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Pierce Ostrander
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Hello all...

Ruth and I were just interviewed for an article about games and gaming that will appear in "Real Simple" magazine.

The writer obtained our names from the Games Club of Maryland website and "cold called" with an email. He primarily wanted to talk with Ruth since there are so few female gamers out there. He also mentioned that he had interviewed Alan Moon for the same article, had purchased Ticket to Ride and was taking it home for Thanksgiving to share with his family.

Real Simple will send us a copy of the Magazine it appears in, so I'll keep you all posted.

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Interesting... I replied to the guy about BoardGameGeek, but he never called me or emailed. Glad someone got an article in there.

Not sure if Real Simple is the target audience, but at least it's more mainstream.
 
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I asked him during the interview if he had heard of BGG... and he said yes along with a comment along the lines of "I had no idea..."
 
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Interesting... I replied to the guy about BoardGameGeek, but he never called me or emailed. Glad someone got an article in there.

Not sure if Real Simple is the target audience, but at least it's more mainstream.




I'm extremely pleased that the more than one million subscribers of Real Simple will be exposed to this article. If only one of them pays any attention and goes out and buys or plays a game, that's one more potential gamer or game customer (and one more potential BGG fan).

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I like Real Simple magazine. It's starting to bring out the ludite in me more and more. I think board gaming fits into this new tech backlash quite well. I will be looking forward to the article.
 
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Not sure if Real Simple is the target audience, but at least it's more mainstream.


I'm not sure there is a target audience Scott, but this particular magazine has an audience that might be just right for simplified and non-electronic family and social gaming. I think T2R is close to the perfect board game for the writer to take home as part of his research.

Hopefully Fubar won't cuss too much or show his cranky side.
 
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I find it tremendously amusing that a Luddite magazine's web page is only accessible if you enable Javascript. It's totally inaccessible to the disabled.
 
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Hopefully Fubar won't cuss too much or show his cranky side.


Uh... there was that one point in the interview where I paused to shoot a one-barrel nose load into the gutter...

Sorry everyone. I'll try to be more urbane next time.
 
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fubar awol wrote:
Uh... there was that one point in the interview where I paused to shoot a one-barrel nose load into the gutter...


In Australia this is known as the 'bush handkerchief'.
 
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Not sure if Real Simple is the target audience, but at least it's more mainstream.


I'm not sure there is a target audience Scott, but this particular magazine has an audience that might be just right for simplified and non-electronic family and social gaming. I think T2R is close to the perfect board game for the writer to take home as part of his research.

Hopefully Fubar won't cuss too much or show his cranky side.



I hope the readers agree DW!!!

Alan
 
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what is this magazine about?
 
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what is this magazine about?


I've no idea, but going by its title it doesn't sound like the most complimentary magazine to be featured in

But seriously folks cool there's a tech backlash out there? Is this true?
 
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I got a copy of this magazine. It's kind of like a Martha Stewart style magazine. It emphasizes low impact, money saving, low stress ideas to solve problems.
 
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what is this magazine about?
It's a US magazine about simplifying your life. Generally the stories seem to be geared toward women, though there are many stories for men and women. I read somewhere once that they were surprised so many men picked up the magazine and read it, because initially men weren't the target audience.
 
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Domino Man wrote:
It's a US magazine about simplifying your life.


And they want people to start boardgaming??

Let's see:

Analysis Paralysis.
Acquisition Obsession.
Empty Wallets.
Monthly budgets blown.
Holidays to Essen instead of the beach.
Brain burning euros.

What else?
 
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It's kind of like a Martha Stewart style magazine. It emphasizes low impact, money saving, low stress ideas to solve problems.


I'm curious Alide, how does a magazine that "emphasizes low impact, money saving, low stress" remind you of Marta in anyway?


Anywho, my wife and plenty of friends like the magazine, and it does have good tips now and then . . . I think the article will reach plenty of people willing to give games a try, tech backlash or no.

