I recently interviewed Carl Bussler of Flagons & Dragons, which is up for a Best Podcast ENnie.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us about your company.
Carl Bussler (CB): Flagons and Dragons is a podcast about tabletop gaming… and beer! The show has four segments, which we post, on average, 3-4 times a month. Our regular episodes are round-table discussion by the hosts about a topic of tabletop gaming that interests us or affects us at the time. We have a ‘beer break’ in the middle of the episode and try a new beer, reviewing it on the spot. We also have our popular actual play series which follows our Gamma World campaign, entitled Get Rich or Die Trying: The adventures of the Brockman-Fokker Salvage Co.
Every once in awhile we record a Nuts and Bolts episode in which we examine a new game and walk through character creation and learn the rules. This has become helpful for other people learning these games. Our Nuts and Bolts on Gamma World is what spawned the actual play series. Most recently, I started an interview series where I interview a game designer, independent publisher, artist or author.
All of our episodes typically run between 30 and 60 minutes.
MT: What sets your entry apart from the pack?
CB: One of the reasons I started Flagons and Dragons is because it’s composition and the merging of our two hobbies (tabletop gaming and craft beer/homebrewing) wasn’t out there. Many podcasts are advice related, for DM’s or players. That’s not our focus. Many podcasts are review oriented. That’s not our focus. Many podcasts focus on one system, such as D&D. That’s not us either. We do whatever it is we feel like at the moment. I interview who I think is interesting or who’s game interests me, not because said person is popular or from a big company. In the end, listeners won’t know what’s coming next, but they’ll know that whatever it is we do, it’s going to be well done. We strive to entertain and inform.
MT: What type of gamer will be attracted to your product?
CB: I’ve never done any demographic studies on our listeners, and since we do such a wide variety of things, I’m not really sure. Somebody who likes good games and good beer?
MT: Will you be attending the ENnies in person?
CB: Yes. Two of my co-hosts, Jason and Andrew, will be joining me.
MT: Good answer! Where can we find out more about your product?
CB: You can visit our website, as well as our Facebook page. We also have an active Twitter account.
MT: Anything else you would like to add?
CB: Thanks for the opportunity to share a little about us with the world. Regardless of whether we win an ENnie, we’re thrilled to be nominated and in the company of long-running and excellent podcasts.