#81: Gen Con 2018 Recap

Draft Mechanic Episode #81: Gen Con 2018 Convention Recap

Pasaraya: Supermarket Manager
2016, Boxfox Games
Designer: Seh Hui Leong
Artist: Macxell Lim

Warsaw: City of Ruins
2016, Granna Games/2018, North Star Games
Designer: Filip Miłuński
Artist: Tytus Brzozowski, Grzegorz Molas

Everdell
2018, Starling Games
Designer: James A. Wilson
Artist: Andrew Bosley

Spirits of the Forest
2018, ThunderGryph Games
Designer: Michael Schacht
Artist: Natalie Dombois

Franchise
2018, Queen Games
Designer: Christwart Conrad
Artist:  Ian O'Toole

Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Cereal Battle Game
2018,  Big G Creative
Designer: Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Team UP!
2018, Helvetiq
Designer:  Hadi Barkat, Sébastien Pauchon

Asmodee Digital: Gloomhaven

Cryptid
2018, Osprey Games
Designer:  Hal Duncan, Ruth Veevers
Artist:  Kwanchai Moriya

Homebrewers
2019, Greater Than Games (Dice Hate Me Games)
Designer: Matthew O'Malley, Ben Rosset
Artist: SaRae Henderson

Sabotage Kickstarter

Crusader Kings: The Boardgame
2018, Free League
Designer: Tomas Härenstam, Nils Karlén, Jon Manker
Artist: Ola Larsson, Johanna Pettersson

Europa Universalis: The Board Game
2019, Aegir Games
Designer: Eivind Vetlesen

Into the Black Forest
2018 or 2019, Green Couch Games

War Chest
2018, Alderac Entertainment Group
Designer: Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson
Artist: Brigette Indelicato

Monster Match
2018, North Star Games
Designer:  Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir
Artist:  Linda DeSantis, Ben Goldman

Strike
2012,  Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Designer: Dieter Nüßle
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
(Reimplementation coming soon as Impact: Battle of the Elements)

Mars Open: Tabletop Golf
2018, Bellwether Games
Designer: Dennis Hoyle
Artist: Harris Fagotto, Katie Khau

Run, Fight, or Die: Reloaded Kickstarter

Comanauts
2018, Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jerry Hawthorne
Artist: Jimmy Xia, Tregis

Spirits of the Wild
2018, Mattel
Designer: Nick Hayes

One Deck Galaxy
2019, Asmadi Games
Designer: Unlisted

Fast Forward: FORTUNE
2018, Stronghold Games/2F Spiele
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Artist:  Harald Lieske

Bad Maps
2019, Floodgate Games
Designer: Tim Armstrong
Artist: Kristen Pauline, Peter Wocken

Bosk
2019, Floodgate Games
Designer: Daryl Andrews, Erica Bouyouris
Artist: Kwanchai Moriya

Conex
2017, HABA
Designer: Prospero Hall

Karuba: The Card Game
2017, HABA
Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Artist: Claus Stephan

One Shot Network

Kuma's Corner

High Rise
2019, Formal Ferret Games
Designer: Gil Hova

Danielle Corsetto: Girls With Slingshots, Stuck at 32, Boo! It's Sex

Taft's Ale House

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Wednesday (intro)

03:48 Played: Pasaraya

06:27 Planning for the week

07:44 Thursday recap

09:00 First stops in the hall

11:15 Played: Warsaw, City of Ruins

15:45 Played: Everdell

20:57 Played: Spirits of the Forest

25:21 Demo: Franchise

32:33 Played: Team Up!

36:06 News from: Asmodee Digital

41:48 News from: Direwolf Digital

45:04 Demo: Cryptid

49:45 Friday recap

50:33 Played: Homebrewers

55:19 Played: Sabotage

56:38 Demo: Crusader Kings & Europa Universalis

61:08 Played: Into the Black Forest

64:50 News from: Alderac Entertainment (AEG)

68:16 News: New T.I.M.E Stories surprise

69:45 Rolling Dice & Taking Names meet up

71:14 Played: Mars Open

74:19 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

75:09 Saturday recap

76:19 Demo: Comanauts

80:18 Played: Spirits of the Wild

83:03 Demo: One Deck Galaxy

88:10 Played: Fast Forward “Fortune”

91:14 Demos: Bad Maps & Bosk

97:34 Demos: HABA

101:07 Panels & Events

104:08 Sunday recap

104:34 Played: High Rise

110:39 Gen Con Final Thoughts

114:30 Outro

#80: The Hype List 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #80: The Hype List 2018 - Our Gen Con preview; Villainous (on tap); Star Realms: Frontiers; Downforce: Danger Circuit

