Meeple Nation Board Game Podcast (BoardGame)

Meeple Nation Episode 371

This week we are jumping in the city building game category. These are games that build, buildings, cities, and empires. Most are Earth bound, but some are in space.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0371_City_Building_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 370

This week we are talking about May news.
Gaming highlights, new game announcements, new games that can be found in the wild, and a Kickstarter or two.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0370_May_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 369

This week we are talking about Folklore: The Affliction, A campaign game for 1-5 players. Designed by Nick Blain, and Will Donovan, and released through Greenbrier Games.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_369_Folklore.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 368

This week we are talking about Mariposas, a 2-5 player game, from Elizabeth Hargrave and released through AEG games.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0368_Mariposas.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 367

This week we are talking about four different animal games; Bunny Kingdom, Sewer Pirates, Everdell, and Agricola.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_367_4_Animal_Game.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 366

This week we are talking about animal games. There are so many animal games out there, and we can't talk about them in in such a short time, but we talk about as many as we can in 30 minutes.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_366_Animal_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 365

This week we are talking news. New games out, new game announcements, and new gaming highlights. 

Plus we look at Pirate's Mark.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_365_March_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 364

This week we are talking about each of our all-time top five games. Well, we are still questioning Dave's number one pick. 

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_364_Top_Five_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 359

This week we are talking about Museum. Designed by Eric Dubus, and Oliver Melison. This game plays in 30-60 minutes and is for 2-4 players. 

Come, join us at the game table. 

Direct download: MN_363_Museum.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 359

This week we are talking about three different trading games; Above and Below, by Ryan Laukat; Bootleggers, by Don Beyer, Ray Eifler, and Steve Gross; and Space Dealer, by Tobias, Stapelfeldt.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_362_Three_Trading_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 361

This week we begin our discussion of different trading games. There is a big pool of games that all include a trading element. Have a listen and see if we discuss one of your favorites.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_361_Trading_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 360

This week we are talking News, we discuss new games we have played, new games coming out, and also mention some Kickstarters.

Come, join us at the game table

Direct download: MN_360_February_2021_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 4:38pm MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 359

This week we are talking about Nova Luna, by Uwe Rosenberg. This is a tile placing game where players add tiles from the moon wheel to their tableau in order to complete color patterns. 

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_359_Nova_Luna.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 358

This week we are talking Uwe Rosenberg's New York Zoo, an puzzle animal park building game for 1-5 players. Simple to learn yet very challenging to be the first player to fill your park.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_358_New_York_Zoo.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 357

This week we are talking about Forgotten Waters, a crossroads pirate game. This game was full of fun and laughs with an amazing companion app that supplies great voice acting with awesome script writing that all make for a great game experience. 

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_357_Forgotten_Waters.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 356.

This week we are talking all about action and dexterity games. We cover games like Loopin Louie, and Flyin Goblins, and expand to many others.

Come, join us at the game table 

Direct download: MN_356_Action_Dexterity_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are talking January news, Not a lot on Kickstarter right now, so we are focusing on new games played like Nova Luna, New York Zoo, and Pandemic Legacy Season Zero. Plus we discuss some new games that are coming out soon.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_355_January_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Meeple Nation Episode 354: Abstract Strategy Games

This week we discuss several games that all fall in the category of abstract strategy games. We go from Chess to games like Azul, Tiny Towns, and Reef.

Come join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_354_Abstract_Startagey_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Episode 353

Join Meeple Nation as we discuss new gaming goals, and what we are looking forward to in this upcoming year.

Fingers crossed, we can go to conventions at some point in 2021.

Come join us at the Game table.

Direct download: MN_353_New_year_new_you.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation for episode 352 for our year end review of 2020.

It has been a tough year for sure, but there are always silver linings. 

We are going to focus on those.

Come join us at the game table for the last episode of the year 2020.

Direct download: MN_352_Year_End_Review.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation at the game table as we have our last news episode of the year. Yup, 2020 is almost in the books. We talk about gaming highlights and new games that have recently come out or are heading to the shelves soon

Come join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_350_December_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation as we discuss very asymmetric hand management game Root.

