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Episode 225: Carnegie

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:00:04 +0000
There was a time you could just stroll in a big box store in the United States and just buy a miniatures skirmish game that was actually pretty good. Sure, it didn't have analog movement or anything, but it used true line of sight and had amazing plastic terrain. So much plastic. Like, a whole lot. One the one hand, Hasbro says they're bringing HeroScape back, but on the other, ain't no way it's coming back the same as it was. They're going to bleed us dry for those little pre-painted dolls--even assuming they're still pre-painted, that is.

Games Played Last Week:
02:22 -My Father's Work (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2022)
04:20 -Kleos (Jim Kavanagh, Azure Horizon Games, 2021)
08:14 -Meeple War (Max Valembois, Blue Cocker Games, 2016)
10:23 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
12:24 -Neuroshima Hex! 3.0: Beasts (Joanna Kijanka, Portal Games, 2021)
13:48 -Catch the Moon (Fabien Riffaud & Juan Rodriguez, Bombyx, 2017)
15:09 -A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians (Gernot Köpke & Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)
16:45 -Zeppelin Attack! (Eric B. Vogel, Evil Hat Productions, 2014)
19:22 -Arctic Scavengers (Robert K. Gabhart, Rio Grande Games, 2009)
20:43 -Capital Lux 2: Generations (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2021)
23:04 -Wonderland's War (Tim Eisner, Ben Eisner, & Ian Moss, Druid City Games, 2022)
26:53 -Flourish (James A. Wilson & Clarissa A. Wilson, Starling Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
29:37 Everdell digital on Steam by Dire Wolf
30:37 www.patreon.com/svwag
31:39 HeroScape: Age of Annihilation announced at GenCon
34:35 Imperium: Horizons expandalone for Classics/Legends with 14 new civilizations
37:05 SVWAG at the Shut Up & Sit Down Expo: SHUX! September 30 - October 2

37:19 Feature Game: Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2022)

Episode 224: Does the Industry Demand Too Much?

Tue, 02 Aug 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Times are bad. Children no longer listen to their elders and everyone is running a Kickstarter. When I started this hobby I had no idea I would get a crash course in international shipping and logistics. Back in the day you might have had a friend in Germany send you the hot new thing, now you're tracking to see when the container ship with your stuff gets to leave port in China.

01:24 AYURIS: Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:42 -Legacy of Dragonholt (Nikki Valens with Daniel Clark, Tim Flanders, Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, & Greg Spyridis, FFG, 2017)
09:51 -Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Scrawlers--Heroes of Undermountain (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Konstantinos Karagiannis, Wizkids, 2021)
11:36 -The Great Wall (Kamil 'Sanex' Cieśla, Robert Plesowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms, 2021)
15:08 -Eriantys (Leo Colovini, Cranio Creations, 2021)
20:28 -Northgard: Uncharted Lands (Adrian Dinu, Shiro Games, 2022)
26:14 -Space Station Phoenix (Gabriel J. Cohn, Rio Grande Games, 2022)
30:07 -Don't L.L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
31:21 -Circadians: Chaos Order (S J Macdonald & Zach Smith, Garphill Games, 2022)
37:35 -Mosaic: A Story of Civilization (Glenn Drover, Forbidden Games, 2022)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
47:38 Peter Pan by Marc Paquien
48:07 Reprint of Traumfabrik: Nightmare Productions (by Trick or Treat Productions)
48:29 Return of the 7th Sea CCG
48:45 Deal with the Devil: hidden roles, app-driven, huge theological questions
49:26 Bloodstones by Martin Wallace
50:31 SVWAG at the Shut Up & Sit Down Expo: SHUX! September 30 - October 2

51:11 Topic: Does the Industry Demand Too Much?

Episode 223: Stroganov

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Much talk of animals this week, what with wombats and mass animal harvesting in Stroganov. Mark's experience was that despite covering many hot-button issues in his medical ethics classes, the one that invariably produced the most voluble emotional responses was that of medical testing on animals. Pit Bull owners, in particular; despite there being no medical testing of the type discussed on Pit Bulls. Go figure.

Games Played Last Week:
01:03 -San Francisco (Reiner Knizia, Rebel Studio, 2022)
04:44 -Ca$h 'n Guns: Second Edition (Ludovic Maublanc, Repos Production, 2014)
06:69 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2022)
08:15 -Vengeance (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2018)
10:17 -Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Scrawlers--Heroes of Undermountain (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Konstantinos Karagiannis, Wizkids, 2021)
12:58 -Dungeons, Dice & Danger (Richard Garfield, alea, 2022)
15:44 -Space Statoon Phoenix (Gabriel J. Cohn, Rio Grande Games, 2022)
20:09 -The Great Wall (Kamil 'Sanex' Cieśla, Robert Plesowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms, 2021)
23:08 -Hand-to-Hand Wombat (Matthew Inman, Elan Lee, & Cory O'Brien, Exploding Kittens, 2022)
26:38 -Transmissions (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2022)
27:54 -Legacy of Dragonholt (Nikki Valens with Daniel Clark, Tim Flanders, Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, & Greg Spyridis, FFG, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:06 SVWAG at the Shut Up & Sit Down Expo: SHUX! September 30 - October 2
32:30 SVWAG back on YouTube: Video review of Stars of Akarios' Prelude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXJrOXhZz0E
32:42 Gordon Calleja's Fateforge: Chronicles of Kaan
33:33 Undaunted: Battle of Britain
34:37 Ascending Empires: Zenith edition 2023 WizKids
35:48 Hickory Dickory
36:20 Spirit Island: New Horizons Target-exclusive
38:42 CMON's Dune: War for Arrakis

39:20 Feature Game: Stroganov (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2021)

Episode 222: Fumbling towards a New Normal

Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:00:03 +0000
We celebrate the release of a palindrome episode with the glorious news of the return of SHUX, the Shut Up & Sit Down Expo. Perhaps more relevantly, SVWAG are invited guests! Both Mark and Walker will be in Vancouver from September 30th to October 2nd. Now that you know where they will be, you can more efficiently avoid them. Or you could go play a game with them, whatevs.

02:54 AYURIS: Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
05:45 -Vengeance: Roll & Fight (Gordon Calleja, Noralie Lubbers, & Dávid Turczi, Mighty Boards, 2022)
10:05 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
10:52 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)
12:54 -Battlelore 2nd Edition (Richard Borg & Robert A. Kouba, FFG, 2013)
15:57 -Millennium Blades: Collusion (Joshua Van Laningham & D. Brad Talton, Jr., Level 99 Games, 2021)
21:32 -Golem (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2021)
22:42 -Clash of the Gladiators (Reiner Knizia, Rio Grande Games, 2002)
27:17 -Guards of Atlantis II (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2022)
28:22 -Ghost Adventure (Wlad Watine, Buzzy Games, 2020)
31:36 -Orléans (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2014)
33:01 -Shamans (Cédrick Chaboussit, Studio H, 2021)
37:19 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2022)
38:39 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)
39:44 -The Guild of Merchant Explorers (Matthew Dunstan & Brett J. Gilbert, AEG, 2022)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
41:09 Discordia by Bernd Eisenstein
41:25 Spiel des Jahres Winner: Cascadia from Randy Flynn and Flatout Games, Kennerspiel Living Forest from Aske Christiansen and Ludonaute
41:52 The Wordle nightmare evolves into board form
42.32 Sabika by Germán P. Millán
43:00 SVWAG at the Shut Up & Sit Down Expo: SHUX! September 30 - October 2

43:57Topic: Fumbling towards a New Normal
Video: Board Game Design: How COVID 19 changed the board game industry forever
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM190p6MiPk

Episode 221: Sakura Arms

Tue, 12 Jul 2022 12:07:52 +0000
It's a weird little thematic disconnect when you're not sure who or what your avatar in-game is. Perhaps we have swallowed corporate personhood so fully that we can easily accept playing as a corporation but balk a little at an amorphous group of power brokers--or a faceless protagonist channeling tree spirits.


Games Played Last Week:
01:51 -The Great Wall (Kamil 'Sanex' Cieśla, Robert Plesowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms, 2021)
08:19 -Stars of Akarios (Brendan McCaskell & Jonathan Thwaites, OOMM, 2022)
12:16 -Messina 1347 (Raúl Fernández Aparicio & Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2021)
[EDIT: An earlier version of this episode uncritically parroted the dodgy history of the game's purported setting. We apologize for the error and will address it further.]
13:56 -So Clover! (François Romain, Repos Production, 2021)
16:01 -Rush Out! (Thomas Dupont, Sit Down!, 2021)
19:43 -Vengeance: Roll & Fight (Gordon Calleja, Noralie Lubbers, & Dávid Turczi, Mighty Boards, 2022)
23:30 -Project L (Michal Mikeš, Jan Soukal, & Adam Spanel, Boardcubator, 2020)
26:45 -Ark Worlds: MOBA Inspired Hero Engagements Game (Orion McClelland, Unpossible Game Labs, 2021)
31:04 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
32:42 -The Silver Bayonet (Joseph McCullough, Osprey Games, 2021)
37:30 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
38:12 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
38:34 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
40:35 Grand Carnival expansion and Kittens Love Sushi on Kickstarter
41:32 Omicron Protocol: Critical Condition on Kickstarter
42:25 So far so good for Board Game Arena under Asmodee? T&E, Regicide, El Grande

44:17 Feature Game: Sakura Arms (BakaFire, Level 99 Games 2022)

Episode 220: Dice Realms

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Enjoy the works of Thomas Lehmann while you can! Despite the lack of player interaction of Dice Realms, Mr. Lehmann has violated local, provincial, and federal law by not supplying a solo mode. International treaty has also been flouted by the absence of a campaign. I fear he may be put in boardgame jail as a consequence. Can he build a tableau convincing enough as his defence? His attorney, Dr. Gonzo, does not inspire much confidence.

Games Played Last Week:
01:01 -Titan (Matthieu Podevin, Holy Grail Games, 2022)
09:25 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2022)
12:58 -Core Worlds: Nemesis (Andrew Parks, Quixotic Games, 2021)
16:36 -Transmissions (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2022)
19:11 -burncycle (Josh J. Carlson & Shannon Wedge, Chip Theory Games, 2022)
21:41 -Lancaster: Big Box (Matthias Cramer & Wolfgang Panning, Queen Games, 2015)
27:49 -Sleeping Gods (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven Games, 2021)
31:21 -Shamans (Cédrick Chaboussit, Studio H, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:49 FlickFleet: Xeno Wars on Gamefound
36:12 Village Big Box
36:39 Puerto Rico decolonized: Puerto Rico 1897
37:53 Furnace expansion: Interbellum
38:25 BoardGameGeek signs deal to push Gamegenic sleeves. Too little independent media in boardgaming?

40:22 Feature Game: Dice Realms (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2022)

Episode 219: Guards of Atlantis II

Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:00:02 +0000
Mark had to reign himself in considerably this week, what with the song temptations of the Talking Heads followed by his favourite torch song teased by Welcome to the Moon. He also tried to workshop a Gourds of Atlantis joke, but responses were--to put it mildly--not encouraging. It wasn't a total loss, as he managed to sneak in some Norse mythology in Telestrations. So that's... something.

Games Played Last Week:
01:11 -XenoShyft: Onslaught (Keren Philosophales & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015)
06:21 -Azul: Queen's Garden (Michael Kiesling, Next Move Games, 2021)
09:55 -Spirit Island (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
11:42 -Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Scrawlers--Heroes of Undermountain (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Konstantinos Karagiannis, Wizkids, 2021)
13:41 -Telestrations (Uncredited, USAopoly, 2009)
19:17 -Trickerion: Legends of Illusion (Richard Amann & Viktor Peter, Mindclash Games, 2015)
20:40 -Psycho Killer (Michael Wilkinson, Escape Tabletop Games, 2020)
23:47 -Welcome to the Moon (Alexis Allard & Benoit Turpin, Blue Cocker Games, 2021)
25:47 -Yak (Michael Luu, Pretzel Games, 2022)
26:44 -Dice Realms (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2022)
32:44 -Yokohama Roll & Write (Hisashi Hayashi, OKAZU Brand, 2021)
34:54 -Stars of Akarios (Brendan McCaskell & Jonathan Thwaites, OOMM, 2022)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:22 Spirit Island expansion to be funded on BackerKit; new crowdfunding options
40:55 Galactic Renaissance by Christian Martinez of Inis; the "Political Trilogy" by Matagot

42:05 Feature Game: Guards of Atlantis II (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2022)

Episode 218: Golem

Tue, 21 Jun 2022 10:00:03 +0000
The dam has burst, and the flow of large player-count games rushes without signs of abating. We are willing to be sufficiently foolhardy to gather in larger groups, so the demand for 6+ player games has skyrocketed; and with it, the chance to return to old favourites. Dare we call it... a party?

Games Played Last Week:
02:22 -Guards of Atlantis II (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2022)
07:46 -Thor (Reiner Knizia, Heidelberger Spieleverlag, 2002)
10:37 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
12:13 -Just One (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Production, 2018)
13:28 -Wits & Wagers (Dominic Crapuchettes, North Star Games, 2005)
13:58 -For Sale: Advisors (Stefan Dorra, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2021)
17:39 -The Guild of Merchant Explorers (Matthew Dunstan & Brett J. Gilbert, AEG, 2022)
19:21 -Empyreal: Spells & Steam (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2020)
21:20 -Yak (Michael Luu, Pretzel Games, 2022)
23:28 -Trial by Trolley (Scott Hauser, Skybound Games, 2020)
26:59 -The Chameleon (Rikki Tahta, Big Potato, 2017)
28:09 -Cockroach Poker (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Magier Spiele, 2004)
28:49 -Blood Bound (Kalle Krenzer, Fantasy Flight Games, 2013)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:49 Joan of Arc: Orléans Draw & Write, Yokohama Roll & Write
32:53 KS: Metropolys becomes Skyrise, Septima from Mindclash, and Bot Factory from Lacerda
33:29 RIP Maureen Hiron, hall-of-fame designer of Continuo and many others

34:14 Feature Game: Golem (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2021)

Episode 217: Let's Get on the Same Page

Tue, 14 Jun 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Walker yearns for a universal grammar, a sort of iconograhic Esperanto. That is a bridge too far for Mark, but they nonetheless find common ground on certain time terms and certain graphical conventions. They may be alone, of course, but they would rather that everyone deferred to their intuitions.

01:17 AYURIS: The Castles of Tuscany (Stefan Feld, alea, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:17 -Unsettled (Marc Neidlinger & Tom Mattson, Orange Nebula, 2021)
08:45 -Sniper Elite: The Board Game (Roger Tankersly & David Thompson, Rebellion Unplugged, 2022)
12:48 -Hidden Leaders (Andreas Müller, Markus Müller, & Raphael Stocker, BFF Games, 2022)
15:18 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
17:41 -Stars of Akarios (Brendan McCaskell & Jonathan Thwaites, OOMM, 2022)
25:13 -Omicron Protocol (Brendan Kendrick & Bernie Lin, Dead Alive Games, 2022)
31:14 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
32:10 -Warpgate (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)
33:45 -Shards of Infinity (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:36 TOYS! Snap Ships Tactics
36:09 CMON: Cyberpunk 2077 and Zombicide Flip and Write. Whee.
36:58 DVG Reprints & Dice: Pavlov's House and Soldiers in Postman's Uniforms
37:53 War of the Ring Card Game by Ian Brody
38:24 Drags 2 Riches: Eleganza Deckbuilding Extravanganza
39:00 MicroMacro Crime City All-In: Sept 22

39:28 Topic: Let's Get on the Same Page

Episode 216: Not Applicable Bravo

Tue, 07 Jun 2022 10:00:02 +0000
After a purgatorial thirteen months, Mark will be released from his Cain-like wanderings and allowed to repatriate to Kingston where he will get to be home. He figures that if Immanuel Kant got to be world famous before the age of global communications without leaving a 50 kilometer radius of his hometown, he has more than paid his dues. If anyone wants him to attend a function in the future, they had best plan on getting married and/or dying in close proximity to Mark's home.

01:43 AYURIS: Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:51 -Foundations of Rome (Emerson Matsuuichi, Arcane Wonders, 2022)
07:05 -Golem (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2021)
10:56 -Token Terrors: Battlegrounds (John de Campos & Phillip Doccolo, Terrible Games, 2020)
16:50 -Switch & Signal (David Thompson, KOSMOS, 2020)
19:13 -Unsettled (Marc Neidlinger & Tom Mattson, Orange Nebula, 2021)
27:09 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
28:21 -The Bridges of Shangri-La (Leo Colovini, Uberplay, 2003)
32:09 -Merchants of the Dark Road (Brian Suhre, Elf Creek Games, 2022)
36:09 -Paper Tales (Masato Uesugi, Stronghold, 2017)
38:31 -Memoir '44 (Richard Borg, Days of Wonder, 2004)
41:52 -Iwari (Michael Schacht, ThunderGlyph Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
44:51 Ghost Adventure: spinning, grabbing, tilting!
45:57 Uwe Rosenberg's Atiwa (Ghana)
47:42 Idavoll for Nidavellir: giants, Aesir, and more
49:33 Terra Mystica minus tracks becomes Terra Nova?
50:24 Terraforming Mars: Dice Game

Episode 215: David Thompson

Tue, 31 May 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Multi-Deck System Games! Canadian content! Kevin Bacon! So many digressions in an episode packed with so much culture it couldn't even fit in one of Vin Diesel's muscle shirts. We do, however, focus on games long enough to rhetorically ask--with several stress patterns--of David Thompson: who is this guy? As a note, during the time of the taping of this episode, David Thompson released five more excellent board games. Oh, sorry, I type slowly, make that six.

01:23 AYURIS: Fort (Grant Rodiek, Leder Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:36 -Contra: The Board Game (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2022)
08:23 -Hour of Need (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2022)
13:58 -Paint the Roses (Ben Goldman, North Star Games, 2022)
17:41 -Sniper Elite: The Board Game (Roger Tankersly & David Thompson, Rebellion Unplugged, 2022)
24:31 -SCOUT (Kei Kajino, Oink Games, 2019)
26:48 -Hidden Leaders (Andreas Müller, Markus Müller, & Raphael Stocker, BFF Games, 2022)
30:09 -Foundations of Rome (Emerson Matsuuichi, Arcane Wonders, 2022)
34:18 -Stroganov (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2021)
37:44 -burncycle (Josh J. Carlson & Shannon Wedge, Chip Theory Games, 2022)
44:48 -For Sale (Stefan Dorra, Uberplay, 1997)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
46:39 Support the show on Patreon, by word of mouth, or don't. You do you!
48:56 Fantasy Realms Deluxe. With sleeves!
49:35 Arcs by Leder Games on Kickstarter now. Trick-taking!
50:27 Batman: Gotham City Chronicles Season 3. New rulebook!

52:48 Topic: Designer Spotlight: David Thompson
[EDIT: The actor who co-starred in Tremors is named Michael Gross. We regret the error.]

1:17:45 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Pentaverate

Episode 214: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles

Tue, 24 May 2022 10:00:03 +0000
On Mark's drive across Canada (the first time), he stopped in Drumheller, Alberta for some dinosaur tourism. It has a truly impressive nodosaur specimen. The nodosaur is a close relative of the ankylosaur, a key difference being the former's lack of a thagomizer, the club-like appendage at the end of an ankylosaur's tail. Mark bought a plastic ankylosaur as a souvenir. Its name is Angie.
Perseverance doesn't have any ankylosaurs or nodosaurs. A shame.

Games Played Last Week:
00:53 -Planet Unknown (Ryan Lambert & Adam Rehberg, Adam's Apple Games, 2022)
04:53 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2022)
11:16 -Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
15:08 -Titan (Matthieu Podevin, Holy Grail Games, 2022)
21:19 -Hour of Need (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2022)
27:25 -Get on Board: New York & London (Saashi, IELLO, 2022)
28:31 -Omicron Protocol (Brendan Kendrick & Bernie Lin, Dead Alive Games, 2022)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:05 Starship Captains by CGE (not Vlaada)
34:56 Leave the Church in the Village: Quoridor-esque?
35:50 Spiel des Jahres Nominees: Cascadia, SCOUT, Top Ten. Kennerspiel: Living Forest, Cryptid, Dune: Imperium
37:13 Escape from New York

38:07 Feature Game: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles Episodes 1 & 2 (Richard Amann, Thomas Vande Ginste, Viktor Peter, Wolf Plancke, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2022)

1:09:53 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Kid Detective

Episode 213: Omnibus Questions Charlie Bravo

Tue, 17 May 2022 10:00:03 +0000
We received a number of questions of a more personal nature which we have decided not to address. This is only partially out of a sense of privacy. Rather, we are firmly of the editorial position that the show is best when we focus on games, rather than the personal details of the hosts. We pride ourselves in only wasting a certain amount of your valuable time, and were we to indulge in more personal digressions that could easily balloon the show well beyond the limits of absurdity.

01:08 AYURIS: Flotilla (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:10 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
07:26 -Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape (Alex Olteanu & Marco Portugal, CMON, 2022)
11:40 -Foundations of Rome (Emerson Matsuuichi, Arcane Wonders, 2022)
13:31 -Planet Unknown (Ryan Lambert & Adam Rehberg, Adam's Apple Games, 2022)
17:45 -Ghosts of Christmas (Taiki Shinzawa, BoardGameTables.com, 2022)
20:00 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
21:26 -Legendary Inventors (Frédéric Henry, Bombyx, 2016)
22:50 -Capital Lux 2: Generations (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2021)
26:22 -Paint the Roses (Ben Goldman, North Star Games, 2022)
29:40 -Space Alert (Vlaada Chvátil, Czech Games Edition, 2008)
30:57 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:02 Tough Calls: Dystopia; negotiation reminiscent of Durance?
33:05 Anunnaki: Dawn of the Gods is back, revised, on Kickstarter #noTyrnosale
34:10 Awlrach the Drowner from Games Workshop

34:49 Topic: Omnibus Questions Charlie Bravo

Episode 212: Omnibus Questions Charlie Alpha

Tue, 10 May 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Inquiring minds demand to know, and we, your humble servants, must perforce answer. Mark resists the urge to elaborate on Kant and Macross! Walker resists the siren call of nineties hip hop! Such feats of iron will are the least of what our curious and/or trolling listeners deserve.
(It's the curious trolls that always get you in the end)

01:21 AYURIS: Babylonia (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:05 -Switch & Signal (David Thompson, KOSMOS, 2020)
05:30 -Cryptid: Urban Legends (Hal Duncan & Ruth Veevers, Osprey Games, 2022)
09:21 -Horrified: American Monsters (Michael Mulvihill, Ravensburger, 2021)
11:48 -Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape (Alex Olteanu & Marco Portugal, CMON, 2022)
18:29 -Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles Episode 1 (Richard Amann, Thomas Vande Ginste, Viktor Peter, Wolf Plancke, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2022)
22:42 -Core Worlds: Empires (Christopher Guild & Andrew Parks, Quixotic Games, 2021)
30:47 -Paint the Roses (Ben Goldman, North Star Games, 2022)
35:19 -Envelopes of Cash (Andy Schwarz, Envelopes of Cash LLC, 2022)
40:17 -Fjords (Franz-Benno Delonge & Phil Walker-Harding, Grail Games, 2022)
42:55 -Capital Lux 2: Pocket (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
46:30 Age of Steam Deluxe with new maps and no authorial attribution
47:05 Reprint of classic game Inkognito
48:40 David Thompson's RESIST! on Gamefound May 12th
49:09 Point Salad Pokémon version
49:56 Kingdom Builder: Empire Edition for exorbitant monies

51:57 Topic: Omnibus Questions Charlie Alpha

Episode 211: Hidden Trackable Information

Tue, 03 May 2022 10:00:02 +0000
I wanna be where the patients are
I wanna see, wanna see 'em coughin'

Buildin' your wings, you don't get too far
Clients are required for billing, charging

Up where they sneeze, up where they shudder
Up where they stay all day just to suffer
Treatin' for a fee, wish I could be
Part of that world

01:37 AYURIS: Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
04:10 -Wonderland's War (Tim Eisner, Ben Eisner, & Ian Moss, Druid City Games, 2022)
10:04 -Décorum (Harry Mackin, Charlie Mackin, & Drew Tenenbaum, Floodgate Games, 2022)
14:48 -Crescent Moon (Steven Mathers, Osprey Games, 2022)
23:07 -Gutenberg (Katarzyna Cioch & Wojciech Wiśniewski, Granna, 2021)
26:06 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)
28:30 -Stroganov (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2021)
31:01 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
39:25 -Hippocrates (Alain Orban, Game Brewer, 2022)
42:31 -Clinic Deluxe Edition (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)


News (and why it doesn't matter):
46:38 Twilight Imperium Roll and Write
46:56 Twilight Imperium Codex on FFG website
47:27 Anunnaki: Dawn of the Gods cancelled Kickstarter campaign; #noTyrnosale
50:07 Firefly deckbuilding game from Gale Force Nine

50:27 Topic: Hidden Trackable Information

Episode 210: El Grande

Tue, 26 Apr 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Preparation is important. We very carefully do our advance research here at SVWAG, but occasionally mild errors do creep in. For this week, Mark studiously crafted notes and observations on such issues as four octave vocal ranges, Nickelodeon celebrity culture, and whether boredom of a third party constitutes necessary or sufficient conditions for breaking up with one's girlfriend. Sadly for Mark, Ariana was not the Grande under discussion this week, so he was forced to begin anew.

Games Played Last Week:
01:12 -Clinic Deluxe Edition (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)
05:36 -Contra: The Board Game (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2022)
07:08 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
08:38 -Pulsar 2849 (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)
10:59 -Settlement (Oleksandr Nevskiy, IGAMES, 2021)
12:43 -Race for the Galaxy (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)
16:23 -Décorum (Harry Mackin, Charlie Mackin, & Drew Tenenbaum, Floodgate Games, 2022)
19:49 -Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition (Sydney Engelstein, Jacob Fryxelius, & Nick Little, Stronghold Games, 2021)
23:34 -Factory 42 (Timo Multamäki, Dragon Dawn Productions, 2021)
31:05 -Nidavellir: Thingvellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
33:31 -Dune: Imperium--Rise of Ix (Paul Dennen, Dire Wolf, 2022)


News (and why it doesn't matter):
37:19 Rise & Fall by Christophe Boelinger and Ludically launching on Kickstarter in July
37:54 Doomrock Ultimate on Gamefound
38:46 Castles by the Sea on Kickstarter
39:41 Robotech Macross DOG FIGHT follow-up: caveat emptor, perhaps best to wait and see
41:05 Mark on Board Game Barrage this Thursday, April 28
41:45 Check out our Patreon: www.patreon.com/svwag, new exclusive show BLOAT
42:30 Upcoming Omnibus questions episode! Please submit any and all questions. www.sowronggames.com/contact

43:07 Feature Game: El Grande (Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich, Hans im Glück, 1995)

1:15:08 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Orbital Children

Episode 209: End Conditions

Tue, 19 Apr 2022 10:00:04 +0000
A tragedy of consuming media or goods is that sometimes, regardless of how diligent you are, you cannot keep up with new releases. The creators you love might keep putting out new products, and even a casual enthusiast of a given medium might be disappointed to learn that they missed out on an offering. What I'm trying to get at is that HOW DARE they make a new Macross tabletop game and NOT TELL MARK.

01:15 AYURIS: Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fl, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:44 -Cascadia (Randy Flynn, Flatout Games, 2021)
06:25 -Contra: The Board Game (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2022)
12:25 -Planet Unknown (Ryan Lambert & Adam Rehberg, Adam's Apple Games, 2022)
14:43 -Mega Man Adventures (Peter Gousis & Michael D. Kelley, Blacklist Games, 2022)
19:35 -Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)
21:16 -Albedo (Kai Herbertz, Herbertz Entertainment UG, 2017)
23:13 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
28:01 -Medici: The Dice Game (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2020)
30:01 -Merchants of the Dark Road (Brian Suhre, Elf Creek Games, 2022)
33:57 -Mogul (Michael Schacht, Spiele aus Timbuku, 2002)
36:38 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)
37:05 -Attika (Marcel-André Casasola Merkle, Hans im Glück, 2003)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:43 Robotech Macross DOG FIGHT and Mark loses his mind
41:30 Boardgamegeek Golden Geek Award Nominations
42:32 A Game of Thrones 2nd. edition app gets A Feast for Crows expansion
43:12 New Necromunda gets vehicles: Ash Wastes
44:40 Shut Up & Sit Down Expo (SHUX) back in Vancouver: Sep. 30-Oct. 2

45:09 Topic: End Conditions

Episode 208: Agricola

Tue, 12 Apr 2022 10:00:08 +0000
Yes, we are but slaves to the new releases, which is why we are reviewing a fifteen-year-old game. "But that's impossible!" you reply, "No one was alive back then!" Records are scant, but there is a rich oral tradition that people have been playing games at least since the release of Nirvana's Nevermind. Archeologists are still trying to carbon-date that period exactly, though.

Games Played Last Week:
01:39 -Dead Reckoning (John D. Clair, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2022)
08:14 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
09:54 -Familienbande (Leo Colovini, Winning Moves Germany, 2004)
13:23 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
16:04 -Cursed Court (Andrew Hanson, Atlas Games, 2017)
19:37 -Blockers! (Kory Heath, AMIGO, 2007)
21:48 -Dicke Dämonen (Heinrich Glumpler, Edition Erlkönig, 2004)
24:09 -New York Zoo (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2020)
28:05 -Khmer (team SAIEN, Saien, 2010)
30:05 -Priests of Ra (Reiner Knizia, Rio Grande Games, 2009)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:26 Corvus Belli's (of Infinity fame) upcoming fantasy game: Warcrow
33:31 Pfister's Mombasa to become Skymines
34:13 New Cosmic Encounter expansion: Cosmic Odyssey
35:30 Walker's Who Asked for This? Fantasy Realms Marvel, and Deluxe Castles of Burgundy
36:48 Board game beat-em-up à la Golden Axe? Mythic Games' Anastyr
38:35 Through the Desert 25th Anniversary Edition from Steeped Games

39:50 Feature Game: Agricola (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2007) and Agricola (Revised Edition) (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2016)

Episode 207: Miniatures

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Kids in the Hall reviewing Great Western Trail:
"What's the point of what we do?"
"Sorry, I don't follow you."
"Well, I mean, we travel 250,000 light years across the universe, abduct cows, probe them, and release them."
"Yeah, and?"
"Well, doesn't it seem kind of pointless?"
"I don't think I should question the leadership of our Great Leader."
"Oh, come on. We've been coming here for fifty years and performing cow probes, and all that we have learned is that one in ten doesn't really seem to mind. Couldn't we at least abduct their political or religious leaders instead of just random livestock?"
"I'm sure the Great Leader has his reasons."
"Well, I'm sure the Great Leader is just some twisted cow freak."

01:21 AYURIS: Cthulhu: Death May Die (Eric M. Lang & Rob Daviau, CMON, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:19 -Switch & Signal (David Thompson, KOSMOS, 2020)
06:32 -Big Monster (Dimitri Perrier, BoardBros, 2018)
09:13 -Ghosts of Christmas (Taiki Shinzawa, BoardGameTables.com, 2022)
14:29 -Champions of Midgard (Ole Steiness, Grey Fox Games, 2015)
16:11 -Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down (Second Edition) (Felix Mertikat, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
22:41 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
24:15 -Dinosaur Table Battles (Amabel Holland, Hollanspiele, 2020)
27:17 -Great Western Trail: Rails to the North (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018)
29:12 -Quirky Circuits (Nikki Valens, Plaid Hat Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
33:55 Agricola 15; not remotely a "big box"-style omnibus
36:03 Squats return to Warhammer 40K
37:25 Trick Shot Second Edition soon on Gamefound

38:13 Topic: Miniatures

Episode 206: Not Applicable

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:00:03 +0000
Let us not, as the saying goes, hold the perfect in opposition to the good. We here at SVWAG always encourage the lowering of standards, which the hosts tend to do by their very presences--dragging down the average of any group of which they are a part. We offer but a portion of an episode, but let us be optimists and observe that that allows us to be less wrong.

01:34 AYURIS: Versailles 1919 (Geoff Engelstein & Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
05:42 -Creature Comforts (Roberta Taylor, Kids Table BG, 2022)
10:18 -IKI (Koota Yamada, Sorry We Are French, 2015)
14:24 -The Red Cathedral (Israel Cendrero & Sheila Santos, Devir Games, 2020)
18:45 -Switch & Signal (David Thompson, KOSMOS, 2020)
22:55 -Core Worlds (Andrew Parks, Stronghold, 2011)
26:08 -SCOUT (Kei Kajino, Oink Games, 2019)
28:50 -Dinosaur Island: Rawr 'n Write (Brian Lewis, David McGregor, & Marissa Misura, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
31:16 -Just One (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Production, 2018)
33:30 -Brass: Birmingham (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)
36:40 -Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor (Cornelius Cremin, Pawel Mazur, & Dirk Sommer, Nemesis.Games, 2021)
38:33 -Clinic Deluxe Edition (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
40:43 Pathways: Canadian dexterity game on Kickstarter
41:25 Come see Warmboy's website sowronggames.com! Merch, esoteric information, streaming and more!
43:22 ONUS! Traianus on Kickstarter: 2D miniatures-esque gaming.
44:16 Sidereal Confluence: Bifurcation expansion
44:50 Air, Land & Sea: Spies, Lies & Supplies expandalone
45:20 Crescent Moon by Steven Mathers and Osprey Games
46:44 Richard Garfield rolls, writes with Dungeons, Dice & Danger
47:07 Reiner Knizia's follow-up to My City: My Island
47:43 Simpler Lacerda? Bot Factory
48:07 A BGG Top 100 without Reiner Knizia (and Tigris & Euphrates)?

51:39 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: Clue

Episode 205: Draws and Red Flags

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:00:03 +0000
The range of new features our merch line has opened up is endless. Who wore it better?, SVWAG Hypebeast, Project Runway SVWAG, Making the Cut SVWAG, the possibilities abound! Get me Tim Gunn on the line, I'm sure he's heard of us. I'm sure we'll see His Grace, Professor Doktor Doktor Vincent, Duke of Diesel, esq. O.B.E. in a t-shirt two sizes too small before long.

01:07 AYURIS: Imperial Struggle (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:26 -Black Hole Rainbows (Uncredited, June Dune Games Production, 2022)
06:45 -Ascension Tactics: Miniatures Deckbuilding Game (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)
15:00 -Meeples and Monsters (Ole Steiness, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2022)
17:17 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)
22:45 -Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period (Rainer Ahlfors, Andrei Novac, & Daniele Tascini, Board2Dice, 2019)
28:01 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)
31:39 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
33:45 -Città-Stato (Simone Cerruti Sola, Giochix.it, 2021)
37:06 -Clinic Deluxe Edition (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)
40:32 -IKI (Koota Yamada, Sorry We Are French, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
41:51 SVWAG on break
42:25 Warpgate: Beyond by Artyom Nichipurov and Wolff Designa on Gamefound
43:11 Renegade reprinting Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done and distributing expansion
44:30 Can we stop using the word "pimp" in gaming contexts? Let us "bling" instead
45:18 MERCH! soverywrongaboutgames.myspreadshop.com (or .ca) 15% off the next two weeks!

46:45 Topic: Draws and Red Flags

Episode 204: Riftforce

Tue, 08 Mar 2022 11:00:03 +0000
Much art is discussed this week, from French Romantics, to pirate stuff, to conspiracist vision boards, to whatever Walker is doing when he uses clothespins on felt. Mark wonders whether he can justify leaving in dead air and calling it "bold use of negative space," but the deeper worry is that too many people would prefer the silence.

Games Played Last Week:
01:14 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
05:46 -Agricola (Revised Edition) (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2016)
10:09 -Witchstone (Martino Chiacchiera & Reiner Knizia, R&R Games, 2021)
10:50 -Republic of Virtue (Amabel Holland, Hollandspiele, 2021)
15:08 -Pulsar 2849 (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)
22:58 -Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest (Paolo Mori, Stonemaier Games, 2022)
31:16 -Pictures: Orange (Daniela Stöhr & Christian Stöhr, PD-Verlag, 2021)
34:50 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
38:11 -Table Battles (Amabel Holland, Hollandspiele, 2017)
43:19 -Ascension Tactics: Miniatures Deckbuilding Game (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
47:22 Arcs: Collapse and Conflict in the Void by Cole Wehrle and Leder Games
48:06 Zheng He solo game by Geoff Engelstein and David Thompson
49:07 Avatar: The Last Airbender Fire Nation Rising
50:01 Dead by Daylight board game by Brad Talton of Level 99 Games
51:53 No singing in The Wizard of Oz Adventure Book Game

53:09 Feature Game: Riftforce (Carlo Bortolini, 1 More Time Games, 2021)

Episode 203: Difficulty in Co-ops

Tue, 01 Mar 2022 11:00:04 +0000
We're always on the lookout for new potential taglines here at SVWAG, as our earlier efforts "that one where the guy talks to that dude" and "we shout into a can so you don't have to" have been deemed insufficient. "We like it hard" was put forth by Walker, but the editorial staff are afraid it is apt to be misconstrued. "We weaponize children" was rejected for the opposite reason, namely that it might be correctly interpreted. Specificity tends to get us into trouble, which is why we have kept "a boardgaming podcast about boardgames" for as long as we have.

1:04 AYURIS: Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
02:33 -Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)
04:54 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
08:48 -Gutenberg (Katarzyna Cioch & Wojciech Wiśniewski, Granna, 2021)
11:24 -Reign (Uncredited, PlayMonster, 2020)
16:55 -Gizmos (Phil Walker-Harding, CMON Global Limited, 2018)
18:30 -Combat Commander: Mediterranean (Chad Jensen, GMT Games, 2007)
23:15 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)
27:08 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
30:52 -Merchants Cove (Jonny Pac, Carl Van Ostrand, & Drake Villareal, Final Frontier Games, 2021)
33:33 -Caverna: The Cave Farmers (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2013)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
37:16 Co-op Carcassonne: Nebel über Carcassonne, "Fog over Carcassonne"
38:00 Frostpunk and Dying Light Adaptations
39:00 Undaunted Normandy on PC, Mac, and iPad by Bookmark Games
40:04 51st State Master Set Ultimate Edition on Gamefound

40:29 Topic: Difficulty in Co-ops

Episode 202: Bitoku

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 11:00:04 +0000
We are Canadian, and thus must perforce apologize for those we may have slandered, misquoted, or used their name in vain: Warmboy, Alan Turing, Dewey, Peggy Lee, Dick Pound, Bruno Faidutti, and His Grace, Professor Doktor Doktor Vincent, Duke of Diesel, esq. O.B.E. We are honoured to have inadvertently tarnished the reputations of such grandees.

Games Played Last Week:
00:52 -The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2019)
03:59 -Copenhagen (Asger Harding Granerud & Daniel Skjold Pedersen, Queen Games, 2019)
05:12 -Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
07:51 -Città-Stato (Simone Cerruti Sola, Giochix.it, 2021)
10:39 -Caesar!: Seize Rome in 20 Minutes! (Paolo Mori, PSC Games, 2022)
15:07 -Petrichor: Collector's Edition (David Chircop, Mighty Boards, 2021)
17:58 -Merlin: Big Box (Stefan Feld & Michael Rieneck, Queen Games, 2020)
20:24 -Kleos (Jim Kavanagh, Azure Horizon Games, 2021)
24:51 -Vampire: The Masquerade -- Vendetta (Charlie Cleveland & Bruno Faidutti, Horrible Guild, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
26:46 Turing Machine from Scorpion Masqué
28:06 Reiner Roundup: Into the Blue, Longboard, San Francisco
29:05 New logo and incoming SVWAG merch!

29:55 Feature Game: Bitoku (Germán P. Millán, Devir, 2021)

1:01:15 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: All of Us Are Dead

Episode 201: Having Fun While Losing

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 11:00:04 +0000
It is a strange thing for one's hobby to be utterly infused with a nominally competitive structure. I would venture to say that knitters, for instance, devote precious little thought as to whether they can knit more or less well than their fellow crafters. Perhaps it is different for scrapbookers, I don't know, they seem like a ruthless lot.

