Monday, November 21, 2016

Episode 7: The one about replayability and card and dice versions of games

We're back! In our seventh episode, we talk about what we've been up to recently (mostly Mechs vs. Minions), a new announcement from Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG), the importance of replayability, and much more.

Recently Played (00:15)
With not a lot of different games being played since our last recording, we go into great depth into our recent plays of Mechs vs. Minions.

News (08:58)
Big news in the industry as TMG announces that they're going hipster and doing a startup.

"it" Factor

Using Blood Rage as a backdrop, we talk about the idea of replayability in games, what drives it, and why randomness doesn't necessarily equal replayability.

2-Player Review

We played a recent game of Small World, and are ready to give our thoughts on it.


"The Card Game" and "The Dice Game" versions of existing board games are all the rage these days. What do we think of them? We go over the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Side Quest 1: Thematic gaming and why I love it

Side Quest is a new podcast format for those times when the guys can't get together to record. They will usually cover a single topic and allow each of us to deep dive into something that we really want to talk about, but don't always have the time for in our regular format.

In Jeff's first side quest, he gives you his thoughts about theme, thematic gaming, and why he loves it so much.

Introduction (00:15)
Jeff goes over the basics of what theme is and what theme is not.

Arkham Horror (08:21)
A discussion of why Arkham Horror is not a thematic game, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of people think that it is.

Legendary Encounters (Alien)

The first of two games that illustrate perfectly what is meant by thematic gaming: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game.


The second game that Jeff thinks perfectly captures the spirit of true thematic gaming, Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game.

Final Thoughts

The discussion comes to a close with Jeff giving his final thoughts on everything theme.