So, we've gotten through Monday and are now firmly entrenched in the work week here with Tuesday. I hope yours is going well. Mine once again has a dripping ceiling in my bedroom. So, that's no fun. But I'll make it through, and I hope you do too. To help, let's get our gaming podcasts on.
This week on the dial we have: Lords of the Dungeon Episode 39: Take-Backs and First Time GM Jitters; Tabletop Talk Episode 78: Insider Insight with Ash Barker (GMG); Polyhedron Collider Episode 84: The UK Expo No Show; and Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 200: Co-host Auditions, Ride the Rails, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, Undaunted: North Africa, Wingspan.
In episode 39, the Lords start out by discussing Bender and Jess' new 1829 golden age of piracy Ravenloft campaign using the Dungeons and Dragons system. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding players asking to take back their action after committing. Finally, in the main discussion, the Lords talk about AC preparing for his first-time game mastering and the feelings he has, his preparation and some tips for handling first time GM jitters.
Join Craig as he talks with Ash Barker of Guerilla Miniature Games and YouTube fame. They discuss game design, what makes a game fun, and what miniature gaming looks like in a post-COVID world.
If things were normal this episode would be all about talking about the UK games Expo but of course conventions have been cancelled so we bring you another slice of gaming chat as we discuss the latest news and answer he listeners questions.
We address topics such as the best 2 player game, online conventions, and Terraforming Mars.
Physical games were actually played for this episode. That is right, we gathered around a table and played to new train games. Ride the Rails from Capstone Games was first on the table. It was refreshing not to have to bid on stocks in a train game and concentrate on the network. But then, Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio rolled onto the table and we were back to stocks and building the network. Winner is the one with most points in both games. Both games took a little bit to get the fire stocked in the boiler and get the train out of the station. But isn’t that how it is with these games, got to see how the strategy will play out. The concepts are easy to grasp, but how to use them to your advantage just takes some time.
Tony and Donna talk about the Game of the Year, Wingspan. They finally get to play it and can see why it got the praise that it did. Artwork, table presence, ease of teach, and concepts were just top notch. Even the mother-in-laws enjoy the game and they are not use to these types of games.
And the love for the Undaunted series continues with the next installment, North Africa. Not sure what it is, but this series continues to be a favorite. It melds in enough strategy and the favorite mechanic of deck building which is why it seems to be hitting the table as often as it is.
A big thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate the 200th episode of Rolling Dice & Taking Names. We asked a ton of people to send in audition tapes to replace Tony as a way to close out that running gag and we appreciate all that took the time out of the schedule and sent one in.
Episode 201 is around the corner and we will be visited by Isaac Childres as he talks about his new game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion