Podcast: Garrett’s Games and Geekiness

I’ve written about some of the various gaming podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis, but like boardgames, there are some podcasts that you tire of after a while, and some that you become more fond of as you listen to them over a long period of time.

Garrett’s Games and Geekiness is a weekly gaming podcast produced by Doug Garrett, featuring his wife Shelley, their dogs, and a variety of special guests who appear on a regular basis. I suppose that makes them regular special guests, which not only makes for a wide variety of opinions and experience, it also makes a great oxymoron.

Doug’s podcast was one of those that grew on me as time went by, so much so that I can easily call it my favorite. I felt that way even before I had the chance to meet Doug and Shelley in person last month, which was really a treat. I didn’t mention it to them at the time, so that I would not appear to be a fanboy dork, … or at least not appear to be a fanboy.

Garrett’s Games and Geekiness is not really a podcast for the novice gamer, or someone brand new to the hobby. I’m not sure if there is such a podcast; nonetheless, GG&G demands a certain amount of familiarity with at least a few games or styles. Doug always manages to give his listeners a good feel for a game without spending five hours describing each and every rule or scenario. Doug always gives his honest and unbiased opinions, and over the last year or so, I’ve come to trust his appraisal of a particular game. He and Mark Jackson are personally responsible for many of my game purchases over the last year. Traders of Carthage is a perfect example of one of my favorites that I would have never purchased if Doug and Shelley hadn’t discussed it.

There are a couple of things about Garrett’s Games and Geekiness that really speak to me personally. Both Doug and Shelley are educators, as am I, so they often talk about work issues that I can relate to easily. Most importantly, Doug often discusses a game in terms of scalability, or how well a game will play with a certain number of players, or even players of differing experience. This is really important to me because I want a game that will not only work well with my friends and family, but may also play well as a two player that I can play with my wife. I don’t think anyone else deals with this issue as well as Doug. Shelley not only provides her equally valid opinions, but also offers a slightly different perspective on games and gaming.

Doug and Shelley’s discussions are always pleasant and flow easily from one topic to another. The episode length is always just slightly shorter than I want it to be, but that’s a good thing. I always want a bit more.

You can listen to Garrett’s Games and Geekiness by going to www.garrettsgames.com, or you can subscribe to it on iTunes, like I do. Listen to a few episodes before you make up your mind. Like I said before, the show really grows on you.

5 thoughts on “Podcast: Garrett’s Games and Geekiness”

  1. I’m glad you found this excellent podcast. The fact that it’s week after week and on schedule is wonderful. I enjoy their conversational style and it really grows on you.

    A few others I’m really a fanboy of are:
    D6 Generation (very long but entertaining throughout).
    The Metagamers (they do in depth stuff that you just can’t find elsewhere).
    Into the Gamescape (this British import really shines because the personalities really come through and you feel like they’d be a fun group to game with).

  2. @Ironcates: Into the Gamescape is another favorite. Very funny stuff. It’s like Hitchhiker’s Guide to Games. Haven’t listened to The Metagamers. I’ll check them out. You are missed on Tuesday nights, dude.

  3. The Metagamers are a little different than the other podcasts. You have to really be into boardgames even more so than with GG&G and Into the Gamescape. They talk about things like doing rules rewrites, auction mechanics, and downtime issues where the listener would be at a total loss with out extensive boardgame experience. Unfortunately, they take long breaks between episodes. http://themetagamers.com/

    I’ll have to swing by the next Tuesday or the one following. I miss the Fresno Gamers as well.

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