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Episode 39 — Dealin’ Weapons in Fantasy Land

Episode 39 — Dealin’ Weapons in Fantasy Land

Battle Merchants_0001This week we’re arming Orcs and Elves and hobgoblins, all in the name of making more money. More moola. No prestige or honor, just cold hard cash.

Battle Merchants allows you to get you “Lord of War” on, and we’re gonna discuss just how much fun that is.  As if you expected anything else.

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Episode 38 — The Rare Spotted GenCon Immediate Release Thingy

Episode 38 — The Rare Spotted GenCon Immediate Release Thingy

ImperialSettlers_0006The imperials are here, and they are settling!

Portal Games has gotten copies of Imperial Settlers to market, to stores, to shelves, and more importantly, to us. Yes! Imperial Settlers is ours, and we’re playing the something out of it.

It seems like you have to wait forever to access games that debut at the big cons (Panamax anyone?), but this GenCon release landed in the Pacific Northwest just days after its debut in Indianapolis, so we’re here to tell you about it.

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Episode 37 — Tile Laying in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away

Episode 37 — Tile Laying in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away

TrianThis episode finds us doing a rare preview for a game yet to see publication: Galaxy of Trian. We put the basic game of this lovely galaxy through it’s paces and teleport back to tell you what we think.

Bear in mind, we are working with a prototype of the final game and things may change. Galaxy of Trian is currently funding on Kickstarter.

Since we are doing a preview/review we should also say our stance regarding previews is simple: (spoilers) If someone sends us a demo or prototype and asks us to give it a review, we will play it and if we like it we may do a show about it.  If we don’t, we won’t.  And when we say “like it,” we mean we would put it into rotation with the published games we are playing at that time. Phew.

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Episode 36 — It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Potato!

Episode 36 — It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Potato!

GemRush_0011Potato Man! Port Royal! Gem Rush!

Yes, little games are people too. Or sometimes you just want to play a bunch of short, satisfyingly simple games.

So we get down with some quick, light fillers, two of which are not yet available in the U.S., but we do have an international audience, so we talk about them anyway. And did we say Potato Man!

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Episode 35 — Glory to Impulsive Innovation

Episode 35 — Glory to Impulsive Innovation

Innovation_0005Despite what we say on the podcast this is indeed episode 35.  The number of this episode shall be 35 and none other, etc., etc.

And in this episode we offer up a little Carl Chudyk action by discussing two of his more recent inventions, Innovation and Impulse. Listen in to see where we come down on strategic, chaotic card play and wild momentum swings.

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Episode 34 — Turning Left Never Felt So Right

Episode 34 — Turning Left Never Felt So Right

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We could care less about NASCAR, or Indy car, or Motorcross, or F1, or any other type of real world contest where people climb into or on machines and go fast, and yet here we are looking at a game that just might be the first legitimate contender for the best game of 2014.

There is nothing overly complex or unique about Thunder Alley; however, it’s card driven mechanics and bring the field with you strategies result in an experience that’s just fun. Simple fun.  Oh, and it’s exciting too.

Step inside, we’ll tell you more.

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Episode 33 — Racing Tanks Like it’s 1944

Episode 33 — Racing Tanks Like it’s 1944

RacetotheRhine_0012You’ve got 3 corps, 22 cards, air support at the ready, some gas, ammo and food, and there’s absolutely no way you’re ever getting across the Rhine. No Way! None. Keiner!

And so what. Who needs to beat a game to win it, or enjoy it. You just need to beat the person you’re playing with, and that can be done. Oh yeah!

So this is our story of 1944: Race to the Rhine. Listen in and maybe you can find the way to get across the Rhine in time. Enjoy the journey.

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Episode 32 — Gum-sized Games and Ancient Tombs

Episode 32 — Gum-sized Games and Ancient Tombs

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This episode finds us doing our first preview, this for Chris Handy’s Pack-O-Game. These games come in boxes that resemble your old-fashioned Wrigley’s pack of gum; however, it’s pretty certain that the flavor contained within lasts longer.

We also take a look at the deck builder Valley of the Kings, a game that lets you plan for your own afterlife.

All this, and a special appearance by Lemmy.

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Episode 30 — Long-eared, Humanoid, Dwarf People Praying to the Sun

Episode 30 — Long-eared, Humanoid, Dwarf People Praying to the Sun

Helios_0003Who could blame you if you thought this episode was about the Star Wars: X-Wing miniatures game?  I mean, we head down that road until abruptly switching gears into a review of Helios. To be fair, that was our intention from the beginning.

Go on, tell me you don’t want pie. Mmmmm, pie.

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Episode 29 — Whole Lotta Love

Episode 29 — Whole Lotta Love

CityofRemnants_0008It’s one episode before 30 (will there be a 30?) and we’ve decided to give some underplayed and undervalued games some love.

This is a long episode, which starts with a discussion about reviewing games and gives a little insight on how we approach this podcast.  For our discussion proper we each choose 3 games and reveal them in order.

Here’s a rough idea of when we actually get to the games:

Number 3 choices — @ 20 minute mark
Number 2 choices — @ 43 minute mark
Number 1 choices — @ 65 minute mark

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