The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, Brandon goes Source-hunting in Divinity, and Chris goes Nazi-hunting in Wolfenstein II. That’s it. That’s all we got. We play games and then talk about them. What do you want from us?

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In this episode, Brandon takes us back to the grand strategy of Through the Ages and the somewhat insufficient Thunderstone Advance. Chris gives us the scoop on the Trade and Intrigue expansion for Orléans and beats the wealthy at their own game in High Society.

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In this episode, Brandon demonstrates the power of the French in Empires, while Chris demonstrates the lack of theme of the French in Orléans. Farmers and luxuries and automation! Vive les boardgames!

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In this episode, Brandon let’s us know what it’s like to to play One Deck Dungeon on his black mirror, followed by a deep dive into Dice Forge, a game in which you... forge... dice... Chris reminds us that he thought the Spiel des Jahres winner was just okay, but The King is Dead (RPG) is much better. And the guilty pleasure of imperialist colonization feel a little less guilty in Empires.

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In this episode, Brandon explores the ancient complexities of the game Julius Caesar called “Knights of the Old Republic,” and Chris accidentally blue himself. Turns out there is no Dana, only Azul.

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In this episode, Brandon reminds us that One Deck Dungeon is as good as Chris said, while Chris waggles his finger at house rules, then suggests a house rule for his favorite game...

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In this episode, Brandon tells us everything he thinks about the new expansion/update to Stellaris. Chris gets his brain invaded by the Antiquity worm, but more importantly, he’s played One Deck Dungeon a whole lot. Poop emojis comin’ atcha.

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In this episode, Brandon regales us with the complexities of Tournament at Camelot, including the difference between a poison apple and a sword. Chris takes two turns as he describes the other The King is Dead and the absolute plague of fun in Antiquity.

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In this episode, Brandon fills us in on Battletech and how very, very different it might be from Mechwarrior Online, and Chris can’t stop talking about how tight and restrictive The King Is Dead is. We keep it to a nice, listenable 40 minutes, and hardly get sidetracked at all!

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In this episode, Brandon updates us on MWO updates and “finds” a “path” to the “stars.” Chris plays through the latest game in the “Kratos angrily kills everything” series and lets us know what’s up.

Mechwarrior Online updates - 01:26

Starfinder - 05:52

God of War (2018) - 30:11

Closing and Contact Info - 47:58

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In this episode, we talk about games to play while bar-hopping, the Whitehack RPG, BattleCon, and the Ascension app. Boy, it’s a good thing we didn’t play more games over the past couple of weeks, or we would never have been able to keep this under an hour...

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In this episode, Chris revisits some games from a decade ago, Brandon gets sucked into the Stardew Valley void, and we talk about Fugitive (and whether or not catching a fugitive constitutes “taking a prisoner”).

Brandon’s Mushroom Farm - 01:36
Starfound? - 04:39
Dominion and Race for the Galaxy - 18:18
Fugitive - 26:39
Closing and Contact Info - 37:38

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In this episode, Chris talks about D&D, OSR, Whitehack, and how that last one does really cool stuff in its magic system.

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In this episode, Brandon finally gets to brag about his stock market gains... he also mentions an actual game (playing Sentinels of the Multiverse at that restaurant Farva likes with all the goofy sh*t on the walls). Chris regales us with his excitement for farming turnips and melons in Stardew Valley, but never lets us forget the number of coffee pot kickstarters he has participated in.

Brandon’s Stock Market Analysis - 01:33
Sentinels of the Multiverse and using “shenanigans” as an adjective - 13:06
A little improvement at Games Workshop - 19:44
Hot Springs eternal - 22:28
The Impulse to kickstart and the difficulty of waiting - 26:09
Stardew Valley - 30:11
Closing and Contact Info - 43:54

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In this very, very short episode, Chris fills us in on what’s up with the Godbound game we’ve been playing, and how to have success with imposter syndrome in A Fake Artist Goes to New York.

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In this episode, we laugh about our Godbound game, play some old favorites (Mechwarrior Online and One Night Ultimate Werewolf), and some new games that may (or may not) be Chris’ jam.

Godbound - 00:52
Mechwarrior Online - 06:00
One Lunch Ultimate Werewolf - 08:04
Stardew Valley - 14:08
Solitairica - 19:14
Closing and Contact Info - 31:23

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In this episode, we talk about the troubles of bards as they gain levels in D&D, the troubles of demigods as they try to fight mortal heroes in Godbound, and the troubles of fudging in games.

D&Days go by... - 01:30
Godbound - 07:57
...and fudging, in context - 13:50
Closing and Contact Info - 40:45

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In this episode, Brandon talks about his experiences with Betrayal at House on the Hill, a game about exploring a haunted house, and Chris talks about his experiences with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game about exploring Hyrule.

Betrayal at House on the Hill - 02:07
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 14:15
Closing and Contact Info - 37:52

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In this episode, and we look back over the past year to review our favorite games we played, our least favorites, and then we throw out some expectations for 2018.

Favorite games in 2017 - 02:12
Least Favorites - 25:22
Looking to 2018 - 39:47
Closing and Contact Info - 54:24

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In this episode, we try out a new, shorter, more focused format, and discuss the madcap shenanigans of EA with the latest Star Wars video games, and the complexity that comes from the simple rules of Mini Rails.

EA really messed up - 01:27
Mini Rails first impressions - 19:09
Closing and Contact Info- 36:18

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In this episode, Brandon relates a tale of influence gone wrong and Chris sharks noobs in Power Grid. We also talk a bit about our Godbound game, what’s up with the Burning Wheel Codex, and of course, our games of the week.

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Influencers - 01:59
Godbounding - 07:40
Brandon’s GotW: Heroes Wanted - 18:33
Imperial politics - 33:25
Power Grid shark - 38:12
Burning Wheel Codex - 42:00
Chris’ GotW: Just Cause 3 - 48:40
Closing and Contact Info - 64:46

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In this episode, we discuss the ever-presence of magical powers in RPGs and why they are so significant. What makes them so important to so many games that listing off more than one or two is difficult? What purpose do they serve, in-character and out-of-Character? What are some great games without them?

