Welcome back to steak dinner with true board game magnate Christian T Petersen. I know I have used the term “magnate” before, but it just fits so well. We are at Weber Grill in Indianapolis, during GenCon 2021, just hanging, talking business. It is a strange juxtaposition for me, as I know quite a bit about the games and history discussed, and almost nothing about business. So I regularly flip from well-informed contributor, to near-zucchini level ignorance.

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During GenCon 2021 I was lucky enough to bump into Fantasy Flight founder and former Asmodee CEO Christian T. Petersen, ask him to go to dinner, and have him actually agree. And given someone so foundational in the industry, I had a surprisingly good time with this goofy board game magnate.

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Welcome back to dinner with Christian Petersen at Weber’s Indianapolis, during GenCon. We had been talking about Christian’s early ventures in gaming, and I was just told the story of this illustrious Fantasy Flight founder and Asmodee CEO… working as a pizza delivery boy in Minnesota.

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Welcome back to a GenCon dinner with Christian Petersen, founder of Fantasy Flight Games, former CEO of Asmodee US, designer of Twilight Imperium. The food is ordered, not yet delivered, and we are currently chatting about Stronghold Games founder, Stephen Buonocore.

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I am both astonished and grateful to be going out to dinner with the man, the myth, the legend, Christian T. Petersen. The designer of Twilight Imperium, founder of Fantasy Flight Games, and most recently, CEO of Asmodee. The Dice Tower booth at GenCon was across from a retail booth, putting games on display for sale. One of my fellow dice dudes pointed and said, “See that guy selling games? That’s Christian Petersen.” And the rest is history.

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Welcome back to the last part of my dinner with Gloomhaven and Frosthaven designer, Sir Isaac Childres. He has not been officially knighted as of yet, but I anticipate big things to come. I know what you are thinking – “Only 4 parts! What happened?” Honestly, I think I just misjudged how large to make each segment of the interview. So, trust me, the total interview is as cumbersomely long winded and space occupying as normal! And now, join me within the burritorium.

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Luch continues on a beautiful fall day in Indianapolis. I am eating a burrito with Isaac Childres, designer of Havens, both Gloomy and Frosted. The tortilla wrapped goodness is shedding the last of its delicious innards, and talk turns to success.

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Here I am, at GenCon 2021, theoretically the return to normality. True, everyone is masked and the attendance is nearly half of previous years. But this is the return to normality. And in the spirit, I have finagled a lunch with superstar designer Isaac Childres, founder of Cephalofair, creator of Gloomhaven, and the soon to be released Frosthaven. I am not sure he quite knew what I was up to when he agreed to this.

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Welcome to the final bites of my dinner with Dominion designer Donald X Vaccarino. We had an amazing meal and chat at Ole’s Waffle Shop, and now we are dragging our reluctant but well fed bodies back to the car, enjoying the cool Alameda night air.

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