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Hello BGGers.

For those unfamiliar with "How to Play" let me introduce myself. My name is Ryan Sturm and on my audio podcast I teach people to play boardgames I have completed nearly 30 game explanations with each explanation coming with its own Teaching Guide. We also have two videos now as well.

Check out all of the available "How to Play" Resources from this Geeklist





The purpose of this Geeklist is for "How To Play" listeners to be able to nominate and vote for games that they feel would make good candidates for a future episode on "How to Play."

I have had a request thread on our guild for the longest time, but over the last two years it has gotten very messy and this list is intended to replace that thread. If you suggested games on that thread or voted for games please duplicate those nominations and votes on this list.



I will use this geeklist to help me choose episodes over the next year. Feel free to add your own suggestions and thumb as many games as you are interested in. If I get a game with a bunch of thumbs, that game will most likely be inserted into the queue for an upcoming episode. Do not repeat games on the list and do not suggest games that have been already covered on How to Play.

Plus feel free to comment on why or why not particular games should or should not be the next episode on the show.

Be aware:
-How to Play is generally directed towards Strategy/Eurostyle games. (War games/Party Games/ Coop games/Mini games / Kids Games will probably not be chosen)
-Games that will be chosen from this list of must have some amount of popular support.
-I have no strict production guidelines for how often episodes will come out.
-I reserve final right to choose which games and in what order games are featured on the How to Play podcast. (If I don't like the game, it's very unlikely to appear on the show)
How to Play is fully funded, HORRAY! The people have spoken, they want more How to Play!

It’s time to determine this “seasons” schedule from July to December.

Here is what is coming up

Episode #40 forward – I will be really looking at this list as well as the supporter survey to make decisions.

I spent a long time going through the list to come up with the contenders. I also deleted several items either for lack of support or lack of interest from me to cover that game. I will be deleting more of the items if they do not receive at least 30 thumbs by 3/1/2013. So go vote on the games on the list. (List culled 9/5/2012)

I also feel free to put any feedback for upcoming episodes on this thread.

Thank you so much everyone and I look to the second season of The How to Play Podcast in 2012.

-Ryan



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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Ryan Sturm
United States
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New York
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2. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:147]
Brenden Johnson
United States
Lakeville
Minnesota
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More Splotter goodness.
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3. Board Game: The Ares Project [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1380]
Nick A
United States
Exton
Pennsylvania
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Pretty please?
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4. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:186]
Ryan Sturm
United States
Lancaster
New York
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
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Again, I'm surprised an episode on Shadows Over Camelot was done, given that it's both a thematic AND cooperative game... attributes that our host did mention he wasn't into, but it got reviewed anyways. I'd like to hear HtP's take on Battlestar Galactica. If possible, cover briefly cover expansions, although given there wasn't full coverage for Shadow's Over Camelot's expansions, I would definitely understand why if they weren't.
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6. Board Game: Bios: Megafauna [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1211]
Upkar Gata-Aura
Sweden
Järfälla
Stockholms Län
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This game has a set of rules that are a tough nut to crack. Not very user friendly and they take much time to digest.

A HTP treatment would make this great game much more accessible.
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7. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:357]
Ryan Sturm
United States
Lancaster
New York
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8. Board Game: City of Iron [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:571]
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How to Play on this game would be much appreciated.
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9. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:380]
Bob Archer
United States
Tampa
Florida
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I figured I'd get this one on the list for the Sturm magic.
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10. Board Game: Dungeon Command: Heart of Cormyr [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:973]
Tyson Wozniak
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I'd love to see a play through of this one. Using 2 sets of course.
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11. Board Game: Feudo [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3877]
Charlie Taylor
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Chicago
Illinois
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An under-appreciated gem and definitely Mario Papini's best game. And with only 4 pages of rules, I think this game serves as a fantastic primer to other similar battle games, though with its own unique twists, of course.
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12. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:142]
G. Gambill
United States
Shawnee on Delaware
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This one please! It will be out very soon (by the end of July it looks like for those who pre-ordered), and Wallace games are usually deep and full of interesting twists that could use an in depth exploration.
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13. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:91]
Chris Miller
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Katy
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I've heard from several different sources that this is one that you need someone to teach you how to play it...
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14. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:27]
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I will explain this one to my group sometime and would really like to hear your take on it in advance
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15. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:69]
Marc Koechl
Canada
Elora
Ontario
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Hey Ryan, Thank you for the awesome work you do breaking down those less than straight-forward games! I recently came across your site and have since listened to your podcasts for a number of games I own, along with several Im considering. A game Ive recently picked up is Hannibal Rome vs. Carthage, although it is a older game (1994 I believe) I would very much appreciate a tutorial on it.
marc
ps. If not this one, I'd also love to hear one on washingtons war or a few acres of snow as well.
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16. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:478]
Chris Berger
United States
Volo
Illinois
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In light of the most recent Ludology episode.

From what I know of it, seems like a very interesting but very difficult/complex game.
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17. Board Game: Himalaya [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
Charlie Taylor
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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I've enjoyed this game immensely and I think it would be right up the alleys of many HTP followers.
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18. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:470]
Andrew Rauenzahn
United States
Ridley Park
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This one has been on my shelf since it was released. Been hoping to find someone who knows how to play it or the previous editions so I don't have to learn it on my own.
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19. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:201]
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United Kingdom
Basingstoke
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I thought I had a handle on this game; then I tried to play it. Can't believe how many mistakes I made! Although I think that the rules are fairly simple (even though I got it wrong), where I think a HTP 'cast could help is in the actual playing of the game (not the setup and rules). Perhaps more of a Guinea Pig (I guess you'll call it a "Cavy" to avoid British pronunciation - heaven forefend!) than a Hamster is what we need here.

For me the thing I struggled with was how/when to use dogma and how to actually generate score (fairly important part of the game, I'd say)
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20. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:364]
Lee Frank
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Bloomfield
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I'd like to see a video review of How to Play Jamaica Jamaica.

The simultaneous action thing is a bit hard to explain to my wife.

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21. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:364]
Lee Frank
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Bloomfield
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I'd like to see a How To Play on Jamaica. The simultaneous action selection is a bit confusing. I think I get it, but I can't explain it to my wife (and hence she hates the game.) Help!
 
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22. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:171]
Adam Brocker
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A game that seems to be designed with ease of teaching in mind. After trying to teach RFtG several time, I gave up on it. This game renewed my hope in engine building games.
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23. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:71]
Aaron White
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Marysville
Washington
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I picked this up last night after doing some research and becoming entranced by all of the glowing reviews. As a huge Tolkien fan and often solo gamer, this seemed right up my alley.

Unfortunately, an hour and a half into the demo round, I had to give up and go to bed. Pershaps my expectations were that the game was simpler, but it seems rather complex with a lot going on per card and each round full of different actions. I would love a non-written explanation of this game so that I could more quickly understand (and thus enjoy) it.

Hook it up, bro! sauron
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24. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:156]
James 3
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Atlanta
Georgia
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I just got this in a math trade after enjoying playing it at a con...and realize there is so much going on (turn order track, future action cubes, -3 penalties, adjaceny in town, tribute donations, goods shipping...wtf!), and alot is not intuitive to say the least. I want to teach this one, but definitely need a way to break it down that makes sense and flows. Sounds like a case for How to Play!

Stefan Feld games are fun, but they aren't straightforward...
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25. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:96]
Brenden Johnson
United States
Lakeville
Minnesota
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This isn't *super* complex, but it has lots of moving parts and isn't the easiest to explain. I'd love to hear the basic strategy for it as well.
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