Tuesday. We've made our way into the work week proper. I hope yours is going well. Mine's been alright. Found out my car's battery is dead. It's not the newest battery, and not going out every couple days has finally put the nail in its coffin. Not like I was going a ton of places, anyway, but still. I'm definitely going to be home for a bit now. Eventually I'll get it replaced. But since I'm not going anywhere, some gaming podcasts would be nice to listen to.
This week on the dial we have: The D6 Generation Pip 41: DnD Live: Lost Mines Session 2; The Secret Cabal Express 59: Influential Game Mechanisms; Tabletop Talk Episode 72: Edge of Empire Live Play: Flashback to Toydaria; and Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 197: Coldest Night, Musical Chairs, Sagrada iOS, Player Count.
We are joined by Teras Cassidy of Geek Nation Tours, Seppy Yoon of Fight in a Box Games, & Dave Farr of Nerdhearders Podcast for session 2 of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition: The Lost Mines of Phandelver.
In episode 59, Don and Jamie sit down to talk about a series of essential and influential board game mechanisms that were game changers of our hobby. Mechanisms that, when first arriving on the scene, shook up the way games were designed and added a new tool to the game design toolbox.
Join Craig as he runs an RPG session of Edge of Empire for four players. This is a flashback session that happens a year before the main campaign occurs. You can follow the main campaign on the YouTube channel!
While current situations don’t allow us to sit close to the fire to keep from freezing, Coldest Night from Indie Boards & Cards is a light coop game that is brutal and while strategy is needed, luck is part of it because it is a card game. Fast to play and one of those that will tease you in thinking the next time, you will beat this game. Isn’t that what these games are suppose to do? They are to challenge you and make you want to come back and try again. If it is too easy, never come of the shelf again. Will be interesting to see how this plays with more players, but unfortunately, that will be awhile for us.
Vanessa is keeping the show running by coming back again to talk about Musical Chairs and this sounds like another fun game to get to the table. Who would have thought to take a party game and make it a board game. As she and Marty talked about the game, I could only imaging how hectic that game could get with more players and look forward to playing it. Man, all these games that we are playing independently will need a different segment on the show where we see what the other host thinks of them.
And for our discussion topic, we think about what a challenge it is for designers to come up with player counts and how while a game may list a range, there really is best number to play with. We end up also discussing how our selection has changed during this isolation and how some of our favorites do not find the table right now