Meeple Nation Board Game Podcast

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

This week we discuss Expansions, both what we love and their darker sides. We explore Carcassonne expansions from our past as an example.

We then each list 7 boardgame expansions or sequels that we are anticipating.

Direct download: MN_0025_Expansions.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Bring Out Yer Dead plays in 40 minutes for 2-5 players, ages 12 and up, the first game from Ginger Ale Games. We review the game and talk about the game industry with Max.

The Kickstarter runs through November 26, 2014 at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/808648996/bring-out-yer-dead

Direct download: MN_0024_Bring_Out_Yer_Dead_and_Game_Developer_Max_Holliday.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Guildhall and Guildhall: Job Fair by AEG and numerous other language publishers.

2-4 players, 45 minutes, ages 10 and up

Direct download: MN_0023_Guildhall_and_Guildhall_Job_Faire.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

2-6 players, 30-45 minutes, ages 8 and up.

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Direct download: MN_0022_King_of_Tokyo.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

We review five games, each in about five minutes. The first two are card games with only sixteen cards. Love Letter by Seiji Kanai and Lost Legacy: The Starship by Seiji Kanai and Hayato Kisaragi.

The last three games are push your luck. Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson and Martian Dice by Scott Almes. Lastly, the best game of them all, Can't Stop by Sid Sackson.

Direct download: MN_0021_5_Minute_Reviews_-_Dice_and_Push_your_Luck.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we respond to listener feedback and discuss our favorite worker placement games.

One question we responded to was "Who are the significant female board game designers?" Here are a few geeklists from boardgamegeek.com

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/56208/women-game-designers

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33115/good-games-designed-women

Direct download: MN_0020_Feedback_and_Worker_Placement_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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Direct download: MN_0019_Cheesonomics_and_Dale_Tolley_Interview.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Fleet, released in 2014

2-4 players ages 10 and up, 1-4 with the expansion, and 1-6 with additional promo cards. Plays in 30-45 minutes.

Direct download: MN_0018_Fleet_and_Fleet-Arctic_Bounty.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we discuss the new dice game, King's Forge, for 2-4 players in about an hour. 13+ on the player's age due to the need to read a decent amount of text.

Direct download: MN_0017_Kings_Forge.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we discuss the collectible dice game, Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men released by Wiz-Kids for 2 players.

This game involves many different heros and villains from the Marvel Universe including the Avengers from the movie and many well known, X-Men.

Direct download: MN_0016_Marvel_Dice_Masters_Avengers_vs_X-Men.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

We answer listener feedback and talk about our favorite mechanics. We spend a large amount of time loving and hating on Battlestar Galactica.  

Direct download: MN_0015_Listener_Feedback_and_Favorite_Mechanic.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we discuss Madi's six favorite games.

Direct download: MN_0014_Madis_Favorite_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am MST

Our second Firefly episode.  This one about the expansions and promos.

Direct download: MN_0012_Firefly_the_Game_The_Expansions_and_Promos.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

This week we discuss Splendor, the 2014 Spiel des Jahres nominee by Marc Andre and Space Cowboys.  For 2-4 players in 30 minutes.  It is a great board game enjoyed by all three hosts.

Direct download: MN_0011_Splendor.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 1:36am MST

MN 0010 Listener Feedback and 4 Favorite Game Designers

Ryan, Nathan and Brent answer two listener questions, talk about recently played games, Fleet, Splendor, and Monopoly.  The we discuss our four favorite designers, and their board games.

Direct download: MN_0010_Listener_Feedback_and_4_Favorite_Designers.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm MST

MN 0006 Galaxy Trucker Anniversary Edition

We discuss Galaxy Trucker Anniversary Edition, a game for 2-5 players by Vlaada Chvatil and published by Czech Games Edition

Direct download: MN_0006_Galaxy_Trucker_Anniversary_Edition.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

MN 0005 Our Origin Story and Our 7 Most Played Games

Today we discuss the games that brought us together. It all started with the Star Wars Collectable Card Game by Decipher but didn't stop there. We talk of Magic the Gathering, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, Attika, Solarquest, Mastermind, and Chess, among other board games.

Direct download: MN_0005_Our_Origin_Story_and_Our_Top_7_Most_Played_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

MN 0003 Shadows Over Camelot

Nathan, Ryan and Brent discuss Shadows Over Camelot, a game by Serge Laget and Bruno Cathala and published by Days of Wonder.

Direct download: MN_0003_Shadows_Over_Camelot.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Ryan, Brent and Nathan discuss Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game.  Theme, gameplay and art are all discussed.

Direct download: MN_0002_Legendary.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MST

MN 0001 Coup

Ryan, Brent and Nathan discuss Coup by Rikki Tahta and published by Indie Boards & Cards.  We discuss game play and theme and give you information that should help you determine if this meets your boardgame tastes.

Direct download: MN_0001_Coup.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 10:28pm MST