Meeple Nation Board Game Podcast (boardgame)

Your hosts talk about the use of rating systems to evaluate board games including the flawed rating system on the popular Board Game Geek website. We discuss 1-10, thumbs up, stars, among others. Nathan prefers the 3-7 rating system within a 1-10 shell. Brent and Ryan are still trying to figure it out. Give us a listen, and maybe you can help us find a review system for our humble podcast.

Direct download: MN_0127_Ratings.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

We've all had that experience. Yes, that one, where a perfectly fine game was ruined by other players. Perhaps last time it was their attitude, or Kingmaking, or someone who refuses to put down their phone. What to do, what to do. We talk about these isssues as we remind ourselves not to be "that guy."

Direct download: MN_0126_Gaming_Ettiquite_or_Just_be_Nice.mp3
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Barbigra
 
Time to celebrate! Barbara is back from GenCon 2016 just in time for our news episode, brand new games in hand. We discuss our plays of Unusual Suspects, Codenames: Pictures, and Ta-Da!. We also talk about all the spanky new games released or announced at GenCon. Our Highlights include Mansions of Madness 2ed., Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Star Wars: Destiny, and 
Cry Havoc. We also discuss Thunderstone having a 3rd edition and the potential frustration of loyal Thunderstone players at having their copies become outdated. Nathan has a long list, and Ryan and Brent engage in a bizarre definition dance.
Direct download: MN_0125_Barbiegra_and_GenCon_News.mp3
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The old Jarl has died. Fearsome trolls, draugrs and a smattering of monsters are attacking from all sides. The Vikings need a champion to repel the surmounting threats and lead the people to glorious victory. Are you that champion?

 
Champions of Midgard is a Viking era worker placement game with dice combat. Your workers collect viking dice, gold, wood, and food, prepare boats for launch, and prepare the way to fight the monsters. You roll your Viking dice to fight the monsters, and the Viking leader with the most glory after 8 rounds is declared the new Jarl.
 
Good times. Ryan is down with the theme, but can the mechanics hold up to Brent's scrutiny. Find out in this week's podcast.
Direct download: MN_0124_Champions_of_Midgard.mp3
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Ragnarök has arrived. We're all going to die, but we're going to die in a blaze of glory and celebrate our victories in Valhalla. Oh, and my clan is going to die better than your clan. Blood Rage is a strategic area control game with card drafting designed by Eric Lang. Blood Rage comes with some truly fantastic minis (viking and monsters) and slick, easy to teach rules. Friend of the podcast, Sam Aho, joins Ryan and Nathan to discuss the carnage, monsters, and strategy, including the Kickstarter exclusives and the rad insert by The Broken Token.

Direct download: MN_0123_Blood_Rage.mp3
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It is a dark time after the last Great War in 1920's Europa where large mech war machines are all that remain from the the capitalistic city-state known simply as “The Factory". When the Factory goes dark and shuts it's doors, the leaders of the surrounding countries set out to make their claim upon the region, hoping to control the secrets and win over the people.

 
In this amazing "4x" game, players will gather resources, claim territory, and battle with massive mechs. The paths to victory are varied as the starting player positions as each player attempts to maximize their actions to gain popularity, power, and money. Join the dudes as they discuss Scythe by Jamey Stegmaier and Stonemaier Games.
Direct download: MN_0122_Scythe.mp3
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We speak with Craig Nybo, author, musician, and designer of various board games. Quirky Engine Entertainment publishes under a few different games including 3 Headed Giant, Gangrene Games, and GameARama. Games include Eyeball Boxing, Trash War, and Hoagie.

We also speak with Mike from Epic Puzzles and Games, a nice store that supports the board game community in the greater Salt Lake City area.

Direct download: MN_0121_SaltCon_Quirky_Engine_and_Epic_Puzzles_and_Games.mp3
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Ryan, Nathan, and Brent sit down to discuss the News and current Kickstarters including:

  • Bluffing in Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Mystic Vale
  • Guildhall: Fantasy
  • AEG does Deckbuilding a little wrong
  • Clout will again be released from Crash Games
  • A new Buffy the Vampire Game
  • Magic's Next Release, not called Eldritch Horror
  • Counter Magazine, issue 72 with 120 Pages of Articles and Reviews

We continue our coverage of the fantastic two player games available right now. Star Realms: Colony War was a sure hit with us, but Brent and Ryan discover even more difference in their play styles even in a game they both enjoy. Does Colony Wars stack up to vanilla Star Realms? Find out as we discus the game from drastically different angles. We also cover Onitama, Hive, Tides of Time, and Pinata (formerly Balloon Cup). 

Direct download: MN0119_2-Player_Games_Part_3.mp3
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We have four interviews from Game Industry professionals!

1:00-7:30 Joshua Githens of CGE Games

7:31-19:22 John Binkley of Bink Inc, Makers of Trekking the National Parks

19:23-36:29 Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games

36:30-46:55 Luke of Sea Pig Games

Direct download: MN_0118_More_Interviews.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 8:43am MST

Two player games are the perfect pastime to spend with your significant other, your soulmate or a random guy at the park. We love our two player games so much, we devoted several new podcasts to the topic, gushing about some of our new favorite games. We discuss 7 Wonders: Duel, Patchwork, Star Wars Risk, ...and then we held hands, and Horrible Hexes in this episode. Hold hands with someone close by awkwardly and with no regrets as you listen.

Direct download: MN_0117_Even_More_2_Player_Games.mp3
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Brent and Ryan finally get around to editing more interviews from SaltCON 2016. Here are five great interviews recorded back in March. Enjoy!

0:00-1:11 - Introduction

1:12-14:38 Kris McClanahan from Deeply Dapper talks about his geeky products for sale at his Etsy store or at www.deeplydapper.com

14:38-24:57 Chris Urinko of Daft Concepts talks about his current projects on sale at Etsy and www.daftconcepts.com

24:58-32:42 Dale Tolley, designer of Cheesonomics, from Eagle-Gryphon, talks to us about game design and his future plans

32:43-38:19 Matt Saunders, designer of Mow Money, published by Mayday Games, talks about his game. Follow him on Twitter @Matt_Saunders

38:20-47:28 Shaea and Alex Bernard of the Saint George Board Game Convention talk about their inaugural year and what they plan for their 2016 convention. Find out more at www.stgcon.org 


Bang! Loses its lawsuit against a copycat game, We talk many Kickstarters, Cthulhu Realms Eats My Batteries is not an expansion, Brent Rants about CMoN, Kickstarter Exclusives, and the Boardgame Bubble  

Direct download: MN_0115_News_and_Rant.mp3
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At SaltCON 2016 we sat down with Greg Spence and talked about inserts, how he started the company, and many of his offerings, including his impressive convention schedule. You can find them at their website http://thebrokentoken.com or at Origins, GenCon, BGG.con, or many of the other conventions they have scheduled.

