Meeple Nation Board Game Podcast (general)

We discuss games from the past, ones we consider hidden gems including Taj Mahal, Balloon Cup, Cartagena, Pirates Cove, Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Reinick version), and Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel, among other games from the listeners.

Direct download: MN_0238_Forgotten_Board_Game_Gems.mp3
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This week, Sam Aho, of Sam Says, joins Ryan and Nathan to talk about two games from Gamelyn Games and Scott Almes, Tiny Epic Zombies and Tiny Epic Galaxies, including the Into the Dark expansion.

Listen to hear their thoughts!

Direct download: MN0237_Tiny_Epic_Extravaganza.mp3
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We've been deep in the hobby for 20 years now and we are surprised when some games remain for sale continually, or in other words, become evergreen games, and why some don't.

What makes Ticket to Ride, Catan, Pandemic, and many others stand out and sell thousands of times more copies than the average hobby game.

We have some ideas. Let us know what you think.

 

Direct download: MN_0228_What_Games_are_Evergreen.mp3
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We talk a bit about the nine Spiel des Jahres Nominees. Brent has played them all and Nathan and Ryan talk Ganz Shon Clever, The Mind and Azul. Ryan sneaks in some Terraforming Mars jabs.

Kinderspiel des Jahres Nominees:

  • Shaky Manor
  • Emojito
  • Dragon's Breath

Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominees:

  • Heaven & Ale
  • Ganz Shon Clever
  • Die Quacksalber von Quedlenburg

Spiel des Jahres Nominees:

  • Luxor
  • The Mind
  • Azul
Direct download: MN_0219_SdJ.mp3
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We talk about the creative process and puzzle hunts, including those created at BGG.Con and those for SaltCON

Please consider supporting our sponsors, The Tasty Minstrel Games Podcast and Game Toppers LLC.

Direct download: MN_0212_Puzzle_Hunt.mp3
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This week we discuss Gloomhaven, the monstrous game by Isaac Childres. Ryan, Brent, and Nathan are joined by Dennis Holliday for this podcast.

Direct download: MN_0208_Gloomhaven.mp3
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We love deckbuilding games. We each discuss our top three games, explain what deckbuilders are and talk about our recent experience playing Hero Realms The Ruins of Thandar Campaign and Tyrants of the Underdark.

Direct download: MN_0196_Deckbuilders_Heroes_and_Tyrants.mp3
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Our Gift Guide:
Family Games
Ticket to Ride
The Quest for El Dorado
Kingdomino
Fast Forward: FLEE
Transamerica
Century: Spice Road
Delve
Splendor
NMBR 9
Can't Stop Express
Clank! In! Space!
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle


Children Games
Ice Cool
Rhino Hero
Flick 'Em Up
Bang: The Dice Games
Coconuts
Happy Salmon


Group Games
Fuse
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Magic Maze


Stocking Stuffers (Small Games)
Pack O Games
Mint Works
Insider
Timeline
Pirate 21
Don't Mess with Cthulhu
Magic Packs

Direct download: MN_0191_Holiday_Gift_Guide_2017.mp3
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Ryan, Nathan, and Brent sit down and discuss Kickstarters, new games, what we are playing, and board game art and presentation. Join us on Facebook at Meeple Nation Off Air.

Direct download: MN_0190_November_2017_News.mp3
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This week we finish the discussion of the Spiel des Jahres 2017 nominees. We start with Kingdomino, talk about Magic Maze, and end with Race to El Dorado.

Direct download: MN_0167_Sdj_2017_Nominees_in_Depth_Part_2.mp3
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We cover many subjects including:

  • Secrets of the Lost Tomb
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Trick of the Rails
  • Diamonds
  • Moons
  • Solarquest
  • Trick-Taking, The Trick-Taking Game
  • Deck Building, the Deck Builder Game
  • Pathfinder: The Mummy's Mask
  • Magic - Amonkhet Cycle
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game - The Path to Carcosa
  • Firefly - Big Money
  • Kingdom Builder
  • Vast - The Crystal Caverns

It's Barb day on Meeple Nation where we give you the latest board game news. We talk Kickstarters with Aeon's End: War Eternal, Gloomhaven, Five Seals of Magic, Rise to Nobility, Hardback, Brass, and Bios Genesis 2nd edition, among other bits-o-news and games, such as Esports tournaments, a new GIPF game, a Seafall non-update, and plenty more. Oh, and Matt was there too.

Cheers!

Direct download: MN_0160_News_For_April_2017.mp3
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Is this game garbage? Tell us what you really think. Seriously. Drop the label and give us the why you didn't enjoy the game.

This week we discuss game audiences and game diversity, and set you free from believing you need to like all games.

Direct download: MN_0151_This_Game_Might_Not_Be_For_You_and_Thats_Okay.mp3
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Strap on your armor and get ready to make your way into the deeps beneath the castle. Rumors abound that a sleepy dragon is hoarding artifacts. Can you gain the best treasure and make it out of the dungeon before the dragon wipes you out? Be very quiet!

Nathan, Ryan and Brent review Clank!, a deckbuilder with a map.

Direct download: MN_0147_Clank.mp3
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Party Games

This week we talk Party Games. First we speculate on what defines a party game. Honestly, who knows? Should it play more than 6? Should it involve teams? Should it be 'light'? Then we talk about our favorite party games, why they count, and why we find them outstanding. We talk Codenames, Spyfall, Times Up!, Ca$h 'n Guns, Wits & Wagers, Liar's Dice, Game of Things, and Two Rooms and a Boom!

Brent reports on his visit to Saint George Board Game Convention. http://stgcon.org
We also mention the International Gamers Awards, which you can find at http://internationalgamersaward.net
Direct download: MN_0075_Party_On_Gamers.mp3
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SaltCON 2015 took place in Layton Utah on March 12-14, 2015.

 

Next year the convention will be March 3-5, 2016 at the same location. 

 

Visit their website at http://saltcon.com

Direct download: MN_0047_SaltCON_Organizers_at_SaltCON_2015.mp3
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This week we discuss Madi's six favorite games.

Direct download: MN_0014_Madis_Favorite_Games.mp3
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3-7 players out of the box, 2-8 with the expansions.  45-60 minutes, ages 10 and up.

Direct download: MN_0013_7_Wonders.mp3
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Firefly the Game by Gale Force 9.  Playable out of the box by 1-4 players but expandable up to 7.  Approximately 120 minutes with around 15 setup.

Direct download: MN_0009_Firefly_the_Game.mp3
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In this episode we discuss Carolus Magnus designed by Leo Colovini and published by Venice Connection and Rio Grande Games.  This board game plays in less than an hour for 2-4 players.  Each player count plays differently but all are enjoyable.  This game is for more intense gamers.

We refer to the region tiles as city tiles, regions, and territories. These are all the same.

Direct download: MN_0008_Carolus_Magnus.mp3
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MN 0007 Lightning Round - New Classic Card Games

We talk about the card games Mamma Mia!, Sole Mio!, Coloretto, Bohnanza, Corsari, Guillotine, and Rage!

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Direct download: MN_0007_Lightening_Round_-_New_Classic_Card_Games.mp3
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Brent, Nathan, and Ryan discuss the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game including theme, gameplay, and fun.

Direct download: MN_0004_Pathfinder_Adventure_Card_Game-_Rise_of_the_Runelords.mp3
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