Full notes coming later today! In the meantime, check out our full BGG GeekPreviews for our personal HYPE lists:

Danielle's List

Jake's List

 

#79: DropMix

Draft Mechanic Episode #79: Near & Far Completed Campaign Discussion, DropMix On Tap, Century: Eastern Wonders, Dragoon, Carcassonne: The Castle, Gluten-Free Beers & Classic Games That Don't Get Enough Love

Draft Mechanic T-shirts!!!!!!
Catch us in the CoolBoardGames Inc. (51:26) segment on Ep. 102 of the Boards Alive podcast!

Kickstarter: 
SPQF (BGG) (Kickstarter - Launches July 16)
14 Board Games from Africa (IndieGoGo)
Casual Game Insider (Kickstarter)
Tiny Dice Buddies (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Century: Eastern Wonders

2018, Plan B Games
Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi
Artist: Chris Quilliams 

Dragoon
2016, Lay Waste Games
Designer: Jake Given, Zach Given, Jonathan Ritter-Roderick
Artist: Nick Nazzaro 

Carcassonne: The Castle
2003, Rio Grande Games
Designer: Reiner Knizia, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Artist: Christof Tisch 

DropMix
2017, Hasbro
Designer: Harmonix team
Artist: Sander Berg, Vance Kelly, Jeff Lowry, Eric Nyffeler, Kate O'Hara, Jerome Vogel, James Weinberg

On Tap:
DropMix
2017, Hasbro
Designer: Harmonix team
Artist: Sander Berg, Vance Kelly, Jeff Lowry, Eric Nyffeler, Kate O'Hara, Jerome Vogel, James Weinberg
    Mikerphone Brewing "Mikerphone Check 1, 2"; Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
    8.5% ABV.
    Double dry-hopped imperial IPA.

    •Hoof Hearted Brewing "Ticklin' the Ivories"; Marengo, OH, USA
    7% ABV.
    IPA brewed with Comet, Calypso, & Eureka hops.

    •Odell Brewing Co. "Drumroll"; Fort Collins, CO, USA
    5.3% ABV, 42 IBU.
    Unfiltered American Pale Ale.

    •Kent Falls Brewing Co. "Air Guitar At Work While No One Is Watching"; Kent, CT, USA
    5% ABV.
    Pale Ale with piney & citrus notes.

    M.I.A. Beer Co. "MegaMix"; Miami, FL, USA
    5% ABV.
    West-Coast style pale ale.

Near and Far Campaign Wrap-Up:
Near and Far
2017, Red Raven Games.
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Artist: Ryan Laukat

Our Six Pack Review of Near and Far

Gluten Free Beer:
All About Beer Magazine: Cut the Gluten, Keep the Beer
Urban Tastebud: Gluten Free Beer List - The Ultimate Guide (FAQs at the bottom are informative)

Section Timestamps:

#78: Best of 2017 Redux

Draft Mechanic Episode #78: Best Games of 2017 Redux, Circle the Wagons On Tap, Carcassonne: Amazonas, Tokyo Highway, and What the British CO2 Shortage Means for the Beer Industry

Kickstarter: 
So Long, My World (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Wreck Raiders (BGG) (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Carcassonne: Amazonas

2016, Z-Man Games
Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Artist:  Vicki Dalton

Tokyo Highway
2016, itten
Designer: Naotaka Shimamoto, Yoshiaki Tomioka
Artist: Yoshiaki Tomioka 

Circle the Wagons
2017, Button Shy
Designer:  Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, Paul Kluka
Artist:  Bryan Fischer, Beth Sobel 

On Tap:
Circle the Wagons
2017, Button Shy
Designer:  Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, Paul Kluka
Artist:  Bryan Fischer, Beth Sobel
    Bauhaus Brew Labs "Wagon Party"; Minneapolis, MN, USA
    5.4% ABV, 55 IBU.
    California Common.

    •BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. "Revolver"; Santee, CA, USA
    6.5% ABV, 62 IBU.
    IPA brewed with revolving hop profile.

    •D9 Brewing Company "Brown Sugar Brown Cow"; Cornelius, NC, USA
    6.9% ABV, 15IBU.
    Mocha brown ale.

    •Brouwerji De Ranke "XXX-Bitter"; Dottignies, Hainaut, Belgium
    6% ABV, 70 IBU.
    Belgian IPA.

    Silver Gulch Brewing Company "Pick Axe Porter"; Fox, AK, USA
    4.8% ABV, 25 IBU.
    Sweet porter brewed with Cascade hops.

    •Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Fort"; Milton, DE, USA
    18% ABV, 49 IBU.
    Strong ale brewed with raspberry puree.
    Fruit-Full Fort

British CO2 Shortage:
This is the video I was talking about.

Best Games of 2017 Redux:
Here is our original lists from back in January

Changes/Additions:
Best Artwork:

Danielle: Pot de Vin (ThunderGryph Games)
Jake: Charterstone (Stonemaier Games) - Honorable Mention

Game I Wish I'd Played More from 2017:
Jake: The 7th Continent (Serious Poulp)

Best Party Game:
Danielle: Pitch Deck (Palm Court) - Honorable Mention

Best Card Game:
Danielle: Illimat (Twogether Studios)

New Top 10 Lists:
Jake:
1. Near and Far
2. Sagrada
3. Matryoshka
4. Azul
5. Agra
6. The 7th Continent
7. Charterstone
8. Coldwater Crown
9. Downforce
10. Vegas Wits & Wagers

Danielle:
1. Near and Far
2. Sagrada
3. The 7th Continent
4. Azul
5. Harvest Dice
6. Illimat
7. Charterstone
8. Agra
9. Seikatsu
10. Altiplano

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

02:20 Draft Mechanic BGG microbadge!

04:45 Games News: Terraforming Mars’ 4th Expansion

07:52 Games News: BGG Gen Con GeekPreview

09:34 Kickstarter Updates

11:11 Kickstarter: So Long, My World

15:41 Kickstarter: Wreck Raiders

18:27 Recent Plays: Carcassonne Amazonas

38:17 Recent Plays: Tokyo Highway

47:37 Recent Plays: Circle the Wagons

55:28 On Tap: Circle the Wagons

61:45 No CO2? Yes Problem!

68:14 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

69:24 2017 Superlatives Redux

78:36 2017 Top 10 Games Redux

105:13 Final Round: New Favorites from 2017

110:00 Outro

Section Timestamps:

#77: Vinhos

Draft Mechanic Episode # 77: Vinhos High Gravity Review & On Tap, Alhambra, Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale, Cleopatra & the Society of Architects, Beer Primer: Hefeweizens, and Pointing Out Other Player's Options

Kickstarter: 
Creatures & Cupcakes (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Fantastic Factories (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Coldwater Crown: The Sea (BGG) (Kickstarter - Launches June 20)

Recent Plays:
Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale

2015, Z-Man Games
Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Artist:  Doris Matthäus

Alhambra: Big Box
2009, Queen Games
Designer:  Jo Hartwig, Dirk Henn, Wolfgang Panning
Artist:  Hans-Jörg Brehm, Jo Hartwig, Christof Tisch 

Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
2006, Days of Wonder
Designer:  Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc
Artist:  Cyrille Daujean, Julien Delval  

High Gravity Review:
Vinhos Deluxe Edition
2016, Eagle-Gryphon Games
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Artist: Ian O'Toole

On Tap:
Vinhos Deluxe Edition
2016, Eagle-Gryphon Games
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Artist: Ian O'Toole
    •Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "Estate"; Chico, CA, USA
    6.7% ABV, 67 IBU.
    IPA brewed with ingredients grown on the Sierra Nevada estate.

    •Argus Cidery "Vinho Pearde"; Austin. TX, USA
    6.8% ABV.
    Perry cider.

    •Odd Side Ales "Vinho Tinto"; Grand Haven, MI, USA
    11% ABV.
    Imperial red ale aged in ruby red port barrels.

    •Trillium Brewing Company/Monkish Brewing Co. "Oenobier"; Canton, MA, USA
    9.3% ABV.
    American wild ale aged on muscat grapes.

Beer Primer: Hefeweizens
A Brief History of  Hefeweizens
Bavarian Wheat Beers

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:26 News: Origins awards

08:00 Kickstarter Updates

11:46 Kickstarter: Creatures & Cupcakes

13:30 Kickstarter: Fantastic Factories

15:19 Kickstarter: Coldwater Crown “The Sea” expansion!

19:15 Recent Plays: Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

28:57 Recent Plays: Alhambra

34:57 Recent Plays: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects

44:38 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

45:48 High Gravity Review: Vinhos

46:42 Vinhos Gameplay Overview

51:41 Vinhos Discussion

92:32 Vinhos Final Thoughts

94:39 On Tap: Vinhos

98:39 The Beer Primer: Hefeweizen

108:46 Final Round: Helping Other Players

117:23 Outro