Tuesday. The work week is well underway. As usual, I'm hoping for a quick one. My amount of D&D has upped considerably with a new game that plays most weekends, along with my other game that still happens ever-other week. Obviously, I'm rather happy about that, as filling up the weekends with stuff has been very enjoyable lately. Hopefully, you have some gaming stuff lined up and want to get back to the weekend quickly. To help out, as usual, we've got some gaming podcasts for you.
This week on the dial we have: Tabletop Talk Episode 76: Gaming Round Table: Good, Bad and Ugly Mini Games; The Secret Cabal Express 60: The Golden Age of Intellectual Properties in Board Games; and Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 199: Arkham Horror Dead of Night, City Builder, TTR Japan, Crossed Words, The Alpha.
Join Craig, and his guests, Pete Kain and Chris Yuen, talk about seven of the biggest miniature games being played today. What is good about them? What is not so good about them? Be prepared for strong opinions and some stronger language than you usually hear on the pod.
In episode 60, Chris, Steve, Don, Tony and Jamie sit down to talk about what seems to be the golden age of intellectual properties in board games. Games using movies, tv shows, video games, books and more are becoming more and more thoughtful and well developed and many publishers are thriving from developing quality hobby minded board games developing games in this space. The Founders discuss this and pitch some ideas for IP board games that they would love to see happen.
Episode is full of family. Donna and Rebecca join Tony to discuss two games that they played while Rebecca was home for a little bit. Ticket to Ride is always a family favorite and it was good to try out the new Japan map. The Bullet Train and only 20 trains help speed up the game considerably and bring the Destination Ticket strategy to the forefront as Rebecca points out. The Alpha by Bicycle Games is what it advertises to be, a very light strategy and while the theme may seem not so family oriented with wolves hunting their prey, it really boils down to a an area control game with luck based on the results of the die.
Marty, Vanessa and her younger brother, Bob talk about the new expansion for Arkham Horror Dead of Night. Now when you get to Arkham lovers talking about one of their favorite games, they could go on and on and you can sense the enjoyment they had playing the latest expansion even though it was through Zoom. And a big thanks to Vanessa for not spoiling the adventure but once you play, sure she would love to talk to you about it.