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#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:

#76: Altiplano

Draft Mechanic Episode # 76: Altiplano Six Pack Review & On Tap, Food Truck Champion, Carcassonne: The Discovery, The Mind, Styles of Sour Beer, and the Distinction Between a Story & a Game

Kickstarter: 
Villagers (BGG) (Kickstarter)
On Tour (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Herbaceous Sprouts (BGG) (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Food Truck Champion

2017, Daily Magic Games
Designer: Nicole Jekich, Luke Turpeinen
Artist: Claire Donaldson

Carcassonne: The Discovery
2005, Rio Grande Games
Designer: Leo Colovini, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Artist: Stefano Mondini, Fabio Visintin 

The Mind
2018, Pandasaurus Games (When it comes to the US)
Designer: Wolfgang Warsch
Artist: Oliver Freudenreich 

Six Pack Review:
Altiplano
2017, dlp games/Renegade Game Studios
Designer: Reiner Stockhausen
Artist: Klemens Franz, Andrea Kattnig, Jeff Oglesby 

On Tap:
Altiplano
2017, dlp games/Renegade Game Studios
Designer: Reiner Stockhausen
Artist: Klemens Franz, Andrea Kattnig, Jeff Oglesby
    Shebeen Brewing Company "Alpaca Blanca"; Wolcott, CT, USA
    6.6% ABV, 60 IBU.
    New England IPA brewed with Azacca & Mosaic hops.

    •Left Barrel Brewing "Alpaca Amber"; Balhannah, SA, Australia
    5.3% ABV, 35 IBU.
    Amber ale brewed with farmhouse yeast.

    •Swiftwater Brewing Co. "Alpaca Kisses"; Rochester, NY, USA
    6.5% ABV.
    New England IPA brewed with Vic Secret & Denali hops.

    •White Oak Brewing "Me Llama Llama"; Normal, IL, USA
    4% ABV, 20 IBU
    Mexican Mocha Latte inspired English Mild Ale.

    •Proclamation Ale Company "Alpaca Magi" Series; Warwick, RI, USA
    The Dark Night of the Alpaca Magi
    The Infinite Ascension of the Alpaca Magi
    The Amazing Adventures of the Alpaca Magi
    The Unyielding Wrath of the Alpaca Magi
    The Eternal Void of the Alpaca Magi

Major Styles of Sour Beer:
Belgian Styles:
Lambic (incl. Fruited Lambics such as Kriek & Frambois and blended Lambics such as Gueze)
Oud Bruin
Flanders Red Ale

German Styles:
Gose
Berliner Weisse
*Kettle soured beers are often one of these 2 styles

Other:
American Style Sour Ale

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

03:03 News: Choose Your Own Adventure game

04:31 News: Spring Meadow

08:17 Kickstarter: On Tour

11:23 Kickstarter: Villagers

15:44 Kickstarter: Herbaceous Sprouts

18:54 Recent Plays: Food Truck Champion

32:49 Recent Plays: Carcassonne: The Discovery

43:35 Recent Plays: The Mind

49:17 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

50:22 Six Pack Review: Altiplano

50:55 Altiplano Gameplay Overview

56:52 Altiplano Discussion

85:53 Altiplano Final Thoughts

87:38 On Tap: Altiplano

92:22 The Beer Primer: Sours

103:00 Final Round: Story or Game?

108:13 Outro

#62: Six Tasty Games

Draft Mechanic Episode #62: 6 Games About Making Food, Caverna On Tap, Shadows Over Camelot, Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game, Mission: Red Planet (2nd Edition), Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants, and Cooking with Beer

Vote in the Fantasy Board Game League 2017 Championship Matchup!!

Kickstarters:
Bushido (BGG Page)(Kickstarter)
Book of Dragons (BGG Page)(Kickstarter) - Ends 12/20

Recent Plays:
Shadows Over Camelot
2005,  Days of Wonder
Designer:  Bruno Cathala, Serge Laget
Artist:  Cyrille Daujean, Julien Delval
Shadows Over Camelot: Merlin's Company

Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game
2017, Genius Games
Designer:  John Coveyou
Artists: Tomasz Bogusz

Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)
2015, Fantasy Flight Games
Designer:  Bruno Cathala, Bruno Faidutti
Artist:  Andrew Bosley, Samuel Shimota, Alyn Spiller 

Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants
2017, Kids Table BG
Designer:  Scott Almes
Artist:  Josh Cappel

6 Tasty Games for your Thanksgiving Feast:
Sushi Go Party!
2016,  Gamewright
Designer:  Phil Walker-Harding
Artists:  Nan Rangsima 

Burger Up
2016, Rule & Make
Designer: Matthew Parkes
Artist:  Stephen Gibson 

Scoville
2014, Tasty Minstrel Games
Designer:  Ed Marriott
Artists:  Josh Cappel 

Wok on Fire
2015, Green Couch Games.
Designer:  Chen Po-Chiao
Artist:  Adam P. McIver, Chen Po-Chiao 

Pie Factory
2014, Greater Than Games (Dice Hate Me Games)
Designer: Bryan Fischer
Artists: Bryan Fischer

Sundae Split
2017,  Foxtrot Games/Renegade Game Studios
Designer:  Nate Bivins
Artist:  Rehana Khan, Keith Pishnery

On Tap:
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
2013, Lookout Games
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Artist:  Klemens Franz 

  • Stumptown Ales "Cave Dweller Pale Ale"; Davis, WV, USA
    5.9% ABV
    American Pale Ale brewed with Citra hops.
  • Quaff ON! Brewing Company "Yellow Dwarf Wheat"; Nashville, IN, USA
    4.5% ABV, 15 IBU.
    Dry hopped American Wheat Ale.
  • Adventure Brewing Company "Expedition IPA"; Fredericksburg, VA, USA
    5.9% ABV, 42 IBU
    IPA brewed to avoid strong hop punch.
  • Hitchhiker Brewing Company "A Different Animal"; Pittsburg, PA, USA
    5.4% ABV, 30 IBU
    Dry hopped sour ale.
  • Founders Brewing Com. "Rübæus"; Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    5.7% ABV, 15 IBU.
    Fruit beer fermented on raspberries.
  • Big aLICe Brewing Co. "Fistful of Rubies"; Long Island City, Queens, NY, USA
    6% ABV
    Mixed fermentation sour ale aged in red wine barrels with Montmorency cherries.

Cooking With Beer:
The Beeroness

Section Timestamps:

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:45 Games news

08:27 FBGL Championship Update!

12:46 Kickstarter: Bushido

15:15 Kickstarter: Book of Dragons

20:21 Gamers for Cures Marathon

21:15 Recent Plays: Shadows over Camelot

30:33 Recent Plays: Cytosis

39:17 Recent Plays: Mission: Red Planet

49:55 Recent Plays: Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants!

54:39 Grey Fox Games sponsorship spot

55:29 Six Pack: Tasty Games for Thanksgiving

73:52 On Tap: Caverna

82:09 Cooking With Beer

89:54 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