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Jack and Patrick talk about Megagames in the Australian environment - how it all started, how we do things down under, and how our players and designers find the world of megagaming. The Great Game Theme: Balrog Boogie, Diablo Swing Orchestra The Great Game logo by Jack McNamee using Earth Vectors by Vecteezy.
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Is This A Great Game, Or What?

Tim Kurkjian, Jeff Kurkjian

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Hall of Fame Baseball Writer Tim Kurkjian is joined by his son, Jeff, as they chat all things baseball. Each week you will hear from one of the sport's most storied experts on the history of the game and how it pertains to today. Plus, every week they will be joined by a guest. Without a question, there will be plenty of father-son prodding throughout the show!
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There’s never been a musical theatre game show… until now. In The Great Broadway Game Show Competition teams of Broadway stars face off against each other, and the audience, to identify show tunes and win money for charity, all while sharing intimate stories and memories from their lives and careers. Who do you think knows more about musicals? Who can remember all the lyrics to the most obscure songs on Broadway? Tune in and play along with host Todd Graff as he puts everyone’s knowledge to ...
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Week 9 of the baseball season leads us to the 9th episode of "Is This A Great Game, Or What?" which features Steve Rushin, one of the greatest writers of our lifetime. We discuss with him his love of the Twins as a child, some of the best games he ever covered and how he met his wife, WNBA Legend Rebecca Lobo. What is the baseball significance of M…
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We got into the weeds of tone and theme for megagames - what's good, what's bad, what role does tone/theme play in the success and 'fun' of a game. To help navigate, we welcomed back recurring guests Nellie (Melbourne Megagames) and Chris (Very Large Huge Games). Episode links: Adelaide Megagames Melbourne Megagames Join our communty and get in tou…
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This is our eighth episode and right off the bat (no pun intended) we have to say thank you. This is only possible because of your love and support of what we are doing. This week we have a real treat for you. Paul Skenes is our "GameChanger of the Week," his Major League debut, his character and charitable actions all factored in. We talk with Buc…
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We dive into Tim's All-Fruit/Veggie Team which was inspired by Trey Cabbage's return to the Majors. Great mom stories including Dallas Braden's huge moment with his grandmother. Willie Mays is a legend but I would guess you didn't know which Major Leaguer he didn't recognize when they were face-to-face. And finally, a Kurkjian Quandary that only go…
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We finally sat down to chat with John Mizon, SW Megagames, about the infamous, iconic and world-renowened megagame of sci-fi politics and paranoia - Den of Wolves. Listen along if you'd like to hear about the game, how it came to be, and why it's so damned popular (well, I mean, we tried to answer that question) Episode Links: John is over running …
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It’s the Seamhead edition complete with Quirkjians, another installment of In The Cards plus Jeff's new dog has a baseball name. Mike Schur talks Tony Gwynn, Leslie Knope, Jarrod Dyson, Andy Dwyer, Manny Ramirez and Chad Ogea. Up until this point, we have had former players and managers as guests but we switched it all up this week to share the lov…
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We've been waiting to bring you Tito Francona for some time now. Phillies, Red Sox and Guardians fans will bond together over their love of their former manager. Plus he adds on some stories about being Michael Jordan's minor league baseball manager. We catch you up on Verlander's return. Plus we have a new "GameChanger of the Week," this one will …
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We were joined by Nellie (Melbourne) and Justin (Adelaide) to talk about how we got our start and how we got our different megagame communities to where they are today. In what ended up being a disjointed wander down memory lane, we ended up with more of a 'slice of life' than a 'megagame communities 101' and covered lots of ground - getting starte…
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Jerry Hairston Jr. joins the show to dive deep on Jackie Robinson the player and the man. Hairston's grandfather played in the Negro Leagues before being the ninth Black player to join Major League Baseball. Plus he adds that Mookie Betts could play point guard for the Lakers today! We open another deck of cards from Topps for "It's In The Cards" i…
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Tim Kurkjian is joined by his son, Jeff, every week to give a fresh take on baseball. This week is a lead up to The Masters Tournament so we had to call in John Smoltz, an incredible golfer and Hall of Fame pitcher. We begin by reading some of your really sweet messages about the show. Visit GreatGameOrWhat.com to send us your own message, it might…