Direct download: MN_0114_The_BrokenToken.mp3
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Kennerspiel des Jahres

T.I.M.E Stories 0-7:03

Pandemic Legacy: Season One 7:03-9:56

Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 9:57-11:45

We announce our winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres 11:46-15:02

Kinderspiel des Jahres

Leo 15:03-21:41

Mmm! 21:42-25:18

My First Stone Age 25:19-27:50

Brent's opinion of which should win 27:51-29:29

Spiel des Jahres

Karuba 29:30-36:27

Imhotep 36:28-42:52

Codenames 42:53-47:56

Ryan tells us which game will win 47:57-48:59

Direct download: MN0113_SdJ.mp3
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The fantastic Dan Wells, author and avid gamer, joins the Nation! Dan Wells is a fantasy, YA, post-apocalyptic author known for the Partials series and his new book, Bluescreen a futuristic science-fiction cyber-thriller. He also writes the John Cleaver series. The first one, I am not a Serial Killer, has been made into a movie starring Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, and Max Records. He is a co-host of the Writing Excuses podcast.

 
Dan is also a long-time boardgamer. We discuss his favorite board games, his love of storytelling in games, and what he thinks makes a game great. We reminisce about ancient role playing games, Decipher CCGs, and the new Pathfinder Adventures app. We also talk a little Kickstarter. 
Direct download: MN_0112_Dan_Wells_-_Author_and_Board_Game_Enthusiast.mp3
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This bonus episode was recorded by Brent while he attended BGG.Spring in Dallas on May 29, 2016. He sits down with three of the Spiel des Jahres judges and discusses game eligibility, judging criteria, the selection process, and the differences between the three awards.

We then review the nine nominated SdJ games for 2016.

Direct download: MN_0111_Spiel_des_Jahres_Judges_at_BGGSpring_2016.mp3
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Matt and Barbara join us for another News episode. We talk of Hero Realms, Pathfinder App, Cthulhu Realms App, Descent: Road to Legend App, Campaign Manager, Game Bags, SpielSoap, two versions of Caravan.

We also report the newly announced Spiel des Jahres nominees including Codenames, Imhotep, and Karuba.

Direct download: MN0110_News_and_SdJ_Announcements.mp3
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You're in the trenches in the first World War, trying to stay alive long enough to return home with your grizzled old friends. The threat are bullets, combat, toxic gas, night, winter, and rain. The only way to survive is a little planning, teamwork, and a whole lot of luck. The Grizzled is a cooperative game for two to five players from Fabien Riffaud and Juan Rodriguez.

 
We've had mixed experience with the difficulty of this game, but most of the buzz is that it is hard to win, especially with five players. The great thing is that this little game is fun, even you lose.
Direct download: MN_0109_The_Grizzled.mp3
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In March, at SaltCON 2016, we sat down and talked with Seth Hiatt of Mayday Games. We talk about a number of their products including Twist of Fate, a microgame that is finishing up on Kickstarter at the time this podcast is released.

Seth talks about manufacturing, shipping, and the benefit of being Euro Friendly.

Direct download: The_Business_Side_of_Boardgames_with_Seth_Hyatt_of_Mayday_Games.mp3
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This week's podcast come to you from Skye, the largest and most northerly major island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, with soft sand beaches, gently sloping hills and impressive mountain. We're not there, unfortunately. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King is an economic, territory building game from Mayfair Games. For 2-5 players and for 60 minutes, Isle of Skye will task you to create the best kingdom in your effort to lead y our clan well enough to become King.

 
This is a tile laying game, but the real game involves a unique scoring system and mastering a shifting economy. This game seems like it will be a hit for your intrepid hosts, but you're going to have to listen to the podcast to find out for sure.  
Direct download: MN_0107_Isle_of_Skye.mp3
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We interview the awesome dudes, Seth Jaffee, Michael Mindes, and Andy Van Zandt, from Tasty Minstrel Games (www.playmtg.com) at SaltCON 2016. We've got the insights from a game designer, an owner and a developer.

 
Seth caught us up on his game designs, his work on the Eminent Domain series, and his future releases. Michael talks about the latest releases of TMG and what we can expect in the near future. Andy talks about what it means to be a game developer, his latest projects, and how he likes living in Utah.  Don't miss a second of this insider episode.

We’ve hit another 5th episode so it is time for Industry News! Don’t forget to enter our contest on Meeple Nation Off Air on Facebook.

 

0:00 - 0:47 Introduction

0:48 - 3:07 Mombasa, World 192 of 504 and Ryan hates Stocks

3:08 - 4:59 Contest for Gold West from Tasty Minstrel Games - Ends May 1, 2016

5:00 - 5:53 The Grizzled: At Your Orders

5:54 - 7:51 Star Trek Frontiers

7:52 - 10:12 Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition - Road to Legends Companion App

10:13 - 13:30 Charterstone

13:31 - 16:50 Santorini Kickstarter ends April 27, 2016

16:51 - 18:15 Legendary Encounters: Alien Expansion

18:16 - 19:23 Codenames Pictures

19:24 - 20:39 Legend of the Five Rings LCG coming in 2017 from Fantasy Flight Games

20:40 - 22:24 Mistborn: House War

22:25 - 23:16 Galaxy Quest

23:17 - 24:17 Munchking CCG

24:18 - 24:58 Political Kickstarters are bad

24:59 - 26:06 C.O.G. (The Cabinet of Gadgetry)

26:07 - 28:07 Star Trek: Ascendancy

28:08 - 29:21 Star Trek Panic

29:22 - 31:29 Ave Roma on Kickstarter until May 4, 2016

31:30 - 32:31 Daft Concepts Kickstarter for Yakitori ends April 22, 2016

32:32 - 34:58 Xibalba, currently on Kickstarter through May 8, 2016

34:59 - 35:42 Ghostbusters: The Boardgame II on Kickstarter through May 9, 2016

35:43 - 36:48 Dark Moon: Shadow Corporation

36:48 - 37:20 En Route on Kickstarter through May 12, 2016

37:30 - 40:09 Shadows over Innistrad

40:10 - 45:17 Counter Magazine, January 2016

45:18 - 45:59 Contest reminder and Outro

Direct download: MN_0105_Industry_News_April_2016_and_Contest.mp3
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One thing we know for sure: Saucermen are jerks. Except that Brent, for some reason, likes the Saucermen. Something is wrong with Brent. Might be that alien tech sticking out the back of his neck. Rocket Patrol unite. We have to rescue Brent!

 
Space Cadet: Away Mission is a 1-6 player cooperative adventure game with Retro spacemen fighting aliens, slugs, and space bugs on a modular board. The aliens, including Saucermen, Leaders and a Brain-in-a-jar, act in specific, rule-driven patterns. The game is scenario based with random setups and random encounters, which allows for great replay value.
Direct download: MN_0104_Space_Cadets_Away_Mission.mp3
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Months worth of work goes into running a board game convention. We sit with the Organizers of SaltCON and discuss the past, present and future.

Join us in our newly formed Facebook Group, Meeple Nation Off Air, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MeepleNationOffAir

Direct download: MN_0103_Behind_the_Scenes_at_SaltCON_2016.mp3
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This week we interview the members of HUGG, Herriman Utah Gamer Girls, a board game club of women. I use the word interview loosely, as HUGG takes over the Nation, explaining their love of heavy board game, strict competition, and the importance of integrity of the game. The worst insult within their group is that someone "isn't a real gamer." We found out quickly that they are all real gamers. Find out how the group was formed, their favorite games, and a little trash talk about who is the most competitive.

Direct download: MN_0102_HUGG.mp3
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Join Meeple Nation as we host a live podcast as a panel at SaltCON, a board game convention in SLC, Utah. We talk to several guests about how they approach attending conventions, including the big one--the long CON, whether that is GenCon or BGGCon or another convention. We grilled two professionals, Ryan Bruns from Mayday Games and Ben Hillyard from Daedalus Productions about attending conventions as a dealer. We also interview Claudine Finlay and Julie Balazs from HUGG about why they love gaming at CONs. Also, we interview Brent Mair. He's kind of a big deal.

Direct download: MN_0101_The_Long_Con.mp3
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Meeple Nation celebrates episode 100! We talk with Barb and Matt about reaching this milestone, talk SaltCON, our local board game convention, and discuss board game news of the day, including new or newly announced games, Kickstarters, and some related events. Games discussed include Goonies, a possible new fantasy version of Star Realms, Pack O Games 2, and expansions to Mysterium, Dominion, Imperial Assault and Dead of Winter. Join the Nation as we look forward to the next 100 episodes. 

 Pack O Games 2 Kickstarter ends April 2, 2016 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/713947418/pack-o-game-set-2-wee-strategy-games-for-on-the-go

The Manhattan Project Energy Empire ends April 7, 2016 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miniongames/the-manhattan-project-energy-empire-board-game

Darklight Memento Mori ends March 28, 2016

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/53406598/darklight-memento-mori-miniatures-dungeon-crawler

The Lazy Gamer ends March 31, 2016

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/878938288/the-lazy-gamer

 

Direct download: MN_0100_Episode_100_Celebration_and_Industry_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, is a cooperative game for 1-4 players based on the Warhammer property from Games Workshop. This Fantasy Flight game is played mostly with cards, with a few supporting items such as custom dice, and health and exploration tokens.

Each player takes the role of one of the four heroes in the box and uses unique Fight, Explore, Aid, and Rest cards to survive the dungeon and kill the evil nemesis.

Our games took 30-120 minutes to complete. Ages 14 and up.

Direct download: MN_0099_Warhammer_Quest_The_Adventure_Card_Game.mp3
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In October of 2015 we noticed a number of threads complaining about games that get used up or cannot be replayed for other reasons. We sit down and talk about these games

Direct download: MN_0098_Consumable_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Everyone likes expansions, right? Especially good ones? This episode we talk expansions for games we have already reviewed.

Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition, is the first expansion for this popular dice game. It adds a slightly accelerated start with new black leader dice, and new starting planet and factions. We first discussed Roll for the Galaxy in Episode 37.

Firefly has a number of expansions, including the big box Kalidasa. If you want more Firefly reach back into our archives and listen to Episodes 9 and 12.

Star Wars Imperial Assault now has a smaller box expansion, Twin Shadows, and a bigger expansions, Return to Hoth. We discussed the base game in Episode 61.


It has been six months since we last discussed Kickstarter, and Jeff Siadek joins us to explain why publishers use Kickstarter. Jeff's project, Battlestations Second Edition! Tabletop Starship Simulator, is currently on Kickstarter, with an end date of March 3, 2016.

This is Jeff's tenth kickstarter, with a relaunch of his flagship game, Battlestations. His company, Gorilla Games, has been around for twelve years, and Jeff has been in the industry even longer than that.

Join us as we discuss Battlestations, and how Kickstarter is allowing Jeff to make this game even better.


No one likes a lying cheaterface when playing board games, but what about all of the games that have made lying, cheating, and bluffing core mechanics of game play. This week on Meeple Nation, the primes discuss games with these mechanics such as Sheriff of Nottingham, Coup, Werewolf, Cockroach Poker, Intrige, Lifeboats and Illuminati. We all hate cheating as a mechanic, but find out our take on Bluffing and Lying as core mechanics and hear a few stories of cheaty-cheaterfaces in our past games. Nate owns up, and Ryan finally agrees to let it go. Brent just shakes his head in judgment at us both.

Direct download: MN_0095_Cheat_Lie_Bluff.mp3
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This week we review the game, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Direct download: MN_00094_Deception_Murder_in_Hong_Kong.mp3
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This week, we discuss all things Pandemic, including spoiler free talk of Pandemic Legacy. Luckily, we have Barb and Matt back to keep things from getting too hostile. Everyone seems to like this game, except for Ryan. What's wrong with Ryan? Join us to find out.