The fact that fubar is now a spokesperson for the hobby is a little troubling however . . .
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The writer told us that the primary target audience was women, and that's why he contacted Ruth - he wanted a woman's perspective.

We gave him the e-ticket tour... but he had already talked to Alan, visited the geek and knew what games he was going to "feature".

We talked about games in three categories: 2-player, small group (3-5 player) and large group (more). Ruth's recommendations were (you can guess) Lost Cities and Ticket to Ride. Alan should be proud.

Doing this interview has made me realized that we have really become the "gaming couple" and have moved completely out of the mainstream. blush

We game with everybody. Each other, family, friends, acquaintances, strangers... It's what we do! We co-host a game club. We combine gaming with other activities like sailing (see http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/94716). It's a primary social outlet for us. When you consider the alternative (what comes to mind when you try to make a list of 90 minute indoor activities... yeah. exactly. Watch a movie together). In exactly what way is that an interactive social activity? Playing a game is better.

On the "simplicity" side... we don't own a T.V. and we actually used to host a "simplicity group" in our home... a group of friends that got together once a month to talk about simplifying our lives and learning to focus on what is important.

Anyway... not only are we gamers, be we are the target market of this magazine! It couldn't have been a better fit. We'll see what gets published after the editors get ahold of it...

Foob

 
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The fact that fubar is now a spokesperson for the hobby is a little troubling however . . .


Is that a promotion? When do I reach "grand poo-bah" status?

Be troubled... be very, very troubled... he he he.
 
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I think it's great that boardgaming is getting more mainstream exposure.
I'm not a huge fan of Real Simple magazine, however. Friends of mine who are really good at cutting back, paring down, etc point out that the magazine talks the simple talk and then follows it with "in order to help you on the way to simplicity, buy these products!"
Buying more is certainly not what simplicity is all about, boardgames notwithstanding.
In any case, congrats foob.
 
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Yah, now that you mention it, my wife was telling me she found it worn thin, too commercial, it is a magazine after all.

Foob, sound like you might be a pretty good grand-pooh-bah after all. Remember, to be a trend setter you have to leave the main stream
 
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I got a copy of this magazine. It's kind of like a Martha Stewart style magazine. It emphasizes low impact, money saving, low stress ideas to solve problems.


Scott, the reporter writing the article described Real Simple as the anti-Martha Stewart magazine. Instead of telling its readers how to prepare a four course meal, it tells them how to prepare something simple.

Alan
 
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Cool. We got a few issues, since I'm a Luddite and my wife likes the idea of simplicity and paring down. But we stopped getting it before I really ever read much. It seemed way too glitzy--photo heavy. But, hey, if it's got a boardgame article, I may have to pick up that issue.

Let us know when it's coming out.
 
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Domino Man wrote:
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what is this magazine about?
It's a US magazine about simplifying your life. Generally the stories seem to be geared toward women, though there are many stories for men and women. I read somewhere once that they were surprised so many men picked up the magazine and read it, because initially men weren't the target audience.


I don't understand why they would have been surprised. Men like to decorate and entertain and reduce stress too!
 
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Real Simple is pretty decent. I think it's by the same folks who do Cooking Light, which I really like. I'll look for this issue!
 
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If "Real Simple" is the anti-Martha Stewart... then "Simple Times" which is a email-distributed free publication is the "anti-Real Simple". Yes... we are "simple-ites" (I hesitate to use ludite, because we are not anti-technology).

For example, 20 years ago, we made a decision to live on one income. That means: small house, very little eating out and generally living frugally every day. But it also means that one of us manages the home and our weekends and evenings are totally open and stress-free.

However, that DOESN'T mean sacrificing the things that you find really important. For example, we still take international vacations, own a large sail boat and attend theater regularly.

At one point... I figured out that by carrying my lunch to work every day for the last 20 years, I've saved over $50,000. That will buy you a nice little pocket cruiser...
 
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