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The Offline Gamer

The Offline Gamer

By The Offline Gamer

Dive into the world of gaming with Matt and Rai on "The Offline Gamer" podcast! Each month, we explore our latest tabletop and PC gaming adventures, share exciting Kickstarter finds, provide annual coverage of the UK Games Expo, and engage in conversations with prominent figures in the UK board game industry. Join us on this interactive journey!
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Episode 81 - UKGE 2023 Preview

The Offline GamerMay 23, 2023

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Episode 81 - UKGE 2023 Preview

Episode 81 - UKGE 2023 Preview

In our annual UKGE preview, we talk about some of the things we're keen to see at the event.

May 23, 202301:05:05
Episode 80 - Airecon 2023

Episode 80 - Airecon 2023

Rai is back this month, and joins Matt and Karen as we chat about our experiences attending our first ever Airecon event.

Matt and Karen share their first-hand experiences from the convention floor, discussing the hottest new board games they got to play, the bustling trade halls, the open gaming areas, and the overall atmosphere that made Airecon 2023 a truly memorable event.

https://www.airecon.co.uk/

Mar 29, 202301:01:32
Episode 79 - Ludus Vulpes

Episode 79 - Ludus Vulpes

Matt is joined by Kirsty and Phil from Ludus Vulpes, for a nice meandering chat about games!

Links:

https://www.ludusvulpes.com https://www.youtube.com/c/ludusvulpes https://www.instagram.com/ludusvulpes/ https://www.facebook.com/ludus.vulpes https://twitter.com/ludusvulpes
Mar 02, 202301:31:08
Episode 78 - Mark Cooke

Episode 78 - Mark Cooke

Normal service will resume soon, but this week we're joined by Mark Cooke to discuss Airecon 2023 in March, as well as his other roles in the board gaming industry.

Links:

https://www.airecon.co.uk/ https://www.brighteyegames.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/UKboardgametrade/
Feb 23, 202332:07
The Offline Gamer Christmas 2022 Update

The Offline Gamer Christmas 2022 Update

Where have we been? What's been going on?

In this special Christmas message we let you all know why things have been a bit quite on the TOG front lately.

Dec 23, 202206:57
Bonus Episode - Shiver RPG (The Harvest)

Bonus Episode - Shiver RPG (The Harvest)

In a break from our usual episodes, we bring you this special bonus! Adam from Die Rollin ran a special one-shot adventure of the Shiver RPG, launching on Kickstarter soon. Join us as we investigate.. The Harvest.

Apologies for any audio issues - I've cleaned it up as best as I can!


Oct 11, 202202:30:33
Episode 77 - The Rogue Artist

Episode 77 - The Rogue Artist

In another mini episode, we're joined by Andrew Prowse of Rogue Artist Creations. We talk about his history of gaming and design, and his latest game SKÅL! which is coming to Kickstarter soon.

Links:

https://www.rogueartistcreations.com https://www.skalgame.com https://www.facebook.com/rogueartistcreations/ https://twitter.com/rogueacreations https://www.instagram.com/rogueartistcreations/
Sep 25, 202235:27
Episode 76 - The Civitas Universe

Episode 76 - The Civitas Universe

This episode we're joined by James Bradley, creator of The Civitas Universe. Check out Civitas 2230 on Kickstarter now!


Links:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thecivitasuniverse/civitas-2230-build-the-cyberpunk-city-of-your-dreams

https://thecivitasuniverse.com/

https://www.instagram.com/civitas.universe

https://www.twitch.tv/civitasuniverse

Sep 15, 202245:09
Episode 75 - UKGE 2022
Jul 06, 202202:21:14
Episode 74 - UKGE 2022 Preview

Episode 74 - UKGE 2022 Preview

It's almost time for UKGE!

We have a chat about the show, our lovely map, and we use the Tabletop SPIRIT preview magazine to see what some of the exhibitors are bringing along.

May 30, 202201:23:16
Episode 73 - A Quick Catch Up

Episode 73 - A Quick Catch Up

We have a quick catch-up this month before we start planning for UKGE! Keep your ears open for our preview episode coming in the next couple of weeks.

Unfortunately, there's a small issue with Rai's microphone in this episode so apologies for the audio issues.

May 11, 202201:00:50
Episode 72 - Ticket to Carcassonne

Episode 72 - Ticket to Carcassonne

Matt is joined in this episode by author Steve Dee, and there's chat about his latest update to his board game book, Ticket to Carcassonne, as well as other projects, and what Steve has been playing recently!


