Thu, 31 December 2015
In Episode 39, Craig takes a look at three games sent to him for review from Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG). First up is the competitve push your luck game of cutting wires and making your friends explode in Bomb Squad Academy. Secondly, He look at the cooperative, Hanabi-style game, Bomb Squad, full of map movement, bomb defusal, secret hands, and a real-time countdown timer. Lastly, he looks at the import/reprint Orleans, a bag building, action selection game. Happy New Years Everyone!
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: (9:30)
Bomb Squad Academy (TMG): 13:00
Bomb Squad (TMG): 32:20
Orleans (TMG): 56:00
Fri, 18 December 2015
Episode 38: The End of Year Wrap Up (ft Secret Hitler, Bring Out Yer Dead, Elysium, Cosmic Encounter)
In Episode 38, Craig digs through his stack and pulls out the last few games to be reviewed from 2015 in anticipation of his best of 2015 list debuting in January 2016. Starting off Craig gives a brief synopsis of Lifeline, a storytelling iOS and Android game and his adoration for the style. Second, he goes even further away from his normal reviews and gives an in-depth look at Secret Hitler, a hidden role game which is live on Kickstarter from the team the created Cards Against Humanity. Now on to the main event! This week, Craig reviews Bring out Yer Dead from Upper Deck Entertainment, an area-control, family style game, Elysium from Space Cowboy, a Greek mythology card drafting/selection game, and Cosmic Encounter, the age old classic game of conquest and OP aliens. Have a great holiday, dear listener!
Lifeline App (3 minute games): 6:00
Secret Hitler (Max Temkin): 10:30
Bring OUt Yer Dead (Upper Deck): 23:30
Elysium (Space Cowboy): 37:40
Cosmic Encounter (FFG): 52:20
Fri, 4 December 2015
In Episode 37, Craig takes a look at expansions for two of his favorite Antoine Bauza games, in Takenoko Chibis, an expansion about baby pandas, and Tokaido Crossroads, a game about even more choices on Tokaido road. He discusses what he thinks was necessary additions in the expansions, what didn't need to exist, and his overall thoughts of how the expansions add or detract from the base games. Also in this episode, Craig goes in depth about Above and Below from Ryan Laukat's Red Raven Games, and if the game can blend mechanisms from Thematic games and Euro games successfully.
Takenoko: Chibis (Matagot): 9:03
Tokaido: Crossroads (FunForge): 26:20
Above and Below (Red Raven Games): 41:18