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#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



#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:

#68: Agra

Draft Mechanic Episode #68: High Gravity Review of Agra, 7 Ronin, Flee the Scene, and Beer Primer: Bocks including Maibocks, Doppelbocks, & Eisbocks

Kickstarter:
Fields of Green: Grand Fair (Kickstarter) (BGG)
Page Quest: Season 1 (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
7 Ronin
2013, Badger's Nest / 2016, Grey Fox Games
Designer:   Marek Mydel, Piotr Stankiewicz
Artist:   Aleksander Karcz

Flee the Scene
2015, Garphill Games
Designer:  Shem Phillips
Artists:  Krzysztof Maziarz, Shem Phillips 

Beer Primer: Bocks:
Bock to Basics - All About Beer Magazine
Bock, Doppelbock, Maibock, & Eisbock - Vinpair

Bocks:
-New Glarus Brewing Company "Uff-Da" - New Glarus, WI, USA
-Rip Current Brewing "Breakline Bock" - San Marcos, CA, USA

Doppelbocks:
-Auinger Privatbrauerei "Celebrator" - Aying, Germany
-Troegs Independent Brewing "Troegenator" - Hershey, PA, USA
-Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG "Salvator" - Munich, Germany

Maibock:
-Rogue Ales & Spirits "Dead Guy Ale" - Newport, OR, USA

Eisbocks:
-Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn "Aventinus Eisbock" - Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany
-Kuhnhenn Brewing Company "Raspberry Eisbock" - Warren, MI, USA
-If you ever get to watch it in Esquire Network's BrewDogs Season 3 Episode 6 (Grand Rapids) they brew an eisbock with Founders Brewing.

High Gravity Review:
Agra
2017, Quined Games
Designer: Michael Keller (II)
Artist:   Michael Menzel

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro

02:27 News Bits

07:42 Kickstarter: Updates from Last Episode

08:40 Kickstarter: Fields of Green “Grand Fair” Expansion

12:48 Kickstarter: Page Quest Season 1 / A4 Quest

15:20 Recent Plays: 7 Ronin

28:04 Recent Plays: Flee the Scene

34:24 The Beer Primer: Bocks

49:38 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

50:47 High Gravity Review: Agra

52:21 Agra: Gameplay Overview

59:45 Agra: Discussion

106:14 Agra: Final Thoughts

108:28 The Final Round: Heavy Games

116:53 Outro

#60: Fast Forward!

Draft Mechanic Episode 60: Friedemann Friese's Fast Forward: FEAR, FORTRESSS & FLEE, Matryoshka On Tap, InBetween, Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun!, and Beer Primer: Scottish/Scotch Ales

 

Essen is just around the corner and we’ve got a few of the hot hot releases to talk about! Our big feature today is the new Fast Forward series from Friedemann Friese - three new ‘fable’ games that you learn as you play and change with each game. It’s a wild new idea - did FF pull it off? We’ve also got a look at the latest from Board&Dice - InBetween - a tight two-player battle over a quiet suburban town. We’re also going to share a Kickstarter preview for the latest Green Couch Games title - Best Treehouse Ever’s standalone/combinable expansion Forest of Fun! Spoiler: it’s FUN. Our on tap is one of our recent plays - the small-box card collecting and trading game Matryoshka - and we share four beer pairings worth hunting down for your collection if you can! Danielle’s got a beer primer on the difference between Scottish and Scotch ales to wrap the episode up. But what’s that, down there in the timestamps? Seems there’s some mysterious audio at the end of this episode after the credits? How odd… 

Jake's Essen Picks List

Kickstarters:
Legends of Sleepy Hollow (BGG Page)
Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun! (BGG Page) - Launches 10/25

Recent Plays:
InBetween
2017, Board&Dice
Designer: Adam Kwapiński
Artist:  Seweryn Borkowski, Tomasz Kalisz, Paweł Niziołek, Sebastian Zakrzewski

The Fast Forward Series:
Fast Forward: FEAR
2017, Stronghold Games
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Artist:  Harald Lieske

Fast Forward: FORTRESS
2017, Stronghold Games
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Artist:  Harald Lieske

Fast Forward: FLEE
2017, Stronghold Games
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Artist:  Harald Lieske

On Tap:
Matryoshka
2016,  Terra Nova Games/White Goblin Games
Designer: Sérgio Halaban
Artist: Eduardo Bera

  • Modern Times Beer "Kingdom of the Dolls"; San Diego, CA, USA
    6.3% ABV, 30 IBU
    Sour saison aged in white wine barrels.
  • Csupor Sör "Matryoshka"; Budapest, Hungary
    12% ABV, 40 IBU.
    Russian-Hungarian imperial stout brewed in collaboration with ReWort Brewery in Sergiev Posad, Russia.
  • Fort George Brewery "Matryoshka"; Astoria, OR, USA
    12% ABV, 65 IBU
    Small batch Russian imperial stout with a smaller batch with cocoa nibs added and then an even smaller batch with raspberries also added.
  • BrewDog "Russian Doll"; Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    Barleywine: 10% ABV, 100 IBU
    Double IPA: 8% ABV, 85 IBU
    IPA: 6% ABV, 70 IBU
    Pale Ale: 4% ABV, 35 IBU
    Box set of beers all brewed with the same malt bill, hops, water, and yeast.

Beer Primer: Scottish/Scotch (Wee Heavy) Ales
-
Beer Judge Certification Program Standards for Scottish Ales (including Scotch Ales)
-All About Beer Magazine: Scottish Ales
-A History or Wee Heavy & Strong Scotch Ale
-The Shilling System

Section Timestamps:

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

03:47 Jake’s Essen Picks

11:21 Kickstarter: Legends of Sleepy Hollow

13:46 KS Preview: Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun!

24:12 Recent Plays: InBetween

40:41 Grey Fox Games sponsorship spot

41:32 Feature: Friedemann Friese’s Fast Forward Series

43:55 Fast Forward: Fear

49:25 Fast Forward: Fortress

54:52 Fast Forward: Flee

60:08 Fast Forward: Wrap-up

64:55 Recent Plays: Matryoshka

74:22 On Tap: Matryoshka

80:05 Beer Primer: Scottish and Scotch Ales

87:11 Outro?

88:21 Mysterious Audio

#55: Gen Con 50 Wrapup!

#55: Gen Con 50 Wrap-up!

Hey all! Episode 55 is going to be a little different! Each day during Gen Con 50, we sat down with our buds (Shane, Tamara, Steven, Dan) and talked about what we saw at the biggest con of the year (and the biggest Gen Con in history). I’ve assembled those recordings chronologically just like last year for over an hour of extra content! We really hope you enjoy our wrap-ups, and we’ll be back next Monday for another episode and a more in-depth look at some of the hottest games of the year, fresh from Gen Con 50!