Links:

https://twitter.com/steve_dee_ttc

https://tickettocarcassonne.com

Mar 31, 202244:49
Episode 71 - Allotment of Awards

Episode 71 - Allotment of Awards

After a short real-life delay, we're back and have a good catch up over what's been going on since the new year. As it's our first show of 2022, it's also time for our Kickstarter Awards!

Mar 19, 202201:24:03
Episode 70 - The Crossover Episode

Episode 70 - The Crossover Episode

For our Christmas episode this year we're doing something a little different - Wayne and Jude from the TrekMate podcast join us for a look through lots of Star Trek related games on BoardGameGeek!

You can find out more about TrekMate at www.trekmate.org.uk

Dec 18, 202101:51:43
Episode 69 – Nice

Episode 69 – Nice

It's back to normal this month, and we've got a lot of catching up to do! Matt tells us all about a few months worth of Kickstarters, and Rai details all about their foray into D&D...
Nov 21, 202101:18:45
Episode 68 – A Short Trip to Arkosa

Episode 68 – A Short Trip to Arkosa

This month we briefly chat about what we've been playing, some terrible Kickstarters, and we're joined by Angela from Toonhammer Games to talk about Arkosa - currently on Kickstarter!
Sep 21, 202101:27:28
Episode 67 – UKGE 2021

Episode 67 – UKGE 2021

It's time for our review of UKGE 2021, and a chat about everything we saw over the course of the weekend!
Aug 30, 202101:03:27
Episode 66 – UKGE 2021 Preview Part 2

Episode 66 – UKGE 2021 Preview Part 2

In this second part of our preview of UKGE 2021, we talk about what we're excited to see at the show.

We hope to see you there!
Jul 24, 202151:29
Episode 65 – UKGE 2021 Preview Part 1 - Richard Denning

Episode 65 – UKGE 2021 Preview Part 1 - Richard Denning

In this first part of our preview for UKGE 2021, Matt has a good chat with Richard Denning, one of the founders and directors of UKGE. We talk about the events that led up to the postponement and eventual cancellation of the 2020 show, moving to a virtual event, and what we can expect from the show in 2021.

Thanks to Richard for finding an hour in his very busy schedule to have a chat to us!
Jul 15, 202157:15
Episode 64 – A Noble Chat

Episode 64 – A Noble Chat

In a break from our usual format, Matt is joined by artist, designer, and co-founder of DoodleMeeple Jamie Noble Frier to discuss the Hero Master Kickstarter, what DoodleMeeple is all about, and lots of other random topics to do with gaming.
Jul 12, 202101:18:09
Episode 63 – An Ascent into Madness

Episode 63 – An Ascent into Madness

Sorry for the delay this month.. illness and University work for Rai took priority! But we're back, and we talk about our usual topics and are joined by good friends Peter and James from Board Game Hub to talk about the upcoming Kickstarter for Tranquility: The Ascent
Jun 25, 202102:22:42
Episode 62 – A Year of Lockdown

Episode 62 – A Year of Lockdown

We've been in lockdown for a year! We chat about what we've been playing, and Matt shares some exciting news about an oft-mentioned Kickstarter...
Apr 06, 202101:27:43
Episode 61 – Questing for Zines

Episode 61 – Questing for Zines

Our first 'proper' episode of 2021, and we take a look at Kickstarter #ZineQuest. There's also our usual start of year shenanigans, but without our annual Kickstarter awards due to the fact that we've not played most of what we've received!
Feb 14, 202102:02:15
Episode 60 – The Tables Have Turned...

Episode 60 – The Tables Have Turned...

It's interviewer turned interviewee this episode, as for a change Matt is the one in the spotlight as Bez asks all the questions. Audio taken from 'Bezzy Beats & Boardgame Blether' on 23rd Jan 2021.
Jan 24, 202102:35:03
Episode 59 – Is 2020 Over Yet?

Episode 59 – Is 2020 Over Yet?

Back to normal this month, before our review of the year coming up in our next episode. What we've been playing is unsurprisingly a certain newly released PC game...
Dec 18, 202001:25:58
Episode 58 – From Tranquility to Tessera

Episode 58 – From Tranquility to Tessera

A short catch-up this week, were we talk about:

- Raise Your Game - We raised £500 for charity!
- Board Game Smackdown - The Offline Gamer Special!

We also welcome back some returning guests, Pete and James from Board Game Hub who talk about (amongst other things) their new game on Kickstarter - Tessera.
Nov 18, 202048:25
Episode 57 – Raise Your Game
Oct 13, 202001:40:03
Episode 56 – We're 5 Years Old!

