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January 24, 2021 @ 5:26 pm

Ep 75: Adventure

We're getting in touch with our feelings with this one. What can board games do to evoke a sense of adventure? Can board games do this, or is it a poor medium for the concept? How is adventure distinct from narrative? Marc, Matt, Ben, and Amber discuss these questions and more.

3:01 - Introducing the idea of adventure
4:33 - Which games evoke adventure best?
12:35 - Above and Below/Near and Far enter the conversation
18:48 - Strategic discovery process as adventure
21:32 - Throwing Pandemic Legacy into the mix
28:10 - It's not like he didn't warn us: Matt talks about MtG
39:25 - How would we design an adventure game?
52:32 - The role of art
57:22 - How digital tools can aid or hinder adventure

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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January 6, 2021 @ 12:46 pm

Ep 74: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (part 3)

This is it, the best of the best! Will Gloomhaven retain its top spot? What new entries have catapulted their way into the top 33? Marc and Orion discuss, with only occasional interruptions from the new (very talkative!) kitten. His name is Mouse.

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2:28 - #33: Modern Art
5:02 - #32: Nusfjord
6:54 - #31: Food Chain Magnate
8:34 - #30: Agricola
9:12 - #29: The Crew
13:01 - #28: Suburbia
13:35 - #27: Pipeline
18:05 - #26: SpaceCorp
21:38 - #25: Tak
23:43 - #24: Lisboa
26:22 - #23: Terra Mystica
27:36 - #22: War of the Ring
28:25 - #21: Sidereal Confluence
31:25 - #20: Vinhos
33:52 - #19: 7 Wonders
35:09 - #18: Fire in the Lake
35:32 - Brand new kitten interruption!
39:44 - #17: Codenames
39:59 - #16: 1862
47:08 - #15: Concordia
48:04 - #14: Here I Stand
48:26 - #13: Brass Lancashire
50:14 - #12: Castles of Burgundy
51:22 - #11: Space Alert
52:09 - #10: Dominion
52:42 - #9: Through the Ages
54:25 - #8: The Resistance
55:11 - #7: Android: Netrunner
56:14 - #6: Mage Knight
59:12 - #5: Dominant Species
1:00:27 - #4: Twilight Imperium
1:01:52 - #3: Twilight Struggle
1:05:39 - #2: Gloomhaven
1:07:43 - #1: Spirit Island
1:10:59 - Best designer, best publisher, and other random data from the list

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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