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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.

    #186: Imperium: The Contention

    #186: Imperium: The Contention

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    Games Played Last Week:
    01:12 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
    11:58 -Core Worlds: Galactic Orders (Andrew Parks, Stronghold Games, 2012)
    23:57 -Niagara (Thomas Liesching, Zoch Verlag, 2004)
    07:44 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)
    28:38 -Camel Up (Second Edition) (Steffan Bogen, eggertspiele, 2018)
    31:11 -Robotech: Brace for Impact (Nick Ferris, Strange Machine Games, 2019)
    19:46 -The Resistance: Avalon (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2012)
    14:34 -Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)
    17:23 -Tapestry (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
    23:07 -Simplicity (David Brain, Fractal Juegos, 2021)
    21:46 -Cloud City (Phil Walker-Harding, Blue Orange Games, 2020)
    26:47 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    35:27 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada on October 2nd at 3 PM EST.
    Guests: No Pun Included, Board Game Barrage, the SVWAG crew! KOSMOS has donated copies of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea to give away!
    https://tiltify.com/@svwag/so-very-wrong-about-games-food-drive
    36:11 Parasocial Saturdays! Saturday, 10:30 EST.
    36:45 Myth and Goal: James Hewitt & Sophie Williams
    37:27 Let's Make a Bus Route domestic reprint: Get on Board: New York & London
    38:08 Eastern Empires by 999 Games
    40:01 No episode next week; Happy Thanksgiving!
    40:25 Skinny Minis
    41:46 International Gamers Awards winners: Lost Ruins of Arnak, My City, and Under Falling Skies
    42:40 Language that insidiously encourages gatekeeping

    45:26 Feature Game: Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)

    1:04:58 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 2

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #185: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?

    #185: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?

    All right, we need to talk about Sokka. Another staple of kid's shows is often The Annoying One. I don't know why, but they're often there. Steven Universe had Ronaldo, but they knew to use him sparingly. Sokka is so aggressively obnoxious in the first two episodes it is a miracle anyone makes it to episode three. He could have just been the complainer, but additionally his monumental and gratuitous misogyny is so bad that one wonders what Suki (an awesome character) ever saw in him. Sure, he gets better, but always in my mind the Early Days Sokka looms over the show like some terrible shadow.

    00:59 AYURIS: On Mars (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)

    Games Played Last Week:
    02:33 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)
    07:22 -Red Outpost (Raman Hryoryk, Lifestyle Boargames Ltd, 2019)
    11:38 -Cantaloop: Book 1--Breaking into Prison (Friendemann Findeisen & Grzegorz Kobiela, Lookout Games, 2020)
    15:36 -Brass: Birmingham (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)
    19:14 -Clever Cubed (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2020)
    21:09 -Sleeping Gods (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven Games, 2021)
    23:38 -PARKS (Henry Audubon, Keymaster Games, 2019)
    27:16 -Shards of Infinity: Into the Horizon (Gary Arant, Justin Gary, Ryan Sutherland, Jared Saramago, Mataio Wilson, & Jason Zila, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)
    29:19 -Pickomino Deluxe (Reiner Knizia, Zoch Verlag, 2018)
    31:53 -Witchstone (Martino Chiacchiera & Reiner Knizia, R&R Games, 2021)
    34:48 -Empire of the Stars (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2021)
    40:15 -The Grimm Masquerade (Tim Eisner, Ben Eisner, & James Hudson, Druid City Games, 2019)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    45:53 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada on October 2nd at 3 PM EST.
    Guests: No Pun Included, Board Game Barrage, the SVWAG crew! KOSMOS has donated copies of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea to give away!
    46:42 Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition is coming along nicely
    47:31 Signs of life at Fantasy Flight: expansions for Star Wars: Outer Rim and Descent 3rd.
    48:52 Neuroshima Hex big box won't fit all the stuff
    49:49 Next Valiant Defense: Battle of the Bulge, New Undaunted next year
    50:52 Warhammer Underworlds: Harrowdeep
    51:26 One Deck Galaxies
    51:52 Parasocial Saturdays: Sep. 25th at 10:30 EST on Twitch
    52:51 Special discount on Patreon: pay for ten months, get two months free! www.patreon.com/svwag
    54:05 Check out our silly website! sowronggames.com

    54:35 Topic: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?