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The lads take a break from international (and domestic) VIP guests to spend some time on their entirely underqualified analysis of crunch in megagames. Ever got tired of the word 'crunch'? No? Well, you will today! Bonus: hear the lads rag on those damn Brits! Got a guest you want to hear from? A subject or game you need covered? Want to call us ou…
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Tim and Jeff celebrate March Madness with Chris Young, the Texas Rangers General Manager. He is a former Princeton basketball player, turned Major League Baseball player. We open more Topps baseball cards, Tim is asked about Lizzo and Beyoncé (oh no) and put on the spot for "The League In The Lid." Tim was inducted into the National Baseball Hall o…
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Tim was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a writer in 2022. He has 45 plus years of stories covering this game his entire professional life. Jeff is a country music morning show host in Philadelphia. Together they will weave through each week of the baseball season with stories of the history of the game coupled with hilarious hij…
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Cosmic horror and good game design! We spoke to Johan from Gothenberg megagames about Event Horizon. EPISODE LINKS: Connect with Johan at Gothenberg Megagames Get a copy of the Event Horizon megagame for your local group (publishing this weekend, 23/24 March 2024!) Find us at The Great Game on ⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Discord⁠⁠⁠⁠ Connect with ⁠⁠⁠⁠S…
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Tim was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a writer in 2022. He has 45 plus years of stories covering this game his entire professional life. Jeff is a country music morning show host in Philadelphia. Together they will weave through each week of the baseball season with stories of the history of the game coupled with hilarious hij…
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A long awaited (and re-recorded) conversation with Ciaran from True North, talking about The Generalissimo is Dead - the megagame that inspired The Death of Stalin (or maybe the other way around?) EPISODE LINKS: Connect with Ciaran and see more of his work Purchase The Generalissimo is Dead game pack Connect with True North Megagames Check out Jack…
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Tony (Dukes of Highland) schools the megagame community in megagame administration...! We were lucky to welcome back Tony and Zane to chat about their experiences publishing megagames and getting their ideas out into the community. An insightful conversation with lots of good-practice nuggets on how to organise yourself and your megagame materials …
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We spoke with Justin (Adelaide Megagames, alumni of Sydney Megagamers) and Tristan (Melbourne Megagames) about their revised run of So Say We All at the end of 2023. The conversation goes into the game itself, the collaboration process of redesigning some elements, and the experience of megagame designer-turned-player. EPISODE LINKS: Connect with J…
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An a special double-episode, we sit down with Rob Grayston from East Midlands Megagames to talk about the 2023 International Megagame Survey. EPISODE LINKS: Read the full report on the International Megagame Survey over at the Megagame Assembly website - Part 1, with Part 2 on the way shortly. Learn more about Rob and East Midlands Megagames Find u…
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To kick off 2024 (although this definitely could have been recorded in 2023...) we got to chatting with the newly formed Adelaide Megagames. Kaity, Justin and Monte walk us through the origins of this new group and how they came to run Watch the Skies as their third game at the end of 2023. EPISODE LINKS: Learn more about, and connect with, ⁠Adelai…
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Tea and biscuits at the end of the world. Quaint. Pat had a chat with Zane and Chris from Very Large Huge Games about their Aftermath event, which saw over 150 players in London simulate the post-collapse world of the UK. EPISODE LINKS: Find out more about Very Large Huge Games Find us at The Great Game on ⁠Facebook⁠ and ⁠Discord⁠ Connect with ⁠Syd…
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In the ancient world, amongst gods and armies, even the humblest can make a name for themselves. Just watch out for that Spartan Hole! Jack and Pat discuss Gods of the Ancient world with megagame designer Tony, from the Dukes of Highland megagame society. We delve into Tony's origins in megagaming, how Gods of the Ancient World came to be, and laun…
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Blood, lies and regicide - does it get any more megagamey? Pat speaks with Jack about God Emperor's origin, design process and legacy. This episode is relatively spoiler-free and delves into the design of God Emperor and how its different mechanisms work. EPISODE LINKS: Listen to Jack speak about God Emperor with the Megagame Assembly Find us at Th…
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Grab a cup of tea, ready your seventeen rulebooks, and secure your fishing rights - we've got a special treat this episode. Pat and Jack sat down with Tom, Chris and Zane from Very Large Huge Games to talk about First Contact and learn just how easy it was to run their 200 player megagame of politics, aliens and biscuit distribution. EPISODE LINKS:…
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A little late to publication again, Patrick and Jack sit down to sort out the biggest problem facing the Megagame community since last turn madness - player death. We delve into the reasons for death in games, the different ways it is sometime portrayed, and ultimately solve EXACTLY how death should work in games to come. EPISODE LINKS: Check out e…
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A slightly late episode recorded late 2022 with Leon (Melbourne Megagames) and Jef. The team speaks about Crisis in Elysium - run by Melbourne Megagames in November 2022 - and debriefs on the design, the day, and the vibe of getting back to in-person games again. CORRECTION: we incorrectly noted the creator of Crisis in Elysium. Crisis was designed…
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A lost episode of the Great Game, recorded in May 2021 and dusted off 18 months later for your listening pleasure. Patrick and Jack sat down Nellie, Tristan and Theo from Melbourne Megagames to talk about It Belongs in a Museum, the first megagame run in Australia (and perhaps the world!) since the start of the COVID era, and a rollicking adventure…
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Andrew Lippa may have the biggest mic in the room, but does he have the biggest knowledge of obscure Broadway music? Find out if the size of the mic matters in this week's Game Show competition with special guests Kate Baldwin, Julia Murney, Gordon Greenberg, and Brad Oscar. Our guests played today's game in recognition of Beit T’Shuvah: https://be…
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Are you smarter than our guests on this episode? The legends Amanda Green, Jerry Mitchell, and Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West) put their ultimate Broadway musical trivia knowledge to the test. Our guests played today's game in recognition of Dramatist Guild Foundation. Find more episodes, watch the video versions, and get more information about The G…
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Kids, kids, and more kids! And super smart ones, at that! Diego Locana, Lucy Krubiner, Harrison Hauptman, & Sophia Sorge join big kids Andrew Lippa and Lon Hoyt for a musical theater trivia showdown you can't miss. Or maybe you can? Who knows, we can't tell you what to do. Now go to your room! ... and listen to Broadway show tunes. Our guests playe…
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The hunt (for the greatest knowledge of lesser-known Broadway music) continues on this episode of Game Show. Join guests Tracee Beazer Barrett, Katie Finneran, Richard Maltby, Nikka Graff Lanzarone & Max Von Essen as they put their knowledge to the test. Play along at home! Our guests played today's game in recognition of: Dramatist Guild Foundatio…
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Join our wonderful guests for this week's episode, Tamara Tunie, Ken Page, Dan Jinks, Rory O'Malley & Krysta Rodriguez, as they compete head to head to determine who has the most knowledge of all things Broadway show tunes! This episode also pays tribute to our wonderful Stephen Sondheim. Our guests played today's game in recognition of: Dramatist …
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A special OG episode with Gerard Allessandrini, Stuart Ross, Richard Jay-Alexander, Ken Raskoff, and Todd Buonopane. Warning, the music in this episode goes deep into the vault, testing their limits. Don't say we didn't tell you ahead of time! Our guests played today's game in recognition of: Dramatist Guild Foundation: dramatistsguild.com ACLU: ac…
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Think you've had enough!? Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Bruce Vilanch, Howard McGillin, Richard Samson, Richard Kind, Rosie O'Donnell have the ultimate dance off to prove who knows the most about Broadway show tunes. Ok, this was recorded remotely so they didn't dance, but they almost did! Our guests played today's game in recognition of: Dramatis…
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Join guests Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley, Andréa Burns, Paul Castree and Anika Larsen as they go toe to toe, digging deep into some of the most obscure (and most recognizable) Broadway show tunes. Put your knowledge to the test, and let us know if you can figure out the songs before they do! Our guests played today's game in recognition of The Actor…
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Watch Stagedoor Manor alumni Nathan Ayotte, Molly Hagerty, Zachary Huseman, Oliva Kelly and Maxwell Seelig compete alongside Andrew Lippa to test their ultimate knowledge of Broadway musical music trivia! Find out more about Stagedoor Manor by visiting http://stagedoormanor.com. Our guests played today's game in recognition of YourMomCares: https:/…
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George Costanza (Jason Alexander) joins the Farmers guy (J.K. Simmons), Meredith Palmer from The Office (Kate Flannery), a Newsie (Andrew Keenan-Bolger), and an Enchantress (Donna Murphy) in this episode of Game Show! Please learn more and consider donating to the following charities represented in this episode: Dramatists Guild Foundation: https:/…
