Interview – Carl Bussler (Flagons and Dragons)

Flagons and Dragons is a podcast hosted by “friends who enjoy both tabletop gaming and fine craft beers.”

First off, let me thank you for taking the time to be interviewed for the ENnies. I truly appreciate you taking the time to talk about the ENnies.

Starting off with a more personal question, the Flagons and Dragons podcast started last year. According to your website, you enjoy both tabletop gaming and fine craft beers. So, besides the beer, what keeps you going? What keeps you enthusiastic about working in the RPG industry?

I won’t speak for the other hosts, but for me, what drives me to keep producing the show is the community of listeners, people I interview and other podcasters I’ve met, either at live events or through social media like Twitter and Google+. Because of the podcast I’ve met some very creative people and I’m constantly being exposed to new games. The feedback and appreciation the listeners have for the show, the support from other podcasters and bloggers, and the fact that I’m contributing to a hobby that’s given me so much over the years are equally important reasons.

Earlier this year, Flagons and Dragons was nominated for Best Podcast. What did you think of the ENnies when you found out that you were nominated?

When I learned that Flagons and Dragons was nominated I was excited and amazed. There were over two dozen entries and those that made it to the nominations were established and wildly popular podcasts. I was glad to be in such great company. At that point, I was already celebrating. Win or lose didn’t matter to me.

Now that we’ve been around for over a decade, what do the ENnies mean to you both personally and professionally?

Personally, I’ve always browsed the ENnies nominations and winners for new games to play, new podcasts to listen to, etc. Whether a big company or independent, I’ve always been happy with the results. Producing a podcast is a huge amount of work, and I’m now more aware of the efforts that the other nominees and winners give to get where they are. Professionally, I see the ENnies as a type of radar for the industry. All the entries go on my radar. Even if they don’t get nominated or win this year, we might see them next year, or the next. The ENnies also provide acknowledgement for those of us working professionally as game writers, artists, podcasters and in many other positions.

Last question; if someone who had never heard of the ENnie Awards walked up to you today and asked, “So what are these ‘ENnies’ you keep talking about,” how would you answer them?

I would say that the ENnies provide recognition to companies, groups and individuals in the gaming community for all their hard work and producing something of quality.

Thanks again to Carl Bussler for taking time to answer my questions. To listen to the podcast, go to flagonsanddragons.com.

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