Role Selection -- Interviews with People Working, Living, and Playing Board Games
I like talking to folks about their jobs.Recommend
You always learn something interesting that you didn't know before, or perhaps didn't even know to ask. You learn about specialized tools, you learn about practiced techniques, you learn about on-the-job training.
But best of all, you learn about the people. That's the real privilege of doing interviews like this -- you get invited 'backstage' to people's lives to see how they do what they do. It's a generous gift of time and access that I sincerely appreciate.
I'd been thinking about an interview series in the board game arena for some time, but I didn't want to repeat what other fine folks had already done. It wasn't until I decided to exclude designers -- to talk to everyone in board games BUT designers -- that the column really came together in my mind. Designers get a lot of love, and rightly so, but there's plenty of other people doing interesting things in board games, and I thought readers might find their stories interesting as well.
In early in 2016, I approached The Cardboard Republic with the idea, and they were very supportive. The first column ran in May, and so far I've managed to keep up with the monthly schedule. Six interviews in, I thought I'd start this Geeklist to share what I've learned.
August 2017 update: Role Selection is on hiatus due to some exciting travel opportunities. Thanks for reading!
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