Meeple Nation Board Game Podcast

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
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 1:01am MST

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

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

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

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

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