Thu, 2 June 2016
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
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 12:23am MDT
Mon, 30 May 2016
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
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 5:25am MDT
Wed, 25 May 2016
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.
Wed, 18 May 2016
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.
Wed, 11 May 2016
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
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT
Wed, 4 May 2016
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.
Wed, 27 April 2016
MN 0106 Tasty Minstrel Games at SaltCON - Interviews with Seth Jaffee, Michael Mindes, and Andy Van Zandt
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.
Direct download: MN_0106_Tasty_Minstrel_Games_at_SaltCON_-_Interviews_with_Seth_Jaffee_Michael_Mindes_and_Andy_Van_Zandt.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT
Wed, 20 April 2016
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
Tue, 12 April 2016
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.
Wed, 6 April 2016
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.
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