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November 21, 2021 @ 12:44 am

Ep 93: Chillcast 4: Chill Again

It's another chillcast, this time with Marc and Amber. It...well, it gets a bit silly. I'm sorry.

1:09 - Literally we talk about the weather
3:52 - Oceans
13:41 - Boardgames: The Board Game (The Card Game)
18:24 - The City
20:52 - Marc explains why Munchkin is no good
22:10 - Pulsar 2849
26:37 - Marc gets really into salad metaphors
29:46 - Dinosauria (but actually there's more talk about Splendor)
32:06 - Yet another food metaphor
33:14 - What is the most chill game?
37:21 - Back to the weather and, like, geography. I'm so sorry
41:34 - Looped right back around to Dinosauria
43:42 - Bat Flip
45:06 - Why the designated hitter rule is an abomination (also I somehow forgot about the existence of Shohei Othani and that one's on me)
53:00 - I mean it's basically a baseball podcast now

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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November 5, 2021 @ 2:57 pm

Ep 92: A Conversation with Austin Smokowicz about Robotech Reconstruction

Austin's enthusiasm for Robotech Reconstruction is plain to see (hear?) in this podcast. As one half of the Dr. Wictz design team, he's gone deep into the lore of this classic anime to create a fascinating game exploring its political and military settings. What emerges is a tense 90-120 minute asymmetric game clearly inspired by the COIN series but also distinct from it in service of the setting. Learn how he balanced a number of different tensions to design and sell this under-seen game.

0:56 - What is Robotech Reconstruction?
4:36 - A brief history of Robotech lore
23:26 - Turning the setting into game form
40:34 - Comparing Robotech Reconstruction and the COIN system
58:05 - Biggest design challenge
1:07:45 - The card trading mechanism
1:15:20 - The playtesting/promotion/preorder period
1:17:35 - The art

See more info and preorder here: https://strangemachinegames.com/robotech-reconstruction/

Dr. Wictz site: https://dr.wictz.com/

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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