    1:21:10 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 1

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #184: Anno 1800

    #184: Anno 1800

    We have seen the future, and it is now. We have fired up our Netscape Navigator, and interfaced the hypertext protocol over at Geocities, and made us our very own webzone. Maybe soon we'll be able to set up an FTP server for our episodes. We will register on every web ring we can find, whether it's about Sailor Moon or Tamagotchi or Neopets. So go tell your Usenet groups to head on over to sowronggames.com!

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:14 -Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)
    03:51 -Cascadia (Randy Flynn, Flatout Games, 2021)
    07:54 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
    08:27 -So Clover! (François Romain, Repos Production, 2021)
    10:27 -Codenames (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2015)
    12:33 -Equinox (Reiner Knizia, Plan B Games, 2021)
    12:58 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)
    17:25 -Quest (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2021)
    20:38 -Atelier: The Painter's Studio (Uncredited, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2019)
    23:23 -Warp's Edge (Scott Almes, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
    27:38 -Muse (Jordan Sorenson, 999 Games, 2017)
    30:39 -Hellboy: The Board Game (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)
    34:08 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    36:05 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada! October 2nd at 3 PM EST.
    36:40 Mille Fiori from Reiner Knizia
    37:33 Air, Land & Sea: Critters at War
    38:11 Warpgate expansion incoming
    38:31 One Deck Galaxy on KS
    39:04 KeyForge on hold; algorithm busted
    40:06 Duel of Ages pseudo-sequel: Worldspanner Factions
    40:47 Statement on The Gaming Goat's online toxicity

    42:21 Feature Game: Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace, KOSMOS, 2020)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #183: App Assistance

    #183: App Assistance

    MARCUS BIGNEY
    Here comes Fantasy Flight's body, mourned by Michael Walker: who,
    though he had no hand in its death, shall receive
    the benefit of its dying, a place in the
    hobby; as which of you shall not?

    WALKER
    Friends, gamers, hobbyists, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Fantasy Flight, not to praise it.
    The evil that publishers do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Fantasy Flight. The noble Bigney
    Hath told you FFG was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath FFG answer'd it.
    Here, under leave of Bigney and the rest--
    For Bigney is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men--
    Come I to speak in FFG's funeral.
    It was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Bigney says it was ambitious;
    And Bigney is an honourable man.
    It hath published many games home to Rome
    Whose playing did the gaming public thrill:
    Did this in FFG seem ambitious?
    When that the games were broken, FFG hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Bigney says it was ambitious;
    And Bigney is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Bigney spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love it once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for it?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin box there with expansions,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

    01:32 AYURIS: Imperial 2030 (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2009)

    Games Played Last Week:
    04:08 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
    07:54 -Vampire Queen (Wolfgang Kramer, Schmidt Spiele, 2016)
    11:40 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
    12:13 -Pickomino Deluxe (Reiner Knizia, Zoch Verlag, 2018)
    14:25 -Equinox (Reiner Knizia, Plan B Games, 2021)
    18:33 -Rhino Hero (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2011)
    18:33 -Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)
    21:50 -The Search for Planet X (Matthew O'Malley & Ben Rosset, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
    23:15 -Descent: Legends in the Dark (Kara Centell-Dunk & Nathan I. Hajek, Fantasy Flight, 2021)
    31:00 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    32:42 Fundraiser for Food Banks Canada with Badgers from Mars and Regicide! Saturday, Oct 2nd, 3 PM EST on Twitch
    33:21 Mini Yura Yura Penguin
    33:52 Shout out to SVWAG Guild on Boargamegeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3236
    34:41 Sushi Boat on KS soon
    35:05 G.I. Joe RPG
    35:57 CMON getting into NFTs
    38:16 Parasocial Saturdays: Streaming Equinox on Saturday, Sep. 11 at 10:30 AM EST on Twitch

    38:34 Topic: App Assistance

    1:15:27 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: F9

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #182: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

