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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Episode 31 — Send Your Complaints to Brian Williams c/o NBC News

Episode 31 — Send Your Complaints to Brian Williams c/o NBC News

wood (1 of 1)This is the episode in which we tell you, dear listener, what games you can get to the table when gaming with your casual or non-gamer wife.

Though we specify “wife”, we would expect that the strategies contained herein would also work with non-gamer husbands and partners, but as the only married people on this podcast are men, we only have experience with wives, hence the specificity of . . . ah hell, just apply these ideas to anyone you know and if it doesn’t work, see title above.

Thank you for your support.

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.

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

Episode 28 — A Taj Mahal for Egypt

Episode 28 — A Taj Mahal for Egypt

Nations_0008You have a bazillion different cards that can hit the board and 8 rounds to create a civilization.  What will yours look like?  It’s episode 28 and we’re talking Nations!

And we . . . will . . . not . . . compare . . . aaahhhh!  Who’re we kiddin’, there’s no self control in this group.

Episode 27 — Terra Mystica and the Age Old Debate: Zeppelin vs. Metallica

Episode 27 — Terra Mystica and the Age Old Debate: Zeppelin vs. Metallica

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This is a long one, but we start off having a really good time before we get down to the dissection. A really good time. Very amusing.

So once we get to our real topic, Eric rates Terra Mystica a 10, and he says it’s the top game he’s ever played. Can we talk him down from the mountain?

And because no one has ever wanted to know, we ask the question: Led Zeppelin or Metallica? Post your allegiance in our comments section here or on any of our BGG pages. 

Hint: Zep is the correct answer.