And, once again, we’ve made it to Tuesday. We’ve made it past the storms of Monday and can really get into the week. But, of course, at least I’m just wanting it to be the weekend again. Not that I dislike what I do. I love TGN. But… I mean… weekend! I’m sure even professional ice cream taste-testers and puppy-petters are excited for the weekend. Anyway, a way that I’ve found to make that weekend feel like it’s getting here quicker is to listen to some gaming podcasts.
This week we have: The D6 Generation Episode 210: Boardgame Blitz Origin Story & Runewars Miniature Game Preview; The Cardboard Herald Episode 21: Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games; Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 115: VAST, Imperial Settlers-Aztecs, Balloon Pop, and Interview with Justin Jacobson; Nerdherders Episode 13 (103) : Live From the Lake; The Rolistes Episode 20 (Part 1) : Nephilim with Mira, Willem & Rob; The Hub Systems Podcast Episode 32: Companion page; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 95: RobbCon 2017; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode: 99: What are you Buying? What are you Selling?; The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 22: FAITH RPG, Airecon and The City of Kings; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 202: Armies Army; Geeks of the North: Geeks on the Road – Adepticon 2017; and Man Battlestations Podcast Episode 17.
Up first, What is the origin story of the Boardgame Bliz podcast and what are some of the challenges of starting a podcast in a time when there are so many choices?
Later, Craig and Russ got early copies of Fantasy Flight Games new miniature game: Runewars! We preview it and share thoughts with Crystal to see if it can appeal to a board gamer who has never sampled miniature gaming before.
Jack talks with Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games in what is possibly his favorite interview so far. We talk about the future of the Tiny Epic Series, the importance of sharing with backers, why it’s important to be a paladin, and how he felt about the Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea controversy.
It is no secret that we like games that have some type of asymmetrical component to it and VAST: The Crystal Caverns has this. The fact that each individual has their own “powers” and play style is what brings us to the table for this game. But, the individuality doesn’t keep the interaction down because everyone must help one another at times in hopes that they are able to score their winning condition when the time is right. One thing that would scare us for sure in designing this game is how to balance this game with all this individuality. But thank goodness they did achieve it. And due to the individuality, you will spend time getting good at one, then realize you got four more to go, so the replays will be in this game. There has been some negative comments out in the community, but you do owe yourself at least one play of this game.
We also got to try the Aztec expansion for Imperial Settlers which we were lucky enough to demo back in July of 2016. We enjoy Imperial Settlers and this expansion will hopefully get the game to the table more. The Pray mechanic and Blessing resource are truly a new and innovative approach for this type of game. Instead of a dry get resource, use resource repetitive play, you know have the randomness that these games are lacking at times. Also, there was an error on a card that delayed this game coming out until Portal was able to reprint this one card and stick in each expansion. That goes a long way in showing the type of company you are dealing with because they could have just pushed the expansion out and had people contact them for a replacement. Well done Ignacy, well done.
It is exciting that Stop Thief got funded, but wait till you listen to Justin tell us about the plans for Restoration Games. They are already working on more games and will be making announcements at Gen Con. We tried, man did we try to get him to Spill the Beans, but he was tight lipped. He did promise to come back and we will surely have him back on the show and hopefully Rob Daviau will join us.
It’s the second annual Nerdherders Winter Retreat! Strap in for silliness as the boys play some new games and engage in major shenanigans on a lake in Maine.
Please be warned that there is some colourful language being used during the recording. Parental discretion is advised.
Nephilim, is one of my all time favourite game.
I hope this episode will make you want to have a go yourself at playing those immortal beings condemned, since the fall of Atlantis, into possessing live human beings through the ages, to be trapped in random archaeological trinkets or to dissolve in the magical fields.
Thanks to the team of French tabletop publisher Multisim and the authors Frédéric Weil and Fabrice Lamidey (sorry we forgot to mention him in you discussion) for creating this universe and the ensuing hours of game we played.
Thanks also to my guest Mira, Willem and Robert for joining. You were an excellent cast.
More discussion about Nephilim will be available, and the adventures of Valeria, Dahl and Eligor will continue in Episode 20 Part 2 (hopefully before the ed of the month).
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During this week’s episode, the guys do a deep, deep dive into the events that transpired during 4+ days of gaming in the Virginia woods, RobbCon 2017. A slew of guys, a literal ton of games, gallons of drinks, infinite chaos, and a heap of the plague thrown in for good measure. We review more games then we have ever reviewed in any prior episode, including Anachrony, Railroad Revolution, Nippon, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, The Great Zimbabwe, The Colonists, The Gallerist, Mythothopia, Ethnos, and many, many more.
This week Roy Rob, & Matt talk about buying, selling, & Trading games! also Unlock and Jump drive!
On their return from Airecon, the boys have put together a bumper episode of tabletop gaming goodness. We start by discussing FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG and its Garden In Hell starter set. We then go over the games we played and the people we met at Airecon, including our thoughts on Geeknson gaming tables and The City of Kings, the fantasy adventure game that is taking Kickstarter by storm.
Once again the Meeples & Miniatures team get together to catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week.
In this show we are joined by Keith Armstrong from Armies Army. We discover how Keith got started in the hobby, how the company has grown, and how its main range of miniatures, rules and scenarios – 15mm Modern Cold War – came into being.
We also announce the winner of the Tiny Terrain Models competition.
In this “on the road” episode, Paul and Steve chat about their trip to Adepticon 2017. So sit back, relax, grab a paintbrush and enjoy the show!
Greg and Andy are back this month with an update to a topic they last discussed way back in Episode 2: Class B Naval Games! Next, they take a look back at the history of MBS, which turns 5 years old this month. Later, they talk about their favorite Hollywood movies that feature naval combat, and Andy rounds out the show with an event report on Adepticon 2017.