I would just like to start out this review by saying that before I decided to submit my review, I looked back on my subscriptions and realized that this was THE FIRST! board gaming podcast I ever listened to. (See "P.S. below for more on this...)
I have been listening to the What Did You Play This Week Podcast Thing for more than 7 months now and feel confident that I can adequately convey my thoughts on it.
The WDYPTW Podcast Thing, hosted by Brandon and Karensa Kempf - with special help from the myriad contributors - is the podcast whose new episodes I most look forward to dropping every week (new episodes generally release every Sunday).
The show is, at its very core, a fun, familial and all-around fantastic reflection of the many personalities, peculiarities and people that make this hobby great! The WDYPTW body is made up of various contributors each with segments that I feel are unique and exclusive to the WDYPTW podcast thing: segments ranging from Jessica Wade’s “Highlights, Lowlights”; to “Two Minutes with Travis (@travisdhill); to a storytelling segment with the daughter of the show hosts “Annabeth’s Story Cubes”; to the semi-weekly contributions from “the over the hillier gamer”; to the new role playing segments; to Jamie Maltman’s “Learning From and Through Board Games”; to probably my favorite section when he has the time for it: “Evolving Review with Derek Davis” where he gives a game “SEVEN weeks to earn its way into [his] collection”; to various other incredibly enjoyable segments from other contributors.
And of course, each segment aptly starts of with a brief discussion of the games they’ve recently played..
What makes this show so great is the down-to-earth nature of the contributors and the consistency with which they portray their own personalities through their segments (many of which, I think, are think are unique to this show), and also the availability and personable-nature of each contributor, each of which are open to online discussions and connecting via social media and even offering for listeners to play with them on online board gaming websites.
Jessica Wade’s love for Stefan Feld and seemingly unending stream of recently-played games amuses me every time. The honest concision spoken through Travis’s and Derek’s reviews enjoyably provide a descriptive and thorough portrayal of their thoughts on/excitement for/dislike for the games they talk about, which I really appreciate, sympathizing with and understanding their unique game tastes. Most of all, I’m mostly just blown away by the sheer number of games that these guys get to play - a large amount of a which are solo plays - and it is because of this fact of the many plays of the same games these guys get in that I can respect their thoughts on games so readily. The back-and-forth with Brandon and Karensa during their discussion on the games they’ve recently played always gives me a chuckle, in a good way; in a way I live vicariously through their game plays each week, whether filled with many classics/new games or with a quick few fillers squeezed into their week, silently cheering them on when they get in a good week of gaming. On the weeks when Annabeth joins in, I really enjoy listening to the many stories they come up with using Rory’s Story Cubes, and my wife, who’s a teacher and who is a gamer like me, enjoys listening along, as well.
I should also add that, even though I regularly listen to ~10 different board/card/role-playing gaming podcasts, there have been several times where I either a) am hearing about about a game for the first time on WDYPTW, or b) and hearing a new or refreshing opinion on this podcast about a game that I’ve previously heard others talk about.
I really could go on and on, but I would just like to suffice it to say that I am a definite fan of the WDYPTW family and cannot recommend this show enough. If you enjoy listening to board game podcasts at all, you should really given this one a listen… you won’t be disappointed.
AND!!! if you are interested at all in hearing interviews with industry insiders, publishers, designers, etc., this podcast has a sort of branch that they call the “Conversation Thing” that you can access access on their feed. So much goodness in such a small space!
I currently awaiting my WDYPTW t-shirt from Analog Gamer and, once it arrives, will proudly wear it at board gaming meetups and otherwise, in honor of and support of the show.
So finally, I would like to say thanks to the WDYPTW hosts and contributors for putting on such an enjoyable and informative show every week. I look forward to hopefully playing a game or two with any of you at a Con somewhere in the future!
(More on my history with the podcast)
I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded of the fact from scrolling through my podcast feed, that the What Did You Play This Week podcast thing was actually the first board gaming podcast I ever listened to. In fact, I’ve been listening since Week 71 (aired April 3, 2016). I shortly followed my subscription to WDYPTW with a subscription to the popular “Dice Tower” podcast and others, and sort of binge-listened to many past episodes of other podcasts during my daily commutes, but faithful listenership to the weekly episodes of THIS podcast has led it to slowly become my favorite podcast (board game or otherwise), and every Sunday evening into Monday morning, I feel a twinge of excitement when I refresh my feed and see the new episode flash across my screen.