We cover Pandemic (2008) by Matt Leacock, including the expansions In the Lab (2013) and On the Brink (2009). We also discuss Pandemic: The Cure (2014) and Pandemic: Contagion (2014). And finally a bit about Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015). Again no Spoilers.
Direct download: MN_0093_Pandemic_Everything.mp3
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Your caravan arrives in the fabled Sultanate of Naqala. The sultan is dead. Do you have what it takes to maneuver the five tribes, invoke the old Djinns, and gain enough influence to fulfill the prophesy and become the new sultan?
 

Five Tribes is a clever, meeple-heavy work placement game where the workers are already in place on the table and you use a Mancala-like movement on your turn to maneuver the five tribe and gain points. Designed by Bruno Cathala and released in 2014 by Days of Wonder, Five Tribes is a game played best with player of the same experience level and low analysis paralysis. 

Direct download: MN_0092_Five_Tribes.mp3
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We finally review Mysterium! For this seance, we all put on our Medium caps and find meaning in our dreams, conveniently provided by the ghost player in the form of full art cards. Mysterium was designed by Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenko. The English version was released in 2015 by Asmodee.

 
The Meeple Nation Primes are joined by Barbara and Matthew Allen as we gush about this outstanding and unique gaming experience. Saying Mysterium is like Clue meets Dixit just doesn't do enough to convey the awesomeness of this game. 

 

Direct download: MN_0091_Mysterium.mp3
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In this episode we talk about our gaming year, including a review of what goals we completed from those we set back in Episode 33. What were our gaming highlights? Can Brent's highlight be Ryan's lowlight? What are our plans for 2016?

Join us while we enter the new year. Let us know what you are wishing for!

Direct download: MN_0090_Goals_and_Highlights_of_2015.mp3
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This week, we travel to ancient Egypt and try to win over the big guy, the Pharaoh, with dice. Favor of the Pharaoh,by Tom Lehmann and Bezier Games, is a re-implementation and re-theme of To Court the King. We liked the first version well enough, are were excited to see what Tom came up with. Spoiler--we all thought it was fabulous.

 
We loved all the options available to randomize each game. We loved the custom dice, the pool building, and the bonus tokens. The quality components and free randomization app make this game top notch. We recommend everyone in the Nation give it a try.
Direct download: MN_0089_Favor_of_the_Pharaoh.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this weeks podcast, we travel to the ancient Japanese Imperial court, were the Emperor has entrusted us to care for his bamboo garden--home of a giant panda bear, the symbol of peace.
Add in some dice rolling, territory building, farming, tile placement and some killer panda bear minis and you have Takenoko. Come for the high-quality/cute components--stay for the solid game play, or vice versa.
We cover both Takenoko and the expansion Takenoko: Chibis, which add a Miss Panda figure, baby panda disks, and new tiles and cards.

 

Direct download: MN_0088_Takenoko.mp3
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Surviving on a deep space mining expedition on Titan is hard enough without Nathan always trying to kill you. Sure he's infected, but he doesn't have to be such a jerk about it. Join Meeple Nation as we dissect another hidden role gem like Shadows over Camelot and Battle Star Galactica. In fact, Dark Moon originated from a homebrew game called BSG Express, based on the game, Battle Star Galactica . So how does Dark Moon hold up? Well, the shields are damaged, life support is failing, and Nathan has a stupid grin on his face. Listen to find out what happens next.

Direct download: MN_0087_Dark_Moon.mp3
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This week we continue our discussion of November gaming, concentrating on Brent's report of BGG.con in Dallas. He talks about his work in the game library, hot games, Codenames LARP, the Puzzle Hunt, Poker Tournament and Game Show.

He also explains his experience with Ponzi Scheme, Fische, Flupen, Frikadelen, Fresh Fish, and Rattlebones.

 

Direct download: MN_0086_November_Gaming_-_Report_from_BGGCon.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this week's and next week's podcast, we cover the ins, outs, and triumphs of our recent foray into three gaming events. Meeple Nation (mostly Brent) and the Northern Utah Gaming Guild (again mostly Brent) helped organize and run an Extra Life event to raise money for Primary Children's Hospital. We raised just over $1400 over the 24 hour event. And we gamed. Hard. Among the many games played among the 60+ attendees, we discuss the plays of Ghostbusters, Codenames, Dead of Winter, The Game, Pathfinder, and many others.
 
At one point, Pandemic Legacy and T.I.M.E Stories were set up next to each other, and they had to play so as not to spoil info for the other table. Leave it to Ryan to walk up and blab secrets all over the place. Ryan needs to keep his mouth shut!
 
The next week Brent was away but Nathan and Ryan visited the International Games Day at the Library.
Direct download: MN_0085_November_Gaming_part1.mp3
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This episode we offer up advice during this gift giving season. Here are our suggestions. Let us know what you suggest!

Party Games

  • Codenames
  • Spyfall
  • One Night Series (Ultimate Werewolf, Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak, Ultimate Vampire, and Revolution)

General Games

  • Carcassonne: Star Wars
  • Splendor
  • Dixit
  • Favor of the Pharaoh
  • 7 Wonders: Duel

 

Gamer Gift

  • Pandemic Legacy

 

Stocking Stuffers

  • Bang! The Dice Game
  • Star Realms or Star Realms: Colony Wars
  • Red 7
  • Timeline in it’s many forms, Timeline: Americana, Timeline: Invention, Timeline: Discoveries, Timeline: Diversity, and a few more

 

Kids Games

  • Coconuts
  • Loopin’ Chewie

 

What we hope to get for Christmas

Nathan

  • Spyfall, still
  • Space Cadets: Away Missions
  • A Carrying Case for Dominion

Ryan

  • Magic the Gathering 2015 Gift Box

Brent

  • 504





Direct download: MN_0084_Holiday_Gift_Guide_2015.mp3
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This week we discuss a deckbuilder initially released on 2009 from Rio Grande Games. Nathan has embraced and enjoyed this game with his 20 plays so far. 1-5 players compete for scarce resources and they try to build the biggest tribe. Brent's along for the ride and Ryan is a bit hesitant based on theme and some blind selection gameplay.

