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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.

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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.

    #130: Restrictive Player Counts

    #130: Restrictive Player Counts

    We take a break from heady issues this week; so we instead touch on what constitutes a trick, what friends are good for, and colonialism. You know, light discussion.

    02:35 AYURIS: Core Worlds (Andrew Parks, Stronghold, 2011)

    Games Played Last Week:
    04:09 -Fort (Grant Rodiek, Leder Games, 2020)
    09:15 -Ascension Tactics: Miniatures Deckbuilding Game (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)
    12:09 -The Voyages of Marco Polo (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
    13:16 -Endeavor: Age of Expansion (Jarratt Gray, Burnt Island Games, 2020)
    15:51 -Turn the Tide (Stefan Dorra, AMIGO, 1997)
    20:22 -6 nimmt! (Wolfgang Kramer, AMIGO, 1994)
    21:45 -Spirit Island (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
    23:45 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
    25:42 -Sonora (Rob Newton, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
    28:36 -Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fi, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    29:12 Dune: Imperium
    30:24 "Everyone's waiting for Tidal Blades"
    31:25 More Assault on Doomrock, but only in Polish
    32:44 Yet another edition of Blood Bowl, no more Guild Ball
    35:02 Gods Love Dinosaurs (as do everyone else)
    36:04 Ashes: Reborn

    37:10 Topic: Restrictive Player Counts

    • 58 min
    #129: Cthulhu: Death May Die

    #129: Cthulhu: Death May Die

    "Put down your chainsaw and listen to me
    It's time for us to join in the fight
    It's time to let your babies grow up to be cowboys
    It's time to let the bedbugs bite
    ...
    Talk with your mouth full
    Bite the hand that feeds you
    Bite on more than you chew
    What can you do
    Dare to be stupid"

    -"Weird Al" Yankovic, noted Lovecraft scholar, "Dare to Be Stupid"

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:07 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
    03:57 -Imperial Struggle (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2020)
    08:38 -Downforce (Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, & Wolfgang Kramer, Restoration Games, 2017)
    12:03 -Albedo: Yggdrasil (Kai Herbertz, Herbertz Entertainment UG, 2019)
    16:25 -Off the Rails (Andrew Platt & Stuart Platt, Rotten Games, 2018)
    18:34 -Planet Apocalypse (Sandy Petersen, Sandy Petersen Games, 2020)
    23:54 -Madeira (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What's Your Game?, 2013)
    26:30 -Gaslands: Refuelled (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    31:27 FFG News... except not
    32:05 Mythic Games' Darkest Dungeon
    32:46 Mythic will do right by its Reichbusters backers?
    34:21 TI4: Prophecy of Kings
    35:20 X-Men: Mutant Insurrection
    36:43 Dire Alliance from Blacklist Games
    38:23 Santorini: New York
    39:00 Knizia's Tutankhamun
    39:15 Street Masters Digital
    40:40 All the Games You Like Are Bad is back. Sorry.

    41:12 Feature Game: Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #128: Communication Restrictions

    #128: Communication Restrictions

    Walker is a force of nature, a pent-up human-shaped mass of pure rage. The only outlet that can sate his furious destructive impulses is the ecstasy of the uninhibited flick--the catharsis of venting all of his power on a disc and then watching it careen around the board (then off the table, off someone's skull, off the floor, under the bookshelf, and then embedded in the drywall). He ten thunders with laughter, even as Huey informs him he missed his target and Dewey calls an ambulance. Is it a wonder, then, that Mark favours flicking games that encourage a modicum of restraint?

    01:18 AYURIS: Quartermaster General: The Cold War (Ian Brody, PSC Games, 2018)

    Games Played Last Week:
    03:00 -Menara: Rituals and Ruins (Oliver Richtberg, Zoch Verlag, 2019)
    08:08 -Rangers of Shadow Deep (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2019)
    10:20 -Alone (Andrea Crespi & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)
    15:48 -Pax Renaissance 2nd Edition (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Ion Game Design, 2020)
    18:06 -Albedo (Kai Herbertz, Herbertz Entertainment UG, 2017)
    23:08 -FlickFleet (Jackson Pope & Paul Wilcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
    25:33 -Blitzkrieg!: Nippon Expansion (Paolo Mori, PSC Games, 2019)
    29:33 -Qwixx (Steffen Benndorf, Gamewright, 2012)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    31:13 The team behind Wavelength gives us Fuzzies
    32:25 Everyone can relax: Steven Universe Beach-a-Palooza funded
    33:48 Mobile painting studio for the post-plague world
    35:08 Return of All the Games You Like Are Bad: video reviews to follow

    36:22 Topic: Communication Restrictions

    • 54 min
    #127: Versailles 1919

    #127: Versailles 1919

    “The game which our enemies have laid before us is, in so far as the French dictated it, is a monument of pathological fear and pathological hatred; and in so far as the Anglo-Saxons dictated it, it is the work of a capitalistic policy of the most brutal and cleverest kind.”
    –A deliberate misquote of Count von Brockdorff-Rantzau reviewing Versailles 1919

