One Year Blogging & Many People Met

Today is the one-year anniversary of my first post here at Dude, Take Your Turn.

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Look what the interns made me!

It’s been really fulfilling talking about one of my biggest (not involving people) loves: board games. Bringing content to you and meeting some really awesome people.

I’m proud of this blog; I’m proud of how I’ve stuck to it even though there have been long lags in between postings. There have been times where I wondered if it was even worth it to keep going. Who’s going to actually read and enjoy this crap?

What do I have to say that’s worth anything? Especially when there are so many other board game content creators out there doing such wonderful stuff already. What can I bring to this already crowded field?

That’s a constant nagging presence in my mind, and it’s one that I fight every time I think to post something. When life gets busy in the offline world, it’s feelings like those which make it hard to actually carve out the time and inclination to post.

But I’ve kept at it, and now it’s been a year and 136 posts.

I thought, as part of the celebration, I would talk about a few of the wonderful people I’ve met on this blogging journey. None of them have I met personally, but they’ve all been inspirations to me in one way or another, and they have all informed this blog in some way, either in style or content, or just picking me up when I feel that ennui that I sometimes get, feeling like I should be doing more but just not feeling up to it.

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Oh no! There are women on the Dice Tower!

Batten down the hatches! Get ready to repel boarders!

Long-time readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the Dice Tower.

Back in April 2017, they reached the 500th episode of their podcast and in celebration, changes were made.

At first, Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer alternated between having a longer show with a “3rd chair” guest on it and then a shorter show where they talked about some games played and some gaming topic.

That change didn’t go over well.

Fairly shortly after that, the BIG CHANGE was implemented, with Tom & Eric doing the episode one week and then Suzanne Sheldon & Mandi Hutchinson doing the next week (with Tom & Eric doing a Google Hangout video show that week).

The reaction to that was…mixed may be an understatement.

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Happy 500th to the Dice Tower!

I do all of my podcast listening in the car to and from work, and sometimes at work. Since I was on vacation last week, I didn’t get a chance to listen to the 500th episode of the Dice Tower podcast when it came out.

I’m almost done with it now, and I have to say what a wonderful celebration of 500 episodes; what a sense of history that this provides, and what a lot of hard work that I’m sure has gone into making the podcast as good as it is.

The Dice Tower started in 2005, but I only started listening to it around episode #275 or so (I can’t quite remember). That was a little over four years ago. The only reason I remember even that closely is because it was early in my listening career that the whole “is Eric going to take over the podcast?” running joke culminated in episode #300.

Over those 4+ years, Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer, and the large number of contributors have made my commutes very pleasurable, listening to such knowledgeable people talking about one of my favourite topics: board games. I don’t get much of a chance to watch videos until recently, so the video channel didn’t do as much for me. But the podcast has been a mainstay, and one of the few podcasts that I never even considered culling when I started cutting down on the number of podcasts I listen to.

The 500th episode has been really neat, hearing all the history behind the podcast, the old clips that I had never heard before, so many of the ending-credits puns from Eric, and so much more.

I’m looking forward to the new direction the podcast takes, without the contributors and with some format changes. It will be interesting to see what Tom and Eric have come up with. Not that I minded the contributors. Some of them were quite good. But the format changes are intriguing.

Kudos to you, Tom, for starting this wonderful thing. And thank you to everybody who has contributed over the years for making the Dice Tower podcast what it is.

It’s even been one of the inspirations for me starting this blog.

I am greatly anticipating listening to episode #1000 in 12 more years.