Let us know what you think.

Direct download: MN_0083_Arctic_Scavengers.mp3
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We interview Richard and Emily Gibbs about their game company which makes accessories and kits to make games blind accessible.

Support their Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64ouncegames/braille-rpg-dice-from-64-oz-games

Visit their store at http://store.64ouncegames.com/

Direct download: MN_0082_Richard_and_Emily_Gibbs_from_64_Ounce_Games.mp3
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These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. With dice. Lots of beautiful dice. Yellow, blue, and the unfortunate red-shirt 6-sided dice.

In this podcast, we delve into this light dice fest. We all enjoyed the theme, each player taking a role of a bridge crew member from the Original Series or The Next Generation with a unique ability to help overcome the challenges. This game is easy to learn, easy to play, offers a variable challenge level, and allows players to join in at any point in the game, while playing up to 7 players.

Nathan added the game to his "family game list" which he'll bring out often. Brent enjoyed his first play. Ryan felt a little burnout after 6 plays, but admits that there will be times with certain group dynamics where this game will fit perfectly.

Direct download: MN_0081_Star_Trek_-_Five_Year_Mission.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this podcast, we discuss the awesome games that are currently hitting our game tables including Arctic Scavengers, Legendary Encounters: A Predator Deckbuilding Game, Liar's Dice, Space Alert, and Machi Koro: Millionaires Row. We also give an update at the goals we set at the first of the year, and we learn that Ryan is a bad friend. We end by covering our anticipated games including T.I.M.E Stories, The 7th Continent, Gloomhaven, and Pandemic Legacy.

Direct download: MN_0080_Catching_Up_with_Meeple_Nation.mp3
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This week we discuss board games with a horror theme that would make for an excellent time at your next Halloween party. The games discussed range from King Of Tokyo and Betrayal at House on the Hill to Gloom and Mansions of Madness to Midnight Party and Ghosts!.

Ryan details his dream Halloween Party including plans to play Mysterium in costume, with atmospheric candles, playing up the seance. Apparently, Brent and Nathan aren't getting an invite.

These are the games we discussed. Let us know your favorite Halloween Game!

Ghosts!
Last Night on Earth
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Mysterium
Gloom
Guillotine
King of Tokyo - Especially with Halloween Expansion
Bring Out Yer Dead
Student Bodies
Eaten by Zombies
Dead of Winter
Midnight Party
Spooks
Until Dawn
Cave Evil
Mansions of Madness
Cthulhu Realms
Gimme the Brain
Lord of the Fries

Direct download: MN_0079_Halloween_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 12:58am MST

Tile Placement games are a little too prolific to cover in a single cast, so we limited the games we cover to tile placement games where you are connecting lines from tile to tile. The games discussed include Street Car, Metro, Tongiaki, Fresh Fish, Tsuro and Tsuro of the Seas. 

Direct download: MN_0078_Tile_Connection_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 1:38am MST

Ninja Ghosts and Killer Plants of Cthulhu don't measure up to the Alien Shapeshifters who took home the prize. We discuss Smash Up by Paul Peterson. In Smash Up, you combine two factions into one deck and compete for the majority at several locations that offer victory points for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in power when the total power reached the locations breaking point. This game, and the rulebook, offer plenty of humor, great art, and a sense of discovery as you learn how your two factions interact, create synergy and win points. In addition to the base game, we cover the expansions Awesome Level 9000, The Obligatory Cthulhu set, and Science Fiction Double Feature. 

Direct download: MN_0077_Smash_Up.mp3
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We discuss Specter Ops by Emerson Matsuuchi and Plaid Hat Games. In this deduction game, you play as Hunters guarding a secret base or as the Agent sent in to discover the secrets. The Agent tracks her moves in secret and the other players try to locate and kill the agent using unique player powers and a cool car. This is similar the Scotland Yard in game play, but in a nifty scifi universe. 

Direct download: MN_0076_Specter_Ops.mp3
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We finally review Dominion, the granddaddy of all deckbuilders. Brent and Nathan highly enjoy this new classic and have collected every expansion. We talk about Dominion's legacy and how the expanstion bloat nearly make the game unplayable. Brent discusses his storage solution. Nathan is soon going to have less money is his pocket, recreating said solution. Ryan, though, finds the games' theme lacking and the gameplay repetitious and often lacking in, well, fun. It's 2 to 1 though, so listen as we break down Dominion and expansions, including the newest expansion: Adventures.
Direct download: MN_0074_Dominion.mp3
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We talk with Mike Adams, a NUGG member, friend, and color-blind gamer about the challenges of being color blind at the gaming table. Mike is Red/Green color blind, which means he cannot see red and green colors, including the red and green that are mixed with other colors. He has a hard time distinguishing purples and blue because of the missing red within purple. He also says distinguishing between yellow-green and yellow can be tough.
 
Although you can probably guess how this makes gaming difficult, we let Mike explain how it effects his enjoyment of games and his strategies for minimizing the difficulties. 
Direct download: MN_0073_Colour_Blind_Gaming_Post.mp3
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We talk with Avonelle Wing from Double Exposure about the services they provide for Game Companies, Stores, Conventions, volunteers, and gamers. We encountered the Envoy heralds at SaltCon where they taught players new games at the con, including games in the Play-to-win program.

 
The Envoy website is: http://dexposure.com/envoy/
 
The Double Exposure website is at: www.dexposure/com/home.html
 
Aspiring game designers and folks planning kickstarters should look into Metatopia. (google it. check out Ryan Macklin's post. it's my fave.) 
 
twitter is: @dexenvoy, @de_gaming, and @avonelle
Direct download: Avonelle_with_Double_Exposure.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we talk about Viceroy, which is designed by Yuri Zhuravlev and produced by Mayday Games and Hobby World. Viceroy is a board game of bidding and resource management set in the world ofBerserk, a Russian collectible card game.

 
This is a beautiful and colorful collection of cards and bits with excellent artwork. The theme is stretched a bit as the characters provide fairly generic powers depending on where they are placed in your pyramid, including more resources, cards, or tokens for scoring, which is bit of a point salad.
 
We all enjoyed the game, though Ryan is a bit disgruntled at the way Brent and Nathan "taught" him the game, thoroughly whooping him, locking him out of resources, and gloating in their towering pyramid at his expense.
 
It was a tough first play.
 
The tagline on the box says "Build Your Pyramid of Power!" and like a elaborate stack of cheerleaders, you must stack the character cards bought at auction in the most beneficial way possible.
Direct download: MN_0071_Viceroy.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:51am MST

From camp #GenCant, we talk about the latest buzz from GenCon, which was two weeks prior to this podcast's release. It was all brand new to us as we recorded and gushed about new games. We hit the old favorites: Imperial Assault, Firefly, and Legendary. We also hit on new games, such as Blood Rage, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Codenames, Mysterium, Star Wars Carcassonne and Champions of Midgard, among many others.
 
We also talk Nathan into spending more money for our own enjoyment. Not that that's hard.
Direct download: MN_0070_Gencon_Aftermath.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

With guest host Dennis Holliday, we discuss the world of Kickstarter, focusing mostly on board games, of course. Dennis has backed over 60 projects and Brent even more. Both seasoned Kickstarter veterans discuss their experiences and joys of this crowdfunding experience. Both are positive and express that the good out way any negative experience that occur.
 
Ryan, on the other hand, expresses his paranoia and criticism of Kickstarter, speculating that it allows creatures the opportunity to skip steps in the creative process and produce inferior products to what might have been. Ryan might be overthinking it.
 
Nathan jumps on board, backing his first project!
Direct download: MN_0069_Kickstarter.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 3:31am MST

Designer: Mike Fitzgerald
Publisher: Eagle/Gryphon Games
Players: 1-4
Ages: 10+
Play Time: 45-60 min
 
In this episode, we discuss how Baseball Highlights: 2045 is not a baseball simulation, but instead a tight, mechanics oriented deckbuilder, which focuses on the 'highlights' of a game of a baseball game. You don't need to like baseball to enjoy this game, and if you absolutely hate baseball, you could still really like this game.
 
Ryan gushes about the cyberpunky art where the robots are trash cans with a bat for a single arm and steam coming out the top. We talk about how the game has a specific flow to the game play that takes some time to get in to, but when you do, the game plays really well. The flow is different with 3 players and is slightly more challenging to slip into. Baseball Highlights also works great for tournament play.
 
We also talk about the various expansions including the Coach, Rally Cap, Magna Glove, Robot Hitters, and Cyborg Pitcher expansions.
Direct download: MN_0068_Baseball_Highlights_2045.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we revisit the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. We are joined by our friend, Dennis Holliday, and we talk about the second and third base games, Skull and Shackles & Wrath of the Righteous.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is a cooperative game

Ages: 13 and up

Players: 1-4 (up to 6 with expansion)

Time: 60-90 minutes

Publisher: Paizo Publishing

Designers: Chad Brown, Mike Selinker, Tanis O'Connor, Paul Peterson, Liz Spain, Gabby Weidling

We previously reviewed the base set in 2014 on our fourth podcast, http://meeplenation.com/podcast/mn-podcast-0004-pathfinder-adventure-card-game-rise-of-the-runelords/

Direct download: MN_0067_Pathfinder_Adventure_Card_Game_-_Revisited.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This episode we review:

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Publisher: Avalon Hill

Year Published: 2004

Edition: 2nd

Designer: Bruce Glassco

Ages: 12+

Time: 60 minutes

Player Count: 3-6

Direct download: MN_0066_Betrayal_at_House_on_the_Hill.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this episode we talk about games we have already reviewed and the expansions we hope to see soon. We also talk about new games we anticipate. We cover

  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault and the Twin Shadows expansion
  • Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
  • Dark Moon
  • Firefly and the new ships and new expansion, Kalidasa
  • Ghostbusters
  • Seafall
  • Dark Moon
Direct download: MN_0065_Looking_Back_and_Looking_Forward.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we review Castles of Mad King Luwdig.

Designer: Ted Alspach

Publisher: Bezier Games

Time: 30-90 minutes

Ages: 13+

Direct download: MN_0064_Castles_of_Mad_King_Ludwig.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Colt Express is a program movement game for 2-6 players that plays in 40 minutes, ages 10 and up. It is played on a three dimensional train, as players take the roles of competing bandits, trying to get the best haul without encountering the sheriff.

Direct download: MN_0063_Colt_Express.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we talk about the game Werewolf, originally designed as Mafia as part of a psychology experiment. We focus our talks on Ultimate Werewolf, a set of cards from Bezier Games.

Direct download: MN_0062_Werewolf.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This episode we review Star Wars: Imperial Assault, a game based on Fantasy Flight's Descent series of games.

Released in 2014

Players: 2-5

Time: 60-150 minutes

Ages: 14 and up

This game can be played as a two player head to head skirmish or with one player controlling the imperial side while 1-4 players control 2-4 heroes as they try to complete objectives and level up their characters.

Direct download: MN_0061_Star_Wars_Imperial_Assault.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

What is theme? What is narration? Do they compete with each other? We discuss Theme and Narration and a few games as we explore this topic.

Games include:

Dominion

Dixit

Mysterium

Duel of Ages

Direct download: MN0060_Theme_vs_Narration.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Legendary Encounters

Upper Deck

Ages 17 and up

Around 60 minutes

1-5 players

Direct download: MN_0059_Legendary_Encounters_An_Alien_Deck_Building_Game.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Ben Hillyard of Daedalus speaks with us at SaltCON 2015

Daedalus makes inserts designed to quickly start games. These inserts store the game in the original box but can be pulled out and opened to set up the game. http://daedalusproductionsinc.com

Some of the games they have built these inserts for are

  • Merchants of Venus
  • Dead of Winter
  • Eclipse
  • Small World
  • Marvel/DC/Dungeons and Dragons, etc Dicemasters
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Cosmic Encounters
  • Caverna
  • Le Havre

You can use their Design It tab to request inserts for your favorite games.

Direct download: MN_0058_Ben_Hillyard_of_Daedalus_Productions.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

We discuss

  • Meteor
  • Get Bit!
  • Garbage Day
  • Chopsticks Megadexterity 3000
  • Click Clack Lumberjack
  • Mayday Sleeves 
  • Mayday Sleeve Bundles

Visit www.maydaygames.com

Direct download: MN_0057_Ryan_Bruns_of_Mayday_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this episode we speak with new designer and game company owner, John Ogilvie, about his games Bejinx and Skwozen. Bejinx is a game add-on that enhances most any game, adding a little bit more chaos and another level of game.

