Botch Games Podcast

In our twenty-fourth episode, Craig and Dave gather to talk about a few new games this week and update you on their progress in the 3x3 challenge. This week they talk about Shadowrun Crossfire from Catalyst Game Labs and Tschak from Gameworks. In their hype segment, they look at Skulldug! from Ruddy Games, Rattle, Battle, and Grab the Loot from Portal Games, B-Sieged from CoolMiniorNot and Dragon Punch from Kown Hendrix. In a special segment, Dave and Craig have some beef with Games Workshop's new game, Assassinorum Execution Force, and they talk about Board Games based on IP's. Lastly they tell some stories from their games in the 3x3 challenge. Thanks for tuning in!

Show Times:

Tschak (Gameworks): 8:00

Shadowrun: Crossfire (Catalyst): 18:15

Assassinorum Execution Force (Games Workshop): 32:45

Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot (Portal Games): 45:00

Skulldug! (Ruddy Games): 46:30

B-Sieged (CoolMiniOrNot): 48:30

Dragon Punch (Kown Hendrix): 51:30

Topic: IP's in Board Games: 53:30

3x3 Challenge: Stories from the table: 1:06:45

Direct download: 24completr.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

In Episode 23, Craig and Dave do a filler game round up in their just played segment, looking at Dungeon Roll from TMG, Just Desserts from Looney Labs, and Walk the Plank from Mayday Games. In a very special interview segment, they talk to Derek Heath from Sky Relics Games about their current Kickstarter project: Sky Relics. Lastly, they pick up the gauntlets thrown down by Punching Cardboard and take on the 3x3 Challenge, where both Craig and Dave each pick three games they will play with each other three times before Origins. We hope you enjoy!

Show Times:

Dungeon Roll (Tasty Minstrel Games): 5:00

Just Desserts (Looney Labs): 16:10

Walk the Plank (MayDay Games): 25:30

Interview: Derek Heath--Sky Relics Games: 31:30

3x3 Challenge: 59:45

Craig's List for Dave: 1:00:30

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Terra Mystica

Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Dave's List for Craig: 1:06:45

Tschak

Dead of Winter

X-Wing Miniatures Game

Craig's List for his Family: 1:12:45

Scoville

Agricola

Viticulture

After-Credits Stinger: 1:19:15

Direct download: 23final.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

In the second half of Fiasco from Bully Pulpit games, our heroes (and villians) are trying secure (or steal) the Super Secret Truth Serum inside of a glowing hot dog all while trying to survive and figure out if it's a love triangle or a live trapezoid. We hope you enjoy our wrap up!

Direct download: fiasco1part2fin.mp3
Category:Plays -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Episode 22 marks the return of Craig's beloved co-host David. In this Episode they talk about David's first kickstarter game to arrive in the mail, Antidote by Bellwether Games. Also they dive into Steam Donkey by the Ragnar Brothers and discuss their new addition, The X-Wing miniatures game from Fantasy Flight. In their hype section of the cast, they look at Sky Relics, a new Airship miniature combat game, Posthuman by Mr. B Games, and Star Wars Imperial Assault first full expansion, Twin Shadows. In their topic segment, they discuss grief and the role of games as both an escape from times of tragedy and the imprtance of the community during times of grief. Lastly, Craig finally gets his turn at the Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round. Enjoy and see you next week!

Show Times: 

Battle Arena Show Cancellation (KOTI Games): 4:15

Antidote (Bellwether Games): 6:30

Steam Donkey (Ragnar Brothers): 18:30

X-Wing Miniatures Game (Fantasy Flight): 27:45

Sky Relics (Sky Relics Games LLC): 42:00

Posthuman (Mr. B Games): 52:15

One Night Resistance: 58:30

The Siblings Trouble: 59:00

Imperial Assault: Twin Shadows (Fantasy Flight Games): 1:00:45

Topic: Grief and Community Influence on Tragedy: 1:05:30

Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round--Craig: 1:21:30

Direct download: ep22.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

Welcome to another episode of Botch Plays! This time, we're joined by the Nerd Perspetive to play the first half of a game of Fiasco by Bully Pulpit Games. Our setting is a group of "super" heroes, who in all actuality could just be regular people in tights. We hope you enjoy and look for the second half next Friday!

Direct download: FirstfiascoAfin.mp3
Category:Plays -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

In Episode 21, Craig is joined by Chuck on the episode in which the podcast is now of legal age. They talk at length about Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre from Cryptozoic Games, Pathfinder Advanture Card Game from Mike Selinker and Paizo, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf from Ted Alspach and Bezier Games, giving a game breakdown and discussion for each. In kickstarter and overall hype news, they talk about Forbidden Stars from Fantasy Flight, 504 from Friedemann Friese, and The Titans of Gaming Series from Calliope Games. After a shout out to their local shops and groups for International Tabletop Day, they dive into a topic where they discuss how to get a group back into roleplaying after a falling out.

Show Times:

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards (Cryptozoic): 3:00

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Paizo): 11:00

One Night Ultimate Werewolf (Bezier): 27:45

Forbidden Stars (Fantasy Flight): 37:00

504 (2F-Spiele): 41:30

Titans Series Kickstarter (Calliope Games): 45:30

Local Shops: 50:30

Topic: Let's Roleplay Again: 54:30 

Direct download: ep21fin.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

In episode 20, Craig and Duke do their best to derail any kind of board game discussion semblance while discussing a myriad of games. They talk in depth about Keyflower from R&D Games, Star Wars Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games, and Pina Pirata from Iello Games. In Kickstarter talk, they look at Wizard's Academy from 3D Total Games and Battle Arena Show from KOTI Games. Lastly, they do a topic round up where they discuss the controversy surrounding Gen Con 2015 and Indiana Law, the replacement of slave cards with fakir cards in Five Tribes from Days of Wonder, and then talk about innovative game components which are still functional. 

Show Times:

Keyflower (R&D Games): 4:45

X-Wing (Fantasy Flight): 15:00

Star Wars Imperial Assault (Fantasy Flight): 18:00

Pina Pirata (Iello): 31:30

Wizard's Academy (3D Total Games): 39:15

Battle Arena Show (KOTI Games): 46:30

Topic Roundup:

Gen Con 2015 and Indiana Law: 53:30

Five Tribes Slaves to Fakirs: 1:02:15

Beautiful Yet Functional Components: 1:14:00

Direct download: ep20fin.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

In our first fifth week minisode we take a look at the different learning stlyes of our little group from the mouths of each group member. Each of us talks for a few minutes about how we learn to play new games and how our group can accomodate each learning style to promote an atmosphere of fun and learning. 

We hope you enjoy this little episode and we'll be back next week with a full length episode!

Show Times:

Craig's Spiel: 3:00

Erin's Speech: 5:55

Tyler's Summary: 7:10

Duke's Sales-Pitch: 9:30

B's Story: 11:25

Chuck's Scoop: 12:50

Wrap-up: 13:55

Direct download: minisode1fin.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

In episode 19, Craig and Duke discuss the social contract of gathering at the table to play games: what is expected as a participant, how to function as part of the group, and the faux pas that ruin game nights. They get in depth with two games they're playing: At the Gates of Loyang from Z-man Games and Last will by Czech Games Edition. In Kickstarter talk, they look at Neon Sanctum and Burgle Bros. and talk about the hits their wallets have taken recently. Lastly, in their What the What segment, they finally define "Botch Games." 

Show Times:

At the Gates of Loyang (Z-Man Games): 8:00

Last Will (Czech Games Edition): 16:00

Burgle Bros. Kickstarter (Tim Fowers): 30:30

Neon Sanctum Kickstarter (Grenade Punch Games): 35:45

What the What?! "Botch Games": 40:30

Topic: Social Contract: 45:00

Direct download: ep19fin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

In episode 18, Craig and guest co-host Duke discuss the struggle of scaling their four and five player games down to a two player format for spousal gaming: What games do it right? What games do it wrong? How can designers better figure in scalability?

They also discuss a number of games including Deus from Pearl Games, XCOM The Board Game from Fantasy Flight, and Star Realms from White Wizard Games. They talk some kickstarter games such as Vault Wars from Floodgate Games, Entropy from Allen Chang, and Valeria Card Kingdoms from Daily Magic. In their What the What?! segment, Craig defines what a 4x game is and what must exist for a game to be called a 4x game. Lastly, they recap some local gaming events with the grand opening Pi day celebration at the Malted Meeple, and the Board Game flea market at Underhills Games before subjecting Duke to a little game of Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round.

Show Times:

Deus (Pearl Games): 2:15

XCOM The Board Game (Fantasy Flight): 9:15

Star Realms (White Wizard): 19:45

Entropy (Allen Chang): 20:45

Vault Wars (Floodgate): 22:45

Valeria Card Kingdoms (Daily Magic): 25:45

Castles of Mad King Ludwig Expansion (Bezier): 27:30

Malted Meeple Opening and Underhills Games Flea Market: 30:45

What the What?! 4x Defined: 43:15

Topic: Scalability of Games to 2 Players: 46:00

Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round: 1:26:00

Direct download: ep18fin.mp3
Category:Games -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT