Show #23: Battlestations, and Star Fluxx

In Show 23.0, Mark and Jeff discuss two Cheesy Sci-Fi games -one that is a bit meaty, and one that is very light and fast. But first, it's a Dusty Old Box! Mark describes a Dusty Old Box presented to him by Jeff, all the while trying to avoid an allergic attack.

After the Dusty Old Box segment, Jeff launches us into the show's first main topic: Gorilla Games' super-light sci-fi RPG/boardgame Battlestations. Jeff covers the main game elements and play mechanisms, and Mark and Jeff both discuss the things they love about this game (and a couple of its shortcomings). After Jeff's main segment, Mark covers a late addition to the Fluxx game family: Star Fluxx. Mark covers what few rules there are in this game, and what he finds most amusing about it.

We'd love to hear from you, so if you get a second, please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:04:43 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:19:35 Battlestations by Gorilla Games
  • 00:59:45 Star Fluxx by Looney Labs
  • 01:16:32 Signoff

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Show #22.5 Session Report: Castle Panic, Wizard's Tower Expansion

In this Session Report show, we "Point-5" Fireside Games' Castle Panic including the Wizard's Tower Expansion set. The monsters are back, and they've brought along some of their big friends!

In this session report, we talk about some of the pivotal turns and plays of our game, and comment on some of our impressions of the play experience. We try to focus on how the Wizard's Tower expansion changes up game play compared to the 'base' Castle Panic game.

After we finish with Castle Panic, but before signing-off, we go through our mail bag for a little Listener Feedback.

  • 00:00:00 Session Report
  • 00:18:55 Listener Feedback
  • 00:24:39 Sign-off

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Stay tuned for Show 23.0, coming at you faster than a flying Phoenix!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47pm EST
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Twitter Thread 02: Print & Play High Jinx

It’s Mark’s turn at a twitter thread, and he’s chosen to tweet his foray into the world of print & play gaming. He will assemble a working copy of The Galaxy Corporate: Star Traders, the science fiction pick-up and deliver game by Christopher Mayer.  Not particularly skilled in the paper and gluing arts, Mark anticipates a real challenge.  Follow his trials and tribulations as he searches for material, assembles, and (hopefully) plays this game of trading and piracy across the galaxy. 

Follow Mark on Twitter at @GameopolisMark, and follow Jeff at @GameopolisJeff.   To find posts related to this thread, search Twitter for #GameopolisPnP.

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Show #22: Table Scraps

Here in Show 22.0, Mark and Jeff feast on some leftovers from the tabletop of Wil Wheaton. But before digging into this cold pizza, there is some business to take care of. Mark and Jeff start by telling you all about our new Twitter Threads idea, one of which (#GameopolisTanks) has already completed, and a second of which (#GameopolisPnP) is just getting started. After this, it's on to the Dusty Old Box segment! This time, it's a Dusty Old Thing, with some pretty --interesting-- artwork!

After the Dusty Old Box segment, Mark launches us into the show's first main topic: the Wizard's Tower expansion for Castle Panic. Mark covers the main ways this expansion changes the game, and the effect of these changes on the play experience. After Mark's main segment, Jeff finishes his 2-episode-long campaign to scratch his Arkham Horror Itch --with Fantasy Flight Games' Elder Sign. Jeff covers this new lighter Arkham play experience with focus on how the game differs from its parent game, Arkham Horror.

We love, love, love to hear from our listeners, so if you get a second, please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:00:57 Gameopolis Twitter Threads
  • 00:05:30 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:14:00 Shout out
  • 00:16:48 What does "Table Scraps" mean?
  • 00:21:30 Wizard's Tower Expansion to Castle Panic
  • 00:35:12 Elder Sign
  • 01:03:16 Signoff

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:13pm EST
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CarCast 04: Y-Wings vs Vipers, Dragon's Lair vs Missile Command

This is the fourth episode in the Gameopolis CarCast spin-off series. As is our intention, the Gameopolis CarCast is brought to you totally unplanned, and virtually unedited. In this installment, Mark and Jeff discuss scifi space ships, a few great 1980s computer games, a lot more not-so-great 1980s computer games, and other things on- and off-topic

We'll be back with the next regular installment of Gameopolis --Show 22.0-- very soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy the random musings of the Gameopolis CarCast  --and slow down! You're driving like a maniac!!!

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Twitter Thread 01: WWII Microarmor

It's the first Gameopolis Twitter thread!  Going forward, Mark and Jeff will be posting some threads on Twitter on various topics.  In this thread, Jeff documents the construction and painting of a pair of WWII era tanks: a German Panzer IIIG and a Soviet T-26S.  Both of these miniatures are in 1:285 scale, and Jeff hopes to show that you can produce nicely detailed minis in this cost-effective, yet oft-neglected scale.  Jeff's Twitter posts will show stepwise photos of the work, with text explaining the technique(s) and materials used.  This twitter thread is intended to suit the neophyte as well as the established minis painter.  

Follow Jeff on Twitter at @GameopolisJeff, and follow Mark at @GameopolisMark. 

To find posts related to this thread, search for #GameopolisTanks.  Jeff will also post more detailed info to this blog post as comments.  

