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Here is what’s going on in the board game community:

* BGG user Sipio has posted an interview with legendary game designer Martin Wallace. Martin discusses how he finds time for game design, his strategy for designing games, and he gives us some information and opinions on his designs. Martin has been designing successful games since 1990 and has a huge number of published games to his credit.

* Game Salute has partnered with BGG to give away gift certificates to the Game Salute store. The contest is running to help promote Sangoku – a 2-5 player card game where players battle over three realms in a Japanese mythos. Sangoku is designed by Mike Elliott, best known for Thunderstone – and is on Kickstarter now. The grand prize for the contest is $100 certificate, with four $25 runner-up prizes.

* Jason Slingerland and Rob Couch (of the Building the Game podcast) are partnering with designer Chevee Dodd to bring you “Something from Nothing“, a new video podcast on Sundays at 8PM Eastern time. The podcast will feature notable independent game designers as they discuss and design their latest prototypes with a live audience. The first episode aired yesterday, September 8, and featured guest designer TC Petty, the creator of Viva Java: The Coffee Game. The goal is to keep episodes at about an hour in length.

* Brad Talton of Level 99 games has issued a general update on the status of their current releases and progress on their upcoming games. He discusses some of the challenges and excitement of running a growing gaming company and shares how to get into the beta test for the iOS port of BattleCON, their flagship game.

* Thinking of designing a game or getting more involved in the board game industry? Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier games suggests your first step should be to start a gaming blog in his latest Kickstarter lesson. Why you ask? Jamey gives three compelling reasons and shares some tips on how to get started. Jamey has run two very successful Kickstarter campaigns and is a master of using a blog to build community.