Designed by Cole Wehrle

Players play one of the four forest faction and fight to be the first player to score 30 points and claim that victory.

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_349_Root.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation as we discuss four different hand management games.

Wingspan
The City
Charterstone
Marvel Champions

Each game is a takes that hand management mechanic a bit different.

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_348_Four_Hand_Managment_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation, as we jump into the world of Hand Management games. We talk about several games in this episode and explore the variety of different hand and/or tile management games that are out there.

Come join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_347_Hand_Management_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation at the game table as we share our 2020 gift giving suggestions. We have ideas for the gamer in your life, and ideas of gift to give to people to help them get into gaming.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_346_2020_Gift_Giving_Guide.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation at the game table as we discuss new games. This month it is more about new games than new Kickstarters, but there is always room for some Kickstarters.

Direct download: MN_345_November_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation at the game table as we discuss the 2019 game, Black Angel.
Designed by: Sebastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, and Alain Orban
Published by Pearl Games

 

Direct download: MN_344_Black_Angel.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join Meeple Nation at the game table as we discuss Halloween games, or games that more likely to hit the table because of the Halloween season.

Let us know what you plan to play this season.

Direct download: MN_0343_Halloween_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about four different grid movement games. Each of us picked a game to discuss.

Robo Rally
Secrets of the Lost Station
Betrayal Legacy
Battle Tech

Join us at the game table

Direct download: MN_0342_Four_Grid_Movement_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we begin our series of grid movement games. Games that players move their tokens along the grid. 

Come join us at the game table as we discuss the grid.

Direct download: MN_0341_Grid_Movement_Games_Episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are talking October news. We discuss new games we have been playing, new Kickstarters, and at least one new game.

Come join us at the game table, for this weeks episode. 

Direct download: MN_340_October_2020_news_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join us at the game table this week as we discuss the board game Sanctum. Designed by Filip Neduk, and released through Czech Games Edition. 2-4 players fight monsters gain skills and attempt to defeat the Demon Lord.

Come join us at the game table

Direct download: MN_0339_Sanctum_Episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about bidding and bluffing games. Bluffing can be found in several games from poker to hidden role games. This episode we talk about several. 

As far as bidding games we talk about the thrills and fun that come with games like Camel Up.

Come Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0338_Bidding_and_Bluffing_Games_Episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join us at the game table this week as we discuss the board game Tapestry. Designed by Jamey Stegmaier, and released through Stonemaier Games. 

In Tapestry, players create a civilization that starts with the discovery of fire and then moves forward from there. Players build their capital city and some may even reach to the stars.

Come, join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0337_Tapestry_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are talking about games that use the follow mechanic. One player picks and action, and other players may follow that action. Often but not always the first player taking the action will get a bonus for picking that action. 

Join us at the game table for this week's discussion.

Direct download: MN_0336_I_will_follow_that_action_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are discussing September, 2020 News. 

We talk about games we have played.

Game that should be available soon.

And of course, we talk about some great Kickstarter games.

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0335_Sept_News_Episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:07pm MDT

This week we are talking about games that were first a board game but have been converted to a dice game. 

Join us at the game table

Direct download: MN_0334_Dice_version_conversion.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are discussing Dice Forge.

A 2-4 player game designed by Regis Bonnessee.

Released through Libellud games. 

Players make offering to the gods in order to improve the dice they are rolling hoping to earn the most points and be victorious.

Join us at the game table.

 

Direct download: MN_0333_Dice_ForgeEpisode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about four different dice rolling games.

Boggle, one of David's favorite word games.

HEXplore It, a dice rolling adventure game.

Kingsburg, a game of growing your influence in the King's court.

That's Pretty Clever, and Twice as Clever, two dice rolling games all about combos and bonuses.

Join us at the table for this weeks discussion. 

Direct download: MN_0332_Looking_for_a_Boxcar_Episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about the very large pool of games that include the dice rolling mechanic. There are over 30,000 games. Too many to get to so we only discuss a handful of them.

Join us at the table as we discuss dice rolling games.

Direct download: 0331_Dice_rolling_game_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about Pictures and The Crew, the winner of Spiel and Kennerspiel  des Jahres for 2020. We talk about the excitement from the announcement of Pandemic Legacy: Season 0. We also talk about several exciting Kickstarters, and we also talk about Ignite, a Kickstarter that is in late pledge for a few more days.

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0330_July_news_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 8:27am MDT

This week we discuss Great Western Trail, a 2-4 player game where players compete to get their cattle to Kansas City and ship them across the United States. Shipping cattle alone won't win you the game, you will need to build buildings, advance your train, and overcome hazards. Whomever scores the most points wins.

Come join us at the game table as we discuss Great Western Trail.

Direct download: MN_0329_GWT_Episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss the Libellud's game Obscurio.

2-8 players must watch the Grimoire closely as it provides clues on how to exit the evil Sorcerer's library. If the players can work together and find the correct exit six times they will have escaped. If they cannot, the Sorcerer, will have you trapped forever in the library.

Come join us at the game table as we discuss Obscurio.

Direct download: MN_0328_Obscuriio_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss four different games with communication limits. 

First, we talk about about Time's Up! and Time's Up!: Title Recall.

Second, we talk about Blood on the Clocktower. 

Third, we talk about Dixit.

Four we talk about Pantone: the Game.

Come join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0327_What_could_I_say_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are talking about games that have some forum of communication limits. We go from Taboo, to Gloomhaven and several games in between.

Join us at the game table as we discuss games with communication limits.

Direct download: MN_0326_Games_with_communication_limits_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join us at the table this week as we discuss Kickstarters, new games and even some puzzles.

Direct download: MN_0325_June_news_episode.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss the 1-4 player game Isle of Cats, designed by Frank West and distributed through City of Games.

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: mn_0324_Isle_of_Cats.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are talk about Azul in its three forms.

Azul 

Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

Azul: Summer Pavilion

We also cover the expansion for the base game, Azul: Crystal Mosaic.

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0323_All_things_Azul.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

This week we talk about three different pattern building games.

Logan talks about Welcome to.. and several of the expansions. Welcome to... is designed by Benoit Turpin and produced by Blue Cocker Games.

Nathan discusses Copenhagen designed by Asger Harding Granerud, Daniel Skjold Pedersen and produced by Queen Games.

Ryan shares with us the joy that can be found in building the Best Treehouse Ever designed by Scott Almes and produced by Green Couch Games.

Join us at the game table. 

Direct download: MN_Episode_322_I_see_a_pattern_in_these_three_games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we are talking about pattern building games. We get some Facebook feedback and then we talk about games like; Reef, Tiny Towns, Attika, NUMBR9, Kingdomino, and some how we include Boggle. 

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0321_Pattern_building_games_edit.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about current Kickstarters, new games that are coming out, and some recently released games.

Come join us around the news game table.

Direct download: MN_0320_May_news_file.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

In this episode we are talking about end game bonuses. Where you may think you are winning, but it is not proven until all the cards are counted.

We discuss It's a Wonderful World, Hawaii, Raiders or the North Sea, Majesty: for the Realm, and even Ticket to Ride. 

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0319_end_game_bonuses.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Join us this week we discuss action games.

Action queue games, which players program their turn and hope they planned for the best (Robo Rally, Tiny Epic Mechs).

Action drafting games, where all players have a limited pool of actions to pick from (Puerto Rico).

Action retrieval games, where players can only play the action they control once until they spend an action to retrieve those actions (Centenary: Spice Road).

Direct download: MN_0318_Action_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 9:19pm MDT

This week we discuss some online gaming options. We go from phone apps like Terraforming Mars, to Charterstone.

We talk online gaming sites such as:

Boardgamearena.com

Yucata.de 

Tabletop Simulator.

Come join us at the virtual table.

Direct download: MN_0317_Quarantine_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This episode we respond to a question on how to keep games civil.

