Show #17: Freedom in the Galaxy, and DungeonQuest 3rd edition

Mark and Jeff challenge tradition in what would --normally-- have been the Dusty Old Box segment of the show.  Then, Jeff kicks us off with a deeper treatment of a PREVIOUS Dusty Old Box: Avalon Hill's Freedom In The Galaxy. Jeff takes a high level look at this game to answer his months-long question: is this game truly "ridiculous", as was once asserted? After Jeff's analysis of FitG, Marks tells us about the re-release of DungeonQuest by Fantasy Flight Games, with plenty of comparisons and contrasts with the previous edition of the game.

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  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:51 Freedom in the Galaxy
  • 00:23:36 Fantasy Flight's vesion of DungeonQuest
  • 00:51:02 Signoff

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Stay tuned for Show 17.5 --our session report on one of these fine games-- coming very soon!

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Show #16.5 Session Report: Kill Dr. Lucky

In this session report, Marks talks about a three-game evening of Kill Doctor Lucky (and His Little Dog Too) with his daughter and her friend. This turns out to be a clash of three very different strategies and play styles, with balanced and yet unexpected results.

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Stay tuned for Show 17.0, on its way very soon.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT
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Show #16: Kill Doctor Lucky, and Commands and Colors Ancients

Our Halloween Episode! Since it's a whole number episode, we start off as always by opening up a Dusty Old Box. This Dusty Old Box turns out to be a blast from BOTH Mark's Past AND Jeff's Past. After the Dusty Old Box, Mark and Jeff dig into their main topics. Marks starts us off with a humorously scary Halloweeny treat: Kill Doctor Lucky (and His Little Dog Too): a lighthearted game of murderous intent. Afterwards, Jeff provides some Halloween-free fun with his coverage of Commands and Colors Ancients --which he miraculously does WITHOUT making a single "Borg assimilation" joke!

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  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:02:35 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:13:37 Kill Doctor Lucky
  • 00:33:35 Commands and Colors Ancients
  • 01:09:35 Signoff

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Show #15.5 Session Report: Cube Farm

In this belated Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day tribute show, Mark and Jeff (AKA Capt Stinky Tom and Keelhaul Col) do a session report on a game we briefly discussed in show 15: Cheapass Games' Cube Farm! We briefly expand on some rules that we didn't take the time to cover in show 15, and then go over our impressions and general strategies. This is a quick, easy game with one or two layers of strategy that you don't necessarily see on the first pass.

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  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:54 Session Report: Cube Farm
  • 00:10:21 Signoff

Stay tuned for Show 16.0 -our Halloween show- coming real soon!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT
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Show #15: Podcast of Hate, and Cube Farm

It's finally here! Our long awaited Podcast of Hate! In this show, Mark and Jeff field listener comments about the things they hate, dislike, or otherwise do not savor in the gaming world. Before we dive into the cauldron of embitterment, our Dusty Old Box segment features an unusual --a VERY unusual game that is "kinda-sorta" like some other games but is really unique in many ways. In actuality, today's Dusty Old Box is not a box, but...a Dusty Old Thing.

Once Mark and Jeff dive into the hate, they cover discussion topics ranging from poor sportsmanship to game company publishing practices, to game group dynamics.

Before signing off, Jeff does a quick segment to describe the game Cube Fame, published by Cheapass Games. This is a very high-level description of the game, and gives us something to "Point-Five" next time, and so we'll dig into Cube Farm a bit more deeply the next time we plug-in our headset mics!

Lastly, Mark surprises everyone --including Jeff-- by spontaneously introducing a new show segment: Mark's Personal Game Trivia, which is certain to inspire many a wrinkled brow.

If you have any comments that you would like to share, please feel free to write in via email or blog entry. We'd love to hear from you!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:56 Dusty Old Thing
  • 00:09:56 Podcast of Hate
  • 00:42:42 Cube Farm by Cheapass Games
  • 00:48:55 Mark's Personal Game Trivia
  • 00:50:35 Signoff

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  • 1 Cube Farm by Cheapass Games on Boardgamegeek

Stay tuned for Show 15.5 -our Session Report on Cheapass Games' Cube Farm!

