Welcome to an interview for the series Game Credits Who’s Who (#GameCreditsWW). Ever read the credits page of a game you enjoy and wonder about the various positions listed? Would you like to work in the game industry someday but are not sure how some of the positions work? This Monday series will take a personal look into those positions and introduce you to real people doing those very jobs in the game industry. This week, let me introduce you to Marty Connell and Tony McRee of the Rolling Dice & Taking Names Podcast.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do as game podcasters and reviewers.
Marty Connell is married with three boys and works for a medical equipment company as a software engineer. Tony McRee is married with one daughter and works for the electric company in the operations area.
We are Rolling Dice & Taking Names, a board gaming podcast that reviews games, while also interviewing designers and publishers. We present and discuss various topics that are currently relevant to the board gaming community. Board games were a big part of our lives growing up. We played games when were college roommates in 1989 and continue to this day.
How did you become a game podcasters and reviewers?
It all happened shortly after attending Origins in 2012. It was just decided that since we were spending time talking about board games whenever together, why not try out the conversation as a podcast? At the time we started our show, there were not many podcasts that spoke to the family side of the hobby, and we thought we might have a perspective based on our experiences. Of course the show has changed since the early days, but we still try to be informative and entertaining for both new and experienced gamers while maintaining our family-friendly format.
Share with us some of your recent projects.
We continue to produce Rolling Dice & Taking Names bi-weekly and are starting to work on creating more content for our YouTube channel. We have our special 100th Episode coming up and hope to pull off a special one for it. In addition, Marty is producing content with the Dice Tower for Throat Punch Lunch.
What is your greatest frustration or pet peeve as game podcasters and reviewers?
One that comes up often is the out-of-the-blue request for us to mention their project without any knowledge of the product other than what is on their website. Other than saying, hey, go look at this, we really have nothing to say, and we believe it is more important for us to provide value than just be parrots for someone.
How can readers learn more about you or contact you?