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August 30, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

Ep 38: Randomness and Uncertainty

Marc and Matt are joined by Orion (who is on a train) to talk about randomness. What is randomness? No, really, what is it? What kinds of randomness work best in board games, and what are some of the most interesting applications of random elements we've seen? Will we finish before Orion's train arrives?! (Spoiler: no)

4:22 - Defining Randomness
17:31 - Input/Output Randomness; Acceptable Amounts of Randomness
40:32 - White and Pink Noise
47:05 - Chaos
59:10 - Games With Interesting Randomness

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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August 23, 2018 @ 2:08 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #15: This and That

No particular agenda today. I talk about some new TTG developments, a book series recommendation, and some board game stuff.

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August 18, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

Ep 37: VlaadaCast!

How'd we get through 36 episodes without doing a deep-dive into the oeuvre of our favorite designer? This oversight has now been fixed, as Marc and Matt talk about every single game Vlaada Chvatil has ever made.

5:20 - Arena: Morituri te salutant
6:55 - Prophecy
8:27 - Sherwood
10:23 - Through The Ages
25:51 - Graenaland
27:14 - Kámen – Zbraně – Papír
28:05 - Galaxy Trucker
34:16 - Space Alert
36:48 - Dungeon Lords
48:24 - Bunny Bunny Moose Moose
49:50 - Babes In The Wood
50:33 - Travel Blog
51:02 - Sneaks and Snitches
51:41 - Pictomania
56:50 - Dungeon Petz
1:02:18 - Mage Knight
1:05:24 - Tash Kalar
1:08:08 - Codenames
1:11:26 - Codenames: Duet
1:14:29 - Star Trek Frontiers
1:15:28 - That's A Question!
1:17:29 - Design Consistencies: Humor
1:19:52 - Design Consistencies: Complexity As Mechanism
1:22:44 - Design Consistencies: Inelegance
1:26:30 - Design Consistencies: Mean Games
1:28:03 - Design Consistencies: Multiple Success Tiers

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August 2, 2018 @ 6:41 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #14: Gen Con, Or Can’t

Just some meandering thoughts about the Gen Con announcements I've heard about so far, and a couple other things. Happy Gen Con! Or GenCan't.

0:41 - Button Shy Design Winners
1:33 - Ganz Schon Clever Online
4:34 - Gloomhaven Online
6:30 - New Armada Ship
7:05 - Arkham Horror 3rd Edition
8:35 - Keyforge
11:12 - New Crossroads Game
12:00 - Twilight Struggle Digital On Sale!

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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