EDITOR’S COMMENT: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Hello and welcome to the last Inventors Bulletin.

Don’t worry though, as many of you already know, we’re not getting rid of it per se, instead it’s being reborn as a swanky new monthly podcast.

That’s right, no longer content with simply straddling print and digital platforms, we’re set to start infiltrating your ears once a month too, with an audio roundup of all things toy inventor.

We’re very excited about this new venture for ToyNews, and being big podcast fans ourselves, we can’t wait to bring you the first in what will become a monthly audio-exploration exciting news, interviews and feature pieces dissecting the toy inventor scene with the aid of industry experts.

All you’ll have to do is hit play and big name interviews and industry analysis with some of this vibrant community’s leading toy inventors as well as the most exciting start-ups and young designers taking their first steps into toy inventing lands will be delivered direct to your ear canals each month.

Make sure you’re there at the business end of this Bulletin rebirth when the new Inventors Podcast lands in your inbox in the first week of May. It’ll go out via a flash to our subscriber base first (make sure you’re on this list here), and then will be available free on iTunes and all the other usual podcast platforms.

If there’s anything you want us to dissect on the Podcast, or if you fancy getting involved for a chat, email Blangsworthy@nbmedia.com or RHutchins@nbmedia.com. Or tweet us at @ToyNewsOnline, @Ace_Groovy or @RobHutchins3.

There’s also sponsorship options too, so for more on those, ping Sfreeman@nbmedia.com an email.

But for now, let’s get back to this leader – for one last time in this format – and something that caught my eye this week was the news that Twilight Creations has signed a deal with gothic musical group Midnight Syndicate to create an accompanying album for its upcoming Zombies!!! game.

Midnight Syndicate has history in this space having previously released an official first role-playing soundtrack for Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons and with Zombies!!!, the firm has promised to "create something that really enhances their players’ gaming experience."

We think it’s a great way of making game-play feel a bit like an event, and it got me thinking that the ‘hardcore’ tabletop titles shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to board game mood albums.

Why not stick Purr Power (it’s real – see!) into the CD player during your next game of Exploding Kittens? Or Amazon Rainforest sounds during Tumbling Monkeys?

Guess Who to The Who? Jenga to Bloc Party? The Stranglers for Cluedo? Bjork for Don’t Wake Dad?

Or to put that next game of Bananagrams into perspective, you can do worse than The Bee Gees’ Words.

Personally, we practice for our charity Twister marathon (for which you can donate to or share the campaign here, all in aid of the NSPCC) to a bit of Twist & Shout. 

So on that image, the Bulletin bids you adieu and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the first Inventors Podcast when it debuts in May.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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