Simone, Linda, and Courtney are joined by Engaged Family Gaming‘s founder, mastermind, video game expert, and Editor-In-Chief, Stephen Duetzmann. As usual we run down the gaming news. Then we talk about our family-gaming recommendations for the upcoming holiday season and run down what we played last week.

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Stephen Duetzmann started his website for family gamers a couple of years ago. Engaged Family Gaming covers video games, but it also covers the wonderful world of tabletop games for families. Stephen DuetzmannWe get off on a Star Wars tangent involving theories about Jar Jar Binks, then talk through our recommendations for holiday gift time. Check out Stephen’s great gift guide here—there are so many terrific recommendations in it. (Our holiday gift guides are coming out starting this Friday with Simone’s toys-to-life guide that covers Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and LEGO Dimensions.) Other recs:

What We Played


This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. The music is by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop Creative. Participating in this podcast were Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort, Courtney Holmes, and Stephen Duetzmann: @EFGaming on Twitter, His podcast is Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast.

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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda or her family foundation's website,