GenCon 2015 - CSE Games

Release Date: Aug. 6, 2015

Running Time:  29 min.

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Fabio del Rio talks about several new releases coming soon from CSE.

10 Down is an elegant set collecting card game. 

Loud About is a crazy mash-up party game of action-memory.

Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is a game about building your best lineup of elf pitchers and orc batters.

and last but not least...

Junk in My Trunk, a family card game about elephants cleaning up after the circus designed by our very own David Coleson!

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GenCon 2015 - New York 1901

Release Date: Aug. 6, 2015

Running Time:  21 min.

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Brandan from publisher Blue Orange and designer Chenier LaSalle join us to discuss New York 1901. Driven by a passion for the city and its architecture, Chenier designed the game over several years with the help of his kids. In the game you claim land cards in order to place tetris style building tiles into the heart of Manhattan, working to leave your mark on the city's skyline.

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GenCon 2015 - Cathala & Bauza

Release Date: Aug. 6, 2015

Running Time:  29 min.

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Noted French designers Bruno Cathala and Antoine Bauza often work with partners on new designs. We chat about their latest collaboration, 7 Wonders: Duel, a two player stand-alone variant of the award winning civilization building card game.

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GenCon 2015 - Bezier Games

Release Date: Aug. 6, 2015

Running Time:  29 min.

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Ted Alspach chats about Favor of the Pharoah, an Egyptian themed reboot of Tom Lehmann's engine building dice game To Court The King.

We also discuss Terra, a geography based party game from Friedemann Friese and expansions to Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig.

Last, we talk about One Night Ultimate Vampire, the newest title in the family of fast playing social deduction games. 

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GenCon 2015 - Cryptozoic

Release Date: Aug. 5, 2015

Running Time:  29 min.

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Matt Hyra leads the in-house design team at Cryptozoic. He chats about the different challenges designers face when developing a games tied to movies like Ghostbusters, TV shows like Rick and Morty, video games like Portal and hundreds of comic book characters from the DC universe. We also discuss Spyfall a social game of creative bluffing from Russia. 

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GenCon 2015 - Plaid Hat

Release Date: Aug. 5, 2015

Running Time:  22 min.

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Designer and art director Isaac Vega chats about business and games. We discuss F2Z's recent acquisition of Plaid Hat Games and what this means to the company.

We also discuss Ashes: RIse of the Phoenixborn, an expandable fantasy battle card and dice game where players get to select their opening hand.

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GenCon 2015 - Action Phase Games

Release Date: Aug. 5, 2015

Running Time:  26 min.

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Travis Chance and Nick Little chat about Ninja Camp, a family game about misfit animals training to become masked fighters. We also discuss Stuff of Legend, a new expansion for Heroes Wanted, and Scoundrel Society, a card game about turn-of-the-century con men all going after the same mark.

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GenCon 2015 - Game Artisans of Canada

Release Date: Aug. 5, 2015

Running Time:  28 min.

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Sen-Foong Lim and Jay Cormier chat about the Game Artisans of Canada, a guild of designers across the country that workshop each others' games. They also discuss how they collaborate on games despite living thousands of miles apart. 

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Episode 214: Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Running Time:   183 min.

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Expert. Connoiseur. Strategy. Take your pick.

The Kennerspiel des Jahres has something of a split personality. The central idea is an award for the best "gamer's game" of the year.

The games nominated for the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres span these various definitions and reflect the wide spectrum of complexity and strategy in modern board games today.

Broom Service is a light role selection game about delivering potions based on a previously nominated game.

Elysium is a card drafting game about building legends with Greek gods and goddesses. It draws its core set collecting mechanics from Rummy. 

Orleans is a worker placement game that uses a blind draw from a drawstring bag to determine which workers will help you establish the most influence across the Loire valley in medieval France.

We give each nominated game a full review and place each game under the scrutiny of the jury's criteria. Armed with this knowledge, we try to predict the winner.

Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominees: Orleans, Elysium, Broom Service

Recommended Games List: The Voyages of Marco Polo, Deus, Fields of Arle

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