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#39: 2-Player Games / Citrus

Draft Mechanic Episode #39: 2-Player Games, Citrus On Tap, Isle of Skye, Avenue, & Beers with Aphrodisiacs

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Recent Plays:

Isle of Skye: From Cheiftan to King
2015, Mayfair Games
Designer: Alexander Pfister

2016,Aporta Games
Designer: Gjermund Bohne

Six Pack : 2-Player Games

2014, Mayfair Games
Designer:  Uwe Rosenberg

Lost Cities
1999, Kosmos
Designer:  Reiner Knizia

Schotten Totten
1999,  ASS Altenburger Spielkarten / 2016, iELLO
Designer:  Reiner Knizia

2012, Z-Man
Designer:  Andreas Steiger

7 Wonders Duel
2015, Repos Production
Designer:  Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala

2017, Roxley Games
Designer:  Dr. Gordon Hamilton


2013, dlp Games
Designers: Jeffrey D. Allers

  • Lemon:
    Triton Brewing Co. 
    Barn Phantom Gose” Indianapolis, IN
    4.0% ABV, 10 IBU.
    Gose with coriander, lemon zest, and Himalayan pink sea salt.
  • Orange:
    Coronado Brewing Co.. 
    Orange Avenue Wit” San Diego, CA
    5.2% ABV, 15 IBU.
    Witbier with coriander, California orange peel, and orange blossom honey.
  • Blood Orange:
    Anderson Valley Brewing Company.
     “Blood Orange Gose” Boonville, CA
    4.2% ABV.
    Kettle-soured gose with salt, coriander, and blood orange infusion.
  • Lime:
    Taft's Ale House.
     “Nellie's Keylime Caribbean Ale” Cincinnati, OH
    4.8% ABV, 19 IBU.
    Pale wheat ale brewed with Caribbean keylime juice and a hint of coriander.
  • Grapefruit:
    Schlafly, The St. Louis Brewery. 
    “Grapefruit IPA” St. Louis, MO
    5.0% ABV, 40 IBU.
    IPA brewed with fresh grapefruit puree.

Aphrodisiac Beers:

Marooned on Hog Island (21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA, Oyster Stout)
Delaware Oyster Stout (16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown, DE, Oyster Stout)

Chili Peppers:
Crime/Punishment (Arrogant Brewing (Stone), Escondido, CA, American Strong Ales)
Space Ghost (Central Waters Brewing Company, Amherst, WI, Imperial Stout)
Fire Escape (Asheville Brewing Company, Asheville, NC, Pale Ale)

The Keeper's Veil Honey Saison (Burial Beer Co., Asheville, NC, Saison)
B. Nektar Meadery
Redstone Meadery

Cosmic Ristretto (Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA, Baltic Porter)
Coffee Bender (Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN, Oatmeal Brown Ale)
Coffee Is For Closers (Fullsteam, Durham, NC, Iced Coffee Porter)

Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment Brewery, Sand Francisco, CA, Wheat Beer)

So Long and Thanks for All the Figs! (Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL, Belgian Dubbel)
Windowpane Series: Fig & Raisin (Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, NC, Belgian Dubbel)

Wisconsin Belgian Red (New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI, Fruit Beer)
Dogpatch Sour (Almanac Beer Company, San Francisco, CA, American Wild Ale)
Chocolate Cherry Bomb (Ellicottville Brewing Company, Ellicottville, NY, Imperial Stout)

Sexual Chocolate (Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC, Imperial Stout)
Young's Double Chocolate Stout (Charles Wells Brewery, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, Mild Stout)
Choklat (Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY, Imperial Stout)

Multi-tasker (Cocoa, peppers, & coffee):
Xocoveza (Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA, Winter-spiced Mocha Stout)

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Housekeeping
02:41 Draft Mechanic on Dukes of Dice Q&A
03:50 News: Gen Con Housing
06:10 News: Portal Games v. PayPal
08:06 Upcoming: Charterstone
11:36 Recent Plays: Isle of Skye
19:09 Recent Plays: Avenue
27:11 Six Pack: Two-Player Games
55:23 On Tap: Citrus
66:19 Aphrodisiac Beers
83:53 Outro

#37: Santorini / Evolution: Climate

Draft Mechanic Episode #37: A Six-pack review of Santorini, Evolution: Climate on Tap, Unlock!, Fuse, Favor of the Pharaoh, Ascending Empires, & a magic beer portal?


First Martians
Crash Games - Backyard Builders Treehouse/Fish Frenzy
The Dice Tower

Recent Plays:

2017, Space Cowboys.
Designers:  Alice Carroll, Thomas Cauët, Cyril Demaegd
Print & Play Demo

2015, Renegade Game Studios.
Designers:  Kane Klenko
Favor of the Pharaoh
2015, Bezier Games.
Designers:  Tom Lehmann

Ascending Empires
2011, Z-man Games.
Designers:  Ian Cooper

Six-Pack Review:

2017, Roxley Games.
Designers:  Dr. Gordon Hamilton

On Tap:

Evolution: Climate
2016, North Star Games.
Designers:   Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, Sergey Machin

  • Evolution Craft BrewingMigration Series: Fall Migration” Salisbury, MD, USA
    7.2% ABV.
    Belgian style ale aged in oak Chardonnay barrels then fermented a second time with brettanomyces
  • Roughtail Brewing Co. Adaptation Ale” Midwest City, OK , USA
    5.9-8% ABV, 50-100 IBU.
    Quarterly rotating small-batch IPA.
  • Cerebral Brewing. “Rare Trait” Denver, CO, USA
    6.5% ABV, 65 IBU.
    IPA brewed to feature strong notes of tangerine, mango, and peach candy.
  • Off Color Brewing. “Apex Predator” Chicago, IL, USA
    6.5% ABV, 35 IBU.
    Cold pitched parmhouse ale fermented without temperature control.
  • Sixpoint Brewery. Global Warmer” Brooklyn, NY , USA
    7% ABV, 70 IBU.
    Unfiltered hop-heavy imperial red ale.

Want to throw your 2¢ in about where there should be magic beer portals? Check out the thread on our Board Game Geek guild!

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Housekeeping
02:58 Upcoming: First Martians
08:54 Kickstarter: Save Crash Games!
11:16 IndieGoGo: The Dice Tower, Season 13
12:07 First Impressions: Unlock! (Demo kit)
20:00 Recent Plays: Fuse
26:32 Recent Plays: Favor of the Pharaoh
31:20 Recent Plays: Ascending Empires
37:09 Six Pack Review: Santorini
38:01 Santorini: Rules Walkthrough
40:01 Santorini: Discussion
55:59 Santorini: Final Thoughts
58:25 On Tap: Evolution Climate
68:32 The Magic Beer Portal
75:20 Outro