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Ep 11 – The Co-Op Episode

We joked we would call it the co-op episode but that's really a bit of a misnomer. While we do focus on the Ravensburger game Horrified, which is a beautiful family weight, gateway co-op. And we do spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of playing co-op games...

Ep 10 – What’s Your worst?

In Episode 10 we spend a lot of time chatting about some of our favourites games. I’m looking at you Raiders of the North Sea. I introduce Steve to geekgroup.app a web app that links to your BGG (Board Game Geek) account and visualizes your collection data in so many fun ways. This leads us to discover what is considered the worst games in our collections based on the BGG ranking system. Of course, being the lowest-ranked may not actually make them the worst.

Episode 9: The road to catan?

For episode 9 I get a bit excited about the book Eurogames by Stewart Woods and try and explain to Steve what I find fascinating about the world before Catan.

Interview: Jon Merchant

A short interview with Jon Merchant. An artist from Barrie, Ontario, who spends his days as a project manager for an IT Solutions company and spends his off-hours as an illustrator and graphic designer, designed the game “Squires for Hire” and also put together the adorable woodland art.

Eila & Something Shiny

Eila and Something Shiny is a unique and clever solo experience. I had a blast playing this game and my 6-year-old had just as much fun watching my adventure with Eila. As an avid solo board gamer, this is one of my most highly anticipated games of the year. I can’t wait to continue adventuring towards the promise of “something shiny” this April when the game launches on Kickstarter.

MatchBox

Thundergryph Games is getting close to launching their new Matchbox Collection of games. 5 small box games in this first wave hitting Kickstarter on March 3rd . Each of the 5 games in the series is promising small boxes, great art, short playtimes, and hopefully big fun. 3 of the five games have intro videos and rules available on the website now. Each with a solo play ruleset with two of the games, 15 Days and Rebis, offering a player count of 1-4.

Squire for Hire

Jon Merchant’s Squire for Hire, published by Letiman Games,  caught my eye on Kickstarter for a couple of reasons. The first, as always, is the artwork. Hard to imagine a game getting traction on KS nowadays that doesn’t look good and Squire for Hire looks adorable. Anthropomorphized forest creatures, dressed up in their finest adventuring gear each with their own backpack crammed full of gear, and snacks.

Board Game Expo 2020

YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL GAME STORE IS WHERE IT’S AT!
I have been noticing pre-release announcements for games from a few publishers like Red Raven, Pandasaurus Games and Renegade that have been a little bit different. They all mentioned that this game (Deep Vents by Red Raven) or that game (Sonora by Pandasaurus) will be available at BGX on April 4.

Roll Player Adventures

The first bit of news I mention for 2020 is pretty exciting, although not very detailed since we mostly feed off of table scraps here. Thunderworks Games dropped a pic on Instagram today of the box for Roll Player Adventures and in the comments mentioned that it is a new campaign-style co-op RPG-LIKE game in the Roll Player universe that will allow you to play your Roll Player generated characters.

Ben Boersma, Darwin Games

I recently connected with Ben from Darwin Games over Instagram after we had both posted images of Crokinole boards a few days apart mentioning that we were each waiting 30 days for the topcoats of polyurethane to dry. His board was one he had built himself and painted to look like a giant eyeball from one of the Occulite creatures that live in his tabletop universe. Mine was a less impressive resurfacing of an old hand-me-down I had received.