Over the weekend, I hung out with the gang from UnderGopher, a group of local gamers and genre enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their love of tabletop gaming, comics, and other fandom topics with anyone who will listen. Though I tend to run into them at our local comic and game shop, they also produce their own regular podcast, “UnderDiscussion,” in which any or all of the aforementioned interests have the potential to be the topic du jour.
We have quite a few people here in the KC area with their fingers in various genre pies (comics, games, prose, etc.), and the UG guys do their part to promote the home team pros. To that end, they also conduct the occasional interview with one of those folks. This past Saturday, it was my turn in their spotlight.
After being whisked away to the secret UnderGopher Lair, during which I was blindfolded and given a tranquilizer so that the location could remain classified, we commenced to discussing all sorts of stuff. Once the interview was completed, I was returned to the surface world nary the worse for wear.
The interview started out with the best of intentions as we talked about my writing, how I got started, and so on. Topic Drift set in pretty soon, though, as we began weaving and winding all over the fandom map, from movies to games to the 80s and all sorts of stuff in between. The interview ended up going in excess of two hours, but the guys seemed content not to edit down to the bare essentials and the…you know…relevant stuff.
The result? UnderDiscussion: Dayton Ward
Thanks very much to Brady, Dustin, and Kevin for inviting me down to their world for a bit. I had a blast talking Geek, and there already are plans afoot for a return engagement when certain topics come up in their discussion queue. I believe there’s a podcast devoted to James Bond in the offing as I write this. Oh, yeah….