Better late than never, the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast is finally back!
Thanks to a chance encounter for International Tabletop Day at the Chicago Public Library, I met Randy and got to play test his pirate board game, Scoundrels. It was great fun, so we got talking and I invited him to be on the podcast.
I didn’t know at the time that he happens to work from the Cards Against Humanity office and co-working space, so I got a visit and we were able to record in their studio, which was unusually high quality for me. I’m looking forward to having the rest of my recording equipment shipped.
Randy is a video games artist by trade and we had a great conversation about what is recommended to have a successful career in gaming, how Randy got into games, what his inspirations are, and how he started working on his board game.
If you enjoy the episode, please take time to give it a rating and a review on iTunes / iPhone podcast app (or your favourite podcast app), this only takes a few minutes and it really gives more visibility to the podcast so others can find it.
I am getting back in a regular publishing schedule and my goal is to have an episode published every other week, at least twice a month. I am back contacting people to have conversations with and am looking forward to sharing them with you!
Info / links:
- Randy O’Connor, 3D Artist & Game Designer
- Scoundrels (2015 Kickstarter campaign)
- Cards Against Humanity
- International Tabletop Day
- Tabletop show
- Warcraft II game / game or map editor
- Donkey Kong
- Real Time Strategy Game
- Clash of Clans
- Asynchronous play
- JRR Tolkien
- Robert A. Heinlein
- Rage Against the Machine
- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- AutoCAD / CAD design / 3D design
- Low Polygon Modelling
- Spider the secret Brice Manor
- Waking Mars
- Tiger Style Games
- Robo Rallye
- Cash N’Guns
- Warhammer RPG
- Star Wars Imperial Assault
- Mario Kart
- Zelda Windwaker on Nintendo Game Cube
- Porco Rosso
- Disneyland / Pirates of the Caribbean
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
- The Black Spot
- Twin Peaks
- Star Trek Deep Space Nine
- Babylon 5
- Escape from New York
- How did this get made / LA 2013
- Jason Mantzoukas
- The Killer
- Indie Game the movie
- Gas station mocha
- VR Virtual Reality
- AR / Augmented Reality
- Synthwave music
- Moskva-Kassiopeya on SoundCloud (Synthwave music)
Apologies for the long hiatus and lack of updates about the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast! I took a few months off publishing for the show after one recording didn’t work the way I wanted and then I’ve been traveling in the United States for the past few months. Now I’m settling in Chicago it’s about time I update you with what’s happening.
The other main point to this update is to share the elevator pitch of what the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast is all about. A friend told me the show seemed to lack a main theme or topic, so I thought about it and this is what I came up with:
Ice cream comes in many exciting flavours, and so does creativity. When creating, we use our existing knowledge, experiences, inspiration, intuition and flair to create newly.
I find the process of what and how human beings create endlessly fascinating.
In the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast I have candid conversations with creative professionals to talk about their lives, explore where their ideas, creations and designs come from, what inspires them and how they shape that in the variety of activities and careers they take on.
I might tweak and refine this first version though for now it encapsulates the way I see the show and the reason I publish it pretty well. Naturally the kinds of guests i’ve had on the show so far and will likely keep having operate and create in areas I’m interested and have on my radar, hence featuring guests in advertising, gaming and design for example.
Thank you for your patience with the show, future updates are coming and of course I’m always happy to have recommendations for guests you think I could be reaching out to and have a recorded conversation with as well.
This week I’m glad to talk my friend Patrick Searle about what is happening in Southeast Asia. Patrick co-founded content marketing network GetCRAFT; they have developed an online marketplace connecting specialist creators such as journalists, writers, videographers, photographers on one end with advertisers, brands and communications agencies on the other.
After spending time working in China, Patrick travelled around Southeast Asia and based himself in Indonesia. Jakarta is increasing becoming known in the industry for having a young and vibrant startup and design scene.
On the strength of their success in Indonesia, GetCRAFT announced a few months ago in late 2016 that they were expanding to new countries in Southeast Asia, starting with The Philippines.
Having known Patrick since when we used to chat during morning coffee meetups of strategic planners and whoever was up for joining. I’d been looking forward to talking to him about his experience of Southeast Asia and transiting from working in quite traditional advertising as a strategic planner to launching GetCRAFT.
