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April 5, 2018 @ 1:04 am

Ep 28: How To Not Be Awful At Board Games

Ever feel like you're just not doing as well as you should at games? Want that secret sauce so you can beat your friends? Marc, Orion, Matt, Matt's secret brother Dave, and another Matt who we call Bubba are here to help! We're sometimes not bad at games and we have a variety of tips to help you out.

4:17 - Find The Bottlenecks

9:06 - Understand Resource Values

15:30 - Identify Action Loops

22:23 - Digression - Who Is This Advice For?

23:32 - FOO Strategies

33:34 - Be Aware Of Remaining Time

42:58 - Always Draw First

44:31 - Sports Digression

45:05 - Deck Efficiency

53:22 - Figure Out If You Should Differentiate Or Follow

56:31 - Disguise Your Strength

1:01:35 - In Co-Ops, Maximize Your Offense

1:04:50 - Leave Your Options Open

1:16:16 - Subvert Common Expectations

1:22:34 - Reverse Engineer From The Victory Condition

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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March 23, 2018 @ 6:22 pm

Ep 27: G2 Summit!

Marc and Orion sit down to talk about all they played at the Granite Games Summit in Nashua, NH. It was a wonderful convention and we played some truly awesome games! Except one. Prepare for a good old-fashioned rant.

Paramedics Clear!: 2:31

Clank! In! Space!: 7:04

Dominant Species: 13:38

Rising Sun: 18:57

Deck Construction (prototype): 43:38

Here I Stand: 46:45

Lisboa: 55:32

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Discussion With Matt Quock About “The Primary”

I chat with Matt from Mountaintop Games about his first game design: The Primary, which is a light area control game based around the US primary election system. It launches on Kickstarter tomorrow, right here: https://goo.gl/hcSz79

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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March 8, 2018 @ 6:33 pm

Ep 26: Space Alert vs. Captain Sonar

Marc, Matt, Orion, and Ben join up to talk about two of their favorite real-time games: Space Alert and Captain Sonar. What makes them so captivating? How do their differences highlight their respective strengths and weaknesses? Will Marc ever be able to end the podcast, or will it forever spiral into more and more increasingly irrelevant tangents? Only one way to find out!

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February 28, 2018 @ 7:04 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #11: Connclave, Netrunner, and Streams

Greetings! I'm here with another quick update on what games I've been playing recently and what's in store in the next couple of weeks. Get my first impressions on Terraforming Mars, The Gallerist, and the new Netrunner meta.

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February 21, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

Ep 25: Discussion With Jason Perez About Mental Health

This week's podcast is a wonderful discussion with Jason Perez, a psychotherapist from the Every Night Is Game Night podcast, about depression and mental health. We talk about what it means to be depressed, why if you think you might be struggling with depression you should seek help, and Jason talks about 10 things you can to do help break out of a delf-defeating depressed cycle. Board games can play a role in that!

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February 14, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

Deleted Scenes: Sports Analytics Discussion

Longtime listeners will know that Matt frequently tries to sabotage this podcast by talking about hockey. Well, back when me, Orion, and Matt were doing our "listener question" podcast, we got into a very long discussion about sports that I didn't include in that podcast. I then forgot about it for a while but have dug it up for your enjoyment. Spring training is about to start and the hockey season is in full-swing, so hear what we have to say about those games and the games played around them.

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February 9, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

Ep 24: Hunt For The Ring vs. Fury Of Dracula

Join Marc, Orion, Matt, and Wes in a hidden movement cage fight! The old Fantasy Flight standard goes up against the new hotness. Which one is better? Only one way to find out.

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January 31, 2018 @ 4:40 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #10: Organization, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, And Pronouns

Hey, all. This one's me talking about how I've organized my life recently to be more productive. I also discuss some very early first impressions of the odd game Vast: The Crystal Caverns. Finally, I weigh in on the subject of using "they" as a non-gendered singular pronoun in game rulebooks and why that's obviously a good thing. Obviously.

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January 26, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

Ep 23: Board Games vs. Video Games

This is an odd one. Marc, Orion, Matt, and Wes talk about the differences between board games and video games as media and how their inherent qualities shape how we interact with them, and each other. Included are multiple references to Plato and a 20 minute tangent where we question the premise of the entire podcast. Good times!

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