In this episode…
We are joined by Watch it Played! creator and host, Rodney Smith. When Rodney discovered he had an itch for video tutorials at his previous job, he committed himself to creating high quality board game how-to videos at a time when that job didn’t exist. Since then, Watch it Played! has set the gold standard for board game tutorials and become a go-to resource for gamers ready to play their new games. The Watch it Played! YouTube channel has grown to well over 32,000 followers, evolving Rodney’s unique skill into not only a necessary service for gamers, but a marketable asset to any publishing company that’s able to work with him.
We welcome Rodney to the podcast and kick everything off by learning about his life and of course, the creation of Watch it Played!
What element(s) does a great Watch it Played video need to have?
What’s the rule of thumb for predicting how long it will take to make a Watch It Played! video for a particular game?
If the Academy gave out Oscars for the greatest Watch it Played board game video, which video would Rodney submit for review?
Watch it Played! is currently Rodney’s full time job, so we wanted to take a look back at the time Rodney was making that transition.
What made Rodney decide he would like this to be his full time job?
What needed to happen for Watch It Played to become his full time job?
What is ten thousand youtube views worth to a company looking to advertise their game?
When the gaming community needs to learn how to play a game, we go to one of Rodney’s videos. So when Rodney needs to learn and understand how to play a game, who does he go to?
Is Rodney familiar with any specific rule book writers? If so, who are some people that he would recommend?
If Rodney is looking to do a Watch it Played video on a particular game and discovers it has already been done by someone else, what would convince him to both go forward with creating the video, and to reconsider making the video?
What board game publisher creates well written and understandable rule books? What board game publisher could put forth a better effort in this category?
Find your passion. What is it about ______ that you love? Try it for a week and see how it goes. Find your passion and voice, and learn how to express that. Rodney elaborates on how he found his passion.
Expect to see a Watch it Played! video for Plaid Hat Game’s new apocalytic adventure board game, “Dead of Winter.”
Our debut game, Aether Magic, is currently getting its art and graphic design demands quoted. We are also working with our manufacturer on making the game production “lean,” improving efficiency and lowering costs.