►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Malcolm Davies. I'm a designer, communications specialist, fencer, and board game enthusiast.
I run Is it my turn? with my co-hosts Alice Davies (my wife) and our good friend Nick Irving. We talk about something that consumes the vast majority of our spare time... board games.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
We've been gaming together for about 2 years and every time we finished something, we'd spend the next hour after we packed the game away talking about what we loved about it.
We started sharing the conversations and insights with friends and fellow gamers at our local board game cafe. We were shocked when people seemed genuinely enthusiastic to here what we had to say, so I pitched the idea of a podcast to Alice & Nick.
They foolishly agreed.
It took months to get the first episode out. We had many discussions about format and structure and episode sequences, but eventually we were ready to get underway.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
Is it my turn? is 100% self-funded at the moment. We're not against it being sponsored eventually but right now it's small and probably not on any sponsors radars anyway.
Thankfully our costs are low. Being a multimedia designer/producer, I had decent entry level recording equipment, so our main cost is hosting...
...and the games to play to record sessions about.
Time is definitely the kicker for us. We all have day jobs and I'm also a postgrad student. We usually record in "sprints", getting 3 or 4 episodes in the can for me to edit at mt own pace. It's early days, but seems to be working so far.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
We don't have sponsors yet, and are probably still too small to be of any interest right now. And that's ok by us.
Our main goal is to keep sharing our thoughts on the games we love; to discuss them in a critical way that's still "light" enough for people to enjoy listening to.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
Our preparation starts well before the day re cord an episode. We make sure we have played a game a minimum of ten time before we record an episode on it. We talk about the design and tactical space of the game and we think you can't get away with a single play through before you try to discuss those kinds of things.
We start a recording session with at least two rounds of the game we're about to discuss. Gives us all a chance to make our final notes and makes sure everything is fresh in our minds before we start.
Then I set up our suite of USB microphones (nothing special but they do the job) and everything is recorded and edited in Adobe Audition.
►How do you market your show?
We've started with our friends and they've been gracious about listening to our ramblings and sharing Is it my turn.
We have Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a Facebook page, and we're fairly active on those as well.
About 80% of our listeners come from Australia, but recently we've noticed them popping up from the UK, USA and even Germany.
Seeing our little conversational podcast getting overseas attention has felt pretty great.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
We're still so new to this I wouldn't want to offer any serious advice to a would-be podcaster...
...other than, just give it a try. Make a start. If you feel you have something to say, say it, record it, and get it out into the world.
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Updated: 5 months ago