Episode 56 – We're 5 Years Old!

Who'd have thought it, we've been doing this for five years! In this episode we look back over the past five years, as well as borrow a format from another podcast and discuss our top ten board games in our collection.
Sep 22, 202002:05:40
Episode 55 – UKGE Virtually Expo 2020 Preview
Aug 17, 202057:21
Episode 54 – A Chat with James Cook
Jul 21, 202057:51
Episode 53 – June/July Meeple Mail

Episode 53 – June/July Meeple Mail

It's time for another episode of Meeple Mail, where we take a dive into our inbox to see what we've been sent over the past few weeks.
Jul 17, 202052:53
Episode 52 - Itching To Play...

Episode 52 - Itching To Play...

Matt's gone a bit crazy backing Kickstarters, and also has around 1700 games to play from the Bundle for Justice and Racial Equality. He's itching to play them... (See what we did there?)
Jun 22, 202001:18:00
Episode 51 - Marvellous Meeple Mail

Episode 51 - Marvellous Meeple Mail

It's been a month since our last Meeple Mail, so we have a bunch of emails to get through. Let's see what people have been sending us this month.
Jun 04, 202051:23
Episode 50 - 50th Episode Quiztacular!

Episode 50 - 50th Episode Quiztacular!

To celebrate our 50th episode, we've decided to put on a quiz! Joining us for this special occasional are some of our friends, but which one of them knows the most about games?
May 18, 202001:14:33
Episode 49 - Still Stuck Indoors...

Episode 49 - Still Stuck Indoors...

We're still stuck indoors this month, but that's no reason why Matt can't spend lots of cash backing Kickstarter projects he'll be able to play (hopefully) once lockdown is over...
May 09, 202001:30:31
Episode 48 - More Meeple Mail

Episode 48 - More Meeple Mail

Our inbox is virtually overflowing! Let's take a look inside in our next episode of Meeple Mail.
Apr 26, 202044:57
Episode 47 - Meeple Mail 1

Episode 47 - Meeple Mail 1

It's our first episode of Meeple Mail, where we take a look at the emails and press releases we get in our mailbox that we often neglect...

Let us know what you think of this new addition to our podcast!
Apr 07, 202051:57
Episode 46 - Under Lockdown

Episode 46 - Under Lockdown

It's been a few weeks since our last episode, so we catch up on everything that's been going on in the world since, and have our usual chat about games.
Mar 31, 202001:35:27
Episode 45 - 2019 Kickstarter Awards

Episode 45 - 2019 Kickstarter Awards

It's that time of the year again, we talk about our usual topics but also bring you our top three Kickstarter games of 2019.
Feb 12, 202002:06:47
Episode 44 - Top Games of 2019

Episode 44 - Top Games of 2019

In this episode, we take a look at Tabletop Gaming Magazine's Top Games of 2019, and despair about how much we're missing out on.

We're also joined by a special guest for a few minutes...
Dec 24, 201901:18:41
Episode 43 - A Chance and Counter

Episode 43 - A Chance and Counter

In this episode, we chat to Steve from Chance and Counters.

Matt also talks for quite a while about what he's been playing during the rainy evenings after work, and we take a look at one of the less 'slapped together' satire games currently on Kickstarter.
Nov 10, 201902:00:57
Episode 42 - Indoor Tranquility

Episode 42 - Indoor Tranquility

In this episode, Matt visits the Great Indoors event in Bromsgrove. In addition to our usual talking points we chat to Peter and James about Tranquility, coming to Kickstarter soon.
Sep 26, 201901:18:44
Episode 41 - MattFest 2019

Episode 41 - MattFest 2019

We're back, and this month it's a bit of a MattFest as Rai doesn't really have much to talk about...
Aug 04, 201901:23:51
Episode 40 - UKGE 2019!

Episode 40 - UKGE 2019!

It's that time of the year again, our round-up of what we saw (and ate...) at the UK Games Expo 2019!
Jun 09, 201901:22:50
Episode 39 - UKGE 2019 Preview

Episode 39 - UKGE 2019 Preview

It's almost time for UKGE 2019! Join us as we chat about what we're looking forward to this year.
May 28, 201941:48
Episode 38 - Ooops...

Episode 38 - Ooops...

