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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

So Very Wrong About Games Mike Walker & Mark Bigney

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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

    #197: Ankh: Gods of Egypt

    #197: Ankh: Gods of Egypt

    In the 14th Century B.C.E., the pharaoh Akhenaten attempted to shift Egypt into monotheism centered on the cult of the god Aten. Apparently there's some who argue it was possibly instead henotheism, whereby many gods are acknowledged but one is elevated above the others--a claim advanced about many ostensibly mono- or polytheistic religions, even some practised today--but at any rate is was exceptionally controversial. By the time his son Tutankhaten became pharaoh, the cult of Aten was suppressed, and the ascendancy of the god Amun was restored in a polytheistic pantheon. Hence the new pharaoh's name was changed from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun. Theme!

    Games Played Last Week:
    05:51 -Coyote (Spartaco Albertarelli, New Games Order, 2015)
    07:19 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)
    13:11 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
    15:24 -That Time You Killed Me (Peter C. Hayward, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
    22:03 -The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Menzel, KOSMOS, 2021)
    26:16 -Final Girl (Evan Derrick & A.J. Porfirio, Van Ryder Games, 2021)
    34:43 -Radlands (Daniel Piechnick, Roxley, 2021)
    38:06 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)
    41:53 -7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    43:35 Kickstarter Christmas! Upcoming For Science! giveaway
    44:17 Boardgamegeek 2021 Support Drive
    44:37 Walker a guest on Board Game Barrage
    45:29 25th Century Games' Ra with Ian O'Toole art
    46:12 Games Workshop backtracks, re-issues Cursed City
    46:53 See you again in 2022

    47:36 Feature Game: Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #196: Going Off-Script

    #196: Going Off-Script

    Some things, of course, from Josie and the Pussycats have aged poorly. The idea of "record stores" and CDs (that could, in turn sell out like they were PS5s or something) is downright quaint--especially given the format of this show. I'm pretty confident that the cultural moment of Moviefone Guy has well and truly passed, despite the continued use of both movies and phones. Do people still know who Carson Daly is? I confess I never really did. Mostly I know him from that totally jerkin' movie, Josie and the Pussycats.

    01:39 AYURIS: Watergate (Matthias Cramer, Capstone Games, 2019)

    Games Played Last Week:
    04:10 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)
    06:27 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
    07:08 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)
    11:40 -G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)
    13:59 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)
    19:40 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
    21:20 -Factory Funner (2nd ed) (Corné van Moorsel, Boardgametables.com, 2021)
    26:18 -Ethnos (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2017)
    28:32 -Undaunted: Reinforcements (Trevor Benjamin, David Digby, David Thompson, & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)
    37:49 -Bitoku (Germán P. Millán, Devir, 2021)
    40:28 -Gutenberg (Katarzyna Cioch & Wojciech Wiśniewski, Granna, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    45:48 Kickstarter moving to blockchain is better for... reasons
    46:32 Fairy Tale Inn from Remo Conzadori and Paolo Mori
    47:09 New Patreon-exclusive Discord channel
    48:00 Asmodee sold to Swedish Embracer group for €2.75 billion
    48:26 Asmodee purchased retailer Miniature Market sometime in 2021

    50:08 Topic: Going Off-Script

    1:11:16 Masterpiece Theatre: Josie and the Pussycats

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #195: Cryo

    #195: Cryo

    The hosts are, briefly, back in the same room again, and this has had the unfortunate effect of bringing out the very worst in Mark. Don't worry, he doesn't spend ten minutes complaining about the implied political claims of kids' shows, but his mind naturally went to the gutter of abominable puns. You have been warned.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:16 -On Mars (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)
    04:24 -Pulsar 2849 (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)
    06:37 -Hibachi (Marco Teubner, Grail Games, 2021)
    09:41 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)
    16:51 -Isle of Skye: Druids (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2018)
    21:08 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)
    25:15 -The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged (Johnny O'Neal, Britherwise Games, 2021)
    27:09 -Brian Boru: High King of Ireland (Peer Sylvester, Osprey Games, 2021)
    33:37 -7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2021)
    37:21 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    45:44 Werewolves of Miller's Hollow (i.e., Werewolf/Mafia) licensed for a movie
    47:12 Kickstarter moving to blockchain for... reasons

    50:41 Feature Game: Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #194: Our Gaming Autobiographies

    #194: Our Gaming Autobiographies

    We skip over substantial portions of our hosts' stories, of course. No mention is made of Walker's extensive experience with Gilbert & Sullivan. Mark's stint as the Official Pokémon Master of Canada is glossed over. The deep tribal conflict of Jocks versus Geeks, of which Walker is destined to be the bridge (think Dune but even more messianic), is only alluded to. Someday, the whole story might be told, but you wouldn't believe us.

