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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.

    #146: Dungeon Crawlers

    #146: Dungeon Crawlers

    One is reminded of those memes that plot definitions on two axes, asking to what degree the reader is a purist or a rebel--the setting purist and the mechanical purist would say "Descent is a dungeon crawler." Perhaps the setting purist and mechanical rebel would say "Dungeon Lords is a dungeon crawler." Invariably these memes revel in the reductio ad absurdum, so I have to imagine the setting rebel and the mechanical rebel would say "Hopscotch is a dungeon crawler."

    01:43 AYURIS: Batman: Gotham City Chronicles (Frédéric Henry, Monolith, 2019)

    Games Played Last Week:
    03:39 -By Stealth and Sea (Nicola Saggini & David Thompson, DVG Games, 2020)
    08:26 -Altar Quest (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2020)
    18:17 -Gods Love Dinosaurs (Kasper Lapp, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
    19:34 -Yedo: Deluxe Master Set (Thomas Vande Ginste & Wolf Plancke, Board&Dice, 2020)
    24:50 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019)
    27:15 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
    32:38 -Frenemy Pastry Party (Jesse Li, Mizo Games, 2019)
    34:52 -Marvel United (Andrea Chiarvesio & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2020)
    37:25 -Eminent Domain (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2011)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    43:59 Board Game Arena Opus Magnus: A new game every day in December

    45:11 Topic: Dungeon Crawlers

    • 1h 5 min
    #145: Tidal Blades

    #145: Tidal Blades

    It is the nature of the Walker who cries wolf that if he repeats the claim often and consistently enough, it might come true eventually. Despite the unrelenting constancy of Chinese New Year, some games do actually get produced--just only after they have emerged from their purgatorial delay in the never-ending holiday. So it is with Tidal Blades; after claims of "any day now" for years, it finally arrived, like some unwieldy piece of oversized deluxe... well... is it flotsam or jetsam? We must review it to find out.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:16 -Magic Realm (Richard Hamblen, Avalon Hill, 1979)
    07:30 -Funkoverse Strategy Game: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)
    11:53 -Hansa Teutonica (Andreas Steding, Argentum Verlag, 2010)
    13:28 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)
    20:00 -Terra Mystica (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2012)
    21:50 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)
    24:29 -Trekking the World (Charlie Bink, Underdog Games, 2020)
    25:26 -Civilization: A New Dawn—Terra Incognita (Tony Fanchi, Fantasy Flight Games, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    32:57 The Zenobia Award for underrepresented designers of historical games
    33:53 Reality Shift! MAGNETS!
    34:59 No more Star Wars miniatures for Fantasy Flight
    37:51 The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
    38:33 Tom Russell's Dual Gauge
    40:13 Caverna: Frantic Fiends
    41:50 David Thompson's Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

    43:04 Feature Game: Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)

    • 1h 6 min
    #144: Boxes

    #144: Boxes

    Clearly the hosts secretly wanted to have a movie podcast, or perhaps just a podcast devoted to the movie Aliens. To their credit, they at least did not devolve into merely parroting quotes from the film, which is a behaviour as obnoxious and it is difficult to avoid. Rest assured they offered their poor paraphrases and hackneyed delivery while actually playing the Aliens game. It was a bad call, listener, it was...
    Crap.

    02:37 AYURIS: Catacombs 3rd ed. (Ryan Amos, Marc Kelsey, & Aron West, Elzra Corp., 2015)

    Games Played Last Week:
    04:34 -Rome & Roll (Nick Shaw & Dávid Turczi, PSC Games, 2020)
    07:48 -Dice Forge (Régis Bonnessée, Libellud, 2017)
    09:48 -Martian Dice (Scott Almes, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2011)
    11:28 -Asgard’s Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
    13:57 -Aliens: Bug Hunt (Ryan Miller, Upper Deck Entertainment, 2020)
    21:12 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
    23:38 -FlickFleet (Jackson Pope & Paul Willcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
    27:01 -Civilization: A New Dawn—Terra Incognita (Tony Fanchi, Fantasy Flight Games, 2020)
    30:29 -Hellenica: Story of Greece (Scott DeMers, Mr. B Games, 2019)
    40:00 -Eminent Domain (Seth Jaffee, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2011)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    41:37 Brazil: Imperial
    42:39 Upzone and Immersive Battle Atlas: Cheap terrain for minis and RPGs
    46:09 burncycle by Chip Theory Games
    46:52 Four Humours; can Phlogiston be far behind?
    47:52 Paper Dungeons
    48:32 No games based on two minutes of a movie

    49:49 Topic: Boxes

    • 1h 14 min
    #143: The Castles of Tuscany

    #143: The Castles of Tuscany

    We have an unwritten constitution here at SVWAG, which we know causes some people from jurisdictions with written constitutions to get a little mystified and/or twitchy. Trust us, it works! We get to claim a rich constitutional history all the way back to 1215 and the Magna Carta, or at least we will, once we figure out what King John had to do with podcasting. It's the kind of arrangement that works until you have a constitutional crisis, which we have about as often as those places with written constitutions; except we tend to settle ours with sidelong glances and lots of utterances along the lines of, "So... how do you, uh... think this works?"

