Grinding to Valhalla

Interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces

Valhalla unplugged

“Board games are fun. You can hang out with your friends, stretch the ol’ brainpower, and sometimes play out a story. There are thousands of games to choose from, so unless you have the mental acuity of a carrier pigeon, you can find something you’ll enjoy.” — Matt Drake

If you were to take a look at my blog you would notice it consists almost entirely of interviews with people who are involved in one way or another with video games (more specifically MMOs)—be it through blogging, podcasting, or writing books about the subject.  While this has certainly been the focus since I started this project, I’m hoping to “switch gears” a bit, so to speak.  Since the subtitle of my blog happens to be, “interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces,” I thought it might be time to broaden my focus, and hopefully horizons, a bit by including interviews with people who enjoy gaming of the unplugged variety—mainly board games and pen & paper RPG aficionados.

What I’ve found most heartening is that these gamers are as passionate about their gaming pastime as anyone I’ve come across on the video game front, but I get a sense that there are many board gamers who choose not to play video games.  While I’m fairly certain many people who play video games also play board games and vice versa, I’d really like to find out if there exists something of a bias or disconnect between the two, and if so, why that is.

So I plan on doing a series of interviews with some of these gamers out there to see if I can get to the bottom of this.  Let me know what you think of this series.  I’m calling it Valhalla unplugged.  I bet you can’t wait.

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–Interview with Lance Myxter, aka UndeadViking, board game enthusiast and video reviewer.  (11/24/10)

 –Interview with Matt Drake, author of the board gaming blog, Drake’s Flames.  (10/14/10)

–Interview with Mike Betzel, board gamer and Beware the Gazebo blogger.  (10/12/10)

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