Recently on the podcast, we did a show all about board games. One of our listeners, Graham Crouse, reached out to us on Facebook to tell us about a board game that he crafted to play with his son. I thought it was so awesome, I asked if he'd be willing to let us share it on the blog. So, here it is! —CT

My six year-old son and I enjoy playing board games together.

Before Christmas, I was looking for a Doctor Who themed game to get for my son. As a good geek dad I’m hoping that I can encourage him to share some of my interests. I couldn't really find anything suitable for a 6 year old. Most Doctor Who themed games seem to require a vast knowledge of the show’s details, which really isn’t appropriate.

So I decided to make a game. I based it on snakes and ladders and called it Doctors and Monsters. The Doctors would be the ladders that take you up and the villians are the snakes that take you down.

The game is two sided with the Classic series on one side and the Current series on the other. On side one, the players race for Captain Jack's Time Manipulator and the Tardis is the finish line on side two. When the first player gets to the Time Manipulator, the board flips over.

I wanted to make the game a way for my son to learn more about the show, so I added images of Companions stuck in the Time Scoop here and there on the board. When you land on these spaces, the player draws a Companion Card, which has information on something that Companion had done in the show. The player also has to roll the die to either move spaces forward or back. Since my son really likes the Get out of Jail Free card in Monopoly, I made a few cards that allow the player to keep the card and use it to move forward anytime.

For play pieces, I bought the set of 11 mini Doctors and a multi-sided die to roll to move (got a 12 sided die since I thought he would think it's cool - blue of course).

We have been enjoying the game. Thanks for letting me share.

Week 31 of Snipes by Bill Wiist...

This week on the show, we have two returning guests, Sue London and Doug Frye and we return to a topic we delved into before back on episode 56 where we turned movies into television shows. Each Nerd chose a movie and gave it a TV show spin along with a new cast and ideas for future story lines. Wrestling! Aliens! Shadow creatures! Wacky adventures! They're all a part of this exciting episode of Nerd Lunch.

This episode features talk about Groundhog Day so we have retroactively dedicated it to Harold Ramis. Also, please note that some of the audio in this is not quite up to our desired quality. Apologies in advance for that. See Pax for a refund if you're unhappy.

This week we are joined by Jaime Hood from the Cult Film Club podcast to talk all about board games.  We talk about some of our favorites, we talk about our least favorites.  We talk about games we wish we had and we have a lengthy discussion about board games based on movies and TV shows.  Nerd to Dos involve Downton Abbey, nerd lairs and Grandmasters.

Week 30(!) of Snipes by Bill Wiist...

Burt Convy knows the password


Jeeg, Pax, and CT welcome Tim Lybarger (The Neighborhood Archive | Flashlights Are Something to Eat) back to the 4th Chair for a long anticipated discussion about TV game shows. We run through some of our all time favorites, hypothesize a bit about the state and future of game shows, and then Jeeg subjects the nerds (and you the listener) to a round of Nerd Jeopardy. This week's Nerd To-Dos include a TV trifecta of The Wire, Silver Spoons, and Downton Abbey.


Week 29 of Snipes by Bill Wiist...

art by William Wiist
This week on the show, the regular podcasting crew is joined by one of the founding fathers of Nerd Lunch...PLee! After catching up with PLee about some music projects he has in the hopper, the Nerds discuss what they would be like in various alternate realities? Who is Jeeg in Star Trek's Mirror Universe? How is Pax's life affected in the alternate, Biff-dominated timeline in Back to the Future part II? And what does the Earth-2 CT do for a living? All this and a ton more!