01:16 AYURIS: Aristeia! (Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, & David Rosillo, Corvus Belli, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
04:20 -Città-Stato (Simone Cerruti Sola, Giochix.it, 2021)
07:04 -Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor (Cornelius Cremin, Pawel Mazur, & Dirk Sommer, Nemesis.Games, 2021)
15:34 -G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)
17:16 -Bitoku (Germán P. Millán, Devir, 2021)
22:58 -Steamwatchers (Marc Lagroy, Mythic Games, 2021)
29:44 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
30:58 -Boonlake (Alexander Pfister, Capstone Games, 2021)
38:18 -Shards of Infinity: Into the Horizon (Gary Arant, Justin Gary, Ryan Sutherland, Jared Saramago, Mataio Wilson, & Jason Zila, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)
39:49 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
41:43 -Niagara (Thomas Liesching, Zoch Verlag, 2004)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
43:34 Riftforce expansion: Beyond
43:57 Instead of sci-fi -> fantasy, Aeon's End -> Astro Knights
44:30 Ravensburger investing in GameFound
45:45 Sláine: Warlord Games' cavalcade of talent

47:05 Topic: Having Fun While Losing

Episode 200: G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game

Tue, 08 Feb 2022 11:00:03 +0000
The So Very Wrong About Games line of Action Princess Dolls (TM) are coming to a store near you! Thrill to all your favourite characters, like Huey, Dewey, and Louis, each with weird monochromatic accessories and some spring-loaded gimmick that'll bruise some kid in Oregon and thus be regulated into weaksauce! Plus, get the Kingston Action Playset. Your parents put it together, batteries not included.

Games Played Last Week:
01:57 -Puzzle Strike 2 (David Sirlin, Sirlin Games, 2022)
08:49 -The Crew: Mission Deep Sea (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2021)
10:59 -Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor (Cornelius Cremin, Pawel Mazur, & Dirk Sommer, Nemesis.Games, 2021)
11:36 -Reign of Witches (Amabel Holland, Hollandspiele, 2020)
16:56 -Bitoku (Germán P. Millán, Devir, 2021)
18:47 -Riftforce (Carlo Bortolini, 1 More Time Games, 2021)
20:54 -Orléans: Invasion (Inka Brand, Markus Brand, & Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2015)
22:18 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
25:29 -Final Girl (Evan Derrick & A.J. Porfirio, Van Ryder Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:54 Iron Forest on Kickstarter February 8th by Brain Games
33:20 Hand-to-Hand Wombat on Kickstarter now
35:05 Rolling Heights from John D. Clair on Kickstarter February 8th
35:51 Space Station Phoenix by Gabriel J Cohn and Rio Grande Games in April 2022
36:58 Deep Rock Galactic: The Board Game on Kickstarter February 10th
38:08 Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest by Paolo Mori and Stonemaier Games

39:33 Feature Game: G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)

Episode 199: Trick-Taking Games

Tue, 01 Feb 2022 11:00:04 +0000
No, dear listener, we haven't played that one regional trick-taking game popular in the Adirondacks where the only red card is the 9 of diamonds and you play counter-clockwise and the bid is called in pig latin and you have to wear your socks on your hands. I'm sure it's a blast. We are but tourists in the wide world of taking tricks, and to some extent it can be a hobby unto itself. Contract Bridge alone! But we share our thoughts all the same.

01:49 AYURIS: Clans of Caledonia (Juma Al-JouJou, Karma Games, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
03:50 -Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor (Cornelius Cremin, Pawel Mazur, & Dirk Sommer, Nemesis.Games, 2021)
05:22 -Radlands (Daniel Piechnick, Roxley, 2021)
10:04 -Tabbanusi: Builders of Ur (David Spada & Daniele Tascini, Board&Dice, 2021)
12:33 -Shamans (Cédrick Chaboussit, Studio H, 2021)
16:09 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
17:51 -SCOUT (Kei Kajino, Oink Games, 2019)
21:14 -Steamwatchers (Marc Lagroy, Mythic Games, 2021)
22:28 -MicroMacro: Crime City--Full House (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2021)
22:54 -El Grande (Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich, Hans im Gluck, 1995)
[EDIT: Mark incorrectly said that El Grande was playable on Boardgamegeek when he should have said Board Game Arena. We apologize for the error.]
25:47 -The Field of the Cloth of Gold (Amabel Holland, Hollanspiele, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
29:19 Bonfire on yucata.de
29:55 Yak wrangling with Pretzel Games
30:53 David Thompson's next Valiant Defense game: Lanzerath Ridge on KS
31:56 La Granja reprint from Board&Dice on KS
33:01 3D printable, pay-what-you-want Blood Rage files on KS
34:12 51st State Ultimate Edition from Portal launching February 22

35:50 Topic: Trick-Taking Games

1:03:52 Masterpiece Theatre: Midnight Mass

Episode 198: 2021 Year in Review

Tue, 25 Jan 2022 11:00:03 +0000
It's a star-studded eleganza extravaganza, featuring your two least-favourite SVWAG hosts giving you an incomplete capsule summary of a terrible year of great games. Of course, they neglected to play That One Game, of course, which means that all their observations are utterly useless, but how does that differentiate this episode from any other? This offering is more classy, however, as in a concession to the glitz and glamour of end-of-year shows, both hosts begrudgingly and uncharacteristically wear pants.
(You might be asking--is that "pants" in the British sense or the Canadian sense? The answer is yes.)

Games Played Last Week:
02:50 -Fossilis (David Alberto Diaz, Kids Table BG, 2020)
05:07 -In Too Deep (Josh Cappel & Daryl Chow, Burnt Island Games, 2021)
10:17 -French Toast (Uncredited, Blue Beard Entertainment, 2021)
12:06 -Magnate: The First City (James Naylor, Naylor Games, 2021)
18:02 -Corrosion (Stefan Bauer, Capstone Games, 2021)
20:35 -G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)
24:18 -Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor (Cornelius Cremin, Pawel Mazur, & Dirk Sommer, Nemesis.Games, 2021)
29:46 -Monstrology (Andy Lubershane, Middle Brain Games, 2017)
33:06 -Conquest & Consequence (Craig Besinque, GMT Games, 2021)

YEAR IN REVIEW
35:59 Personal Top 10s

58:07 SVWAG Game of the Year

1:08:48 Special Categories

1:25:37 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre Year in Review

Episode 197: Ankh: Gods of Egypt

Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:00:03 +0000
In the 14th Century B.C.E., the pharaoh Akhenaten attempted to shift Egypt into monotheism centered on the cult of the god Aten. Apparently there's some who argue it was possibly instead henotheism, whereby many gods are acknowledged but one is elevated above the others--a claim advanced about many ostensibly mono- or polytheistic religions, even some practised today--but at any rate is was exceptionally controversial. By the time his son Tutankhaten became pharaoh, the cult of Aten was suppressed, and the ascendancy of the god Amun was restored in a polytheistic pantheon. Hence the new pharaoh's name was changed from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun. Theme!

Games Played Last Week:
05:51 -Coyote (Spartaco Albertarelli, New Games Order, 2015)
07:19 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)
13:11 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
15:24 -That Time You Killed Me (Peter C. Hayward, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
22:03 -The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Menzel, KOSMOS, 2021)
26:16 -Final Girl (Evan Derrick & A.J. Porfirio, Van Ryder Games, 2021)
34:43 -Radlands (Daniel Piechnick, Roxley, 2021)
38:06 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)
41:53 -7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
43:35 Kickstarter Christmas! Upcoming For Science! giveaway
44:17 Boardgamegeek 2021 Support Drive
44:37 Walker a guest on Board Game Barrage
45:29 25th Century Games' Ra with Ian O'Toole art
46:12 Games Workshop backtracks, re-issues Cursed City
46:53 See you again in 2022

47:36 Feature Game: Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)

Episode 196: Going Off-Script

Tue, 21 Dec 2021 11:00:03 +0000
Some things, of course, from Josie and the Pussycats have aged poorly. The idea of "record stores" and CDs (that could, in turn sell out like they were PS5s or something) is downright quaint--especially given the format of this show. I'm pretty confident that the cultural moment of Moviefone Guy has well and truly passed, despite the continued use of both movies and phones. Do people still know who Carson Daly is? I confess I never really did. Mostly I know him from that totally jerkin' movie, Josie and the Pussycats.

01:39 AYURIS: Watergate (Matthias Cramer, Capstone Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:10 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)
06:27 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
07:08 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)
11:40 -G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)
13:59 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)
19:40 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
21:20 -Factory Funner (2nd ed) (Corné van Moorsel, Boardgametables.com, 2021)
26:18 -Ethnos (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2017)
28:32 -Undaunted: Reinforcements (Trevor Benjamin, David Digby, David Thompson, & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
37:49 -Bitoku (Germán P. Millán, Devir, 2021)
40:28 -Gutenberg (Katarzyna Cioch & Wojciech Wiśniewski, Granna, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
45:48 Kickstarter moving to blockchain is better for... reasons
46:32 Fairy Tale Inn from Remo Conzadori and Paolo Mori
47:09 New Patreon-exclusive Discord channel
48:00 Asmodee sold to Swedish Embracer group for €2.75 billion
48:26 Asmodee purchased retailer Miniature Market sometime in 2021

50:08 Topic: Going Off-Script

1:11:16 Masterpiece Theatre: Josie and the Pussycats

Episode 195: Cryo

Tue, 14 Dec 2021 11:00:02 +0000
The hosts are, briefly, back in the same room again, and this has had the unfortunate effect of bringing out the very worst in Mark. Don't worry, he doesn't spend ten minutes complaining about the implied political claims of kids' shows, but his mind naturally went to the gutter of abominable puns. You have been warned.

Games Played Last Week:
01:16 -On Mars (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)
04:24 -Pulsar 2849 (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)
06:37 -Hibachi (Marco Teubner, Grail Games, 2021)
09:41 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)
16:51 -Isle of Skye: Druids (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2018)
21:08 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
25:15 -The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged (Johnny O'Neal, Britherwise Games, 2021)
27:09 -Brian Boru: High King of Ireland (Peer Sylvester, Osprey Games, 2021)
33:37 -7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2021)
37:21 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
45:44 Werewolves of Miller's Hollow (i.e., Werewolf/Mafia) licensed for a movie
47:12 Kickstarter moving to blockchain for... reasons

50:41 Feature Game: Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)

Episode 194: Our Gaming Autobiographies

Tue, 07 Dec 2021 11:00:03 +0000
We skip over substantial portions of our hosts' stories, of course. No mention is made of Walker's extensive experience with Gilbert & Sullivan. Mark's stint as the Official Pokémon Master of Canada is glossed over. The deep tribal conflict of Jocks versus Geeks, of which Walker is destined to be the bridge (think Dune but even more messianic), is only alluded to. Someday, the whole story might be told, but you wouldn't believe us.

01:43 AYURIS: Nemesis (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
04:27 -Stardew Valley: The Board Game (Eric Barone & Cle Medeiros, CorcernedApe, 2021)
11:30 -Imhotep (Phil Walker-Harding, KOSMOS, 2016)
14:56 -Sheepy Time (Neil Kimball, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2021)
18:38 -IKI (Koota Yamada, Sorry We Are French, 2015)
21:43 -Mindbug (Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, Marvin Hegen, & Christian Kudahl, Nerdlab Games, 2021)
27:55 -Paper Dungeons (Leandro Pires, MeepleBR, 2020)
29:12 -Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021), Board Game Arena adaptation by Elena Laskavaia
31:36 -Coffee Traders (Rolf Sagel & André Spil, Capstone Games, 2021)
34:29 -Magnate: The First City (James Naylor, Naylor Games, 2021)
40:45 -Sentinels of the Multiverse (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
41:19 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
43:16 Loto Quebec's Azul scratch tickets
44:50 7.6 tons of counterfeit Pokémon cards
45:31 Flat River Group acquires Greater Than Games
46:34 Stan Lee's Genesis
47:15 A Billion Suns: Warzone

49:00 Topic: Our Gaming Autobiographies

Episode 193: Praga Caput Regni

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:00:02 +0000
We have become feature-hungry here at SVWAG. We debut Walker's Language Corner which, let us be frank, is not apt to be repeated, especially given Walker's aversion to dead languages. We finally name a recurring segment that has been airing unaccredited for years, and we have dubbed in Mark's Rage Theatre. It is Festivus every day of the year, and Mark has some grievances to air.

Games Played Last Week:
01:18 -Paper Dungeons (Leandro Pires, MeepleBR, 2020)
04:40 -Sheepy Time (Neil Kimball, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2021)
09:45 -Draftosaurus: Aerial Show (Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, & Théo Rivière, Ankama, 2020)
12:07 -Disney Gargoyles: Awakening (Nate Heiss, Ravensburger, 2021)
16:26 -Imperial Steam (Alexander Huemer, Capstone Games, 2021)
21:14 -Puerto Rico (Andreas Seyfarth, alea, 2002)
27:49 -Beez (Dan Halstad, Next Move Games, 2020)
30:03 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012) BGA implementation by Radu Stefan & Adam Dewbery
34:31 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)
36:04 -Cellulose (John Coveyou & Steve Schlepphorst, Genuis Games, 2022)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
38:50 My City Roll and Write
39:10 Play-Along Parasocial Saturdays! Dec. 4 at 10:30 EST, join us in playing Paper Dungeons and Cartographers
39:34 I, Napoleon from GMT Games and Ted Raicer
40:24 Boards&Dice: Terracotta Army
40:51 Tasty Minstrel's remaining stock being sold off through CoolStuffInc

42:28 Feature Game: Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)

1:08:10 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 4

Episode 192: Event Gaming

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 14:00:13 +0000
One of the great tragic modern misapprehensions of history is the blanching of fascism. It seems that people can watch Attack on Titan and play with their space marines, and simply because there are no swastikas to be found they assume that there are no connections to fascistic ideology contained therein. This is one of the reasons why we so appreciate the humble cucumber sandwich--we would assert that its very fragility and delicacy evoke anti-fascism. Whether one ought to use butter or cream cheese is of great doctrinal import, of course, but we're not gonna get all dogmatic about it.

01:47 AYURIS: Undaunted: Normandy (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
05:07 -Riftforce (Carlo Bortolini, 1 More Time Games, 2021)
07:55 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
10:21 -1846: The Race for the Midwest (Thomas Lehmann, GMT Games, 2005)
20:33 -Railroad Tycoon/Railways of the World (Glenn Drover & Martin Wallace, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2005)
22:20 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)
24:53 -Res Arcana: Perlae Imperii (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2021)
27:49 -Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)
30:08 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
31:03 -Dinosaur World (Brian Lewis, David McGregor, & Marissa Misura, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
36:28 -Too Many Bones (Adam & Josh Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2017)
40:11 -Sentinels of the Multiverse (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
42:26 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
45:18 -MicroMacro: Crime City--Full House (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2021)
46:21 -Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)
47:04 -A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
48:02 Marvel Zombicide, because of course
49:10 20th Anniversary of the Lord of the Rings movies: Games Workshop's Battle of Balin's Tomb
50:09 Games Workshop condemns Nazis and Nazism in their community

54:22 Topic: Event Gaming

1:14:57 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 3 (Walker's Take)

Episode 191: Keepers

Tue, 09 Nov 2021 11:00:18 +0000
Sometimes your devotion and enthusiasm doesn't translate into research or comprehensiveness. Case in point, dear listeners--The Legend of Korra, a franchise Walker introduced to Mark, is one that Walker loves but--shocker!--is one he has only seen but half of. It is revealed during Mark's unhinged ramblings about he would have "fixed" season 3 that Walker is utterly unfamiliar with what he's talking about, and not for the usual reasons. Masterpiece Theatre will never be the same, and Walker just discovered he's got a lot more episodes of Korra than he thought existed.

01:12 AYURIS: Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon (Krzysztof Piskorski & Marcin Świerkot, Awaken Realms, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:40 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)
08:15 -Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021)
10:06 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)
11:07 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
15:31 -Brew (Stevo Torres, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
17:12 -Bärenpark (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout, 2017)
20:57 -Destinies (Michał Gołębiowski & Filip Miłuński, Lucky Duck Games, 2021)
23:54 -War Chest (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, AEG, 2018)
28:16 -Golem (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2021)
31:01 -MicroMacro: Crime City--Full House (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:09 New Dungeon Bowl from Games Workshop
35:24 Horseless Carriage by Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga of Splotter
37:25 Familiar Tales by Jerry Hawthorne and Plaid Hat Games
38:21 Star Fighters: Rapid Fire by Michael Dunsmore & Jordan Nichols and Alley Cat Games on Kickstarter
40:07 Parasocial Saturdays! Saturday November 13th at 10:30 AM EST: Sentinels of the Multiverse
40:46 No regular episode next week

41:46 Topic: Keepers

1:10:57 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 3 (Mark's Take)

Episode 190: Ultimate Railroads

Tue, 02 Nov 2021 10:00:16 +0000
"Planned obsolescence" is not just an economic term, it is a way of life for some companies. It is the practice of deliberately making a sold item frail or of limited use until it is unfashionable; this forces the consumer to replace it sooner than they would otherwise. Analysts tell us that it is best deployed by oligopolies to increase their sales volume. Completely unrelatedly, we talk about Games Workshop in the news.

Games Played Last Week:
01:26 -Mindbug (Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, Marvin Hegen, & Christian Kudahl, Nerdlab Games, 2021)
03:36 -Ticket to Ride: Germany (Alan R. Moon, Days of Wonder, 2017)
06:18 -Chocolate Factory (Matthew Dunstan & Brett J. Gilbert, Alley Cat Games, 2019)
08:22 -Cockroach Poker (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Magier Spiele, 2004)
09:55 -My Farm Shop (Rüdiger Dorn, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)
12:05 -Royal Visit (Reiner Knizia, IELLO, 2021)
14:18 -Dunaïa (Thomas Dupont, BLAM !, 2021)
15:42 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)
20:10 -One Deck Dungeon: Abyssal Depths (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
23:55 Warhammer Underworlds Harrowdeep changes the card backs, prices us out of the game
27:15 Steam Up on Kickstarter: dim sum board game
28:28 David Gregg working on Nightfall 2.0
29:05 Parasocial Saturdays: streaming Dinosaur World November 6th at 10:30 AM EST on Twitch.
29:17 www.patreon.com/svwag, final week of Arkhipov Day sale

30:28 Feature Game: Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021)
Board Game Arena adaptation by Elena Laskavaia.

52:25 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 2

Episode 189: Resolving Rules Disputes

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:00:18 +0000
This topic was suggested by Penn State law professor Jacob Schuman, although let us be perfectly clear that he does not necessarily endorse any of the views expressed. I mean, if Justices Breyer and/or Alito heard us impugn their oracular insights, no doubt we would be put on blast; much like those terrible journalists for having the sheer gall to posit that judges are, well, human and all. Perish the thought! We also apologize for suggesting that textualism does not ineffably guide one to the True and Correct Opinion, just like it did in Bostock, where textualist methods gave you at least three competing interpretations.

01:05 AYURIS: Clinic Deluxe Edition (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:40 -Tinners' Trail (Martin Wallace, Alley Cat Games, 2021)
07:09 -Merchants of Amsterdam (Reiner Knizia, Rio Grande Games, 2000)
10:59 -Merchants Cove (Jonny Pac, Carl Van Ostrand, & Drake Villareal, Final Frontier Games, 2021)
13:26 -Ra (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999)
15:17 -Isle of Cats (Frank West, The City of Games, 2019)
17:52 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
20:28 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
22:36 -Arkham Horror: The Card Game (Nate French & MJ Newman, Fantasy Flight Games, 2016)
26:00 -Messina 1347 (Raúl Fernández Aparicio & Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2021)
28:34 -Dark Ages: Heritage of Charlemagne (Adam Kwapiński & Andrei Novac, Board&Dice, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:58 Risk: Shadow Forces. Legacy light?
33:51 Art Robbery from Helvetiq and Reiner Knizia
34:29 Iron Forest approaches
35:07 Assault on Doomrock Ultimate Edition approaches, Too Many Bones is... too... many bones.
37:05 Parasocial Saturdays! October 30th at 10:00 EST on Twitch.
37:35 Arkhipov Day: October 27, 1962: 59th anniversary of Vasily Arkhipov saving the world. Theme song "Two Atomic Heroes" by Lemon Knife! Arkhipov Day Patreon sale!

38:15 Topic: Resolving Rules Disputes

1:08:23 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 1

Episode 188: Khôra: Rise of an Empire

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:00:09 +0000
We are dangerously approaching peak culture here on SVWAG. In addition to Masterpiece Theatre, we have the return of the pie ranking system, plus now music tie-ins for Arkhipov Day. Could a wine section be far behind? Well, actually, Mark labels most of Walker's in-game comments the wine section. You see?! Yet more culture!

Games Played Last Week:
01:53 -Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)
02:41 -ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo (Scott Rogers, Ravensburger, 2021)
04:38 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
08:40 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
09:57 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
15:31 -Brass: Birmingham (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)
17:33 -Paint the Roses (Ben Goldman, North Star Games, 2022)
22:17 -Keep the Heroes Out (Luís Brüeh, Self-published, 2022)
23:49 -A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)
28:45 -After the Empire (Evan Halbert & Ryan Mauk, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
30:00 -Mercado de Lisboa (Vital Lacerda & Julián Pombo, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2021)
32:00 -Skull (Hervé Marly, Asmodee, 2011)
33:25 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)
35:24 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
38:03 -Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace, KOSMOS, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:50 Expansion for The Red Cathedral
40:02 Cowboy Bebop RPG
41:13 Secrets of the Vibrant Isle: Solo RPG
42:22 Gaia Project and Ultimate Railroads on Board Game Arena
43:00 Arkhipov Day: October 27, 1962: 59th anniversary of Vasily Arkhipov saving the world. Theme song "Two Atomic Heroes" by Lemon Knife! Arkhipov Day Patreon sale!

44:15 Feature Game: Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)

1:12:13 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3

Episode 187: Multiplayer Solitaire

Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:00:12 +0000
It was a thrill to have a pan-Anglo alliance together to raise money for Food Banks Canada, with many current or prior Commonwealth countries represented either on the stream or in the donations. That is globalism we can get behind here at SVWAG. That said, let us make our next planned fundraising endeavour yet more international: a Kickstarter campaign to fund Mark's acquisition of a Ferrari Portofino. Equally altruistic, yes?

02:56 -Posthuman Saga (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:21 -Galaxy Trucker (Vlaada Chvátil, Czech Games Edition, 2021)
10:36 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
12:36 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
16:12 -Neuroshima Hex!: The Year of Moloch (Michał Oracz, Portal Games, 2021)
19:41 -Towering Dice (marcmagus, Web published, 2021)
22:09 -Streets (Haakon Gaarder, Sinister Fish Games, 2021)
25:02 -Draftosaurus (Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, & Théo Rivière, Ankama, 2019)
28:05 -Settlement (Oleksandr Nevskiy, IGAMES, 2021)
32:06 -Race for the Galaxy (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)
32:06 -Innovation (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi Games, 2010)
35:27 -Men at Work (Rita Modl, Pretzel Games, 2019)
37:10 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
42:55 -The Pursuit of Happiness (Adrian Abela & David Chircop, Artipia Games, 2015)
45:07 -Concordia (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
47:23 A Feast for Odin Alpha on Board Game Arena
47:56 Board Game Arena called Yucata.de, Tabletopia, et al "illegal"
49:58 Walker's new campaign: Sine Tempore
50:45 Yura Yura Penguin Mini on Kickstarter
51:27 Cole Wehrle's Arcs
52:45 Parasocial Saturdays: Twitch stream of Tidal Blades on Saturday, October 9th at 10:30 EST
53:00 No episode on October 12th, Happy Thanksgiving

53:11 Topic: Multiplayer Solitaire

Episode 186: Imperium: The Contention

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 10:00:16 +0000
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Games Played Last Week:
01:12 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
07:44 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
11:58 -Core Worlds: Galactic Orders (Andrew Parks, Stronghold Games, 2012)
14:34 -Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)
17:23 -Tapestry (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
19:46 -The Resistance: Avalon (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2012)
21:46 -Cloud City (Phil Walker-Harding, Blue Orange Games, 2020)
23:07 -Simplicity (David Brain, Fractal Juegos, 2021)
23:57 -Niagara (Thomas Liesching, Zoch Verlag, 2004)
26:47 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)
28:38 -Camel Up (Second Edition) (Steffan Bogen, eggertspiele, 2018)
31:11 -Robotech: Brace for Impact (Nick Ferris, Strange Machine Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
35:27 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada on October 2nd at 3 PM EST.
Guests: No Pun Included, Board Game Barrage, the SVWAG crew! KOSMOS has donated copies of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea to give away!
https://tiltify.com/@svwag/so-very-wrong-about-games-food-drive
36:11 Parasocial Saturdays! Saturday, 10:30 EST.
36:45 Myth and Goal: James Hewitt & Sophie Williams
37:27 Let's Make a Bus Route domestic reprint: Get on Board: New York & London
38:08 Eastern Empires by 999 Games
40:01 No episode next week; Happy Thanksgiving!
40:25 Skinny Minis
41:46 International Gamers Awards winners: Lost Ruins of Arnak, My City, and Under Falling Skies
42:40 Language that insidiously encourages gatekeeping

45:26 Feature Game: Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)

1:04:58 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 2

Episode 185: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:00:13 +0000
All right, we need to talk about Sokka. Another staple of kid's shows is often The Annoying One. I don't know why, but they're often there. Steven Universe had Ronaldo, but they knew to use him sparingly. Sokka is so aggressively obnoxious in the first two episodes it is a miracle anyone makes it to episode three. He could have just been the complainer, but additionally his monumental and gratuitous misogyny is so bad that one wonders what Suki (an awesome character) ever saw in him. Sure, he gets better, but always in my mind the Early Days Sokka looms over the show like some terrible shadow.

00:59 AYURIS: On Mars (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
02:33 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)
07:22 -Red Outpost (Raman Hryoryk, Lifestyle Boargames Ltd, 2019)
11:38 -Cantaloop: Book 1--Breaking into Prison (Friendemann Findeisen & Grzegorz Kobiela, Lookout Games, 2020)
15:36 -Brass: Birmingham (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)
19:14 -Clever Cubed (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2020)
21:09 -Sleeping Gods (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven Games, 2021)
23:38 -PARKS (Henry Audubon, Keymaster Games, 2019)
27:16 -Shards of Infinity: Into the Horizon (Gary Arant, Justin Gary, Ryan Sutherland, Jared Saramago, Mataio Wilson, & Jason Zila, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)
29:19 -Pickomino Deluxe (Reiner Knizia, Zoch Verlag, 2018)
31:53 -Witchstone (Martino Chiacchiera & Reiner Knizia, R&R Games, 2021)
34:48 -Empire of the Stars (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2021)
40:15 -The Grimm Masquerade (Tim Eisner, Ben Eisner, & James Hudson, Druid City Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
45:53 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada on October 2nd at 3 PM EST.
Guests: No Pun Included, Board Game Barrage, the SVWAG crew! KOSMOS has donated copies of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea to give away!
46:42 Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition is coming along nicely
47:31 Signs of life at Fantasy Flight: expansions for Star Wars: Outer Rim and Descent 3rd.
48:52 Neuroshima Hex big box won't fit all the stuff
49:49 Next Valiant Defense: Battle of the Bulge, New Undaunted next year
50:52 Warhammer Underworlds: Harrowdeep
51:26 One Deck Galaxies
51:52 Parasocial Saturdays: Sep. 25th at 10:30 EST on Twitch
52:51 Special discount on Patreon: pay for ten months, get two months free! www.patreon.com/svwag
54:05 Check out our silly website! sowronggames.com

54:35 Topic: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?

1:21:10 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 1

Episode 184: Anno 1800

Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:00:10 +0000
We have seen the future, and it is now. We have fired up our Netscape Navigator, and interfaced the hypertext protocol over at Geocities, and made us our very own webzone. Maybe soon we'll be able to set up an FTP server for our episodes. We will register on every web ring we can find, whether it's about Sailor Moon or Tamagotchi or Neopets. So go tell your Usenet groups to head on over to sowronggames.com!

Games Played Last Week:
01:14 -Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)
03:51 -Cascadia (Randy Flynn, Flatout Games, 2021)
07:54 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
08:27 -So Clover! (François Romain, Repos Production, 2021)
10:27 -Codenames (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2015)
12:33 -Equinox (Reiner Knizia, Plan B Games, 2021)
12:58 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
17:25 -Quest (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2021)
20:38 -Atelier: The Painter's Studio (Uncredited, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2019)
23:23 -Warp's Edge (Scott Almes, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
27:38 -Muse (Jordan Sorenson, 999 Games, 2017)
30:39 -Hellboy: The Board Game (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)
34:08 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
36:05 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada! October 2nd at 3 PM EST.
36:40 Mille Fiori from Reiner Knizia
37:33 Air, Land & Sea: Critters at War
38:11 Warpgate expansion incoming
38:31 One Deck Galaxy on KS
39:04 KeyForge on hold; algorithm busted
40:06 Duel of Ages pseudo-sequel: Worldspanner Factions
40:47 Statement on The Gaming Goat's online toxicity

42:21 Feature Game: Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace, KOSMOS, 2020)

Episode 183: App Assistance

Tue, 07 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0000
MARCUS BIGNEY
Here comes Fantasy Flight's body, mourned by Michael Walker: who,
though he had no hand in its death, shall receive
the benefit of its dying, a place in the
hobby; as which of you shall not?

WALKER
Friends, gamers, hobbyists, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Fantasy Flight, not to praise it.
The evil that publishers do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Fantasy Flight. The noble Bigney
Hath told you FFG was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath FFG answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Bigney and the rest--
For Bigney is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Come I to speak in FFG's funeral.
It was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Bigney says it was ambitious;
And Bigney is an honourable man.
It hath published many games home to Rome
Whose playing did the gaming public thrill:
Did this in FFG seem ambitious?
When that the games were broken, FFG hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Bigney says it was ambitious;
And Bigney is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Bigney spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love it once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for it?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin box there with expansions,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

01:32 AYURIS: Imperial 2030 (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2009)

Games Played Last Week:
04:08 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
07:54 -Vampire Queen (Wolfgang Kramer, Schmidt Spiele, 2016)
11:40 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
12:13 -Pickomino Deluxe (Reiner Knizia, Zoch Verlag, 2018)
14:25 -Equinox (Reiner Knizia, Plan B Games, 2021)
18:33 -Rhino Hero (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2011)
18:33 -Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)
21:50 -The Search for Planet X (Matthew O'Malley & Ben Rosset, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
23:15 -Descent: Legends in the Dark (Kara Centell-Dunk & Nathan I. Hajek, Fantasy Flight, 2021)
31:00 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:42 Fundraiser for Food Banks Canada with Badgers from Mars and Regicide! Saturday, Oct 2nd, 3 PM EST on Twitch
33:21 Mini Yura Yura Penguin
33:52 Shout out to SVWAG Guild on Boargamegeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3236
34:41 Sushi Boat on KS soon
35:05 G.I. Joe RPG
35:57 CMON getting into NFTs
38:16 Parasocial Saturdays: Streaming Equinox on Saturday, Sep. 11 at 10:30 AM EST on Twitch

38:34 Topic: App Assistance

1:15:27 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: F9

Episode 182: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

Tue, 31 Aug 2021 10:00:20 +0000
Cultural gaps can be quite tragic, to say nothing of socially debilitating. Mark discovers to his horror that Walker is unfamiliar both with a key game and a crucial character in film history. Thank goodness that this faux pas does not sully Masterpiece Theatre, as that would bring shame to both the Warrior of the Wasteland and Vin Diesel.

Games Played Last Week:
01:02 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
03:19 -Onitama (Shimpei Sato, conception, 2014)
04:46 -Card Capture (Lucas Gentry, Wep published, 2018)
07:06 -Flotilla (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)
11:56 -Veritas (James Ernest & Mike Selinker, Cheapass Games, 2013)
16:04 -The Shipwreck Arcana (Kevin Bishop, Meromorph Games, 2017)
19:14 -Empire of the Stars (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2021)
25:04 -Ruination (Travis R. Chance, Kolossal Games, 2021)
28:33 -The Staufer Dynasty (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2014)
30:22 -Mandala Stones (Filip Głowacz, Board&Dice, 2021)
33:21 -Detective Club (Oleksandr Nevskiy, IGAMES, 2018)
35:58 -Glorantha: The Gods War (Sandy Petersen, Petersen Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
41:02 Parasocial Saturdays! Streaming every Saturday at 10:30 EST on Twitch
41:33 Fog of Love expansions: Nikki Valens focuses on queer andtrans stories, plus Love on Lockdown: I guess we'll stay in and watch a movie... again
42:26 No more board games from IDW
43:44 Avatar RPG broke the internet
43:50 For Science! updates tragicomedy

45:17 Feature Game: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2021)

Episode 181: Bluffing

Tue, 24 Aug 2021 10:00:12 +0000
I used to tell a joke about Heimdall, but it was pretty horny. I used to tell a joke about Osiris, but it fell to pieces. I used to tell a joke about Venus, but it was masturbatory. I used to tell a joke about Sleipnir, but it didn't have legs. I used to tell a joke about Prometheus, but it needed a spark. I used to tell a joke about Draupnir, but it just didn't ever end. I used to tell a joke about Marathon, but it was a bit of a long walk. I used to tell a joke about the Hecatoncheires, but it was punching down. I used to tell a joke about Tyr, but it wasn't even-handed. I used to tell a joke about Ragnarok, but everyone knew the end already. I used to tell a joke about Jormungand, but it was very toxic. I used to tell a joke about Pandora, but it was too out of the box. I used to tell a joke about Cerberus, but it was just gatekeeping. I used to tell a joke about Yggdrasil, but I had to leaf. I used to tell a joke about the labyrinth's inhabitant, but it was bull. I used to tell a joke about the sword of Damocles, but it was over my head. I used to tell a joke about Procrustes, but I kept getting cut off. I used to tell a joke about Sisyphus, but I got tired of the repetition. I used to tell a joke about Penelope's crafting, but it was just an excuse to kill time. I used to tell a joke about the Golden Apple, but it caused too many arguments. I used to tell a joke about Gordian succession, but it was a tangled mess. I used to tell a joke about Minerva's bird, but I can't remember owl of it.

01:58 AYURIS: Caylus 1303 (William Attia, Space Cowboys, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:38 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
05:55 -Rhino Hero Super Battle (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)
06:00 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)
06:37 -Shards of Infinity: Shadow of Salvation (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2019)
07:07 -Star Realms (Robert Dougherty & Darwin Kastle, Wise Wizard, 2014)
09:06 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
11:39 -Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)
12:45 -Descent: Legends in the Dark (Kara Centell-Dunk & Nathan I. Hajek, Fantasy Flight, 2021)
25:01 -Dark Souls: The Board Game (David Carl, Alex Hall, Mat Hart, & Richard Loxam, Steamforged Games, 2017)
28:34 -Warp's Edge (Scott Almes, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
31:46 -ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo (Scott Rogers, Ravensburger, 2021)
37:56 -Lots (Thomas Wells, Self-Published, 2021)
39:54 -Mandala (Trevor Benjamin & Brett J. Gilbert, 2019)
44:59 -Canvas (Jeff Chin & Andrew Nerger, Road to Infamy Games, 2021)
46:20 -Rush M.D. (Athony Howgego, Konstantinos Kokkinis, & Dávid Turczi, Artipia Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
48:43 International Gamers Award nominees
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/121685/nominees-announced-2021-international-gamers-award
49:28 Hero Realms digital beta
50:00 Blood Red Skies and unpainted minis
51:55 Atomic Mass Games: Star Wars: Armada being discontinued?
53:20 SVWAG's statement on allegations against Greg Spence, CEO of Broken Token, and in solidarity with victims of sexual assault
https://www.polygon.com/tabletop-games/22632835/broken-token-greg-spence-allegations-sexual-assault-abuse

54:37 Topic: Bluffing

1:22:29 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre Presents: The Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Episode 180: Vienna Connection

Tue, 17 Aug 2021 10:00:15 +0000
We delve deep into knowledge and doubt this week on SVWAG. How do we know what we know? How can we know what we don't know? Why did Mark think Vienna Connection was a train game? Who or what is Wormy Plums, and is it a euphemism for some kind of sex act? Why is there no Masterpiece Theatre? Thankfully, we can at least answer that last question--it is because The F8 of the Furious took such a toll on the hosts' psyches that they needed a break to recuperate.

Games Played Last Week:
01:16 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
04:44 -Brew (Stevo Torres, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
08:40 -Space Base (John D. Clair, AEG, 2018)
12:17 -Fortress (Fridemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2017)
14:56 -Destinies (Michał Gołębiowski & Filip Miłuński, Lucky Duck Games, 2021)
17:57 -Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
22:01 -Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)
24:20 -Fairy Tale (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)
26:09 -Let's Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game (Saashi, Saashi & Saashi, 2021)
27:31 -Quest (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2021)
33:12 -Formula D (Laurent Lavaur & Eric Randall, Asmodee, 2008)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
35:00 SVWAG is listener-supported
35:59 Flamecraft: adorable
36:30 Black Rose Wars: Rebirth expandalone
37:20 Harry Potter Talisman
37:40 Marrakesh by Stefan Feld
38:05 Finalists for the Zenobia Awards: historical games by under-represented authors
https://zenobiaaward.org/finalists/
39:18 50th anniversary edition of Québec 1759 in 2022 from Columbia Games
40:27 Parasocial Saturdays: streaming Canvas and Rush M.D. on August 21st.

40:41 Feature Game: Vienna Connection (Jakub Poczęty, Przemysław Rymer, Ignacy Trzewiczek, & Jakub Łapot, Portal Games, 2021)

Episode 179: Trenchcoat Games

Tue, 10 Aug 2021 10:00:02 +0000
The crushing burden of Masterpiece Theatre is having a toll. I had an attitude problem, but then I took a timeout, and I thought about what I did. The success of the Fast and/or Furious movies is undeniable--business-wise, this all seems like appropriate business--but at what cost? I went to the stock market today. I did a business. SVWAG is most emphatically not children stacked together wearing a trenchcoat. Would you like a alcohol?

02:39 AYURIS: Catan: Starfarers (Klaus Teuber, KOSMOS, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:53 -Sunset Over Water (Eduardo Baraf, Steve Finn, & Keith Matejka, Delight, 2018)
06:44 -Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)
09:27 -Mysterium Park (Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko, Libellud, 2020)
11:33 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
14:32 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)
15:02 -Dice Miner (Joshua DeBonis & Nikola Risteski, Atlas Games, 2021)
16:40 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
17:25 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)
18:58 -The Quest for El Dorado (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2017)
21:16 -The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Alchemists (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2020)
23:36 -Inis (Christian Martinez, Matagot, 2016)
26:50 -Mafiozoo (Rüdiger Dorn, Super Meeple, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
30:05 KS creators: own your choices, stop guilting backers
32:15 Why's everything gotta have a campaign? (reprise)
34:04 Earthborne Rangers' desire for sustainability
36:17 More crap in dice: dragon eyes
36:39 Excavation Earth expansion: It Belongs in a Museum
37:13 Bix box retail, licensed games are impressive: Ravensburger's Alien: Fate of the Nostromo and Disney Gargoyles: Awakening
38:21 Avatar RPG
38:53 Tasty Minstrel Games suspends operations, refunds Kickstarter
39:48 Pfister becomes post-colonialist? Boonlake

41:21 Topic: Trenchcoat Games

1:08:27 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: The Fate of the Furious

Episode 178: Tribune

Tue, 03 Aug 2021 10:00:15 +0000
NB: "Language independent" can be a loaded term, and we confess we used it a tad sloppily in our discussion of Tribune. Latin is used throughout the game, and ain't nobody speaks Latin as their first language anymore, but nonetheless in hindsight we could have been more sensitive to those more familiar with non-Latin alphabets. Thus, we should say that the original Primus Inter Pares expansion and the new Spielworxx Tribune are language-independent but not alphabet-independent. I dare any game with an appropriate time period as a theme try to get away with cuneiform.

Games Played Last Week:
01:25 -Coffee Traders (Rolf Sagel & André Spil, Capstone Games, 2021)
05:05 -Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)
06:18 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)
08:21 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)
11:05 -Pan Am (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)
13:37 -Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition (Sydney Engelstein, Jacob Fryxelius, & Nick Little, Stronghold Games, 2021)
15:59 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
19:49 -Shelfie Stacker (Shem Philips, Arkus Games, 2021)
23:51 -The Staufer Dynasty (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2014)
28:34 -One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:02 Games Workshop back to its old habits, issuing takedown notices
32:00 Cryptid: Urban Legends from Osprey
32:29 SPECTRE: The Board Game from Modiphius
33:12 AZADI from creators of SHASN, Zain Memon & Abhshek Lamba
35:01 G.I. Joe and Transformers deckbuilders from Renegade
35:41 Batman: Escape from Arkham Asylum from Knight Games
36:05 R.I.P., Pokémon mod for Wingspan on TTS

37:24 Feature Game: Tribune (Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Spielworxx, 2021)

1:11:31 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast & Furious 7

Episode 177: Omnibus Questions Bravo Bravo

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:00:12 +0000
Absence, as they say, makes the heart grow fonder, which I believe was an aphorism coined about a gamer's relationship with their prized game collection. Mark finds himself separated against his will from his many many boxes, which makes Walker's occasional reminders of games he left behind all the more painful. Fortunately, Mark has his stable of insect rikishi to keep him company.

01:18 AYURIS: Last Bastion (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:19 -Spire's End (Greg Favro, Self-Published, 2019)
05:41 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
05:55 -Race for the Galaxy (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)
06:00 -Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
07:33 -Orleans (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2014)
09:30 -The Quacks of Quedlinburg (Wolfgang Warsch, Scmidt Spiele, 2018)
11:36 -Sleeping Gods (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven Games, 2021)
17:08 -Pan Am (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)
21:24 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
22:00 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
23:11 -Destinies (Michał Gołębiowski & Filip Miłuński, Lucky Duck Games, 2021)
27:02 -Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game." (Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim, Off the Page Games, 2021)
31:01 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
36:18 Editorial policy on not accepting payment for coverage
37:07 Kingdomino: Origins
37:47 Pandemic: World of Warcraft
38:04 VektoRace
38:39 Fort Cats & Dogs expansion
38:49 Spiel des Jahres: MicroMacro: Crime City, Kennerspiel winner: Paleo
40:34 Queen's Dilemma
41:12 Carolus Magnus reprint: Eriantys
43:03 Wonder Book: pop-up book game!
43:33 Arena Mortis
44:31 Petersen Games and the Petersen Two-Step
https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/07/board-games-have-colonialism-problem/619518/

47:24 Topic: Omnibus Questions Bravo Bravo

1:22:07 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast & Furious 6

Interlude: Transition Summer Spectacular

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 10:00:18 +0000
With Mark out of town, we peek behind the curtain here at SVWAG, offering you insights from the seldom-heard support staff that make this show possible. Walker seems liberated from his overbearing colleague, while others are coping with loss in their own way.

Games Played Last Week:
00:40 -Shards of Infinity (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)
01:11 -Spire's End (Greg Favro, Self-Published, 2019)
02:39 -Lords of Hellas (Awam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)
04:04 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
05:07 SVWAG HQ after Mark's disappearance
06:24 Dune Imperium expands
06:48 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition launch issues
08:13 On Mars expands
08:42 Machi Koro 2
09:17 Artisans of Splendent Vale

09:46 Topic: Can a Game Be Bad?

Episode 176: Omnibus Questions Bravo Alpha

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:00:02 +0000
Mark has not yet finished his Cain-like eternal wanderings throughout Canada (though he didn't even murder any siblings), but we nonetheless conspired in advance to make this episode possible. Sporadic though our output may be until such time as SVWAG West gets established, we will take care of you as best we can.

Games Played Last Week:
02:03 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
05:41 -Pax Viking (Jon Mankr, Ion Game Design, 2021)
09:46 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)
10:41 -Million Dollar Script (Daniel Stamm, Portal Games, 2021)
15:45 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)
16:56 -Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course (Sean Dallas McDonald, IDW Games, 2018)
20:07 -Babylonia (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2019)
22:17 -In the Shadow of the Emperor (Ralf Burkert, Rio Grande Games, 2004)
25:51 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
27:31 Board Game Arena onslaught of new games
28:05 Lost Ruins of Arnak expansion
28:28 Blue Moon license reverts to Knizia, reprint delayed

29:58 Topic: Omnibus Questions Bravo Alpha

Episode 175: Imperium: Classics & Legends

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 10:00:08 +0000
It's a card game that spans over four thousand years, but Walker would insist that it only feels like you're playing for three thousand, tops. The great thing about reviewing games by Dávid Turczi is that if you don't enjoy the latest game he's published, wait five minutes and he'll have another one for you. Please remember to tip your server.

Games Played Last Week:
01:16 -Dice Miner (Joshua DeBonis & Nikola Risteski, Atlas Games, 2021)
02:55 -Inlfuentia (Miguel Bruque, Ludonova, 2020)
06:58 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
08:05 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)
10:09 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)
11:02 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
13:28 -Pax Viking (Jon Mankr, Ion Game Design, 2021)
17:26 -Tutankhamun (Reiner Knizia, 25th Century Games, 2021)
23:18 -Lancaster: Big Box (Matthias Cramer & Wolfgang Panning, Queen Games, 2015)
27:59 -Spire's End (Greg Favro, Sel-Published, 2019)
30:24 -The King's Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)
32:34 -Great Western Trail (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
33:59 Brass: Birmingham on Steam, tutorial impenetrable to Walker
34:46 Grail Games v. Reiner Knizia on social media
37:17 Twitch unboxings: The Persuit of Happiness, Million Dollar Script
38:43 Imperium: Classics giveaway on Twitter @sowronggames
40:02 Bonfire: Trees and Creatures expansion
41:32 Patreon and schedule news

42:12 Feature Game: -Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)

1:03:52 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast 5

Episode 174: Combos

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:00:17 +0000
As far as Walker is concerned, when he says that Mark is a jerk and he smells funny, that's a prime example of a combo. Mark counters that a perfectly sensible combo is a podcast about board games issuing random observations of silly blockbuster movies. In either case, if you want your mind to break and your conception of reality to weaken, we encourage you to investigate short scale vs. long scale. Numbers are meaningless and all is illusion. Another combo!

01:45 AYURIS: Cloudspire (Josh J. Carlson, Adam Carlson, & Josh Wielgus, Chip Theory Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:42 -Merchants Cove (Jonny Pac, Carl Van Ostrand, & Drake Villareal, Final Frontier Games, 2021)
11:12 -Rangers of Shadow Deep (Joseph McCullough, Self-Published, 2018)
14:07 -Dice Miner (Joshua DeBonis & Nikola Risteski, Atlas Games, 2021)
17:34 -Railroad Ink Challenge (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2021)
19:55 -The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2019)
24:23 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
25:29 -Abandon All Artichokes (Emma Larkins, Gamewright, 2020)
26:01 -Horizon Wars: Infinite Dark (Robery Jenkins, Precinct Omega Publishing, 2021)
30:15 -Verona Twist (József Dorsonczky, Mind Fitness Games, 2018)
33:04 -Monumental (Matthew Dunstan, Funforge, 2020)
36:23 -Groundhog Day: The Game (Propsero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
38:45 Castello Methoni and BoardGameGeek News/Store
40:19 Maracaibo digital, mobile only (for now)
40:48 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition; should backers expect a game first?
47:46 Send us questions! justrolldadice@gmail.com
48:51 Knizia and Bitewing Games: "Criminal Capers Collection"

50:00 Topic: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Combos

1:10:19 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast & Furious

Episode 173: Witchstone

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:00:16 +0000
Titles, as Herr Doktor Doktor Vincent Diesel, esq. O.B.E. could tell you, are important things. They must be recorded for posterity, quite literally in the case of Dogberry: "But masters, remember that I am an ass, though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass." Mark and Walker are bereft of such honorifics; "Gilded Ones" apparently only applies if you go the full gilt route, which sounds way too painful to endorse. Whether philosophers get any titles past "lovers of wisdom" is a matter of some controversy; Mark weighs in all the same.

Games Played Last Week:
00:50 -Pandemic: The Cure (Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2014)
04:07 -Fairy Tale (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)
07:13 -Plantopia (Daryl Chow, Origame, 2020)
10:30 -Paleontologists (Joe Hout, Web published, 2020)
11:15 -Shards of Infinity (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)
16:00 -Dominion (Donald X. Vaccarino, Rio Grande Games, 2008)
16:39 -Imperium: Classics (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
22:56 -Let's Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game (Saashi, Saashi & Saashi, 2021)
25:54 -Nanga Parbat (Steve Finn, Dr. Finn Games, 2021)
30:54 -Street Masters (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
33:25 "Swirling the Drain:" Tasty Minstreal loses Orléans to Capstone
34:25 "Swirling the Drain:" Unfathomable re-skins Battlestar Galactica to Arkham Horror
38:02 Phalanx's Coalitions: Grand strategic Napoleonics!
39:17 Compass Games' Coalition: Grand strategic Napoleonics!
40:11 GCT Studios' Bushido
40:54 Traitorous trick-taking: Shamans by Cédrick Chaboussit
42:05 Age of Sigmar: Dominion from Games Workshop

42:29 Feature Game: Witchstone (Martino Chiacchiera & Reiner Knizia, R&R Games, 2021)

1:02:16 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Tokyo Drift

Episode 172: Metarules/Parateach

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 10:00:16 +0000
If Walker doesn't want Mark to speak to excess, he really shouldn't be teeing him up by asking about Macross. Or Robotech either, because the difference thereto is a whole discussion unto itself. Of course, Walker is an accomplished troll, willing to return to any subject once raised. Mark has repeatedly been exhorted to not feed trolls, but really, that's just blaming the victim. At this point it's mostly just mutual trolling, like an ouroboros of nonsense.
I think SVWAG might have a new tagline.

01:39 AYRUIS: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev (Stan Kordonskiy, PieceKeeper Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:46 -51st State: Master Set--Moloch (Joanna Kijanka, Portal Games, 2021)
08:13 -Gaia Project (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
10:38 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
12:17 -Great Western Trail (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2016)
13:20 -No Thanks! (Thorsten Gimmler, AMIGO, 2004)
17:27 -Aquatica: Cold Waters (Ivan Tuzovsky, Arcane Wonders, 2020)
20:42 -The Initiative (Corey Konieczka, Unexpected Games, 2021)
22:46 -Good Puppers (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2021)
24:41 -Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)
25:57 -Unmatched: Cobble & Fog (Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, Chris Leder, & Kevin Rodgers, Restoration Games, 2020)
30:51 -Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
33:40 New Nemesis stuff
33:47 Robotech: Reconstruction
34:45 Pandemic Hot Zone: Europe
35:04 Matt Calkins' Charioteer
35:54 David Turczi and Nigel Buckle's Imperium: Classics and Legends
37:02 Mantic's Rainbow Six
37:29 SVWAG heads West, brief interruption in July

38:29 Topic: Metarules/Parateach: All the non-rules stuff you tell people when teaching or selling a game.

1:07:10 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: 2 Fast 2 Furious

Episode 171: Trickerion

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 10:00:14 +0000
Get our your cucumber sandwiches and your doilies, you precious little petunias, because we're about to get all cultured on you. Some serious sophistication is going down, and we are not entirely certain our hosts are prepared--mentally, spiritually, let alone hygienically.

Games Played Last Week:
01:14 -Endless Winter: Paleoamericans (Stan Kordonskiy, Fantasia Games, 2021)
03:54 -Altar Quest (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2020)
04:12 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
06:49 -Fantasy Realms (Bruce Glassco, WizKids, 2017)
14:59 -Fuji Flush (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2016)
15:47 -Go Nuts for Donuts (Zachary Eagle, Gamewright, 2017)
17:07 -Fairy Tale (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)
20:42 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)
24:36 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
27:06 -Umbra Via (Connor Wake, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
30:44 -Fast & Furious: Highway Heist (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)
32:36 -The Initiative (Corey Konieczka, Unexpected Games, 2021)
34:23 -Stationfall (Matt Eklund, Ion Game Design, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:57 Kudos: Mythic and Stonemaier make good
41:05 War Room 2nd Edition on Kickstarter
41:50 Paris not at all a reprint on Kickstarter
42:25 Chip Theory teases Elder Scrolls
43:12 Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread from Far Off Games

43:48 Feature Game: Trickerion: Legends of Illusion (Richard Amann & Viktor Peter, Mindclash Games, 2015)

1:07:40 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: The Fast & the Furious

Episode 170: What Prompts Our Purchases

Tue, 25 May 2021 10:00:17 +0000
Walker's got this friend with a problem--not Walker, no not at all, a friend, you see, his name is... Bike Docker... and Bike has this problem that he judges a game by its cover art. Mike I mean Bike is so blinded by his prejudice that it causes him to rag on games like El Grande or GMT's entire catalog just because the cover doesn't appeal to his sensibilities. Luckily, there are enlightened people like Mike Walker to guide those like Bike Docker.

01:33 AYURIS: Tapestry (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:09 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
04:38 -Fast & Furious: Highway Heist (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)
11:46 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
15:23 -Four Gardens (Martin Doležal, Korea Boardgames, 2020)
18:12 -A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) (Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2011)
19:30 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
19:59 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)
23:21 -The Initiative (Corey Konieczka, Unexpected Games, 2021)
25:39 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
27:40 -Good Puppers (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2021)
29:43 -Codex Naturalis (Thomas Dupont, Bombyx, 2020)
30:31 -Calico (Kevin Russ, Flatout Games, 2020)
33:57 -Anachrony: Doomsday Enhancement Pack (Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2017)
34:54 -Rajas of the Ganges (Inka Brand & Markus Brand, HUCH!, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
35:41 Portal stream: Publishers avoiding GenCon
37:23 Horizon Wars: Infinite Dark launches this week
37:55 The Goonies: Never Say Die by Prospero Hall
38:48 Follow-up to Versailles 1919: Triumvir
39:23 Zombicide: Army of the Dead
40:15 Bizarre gatekeeping alert: Bruno Faidutti doesn't trust you if you don't drink

42:40 Topic: What Prompts Our Purchases

Episode 169: Whale Riders

Tue, 18 May 2021 10:00:18 +0000
Our inaugural Mark Bigney is a Blithering Idiot Fest has arrived, and we can chronicle a minor subsection of things that make evident Mark is a not a smart man. Although this episode is jam-packed with content, even its confines cannot contain a comprehensive accounting; rest assured we will return to this topic in future instalments.

Games Played Last Week:
01:42 -Kemet: Blood and Sand (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2021)
09:24 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)
10:55 -Finished! (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2017)
15:51 -Groundhog Day: The Game (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)
22:27 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
24:11 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
29:25 -Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2021)
32:59 -Asgard's Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
(Variant: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1058313/solo-variant-more-tense-gameplay)
35:23 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
39:53 -Galaxy Hunters (Daniel Alves, IDW Games, 2021)
46:30 -Field Commander: Napoleon (Dan Verssen, Dan Verssen Games, 2011)
50:27 -Tokaido (Antoine Bauza, Funforge, 2012)
52:01 -Splendor (Marc André, Space Cowboys, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
52:42 Spiel des Jahres nominations
53:44 MicroMacro: Crime City: Full House
56:09 Descent: Legends of the Dark
57:00 BakaFire's Are you telling me this genius scientist can’t get the first place?
57:47 Walker's Who Asked for This? Talisman tabletop RPG, The Burn Book
59:08 Transformers deck-building game
59:47 Pixel Tactics digital

1:00:58 Feature Game: Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)

Episode 168: Video Games vs. Board Games Market Differences

Tue, 11 May 2021 10:00:14 +0000
From Wikipedia: "Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), known professionally as Vin Diesel, is an American actor and filmmaker. One of the world's highest-grossing actors, he is best known for playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Diesel began his career in 1990 but struggled to gain roles until he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short film Multi-Facial (1995). This attracted the attention of Steven Spielberg, who was developing Saving Private Ryan (1998), and re-wrote elements of the film to allow Diesel to appear in a supporting role. Diesel subsequently voiced the titular character in The Iron Giant (1999) while gaining a reputation as an action star after headlining the Fast & Furious, XXX, and The Chronicles of Riddick film franchises."

01:20 AYURIS: Black Angel (Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, & Alain Orban, Pearl Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:08 -Vengeance: Roll and Fight Episode 1 (Gordon Calleja, Noralie Lubbers, & Dávid Turczi, Mighty Boards, 2021)
[EDIT: Vengeance: Roll & Fight is on Kickstarter as of now, until May 31st 2021)
07:46 -Aquatica: Cold Waters (Ivan Tuzovsky, Arcane Wonders, 2020)
11:30 -Excavation Earth (Gordon Calleja, Dávid Turczi, & Wai Yee, Mighty Boards, 2021)
18:28 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)
19:09 -Daimyo: Rebirth of an Empire (Jérémy Ducret, La Boîte de Jeu, 2021)
25:30 -Mage Knight Board Game (Vlaada Chvátil, WizKids, 2011)
28:43 -Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)
30:36 -The King's Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)
31:51 -Takenoko (Antoine Bauza, Matagot, 2011)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:10 Mindclash announces Voidfall
35:30 Games Workshop's Gaunt's Ghosts
36:06 Richard Halliwell, designer of Space Hulk, passed away
36:38 Shipping costs from China skyrocket
37:53 Prospero Hall's Fast & Furious: Highway Heist

38:57 Topic: Market Differences: Video Games vs. Board Games

Episode 167: The Red Cathedral

Tue, 04 May 2021 10:00:06 +0000
Fun fact: The Red Cathedral isn't really a cathedral at all, it's a sobor, which isn't really the same thing. Also fun fact: Unsurprisingly, Mark is wrong to say that Fenrir will swallow the moon at the end of the world, as that is patently absurd. Fenrir swallows the sun, which makes perfect sense. Except, of course, for renditions where Fenrir's children Skoll and Hati swallow the moon and sun respectively. I guess we'll have to wait and see who got it right. We value editorial rigour here at SVWAG.

Games Played Last Week:
01:57 -Veangeance: Roll and Fight Episode 1 (Gordon Calleja, Noralie Lubbers, & Dávid Turczi, Mighty Boards, 2021)
06:30 -Blood Rage: Promos Box (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2019)
10:09 -Nidavellir: Thingvellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
12:03 -Whale Riders: The Card Game (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)
13:57 -Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)
16:26 -Lancaster (Mathias Cramer, Queen Games, 2011)
20:44 -Cubitos (John D. Clair, AEG, 2021)
22:37 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
24:52 -Cacao (Phil Walker-Harding, ABACUSSPIELE, 2015)
25:47 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)
28:43 -Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
30:00 (Other) Golden Geek Winners
34:42 Witchstone from Reiner Knizia
35:20 D&D Monopoly...?
35:42 My Father's Work on Kickstarter
36:35 Stationfall from Matt Eklund on Kickstarter
37:16 Take Mark's Siege of the Citadel Dark Legion pledge!
Link: https://forms.gle/52vHVkc66Gx7aSEt5

37:51: Feature Game: The Red Cathedral (Israel Cendrero & Sheila Santos, Devir Games, 2020)

Episode 166: Tempo

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:00:12 +0000
Knizia reference, check; Kant reference, check; Shakespeare reference, check (albeit subtle); Scott Pilgrim reference, check (albeit a gimme); Macross reference, check; Letterkenny reference... wait, this must be a mistake. Where's the Letterkenny reference? This is no way to try to win a Golden Geek.

01:58 AYURIS: Edge of Darkness (John D. Clair, AEG, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:38 -Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World (Erica Bouyouris, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)
07:53 -Red Rising (Alexander Schmidt & Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2021)
13:13 -In a Grove (Jun Sasaki, Oink Games, 2011)
16:13 -Moon Adventure (Jun Sasaki, Oink Games, 2021)
19:43 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
20:55 -Galaxy Hunters (Daniel Alves, IDW Games, 2021)
23:15 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
25:21 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
27:38 -Abandon All Artichokes (Emma Larkins, Gamewright, 2020)
30:57 -The Magnificent (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2019)
36:34 -Claustrophobia 1643 (Croc & Laurent Pouchain, Monolith, 2019)
40:12 -Merv: Heart of the Silk Road (Fabio Lopiano, Osprey Games, 2020)
45:04 -Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)
46:32 -Dunaïa (Thomas Dupont, BLAM !, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
51:23 CGE revisits Galaxy Trucker
52:36 Hurlyburly
54:07 TTCombat and Ostrich riders
54:39 Warhammer Quest: The Cursed City and Games Workshop gaslighting
56:41 Tyrants of the Underdark reprint
57:12 Hidden Leaders on Kickstarter
57:21 More Hellboy on Kickstarter
57:38 Needy Cat Games' Myth and Goal

58:26 Topic: Tempo

Episode 165: Dominant Species: Marine

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 10:00:20 +0000
The trajectory of spin-offs seems indelibly tied to aquatic environments, so perhaps we ought to accept the inevitable and begin planning for "SVWAG of the Depths" wherein our hosts play games and then talk about them while entirely submerged. Imagine what effect it will have on most dexterity games! Only Chip Theory Games' offerings will emerge unaltered. Sound quality will perforce suffer, as no doubt will the hosts' lungs, but no one said art was going to be easy.

Games Played Last Week:
01:26 -Formula Dé (Laurent Lavaur & Eric Randall, Eurogames, 1997)
01:44 -Automobiles (David Short, AEG, 2016)
02:00 -Cubitos (John D. Clair, AEG, 2021)
12:45 -Ra (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999)
16:38 -Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2020)
20:39 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
25:00 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)
27:04 -The Magnificent (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2019)
30:18 -Champions of Midgard (Ole Steiness, Grey Fox Games, 2015)
31:14 -The King's Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)
36:32 -Conspiracy: Abyss Universe (Bruno Cathala & Charles Chevallier, Bombyx, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
38:02 Marvel United X-Men, sans Gambit (so far)
39:39 Frostpunk: Surprise billing
40:56 Classics going out of print prompting media navel-gazing
[EDIT: A previous version of the episode falsely attributed the Euro Classics line to Plaid Hat instead of Z-Man Games. We apologize for the error.]
44:59 Stream of The Magnificent 04/24, 10:30 AM EST

45:16 Feature Game: Dominant Species Marine (Chad Jensen, GMT Games, 2021)

Episode 164: Probability

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:00:10 +0000
Important Macross news! Mark will ruthlessly exploit any and all chances to mention Macross, and so he shoehorns in a quote from a Macross property so he can talk about Macross. He can then mention his mention of Macross in the episode description, in a move called Meta-cross. There's some stuff about board games too, I guess.

01:51 AYURIS: Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry (Uncredited, Games Workshop, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:22 -After the Empire (Evan Halbert & Ryan Mauk, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
12:47 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
16:18 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)
21:22 -Black Rose Wars: Sator Box (Marco Montanaro, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2020)
27:26 -Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2021)
37:47 -Haiclue (Will Leaf, Tiger Board Games, 2019)
38:46 -Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game (Alex Tune & Joe Vargas, Jasco Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
44:40 15th annual Golden Geek Awards nominations are open on BGG
47:51 Mighty Boards' Vengeance: Roll and Fight!
48:37 Let's Make a Bus Route dice game
49:06 Safe Battle: sound check
[EDIT: Mark mistakenly conflates the Tokyo Game Market with TGS, which are different events. We apologize for the error.]
49:53 Warhammer Underworlds "Starter Set?"

51:56 Topic: Probability

Episode 163: Bullet♥︎

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:00:17 +0000
A great man once said that he thought bullets should cost five thousand dollars. As we are not currently playing a game of SHASN, we here at SVWAG will demur on weighing in on hot-button political issues at this time. Suffice to say that while there is another raging controversy about whether one should address cost in the context of board games criticism, Bullet♥︎ does not cost five thousand dollars.

Games Played Last Week:
02:05 -Nidavellir: Thingvellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
04:48 -Gùgōng: Pànjūn (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2020)
09:50 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)
15:01 -Star Trek: Alliance – Dominion War Campaign (Josh Derksen & Thomas M. Gofton, WizKids, 2021)
20:12 -SHASN (Zain Memon, Memesys Culture Lab, 2021)
28:11 -The Red Cathedral (Israel Cendrero & Sheila Santos, Devir Games, 2020)
31:44 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)

[EDIT: An earlier version of this episode implied that Merv was designed by Andreas Steding, when in fact it was designed by Fabio Lopiano. We apologize for the error.]

News (and why it doesn't matter):
35:37 The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged
36:19 Unmatched System gets Deadpool et al, because Marvel is all-consuming
37:35 Reiner Knizia: The Siege of Runedar, Witchstone, Blue Moon reprint
38:47 KS roundup: Longshot roll and write, googley-eyed dice
39:33 Mythic Battles: Ragnarok
40:56 Level 99 Games Expansions: Bullet Orange and Empyreal reprint
42:05 Little Plastic Train Company
42:38 The shame of Biblios spawns For the King (and Me)

43:24 Feature Game: Bullet♥︎ (Joshua Van Laningham, Level 99 Games, 2021)

Episode 162: Whining

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:00:19 +0000
No, not winning, that is emphatically not on the docket today. Today we inveigh against whining, which is a form of meta-whining; what the Brits call "recursive whinging" or the French language names "le grand boo-hoo." Given that the hosts engage in this degenerate, despicable behaviour, this is very much an issue of do as we say, not as we say when whining. Perhaps this is more complicated than I first suspected.

01:16 AYURIS: Sol: Last Days of a Star (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
03:55 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2008)
07:30 -Hard City (Adam Kwapiński & Marek Raczyński, Hexy Studio, 2020)
12:09 -Tajuto (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2019)
16:09 -Medici (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 1995)
19:30 -The Search for Planet X (Matthew O'Malley & Ben Rosset, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
26:26 -Blackout: Hong Kong (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018)
31:06 -The Shores of Tripoli (Kevin Bertram, Fort Circle Games, 2020)
35:42 -Shadows: Amsterdam (Mathieu Aubert, Libellud, 2018)
40:31 -Dice Forge (Régis Bonnessée, Libellud, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
41:33 Joseph McCullough's Silver Bayonet
43:55 Blacklist Games' Lasting Tales
45:03 https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3236, https://www.twitch.tv/soverywrongaboutgames
46:02 "Lot" on Kickstarter--each game unique
47:44 FlickFleet Box of Flicks 2

49:08 Topic: Whining

Episode 161: Faiyum

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 10:00:05 +0000
Don't you know who I am
Remember my name
Faiyum
I'm gonna live for ever
I'm gonna learn how to fly

-clearly some song about ancient Pharaohs

Games Played Last Week:
00:51 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)
05:06 -Dungeon Petz (Vlaada Chvátil, CGE, 2011)
07:46 -Concordia Solitaria (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2021)
11:25 -CuBirds (Stefan Alexander, Catch Up Games, 2018)
12:01 -Dragonwood (Darren Kisgen, AURUM, Inc., 2015)
13:17 -Abyss (Bruno Cathala & Charles CHvallier, Bombyx, 2014)
13:57 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
14:58 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
15:08 -Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)
15:49 -Bullet♥︎ (Joshua Van Laningham, Level 99 Games, 2021)
18:18 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
19:44 -Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2020)
23:29 -The Shores of Tripoli (Kevin Bertram, Fort Circle Games, 2020)
30:20 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:09 Robotech: Reconstruction
33:16 More Necromunda and Warhammer Underworlds
34:21 Res Arcana: Perlae Imperii
34:49 In-person GenCon in September
35:35 Lost Cities roll-and-write
36:16 As d'or goes to MicroMacro: Crime City

36:45 Feature Game: Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)

Episode 160: Best Foot Forward

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 10:00:22 +0000
CASSIUS: Did SVWAG say any thing?
CASCA: Ay, they spoke Geek.
CASSIUS: To what effect?
CASCA: Nay, an I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i' the
face again: but those that understood them smiled at
one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own
part, it was Geek to me.

01:54 AYURIS: Star Wars: Outer Rim (Corey Konieczka with Tony Fanchi, FFG, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:30 -Paleo (Peter Rustemeyer, Hans im Glück, 2020)
08:56 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)
10:44 -Root: The Underworld Expansion (Patrick Leder & Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2020)
13:30 -Ra (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999)
15:50 -Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen, Dire Wolf, 2020)
17:45 -Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae (Thoman Lehman, Sand Castle Games, 2019)
19:23 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
22:10 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)
24:47 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)
26:42 -Flick of Faith (Paweł Stobiecki, Jan Truchanowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)
29:38 -Strike (Dieter Nüßle, Ravensburger, 2012)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
30:40 Jack Vasel Memorial Auction on BGG
31:02 Parasocial Saturdays: Project: ELITE on March 20th, 10:30 AM EST on Twitch.
31:18 Stop appropriating indigenous religious practices, CMON! "Trickster" in Zombicide.
32:54 Dominant Species Marine by GMT.
33:59 www.patreon.com/svwag

34:52 Topic: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Episode 159: Anachrony: Fractures of Time

Tue, 09 Mar 2021 11:00:17 +0000
Round structure of Anachrony:
I. Jump to the left phase.
II. Step to the right phase.
III. Bring your knees in tight phase.
IV. Pelvic thrust phase.
V. Drives you insane phase.
Let's play Anachrony again! It's just...

Games Played Last Week:
01:25 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
07:49 -Argent: Summer Break (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2014)
11:19 -Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2020)
16:48 -Rum & Bones: Second Tide (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)
20:55 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)
24:06 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)
26:18 -Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion (Andreas Steding, Argentum Verlag, 2010)
28:33 -Pictures (Christian Stöhr & Daniela Stöhr, PD-Verlag, 2019)
32:41 -Project: ELITE – R.O.O.K. Team (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
35:52 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)
38:38 -Pavlov's House (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
40:50 Robinson Crusoe Collector's Edition on Gamefound March 23rd
41:55 Trireme racing AND puns?! Greece Lightning
42:46 Level 99 Games' crowdfunding: Launch 99
43:59 Should there be moderation on Kickstarter comments? Mark says yes.

49:06 Feature Game: Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020)

Episode 158: Video Game Adaptations

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 17:48:05 +0000
The kids these days, what with their pokemons and their video games. The bleeping and the blooping. Personally I think civilization's gone downhill since Pong. It's all the colours! Pong had one too many colours if you ask me. What with the violence in the games and in the rock music and the hip hop... Hell in a handbasket.
Coming soon to PS5: "Hell in a Handbasket" by EA.

01:50 AYURIS: Hellboy: The Board Game (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:22 -Cerebria: The Inside World (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, István Pócsi, Frigyes Schőberl, Nick Shaw, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2018)
05:54 -Shadowrift: Boomtown (Jeremy Anderson, Starling Games, 2020)
08:28 -Horizon Wars: Zero Dark (Robey Jenkins, Precinct Omega Publishing, 2020)
10:56 -Fuji Koro: Deluxe (Jerome Demeyere, Game Brewer, 2020)
13:02 -Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time (Helana Hope, Sen-Foong Lim, & Jessey Wright, Lucky Duck Games, 2020)
18:56 -Bloodborne: The Board Game (Eric M. Lang & Michael Shinall, CMON Limited, 2021)
25:32 -It’s a Wonderful World: Corruption & Ascension (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2020)
28:28 -The Taverns of Tiefenthal (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
29:19 Batman: Dark Knight Returns solo only
30:01 Bamboo Bash faces accusations of ripping off Toc Toc Woodman
34:15 Tiny Turbo Cars on Kickstarter
34:58 Tiny Epic Dungeons improves its sexist art
36:31 Skyrim: The Boardgame on Gamefound soon
37:54 John Company 2nd Edition on Kickstarter March 30th
39:06 Ragnarocks on Kickstarter
39:41 Patrons eligible for a free copy of Trick Shot
40:13 40K Magic: the Gathering?!
40:25 Brew from Pandasaurus

40:52 Topic: Video Game Adaptations
[EDIT: Mark, when discussing the roguelite deckbuilding game "Griftlands," mistakenly refers to it as "Outlands." We apologize for the error.]

Episode 157: Trick Shot

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:00:16 +0000
Wheel, snipe, celly boys. Crushin' sandos. Superstar power poses? Pfft. I could run a clinic on this, boys. The flow, and the snow. That's it, tarps off boys! You looking for a tilly, buddy? It's time for a donnybrook! Ferda.

Games Played Last Week:
01:17 -Crystal Palace (Carsten Lauber, Feuerland Spiele, 2019)
08:21 -Schotten Totten 2 (Reiner Knizia, IELLO, 2020)
11:04 -Blackout: Hong Kong (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018)
15:20 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Eric M. Lang & Rob Daviau, CMON, 2019)
17:14 -Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020)
23:38 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)
26:33 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019)
29:07 -Res Arcana (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019)
30:03 -Medina (Second Edition) (Stefan Dorra, Stronghold Games, 2014)
31:47 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:47 Glorious return of Pandemic Legacy Patreon show The C.U.R.E. Files
32:24 Black History Month at Boardgamegeek
33:26 Core Worlds: Empires
33:58 Metal Gear Solid board game reverts to Matsuuchi, future uncertain
34:41 Stroganov by Andread Steding
35:14 More Great Western Trail(s)
35:58 Let's Role on Kickstarter--online tabletop roleplaying
36:37 Concordia Solitaria

37:08 Feature Game: Trick Shot (Nikita Krylov & Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)

Episode 156: Dead Collectible Games

Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:00:06 +0000
So. Many. Games. Could two humans play so many games in a mere week? Well, certainly no humans that aren't preternaturally devoted to their dear listeners. But we are devoted, and your mere idlest of wishes is our most sacrosanct of commands; and so, brutal though taskmasters that you are, you bid us play so. Many. Games.

01:19 AYURIS: Asgard's Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)

Games Played Last Week:
03:43 -Sumatra (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2020)
07:34 -Tajuto (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2019)
11:40 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)
15:10 -Agricola (Revised Edition) (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2016)
18:08 -Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade (Geoff Engelstein, WizKids, 2020)
21:10 -Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game (Erica Bouyouris & Andrew Wolf, Cryptozoic Entertainment, 2020)
26:13 -Ausonia (Zoltán Simon, Lycan Studio, 2021)
28:51 -The Taverns of Tiefenthal (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)
30:00 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)
34:04 -Tungaru (Louis Malz & Stefan Malz, Alley Cat Games, 2020)
36:11 -Flick of Faith (Paweł Stobiecki, Jan Truchanowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)
38:47 -Strike (Dieter Nüßle, Ravensburger, 2012)
40:20 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)
43:40 -MegaCity: Oceania (Jordan Draper & Michael Fox, Hub Games, 2019)
47:21 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
49:06 Asmodee buys Board Game Arena
51:51 Summoner Wars 2nd Edition: March 1st
52:17 Warhammer Underworlds keeps evolving
53:08 https://tekeli.li/svwag/ is your friend! All episode notes of SVWAG
54:05 Yet more Zombicide?!
54:43 Editorial: The issue isn't who is a racist, the issue is what we do

57:54 Topic: Dead Collectible Games

Episode 155: Hallertau

Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:00:04 +0000
One portentious day, Uwe Rosenberg will design a worker-placement game where polyomino sheep breed by being sown into fields that are also special power cards, and the Great Cycle will be complete. No one knows what happens then, and quite frankly we are too afraid to ask.

Games Played Last Week:
01:33 -Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020)
08:15 -Honey Buzz (Paul Salomon, Elf Creek Games, 2020)
14:56 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
16:46 -Flick of Faith (Paweł Stobiecki, Jan Truchanowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)
18:54 -Paris (Michael Kiesling & Wolfgang Kramer, Game Brewer, 2020)
26:55 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)
29:46 -Dice Hospital (Stan Kordonskiy & Mike Nudd, Alley Cat Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:21 Red Rising from Stonemaier Games
32:03 Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition
33:26 Oink Games on Kickstarter
34:08 Patreon: Free games, Pledge of Indifference, and more
34:51 The Dragon Prince Tales of Xadia RPG
35:15 We Care: A Grizzled Game
36:30 Unity and empathy: on whose terms? Tascini's critics get death threats

39:21 Feature Game: Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2020)

Episode 154: Gatekeeping

Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:00:07 +0000
"My defense, Your Honour, was that I was specifically mandated by the rulebook issued by M. Xavier Georges and Quined Games to violate the lockdown restrictions issued by the Province of Ontario. I would put to you that it is unjust for the government to force me to choose between public heath measures backed by civil sanction on the one hand, and being a dirty dirty cheater on the other. Why are you all looking at me like that?"

01:37 AYURIS: Gentes: Deluxified (Stefan Risthaus, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
06:04 -Age of Industry (Martin Wallace, Treefrog Games, 2010)
12:20 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)
16:09 -Russian Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leanhard "Lonny" Orgler, Hans im Gluck, 2013)
17:52 -Skytear (Giacomo Neri, Riccardo Neri, & Riccardo Parmeggiani, PvP Geeks, 2020)
21:47 -La Granja (Michael Keller & Andreas "ode." Odendahl, Spielworxx, 2014)
23:58 -Paris Connection (John Bohrer, Queen Games, 2010)
26:23 -Anachrony (Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2017)
30:39 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
38:01 Caverna: Frantic Fiends
38:44 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition. No.
41:33 Abyss on Board Game Arena
41:55 Isaac Vega and Lindsey Rode form Rose Gauntlet Entertainment
43:41 Daniele Tascini apologizes, Phil Eklund doubles down

45:31 Topic: Gatekeeping

Episode 153: Tungaru

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:00:10 +0000
Board Game Arena gets more and more of our gaming time, what with its snappy interface and minimal system requirements. The sound effects, though, are controversial. The community seems divided on whether the whooshes are pleasing or distracting, and whether the knock-knock-knock sound is charming or nerve-wracking. We have heard the noise accused of being evocative of imminent swatting, which seems excessive but potentially horrifying.

Games Played Last Week:
01:07 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
05:23 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)
08:26 -Flick Wars (Shaun Austin & Andrew Tullsen, Breaking Games, 2019)
10:46 -No Thanks! (Thorsten Gimmler, AMIGI, 2005)
10:52 -Paris Connection (John Bohrer, Queen Games, 2010)
11:42 -Nippon (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What's Your Game?, 2015)
16:30 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2021)
18:43 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)
24:33 -Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2020)
31:03 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)
34:00 -Food Chain Magnate (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)
35:38 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
36:18 -Underwater Cities (Vladimír Suchý, Rio Grande Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
37:25 Dune: House Secrets--Detective Dune?
37:52 Ultimate Railroads: Russian, German, American, and Asian
39:10 Sagrada Legacy?!
39:42 Equinox from Reiner Knizia
40:36 Funagain CEO steps down after sexist harrassment

43:07 Feature Game: Tungaru (Louis Malz & Stefan Malz, Alley Cat Games, 2020)

Episode 152: Death of the Rule Book

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:00:31 +0000
If you've been following board games social media recently, you might have noticed that it's been a rough couple of weeks. Incidents like these, albeit difficult, allow us a chance to define our community and underscore our values. Silence can imply consent. We can either choose to silently defend powerful figures use their influence to harm vulnerable people without consequence, or we can choose to try and speak up to become a more welcoming and inclusive community. So Very Wrong About Games chooses to try to do the latter.

00:57 Our statement on Phil Eklund and Daniele Tascini

04:24 AYURIS: Warpgate (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
06:46 -Darwin’s Journey (Simone Luciani & Nestore Mangone, ThunderGryph Games, 2021)
12:20 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)
17:00 -Calimala (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)
20:11 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
23:31 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
25:35 -Quantum (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)
28:03 -City of the Big Shoulders (Raymond Chandler III, Parallel Games, 2019)
32:21 -Food Chain Magnate (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)
33:28 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:10 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
41:40 Asmodee buys Philibert
42:32 Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collector's Edition

43:32 Topic: Death of the Rule Book

Episode 151: Dogs of War

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:00:13 +0000
Too much news! So much news, in fact, that we had to cut some news. Some news, though news-y, will keep until next week. The key is to wrap the roots of the news in damp paper towel, put the news in a plastic bag, and put the bag in the fridge. The news will keep up to a couple weeks that way, whereas it would have become limp news on the counter in as little as a day.

Games Played Last Week:
01:11 -By Stealth and Sea (Nicola Saggini & David Thompson, DVG Games, 2020)
06:02 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)
09:43 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)
14:27 -Iwari: Deluxe Edition (Michael Schacht, ThunderGryph Games, 2020)
17:33 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)
21:01 -Whistle Mountain (Scott Caputo & Luke Laurie, Bézier Games, 2020)
24:16 -Charterstone (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
26:31 Leftover animal mentions: Kabuto Sumo, Crash Octopus, and Scape Goat
28:05 Ares Games loses Battlestar Galactica license
29:05 Boardgamegeek Artist Series #5
30:22 Kolossal Games' Reload
30:50 Nidavellir expansion: Thingvellir
31:51 More modules for Taverns of Tiefenthal
32:24 It's a Wonderful Kingdom
33:03 New solo modes for Concordia and AuZtralia
33:53 Antoine Bauza's Oltréé
34:51 Fantasy Flight Games forums shutting down
36:12 Mayhem from CMON
36:46 Lizard people for Warhammer Underworlds
36:52 Dark Crystal RPG
37:13 Simone Luciani's Darwin's Journey

37:58 Feature Game: Dogs of War (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2014)
Designer's improvements: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1470285/some-variants-i-didnt-playtest-yet

Episode 150: 2020 Year in Review

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:00:04 +0000
In honour of our big, blowout, end-of-year extravaganza spectacular, no expense was spared. Mark put on pants. Walker wore his t-shirt with the fewest holes. The sheep freshly sheared. The palanquin carriers were freshly oiled. Come, thrill to the summary of what was actually a very good year in terms of boardgame releases.

Games Played Last Week:
02:16 -Guardians (Callin Flores, Plaid Hat Games, 2018)
03:46 -Super Fantasy Brawl (Jochen Eisenhuth, Mythic Games, 2020)
06:07 -MegaCity: Oceania (Jordan Draper & Michael Fox, Hub Games, 2019)
09:55 -Dwellings of Eldervale (Luke Laurie, Breaking Games, 2020)
14:59 -Bonfire (Stefan Feld, Hall Games, 2020)
19:13 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)
22:50 -Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen, Dire Wolf, 2020)
27:42 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
29:17 -Whistle Mountain (Scott Caputo & Luke Laurie, Bézier Games, 2020)
34:09 -Aristocracy (Reiner Knizia, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2019)
35:08 -Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (Isaac Childres, Cephalofair Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
36:07 The C.U.R.E. Files are now The HOBO Chronicles

38:16 2020 Year in Review

39:31 Personal Top 10s
1:01:56 SVWAG Game of the Year
1:05:02 Miscellaneous Categories

Episode 149: Empyreal: Spells & Steam

Tue, 22 Dec 2020 11:00:19 +0000
All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious episode of SVWAG! A day with So Very Wrong About Games is like a day on the farm. Every word's a banquet! Every sentence a fortune! Every review a soliloquy! I love SVWAG!

Games Played Last Week:
01:40 -Aristeia!: Prime Time (Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, & David Rosillo, Corvus Belli, 2020)
05:05 -Vengeance: Director’s Cut Expansion (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2020)
11:03 -For What Remains: Out of the Basement (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG, 2020)
14:42 -Undaunted: North Africa (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2020)
18:13 -It's a Wonderful World (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2019)
21:20 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)
22:41 -Fast Sloths (Friedemann Friese, 2F-SPiele, 2019)
27:19 -Cacao (Phil Walker-Harding, ABACUSSPIELE, 2015)
28:11 -Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps (Andrew Haught, Gale Force Nine, 2020)
32:45 -Aliens (David McKenzie & Barry Nakazono, Leading Edge Games, 1989)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:42 Transmissions
35:13 Hansa Teutonica Big Box exists!
36:22 Commands & Colors Samurai Battles from GMT
37:18 French law enforcement investigate the Confrontation debacle
39:35 The Castles of Mad King Ludwig deluxe
40:12 SVWAG News: See you in 2021

41:58 Feature Game: Empyreal: Spells & Steam (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2020)

Episode 148: Combat Systems

Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:00:17 +0000
"I hit you!" "Nuh-uh, you missed!" "I totally hit you!" "I dodged it!" "I have special homing missiles you can't dodge!" "I have a shield that redirects all your shots back to you!" "I have an invincibility field!" "I can shoot through invincibility!" At this point, Games Workshop would have us roll off, with the person rolling higher getting the title of Most Obnoxious Person.

01:49 AYURIS: Cthulhu Wars (Sandy Peterson & Lincoln Petersen, Petersen Games, 2015)

Games Played Last Week:
05:02 -AuZtralia (Martin Wallace, Stronghold Games, 2018)
11:16 -Under Falling Skies (Tomáš Uhlíř, Czech Games Edition, 2020)
12:49 -The King Is Dead: Second Edition (Peer Sylvester, Osprey Games, 2020)
19:48 -Jetpack Joyride: Deluxe Edition (Michał Gołębiowski, Lucky Duck Games, 2019)
22:43 -Apocalypse Road (Jeff Horger & Carla Horger, GMT Games, 2020)
29:53 -Marvel United (Andrea Chiarvesio & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2020)
33:06 -Gaia Project (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
38:52 -Terraforming Mars (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
41:24 Board Game Arena's month of releases mostly old betas
42:15 Everdell publisher sending cease & desist orders to Etsy sellers

46:04 Topic: Combat Systems

Episode 147: Beyond the Sun

Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:00:19 +0000
Mark has occasion to quote three different movies in this episode, and miraculously none of them are Pulp Fiction, The Lion in Winter, or even Aliens--despite the latter being related to a game discussed! Perhaps his echolalia is abating, or perhaps merely evolving. One should, after all, take every advantage to quote the well-spoken Ayatollah of Rock-and-Rolla.

Games Played Last Week:
01:19 -Pax Renaissance (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
04:14 -Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)
13:20 -Agricola (Revised Edition) (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2016)
17:56 -Marvel United (Andrea Chiarvesio & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2020)
21:30 -Under Falling Skies (Tomáš Uhlíř, Czech Games Edition, 2020)
24:59 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019)
29:05 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
32:00 -Last Aurora (Mauro Chiabotto, Pendragon Game Studio, 2020)
37:40 -Evolution: Climate (Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, & Sergey Machin, North Star Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
43:25 Ginkgopolis (and Hansa Teutonica) reprint soon-ish? Maybe?
44:13 Inuit board game: Nunami
45:37 The Transcontinental: Canadian trains
46:38 Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps actually exists
47:28 Sushi Boat: conveyer tastiness
48:10 Fist of the North Star
49:15 Warhammer Underworlds continues with Direchasm

50:07 Feature Game: Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)

Episode 146: Dungeon Crawlers

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 11:00:14 +0000
One is reminded of those memes that plot definitions on two axes, asking to what degree the reader is a purist or a rebel--the setting purist and the mechanical purist would say "Descent is a dungeon crawler." Perhaps the setting purist and mechanical rebel would say "Dungeon Lords is a dungeon crawler." Invariably these memes revel in the reductio ad absurdum, so I have to imagine the setting rebel and the mechanical rebel would say "Hopscotch is a dungeon crawler."

01:43 AYURIS: Batman: Gotham City Chronicles (Frédéric Henry, Monolith, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
03:39 -By Stealth and Sea (Nicola Saggini & David Thompson, DVG Games, 2020)
08:26 -Altar Quest (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2020)
18:17 -Gods Love Dinosaurs (Kasper Lapp, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
19:34 -Yedo: Deluxe Master Set (Thomas Vande Ginste & Wolf Plancke, Board&Dice, 2020)
24:50 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019)
27:15 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
32:38 -Frenemy Pastry Party (Jesse Li, Mizo Games, 2019)
34:52 -Marvel United (Andrea Chiarvesio & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2020)
37:25 -Eminent Domain (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2011)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
43:59 Board Game Arena Opus Magnus: A new game every day in December

45:11 Topic: Dungeon Crawlers

Episode 145: Tidal Blades

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:00:07 +0000
It is the nature of the Walker who cries wolf that if he repeats the claim often and consistently enough, it might come true eventually. Despite the unrelenting constancy of Chinese New Year, some games do actually get produced--just only after they have emerged from their purgatorial delay in the never-ending holiday. So it is with Tidal Blades; after claims of "any day now" for years, it finally arrived, like some unwieldy piece of oversized deluxe... well... is it flotsam or jetsam? We must review it to find out.

Games Played Last Week:
01:16 -Magic Realm (Richard Hamblen, Avalon Hill, 1979)
07:30 -Funkoverse Strategy Game: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)
11:53 -Hansa Teutonica (Andreas Steding, Argentum Verlag, 2010)
13:28 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
20:00 -Terra Mystica (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2012)
21:50 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
24:29 -Trekking the World (Charlie Bink, Underdog Games, 2020)
25:26 -Civilization: A New Dawn—Terra Incognita (Tony Fanchi, Fantasy Flight Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:57 The Zenobia Award for underrepresented designers of historical games
33:53 Reality Shift! MAGNETS!
34:59 No more Star Wars miniatures for Fantasy Flight
37:51 The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
38:33 Tom Russell's Dual Gauge
40:13 Caverna: Frantic Fiends
41:50 David Thompson's Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

43:04 Feature Game: Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)

Episode 144: Boxes

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:00:04 +0000
Clearly the hosts secretly wanted to have a movie podcast, or perhaps just a podcast devoted to the movie Aliens. To their credit, they at least did not devolve into merely parroting quotes from the film, which is a behaviour as obnoxious and it is difficult to avoid. Rest assured they offered their poor paraphrases and hackneyed delivery while actually playing the Aliens game. It was a bad call, listener, it was...
Crap.

02:37 AYURIS: Catacombs 3rd ed. (Ryan Amos, Marc Kelsey, & Aron West, Elzra Corp., 2015)

Games Played Last Week:
04:34 -Rome & Roll (Nick Shaw & Dávid Turczi, PSC Games, 2020)
07:48 -Dice Forge (Régis Bonnessée, Libellud, 2017)
09:48 -Martian Dice (Scott Almes, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2011)
11:28 -Asgard’s Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
13:57 -Aliens: Bug Hunt (Ryan Miller, Upper Deck Entertainment, 2020)
21:12 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
23:38 -FlickFleet (Jackson Pope & Paul Willcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
27:01 -Civilization: A New Dawn—Terra Incognita (Tony Fanchi, Fantasy Flight Games, 2020)
30:29 -Hellenica: Story of Greece (Scott DeMers, Mr. B Games, 2019)
40:00 -Eminent Domain (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2011)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
41:37 Brazil: Imperial
42:39 Upzone and Immersive Battle Atlas: Cheap terrain for minis and RPGs
46:09 burncycle by Chip Theory Games
46:52 Four Humours; can Phlogiston be far behind?
47:52 Paper Dungeons
48:32 No games based on two minutes of a movie

49:49 Topic: Boxes

Episode 143: The Castles of Tuscany

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:00:21 +0000
We have an unwritten constitution here at SVWAG, which we know causes some people from jurisdictions with written constitutions to get a little mystified and/or twitchy. Trust us, it works! We get to claim a rich constitutional history all the way back to 1215 and the Magna Carta, or at least we will, once we figure out what King John had to do with podcasting. It's the kind of arrangement that works until you have a constitutional crisis, which we have about as often as those places with written constitutions; except we tend to settle ours with sidelong glances and lots of utterances along the lines of, "So... how do you, uh... think this works?"

Games Played Last Week:
01:51 -Welcome To New Las Vegas (Alexis Allard & Benoit Turpin, Blue Cocker Games, 2020)
03:50 -Escape the Dark Sector (Alex Crispin, Thomas Pike, & James Shelton, Themeborne Ltd., 2020)
07:06 -Via Magica (Paolo Mori, Hurrican, 2020)
08:59 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)
12:16 -Gods Love Dinosaurs (Kasper Lapp, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
19:18 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)
19:50 -Letter Tycoon (Brad Brooks, Breaking Games, 2015)
21:33 -Terror in Meeple City aka Rampage (Antoine Bauza & Ludovic Maublanc, Repos Production, 2013)
25:23 -Sakura Arms (BakaFire, BakaFire Party, 2018)
29:18 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)
33:42 -Exceed Fighting System (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
36:40 Arcade1Up's Infinity Game Table

37:19 Feature Game: The Castles of Tuscany (Stefan Feld, alea, 2020)

Episode 142: Lifetime Games

Tue, 03 Nov 2020 11:00:15 +0000
It's the daylight savings, it's got to be. You give us an extra hour in the week--through the magic of time travel--and we'll take it to play eleventy new games. The geniuses (Canadians, for what it's worth) who invented standard time probably didn't take into account the havoc it might wreak on our podcasting. So many new games! Not enough time for the topic! We will endure.

01:08 AYURIS: Calimala (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
02:29 -High Rise (Gil Hova, Formal Ferret Games, 2020)
07:02 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)
08:00 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)
10:23 -Civilization: A New Dawn—Terra Incognita (Tony Fanchi, Fantasy Flight Games, 2020)
16:50 -Feierabend aka Finishing Time (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)
22:37 -Gatefall (Jack Dire, Jack Dire Studios, 2020)
28:07 -The Castles of Tuscany (Stefan Feld, alea, 2020)
32:09 -Cosmic Colonies (Scott Almes, Floodgate Games, 2020)
36:37 -Seastead (Ian Cooper & Jan M. Gonzalez, WizKids, 2020)
42:20 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
43:21 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
45:58 Announcing new bonus show: The C.U.R.E. Files
46:45 Ex-Blizzard employees founding Warchief Gaming
47:49 Horizon Wars: Zero Dark expands with Operation: Nemesis
49:29 Walker hates d20s
50:18 Frostgrave becomes Stargrave, uses d20s
50:59 Chinese New Year has begun

51:33 Topic: Lifetime Games

Episode 141: Lost Ruins of Arnak

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:00:10 +0000
The unofficial motto of SVWAG has always been, "stop trying to make fetch happen." Similarly, you can't just make up words out of thin air--it's not like they're holidays or anything that can be conjured ex nihilo (Happy Arkhipov Day!). What's an Arnak, anyway? Can you lose ruins of something that never existed? I suppose a fantasy is a good pretext to give us an arm's length distance from generations of pith-decked looters and graverobbers. Relatedly, Walker desperately wants to coin the term "Azteckian," but Mark's not having it.

Games Played Last Week:
01:32 -Quantum (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)
04:15 -Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game (Seiji Kanai & Alexander Ortloff, Zman Games, 2020)
07:34 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)
12:52 -Sakura Arms (BakaFire, AEG, 2017)
15:05 -Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2010)
16:52 -Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers (Klaus-Jürgen Wrede & Bernd Brunnhofer, Hans im Glück, 2002)
18:27 -Alhambra (Dirk Henn, Queen Games, 2003)
20:12 -Pavlov's House (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2018)
27:17 -Luxor (Rudiger Dorn, Queen Games, 2018)
29:25 -Quetzal (Alexandre Garcia, Gigamic, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:24 Descent: Legends of the Dark
34:28 Dragonlance digression
36:38 More Knizia from Grail Games
37:59 Too many Kickstarters! Yedo, Freedom Five, Frostpunk, Darkest Dungeon, Grand Austria Hotel, Crash Octopus, Kabuto Sumo, Sakura Arms
38:51 Arkhipov Day: Ocotber 27th

39:01 Feature Game: Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)

Episode 140: Reckoning with War

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:00:10 +0000
In honour of Arkhipov Day (October 27th--he saved your life or that of your forebears, he deserves a day), we turn to reflections of how games model war. Even themeless euros often include war as a convenient backdrop for the processing of cubes, so it is hardly restricted to one genre of gaming or another. That said, gaming is not unique--pretty much any medium can boast of a plethora of war narratives.

01:17 AYURIS: HATE (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Alexandru Olteanu, & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
04:41 -Darkest Night (Second Edition) (Jeremy Lennert, Victory Point Games, 2018)
10:40 -Quantum (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)
14:58 -7 Wonders Duel (Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala, Repos Production, 2015)
15:58 -Lucky Numbers (Michael Schacht, Ravensburger, 2012)
16:47 -Keyflower (Sebastian Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)
17:03 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
17:58 -For What Remains (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG, 2020)
22:27 -Black Rose Wars (Marco Montanaro, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2019)
28:05 -Horizon Wars: Zero Dark (Robey Jenkins, Self-published, 2020)
31:53 -Underwater Cities (Vladimír Suchý, Rio Grande Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:35 Finishing Time not ready for prime time
41:32 Patreon: sign up for a year and get two months free
42:24 October 27th is Arkhipov Day

42:29 Topic: Reckoning with War

Episode 139: Fort

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:00:22 +0000
I never knew a kid who had any kind of fort. In grade school I heard of a kid who could form Voltron, but that may have been an extravagant lie. My mom's friend's kids had a Sega Genesis, and that was pretty rad. I keep acquiring more games in the vain hope that it will make me popular, but it hasn't worked yet. Maybe one or two more Street Masters expansions will do the trick. I am told to be popular you have to wash your hair at least once every two weeks.

Games Played Last Week:
02:21 -Black Rose Wars (Marco Montanaro, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2019)
14:07 -ELO Darkness (Tommaso Mondadori & Alberto Parisi, Reggie Games, 2018)
17:33 -Sakura Arms (Baka Fire, AEG, 2017)
20:23 -Wits & Wagers (Dominic Crapuchettes, North Star Games, 2005)
22:06 -Too Many Bones (Adam & Josh Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2017)
27:43 -Nanga Parbat (Steve Finn, Dr. Finn's Games, 2021)
30:17 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)
32:19 -Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (Vlaada Chvátil, CGE, 2015)
34:59 -A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)
37:09 -Pandoria (Jeffrey D. Allers & Bernd Eisenstein, Irongames, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
39:42 Street Masters: Tide of the Dragon on Indiegogo
41:03 Core Worlds: Empires and new solo mode
42:38 Neuroshima Hex! 3.0: Troglodytes jumping the shark?
44:11 Horseless Carriage from Splotter
44:45 Does Mega-Gargant mean nothing?!?
46:06 October 27th is Arkhipov Day

46:52 Feature Game: Fort (Grant Rodiek, Leder Games, 2020)

Episode 138: Subliminal Brainwash

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:00:03 +0000
The mere framing of a question can subtly or overtly determine the answer. There's an old joke about a monk who asks his superior, "Can I smoke while I meditate?" He is told no, as that would be sullying an act that is meant to be free from worldly concerns. The clever monk decides instead to ask another superior, "While I smoke, can I meditate?" So it is with boardgames! Framing can have tremendous consequences.

01:55 AYURIS: XenoShyft: Onslaught (Keren Philosophales & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015) and Dreadmire (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
04:35 -Assault on Doomrock: Doompocalypse (Christopher Niewiadomski & Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2017)
06:47 -Alma Mater (Acchittocca, Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, Stefano Luperto, & Antonio Tinto, eggertspiele, 2020)
11:50 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
15:13 -Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2019)
17:36 -Inhuman Conditions (Tommy Maranges & Cory O'Brien, Web published, 2018)
23:43 -First Class (Helmut Ohley, Hans im Gluck, 2016)
26:35 -Argent: Summer Break (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2014)
35:55 -On the Edge (John Nephew & Johnathan Tweet, Atlas Games, 1994)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
40:23 Sakura Arms from Level 99 Games
42:27 Armada by Mantic
43:27 Groundhog Day by Prospero Hall
44:10 Renegade and Hasbro monetize your childhood: G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony
44:53 Nerd Alert: First Monday in October

46:57 Topic: Subliminal Brainwash

Episode 137: Flotilla

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:00:05 +0000
Social standards of behaviour are often subtle and variable, but we can all agree that children are often blind to their subtle nuances. Like, don't be a massive jerk--that's one of those tricky nuances that often escape the notice of your average child, what with many of them being borderline sociopaths kept in check only by their relative powerlessness and incompetence. Then again, perhaps Mark is the sociopath for not being able to tolerate the annoyances of child behaviour. Then again, perhaps both are true, and Mark is merely a giant, sociopathic man-baby. All that said, no human deserves to be subjected to Monopoly.

Games Played Last Week:
01:20 -Monopoly (Charles Darrow & Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips, Hasbro, 1933)
06:55 -Pendulum (Travis P Jones, Stonemaier Games, 2020)
16:53 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
17:48 -My City (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2020)
19:35 -Flick ‘Em Up: Dead of Winter (Gaëtan Beaujannot, Jonathan Gilmour, Jean Yves Monpertuis, & Isaac Vega, Pretzel Games, 2017)
21:51 -Cthulhu Wars (Sandy Petersen & Lincoln Petersen, Petersen Games, 2015)
24:25 -Pandoria (Jeffrey D. Allers & Bernd Eisenstein, Irongames, 2018)
28:06 -For What Remains (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
30:48 HeroQuest, and much history of Hasbro
38:14 Quartermaster General: Total War expansion
38:42 The Last of Us
39:55 GMT makes good on recent errata
40:49 Grand Austria Hotel gets grander?
41:21 For Sale expansion and Autorama
43:14 Dragonland reprint

44:15 Feature Game: Flotilla (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)

Episode 136: Games Based on IPs

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:00:07 +0000
Hwaet! The second installment of our much-ignored segment, SVWAG Poetry Corner, takes a turn for the epic. First we did haiku, and now we discuss Old English epic poetry. Sure the noble limerick can't be far behind? We also discuss the most excellent lifestyle habits of our new idol, Kane Tanaka, who seems to be living her best life on her own terms. You go, Kane Tanaka! Rip off some monster's arm or something.

01:07 AYRUIS: Concordia (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013) and Concordia Venus (2018)

Games Played Last Week:
02:27 -For What Remains (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG Games, 2020)
03:36 -Bärenpark (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout, 2017)
05:08 -My City (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2020)
06:16 -Forgotten Waters (Mr. Bistro, J. Arthur Ellis, & Isaac Vega, Plaid Hat Games, 2020)
12:54 -Sorcerer (Peter Scholtz, White Wizard Games, 2019)
15:50 -Cerebria: The Inside World (Richard Amann, & Viktor Peter, Mindclash Games, 2018)
18:24 -Alma Mater (Acchittocca, Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, Stefano Luperto, & Antonio Tinto, eggertspiele, 2020)
23:11 -Reykholt (Uwe Rosenberg, Frosted Games, 2018)
24:08 -Anachrony (Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2017)
28:18 -Europe Divided (Chris Marling & David Thompson, PHALANX, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:38 More Street Masters and more Aftershock woes
33:37 Tobago gets a volcano
34:56 Do board games make you immortal? The story of Kane Tanaka
36:23 Zoch goodness: Kurtz vor Knapp

36:58 Topic: Games Based on IPs

Episode 135: Babylonia

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:00:14 +0000
Our cup runneth over, if the cup in question is being filled by tiles laid there by Reiner Knizia. Three Knizia tile-laying games were sampled by SVWAG, which of course made it a good week. One feels that if someone proposed a topic of "Reiner Knizia tile-laying games", the appropriate editorial response would be "narrow the scope, please."

Games Played Last Week:
01:12 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
02:27 -Mariposas (Elizabeth Hargrave, AEG, 2020)
07:07 -Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun (Daniele Tascini & Dávid Turczi, Board&Dice, 2020)
14:37 -Carolus Magnus (Leo Colovini, Rio Grande, 2000)
20:04 -My City (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2020)
21:48 -Indigo (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2012)
25:27 -Starlink (Markus Slawitscheck & Arno Steinwender, Blue Orange Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
29:36 The possible returns of things called HeroQuest and Avalon Hill
31:17 Dungeon Fighter returns
32:26 Ludonova: Sumatra by Knizia and Polynesia by Peer Sylvester
33:36 Where's Waldo the Murderer? MicroMacro: Crime City
https://www.micromacro-game.com/en/index.html
36:07 Roll and write claims another victim--Troyes: Dice
36:38 Our Patreon: Boss us around! Exclusive content! Get games! etc.

37:24 Feature Game: Babylonia (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2019)

Episode 134: Games for 6+ Players

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:00:13 +0000
In remembrance of things past, we bite hard into the madeleine that is large player count gaming. The recollection of not being sequestered into small basements, where... actually, scratch that, we were often in basements in the Before Times. At least I think so. Time is now an illusion.

01:57 AYURIS: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians (Gernot Köpke & Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
03:44 -Time of Legends: Joan of Arc (Pascal Bernard, Mythic Games, 2019)
11:32 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
12:32 -My City (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2020)
13:19 -Thor (Reiner Knizia, Heidelberger Spieleverlag, 2002)
16:42 -For What Remains (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG, 2020)
19:45 -Small Islands (Alexis Allard, MushrooM Games, 2018)
22:04 -Iwari: Deluxe Edition (Michael Schacht, ThunderGryph Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
28:20 Moar Assault on Doomrock? Maybe!
29:49 Satire no more: Dinosaur "Rawr 'n Write" from Pandasaurus
30:29 Neuroshima Hex! limited edition big box
34:03 "Borrowed" intellectual property: Fire Emblem and Anna's Roundtable

37:53 Topic: Games for 6+ Players

Episode 133: Cosmic Frog

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 10:00:10 +0000
"Cosmic Frog: World Eaters from Dimension Zero--A Game of Strategic Gluttony." I mean, what could I or anyone else possibly say that could add to that?

Games Played Last Week:
01:46 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
03:34 -Shards of Infinity: Shadow of Salvation (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2019)
07:19 -Castle Itter (David Thompson, DVG, 2019)
12:44 -Kingdom Builder (Donald X. Vaccarino, Queen Games, 2011)
14:24 -Las Vegas Royale (Rudiger Dorn, alea, 2019)
16:40 -Barrage: The Leeghwater Project (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
22:17 -My City (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2020)
25:46 -For What Remains (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
32:17 Riot Games' Tellstones
34:48 Meeple Towers (sadly not dexterity)
35:59 More Civ-as-card-game: Imperium
36:54 BGG covering digital gaming again, and Neuroshima: Convoy
37:32 Eric Lang leaving CMON to become freelance again

38:45 Feature Game: Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel, 2020)

Episode 132: Why Is That Still on My Shelf?

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:00:04 +0000
I mean, maybe, possibly, hopefully, with luck, theoretically, given the right group, hypothetically, in time, conceivably, eventually, if I push hard enough, imaginably, as a favour, I could imagine, someday, perchance, play this again. Weather permitting.

01:36 AYURIS: Cerebria: The Inside World (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, István Pócsi, Frigyes Schőberl, Nick Shaw, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
04:34 -Istanbul (Rudiger Dorn, Pegasus Spiele, 2014)
06:06 -Blue Moon (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2004)
09:23 -Saint Petersburg (Bernd Brunnhofer, Hans im Glück, 2004)
12:08 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
16:52 -Undaunted: North Africa (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2020)
23:17 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
25:10 -Rome & Roll (Nick Shaw & Dávid Turczi, PSC Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
34:30 Lookout for more Uwe Rosenberg: Hallertau
35:15 More Stories for Orleans
35:39 Multiple He-Mans? Hes-Men? Archon and CMON
37:35 David Thompson's Switch and Signal
38:21 Dinosaur World
39:00 Root digital

42:30 Topic: Why Is That Still on My Shelf?

Episode 131: Eclipse 2nd Edition

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:00:06 +0000
Old conflicts are put to bed, taxonomies are shelved, and instead we take refuge in sweeping declarations. Walker focuses on the ad hominem, trying to dissuade people from game design because they are insufficiently hardcore; Mark focuses on games, declaring that you can't base games on random spat out tiles. Nuance is for the weak, and qualifications are for those lacking character. Mostly.

Games Played Last Week:
02:04 -Too Many Bones: Dart (Adam Carlson & Josh J. Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2020)
06:28 -Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, CGE, 2012)
09:19 -Russian Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leanhard "Lonny" Orgler, Hans im Gluck, 2013)
13:23 -Through the Desert (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 1998)
16:36 -The Fox in the Forest Duet (Foxtrot Games, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
18:13 -Shards of Infinity: Shadow of Salvation (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2019)
20:44 -Terraforming Mars (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold, 2016)
21:37 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
25:09 The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game
26:26 Capstone's Iron Rails: Iberian Gauge
27:35 Feld's Castles of Tuscany
28:32 Pfister's CloudAge
29:17 Another Teotihuacan expansion
30:00 Correction: Plaid Hat still owns Ashes
30:22 Sniper Elite
31:12 Walker complains about the Board Game Design Starter Kit
32:39 Mark loves the USPS

34:14 Feature Game: Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fl, 2020)

Episode 130: Restrictive Player Counts

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:00:05 +0000
We take a break from heady issues this week; so we instead touch on what constitutes a trick, what friends are good for, and colonialism. You know, light discussion.

02:35 AYURIS: Core Worlds (Andrew Parks, Stronghold, 2011)

Games Played Last Week:
04:09 -Fort (Grant Rodiek, Leder Games, 2020)
09:15 -Ascension Tactics: Miniatures Deckbuilding Game (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)
12:09 -The Voyages of Marco Polo (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
13:16 -Endeavor: Age of Expansion (Jarratt Gray, Burnt Island Games, 2020)
15:51 -Turn the Tide (Stefan Dorra, AMIGO, 1997)
20:22 -6 nimmt! (Wolfgang Kramer, AMIGO, 1994)
21:45 -Spirit Island (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
23:45 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
25:42 -Sonora (Rob Newton, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
28:36 -Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fi, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
29:12 Dune: Imperium
30:24 "Everyone's waiting for Tidal Blades"
31:25 More Assault on Doomrock, but only in Polish
32:44 Yet another edition of Blood Bowl, no more Guild Ball
35:02 Gods Love Dinosaurs (as do everyone else)
36:04 Ashes: Reborn
[Editor's note: Plaid Hat has not sold Ashes to Team Covenant; the latter will merely be handling the distribution. We apologize for the error.]
37:10 Topic: Restrictive Player Counts

Episode 129: Cthulhu: Death May Die

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:05:12 +0000
"Put down your chainsaw and listen to me
It's time for us to join in the fight
It's time to let your babies grow up to be cowboys
It's time to let the bedbugs bite
...
Talk with your mouth full
Bite the hand that feeds you
Bite on more than you chew
What can you do
Dare to be stupid"

-"Weird Al" Yankovic, noted Lovecraft scholar, "Dare to Be Stupid"

Games Played Last Week:
01:07 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
03:57 -Imperial Struggle (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2020)
08:38 -Downforce (Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, & Wolfgang Kramer, Restoration Games, 2017)
12:03 -Albedo: Yggdrasil (Kai Herbertz, Herbertz Entertainment UG, 2019)
16:25 -Off the Rails (Andrew Platt & Stuart Platt, Rotten Games, 2018)
18:34 -Planet Apocalypse (Sandy Petersen, Sandy Petersen Games, 2020)
23:54 -Madeira (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What's Your Game?, 2013)
26:30 -Gaslands: Refuelled (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:27 FFG News... except not
32:05 Mythic Games' Darkest Dungeon
32:46 Mythic will do right by its Reichbusters backers?
34:21 TI4: Prophecy of Kings
35:20 X-Men: Mutant Insurrection
36:43 Dire Alliance from Blacklist Games
38:23 Santorini: New York
39:00 Knizia's Tutankhamun
39:15 Street Masters Digital
40:40 All the Games You Like Are Bad is back. Sorry.

41:12 Feature Game: Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)

Episode 128: Communication Restrictions

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 09:40:08 +0000
Walker is a force of nature, a pent-up human-shaped mass of pure rage. The only outlet that can sate his furious destructive impulses is the ecstasy of the uninhibited flick--the catharsis of venting all of his power on a disc and then watching it careen around the board (then off the table, off someone's skull, off the floor, under the bookshelf, and then embedded in the drywall). He ten thunders with laughter, even as Huey informs him he missed his target and Dewey calls an ambulance. Is it a wonder, then, that Mark favours flicking games that encourage a modicum of restraint?

01:18 AYURIS: Quartermaster General: The Cold War (Ian Brody, PSC Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
03:00 -Menara: Rituals and Ruins (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Verlag, 2019)
08:08 -Rangers of Shadow Deep (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2019)
10:20 -Alone (Andrea Crespi & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)
15:48 -Pax Renaissance 2nd Edition (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Ion Game Design, 2020)
18:06 -Albedo (Kai Herbertz, Herbertz Entertainment UG, 2017)
23:08 -FlickFleet (Jackson Pope & Paul Wilcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
25:33 -Blitzkrieg!: Nippon Expansion (Paolo Mori, PSC Games, 2019)
29:33 -Qwixx (Steffen Benndorf, Gamewright, 2012)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:13 The team behind Wavelength gives us Fuzzies
32:25 Everyone can relax: Steven Universe Beach-a-Palooza funded
33:48 Mobile painting studio for the post-plague world
35:08 Return of All the Games You Like Are Bad: video reviews to follow

36:22 Topic: Communication Restrictions

Episode 127: Versailles 1919

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:00:16 +0000
“The game which our enemies have laid before us is, in so far as the French dictated it, is a monument of pathological fear and pathological hatred; and in so far as the Anglo-Saxons dictated it, it is the work of a capitalistic policy of the most brutal and cleverest kind.”
–A deliberate misquote of Count von Brockdorff-Rantzau reviewing Versailles 1919

Games Played Last Week:
01:40 -Nippon (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What's Your Game?, 2015)
05:24 -Space Cadets: Away Missions (Dan Raspler & Al Rose, Stronghold, 2015)
09:10 -Sonora (Rob Newton, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
14:51 -Godzilla: Tokyo Clash (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)
19:41 -Flaming Pyramids (Norbert Abel, Cheeky Parrot Games, 2018)
21:27 -FlickFleet (Jackson Pope & Paul Wilcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
23:17 -Can't Stop (Sid Sackson, Parker Brothers, 1980)
24:24 -Alone (Andrea Crespi & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
31:00 Spiel des Jahres (Pictures) and Kennerspiel des Jahres (The Crew) winners
32:06 Daimyo: Rebirth of an Empire by laboitedejeu
33:03 Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza is in trouble?
35:30 Walker watches Pendulum
36:15 Spielworxx's Die Macher on BGG Store

37:22 Feature Game: Versailles 1919 (Geoff Engelstein & Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2020)

Episode 126: I'm 90% Sure

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:00:21 +0000
Walker feels he has missed his calling, and tries out his tight five as an insult comic this week. He directs his barbs at the typical targets--Mark, board game covers, games no one asked for, Mark, media he finds unengaging, and Mark. The latter (and former) does his level best at being supportive in the classic tradition of Ed McMahon, but one remembers why Don Rickles and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog are solo acts.

02:03 AYURIS: Talon (Jim Krohn, GMT, 2016) and Talon 1000 (Jim Krohn, GMT, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
03:45 -The Voyages of Marco Polo (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
06:20 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
07:29 -Versailles 1919 (Geoff Engelstein & Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2020)
16:10 -The Taverns of Tiefenthal (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)
17:38 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
21:02 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
26:20 -That's Pretty Clever (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2018)
30:04 -The Hunted: Twilight of the U-Boats, 1943-1945 (Gregory M. Smith, GMT Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
36:14 Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps at last?!
37:20 Dim possibility of Descent Third Edition?
39:50 Not Alone expands on Kickstarter
40:26 Tammany Hall reprint
41:03 Rita Modl and King of 12
42:04 Mindclash's Perserverence: Castaway Chronicles
43:39 Catapult Kingdoms
43:48 Walker dunks on Escape the Night

45:41 Topic: I'm 90% Sure: Rules you Forget or Ignore

Episode 125: Imperial Struggle

Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:00:03 +0000
"From the discovery of New France to the 1981 Referendum, all of Quebec history is based on a single fallacy: that the British actually wanted to own Quebec. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The British already had a surplus of colonies in the sunny Caribbean and took little interest in the Canadian icebox later dismissed by Voltaire as nothing more than 'quelques arpents de neige'... In 1759, with war raging everywhere between France and England, the British knew if would look suspicious if they didn't engage the French in North America. They placed the expedition in the hands of a thirty-two-year-old, inexperienced general, James Wolfe, and gave him strict orders: 'Put up a good fight... but lose.' Wolfe devised a clever theatrical strategy. He would choose an impossible attack-route: Arriving by boat on the St. Lawrence river then scaling the unassailable walls of the fortress of Quebec, thus guaranteeing defeat and dumping Quebec with France for good. But Wolfe's glorious defeat was snapped from the jaws of victory by Montcalm who brilliantly out-manoeuvred Wolfe and surrendered--a stroke of genius that got the colony off France's hands once and for all."
-Nick Auf der Mar, "La Petite Histoire du Québec (Version Anglaise)"

Games Played Last Week:
01:09 -SEAL Team Flix (Pete Ruth & Mark Thomas, WizKids, 2018)
02:37 -Teotihuacan: City of Gods (Daniele Tascini & Dávid Turczi, NSKN Games, 2018)
04:04 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
04:48 -Sprawlopolis (Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, & Paul Kluka, Button Shy, 2018)
08:26 -Mezo (John Clowdus, Kolossal Games, 2019)
13:25 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
15:02 -Qwixx (Steffen Benndorf, Gamewright, 2012)
16:41 -That's Pretty Clever (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2018)
17:30 -Coloretto (Michael Schacht, ABACUSSPIELE, 2003)
19:32 -Orléans: Invasion (Inka Brand, Markus Brand, & Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2015)
20:59 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
25:55 Expansion to Twilight Imperium 4th ed.
26:44 Pandemic Legacy Season 0
27:20 Undaunted: Reinforcements
28:39 DeepMind: An AI for Diplomacy?
29:35 Lord of the Rings: Anniversary Edition
31:01 Steven Universe Beach-a-Palooza on Kickstarter July 14th
31:29 Pendulum by Stonemaier
31:39 Lost Ruins of Arnak by CGE
31:59 Documentary: Gamemaster

32:42 Feature Game: Imperial Struggle (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2020)

Episode 124: Rondels

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:00:12 +0000
We return, ill-advisedly, to the heavily-mined waters of classification and taxonomy. Mark will put up with it because of his love of Mac Gerdts, and Walker will put up with it because he gets to troll Mark with contrived classifications.

01:10 AYURIS: Gloomhaven (Isaac Childres, Cephalofair Games, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
03:24 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
07:56 -Hanamikoji (Kota Nakayama, EmperorS4, 2013)
10:59 -Lords of Waterdeep (Peter Lee & Rodney Thompson, Wizards of the Coast, 2012)
14:44 -Cartographers: A Roll Player Game (Jordy Adan, Thunderworks Games, 2019)
20:50 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
25:18 -Thunderbolt Apache Leader (Dan Verssen, Dan Verssen Games, 2012)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
29:48 Frostpunk Board Game
30:43 The Field of the Cloth of Gold
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/105690/designer-diary-story-making-field-cloth-gold
32:08 Yura Yura Penguin
33:12 Max Temkin and Cards Against Humanity’s Toxicity
35:06 Paranoia: The Infinite Hole

36:15 Topic: Rondels

Episode 123: Project: ELITE

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:05:02 +0000
Editorial standards are constantly evolving here at SVWAG, and they lately proceed largely from Walker's unilateral declarations. Things get to be pronounced however he wills them. Prior utterances by anyone are rendered immediately obsolete if and when he deigns to acknowledge something. Comparisons are now his exclusive purview. Walker has spoken.

Games Played Last Week:
01:52 -Hour of Need (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2020)
04:21 -Inhuman Conditions (Tommy Maranges & Cory O'Brien, Web published, 2018)
08:59 -Crazy Tower: Contruction/Sabotage (Alexis Harvey, Félix Leblanc, Manuel-Lucas Bergeron Duhamel, & Mathieu Auger, Synapses Games, 2020)
12:15 -Fantastic Factories (Joseph Z Chen & Justin Faulkner, Metafactory Games, 2019)
14:51 -Fuji Koro: Deluxe (Jerome Demeyere, Game Brewer, 2020)
17:04 -Flick Wars (Shaun Austin & Andrew Tullsen, Breaking Games, 2019)
20:59 -Big City: 20th Anniversary Jumbo Edition! (Franz-Benno Delonge, Mercury Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
24:52 Pipeline 2P? Curious Cargo
25:31 Pandemic: Hot Zone PnP
26:28 Starfinder pre-painted minis
27:09 Gloomhaven hits Target
28:33 Sonora: "Flick and Write", again
29:41 More Battleground: Fantasy Warfare
31:13 Games are political: ConsimWorld's myopia
[NB: An earlier version of this episode falsely claimed that Cool Mini or Not has been silent on Black Lives Matter. CMON issued a statement of support on June 5th, 2020. We apologize sincerely for the error.]

35:29 Feature Game: Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)

Episode 122: Multiple Paths to Victory

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:00:07 +0000
Change is exactly like a starving polar bear, in that it is a frightening beast that will bite your face off. Despite that, we have changed the format of our episode notes in a startling act of courage. That said, as Robert Browning wrote, "One taste of the old time sets all to rights." It is in that spirit that we began, with the blessing of the Government of Ontario's health guidelines, to actually play games in meatspace again. We express our sincere condolences to those unfortunates living in situations where that is not safely feasible.

03:22 AYURIS: New Frontiers (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
05:17 -Street Masters (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)
10:47 -Monolith Arena (Michał Oracz, Portal Games, 2018)
14:05 -Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs (Mike Bertucelli, GMT Games, 2019)
17:34 -Flick Wars (Shaun Austin & Andrew Tullsen, Breaking Games, 2019)
22:23 -Spirit Island (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
24:45 -Hyperborea (Andrea Chiarvesio & Pierluca Zizzi, Asterion, 2014)
26:49 -Asgard’s Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
29:16 -Fuji Koro: Deluxe (Jerome Demeyere, Game Brewer, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
37:33 Biblios Roll & Write
37:53 Freedom Five: More Sentinels
39:19 Monumental Cost
40:00 Charles S. Roberts Wargame Awards
40:45 Domination

41:21 Topic: Multiple Paths to Victory

Episode 121: Aristeia!

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:45:11 +0000
"Please note that there are only two references to sports in this book... and both are appropriately dismissive. If you wish for sports information, might I kindly refer you to every other aspect of our culture?"
-John Hodgman, "The Areas of My Expertise"

Games Played Last Week:
-Commands and Colors: Napoleonics 1m40s (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2010)
-Wingspan 3m08s (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
-Flick ‘Em Up: Dead of Winter 6m05s (Gaëtan Beaujannot, Jonathan Gilmour, Jean Yves Monpertuis, & Isaac Vega, Pretzel Games, 2017)
-The Taverns of Tiefenthal 12m47s (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)
-Legacy of Dragonholt 20m17s (Nikki Valens with Daniel Clark, Tim Flanders, Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, & Greg Spyridis, FFG, 2017)
-Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs 22m48s (Mike Bertucelli, GMT Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Terraforming Mars Big Box 26m40s
-Awaken Realms Makes Walker Whole 29m01s
-Dragon Gyas 29m36s
-Massive Darkness 2 31m53s
-Merchants of the Dark Road 34m28s
-Kemet: Blood and Sand--Matagot's Responsiveness 35m56s

Feature Game: Aristeia! 37m41s (Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, & David Rosillo, Corvus Belli, 2017)

Episode 120: Awards

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:05:14 +0000
To be clear, we're not giving or receiving any awards this week--rather we're discussing their use, possible abuse, and impact on the hobby. Were we to deserve an award for this episode, though, clearly it would be for the quality and quantity of top-notch segues. Play style leads to play style, mechanism to mechanism, all flowing as naturally and as smoothly as a natural and smooth thing. Note that while our segues are stellar, are metaphors are often less so.

AYURIS: Pandemic: Fall of Rome 1m28s (Matt Leacock & Paolo Mori, Z-Man, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Commands and Colors: Napoleonics 4m00s (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2010)
-Kemet 6m37s (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2012)
-Twilight Struggle 11m13s (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2005)
-Blood Rage 15m00s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2015)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 15m57s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Gaslands: Refuelled 20m58s (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)
-Maharaja 24m53s (Michael Kiesling & Wolfgang Kramer, Cranio Creations, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Reiner Knizia's Whale Riders 30m53s
-Infinity CodeOne and 4th Edition 31m35s
-Warhammer 40,000 9th Edtiion 33m43s
[EDIT] Early reports indicate that 9th Edition will not, in point of fact, obsolete codices. We apologize for the error.
-X-Wing Solo Rules 34m33s
-Pokémon Battle Academy 34m44s
-CMON's Masters of the Universe 35m23s
-Hope for the world: rubber ducks in dice 36m40s
-BGG selling more games 37m20s
-Upcoming GMT Games 37m54s

Topic: Awards 39m07s

Episode 119: Clans of Caledonia

Tue, 26 May 2020 10:00:13 +0000
We sometimes don't understand the appeal of food-based games, friends and neighbours. To be sure, we adore Food Chain Magnate, but that is not parasitic upon our sincere appreciation of (say) lemonade and pizza. There seem to be many games based on enthusiasm for beer, coffee, whiskey, spicy food, wine... Wait, I'm noticing a trend. Is our indifference to alcohol poisoning yet another area of life?!

Games Played Last Week:
-Gaia Project 1m01s (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
-Legacy of Dragonholt 2m55s (Nikki Valens with Daniel Clark, Tim Flanders, Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, & Greg Spyridis, FFG, 2017)
-Race for the Galaxy 6m37s (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)
-Star Wars: X-Wing Second Edition 11m30s(Jason Little & Frank Brooks, Fantasy Flight, 2018)
-Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA 15m13s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2020)
-A War of Whispers 19m55s (Jeremy Stoltzfus, Starling Games, 2019)
-Tobago 24m49s (Bruce Allen, Zoch Verlag, 2009)
-TINYforming Mars 27m3s (Michael Bevilacqua, Web published, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Gen Con 2020 Cancelled 30m04s
-Schotten Totten 2 30m31s
-Wingspan App Beta 31m17s
-Kemet and Tribune Reprints on Kickstarter 31m52s

Feature Game: Clans of Caledonia 33m44s (Juma Al-JouJou, Karma Games, 2017)

Episode 118: Digital Life After COVID

Tue, 19 May 2020 09:50:19 +0000
Podcasts are often a discursive medium, and so naturally we find ourselves touching on many and diverse topics. This week, we delve into poetry and Star Trek, just in case you were under the illusion that we were anything other than unreconstructed nerds. Walker, being part jock, had to be restrained so as to not spontaneously give himself a wedgie.

AYURIS: Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done 2m06s (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Bullet♥︎ 3m22s (Joshua Van Laningham, Level 99 Games, 2021)
-Sapiens 7m10s (Cyrille Leroy, IELLO, 2015)
-Legacy of Dragonholt 10m12s (Nikki Valens with Daniel Clark, Tim Flanders, Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, & Greg Spyridis, FFG, 2017)
-Can't Stop 17m38s (Sid Sackson, Parker Brothers, 1980)
-Gaslands: Refuelled 19m36s (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)
-Kingdomino 24m58s (Bruno Cathala, Blue Orange Games, 2016)
-TINYforming Mars 27m11s (Michael Bevilacqua, Web published, 2019)
-Innovation (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi Games, 2010)
-Hour of Need 35m48s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Spiel des Jahres nominees announced 39m20s
-Spiel at Essen canceled 39m25s
-Small World of Warcraft 42m14s
-Embarrassing Kemet Sphinx mini inspires new SVWAG Poetry Corner 42m38s
-New Maharaja 44m45s
-Frenemy Pastry Party 45m35s
-Who Asked for These? (TM): Battle of the Boy Bands 46m10s

Topic: Digital Life After COVID 47m02s

Episode 117: Watergate

Tue, 12 May 2020 10:00:06 +0000
There are so many life lessons to be learned from the presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon. For one, shave before debates. For another, hire limber secretaries with flexible standards on truth. Always be sure to hire expert lockpickers. Make sure your vice president will have your back (Nixon at least got a mulligan on that one). I mean, he's not a role model of mine--I wouldn't get his face tattooed on my back, to pick something at random--but he does serve as a potent set of object lessons.

Games Played Last Week:
-Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game 3m31s (Dan Verssen, DVG, 2014)
-Splendor 5m48s (Marc André, SPace Cowboys, 2014)
-Bullet♥︎ 8m28s (Joshua Van Laningham, Level 99 Games, 2021)
-Castles of Burgundy 12m36s (Stefan Feld, alea, 2011)
-Horizon Wars: Zero Dark 15m34s (Robey Jenkins, Precinct Omega Publishing, 2020)
-Patchwork 20m57s (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2014)
-Potion Explosion 21m55s (Stefano Castelli, Andrea Crespi, & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2015)
-Glory to Rome 24m48s (Ed Carter & Carl Chudyk, Cambridge Games Factory, 2005)
-Mottainai 25m47s (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi Games, 2015)
-Mini Express 29m16s (Mark Gerrits, Moaideas Game Design, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Who Asked for These? (TM) Headlock, Paper, Scissors 32m57s
-Who Asked for These? (TM) Clank! for 6 players 34m40s
-Kickstarter lays off 40% of workforce 35m24s
-Who Asked for These? (TM) Marvel Splendor 36m32s
-Who Asked for These? (TM) Star Wars: Talisman 37m18s
-A Billion Suns extended beta 37m39s
-Rodney Smith and Watch It Played expand 40m36s

Feature Game: Watergate 41m37s (Matthias Cramer, Capstone Games, 2019)

Episode 116: AP and the Need to Win

Tue, 05 May 2020 10:10:18 +0000
Subtitles are to be used with discretion. Some people can't be trusted with them, and most of those people seem to work in Hollywood and non-fiction publishing. We resist the urge much of the time, but every once in a while the dam bursts and we must find an outlet for our pent-up subtitling impulses.
We have over twenty this time. We're sorry.

AYURIS: Teotihuacan: City of Gods 3m53s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Vanguard: Dawn of War 6m45s (Uncredited, Archon Studio, 2017)
-Trieste 11m11s (Matthew Ma, Victory Point Games, 2013)
-Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game 15m46s (Dan Verssen, DVG, 2014)
-Innovation 23m07s (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi Games, 2010)
-Twilight Struggle 27m39s (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2005)
-Coralia 31m20s (Michael Rieneck, HUCH!, 2019)
-Under Falling Skies 33m02s (Tomáš Uhlíř, Web-published, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-More Walker! Walker a guest on Board Game Barrage 34m59s
-Fantasy Flight pulls down Tabletop Simulator mods 35m29s
-Seastead: 2P Flotilla 38m20s
-New expansion and Kickstarter for Rise of Tribes 38m36s
-Guards of Atlantis II is awesome, its depiction of women less so 38m59s
-New expansion and Kickstarter for Steampunk Rally 42m57s
-UK Games Expo cancelled 43m57s

Topic: Analysis Paralysis and the Need to Win 44m13s

Episode 115: Nemesis

Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:53:20 +0000
A rulebook generates expectations, and whether and how those expectations are met or frustrated is an interesting phenomenon. Sometimes you get exactly what you want and that's a good thing--and sometimes the rules promise a set of experiences that never manifest. Over time, you start to get a better feel for what a game might be like by virtue of its rulebook, but even experienced gamers can be thrown for a loop by an unexpected mismatch. To summarize, what I'm saying here is that Nemesis is bad.

Games Played Last Week:
-Cosmic Frog 1m15s (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
-Traintopia 8m41s (Przemek Wojtkowiak, Board&Dice, 2020)
-Carolus Magnus 14m54s (Leo Colovini, Rio Grande Games, 2000)
-Wingspan 17m24s (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
-Successors 3rd ed 18m23s (Richard H. Berg, John B. Firer, & Mark Simonitch, GMT Games, 2008)
-Scythe 21m25s (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)
-Pax Renaissance 2nd Edition 24m58s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Ion Game Design, 2020)
-Fantastic Factories 29m49s (Joseph Z Chen & Justin Faulkner, Metafactory Games, 2019)
-Crazy Tower: Contruction/Sabotage 32m10s (Alexis Harvey, Félix Leblanc, Manuel-Lucas Bergeron Duhamel, & Mathieu Auger, Synapses Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Blokus Puzzle 34m46s
-Guards of Atlantis II 35m43s
-Your games are invalid: 40K Risk 36m48s
-Defence of Procyon III 37m47s
-Canvas 39m28s
-More on Knizia's My City 40m22s

Feature Game: Nemesis 41m27s (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2018)

Episode 114: De-salting Unplayed Games

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 10:00:04 +0000
“Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last. Imagine that you are doing this but that it is essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature...in order to found that edifice on its unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me. Tell the truth.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

AYURIS: Gùgōng 1m22s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Radiant: Offline Battle Arena 3m50s (Jack Murray, Heel Turn Games, 2019)
-Cosmic Frog 5m00s (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
-Blitzkrieg! 17m07s (Paolo Mori, PSC Games, 2019)
-World of Warcraft Miniatures Game 18m35s (Edward Fear, John Fiorillo, Justin Gary, Matt Hyra, Anthony Shaheen, & Patrick Sullivan, Upper Deck Entertainment, 2008)
-Manoeuvre 23m54s (Jeff Horger, GMT Games, 2008)
-Spyrium 26m07s (William Attia, Ystari Games, 2013)
-Innovation 31m19s (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi Games, 2010)
-Carcassonne 33m54s (Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Hans im Gluck, 2000)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Shadows over (Camelot) Brooklyn 35m28s
-SVWAG Policy: Unlicensed Digital Implementations 36m28s
-Hasbro Mashups 38m44s
-Golden Geek Award Nomination 41m01s
-More Cloudspire 42m35s
-Reichbusters and Wolfenstein 42m55s

Topic: Getting Tears Stains out of Games: What to Do About Unplayed Games 44m16s

Episode 113: Undaunted: Normandy

Tue, 14 Apr 2020 10:10:19 +0000
No daunts are asked and no daunts are given this week. "I don't give a daunt" is tattooed on Walker's back, no doubt an homage to Rhett Butler's famous ending line. We needed a little breather this time--a break from two-hour epic experiences. A little palate cleanser to ease us into a purely digital gaming life; because, to be frank, in this stage of isolation, we felt a little daunted.
We will plead for your indulgence, as our audio setup is once again in a state of flux as we transition to a two-studio setup.

Games Played Last Week:
-Orleans 2m28s (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2014)
-The Quiet Year 3m03s (Avery Alder, Buried Without Ceremony, 2013)
-Shadowrift 6m14s (Jeremy Anderson, Game Night Productions, 2012)
-Spirit Island 8m17s (Eric R. Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
-Carolus Magnus 11m42s (Leo Colovini, Rio Grande Games, 2000)
-Race for the Galaxy 17m25s (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)
-BattleCON: War of Indines 19m40s (D. Brad Talton, Jr., Level 99 Games, 2010)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-For Science! on Kickstarter now 23m29s
-CMON audit woes? 25m34s

Feature Game: Undaunted: Normandy 28m20s (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2019)

Episode 112: Solo Gaming

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:00:13 +0000
Isolation gaming continues, so we turn our lonely eyes to gaming alone--an endeavour that predates plague-induced solitude, but is certainly thriving now. Many a gamer is experimenting with those (increasingly frequent) variants for the first time. We understand--any port in a storm. Let us game alone together.

AYURIS: Coimbra 1m48s (Flaminia Brasini & Virginio Gigli, eggertspiele, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North 3m32s (Joanna Kijanka & Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2019)
-The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine 8m43s (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
-The Fox in the Forest Duet 16m52s (Foxtrot Games, Foxtrot Games, 2020)
-The Quiet Year 18m20s (Avery Alder, Buried Without Ceremony, 2013)
-Radiant: Offline Battle Arena 22m57s (Jack Murray, Heel Turn Games, 2019)
-Hansa Teutonica 24m23s (Andreas Steding, Argentum Verlag, 2009)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 26m51s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)
-The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples 30m31s (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-My Little Scythe: Pie in the Sky 33m18s
-Ascension Tactics 34m14s
-Frosthaven 36m52s
-Ankh: Gods of Egypt 40m24s
-They Live 41m41s

Topic: Solo Gaming 43m05s

Episode 111: MOBAs and Tainted Grail

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:50:19 +0000
A little throwback for you, our dear and loyal listeners, a small taste of the pre-summer schedule splendour and abundance where we spoil you with both a topic and a feature game. It happened organically, you see, what with all the social distancing -mandated two-player gaming we've been doing. That, and we want to try to give you a little more in light of the world giving you a little less. Of course, if you want to hear less of us, you always have that power.

Games Played Last Week:
-Menara: Rituals and Ruins 2m59s (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Verlag, 2019)
-Sentinels of the Multiverse 5m39s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
-ELO Darkness 22m11s (Tommaso Mondadori & Alberto Parisi, Reggie Games, 2018)
-The Fox in the Forest Duet 8m59s (Foxtrot Games, Foxtrot Games, 2020)
-Pax Renaissance 13m24s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
-Mezo: Souls for Xibalba 17m09s (John Clowdus, Kolossal, 2019)

Mini-Spotlight: MOBA-Style Boardgames 19m36s
-Rum & Bones (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015)/Rum & Bones: Second Tide (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)
-Guards of Atlantis (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designaa, 2017)
-ELO Darkness (Tommaso Mondadori & Alberto Parisi, Reggie Games, 2018)
-Battle for Biternia (Chris Faulkenberry, Stone Circle Games, 2018)
-Radiant: Offline Battle Arena (Jack Murray, Heel Turn Games, 2019)
-Skytear (Giacomo Neri, Riccardo Neri, & Riccardo Parmeggiani, PvP Geeks, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Free stuff! XenoShyft, Frostgrave, etc. 41m24s
-Crazy Tower: Construction/Sabotage 43m52s
-Gloomhaven Community Campaign IV: The Blacksmith and the Bear 45m05s
-Digital card game: Legends of Runeterra by Riot 46m11s
-Pax Renaissance 2nd Edition 47m40s

Feature Game: Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon 49m32s (Krzysztof Piskorski & Marcin Świerkot, Awaken Realms, 2019)

Episode 110: Social Distancing

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:50:02 +0000
Ripped from the headlines, as Dick Wolf is wont to say, we present to you the most timely of discussions. Of course, Walker takes us down theoretical tangents once again, whereas Mark rolls his eyes and tried to keep things on track--the standard roles that our hosts always seem to fall into. In Walker's defense, the Kool-Aid Man is a pressing philosophical issue. Fortunately, boardgaming has resolved the thorny matter of his (its?) identity; with such a success, surely Fermat's Last Theorem could have been resolved by boardgames had that nerd Wiles not solved it first. Nerd.

AYURIS: Claustrophobia 1m54s (CROC, Asmodee, 2009)

Games Played Last Week:
-Jetpack Joyride 6m07s (Michał Gołębiowski, Lucky Duck Games, 2019)
-Horizon Wars: Zero Dark 9m40s (Robey Jenkins, Self-published, 2020)
-Dragon Master: BGG Convention Promo 14m58s (Reiner Knizia, Victory Point Games, 2015)
-Hellboy: The Board Game 18m58s (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)
-ELO Darkness 22m11s (Tommaso Mondadori & Alberto Parisi, Reggie Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Quid est homo Kool-Aid? 27m12s
-Our hobby under COVID-19: Check Reddit 30m41s
-Walker's roundup: Gears of War, Robot Quest, cons cancelled 32m20s
-Starlight: A tale of Shakespearean scope? 33m20s

SVWAG Scheduling Statement: 35m18s

Topic: Social Distancing 38m19s

Episode 109: Omnibus Questions

Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:10:15 +0000
All of your burning questions shall be addressed! Why is there something rather than nothing? Quid est veritas? War, huh! What is it good for? Why do birds suddenly appear every time a Knizia game is near? Rest assured that the topics covered are vast--Macross, objectivism, fictional Thai kick boxers, and so much more. Featuring special guests Dan Thurot (spacebiff.com), Charlie Theel (playerelimination.com), and Kellen and Mark from Board Game Barrage (boardgamebarrage.com).

AYURIS: Discover: Lands Unknown 2m33s (Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Blitzkrieg! 4m27s (Paolo Mori, PSC Games, 2019)
-Horizon Wars: Zero Dark 6m56s (Robey Jenkins, Self-published, 2020)
-The Fox in the Forest Duet 10m35s (Foxtrot Games, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
-Mezo 12m22s (John Clowdus, Kolossal Games, 2019)
-Mega Civilization 17m40s (Flo de Haan, John Rodriguez, & Francis Tresham, 999 Games, 2015)
-Battle for Biternia 24m31s (Chris Faulkenberry, Stone Circle Games, 2018)
-Piratenbillard 28m33s (Reinhold Wittig, ABACUSSPIELE, 1959)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Kwapinski ushers in the Dark Ages 31m07s
-Meeple Circus goes giant 32m22s
-Minimizing the sting of isolation during COVID-19 22m59s

Topic: Omnibus Questions 37m00s

Episode 108: Clinic Deluxe

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:21:28 +0000
Warning: there is some implied discussion of the existence of the health care field in this week's review. No jokes were made about current viral events, though, and given the general low-brow nature of this podcast that's a minor miracle. The only jokes about current affairs are related to hip hop, and even those references are dated to over twenty years ago.

Games Played Last Week:
-Street Masters: Aftershock 2m47s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
-Stephenson's Rocket 4m55s (Reiner Knizia, Pegasus Spiele, 1999)
-Lorenzo il Magnifico 9m19s (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2016)
-Mardi Gras Madness 12m50s (Mark Burlet, Arthur Franz IV, & Ben Jennings, Uplink Underground Games, 2020)
-Horizon Wars: Zero Dark 18m25s (Robey Jenkins, Self-published, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Walker Watches Steamwatchers 21m52s
-Ginkgopolis Reprint 23m53s
-Clean Queen Kickstarter? 24m48s
-Coronavirus Cancellations: CMON Expo 26m46s
-Uwe Rosenberg's New York Zoo 27m46s

Feature Game: Clinic: Deluxe Edition 28m42s (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)

Episode 107: Playing for Second

Tue, 03 Mar 2020 10:44:57 +0000
Some of you might be unfamiliar with the traditions surrounding birthdays in Canada. They are savage affairs, drenched in blood and feats of suffering. I mean, there's the cake, sure, and that part is pretty benign--except for the baking of it, come to think of it, where the birthday girl or birthday boy is expected to remove the cake from an oven with their bare hands and devour the thing whole; then comes the declaration of threats, where the horribly burned, frosting-seared celebrant mounts a nearby table and screams doom to their enemies. Let's not get started on what kind of gifts are considered appropriate.

AYURIS: Stephenson's Rocket 1m36s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Empyreal: Spells & Steam 3m44s (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2020)
-Egizia: Shifting Sands 11m05s (Acchittocca, Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, Stefano Luperto, & Antonio Tinto, Stronghold Games, 2019)
-Root: The Underworld Expansion 13m39s (Patrick Leder & Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2020)
-Pax Renaissance 18m58s (Matt Eklund & Phil Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
-The Estates 21m42s (Klaus Zoch, Capstone Games, 2018)
-Assault on Doomrock 25m11s (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Into the Spider-Verse for Marvel United (Walker's obsessed) 27m54s
-The Liberaion of Plaid Hat Games? 29m23s
-Toy of the Year! Pictionary Air 30m44s
-The Next Game that Matters: Phantom Division 32m09s

Topic: Playing for Second 33m03s

Episode 106: Posthuman Saga

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:00:13 +0000
Would you like a job at Asmodee? Well guess what, if you need any replacement parts from them, you've just been drafted to work as their support staff. Best of all, your salary is nothing! Are we doomed to become ever more curmudgeonly, rambling to young gamers about how "back in my day, we got replacement parts just by sending an email" and the the young 'uns would be all like "Ok, Millennial, but what's an email?"

Games Played Last Week:
-Quartermaster General WW2 2m25s (Ian Brody, Ares Games, 2019)
-Mars Open: Tabletop Golf 5m19s (Dennis Hoyle, Bellwether Games, 2018)
-Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North 7m53ss (Joanna Kijanka & Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2019)
-Blitzkrieg! 10m57s (Paolo Mori, PSC Games, 2019)
-SEAL Team Flix 15m47s (Pete Ruth & Mark Thomas, WizKids, 2018)
-Empyreal: Spells & Steam 17m50s (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2020)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Secret Operation: Social Deduction Robots 24m10s
-Asmodee's Parts Replacement Policy 25m33s
-Scooby-Doo Escape Rooms 30m40s
-Stefan Bruck Retires 31m23s
-Zen Garden Grows 32m16s
-Epic: The Card Game Digital 32m55s
-Walker Is Dubious About Marvel United 35m15s
-More Batman, More Plastic 36m05s

Feature Game: Posthuman Saga 36m49s (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2019)

Episode 105: False Expectations

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:00:21 +0000
On must acknowledge that in many instances, pre-judgment is an adaptive advantage--I don't mean with respect to people, but in terms of being able to sift through the endless data with which we are constantly bombarded. Most of our concepts are pre-fabricated little categories that we can shove sense data into in order to make sense of the world (there's your Kantianism in three seconds for you). In boardgaming, were seventeen releases hit the market while I was typing this sentence, it can be handy to use heuristics or prejudice--I won't play games by designer or publisher X, for example. Then again, it is our thankless task to submerge ourselves wholesale into the hobby's output without fear or favour, and so we must try to overcome such self-imposed limits when we can.

AYURIS: Battle for Rokugan 2m07s (Molly Glover & Tom Jolly, Fantasy Flight, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
-Troyes 4m11s (Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, & Alain Orban, Pearl Games, 2010)
-Hanabi 9m40s (Antoine Bauza, ABACUSSPIELE, 2010)
-The Shipwreck Arcana 9m40s (Kevin Bishop, Meromorph Games, 2017)
-Top Gun Strategy Game 11m08s (Prospero hall, Mixlore, 2020)
-Pipeline 16m18s (Ryan Courtney, Capstone Games, 2019)
-Northern Pacific 21m48s (Tom Tussell, Rio Grande, 2013)
-Sakura Arms 23m55s (BakaFire, AEG, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Ghost Adventure 27m01
-Cindr: Date a Dragon 28m05
-Sonora: "Flick and Write" 29m28s
-Waiting on Siege of the Citadel 30m18s
-Coronavirus Uncertainty 31m36
-Dragon Dice Refuse to Die 33m38s

Topic: False Expectations 35m32s

Episode 104: On Mars

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 02:05:06 +0000
One must learn as a child that just because something is difficult does not mean it isn't worth doing. Sometimes we here at SVWAG feel that the corollary for adults is that just because something is difficult doesn't mean it is worthwhile. Some hard things should just be avoided. It's hard to drive a nail through your own skull, but it doesn't follow that it's necessarily a prime opportunity for self-improvement that ought to be pursued. Unrelatedly, Vital Lacerda games.

Games Played Last Week:
-Street Masters: Aftershock 2m32s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
-Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 6m11s (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)
-The Resistance 7m40s (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2009)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 10m25s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)
-Food Chain Magnate: The Ketchup Mechanism & Other Ideas 13m49s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2019)
-Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North 21m36s (Joanna Kijanka & Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2019)
-Pretense 24m13s (Jason Tagmire, AEG, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Pay extra for early access to Kanban EV? 28m42s
-Brick and mortar retail for Renegade early access? 31m36s
-Walker wonders about Wonderland's War 32m58s
-SHUX 2020: Oct. 16-18 36m06s
-Marvel United 37m08s
-Mindclash's Perseverance 38m43s
-Nuremberg Toy Fair 2020 miscellany 39m20s

Feature Game: On Mars 41m19s (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)

Episode 103: Virtues of Popularity

Tue, 04 Feb 2020 11:00:14 +0000
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

AYURIS: Level 7 [Omega Protocol] 2m34s (Will Schoonover, Privateer Press, 2013)

Games Played Last Week:
-Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA 6m38s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designaa, 2020)
-Las Vegas Royale 11m13s (Rudiger Dorn, alea, 2019)
-Tiny Epic Tactics 12m59s (Scott Almes, Gamelyn, 2019)
-In the Hall of the Mountain King 16m20s (Jay Cormier & Graeme Jahns, Burnt Island Games, 2019)
-Die Macher 21m06s (Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Spielworxx, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-More toys for Era: Medieval Age 26m58s
-Kickstarter Police: Wherefore art thou? 27m56s
-Banning Golden Bell, that's where 29m39s

Topic: Virtues of Popularity 31m33s

Episode 102: Imperial 2030

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:00:12 +0000
Rarely has a game been as deeply, frighteningly cynical as Imperial. We are sadly inured to the notion of vast military conflicts; and we are sadly inured to the corrupting influence of enormous wealth; but never before has a game combined the two and posited the Schlieffen Plan as a gambit to improve the marginal rate of return of someone's portfolio. Oh, my RRSP is Russian firepower, by the way.

Games Played Last Week:
-Papillon 1m42s (J.B. Howell, Kolossal, 2019)
-Talon 3m47s (Jim Krohn, GMT Games, 2016)
-On Mars 7m20s (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon, 2020)
-Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 10m34s (Tobey Ho, Grey Fox Games, 2014)
-Principle Dilemma 12m37s (Joe Tanowski, Self-published, 2019)
-Las Vegas Royale 21m14s (Rudiger Dorn, alea, 2019)
-Sushi Roll 23m22s (Phil Walker-Harding, Gamewright, 2019)
-Cthulhu: Death May Die 25m43s (Rob Daviau & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Wiz-Kids' Clash of Cultures 28m23s
-Grimslingers Two 30m14s
-Marvel United 31m39s
-Hansa Teutonica Big Box, Eventually? 33m01s
-Tortuga 2199 34m24s
-Truffle Shuffle, for some reason 35m03s

Feature Game: Imperial (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2006)/Imperial 2030 (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2009) 35m32s

Episode 101: New Year's Resolutions

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:55:06 +0000
Eventually a charge becomes so tired and rote that it becomes accepted without critical thought--but so often these hackneyed claims are false. Knizia games are themeless is a good example. Canadians are polite is another. The one that rears its ugly head this week is Walker's insistence that he is bullied, which has definitely got to count as attempted gaslighting at this point. On the plus side, a New Year's resolution is made and then immediately fulfilled in the same episode! That is efficiency.

AYURIS: Gaslands 5m23s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
-Blue Moon 8m32s (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2004)
-Barrage 11m08s (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
-Corporate America 14m54s (Teale Fristoe, Nothing Sacred Games, 2013)
-Papillon 16m34s (J.B. Howell, Kolossal, 2019)
-Secret Hitler 20m53s (Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, & Max Temkin, Goat Wolf & Cabbage, 2016)
-Reavers of Midgard 22m40s (J.B. Howell, Grey Fox Games, 2019)
-Cthulhu: Death May Die 29m49s (Rob Daviau & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Repos Productions Swallowed by Asmodee 32m43s
-Smooth Rollout for CMON's Time Machine 33m06s
-From the Root Team, Oath 34m04s
-Foundations of Rome 34m40s
-Breakout in TO: March 20-22 35m19s
-Star Realms Goes Huge 35m49s
-Société des Auteurs de Jeux on Bernard v. Mythic Games 36m48s

Topic: 2020 New Year's Resolutions 42m11s
2019's Resolutions 42m27s
2020's Resolutions 48m27s

Episode 100: Year in Review 2019

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:32:45 +0000
Better late and wrong than never wrong, am I right? Wait, that doesn't make sense. Suffice to say that we wanted to be as certain as we could this year, as past years offered rather significant asterisks on our best-of lists--but this year, with only minor exceptions, we're pretty confident we played the games most likely to make the cut. I'm sure this sense of certainty and comprehensiveness will last perhaps as long as late January.

Games Played Last Week:
-Blood Rage 2m09s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2015)
-It's a Wonderful World 4m40s (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2019)
-Battle for Biternia 8m03s (Chris Faulkenberry, Stone Circle Games, 2018)
-Istanbul 12m58s (Rudiger Dorn, Pegasus Spiele, 2014)
-Marvel Champions: The Card Game 15m30s (Michael Boggs, Nate French, & Caleb Grace, FFG, 2019)
-Codenames: The Simpsons 16m06s (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Kemet 2.0: Blood and Sand Updates 19m01s
-Mixlore and Prospero Hall 20m13s
-Cosmic Encounter Two-Player? 21m01s
-FFG's RPG Last Gasp: KeyForge 22m07s
-Traintopia: All Trains, All the Time Is Back! 22m45s
-Pascal Bernard v. Mythic Games 23m27s
-Kolossal Games' Ongoing Eclipse Shenanigans 24m25s
-Riot Games to Publish New Boardgames 29m31s
-Patreon News: Presents! 30m16s

Topic: 2019 in Review Extravaganza
Personal Top 10s 32m12s
SVWAG Game of the Year 2019 54m34s
Other Categories 56m42s

Episode 99: Cultural Expectations

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:20:11 +0000
We're using "culture" pretty broadly, here--the SVWAG staff anthropologist is out with the flu, so there's only so much we can do. We're ready to accept some degree of cultural variance, but we don't endorse cultural relativism as a moral theory; our staff ethicist is still very much at his post. That said, social gatherings are most definitely susceptible to cultural standards than moral precepts are, and we are ever in thrall to one of SVWAG's primordial maxims: "Read the room."

AYURIS: BattleCON 2m00s (Brad D. Talton, Level 99 Games, 2010)

Games Played Last Week:
-Flotilla 4m35s (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)
-Marvel Champions: The Card Game 13m43s (Michael Boggs, Nate French, & Caleb Grace, FFG, 2019)
-It's a Wonderful World 16m16s (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2019)
-The Menace Among Us 18m31s (Jeff Gum, Smirk & Dagger, 2019)
-A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians 23m23s (Gernot Köpke & Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)
-Godtear 24m49s (David Carl, Alex Hall, & Steve Margetson, Steamforged Games, 2019)
-Core Space 26m34s (Colin Young, Battle Systems Ltd., 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Fine Job Labyrinth--fine job, indeed! 29m17s
-Kemet 2.0: Blood and Sand 30m58s
-Egyptian Renaissance? Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun 33m38s

Topic: Cultural Expectations 34m42s

Episode 98: Caylus 1303

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 19:55:04 +0000
Look, it's hard enough to remember games without them injecting too many dates into their titles. Claustrophobia 1643 I keep misremembering as 1648 (Treaty of Westphalia), Ausburg 15whenever is as forgettable as the game, Pulsar 2849 barely sticks in my mind, and now Caylus 1303. I'd be tempted to just try and parse the game as "Caylus 13XX," but it's not about trains, now, is it?

Games Played Last Week:
-Karate Tomate 3m01s (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2018)
-Telestrations: 12 Player Party Pack 5m10s (Uncredited, USAopoly, 2011)
-The Shipwreck Arcana 6m59s (Kevin Bishop, Meromorph Games, 2017)
-Yellow & Yangtze 9m22s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018)
-Marvel Champions: The Card Game 10m05s (Michael Boggs, Nate French, & Caleb Grace, FFG, 2019)
-Maracaibo 14m42s (Alexander Pfister, Capstone Games, 2019)
-Aristocracy 21m09s (Reiner Knizia, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2019)
-Flotilla 23m24s (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)
-Era: Medieval Age 24m46s (Matt Leacock, eggertspiele, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Rococo Deluxe 27m17s
-Kanban EV 27m59s

Feature Game: Caylus 1303 29m01s (William Attia, Space Cowboys, 2019)

Episode 97: Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 10:55:11 +0000
The Holidays are upon us--Christmas very soon, Hanukkah is ongoing, Kwanzaa around the corner--but today on SVWAG, as it is on most days, we celebrate Festivus. On Mark's insistence, we forego the Feats of Strength, as the outcome would be certain and humiliating; O, but the Airing of the Grievances! Canadians have much to complain about, what with one mess of a fulfillment after another. And complain we do.

AYURIS: Too Many Bones: Undertow 3m15s (Adam Carlson & Josh J. Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Mechanica 6m37s (Mary Flanagan, Emma Hobday, & Max Seidman, Resonym, 2019)
-One Deck Galaxy 11m25s (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2020)
-It's a Wonderful World 13m02s (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2019)
-Yggdrasil Chronicles 17m35s (Cédric Lefebvre, Ludonaute, 2019)
-Yokohama 21m09s (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
-Cthulhu: Death May Die 21m56s (Eric M. Lang & Rob Daviau, CMON, 2019)
-Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae 26m25s (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Best of 2019 coming, just possibly not in 2019 29m09s
-Wherefore art thou, Reavers? 30m12s

Topic: Familiarity Breeds Contempt 31m01s

Episode 96: Catan: Starfarers

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:54:03 +0000
Perhaps it would be inevitable that there would be juvenile comments about the components in Catan: Starfarers. This is, after all, the gaming series that brought us endless unfunny remarks about wood and sheep. Perhaps the sculptors for the pieces knew what they were doing and, in turn, laughing at us. I suppose we must be thankful that Klaus Teuber remained high-minded--one shudders to imagine what the satirical outlook of, say, Vlaada Chvatil would have done with the same material.

Games Played Last Week:
-Street Masters: Aftershock 2m18s (Adam & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
-Big City: 20th Anniversary Jumbo Edition! 4m51s (Franz-Benno Delonge, Mercury Games, 2019)
-Wavelength 7m46s (Alex Hague, Justin Vickers, & Wolfgang Warsch, Palm Court, 2019)
-Warfighter: The Private Military Contractor Card Game 10m32s (Dan Verssen, DVG Games, 2019)
-The Shipwreck Arcana 15m42s (Kevin Bishop, Meromorph Games, 2017)
-Yggdrasil Chronicles 17m26s (Cédric Lefebvre, Ludonaute, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Tokyo Game Market 21m39s
-Matagot Makes Pronoun Progress 22m00s
-Spycon (Where Everyone Is a Spy) 23m46s
-Warhammer Underworlds Digital 24m33s
-Airship City in English 26m00s
-Expanding Spheres of Influence 27m00s
-Flotilla 29m07s

Feature Game: Catan: Starfarers 30m08s (Klaus Teuber, KOSMOS, 2019)

Episode 95: Fillers and Holiday Gaming

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:00:19 +0000
There are times when immediately upon finishing recording, one or both of our hosts immediately feel the tremendous regret of having forgotten The Thing. But, alas, the moment has passed, and they cannot now mention The Thing. The only redress available is this episode description, which sadly no one but you reads. We salute you, hyper-literate outlier!
This week, The Thing is Wavelength--recently-released masterful filler and wonderful fodder for holiday gaming in mixed circles. Rest assured the host feel pretty stupid most of the time, but doubly stupid for neglecting to mention Wavelength.

AYURIS: Sentinels of the Multiverse 1m45s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)

Games Played Last Week:
-Amun-Re the Card Game 4m47s (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2016)
-The King's Dilemma 7m41s (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)
-Pandemic: Rapid Response 16m32s (Kane Klenko, Z-Man, 2019)
-Yokohamma 18m10s (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
-Street Masters: Aftershock 20m23s (Adam & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
-Gugong 21m51s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)
-Barrage 25m29s (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave 31m43s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Award for Kane Klenko 33m22s
-Rangers of Shadow Deep Deluxe 33m55s
-Knizia does Legacy with My City 35m18s
-Barkham Horror (sigh) 35m56s
-Frosthaven 36m58s
-Collectivism in Red Outpost 37m17s
-Thank you for your support! 38m22s

Topic: Fillers and Holiday Gaming 38m55s

Episode 94: Last Bastion

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:00:17 +0000
Black Secret was an expansion to Ghost Stories where you played as vicious, frenetic shoppers trying to ascertain what were the best hidden deals on Black Friday. I think. If nothing else, one can appreciate the fact that online shopping might one day prevent the trampling deaths that accompany this uniquely retail "holiday." The end of brick and mortar retail will surely be a great loss, and one that hurts our hobby a great deal, but come on--that inevitable b-roll of crazed bargain hunters year after year is a psychically damaging indictment of our culture.

Games Played Last Week:
-Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan 2m27s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2019)
-Catan: Starfarers 7m39s (Klaus Teuber, KOSMOS, 2019)
-Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 11m39s (Michal Oracz, Portal Games, 2006)
-Caylus Magna Carta 14m59s (William Attia, Ystari Games, 2007)
-Vindication 20m56s (Marc Neidlinger, Orange Nebula, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Ticket to Ride with Alexa 22m23s
-So Much Sakura Arms! 24m56s
-Christmas Card Roll-and-Write from Dice and Ink 27m48s
-The King is Dead (Long Live Osprey Publishing) 28m33s
-Fantastic Factories 29m28s
-Warning: Chinese New Year Always Wins 30m08s

Feature Game: Last Bastion 31m28s (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2019)

Episode 93: Worker Placement

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 11:05:12 +0000
Walker introduces a new feature, the LIGHTNING ROUND. Destinies are determined and legends are forged in the lightning round, or at least they could be if it were not merely the pretext for his trolling. Someone should translate "I'm not saying, I'm just saying" into Latin so he can make it his family credo.

AYURIS: The Voyages of Marco Polo 2m00s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)

Games Played Last Week:
-The Menace Among Us 5m06s (Jeff Gum, Smirk & Dagger, 2019)
-Wayfinders 9m18s (Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, Pandasaurus Games, 2019)
-Paranormal Detectives 12m41s (Szymon Maliński, Adrian Orzechowski, & Marcin Łączyński, Lucky Duck Games, 2019)
-Barenpark: The Bad News Bears 17m44s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2019)
-Modern Art 19m54s (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1992)
-Gaia Project 21m41s (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
-Wavelength 25m13s (Alex Hague, Justin Vickers, & Wolfgang Warsch, Palm Court, 2019)
-Babylonia 29m56s (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Don't you know that Scott Pilgrim is the best fighter in the province? 33m01s
-Uwe Rosenberg tries some fairies 33m31s
-Excellent SVWAG website: https://tekeli.li/svwag/ 34m09s
-Car Wars again, and again 35m42s
-Hollandspiele Sale 37m11s
-Canadian fulfillment woes: Reavers of Midgard, etc. 38m43s

Topic: Worker Placement 41m22s

Episode 92.5: Mea Culpa

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:05:09 +0000
Sorry, people, no episode this week. Mark explains why.

Episode 92: Cloudspire

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:24:00 +0000
We puzzle over the practices and intentions of game designers this week as though we were archaeologists trying to divine the practices of ashen Pompeiians. Why did these authors insert this mechanism into their artifact? Was it a mating ritual? Was it an obeisance to some vengeful, long-dead god? Was it to shoehorn in player interaction? Or was it to placate a Kickstarter audience? Oh, sorry, that one is redundant with the obeisance to a god thing. Also the mating ritual thing, if you think about it.

Games Played Last Week:
-Wavelength 1m12s (Alex Hague, Justin Vickers, & Wolfgang Warsch, Palm Court, 2019)
-Carcassonne: Gold Rush (Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Hans im Gluck, 2014)
-Unmatched: Battle of Legends 12m56s (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2019)
-The Menace Among Us 15m41s (Jeff Gum, Smirk & Dagger, 2019)
-Barenpark 19m19s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2017)
-Vindication 20m41s (Marc Neidlinger, Orange Nebula Productions, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Fallout: Shelter--from promotional money-sink to... ? 30m39s
-Wiz-War NINTH 31m50s
-Inis in SPAAACE 32m27s
-Hansa Teutonica Big Box MIA at Spiel 33m43s
-DEI: Divide et Impera 34m17s
-Titan is, actually, kinda BIG 35m35s
-All the best to Chad Jensen 36m53s

Feature Game: Cloudspire 37m44s (Josh J. Carlson, Adam Carlson, & Josh Wielgus, Chip Theory Games, 2019)

Episode 91: The Cost of Upgraded Components

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:00:07 +0000
You can replace the Mark and Walker voices with lovingly-rendered miniatures with the SVWAG Host Minis add-on, which you can have for $35, but only if you pay for it before you know what they look like and before you know the content of the episode. You can also buy the SVWAG playmat, metal coins, realistic resources, microphone first-player marker, and custom insert. This is a free podcast that can cost you a zillion dollars. Decide now, though!

AYURIS: Root 2m02s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave 3m41s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2019)
-Era: Medieval Age 8m23s (Matt Leacock, eggertspiele, 2019)
-Ghost Blitz 12m03s (Jacques Zeimet, Zoch Verlag, 2010)
-Menara 13m23s (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Verlag, 2018)
-Unmatched: Battle of Legends 14m01s (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2019)
-The Menace Among Us 19m38s (Jeff Gum, Smirk & Dagger, 2019)
-Hit Z Road 22m01s (Martin Wallace, Space Cowboys, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Infinity Defiance defies innovation? 25m35s
-Beyond Humanity: Colonies has glowy bits 28m30s
-Vengeance: Director's Cut 30m35s
-Small World of Warcraft 31m16s
-Blacklist Games' Hour of Need 32m54s
-More Teotihuacan (with better titling) 35m11s
-More Karl-Heinz Schmiel with Tribune 36m26s

Topic: The Cost of Upgraded Components 37m46s

Episode 90: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:04:54 +0000
Fatherhood is the overall theme of this week's episode. Imagine Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle, except with the father played by Vladimir the Great and the son by Svyatopolk the Accursed. "When you coming home, dad?" asks the Accursed, to which the reply is "I don't know when. But we'll get together then, son." And then, the son allegedly murders several of his siblings in a vicious power struggle. Just like in the song! Folk music of the seventies is more bloodthirsty than many people recall. Remember that Cat Stevens song about the wars of the Diadochi? It was even better than his acoustic rendering of the murder of the Romanovs.

Games Played Last Week:
-Letter Jam 4m01s (Ondra Skoupý, CGE, 2019)
-Codenames: Duet 8m22s (Vlaada Chvátil & Scot Eaton, CGE, 2017)
-Spirit Island 9m57s (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
-The Crusoe Crew 13m02s (Shuky, Makaka Editions, 2019)
-UGO! 15m28s (Ronald Hoekstra, Thomas Jansen, & Patrick Zuidhof, IELLO, 2013)
-Carcassonne 17m49s (Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Hans im Gluck, 2000)
-Undaunted: Normandy 20m56s (Trevor Benjamin & David Thomspon, Osprey Games, 2019)
-Cloudspire 23m14s (Josh J. Carlson, Adam Carlson, & Josh Wielgus, Chip Theory Games, 2019)
-Era: Medieval Age 26m42s (Matt Leacock, eggertspiele, 2019)
-Terraforming Mars 31m26s (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold, 2016)
-Ulm 32m15s (Günter Burkhardt, R&R Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Pharaon Afterlife Prepping 34m19s
-Patreon Content Galore 35m34s
-Scared by High Frontier 4 All 36m01s
-Square Off NEO & SWAP 38m07s
-Valkyrie Outrage 39m34s
-Francis Tresham Obituary 41m33s

Feature Game: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev 43m10s (Stan Kordonskiy, PieceKeeper Games, 2019)

Episode 89: Competition and Competitiveness

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:05:11 +0000
SHUX has passed, but the memories have not. Your hosts give a final rundown of some of the goings-on during the august October event.
Mark asserts that no one is less competitive than he, no one by a long shot, he is much less competitive than you and if you disagree he will fight you. Unless you are a child or infirm, in which case he will still fight you out of a grudging sense of duty and respect, but he will pull his punches. Some of them.
Editorial note: the hosts neglected to repeat that Air, Land & Sea was a review copy received from the author. They apologize for the oversight.

Added SHUX dig: The Quacks of Quedlinburg 2m18s (Wolfgang Warsch, Scmidt Spiele, 2018)

AYURIS: Yellow & Yangtze 5m38s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018) and Tigris & Euphrates (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1997)

Games Played Last Week:
-Durance 8m05s (Jason Morningstar, Bully Pulpit Games, 2012)
-Aftermath 10m33s (Jerry Hawthorne, Plaid Hat Games, 2019)
-Mysthea 13m09s (Martino Chiacchiera & Marta Ciaccasassi, Tabula Games, 2019)
-Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA 15m57s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2020?)
-Blood on the Clocktower 19m19s (Steven Medway, The Pandemonium Institute, 2019)
-Sine Tempore 27m43s (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)
-Air, Land & Sea 33m27s (Jon Perry, Arcane Wonders, 2018)
-Mr. Lister's Quiz Shootout 35m24s (Uncredited, Big Potato, 2015)
-SiegeStorm: Siege Mode 38m34s (Kamil 'Sanex' Cieśla & Marcin Świerkot, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Barrage Expansion 40m50s
-Erica Bouyouris' Scott Pilgrim and Steven Universe Offerings 42m16s
-Calico Cuteness 44m13s
-Arkhipov Day on October 27th 44m29s

Topic: Competition and Competitiveness 44m53s

Episode 88: Live at SHUX 2019!

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:20:20 +0000
"You two are idiots."
-Quinns

We are live (on tape)! With special guest Quintin Smith aka Quinns from Shut Up & Sit Down. Also featuring guest appearances from French Canadian snack cakes, passive aggression, wonderful prizes (none for you, sorry, all gone), and the man who saved your life, Vasili Arkhipov! Also some feedback and noise from the megagame next door. Oh, well.

Games Played Last Week:
-Irish Gauge 8m34s (Tom Russell, Capstone Games, 2014)
-Mandala 10m39s (Trevor Benjamin & Brett J. Gilbert, Lookout Games, 2019)
-Warband: Against the Darkness 15m20s (Micah Fuller, Dyskami Publishing Company, 2015)
-Ragusa 18m29s (Fabio Lopiano, Capstone Games, 2019)
-Flash Duel 22m43s (David Sirlin, Sirlin Games, 2010)
-Cowboy Bebop: Boardgame Boogie 27m17s (Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, & Aron Murch, Jasco Games, 2019)
-Glory to Rome 29m37s (Carl Chudyk, Cambridge Games Factory, 2005)
-Labyrinthos 31m07s (Lindsey Rose, Dog Might Games, 2020)
-Quacks of Quedlinburg 36m03s (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2018)
-Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea 42m22s (Mark McLaughlin & Chris Vorder Bruegge, GMT Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Boardgame anime! 48m24s
-Kemet 1.5 in English 50m38s
-Cooper Island 51m17s
-Arkhipov Day on October 27th 51m36s

Audience Questions 54m31s

Episode 87: Market Saturation

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:59:09 +0000
The saturation point is the point at which you can no longer dissolve a deck of cards into a bottle of water. I am told that in summer, it feels hotter than it is really is because of all the board game particles diffused throughout the air. It gets really hard to breathe sometimes--my cousin nearly choked on a cube, once. The dewpoint, I think, is the temperature at which a full copy of Catan will coalesce out of nowhere. Join us for our podcast about science.

AYURIS: Thunderstone Quest 2m22s (Mike Elliott, Bryan Reese, & Mark Wootton, AEG, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period 4m06s (Rainer Ahlfors, Andrei Novac, & Daniele Tascini, Board2Dice, 2019)
-Tigris & Euphrates 6m07s (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1997)
-Cockroach Poker 8m36s (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Magier Spiele, 2004)
-Sidereal Confluence 10m22s (TauCeti Deichmann, Wizkids, 2017)
-Slide Quest 12m27s (Nicolas Bourgoin & Jean-François Rochas, Blue Orange, 2019)
-Obscurio 13m24s (L'Atelier, Libellud, 2019)
-Mental Blocks 16m49s (Jonathan Gilmour & Micah Sawyer, Pandasaurus Games, 2019)
-Conspiracy: The Solomon Gambit 19m17s (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, Justin D. Jacobson, & Eric Solomon, Restoration Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Time Machine, Redux 22m42s
-Tajuto: Fresh Take on Buddhism 25m58s
-Pfister's Bizarre Rewriting of History, Again 29m15s
-Doesn't he know that Scott Pilgrim's the best fighter in the province? 31m31s
-Warhammer Underworlds Beastgrave: Pre-Made Decks 32m33s

Topic: Market Saturation 34m12s

Episode 86: Tapestry

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 10:10:16 +0000
The cube trundles onward, marching inexorably--if haltingly--towards its ultimate destination. It is told it must explore, and so explore it does. The other cube conquers, but that is not this cube's concern. They met once at a party. It seemed nice, but that was long ago, and the cube must explore, not mingle. Sometimes it does not explore; sometimes it scores for some quantity of non-explore things. These things it does not understand, but it knows that points are good, and so it does those things. The explore cube also cares about farms, for some reason, and mushrooms. Near the end of its track, it pauses--not for lack of mushrooms, this time, but out of an uncharacteristic self-doubt. Why does it do these things, it wonders. What mad god intersperses these random tasks so? And down from Olympus comes the pronouncement of the cube's controller--perhaps that very mad god, or perhaps merely a lesser divinity in thrall of some yet more powerful, some yet more capricious deity--"BECAUSE THEME."

Games Played Last Week:
-Shards of Infinity 2m38s (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)
-The Bridges of Shangri-La 4m33s (Leo Colovini, Uberplay, 2003)
-Vengeance 9m22s (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2018)
-Slide Quest 12m03s (Nicolas Bourgoin & Jean-François Rochas, Blue Orange, 2019)
-Gaslands: Refuelled 14m02s (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Walker deploys facts, CMON travels in time 18m00s
-More Warhammer Underworlds 21m58s
-More Sidereal Confluence 24m20s
-Foundations of Rome 25m44s
-Mark must resist Obsidian Protocol 26m07s
-Blacklist Games' Hour of Need 27m19s
-Root RPG 28m34s

Feature Game: Tapestry 29m06s (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)

Episode 85: Tableau-Builders

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:05:19 +0000
Mark thinks it is colossally unfair that he gets so much flak for speaking French when mediocre game designers get to throw around a word like "tableau." Then again, Mark and Walker can't quite agree on what a tableau constitutes. Mark seems to define it the way that American judge famously defined pornography--he knows it when he sees it--whereas Walker is more conspiratorial about tableaus (Tableaux? Tableausies?), seeing them everywhere and lurking behind every player board or suite of special powers. Nothing seems to inspire disagreement among geeks like a taxonomy.

AYURIS: Street Masters 2m17s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Attribute 5m27s (Marcel-Andre Casasola Merkle, Z-Man Games, 2002)
-Pax Pamir: Second Edition 7m33s (Cole Wehrle, Wehrlegig Games, 2019)
-Air, Land & Sea 9m57s (Jon Perry, Arcane Wonders, 2018)
-Shadows of Malice: Revised 2nd Printing 13m27s (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2019)
-Undaunted: Normandy 17m10s (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2019)
-Infinity 21m44s (Gutier Lusquiños Rodríguez, Corvus Belli, 2005)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Root's solitaire expansion 23m54s
-Donning more Purple 24m42s
-Mark pleads for strength in the face of Aeon Trespass 26m27s
-John Company 2nd edition: Mo JoCo Fo Sho 28m14s

Topic: Tableau-Builders 29m10s

Episode 84: Black Angel

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:11:49 +0000
Adorable little pudgy robots soar through a blazing pink sky, stubby arms outstretched as they speed towards their destination--a yellow planet in the distance. "GIVE ME YOAR COOOBS" bellow the aliens upon arrival. "POINTZ 4 COOOOBS." A robot obliges, and a sonorous "cha-ching" resounds through its programming. But the robot is now a drifting derelict, its home ship long gone. It is now doomed to tumble through inky pinkness until its energy reserves burn to nothing. It begins to wonder, "Why have I done this? What is my purpose? What is this all for?" And the cosmos replies with a whisper, "It is for 1-4 players."

Games Played Last Week:
-Hellboy: The Board Game 2m03s (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)
-Mech Command: RTS 4m37s (Chris Gabrielson, Bad Crow Games, 2018)
-Modern Art 8m06s (Reiner Knizia, CMON, 2017)
-XenoShyft: Dreadmire 10m21s (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)
-Among Thieves 12m32s (Floyd Pretz, Indie Boards & Cards, 2019)
-Barenpark 15m58s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2017)
-Pax Renaissance 19m35s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Walker getz Dized 21m50s
-Kemet 1.5 22m49s
-Terra Mystica expands, why no Gaia Project? 24m32s
-Vengeance: Director's Cut 25m35s
-Co-op Trick-taking 27m38s

Feature Game: Black Angel 28m26s (Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, & Alain Orban, Pearl Games, 2019)

Episode 83: Card-Driven Games

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 12:10:19 +0000
We return to games of weeks past, for the most part, to see if our initial impressions persist. We were young and foolish in past weeks, of course, whereas now we are older and foolish. Whether our errors mature like fine wine or spoil to the vinegar of harsh insight is up to you. One thing is certain, though--our metaphors certainly aren't getting any sweeter.

AYURIS: SEAL Team Flix 2m09s (Pete Ruth & Mark Thomas, WizKids, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Kobayakawa 5m46s (Jun Sasaki, IELLO, 2013)
-Black Angel 7m25s (Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, & Alain Orban, Pearl Games, 2019)
-Human Punishment: Social Deduction 2.0 9m05s (Stefan Godot, Godot Games, 2018)
-Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period 12m40s (Rainer Ahlfors, Andrei Novac, & Daniele Tascini, Board&Dice, 2019)
-Import/Export 17m52s (Jordan Draper, Dark Flight, 2017)
-Rangers of Shadow Deep 21m37s (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2018)
-Horizon Wars 23m13s (Robey Jenkins, Osprey Publishing, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Vague intimations of important podcast news
-Evil Dead 2 made whole? 25m26s
-IGA Nominations announced 27m07s

Topic: Card-Driven Games 28m24s

Episode 82: Edge of Darkness

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 12:40:07 +0000
The Card Crafting System returns once more, its heaps of mylar inserting into our gaming life. I would say it darkens our door, but the things are mostly transparent, so the idiom doesn't quite fit. One wonders whether and how one could sleeve a Card Crafting game, given that the games largely consist of sleeves already--but once one has witnessed the recursive horror that is sleeve sleeves, you cannot doubt the persistence and ingenuity of the Cult of Sleeves. They will, like life, find a way--perhaps sleeving each insert before inserting them into an ur-sleeve that will smother us all. The horror.

Games Played Last Week:
-Tiny Epic Mechs 1m32s (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games, 2019)
-Yokohama 2m45s (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
-Risk: Mass Effect Galaxy at War Edition 7m43s (Andrew Wolf, The OP, 2013)
-Pulsar 2849 10m37s (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)
-Antidote 13m06s (Dennis Hoyle, Bellwether Games, 2013)
-Human Punishment: Social Deduction 2.0 14m33s (Stefan Godot, Godot Games, 2018)
-Villagers 18m21s (Haakon Gaarder, Sinister Fish Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Sidereal Confluence expansion? 20m12s
-New Orleans (gotta have a campaign) 21m11s
-More Steding: Gugong expansion 23m16s
-Pandemic system offshoots staying in print 23m53s
-Successors Kickstarter launched 25m40s
-Jagged Alliance expansion 27m59s

Feature Game: Edge of Darkness 29m10s (John D. Clair, AEG, 2019)

Episode 81: Excluding People

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:35:05 +0000
There are happy stories. Stories of social serendipity, where you like them and they like you, and all opinions are as one and there is harmony. Where no awkward conversations need be had and no unfortunate lines drawn. Where no one is annoyed, and no one is harassed, and no one must bury their preferences so as to placate another. These are not these stories.

AYURIS: Food Chain Magnate 1m37s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter Spellen, 2015)

Games Played Last Week:
-Gugong 3m50s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)
-Infinity 4m37s (Gutier Lusquiños Rodríguez, Corvus Belli, 2005)
-Slide Quest 7m34s (Nicolas Bourgoin & Jean-François Rochas, Blue Orange, 2019)
-Rhino Hero Super Battle 11m41s (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)
-Tiny Epic Mechs 13m40s (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games, 2019)
-Horizon Wars 16m50s (Robey Jenkins, Osprey Publishing, 2016)
-Calimala 20m39s (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Hansa Teutonica Big Box! 21m52s
-After the After the Empire Kickstarter 23m00s
-Blacklist Games goes 8-bit with Bomberman and Contra 24m15s
-Asmodee bought something again (again) 25m27s
-Mark Rosewater “Why Diversity Matters in Game Design” 26m41s
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/why-diversity-matters-game-design-2019-08-19

Topic: When, Why and How to Exclude People 27m32s

Episode 80: Warcry

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:25:03 +0000
So. Many. Games. Even after careful curation and surgical editing, Mark and Walker talk about thirteen different games they played last week, not even counting the feature game. It was truly a good week. New games! Old games! Co-ops, minis, dexterity, wargames! Come join us at the cornucopia of amusement that is this week's SVWAG.

Games Played Last Week:
-Beasts of Balance 1m29s (George Buckenham & Alex Fleetwood, Sensible Object, 2016)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 3m32s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Obsession 4m19s (Dan Halladay, Kayenta Games, 2018)
-Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone 6m31s (Mike Elliott, WizKids, 2019)
-Pandemic: Fall of Rome 11m10s (Matt Leacock & Paolo Mori, Z-Man, 2018)
-Pandemic: Rapid Response 12m25s (Kane Klenko, Z-Man Games, 2019)
-Concordia 16m18s (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013)
-Pulsar 2849 19m26s (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)
-Lords of Hellas: Dark Ages Expansion 25m01s (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2019)
-Just One 28m06s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Production, 2018)
-Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan 28m41s (Matt Calkins, GMT, 2011)
-Tannhauser Revised Edition 31m22s (Daniel Clark, J. R. Godwin, William Grosselin, & Jeff Tidball, Fantasy Flight, 2010)
-Core Worlds 34m22s (Andrew Parks, Stronghold, 2011)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-https://www.patreon.com/svwag
-Puerto Rico reprint 35m43s
-How to earn success with Successors 36m57s
-Gloomhaven digital early access 38m51s
-Those without SEAL Team Flix, you have failed 39m28s
-The Tiny Epic brand goes Ultra Tiny 40m21s
-A Tapestry of distribution 41m01s

Feature Game: Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry 42m33s (Uncredited, Games Workshop, 2019)

Episode 79: Would Have Done at GenCon

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:16:06 +0000
What is gaming other than an outlet for vicarious experiences and thrills? To enjoy the simulacrum of killing, adventure, high finance, and impressing feudal lords? We can thus assert with great sincerity that ours shall be the very best GenCon coverage, in that we didn't go. Why trust the easily-misled first hand accounts? We know from both philosophy and science that sense data deceives. You can put your faith in our reflections, completely unbiased by any experience.

AYURIS: Kemet 1m15s (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2012)

Games Played Last Week:
-Kemet 3m57s (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2012)
-Tower of Babel 5m41s (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 2005)
-Q.E. 10m09s (Gavin Birnbaum, Boardgametables.com, 2019)
-The Ares Project 11m53s (Brian Engelstein & Geoff Engelstein, Z-Man, 2011)
-Mech Command RTS 14m28s (Chris Gabrielson, Bad Crow Games, 2018)
-Import/Export 20m14s (Jordan Draper, Dark Flight Games, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-How many Cyperpunks does one need? 25m05s
-An actual Eric Lang joint: Ankh 25m33s
-More Fiasco 26m51s
-Everyone can relax, Mark has been made whole 28m28s

Topic: What We Would Have Done at GenCon 30m39s
Lou Zocchi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXZbdZNuRIw&t=5s

Episode 78: Pax Renaissance

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:57:55 +0000
Failure can be a fortuitous thing, which is very good for Mark, as he is well accustomed to failure. While this week's review of Pax Renaissance is certainly not on the scale of, say, penicillin, it did give him the opportunity to play one of his top 20 games more. As to whether Walker profited or suffered from this development is a deep and abiding mystery solvable only by listening to this week's episode.

Games Played Last Week:
-Gaslands 2m29s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)
-Space Hulk 3rd edition 4m56s (Richard Halliwell, Games Workshop, 2009)
-Horizon Wars 7m37s (Robey Jenkins, Osprey Publishing, 2016)
-Time of Crisis 10m30s(Wray Ferrell & Brad Johnson, GMT, 2017)
-Q.E. 12m30s (Gavin Birnbaum, Boardgametables.com, 2019)
-Lords of Hellas: Dark Ages Expansion 15m12s (Adam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2019)
-Getaway Driver 16m12s (Jeff Beck, Uproarious Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Goodbye to Richard Berg 18m17s
-Spyfall through time 19m35s
-The unfolding Golden Bell situation 20m28s
-Walker shills his auction 23m53s

Feature Game: Pax Renaissance 24m14s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)

Episode 77: Tabletop Miniatures Gaming

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:30:06 +0000
We can pretend that our adult pastimes are more sophisticated and evolved from the trivialities of mere children, but really, let's admit it--it's all the same. We can't claim any degree of superiority when compared to the antics of ankle-biters. Let's be mature about it and lean into the juvenalia, shall we? My doll is better than your doll. My doll has the Plasmanator Meltotron. You can't hit my doll, it has an invisible everything shield!

AYURIS: Keyflower 1m58s (Sebastian Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)

Games Played Last Week:
-Pax Renaissance 4m25s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
-Root 4m27s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
-Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 6m46s (Michal Oracz, Portal Games, 2006)
-Modern Art 8m30s (Reiner Knizia, CMON, 2017)
-Quadropolis 12m30s (Francois Gandon, Days of Wonder, 2016)
-Lords of Hellas: Lord of the Sun 14m03s (Adam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2019)
-Men at Work 17m53s (Rita Modl, Pretzel Games, 2019)
-Rhino Hero Giant Edition 18m57s (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, Sugorokuya, 2018)
-Piratenbillard 20m36s (Reinhold Wittig, ABACUSSPIELE, 1959)
-Joraku 22m47s (Iori Tsukinami, Tasty Minstrel, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-CMON's "Teburu": The future? 25m17s
-Mental Blocks at Gencon 30m47s
-Real-time medical follies with Rush M.D. 32m07s
-More Carl Chudyk in the Aegean Sea 33m09s
-Dragonball Zed 34m58s
-Spiel des Jahres winners 35m51s
-More Aristeia! 36m56s

Topic: Tabletop Miniatures Gaming 38m03s

Episode 76: Sol: Last Days of a Star

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:55:05 +0000
"May you get everything you want" is nothing short of a curse, I think, and so this week we curse you with your own desires. You wanted us to play Middara, so we did. You wanted more information about Sol: Last Days of a Star, so we oblige. As you weep, surrounded by the wreckage wrought by your own wishes, don't come to us for solace, for we are but the accomplices of your own self-destruction. Also, if that weren't terrifying enough, intergalactic scorpions!

Games Played Last Week:
-Men at Work 1m43s (Rita Modl, Pretzel Games, 2019)
-Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 1 5m48s (Clayton Helme, Brooklynn Lundberg, Brennon Moncur, & Ian Tate, SUccubus Publishing, 2019)
-Dinosaur Island 12m44s (Jonathan Gilmour & Brian Lewis, Pandasaurus Games, 2017)
-Planet 14m11s (Urtis Šulinskas, Blue Orange, 2018)
-Rangers of Shadow Deep 17m38s (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2018)
-Pax Renaissance 19m39s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
-Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Dawn 20m16s (Felix Mertikat, King Racoon Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Conan. Again. 25m46s
-Good compatibility news about Quest for El Dorado 26m19s
-Kingdomino gets a roll-and-write 26m51s
-Yggdrasil needed a campaign 27m44s
-Through the Ages expands after 16 years 28m56s
-Support for Meltwater's Erin Lee Escobedo's mom 29m50s
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kirsten-beat-cancer

Feature Game: Sol: Last Days of a Star 30m39s (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)

Episode 75: Auctions

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:10:16 +0000
Since tableau-building today is very much what auctions were twenty years ago, we take a look at both in this week's episode. The Pax games continue ever onward, even as most of our favourite auction game were published 10+ years ago. Mark resists the urge to go off on a tangent about the Trolley Problem, which allows Walker to resist the urge to send Mark's teeth off on a tangent from his mouth. Compromise.

AYURIS: 1m32s Hyperborea (Andrea Chiarvesio & Pierluca Zizzi, Asterion Press, 2014)
Orleans (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2014)
Altiplano (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
-Thunderstone Quest: Barricades Mode 4m14s (Mike Elliott, Bryan Reese, & Mark Wootton, AEG, 2019)
-Pax Pamir (Second Edition) 9m01s (Cole Wehrle, Wehrelegig Games, 2019)
-Sol: Last Days of a Star 17m16s (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)
-Skip-Bo 21m36s (Hazel "Skip" Bowman, Mattel, 1967)
-LAMA (aka Wrath of the Appliances: Rise of the Killer Kameras) 23m10s (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2019)
-Glen More 24m32s (Matthias Cramer, alea, 2010)
-Among Thieves 26m53s (Floyd Pretz, Indie Boards & Cards, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Planned obsolescence in Quest for El Dorado? 31m50s
-Pacific Rim could defy expectations? 32m35s
-Tariff reprieve? 33m10s
-Knizia's Babylonia shows promise? 33m45s
-Will Mark sap the fun out of Principle Dilemma? 34m42s

Topic: Auctions 36m46s

Episode 74: Star Wars Outer Rim

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:00:49 +0000
I swear, one dude gets his arm cut off in a cantina and we're still harping on about it forty years later. Have a sense of proportion! I got beat up in high school twenty years ago, but you don't hear me whining. That dude should have done what I did--rounded up a posse and threatened retaliation if any assault persisted. He could have rallied those pushed around by laser sword-wielding hermits and made the galaxy safe for... hold on, I think I just started writing fanfic.

Games Played Last Week:
-Antike II 1m33s (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2015)
-Council of 4 3m42s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, CMON, 2015)
-Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 6m18s (Tobey Ho, Grey Fox Games, 2014)
-Gaslands: Refuelled 8m06s (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)
-Rangers of Shadow Deep 10m04s (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2019)
-Beasts of Balance 12m51s (George Buckenham & Alex Fleetwood, Sensible Object, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Die Macher Die Hards Disappointed 14m24s
-Flotilla invents the post-apocalypse 16m36s
-Ticket to Ride: The Musical? 17m22s
-Dance Card (High School 2.0) 19m00s
-Bloomberg article follow-up by Eric J. Francis 20m27s
https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/c7pnf7/i_wrote_that_bloomberg_article_on_luxury_board/

Feature Game: Star Wars: Outer Rim 23m57s (Corey Konieczka with Tony Fanchi, FFG, 2019)

Episode 73: Second Chances

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:05:18 +0000
Knowing when to give up is a valuable skill. As children we are told to stick with painful and unpleasant things, and while that is often wise, sometimes it just results in more pain. Discerning the difference between choking down one's vegetables--good!--and pursuing a hobby merely for the sake of it--bad!--is a tricky bit of prudence that many adults can't quite seem to get. The notion of an "acquired taste" is somewhat related. Eating chocolate is something you can nail the first time and every time, so acquiring a taste for expensive Scotch whisky that tastes of dirt seems a little off. But sometimes... sometimes! You should try that thing again.

AYURIS: Crisis at Steamfall 4m16s (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
-Just One 6m04s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions)
-Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 9m06s (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)
-Up Front 10m49s (Courtney F. Allen, Avalon Hill, 1983)
-Sol: Last Days of a Star 14m45s (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)
-Bunny Kingdom 20m41s (Richard Garfield, IELLO, 2017)
-Rangers of Shadow Deep 25m25s (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-More Middara 29m28s
-Starfarers of Catan Returns 30m32s
-Bloomberg Doesn't Understand 32m03s
-Pronunciation Legends from CMON 35m13s

Topic: Second Chances 36m14s

Episode 72: Hellboy: The Board Game

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:05:18 +0000
This is not, strictly speaking, the first foray into gaming that Hellboy has done--not even the first in the miniatures genre. There were some Hellboy Heroclix, but let us speak as adults--that's not really saying much. Everyone has been in Heroclix now. 43% of the human population has been represented as a Heroclix figure at some point. Walker has, like, four different versions (albeit two of those are repaints). I hear the "Raging Fury" Walker figure is banned in most tournament play.

Games Played Last Week:
-Just One 1m59s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions)
-Lords of Hellas 4m57s (Awam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)
-Tammany Hall 7m39s (Doug Eckhart, IDW Games, 2007)
Editorial note: Mark erred in his playing of Tammany Hall (unused favour chips are not worth points). We'll have a full correction next week, and Mark will revisit the game as soon as he can. We apologize for the error.
-Small City 14m37s (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Free Doomrock expansion! 21m55s
-Moar Apocalypse with Last Aurora 23m00s
-Sadler Bros.' Altar Quest 24m00s

Feature Game: Hellboy: The Board Game 24m35s (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)

Episode 71: You Need to Take a Little Off the Top, Bud

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 16:27:11 +0000
Heroscape! This show has spent far, far too long talking about things that are not Heroscape. Today we attempt to remedy that deficiency by talking about Heroscape, which is a game--nay, an experience--nay, a lifestyle!--worth discussing. It was a wonderful retail oddity, an overproduced and affordable big box beauty. It is why basements were invented. It isn't the greatest game, but it is definitely Heroscape.

AYURIS: Lords of Hellas 1m54s (Awam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Junk Art 6m31s (Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim, Pretzel Games, 2016)
-Claustrophobia 1643 9m02s (Croc & Laurent Pouchain, Monolith, 2019)
-Pax Renaissance 12m34s (Matt Eklund & Phil Eklund, Sierra Madre, 2016)
-Heroscape 13m32s (Stephen Baker, Rob Daviau, & Craig Van Ness, Hasbro, 2004)
-Scythe 16m37s (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)
-Newton 18m20s (Simone Luciani & Nestore Mangone, Cranio Creations, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Earth Reborn Reborn? 20m44s
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/32180941#32180941
-Too Many Too Many Bones? 22m36s
-Co-op City Building 23m32s
-Karate Tomate! 24m18s
-RTS -> Cardboard in Company of Heroes 26m05s
-Snake? SNAAKE! 27m22s
-Post-Apocalyptic Small Furry Things 29m19s
-Jim Felli's The World Reapers: A Game of Overpowered, World-Eating, Cosmic Frogs 30m05s

Topic: You Need to Take a Little Off the Top, Bud 32m14s

Episode 70: Asgard's Chosen

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:56:39 +0000
Do you sometimes feel like having your blind brother hurl spears at you as a party trick? Do you feel the urge to put your hand in a giant wolf's mouth to make your friends feel bad? Do you wish you could ride a chariot pulled by cats for no discernible reason? Do you long to carry on rambling conversations with a severed head? Do you want days of the week to be named after you?
Well, this is your episode!

Games Played Last Week:
-Just One 1m26s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions, 2018)
-Lords of Hellas 3m12s (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2018)
-Combat Commander: Europe 5m26s(Chad Jensen, GMT, 2006)
-Barenpark 7m56s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2017)
-Corporate America 8m31s (Teale Fristoe, Nothing Sacred Games, 2013)
-Reykholt 10m09s (Uwe Rosenberg, Frosted Games, 2018)
-Burning Suns 11m05s (Emil Larson, SunTzu Games, 2013)
-51st State: Master Set - Allies 13m32s (Joanna Kijanka & Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2019)
-Tammany Hall 16m12s (Doug Eckhart, IDW Games, 2007)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Chad Jensen diagnosed with cancer and is raising funds 21m24s
https://www.gofundme.com/help-chad-with-chemo
-Stack with Tuki 22m16s
-Ready availability of Queenies? 23m16s
-Papillon flies again 24m51s
-Modiphius doubles down on Bethesda 25m31s

Feature Game: Asgard's Chosen 27m14s (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
Solo variant: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1058313/solo-variant-more-tense-gameplay

Episode 69: How Big a Collection?

Tue, 28 May 2019 16:00:00 +0000
Names are powerful. The Spiel des Jahres means "game of the year" simpliciter, but for years we know that the juries have been casting a narrower and narrower net of what games thay would consider. It has become more of a specialized imprint, which is fine--but it's strange that the name still inspires such cachet. Anything with rules in excess of 3 or so pages seems now to be firmly beyond the pale as far as the SdJ is concerned. Ah, well, times change, and we are prone to fits of curmudgeonly behavior. We do at least give our rundown of the 3 nominated games.

AYURIS: The City of Kings 1m02s (Frank West, The City of Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Trick Shot 2m35s (Nikita Krylov &Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2019)
-LAMA aka Wrath of the Appliances: Rise of the Killer Kameras 4m50s (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2019)
-Just One 8m01s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions, 2018)
-Red Alert: Space Fleet Warfare 10m03s (Richard Borg, PSC Games, 2019)
-Fireball Island: The Curse of Vol-Kar 13m51s (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, Justin D. Jacobson, Chuck Kennedy, & Bruce Lund, Restoration Games, 2018)
-Hansa Teutonica 15m38s (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2010)
-SpaceCorp 17m03s (John H. Butterfield, GMT Games, 2018)
-Rayguns and Rocketships 19m33s (Scott Rogers, IDW Games, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-The tangled webs Kickstarter weaves (and then pulls) 26m23s
(Correction: During this segment we mistakenly conflated Travis Worthington of Indie Boards and Cards and Travis R. Chance of Kolossal Games. They have both had projects canceled by Kickstarter. We apologize for the error.)
-Endeavor: Age of Expansion Expansion 30m30s
-Pandemic Targets real-time 31m51s

Topic: How Big a Collection? 33m00s

Episode 68: Gentes Deluxified

Tue, 21 May 2019 12:40:23 +0000
Credibility, like a butterfly, is a fragile and beautiful thing. Mark is fundamentally opposed to subtlety and ephemeral joy, so he naturally seeks to destroy either whenever he encounters it. When it comes to credibility he does this by routinely making gross over-generalizations. This time he has managed to make an instant replay-esque correction, at least. As for what he does to butterflies, let's just say he manages to make garden parties awkward.

Games Played Last Week:
-Bios: Megafauna 2nd Edition 3m08s (Andrew Doull, Phil Eklund, & Jon Manker, Sierra Madre, 2017)
-Brook City 6m37s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
-Rayguns and Rocketships 12m06s (Scott Rogers, IDW Games, 2017)
-A Game of Thrones: Catan--Brotherhood of the Watch 15m45s (Klaus Teuber & Benjamin Teuber, Fantasy Flight, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Walker expands what he no longer has 22m00s
-Wherefore art thou, journalism? Round 1: Tariffs vs. Gamers 22m31s
(Polygon article: http://bit.ly/polygontariffs)
-Space Invaders 27m16s
-Round 2: Stonemaier vs. Gaming Goat 28m01s
-Papillon rises again? 30m41s

Feature Game: Gentes: Deluxified 31m38s (Stefan Risthaus, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)

Episode 67: Good Games that Induce Pain

Tue, 14 May 2019 12:25:05 +0000
Summer is here, friends and neighbours, and with it comes a a thickening of the blood that prompts torpor. We here at SVWAG are part lizard, you see, and so we must budget additional time to sun ourselves and slough off our scales. At any rate, we will be shifting to a summer schedule but still releasing an episode every week--though the magic of segment-swapping. How can such wizardry be true? The secrets are revealed herein!

AYURIS: Mage Knight 2m10s (Vlaada Chvatil, WizKids, 2011)

Games Played Last Week:
-Imperius 5m36s (Grant Rodiek, Kolossal Games, 2018)
-Bärenpark 7m18s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout, 2017)
-Burning Suns 10m05s (Emil Larson, SunTzuGames, 2013)
-Downfall 13m11s (John D. Clair, Tasty Minstrel, 2019)
-Adrenaline: Team Play DLC 15m41s (Filip Neduk, Czech Games Edition, 2018)
-Pandemic: Fall of Rome 17m39s (Matt Leacock & Paolo Mori, Z-Man, 2018)
-Space Cadets: Dice Duel 19m25s (Geoff Engelstein and Sydney Engelstein, Stronghold, 2013)
-Gentes: Deluxified Edition 21m14s (Stefan Risthaus, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)
-Roll for the Galaxy 24m53s (Wei-Hwa Huang & Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande, 2014)
-Brook City 26m54s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Trick Shot on Kickstarter 31m16s
-No dice for BloodBorne 32m36s
-Pax Renaissance goes deluxe but not -ified 33m08s
-Die Macher improves its graphics 34m18s
-Cleopatra, comin' at ya (Clone High fans? Anyone?) 36m00s
-Scythe goes modular, jumps shark? 37m03s

Topic: Good Games that Induce Pain 38m07s

Episode 66: Warpgate and Biggest Rules Mistakes

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:00:07 +0000
We humble ourselves before you, O merciful audience, so as to lay bare our sins against the gaming world. Granted we toil as rules explainers on the behalf of ungrateful vermin who do not appreciate our labours, but nonetheless we take full responsibility for mildly inconveniencing the filthy ingrates who can't be bothered to read a rulebook. We implore that these monstrously selfish demons might find it in their paltry hearts and feeble minds to grant us a little mercy. We sincerely apologize to these subhuman monsters, we truly do.

AYURIS: Feudum 3m20s (Mark K. Swanson, Odd Bird Games, 2017)

Games Played Last Week:
-The Boldest 4m38s (Sophia Wagner, Pegasus Spiele, 2019)
-Wingspan 6m36s (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
-Council of 4 9m00s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Cranio Creations, 2015)
-Root 11m42s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
-Imperius 12m20s (Grant Rodiek, Kolossal Games, 2018)
-Siege of the Citadel 15m23s (Richard Borg, Eric M. Lang, Jason Little, & Kevin Wilson, Modiphius, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-51st State expands with Allies 18m00s
-Mark is not a lawyer on the Great Western Trail 19m14s
-In space, no one can hear you roleplay 21m59s
-Warhammer Underworlds goes digital 22m32s
-Terraforming Kickstarter 23m27s
-Kolossal Kickstarter takedown 24m15s

Feature Game: Warpgate 26m52s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)

Topic: Biggest Rules Mistakes 53m10s

Episode 65: Cthulhu Wars and Dueling Rulesets

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:17:43 +0000
"Money makes the world go 'round" is a common saying decried by most astronomers and physicists, who instead stubbornly maintain that it is due to some invisible thing that can't even qualify for a credit card. "More money than God" is also a strange phrasing, insofar as I believe the theological consensus (ranging from the Abrahamic faiths all the way to Pastafarianism) is that God does not hold assets in the standard sense. Then again, I've never seen His portfolio. Anyway, Cthulhu Wars is expensive and so are exciting plans.

AYURIS: Quartermaster General 2m35s (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2014)

Games Played Last Week:
-Walker has a family 4m24s
-Res Arcana 5m27s (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019)
-The Boldest 7m19s (Sophia Wagner, Pegasus Spiele, 2019)
-Snit's Revenge 10m51s (Tom Wham, TSR, 1977)
-Hanabi 12m39s (Antoine Bauza, R&R, 2010)
-FlickFleet 13m18s (Jackson Pope & Paul Willcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
-Magnastorm 15m42s (Bauldric & Friends, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-CMON licenses God of War... 18m48s
-...and Bloodborne 19m07s
-More pretty things from Ryan Laukat 20m20s
-Marco Polo voyages again 21m04s
-Warhammer Underworlds (Shadespire, really) lives on 21m58s

Feature Game: Cthulhu Wars 22m31s (Sandy Peterson & Lincoln Petersen, Petersen Games, 2015)

Topic: Dueling Rules: The "Right" Way to Play 51m30s
Loopin' Louie tournament rules: http://bit.ly/loopingtournament

Episode 64: Batman: Gotham City Chronicles and Changing Tastes

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:30:19 +0000
We spare you the onomatopoeias this week, as our audio editing software cannot process the brightly-coloured spiky expostulations properly. Walker gets to backpedal at full speed this week, having previously declared his being done with both 1 vs. all games and games with tons of minis. So he surely wouldn't have any enthusiasm for this 1 vs. all minis-heavy game, would he? Could he?!

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AYURIS: GKR: Heavy Hitters 1m25s (Matt Hyra, Cryptozoic Entertainment, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Res Arcana 3m08s (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019)
-Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress 6m56s (Jervis Johnson, Games Workshop, 2018)
-Warpgate 9m38s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)
-Titans Tactics 12m37s (G. Kelly Toyama, Imbalanced Games, 2013)
-Pax Renaissance 14m21s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
-For Sale 18m34s (Stefan Dorra, Uberplay, 1997)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Mensa? Do we care about Mensa? 19m26s
-Renegade charms again with Bubble Tea 21m40s
-Mega Vampires and Mega Werewolves 22m13s
-More tile-laying from Reiner Knizia 23m19s

Feature Game: Batman: Gotham City Chronicles 24m06s (Frédéric Henry, Monolith, 2019)

Topic: Changing Tastes Over Time 53m17s

Episode 63: Catacombs 3rd ed. and Mastering a Game

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 13:50:07 +0000
Here's the thing, at least as Mark understands it: acquired tastes are weird. Some things are great the first time. Furthermore, some things are easy and great the first time. Take chocolate, for example. Most people start out champs at eating chocolate. Mark tried to get good at something once, but he found out that requires effort. Who has time for ten thousand hours when there's elite-level candy consumption to be had? Walker on the other hand laments Mark's narrow little horizons.

AYURIS: Space Alert 2m59s (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2008)

Games Played Last Week:
-Warpgate 4m22s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)
-Caverna: The Cave Farmers 6m38s (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2013)
-Codenames 8m10s (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2015)
-KeyForge: Call of the Archons 9m29s (Richard Garfield, Fantasy Flight, 2018)
-Intrigue 10m06s (Stefan Dorra, AMIGO, 1994)
-Combat Commander: Europe 14m13s (Chad Jensen, GMT, 2006)
-Aristeia! 16m39s (Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, & David Rosillo, Corvus Belli, 2017)
-Pax Renaissance 19m01s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Spread the Love Letter, spread the pain 21m59s
-In Defiance of the glut of dungeon crawlers 22m58s
-Conflick in the Neutral Zone, again 25m35s
-Scramble for outrage in wargamer land 26m37s

Feature Game: Catacombs 3rd ed. 28m44 (Ryan Amos, Marc Kelsey, & Aron West, Elzra Corp., 2015)

Topic: Mastering a Game 49m35s

Episode 62: Calimala and Gaming Ambiance

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 13:50:19 +0000
Today is a telling day in the annals of SVWAG, especially with respect to Mark coming to terms with his own essential wrongness. He gets to partially repent for his tonal excesses with respect to the AYURIS; he gets to mull over painful loves lost in Billionaire Banshee; and he gets to realize that once again that while Walker cares deeply about people, he cares mostly about stuffing his face and listening to loud music. Things get real.

AYURIS: Champions of Midgard 1m47s (Ole Steiness, Grey Fox Games, 2015)

Games Played Last Week:
-Die fiesen 7 4m03s (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Hasen in der Abendsonne, 2015)
-Factory Funner 6m17s (Corné van Moorsel, Cwali, 2016)
-Swordcrafters 7m15s (Ryan Lambert, Chris Neuman, & Adam Rehberg, Adam's Apple Games, 2018)
-Formula D 8m48s (Laurent Lavaur & Eric Randall, Asmodee, 2008)
-Billionaire Banshee 10m26s (Steven “Razlo” Bailey, Breaking Games, 2014)
-Quadropolis 13m20s (François Gandon, Days of Wonder, 2016)
-Vengeance 14m05s (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2018)
-Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War 15m35s (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2010)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Carnival Zombie 2nd ed. finally shambles out of development limbo 17m28s
-Vicious, adorable creatures in Crumbs 19m03s
-Golden Geek Awards voting over 20m24s
-Bus reprint by Capstone 21m05s

Feature Game: Calimala 22m19s (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)

Topic: Gaming Ambiance 43m35s

Episode 61: HATE and Knowing the Deck

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:55:07 +0000
HATE has landed, and you can't have it. CMON's dalliances with Kickstarter exclusives have been numerous, but now they have their first Kickstarter-exclusive game. We review it not to taunt you with things you can't acquire, but rather to give you the vicarious thrill of someone who can have everything. Let your imagination whisk you away to a universe that is all plastic cannibalistic hardcases!

AYURIS: Battlelore 2nd Edition 2m14s (Richard Borg & Robert A. Kouba, FFG, 2013)

Games Played Last Week:
-Root 4m39s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
-Gùgōng 6m37s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)
-Blood Rage 8m36s (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2015)
-Die fiesen 7 10m34s (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Hasen in der Abendsonne, 2015)
-Calimala 11m33s (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)
-Hansa Teutonica 13m11s (Andreas Steding, Argentum Verlag, 2010)
-Amun-Re: The Card Game 13m54s (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2017)
-Agricola 15m45s (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2007)
-Hanabi 18m25s (Antoine Bauza, ABACUSSPIELE, 2010)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Bauza has sequels for Ghost Stories and Tokaido 20m21s
-Asmodee will distribute CMON post-Kickstarter 21m37s
-The OP lands Die Hard license 22m57s
-Walker falls for Aquicorn Cove's stunning visuals 24m48s
-...and for Fuji Koro 25m12s

Feature Game: HATE 25m50s (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Alexandru Olteanu, & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2019)

Topic: Needing to Know the Deck 50m01s

Episode 60: XenoShyft and 1 vs. All vs. Coop vs. Semi-Coop vs. Vs.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:54:46 +0000
As my father is wont to say, "Accept credit, pass blame." Actually, no, I said that, and it's my father's fault that I forgot the correct attribution. Is that how that works? At any rate, we here at SVWAG are always happy to claim responsibility for all positive developments. When and if peace breaks out anywhere, we will assert it is our doing based merely on this aside. Such is the power of our episode notes and our self-aggrandizement!

AYURIS: The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch 2m08s (Fel Barros, Christophe Madura, Alexandru Olteanu, David Rakoto, & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Barony 4m51s (Marc André, Matagot, 2015)
-Millennium Blades 5m37s (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2016)
-Santorini 7m32s (Gord!, Roxley, 2016)
-Space Base 8m37s (John D. Clair, AEG, 2018)
-Scythe 11m43s (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016
-Obsession 13m17s (Dan Hallagan, Kayenta Games, 2018)
-Caverna: The Forgotten Folk 16m20s (Uwe Rosenberg & Alex Wilber, Lookout Games, 2018)
-Claustrophobia: 1642 (Croc & Laurent Pouchain, Monolith, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Mild Patreon Shilling 23m34s
-Peace during the Age of Steam 24m09s
-Dune is back. Insert reference here. 25m36s
-Sneak Breakout preview 28m35s

Feature Game: XenoShyft: Onslaught 29m12s (Keren Philosophales & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015) and Dreadmire (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)

Topic: 1 vs. All vs. Coop vs. Semi-Coop vs. Vs. 53m54s

Episode 59: Concordia Venus and Spending Money on the Hobby

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:50:16 +0000
Currencies drive many things, perhaps most things. HATE is driven by a currency called Savagery, which I believe is floated on the international market and its exchange rate fluctuates daily. We here at So Very Wrong About Games fuel our episodes with Snark, which is pegged conveniently to the Canadian Dollar. As a consequence, when some of you might be tempted to correct Mark on the name of the 1987 Richard Halliwell design ("um, actually, it's Block Mania, not Block Panic"), you are only making them stronger.

AYURIS: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017) 1m54s

Games Played Last Week:
-HATE 4m34s (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Alexandru Olteanu, & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2019)
-Climb! 7m08s (Benoit Michaud, Le Scorpion Masqué, 2008)
-Siege of the Citadel 9m32s (Richard Borg, Eric M. Lang, Jason Little, & Kevin Wilson, Modiphius Entertainment, 2019)
-Goodcritters 11m45s (Fabian Zimmermann, Arcane Wonders, 2018)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 14m43s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Infinity 15m20s (Gutier Lusquiños Rodríguez, Corvus Belli, 2005)
-Pax Pamir 17m25s (Phil Eklund & Cole Wehrle, Sierra Madre Games, 2015)
-Obsession 21m35s (Dan Hallagan, Kayenta Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-The Talisman nightmare has started: Batman and Kingdom Hearts 25m34s
-It, and I can't even 26m43s
-Worst expansion title competition 27m30s
-Judge Dredd enters the Wildlands 28m57s
-Restoring Epic Duels 30m09s
-Age of Steam boils over. Again. 31m49s

Feature Game: Concordia (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013) and Concordia Venus (2018) 34m14s

Topic: Spending Money on the Hobby: Are You Getting Your Money's Worth? 1h01m43s

Episode 58: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians and Theme vs. Balance

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:51:00 +0000
You do you, Walker always says, except he almost never does. Mark always says smoke 'em if you got 'em, despite his never uttering those words and frankly not knowing what they mean. He tried smoking once and didn't enjoy it. Why care about such petty things as truth or data when it feels consistent with a narrative you're peddling? Echoes of contemporary politics abound, as we ponder whether a game needs to be balanced so long as it tells a good tale.

AYURIS: Rising Sun (Eric Lang, CMON, 2018) 5m26s

Games Played Last Week:
-Cerebria: The Inside World 8m57s (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, István Pócsi, Frigyes Schőberl, Nick Shaw, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2018)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 11m22s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Spirit Island 12m10s (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
-Tajemnicze Domostwo/Mysterium 15m24s (Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko, Portal Games, 2013)
-Millennium Blades 19m11s (D. Brad Talton Jr., Level 99 Games, 2016)
-Shadowrift 21m11s (Jeremy Anderson, Game Salute, 2012)
-Donning the Purple 24m54s (Petter Schanke Olsen, Tompet Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Hanabi deluxe blows up again 27m32s
-Dice Forge rebels 28m45s
-Capstone gauges Winsome's Irish Gauge 29m09s
-Sailor Moon deceives...? 31m00s
-White Goblin will Yoko no mo 32m04s

Feature Game: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians 33m37s (Gernot Köpke & Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)

Topic: Theme vs. Balance 59m35s

Episode 57: Cerebria and Hype

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:19:12 +0000
The Peter Principle observes that people tend to get promoted to their level of incompetence. Namely if someone does a job well, they'll be promoted, until such time as they cease doing a job well and persist at that level of ineptitude. We mention this not because it accurately describes the arc of Mark's life both professionally and personally--which, let's face it, it does--but rather because we have decided to promote the AYURIS from off-hand remark into Full Fledged Segment (AYURIS, FFS [tm]). Time stamp and everything! If it does well, it'll get it's own podcast; if it does poorly, all hail the Peter Principle.

AYURIS: 51st State: Master Set (Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal, 2016) 1m31s

Games Played Last Week:
-Kingdom Death: Monster 5m28s (Adam Poots, Kingdom Death, 2015)
-Reykholt 9m02s (Uwe Rosenberg, Frosted Games, 2018)
-Bargain Hunter 15m35s (Uwe Rosenberg, Valley Games, 1998)
-Meltwater: A Game of Tactical Starvation 17m34s (Erin Lee Escobedo, Hollandspiele, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-The Orville Clix 19m34s
-Samuel Bailey's Stars a little less Forbidden 19m59s
-Samuel Bailey digs Deep 21m17s
-Rooting around for more factions 22m22s
-KeyForging on 22m46s
-Being on the same Wavelength 23m14s
-Even deeper Descent 24m31s
-Rushing into the Kingdom of boardgames of apps 25m19s

Feature Game: Cerebria: The Inside World 25m58s (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, István Pócsi, Frigyes Schőberl, Nick Shaw, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2018)

Topic: Hype 54m39s

Episode 56: Core Worlds and Out of Print Games

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:45:22 +0000
Sometimes categories are useful taxonomical tools, and sometimes they are so blunt as to be confusing and unhelpful. What gets parsed as "worker placement" can get downright murky at times. To Walker, though, the world is clear and simple. Tolstoy tells us that "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Walker has a modified view--all fun games are fun and thus good and interchangeable, and all unfun games are bad and thus the same. It's a good thing he's not a critic or anything.

Games Played Last Week:
-Welcome to... 3m47s (Benoit Turpin, Blue Cocker Games, 2018)
-A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians 6m19s (Gernot Köpke & Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)
-Architects of the West Kingdom 9m55s (Shem Phillips & S. J. Macdonald, Garphill Games, 2018)
-Byzantium 16m06s (Martin Wallace, Warfrog, 2005)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Sushi Go Rolls on 20m13s
-New Quest for El Dorado? Expansion? Hybrid? 21m21s
-Scotland Yard: Now with dice, uncertain haberdashery 22m25s
-Who wants to license Talisman? 22m59s
-Ignorance is Bliss 24m36s
-Time for more T.I.M.E. Stories 24m55s

Feature Game: Core Worlds 26m47s (Andrew Parks, Stronghold, 2011)

Topic: OOP Games that Should Be Reprinted 51m26

Episode 55: Quartermaster General: The Cold War and Real-Time Games

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:55:20 +0000
Just as we are told that it's always five o'clock somewhere, we can be assured that Mark and Walker are always wrong somewhere. Time marches inexorably forward, and we mark that passage of time by checking in with the much-loved Quartermaster General series. Mark would happily tell you that time is nothing more and nothing less than a priori intuition, which when internalized allows us to ground the science of mathematics--and then Walker would rightfully point out that it's time for Mark to shut up.

Games Played Last Week:
-Menara 3m01s (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Spiele, 2018)
-Massive Darkness 5m18s (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2017)
-Sentinels of the Multiverse 8m13s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater than Games, 2011)
-Millennium Blades 10m20s (D. Brad Talton, Jr., Level 99 Games, 2016)
-Kitchen Rush 12m17s (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Dávid Turczi, Artipia, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Quartermaster General (WWII) re-(quarter)mastered 15m22s
-alea games joins a euro publishing revival 16m12s
-Mystic Vale Steams up 17m27s
-Plan B Games in a new Era from Matt Leacock 18m39s
-Role-play as a Sentinel of the Multiverse 20m23s

Feature Game: Quartermaster General: The Cold War 22m11s (Ian Brody, PSC Games, 2018)

Topic: Real-Time Games 49m59s

Episode 54: Talon and Table Talk

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 14:43:20 +0000
Sometimes our hosts can't quite understand what the situation demands of them. Walker has been known to approach thoughtful, deliberative games with the oft-repeated demand of "when do I get to shoot LEMME SHOOT." Mark tends to greet new acquaintances with profanity-laden assaults on their life choices, hygiene, and character. These traits perhaps serve to explain how they find themselves in the social circles that they do.

Games Played Last Week:
-The Quacks of Quedlingburg 2m37s (Wolfgang Warsch, North Star Games, 2018)
-Brass: Birmingham 5m18s (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)
-In the Shadow of the Emperor 8m29s (Ralf Burkert, Rio Grande Games, 2004)
-Kemet: Seth 11m09s (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2018)
-Gaslands 15m39s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Portal 2019: Roll & write, Neuroshima Hex! 16m58s
-Restoring Conspiracy 17m50s
-Build with ice (the Canadian currency) in Tuki 19m19s
-Mark takes credit for Iwari 20m05s
-New pain to Discover 21m52s
-Rooting for new factions in Root 22m37s
-Jim Henson's Labyrinth gets proportionally less Bowie 23m02s
-How many Odysseys? Want 1001 of them? 23m58s

Feature Game: Talon 26m11s (Jim Krohn, GMT, 2016) and Talon 1000 (Jim Krohn, GMT, 2018)

Topic: Table Talk 53m51s

Episode 53: Gloomhaven and What Can a Game Demand?

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:55:12 +0000
We take endorsements very seriously here at SVWAG. The Ferragamo deal fell through after Walker was seen wearing Fendi, and the whole Burberry fiasco is better left forgotten. Converse was our backup, but suffice to say after Mark's public comments about sportsball that seems like a distant possibility at best.
All that said, we endorse Gloomy Companion unreservedly. We don't resort to apps very often, but we don't Gloomhaven without Gloomy Companion employed on a tablet. We've tried others but it suits us the best.

Games Played Last Week:
-Mombasa 3m14s (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2015)
-Decrypto 5m28s (Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, Le Scorpion Masqué, 2018)
-Han 6m57s(Michael Schacht, ABACUSSPIELE, 2014)
-Sakura Arms 7m55s (BakaFire, AEG, 2016)
-Kitchen Rush 10m08s (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Dávid Turczi, Artipia, 2017)
-Chinatown 10m36s (Karsten Hartwig, Z-Man, 1999)
-Eclipse 13m14s (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fi, 2011)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Frontier Wars 15m34s
-Rio Grande is back? 15m59s
-The Galaxy Rolls on 16m55s
-35 years of BattleTech 18m08s
-Official statement on pronunciation 18m48s

Feature Game: Gloomhaven 20m46s (Isaac Childres, Cephalofair Games, 2017)

Topic: How Much Can a Game Demand of Its Players? 48m38s

Episode 52: New Frontiers and Too Many Versions

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:15:26 +0000
Constant vigilance is the price of audio quality, and we apologize for how badly that struggle has been going of late. Walker prostrates himself before the altar of Bars, and Bars we achieve, but the nature of those Bars have been fickle. Their shape and pattern cannot be properly contained or channeled, and thus they spurn us and assault your ears. Rest assured that we are consulting the augurs and they are poring over the entrails of many a cassette tape in order to discern how we may appease the Bars. But yeah, it's totally Mark's fault.

We have a Patreon, if you're inclined to support us.

Games Played Last Week:
-XCOM: The Boardgame--Evolution 1m51s (Samuel Bailey & Mark Larson, Fantasy Flight, 2016)
-Quest for El Dorado: Heroes and Hexes 2m56s (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2018)
-Kitchen Rush 5m59s (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Dávid Turczi, Artipia, 2017)
-Codenames 6m59s (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2015)
-Wildlands 9m18s (Martin Wallace, Osprey, 2018)
-Scythe: The Rise of Fenris 14m44s (Ryan Lopez DeVinaspre & Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier, 2018)
-Tobago 18m40s (Bruce Allen, Zoch Verlag, 2009)
-This Guilty Land 19m42s (Tom Russell, Hollandspiele, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-FFG Returns to Lord of the Rings 24m27s
-Wolff Designaa in 2019: Guards and Tricks 26m11s
-Snakes and Lattes unhinges its jaw and expands 27m41s
-Suburbia's custom colours 28m12s

Feature Game: New Frontiers 29m43s (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande, 2018)

Topic: How Many Versions Is Too Many? 58m30s

Patreon Summary 1h12m11s

Episode 51: Pandemic: Fall of Rome and New Year's Resolutions

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:33:48 +0000
Peer influence is a strange thing. For years Mark has been yelling at Walker about various ways he really ought to change, but a single board game now has Walker spewing Macross lore like he's a convert. Perhaps the authors like Erin Lee Escobedo have a point, and board games really can serve to deliver subtle yet powerful influence. Perhaps we could make board games to convince people to like and dislike the right board games...

Games Played Last Week:
-Telestrations 3m40s (Uncredited, USAopoly, 2009)
-Diamonds 4m52s (Mike Fitzgerald, Stronghold, 2014)
-Meltwater: A Game of Tactical Starvation 8m30s (Erin Lee Escobedo, Hollandspiele, 2018)
-Tokyo Highway 14m07s (Naotaka Shimamoto & Yoshiaki Tomioka, itten, 2016)
-Robotech: Attack on the SDF-1 15m51s (Darius Hambleton & Jeff Mechlinski, Strange Machine Games, 2018)
-Great Western Trail: Rails to the North 20m04s (Alexander Pfister, Stronghold, 2018)
-Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future 24m17s (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-2491 Planetship disappoints Walker pre-emptively 26m17s
-Successors' Successor 27m36s
-Age of Steam's authorship evaporates 28m43s
-Vital Lacerda and Railways of the World 30m10s
-Suburbia gets purdy 30m30s
-Walker unimpressed by the Hotness 31m41s
-SVWAG succumbs to the inevitable with an upcoming Patreon 32m47s

Feature Game: Pandemic: Fall of Rome 34m17s (Matt Leacock & Paolo Mori, Z-Man, 2018)

Topic: New Year's Resolutions Past and Present 53m48s

Episode 50: Year in Review 2018

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:41:21 +0000
Another round about the sun is complete, at least for those who acknowledge that sort of thing. I'm certain there must be a strand of Flat Eartherism that bows to the reality of the Earth's orbit--I could find out, but boardgaming already more than satisfies my desire for obscure minutia. We look back at the releases of the year, agreeing on many things but rather sharply disagreeing on others. There will be lists! And categories! Oh, the pageantry!

Games Played Last Week:
-Space Hulk: Second Edition 1m30s (Dean Bass, Andy Chambers, Chris Colston, Richard Halliwell, Jervis Johnson, Andy Jones, & Paul Murphy, Games Workshop, 1996)
-Senji 2m58s (Bruno Cathala & Serge Laget, Asmodee, 2008)
-Terraforming Mars 6m19s (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold, 2016)
-Dinosaur Island 6m58s (Jonathan Gilmour & Brian Lewis, Pandasaurus, 2017)
-Cryptid 12m14s (Hal Duncan & Ruth Veevers, Osprey Games, 2018)
-Mega Civilization 13m26s (Flo de Haan, John Rodriguez, & Francis Tresham, Pegasus, 2015)
-Welcome To... 20m12s (Benoit Turpin, Blue Cocker Games, 2018)
-Reef 21m20s (Emerson Matsuuchi, Next Move Games, 2018)
-Menara 22m18s (Oliver Richtberg, ZOCH, 2018)
-Diamonds 23m00s (Mike Fitzgrald, Stronghold, 2016)

2018 Year in Review

Personal Top 10s 23m59s
SVWAG Game of the Year 45m06s
Other Categories 48m30s

Episode 49: Crusaders and Thematic Disconnects

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:23:19 +0000
Players aren't the only people who make choices, of course. Designers and publishers make decisions about the setting and the theme of their games. Insofar as games can communicate a message--whether purely aesthetic or more ideological--it is beneficial to have a clear vision. Things can get exceptionally problematic when you start playing fast and loose with things of great cultural and historical import. Incidentally, I will note that while our topic and our feature game often have no connection between them, sometimes they do. I don't know why I'm mentioning that this week.

Games Played Last Week:
-Hyperborea: Light and Shadow 1m37s (Andrea Chiarvesio, Maurizio Vergendo, & Pierluca Zizzi, Asterion Press, 2016)
-Between Two Cities 3m15s (Matthew O'Malley, Morten Monrad Pedersen, & Ben Rosset, Stonemaier, 2015)
-Factory Funner 5m03s (Corné van Moorsel, Cwali, 2016)
-Photosynthesis 8m06s (Hjalmar Hach, Blue Orange, 2017)
-Stephenson's Rocket: Eastern USA & China 9m13s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018)
-Petrichor 12m12s (David Chircop & Dávid Turczi, APE Games, 2018)
-The Voyages of Marco Polo 12m57s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 14m59s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Dominant Species 15m37s (Chad Jensen, GMT, 2010)
-Res Publica 18m03s (Reiner Knizia, Queen, 1991)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Descent into new digital depths 22m05s
-Fards of Inshinity digital 22m20s
-Failed Carnival of Monsters rises again 23m02s
-Die Macher won't die 24m15s


Feature Game: Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done 25m10s (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)


Topic: Thematic Disconnects 48m15s

Episode 48: Teotihuacan and How Far Is Too Far

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:08:28 +0000
As a new coping mechanism, Mark and Walker decide to expunge their deepest shameful acts of conspicuous consumption and frivolous travel by talking about it on the internet. Now that Tumblr is is divesting themselves of adult content they can't post their Stephen Universe erotica there, so this is the next best thing. Don't tell Mark and Walker that a) anyone is listening, or b) they've been using their real names.

Games Played Last Week:
-Gùgong 3m33s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)
-Quartermaster General: Prelude 4m05s (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2018)
-Triumph and Tragedy 6m18s (Craig Besinque, GMT, 2015)
-Goodcritters 14m03s (Fabian Zimmermann, Arcane Wonders, 2018)
-Heroes of Terrinoth 15m36s (Adam & Brady Sadler, Fantasy Flight, 2018)
-The Estates 18m17s (Klaus Zoch, Capstone Games, 2018)
-Gaslands 20m48s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)
-Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar Campaign Deck (Ben Cichoski, Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle & Daniel Mandel, White Wizard, 2018) 22m35s

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Snake. Snake! SNAAAKE!! 24m30s
-Terra Mystica Incognita 25m27s
-Shadowrift Booms 26m41s
-What's Your Game? Well, Madeira and Zhanguo, for two 28m15s

Feature Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods 28m53s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)

Topic: How Far Is Too Far? 54m45s

Episode 47: Gugong and Resolving Rules Disputes

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:27:33 +0000
Lots of talk of economics in this week's news. One might expect a diminishing return on such talk, but as rational consumers of news we often find a deficit of such a valuable commodity. Ceteris paribus, we're willing to offer you the free lunch of our altruism, even though that may lead to a tragedy of the commons. We value your investment of time when you listen to us--our intellectual capital is all we have, after all.
I don't think I'm very bullish on this bit any more.

Games Played Last Week:
-KeyForge: Call of the Archons 4m00s (Richard Garfield, Fantasy Flight, 2018)
-Epic: The Card Game 6m26s (Robert Dougherty & Darwin Kastle, White Wizard, 2015)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 8m12s (Daniele Tascini & Dávid Turczi, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Argent: The Consortium 9m01s (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2015)
-BattleLore: Second Edition 11m51s (Richard Borg & Robert A. Kouba, Fantasy Flight, 2013)
-North Wind 13m23s (Klaus Teuber, Z-Man, 2014)
-Everdell 15m18s (James A. Wilson, Starling Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Super Dungeon Explore's money fades into Legend 17m10s
-Cool Mini or Not's earnings get more mini, isn't cool 19m08s
-Omega Protocol proves once again that LoS ain't easy 23m18s
-Inflation hits the stellar market with A Billion Suns 24m52

Feature Game: Gùgōng 26m30s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)

Topic: Resolving Rules Disputes 54m26s

Episode 46: Coimbra and Eric Lang

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:29:59 +0000
There's this substance that the British people deploy called "salad cream." Chemists, for decades, have tried to break down its constituent parts; but the substance's sheer viscosity--not to mention its disturbing colour and odour--have defied all analysis. I mention this because despite our Canadian prerogative of spelling colour and odour as we do, the cultural rites of salad cream are alien to us. We're proud members of the Commonwealth, but we have our limits. Also, you could put some salad cream on your point salad, bruh.

Games Played Last Week:
-FUSE 3m19s (Kane Klenko, Renegade Game Studios, 2015)
-KeyForge: Call of the Archons 5m22s (Richard Garfield, Fantasy Flight, 2018)
-Twilight Imperium 4th Edition 10m55s (Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka & Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Innovation Deluxe 11m26s (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi, 2017)
-Hero Realms 14m36s (Robert Dougherty & Darwin Kastle, White Wizard, 2016)
-One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows 16m49s (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi, 2017)
-Gugong 18m33s (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2018)
-Root 21m12s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-V-Commandos morphing into Assassin's Creed 23m21s
-Warhammer Quest gets Grimdark 26m03s
-New Frontiers for Race for the Galaxy 29m50s

Feature Game: Coimbra 30m10s (Flaminia Brasini & Virginio Gigli, eggertspiele, 2018)

Topic: Eric Lang 50m08s

Episode 45: Claustrophobia and KeyForge

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:35:22 +0000
What's in a name? Well, if the game is KeyForge, the name is pretty much the entire game. As we have learned from bots in the past, set an algorithm loose on the internet and it'll probably come back as a racist misogynist troll. So far we've seen little of that scale in KeyForge deck names, but it's spat out some pretty amazing names nonetheless.

Games Played Last Week:
-Paper Tales 3m24s (Masato Uesugi, Stronghold, 2017)
-Food Chain Magnate 6m08s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)
-For Sale 8m22s (Stefan Dorra, Ravensburger, 1997)
-A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)
-Pantone: The Game 11m31s (Scott Rogers, Cryptozoic, 2018)
-Great Western Trail: Rails to the North 14m48s (Alexander Pfister, Stronghold, 2018)
-Root 17m02s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
-Assault on Doomrock 20m48s (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster, 2014)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Fenris Rages again 23m26s
-More bunnies for Walker to loathe 24m17s
-Cleopatra reprint; why, exactly? 24m57s
-Andrew Parks and the Marvel B-list 25m44s
-Walker liked Little Town Builders before it was cool 27m30s
-Moar dexterity with Catch the Moon 28m00s

Feature Game: Claustrophobia 28m20s (CROC, Asmodee, 2009)

Topic: First Impressions of KeyForge (Richard Garfield, Fantasy Flight, 2018)

Episode 44: Discover: Lands Unknown and Overused Themes

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:49:53 +0000
We are an easily-triggered group, we geeks, we nerds; so allow us to exercize due diligence and offer the following warnings. Spoiler Alert: we discuss what spoilers are. Meta Alert: we get pretty meta about spoilers. Existentialism Alert: Walker gets pretty existential (parenthetical alert: you might have figured Mark would instead, but he has very little time for existentialism, being more modern than post-modern).

Games Played Last Week:
-Endeavor: Age of Sail 1m41s (Carl de Visser & Jarratt Gray, Burst Island Games, 2018)
-Spinderella 5m06s (Roberto Fraga, Zoch Verlag, 2015)
-Everdell 7m38s (James A. Wilson, Starling Games, 2018)
-Western Legends 7m59s (Hervé Lemaître, Kolossal, 2018)
-Assault on Doomrock 12m40s (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster, 2014)
-Sakura Arms 15m38s (BakaFire, AEG, 2016)
-Space Cadets: Away Missions 17m35s (Dan Raspler & Al Rose, Stronghold, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-How many states past the 51st are we up to? 18m51s
-Flicking, puns, and strategy 20m12s
-A bear park for more godless killing machines 21m31s

Feature Game: Discover: Lands Unknown 22m30s (Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight, 2018)

Topic: Overused Themes 50m12s

Episode 43: Stephenson's Rocket and Dealing with Frustration

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:12:53 +0000
We've always been here. Waiting, in this basement, yelling into the can. When we invented podcasts all those years ago it was merely as avenue for our pre-existing subterranean discourse. Now some of you have joined us, and our labours are no longer in vain. Once the power dies out, we'll still be here, yelling into the can. About boardgames.

Games Played Last Week:
-Race for the Galaxy: Xeno Invasion 1m43s (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2015)
-Everdell 5m54s (James A. Wilson, Starling Games, 2018)
-Starfarers of Catan 10m06s (Klaus Teuber, Mayfair Games, 1999)
-Barbarians: The Invasion 12m44s (Martino Chiacchiera, Marta Ciaccasassi, & Pierluca Zizzi, Tabula Games, 2018)
-Forbidden Sky 19m21s (Matt Leacock, Gamewright, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Asmodee sold, Asmodee buys something 21m55s
-Taiwanese flag flap 23m58s
-CMON tries zombies for the first time ever 25m27s
-More Spirits on the Island 26m13s

Feature Game: Stephenson's Rocket 28m03s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018)

Topic: Dealing with Frustration 54m40s

Episode 42: Battle for Rokugan and Gateway Games

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:48:14 +0000
Reading your audience is a hard thing, and not even just when blasting your errant opinions over the interwebs. Mark couldn't read the room when Walker requested a certain game, and that didn't end well. Walker couldn't perceive Mark's growing misgivings about the feature game. This one time I thought a baby boy was a baby girl and the parents were very offended. Life is hard!

Games Played Last Week:
-Star Realms 2m19s (Robert Dougherty & Darwin Kastle, White Wizard, 2014)
-Amun-Re: The Card Game 4m59s (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2017)
-Endeavor: The Age of Sail 7m03s (Carl de Visser & Jarratt Gray, Burnt Island Games, 2018)
-Ortus Regni 9m26s (Jon Sudbury, Jon Sudbury Games, 2014)
-Star Wars: Imperial Assault - Jabba's Realm 12m02s (Todd Michlitsch & Paul Winchester, FFG, 2017)
-Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu 13m10s (Matt Leacock & Chuck D. Yager, Z-Man, 2016)
-Mage Knight Board Game 15m42s (Vlaada Chvatil, WizKids, 2011)
-Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War 18m25s (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2010)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Fighting games have sequels, so too must Street Masters 19m45s
-Carcassonne goes on safari 21m48s
-The Grail lost? 22m44s

Feature Game: 24m24s
-Battle for Rokugan (Molly Glover & Tom Jolly, Fantasy Flight, 2017)

Topic: Gateway Games 51m50s

Episode 41: Omega Protocol and Keeping Games Moving

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:24:02 +0000
I hope you're planning your Arkhipov Day festivities. Don't get me wrong, I dig Stanislav Petrov as much as the next guy, but for my money Vasili Arkhipov is the man, and he doesn't get nearly enough credit. Because, you know, he either saved your life or your ancestors' lives--the least we could do is give the man a holiday. He doesn't even have a card in Twilight Struggle! See, I brought it back to games in the end.

Games Played Last Week:
-Galaxy Trucker: Missions 3m00s (Vlaada Chvátil, CGE, 2015)
-Terraforming Mars: Prelude 6m04s (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold, 2018)
-Quartermaster General: Prelude 7m01s (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2018)
-Star Wars: Imperial Assault - Jabba's Realm 9m24s (Todd Michlitsch & Paul Winchester, FFG, 2017)
-Specter Ops 10m24s (Emerson Matssuchi, Plaid Hat Games, 2015)
-Master of the Galaxy 14m54s (Timofey Bokarev & Konstantin Seleznev, Ares Games, 2018)
-Paper Tales: Beyond the Gate 19m38s (Masato Uesugi, Strongold, 2018)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Fog of Love expands to LGBTQ scenarios 24m22s
-Z-Man Lords over Vegas 25m34s
-SVWAG SWAG: Take our stuff 26m20s
-Pfister Blacks Out Hong Kong 27m46s
-Mac Gerdts brings the love in Concordia 28m37s
-Terraforming Mars digitally 29m40s
-Chip Theory's neoprene obsession 30m00s

Feature Game: 31m28s
-Level 7 [Omega Protocol] (Will Schoonover, Privateer Press, 2013)

Topic: Keeping Games Moving 57m42s

Episode 40: Gaslands and The Perils of Collecting

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 14:33:05 +0000
We're always wondering about what comes next, always on the lookout for the next big thing--both in games and broadcasting. That's why we're open to being elevated to the judiciary, so the next time there's a search committee feel free to add Mark and Walker to the ol' shortlist. We're open to traveling, so it doesn't have to be any particular country. We hear The Hague is nice?

Games Played Last Week:
-Mystic Vale 2m02s (John D. Clair, AEG, 2016)
-Sentinels of the Multiverse 6m27s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
-Istanbul 10m34s (Rudiger Dorn, Pegasus Spiele, 2014)
-Vengeance 11m49s (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2018)
-XenoShyft: Onslaught 13m30s (Keren Philosophales & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015)
-51st State: Master Set 15m46s (Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal, 2016)
-War Chest 17m46s (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, AEG, 2018)
-Menara 21m41s (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Verlag, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Food Chain Magnate catches up to condiments 22m07s
-Takla's bridge to nowhere 23m28s
-The Boldest, a Wagnerian epic 24m22s
-The city published once in a Blue Moon 25m36s

Feature Game: Gaslands 27m42s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)

Topic: The Perils of Collecting 54m58s

Episode 39: BattleCON and Catch-up Mechanics

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:07:06 +0000
We would like to apologize for the poorer audio quality of this episode. The editor (Mark) would dearly like to attribute it somehow to Walker's illness-induced stupor, but try as he might he can't seem to blame the victim on this one. The microphone has let us all down, dear listeners, and all we can do is vow not to repeat the twin errors--the one being the reduced audio quality, the other in Mark not being able to scapegoat the victim.


Games Played Last Week: -Street Masters: Redemption 1m30s (Brady Sadler & Adam Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)
-Sentinels of the Multiverse 3m35s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
-SEAL Team Flix 7m34s (Pete Ruth & Mark Thomas, WizKids, 2018)
-Mystic Vale 10m57s (John D. Clair, AEG, 2016)
-Vengeance 13m10s (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2018)
-Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 16m26s (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Mississippi Queen: too many reprints? 17m00s
-The Key series Flows on 20m21s
-Pretzel Games puts Men at Work 21m31s
-Neuroshima Hex! gets fantastical in Monolith Arena 22m31s

Feature Game: BattleCON 23m54s (Brad D. Talton, Level 99 Games, 2010)

Topic: Catch-up Mechanics 53m31s

Episode 38: Too Many Bones and Difficulty in Co-ops

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:07:29 +0000
Sometimes, dear listeners, the news does matter, and in such instances our hosts feel under-equipped to address them properly. Such is the nature of crippling incompetence. I mean, they could have devoted their time to worthwhile pursuits (like playing games) but instead they shout into a can to strangers (about playing games). But sometimes circumstances demand a brief segue into matters of consequence, and so we here at SVWAG swear by the majestic mountains of Manitoba to do our best.


Games Played Last Week: -Ethnos 1m54s (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2017)
-El Grande 2m52s (Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich, Hans im Gluck, 1995)
-Who Goes There? 4m34s (Anthony Coffey & Jesse Labbe, Certifiable Games, 2018)
-Street Masters: Twin Tiger 8m51s (Brady Sadler & Adam Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)
-Level 7 [Invasion] 10m49s (Will Schoonover, Privateer Press, 2014)
-Grand Austria Hotel 13m19s (Virginio Gigli & Simone Luciani, Lookout Games, 2015)
-Mecanisburgo 15m43s (Servando Cavallar, Gen-X Games, 2008)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Walker discovers Norwegia 20m05s
-BattleCON big (huge) box 20m45s
-El Dorado gets hexed 21m05s
-dlp Games' callous disregard and intellectual laziness re: Manitoba 21m29s

Feature Game: Too Many Bones: Undertow 29m19s (Adam Carlson & Josh J. Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2018)

Topic: Difficulty in Co-ops 52m01s

Episode 37: Sentinels of the Multiverse OblivAeon and Explaining Rules

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:00:06 +0000
Oh, hello there. The door's unlocked--just come on in. Please pardon our informal setting, here, we just want you to be comfortable. I suppose, though, that a tone of complete familiarity shouldn't prevent us from doing introductions. I'm the episode description, and I'm the thing you don't read. Our hosts are Mark Bigney and Mike Walker, and they're the ones you don't respect. Stay with us for a while, won't you?


Games Played Last Week: -Aeon's End 1m15s (Kevin Riley, Action Phase Games, 2016), -XenoShyft: Onslaught 4m43s (Keren Philosophales & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015), -Fast Forward: Fortress 11m17s (Friedmann Friese, Stronghold Games, 2017), -Asgard's Chosen 16m24s (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013), -Age of Industry 21m26s (Martin Wallace, Treefrog Games, 2010)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Ancient Rome falls to a Pandemic 23m31s
-Horizon: Zero Dawn 24m36s
-There's a party and you're not invited 26m06s

Feature Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse 27m05s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater than Games, 2011)
Sentinels of the Multiverse: OblivAeon 36m53s (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater than Games, 2018)

Topic: Explaining Rules 54m14s

Episode 36: The Voyages of Marco Polo and Walker's Top 10

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 13:57:17 +0000
Walker, ever truculent, finally succumbs to the inevitable and submits his top ten. Now we can move on, and it is best we do, as there is no shortage of games to be played! Gencon is over and the new releases flow like sweet chocolate milk. Despite this pressure, Mark and Walker find the time to indulge in old classics of yesteryear, and not just the "classics" from "back in the day" of "2012".


Games Played Last Week:
-Eclipse 3m00s (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fi, 2011)
-Dungeon Alliance 4m41s (Andrew Parks, Quixotic Games, 2018)
-Outlive 8m16s (Gregory Iliver, La Boite de Jeu, 2017)
-Food Chain Magnate 9m20s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter Spellen, 2015)
-Star Wars: Imperial Assault 12m22s (Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, & Jonathan Ying, Fantasy Flight, 2014)
-Blue Lagoon 14m37s (Reiner Knizia, Blue Orange, 2018)
-Mechs vs. Minions 17m02s (Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras, Riot Games, 2016)
-Ghost Blitz 19m55s (Jacques Zeimet, Zoch Verlag, 2010)
-Kingdomino: Age of Giants 22m00s (Bruno Cathala, Blue Orange, 2018)
-Cult of the Cockroach King/Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe 23m09s (Yusuke Sato, Indie Boards & Cards, 2018)
-Root 25m34s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
-DC Spyfall 27m04s (Uncredited, Cryptozoic Entertainment, 2018)
-Civilization 30m00s (Francis Tresham, Avalon Hill, 1980)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Quite a quantity of Quarriors 36m57s
-Norwegians' toast to Odin 38m53s
-Jabba lands on your mobile device 39m57s
-OblivAeon is a lie 41m16s
-Walker gets digital 42m34s
-The Great Looping One loops ever onward, praise be his biplane 43m16s


Feature Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo 44m24s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)


Topic: Walker's Top 10 Games (whatever that means) 1h10m51s
In no particular order:
-Tigris & Euphrates
-Scythe
-Space Hulk
-Gaia Project
-Orleans
-Level 7: Invasion
-Diplomacy
-Hansa Teutonica
-Kemet
-Axis and Allies: WWI 1914

Episode 35: Root and Mark's Top 10

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:48:02 +0000
We are but slaves to your whims here at SVWAG, and when our massed masters demand that we dance for their amusement, we must perforce oblige. We resisted for a time, but clearly that was folly. The people have spoken, and their demands will be met: we will descend to the realm of clickbait and listicles and present to your our top 10 games. Walker remains dubious of the enterprise, but Mark is confident that slavish obedience is the path to true happiness.


Games Played Last Week:
-Battle for Rokugan 1m11s (Tom Jolly & Molly Glover, FFG, 2017)
-Warhammer 40K: Kill Team 5m04s (Uncredited, Games Workshop, 2018)
-Hit Z Road 8m09s (Martin Wallace, Asmodee, 2016)
-Outlive 10m00s (Gregory Iliver, La Boite de Jeu, 2017)
-Lost Cities: Rivals 12m13s (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2018)
-Shogun 14m11s (Dirk Henn, Queen Games, 2006)
-Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition 17m35s (Nikki Valens, FFG, 2016)
-Scythe: The Rise of Fenris 23m38s (Ryan Lopez DiVinaspre & Jamey Stegamaier, Stonemaier Games, 2018)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-More Neue Heimat = The Estates 25m05s
-More Dune = more silly Spice memes 27m59s
-More Meeple Circus = more joy 29m31s
-More Spirit Island = more dead colonizers 29m49s
-More Shadespire = Nightvault 30m48s


Feature Game: Root 32m31s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)

Topic: Mark's Top 10 Games of All Time 56m49s

#10: Tribune Expansion
#9:Ra
#8:Infinity
#7:Loopin' Louie
#6:Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War
#5:Gloomhaven
#4:Imperial 2030
#3:Antike II
#2:Blue Moon Legends
#1:Tigris & Euphrates

Episode 34: Tigris & Euphrates and Yellow & Yangtze

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:24:33 +0000
Since the dawn of time, predating recorded history, there has been the genius of Reiner Knizia. The Code of Hammurabi taught its readers how to play Tigris & Euphrates. Enkidu had his own custom set fashioned from the bones of his enemies. Gilgamesh sought immortality merely so he had enough time to git gud. Marduk once accidentally flooded the world in enthusiasm over a blue external conflict. It is literally the Ur-game. But everything gets a sequel now, so let's talk about Yellow & Yangtze.


Games Played Last Week:
-Downforce 1m59s (Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, & Wolfgang Kramer, Restoration Games, 2017)
-Let's Make a Bus Route 3m11s (Saashi, Saashi & Saashi, 2018)
-Grimslingers: The Northern Territory 3m54s (Stephen Gibson, Greenbrier Games, 2018)
-Custom Heroes 6m15s (John D. Clair, AEG, 2017)
-Chicken Caesar 9m07s (Bryan Fischer & John Sizemore, Nevermore Games, 2012)
-Menara 11m31s (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Verlag, 2018)
-Paper Tales 13m61s (Masato Uesugi, Catch Up Games, 2017)
-Blood Bowl: Team Manager 15m47s (Jason Little, Fantasy Flight, 2011)
-Titans Tactics 17m06s (G. Kelly Toyama, Imbalanced Games, 2013)
-The Resistance: Avalon 20m00s (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2012)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Richard Garfield has a new distribution model to take your money 22m09s
-Consolidation: It's not just for Asmodee 27m01s
-Make Project ELITE again 28m25s

Feature Game(s): Tigris & Euphrates 30m44s (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1997)
Yellow & Yangtze 48m51s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018)

Episode 33: Thunderstone Quest and Mechanisms We're Tired Of

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 15:21:42 +0000
This episode enters the Fire Swamp, the reputed lair of the R.O.U.S.--the Rodents of Unusual Size. Mark doesn't think they exist. We go in-depth into Thunderstone Quest, a long-serving deckbuilder that is a loyal as a farm boy. Walker announces that take-that cards killed his father, and they should prepare to die. I guess Andre the Giant shows up...?

Games Played Last Week:
-Gaslands 3m46s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)
-San Juan 2nd ed. 5m27s (Andreas Seyfarth, alea, 2014)
-13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis 6m39s (Asger Harding Granerud & Daniel Skjold Pedersen, Jolly Roger Games, 2016)
-EXCEED Fighting System 9m01s (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2016)
-Duhr: The Lesser Houses 10m11s (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel, 2018)
-Rum & Bones: Second Tide 14m03s (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)
-Guards of Atlantis 14m53s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2017)
-Scoville 15m57s (Ed Marriott, Tasty Minstrel, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Eclipse 1st edition gets eclipsed by 2nd ed. 17m43s
-Overturn KS gets overturned by KS 21m36s
-Vital Lacerda's vital work continues 24m36s
-Knizia lays tiles in the Blue Lagoon 25m01s
-Walker explains Wacky Races 25m44s
-Asmodee being transferred from one Paris equity firm to another 27m27s

Feature Game: Thunderstone Quest 28m40s (Mike Elliott, Bryan Reese & Mark Wootton, AEG, 2018)

Topic: The Romance is Over: Mechanisms We're Tired Of 1h00m46s

Episode 32: Street Masters and Etiquette

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:13:34 +0000
This week we stumble on the terrible, horrifying fact that there are other hobbies than boardgames, and we take pity on those poor lamented souls who are enslaved in their thrall. Just what is scrapbooking, anyway? Walker has a theory, but no one is really sure. We should thus feel blessed that we chosen few enjoy the hobby that we do, and so we discuss ways to try to be decent while doing so.

Games Played Last Week:
-Clans of Caledonia 1m59s (Juma Al-Joujou, Karma Games, 2017)
-Starship Samurai 4m04s (Isaac Vega, Plaid Hat Games, 2018)
-Neuroshima Hex! 8m45s (Michal Oracz, Portal Games, 2006)
-Hellapagos 9m50s (Laurence & Philippe Gamelin, Gigamic, 2017)
-Azul 11m46s (Michael Kiesling, Plan B Games, 2017)
-Fog of Love 14m33s (Jacob Jaskov, Hush Hush Projects, 2017)
-When I Dream 18m13s (Chris Darsaklis, Drawlab Entertainment, 2016)
-Goa 20m23s (Rudiger Dorn, Hans im Gluck, 2004)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Quartermaster General gets downright chilly 22m16s
-The first ever Cthulhu game, ever (Walker's excited) 24m05s
-Kwanchai Moriya Targets The Game 26m46s
-Terraforming Mars metastasizes further (Mark's excited) 28m31s
-Race races further into the galaxy 29m02s
-Catan isn't history thanks to Catan Histories 30m13s

Feature Game: Street Masters 31m13s (Brady & Adam Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)

Topic: Board Game Table Etiquette 54m28s

Episode 31: SEAL Team Flix and Getting Rid of Games

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:24:34 +0000
A reminder that there is no necessary connection between our feature game and our topic. We would not divest ourselves of SEAL Team Flix, The Only Game that Matters, if for no other reason than we need it on hand so we can talk about it and only it for perpetuity. That, and it's great. Sorry, spoilers! Oh, and Walker was Keyser Söze the entire time.

Games Played Last Week:
-Cthulhu Wars 1m28s (Sandy Peterson & Lincoln Peterson, Peterson Games, 2015)
-Decrypto 5m09s (Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, Le Scorpion Masqué, 2018)
-Gaslands 7m39s (Glenn Ford & Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2017)
-Beowulf: The Legend 12m06s (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2005)
-The Voyages of Marco Polo 15m04s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
-Dungeon Degenerates: Hand of Doom 18m03s (Sean Äaberg & Eric Radey, Goblinko, 2018)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-SVWAG Summer Schedule 20m29s
-An editorial from Mark in the context of #MeToo: Making our gaming environment safe and welcoming 21m04s

Feature Game: SEAL Team Flix 26m03s (Pete Ruth & Mark Thomas, WizKids, 2018)

Topic: When and Why to Get Rid of Games 51m57s

Episode 30: Food Chain Magnate and Game Storage

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:17:26 +0000
It is important to stay flexible, and follow the ways of those who practise judo and jiu-jitsu. That is why we choke people as often as we can. Wait, that's not right. Rather, it is important to be supple and adaptable. We had intended to be on time and talking about different things, but sundry unrelated crises have changed both of those plans. We apologize for the delay, but we are confident our new plans are much better. We adapt. We choke. It is a good thing no one reads these, or these comments might be construed as an admission of assault.

Games Played Last Week:
-LOAD: League of Ancient Defenders 1m43s (Archon Studio, 2016)
-The 7th Continent 3m42s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Serious Poulp Games, 2017)
-Heroes of Air, Land, & Sea 6m34s (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games, 2018)
-John Company 11m38s (Cole Wehrle, Sierra Madre, 2017)
-Shards of Infinity 12m34s (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)
-Grimslingers: The Northern Territory 15m30s (Stephen Gibson, Greenbrier Games, 2018)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Netrunner Runs No More? 18m00s
-Kung Fu Panda...? 18m41s
-Monolith: A New Mold for Kickstarter? 19m07s
-Summer Hours at SVWAG? 23m02s

Feature Game: Food Chain Magnate 23m11s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter Spellen, 2015)

Topic: Board Game Storage 48m56s

Episode 29: Kemet and Turn Order

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:45:05 +0000
We here at SVWAG take acronyms very seriously, but sometimes get carried away with such abbreviations. As a public service announcement, allow me to remind all of you that TI:4 stands for Twilight Imperium 4th Edition. It is purely coincidental that I mention this in the context of an episode dealing with games that have turn order problems. It is also a coincidence that Kemet is the feature game of said episode. Don't read too much into either of those facts, you wild conspiracist you.

Games Played Last Week:
-Ra 1m34s (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999)
-First Class 4m31s (Helmut Ohley, Hans im Gluck, 2016)
-Dogs of War 7m49s (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2014)
-Downforce 8m53s (Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, & Wolfgang Kramer, Restoration Games, 2017)
-Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 10m39s (Tobey Ho, Grey Fox Games, 2014)
-Skull 12m34s (Hervé Marly, Asmodee, 2011)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Borg's Command is that the Color be Red (Alert) 13m08s
-Designing SEAL Team Flix 14m50s
-First Cthulhu game ever 16m38s
-Mythic Battles Pantheon returns 17m52s
-Warhammer Quest Adventure Card Game decamps to Terrinoth 18m44s

Feature Game: Kemet 20m44s (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2012)

Topic: Turn Order 51m02s

Episode 28: Keyflower and Games that Are Too Long

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:22:01 +0000
You can have too much of a good thing, which is why Mark always tries to interrupt Walker before he can finish a single sentence. Of course, "too much" is a highly subjective idea, whether applied to game length or pie. This week Keyflower is discussed, which is not too long but can feel too short--except if it were not too short it would be too long. Clear enough.

Games Played Last Week:
-Star Wars: Imperial Assault 3m25s (Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, & Jonathan Ying, Fantasy Flight, 2014)
-Lords of Vegas 5m31s (James Ernest & Mike Silenker, Mayfair, 2010)
-Sagrada 6m41s (Adrian Adamescu & Daryl Andrews, Floodgate Games, 2017)
-Thunderbolt Apache Leader 8m12s (Dan Verssen, DVG, 2012)
-Ginkgopolis 9m57s (Xavier Georges, Pearl Games, 2012)
-Ora et Labora 11m46s (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2011)
-Dungeon Alliance 15m11s (Andrew Parks, Quixotic Games, 2018)
-Spheres of Influence 20m33s (Josh Lamont, Little Nuke Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Jetpack Joyride 24m45s
-Spring Meadow 25m22s
-Contest Results! 25m55s
-Mark on The Long View (again) 26m36s

Feature Game: Keyflower 27m57s (Sebastian Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)

Topic: Games that Are Too Long 51m45s

Episode 27: Hyperborean Bag-Building and Rating Systems

Tue, 29 May 2018 13:27:39 +0000
We delve into the culinary arts here at So Very Wrong About Games; having failed at math but excelling in eating, both Mark and Walker eschew conventional rating systems for gastronomical ones. They had considered rating the rating systems themselves, but were reminded of the podcast's firm stance against paradoxes. So, they threw all their pies into a bag and drew them randomly. It's been a confusing week, to say nothing of the mess.

Games Played Last Week:
-Quantum 1m00s (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)
-Spheres of Influence 2m23s (Josh Lamont, Little Nuke Games, 2016)
-Lords of Hellas 3m37s (Adam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)
-Core Worlds 4m24s (Andrew Parks, Stronghold Games, 2011)
-Ethnos 7m03s (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2017)
-Sakura Arms 11m41s (BakaFire, AEG, 2017)
-Empires: Age of Discovery 13m28s (Glenn Drover, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2015)
-Too Many Bones 16m33s (Adam Carlson & Josh Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2017)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Jettisoning Arcadia Quest into space 19m33s
-More Clank, more space 21m02s
-Cosmic Encounter is the answer to life, the universe, and everything 21m21s
-Giant Azul 25m40s
-Last contest reminder 26m55s


Feature Game: Bag-Building Bonanza 27m30s
Hyperborea (Andrea Chiarvesio & Pierluca Zizzi, Asterion, 2014)
Orleans (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2014)
Altiplano (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2017)

Topic: Rating Systems 55m27s

Episode 26: Crisis at Steamfall and Interview with Chris Cieslik

Tue, 22 May 2018 18:47:00 +0000
Walker encourages you to tell friends about So Very Wrong About Games, despite his not listening to the podcast. Mark has recommended it to him, but apparently Walker's contempt for his co-host's opinions is not limited to games, but extends also to the podcast they produce together about games. One assumes Walker also does not read the episode descriptions, which is truly risky, and might create an incentive to make them devoted to discussing his manifold character flaws.

Games Played Last Week:
-Forbidden Stars 2m51s (Samuel Bailey, James Kniffen, & Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight, 2015)
-Dice Hockey 4m17s (Artyom Nichipurov, Unpublished Wolff Designa prototype)
-Ortus Regni 5m46s (Jon Sudbury, Jon Sudbury Games, 2014)
-Xia: Legends of a Drift System 7m00s (Cody Miller, Far Off Games, 2014)
-Skull 9m27s (Hervé Marly, Asmodee, 2011)
-Cockroach Poker 9m27s (Jacques Zeimet, Dre Magier Spiele, 2004)
-Escape: The Curse of the Temple 14m24s (Kristian Amundsen Østby, Queen Games, 2012)
-878: Vikings – Invasions of England 15m16s (Beau Beckett, Dave Kimmel, & Jeph Stahl, Academy Games, 2017)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Ortus Regni back...ish 17m19s
-Tokyo Game Market 19m18s
-Nostalgic Splat Attack 19m38s
-Knizia auctions Lost Cities 20m13s

Feature Game: Preview of Crisis at Steamfall 22m36s (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2018)

Topic: Interview with Chris Cieslik of Asmadi Games 40m16s

Episode 25: Lords of Hellas and Problematic Expansions

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:56:19 +0000
Mark tries to come to terms with his outright hypocrisy, largely on the basis that he feels it's acceptable for him but not for everyone else. Walker yearns for glory, but learns to his disappointment that glory is not legal tender and cannot be exchanged for goods or services. Lords of Hellas offer such piercing insights into the soul, "self-knowledge" being one of its 43 victory conditions. Also, SVWAG is giving away stuff.

Massive Darkness Giveaway: 1m33s

Games Played Last Week:
-Spirit Island 3m05s (Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
-John Company 4m21s (Cole Wehrle, Sierra Madre Games, 2017)
-Altiplano 5m57s (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2017)
-Fairy Tale 9m14s (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Asmodee for sale? Maybe? Maybe not? 10m42s
-Forbidden City Forbidden 11m43s
-Spiel des Jahres 12m24s
-More Kemet. Purple for everything! 13m05s
-Jakub Rozalski's art under scrutiny 13m32s

Feature Game: Lords of Hellas 17m05s (Adam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)

Topic: Problematic Expansions 51m14s

Episode 24: The City of Kings and Interview with Eric Reuss

Tue, 08 May 2018 16:47:59 +0000
As it happens, games do not spawn ex nihilo, fully armed and armored from Zeus' forehead. I'm certain that's what most of you believed, but it's not true! To confirm this implausible fact, Mark sat down with Eric Reuss, the designer of Spirit Island, to talk about stuff. Walker and Mark also discuss The City of Kings, a game that is a fascinating mixture of euro mechanics, grand adventure, and both excellent and terrible theming.

Games Played Last Week:
-Kemet 1m25s (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2012)
-The Castles of Burgundy 3m22s (Stefan Feld, alea, 2011)
-878: Vikings – Invasions of England 4m40s (Beau Beckett, Dave Kimmel, & Jeph Stahl, Academy Games, 2017)
-One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows 7m12s (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2018)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 8m19s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Acros forced off of Steam 12m55s
-X-Wing Second Edition 14m16s
-Empyreal: Spells and Steam 18m39s

Feature Game: The City of Kings 19m01s (Frank West, The City of Games, 2017)

Topic: Interview with Eric Reuss, designer of Spirit Island 41m32s

Episode 23: Mage Knight and Player Scaling

Tue, 01 May 2018 15:21:21 +0000
This podcast scales seamlessly from 2 to an in finite number of listeners, but we're not nearly that optimistic. Walker sometimes dreams of a solo mode, but sadly Mark insists on speaking. Mark and Walker again turn to Vlaada Chvatil, a designer who loves idiosyncrasy and detail--sometimes to excess. Walker asks if it would be appropriate to rant, and Mark gladly lets him off leash.

Games Played Last Week:
-Railroad Tycoon/Railways of the World 1m52s (Glenn Drover & Martin Wallace, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2005)
-House of Borgia 3m13s (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games, 2017)
-Ex Libris 5m24s (Ada P. McIver, Renegade Game Studios, 2017)
-Situation 7 7m27s (Marvin Glass, Parker Brothers, 1969)
-Biblios 10m47s (Steve Finn, Iello, 2007)
-Corporate America 13m15s (Teale Fristoe, Nothing Sacred Games, 2013)
-Winner's Circle 14m36s (Reiner Knizia, Face2Face, 2001)
-Rheinlander 15m30s (Reiner Knizia, Face2Face, 1999)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-7 Wonders expands, Walker sighs 16m32s
-SVWAG expands, Walker sighs 17m37s
-Renegade Arboretum 18m41s


Feature Game: Mage Knight: The Board Game 20m25s (Vlaada Chvatil, WizKids, 2011)

Topic: Player Scaling 51m39s

Episode 22: Feudum and Euro/Ameritrash Hybridization

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:12:52 +0000
You wouldn't like Mark when he's angry, but that's probably attributable to his being fundamentally unlikable at the best of times. At any rate, Walker tries to rein him in from ranting too long about obvious component failures, publisher laziness, and alleged outright theft. Walker, for his part, just wants things to mean something. We are seekers here at So Very Wrong About Games.

Games Played Last Week:
-Spirit Island 2m10s (Eric Reuss, Fabled Nexus, 2017)
-The City of Kings 4m00s (Frank West, The City of Games, 2018)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 6m00s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)
-World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch 9m04s (Fel Barros, Christophe Madura, Alexandru Olteanu, David Rakoto, & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2018)
-Shadowrift: Skittering Darkness 9m47s (Jeremy Anderson, Game Salute, 2018).
-John Company 15m22s (Cole Wehrle, Sierra Madre, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Music and geopolitics 22m14s
-Red Raven Targets the mass market 24m10s
-App didn't kill Imperial Assault 25m07s
-In France, no one can hear you scream theft 26m18s
-No app didn't kill Specter Ops 29m24s


Feature Game: Feudum 30m06s (Mark K. Swanson, Odd Bird Games, 2018)

Topic: Euro/Ameritrash Hybridization 54m22s

Episode 21: Quartermaster General and Gaming Conventions

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:26:00 +0000
Mark and Walker delve into matters of criminal justice this week, pondering the balance and tradeoffs between deterrence, retribution, and rehabilitation. Walker seems to think that Bunny Kingdom a form of cruel and unusual punishment, whereas Mark seems to think that any form of travel is necessarily a form of inhumane rendition. Anyway, they're sellouts now, so if you send them free stuff in the mail they'll say whatever you want them to.

Games Played Last Week:
-When I Dream 3m22s (Chris Darsaklis, Repos Productions, 2016)
-Noria 6m09s (Sophia Wagner, Stronghold, 2017)
-A Feast for Odin 8m46s (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)
-Space Hulk 3rd Edition 12m13s (Richard Halliwell, Games Workshop, 2009)
-XenoShyft: Onslaught 14m00s (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2015)
-Massive Darkness 18m07s (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2017)
-Feudum 21m12s (Mark K. Swanson, Odd Bird Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-More Shade, more Spire 28m15s
-Boarders' backers left in the lurch 28m46s
-Battlestar Galactica minis 30m20s
-Starship Samurai 32m11s


Feature Game: Quartermaster General 33m50s (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2014)
Quartermaster General: Victory or Death: The Peloponnesian War (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2016)
Quartermaster General: 1914 (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2016)

Topic: Gaming Conventions 55m20s

Episode 20: GKR: Heavy Hitters and Blinging Games

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:35:02 +0000
Times are bad--children no longer respect their elders and everyone is running a Kickstarter. Nostalgia fuels our news segment today, with varying levels of scorn for cherished memories. For those of you playing along at home with their So Very Wrong About Games bingo cards, Walker talks about a Mystic Vale expansion and Mark brings up Macross--let us know if that makes five in a row.

Games Played Last Week:
-Not Alone 1m48s (Ghislain Masson, Stronghold Games, 2016)
-Quartermaster General: 1914 2m49s (Ian Brody, PSC Games, 2016)
-Mythic Battles: Pantheon 5m07s (Benoit Vogt, Monolith, 2017)
-Formula D 7m10s (Laurent Lavaur & Eric Randall, Asmodee, 2008)
-Rising Sun 9m30s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2018) vs.
-Blood Rage 9m30s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2015)
-The City of Kings 13m34s (Frank West, The City of Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Mousetrap Redux...? 16m59s
-Robot? Eck. 19m12s
-The Mystic Vale gets yet bigger 20m11s
-So much Confrontation 21m21s
-2nd editions for Claustrophobia and Race 23m15s

Feature Game: GKR: Heavy Hitters 23m41s (Matt Hyra, Cryptozoic and WETA Workshop, 2018)

Topic: Blinging Out Your Games 45m26s

Episode 19: Space Alert and Multiplayer Conflict Games

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:03:11 +0000
We adopt a policy of firm opposition to irresolvable paradoxes here at So Very Wrong About Games. Then again, everything we say is wrong, so take that for what it is worth. Don't even ask us about sets not containing themselves. We turn our attention to Vlaada Chvatil's work for the first time, and ruminate about multiplayer conflict games and how they often fail. Also, swimwear...? And "cascades of nightmarish terribleness," which might become our new podcast name.

Games Played Last Week:
-World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch 1m10s (Fel Barros, Christophe Madura, Alexandru Olteanu, David Rakoto, & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2018)
-Concordia 2m59s (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013)
-Meeple Circus 8m30s (Cedric Millet, Matagot, 2017)
-Clans of Caledonia 10m13s (Juma Al-Joujou, Karma Games, 2017)
-Rum & Bones: Second Tide 11m31s (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)
-Warfighter 13m59s (Dan Verssen, DVG, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-April Fools disappointment roundup 16m06s
-More Mystic, more Vale 17m25s
-More Gloom, more Haven 17m51s

Feature Game: Space Alert 19m21s (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2008)

Topic: Problems in Multiplayer Conflict Games 43m33s

Episode 18: Champions of Midgard and Victory Point Systems

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:20:13 +0000
Mark references several films while trying, and failing, to keep his composure. Walker tells stories that may or may not resemble reality. Both hosts rant about design decisions they find inexplicable. It's a very cathartic experience for all involved.

Games Played Last Week:
-Dinosaur Island 1m16s (Jonathan Gilmour & Brian Lewis, Pandasaurus, 2017)
-Cockroach Poker Royal 2m17s (Jacques Zeimet, 999 Games, 2012)
-Caverna: The Cave Farmers 4m05s (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2013)
-Unusual Suspects 6m00s (Paolo Mori, Cranio Creations, 2015)
-Too Many Bones 8m45s (Adam & Josh Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2017)
-Infinity 12m16s (Gutier Lusquiños Rodríguez, Corvus Belli, 2005)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 13m38s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)
-Food Chain Magnate 15m35s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)


News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Bruno's Imaginarium 19m15s
-Other Bruno's Chawai 19m45s
-Asmodee: The Movie 20m20s
-Shilling for Dinosaur Island 21m10s
-Infinity plus one 22m06s
-SVWAG Giveaway 23m00s

Feature Game: Champions of Midgard 24m14s (Ole Steiness, Grey Fox Games, 2015)

Topic: Victory Point Systems 47m24s

Episode 17: Battlelore 2nd Edition and Board Game Life Hacks

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:01:17 +0000
Mark and Walker explore how sophisticated the rejoinder "git gud" can be, perhaps indicating that they are getting good at unhelpful trash talking. Perhaps anything can be an art. Perhaps being a better degerenate is truly the life lesson they have extracted from their years as hobbyists; Mark's experiences have certainly turned him into a fantasy racist. Join us for A Very Special Episode of So Very Wrong About Games.

Games Played Last Week:
-Path of Light and Shadow 1m05s (Travis R. Chance, Jonathan Gilmour, & Nick Little, Action Phase Games, 2017)
-Catacombs 4m02s (Ryan Amos, Marc Kelsey, & Aron West, Elzra Corp., 2015)
-Barony 5m56s (Marc Andre, Matagot, 2015)
-Core Worlds 7m22s (Andrew Parks, Stronghold, 2011)
-Antike II 8m05s (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2014)
-Rum & Bones: Second Tide 10m49s (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Mercury taking on Valley Games' legacy with Big City 13m59s
-Monsterpocalypse mutates, rises again 14m50s
-Death Note, an animated series, is licensed 16m44s
-Plan B for Tric Trac and gaming coverage? 16m59s
-Samurai Jack, an animated series, is licensed 18m55s
-Higher prices are constant as the Northern Star 19m43s
-Renegade stays Frosted, stuns the world with Rosenberg agriculture 21m01s

Feature Game: BattleLore 2nd Edition 21m57s (Richard Borg & Rob Kouba, FFG, 2013)

Topic: Board game hacks in real life 44m22s

Episode 16: SMOG Rise of Moloch and Games that Shouldn't Work

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:40:23 +0000
Walker pretends to tolerate Mark's digression into pronunciation, and in exchange Mark pretends to be surprised to hear that TI4 has problems. Both fail to be even remotely surprised that CMON is in the plastic pushing business, novelty or creativity optional.

Games Played Last Week:
-Zombicide: Black Plague 4m39s (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2015)
-Black Orchestra 6m08s (Philip duBarry, Game Salute, 2016)
-Tobago 15m00s (Bruce Allen, Zoch Verlag, 2009)
-The Nasty 7 16m07s (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Hasen in der Abendsonne, 2015)
-Twilight Imperium 4th Edition 17m10s (Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka, & Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Ortus Regni 18m08s (Jon Sudbury, Jon Sudbury Games, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Zombies! In! Space! 20m30s
-Where to avoid hearing more from Mark 21m57s
-Mage Knight likes big boxes and cannot lie 23m27s

Feature Game: World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch 24m08s (Fel Barros, Christophe Madura, Alexandru Olteanu, David Rakoto & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2018)

Topic: Games that Shouldn't Work, But Do 53m01s

Episode 15: Shadespire and House Rules

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:03:09 +0000
Why can't we all just get along? This week Mark and Walker agree that anyone causing pain should be tortured to death. Wait, that doesn't work. Okay, can we agree that people who cause pain wrongly are wrong? Hm. That seems problematic. What about we should shun those that aren't friendly? Crap. Let's just say that everyone should be nice to me, how's that?

Games Played Last Week:
-Clans of Caledonia 2m45s (Juma Al-Joujou, Karma Games, 2017)
-Gaia Project 5m15s (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
-Path of Light and Shadow 6m08s (Jonathan Gilmour, Travis Chance, & Nick Little, Indie Boards and Cards, 2017)
-World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch 11m19s (Fel Barros, Christophe Madura, Alexandru Olteanu, David Rakoto & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2018)
-Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 15m50s (Tobey Ho, Jolly Thinkers, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Luma Games and historical linguistics 16m34s
-Palladium finally puts Robotech backers out of their misery 17m24s
-Terraforming Mars needs to be longer 20m53s
-Fireball Island: this time with choices? 21m14s
-Batman. Lots of Batman. 23m14s

Feature Game: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 25m39s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)

Topic: House Rules 51m52s

Episode 14: Rising Sun and Inappropriate Themes

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:30:12 +0000
Walker acts on his firm conviction that sympathy is for the weak, and the internet seems to endorse this position. Fueled by Mark's misery, the pair utter a great deal of words on the topic of Rising Sun, which has had a firm grip on their gaming time of late. They then decide to move on to matters of history and politics, which are always safe topics. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

Games Played Last Week:
-Arcane Academy 3m49s (Eric Lang & Kevin Wilson, IDW Games, 2016)
-Dogs of War 5m26s (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Deep in deep trouble 11m04s
-Star Trek Ascendancies yet further 16m19s

Feature Game: Rising Sun 18m12s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2018)

Topic: Inappropriate Themes 53m22s

Episode 13: 51st State Master Set and Kickstarter Exclusives

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:56:24 +0000
Mark and Walker dare the siege perilous in this, their thirteenth installment. Walker shares a rare moment of sincerity, and Mark restrains himself from taunting him for the lapse. Rising Sun is revisited and compared to Twilight Imperium, and shockingly Mark highlights ways in which that is favorable to TI:4. Mass hysteria ensues.

Games Played Last Week:
-Tigris & Euphrates 2m16s (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1997)
-Inkognito 3m36s (Leo Colovini & Alex Randolph, Ares Games, 1988)
-Charterstone 4m40s (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)
-Barony 9m29s (Marc Andre, Matagot, 2015)
-Rising Sun 10m58s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2018)
-Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition 13m44s (Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka, & Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Han 19m14s (Michael Schacht, ABACUSSPIELE, 2014)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Harry Potter Minis Game 21m38s
-Race for the Galaxy's Branching Expansions 23m04s
-Munchkin CCG...? Munchkin CCG. 24m20s
-AMIGO en los Estados Unidos 25m23s

Feature Game: 51st State Master Set 26m45s (Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2016)

Topic: Kickstarter Exclusives 49m06s

Episode 12: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong and Hidden Game States

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:30:37 +0000
Mark has a bit of an identity crisis, but his devotion to his listeners will see him through. Walker, as is his wont, merely patiently rolls his eyes-especially when Mark almost tries to get him to review a game they've only played once. The insolence!

Games Played Last Week:
-Rising Sun 2m14s (Eric Lang, CMON, 2018)
-Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn 11m31s (James Kniffen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Domaine 13m27s (Klaus Teuber, KOSMOS, 2003)
-Tigris & Euphrates 14m56s (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1997)
-Codenames 15m34s (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2015)
-Star Trek: Ascendancy 16m19s (Aaron Dill, John Kovaleski & Sean Sweigart, Gale Force Nine, 2016)
-One Deck Dungeon 17m30s (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Asmodee Buys Something Important 20m18s
-Walker at Cons 23m15s
-A Wrinkle in Time License 24m02s
-Games Workshop Tolerates File Submissions on BGG 25m12s

Feature Game: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (Tobey Ho, Grey Fox, 2014) and Deception: Undercover Allies (2018)

Topic: Hidden Game States 55m31s

Episode 11: Gaia Project and Reskins & Second Editions

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:03:39 +0000
Mark and Walker switch roles this week in a stunning reversal. Walker avoids telling Mark to "get good," but it's a close thing only narrowly avoided. In Walker's defense, Mark really should git gud--as has been noted by many a scholar and physician. They discuss the redevelopment of Terra Mystica called Gaia Project, and then they generalize to how publishers sometimes mess up new editions of their games. Mark's sanity is questioned throughout; probably a sound policy.

Games Played Last Week:
-Stone Age 1m17s (Bernd Brunnhofer, Hans im Gluck, 2008)
-Corporate America 3m44s (Teale Fristoe, Nothing Sacred Games, 2013)
-Scythe: The Wind Gambit 8m12s (Kai Starck & Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)
-Mythic Battles: Pantheon 9m55s (Eric Bourlett & Benoit Vogt, Monolith, 2017)
-Galaxy Trucker 14m26s (Vlaada Chvatil, Czech Games Edition, 2007)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Asmodee Buys Something 18m01s
-ShipNaked and Dan Yarrington's Run-in with Phil Eklund 18m20s

Feature Game: Gaia Project 22m06s (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)

Topic: Reskins & Second Editions 45m40s

Episode 10: A Feast for Odin and Apps

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:38:08 +0000
Mark and Walker address so many questions this week. How many ways can Walker pronounce "coyote?" Why is all of Oceania laughing at CMON? What is the best social and economic system? How condescending can Mark get? Listen up, as all will be explained herein.

Games Played Last Week:
-First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet 1m59s (Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2017)
-Mombasa 3m17s (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2015)
-Blood Rage 5m54s (Eric Lang, CMON Limited, 2015)
-Empires of the Void II 7m47s (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven, 2018)
-Coyote 11m23s (Spartaco Albertarelli, New Games Order, 2015)
-Sakura Arms 14m21s (BakaFire, AEG, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Wiki Kiwi Kotahi Rising Sun Fail 15m10s
-Menara 18m41s
-Progress on Myth? 19m45s
-Starship Samurai 20m43s

Feature Game: A Feast for Odin 21m29s (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)

Topic: Apps in Board Games 41m02s
-Companion Apps 41m48s
-"Overlord" Apps 48m58s
-App-Driven Games 54m42s

Episode 9: Sidereal Confluence and HATE

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:19:50 +0000
Mark and Walker engage the ALL CAPS in a very HARDCORE WAY. Or something. All in all, they're very civil, even while disagreeing about Sidereal Confluence and being mystified by people's strong reactions to HATE. Rage gets all the love, but HATE gets all the confusion.

Games Played Last Week:
-Sakura Arms (BakaFire, AEG, 2017)
-Assault on Doomrock (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2014)
-Charterstone (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)
-Blood Rage (Eric Lang, CMON Games, 2015)
-Star Wars: Imperial Assault (Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, & Jonathan Ying, FFG, 2014)

Episode 8: Alien Artifacts and Kickstarter

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:59:14 +0000
Mark and Walker engage in rampant hearsay, or at least that's what someone told me. They perform a dissection of Alien Artifacts, only to discover that it was a shoddy rubber suit all along. They then discuss their thoughts on Kickstarter's influence on the hobby--is it making games cute but stupid?
Also, a friendly reminder that Star Control II is the greatest video game ever made.

Games Played Last Week:
-Secret Hitler (Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges & Max Temkin, Self-published, 2016)
-Sheriff of Nottingham (Sérgio Halaban & André Zatz, Arcane Wonders, 2014)
-Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)
-Neuroshima Hex (Michał Oracz, Portal, 2006)
-Empires of the Void II (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven, 2018)
-Unlock! Mystery Adventures (Cyril Demaegd, Arnaud Ladagnous, Fabrice Mazza, Sébastien Pauchon & Billy Stevenson, Space Cowboys, 2017)
-Cockroach Poker (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Magier, 2004)
-Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition (Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka, & Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)

Episode 7: Scythe: The Wind Gambit and Campaigns

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:44:12 +0000
Mark and Walker discuss many things Stonemaier games, and ask the rhetorical question: why does everything gotta have a campaign? They then try to answer that question, because they don't know what rhetorical means.

Games Played Last Week:
-Alien Artifacts (Marcin Senior Ropka & Viola Kijowska, Portal, 2017)
-Charterstone (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)
-El Grande (Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich, Hans im Gluck, 1995)
-Antiquity (Joroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2004)
-Monikers (Alex Hague & Justin Vickers, Palm Court, 2015)
-One Night Ultimate Werewolf (Ted Alspach & Akihisa Okui, Bezier Games, 2014)
-Pandemic Legacy Season 2 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man, 2017)
-Sakura Arms (Baka Fire, AEG, 2017)

Episode 6: Space Hulk and New Year's Resolutions

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:26:58 +0000
Mark and Walker spend zero moments wondering what a lang syne is, but instead praise the classic Space Hulk and look forward to 2018 with some gaming resolutions. As is the way with such things, they've probably already been broken--especially the one where Mark tries to be more nice.

Games Played Last Week:
-Alien Artifacts (Marcin Senior Ropka & Viola Kijowska, Portal, 2017)
-Santorini (Gord!, Roxley, 2016)
-Through the Desert (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 1998)
-Beowulf: The Legend (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2005)
-Tajemnicze Domostwo/Mysterium (Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko, Portal, 2013)

Episode 5: Year in Review 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:24:07 +0000
Mark and Walker engage in furious duel, where Mantis Style triumphs over Crane Style. Music is impugned. Characters disparaged. Time itself is on trial! This is getting metaphysical, people. Games are also discussed.

The highs and lows of 2017 are discussed, and each host lists their personal Top 10 before jointly declaring So Very Wrong About Games' 2017 Game of the Year.

Games played last week:
-Gaia Project (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
-Flip Ships (Kane Klenko, Renegade, 2017)
-Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)
-Werewords (Ted Alpsach, Bezier Games, 2017)
-Mystic Vale (John D. Clair, AEG, 2016)

Episode 4: Spirit Island and Rulebooks

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:46:04 +0000
Mark (alias Flavor Flav) and Walker (alias Chuck D) disagree about many things, among them Twilight Imperium 4th ed., Spirit Island, GMT Games, and rulebooks. Fight the power, by which we mean listen to this podcast of a couple of white dudes talking about games.

Games played last week:
-Great Western Trail (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2016)
-Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition (Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka, & Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn (James Kniffen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars (Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2017)
-Scythe: The Wind Gambit (Kai Starck & Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)
-Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man, 2017)

Episode 3: Hansa Teutonica and Theme

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:36:30 +0000
Mark and Walker praise the themeless Hansa Teutonica and proceed to break down what makes for successful themes in games, leading to unexpected agreement on many things Star Wars.

Games played last week:
-Imperial Assault, especially Legends of the Alliance (Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying, Fantasy Flight, 2014)
-The Expanse (Geoffrey Engelstein, Wizkids, 2017)
-Tribune: Primes Inter Pares (Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Heidelberger, 2007)
-Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Sotirios Tsantilas, Artipia Games, 2016)
-Kingdomino (Bruno Cathala, Blue Orange, 2016)
-Castles of Burgundy (Stefan Feld, alea, 2011)

Episode 2: Terraforming Mars and Dexterity Games

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:59:41 +0000
Mark and Walker have some civil disagreements concerning Terraforming Mars (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold, 2016) and cannibalism before enthusing about playing with toys. As a note, whips are not considered toys in this context.

Games played last week:
-Orleans: Trade & Intrigue (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2016)
-Clank! In! Space! (Paul Dennen, Renegade Game Studios, 2017)
-Bunny Kingdom (Richard Garfield, IELLO, 2017)
-Empires (David and Daniel Stephenson, WizKids, 2017)
-Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (Matt Leacock & Rob Daviau, Z-Man, 2017)
-Mafia de Cuba (Philippe des Pallières & Loïc Lamy, Lui-même, 2015)

Episode 1: Kingdom Death and Randomness

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:48:57 +0000
Mark and Walker talk about how Kingdom Death: Monster (Adam Poots, 2015) is an unrelenting nightmare, and why that's (mostly) a good thing. The featured topic is randomness and how to deal with it, both from a game design and a player's perspective.

Games played last week:
-Champions of Midgard and its expansions (Ole Steiness, Grey Fox Games, 2015)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)
-Keyper (Richard Breese, HUCH, 2017)
-Sidereal Confluence (TauCeti Deichmann, Wizkids, 2017)
-Immortals (Dirk Henn & Mike Elliott, Queen Games, 2017)