#92: 2018 In Review

Draft Mechanic Episode # 92: 2018 In Review, our 2018 Superlatives, Six Packs of our Favorite Beers and Board Games of 2018, a quick MetaMechanic, and biggest gaming surprises of 2018.

Kickstarter: 
Vital Lacerda’s Railways of Portugal (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Folded Space Board Game Inserts - Campaign 3 (Kickstarter)

2018 Superlatives:
Best Artwork:

Danielle: Root (Leder Games)
Jake: Everdell (Starling Games)

Best Non-mini Components:
Jake: the Mars Open: Tabletop Golf ball (Bellwether Games)
Danielle: The Expancity stacking skyscrapers (Breaking Games)

Biggest Disappointment:
Danielle: T.I.M.E. Stories: Brotherhood of the Coast (Space Cowboys)
Jake: Rising Sun (CMON Limited)

Game I Wish I'd Played in 2018:
Danielle: Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game (Portal Games)
Jake: Root (Leder Games)

Game I Wish I'd Played More of in 2018:
Danielle: The Quacks of Quedlinburg (North Star Games)
Jake: Star Realms: Frontiers (White Wizard Games)

Best Older Game I Played for the First Time in 2018:
Danielle: Ponzi Scheme (Tasty Minstrel Games)
Jake: Vinhos Deluxe Edition (Eagle-Gryphon Games)

Best Party Game:
Danielle: Monster Match (North Star Games)
Jake: Mars Open: Tabletop Golf (Bellwether Games)

Best App:
Danielle: Ganz Schön Clever (Schmidt Spiele, Developer: BrettspielWelt GMBH)
Jake: Noch Mal! (Schmidt Spiele, Developer: Outline Development)

Most Innovative Game:
Danielle: Nychtofobia (Pandasaurus Games)
Jake: KeyForge: Call of the Archons/Discover: Lands Unknown (Fantasy Flight Games)


Favorite Beers of 2018 Six-Packs:

Jake:

Danielle:

Favorite Games of 2018 Six-Packs:

Jake's Picks:

6. Mars Open: Tabletop Golf
Bellwether Games
Designer:  Dennis Hoyle

5. Pasaraya: Supermarket Manager
BoxFox Games
Designer: Seh Hui Leong

3. Decrypto
Le Scorpion Masqué
Designer: Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance

Danielle's Picks:

6. Monster Match
North Star Games
Designer: Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir

3. Welcome To…
Deep Water Games / Blue Cocker Games
Designer: Benoit Turpin

2. Ganz Schön Clever
Schmidt Spiele
Designer:  Wolfgang Warsch

We Both Picked:

The Quacks of Quedlinburg (Danielle’s 5, Jake’s 4)
North Star Games
Designer:  Wolfgang Warsch

Cryptid (Danielle’s 4, Jake’s 2)
Osprey Games
Designer:  Hal Duncan, Ruth Veevers

Escape Tales: The Awakening (Danielle & Jake’s 1)
Board&Dice
Designer:  Jakub Caban, Matt Dembek, Bartosz Idzikowski

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:42 Kickstarter Updates

05:46 Kickstarter: Railways of Portugal

07:58 Kickstarter: Folded Space Inserts

10:56 Meta Mechanic: 2018 Podcast Stats

15:40 2018 In Review

20:24 2018 Superlative Categories

53:19 2018 Six Pack: Favorite Beers

65:52 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

67:11 2018 Six Pack: Honorable Mentions

69:45 2018 Six Pack: Favorite Games

102:03 The Final Round: Your 2018 Moments

111:53 Outro

#91: City of Gears

Draft Mechanic Episode # 91: City of Gears Six Pack Review and On Tap, Songbirds, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, Gizmos, Biere de Champagne, and Gaming Resolutions

Kickstarter: 
Stonehenge and the Sun (BGG) (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Songbirds
2018, Daily Magic Games
Designer: Yuo
Artist: Kotori Neiko, Claire Donaldson

Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
2018, Next Move Games
Designer: Michael Kiesling
Artist: Chris Quilliams

Gizmos
2018, CMON Limited
Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Artist: Hannah Cardoso, Júlia Ferrari, Giovanna BC Guimarães, Mathieu Harlaut, Saeed Jalabi

Six Pack Review:
City of Gears
2018, Grey Fox Games
Designer: Chris Leder, Daryl Andrews
Artist: Anthony Cournoyer, Chris Leder, Tyler Myatt

On Tap:
City of Gears
2018, Grey Fox Games
Designer: Chris Leder, Daryl Andrews
Artist: Anthony Cournoyer, Chris Leder, Tyler Myatt
Hopworks Urban Brewery "Gear Up IPA"; Portland, OR, USA
    6.6% ABV, 76 IBU.
    Northwest style IPA.

    •GearTooth AleWerks "Father Cog Imperial Stout; San Jose, CA, USA
    9.5% ABV, 50 IBU.
    Imperial Stout.