“Addiction to Magic” - 01:33
The everpresence of powers in RPGs - 07:29
Why have them? - 23:01
But why not have them? - 35:53
Games without powers and magic - 47:27
Closing and Contact Info - 58:37

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In this episode, we discuss many of the games that we will most likely never play again, and most importantly, why! Is this always a bad thing? What makes you not want to play a game again? When will the madness end?

Could this possibly be good? - 02:14
How do you know? - 03:57
Getting rid of games - 06:54
Or not! - 12:00
Bad or boring - 18:26
One play-through or completion - 33:08
Discontinued or lost-in-the-shuffle - 40:17
Games that must be stopped! - 46:55
Closing and Contact Info - 53:05

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In this episode, we discuss some video games and also some board games. We even have time for some RPGs! Through the Ages, Godbound, Valor RPG, BraveRats... if you want to learn more, dig in.

Through the Ages Board Game App Port - 01:03
Godbound (of a sort) - 06:01
Minute Minecraft Minute - 11:41
Touching Agricola - 19:10
More on “Godbound”!?! - 26:46
Valor RPG - 30:33
Party gaming - 36:23
Game of the Week: BraveRats or R - 41:53
Closing and Contact Info - 58:44

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In this episode, we discuss the most important, absolutely-critical-to-everyone’s-fun part of a game, balance. What exactly is it? Why does it matter? How is it achieved? And can you actually have fun without it in some way?

Balance - 03:00
The problems of imbalance? - 10:47
What gets balanced? - 27:17
The fun of wild imbalance - 56:08
The fun of meticulous balance - 64:14
Closing and Contact Info - 67:41

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In this episode, we talk about many platforms Minecrafting in harmony, how much Brandon still hates Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, the recent rebalances in Overwatch, tequila, scheduling RPGs, and finally, Chris gives us his thoughts on and experiences with the Index Card RPG.

Cross-platform Minecraft - 01:48
Brandon hates loving Star Wars GoH - 05:04
Overwatch rebalance - 15:13
Tokaido and Through the Ages Apps - 23:33
Party Games and Tequila - 35:05
Scheduling RPG sessions - 37:08
Chris’ GotW: Index Card RPG - 41:43
Closing and Contact Info - 65:09

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In this episode, we talk about the way your characters in an RPG get better. Why is advancement important? What kinds of advancement are there? What can go wrong with advancement systems? Is character change even really that important?

Character advancement in RPGs - 01:54
The Big Incentive - 11:36
Other incentives? - 20:12
Non-mechanical Progress - 27:40
What could advancement be good for? - 43:13
Bad incentive? - 51:12
A preference here... - 57:43
Closing and Contact Info - 60:09

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In this episode, Brandon forces refugees to play board games, Chris forces Brandon to play Godbound, Death Angel forces marines to get eaten by totally-not-Zerg, and Tammany Hall forces us to be racist. How bad can it get?

Brandon forces refugees to play board games - 01:08
Brandon forces himself to play Galaxy of Heroes - 05:12
Brandon's GotW: Death Angel: The Card Game - 10:43
Pairs doing what it oughta - 26:57
Long-distance Godbound - 29:53
Video games? - 38:03
Chris' GotW: Tammany Hall - 40:09
Closing and Contact Info - 66:18

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In this episode, Chris regales us with stories from the biggest, oldest, and stickiest board game convention on the planet Earth. What games did he see? What costumes? What are the best games he played? The worst? Is there any thing worse than actually going to Gen Con? Listen closely...

The Convention! - 03:51
The Winner of the Con - 10:51
Some Oink Games - 23:08
Gamblin' Games - 27:08
Fugitive - 32:06
Spy Games - 34:34
One Deck Dungeon - 40:25
Mini-Rails - 42:50
Final Thoughts - 50:29

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In this episode, Chris makes RPG kits, gets detailed about the Index Card RPG, and plays Sequence for the first time. Brandon talks about the best MMO ever, again. And both of them play Tiny Epic Quest from Gen Con!

Brandon's GotW: Guild Wars 2 - 01:36
RPG kits! - 23:07
Index Card RPG - 26:43
Sequence with family - 31:22
Chris' GotW: Tiny Epic Quest - 34:28
Closing and Contact Info 51:45

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In this episode, we talk about being losers. Is losing fun in any way? Is winning? What makes a game enjoyable, win or lose? What are some games we really enjoy playing, even when disaster befalls us?

"Games that are fun to lose!" - 01:49
Is it fun to win? - 03:51
What stuff makes losing fun? - 9:20
The possibility of winning - 26:05
Playing isn't fun? - 33:26
Favorite games to lose - 45:37
Closing and Contact Info - 59:30

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In this episode, Brandon makes videos about Star Wars and Mechwarrior, while Chris has uninvited people show up to play games, and rants about the spirit of the game in The Resistance. He is also excited about a couple of RPGs he might soon have the opportunity to play, including the Game of the Week, Follow.

Brandon makin' videos - 01:10
Star Wars GoH Minute - 05:41
Game night shenanigans - 12:02
The spirit of Resistance - 14:46
Overwatch penalties! - 24:50
Diablo III Necromancer - 29:16
RPGs in Athens! - 32:40
Chris' GotW: Follow - 36:47
Closing and Contact Info - 64:39

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in this episode, we discuss how games are discussed, and make a plea for you to be a part of the discussion. What is a "game review?" Do we review games? Why do so many people try to redefine "review" so they can be reviewers when it is convenient and "not reviewers" when it isn't? What the hell are we doing here?

Overvaluing our opinions? - 02:16
What's the point? - 04:52
Claiming to be reviewers - 14:18
Gleeful negativity - 23:50
What is a game review? - 35:22
What are we doing here? - 55:41
Closing and Contact Info - 66:36

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In this episode, we talk about Mechwarrior Online, The Game of Things, Blades in the Dark, Overwatch, Stuff and Nonsense, Pax Pamir, and Gen Con. What are our games of the week? Hell if I know. But we have a lot to say otherwise.

Game of Things - 2:47
Mechwarrior gets civil - 05:41
Brandon's in the Dark - 16:17
Getting more Overwatched - 34:04
Stuff and Nonsense - 51:34
Pax Pamir! - 58:37
GenCon Badges... What do?! - 62:33
Closing and Contact Info - 68:42

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In this episode, we discuss the task of GMing an RPG. What does it entail? What does it not entail? How do you have fun doing it? HOw do we decide what games to run? And what are the most common mistakes?

