Mark JohnsonUnited States
CaliforniaThat's a Palm Pilot on the left, and a pink iPod mini on the right. Yes, I've been doing BGTG that long!http://www.WargamesToGo.com
Mark Johnson's occasional & opinionated podcast about family strategy boardgames
You're hearing Boardgames To Go, a podcast about family strategy boardgames. I'm your host, Mark Johnson, coming to you from Santa Clarita, California...
It happened a week ago, actually. On March 3, 2015, my podcast has officially been running for 10 years. Never on a regular schedule (as my listeners know!), but slowly chugging along. As I think I said in at least one of those many episodes, I never expected to be doing this so long. However, the feedback I've received has been so rewarding, it's been a joy to record & publish every episode.
My plan is to produce three more, then take a break (my sabbatical, as I like to call it!). Two of those episodes are already recorded, then the third will be my wrapup of BGTG's first decade. I don't know who first thought of the concept of "seasons" for podcasts (it didn't exist back when I started), but I wish I had! I'm not exactly sure in what form Boardgames To Go will return--probably something remarkably identical to what you've been hearing all these years. That's what I'm going to go off & think about. Those three episodes still-to-come are
• another road trip show,
• the 100 Great Games epilogue, and
• my "first decade" retrospective about the podcast & hobby
I just checked my stats. There have been over half a million downloads of my little podcast that I always preferred to think of as an "audioblog" more than a "show." There have been meta analyses, session report & feedback episodes, All About... discussions, lots of friends, a few conventions, some "interesting" audio quality, a defunct voicemail number, a companion blog, and always tons of that amazing feedback.
Even while I'm off "the air," I'm still going to be around, posting here on BGG, responding to email, showing up at SoCal games days and BGG.con in Dallas. In fact, it's been fun to anticipate my time away from the microphone, and I've been posting more on my Twitter feed & Facebook page, as well as the BGTG guild and some geeklists about my recent gaming.
Thanks for listening,
P.S. That MP3 above is my first episode, posted way back in 2005. Ouch, I hadn't listened to it in a very long time. It's flat in sound, short in duration, and covers an odd mix of games. I took a shot at "thematic games" in my first episode! Sheesh...