Skwozen is a card set which takes a traditional set of playing cards and adds eight symbols to each of the square cards. Rules exist for many popular public domain games.

Direct download: MN_0056_John_Ogilvie_talks_Bejinx_and_Skwozen.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

On May the 4th we sat down and recorded this Star Wars specific podcast, reminisced about the movies, the good the bad, the Gungans, and then talked about Gaming in the Star Wars Universe. We talk about the following games:

  • Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
  • Decipher's Star Trek CCG
  • Star Wars LCG
  • Queen's Gambit
  • Star Wars: Epic Duels
  • West End Games' Star Wars Role Playing Game
  • Star Wars: X-Wing
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Direct download: MN_0055_Star_Wars_Gaming.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This episode we speak with Blake and Curtis, designers of the block stacking game, Kubeni.

This game can be played with 2-8 players. Each set contains 20 blocks a custom die, a timer, and a set of cards. Playtime is 10 minutes or less per player.

www.kubeni.com

Direct download: MN_0054_Blake_and_Curtis_talk_Kubeni.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Deus was designed by Sébastien Dujardin. It looks like it scales well from 2-4 players in 45-60 minutes. Ages 14 and up. Some direct interaction as players compete to expand across a hex based map.

Direct download: MN_0053_Deus.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Seth Jaffee is a game designer and developer best known for the game Eminent Domain. In this episode he discusses the game and the upcoming Exotica expansion. Eminent Domain is for 2-4 players (up to five with the Escalation expansion) in 45-60 minutes.

You can find Seth at http://sedjtroll.blogspot.com

Direct download: Seth_Jaffee_talks_Eminent_Domain_and_more.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Star Realms is a game for 2 player. It plays in 20 minutes. Ages 12 and up.

Designed by Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle.

Direct download: MN_0051_Star_Realms_with_live_playthrough.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this episode we discuss Gamer Snobbery, terms such as Eurogame and Ameritrash, and why Brent doesn't like the term Filler.

We also do a third of the way review of our 2015 gaming goals. How are you doing with yours?

Direct download: MN_0050_Gamer_Snobs_in_a_Growing_Hobby.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games talks about his three Tiny Epic Games:

  • Tiny Epic Kingdoms
  • Tiny Epic Defenders
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies
Direct download: MN_0049_Michael_Coe_of_Gamelyn_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 1:41am MST

Machi Koro is a card and dice game from IDW and Pandasaurus Games for 2-4 players in 30 minutes. Ages 8 and up.

The Harbor expansion adds a 5th player but can extend the game past an hour.

Direct download: MN_0048_Machi_Koro__Machi_Koro_Harbor.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In our first episode from SaltCON 2015 we talk with Rick and Joanne Soued about their history, creation of Funagain Games, aquisition of Eagle Games, and creation of Gryphon Games.

Rick spends much of the interview telling us about many of the current games available through their company including Tumblin-Dice, Through the Ages, Baseball Highlights 2045, and many  more.

We greatly enjoyed the time we spent with Rick and Joanne and hope to spend more time playing Eagle-Gryphon Games.

Direct download: MN_0046_Rick_and_Joanne_Soued_of_Eagle-Gryphon_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this episode we introduce the SaltCON interviews which we plan to release across the next six or seven weeks. Some weeks we will release two episodes.

We are saddened to report that the podcast recorded live during the Saturday panel was lost.

We discuss the games we played at SaltCON including Deus, Colt Express, Witness,  Baseball Highlights 2045, Ultimate Werewolf, and Two Rooms and a Boom.

We talk about future releases Orphan Black Card Game, Abyss Expansion - Black Pearl, Legendary Encounters: Predator, Seafall, and Pandemic Legacy.

Finally we report our contest results. Thanks to Mayday Games for their support of Meeple Nation!

Direct download: MN_0045_SaltCON_2015_Special_Report.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we review the 2009 release Thunderstone, and what is considered by many to be its improvement, the 2012 released Thunderstone Advance. This game is for 2-5 players ages 12 and up, in about 60 minutes, which might include setup. There are solo rules in some of the rulebooks.

We focus a bit on the Thunderstone Advance: Numanera set, which is based in the Numanera world created by Monte Cook.

Let us know what you think!

Direct download: MN_0044_Thunderstone_and_Thunderstone_Advance.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Beowulf the Legend was released in 2005 for 2-5 players (the more the better). It plays in an hours and was designed by Reiner Knizia.

Join Beowulf as he embarks on his epic journey to defeat Grendel, the Sea Hag and the Dragon. Work to aquire the most fame so that you can become Beowulf's successor.

Direct download: MN_0043_Beowulf_the_Legend.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 7:58am MST

This episode we talk about seven pirate games (in addition to bringing up Corsari again). 

We start out with a short mention of Ghostbusters the Board Game and Cuao. Then we dive into these seven pirate games:

  • Meuterer
  • Pirate Flux
  • Get Bit!
  • Walk the Plank
  • Hold Your Breath
  • Dead Man's Draw
  • Loot

Finally, a contest from our friends at Mayday Games. Visit our Facebook Page or listen to the podcast for more details.

Direct download: MN_0042_Light_Pirate_Games_and_Contest.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we are releasing a second episode, an interview with Chris Urinko of Daft Concepts, makers of board game accessories. We talk about kickstarter, their current project, Custom Miniatures and Tokens for your RPG and Tabletop Games.

Chris also talks about his experience with the Board Game Designer Guild of Utah and gives advice to new Board Game Designers. He codesigned the game, Hold Your Breath.

Kickstarter Project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/732415737/laser-etched-miniatures-for-table-top-games-and-rp

Website: http://daftconcepts.com

Email: info@daftconcepts.com

Twitter: @battlejack, @daftconcepts

Direct download: Daft_Concepts_with_Chris_Urinko.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 6:58pm MST

During this month of love (February 2015) we turn our hearts to two-player games. We discuss

  • Battle Line
  • Balloon Cup (now Pinata)
  • Lost Cities
  • Medici vs Strozzi
  • GIPF
  • TAMSK
  • Tally Ho

Nathan also laments his inability to keep up with Living Card Games and figure based games such as X-Wings.

