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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

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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