Is GMing hard? - 05:01
What does it entail? - 10:52
What does it not entail? - 23:07
Prep! - 31:21
What do we like running? - 40:49
Common mistakes! - 49:30
Closing and Contact Info - 60:39

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In this episode, Brandon gets stuck on Stellaris, but also manages to play some actually cool games with his cousins. We compliment every who listens to this show, recap some games Chris has been playing, and then talk and talk and talk about the modern-day classic Overwatch, which some of you might never have heard of. (Mmmmaybe...?)

Group Stellaris - 01:41
Games with Cousins - 03:38
An aside about podcasts - 10:06
Life is Strange is Cinematic - 11:33
Freebooting on the Frontier - 17:23
Kemet again - 20:18
Sorcery! - 21:34
Game of the Week: Overwatch - 25:05
Closing and Contact Info - 64:02

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In this episode, we talk about our gaming experiences in the first six months of the year. What are the best games we played? What are the worst games we played? Do we have any thoughts on E3 or convention season? And what are we looking forward to playing for the next several months?

Favorite Games from the first half of 2017 - 02:09
Least Favorite Games from etc. - 28:31
E3 and Origins? - 42:12
Looking Forward - 49:40
Closing and Contact Info - 65:29

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In this episode, Brandon's computer is struck by lightning, limiting his ability to play games (although not Mechwarrior Online or Stellaris), but turning it into a super-podcast-recording machine! Chris also suffered technical difficulties in Alien Frontiers, is prepping for another game with "frontier" in the title, and gets specific with the benefits of Kemet for your digestion.

They play Mechwarrior! - 05:39
Still-aris - 09:18
Incomplete Alien Frontiers - 12:37
Freebooters on the Frontier - 14:37
Alright, Overwatch, alright - 17:53
Chris' GotW: Kemet - 23:08
Closing and Contact Info - 48:42

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In this episode, Chris recruits a bunch of newbies to play in an RPG, and we discuss how that is best done. What do you need to explain about RPGs in general and the game you will be playing specifically? What's the best way to do that? Is there anything you should or shouldn't include in a newbie game? If you have any more ideas, let us know!

Chris recruits for an RPG - 02:09
What's the most important stuff? - 08:13
Choosing and explaining the game - 26:10
Actually running the thing- 38:08
Get to the important stuff! - 46:07
What next? - 51:44
Closing and Contact Info - 62:53

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In this episode, Brandon wonders what the future will be like as his kids start playing actual games, and Chris knows what the future will be like because of the prophetic storylines of Horizon: Zero Dawn. We also argue about whether complicated, real-world processes make a good basis for the rules of games, and ask "how difficult is Small World, really?"

An actual LAN!? - 01:25
Splendor with a six-year-old - 02:47
Brandon's Game of the Week: Ergo - 04:32
The Castles of Burgundy card game stream - 22:29
Small World and Coup G54 - 24:26
Chris' Game of the Week: Horizon: Zero Dawn - 30:48
Closing and Contact Info - 51:46

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In this episode, we discuss the digitizations of board games, transforming a three-hour table hog into something you can carry around in your pocket and knock out in 30 minutes without ever interacting with another person. What are the reasons games undergo this transformation? Are there arguments why they shouldn't? What makes a good adaptation? What makes a bad one? And what are the best and worst board game apps out there?

Also, we announce the winner of our Tak Contest! Is it you?

What justifies a board game app? - 2:10
Why the opposition? - 15:55
What makes a good implementation? - 29:17
What makes a bad implementation? - 39:29
The Worst Board Game Apps - 50:58
The Best Board Game Apps - 58:30
The Tak Contest Winner! - 63:32
Closing and Contact Info - 65:50

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In this episode, Brandon tells us about a massive update to Mechwarrior Online and a tiny update to Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes. Chris overdoes it with social deduction games, walks back through the livestream, and is late to the Horizon Zero Dawn party. Also, Games of the Week, what?

Major update to Mechwarrior Online - 02:22
New Galaxy of Heroes Character - 06:11
Bears, Babies, Battlestar Galactica - 07:57
Brandon's GotW: Stellaris - 10:31
The livestream games - 38:40
Too much social deduction - 40:45
Horizon Zero Dawn - 45:30
Chris' GotW: Millennium Blades - 49:36
Closing and Contact Info - 63:45

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In this episode, we talk about the generic criticism that a game is "repetitive," and why such a statement needs a lot more clarification if it is to be meaningful. What makes a game repetitive? What makes that bad... or what makes that good? Are there really games that aren't "repetitive"?

"Repetitive" criticism - 1:58
Core Gameplay Loops - 04:09
"Bad" Repetition - 18:04
What makes it good? - 33:11
Closing and Contact Info - 47:54

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In this episode, Brandon finally gets what Chris was talking about with Tak and BraveRats, and he doesn't even have to use Discord to do it. Chris looks back over Antike Duellum, explains Millenium Blades, and realizes that he has never had Race for the Galaxy as his Game of the Week just in time for a mobile app version to come out.

Tak! - 01:11
BraveRats, or R - 04:10
Brandon's Not A GotW: Discord - 09:10
Blades in the Dark - 16:11
Antike Duellum Livestream - 24:14
Millennium Blades - 26:25
Final Fantasy 6 - 32:14
Chris' GotW: Race for the Galaxy - 34:08
Contest reminder - 52:14
Closing and Contact Info - 53:12

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In this episode, we talk about Chris' professional passion: teaching! Wait, don't go! We do it in the context of games (of course)! How do you convince someone that they should be interested in learning a game? How do you make a plan to explain it all? What are the differences between teaching board games and RPGs? And what games that we love are hard or easy to teach?

Also, don't forget: a contest for a copy of Tak from Cheapass Games!

Explaining the pitch - 02:28
Preparing to teach - 11:49
Teaching board games - 22:35
Teaching RPGs - 31:46
Interruptions! - 42:56
How much strategy to address? - 46:22
Difficult and Easy to teach games - 51:58
Contest Reminder - 61:24
Closing and Contact Info - 61:48

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In this episode, Brandon keeps playing Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, and Chris keeps hosting game nights and live streams. Less new games and more classics! Also, for some reason, Brandon keeps playing sequels to super old games... 