    #182: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

    Cultural gaps can be quite tragic, to say nothing of socially debilitating. Mark discovers to his horror that Walker is unfamiliar both with a key game and a crucial character in film history. Thank goodness that this faux pas does not sully Masterpiece Theatre, as that would bring shame to both the Warrior of the Wasteland and Vin Diesel.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:02 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
    03:19 -Onitama (Shimpei Sato, conception, 2014)
    04:46 -Card Capture (Lucas Gentry, Wep published, 2018)
    07:06 -Flotilla (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)
    11:56 -Veritas (James Ernest & Mike Selinker, Cheapass Games, 2013)
    16:04 -The Shipwreck Arcana (Kevin Bishop, Meromorph Games, 2017)
    19:14 -Empire of the Stars (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2021)
    25:04 -Ruination (Travis R. Chance, Kolossal Games, 2021)
    28:33 -The Staufer Dynasty (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2014)
    30:22 -Mandala Stones (Filip Głowacz, Board&Dice, 2021)
    33:21 -Detective Club (Oleksandr Nevskiy, IGAMES, 2018)
    35:58 -Glorantha: The Gods War (Sandy Petersen, Petersen Games, 2019)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    41:02 Parasocial Saturdays! Streaming every Saturday at 10:30 EST on Twitch
    41:33 Fog of Love expansions: Nikki Valens focuses on queer andtrans stories, plus Love on Lockdown: I guess we'll stay in and watch a movie... again
    42:26 No more board games from IDW
    43:44 Avatar RPG broke the internet
    43:50 For Science! updates tragicomedy

    45:17 Feature Game: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2021)

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #181: Bluffing

    #181: Bluffing

    I used to tell a joke about Heimdall, but it was pretty horny. I used to tell a joke about Osiris, but it fell to pieces. I used to tell a joke about Venus, but it was masturbatory. I used to tell a joke about Sleipnir, but it didn't have legs. I used to tell a joke about Prometheus, but it needed a spark. I used to tell a joke about Draupnir, but it just didn't ever end. I used to tell a joke about Marathon, but it was a bit of a long walk. I used to tell a joke about the Hecatoncheires, but it was punching down. I used to tell a joke about Tyr, but it wasn't even-handed. I used to tell a joke about Ragnarok, but everyone knew the end already. I used to tell a joke about Jormungand, but it was very toxic. I used to tell a joke about Pandora, but it was too out of the box. I used to tell a joke about Cerberus, but it was just gatekeeping. I used to tell a joke about Yggdrasil, but I had to leaf. I used to tell a joke about the labyrinth's inhabitant, but it was bull. I used to tell a joke about the sword of Damocles, but it was over my head. I used to tell a joke about Procrustes, but I kept getting cut off. I used to tell a joke about Sisyphus, but I got tired of the repetition. I used to tell a joke about Penelope's crafting, but it was just an excuse to kill time. I used to tell a joke about the Golden Apple, but it caused too many arguments. I used to tell a joke about Gordian succession, but it was a tangled mess. I used to tell a joke about Minerva's bird, but I can't remember owl of it.

    01:58 AYURIS: Caylus 1303 (William Attia, Space Cowboys, 2019)

    Games Played Last Week:
    04:38 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)
    05:55 -Rhino Hero Super Battle (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)
    06:00 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)
    06:37 -Shards of Infinity: Shadow of Salvation (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2019)
    07:07 -Star Realms (Robert Dougherty & Darwin Kastle, Wise Wizard, 2014)
    09:06 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
    11:39 -Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)
    12:45 -Descent: Legends in the Dark (Kara Centell-Dunk & Nathan I. Hajek, Fantasy Flight, 2021)
    25:01 -Dark Souls: The Board Game (David Carl, Alex Hall, Mat Hart, & Richard Loxam, Steamforged Games, 2017)
    28:34 -Warp's Edge (Scott Almes, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)
    31:46 -ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo (Scott Rogers, Ravensburger, 2021)
    37:56 -Lots (Thomas Wells, Self-Published, 2021)
    39:54 -Mandala (Trevor Benjamin & Brett J. Gilbert, 2019)
    44:59 -Canvas (Jeff Chin & Andrew Nerger, Road to Infamy Games, 2021)
    46:20 -Rush M.D. (Athony Howgego, Konstantinos Kokkinis, & Dávid Turczi, Artipia Games, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    48:43 International Gamers Award nominees
    https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/121685/nominees-announced-2021-international-gamers-award
    49:28 Hero Realms digital beta
    50:00 Blood Red Skies and unpainted minis
    51:55 Atomic Mass Games: Star Wars: Armada being discontinued?
    53:20 SVWAG's statement on allegations against Greg Spence, CEO of Broken Token, and in solidarity with victims of sexual assault
    https://www.polygon.com/tabletop-games/22632835/broken-token-greg-spence-allegations-sexual-assault-abuse

    54:37 Topic: Bluffing

    1:22:29 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre Presents: The Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    • 1 hr 25 min

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