A few of the links / info mentioned:
- GetCRAFT on Twitter
- Patrick Searle on Twitter
- Likemind (While the site isn’t particularly active, the idea is still around)
- Noah Brier
- Creative Mornings
- Guangxi Province
- CIC Data Shanghai
- Anomaly London
- Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai
- Social @Ogilvy Jakarta
- Lynx (Axe) body spray marketing launch in China BBH / Flamingo case study
- Endeavor Indonesia
- Jakarta Content Marketing Meetup
- Philippines Content Marketing Meetup
- Deep fried durian ice cream
- Avocado chocolate smoothies
- Le Quartier, French bistro in Jakarta
- GO-JEK Indonesia
The Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast is finally back after an unexpectedly long and lazy end of year break! I hadn’t originally planned not to publish in December but it just… flew by – sorry about that! I’m working to put the podcast back on the right track now for 2017.
Some of the important news in this episode introduction is that I’m moving on from London and moving to the U.S. and that I’ll be focusing my energy back on Ice Cream for Everyone as my brand & marketing strategy consultancy, recording and publishing the podcast, writing and looking for clients.
Meanwhile, back to the important bit and the reason why you might read this and listen to the podcast: we have exciting guests on today. I met Kelly in Los Angeles as part of a training course I’m participating in and he turned out to be working for The Go Game, a team-building games company I first came across at SXSW Interactive in Austin, back in 2009. Ian is one of the co-founders of The Go Game, and Kelly joined a little over a year ago as a producer and runs games with them. We had a fantastic conversation, brilliant to hear behind the scenes stories of how The Go Game came to be and some really offbeat anecdotes of the kind of fun mayhem their games can occasionally generate.
Enjoy and don’t hesitate contacting The Go Game if you’re thinking of organising some kind of company / team-building event!
A few of the links / info mentioned in this episode:
- The Go Game
- Kelly Rogala, Game Producer and Product Designer
- Ian Fraser, Co-Founder
- Camp Grounded – Digital Detox / Summer Camp for Adults
- Outward Bound: Outdoor Education Adventures
- Juma Ventures
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Nextel Communications
- MechWarrior (video game series)
- Wilderness first responder class
- Burning Man Festival
- Improv Everywhere
- Jane McGonigal
- Pokemon GO
- Risk (game)
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Escape Room
Happy Thanksgiving! May you have abundance of all great things in life for the year ahead!
We have an exciting guest on the show for this episode: I had the chance of meeting Maurice at the Podcast Movement Conference I attended in Chicago earlier in July this year. Since then I checked his podcast, Revision Path, and really enjoyed it so I asked Maurice if he’d be up for joining me for a conversation.
By the way, I apologise for my mistake in the introduction of the episode, I say Revision Path has been going on since 2014 but it’s actually 2013 – the first interview was published on 23rd March 2013, precisely.
Revision Path won several awards, including a “Most Inspiring Design Podcast Award” from Creative Markets and in the show Maurice has conversations with the best Black graphic designers, web designers and web developers from around the world. In his words:
“On each episode, we explore the stories, processes, experiences, insights, and creative inspirations of these awesome creators.”
Maurice also has his own strategy and design consultancy, called Lunch. It also just happens that right after recording with Maurice, he was headed over to Facebook’s Headquarters to give a talk about Revision Path as well as interview a few people for his show, and I mention this in the intro. You can head over to the Revision Path website to check it out.
Among many inspiring side projects over the years, Maurice launched the Black Weblog Awards, and shared his passion for tea in the Year of Tea podcast last year. Maurice is a pretty awesome person with some great stories as well as a great perspective on design, I really enjoyed our conversation and I hope you will too.
A few links mentioned in the show:
- Revision Path – follow Revision Path on Twitter
- Maurice Cherry – follow Maurice on Twitter
- Podcast Movement
- Louis CK
- The Year of Tea
- Designer News
- Hacker News
- RPG video games
- Final Fantasy game series
- Battle of the Bands in Atlanta
- Real Player
- Cross Stitch
- The Black Weblog Awards
- Google G1 phone
- Nexus Phone
- mail chimp
- FB Design lecture series > check that out if it’s public?
- Creative Market award
- Most Inspiring design podcast award
- Design Matters
- My adventures in design
- “What if Money Were no Object” ~ Alan Watts
- Cherry Garcia Ben & Jerry’s
- Final Fantasy IV & VI
- Chrono Trigger
- Square Enix
- Persona RPG series
- Dungeon Crawler
- RPG video game
- Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Time flies, I say a couple of weeks on the podcast intro recording when it’s already been three weeks since my last episode! I’ve been both busy with the day job heading the strategy team at +rehabstudio and I also left for some holidays last week, horse riding and participating in a course about body language in Arizona, near Tucson – amazing experience!
