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Jake and Danielle talk about their latest board gaming experiences, delicious craft beer, and find any opportunity to join the two together.

Draft Mechanic Jake Bock

    • Leisure
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Jake and Danielle talk about their latest board gaming experiences, delicious craft beer, and find any opportunity to join the two together.

    Return of the Randowriters

    Return of the Randowriters

    Draft Mechanic Episode #124: Return of the Randowriters
    Roll ‘em! It’s time for another round-up of Randowriters, still the hottest craze in lil’ games with pencils, pens, dice and cards. We’ve got four of ‘em (one is an app). Oh, and just in case you don’t want to be random, we’re also talking about the new word deduction game Decipher. Plus a few Kickstarter notes, Danielle talks about some data gathered from the Untappd “At Home” venue, and our community chimes in on games that were a pleasant surprise. Thank you again for listening, we hope you enjoy today’s episode!
    00:45 Show Intro, News & Updates
    02:20 Kickstarter Updates
    02:46 Kickstarter: As You ‘Wich
    05:25 Kickstarter: Coven Creatures
    06:58 Recent Plays: Decipher
    17:50 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot
    18:53 Randowriters: Cartographers App
    26:19 Randowriters: Silver & Gold
    35:47 Randowriters: On Tour (Second Edition)
    46:48 Randowriters: Corinth
    62:28 On Tap: Corinth
    66:36 Untappd At Home
    76:15 Final Round: Pleasant Surprises
    81:28 Next Final Round & Outro
    We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!
    Pick up one of several designs for a Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!
    Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!
    We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!
    Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!
    Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!
    Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come listen to the full album on our website!
    Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!
    http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2020/124rando

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Bargain Quest

    Bargain Quest

    Draft Mechanic Episode #123: Bargain Quest
    I sure hope you like value! In this episode of Draft Mechanic, you get not just ONE game in the feature segment, but ONE and a half! An expansion too! That’s such a steal! But don’t steal Bargain Quest. But if you want to steal, your dexterity is probably high? Right? Is that a good segue to three games that have dexterity or physical mechanics? I don’t know. But we talk about CTRL, Megacity Oceania, and Flash 8. And, as an added value, Danielle’s going to tell you about Sorachi Ace hops! WHAT A DEAL.
    00:45 Show Intro, News & Updates
    02:54 Kickstarter Updates
    03:30 Kickstarter: Endangered: New Species
    08:07 Recent Plays: CTRL
    19:37 Recent Plays: Megacity: Oceania
    33:39 Recent Plays: Flash 8
    46:22 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot
    47:05 Six Pack Review: Bargain Quest
    48:43 Bargain Quest: Gameplay Overview
    55:51 Bargain Quest: Discussion
    86:46 Bargain Quest: Final Thoughts
    88:21 On Tap: Bargain Quest
    93:52 Hop Primer: Sorachi Ace
    104:20 Next Final Round & Outro
    We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!
    Pick up one of several designs for a Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!
    Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!
    We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!
    Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!
    Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!
    Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come listen to the full album on our website!
    Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!
    http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2020/123bargainquest

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Hats & Chai

    Hats & Chai

    Draft Mechanic Episode #122: Hats, Chai, Traintopia, Arkadia, Sabro hops
    Hope you’re thirsty, because it’s tea time! We’re maneuvering hat cards in teams or individually in Hats, we’re opening our own tea shops in Chai, and… ok, that’s where the tea metaphors run dry. In other recent plays, we go back to 2006 for Arkadia and back current for Traintopia, and Danielle talks about Sabro hops, one of the trendiest hops going in the biz today. Ok, so there’s not really an overarching theme for this episode. Let that one simmer for a bit.
    00:45 Show Intro, News & Updates
    02:50 Ashes Reborn
    05:49 Wolfgang Warsch’s New Expansions
    09:17 Kickstarter Updates
    10:23 Kickstarter: Lunar Base
    15:55 Recent Plays: Arkadia
    28:38 Recent Plays: Traintopia
    45:27 Recent Plays: Chai
    65:13 On Tap: Chai
    70:48 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot
    71:31 Six Pack Review: Hats
    72:02 Hats: Gameplay Overview
    79:38 Hats: Discussion
    95:16 Hop Primer: Sabro
    100:38 Closing Remarks & Outro
    We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!
    Pick up one of several designs for a Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!
    Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!
    We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!
    Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!
    Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!
    Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come listen to the full album on our website!
    Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!
    http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2020/122hats

    • 1 hr 45 min
    High Rise

    High Rise

    Draft Mechanic Episode #121: High Rise; Roar & Write; Stay Cool; Carcassonne: Wheel of Fortune; Black is Beautiful beer initiative
    Your eyes don’t deceive you, it is for sure a new episode of Draft Mechanic! Thanks so much for sticking with us, and we’re glad to bring you a feature review of High Rise, the latest from Gil Hova’s Formal Ferret Games. In recent plays, we roll, we write, we roar, we stay cool, and we move a wooden pig around a wheel. We hope you’re doing ok out there in podcast land, and thank you for welcoming us back into your ears for another round!
    00:45 Show Intro, News & Updates
    03:39 Kickstarter: The Fuzzies
    11:26 Recent Plays: Roar & Write
    24:40 Recent Plays: Carcassonne: Wheel of Fortune
    34:56 Recent Plays: Stay Cool!
    43:55 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot
    44:41 Six Pack Review: High Rise
    45:54 High Rise: Gameplay Overview (and some discussion)
    56:10 High Rise: Discussion
    88:03 High Rise: Final Thoughts
    91:48 On Tap: High Rise
    98:07 Black is Beautiful beer initiative
    105:02 Closing Remarks & Outro
    We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!
    Pick up one of several designs for a Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!
    Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!
    We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!
    Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!
    Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!
    Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come listen to the full album on our website!
    Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!
    http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2020/121highrise

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Mystery House

    Mystery House

    Draft Mechanic Episode #120: Mystery House; CYOA: House of Danger; Captive; Crusoe Crew; Summit Hops
    #stayhome and play some of these mysterious games about houses! It wasn’t intentional, we swear. Mystery House, CYOA: House of Danger and Captive all take place in houses. And the Crusoe Crew - well, it starts at home, so that qualifies too. Seriously though, we hope you’re doing well out there in podcast listener land. Stay healthy & wash your hands!
    01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates
    04:06 News: Golden Geek Awards voting is live
    06:40 News: tabletop.events needs your help!
    09:52 Kickstarter Updates
    11:06 Kickstarter: Planet Unknown
    17:29 Recent Plays: Graphic Novel Adventures “Captive”
    34:57 Recent Plays: The Crusoe Crew
    45:22 Recent Plays: CYOA: House of Danger
    59:55 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot
    61:00 Six Pack Review: Mystery House
    61:32 Mystery House: Gameplay Overview
    67:11 Mystery House: Discussion
    89:20 Mystery House: Final Thoughts
    91:50 On Tap: Mystery House
    96:17 Hop Primer: Summit Hops
    103:40 Final Round: Convention-going with your SO
    110:39 Next Final Round Topic
    112:04 Outro
    We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!
    Pick up one of three designs for a Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!
    Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!
    We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!
    Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!
    Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!
    Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come listen to the full album on our website!
    Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!
    http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2020/120mysteryhouse

    • 1 hr 54 min
    In the Hall of the Mountain King

    In the Hall of the Mountain King

    Draft Mechanic Episode #119: In the Hall of the Mountain King, Lions of Lydia KS preview, Zoned Out, Felix the Cat in the Sack, Mosaic Hops, House Rules
    Hello again! In this new era of staying at home, why not make that home in a mountain? We’re excavating a mountain cave in our feature review today with In the Hall of the Mountain King. It’s the formation of economy in Lions of Lydia, building a city in Zoned Out, and Felix the Cat in the Sack is also in this sentence. No pun there, sorry. Danielle discusses Mosaic hops, and Jake asked the slack about House Rules back when we were allowed out of our houses. Wash your hands and stay home.
    01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates
    09:21 Kickstarter Updates
    10:42 Kickstarter: Lions of Lydia
    11:40 Kickstarter Preview: Lions of Lydia
    28:50 Recent Plays: Zoned Out!
    51:37 Recent Plays: Felix the Cat in the Sack
    60:38 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot
    61:49 Six Pack Review: In the Hall of the Mountain King
    62:50 In the Hall of the Mountain King: Gameplay Overview
    69:50 In the Hall of the Mountain King: Discussion
    94:40 In the Hall of the Mountain King: Final Thoughts
    97:44 On Tap: In the Hall of the Mountain King
    101:19 Hop Primer: Mosaic
    106:24 Final Round: House Rules
    110:17 Next Final Round Topic
    111:23 Outro
    We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!
    Pick up one of three designs for a Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!
    Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!
    We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!
    Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!
    Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!
    Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come listen to the full album on our website!
    Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!
    http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2020/119mountainking

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

P@rick From Southie ,

Great Show Not A Big Beer Fan

Great show! I like your thoughtfulness you 2 put into the reviews and games you play. I also appreciate that you keep your “beer pairing” to the end of the show. To be honest, I don’t drink and this segment doesn’t even interest me the slightest. So, needless to say, when this segment starts, this is where your podcast ends for me. Needless to say great show! Keep em coming

DaboGirl ,

I like my podcasts like I like my beer, a bit sweet and always satisfying

This show is a shining example of how Two somewhat niche hobbies can be sewn together in a way that fans of one or both can enjoy.

Insightful commentary about boards and brews make this show a must-listen for fans of hobby games or craft beer. It may even help fans of one discover the other!

Kkudjndyd ,

Snooze

Impressively dull podcast, I know board games aren’t exactly heart pumping endeavors but come on.

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