Podcast Poll >> What Do Gamers Like to Hear?
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The advent of the internet has revolutionized how people pursue their hobbies. Information is readily available across numerous channels, direct from the source or from other kindred spirits and hobby enthusiasts.

Blogging and Podcasts really resonate with me, and given the number of excellent Blogs and Podcasts developed (and followed) by notable game geeks, they really hit a sweet spot for my fellow BGGeeks, as well.

For this GeekList, I'd like to focus on what people like about gaming Podcasts.

Tell me what you think...
What gets you interested to tune in to a new Podcast, and what keeps you coming back for more?
Which of the following topics or sections interest you most?
What pitfalls should gaming Podcasts avoid to keep from alienating listeners?
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1. Board Game: Eyewitness News Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Jay Little
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Gaming News

Hearing the latest buzz, rumors through the grapevine on upcoming games, sneak peaks at pending releases and the like. Are some types of news more interesting than others? By the time you get around to listening to a Podcast, are news tidbits still timely and relevant?
 
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2. Board Game: The Con Game [Average Rating:6.32 Unranked]
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Convention Information

Reports on Essen, Gen Con, Origins or other conventions and game gatherings. What to look forward to, what took place, if any big games came out, and alerting folks about local cons to check out.
 
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3. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6644]
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Latest/New Games Played

What new games have been played -- either newly published and just released, or "new" to the Podcaster... perhaps classics they've rediscovered, or old gems they've come across.
 
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4. Board Game: NBA Jam Session [Average Rating:4.28 Unranked]
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Session Reports

Do you like to play vicariously through the experience of another? Do you enjoy hearing about interesting sessions of popular games - perhaps a game that bucked conventional trends, or revealed a novel approach to gameplay?
 
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5. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: The Year in Review – Questions about 1993 [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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Game Reviews

Reviews of games - an overview of the objectives, a summary of rules, and commentary on the gameplay experience, game narrative or possibly insights into strategies or mechanics. How in depth should Podcast reviews be? Are they more interesting or engaging than written reviews?
 
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6. Board Game: Strategy & Tactics [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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Strategy Tips

How about analysis of strategy, tips and tricks to gameplay? Perhaps insights into different approaches to a game, or some discussion on several tactics players can employ during their next session.
 
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7. Board Game: Game Design: Theory and Practice [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Designer Discussions

Discussions on a designer's body of work - taking a look at the contributions of designers like Reiner Knizia, Martin Wallace, Leo Colovini or Alan Moon and putting them into context within the hobby, or comparing and contrasting the different designs that person has developed.
 
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1558]
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Anticipated Releases

A look at upcoming games, discussiong rules, mechanics or publishing notes. Perhaps conjecture and analysis of anticipated changes if it is a reprint. Reports on playtests of prototypes, etc.
 
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9. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1874]
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Games by Theme or Topic

A look at games sharing a common element, or a discussion of a certain game mechanic, theme or feature. Perhaps an analysis and comparison of things such as auction mechanics, types of resource management, manual dexterity elements or negotiation games.
 
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10. Board Game: Credibility Gap [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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What makes a Podcaster "credible"?

While not a Podcast topic, per se -- what is it about a Podcaster that makes them credible? Makes you willing to listen to what they have to say? Is it tied to their online persona and profile? Their polish and presentation?
 
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11. Board Game: Opinion: The Party Poll Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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What makes a good Podcast?

I'm looking for other opinions - what you like about your favorite Podcasts... What you think the ideal length is... Do you like having a "table of contents" and knowing what games will be discussed, or do you like it to be a surprise?

Please provide any other ideas, opinions and feedback you have.
 
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12. Board Game: Chit Chat [Average Rating:3.43 Unranked]
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BANTER!

I love good natural banter in podcasts and it's where I feel depressed about my own. In my opinion the most enjoyable podcast is Into The Gamescape which has three guys chatting, sometimes seriously, sometimes light-heartedly about the hobby they obviously enjoy. While they do this they cover a number of the options already posted.
 
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