4 October 2020
I was interviewed on ABC TV's Weekend Breakfast about boardgames, why we play them, and Melbourne International Games Week.
I was interviewed by Elizabeth Moss on Channel Nine news about Melbourne International Games Week and the Big Games Night In. (as were my young nephews)
2 October 2020
I was interviewed on The Friday Revue, on ABC Radio Melbourne, about Melbourne International Games Week and the Big Games Night In.
I was also interviewed by Subculture Media about the Big Games Night In.
27 September 2020
I was interviewed by the Sunday Age for an article on boardgames during the COVID-19 lockdown: Melburnians declare game-on during lockdown
22 September 2020
I was interviewed on ABC Radio Hobart (Evenings) about why people are turning to boardgames.
18 September 2020
I appeared on The Mix (ABC TV and iView) discussing boardgames.
22 August 2020
I spoke with Indira Naidoo and Tommy Dean on the "Nightlife" program on ABC Radio around Australia.
"Quantum Sauce" pub science podcast interview: Brilliant Boardgames
"Bite Sized Lecture" for The University of Melbourne's Open Days: The value of board games
12 August 2020
I spoke on ABC Radio Darwin about Scrabble rules, house rules, and why we enjoy boardgames.
10 August 2020
I spoke with Jacinta Parsons on ABC Melbourne's Afternoons program about changes to the Scrabble rules designed to get players focusing on one another rather than on their phones.
12 May 2020
Late night / Early morning (2:50am) chat with Trevor Chappell on ABC Radio Overnights across Australia.
7 May 2020
I spoke with Jacinta Parsons on ABC Melbourne's Afternoons program
8 April 2020
I spoke about games on ABC Capricornia "Breakfasts" in Far North Queensland.
5 April 2020
I spoke with Kate O'Toole on ABC Queensland's Weekends program
31 March 2020
I spoke with Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Radio Adelaide.
I was interviewed for this article about the increase in boardgame sales during COVID-19 isolation. https://au.news.yahoo.com/viral-boardgame-sales-surge-amid-lockdown-013423970--spt.html
25 March 2020
I spoke with Jacinta Parsons on ABC Melbourne's Afternoons program
18 February 2020
I spoke with Trevor Chappell on ABC radio's Overnights program.
23 January 2020
I spoke with Life Matters on ABC Radio National about the benefits of boardgames and why they are booming. Listen here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/board-games-are-booming,-and-their-benefits-are-many/11886732
15 January 2020
I spoke with RTR Community FM Radio in Perth.
10 January 2020
I spoke with the Daily on 2SER Community Radio in Sydney. We talked about why people enjoy games so much and whether boardgames will continue to be popular (yes).
9 January 2020
I spoke with Josh Szeps on ABC Radio Sydney. We talked about the games that people are playing, the Monopoly rule that so many people miss, and the Unlock games that combine physical pieces, an escape-room-like experience, and a digital app.
8 January 2020
I spoke with Sami Shah on ABC Radio Melbourne. We talked about the changing shape of the boardgame industry, why they are still popular, and Dirty Pig!
I also spoke with Jo McManus on 6PR Perth. We talked about the enduring popularity of boardgames, and also escape room games.
My article, Board games are booming. Here's why (and some holiday boredom busters) was published in The Conversation.
27 December 2019
I spoke with Andrew Hansen on ABC Radio Melbourne. We talked about the many games that people played over Christmas. Lots of talkback!
20 May 2019 -
From May-December 2019, I was a regular guest (every second Monday, at 2:30pm) on ABC Radio Melbourne Afternoons with Richelle Hunt. Here's a snippet about Dungeons and Dragons: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/afternoons/dungeons-and-dragons/11174470
24 April 2019
I spoke with Richelle Hunt on ABC Radio Melbourne. We talked about whether the couple that plays together, stays together - does playing boardgames with your partner build loving feelings, or does it just create resentment?
