Carnagecast 20: Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society and Android

In episode 20 of Carnagecast, Interview with the Gamer travels west across Lake Champlain to talk with Chuck Henry of the Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society in Plattsburgh, New York. Chuck tells us about founding the Nonchalant Gnome gaming society, some of the methods and techniques to making a public gaming group welcoming to newcomers, growing the gaming scene in upstate New York and their participation in the Play in Public campaign to make tabletop gaming more visible to the public eye through teaching moments.

In Autopsy of a Game, Alex and Dan discuss Android, the science fiction noir detective game from Fantasy Flight Games. Players take on characters investigating a crime in the city of San Angeles, as well as wrestle with their personal demons. Alex’s enjoyment of the game has led him to GM it at Carnage two years running with no plan to slow down. Dan is a fan of the game as well, citing in particular the deep world-building found in the rulebook and flavor text of the game’s components. Continue reading

Carnagecast 8: Triple Play and Arkham Horror

In episode 8 of Carnagecast, Interview with the Gamer hits the road, visiting Triple Play in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Co-owner Sean Wolfe gives a little bit of history on the business and reveals why he got into running a game and comic shop. Then Tony Vandenberg talks about running tournaments and organizing store events for the local gaming community.

During Autopsy of a Game, Dan discusses why he likes about Arkham Horror, the board game based on the horror and weird tales of H. P. Lovecraft, its many expansions and the game’s faithfulness or lack thereof to Lovecraft’s original stories. Then we talk a bit about the blending of tabletop gaming tropes with the Lovecraft mythos. Continue reading