So this is big news for the podcast. We get attached to Idle Thumbs, a great and popular (though very different) show that will soon conclude an amazingly successful Kickstarter. Three Moves Ahead moves into even more unknown territory.
And I am personally very excited.
I’ve said time and time again that 3MA is the best thing I have ever done professionally. From its smallish initial audience to its now almost 30k downloads monthly, I have never failed to be entertained, illuminated or infuriated by my friends and peers on the panel. That I get to share this with you guys – an audience whose comments are on point and sane 98% of the time – is amazing.
This will be the biggest change in 3MA since I gave the reins to Rob Zacny over a year ago, and that’s a decision I’ve never regretted. The show changed some under his direction, but I never felt it deviated from its mission to talk about what makes strategy games different, malleable, special and approachable. I get emails all the time from listeners who say that they only picked up X HARDCORE GAME because we recommended it or made our disagreements interesting.
As I said in the mini-podcast, we will try to make the transition to the Idle Thumbs network as seamless as possible. Chris Remo, Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman are as anxious to make this work as we are, and, let’s be frank, they don’t need us.
They want us. They want you. They want all the help Rob and Bruce and Julian and I have gotten over the last three years. We have built something special and they will do nothing to stand in the way of that.
I could do a long list of thanks here, but I would leave someone out. If you’ve been on the show, thank you. If you’ve listened to me or Rob flail for a topic two or three nights before we needed one, thank you. If you’ve listened to a single show and thought “Hey, they’re not idiots!” then thank you. If I’ve spoken to you about this opportunity and shared your excitement or, even better, you’ve reminded me of questions to ask, thank you.
This is the beginning of a new stage and there will be growing pains. But I trust you guys and gals to help us stay on course. 3MA will always be about strategy gaming (except for the once or twice a year it isn’t). Bruce Geryk and Julian Murdoch are as much a part of this show as Rise of Nations references. Tom Chick, a founding panelist, will always have a place of honor.
But ultimately, the podcast is about all of us celebrating and sharing why strategy games are interesting, even in their failures.
If you do have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to email Rob or myself for next week’s WTF ARE YOU DOING? episode of Three Moves Ahead. This is an exciting time and the bunch of us are learning together and there will be screw ups. My first duty in podcasting is to the truth, and my next is to my audience. So ask whatever you like and I hope we have time to get through everything.