9 January 2019
I spoke with Bern Young on ABC radio evenings across Australia. We talked about cooperation and competition and how they work together in boardgaming.
My article, Loving the Bits and Pieces, was published on the University of Melbourne's in-house news site, Pursuit.
I was interviewed by Jayne D'Arcy for RoyalAuto magazine, for an article about Why board games are new again. RoyalAuto is the highest-circulated and most-read magazine in Victoria.
30 April 2018
I spoke with Julian Schiller on the Drive program ABC Radio in Adelaide, in their "Looking Forward, looking back" segment. We talked about how games have changed over the years and took some calls from people talking about their favourite games.
18 April 2018
I spoke with Jamila Rizvi on the Afternoons program on ABC Radio Melbourne. We talked about my research on how cooperation is a necessary part of gaming and how it enables us to compete with one another, and took calls about the games people love.
28 March 2018
I was interviewed by email by Anna Perling for the article Our Favourite Boardgames for Adults which ran in Wirecutter.
25 January 2018
I spoke with Allan Raskall on Nine News about boardgames and why they are so popular. The game we played during the segment (the one that doesn't start with M) was Azul.
11 January 2018
I spoke with Jamila Rizvi on the Afternoons program on ABC Radio across Australia. We talked about the rules of Uno, why I like Cluedo, the history of Ludo (Sorry, Trouble) and Snakes and Ladders, why people are playing boardgames, and my PhD research on boardgames and boardgame players. Games mentioned included Azul, Carcassonne, Squatter, Backgammon, Rummikub and Rhino Hero.
9 January 2018
I spoke with Paul Serratore on the Drive program on ABC Radio Darwin. We talked about the rules of Uno, about house rules, and about my PhD research on boardgames and boardgame players.
27 December 2017
I spoke on ABC Radio Sydney about the rules of Monopoly and whether it's more about strategy or luck. (I say luck).
3 January 2017
I spoke with Marc Fennel on ABC Summer Australia-wide. We talked about the history and popularity of boardgames through the years, as well as the top games in Australia in 2016.
2 November 2016
Last in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Twister and how it won out over morality concerns.
19 October 2016
Seventh in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Blokus. Not Bloke-us, although that's surely a more Australian way to say it.
5 October 2016:
Sixth in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Trivial Pursuit. Have you ever had a game end in a single turn?
21 September 2016:
Fifth in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Pictionary, the drawing game for people who can draw as well as I can (which is to say, not at all).
24 August 2016:
Fourth in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Jenga - the most recent game we've covered so far, this dates to the 1970s.
10 August 2016:
Third in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Scrabble. Who knew that 'Noser' is an allowable word?
30 July 2016:
I talked boardgames with Di Darmody on 720 ABC Perth
27 July 2016:
Second in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program (891 ABC Radio Adelaide), looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed Uno. Is it You-no or Ooo-no, and can you really stack Draw 2 cards to give someone a really bad draw?
27 July 2016:
I spoke with Barry Nicholls on ABC South West WA, about my research on boardgames - why do we play them, what do we get out of playing them, how does someone even come to the idea of studying boardgames?
13 July 2016:
First in a regular series on Sonya Feldhoff's afternoons program on 891 ABC Radio Adelaide, looking at well-known boardgames and the rules we get wrong. This week, we discussed one of my favourite 'traditional' boardgames, Cluedo. It's always Reverend Green at my place!
March 19, 2015
I spoke with Adam Steer on 105.7 ABC NT Arvos, about the inclusion of Sydney in the new Monopoly Here and Now World Edition.
March 10, 2015
I spoke with Sonya Feldhoff at 891 ABC Adelaide about the death of Victor Watson, of Waddingtons. The Watson family really drove the success of Waddingtons, and were involved in the fascinating story of smuggling escape tools to prisoners in POW camps during the Second World War.
January 12, 2015
I spoke with Steve Martin on Summer Mornings on 774 ABC Melbourne about Eurogames – what are they, why are they popular – and what Boardgames Australia does.
January 7, 2015
I was quoted in an article on boardgames in Voice, a University of Melbourne publication which is published in The Age: The changing way we play.
On November 26, 2014, I spoke with Lisa Pellegrino at ABC Local Radio Darwin about boardgames. We talked about social play and the games we remember from our childhood, as well as whether it’s possible to get rich designing games (Short answer: No.).
In October 2014, I did an interview with The Dice Men Cometh (Episode 45) on Hobart’s Edge Radio 99.3FM, which will be is now available as a podcast. I also speak briefly on Episode 46. The focus of the interviews was PAX Australia.
Early in 2014 (publication date June 3), I spoke with Peter Zaluzny from the Australian Consumers’ Association about PAX Australia and the popularity of Tabletop gaming.
On March 26, 2014, I spoke with Sonja Feldhoff at 891 ABC Adelaide about Hasbro’s crowdsourcing of rules for a new edition of Monopoly. I’m betting the Free Parking rule gets a guernsey.
On March 7, 2014, I spoke with Denis Walter on 3AW – marking an anniversary for the Parker Brothers Monopoly. We talked about The Landlord Game and also about classic games that we love. It will be no surprise that my favourite “classic” game is Cluedo.
An interview I did with Callum Glennen for upstart.net forms part of this article which went live on 29 Jan 2014 – Back to the Board.
On 25 Jan 2014, I spoke with Peter Jones at ABC Radio Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Peter and his producer had observed that, of all the games their kids were given for Christmas, it was the boardgames that had longevity – they were still being played a month later. One of the things we discussed is that when you give someone a boardgame you aren’t just saying “here’s something, now go away” – you’re actually telling them that you want to spend time with them and that you can play it together.
Boardgames for Christmas! On 25 December 2013, I spoke with Mike Jeffreys on 2UE. We talked about different types of games, why cheating is always wrong, and how although we may play games to get away from the small screen, sometimes the tutorial on a tablet can be a great way to learn the rules to a game. Specifically, we mentioned Scrabble, Monopoly, Cluedo, Ludo, Trivial Pursuit, Pandemic, Small World, Ticket to Ride and Fauna.
On 30 May 2013, I spoke with Sonya Feldhoff at 891 ABC Adelaide about house rules (and revealed that I am very vague about the current rules to Uno, although we have a great house rule for Snap).
On 10 January 2013, I spoke with Tim Webster and Tracey Spicer on 2UE. They were talking about the proposal to remove one of the “classic” Monopoly tokens and replace it with a new piece. I’m thinking of starting up a campaign to SAVE THE WHEELBARROW as apparently it’s the least-loved piece.
On 2 January 2013, I spoke with Louise Maher on 666 ABC Canberra. We discussed those games you find in the cupboard at beach houses … especially the hidden gems like Plus and Minus.
I spoke with Tracey Spicer on 2UE on December 26, 2012. We discussed family gaming, cheating … and my just having lost to my husband at Chinatown!
In December 2012, I was interviewed by Melbourne’s The Age newspaper (Sydney Morning Herald, etc) for an article about boardgames: A whole new board game. (Sydney Morning Herald December 22, 2012 / The AgeDecember 29, 2012)
I was one of the interviewees on Radio National’s Future Tense program, Cardboard, Paper and Play (June 17, 2012). The show has been aired internationally, eg in Canada (on CBC.ca) on December 30, 2012.
I was interviewed for Australia Today magazine: It’s Your Turn (Issue 8, Dec/Jan2011)
Afternoons with Richard Stubbs, (June 3, 2008) – no transcript available.
Afternoons with Richard Stubbs (June 5, 2007).
I was interviewed by my local paper in 2006. A transcript is available. (Moreland Leader September 4, 2006)
Catan in an Australian museum! (Mayfair Games website, 2006)