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:51 -Welcome To New Las Vegas (Alexis Allard & Benoit Turpin, Blue Cocker Games, 2020)
    03:50 -Escape the Dark Sector (Alex Crispin, Thomas Pike, & James Shelton, Themeborne Ltd., 2020)
    07:06 -Via Magica (Paolo Mori, Hurrican, 2020)
    08:59 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)
    12:16 -Gods Love Dinosaurs (Kasper Lapp, Pandasaurus Games, 2020)
    19:18 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)
    19:50 -Letter Tycoon (Brad Brooks, Breaking Games, 2015)
    21:33 -Terror in Meeple City aka Rampage (Antoine Bauza & Ludovic Maublanc, Repos Production, 2013)
    25:23 -Sakura Arms (BakaFire, BakaFire Party, 2018)
    29:18 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)
    33:42 -Exceed Fighting System (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2016)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    36:40 Arcade1Up's Infinity Game Table

    37:19 Feature Game: The Castles of Tuscany (Stefan Feld, alea, 2020)

    • 58 min
    #142: Lifetime Games

    #142: Lifetime Games

    It's the daylight savings, it's got to be. You give us an extra hour in the week--through the magic of time travel--and we'll take it to play eleventy new games. The geniuses (Canadians, for what it's worth) who invented standard time probably didn't take into account the havoc it might wreak on our podcasting. So many new games! Not enough time for the topic! We will endure.

    01:08 AYURIS: Calimala (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)

    Games Played Last Week:
    02:29 -High Rise (Gil Hova, Formal Ferret Games, 2020)
    07:02 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Rob Daviau & Eric Lang, CMON, 2019)
    08:00 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)
    10:23 -Civilization: A New Dawn—Terra Incognita (Tony Fanchi, Fantasy Flight Games, 2020)
    16:50 -Feierabend aka Finishing Time (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)
    22:37 -Gatefall (Jack Dire, Jack Dire Studios, 2020)
    28:07 -The Castles of Tuscany (Stefan Feld, alea, 2020)
    32:09 -Cosmic Colonies (Scott Almes, Floodgate Games, 2020)
    36:37 -Seastead (Ian Cooper & Jan M. Gonzalez, WizKids, 2020)
    42:20 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)
    43:21 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    45:58 Announcing new bonus show: The C.U.R.E. Files
    46:45 Ex-Blizzard employees founding Warchief Gaming
    47:49 Horizon Wars: Zero Dark expands with Operation: Nemesis
    49:29 Walker hates d20s
    50:18 Frostgrave becomes Stargrave, uses d20s
    50:59 Chinese New Year has begun

    51:33 Topic: Lifetime Games

    • 1h 1m
    #141: Lost Ruins of Arnak

    #141: Lost Ruins of Arnak

    The unofficial motto of SVWAG has always been, "stop trying to make fetch happen." Similarly, you can't just make up words out of thin air--it's not like they're holidays or anything that can be conjured ex nihilo (Happy Arkhipov Day!). What's an Arnak, anyway? Can you lose ruins of something that never existed? I suppose a fantasy is a good pretext to give us an arm's length distance from generations of pith-decked looters and graverobbers. Relatedly, Walker desperately wants to coin the term "Azteckian," but Mark's not having it.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:32 -Quantum (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)
    04:15 -Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game (Seiji Kanai & Alexander Ortloff, Zman Games, 2020)
    07:34 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)
    12:52 -Sakura Arms (BakaFire, AEG, 2017)
    15:05 -Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2010)
    16:52 -Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers (Klaus-Jürgen Wrede & Bernd Brunnhofer, Hans im Glück, 2002)
    18:27 -Alhambra (Dirk Henn, Queen Games, 2003)
    20:12 -Pavlov's House (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2018)
    27:17 -Luxor (Rudiger Dorn, Queen Games, 2018)
    29:25 -Quetzal (Alexandre Garcia, Gigamic, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    32:24 Descent: Legends of the Dark
    34:28 Dragonlance digression
    36:38 More Knizia from Grail Games
    37:59 Too many Kickstarters! Yedo, Freedom Five, Frostpunk, Darkest Dungeon, Grand Austria Hotel, Crash Octopus, Kabuto Sumo, Sakura Arms
    38:51 Arkhipov Day: Ocotber 27th

    39:01 Feature Game: Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)

    • 1h 2 min

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