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#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
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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!