Random thoughts on board gaming with my family and friends. I'm a recent convert to the board gaming community, and I am trying to introduce my wife, daughters and friends to some great games to get them over to board gaming as well.
It's been a handful of weeks since I've posted in the blog and I figured this week would be a good time to jump back in.
This week was different, I managed to get over my irrational fear of doing a longer interview with someone. I've done shorter interviews and I've done shows that are longer, but Matt Wolfe and I sat and talked for about 45 minutes and you got 28 minutes of really interesting stuff, at least I hope it was interesting. (I thought it was) I still have quite a bit of room to grow as an interviewer and I think I want to push for that a little bit. There are a lot of folks in the gaming community that I'd love to talk to and I hope that there are lots that you'd like to hear from as well.
Along with that, we've gotten two contributors who have submitted reviews for us to post and I'm completely enjoying having that part of the show as well and look forward to more content being provided by them and I hope our listeners are enjoying them as well!
I'd love to have more people wanting to contribute, the more the merrier I say.
This whole thing is still a learning process for me, after 44 episodes I still have things to learn and I hope that the general progression of the quality of the podcast is continually going up. Even if I do have horrible sinus issues during recording some episodes.
All this leads me to this, I'd love some feedback on the show. What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong? Where should we improve first? Should I let my 5 year old say that Dead of Winter is her favorite game? Anything you've wanted to say about the podcast, good or bad will greatly be appreciated. If you want, just shoot me a message below in the comments, or if you prefer a bit of privacy, shoot me a geekmail or an email at email@example.com
But anyway, this week was a fantastic week for the podcast I think.
Kicks us off with a review of the Android App for Splendor.
We follow that up with some talk about our game plays for the week, Divinare gets the short review treatment and then World's Fair 1893 gets the big preview treatment, including a bit of talk with my wife about the game. We really do enjoy it quite a bit and I wasn't exaggerating my thoughts one bit. I also admit my horrible Star Realms losing streak, keep those challenges coming to Vacabck!
After that we jump into some Kickstarter talk and I chit chat with game designer/board gamer/all around good guy, Matt Wolfe. Matt is a fantastic person to interview, not that anyone I've talked to previously on the podcast weren't fantastic, they all were, but I think this is a really good interview with Matt, who talks a bit about his current Kickstarter project, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain. But we also talk a bit about his other project, Game Designers of North Carolina Podcast and his design process a little bit, plus we get three Matt Wolfe Hipster Gamer picks for games coming out at Spiel.
We do a little bit of talk about acquisitions and then
Be sure to check out the Geeklist here on BGG of all the titles we're looking forward to learning more about!! Check it out right here!!!
Next week I will give a lot more games as I think we'll have room for more on the podcast, but I really didn't want this week to push the hour and a half/two hour mark. Plus my voice was getting worn out.
But anyway, I hope everyone who listens enjoys the show, or parts of the show. But I'd really like to hear what folks think.
We talk current Kickstarter projects like Dingo's Dreams and upcoming Kickstarters.
We should have our preview for GemPacked Cards on this coming week's episode and I'm shooting for our preview of Avalanche at Yeti Mountain the following week or if something big happens with it, we may have a special episode in between. So keep a look out for that.
Got a game of Drachenstark in with Kerensa and AnnaBeth. This is another really cute little game from Haba, where you are a dragon racing around an erupting volcano using a memory mechanic to move your dragon. Really fun little game that AnnaBeth actually won!
Followed that up with a 2 player game of Castles of Mad King Ludwig with Kerensa in which my drought has ended. Kind of a funny game, one of the favor tiles never came into play as we never got a room of that type. Still fun and still a fantastic staple in our library.
On the podcast this week I sat down and talked to a couple folks about their GenCon 2015 experience. Paul Grogan and Ken Grazier were kind enough to sit down and talk to me on the podcast, I hope you all enjoy the interviews!!
We got a few games in this week as I had a couple of game group members join me on Saturday to play a couple games.
But first on Monday Kerensa, Gabby and I sat down and played another game of GemPacked Cards. At first it was just going to be a two player game, but Kerensa asked if we wanted a third and Gabby agreed, so we proceeded to get our butts kicked by Kerensa. Kerensa gets these games where you are swapping colors back and forth down. We may have allowed her too much freedom as I think we let her break the rules, but still, she would have beaten me I imagine. Really enjoying our time with this one and watch for our preview coming in the next week or so ahead of the September 1st Kickstarter launch. Oh, and I have been playing the app as well over on iOS, it's a really neat puzzle game that takes the same mechanics as the card game and puts them in a small iOS game.
Friday I got the pleasure of playtesting a new game from Vital Lacerda, Lisboa, via an online gaming platform. The combination of learning the platform and learning a new game kind of slowed me down a bit, but once I figured a couple things out on both sides it really went smoothly, this really could be a great tool for designers wanting to get their game to a larger audience for testing. I'm hoping I get into another couple tests before Vital gets everything he needs as I really enjoyed this one. It's not without it's flaws and we kind of had a rough start due to changing how players start, but I think he's on to something here. Paulo Renauto was also in the playtest with us, so watch for his blog post of his weekly games as well for a bit more info.
Saturday consisted of starting out with AnnaBeth teaching Bern, JurassAttack!. We played a couple rounds of that and then once Ray arrived we settled into a gold poor game of Five Tribes. The way the tiles and meeples came out just really didn't lend itself to much money taking, I think Ray took one big builder action but everyone else kind of left it alone as it really wasn't worth it. Ray and I ended up tying for the win in this one, yes tying, I didn't see a tiebreaker anywhere in the rules and if we went for gold I think we both had the same amount there as well. I still enjoy Five Tribes and I look forward to more plays of it.
We followed that up with my first play of Elysium and a shortened three player game of Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn. I really liked both but Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn needs a complete play or two before I can really give any kind of rundown. But I did really enjoy Elysium, I liked the agonizing over which totem to spend, when do I pick up the quest and I also liked the openness of the drafting, everyone can see exactly what's the other players are doing. Might soon be added to our collection as this one was Ray's copy.
We rounded out the week with a three player game of Castles of Mad King Ludwig on Sunday with Gabby, Kerensa and I. Kerensa won this one as well, but only 10 pts separated first and third place, so we're getting closer to catching her in this one.
Kind of a slow week of gaming with only a couple games played. We started with a new game that is going to be previewed soon, GemPacked Cards and then followed it up with our first two player game of Rococo, it lived up to the hype in my head.
JurassAttack! and Hocus both end their Kickstarter runs this week! Be sure to check out their campaigns. I still have not gotten to play Hocus yet, but it's printed/sleeved and ready to roll, and I think everyone knows how much we have enjoyed JurassAttack!.
This week was one of those light on gaming weeks, so thanks to an idea from @demo_ken, I went ahead and compiled my Top 10 games that I would be rushing to see at GenCon this year if I were going, this week you get the Honorable Mentions and numbers 10-6, I'll give you all 5-1 next week.
Also this week, Ray reviews Eminent Domain: Microcosm. Happy to have Ray pitch in and give us a bit more content to add to the show, and I hope that he gets the time to contribute whenever he has the time.
Light week of gaming for us, we were lucky enough to get a preview copy of the newest Green Couch Games title, JurassAttack!. Be sure to check out our preview, AnnaBeth and Gabby both join me for this(3:49 on the podcast). You can also read the preview here on BGG JurassAttack! Preview. Gabby and I also got another couple plays of Arboretum in, she's definitely getting closer I think.
Kickstarter talk is all basically the same, except for the fact that The Gallerist ended it's successful funding and Monster Truck Mayhem struggled and was shut down, watch for it coming back in the future though!
Fun week of gaming and what I think is one of our better podcasts, but I may not be the best judge of that. We played a handful of games over on Board Game Arena this week. Kerensa and I enjoyed our first play of Last Will and also our first play of Transylvania: Curses & Traitors. Gabby got skunked at Arboretum and when I suggested over on twitter that maybe I should take it easy on her, she posted:
@VacaBCK no don't take it easy on me otherwise I won't get better
We'll call this one, "Back in the Saddle Again". Even though I wasn't really gone.
Thank you to my lovely and talented wife for taking over last week's podcast, it was much appreciated!
Good week of gaming with 9 plays this week of 3 distinct games. Arboretum saw 5 plays over the week at all player counts. Cacao had 3 plays over the week but all at the 2 player count, and we wrapped up the week with a 3 player game of Scoville.
Kickstarter is starting to get a bit crazy, not really a bit, we'll just call it crazy, with me currently backing Epic, The Gallerist and Carson City: Big Box. Plus we have Hocus coming this week on the 25th I believe.
I'm wrestling with Monster Truck Mayhem, really really want to back it, but I just don't know if the money is there. I hate to see this one get pushed off my list as it was one that I was looking forward to quite a bit, but with the amount of Kicktstarter money I've got tied up right now, I just don't know if it's there. We'll see.
If anyone has anything to say about Child of Light, let me know, it's on sale on Steam right now and I was thinking it may be a good one to pick up and see if it can hook my daughter into playing something with more meat, instead of flash based games and such.