TGT 074: Not Buying Games

This weeks episode topic was based on the following thread on Board Game Geek:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/234299/public-commitment-not-buying-new-games-2018/

BGG Badge Thread (thanks to Chris Anderson):
https://boardgamegeek.com/article/27972162#27972162

Everdell Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/everdell-a-beautiful-board-game-of-cards-and-critt

Tokyo Series Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jordandraper/tokyo-series-jidohanbaiki-metro-and-jutaku

Steven Sites reviews Fuse from the Home Depot box of games he won: “Fuse is a real time dice chucking game where you are trying to defuse a certain number of bombs before they explode.  You have a number of cards depending on how hard you want the game to be that you have to match the dice rolled into patterns on the cards (some times stacking them) in order to defuse the cards and allow you to discard them to pick new cards from a 5 card tableau that also need to be diffused.  Each person must take a dice to play one one of the 2 cards in front of them and if they don’t that die has to be rolled and a die matching the color or face rolled has to be removed from unfinished cards and play continues with each person rolling dice for the group and dice being drafted.  You only have 10 minutes to complete all of the cards in the stack and if you don’t the bombs explode and you lose.  However you can score all of the cards based on the hardness level of each card completed 1-6.  So even if you lose you still get a score you can try to beat on your next round. 

My group and I really like this game a lot.  My 6 year old and I play it and he really enjoys the game as well.  There is some dexterity to the game with the stacking but also you realize as you play a few times you have to pay attention to the cards you take as you complete other cards.  That is because there are only a certain number of each colored dice in the bag you are drawing from so paying attention to locked colors on those cards can haunt you.  The game only takes 10 minutes a play so its a good filler game.  Renegade who is the game publisher has an app for some of their games and Fuse has a timer on it that also has a voice taunting you and keeping you informed as to the time remaining.  I’d definitely recommend this game and would like to get a chance to play the follow up game they did to this called Flat Line.  If I was on the Dice Tower it gets a seal of approval from me. 🙂

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TGT 073: Analysis Paralysis

This week we sloooooow things down and really take a deep look at analysis paralysis and how we can better understand AP players and make games more enjoyable for both sides.

But before we get to that, we get a lot of feedback from our last show and hear about some of our listener’s favorite games of 2017.  We also talk about EverCon and get in a quick question about why Tom Vasel hates miniatures (spoiler alert, he doesn’t).

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TGT 072: 2017 Favorites

This week we’re looking back at the year at some of our favorite new games.  But first Chris talks about EverCon and CapriCon, two conventions we’ll be at in the near future.  He also has two new Kickstarters he’s backed and then we get into some feedback on past episodes.

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TGT 071: Dice Games

This week we start off talking about a couple upcoming conventions we’ll be at.  Chris backs the 2nd least expensive game yet  on Kickstarter (Postcard Dungeon) and we then read some feedback from past episodes (including a gummy candy commercial!).

Then we start talking about dice games (thanks Christy for the outline) and realize quickly that this topic is too big for just one episode.  We do what we can in the time we have and then plan several more episodes in the near future on more specific topics.

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TGT 070: Semi Co-Op Games

This week we start out by announcing the winner to our current giveaway, talk a bit about our next giveaway, Chris backs a Tank game on Kickstarter, we get some nice feedback, a quick question, and then on to the topic…

Semi Co-Op games!  We try and define them, grasp for some examples, and even talk a bit theoretically about what works and doesn’t work within this niche category.

The game show Josh mentions: https://youtu.be/S0qjK3TWZE8

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TGT 069: Games Based on Existing IPs

This week we start with our thoughts on the new Patreon changes, a recap of Dice Tower Cruise, our current contest to give away Pandemic Legacy Season 2, and a D&D 5e Kickstarter Chris has backed.

We then get into some feedback and a message from Kitty on feedback that’s too nice.

Finally we go on topic and talk about some of our favorite games based on existing media IP (intellectual property) which mostly centers around Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones.

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TGT 068: Twenty Dollar Games

We start out with a couple new Kickstarters, Dawn of Peacemakers and Monster Slaughter.  We get some feedback from Dave, Michael, and Myles, and then answer a quick question from Joe.

Then we go on topic and talk about a bunch of cheaper games that are good for gifts this season.  Including Fantasy Realms, Tides of Time, Bang the Dice Game, Herbaceous, Hero Realms, Not Alone, Oden’s Ravens, Ultimate Werewolf, Murder Mystery Party, Shahrazad, and more…

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TGT 067: Calling an Audible

This week we start with drawing the first winner for Pandemic Legacy Season 2.

Chris then talks about a couple Kickstaters:
Core Space: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1621774283/core-space
Root: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2074786394/root-a-game-of-woodland-might-and-right

We have some feedback and a couple quick questions then get on-topic.

This week’s topic is a little loose, but we do come to an interesting conclusion by the end.

Kitty mentioned this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41lZmGcRWHU

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TGT 066: Getting Non-Gamers to Game

This week there are no new Kickstarters to speak of (again) but Chris does talk about a non-game Kickstater he recently received (the click-and-grow, it’s cool).

We got a lot of feedback this week and answer a quick question.

We then talk about “non-gamers” and ways we can turn them into full fledge gamers.

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TGT 065: A Deck of Cards

Josh is back and we find out what he was up to for the last two weeks.  Chris speaks British (sort of) and we announce the winner(s) of our current contest.

Then Chris covers a couple Kickstarters he backed recently and we answer a quick question from Jeremy on expansions.

Then we go on topic and talk a lot about normal playing cards.  We talk about where they came from and what can we do with them.

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