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An unofficial podcast for fans of Twilight Imperium and other strategy board games. Each episode is a humorous analysis of mechanics and strategies for new and experienced players alike!

Space Cats Peace Turtles Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson

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An unofficial podcast for fans of Twilight Imperium and other strategy board games. Each episode is a humorous analysis of mechanics and strategies for new and experienced players alike!

    Ep 123: Dune - Learning the Emperor

    Ep 123: Dune - Learning the Emperor

    We’re nearing the end of our “Learning Dune Factions” series, and before things get a little crazy, we get to take it easy this week with the very basic Emperor. There aren’t many abilities, and many of the Alliances are fairly straight forward. But how do we utilize this basic set of tools to still succeed?
     
    After the guide, there’s three more games worth of Twilight Imperium Tournament Updates!
     
    5:19 - Emperor Overview
    12:50 - Alliances
    50:46 - Errata: Fremen
    53:40 - Tournament Updates!

    Music by Brian Kupillas. Find more at wanderinglake.bandcamp.com
     
    Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com
    We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Ep 122: Universities of Jol-Nar Strategy Guide

    Ep 122: Universities of Jol-Nar Strategy Guide

    Some groups see them every game. Some groups ban them from every game. Everyone knows the Jol-Nar are good. But what MAKES them so good, and how can a player best capitalize on their strengths to find wins in their games? Today, we’re going to break this faction down so that you can make your friends all groan, “Ugh, fine. The fish win AGAIN.”
     
    Then, there are five more Tournament updates! The end of the prelims are in sight!!
     
    3:45 - Overview
    30:45 - Strategy Cards
    59:22 - Problems
    1:03:55 - Tech
    1:21:55 - Trading
    1:27:50 - Mid-Late Game
     
    1:32:20 - Tournament Updates (Games 24-28)
     
    Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com
     
    Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com
    We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

    • 2 hrs 8 min
    Ep 121: Dune - Learning the Fremen

    Ep 121: Dune - Learning the Fremen

    We’re chuggin’ along with these Dune Faction introductions, and this week Matt took the lead on The Fremen. There’s a lot of thematic exceptions to rules with the Fremen, all of which lead to a faction that can hit hard, but has very few tricks up their sleeve. Finding allies can be tricky, so where are these sand people supposed to find a win?? Listen and we’ll tell you!
     
    After the guide, there’s four more games worth of Twilight Imperium Tournament Updates!
     
    5:30 - Fremen Overview
    30:10 - Alliances
    52:52 - Early Game
    1:03:15 - Weaknesses
    1:04:51 - How Do You Win?
    1:10:56 - Errata: Spacing Guild
    1:13:39 - Tournament Updates!

    Music by Brian Kupillas. Find more at wanderinglake.bandcamp.com
     
    Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com
    We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Ep 120: Tournament Prelims Updates

    Ep 120: Tournament Prelims Updates

    There’s a bit of stalling this week. It was meant to be a Galactic Council episode featuring a Player Profile on our friend Alex. However, scheduling mix-ups have delayed that interview, so for now, we’re going to give you everything ELSE we could have given you! Lots of tournament updates and Hacan strategy guide errata! We should have an interview with Alex out to you soon*.

    Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com
     
    Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com
    We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

    • 52 min
    Ep 119: Dune - Learning the Spacing Guild

    Ep 119: Dune - Learning the Spacing Guild

    The Spacing Guild in Dune is a faction that makes a lot of money, but has very little battle prowess to back it up. Do you strike at any given opportunity, or hold out for as long as you can? Today we explore how to get your Guild game started. Not to mention some errata for our Atreides and Harkonnen guides.
     
    After the guide, more Twilight Imperium Tournament Updates! We cover 5 more games and give some information on the stats so far!
     
    3:40 - Spacing Guild Overview
    20:26 - Alliances
    42:27 - Early Game
    48:00 - Weaknesses
    50:25 - How Do You Win?
    56:08 - Errata: Atreides
    1:02:00 - Errata: Harkonnen
    1:06:40 - Tournament Updates!

    Music by Brian Kupillas. Find more at wanderinglake.bandcamp.com
     
    Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com
    We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ep 118: Emirates of Hacan Strategy Guide

    Ep 118: Emirates of Hacan Strategy Guide

    We are the Space Cats. You are the Space Cats. We are all Space Cats, and we must seek to be the greatest Space Cats we can be. So, for your furry pleasure (no, not that furry pleasure), we have our Guide on the Emirates of Hacan. It’s a faction that relies HEAVILY on the relationships at the table, which makes it a very difficult guide to spell out, so stick with us while we describe some pretty wobbly ideas!
     
    11:06 - Overview
    38:30 - Round One
    1:11:22 - Problems
    1:17:30 - Tech Paths
    1:27:04 - Trading
    1:46:00 - Mid and Late Game
    1:51:08 - RULES QUIZ!

    Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com
     
    Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com
    We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

    • 2 hrs 1 min

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