Star Wars gets an R2 - 01:58
More Samurai Spirit - 06:08
Brandon's GotW: Warlock 2 - 09:00
Game Night: Between Two Cities and Space Cadets - 27:32
Livestream Recap - 30:03
Commute - 36:42
Follow RPG - 37:52
Chris' GotW: Concrete Jungle - 43:34
Enter our contest! - 53:37
Closing and Contact Info - 58:09

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In this episode, we talk about competitive video games, abstract board games, mechanical substance, and empty flash. How much staying power do League of Legends and Starcraft have? How deep do games like that go? Why would you play a game with a small sheet of rules when you could explore a massive game with thousands of options? We talk and talk and talk.

And we give you instructions on how to enter our contest to receive a copy of Tak straight to your door. (Hint: you are going to need to answer a question of the week!)

Competitive video games and flashy board games - 01:53
Mechanical Substance - 17:47
The Potential Substance of Board Games - 25:53
Misinterpreting Depth - 35:24
What is the abstract game's draw? - 40:38
Abstract games that we enjoy - 48:28
The Contest for Tak! - 56:06
Closing and Contact Info - 59:06

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In this episode, Brandon plays a Star Wars game that no longer exists and a game of hero management that has existed for decades. Chris hosts a game night with all-old games, crashes a kingdom dozens of times in Reigns, and can't be clear enough about how unclear Impulse is. We also announce a contest for a copy of Cheapass Games' Tak; stay tuned for Part B where we will tell you how to enter!

A contest for Tak! - 00:43
Somehow playing Star Wars Galaxies - 04:05
Brandon's GotW: Majesty 2 - 06:54
Game Night at Chris' - 20:33
The Die is Broadcast - 33:15
Unbound RPG - 34:38
Reigns - 38:30
Chris' GotW: Impulse - 41:28
Closing and Contact Info - 60:07

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In this episode, we get the whips cracking and discuss punishment in games. How do games punish their players? Why? In what games is it fun to avoid those punishments, and in what games is it simply a frustrating hassle? Would you rather a game have punishments or not?

The Goals in a Game - 01:07
Preferences? - 02:01
What is Punishment? - 04:28
A GM aside... - 14:03
Why Punish? - 17:23
What behavior is targeted? - 28:31
Games where it's good! - 39:34
Games where it's not! - 53:28

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In this episode, Brandon is thinking about live streaming D&D while playing the Firefly board game. Chris tries to avoid Goat Simulator and going bankrupt in Ponzi Scheme.  Also, Card Thief! And Thieving Cardses!

Influence - 01:30
Brandon wants to D&D stream - 02:37
Sunday Board Game Stream - 04:15
Brandon's GotW: Firefly - 05:26
Goat Simulator - 34:44
Ponzi Scheme - 37:13
Chris' GotW: Card Thief - 45:01
Closing and Contact Info - 57:20

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In this episode, Chris tries to answer a question that he has brushed off in the past because the answer is long and involved: "How do you find these board games, and how do you choose?" He and Brandon discuss knowing what to look for, knowing where to look, choosing a game, and many other important aspects of the decision making process.

Let's be helpful - 02:53
Know what you want - 05:26
Look in the right places - 12:22
The selection process - 29:16
When and with whom? - 36:26
The Fear of Missing Out - 41:52

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In this episode, Chris and Susie talk to gamer, designer, writer, project manager, and fire-spitting feminist Jessica Price about Pathfinder, Starfinder, Gen Con, being a woman in the gaming industry, dealing with the cultural problems endemic to tabletop games, and whatever else we managed to slip in during the call!

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In this episode, everybody finally quits playing Gems of War, but Brandon just can't quit Galaxy of Heroes. He plays a couple of games in a hospital (whether or not those games belonged there) while Chris plays a couple of games at home. And publish-or-perish academics is turned into a joke with Alchemists.

Everybody quit Gems of War? - 00:48
Brandon fails to segue to Human Resource Machine - 02:47
Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes tickles - 04:20
Hospital Splendor and Coup - 06:14
Antike II with 6 - 11:52
The Resistance: Avalon - 15:26
Star Wars Rebellion - 25:38
Chris' GotW: Alchemists - 29:08
Closing and Contact Info - 56:12

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In this episode, we talk about the initiate steps we go through when we want to run an RPG. It starts from either a concept or a system, and gets more complicated from there. But how do we choose a game? How do we come up with concepts? If you've ever been interested in running an RPG, start here... and if you've got experience with running RPGs, let us know!

From wanting a game to running a game - 02:00
Concept-first - 05:08
System-first - 25:19
Closing and Contact Info - 56:41

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In this episode, Brandon discovers Steam, a distribution method for video games. He may be a little late to the party. But at least he was super, super early to the party for Tides of Numenera, which has finally been released! Chris visits a board game Meetup, hosts a game night with slightly better games, and once against is fiddling around with themeless abstract games instead of games with cool shit like lasers and swords.

Still expanding Star Wars GoH - 01:35
Finally trying Knights of the Old Republic - 03:02
Torment: Tides of Numenera is finally out - 07:34
Brandon's GotW: Gauntlet - 10:04
InfinitasDM - 25:23
Meetup Group? - 28:15
Game Night! - 35:16
Chris' GotW: Tak - 41:38
Closing and Contact Info - 56:29

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In this episode, we quietly contemplate the theoretical existence of games you can't play while sitting down, and what kind of person would play them. How are sports and tabletop games related? Why do gamers get so cruel about sports? What is a "yard game" and why should you try one? All of this and slightly more! Take a listen...

Also Non-Sitting Games - 01:53
You like sports? - 05:41
E-sports and Spectating - 19:42
Yard Games - 26:17
Dexterity Games - 32:36
Fantasy Sports? - 36:04
Sports-Themed "Sit Down" Games - 43:06
Closing and Contact Info - 49:38

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In this episode, Brandon falls further in love with terrible mobile games. He just can't get enough of that crap sandwich. And neither can Chris, as he plays Crashlands and digs deeper into Blades in the Dark on his iPad. Luckily, both of us have played Onitama, a cool "Chess-like" that could supplant it's relatives...

