Ivan Brett is the author of The Floor is Lava, a book which contains 99 games to play with family and friends. They’re organised in chapters for different situations and moods like when you’re stuck in a traffic jam, something to play after dinner or perhaps you’re just looking for a straight-up party game. From Cat Eats Mouse, to Shut Your Eyes and Adjectival Animals – there’s a lot of great stuff in here.
Ivan also hosts The Floor is Lava podcast that acts as a companion to the book. In each episode, he invites a guest on to play a bunch of games. And there are definitely no videogames to be found. Ivan and his guest can be duelling with words, spinning mad fiction or simply debating the finer points of the world’s top five milks. Each game really only has one rule: that it must be fun.
I had been feeling it had been awhile since I had engaged with the more broader definition of games. No colourful graphics. No whoosing and beeping. No controllers. No fancy tech at all. When Ivan announced he was looking for podcast guests I put my hand up without hesitation.
So this week I am the guest on The Floor is Lava and on a scale of one to fun it was fun! You can get the podcast through Stitcher, iTunes or Spotify. Alternatively, you can listen via the embedded Stitcher player below.