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As is my idiom, I've created yet another GeekList. But this is no ordinary GeekList. Oh no, this a special GeekList. Kinda' sorta' ...

First off, this is my 150th GeekList. I'd like to thank all my fellow Geeks for your great support over the years by reading & rating my GeekLists. Second, this is the first GeekList in the newly renovated, updated, upgraded, improved GeekList engine (and I'm diggin' it!).

So what better forum to announce our podcast, the Metagamers (http://www.themetagamers.com/). The announcement probably won't come as a surprise to many of you, given a recent GeekList about what folks like and don't like about podcasts, and knowing that gaming geeks have a penchant for chatting up their hobby.

The Metagamers concept is simple - a podcast by board gamers, for board gamers. We're a varied group of gamers with varied tastes and preferences. We like games. And we love to talk about games. Hopefully, you'll enjoy listening to us. As more episodes are released, this GeekList will serve as an index to our podcast, breaking down each episode in one convenient location...

What do you think?
What would you like to hear in upcoming episodes?
What sorts of segments or information do you enjoy the most?
Care to share any comments or thoughts on our podcast?


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1. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:157]
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Episode 1 - Two's Company, Three's a crowd
http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_id=187943

Welcome to our first episode, where we take a look at some recent gaming, news notes, and then discuss scalability in games, and why some games work well with different numbers of players.

Hosts
Mark Haberman (habermanm)
Jay Little (ynnen)
Jim Cote (ekted)

Index
00:00 Intro
03:17 Recent Gaming
12:20 News & Notes
29:52 Main Segment: Area Influence Games
49:13 Exit

Games Mentioned (* = in passing)
Recent Gaming: Zertz, Punct*, Yinsh*, DVONN*, Tumbling Dice, Crokinole*, PitchCar*, Vegas Showdown, Ticket to Ride*, Settlers of Catan*, Amun-Re*, Great Wall of China*, Beowulf, Cranium Hoopla, Time's Up*, Make n' Break, Carousel*, Villa Palleti*, Hamsterolle*

News & Notes: Colosseum, Princes of Florence*, Clash of Gladiators*, Age of Steam, Railroad Tycoon, Tide of Iron, Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition*, Memoir '44, Advanced Squad Leader, Duel in the Dark, Siena*

Main Segment: Amun-Re, Princes of Florence, Ingenious, St. Petersburg*, Caylus, Tikal*, Java*, Attika, Louis XIV*, Hey! That's My Fish!, Goa*, Antike*, Kill Doctor Lucky*, Web of Power*, Carolus Magnus*, San Marco, Alhambra*, Katzenjammer Blues*, City & Guilds*, Masons, Tigris & Euphrates*, Great Wall of China, Beowulf, Santiago, El Grande*, Wallenstein*, Oasis*, Ra, Samurai, Through the Desert, Keythedral
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:50]
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Episode 2 - Area Majority/Control
http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_id=187944

In this episode we discuss the widely used Area Control / Majority mechanic. Despite its popularity and presence in so many games, it's not a searchable category or mechanic on BoardGameGeek.com.

Hosts
Mark Haberman (habermanm)
Jay Little (ynnen)
Jim Cote (ekted)

Index
00:00 Intro
00:26 Recent Gaming
17:47 News & Notes
32:57 Main Segment: Area Influence Games
59:37 Exit

Games Mentioned (* = in passing)
Recent Gaming: Downfall of Pompeii, Elasund, Carcassonne*, Fjords*, Go*, Through the Desert*, Pueblo*, Midnight Party*, Twilight Struggle, Liberte, Cranium Hoopla, Beowulf, Snorta*, Risk*, Axis & Allies*, Fearsome Floors

News & Notes: Age of Empires III, Caylus*, Leonardo da Vinci*, Puerto Rico*, Struggle of Empires*, Goa*, Settlers of Catan (Xbox 360), Zombietown, Zombies!!!*

Main Segment: Web of Power, El Grande, San Marco, Carcassonne, Santiago*, Union Pacific, Get the Goods, Modern Art, Alhambra, Maharaja, Blue Moon City, Hansa, Perikles, Alexandros, Taj Mahal, Samurai, Entdecker, Australia
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3. Board Game: Chop Suey [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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I've just posted the first "Expansion" for The Metagamers Podcast. In this Expansion, I talk a bit about myself, the hobby and shares an embarrassingly bad version of the original Intro theme which was thankfully voted down by Mark and Jim...

The Metagamers >> Expansion 1 - About Ynnen
http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_id=191649

These shorter mini-episodes provide some additional context about The Metagamers hosts and our likes and leanings in between the full podcasts. These Expansions are bite-sized morsels of gaming goodness that may not otherwise fit into the context of our main segments.

HostsJay Little (ynnen)

Index (total run-time 8:51)
0:00 - Metagamers Intro
0:28 - Expansion Intro
1:20 - Ynnen's Background
4:36 - I Love My >>
6:08 - Over the Top Intro Attempt
7:52 - Goodbye For Now
8:24 - Outro

Games Mentioned (in no particular order)
Boggle, Scrabble, Blood Bowl, Chainsaw Warrior, Talisman, Wizard, Cribbage, Hearts, Pitch, Cosmic Encounter, Klay Warz, Exodus, Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons

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4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:128]
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The Metagamers >> Episode 3 - Our Favorite Games
http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_id=191845

In our third Episode of the MetaGamers we discuss some of our favorite games, and why we like them so much. Since this discussion about our favorite games was so easy to talk about, and we each have such varied tastes, we opted to have a longer main segment.

Hosts
Mark Haberman (habermanm)
Jay Little (ynnen)
Jim Cote (ekted)

Index
00:00 Intro
00:26 Recent Gaming
30:27 Main Segment: Personal Favorites
71:41 Exit

Games Mentioned (* = in passing)
Recent Gaming: War of the Ring, Twilight Struggle*, Antike, Elasund, Lord of the Rings, California, On the Underground, Through the
Desert*, Hollywood Blockbuster, Ra*, Cranium Hoopla, Cribbage, Cairo,
Make 'n' Break*, X-Bugs*, Pitch Car*

Main Segment: Ra, Taj Mahal, Beowulf*, Blood Bowl, Get the Goods, El Grande, San Marco*, Cosmic Encounter, Goa, Fjords, Time's Up,
Maharaja, Princes of Florence*, Vinci*, ASL Starter Kits*, Subbuteo,
Fury of Dracula*, Shadows Over Camelot*, Minion Hunter,
Battlestations, For Sale*, Samurai*, Beowulf*, Siege of the Citadel*
 
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5. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:239]
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The Metagamers >> Expansion 2 -- Amun-Re Strategy Guide

In this, our second expansion episode, we delve deep into the strategy game Amun-Re. We will be discussing strategies for the first and second epochs, running down the relative value of the provinces, discussing the value of the power cards, and answering some listener questions.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it is highly recommended that you read the rules, and even get in a game or two online to get the most out of this episode.

http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_id=194900

Hosts
Mark Haberman (habermanm)
Jay Little (ynnen)

Index
00:00 - Intro
00:48 - Why Amun-Re?
03:09 - Overview of Strategies & Concepts
05:50 - Strategies for the First Kingdom
14:18 - How to Evaluate Regions
20:22 - Region by Region Analysis
38:32 - Power Card Preview
44:15 - Second Half Strategies
46:50 - In-Depth Power Card Discussion
53:58 - Strategy Q&A
71:07 - Outro

Games Mentioned (* = in passing)
Amun-Re!

 
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6. Board Game: Venedig [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4117]
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The Metagamers >> Episode 4 - Venedig: Live Session Report
http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_id=199698

In this episode we deal with cats, various technical difficulties, and oh yeah, we play Venedig on BSW. We discuss the rules in depth and tactical situations as they arise in game.

This episode also marks the start of our new ongoing partnership with GameSurplus.com by announcing the first of many contests. We will be giving away two $10 gift certificates a month to our listeners, so stay tuned!

A note about the sound quality: We experienced several problems while recording and editing the podcast, resulting in poor sound quality throughout the episode. We are sorry for this, and the next episode will be back up to our usual standards.

Hosts
Mark Haberman (habermanm)
Gerald Cameron (linnaeus)
Jim Cote (ekted)

Index
00:00 Intro
01:33 Recent Gaming
33:58 Main Segment
52:00 Venedig (screencap 1)
52:20 Venedig (screencap 2)
57:50 Venedig game end (screencap 3)
59:22 Contest
62:57 Outro

Games Mentioned
Recent Gaming: Bonaparte at Marengo, El Grande, Tikal, Shogun,
Wallenstein, Antike, Shadows Over Camelot, Saboteur, Factory Fun,
Take It Easy, Mission: Red Planet, Boomtown, Salamanca, Tigris &
Euphrates, Acquire, Hermagor, Thurn & Taxis

Main Segment: Venedig, Tower of Babel, Blue Moon City, Torres
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7. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:302]
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The MetaGamers >> Episode 5 - Luck & Chaos
http://themetagamers.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=205032

In this episode we talk about all manner of gaming goodness, from our recent gaming to some interesting news bits. We also introduce a brand new Strategy segment (which desperately needs your help finding a new name!). Our main segment focuses on the randomness, luck and chaos in games - and just what we mean by those terms, which get tossed around the hobby quite a bit.

Just watch out for the cat in that ding n' dent copy of Settlers of Catan!

Hosts
Mark Haberman (habermanm)
Jason Little (ynnen)
Jim Cote (ekted) -- (note to self: sounds like "Cody")

Index
00:00 Intro
00:58 Recent Gaming
15:10 Contest Winner!
17:01 News & Notes
27:12 5-Minute Strategies
37:31 Main Segment: Luck & Chaos
67:55 Outro & The End....?

Games Mentioned

Recent Gaming: Notre Dame, Blood Bowl, Mare Nostrum w/Mythology Expansion, Dungeons & Dragons, Mexica, Goa, Beowulf , Taj Mahal, Go, Liberte, Notre Dame, Santiago, Bull in a China Shop (Der Elefant in Porzellanladen), Medici vs. Strozzi, Medici, Wayfinder, Mancala, Samurai

News: Cleopatra's Caboose (Yeah Zambo!),Notre Dame, Puerto Rico, Venedig, Tichu, Ra, Race for the Galaxy, Phoenicia, San Juan, Zepter von Zavandor

Slightly-More-Than-5-Minute-Strategy-Segment: Samurai!, Puerto Rico, Samurai, Samurai, Samurai, Samurai, Samurai

Main Segment: Caylus, Crokinole, PitchCar, X-Bugs, Settlers of Catan, Louis XIV, Beowulf, Risk, The Napoleonic Wars, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Crusader Rex, Ra, Caylus, Chess, Princes of Florence, Notre Dame, Fairy Tale, Lost Cities, Citadels, Maharaja, Mission: Red Planet

The End??
 
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