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One Game Dad is a vlog/podcast about parenting, culture and creativity available on Twitch, YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere. Gregory Pellechi, aka OneGameDad, is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife, his daughter and a cat whom he is very allergic to. Visit for more.

One Game Dad is a vlog/podcast about parenting, culture and creativity available on Twitch, YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere. Gregory Pellechi, aka OneGameDad, is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife, his daughter and a cat whom he is very allergic to. Visit for more.
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One Game Dad is a vlog/podcast about parenting, culture and creativity available on Twitch, YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere. Gregory Pellechi, aka OneGameDad, is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife, his daughter and a cat whom he is very allergic to. Visit for more.






One Game Dad 52: #startthedaywrite

Wherein I ramble incoherently once more in an attempt to talk about what I’m doing, while neither doing that nor really anything. I’d like to think my writing is more coherent. And generally it is, especially in these blog posts where I get across what I actually wanted to say in the podcast. Which begs the question - why keep doing the podcast. At this point I don’t know… because it’s easy? Even this post, given the slowness of getting it up is quite difficult. It lacks the ease that it...


One Game Dad 51: I Shouldn't Have Spoken

Any project I have in the works always seems to fail before launch. It’s a trend that continues. I don’t know what it is about things I have in the works continually falling apart when I talk about them before they’re complete. At this point I should just shut up and only talk about something that I’m in the process of putting out there. But that’s not always the smart thing to do. For example, I have a new idea, a new project I’m starting that doesn’t involve anyone else. It relies solely...


One Game Dad 50: Celebrating The Futility

The Kid has entered the terrible twos. So everything is a test and more trying for me especially when I’m on my own. It hasn’t helped that everything has felt harder to do than it normally is. Small things in particular. So when you have to clean something five times because the kid or the cat keep knocking things down. When it’s just me, as it has been a lot this month, then it’s even more trying. Work-wise, well there’s been good and bad. I’m signing a new client this week and getting to...


One Game Dad 49: The Second Door

I finally played Into The Breach on the stream… only to screw it up and didn’t realize it. So don’t watch it. Or really listen to this episode. It’s jarringly halting and horribly produced. In part because I’m distracted and struggling to maintain my interest. Those struggles come from the fact that other things aren’t going well in terms of work. All my team-based projects seem to be sputtering. And I feel like I have no control over getting them to the finish line. It also reminds me of...


One Game Dad 48: Bedtime Trials

Sleep escapes me. It’s been stolen by The Kid. She’s great at eating. She’s great at playing. She’s lively and delightful. But come time to sleep and it’s anything but great. And it only persists if she wakes during the night, which of course she does. That’s why I’m at home on a Monday, exhausted and trying to work. I’m also trying to save the time I give to the commute and get things done here. And I am getting somethings done. This podcast for one. But I do wonder what type of story I...


One Game Dad 47: Homebody

Sometimes you just don’t want to be around others. For me that’s most days. All because I’m becoming more of a curmudgeon. Without the conservative bent that is. But there is a distinct lack of energy on my part for socializing after a certain time, or if it’s been a long day full of meetings. Funny thing is I can always pull from reserves to do a podcasts and interview people. It’s weird how performing, and that’s what hosting a podcast is, brings that out of me. And to some degree I...


One Game Dad 46: One Year In

It’s been a year. A year of One Game Dad. Actually it’s been longer than that but the date slipped by me and there was little point in trying to celebrate at 50 or 52 episodes like most shows do. So I chose something different. And different is me playing the same game again - in this case Slay The Spire. These episodes aren’t terribly exciting or insightful. Hell most of the time they’re silence, but I don’t see any of that as a bad thing. It’s all just practice and me showcasing how bad...


One Game Dad 45: Jam Packed Weekend

Game jams are great fun but I don't really have time for them. And then two happened at once. In the end I did nothing for either. But it's left me feeling that I should be producing something. And I already have three podcasts, a YouTube series, a comic book in the works, a video game going. The last is done with a team so I don't have much effect over it, same goes for the comic book. The podcasts are fun and they scratch a certain itch but they aren't satisfying a certain creative...


One Game Dad 44: My Kingdom For A Spaceship

I'm getting bored with No Man' Sky. I can feel my enthusiasm drain away because of the main gameplay loop. I don't play games to do chores. I have plenty of those around the house as is, and that's a never ending cycle with a child and a cat wrecking havoc. Why would I want to do something similar in a video game. And yet here I am playing No Man's Sky and doing that. Only I'm doing chores for others and to stay alive. I'm not talking about quests, though some of what I'm doing are quests....


