39 episodes

Always Player One is a Podcast about solo board games and what we think makes them interesting. This is not another podcast of reviews, we want to make each episode the start or continuation of a conversation with you, the listener.

We aim to release every two weeks and in every new episode we take a topic, couple it with a game and discuss both. At the end of the show we throw out some questions to you the listeners and respond to your answers from previous shows.

Join the conversation today!

Always Player One: A Solo Board Gaming Podcast Norm & Scruffy Gamer

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 20 Ratings

Always Player One is a Podcast about solo board games and what we think makes them interesting. This is not another podcast of reviews, we want to make each episode the start or continuation of a conversation with you, the listener.

We aim to release every two weeks and in every new episode we take a topic, couple it with a game and discuss both. At the end of the show we throw out some questions to you the listeners and respond to your answers from previous shows.

Join the conversation today!

    Ep 36 - All Good Things...

    Ep 36 - All Good Things...

    Here we are, have your tissues ready, it's going to get emotional... The final episode.



    Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/gAnWkYH



    Timestamp for listener questions: 1.32.25



    Links: 

    Stop Somewhere Podcast: https://anchor.fm/stopsomewhere
    Mantis Falls: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/291847/mantis-falls

    Citezenmono's Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/citizenmono


     

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Ep 35 - The Listener Choice Top 5

    Ep 35 - The Listener Choice Top 5

    In this episode Norm & Scruffy are joined once more by Kendall McKenzie to count down the top 5 solo games as chosen by our listeners. This top 5 list was made based on votes from our listeners over on our Discord server. 



    Join our Discord:
    https://discord.gg/xdPzSAG



    Contact us: 

    email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com 

    Reddit: always_player_one

    Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

    Scruffy, Norm and Kendall's Ironsworn playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRq-QDcz6Iw&t=7650s

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Important - Doomsday Announcement

    Important - Doomsday Announcement

    The end is near! 



    That's right we are ending the podcast but not before we go out with a big bang. In this announcement we share the news of the podcast coming to an end, some of our reasons as to why and what you can expect from our final episode and Discord community going forward. 



    Listener Question: What did Always Player One mean to you? 



    Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/xdPzSAG



    Contact us: 

    email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

    Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

    Reddit: Always_player_one

    • 10 min
    Ep 34 - The Wars Of Marcus Aurelius - Scruffy & Norm Divided

    Ep 34 - The Wars Of Marcus Aurelius - Scruffy & Norm Divided

    In this episode we take a deep dive into The Wars of Marcus Aurelius, a game that has Norm and Scruffy completely divided. Listen as one host tears down the game while the other builds it back up. Where will you land with it? Are you more of a Scruffy or a Norm in this instance?   
    Important update: in this episode we refer to Amabel Holland by an incorrect name, this was an honest mistake as we were not aware she had changed her name. We meant no offence and hope this does not upset anyone.
    Support the show:  https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast 
    Buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/alwaysplayerone 

    Join the discord: https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU 

    Contact us:  
    email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523
    Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast  
    Reddit: Always_player_one
    Aeon's End campaign: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/218565/graveholds-last-stand-fan-created-campaign-two-mag 
    Tabletop Simulator tutorial series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA16SF2eexlUtH2AM4V8VF9rDpekW2uYA

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 33 - Our Top 5s - One Year On

    Ep 33 - Our Top 5s - One Year On

    Timestamps: 

    Top 5 Lists Start: 00:04:26 

    Listener Questions: 01:12:32



    In this episode Scruffy and Norm countdown their top 5 solo board games and compare their new lists with the ones they made a year ago in episode 8. 



    Support the show: 

    https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast



    Buy us a coffee:

    https://ko-fi.com/alwaysplayerone



    Join the discord: 

    https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU



    Contact us: 

    email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

    Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

    Reddit: Always_player_one

    Play Rollway Station: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/312259/rollway-station

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Ep 32 - One Deck Dungeon & The Joy of Losing

    Ep 32 - One Deck Dungeon & The Joy of Losing

    In this episode Scruffy and Norm take a deep dive into One Deck Dungeon and its standalone expansion One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows. Together they unpack the mechanisms and try their best to work out exactly why this game is just as fun to lose as it is to win.   



    Timestamps: 

    00:03:54 description ends 

    01:06:30 Listener questions



    Support the show:  https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast 

    Buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/alwaysplayerone 

    Join the discord:  https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU 



    Contact us:  

    email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

    Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast  

    Reddit: Always_player_one

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Retrogue ,

Wonderful thoughtful content

This is a show about two newbies to solo tabletop gaming exploring various titles and gaming concepts. Very enjoyable to listen to and follow their progress. It’s a growing niche and I can’t think of two better hosts in this genre. The tone they set in the show is very open minded and polite.

eliodoloro ,

Great hosts and a wonderful show

Norm and Scruffy are open-minded gamers with a relatable friendship. I’ve enjoyed listening to their show these months, and based on their excitement I’ve even just downloaded the materials for my first ever solo rpg experience. Thanks for the content! You get me through 13 hour weekly commute (with the help of some other podcasters, of course). I guess this became a DM instead of a review. Best wishes in all things. -Elliott

Skurvy5 ,

Excellent Podcast

I’ve been searching for a new solo focused board game podcast ever since the hosts changed on my previous favorite solo board game podcast. I am so happy I stumbled across this one - it’s amazing! The hosts are great. The content is fantastic. Instant subscribe.

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