    01:43 AYURIS: Nemesis (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2018)

    Games Played Last Week:
    04:27 -Stardew Valley: The Board Game (Eric Barone & Cle Medeiros, CorcernedApe, 2021)
    11:30 -Imhotep (Phil Walker-Harding, KOSMOS, 2016)
    14:56 -Sheepy Time (Neil Kimball, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2021)
    18:38 -IKI (Koota Yamada, Sorry We Are French, 2015)
    21:43 -Mindbug (Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, Marvin Hegen, & Christian Kudahl, Nerdlab Games, 2021)
    27:55 -Paper Dungeons (Leandro Pires, MeepleBR, 2020)
    29:12 -Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021), Board Game Arena adaptation by Elena Laskavaia
    31:36 -Coffee Traders (Rolf Sagel & André Spil, Capstone Games, 2021)
    34:29 -Magnate: The First City (James Naylor, Naylor Games, 2021)
    40:45 -Sentinels of the Multiverse (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
    41:19 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    43:16 Loto Quebec's Azul scratch tickets
    44:50 7.6 tons of counterfeit Pokémon cards
    45:31 Flat River Group acquires Greater Than Games
    46:34 Stan Lee's Genesis
    47:15 A Billion Suns: Warzone

    49:00 Topic: Our Gaming Autobiographies

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #193: Praga Caput Regni

    #193: Praga Caput Regni

    We have become feature-hungry here at SVWAG. We debut Walker's Language Corner which, let us be frank, is not apt to be repeated, especially given Walker's aversion to dead languages. We finally name a recurring segment that has been airing unaccredited for years, and we have dubbed in Mark's Rage Theatre. It is Festivus every day of the year, and Mark has some grievances to air.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:18 -Paper Dungeons (Leandro Pires, MeepleBR, 2020)
    04:40 -Sheepy Time (Neil Kimball, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2021)
    09:45 -Draftosaurus: Aerial Show (Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, & Théo Rivière, Ankama, 2020)
    12:07 -Disney Gargoyles: Awakening (Nate Heiss, Ravensburger, 2021)
    16:26 -Imperial Steam (Alexander Huemer, Capstone Games, 2021)
    21:14 -Puerto Rico (Andreas Seyfarth, alea, 2002)
    27:49 -Beez (Dan Halstad, Next Move Games, 2020)
    30:03 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012) BGA implementation by Radu Stefan & Adam Dewbery
    34:31 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)
    36:04 -Cellulose (John Coveyou & Steve Schlepphorst, Genuis Games, 2022)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    38:50 My City Roll and Write
    39:10 Play-Along Parasocial Saturdays! Dec. 4 at 10:30 EST, join us in playing Paper Dungeons and Cartographers
    39:34 I, Napoleon from GMT Games and Ted Raicer
    40:24 Boards&Dice: Terracotta Army
    40:51 Tasty Minstrel's remaining stock being sold off through CoolStuffInc

    42:28 Feature Game: Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)

    1:08:10 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 4

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #192: Event Gaming

    #192: Event Gaming

    One of the great tragic modern misapprehensions of history is the blanching of fascism. It seems that people can watch Attack on Titan and play with their space marines, and simply because there are no swastikas to be found they assume that there are no connections to fascistic ideology contained therein. This is one of the reasons why we so appreciate the humble cucumber sandwich--we would assert that its very fragility and delicacy evoke anti-fascism. Whether one ought to use butter or cream cheese is of great doctrinal import, of course, but we're not gonna get all dogmatic about it.

    01:47 AYURIS: Undaunted: Normandy (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2019)

    Games Played Last Week:
    05:07 -Riftforce (Carlo Bortolini, 1 More Time Games, 2021)
    07:55 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
    10:21 -1846: The Race for the Midwest (Thomas Lehmann, GMT Games, 2005)
    20:33 -Railroad Tycoon/Railways of the World (Glenn Drover & Martin Wallace, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2005)
    22:20 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)
    24:53 -Res Arcana: Perlae Imperii (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2021)
    27:49 -Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)
    30:08 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
    31:03 -Dinosaur World (Brian Lewis, David McGregor, & Marissa Misura, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)
    36:28 -Too Many Bones (Adam & Josh Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2017)
    40:11 -Sentinels of the Multiverse (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)
    42:26 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
    45:18 -MicroMacro: Crime City--Full House (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2021)
    46:21 -Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)
    47:04 -A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    48:02 Marvel Zombicide, because of course
    49:10 20th Anniversary of the Lord of the Rings movies: Games Workshop's Battle of Balin's Tomb
    50:09 Games Workshop condemns Nazis and Nazism in their community

    54:22 Topic: Event Gaming

    1:14:57 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 3 (Walker's Take)

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

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It is always difficult to know if you will like a boardgame. This is made worse by “professional” reviewers who are overly enthusiastic about all games they review. SVAG are a breath of fresh air in this hobby. Not only is the content intelligent and concise, it contains negative opinions of games whether that be designs, mechanisms, themes or components. Even if you disagree, the discourse is entertaining and informative.

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