TGT 045: Demoing Games

This week we talk about game demos and what we can learn from them.  But first…

Off Topic

Chris is back into the Kickstarter swing with Triplock, Gruff: Rage of Trolls, Bio-Logic, Rise of Tribes, and The Component Collector.

We then get some feedback from Sydnie, Christy, and Sam to talk about.

On Topic

We start off thinking about game demos and if they are useful for learning games at home.  This quickly turns into a discussion about games that kind of do this already by having “first game” versions of the rules.  We end talking about some of the games we demoed at Origins last week.


SC 010: Gruff

Gruff is cool!  And today I talk with Brent Critchfield, the designer, all about it.  Oh, and he has a Kickstarter going for the 2nd expansion which adds solo and co-op play, you can find that here: or here

Basically Gruff is a game of battling goats guided by unique shepherds.  You pick a shepherd, then you pick three goats.  This gives you a pool of cards (15 per goat) and you build a deck from that pool (8 per goat).  Ready, set, battle!  The rules are straight forward, but there is a ton of depth both in the deck construction and the play itself.  There are two expansions (well the 2nd is on Kickstarter now), both are standalone and great deals by themselves.  All in all, this game looks and plays great.  A perfect 2-player game and with the latest expansion, you can play it solo and co-op.

(Hmmm, that sounded very market-ish, but really I just like this game and wish it success.)


TGT 044: Origins 2017 Live

Our first live show!  Origins 2017.   We go on topic in record time and talk about a ton of games we played, including…

  • Century: Spice Road
  • Barenpark
  • Werewords
  • Ren Fair
  • Pengoloo
  • Shahrazad
  • The Lost Expedition
  • Masters of Orion
  • Wichhunt
  • and more…



TGT 043: Gamification

This week we talk about bringing gaming ideas into our normal lives, and just a bit of educational games as well.

Off Topic

Come watch us live at Origins this week.  Friday June 16th, at 6:00pm in Room A215.

Some Kickstarters to check out:

  • Lords of Hellas
  • Deception: Undercover Allies
  • Bio-Logic

And a couple quick questions this week from Sam (on what is “mass market” and “variants introduced by expansions”) and Steven (on how to start going to Cons).

On Topic

We start out talking about Gamification in fitness (AppleWatch and FitBits).  And then there’s a bit about apps that try to gamify tasks lists.  We then go into gamifying games with the goal of education which leads Chris to add a show on educational games to the future lineup.

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SC 009: Roll20CON

Today I talk with Suzanne and Stephanie about Roll20CON happening June 24-25, 2017. is one of the leading online role-playing platforms and Roll20CON is their annual (this is the 2nd annual to be precise) convention to raise money to combat cyber bulling via the Cybersmile charity.  Go to now to sign up to run a game or to play a game.

Follow them on Twitter: @Roll20app

Use the hashtag #Roll20CON to talk about the con.

And watch them on twitch at

Details with bullet points:


  • Roll20CON is the free, online-only celebration of the Roll20 Community, starting Saturday, June 24th and ending Sunday, June 25th, 2017. No timezones this year — we’ve scheduled the fun to continue through them all!
  • On June 17th, all games labeled for Roll20CON will have access to some Plus-level subscription features (tagged games will be ad free & will have access to Dynamic Lighting) for free until the end of the event.
  • During the convention, some of your favorite streamers will be live on Twitch helping us raise money for Cybersmile, the international non-profit supporting victims of cyberbullying. (We have not announced who yet!)
  • Teespring campaign coming June 17th with profits to Cybersmile!



TGT 042: House Rules and Game Variants

This is episode 42, but does not contain any answers to the universe.  What it does contain is talk about house rules and changing up your game to suit your play style.

Off Topic

We have an origins day and time!  Friday June 16th at 6:00pm in room A215.  We’ll be recording our first ever live episode.  Join us if you’re in Columbus (at Origins).

On Topic

We talk about Monopoly, more than we should, but it was fun none-the-less.  We then talk Gloomhaven, Too Many Bones, and Werewolf (among others) variant rules.