15 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

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    • 4.6 • 5 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 15 - Print and Play Special: Black Sonata

    Ep 15 - Print and Play Special: Black Sonata

    In this episode Scruffy and Norm look at the hidden movement and deduction game Black Sonata. 



    Listener question: 

    What is something you have made yourself, either a game or a gaming accessory, that you are proud of? Please send us pictures! 



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    Print Black Sonata yourself: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/151526/black-sonata-pnp-components

    To The Moon Video Game: https://store.steampowered.com/app/206440/To_the_Moon/

    • 59 min
    Ep 14 - The Wretched Solo Rpg & Making a Game Personal

    Ep 14 - The Wretched Solo Rpg & Making a Game Personal

    In this episode Scruffy and Norm look at the solo only horror RPG The Wretched. As always Scruffy and Norm share their thoughts on the game then the conversation goes to the broader topic of the different verbs board and roleplaying games asks the players to undertake and how those actions are thematically tied in with your character. They also briefly look at what level of abstraction is useful and even necessary for games. As The Wretched is a horror game they look at how the game manages to ramp up the tension and add a sense of stake through its design and components. At the heart of the episode Scruffy and Norm attempt to unpack why the Wretched led to such a personal response from both of their experiences. 



    Listener Question: 

    What is the most affecting moment you've experienced in a game?



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    Check out Scruffy's playthrough: 

    https://youtu.be/vsu0LHTrnrE



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    https://www.twitch.tv/scruffygamerlive



    Check out the other Wretched style games available:

    https://itch.io/jam/wretched-jam/entries



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 13 - Pax Pamir 2nd Edition & Designing Automa Decks

    Ep 13 - Pax Pamir 2nd Edition & Designing Automa Decks

    In this episode Scruffy and Norm are joined by special guest Steve Schlepphorst (designer of automa decks including Garth for Great Western Trail and the official automa deck for Gugong). Together the three of them share their thoughts on Pax Pamir and specifically the automa deck that comes with the game. This topic is also explored more broadly as Steve shares his thoughts on what makes a good automa deck, why use automa decks in the first place and how you can go about designing one yourself. 



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    Timestamps: 

    Intro and Game Description 

    Special Guest's introduction: 4.40

    Main topic: 12:10

    New question and responses from last episode: 1:08:12



    Listener question: What is your best example of a solo game or AI opponent making a perfect move against you, a time you thought "how did they know?" and how did it make you feel? 



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    Links to Steve's references in the show: 

    Garth: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/151608/garth-specialized-automa-gwt-solo-play

    Garth Online: https://boardgamesquad.com/automa/gwtrtn/

    PP2E: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/256960/pax-pamir-second-edition/files

    Brass Birmingham Mautoma: http://www.mautoma.com/mautomas/brass-birmingham

    Morten's article "The Automa Approach": https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/37830/automa-approach-i-method-making-solitaire-modes-mu

    Gugong: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/250458/gugng

    Genotype: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/252752/genotype-mendelian-genetics-game

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 12 - Anachrony & AI Opponents

    Ep 12 - Anachrony & AI Opponents

    In this episode Scruffy and Norm share their thoughts on Anachrony. They also discuss what makes a good AI opponent and nail down some of their own definitions regarding AI opponents. This episode also marks the start of the solo Mage Knight tournament over on the Always Player One Discord. 



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    Listener Question: 

    What is your favourite automa deck? 



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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep 11 - Aeon's End Legacy & Narrative In Games

    Ep 11 - Aeon's End Legacy & Narrative In Games

    In this episode Norm and Scruffy share their thoughts on the Aeon's End system and in particular the Legacy game. Their analysis includes the mechanisms that all Aeon's End games share and expands to what makes the Legacy game special (without spoiling any of the story).

    They also open up the analysis to the different narratives in the game including both the written story that drives the game forward and the emergent narrative that is born from the player's interaction with the game.



    Listener Question: What is your best story that has come from the emergent narrative in a game?



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    Peter's Wiki reference: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)

    Orchard Challenges: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/200846/orchard-solo-challenge-season-1 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep 10 - Print and Play Special - Orchard: 9 Card Solitaire Game & Why Our Special Guest Loves Micro Games

    Ep 10 - Print and Play Special - Orchard: 9 Card Solitaire Game & Why Our Special Guest Loves Micro Games

    In this episode Scruffy and Norm welcome Dan Leacy, industry insider and lover of small footprint games. The three of them then take a deep dive into the print and play game Orchard: 9 Card Solitaire Game as well as diving into the world of small box games, who are these games for? What is their appeal and now that we've played Orchard which other small games should we look out for? In typical Always Player One fashion we go off the beaten path in our conversation and end up covering a wide variety of topics including the interesting concept of using board games as an exercise in mental wellness. For such a small game there sure was a lot for us to unpack! 



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    Listener question: 

    Are there any games that allow you to enter a flow like state where player agency is less important than experiencing the game? 



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    Twitch stream of Ironsworn: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/727295868?sr=a&t=5451s

    Print Orchard for yourself, the files are on BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/245487/orchard-9-card-solitaire-game

    • 1 hr 23 min

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