A return to our usual format this month, but apologies for the quality of Matt's audio... human error!
Apr 23, 201901:31:00
Episode 37 - The 2018 Kickstarter Awards
Feb 16, 201901:53:53
Episode 36 - Looking Towards 2019

Episode 36 - Looking Towards 2019

A look ahead to 2019 in both Board and Video games. What are people anticipating? We take a look at some lists to see what we've missed...
Jan 12, 201901:36:30
Episode 35 - EGX 2018

Episode 35 - EGX 2018

This episode we recap our excursion all the way to the NEC in Birmingham for EGX 2018, and get back to some of our usual topics of discussion.
Nov 27, 201801:36:02
Episode 34 - Essen Spiel 2018

Episode 34 - Essen Spiel 2018

Our good friend Gareth joins us in this episode to give us his thoughts on Essen Spiel 2018.
Nov 10, 201801:21:58
Episode 33 - An Epic 3 Years

Episode 33 - An Epic 3 Years

It's our three year anniversary! This month we're joined by Jamie Noble Frier to talk about his upcoming Kickstarter 'Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails', as well as our usual topics of discussion.
Sep 09, 201801:19:58
Episode 32 - The Great Indoors 2018

Episode 32 - The Great Indoors 2018

We come to you live from The Great Indoors 2018! (Well, a small room next door...). We're joined by Peter Hazlewood, Vince from Asgard Games UK, and Richard Denning from UKGE/Medusa Games.
Jul 29, 201802:03:20
Episode 31 - Board Game Bash!

Episode 31 - Board Game Bash!

In this episode we talk about our day at the 3rd Birmingham Board Game Bash, and have chats with some of the designers who were showing off their prototype games at the event. We also take a quick look at the latest gaming news from the E3 show a few weeks ago, as well as our usual topics of discussion!
Jun 28, 201801:50:03
Episode 30 - UKGE 2018!

Episode 30 - UKGE 2018!

It's that time of the year again! We chat about our experiences at UKGE 2018, along with games we played and some interviews from designers and publishers.
Jun 06, 201802:13:54
Episode 29 - The (Delayed) 2017 Kickstarter Awards!

Episode 29 - The (Delayed) 2017 Kickstarter Awards!

Later than usual, in this shorter episode we bring you our Kickstarter Awards for 2017, as well as discuss some of the projects that have, for whatever reason, not arrived as planned...
May 12, 201843:25
Episode 28 - We're Back!

Episode 28 - We're Back!

It's finally time for Episode 28! We're joined by our old friend Peter Hazlewood to chat about our usual stuff as well as his trip to Airecon, and how things are looking for The Great Indoors 2018.
Apr 29, 201801:26:45
Offline Gamer - April 2018 Update

Offline Gamer - April 2018 Update

A brief update from Matt on what's been going on the past few weeks, and why things have been so quiet.
Apr 07, 201802:24
Episode 27 - All Snowed In...

Episode 27 - All Snowed In...

We're stuck in our respective houses this month due to the snow, but we have a chat and bring you an Interview with Simon from Meeple Mayhem in Birmingham.
Dec 11, 201701:32:13
Episode 26 - Sorry about that...

Episode 26 - Sorry about that...

We're back after a short break (hence the apologies), and because it's been two months we have a lot to catch up on, so we just have a rambling chat about what we've been upto since the last episode.
Nov 12, 201701:07:37
Episode 25 - Two Years Old

Episode 25 - Two Years Old

We're two years old, and this month in addition to our usual talking points we have an interview with some of the people behind the D20 Board Game cafe in Watford.
Sep 23, 201701:12:58
Episode 24 - Ninja Ghost Cat

Episode 24 - Ninja Ghost Cat

A slightly shorter episode than usual, but we're back and we chat about our usual topics as well as have an encounter with a rather sneaky and strange feline...
Aug 13, 201752:53
Episode 23 - Entertaining Expo Experiments

Episode 23 - Entertaining Expo Experiments

Back to our usual format, in this episode we talk about some of the prototype games we played at UKGE, and also look at some of the big news from E3.
Jun 20, 201701:21:07
Episode 22 - UKGE 2017

Episode 22 - UKGE 2017

It's that time of the year again! In this episode we're joined by our friend Gareth to discuss the UK Games Expo 2017.
Jun 07, 201702:19:39
Episode 21 - The Calm Before The Storm

Episode 21 - The Calm Before The Storm

This month we're joined by Peter Hazlewood, and we take a look at the upcoming UK Games Expo and The Great Indoors 2017.
May 09, 201701:22:40
Episode 20 - Shall We Play A Game?

Episode 20 - Shall We Play A Game?

It's time for another TOGCast! This month in addition to our usual sections we take a look at some upcoming PC games we're looking forward to playing.
Apr 19, 201701:30:44
Episode 19 - Zombies, Gods & Dinos, oh my!