Gems of War is Hell - 01:47
Other mobile games? - 06:17
Crashlands - 10:48
Blades in the Dark - 14:18
Looking for Group - 20:16
Chris' Game of the Week - 22:54
Other "Chess-like" games - 39:38
Closing and Contact Info - 50:34

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In this episode, we discuss the elements that video games and board games share that make them both fun. What is the crossover? Can someone enjoy board games without taking a giant dump on how unsophisticated video games are? And what board games most strongly remind us of a video game in the best way?

Board Games and Video Games - 01:23
The crossover of the two - 04:43
The big list of games (and why) - 24:24
Closing and Contact Info - 51:00

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In this episode, Brandon plays a couple of Xbox games, while Chris tries to convince us all that flicking disks is as fun as throwing beanbags. Mostly, we just talk about a free-to-play mobile game that actually doesn't suck. But we sprinkle in some other games to make sure it doesn't get too intense.

Brandon explores the Xbox - 01:27
Human Resource Machine - 03:45
Wayward Souls - 06:22
Push It! - 08:41
Blades in the Dark is out! - 12:32
Our Game of the Week: Gems of War - 15:03
Closing and Contact Info - 58:41

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In this episode, Brandon and Chris discuss the real party behind the party game. What distinguishes as "party" game from other types of games? Do they need to be printed and touched? Why does Cards Against Humanity suck so much? And what makes a good party game?

What is "Party Games"? - 01:45
What do we like about them, or not - 08:41
Always board/card games? - 19:30
The Bad Ones - 28:50
Great Party Games - 36:30
Closing and Contact Info - 53:52

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In this episode, we welcome the new year by playing a whole bunch of board games. Brandon has a family and friends to play Star Wars Force Arena, Epic Spell Wars, and Onitama with. Chris has a bunch of AIs and an abundance of time to give gifts to and draft insults with. We also talk about wandering and losing in Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and card-counting in Schotten Totten.

Epic Spell Wars - 01:44
Onitama - 04:45
Star Wars Force Arena - 08:48
Linko! - 11:28
Brandon's GotW - 14:49
Christmas Gift Games - 30:00
10x10 Progress - 38:01
Oh, Sir... The Insult Simulator - 41:13
Common Mortals in the Funnel - 42:38
Chris' GotW - Schotten Totten - 44:50

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In this episode, Susie and Chris talk about the point of a "10x10 Challenge." What is it and why should anyone do it? What gen games did they choose, and why are those games suitable for the "challenge? Tell us about your 10x10 list, and let's discuss the games we all want to play more.

Why do a 10x10 challenge? - 02:28
Agricola - 09:26
Antike Duellum - 18:31
Caylus - 21:29
Codex - 25:32
Coup G54 - 29:06
Elements - 32:52
Linko! - 38:23
Onitama - 42:09
Ortus Regni - 46:08
Schotten Totten - 49:49
The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game - 56:22
Closing and Contact Info - 62:39

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In this episode, we continue to be a little self-indulgent. We've been doing this podcast for three years, and it seemed as good a time as any to settle on our five favorite video games and discuss what makes each of them so very, very, very good. If you are looking for some great recommendations, give a listen! It's massive in scope, but we only do it once every 1,096 days or so.

And if you just want the list without the discussion, skip to 74:56...

One of Five - 05:43
Two of Five - 18:15
Three of Five - 30:00
Four of Five - 47:22
Five of Five - 61:24
List Recap - 74:56
Closing and Contact Info - 76:04

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In this episode, we get a little self-indulgent. We've been doing this podcast for three years, and it seemed as good a time as any to settle on our five favorite board games and discuss what makes each of them so very, very, very good. If you are looking for some great recommendations, give a listen! We also invite Dan and Kim from the Gaming Nonsense Uncensored podcast to give their thoughts. It's massive in scope, but we only do it once every 1,096 days or so.

And if you just want the list without the discussion, skip to 111:24...

One of Five - 03:19
Two of Five - 19:45
Three of Five - 40:20
Dan and Kim's Favorite Games - 59:40
Four of Five - 69:37
Five of Five - 92:30
List Recap - 111:24
Closing and Contact Info - 113:29

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In this episode, we examine the concept of "replayability." What makes us want to play some games over and over, even if they are incredibly simple, while even some complex, good games we never return to after just a couple of plays. What does the depth or breadth of a game have to do with it? Does complexity have any relationship? What games are the most replayable?

"Replayability" - 01:07

Why replay games? - 11:58
What makes a game especially replayable? - 17:01
Sidebar: RPG Replayability - 32:01
Complex and shallow vs. Simple and deep - 38:27
"Closed-scope" Games - 50:55
Most Replayable Games - 64:28
Closing and Contact Info - 76:11

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In this episode, Brandon and Chris got some bonus game time in over the Thanksgiving, which in no way makes up for the two day late release... but we talk about Samurai Spirit, Guild of Dungeoneering, Dishonored 2, Slamwich, Linko! and our games of the week, too.

Samurai Spirit - 02:20
Guild of Dungeoneering - 06:13
Star Wars: Guild of Heroes has ships. - 09:39
Brandon's GotW: Specter Ops - 14:43
Foam Core Construction - 27:24
Further Dishonored 2 - 29:00
Slamwich and Junk Art - 33:31
Linko! - 39:42
Chris' GotW: The Castles of Burgundy card game - 42:49
Closing and Contact Info - 65:48

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In this episode, Chris grumbles about the general lack of mechanical variety in RPGs, especially with regards to the resolution of skills and the possible outcomes of actions and scenes. Brandon listens pensively. Then we talk about our favorite RPGs that spice it up by offering a different/additional axis to "success/failure), be it cost, narration, additional benefits or drawbacks, or something else entirely.

The Depth of Possibility in RPGs - 02:20
Too many RPG clones - 09:25
Resolution of Skills and Outcomes - 16:22
Multi-dimensional Resolution - 30:00
"Can't you do this with any game?" - 50:53
Closing and Contact Info - 60:23

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In this episode, Brandon finally gets some games to the table that Chris has been praising for a looooong time. Chris revisits Dishonored and Kill Doctor Lucky, and plays a game that is extremely, depressingly realistic about the American presidential election...

