DTD295 New built-in Routines feature

November 20, 2017

Though today there's only a very modest number of actions from which to choose, this new built-in ability to chain together tasks and fire them off with a single command (or at a certain time) promises to be a game-changer. Hmmm... I wonder if one day you could use it to change the game you're playing? One thing you can do today is set a scheduled routine to wake you up with the news, say, rather than simply one of the stock sounds. Very cool.

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DTD294 Maths Coach

November 19, 2017

Ask the A-lady to give you a maths quiz and she'll enable this skill. Don't like maths? Then play yesterday's skill again, choosing a character who does like maths, and then it might put you in the mood for this one. Cunning.

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DTD293 Akinator

November 18, 2017

Take Twenty Questions, distill it down to concentrate on characters and prioritise personalities, and you'll have the amazing Akinator skill. BTW What colour is Wilma Flintstone's hair? Answers using #DTDPod pls.

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DTD292 Adventure Craft

November 17, 2017

Is today's skill at all similar to the famous video game Minecraft? I've no idea but from the little I've gleaned of the game from my kids it probably isn't a million miles off the mark (after you've taken away all the graphics of course). And it has (cheesy) sound-effects.

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DTD291 Train Times and Train Facts

November 16, 2017

Woo, woo! (Just adding in some sadly absent sound effects) Two groovy skills to keep you on the right track when it comes to knowing your UK train trivia. We then finish off with some bonus soothing train sounds to send us to sleep. Don't listen to this episode when operating heavy machinery.

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DTD290 The Hardest Game of Thrones Quiz Ever

November 15, 2017

Join me at the very nadir of my trivia career. I might as well have my head chopped off by Ned Stark - I'd still do about as well at these skills. 

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DTD289 Unofficial Tweeter

November 14, 2017

Tweet straight from your Echo with this fab skill. You can also listen to your timeline in all its glorious audio hilarity (tweets just aren't supposed to be spoken out loud). Welcome to my world. Oh and good luck dictating #DTDPod...

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DTD288 Family Feud Top

November 13, 2017

Just like Family Fortunes, this skill pits you against the popular answers of polled people on a range of random topics. No sound effects; big red 'X'.

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DTD287 Pass the Parcel and Would You Rather

November 12, 2017

Today we look at two skills; one to avoid all that tedious pressing of the Play/Pause button on your stereo when playing pass the parcel, and the other to publically probe the very furthest extent of your most personal preferences.

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DTD286 Scooby Doo

November 11, 2017

In today's episode, the excellent Eric Troup (with a tiny guest appearance from the lovely Manissa) shows us all the Scooby Doo skill. With voices from the current cartoon (actually probably CGI come to think of it) TV series which sound spookily like the original cast from way back, there's no mystery about why this skill's a winner. Eric's @BlindGeek on Twitter and check out his real-time roll-play podcast Monkeys Took My Jetpack - it's really rather good.

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