No! We’re not late! We are on our new monthly schedule! This month – our 2012 Predictions (hint: Star Wars comes up a lot) for all sorts of categories: Board Games, RPGs, Minis, Mass Market, and more. We’ve also added some new categories: Retail, Manufacturing and Conventions. Yes, its all that and a bag of chips. At an hour and fifteen minutes, its also one of our longer shows – the perfect length for a hellish winter commute. Or two commutes. Whatever it takes. Oh yes… we also do some news, and offer the world’s most succinct Toy Fair 2012 advice.

Next Show: GAMA Trade Show and All About Artwork! Coming in late February.

Paper Money #59: 2011 in Review

Happy Holidays! Its the end of 2011 and Ben and Rett finally get back into the studio and revisit all their (and their listeners’) predictions for 2011. Who was right? Who was wrong? Who failed epicly? Yes, there’s a reason why most pundits never dredge up their old predictions. Tune in and find out how they did – and a quick recap of the week’s news.

Our next show will be at the end of January and cover the upcoming New York Toy Fair as well as our fearless (or is it feckless?) 2012 Predictions. Of note: Paper Money is moving to a once a month schedule. We apologize to everyone who’s been wondering where the show is every 2 weeks, but Real Life has been intruding pretty heavily on our game – and game business – time, so we thought we’d adjust the show schedule to fit reality. :)

And finally, Ben wanted to thank Santa for his copy of Kings & Things. And GURPS 4th Ed. Kind of an old school Christmas, but it works!


This Saturday is Gaming in the Library Day and November is (maybe) National Game Design Month. Ben and Rett discuss these and other news tidbits such as the drop in toy imports, Job openings at Hasbro and video game sales resurgence. (Astute listeners will note that there is no episode #57. We recorded it, but didn’t get a chance to release it. :) ).

Paper Money #56: GenCon Interviews

With Rett off to the ACD Open House, Ben raids the archives and produces a couple of Paper Money’s greatly delayed GenCon interviews. Enjoy brief talks with Dawn Coleman, game designer – most recently of Hex-a-gon, published by Catalyst Game Labs and with Mark Jacobs, designer and publisher of Chaostle (yes, that Chaostle!). Its a short show, so enjoy this quickly devoured morsel with anticipation of the multi-course meal to come next time!

Paper Money #55: We’re back!

Tanned and rested, or at least caught up with the flurry of Real Life Intrusions that have plagued them since GenCon, Ben and Rett are back this week to talk about the business side of the game industry. They talk about GenCon attendance numbers, what should be the final CPSIA news segment of any importance, the new show outline and other game news in a short (but sweet) Paper Money podcast.

Paper Money #54: A Trip to a Con

This week, Ben and Rett are headed to GenCon – like any other right thinking gamer – but first, they recorded a show with some news, some reader mail, and some advice about the mechanics of attending a show as an exhibitor. Have a great week everyone! Drop us an email or stop by the Catalyst Game Labs booth if you’re at the show!

Show Link: Matt Worden and Jump Gate

Ben and Rett return after a brief sojourn in which Ben watches the Women’s World Cup and Rett totals his car in search of a game. News of the Week, some great reader mail, and Ben apologizes for his complete wiff on Protospiel. Its all here in the 53rd haphazardly edited episode of Paper Money! If it’s as hot where you are as it is where we are – head down into the basement, crack open a good game, and turn on the show.

Ben and Rett slog through the latest news – White Wolf releases printed material?!, wish they too were at Origins and then debate whether too many games are released during the summer selling season. Rett explains why so many games come out, but Ben says the logic is flawed. Who’s right?

Ben and Rett talk about Hasbro layoffs and HQ move, make a laconic attempt to cover other game news and finally, tear into some seriously crazed packaging problems on two new games that have just hit the market – from what is a bad package to why you shouldn’t be creative. Also, we learn that Rett’s prefered podcast beverage is…water.

Next Show: Summer Releases – are they REALLY that important?

Well, just as everyone is starting Summer Vacation, Ben and Rett are back to work after Real Life cruelly intruded on them. That said, they’re tanned and ready! First up, iPad Board Games in the News and then, News of the Weird. Lots of odd game tidbits in the news this week – including a couple Ben worked with (bit never printed). Last but not least, Ben and Rett answer more reader mail about old licenses in the RPG market: Are they a problem?

Next show: June 7th. Really. Honest! Origins on tap!

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