Episode 100 Incoming - 1:23
Nintendo Switch? - 4:25
Brandon plays Splendor - 9:08
Brandon plays Schema - 16:26
Brandon plays Dead of Winter - 24:00
Revisiting Dishonored - 30:13
Elements acquisition - 32:44
Finding a real gamer Meetup - 34:56
Re-killing Doctor Lucky - 39:03
Chris' GotW: Ameritocracy - 44:01
Closing and Contact Info - 61:08

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In this episode, Chris and Dan (visiting from GNU) discuss Magic: The Gathering. What makes Magic worth playing? What makes it frustrating or difficult? What games do we play instead of Magic that still have all of those gold things but none of the bad?

Reasons to Enjoy Magic - 01:44
Magic Replacements - 32:09
Closing and Contact Info - 86:50

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In this episode, Dan and Kim from The GNU Podcast pay us a visit to the show. Chris lets us know about the dice game Rolling America, the stacking game Junk Art, and the cynical political game Ameritocracy. Dan explains the rad art decisions of Hit Z Road and the deck building of Clank. And we all have games of the week!

Where is Brandon, you ask? Who's Brandon?

Rolling America - 03:16
Junk Art - 09:36
Ameritocracy - 20:52
Chris' GotW: Ortus Regni - 34:12
Hit Z Road - 58:28
Clank - 70:47
Dan's GotW: Paperback - 78:41
Kim's GotW: Dragon Quest Builder - 92:15

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In this episode, we address the elephant in the room: yes, we play board games. Yes, they are sometimes like Risk. But they don't tend to actually be Risk. Why don't we care for that classic game? What in it works? What doesn't? And what games do we play instead, that feature the good and improve or eliminate the bad.

Game Replacements in general - 1:10
What is good in Risk? - 5:23
Risk "Plus" - 19:51
Risk Replacements - 30:56
Closing and Contact Info - 64:38

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In this episode, Brandon gets Chivalrous, sort of, for a little bit. Chris pitches Power Grid, gets weirded out by Inside, and praises a Schema for role playing that is... well, it's beyond great. We also discuss a little about D&D and mystery RPGs on the table top.

Brandon played Chivalry - 1:54
And sometimes D&D - 10:25
Power Grid - 15:15
Inside, getting weird - 23:30
Investigation RPGs and Bubblegumshoe - 27:46
Chris' GotW: Schema - 37:11
Closing and Contact Info - 57:42

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In this episode, we address the concept of fudging in RPGs. What is it? Why do people do it? Is it necessary? We debunk the need for such a tool, then we turn to the alternatives and try to offer solid advice from our years of experience.

What is "Fudging"? - 1:32
Pro-Fudging Argument, Disarmed - 9:14
A Legitimate Argument for Fudging? - 27:11
Why Fudge? And the Alternatives - 32:09
There are so many games... - 42:58
Closing and Contact Info - 46:08

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In this episode, we talk a bit more about the 3D experience of the Vive and Brandon's thoughts on games that teach you how to program. Chris updates us on the Pirate expansion to Guild of Dungeoneering, gets excited about sports board games, and pitches a simple/deep RPG.

Brandon plays Human Resource Machine - 01:06
More Vive experience - 07:01
Cryptomancing - 17:46
Brandon sucks at playing - 23:54
Pirate's Guild of Dungeoneering - 26:23
Bottom of the 9th - 28:09
Schema - 32:51
Chris' GotW: Splendor - 37:01
Closing and Contact Info - 56:22

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

In this episode, we tall about the problems with numerical rating systems, and how they don't really work for their intended purposes. Is there anything that can fix that? We also discuss how that leads to overrating of games, disappointment due to hype, and, of course, long lists of games that we thought we would like but didn't.

Board Game Overrating - 01:56
Our "rating" system - 12:02
Video Game and RPG Overrating - 15:26
The Problem with Overrating - 21:45
Reviewer Gifts - 26:31
Other disappointing games - 31:05
Shifting game experience - 45:50
Closing and Contact Info - 53:54

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In this episode, a triumphant return! Chris plays Codenames too many times and Impulse with too many people. Brandon gets involved with a D&D game set in London, and collects Star Wars heroes inexplicably. We talk at length about learning to program with Human Resource Machine, and cover our Games of the Week.

FFG and GW part ways - 01:18
Codex shipped early - 03:34
Codenames too many times - 04:59
Impulse with 6 players - 07:13
Unknown, the euro crawl - 09:14
Human Resource Machine - 11:56
Chris' GotW: Guild of Dungeoneering - 20:43
D&D in 1737 - 30:17
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes - 32:41
Brandon's GotW: HTC Vive - 34:12
Closing and Contact Info - 52:44

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In this episode, Will tries a substitute for Magic that just doesn't have the same... magic. Imperials are assaulted, the French randomly choose a pope, and Dark Souls is really just a good-looking Dark Cloud. We also talk about what a Star Trek RPG would be about, and what has replaced Ticket to Ride. Also, The Stick of Truth reveals Pandemic Legacy is not worth the hype.

Star Trek Roleplaying - 00:46
Pirate World exists? - 06:10
Magic: Arena of the Planeswalkers - 8:24
Star Wars Imperial Assault - 11:06
Will's GotW: The Stick of Truth - 14:16
Dark Souls 3 - 24:41
Fief: France 1429 - 29:12
Ticket to Ride - 32:59
Chris' GotW: Pandemic Legacy - 34:16
Pandemic Legacy Spoilers Here - 46:34
Closing and Contact info - 66:18

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In this episode, Chris makes up for all the games he's never gone back and reviewed by hitting three in a single episode. Will also gets in on the action, while Brandon just sits there and wonders why he isn't mining in a video game somewhere.

Alien Frontiers (Episode 11) - 02:25
Mice and Mystics (Episode 17) - 15:09
Haggis (Episode 20) - 21:21
Warframe (Episode 64) - 29:14
Closing and Contact Info - 44:13

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In this episode, we discuss Nintendo like it's ten years ago, Will is confused about drifting in hyperlight, Chris struggles in the twilight, and Brandon is the only reasonable Numenera player. Mighty No. 9 is about twenty years too late, 504 is art, and Faeria is... available on Steam.

