In 2012, Mike got his first taste of podcasting when he became the producer and editor of Sunflower Brew, hosted by Zach Luea.
Sunflower Brew was about politics and beer – specifically Kansas politics and drinking exclusively craft beers.
The podcast itself lasted about a year, but opened the door to the podcasting world for our intrepid host.
Today is a retrospective of our intrepid podcast. You’ll hear excerpts from select episodes:
Sunflower Brew episodes included (in order of appearance):
Jonathan Ta-Pryor and Shawn Gelushia
Jeremy Schliesman and Charlie Vincent (Parts 2 [ribs] and 4 [brisket])
If you are interested in any episode of Sunflower Brew, you may be able to download them directly from the Sunflower Brew Blogspot. If you’re having problems with doing so, please contact Mike and he’ll get you taken care of.
George joined us this recording from Lawrence, Kansas.
We talk about how George was one of the early victims of COVID (and fortunately survived); life in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and pop open Mike’s freshman year high school yearbook, which features a now very famous West Viking.
This time, he’s advocating for the Kansas City area to… become its own state!
That’s right. In a time where we should be adding both DC and Puerto Rico as our 51st and 52nd states (and hopefully by the time this episode publishes, they will already be states. If not, GET YOUR ASSES IN GEAR, CONGRESS!!), why stop there? In many ways, the 5-to-7 county Kansas City metro area really should be separate from Kansas and Missouri, and allowed to become its own state.
Twilight Imperium is what is called a space-based 4X game (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) where all of the players are looking to control the central planet Mecatol Rex – and score points by completing different objectives. The game is for 3-6 players and can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to complete, so you will need to plan an entire day around it.
In this three-part playthrough, there are five players:
Mike (our intrepid host) – Federation of Sol (the humans)
Matthew – Mentak Coalition (space pirates)
Clinton – Emirates of Hacan (humanoid cats who are masters at trade)
John (the owner of this copy) – Barony of Letnev (vampire-like military industrialists)
Jonathan (manager at the Game Cafe, where this game was played) – Naalu Collective (telepathic snake women)