Cardboard Addiction isn’t your typical board gaming podcast. You’re not going to find the same old formulaic episodes you get with other board game podcast. I am going to focus on topics and games that are interesting and relevant to me. This certainly will not include reviews of every new game that hits the market or any repetitive gaming discussion topics that have been covered by every other board game podcast. When I set out to create this podcast I had a single listener in mind and that listener was like me. I want a board game podcast that is not afraid to discuss games that are less popular in the gaming community, interviews industry professionals, and discusses interesting topics that are not often covered by other podcast. Once I set the criteria for my ideal podcast I thought about the way that consume board game podcast. More often than not I listen only to the first thirty to forty-five minutes of a podcast while driving to work. Some times I’ll listen to my backlog of podcast episodes while I am working around the house on the weekends, but it can be overwhelming to keep up with when new lengthy episodes are released every one or two weeks. While watching Netflix one night the idea to release a series of five episodes every month all at once came to me. This would allow me to consume all the podcast episodes at my own pace without feeling like there was a constant stream of episodes that I couldn’t keep up with. Another aspect of this idea that I needed to address was the amount of time needed to consume all of this awesome content. I decided that the length of an episode should be between twenty to forty-five minutes of focused content. This would allow me to listen to each episode in a single trip to work or all episodes in one afternoon while working around the house on a Saturday. So there you have it, the origin story of the board game podcast Cardboard Addiction. But wait…there’s more! I also wanted to cover a few board game related news stories as well as behind the scenes updates to the podcast. The five episode season format didn’t really allow for this, so I decided to produce a “State of the Podcast” episode at then end of each month. All together that’s over three hours of content across six episodes a month.
About the Host
I’m an only child, so growing up I played most games solo. I cut my teeth on games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Stratego. Growing up I had a friend in the neighborhood whose older brothers was into Risk and Axis and Allies. They would occasionally let us play when they needed extra players. Once I became a teenager, I stopped playing board games and moved began chasing girls. It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I rediscovered board gaming. In 2007 I started playing backgammon with a guy at work during lunch and stumbled on BGG while searching the Internet for backgammon strategies. I lurked on the site for a long time before creating an account. Shortly after I had discovered BGG I moved to Utah and spent many years looking for other hobby gamers. In the beginning of my gaming career, I played mainly with my wife and her family. The first designer board game I purchased and played with them was Bang!, which went over like a lead balloon; I think it was a year before I purchased Ticket to Ride. To this day I refuse to play with one of my sister-in-law because of this early experience. In 2012 I attended my first gaming con, Saltcon, and played my first RPG. Later that year I introduced a friend to board games and helped him form a gaming group. We mainly played gateway games and slowly got introduced to heavier games by other gamers in the area. Once I got a taste of the heavier euro games, I became hooked. In 2013 I joined a gaming group full of hardcore gamers, and was exposed to a variety of board games and RPGs. In late 2013 I started my own wargaming group, the Northern Wasatch Front Wargamers which didn’t really go anywhere, but who knows I might put a bit of effort in to it one day. In 2014 I decided to begin keeping a yearly list of my top twenty-five games. I also decided to begin a yearly 10x10 play challenge. I’ve yet to successfully complete one of these challenges. In 2015 I decided to take a break form board games and spend the next eighteen months playing Magic The Gathering exclusively, since then I’ve split my gaming time between Magic and board games. In the summer of 2017, I approached a few friends about putting together a board game podcast. This didn’t end well; call it creative differences if you will. In late 2018 I decided I wanted to get back into podcasting as a solo podcast host and created Cardboard Addiction. It’s been a wild ride thus far and I’m excited to find out what’s in store me and my board game podcast.