We also discuss three games that at least one of us (Ryan) considers best with 2, even if they play more. 

  • Attika
  • Scrabble
  • Carcassonne
Direct download: MN_0040_Two_Player_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Kingsport Festival is steeped in art and lore from the Cthulhu Mythos. In the game you summon one or more of the Outer Gods or their minions in order to increase in Evil, Death or Destruction. The game is similar to Kingsburg but offers unique play.

The game is for 2-5 players in about 60-75 minutes. Ages 13 and up.

Direct download: MN0039_Kingsport_Festival.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

An interview with Michael Mindes of Tasty Minstrel Games.

Direct download: MN_0038_Interview_with_Michael_Mindes_of_Tasty_Minstrel_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this episode we discuss the Roll for the Galaxy game, for 2-5 players in 45 minutes or less.

Fun for all!

Direct download: MN_0037_Roll_for_the_Galaxy.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we hear a report from Brent on BryceCon 2015, gaming convention with family, and food. We briefly discuss Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Timeline, Dead Man's Draw, Coconuts and Roll for the Galaxy.

After this report Brent talks with Rob Hicks of Midnight Campaign. Then he interviews Gail and Gary Tanner, founders of BryceCon.

Direct download: MN_0036_BryceCon_2015_Report.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 1:34am MST

In this episode we have a bit of feedback, discuss Splendor again for a few minutes (they fixed the colorblind issue), and then dive into the six racing games we discuss this episode: Hare and Tortoise, Roborally, Fearsome Floors, Cartagena, Formula De, and Snow Tails.

Direct download: MN_0035_Race_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 9:47am MST

This is a hot release from late 2014 where 2-5 players work together to complete a common goal and each player works on an individual goal. But is one of you a Betrayer?

Recommended by all three hosts.

Direct download: MN0034_Dead_of_Winter.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

In this episode we review Brent's 2014 gaming goals:

1. Play 40 games 10 times

2. Play Twilight Imperium with Brian

3. Play Monopoly

4. Play More Games with my Kids

 

We then discuss the benefits of playing a game multiple times.

 

Then we dive into our 2015 gaming goals

 

Brent

1. Play Dominion at least 43 times.

2. Play Games at least 25 times with my kids.

3. Attend 3 game conventions/trade shows.

4. Make 12 videos - likely games played at least 10 times.

5. Play 10 games 10 times.

6. Significantly organize at least five games with better inserts and getting started sheets.

 

Nathan

1. Play Starfarers of Catan at least once.

2. Play at least 40 games with my kids.

3. Play 10 new games with my family.

4. Play 10 games 10 times.

5. Play 20 new games this year.

6. Play 20 games within my collection that I haven't played for at least a year.

 

Ryan

1. Play Hanabi and get a perfect score.

2. Find Accessible Games I can play with my blind daughter and my other kids.

3. Thrift 10 gems (games I want to add to my collection).

4. Travel 10 times this year to my friends house to play games.

Direct download: MN_0033_Gaming_Goals_2015.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

At the request of a listener we play and review Shogun by Dirk Henn. This game is for 3-5 players and will take 2-3 hours to play. It is a game of conflict in order to determine who will gain the title of Shogun.

Direct download: MN_0032_Shogun.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 5:33am MST

Space Alert by Vlaada Chavatl. Fun for 1-5 players, 12 and up, in about 30 minutes.

Highly recommended.

 

There is no ! in the title.

Direct download: MN_0031_Space_Alert.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

We discuss over twenty-five games as we review our Feeback and contest entries, then we randomly pick our two contest winners.

Games we discuss: Star Realms, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Dominion, Colt Express, Twilight Imperium, Agricola, Caverna and many more! 

Direct download: Feedback-_Contest_Results_and_More.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 1:17am MST

We used the wrong cable on our microphone so audio suffers a bit this episode. We apologize. The next episodes will not have this problem.

We talk about close to a dozen games that you should consider if you are planning to give a boardgame as a gift this season.

Here is the list in the order we present them:

  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • King of New York or King of Tokyo
  • Forbidden Island or Forbidden Desert or Pandemic: The Cure
  • Survive!
  • Transamerica
  • Times Up! Title Recall
  • Wits & Wagers
  • Incan Gold
  • Love Letter in its many forms
  • Hanabi
Direct download: MN_0029_Holiday_Gift_Guide_2014.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 3:05am MST

This episode we talk about many dexterity games and launch a contest where you can win one of two copies of Toc Toc Woodman. Listen to the podcast for details!

Direct download: MN_0028_Dexterity_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:23am MST

This week we review Abyss, a 2-4 player game by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier. Ages 14 and up, 45-60 minutes. The artwork, by Xavier Collette, is simply stunning. Highly recommended by two of the three reviewers.

Direct download: MN_0027_Abyss.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we are speaking with 15 different gamers (and game company representatives) at the International Games Day held at Weber State University on 8 November 2014. We recorded the interviews amongst the gamers so there is a bit of background noise. 

Intro - 0:00 - 0:19
Meeple Nation Hosts - 0:19 - 0:57
Jon Sears - 0:57 - 2:32
Everett Johnson - 2:32 - 4:172
Sean MacDonald and Dale Gifford of SaltCON (visit http://saltcon.com/) - 11:57 - 13:56
Troy Hoggan - 13:56 - 14:44
Suzanne - 14:44 to 17:52
Max Holliday of Ginger Ale Games (visit https://www.facebook.com/BringOutYerDead) - 17:52 -  20:29
Payson Mair - 20:29 - 21:55
Alex and Cameron - 21:55 - 24:53
Ryan Laukat with Red Raven Games (visit http://www.redravengames.com/) - 24:53 - 27:36
Alex Montgomery - 27:36 - 32:26
Ryan Bruns, President of Mayday Games (visit http://maydaygames.com/) - 32:26 - 38:40
Ben Hillyard of Daedalus Productions Inc (visit http://www.daedalusproductionsinc.com/)- 38:40 - 43:38
Dan Naylor of SaltCON - 43:38 - 49:19
Outro - 49:19 - 49:27
Direct download: MN0026_InternationalGamesDay2014.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST