139 episodes

We’ve spent over a decade in the tabletop gaming space, as content creators, local store owners, and online retailers. Now it’s time to answer your questions, dive into complex topics, and have an incredible amount of fun along the way -- featuring exclusive updates, candid dialogue, and fascinating interviews with designers, publishers, and visionaries.

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    • 4.9, 107 Ratings

We’ve spent over a decade in the tabletop gaming space, as content creators, local store owners, and online retailers. Now it’s time to answer your questions, dive into complex topics, and have an incredible amount of fun along the way -- featuring exclusive updates, candid dialogue, and fascinating interviews with designers, publishers, and visionaries.

    136: Gen Con Cancelled, Habits Disrupted

    136: Gen Con Cancelled, Habits Disrupted

    Following in the footsteps of Origins and others, Gen Con has officially canceled their in-person convention, replacing it with an online variant. What could these kinds of disruptions mean for businesses and players who viewed Gen Con as a "no-brainer" every year? Forced reflection and introspection abounds in the age of COVID.

    Find all previous casts, as well as learning content and products, on our website: https://teamcovenant.com

    • 44 min
    135: When Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

    135: When Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

    Theme and mechanics should always strive for harmony, but what happens when a wild wrestling match turns into an analytical challenge full of unexpected complexities? For some, the greatest game ever made. For others, confusion.

    Find all previous casts, as well as learning content and products, on our website: https://teamcovenant.com

    • 54 min
    134: What Makes Games Exhausting

    134: What Makes Games Exhausting

    Continuing a series of reflections spurred by our revisit to a number of classic CCGs, we try to pin down the mechanical style that makes certain games exhausting. It's a lot more than the number of decisions being made.

    Find all previous casts, as well as learning content and products, on our website: https://teamcovenant.com

    • 38 min
    133: Game Complexity is Complex

    133: Game Complexity is Complex

    When we say a game is "complex", that really doesn't tell us much. Simple decision trees with complex mechanics can lead to beautifully thematic experiences. Complex decision trees with simple mechanics can lead to incredibly satisfying gameplay. We look at the Middle Earth CCG, Legend of the Five Rings LCG, and Skytear - among others - to dig deeper into the different ways that complexity can help, or hurt, a game.

    • 51 min
    132: Great Game Design - A Retrospective ft. Epic Duels

    132: Great Game Design - A Retrospective ft. Epic Duels

    Having now streamed over 100 hours from a diverse catalog of games in the past month, we crack open the eternal topic - why do some games stand the test of time while others fall away? Great design is a mixture of mechanics and expectations, and there is no better framing device for this discussion than the recently played classic, Star Wars: Epic Duels.

    Find all previous casts, as well as learning content and products, on our website: https://teamcovenant.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    131: Skytear and the Covenant Mission

    131: Skytear and the Covenant Mission

    Just as we finalized a months-long effort to bring clarity to the online component of Covenant, the perfect candidate for our new mission arrived on our doorstep. Join us for a discussion about Skytear, a tremendous game that ushers in a new way for us to help publishers, players, and local stores.

    Find all previous casts, as well as learning content and products, on our website: https://teamcovenant.com

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

pzychout ,

A podcast I didn’t know I needed

I stumbled across Team Covenant during some sort of internet spiral while I was “researching” various card games to create my own casual game. I continue to return to their site and content accounts, because Steven and Zach are awesome! I really enjoy their thoughtful diagnosis of card games, most of which I don’t and won’t play. Truly entertaining and informative, a podcast I didn’t know I needed, but so happy I have found.

AC0990 ,

Great Discussion with a Unique Perspective

I found Team Covenant just over a year ago and it’s had a huge impact on my love of tabletop games. The podcast is amazing, but they also have their YouTube channel and their pre-order subscription service. I listen to a lot of board games content, but this is one I never miss. I love the topics they discuss and the level of knowledge they bring to the conversation. They are pretty funny guys too so that helps!

Ir1sh Jedi ,

Tons of knowledge and very new user friendly

I am SO glad I stumbled across this podcast. Wow. I have played Hearthstone for awhile but I have never played a card game in person. Physical card games seem incredibly difficult for me to learn but listening to this podcast and watching their YouTube videos have really helped. I mostly began watching for Transformers but quickly got caught up in Star Wars Destiny and Marvel Champions. Their videos are very user friendly and really break down the rules and guide new players through the game experience. I’m now considering going to Tulsa once grad school ends to pay them a visit in person. Well done podcast and community building gents.

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