Episode 202: Suitcase Six-Pack

Release Date: Nov. 17, 2014

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Backpack booty. From pill bugs and puzzles to a dice rodeo, we review half a dozen games small enough to travel but big enough to provide hours of fun. Titles include: Samsara, Assel Schlamassel, El Gaucho, Romans Go Home, Col-Or-Form and Diamonds.

News & Notes: FFG LCGs, Munchkin store, India Supreme Court, Wars & Battles App
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Steampunk Rally, Zero Day, Oddball Aeronauts 2
The List: Samsara, Assel Schlamassel, El Gaucho, Romans Go Home, Col-Or-Form, Diamonds

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Essen 2014: Wrap-Up

Release Date: Oct. 31 2014

Running Time:   min.

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We conclude our Essen coverage with our impressions of the 2014 game fair and give a general accounting of our grand European adventure.

Essen 2014: Eggertspiele

Release Date: Oct. 31 2014

Running Time:  18 min.

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Wolf Wittenstein chats about Grog Island, a dice driven auction game about retired pirates investing their loot in new ventures, like peg-leg shops and pubs. We also learn about the new Port expansion for Village.

Essen 2014: Game Salute

Release Date: Oct. 31 2014

Running Time:  14 min.

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Dan Yarrington chats about the European release of three titles: Wok Star, Dreaming Spires and Alien Frontiers. We also discuss the importance of Essen for meetings to broker deals with new designers, publishers and international printing partners.

Essen 2014: WizKids

Release Date: Oct. 31 2014

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Scott D'Agostino stops by with a giant Borg cube to chat about Star Trek: Attack Wing. We avoid assimilation long enough to get the latest on Marvel Dicemasters, including the release of Uncanny X-Men, and D&D Attack Wing with Tiamat and Bahamut swooping in for Organized Play events.

Essen 2014: Japon Brand

Release Date: Oct. 30 2014

Running Time:  23 min.

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Designer Hisashi Hayashi and translator Simon Lundstrom chat about two games: Rolling Japan and See Know Buzz. We also discuss gaming culture in Japan and the amazing number of self published games produced by Japanese game designers. 

Essen 2014: ZhanGuo

Release Date: Oct. 30 2014

Running Time:  15 min.

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Italian designers Marco Canetta and Stefania Niccolini discuss ZhanGuo. Players use cards to unify the Warring States in ancient China. Build the Great Wall, the Terracotta soldiers and keep the populace from revolt in order to gain the Emperor's favor.

Essen 2014: Samsara

Release Date: Oct. 30 2014

Running Time:   18 min.

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Designer Thomas Weber discusses Samsara (a Sanskrit word meaning the Wheel of Life). Samsara is an abstract game where players manipulate marbles along two circular tracks using dice to reach a target area.

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