10 Questions with Holly Musgrave

Tell us one thing about you that the audience won’t already know.

I’ve got thousands of Pokemon cards. I know that people already know I’m really into Pokemon – the games, the anime, and just Pokemon in general – but I’m also a massive Pokemon card collector. I’m actually just in the middle of sorting through my collection and I think I have somewhere in the realms of 3000 cards. I’ve currently filed around 2000 cards, which is around 2/3s of my collection. Most of my cards are really common ones but I’ve also got a couple of rare ones in my collection too. I’ve got a first edition Ho-oh and I’ve some rainbow cards and gold cards and stuff. I love it! It’s something that brings me pure joy.

Who on the NRB team has the most surprising hidden talent, and what is it?

I don’t know if I can say this… Actually, I can. It’s made it into content before. I’m going to say that Tempest has the most surprising hidden talent – He is able to fit a lot in his mouth. He has a huge mouth! They had a competition at one point in the office about who could fit the most M&Ms into their mouth and nobody else got a try because he could fit ALL of them. That man can eat a Jammy Dodger whole. He takes the whole Jammy Dodger, puts it in his mouth, closes his mouth, and then he eats it. There is no biting of the Jammy Dodger involved. That’s how he enjoys eating Jammy Dodgers. It is unhinged. So yeah, I would say his secret talent is having a huge mouth that he can fit loads into (laughs).

What’s been your favourite game to play on NRB and why?

I think my favourite to play has been Horrified. Oh, the American Monsters version too. Horrified Classic and American Monsters, both of those. I think because the mechanics of the game are really fun, as are the reveals. I think it’s a really good game for strategising and planning, but also thematic enough for really good storytelling and characters to emerge. I think that happens as well when you play with Dom Allen, which I’ve been lucky enough to do both times. I really enjoy the interesting and thoughtful gameplay, as well as the dynamics created between players. Plus I love a good co-op game. I think they’re great. I love working together with everyone.

If your personality was a board game, which one would it be and why?

Blood on the Clocktower because I’m good statistically, and I’m probably evil, but even when I’m evil I appear sweet and kind (laughs). You know, I’m always secretly plotting but I seem fluffy on the outside. That’s how I see myself, at least. I think people who know me better would probably say that I am actually all fluff, I just think I’ve got teeth.

What’s one board game you think is underrated and deserves more attention?

Spicy! I think Spicy deserves more attention. I always have Spicy in my bah. I love it. We’ve played it before on the channel. It’s a card game, a bit like Cheat. I just think it’s awesome. It’s really well-balanced. I think having a choice between spice and number is incredible. It’s really well-paced. Honestly, I think card games in general end up being quite underrated because they aren’t seen as meaty but for me, card games like Spicy for social deduction and Hero Realms for crunch and meat, yeah, I love them. They’re also portable and accessible and you can play with both small and larger groups of players.

If the NRB team were characters in a horror movie, who would be the first to go, and who would be the final survivor?

Oooooh… I’m going to answer it in reverse, I think. I think Blair would make it to the end. I think Blair’s got the nous to do it, and she’d be the first to work out what was going on. Yeah, she’d make it to the end. Who would go first? Hmm. He’s going to kill me for saying this but I think Dom Allen would go first. I think he would be very active in trying to work things out, but probably in the wrong way, he would trip and fall into something he shouldn’t, and then we would all hear the horrible screams.

Do you have a board game guilty pleasure, something you love that might not be considered ‘high brow’ gaming?

I love Ticket to Ride. Some people are surprised by this because I’ve played so many games. I’m currently playing the legacy version, Legends of the West. I think it’s great. I love the trains. It wouldn’t be my go-to if I was finding a board game, but I’ll never be disappointed by a game of Ticket to Ride.

Have you ever considered cheating at a board game, and if so what was your self-justification?

Well, I sometimes accidentally cheat at board games, as the comments like to let me know. It’s usually because of how things have been explained and I have a different version of the rules in my head. I haven’t cheated at a board game knowingly since I was a kid. Even as a kid, I don’t think I did it much because I have a very fast guilt response to things. I can imagine that when I was very small, maybe 6 or 7, I probably thought about sneaking a look at something that I wasn’t supposed to look at, and that was enough to have me crying with guilt. So no, I don’t think it is something I would ever do. I’d get too upset with myself for doing it. Accidentally though, all the time but I don’t usually know I’m doing it and I don’t find out until the comments tell me (laughs).

Imagine the NRB team as a band. What genre of music would you play and what would be your band name?

I think we would play psychedelic rock/folk. And what would our band name be? It’s got to be game related. Maybe we would be The Moon Children. It kind of works with the psychedelic vibes and it’s also a character in Blood on the Clock Tower that I really like.

What’s your favourite joke of all time and why?

I don’t really like telling jokes because I’m usually surrounded by funny people. The funny people have the good jokes and I do the laughing. But if someone were to demand I tell a joke it would probably be this: 

What was the main tragedy at the explosion of the cheese factory? All that was left was debris (de brie).

It’s such a dad joke. It’s all I can do! It’s nice because people can always work it out right away and it always gets a groan (laughs).