Now on to this new episode, I had an awesome and fun conversation with Kim Mackenzie, a fellow brand strategist based in New York City and founder of the Ladies Who Strategize Slack group, a collaborative messaging group – well for ladies who strategize, as the name indicates pretty well.
Kim spent several years studying cinema and media in New Zealand so we had some great conversation about her interests in films and TV series, as well as some of the news at the time we recorded, such as the consolidation of all McDonald’s marketing and advertising work handed over to the Omnicom group in a recent and lengthy competitive pitch. Previously, the famous fast food restaurant chain’s advertising had been managed by agency Leo Burnett for numerous years. I suppose they wished the cut on costs.
I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed it!
A few of the links mentioned:
- Kim Mackenzie and follow Kim on Twitter
- Ladies who strategize – apply to join the Slack group
- Cindy Gallop
- David Cronenberg
- Woody Allen
- The Brood movie
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Porn Theory Class
- Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip
- The West Wing
- Aaron Sorkin
- TED Radio Hour podcast
- Morgan Spurlock The Greatest Move Ever Sold
- POM Wonderful
- The Wine Cellar Auckland
- McDonald’s Omnicom
- Blackwood Seven
- Fast Company
- NY Times
- Phish Food Ben & Jerry’s
- Superiority Burger
- Jeff Goldblum
- Jurassic Park
- Nintendo and iPhone 7 release
- Professor Leyton puzzle game
- Ghostbusters movie (reboot)
- Punch Drunk Love
We have an exciting new episode to the podcast today! Thanks to Kalum of The Rolistes Podcast who introduced us, I’ve been able to have a great conversation with Brian Feister, a web designer / programmer and more importantly for the conversation also the designer of Open Legend, an open source roleplaying game system. We had a brilliant conversation about web design and marketing, open source programming, roleplaying game systems and the kickstarter project for Open Legend that is currently live – I recommend you check it out.
I checked again after I recorded the intro and Open Legend RPG has already passed the $25k mark in pledge funds in just over a day, which is fantastic for this exciting project.
I hope you enjoy, if you do please leave a review on iTunes or your favourite podcast application!
A few of the information mentioned in the episode:
- Open Legend RPG
- Open Legend RPG Kickstarter project
- Open Legend RPG on Twitter
- The Rolistes Podcast
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Object oriented design / programming
- Open Source movement / coding
- Roll 20
- Dogfish Head Brewery
- The Hobbit
- Matthew Mercer
- Ed Greenwood
- Forgotten Realms
- John Wick
- Amaura’s Dawn
- RPG Academy
- Geek & Sundry
For this new episode of Ice Cream for Everyone, Kalum of The Rolistes, an excellent London based tabletop gaming podcast had asked me to interview him for the one year anniversary of his podcast. We had a fantastic conversation about Jeremy aka Kalum got into roleplaying games, his gaming influences, how he started podcasting, his job and many more interesting stories. Enjoy!
A few of the links mentioned:
This has been silent for a little bit too long, sorry for the delay! I’m getting back on track and to finally kick off the second season of the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast I’ve prepared a little summer report. I tested my Zoom H5 digital recorder while in Chicago in July and I’ve (badly) edited a few bits and pieces – the best of what I could salvage out of amateurish and pretty bad recordings.
I’m also summing up the upcoming episodes. One of the reasons I’m late with the podcast is that I’ve started a new full time role and I’ve been getting into the swing of the new job and meanwhile had a bit less time for the podcast unfortunately. I still recorded in September and have some exciting episodes coming up in the next few weeks.
Apologies for some of the sound quality for outdoor recordings, I’m still learning.
A few links to information mentioned:
- My new employer: +rehabstudio
- Landmark Worldwide
- Partnership Explorations
- The Order of Things, Michel Foucault
- Six Flags Great America
- Tour de Fat
- New Belgium Brewery
- Guys We F****d, The Anti Slut Shaming Podcast
- Dan Savage Lovecast
- You Made if Weird
- Las Vegas Insider
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
- The Rolistes Podcast
- Revision Path Podcast
- Maurice Cherry
- Kim Mackenzie
- Brian Feister, Open Legend RPG
I’ve prepared a demo clip of several snippets of the first season of the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast, this is perfect if you want to get a sense of the podcast without spending too much time on it.
Edited snippets are from the following published episodes: