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September 13, 2019 @ 3:42 am

Ep 56: A Conversation With Corey Konieczka

I am delighted that I got to speak with one of my favorite designers, and a guy whose games I've been playing almost as long as I've been playing modern board games: Corey Konieczka. We go through his time at Fantasy Flight Games, highlighting many of his most popular designs, before talking about his recent announcement that he'd be heading up his own studio called Unexpected Games.

1:08 - Beginnings at Fantasy Flight
7:04 - The design and development process at Fantasy Flight
8:53 - Battlestar Galactica
15:12 - Descent 2nd Edition
20:52 - The Star Wars Games
26:24 - SW Imperial Assault
33:34 - SW Destiny
36:45 - SW Outer Rim
41:06 - Twilight Imperium 4th Edition
49:26 - The future and Unexpected Games

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August 19, 2019 @ 11:40 pm

Ep 55: Dominion Expansions: Nocturne and Renaissance

Marc, Matt, and Ben are here after a bit of a break to talk about one of our favorite games. In our reviews of all of the Dominion expansions Nocturne and Renaissance had not yet been released. We're now catching up, and these are two very interesting expansions! One fits in with the later, more complex expansion, and the other hearkens back to a simpler time.

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July 25, 2019 @ 6:31 pm

A Conversation With Dan Letzring About Adventure Tactics: Domianne’s Tower

Dan Letzring is back, and he's here to talk about the latest offering from Letiman games: Adventure Tactics. This is a campaign game inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics that promises to offer the adventuring and character growth of a game like Descent or Gloomhaven without the mandatory 3 hour play sessions. 

Adventure Tactics will be on Kickstarter July 29th!

See more from Letiman Games here: https://www.letimangames.com/

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July 15, 2019 @ 10:38 pm

Ep 54: Vital Lacerda

Vital Lacerda is one of the most significant eurogame designers of the last decade, delivering consistently high quality complex games others can rarely match. In this episode Orion and Marc go through each of Lacerda's games chronologically, evaluating them individually and as part of a larger body of work. What design aspects stand out as particularly "Lacerdian"? What trends have emerged in recent games, and what do we predict for the future?

2:48 - Vinhos
17:33 - CO2
27:34 - Kanban
33:56 - The Gallerist
48:40 - Lisboa
55:50 - Escape Plan
1:07:56 - Tangent about some sci-fi book
1:13:00 - Design consistencies

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June 19, 2019 @ 11:03 pm

Ep 53: Magic the Gathering

Marc and Matt have started playing Magic again, so they're going to talk about the game itself, its impact in the gaming community, and the new online implementation -- "Arena".

2:15 - MtG as a game
21:18 - MtG as a drafting game
26:42 - Theme
46:28 - MtG as an institution
1:00:59 - MtG Arena

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June 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Ep 52: A Journey Into 18xx

We've finally taken the plunge into 18xx train games, and guess what? They're awesome! Marc and Orion talk about what makes a game an 18xx game, what the appeal is, and some of their favorite experiences yet.

1:14 - It's not that intimidating, we promise
3:07 - Overview and history of 18xx
7:04 - Fundamental principles of 18xx
14:24 - Brutal indirect conflict
17:51 - Two design philosophies/emphases in different 18xx games -- operational and financial
27:19 - Why having friends is good
28:32 - Emergent strategic exploration
35:48 - 18xx as narrative-creating experiences
50:08 - Barriers to getting into 18xx
57:16 - Amina the cat voices her opinions

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May 21, 2019 @ 3:11 pm

Ep 51: Best (And Worst) of 2018

I arbitrarily set a deadline for declaring the best games of 2018, and now is that time. I haven't played all of the games from last year that I wanted to, but I did play a good number, and these are my favorites. It's kind of a weird list! I think I was a bit anti-popular opinion this year, so if you want some eclectic choices, here you go. As usual, Matt and Orion join in with their comments and mockery. Don't look at the timestamps if you want to avoid SPOILERS.

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5:58 - Reprints of Note
7:49 - #10: Hardback
8:46 - #9: Dr. Esker's Notebook
9:38 - #8: Teotihuacan
11:14 - #7: Passtally
12:39 - #6: Decrypto
15:32 - #5: Coimbra
19:35 - #4: Gugong
23:58 - #3: Let's Make a Bus Route
27:21 - #2: Sprawlopolis
31:09 - #1: 1822CA
37:29 - Games we played the most in 2018
38:55 - Games of note for Orion and Matt
42:20 - A spectacularly bad idea is developed
44:47 - Most disappointing 2018 games
51:51 - Notable new-to-us games of 2018
55:13 - Memories

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May 15, 2019 @ 6:53 pm

A Conversation With Cassie Friedman And Dan Letzring About “Matryoshka”

Matryoshka is available on Kickstarter right now! 

I sit down with Cassie and Dan to talk about Matryoshka, a trading and bluffing card game about those Russian nesting dolls I didn't know the name of until I heard about this game. It's the first of hopefully many localization projects Cassie is organizing for Letiman Games. Their enthusiasm is infectious as they talk about this project, some of the rad art they've commissioned, and what's in store for the future of Letiman. I even pitch my own idea for a game that needs a North American printing, because I'm shameless like that.

Click to see more about Letiman Games and Cassie

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May 7, 2019 @ 5:44 pm

Book Discussion: The Three Body Problem Part 3: Death’s End

We're back talking about books! After navigating schedules, we've finally managed to reconvene to talk about the third and final installment of the Three Body Problem series: Death's End. The scope of this book is truly immense, even as the main themes distill and come to a head. Remember, there are full spoilers here, so we recommend you read these fantastic books first.

1:41 - An unusual beginning
9:22 - The swordholder and the male/female metaphor
16:24 - Post-deterrence and 4D chess
21:42 - Fairy tales
25:44 - c
28:48 - Bunkering down
32:24 - The museum
34:21 - The final decision
42:08 - Circling back to the beginning

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April 26, 2019 @ 8:07 pm

Ep 50: Granite Game Summit 2019 - Die Macher, Wingspan, And More!

G2S is a great weekend of gaming for those in the New England area. Marc and Orion attended this year and we're here to tell you all about it. We've got ugly games, beautiful games, and aesthetically controversial games. Also, Matt's not here so we get to briefly mention a sport superior to hockey. But mostly games still, don't worry.

2:04 - The Bloody Inn
4:49 - Let's Make A Bus Route
9:54 - Sidereal Confluence
19:29 - Die Macher
35:19 - Glory To Rome
37:27 - Wingspan
45:10 - Gaia Project

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