Meeple Nation Board Game Podcast
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 MDT

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 MDT

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
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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 MDT

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
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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
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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
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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 MDT

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 MDT

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 MDT

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
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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
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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 MDT

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
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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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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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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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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
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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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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
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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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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
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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
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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
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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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

This week we discuss Madi's six favorite games.

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

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT