We are Devon Dice, two guys, one mission to talk about board games, on this adventure we will be doing reviews, podcasts and videos all about Board Games and the industry around them.
Joel Wright; Editor and creator of Devon Dice, he is the host, editer and pubisher of the podcasts, making video reviews and written reviews, also making sure everything runs smoothly.
Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, he meet Claire there and moved to Plymouth in 2001 to start a new life with her. He became a Gas Engineer, married Claire had two children, Caitlin and Isaac and at the moment is now a stay home dad to them. Joel has always liked board games but it was always stuff you find in the common shops but he also was a keen video game player and would spend many late nights playing all sorts of best of the moment video games. After he got his first iPhone Joel discovered Podcasts and was listen to all the best and worst in video games podcasts. In which one podcaster started talking about playing these board game that he had never heard of before and this got Joel curious and he too decided to look into these hobby games and now become be a very avid gamer, 6 years now and counting. In 2012 Joel juggled the idea to open a shop or coffee house with board games but decided to try an online store and ran for 2 years before closing it but in that time he started a podcast to talk about his gaming experiences and continued to do it after the shop closed. Until Tom pop round one day with an idea and Joel decided to change everything to fit it, which became Devon Dice.
Tom Westrope; Podcast co-host, reviewer of games, Blog writer and proofreader for the site.
Tom is a long time gamer but has started playing a lot more in the last few years at a local club in Exeter. He enjoys playing the whole spectrum of complexity and length of games and gets to game fairly regularly with his close family (wife, parents, sister and her boyfriend), whom he is slowly coaching along the paths of complexity. Tom also has one daughter who is far too young to be playing games with any rules, although she already owns a couple courtesy of Santa 😉 .
Lewis Holt; He will join us for some podcasts, and there has been talking about streaming and video recording game play for Youtube.
What do I know of Lewis? He is old!
Lived in London ran off with the kids to Devon until the wife caught up with him.
He says he works in Primary Schools, upload stuff to the internet, make of that as you will. Hosted a couple of podcasts of his own in the past, WeeDS and Game Burst. Now he is in retirement from podcasts he rides on the coattails of other podcasts.
But we love him.
Sam Freeman: occasional guest to the podcast and contributor to the Devon Dice blog.
What’s my story? Well, I’m a Devon (farm) boy, born and bred, with one blip when I lived in Oxford for a few years when growing up. I eventually moved back to Devon, completed my college course in IT and got my first job as an Apple Mac technician. That lasted no time, as the company went bust within a year of me joining, so I ended up becoming a web developer for Devon County Council, a role which would last 15 years.
Game-wise, I’ve always been keen on boardgames, having grown up on the traditional childhood staples, my favourite being Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs. The one problem I had was that I was pretty much the only one in my family who wanted to play anything. However, a few years ago I discovered hobby games in the form of Carcassonne – first on the Xbox and then on iOS before finally picking up a copy of the physical game.
I would regularly meet up with friends to play the small collection of games before stumbling across Meeples’ Corner and reigniting the regular Tuesday night games club in Exeter. That was three years ago and my love of this hobby has never been stronger!