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:40 -Nippon (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What's Your Game?, 2015)
    05:24 -Space Cadets: Away Missions (Dan Raspler & Al Rose, Stronghold, 2015)
    09:10 -Sonora (Rob Newton, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
    14:51 -Godzilla: Tokyo Clash (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)
    19:41 -Flaming Pyramids (Norbert Abel, Cheeky Parrot Games, 2018)
    21:27 -FlickFleet (Jackson Pope & Paul Wilcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
    23:17 -Can't Stop (Sid Sackson, Parker Brothers, 1980)
    24:24 -Alone (Andrea Crespi & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    31:00 Spiel des Jahres (Pictures) and Kennerspiel des Jahres (The Crew) winners
    32:06 Daimyo: Rebirth of an Empire by laboitedejeu
    33:03 Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza is in trouble?
    35:30 Walker watches Pendulum
    36:15 Spielworxx's Die Macher on BGG Store

    37:22 Feature Game: Versailles 1919 (Geoff Engelstein & Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2020)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #126: I'm 90% Sure

    #126: I'm 90% Sure

    Walker feels he has missed his calling, and tries out his tight five as an insult comic this week. He directs his barbs at the typical targets--Mark, board game covers, games no one asked for, Mark, media he finds unengaging, and Mark. The latter (and former) does his level best at being supportive in the classic tradition of Ed McMahon, but one remembers why Don Rickles and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog are solo acts.

    02:03 AYURIS: Talon (Jim Krohn, GMT, 2016) and Talon 1000 (Jim Krohn, GMT, 2018)

    Games Played Last Week:
    03:45 -The Voyages of Marco Polo (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
    06:20 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
    07:29 -Versailles 1919 (Geoff Engelstein & Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2020)
    16:10 -The Taverns of Tiefenthal (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)
    17:38 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
    21:02 -Reichbusters: Project Vril (Jake Thornton, Mythic Games, 2020)
    26:20 -That's Pretty Clever (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2018)
    30:04 -The Hunted: Twilight of the U-Boats, 1943-1945 (Gregory M. Smith, GMT Games, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    36:14 Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps at last?!
    37:20 Dim possibility of Descent Third Edition?
    39:50 Not Alone expands on Kickstarter
    40:26 Tammany Hall reprint
    41:03 Rita Modl and King of 12
    42:04 Mindclash's Perserverence: Castaway Chronicles
    43:39 Catapult Kingdoms
    43:48 Walker dunks on Escape the Night

    45:41 Topic: I'm 90% Sure: Rules you Forget or Ignore

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #125: Imperial Struggle

    #125: Imperial Struggle

    "From the discovery of New France to the 1981 Referendum, all of Quebec history is based on a single fallacy: that the British actually wanted to own Quebec. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The British already had a surplus of colonies in the sunny Caribbean and took little interest in the Canadian icebox later dismissed by Voltaire as nothing more than 'quelques arpents de neige'... In 1759, with war raging everywhere between France and England, the British knew if would look suspicious if they didn't engage the French in North America. They placed the expedition in the hands of a thirty-two-year-old, inexperienced general, James Wolfe, and gave him strict orders: 'Put up a good fight... but lose.' Wolfe devised a clever theatrical strategy. He would choose an impossible attack-route: Arriving by boat on the St. Lawrence river then scaling the unassailable walls of the fortress of Quebec, thus guaranteeing defeat and dumping Quebec with France for good. But Wolfe's glorious defeat was snapped from the jaws of victory by Montcalm who brilliantly out-manoeuvred Wolfe and surrendered--a stroke of genius that got the colony off France's hands once and for all."
    -Nick Auf der Mar, "La Petite Histoire du Québec (Version Anglaise)"

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:09 -SEAL Team Flix (Pete Ruth & Mark Thomas, WizKids, 2018)
    02:37 -Teotihuacan: City of Gods (Daniele Tascini & Dávid Turczi, NSKN Games, 2018)
    04:04 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
    04:48 -Sprawlopolis (Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, & Paul Kluka, Button Shy, 2018)
    08:26 -Mezo (John Clowdus, Kolossal Games, 2019)
    13:25 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)
    15:02 -Qwixx (Steffen Benndorf, Gamewright, 2012)
    16:41 -That's Pretty Clever (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2018)
    17:30 -Coloretto (Michael Schacht, ABACUSSPIELE, 2003)
    19:32 -Orléans: Invasion (Inka Brand, Markus Brand, & Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2015)
    20:59 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    25:55 Expansion to Twilight Imperium 4th ed.
    26:44 Pandemic Legacy Season 0
    27:20 Undaunted: Reinforcements
    28:39 DeepMind: An AI for Diplomacy?
    29:35 Lord of the Rings: Anniversary Edition
    31:01 Steven Universe Beach-a-Palooza on Kickstarter July 14th
    31:29 Pendulum by Stonemaier
    31:39 Lost Ruins of Arnak by CGE
    31:59 Documentary: Gamemaster

    32:42 Feature Game: Imperial Struggle (Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews, GMT Games, 2020)

    • 1 hr 2 min

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