    •Foam Brothers "…Like Clockwork"; Burlington, VT, USA
    8.2% ABV.
    Double IPA.

    •Snitz Creek Brewery "Opening Day IPA"; Lebanon, PA, USA
    6% ABV, 98 IBU.
    West coast style IPA dry hopped with Citra hops.

Biere de Champagne:
The Champagne of Beers: How Bière Brut Is Redefining Bubbly

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

03:53 Games news bites

06:29 Kickstarter Updates

07:56 Kickstarter: Stonehenge and the Sun

13:19 Recent Plays: Songbirds

21:58 Recent Plays: Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

34:35 Recent Plays: Gizmos

42:56 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

43:44 Six Pack Review: City of Gears

45:07 City of Gears: Gameplay Overview

50:45 City of Gears: Discussion

68:24 City of Gears: Final Thoughts

74:40 On Tap: City of Gears

78:00 The Beer Primer: Biere de Champagne

82:24 The Final Round: 2019 Gaming Resolutions

88:16 Next Episode’s Final Round

89:02 Outro

#90: PAX Unplugged / Trellis

Draft Mechanic Episode #90: Jake and Eric Buscemi of The Cardboard Hoard talk about PAX Unplugged, Trellis On Tap, The Stars Align, Drop It, Beer Bottle Dating, and Game Interactivity and Determinism

Kickstarter: 
Roll To The Top! Laminate (BGG) (Kickstarter)
The Final Flicktier (BGG) (Kickstarter)
The ART of De Architecturart (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
The Stars Align
2018, Breaking Games
Designer: Sean Fenemore, Matt Radcliffe
Artist: Ian Reed

Drop It
2018, KOSMOS
Designer: Bernhard Lach, Uwe Rapp

Trellis
2018, Breaking Games
Designer: Teale Fristoe
Artist: Vikki Chu

On Tap:
Trellis
2018, Breaking Games
Designer: Teale Fristoe
Artist: Vikki Chu
    •Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project "Trellis Buster"; Denver, CO, USA
    8% ABV.
    Double IPA brewed with Azacca, Citra, Motueka, & Simcoe hops.

    •Verdant Brewing Co. "Bloom; Falmouth, Cornwall, England
    6.5% ABV.
    New England IPA brewed with Mosaic & Columbus hops.

    •Cascade Brewing Company "The Vine"; Portland, Oregon, USA
    8.3% ABV.
    Blend of soured tripel, golden & blonde ales fermented with white wine grape juice.

    •Fieldwork Brewing Company "In Bloom"; Berkeley, CA, USA
    8.2% ABV.
    Imperial IPA brewed with Citra & Lemondrop hops
.
    •Boundary Brewing "Gift"; Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Varying ABV.
    Rotating imperial stout.

    •Show Notes Exclusive-
Parish Brewing Co. 
"Bloom"; Broussard, LA, USA
    6.7% ABV.
    Hazy IPA brewed with Simcoe & Citra Nugget hops.

Where to Find Eric Buscemi from the PAX Unplugged Discussion:
The Cardboard Hoard
Twitter

Bottle Dating:
Some questionable sources explaining Julian dating- Source 1, Source 2

Final Round - The Many Graphs of Interactivity and Determinism:

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

03:13 The End of Con Season

05:01 Kickstarter Updates

08:01 Kickstarter: Roll to the Top! Laminate

12:18 Kickstarter: The Final Flicktier

17:11 Kickstarter: The Art of De Architecturart

20:35 Recent Plays: The Stars Align

30:03 Recent Plays: Drop It!

37:39 Recent Plays: Trellis

48:36 On Tap: Trellis

55:30 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

56:18 PAX Unplugged Recap w/Eric Buscemi

93:10 Bottle/Can Dating for Beer

106:42 The Final Round: Jake Makes a Graph

116:33 Outro

#89: Pasaraya

Draft Mechanic Episode #89: Pasaraya Six Pack Review and On Tap, Impact: Battle of Elements, War Chest, Carcassonne: South Seas, Beer Primer: Winter Warmers, and Final Round: Deck Builders

Check out the new Draft Mechanic shirt designs here!

Sierra Nevada Cam Fire Relief Fund
Find Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Kickstarter: 
Aeon’s End Digital Implementation (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Rallyman GT (BGG) (Kickstarter)
METAL (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Impact: Battle of Elements
2018, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Designer: Dieter Nüßle
Artist: Agence Cactus, Fiore GmbH

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

Carcassonne: South Seas
2013, Z-Man Games
Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Artist: Harald Lieske, Dennis Lohausen, Christof Tisch

Six Pack Review:
Pasaraya: Supermarket Manager
2018, BoxFox Games
Designer: Seh Hui Leong
Artist: MeowGod
(Buy It Here)

On Tap:
Pasaraya: Supermarket Manager
2018, BoxFox Games
Designer: Seh Hui Leong
Artist: MeowGod
    •Whole Foods Brewing Company "DL DIPA"; Houston, TX, USA
    8.2% ABV, 84 IBU.
    Imperial IPA.

    •Unibroue "Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale; Chambly, QC, Canada
    7.5% ABV, 23 IBU.
    Trader Joe’s Golden Ale.
(But really this)

    •Brains Craft Brewery "Spill The Beans"; Cardiff, Wales
    4.4% ABV.
    Aldi UK Coffee Porter.

    •Stickman Brews "Store Bought Is Fine"; Royersford, PA, USA
    8% ABV.
    Imperial IPA.

Beer Primer: Winter Warmers:
Winter Warmer and Holiday Ale - All About Beer Magazine
Winter Warmers: A Beer Style Designed to Keep You Warm - Kegerator.com
What Makes Beer A Winter Warmer? | Berghoff Beer

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:35 Two new Draft Mechanic t-shirts!

05:42 News: Board & Dice merges with NSKN

06:33 News: Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund

08:58 Kickstarter Updates

11:29 Kickstarter: Aeon’s End Digital Edition

13:10 Kickstarter: Rallyman GT

15:56 Kickstarter: METAL

19:40 Recent Plays: Impact Battle of Elements

28:50 Recent Plays: War Chest

46:26 Recent Plays: Carcassonne: South Seas

60:26 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

61:22 Six Pack Review: Pasaraya

61:47 Pasaraya: Gameplay rundown

67:51 Pasaraya: Discussion

83:13 Pasaraya: Final Thoughts

86:25 Pasaraya: On Tap

91:15 The Beer Primer: Winter Warmers

97:21 The Final Round: Deck-Builders

104:42 Outro

#88: Gamers For Cures / Burnpile 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #88: Gamers For Cures Recent Plays, Burial Beer Co. Burnpile 2018, Atlantis Rising Kickstarter Preview, and Final Round: Charity Gaming Marathons

Kickstarter: 
Pipeline (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Imagineers (BGG) (Kickstarter)

Atlantis Rising (Second Edition) (BGG) (Kickstarter)
2019, Elf Creek Games
Designer: Galen Ciscell
Artist: Vincent Dutrait, Peter Gifford

Gamers For Cures Recent Plays:
Citrus
2013, dlp games/2018, Tasty Minstrel Games
Designer: Jeffrey D. Allers
Artist: Klemens Franz, Scott Hartman

CONEX
2017, HABA
Designer: Prospero Hall

Fortune City
2018, Big Fun Games
Designer: Chih-Fan Chen

Dice Town
2009, Matagot
Designer: Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc
Artist: Pierô

Betrayal at House on the Hill
2004, Avalon Hill Games, Inc.
Designer: Rob Daviau, Bruce Glassco, Bill McQuillan, Mike Selinker, Teeuwynn Woodruff
Artist: Dennis Crabapple McClain, Christopher Moeller, Peter Whitley

Catch the Moon
2017, Bombyx
Designer: Fabien Riffaud, Juan Rodriguez
Artist: Emmanuel Malin

Agra
2017, Quined Games
Designer: Michael Keller
Artist: Michael Menzel

Race For The Galaxy
2007, Rio Grande Games
Designer: Thomas Lehmann
Artist: Martin Hoffmann, Claus Stephan, Mirko Suzuki

Escape Tales: The Awakening
2018, Board&Dice
Designer: Jakub Caban, Matt Dembek, Bartosz Idzikowski
Artist: Magdalena Klepacz, Paweł Niziołek

KOI
2018, Smirk & Laughter Games
Designer: Bill Lasek
Artist: Christy Freeman

Underwater Cities
2018, Delicious Games
Designer: Vladimír Suchý
Artist: Milan Vavroň

Burnpile 2018 Off Topic Breweries:
-Jester King Brewery (Austin, TX)
-Forest & Main Brewing Co. (Ambler, PA)
-Weldwerks Brewing (Greeley, CO)
-Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, NY)
-Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR)

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:55 Kickstarter Updates

07:09 Kickstarter: Pipeline

11:00 Kickstarter: Imagineers

13:59 Kickstarter Preview: Atlantis Rising

24:44 Gamers for Cures 2018

26:07 GFC: Citrus

31:47 GFC: CONEX

35:51 GFC: Fortune City

44:36 GFC: Dice Town

47:25 GFC: Betrayal at House on the Hill

53:08 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

53:58 GFC: Agra

61:42 GFC: Race for the Galaxy

65:17 GFC: Escape Tales: The Awakening

78:34 GFC: Koi

84:45 GFC: Underwater Cities

95:14 Gamers for Cures wrap-up

96:07 Burial Beer Co’s Burnpile Festival

113:37 The Final Round: A quick word about Marathons

115:38 Outro