We talk about experiences we have had and how we have dealt with them. We offer some advice on maybe what not to play with some people and what mechanic might cause the most contention.

Direct download: MN_316_Keeping_game_night_civil.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about Kickstarters and new released games, including Frosthaven, They Live, and three Ten-minute games.

We cover new games such as Azul: Crystal Mosaic, The Crew, Tajuto, and Sanctum.

 

Direct download: MN_0315_April_News.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we practice our social distancing as we discuss the new game from Everything Epic, Secrets of the Lost Station. This game was designed by Christopher Batarlis and Jim Samartino. 

This is a 1-6 player campaign game that has a lot of hidden content to explore.

Direct download: MN_0314_Secrets_of_the_lost_station.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss the Mariucci J Designs, LLC game, HEXplore it.

Designed by: Kat Kimoundri, Nathan Loos, and Jonathan Mariucci.

This is a fully cooperative game where players must gain enough experience to survive and defeat the threat of the Dead King.

Direct download: MN_0313_HexploreIt.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 10:19am MDT

This week we each talk about four different games with modular boards.

The Reckoners
Descent
Mage Knight
Cities Skylines

Direct download: MN_0312_I_have_a_modular_board_game_for_you.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss a wide list of games that all have modular boards, such as Catan, The Quest for El Dorado, Takenoko, Nemesis, Clank! In! Space!, HeroQuest, and many others.

Direct download: MN_0311_Modular_board_games_edit.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss march news and recap our experience at SaltCon Spring 2020

Direct download: MN_0310_March_2020_news_edit.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss It's a Wonderful World, designed by Frederic Guerard.

It’s a Wonderful World is a cards drafting and engine building game from 1 to 5 players. Each round, players will draft 7 cards and then choose which ones will be recycled to immediately acquire Resources, and which ones will be kept for construction to produce Resources each round and/or gain victory points.

Direct download: MN_0309_Its_a_Wonderful_World.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 7:38am MDT

This week we discuss Bunny Kingdom, a game designed by Richard Garfield.

In Bunny Kingdom, you draft cards, many of which represent a space on the board where you place one of your bunnies. As you connect territories, you create fiefdoms. The score for a fiefdom is the number of castle spires times the number of unique resources that fiefdom produces. Other cards can add resources and castles, connect territories, and provide end game scoring.

Build your fiefdoms to their greatest scoring potential and be named Big Ears by the Bunny King.

Direct download: MN_0308_Bunny_Kingdom.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss some of our favorite card drafting games. Each game uses the card drafting mechanic in a different way. Each game we discuss we think is awesome.

Agricola
Fairy Tale
El Grande
Trekking the National Parks

Join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0307_Drafted_drafting_games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss the card drafting mechanic. It was a little surprising to find non-card games in this episode, but they fit the mold. We include games with trade rows like Clank! or markets like Aeon's End and Thunderstone Quest, and also games with tiles like Azul and Kingdomino.

Have a listen and share us your thought on our Facebook page Meeple Nation Off Air.

Direct download: MN_0306_Card_Drafting.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we announce our contest winners from episode 300. We sprinkle in some news and all this before the computer runs out of power.

 

Direct download: MN_0305_Feb_2020_news.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about the board game The Menace Among Us by Jeff Gum, published by Smirk and Dagger Games. Hidden roles, space theme, and asymmetrical setup. 

Direct download: MN_0304_The_Menace_Among_Us.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk about all things Legendary, from Marvel to James Bond. Legendary was one the first game to use the semi-cooperative mechanic. We even suggest some new properties for Upper Deck. Who knows what is coming down the road?

Direct download: MN_0303_All_things_Legendary_edit.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we share our thoughts Semi-Cooperative games. We're a little loose on the definition of this mechanic a bit. Okay, maybe more than a bit. 

Direct download: MN_0302_Semi-Coop_games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we talk recap and review the year 2019 as far as the board game hobby. None of that other stuff. We talk about our game of the year. We talk about some of our greatest game memories. 

Oh, and Nathan plays way too many game and has some way crazy game goals. Like a lot of goals. Think of a lot of games played. Nathan came close to that mark, or maybe blew it away. Find out inside.

Direct download: MN_0301_2019_review.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss the changes we have seen in the board gaming hobby over the last 5 and a half years, since our first episode. 

Also there are some free games to win. Not two or three contests, but four contest where you can win a free game.

Direct download: Meeple_Nation_0300_threehundred.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss Marvel Champions, the new game from Fantasy Flight. This is a 1-4 player, fully cooperative game where players take on the role of one of the five heroes in the core box, Spider-man, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Iron Man. The heroes face off against one of the three super villains, Rhino, Ultron, or Klaw.

Tune in to hear our thoughts and to see if it is a game the Ryan will like. (ed. note: why does Nathan keeps wondering if Ryan will like games?)

Direct download: MN_0299_Marvel_Champions_edit.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Last month, Brent and Nathan got to spend the week in Dallas Texas to attend Board Game Geek Con 2019. We talk about the experience of the con, the people of the con, and of course the games we played. Nathan adjusts his game list mid cast. Learn what game Nathan missed playing.

There's an app for that, Nathan.

Direct download: MN_0298_2019_BGG_edited.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

We continue our discussion of fully cooperative games by focusing on one games each. We discuss three very different games that appeal to us and highlight the mechanic.

Spirit Island, City of Kings, and Chronicles of Crime.

 

Direct download: MN_0297_Three_Fully_Co-op_games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

We talk about a bunch of cooperative games, not team, or semi-cooperative games. We are only talking fully cooperative games. Marvel Legendary, you don't count. No one winner, secret winner, secret goals, or extra score steps.

We discuss Hanabi, Arkham Horror the card game, The Mind, Magic Maze, Mysterium, One key, Just one, and we mention many more.

 

Direct download: MN_0296_Fully_Co-Op_Games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Christmas shopping got you geared up to buy more board games? We feel the same. We put our stocking caps on and came up with a bunch of awesome suggestions to get the gamer in your life or to gift to a home that could use a little more gaming action.

Direct download: MN_295_2019_Holiday_gift_guide.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

In this episode we discuss Elizabeth Hargrave's widely popular game Wingspan. You play birds, place eggs, gather food, and create engines for fame and glory of the birding world.

If that doesn't sound awesome, you still need to play this game. Wingspan contains just enough player interaction to keep Ryan invested, and lives up to the hype.

 

Direct download: MN0294_Wingspan.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

This week we discuss Hako Onna which is a creepy deduction game that has a pick up and delivery element to it.

This has a US release through WizKids and plays 3-5 players.

There are a lot of great elements about this game, and Ryan feels its theme.

Does he like a new game?

Tune in and find out.

We'll see you at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0293_Hako_Onna.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Logan talks about the mild touch of Pick Up and Deliver in Nemesis. Is there more than the aliens picking up larva and delivering it into players chests?

Ryan gushes over crayon rail games again and focuses on Martian Rails. They take the core mechanic and build a wonderful mess of a map. Simplicity and a little magic make these games fabulous.

Train game and pick up and delivery mechanics make a lot of sense.

Nathan brings up Pirates Cove. Ryan likes it but is not a fan of combat system which punishes the losers dramatically through a whole lot of random.

Give us a listen.

Direct download: MN_0292_Three_Pick_up_and_Delivery_games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

We discuss Pick Up and Delivery games, a mechanic that seems to be lacking in our game group, but we have still played some very fun games.

Ryan chats up crayon rail games like Empire Builder, and Nathan tries to understand how Ryan can like a game with so little theme.

We bring up Firefly (of course) and games like Star Wars: Outer Rim, Deep Sea Adventure, and Pandemic. Still hoping for a Pandemic Legacy: Season 3.

Come join us at the game table.

Direct download: MN_0291_Pick_up_and_Delivery_games.mp3
Category:BoardGame -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Nathan and Ryan talk Arkham Horror: the card game. Meeple Nation will represent at SaltCon! Our highlight is the Meeple Nation hosted game show.

New games coming out:

  • Wingspan European expansion
  • Gloomhaven: Subtitle
    • Will it have new content or a retread of the old stuff and who is the target of this game new players, existing players?

Nathan brings up Pandemic Legacy: Season 2. He and his wife have only one game left. David compares Gloomhaven to Agricola.

  • Codenames: the Simpsons
  • Caroline and the Other Mother from Wizkids.
  • Azul: Summer Pavilion
    • Do we need more Azul games?

KickStarters:

  • Oathswon
    • Minis vs Standees
  • Hard West 
  • Rome and Roll
  • Hey Cutie? Really Ryan??
    • What happens to a kickstarter when it doesn’t fund
  • Tiny Epic Dinosaurs
Direct download: MN_0290_October_2019_news.mp3
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This week we talk about some great ideas for spooky games for the Halloween season.

We discuss Mysterium, Fury of Dracula, Nycophobia, Horrified, and Fearsome Floors.

We also mention Hako Onna, Arkham Horror, and a host of other games.

Join us for some spooky fun that even Ryan can have.

Direct download: MN_0289_spooky_games.mp3
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In this episode we discuss different ways that apps have become a part of the board gaming hobby.

We discuss gaming websites like Brettspiewelt.de, BoardGameArena.com, and Yucata.de. We talk gaming apps for the phone like Dominion, San Juan, and Suburbia app, and Ryan brings up Star Realms for some reason.

We also discuss board games that have app integration.

Direct download: MN0288_Theres_an_app_for_that.mp3
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We talk Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Arkham Horror TCG, Agricola, Terraforming Mars, Marvel Legendary and Lord of the Rings the Living Card Game, Star Wars: Outer Rim, Chronicles of Crime and The Reckoners.

And then Ryan had to bring up Firefly.

 

Direct download: MN0287_Going_Solo.mp3
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We discuss the art of playing games alone, games designed to be played with only one player. Games discussed:

Proving Grounds, Onirim, Hostage Negotiator, and Ambush!

We don't play games alone that much, but we tried a few out for this episode and were not disappointed.

Direct download: MN0286_One_Player_Games.mp3
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Join your hosts as we discuss some great games. Nathan loves him some hidden roles, and these four games highlight a great use of the mechanic. Games discussed:

Don't Mess with Cthulhu

Bang! and Bang! The Dice Game

Salem

and

Sheriff of Nottingham

We're not sure if that last one is hidden roles or not, but Dave is special, so we didn't tell him to take his sweet voice and go home.

Direct download: MN0282_Four_Hidden_Role_Games.mp3
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We talk all things hidden roles. What does Nathan find so appealing about seeking out the traitor or becoming one to turn the tables on the heroes?

We discuss: 

  • Dead of Winter
  • Don’t Mess with Cthulhu
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Shadows over Camelot
  • One night anything
  • Werewolf
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Resistance
  • Secret Hitler
  • Spyfall
  • Dark Moon
  • Betrayal Legacy
  • The Thing: infection at Outpost 31
  • Werewords
  • TimeBomb Evolution
  • Deception: murder in Hong Kong
Direct download: MN0281_Hidden_Role_Games.mp3
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So much news coming out of GenCon. Join your GenCan'ter hosts as we discuss all of the hot new game announcements.

Direct download: MN0280_August_2019_News.mp3
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The Lord of the Rings - Journeys in Middle-earth is an app-driven exploration game in the world of Middle-earth by Fantasy Flight.

This is a spiritual successor to the app-driving plugged into their Imperial Assault and Decent properties, but this game was designed that was from the ground up.

If you love Middle-earth, you will enjoy this game. If you don't mind a phone giving you all of the game's details, this will work.

Ryan is unconvinced.

Direct download: MN0279_The_Lord_of_the_Rings_Journeys_in_Middle_Earth.mp3
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Dinosaur Island by Pandasaurus Games utilizes Action Points, Dice Rolling, Set Collection, Tile Placement, and Worker Placement all to replicate the great documentary Jurrassic Park.

We only lose a few patron in the process. Well, every turn. It's okay. They keep coming anyway.

Direct download: MN0278_Dinosaur_Island.mp3
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Your hosts each pick a tile placement game that make great use of the mechanic and talks about why we like it. Our game choices are:

Nathan - Number 9

Logan - Escape

Ryan - Between Two Cities

Direct download: MN0277_Three_Tile_Placement_Games.mp3
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Join your hosts as we discuss some great new games coming out soon. We talk:

  • Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords
  • Magic Maze: On Mars
  • Robin Von Locksley
  • Aftermath
  • Star Wars: Outer Rim
  • Proving Grounds
  • 3 Laws of Robotics
  • Monster Slaughter
  • Deep Blue
  • Tasty Humans
  • The Isle of Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: MN0275_July_2019_News.mp3
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We discuss three games or two players or best with two players:

 

  • Reckoners
    • Designers: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
    • Publisher Nauvoo Games
  • One Deck Dungeon
    • Designer: Chris Cieslik
    • Publisher: Asmadi Games
  • Battle Line
    • Reiner Knizia
    • GMT Games
Direct download: MN0273_Top_Games_for_Two_Players.mp3
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Join your hosts as we talk about playing awesome games two player. We hit games designed specifically for two people, co-op games, and games of variable player counts, but shine with two players. Also Nathan talks about raising his girls to love games too.

Some games we discuss include:

 

  • Star Wars Rebellion
  • Not Attika
  • Star Wars X-wing
  • Lost Cities
  • Ballon Cup
  • Patchwork
  • Catan Card Game
  • Starship Catan
  • Star Realms
  • Tally Ho
  • 7 Wonders: Duel
  • Splendor
  • Chronicles of Crime
  • Codenames: Duet
Direct download: MN0272_Two_Player_Gaming_Too.mp3
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Dave joins us again as we talk gaming goals and SaltCON Summer. We discuss: 

  • Chronicles of Crime
  • The Reckoners
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Ultimate Werewolf
  • Magic Maze
  • Robo Rally
  • Shadows over Camelot
  • Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
  • Don’t Mess with Cthulhu

And others.

 

 

Direct download: MN0271_SaltCON_Spring_Recap_and_Gaming_Goal_Catch_Up.mp3
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Spiel des Jarhes nominees.

Catan: Starfarers, Asmodee

Ecos: First Continent, John D. Clair and AEG

Dead Reckoning, John D. Clair and AEG

Pandemic: Rapid Response and Z-man

Raccoon Tycoon: The Fat Cat Expansion

Fickle: A Fairy Board Game, BARD Games

Tiny Towns: Peter McPherson and AEG

Direct download: MN0270_May_2019_News.mp3
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The exciting journey into the world of Aeon's End, Legacy style. Nathan loves legacy games already and Ryan even said that he likes the game at one point! Friend Dave joins us again as we talk about this fun new deck builder!

Direct download: MN0269_Aeons_End_Legacy.mp3
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In this episode, we discuss all things Legendary, including Marvel, Alien, Buffy, and the rest. We talk The Quest for El Dorado, which mixes deck building with a spacial race across platters full of different terrain types. We end on Clank! In! Space!, which is a glorious ride through science fiction pop culture with deck building while stealing artifacts from a space ship. It's beautiful. 

Direct download: MN0268_Deck_Building_in_Three_Flavors.mp3
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Deck/bag/dice builders are games where your starting deck or pool changes throughout the game as you buy more cards or cull cards. We love this mechanic and talk through the game that started it all: Dominion. Other games we discuss are:

Thunderstone (all varieties)

Clank!

Mystic Vale

Arkham Horror TCG

Star Realms (Hero Realms)

Tyrants of the Underdark

Direct download: MN0267_Deck_Builders.mp3
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The City of Kings is a co-operative tactical role-playing board game for 1 - 4 players. Your unique hero ventures out from the City of Kings to explore tiles, gather resources and vanquish monsters.

Designed by Frank West and Published by The City of Games 

Direct download: MN0266_The_City_of_Kings.mp3
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