#251 David McDonough Supports the Player’s Story
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Firaxis designer David McDonough joins the show to talk strategy game design with Dirk and David. Topics in their discussion include: player stories vs game stories, the spectrum between full sandbox games and historical simulations, and how immersion in player stories can be encouraged. Along the way many games are covered, including both the Civilization series and the XCOM series.

Gil Hova and Emma Larkins
Ludology 244 - Games Brought to Life
Emma and Gil chat with Jeeyon Shim, game designer, nature fan, and mushroom enthusiast. Jeeyon's games are about connecting with one's environment, and we discuss what it's like to make games like this. We also discuss playtesting (or not playtesting) indie games, the conception of "nature" and its connection with humanity, and how cute our pets are. SHOW NOTES 1m53s: The IGDN is the Indie Game Developer Network, an organization supporting indie tabletop designers. They offer mentorships and convention scholarships; one of these is to Metatopia, a tabletop game design convention in New Jersey. 4m25s: Jeeyon's games Dear Poppy, First Lesson, Your Dead Friend 8m30s: Daniel Kwan, half of the Asians Represent podcast. 12m09s: Avery Alder's Belonging Outside Belonging and D. Vincent Baker and Meguey Baker's Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) are both tabletop RPG "engines" that can be used to make other games. Belonging Outside Belonging first appeared in Dream Askew, and PbtA first appeared in Apocalypse World. 13m36s: Here, have some sample ecosystem maps. 31m56s: The genus Lactarius, aka Candy cap mushrooms. 34m32s: We had Kienna Shaw, Lauren Bryant-Monk, and John Stavropoulos on Ludology 227 - Respect the X discussing safety tools in games. 39m55s: Matthew Gravelyn is a tabletop game designer. Jeeyon mentions her game Pin Feathers (part of a diptych with its second half, Cloud Studies). 41m05s: Pontifuse was part of the Cheapass game collection Chief Herman's Next Big Thing. 41m31s: We've already mentioned Avery Alder's Belonging Outside Belonging. Variations On Your Body is a collection of 4 solo LARPs and one essay about learning to accept oneself. 43m50s: Jeeyon's game Crimson. 47m09s: Avery Alder's game from Variations that Emma is referring to is "Teen Witch." 57m27s: We chatted with toy inventor Kim Vandenbrouke in Ludology 212 - Inventing Play. 1h09m10s: "Itch" is itch.io, a popular sales platform for digital and tabletop indie games. 1h11m33s: Pseudohydnum gelatinosum, aka cat's tongue mushrooms. 1h19m12s: "Rubenesque" refers to the work of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, who was known for painting plus-sized women. 1h21m51s: More info about Zine Quest, from Kickstarter. 1h25m57s: More info about Lucian Kahn's Zine Quest anthology Hibernation Games, which includes one of Jeeyon's games. 1h30m00s: Jeeyon's Twitter and Patreon.
1 hr 32 min
The Quackalope Podcast
The Quackalope Podcast
PIO #30 - Played It Once - Russian Railroads
Today we discuss our Russian Railroads in celebration of it’s recent reprint announcement. We sit down with acclaimed designer Jonny Pac (e.g. Coloma, Lions of Lydia, Fistful of Meeples, Merchants Cove) to figure out what exactly fuels this powerful locomotive. *Russian Railroads* is a worker placement euro where players are competing in an exciting race to build the largest and most advanced railway network. In the game each player has a personal board, with space for factories, and 3 rail tracks (to 3 different cities).  The central board has (almost) all the locations for placing workers. Each location requires 1-3 workers (of one player; played all together). Each round ends when all players have passed on placing/using workers. Then, score VP for each track and factory line. After 7 rounds the game ends; most VP wins! (Description provided by the publisher.) *Learn more about Jonny Pac and his games **here**.* *Learn more about Russian Railroads **here**.* *Should we play it again? Bring it to the channel? Never touch it again? Let us know by leaving a comment in **playeditonce.com**!* -*Time Stamps- * 1:38 - Introduction to Jonny Pac   7:02 - What is Russian Railroads?  10:16 - Context of Playthrough   11:07 - Game Overview  15:32 - What’s Unique About It?  19:10 - A Sandbox Euro  21:20 - Paths to Victory and Theme  28:32 - How Does It All Come Together?  32:26 - Did You Enjoy It? Would You Play It Again? ft. Jonny Pac  35:32 - Did You Enjoy It? Would You Play It Again? ft. Jesse  36:40 - Did You Enjoy It? Would You Play It Again? ft. Jan  39:13 - Learning from Other Designers Support the show (http://patreon.com/quackalope)
42 min
So Very Wrong About Games
So Very Wrong About Games
Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
#157: Trick Shot
Wheel, snipe, celly boys. Crushin' sandos. Superstar power poses? Pfft. I could run a clinic on this, boys. The flow, and the snow. That's it, tarps off boys! You looking for a tilly, buddy? It's time for a donnybrook! Ferda. Games Played Last Week: 01:17 -Crystal Palace (Carsten Lauber, Feuerland Spiele, 2019) 08:21 -Schotten Totten 2 (Reiner Knizia, IELLO, 2020) 11:04 -Blackout: Hong Kong (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018) 15:20 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Eric M. Lang & Rob Daviau, CMON, 2019) 17:14 -Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020) 23:38 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020) 26:33 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019) 29:07 -Res Arcana (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019) 30:03 -Medina (Second Edition) (Stefan Dorra, Stronghold Games, 2014) 31:47 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020) News (and why it doesn't matter): 31:47 Glorious return of Pandemic Legacy Patreon show The C.U.R.E. Files 32:24 Black History Month at Boardgamegeek 33:26 Core Worlds: Empires 33:58 Metal Gear Solid board game reverts to Matsuuchi, future uncertain 34:41 Stroganov by Andread Steding 35:14 More Great Western Trail(s) 35:58 Let's Role on Kickstarter--online tabletop roleplaying 36:37 Concordia Solitaria 37:08 Feature Game: Trick Shot (Nikita Krylov & Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)
56 min
Michael Eckenfels & Martin Gonzalvez
Episode #74 - Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps
Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael take their pulse rifles and flares into a game called Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps, a solo/co-op game by Gale Force Nine. Intro and Exposition (0:00) Solo Game News (03:13) Review Begins (13:50) Components (17:28) Rules (31:32) Gameplay (36:51) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (46:39) Stomp Discussion (55:14) Special Announcement (56:27) Final Thoughts (59:58) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. PARTICIPATE in the great Warp's Edge giveaway, as mentioned in the podcast! https://www.stonevalleygames.com/warp The three games mentioned in the news segment for this episode (note that links may expire; if so, check 'em out on BGG): * V-Commandos * Vienna Connection * Maeshowe Other games mentioned in this episode of the podcast: * Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game * Unbroken * Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck-Building Game * Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck-Building Game
1 hr 3 min
Dice Tower Now
Dice Tower Now
The Dice Tower
Dice Tower Now 721: February 22, 2021
This episode, "Great Western Trail" gets a Great Western Trilogy, the "Terraforming Mars" card game hits Kickstarter, dungeon crawlers become much more tiny and epic, and "On Mars" gets an expansion. Plus Barry Figrim gives business-based board game advice in The Board Room. TOP STORIES: * IDW fires Pete Walsh and cancels "Metal Gear Solid." * "Summoner Wars (2nd Edition)" dated by Plaid Hat Games. * "Great Western Trail" Trilogy announced by Plan B. * "Paper Dungeons: A Dungeon Scrawler" coming from Alley Cat Games. * "A Noble War" announced by Guildhall Games. * "Cape May" announced by Thunderworks Games. * "The Game: Face to Face" coming to the US from Pandasaurus. * "Uno Remix," a “legacy Uno” announced. * "Paris" being reprinted with expansion in 2021 Kickstarter. * Two new game announcements from Pinchback and Riddle. * "Tiny Epic Dungeons" from Gamelyn Games heading to Kickstarter. * First Expansion for Vital Lacerda’s "On Mars" detailed. THE HOTNESS: * Great Western Trail * Tiny Epic Dungeons * Stroganov * Hansa Teutonica * Red Rising * Terraforming Mars: Ares Project KICKSTARTERS: * Core Words: Empires & Nemesis * Moon Adventure, In a Grove and Dokojong * Clinic: Deluxe Edition - 2nd & 3rd Extensions * Doom Machine * Cult of the Deep * Shadow Tactics * Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition * Zombicide: Undead or Alive NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: * "Cubitos" from AEG * "Overboss: A Boss Monster Adventure" from Brotherwise Games * "Island Siege: Second Edition" from APE Games SPECIAL REPORT: * Barry describes getting a competitive advantage in The Board Room. CONNECT: * Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. * Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. * Have a look-see at Barry’s wares at BrightBearLaser.com. * Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
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