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Using Toys and Games for Eduction feat. Tom Wetzel from Thames and Kosmos – 85

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Who is Tom Wetzel? – 2:05
    • Interaction in Games – 6:10
    • Getting into the Board Game Hobby – 8:50
    • Thames & Kosmos – 11:52
    • Educational Games – 14:35
    • Escape Room and Adventure Games – 20:39
    • Challenges with Incorporating Education in Games – 27:38
    • Last Words of Advice: What are you teaching? Who are you teaching to? – 30:06
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 32:43

This week Dustin interviews Tom Wetzel, the Marketing Coordinator for Thames and Kosmos. We learn about what Tom’s role is at the company, the company’s history, and Thames and Kosmos’ role in creating educational toys and board games. Tom shares with us his thoughts on how we learn when growing up and the importance of the interactions we get while gaming. The two also dive into Thames & Kosmos’ catalog of products and we get behind-the-scenes information on how the company develops and markets them.

Email: contact@thamesandkosmos.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThamesAndKosmos

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thamesandkosmos/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thamesandkosmos/

Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contribution of their song “Retro Gamer” for our Interview Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of “Getting it Done.”

Also, thank you to Dallas Welk for editing this episode!

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Who is Tom Wetzel? – 2:05

We get to meet Tom Wetzel, the Marketing Coordinator for the board game and toy company, Thames & Kosmos. He shares with us his history as a game reviewer and what he does at the company.

Tom Wetzel received a bachelor’s degree in English from Utah Valley University. He then moved to RI for Grad School and three years ago he started his dream job at Thames & Kosmos where he can apply his love of both education and games!

Interaction in Games – 6:10

Tom shares a story about playing games with his nieces and how human interaction can spawn from gaming.

Getting into the Board Game Hobby – 8:50

Tom and Dustin give details on how they got into the board game hobby and the evolution of the board game review community.

Starting the Desing Process – 21:55

Dustin asks the two about their process when starting to design a game. Aaron and Austin explain what they call the “Controlling Idea” and how their games are designed to convey a singular idea or experience.

Thames & Kosmos – 11:52

We get insight into the formation of Thames & Kosmos and a breakdown of how the company formed and the products they offer.

Educational Games – 14:35

Tom talks about various examples of Thames & Kosmos’ catalog of educational games as well as his experiences with how we learn through gaming.

Escape Room and Adventure Games – 20:39

Dustin asks Tom the difference in Escape Room games and Adventure games, both of which are produced by Thames & Kosmos.

Challenges with Incorporating Education in Games – 27:38

Tom shares the processes his company goes through with making toys and games both educational and fun.

Last Words of Advice: What are you teaching? Who are you teaching to? – 51:06

Tom gives his suggestions when purchasing from Thames & Kosmos as an educator wanting to incorporate their games for education.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 52:48

Dustin challenges Austin and Aaron with some rapid-fire statements to see their unsolicited opinions on them. Be sure to tune in to hear his answers!

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