Essen 2015 - Jam Sumo

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2015

Running Time:  17 min.

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Cubiko is small British company that makes handcrafted strategy and dexterity games. Gavin Birnbaum talks about the inspiration behind his designs and how he taught himself carpentry in order to bring his games to life.

We also chat about Jam Sumo, which is two flicking games in one. 
In Jam you try to flick dice from a platform into a central hole to avoid scoring the face up pips on your dice. In Sumo, you try to flick your opponents dice off the board and score the face up pips on your dice.

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Essen 2015 - HABA

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2015

Running Time:  22 min.

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Markus Nikisch has a fun job. He is the creative director for HABA, one of the most successful children's game publishers in the world. Markus chats about the loud and crazy process of developing dozens of new titles for kids and kids at heart.

We also discuss Spookies, Karuba and Adventureland, a new line of family games from HABA geared toward older children and adults. 

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Episode 216: Size Matters

Release Date: Sept. , 2015

Running Time:   132 min.

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Small companies, big fun. There has been a lot of consolidation in the game industry of late. International corporations like Asmodee and F2Z have bought up several well known established game publishers, making large companies even larger.

Despite this trend, there are more small game publishers bringing titles to market than ever before. And while not every game is the next Settlers of Catan, there are a lot of hidden gems from small companies that come and go without getting their due. This episode gives some love to small press companies and small press games. Big or small, we hope you'll agree the only measurement that really matters is fun.

We review two titles: Lift Off and Letter Tycoon.

In Lift Off, you spend fuel and screws to get all your aliens off a planet that is set to explode. You might use a jet pack or a rocket but a slingshot or a trampoline might work in a pinch. You must also time your launch with the phase of the moon and avoid the dreaded Garglore in order to escape.

Letter Tycoon is a word game with an economic twist. You build words with letter cards and then earn money instead of points. With this money, you can buy patents on particular letters, meaning when other players use that letter for the rest of the game, you get to cash in as well. 

News & Notes: Spiel-a-thon, Essen, L5R from AEG to FFG
The List: Lift Off, Letter Tycoon
Back Shelf Spotlight: Bullfrogs, Darkest Night
Game Sommelier: 5 games from obscure small publishers in Dave's collection

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Episode 215: I'm a Doctor, Not a Dragonslayer

Release Date: Aug. 31, 2015

Running Time:   142 min.

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Play long and prosper.

We review Star Trek: Five Year Mission and Medieval Academy.

Five Year Mission is a cooperative dice game where each player takes on the role of a character from the original series or the Next Generation. Alert cards place missions on the table. The crew must contribute dice to these missions and finish them before they fail or the ship is torn to pieces. The fate of the Enterprise is in your hands.

In Medieval Academy each player is a squire training to be a knight. Draft and play cards in order to advance on various training boards testing your brains, brawn, charity and gallantry. The squire who earns the most chivalry points will be knighted by King Arthur at the end of the game.

News & Notes: Advent Calendar for gamers, Ultra Pro & Jolly Roger, GW rebranding
The List: CMedieval Academy, Star Trek: Five Year Mission
Truckloads of Goober: Flick 'Em Up
Back Shelf Spotlight: Game reboots

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GenCon 2015 - Wrap-Up

Release Date: Aug. 12, 2015

Running Time:  57 min.

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We wrap-up this year's GenCon coverage with a chat about our experiences and impressions of the convention. 

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GenCon 2015 - Portal Games

Release Date: Aug. 12, 2015

Running Time:  23 min.

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Ignacy Trzewiczek chats about his second book and two new games from Portal.

Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot is a wacky pirate dice game where players build mini cardboard ships and all dice are rolled inside the box.

Tides of Time is a card drafting game where players shepherd an ancient civilization through prosperity and eventual collapse, hoping to preserve relics from ages past in order to score the most points. 

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GenCon 2015 - Kevin Cook

Release Date: Aug. 12, 2015

Running Time:  23 min.

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Kevin Cook owns the largest dice collection in the world. We chat about his latest haul of dice from this year's convention (over 900 new dice!) and get an update on the size and future of the collection. 

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GenCon 2015 - AEG

Release Date: Aug. 12, 2015

Running Time:  23 min.

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Todd Rowland drops by to talk about several new and upcoming games from AEG.

Dice City is a "dice crafting" game in which the locations in your city act as the changing faces of your dice each turn. 

Smash Up: Munchkin adds the hilarious fantasy rpg world of John Kovalic to the multi-genre capture-the-base game.

Valley of the Kings: Afterlife adds new treasures and strategies to this Egyptian themed deck builder.

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