Special Interview: Illimat with Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis

We sit down with Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis of Twogether Studios to discuss their upcoming game, Illimat. Long referred to as Project 12, Illimat is a beautiful collaboration with the band, The Decemberists. Once upon a time, the band put a strange piece of set dressing into a photo shoot—an intriguing and arcane parlour game plucked out of an earlier age. Years later, the band approached Keith to see if he could make a game from the mysterious board and Illimat was born!

Blending classic card game mechanics with the Decemberists’ other wordly vibe, Illimat feels like a relic of a time gone by. During the interview we delve into the unusual request of designing from a component and how Illimat evolved from its humble four quadrants. We also learn some insider knowledge about the upcoming Kickstarter, launching October 4th, to fund the publishing of the game.

Join us as we uncover the mysterious Illimat!

Episode 186

We have a new bumper song! Thank you to Michael Iachini for his contribution to making Listener Questions more fun! We also have many new games, including a look at Osprey Games first board game, Riot Games first board game and Penny Arcade’s first RPG!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna and {R} Richard

Listener Questions:
Theme song by Michael Iachini

  • @NoBeard_Pirate: Would you buy a board game that appears to have mediocre gameplay if the components blew you away?
  • @TheDapperDM: What’s a game that you LOVE but never get to play?

Episode 185 with Teos Abadia

This episode we interview Teos Abadia (aka Alphastream). You may have known him for his role in Ashes of Athas; or his con events like Confrontation at Candlekeep and Vault of the Dracolich. But today we talk about him about his latest adventure for Dungeons & Dragons – the exclusive Cloud Giant’s Bargain, given only to attendees of the PAX West 2016 Acquisitions Inc livestream Fathom Event!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Interview with Teos Abadia [Twitter] [Website]

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna {R} Richard & *T* Teos

Episode 184

We’re back! With summer vacations out of the way, Kenna and I get back on track to bring your our latest adventures in gaming! Plus the latest in Gaming News, Kickstarters, and your listener questions…

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Richard

Questions:

Episode 183

With Kenna off on vacation, it’s up to me to get this recap of Gen Con out to the world. With me in this episode is former host and current fiancé, Angela Webber of The Doubleclicks! Join us for Gaming News, Kickstarters, listener questions and more…

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: {R} Richard & <A> Angela

Cardboard Republic: Gender Representation in Board Game Cover Art

Questions:

  • @lucia_fasanoWhat are some tips on being creative/uninhibited when making characters/rpging?
  • @ftcupHow do you know when to abandon a character concept your group may find grating in an RPG?
  • @crowgouldWhat is the funniest tabletop game you’ve played?
  • @tperranmitchell: What are some good two player cooperative games?

Episode 182

Just before GenCon, we found time to explore some castles, solve some crimes and explore the Barovian countryside! Meanwhile, there are more boardgame publisher consolidations happening, and other exciting Gaming News. And don’t forget all the great kickstarters! So much to do!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Richard

Questions:

  • Jesse Ferguson: What is the best gaming snack?
  • No Beard the Pirate: What are you looking forward to most at Gen Con? Buying any games while your there?
  • Brian Murray: Have you ever beaten someone at a game so thoroughly that you felt bad about it?

 

Episode 181

Rich is back and has stories of games and travel! We review games about gods, another licensing coup from Lynnvander Studios and Rich’s favorite game of 2016 wins the Spiel De Jares – coming up!

Reminder: Come see us at GenCon as we run you through Tragic Backstory creation and the 1st Mission of Phoenix: Dawn Command! 

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Richard

 

 

 

Episode 180

Keith Baker [creator of Gloom, Eberron and the upcoming Phoenix: Dawn Command] has fought his way past the minotaur, out of the labyrinth and back onto the show for another episode of game and kickstarter reviews! We check in on the next best Ticket to Ride, theorize what a The Godfather game could possibly be, and get our ice cream trucks revved up for their final showdown!

Coming up!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & *K* Keith

Episode 179

With Rich on the road, we have an opening for a guest house – enter Keith Baker! We get gaming insights from the creator of Gloom, Eberron and the soon to be released Phoenix: Dawn Command. He has some strong feels – especially about PEPPER!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & *K* Keith

Questions:

  • David Carrol: Is there much of a competitive scene of any of these amazing games we play? (the way there is for video games)
  • Ryan: Not a Drow fan. With Tyrants of the Underdark coming out, do you think it’ll be able to transcend its theme like Waterdeep did?
  • Jesse Ferguson What does it take for you to get rid of a board game?
  • Jesse Ferguson: You’ve just walked out of the tattoo parlor with a brand new gaming-related tattoo. Where is it, and what does it look like?

Episode 178

With an unfortunate audio glitch, this episode is a little shorter than most! Feel free to click on the links below that we had to cut out of the episode. Just pretend we were talking the whole time!

Fortnight in Nerddom

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Hot Tips:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme Song by Michael Iachini of @ClayCrucible Games

Kickstarters: 

Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Questions:

  • No Beard the Pirate: How do you feel about upgrading components in board games? i.e. Organizer inserts, upgraded meeple/bits, coins ect?
  • Brion: What’s the most underrated RPG setting/system in your opinions?