Episode 19 - Zombies, Gods & Dinos, oh my!

Join us this month for our usual chatter, some stuff about charity shops, and a look at a rather serious incident that's happened in our community recently.
Mar 20, 201701:05:28
Episode 18 - Table Surfing in the Second City

Episode 18 - Table Surfing in the Second City

This month we visit some new board game venues in Birmingham, eat lots of cake, and discuss our usual topics.
Feb 09, 201701:11:07
Episode 17 - Our Year In Lists

Episode 17 - Our Year In Lists

This month we take our now traditional look back at the last 12 months by going through some lists from BGG and reddit, chat about Kickstarters as usual and also look at what we're still waiting to arrive.
Jan 19, 201701:25:13
Episode 16 - Where we didn't back anything...

Episode 16 - Where we didn't back anything...

For a change this month it's just a normal episode with the two of us, as we discuss some news and what's been arriving in our postboxes.
Dec 04, 201659:42
Episode 15 - Essen Spiel 2016

Episode 15 - Essen Spiel 2016

This month we're joined by our Roving Reporter (A.K.A. Pete), and we discuss his visit to Essen Spiel 2016
Nov 05, 201601:23:44
Episode 14 - EGX

Episode 14 - EGX

This episode is a bit more digital than usual, as we discuss our recent visit to EGX in Birmingham.
Oct 06, 201601:16:09
Episode 13 - 1 Year? Sounds Fishy

Episode 13 - 1 Year? Sounds Fishy

This month we're joined by Toby Fairclough, and we talk about Fishy Tactics, his latest game which is funding on Kickstarter.
Aug 30, 201601:29:01
Episode 12 - The Great Indoors

Episode 12 - The Great Indoors

This episode was recorded at the Great Indoors event in Bromsgrove. We have our usual discussion and we're also joined by Richard Denning from UKGE & Medusa Games.
Jul 31, 201601:10:21
Episode 11 - Inspiring Games

Episode 11 - Inspiring Games

This month we’re joined by Kevin Young from Inspiring Games, where we talk about his latest game and his experiences at UKGE.
Jul 01, 201601:17:36
Episode 10 - UKGE 2016!

Episode 10 - UKGE 2016!

Unsurprisingly our show this month is dominated by talk of the UK Games Expo 2016. We talk about what we got up to, and what we saw and played over the course of the two days we attended.
Jun 12, 201601:12:11
Episode 09 - Or is it 60?

Episode 09 - Or is it 60?

In this episode we chat with Andy Clayton, designer of a new game currently on Kickstarter called '60', as well as our usual topics for discussion.
May 03, 201653:57
Episode 08 - Slightly Delayed...

Episode 08 - Slightly Delayed...

A episode which is slightly delayed due to illness, but this means we have quite a lot of things to catch up on!
Apr 17, 201601:06:39
Episode 07 - Topic? Bah.

Episode 07 - Topic? Bah.

Episode 07, in which we couldn't think of a topic but we decided to talk about the Kickstarters that are currently overdue.
Mar 05, 201648:44
Episode 06 - ..and a look forward to 2016

Episode 06 - ..and a look forward to 2016

Join us for Episode 6, as we talk about our usual new purchases and arrivals, and look forward to the year ahead.
Feb 05, 201601:03:03
Episode 05 - A Look Back at 2015...

Episode 05 - A Look Back at 2015...

Episode 05 - 'A Look Back at 2015'

This month we talk about our usual new Kickstarter arrivals, what we've been playing over Christmas, and take a look back at our first year of tabletop gaming in 2015.
Jan 10, 201657:44
Episode 04 - All we want for Christmas... is games.

Episode 04 - All we want for Christmas... is games.

Episode 04 - 'All we want for Christmas... is games.'

In this episode we discuss what we want for Christmas, and our usual update on what we've been playing.
Dec 05, 201552:48
Episode 03 - Zooombies

Episode 03 - Zooombies

Episode 03 - 'Zooombies'

In this episode we discuss some spooky games ready for Halloween, and also our usual segments of what we've been buying and backing.
Nov 01, 201550:20
Episode 02 - Battle Sheep

Episode 02 - Battle Sheep

Episode 02 - 'Battle Sheep'

Rai discusses her recent trip to EGX, along with our usual selection of recent plays and Kickstarter arrivals.
Oct 03, 201550:28
Episode 01 - Introductions

Episode 01 - Introductions

Episode 01 - 'Introductions'
Sep 03, 201501:07:29