That Nintendo thing - 01:15
Pokemon Gggggo! - 05:00
Hyperlight Drifter - 09:03
The Stick of Truth - 10:25
Will's GotW: Mighty No. 9 - 12:40
Twilight Struggle for iPad - 23:22
Godbound inspiration - 28:15
Chris' GotW: 504 - 33:51
Numenera - 52:57
Brandon's GotW: Faeria - 54:03
Closing and Contact Info - 66:21

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In this episode, we continue our twice yearly tradition of talking about games. Well, the best and worst games we've played this year, specifically. Also, we discuss a little about what's up with E3 and Origins before moving on to our most anticipated games of the year. Basically, it's 99% hype and 1% ranting about Clash Royale.

 

Favorite Board Games So Far - 01:58
Favorite Video Games So Far - 12:08
Favorite RPGs So Far - 18:46
Least enjoyed games - 23:54
E3 and Origins - 36:51
Anticipated Video Games - 48:34
Anticipated Board Games - 52:58
Anticipated RPGs - 56:51
Closing and Contact Info - 66:46

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In this episode, Will rags on team-based racing, flies circles around space pirates, and explains how four people can save the planet from alien invaders. Chris quotes ridiculous novels, gets caught up in the importance of turn order, ruins a fake German economy, and helps his neighbors build cities. Huzzah.


The Crew for free - 01:39
Elite Dangerous - 04:37
Will's GotW: XCOM the Boardgame - 09:42
Bring Your Own Book - 27:18
The Dice Must Flow strategy - 30:58
Scythe - 33:56
Divinity: Original Sin Couch Co-op - 41:06
Chris' GotW: Between Two Cities - 43:30
Closing and Contact Info - 56:04

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In this episode, we discuss the use of fantastic and realistic elements in games. What are the coolest parts of both? What are the misused parts? Why should anyone want a game about reality, when we live in reality? Why should anyone want a game so disconnected from reality that there are no stakes? What games have a great mix of both realistic and fantastic stuff?

Fantastic and Realistic - 00:48
"Cinematic" - 05:59
Preferences? - 10:20
Cool Elements - 12:09
Inventive vs. Familiar - 22:11
Exploring Issues - 30:59
Providing Stakes - 40:32
Explaining and Learning - 49:28
A Great Mix of Both - 55:46
Closing and Contact Info - 62:53

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In this episode, Will talks a lot about Numenera in its various forms, addresses the horrors of This War of Mine, and almost surely misnames a game. Chris rants for a minute about bullet sponges, sells and unsells everyone on Doom simultaneously, and searches for magical machinery in Utopia Engine. 

 

The Mid-year Podcast - 00:46
Endless Knight - 02:19
Tides of Numenera Beta! - 04:55
This War of Mine - 06:43
Will's GotW: Numenera TRPG - 10:55
Uncharted Tanks - 35:54
Doooooooom - 37:12
Manoeuvre (I think) - 42:30
Chris' GotW: Utopia Engine - 44:34
Closing and Contact Info - 59:38

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

In this episode, Will waxes fanboy about Payday 2 and all of the DLC and expansions that have been added since he first talked about it when it came out. Brandon, in an inexplicable misunderstanding of what a "re-review" is, decides to ramble about party game categories and what his favorite games from those categories are, when he can remember their names...

Payday 2 Re-review - 01:54
Brandon's Party Games - 18:38
Bluffing sub-genre - 21:33
Trivia sub-genre - 27:20
Guessing sub-genre - 29:02
Closing and Contact Info - 37:15

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:39am EST

In this episode, we play a handful of old games and don't play a handful of new ones! Will dips his toes into two completely different styles of CRPGs: Final Fantasy and Elder Scrolls. Chris gets psyched about yet another TTRPG where you wander and explore, a lack of peace in historical Afghanistan, and civilization abstractions... and Brandon actually played a game! Two even!

Will's back in Skyrim - 01:21
Will's GotW: Final Fantasy 10 - 03:06
Uncharted remastered - 21:25
Ryuutama excitement - 24:16
Pax Pamir excitement - 26:06
Chris' GotW: Antike II - 28:46
Brandon gets quizzical - 48:56
Brandon's GotW: Duelyst - 52:32
Closing and Contact Info - 66:08

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In this episode, we discuss the age old problems of TTRPG combat where the only stakes are death, and how you can get everyone on board with more complex (and interesting) conflict situations. What kinds of conflicts are there? What makes players (and GM) engaged? What games and mechanisms help with cool conflicts and cool stakes?

Combat where there only stakes are death - 1:30
Other kinds of RPG conflicts - 8:23
Whose job is it to make conflicts interesting? - 20:41
Creating investment - 23:38
Communicating what a conflict is about - 37:32
The purpose of conflict - 49:03
Closing and contact info - 57:48

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In this episode, we rant again about being mana poor in Magic, return to the worlds of Final Fantasy X and Uncharted, and hash out our feelings on what setting Coup should have. Will feels compelled to let you know what Star Conflict does or doesn't have going for it, and Chris keeps telling people what to do and getting them to do it in Intrigue.

Magic tournaments and Mana problems - 01:36
Coup Rebellion G54 - 08:08
Final Fantasy X Remastered - 11:59
XCOM: The Board Game - 16:38
Will's GotW: Star Conflict - 19:04
Uncharted 4 - 33:04
Chris' GotW: Intrigue - 37:46
Closing and Contact Info - 59:42

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In this episode, we discuss players who make decisions slowly, or who fail to make decisions at all, and how they can be helped. What induces such paralysis in decision making? What can you do, as a slowbie, to pick up the pace... And why should you care? We come at this with lots of experience and advice, and we want more of yours!

Slow decision makers and their reasons - 01:54
Playing from the gut - 07:23
Pre-Planning Options - 11:49
In-game Options - 21:10
Post-mortem Options - 28:46
The benefit of gut play - 35:23
Do we do this? - 43:09
Closing and Contact Info - 48:00

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In this episode, Will tries the Overwatch beta and something like World of Tanks but in space while Chris inexplicably plays a whole lot of Magic. XCOM 2 is like XCOM, but 2, and Ratchet and Clank is like Ratchet and Clank, which is like Ratchet and Clank.

