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The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start.
The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

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The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start.
The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

    Canadian Board Games, Part 3 - Toronto designers and designers' nights

    Canadian Board Games, Part 3 - Toronto designers and designers' nights

    This week on the SnakesCast, we turn the focus on designers from Canada, many of whom are friends and visitors at the café. Today, Friday June 22nd 2018, we look at Toronto-based designers, including Paul Tseng, Steve Tassie, Jonathan Moriarty, Eric M. Lang (now in Singapore), Daryl Andrews and Christopher Chung. We also look at game designers' nights and how key they can be in the development process.

    • 18 min
    Canadian Board Games, Part 2 - Classics from Canada

    Canadian Board Games, Part 2 - Classics from Canada

    This week on the SnakesCast, we turn the focus on designers from Canada, many of whom are friends and visitors at the café. Today, Wednesday June 20th 2018, we discuss games by Scott Abbott, Chris Haney, Laura Robinson, Paul Toyne, Tom Quinn, Ted Quinn, Mark Sherry, and Conor McGoey.

    • 10 min
    Canadian Board Games, Part 1 - We stand on guard for games

    Canadian Board Games, Part 1 - We stand on guard for games

    This week on the SnakesCast, we turn the focus on designers from Canada, many of whom are friends and visitors at the café. Today, Monday June 18th 2018, we discuss games by Daryl Andrews, Christopher Chung, Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim.

    • 10 min
    Trick-Taking Games, Part 3 - Looking towards potential evolution

    Trick-Taking Games, Part 3 - Looking towards potential evolution

    Choose your cards carefully this week on the SnakesCast, as we take a close look at trick-taking games. Today, Friday June 15th 2018, we discuss some other games, look at the use of theme in trick-taking games, and talk about where the mechanism could go in the future.

    • 11 min
    Trick-Taking Games, Part 2 - Contemporary examples

    Trick-Taking Games, Part 2 - Contemporary examples

    Choose your cards carefully this week on the SnakesCast, as we take a close look at trick-taking games. Today, Wednesday June 13th 2018, we continue by looking at some excellent examples of contemporary trick-taking games, and start observing things that may have been inspired by them.

    • 9 min
    Trick-Taking Games, Part 1 - What is trick-taking?

    Trick-Taking Games, Part 1 - What is trick-taking?

    Choose your cards carefully this week on the SnakesCast, as we take a close look at trick-taking games. Today, Monday June 11th 2018, we begin by asking what trick-taking is, where it came from, giving some examples of well-known games, and looking at why we think it is not more prevalent in modern board gaming.

    • 9 min

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