Welcome back to breakfast with Burge Bros designer Tim Fowers. I am freshly fueled with coffee, but Tim is naturally caffeinated, so the conversation is fast and furious. Read on for discussions of music, mentorship, and mornings. Plus Kentucky!

And so we have come to the last dribs and drabs of an amazing repast with designer Ryan Laukat. The food has been incredible, the company inspirational, and the atmosphere idyllic. As the coffee drains away, unfortunately it is time to say our goodbyes. But not without some last thoughts on design and originality…

Welcome to part 2 of my first, real honest-to-goodness, face-to-face, real life guest, and not imaginary friends…dinner. And I am lucky enough to be eating with the renaissance man of gaming, Ryan Laukat. Ryan is known for being designer, illustrator, graphic designer and publisher for his games. And today we eat octopus.

Welcome back to the second half of a futuristic data-driven dinner with the master of elegant light gaming, Phil Walker-Harding. Most of the food is eaten, and we are chatting about deck building, early design work, and the encroaching usefulness of digital tools in board gaming. Truly ironic, given I am having sooo many connection …

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Jonny and I continue packing pot stickers and munching moo shu, while we blather about the boundries of board games – the mutations of mancala, eccentricities of expansions, the hassle of house rules, and the backlash of balancing. Alliterative allegories all around!