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What do Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel, Todd Buonopane, and Capathia Jenkins all have in common? They're competing on this episode, of course! When it comes to obscure song references, no one can beat Todd B. Seriously. Beth is just here for the lolz.... we think. This episode is brought to you by THE HUMANS, now in theaters and streaming on Showtim…
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Watch and listen as Annaleigh Ashford, Liz Larsen and Marc Shaiman square off against Andrew Lippa, Annie Golden, and Scott Wittman. The nasty words come out, the championship rings are bragged about, and no one can seem to remember the lyrics to 'Whatever Lola Wants'!? HELP US, BROOKS ASHMANSKAS! This episode is brought to you by THE HUMANS, now i…
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Power couple Orfeh and Andy Karl square off against Angela Grovey and Andrew Lippa in our juggernaut of a second episode. Whether you’re new to Broadway or know every single lyric of every song ever written (as does Lippa, it seems!?), this show puts your Broadway knowledge to the test. Or if you simply want to watch everyone dance to “Can’t Take M…
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Ann Harada, Jackie Hoffman, Mo Rocca, and Jason Tam (Team Fairycakes) take on Liz Callaway, Robin de Jesús, Stephen Flaherty and Andrew Lippa (Team Not Fairycakes) in this no holds barred, intense, sometimes inappropriate inaugural episode of The Great Broadway Game Show Competition. Who do you think knows more about musicals? Who can remember all …
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There’s never been a musical theatre game show… until now. In “The Great Broadway Game Show Competition”, teams of Broadway stars face off against each other, and the audience, to “Name That Show Tune”, and win money for charity, while sharing intimate stories and memories from their lives and careers. Created and hosted by Todd Graff, and joined b…
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Patrick and Jack (Click and Clack?) sat down with Trenton Greyoak for a long overdue look at Deephaven - a megagame legally distinct to Dwarf Fortress! The conversation took us to a lot of nitty gritty about this story-driven, roleplay-heavy game - from maps to random tables to wooden block towers (entirely not Jenga). This is our last formal episo…
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Our third and final conversation from OMG Con, we spoke with Patrick Rose and Glenn about their experiences (as designer and player, respectively) of the online version of Running Hot. At the time of publishing this episode, Running Hot has been run twice - it's a politico-corporation adventure game of the pre-cyberpunk future. EPISODE LINKS: - Cli…
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Our second 'studio' recording from OMG-Con 2020, we sat down with Peter Nixon and Becky Ladley to talk about As Thou Commands, a new design from Peter that looks at medieval worldbuilding and politcs. The game was playtested at the con and our conversations delves into it from a designer perspective, to the player experience, and far beyond. EPISOD…
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The first of three interviews from our coverage of the 2020 Online Megagame Conference (OMG Con), we sat down LIVE with Mark and Merle (from the National Security Decision Making game) and Cody (Megagame Coalition) to discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis! EPISODE LINKS: - NSDM on Facebook - NSDM OMG Con Panel - NSDM Youtube Channel - The Megagame Coali…
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A whopping double-episode for our ten-episode anniversary, we sat down with Zac (returning, Brisbane Megagames), Stefan (Magic Coffeehouse, Megagame Coalition, OWL League creator) and Ed (Reading Megagames) to talk about the epic 2-week megagame that was The OWL League. The group talks about the design and admin of the game, the different player pe…
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Patrick takes to interviewing Jack, Zac (returning to the podcast) and new guest Jason, delving into a post-mortem of the recent playtest of Dark and Stormy Night, our home grown online megagame. The discussion veers around the technical and design obstacles we faced and the team discusses what we've most learned about the online space for megagame…
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Jack and Patrick are joined by John (KiwiGameDesign and Reading Megagames) to discuss the world of online megagames, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the design process for John’s new online game – the Anubis Heresy. Episode Links: Online Megagames of GenCon 2020 by the Megagame Coaltion The Art of Not Being Governed (inspiration for Rel…
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Jack and Patrick are joined by Stefan (Megagame Coalition and Magic CoffeeHouse) to talk about all-things online megagames. Discussion focussed on the potential of online megagames and delves into Stefan's upcoming online game, OWL League. Episode Links: The Megagame Coalition and their Online Megagame Convention Magic CoffeeHouse The Great Game Th…
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