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Show #14.5 Session Report: Race for the Galaxy and Dracula

At long last, Mark and Jeff shake-off those summertime blues to don the ole headset mics, for a double-header session report. We start off with Rio Grande's Race for the Galaxy. We have some high level discussion of which civilizations -and which overall strategies- we played, and our overall impressions of the game. From there, we move onto a session report of Kosmos' and Rio Grande's Dracula. Once again, we stick to the overall flow and feel of the game. Additionally, we discuss a couple aspects of game play that surprised us upon our first play.

Lastly, we send out one last reminder for our listeners to send-in discussion topics for the upcoming Podcast of Hate (companion podcast to last year's Podcast of Love). You can post your thoughts to this show's comments or email to info@gameopolis.org.

Even if you don't have any suggestions for the Podcast of Hate, we'd still LOVE to hear from you, so please post a comment to this blog entry, or send an email to info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:02:17 Session Report: Race for the Galaxy
  • 00:11:06 Session Report: Dracula
  • 00:24:23 Last Call for topics for The Podcast of Hate --and signoff

Stay tuned for Show 15.0 -the Podcast of Hate- coming real soon!

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Show #14: Dracula-For-Two, and Race For the Galaxy

Our Dusty Old Box segment features a blast from the past --Mark catapults Jeff back to junior high school days with this one. Mark then polishes-off the Dusty segment --not with a box, but with a...thing...a...Dusty Old Thing.

Once Jeff recovers from his temporal shift, we dig into our main topics. Unlike our typical main segments, in which one of us presents a game we know well and love, we thought it would be a fun change of pace to present two games that were totally brand-new to BOTH of us. Jeff starts us off by covering the game Dracula, a two-player game that is part of the Kosmos "Games For Two" series. Afterwards, Mark covers his most recently-acquired card game: Rio Grande's Race For the Galaxy.

Before signing off, Jeff brings up a "did ya ever notice?" observation about games involving a lot of dice rolling, and after some brief banter, Mark and Jeff ask for some assistance and/or guidance for YOU, our beloved Podcast Nation. You can post your contributions to this show's comments on the blog page, or you can email them to info@gameopolis.org.

As a reminder, we still need your comments and contributions to make the Podcast of Hate become a reality! As always, you can post your contributions to this show's comments on the blog page, or you can email them to info@gameopolis.org.

Even if you don't have any feedback for the Podcast of Hate, we'd still LOVE to hear from you, so please email or post a blog entry.

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:00 Dusty Old Box --and a Dusty Old Thing
  • 00:15:32 Dracula
  • 00:23:36 Race For the Galaxy
  • 00:40:22 Call for listener advice: why don't they stack?!?
  • 00:43:02 Signoff

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Stay tuned for Show 14.5 -the Double-Header Session Report show "Dracula's Race For the Galaxy"- coming real soon!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT
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Show #13.5 Session Report: Gloom

In this show, Mark and Jeff "Point-Five" Altas Games' Gloom. We start with a brief overview of the game, then onto our session report coverage. We keep our coverage pretty high-level, focusing on our overall strategies and impressions of the game.

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:00:40 Session Report: Gloom

Stay tuned for Show 14.0 -rocketing in your direction at an extreme and totally unsafe speed!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT
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Show #13: ACW Ironclad Minis and Gloom

Our Dusty Old Box segment features a real treat that Jeff has been holding-off for a special occasion. Since this is our 25th episode --our "Silver Anniversary Episode"-- Jeff decided now was the time to break it out! After the Dusty Old Box, Mark and Jeff dig into a full docket crammed with gaming goodness. Jeff starts us off by covering not one game, but a gaming genre: Historical naval miniatures in the American Civil War era. Jeff's M.O. is a side-by-side comparison of three of his favorite rules sets: one very simple set, one quite complex, and a third rules set somewhere in between. Jeff compares and contrasts the game mechanics used in each of these three rules sets. After Jeff brings us back from the 19th century, Mark covers one of his family's new favorite card games: Gloom.