One Game Dad 43: Unto The Fray

I intended to play an entirely different game this week. You can see how that went. I wanted to play Into The Breach, but OBS and syphoninject weren't seeing the game for some reason. Streaming is not as easy as we'd all like it to be, but production of any form of content never is. We create weird workarounds and some of those take time. It's in part why this episode is so short this week. Also I got a phone call during it and then a dog came into the office. A very big dog. A Northern...


One Game Dad 42: Breakfast For Champions

I need a shave. I did shave. Just not before this episode. Usually I only have to shave once a week given how sparse my facial hair is. It's also generally blond. But as you can see on the latest episode I'm sporting something over a week's worth of fluff and with the tan it just doesn't work. I look like I forgot to wash. Which to some degree I have. If by washing you mean shaving properly. Shaving isn't a usual concern for me. But then again it would seem like appearance is far from a...


One Game Dad 41: Summer Fruits

I'm on vacation and so is the show. But here's an episode regardless. It's a little late but it's appeared nonetheless. And with it my continual rambling about nothing in particular, and everything that's important. Though I am looking forward to the Xbox release of No Man's Sky. Of course I happen to be away the day it launches which means I don't get to enjoy it right away. But dream of what I could be doing in it. On that note, I've been thinking of creating a new podcast/show set in No...


One Game Dad 40: Community Wayfaring

Another year another game jam over at Waypoint, and yours truly is hosting. This year's jam is called Big Boy Season, and as usual it's a Waypoint community game jam, albeit unofficial. Don't ask why it's called Big Boy Season, the community voted for it as a reference to something that's occurred on one of Waypoint's streams or podcasts. I try to stay active in some online communities but largely I fail. Hosting this jam seems to be the extent to which I'm really active. And even then I'm...


One Game Dad 39: Teamwork Matters

No company, no freelancer, no creative is an island unto themselves. Inevitably if you're running your own business you're going to have to work with others. Whether it's purchasing goods or services from them, hiring them on for a project, or taking them on as a client or teammate. You may be your own boss but that doesn't mean you can steamroll through situations with others and solely get your own way. Compromise and recognition that others bring not just something different but change...


One Game Dad 38: The Excretioning!

There's a variety of fluids and sometimes solids that can come out of babies. Sometimes can also be constantly. The Kid, for the past week, has had a stomach flu. She hasn't had a fever or other major symptoms and largely hasn't been in any pain, beyond that caused by teething. But boy has there been a lot coming out of various orifices. So much so that I've been covered at times. It really does strip one of any ego you have because even though you may have poo all over your hands or vomit...


One Game Dad 37: Office Moving Day

June is here and with it my new office in Games Factory. Said creative industrial output facility is actually a co-working space with offices for games companies, desks for freelancers, and day rentals for visitors. As they like to describe it - an embassy and showroom - but really a hub for game development in Helsinki. And I'll be sitting in it and working from there for the foreseeable future. So we moved in on Friday. Not that I had much to move there but we got our office. By we I...


One Game Dad 36: Anthropomorphized Animals

Children's books and programs are weird. The world building creates a whole slew of unexpected consequences and philosophies. Case in point, any time animals are people and live people lives they can only mate with other animals of their kind. Thus creating a weird world of genetic purity and/or a caste system keeping the animals divided. Zootopia may be about the animals all living and working together but that doesn't mean they can successfully breed. We don't see weird animal hybrids.......


One Game Dad 35: Sol Budget

Sun's out, buns out. Man buns that is. But my hair still isn't long enough for one. It's the hottest it's been in Finland for some time. Making it quite nice, though it can feel a little too hot even though it's only peaking at 24C. That's nothing compared to what it was in Iraq and you see people from warmer climes still covered up because this is nothing to them. Those who've been here a while welcome the sun and are taking it in when they can. For me that was playing touch rugby for two...


One Game Dad 34: A Surprising Lack of Surprises

We turn to stories, regardless of mediums, to be both surprised and to see our expectations meet. But of late games and even books are doing neither for me. You'd think that not meeting expectations would be a good thing. It's not in this case, because what I keep coming up against isn't necessarily triteness or tropes, rather a lack of effort in planning out something that says anything. The stories are following along such safe lines that they feel like the creators have been placed in a...


One Game Dad 33: Teething Trouble

Chomp chomp - everything is bound to end up in my daughter's mouth. And ever more be scarred by teethmarks. The Kid has has a good set of teeth for a while now. Though as is usual the molars aren't the first ones to come in. Now it seems they are. With them comes a lot of drool and crankiness. Not just on her part, but her mother's and mine. Sleep is a lot lighter and less frequent now as my daughter doesn't have many ways for dealing with her discomfort. There's little we can do for her...