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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

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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.

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Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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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