Before signing off, we listen-in on our interview with Niko White: the designer of the newest expansion card set for the Battleground Fantasy Warfare game, The Dark Elves. Niko tells us about some of his design rationale and his motivations behind this cool and edgy new expansion for one of our favorite games. Thanks again, Niko!

We put in another quick call for discussion topics for the Podcast of Hate (companion podcast to last year's Podcast of Love). Come on!!! Please write in and help the Podcast of Hate become a reality! You can post your contributions to this show's comments on the blog page, or you can email them to info@gameopolis.org.

Even if you don't have any feedback for the Podcast of Hate, we'd still LOVE to hear from you --our beloved podcast nation-- so please post a comment to this blog entry, or send an email to info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:03:32 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:12:22 American Civil War Ironclads Miniatures
  • 00:46:48 Gloom
  • 01:00:24 Interview with Niko White, designer of the Dark Elves set for Battleground Fantasy Warfare
  • 01:13:47 Call for topics for The Podcast of Hate --and signoff

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Stay tuned for Show 13.5 -coming real soon!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT
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Show #12.5 Session Report: Battleground Fantasy Warfare

In this show, Mark and Jeff "Point-Five" Your Move Games' Battleground Fantasy Warfare. We have some high level discussion of our selections of which armies to play, and which units to field for our 2000-point limits. From there, we discuss our overall tactics, which tactics worked well, and which ones clearly didn't. We'll also try to get some pics up on the Gameopolis Flickr Page some time soon!

Lastly, we send out a reminder for our listeners to send-in discussion topics for the upcoming Podcast of Hate (companion podcast to last year's Podcast of Love). This doesn't have to be "hatred" in the true sense of the word, feel free to write us about dislikes, pet peaves, disappointments, and things in the Gaming hobby that generally get under your skin. So dust-off that soapbox and tell us what is on your mind!!! You can post your thoughts to this show's comments or email to info@gameopolis.org.

Even if you don't have any suggestions for the Podcast of Hate, we'd still LOVE to hear from you --our beloved podcast nation-- so please post a comment to this blog entry, or send an email to info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:03:35 Session Report: Battleground Fantasy Warfare
  • 00:19:46 Call for topics for The Podcast of Hate --and signoff

Stay tuned for Show 13.0 -coming real soon!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT
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Show #12: Samurai Swords and Battleground Fantasy Warfare

 Happy New Year from your friends at Gameopolis!

We start off this episode with our Dusty Old Box segment, which features a game in a 5-sided box. Inside the strange box is a very old game from a very old game company. After the Dusty Old Box, Mark and Jeff get down to business with an efficient, back-to-basics show. Mark starts us off with coverage of Samurai Swords (originally known as Shogun), which was part of Milton Bradley's GameMaster series. Then, Jeff describes Your Move Games' Battleground Fantasy Warfare. We'll put some pics up on the Gameopolis Flickr Page!

Lastly, Mark and Jeff roll out our first call for discussion topics for the Podcast of Hate (companion podcast to last year's Podcast of Love). Come on!!! We all have pet peaves and things that otherwise get under our skin. Here's your chance to get up on your soapbox and put us all back onto the straight-and-narrow!!! You can post your thoughts to this show's comments, or email them to us at info@gameopolis.org.

Even if you don't have any feedback for the Podcast of Hate, we'd still LOVE to hear from you --our beloved podcast nation-- so please post a comment to this blog entry, or send an email to info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:35 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:10:32 Samurai Swords
  • 00:35:06 Battleground Fantasy Warfare
  • 01:01:17 Call for topics for The Podcast of Hate --and signoff

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT
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