it made the experience much more fun for me. I discovered that I like playing games with friends, with people I know and like. There's more banter, more teasing, more conversation - more socialization.

While I'll play games with people I'm not too fond of just to get a game in (sometimes gamer desperation mode does set in), it can quickly get tedious when you do so repeatedly over a long weekend (or even within a long game). The importance of game group personalities and play style was really driven home for me on a couple occasions at the con. Having met a number of great people at the con and spending 4 solid days of gaming together, I think I'd enjoy my next con even more that this one especially knowing that I'd meet some familiar faces.

Mark, forget what I told you on Sunday. I'm ready for your next podcast NOW! ;)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

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10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mark, just listened to the show, I think it's your best yet! You were really loose, and obviously having a lot of fun.

I think the next time you interview someone in person, you should first hang out, drink a beer, and then turn on the recorder. :)

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mark,

The audio was great. There were no issues. In fact, it sounded a lot clearer than a lot of other podcasts, which uses more sophisticated equipment.

But did you test the splitter+splitter idea before you recorded the show? Or was it a 'cross-your-finger' kind of moment? =)

Anson Li

6:46 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

Yeah, I'd given it a quick test just beforehand, in the hotel room. I didn't know it would work before I bought the equipment, but figured I could cover another $15 headset and $3 splitter if it failed.


7:36 AM  

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