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Show #21.5 Session Report: Arkham Horror

In this Session Report show, we give the Gameopolis "Point-5" treatment to Fantasy Flight Games' Arkham Horror.

This was a very challenging two-player game that pitted Mark and Jeff against one of the toughest, baddest, and ancientest Ancient Ones, Hastur! We discuss the ups and downs of the game, and do our best to avoid Sherlock Holmes- and Scooby Doo impressions. We end with a bit of gushing about all the things we love most about this game.

We always love to hear from our listeners, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

Gameopolis is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network! Please check out all of the member podcasts of the network at www.dicetowernetwork.com.

Come back for Show 22.0 --only don't forget your fedora and your tommy gun!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm EST
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Show #21: Arkham Horror and Whatnot

Here in Show 21.0, Mark and Jeff test-drive a "stream-of-consciousness" style by visiting and/or revisiting a collection of topics of particular interest. After the Dusty Old Box segment, Mark revisits the "Merchant of Venus" re-release situation. Then, Jeff revisits Fantasy Flight's 3rd edition of Dungeon Quest, with special focus on Official Combat Variants that have been published by FFG. Mark treads into new territory --the realm of Print-n-Play gaming-- by giving us a preview of Christopher Mayer's Galaxy Corporate: Star Traders. We'll do a full segment of GC:ST in an upcoming show --this is just a preview!

Mark and Jeff then move into the main segment of the show: Fantasy Flight's version of Arkham Horror. Rather than review the game rules and mechanics, Jeff focuses on the elements of the game that he finds particularly engaging or interesting.

As always, we love to hear from you our listeners, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:04:24 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:17:53 Revisiting Re-release of Merchant of Venus
  • 00:23:03 Dungeon Quest Variant Combat Systems
  • 00:32:57 Preview of Galaxy Corporate: Star Traders
  • 00:39:54 Arkham Horror
  • 00:54:03 Signoff

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:37pm EST
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CarCast 03: Sandboxes vs Furnaces, Mark vs Saxon

This is the third episode in the Gameopolis CarCast spin-off series. The Gameopolis CarCast is brought to you totally unplanned, and virtually unedited. In this Carcast, Mark and Jeff talk about a few loosely connected topics, including their respective recent buying binges, Mark's close call at Panera, and Jeff's marketing advice to Lego.

We'll be back with the next regular installment of Gameopolis --Show 21.0-- very soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy the random musings of the Gameopolis CarCast!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35pm EST
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Show #20.5 Session Report: Phantom Leader

In this Session Report show, we "Point-5" one of the games we talked about in 20.0. The Candidates are: Avalon Hill's Merchant of Venus and DVG's Phantom Leader...and the envelope please...the Point-5 episode goes to...Phantom Leader!

This Session Report is based on a short campaign of Phantom Leader that Jeff played. Jeff's goes over most of the decision points throughout the campaign, and then summarizes what he likes about this game in the context of actual play. We end with a brief discussion of DVG's announced intent to release a Deluxe Edition of Phantom Leader.

We always love to hear from you our listeners, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

Stay tuned for Show 21.0, coming at you faster than a sidewinder missile!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49pm EST
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Show #20: Phantom Leader, and Merchant of Venus

Here in Show 20.0, we discuss a couple games that we are very excited about --one fairly new, and one a true classic! But since this is a whole-number episode, we start things off properly with a Dusty Old Box segment. To be more accurate, though, this is not a Box but rather is a Dusty Old THING...three things, in fact.

After the Dusty Old Box segment, Jeff launches us into the show's first main topic: a solitaire strategy game called Phantom Leader. Jeff covers the basics of the game elements and mechanics, and then describes why he loves this game so much. After Jeff's main segment, Mark takes us for a stroll down Memory Lane in the show's second main segment, talking about his all-time favorite game, Merchant of Venus. You might consider this a primer or a "warm-up" for the pending re-release of MoV! Mark covers all of the main rules and the subtleties of this game --the things that separate it from other "pick-up and drop-off" games, and that make MoV his all-time favorite.

As always, we love to hear from you our listeners, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:44 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:11:24 Phantom Leader by DVG
  • 00:37:30 Merchant of Venus by Avalon Hill
  • 01:02:47 Signoff

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Show #19.5 Session Report: The Lonely Mountain, the Lair of Smaug the Dragon

In this Session Report show, we "Point-5" one of the games we discussed during our Lord of the Rings Extravaganza of Show 19.0.

This Session Report is based on a friendly game of ICE's Lonely Mountain: The Lair of Smaug the Dragon, that we shared with our good friend Bill. This is a light discussion of some of the strategies each of the three of us employed, and also of some of the unforeseen events that threw a wrench into most of our strategies. While this play example was quite atypical for a couple reasons, we still got some fun insights into this game, and so we hope you enjoy hearing about some of the surprises that awaited us deep in Smaug's Lair.

We always love to hear from you, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

Stay tuned for Show 20.0, on its way to you very soon.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:15am EST
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Show #19: Lord of the Rings Extravaganza

It is HERE! Our much-anticipated Lord of the Rings Extravaganza episode! Well...much-anticipated by US, anyway. As always, we start things off right on this "whole-number episode"...by opening up a Dusty Old Box, although in this case it is more accurately described as a Dusty Old THING.

After the Dusty Old Box segment, we launch into our LOTR Extravaganza, starting with a couple games from the early 1980s, then one from the mid-90s, and finishing off with a couple more recent releases. Our angle on this comparison is focused on how well we think each game embodies the LOTR theme. Our opinions range from one extreme to the other, so we hope you enjoy listening to what we think of them. We end this episode with a return of our segment "Mark's Personal Gaming Trivia", in which Mark describes an old gaming-group slang term that sounds so much more violent than it actually is.

We'd love to hear how your experiences compare with our opinions of these LOTR games, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:44 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:10:21 Fellowship of the Ring
  • 00:20:26 The Lonely Mountain
  • 00:27:18 LOTR: The Search
  • 00:41:41 Reiner Knizia's LOTR
  • 00:50:41 War of the Ring
  • 01:13:08 Wrap-up and Conclusions
  • 01:14:46 Mark's Personal Gaming Trivia
  • 01:18:20 Signoff

Stay tuned for Show 19.5 --our session report on one of these LOTR games-- coming soon.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm EST
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CarCast 02: Dogs vs AT-ATs, Buy-it vs Play-it

This is the second episode in the Gameopolis CarCast spin-off series. As is our intention, the Gameopolis CarCast is brought to you totally unplanned, and virtually unedited.

We'll be back with the next regular installment of Gameopolis --Show 19.0-- very soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy the random musings of the Gameopolis CarCast!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:39pm EST
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Show #18.5 Session Report: Pizza Box Baseball, and Cargo Noir

In Show 18.5 of Gameopolis, Mark and Jeff do a double-header Session Report. First they talk about a play session of Pizza Box Baseball, ending with a couple comparisons between this game and the On The Line Game Company's other publication Pizza Box Football, which Mark and Jeff discussed in Shows 9 and 9.5. Mark and Jeff then move onto a second Session Report on Cargo Noir with some light analysis of the three different approaches employed by the players in this play session.

As always, we'd LOVE to hear from you, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:02:30 Session Report, Pizza Box Baseball
  • 00:11:00 Session Report, Cargo Noir
  • 00:21:02 Preview of Show 19.0, and Signoff

Stay tuned for Show 19.0, coming to you faster than a flying Nazgul!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm EST
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Show #18: Pizza Box Baseball, and Cargo Noir

Too much time has passed, and therefore Mark and Jeff feel the need to sit down and talk about games once again. Since this is a "whole-number episode", they start things off right...by opening up a Dusty Old Box! This Dusty Old Box takes us to places we haven't been before, and then brings us back again.

After the Dusty Old Box, Jeff talks a bit about Pizza Box Baseball, published by the On The Line Game Company. Jeff goes through the rules for all four complexity levels of the game, starting with the most basic ("A-league") and then building through Double-A, Triple-A, and finally "Pro-Ball" level. After Jeff's discussion of Pizza Box Baseball, Marks tells us about Days of Wonder's Cargo Noir. Mark describes the game rules, and then discusses some of the common arguments surrounding the theme of this game, and how the theme contributes to the play experience.

As always, we'd LOVE to hear from you, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:51 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:11:24 Pizza Box Baseball
  • 00:35:44 Cargo Noir
  • 00:59:45 Signoff

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Stay tuned for Show 18.5 --our session report on one of these fine games-- coming to you faster than line-drive to third base!

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Show #17.5 Session Report: DungeonQuest 3rd Edition

In this session report, Mark and Jeff talk about a play session of Fantasy Flight Games' re-issue of DungeonQuest. They give an overview of the session's events, and focus a bit on some of the updates to this 3rd edition of the game: the combat system and the player character characteristics and abilities. Mark and Jeff give their opinions of these updates, and decide whether this edition might still be able to fill the role of a filler game, even with all its embellishments.

As always, we'd LOVE to hear from you, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at www.gameopolis.org or gameopolis.libsyn.com), or send us an email at info@gameopolis.org!

Stay tuned for Show 18.0, coming to you faster than a DungeonQuest sunset!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm EST
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CarCast 01: Pirates vs Witches, RPGs vs Action Figures

This is the first of a spin-off series that we are calling the Gameopolis CarCast. The idea behind the CarCast is that whenever Mark and Jeff are commuting in the car together (talking about games and related topics, as always) we'll record the conversation --AND, if it sounds like a discussion we think our listeners would be interested in, we'll post it up here as a CarCast. Our CarCasts are completely independent of the regular Gameopolis podcasts, and are brought to you totally unplanned, and largely unedited (we only cut out the part where we argued about whether to go straight here and circle around the park, OR hang a left at this intersection and then turn right at the Gas Station). Also, there won't be any schedule for releasing the CarCasts, so you may detect some anachronisms in dates we refer to in the CarCasts relative to the shows' release dates.

We'll be back with the next regular installment of Gameopolis --Show 17.5-- very soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy the random musings of the Gameopolis CarCast!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:21am EST
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