Overwatch Beta - 01:10
Trying Star Conflict - 03:37
Will's GotW: XCOM 2 - 05:24
Clash Royale rage - 26:57
Magic vs Susie - 30:59
Magic drafting - 32:46
Chris' GotW: Ratchet and Clank - 38:00
Closing and Contact Info - 52:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EST

In this episode, we discuss the various processes by which people learn games... Or, as is the case so often, th processes by which people fail to learn games. Why are board games so difficult to get into? How is learning incorporated into video games? Why are RPGs so much more difficult to get into? Why do so many people suck at learning?

50% Pandemic... - 1:22
Learning a board game - 4:15
Learning a video game - 17:11
Learning an RPG - 30:00
How much is on the designer? - 39:46
Closing and Contact Info - 47:36

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In this episode, we all got together and played a couple of board games with some confusing win conditions! Will keeps trying to play the Division despite Ubisoft's best efforts to stop him, and Chris provides a few more details about why Clash Royale is fun despite Supercell's best efforts.

Still Divided on The Division - 01:30
Will's GotW: The Dice Must Flow - 07:17
Chris Clashes Royale-ly - 28:49
A bit of Warbits - 31:47
Chris' GotW: Dead of Winter - 33:16
Closing and Contact Info - 51:33

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In this episode, Will and Brandon talk a little about Shadowrun Returns (which still isn't great), and a lot about Mechwarrior Online (which has only gotten better). Actually, this episode is almost exclusively about MWO. Brandon needed to redeem himself from the review he gave it three years ago, and he and Will get really excited to explain what has changed and how much fun it has been.

Shadowrun Re-Returns - 02:06
Customization and flexibility - 05:29
Preferred games to SR - 11:21
Mechwarrior Re-Online - 12:07
Group play vs. Solo - 20:12
New Maps and Match types - 25:43
Brandon describes MWO - 32:12
Rethinking XP and Progress - 39:50
Faction Warfare - 46:45
Closing and Contact Info - 52:43

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In this episode, Will and Brandon record what can only be described as "Forty-two minutes of game discussion," starting with more Division positives, Moving to Eldritch Horror expansions, a review of Homeworld, and a head-to-head comparison of two games Brandon has been failing to play. We also announce a cancer benefit for some local gamers in need of help, and Chris' new problem with gaming...

Athens Area Cancer Benefit - 01:39
More of The Division - 02:48
Eldritch Horror expansions - 04:55
Will's GotW: Homeworld Remastered - 06:39
Brandon's Head to Head: Clash Royale and Blood Brothers 2 - 21:25
Closing and Contact Info - 41:35

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In this episode, we revisit one of the first games we ever reviewed, going back over the original points with an all new perspective. What has improved? What has gotten worse? What have we learned and what have we done with the game since we first played? For the most in-depth review three years after Chris never shutting up about the game, this is the right place to go!

The very first game review - 1:33
A modern fantasy RPG - 4:17
"Old School" Appeal? - 11:32
Rolling and resolving dice - 18:02
Customization and Narrative - 29:17
The GM's Tools - 44:49
Perilous Exploration - 51:42
Expansions! - 54:25
Closing and Contact Info - 65:12

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In this episode, Will complains about his 3 hit point Freebooter in Dungeon World and his over-eager rush to make the UK profitable in Imperial. Chris knocks down imaginary civilizations in Super Tribes and gets super salty about Salt and Sanctuary. Also in-depth play reports/reviews of The Division and Far Cry Primal.

Freebooters on the Frontier - 01:20
The Division - 05:25
Imperial - 28:11
Super Tribes - 37:20
Salt and Sanctuary - 38:58
Far Cry Primal - 42:00
Closing and Contact Info - 65:05

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In this episode, Will and Chris receive a mysterious call from an even more mysterious caller who recorded their entire conversation. The Gaming Nonsense Uncensored Podcast! We talk about the way we make our podcast, the way we review games, and in general have a great intro episode for anyone who is looking for more of our show or theirs. This is the start of something... grand..

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In this episode, Will and Chris have been playing a lot of board games in person: Building castles as corrupt contractors in Caylus, profiteering from unending war in Imperial, and causing disruption of the geriatric spice in The Dice Must Flow. There are also a lot of Korean MMOs and Skyrim with guns without guns. And Mottainai.

Caylus - 01:25
The Dice Must Flow -05:52
Vindictus- 10:21
Will's GotW: Blade and Soul - 11:57
Imperial - 29:46
Far Cry Primal - 37:40
Freebooters on the Frontier - 40:11
Chris' GotW: Mottainai - 41:46
Closing and Contact Info - 63:22

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In this episode, we discuss the podcast, how it got started, and what our goals are. Most importantly, how do we review games? What is important in a game review? What isn't? Why do we have such strong opinions and how do we decide what those should be? Why don't you have a podcast about games that we can listen to? And Chris rants about any number of things...

 

Episode 0? - 01:48
The Podcast and why we do it - 04:24
Anyone can do a podcast, but... - 07:28
Podcasts for discussions - 12:01
Difference of opinions - 19:20
The Goals for our show - 22:30
How not to review games - 34:12
What a game review should be - 40:35
The B part Discussion - 54:30
The cost of reviews - 60:08
Closing and Contact Info - 66:54

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In this episode, we discuss the excitement of wanting to try Undying and Freebooters on the Frontier, and the anticipatory disappointment of not being able to. Will wonders if Tom Clancy actually wrote something called The Division, and Chris tries to talk you off the ledge of Food Chain Magnate. Also, a couple of Games of the Week about dramatically different centuries!

 

Undying pdf release - 01:04
The Division - 07:25
Will's GotW: Fallout 4 - 12:19
Food Chain Magnate ain't for everyone - 37:23
Joraku! - 42:15
Freebooters hype - 45:30
Chris' FotW: 1889 - 48:03
Closing and Contact info - 71:38

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In this episode, we discuss the various phases of preparing to run or play RPGs, and how each of us meets that challenge. How do you choose which game to run? How do you get the other players interested? How much prep do you do, and how do you actually do it? And what happens when your prep inevitably wasn't enough because the players (or dice) do something completely unexpected?

The firstest question - 03:28
Choosing a game - 07:13
How do you get the players on board? - 17:20
How do you do prep? - 29:01
What do you prep and how much? - 39:49
Predicting the future - 47:06
When the unexpected happens - 49:42
A different kind of expectation - 57:48
The Homework! - 64:22
Closing and Contact Info - 65:11

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