Tuesday. We're into the meaty center part of the work week. I hope your Monday back after the weekend was alright. Hopefully your pets, if you have them, are calming down from all the explosions going on outside. Hopefully the rest of your week looks like it might be just busy enough to keep time going along quickly while not being overwhelming. And to help with that last part, let's get you some gaming podcasts to listen to.
This week on the dial we have: Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 10: Cocktail Hour; Game Classy Podcast Episode 212: Steve likes Necrons; The Secret Cabal Episode 210: Spirit Island and Gaming Etiquette and The Social Contract; Tabletop Talk Episode 81: Insider Insight with Jay Little (designer of X-Wing and Star Wars RPG); and Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 202: Justin Gary, Ascension Tactics, Cosmic Encounter Duels, Rise of the Empire.
This episode we taste test the Forgotten Waters custom cocktails. Find out how good Niki did creating these beauties, or if she failed miserably. Plus Jerry provides some satisfying drink ASMR.
Almost to a unhealthy degree. Also Loch Ness Monster.
Hey Now Cabalists! Episode 210 starts out with a little bit of a bummer as we discuss how sad we are the Origins Game Fair won’t be happening this year but before too long, we jump into talking about some great games we've been playing including; Wingspan, Bumuntu, Fields of Green, Tapestry, Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, Claustrophobia 1643 and Small World. Then Don and Jamie jump into a feature review of Spirit Island from Greater Than Games and designed by R. Eric Reuss. Tony T collects and delivers a bonkers series of news articles and currently running Kickstarter projects while the gang chirps in the background. Then finally the Founders discuss various elements of gaming etiquette and the social contract with playing board games.
Join Craig and his guest, Jay Little, as they discuss the games Jay has designed including the X-Wing Miniature game, Edge of Empire RPG, and many more. Learn how Jay approaches designing for blockbuster licenses like Star Wars and Warhammer. His enthusiasm for gaming is infectious and you will learn a lot about how he approaches game design.
This episode is full of stuff. We have a discussion with Justin Gary about his career and the new Kickstarter from Stone Blade Entertainment: Ascension Tactics. Tony is a big old fan boy during this, but rightly so with over 1000+ games of Ascension played. But we learn some very interesting facts about Justin that just floors us. If you have the time, be sure to listen to the full episode because there are nuggets about the elements the lead up to Ascension Tactics. However, the hard cord discussion begins around the 55:00 mark. This episode comes out on the day the Ascension Tactics Kickstarter starts, so if you want to back it, do it in the first 24 hours to get your name in the book.
We have a ton of games to talk about in this episode as well. We are going to talk about Cosmic Encounter Duel which really caught Marty by surprise. You know of your expectations are kind of down there and you get blown away. That is what this game did to Marty. When it is just the two of us sitting down to play a game, this and Undaunted are going to be fighting for table time.
Then we have Portal’s new add on for Imperial Settlers, Rise of the Empire. This is only a preview because we need to get Imperial Settlers on the table some more to remember how to play that game well. We had both forgotten strategies, nuisances and the best way to play the factions we picked. If you enjoyed Imperial Settlers before, this add on is something you should consider.
Ravensburger Jungle Cruise and Back to the Future: Dice Through Time find their way to the table. Jungle Cruise is a very light, family game. It is really nothing more than a roll and move game with set collection. However, Back to the Future is a challenging co-op game that will be a tough one to beat. If you like Elder Sign, you should check this one out if you like the IP that the game is based on.
And we discuss the new Unmatched release Cobble & Fog which brings to the table some of the best Universal Monsters and the lovable crime fighter Sherlock Holmes. Finally, Dice Masters has campaign boxes and we got to try one out that let us take a trip down memory lane. We hate that they ran into issues when it was released, such a fun, quick game to play.