Fantasy Board Game League

Partially because we wanted to do something cool for our 1-year podcastiversary and partially because it's football season and we at Draft Mechanic don't give a hoot about the NFL but sure do love massive-scale gamification, we are proud to announce the launch of the 1st season of the Draft Mechanic Fantasy Board Game League.

We and 9 other podcasters have drafted teams of board games and will be pitting them head to head each week to determine whose picks will reign supreme. 

The season ran for 11 regular matchup weeks, one playoff week and then a final championship week when our top two teams battled it out for cardboard supremacy. Either way, the trophy was going to Albuquerque - but would it be the Dukes or First Mention?

 

Game on! No, wait, play game! Uh, play on? Game? Go go gadget draft league!

THE FINAL MATCHUP!

The Altercation in Albuquerque

 

In our grand finale matchup of the 2016 Fantasy Board Game League, Sean Ramirez' Duke-a-Doodle-Doos face off against Matthew Ward's First Mention juggernaut. Who will claim the inaugural FBGL trophy? Listen below to find out!

 

The 2016
Fantasy Board Game League
Roster of teams

 

Go Fighting Dukes!

Go Fighting Dukes!

Duke-A-Doodle-DooS

GM: Sean Ramirez
Representing: The Dukes of Dice

Gateway: Sushi Go!
Euro: Scythe
4+ Weight: Food Chain Magnate
Card Game: Android: Netrunner
Dexterity: Klask
Slot 6: Roll for the Galaxy
Slot 7: Orleans
Slot 8: The Resistance: Avalon
Slot 9: Mysterium
Slot 10: A Feast for Odin

Bench 1: Ticket to Ride: Europe
Bench 2: Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Bench 3: Hive

Because there's more talent in Eric Lang's Pinky Finger than there is in your whole team.

Because there's more talent in Eric Lang's Pinky Finger than there is in your whole team.

ERIC LANG'S PINKY FINGER

GM: Danielle Bock
Representing: Draft Mechanic

Gateway: Codenames
Euro: Agricola
4+ Weight: Trickerion
Card Game: Race for the Galaxy
Dexterity: Rhino Hero
Slot 6: Great Western Trail
Slot 7: Puerto Rico
Slot 8: Dead of Winter
Slot 9: The Oracle of Delphi
Slot 10: Secret Hitler

Bench 1: Through The Ages (Original)
Bench 2: Bruges
Bench 3: Kemet

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DOUG MCKENZIE

GM: Quinten Dreger
Representing: Boards Alive!

Gateway: 7 Wonders
Euro: Robinson Crusoe
4+ Weight: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
Card Game: Jaipur
Dexterity: Terror in Meeple City
Slot 6: Blood Rage
Slot 7: Seafall
Slot 8: Magic: The Gathering
Slot 9: Hanabi
Slot 10: Camel Up

Bench 1: Hit Z Road
Bench 2: Mombasa
Bench 3: Power Grid

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The Grecian ECONOMY

GM: Matt Robbins
Representing: Epic Gaming Night

Gateway: Splendor
Euro: Inis
4+ Weight: Mage Knight
Card Game: Marvel Legendary
Dexterity: Junk Art
Slot 6: War of the Ring Second Edition
Slot 7: Above and Below
Slot 8: Clank
Slot 9: Eclipse
Slot 10: A Game of Thrones Second Edition

Bench 1: 7 Ronin
Bench 2: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Bench 3: Dixit

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Haspelknecht FOUR

GM: Brandon Kempf
Representing: The What Did You Play This Week Podcast

Gateway: Carcassonne
Euro: Terra Mystica
4+ Weight: Kanban: Automotive Revolution
Card Game: Star Realms
Dexterity: Animal Upon Animal
Slot 6: Potion Explosion
Slot 7: Dreamwell
Slot 8: Eldritch Horror
Slot 9: Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
Slot 10: Quadropolis

Bench 1: Cottage Garden
Bench 2: Vinhos
Bench 3: Haspelknecht

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FIRST MENTION

GM: Matthew Ward
Representing: The Dukes of Dice

Gateway: Patchwork
Euro: Isle of Skye
4+ Weight: Arkwright
Card Game: Mystic Vale
Dexterity: Crokinole
Slot 6: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Slot 7: The Grizzled
Slot 8: Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
Slot 9: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Slot 10: Mechs vs Minions

Bench 1: Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides
Bench 2: Machi Koro
Bench 3: Troyes

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The BOB MCKENZIES

GM: Aaron Cassidy
Representing: Boards Alive!

Gateway: Dominion
Euro: Castles of Burgundy
4+ Weight: The Gallerist
Card Game: Love Letter
Dexterity: Flick 'em Up
Slot 6: Twilight Struggle
Slot 7: Captain Sonar
Slot 8: Concordia
Slot 9: Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Slot 10: No Thanks

Bench 1: T'Zolkin
Bench 2: Baseball Highlights: 2045
Bench 3: For Sale

Much like Dustin's Teeth, our strategy for this whole thing is nonexistent! But with a lot of Spirit, maybe we can win one round?


Much like Dustin's Teeth, our strategy for this whole thing is nonexistent! But with a lot of Spirit, maybe we can win one round?

Our mascot is the Compass because you guys should really learn more about compasses!

Our mascot is the Compass because you guys should really learn more about compasses!

DUSTIN'S TEETH

GM: Roy Cannaday
Representing: Epic Gaming Night

Gateway: Ticket to Ride
Euro: Caverna
4+ Weight: Twilight Imperium Third Edition
Card Game: Lord of the Rings LCG
Dexterity: Go Cuckoo!
Slot 6: Mansions of Madness Second Edition
Slot 7: Cry Havoc
Slot 8: Imhotep
Slot 9: Star Trek Ascendancy
Slot 10: Star Wars X-Wing

Bench 1: London Dread
Bench 2: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia
Bench 3: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Forget Farming on Land or Trading in the Mediterranean, Farming in the Mediterranean is where the true excitement is.  Whether you're watching your family starve or spending your day pushing cubes around and hoping they turn into food or money, Mediterranean Farmers know that life is hard and you have to be tough.  And that's why my team, The Mediterranean Farmers, is a gritty mix old and new games that are drier than your tongue after drinking from the sea.  And don't bother looking for our souls, we traded them for some wood and the first player marker for next round. The salty tears of our opponents will only help water our sea crops and make us stronger.

Forget Farming on Land or Trading in the Mediterranean, Farming in the Mediterranean is where the true excitement is.  Whether you're watching your family starve or spending your day pushing cubes around and hoping they turn into food or money, Mediterranean Farmers know that life is hard and you have to be tough.  And that's why my team, The Mediterranean Farmers, is a gritty mix old and new games that are drier than your tongue after drinking from the sea.  And don't bother looking for our souls, we traded them for some wood and the first player marker for next round. The salty tears of our opponents will only help water our sea crops and make us stronger.

Mediterranean Farmers

GM: Mike Risley
Representing: The What Did You Play This Week Podcast

Gateway: Pandemic
Euro: Viticulture Essential Edition
4+ Weight: Star Trek: Frontiers
Card Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords
Dexterity: Strike
Slot 6: Codenames Pictures
Slot 7: King of Tokyo
Slot 8: The Voyages of Marco Polo
Slot 9: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Slot 10: Coup

Bench 1: Solarius Mission
Bench 2: Key to the City - London
Bench 3: Adrenaline

How about Stephen Avery? He's in everything!

How about Stephen Avery? He's in everything!

PEOPLE UWE MAY KNOW

GM: Jake Bock
Representing: Draft Mechanic

Gateway: Small World
Euro: Terraforming Mars
4+ Weight: Kingdom Death: Monster
Card Game: Lost Cities
Dexterity: Ice Cool
Slot 6: Imperial Settlers
Slot 7: Five Tribes
Slot 8: Seasons
Slot 9: Tiny Epic Galaxies
Slot 10: Descent Second Edition

Bench 1: Vast: The Crystal Caverns
Bench 2: Islebound
Bench 3: La Granja

All Alexander Pfister does is win. With three different games, he's won back-to-back Kennerspiels des Jahres and the Jogo de Año. All this team is going to do is win (unless it loses).

All Alexander Pfister does is win. With three different games, he's won back-to-back Kennerspiels des Jahres and the Jogo de Año. All this team is going to do is win (unless it loses).

the ALBUQUERQUE PFISTERS

GM: Alex Goldsmith
Representing: The Dukes of Dice

Gateway: Takenoko
Euro: Catan
4+ Weight: Dominant Species
Card Game: 7 Wonders: Duel
Dexterity: Pitch Car
Slot 6: Star Wars Rebellion
Slot 7: T.I.M.E Stories
Slot 8: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Slot 9: Lords of Waterdeep
Slot 10: Istanbul

Bench 1: Tiny Epic Western
Bench 2: Happy Salmon
Bench 3: Can't Stop

 

the 2016 FBGL Draft

At noon eastern on Sunday, September 4th 2016 we ran the probably first ever drafting of board games for a fantasy league. See it in its glorious entirety in the video below! Much thanks to Roy from Epic Gaming Night for hosting and recording the call!