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#81: Gen Con 2018 Recap

Draft Mechanic Episode #81: Gen Con 2018 Convention Recap

Pasaraya: Supermarket Manager
2016, Boxfox Games
Designer: Seh Hui Leong
Artist: Macxell Lim

Warsaw: City of Ruins
2016, Granna Games/2018, North Star Games
Designer: Filip Miłuński
Artist: Tytus Brzozowski, Grzegorz Molas

Everdell
2018, Starling Games
Designer: James A. Wilson
Artist: Andrew Bosley

Spirits of the Forest
2018, ThunderGryph Games
Designer: Michael Schacht
Artist: Natalie Dombois

Franchise
2018, Queen Games
Designer: Christwart Conrad
Artist:  Ian O'Toole

Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Cereal Battle Game
2018,  Big G Creative
Designer: Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Team UP!
2018, Helvetiq
Designer:  Hadi Barkat, Sébastien Pauchon

Asmodee Digital: Gloomhaven

Cryptid
2018, Osprey Games
Designer:  Hal Duncan, Ruth Veevers
Artist:  Kwanchai Moriya

Homebrewers
2019, Greater Than Games (Dice Hate Me Games)
Designer: Matthew O'Malley, Ben Rosset
Artist: SaRae Henderson

Sabotage Kickstarter

Crusader Kings: The Boardgame
2018, Free League
Designer: Tomas Härenstam, Nils Karlén, Jon Manker
Artist: Ola Larsson, Johanna Pettersson

Europa Universalis: The Board Game
2019, Aegir Games
Designer: Eivind Vetlesen

Into the Black Forest
2018 or 2019, Green Couch Games

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

Monster Match
2018, North Star Games
Designer:  Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir
Artist:  Linda DeSantis, Ben Goldman

Strike
2012,  Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Designer: Dieter Nüßle
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
(Reimplementation coming soon as Impact: Battle of the Elements)

Mars Open: Tabletop Golf
2018, Bellwether Games
Designer: Dennis Hoyle
Artist: Harris Fagotto, Katie Khau

Run, Fight, or Die: Reloaded Kickstarter

Comanauts
2018, Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jerry Hawthorne
Artist: Jimmy Xia, Tregis

Spirits of the Wild
2018, Mattel
Designer: Nick Hayes

One Deck Galaxy
2019, Asmadi Games
Designer: Unlisted

Fast Forward: FORTUNE
2018, Stronghold Games/2F Spiele
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Artist:  Harald Lieske

Bad Maps
2019, Floodgate Games
Designer: Tim Armstrong
Artist: Kristen Pauline, Peter Wocken

Bosk
2019, Floodgate Games
Designer: Daryl Andrews, Erica Bouyouris
Artist: Kwanchai Moriya

Conex
2017, HABA
Designer: Prospero Hall

Karuba: The Card Game
2017, HABA
Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Artist: Claus Stephan

One Shot Network

Kuma's Corner

High Rise
2019, Formal Ferret Games
Designer: Gil Hova

Danielle Corsetto: Girls With Slingshots, Stuck at 32, Boo! It's Sex

Taft's Ale House

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Wednesday (intro)

03:48 Played: Pasaraya

06:27 Planning for the week

07:44 Thursday recap

09:00 First stops in the hall

11:15 Played: Warsaw, City of Ruins

15:45 Played: Everdell

20:57 Played: Spirits of the Forest

25:21 Demo: Franchise

32:33 Played: Team Up!

36:06 News from: Asmodee Digital

41:48 News from: Direwolf Digital

45:04 Demo: Cryptid

49:45 Friday recap

50:33 Played: Homebrewers

55:19 Played: Sabotage

56:38 Demo: Crusader Kings & Europa Universalis

61:08 Played: Into the Black Forest

64:50 News from: Alderac Entertainment (AEG)

68:16 News: New T.I.M.E Stories surprise

69:45 Rolling Dice & Taking Names meet up

71:14 Played: Mars Open

74:19 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

75:09 Saturday recap

76:19 Demo: Comanauts

80:18 Played: Spirits of the Wild

83:03 Demo: One Deck Galaxy

88:10 Played: Fast Forward “Fortune”

91:14 Demos: Bad Maps & Bosk

97:34 Demos: HABA

101:07 Panels & Events

104:08 Sunday recap

104:34 Played: High Rise

110:39 Gen Con Final Thoughts

114:30 Outro

#80: The Hype List 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #80: The Hype List 2018 - Our Gen Con preview; Villainous (on tap); Star Realms: Frontiers; Downforce: Danger Circuit

Full notes coming later today! In the meantime, check out our full BGG GeekPreviews for our personal HYPE lists:

Danielle's List

Jake's List

 

#73: Rising 5

Draft Mechanic Episode #73: Rising 5 Six Pack Review, Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker, Las Vegas Boulevard, Monster Match, Funky Chicken, Monster Match On Tap, the HIstory of Cider, and What Makes a Modern Classic?

Kickstarter: 
Kitchen Rush: Piece of Cake (BGG) (Kickstarter)
The Estates (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker (BGG) (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker

2018, Board&Dice
Designer:  Manuel Correia, Matt Dembek
Artist:   Ramses Bosque, Paweł Niziołek
Gaming Rules! How To Play Video

Las Vegas Boulevard
2014, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Designer:  Rüdiger Dorn
Artist:   Harald Lieske, Mia Steingräber

Monster Match
2018, North Star Games
Designer:   Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir
Artist:   Linda DeSantis

Funky Chicken
2018,  North Star Games
Designer:   Ken Gruhl, Satish Pillalamarri, Quentin Weir
Artist:    Linda DeSantis  

Six Pack Review:
Rising 5: Runes of Asteros
2018, Grey Fox Games
Designer:  Gary Kim, Evan Song
Artist:   Vincent Dutrait 

On Tap:
Monster Match
2018, North Star Games
Designer:   Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir
Artist:   Linda DeSantis
    Indiana City Brewing Co. "Too Many Eyes"; Indianapolis, IN, USA
    7.5% ABV.
    Double dry hopped IPA.

    •Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co. "One Arm"; West Ossipee, NH, USA
    6% ABV, 30IBU.
    Farmhouse ale.

    •Sante Adairius Rustic Ales "Four Legs Good"; Capitola, CA, USA
    9.9% ABV.
    Barrel-aged blonde quad.

    •Evil Twin Brewing "Imperial Doughnut Break"; Brooklyn, NY, USA
    11.5% ABV, 70 IBU
    Imperial coffee doughnut porter.

    •Burial Beer Co. "Skillet Donut Stout"; Asheville, NC, USA
    8% ABV, 60 IBU.
    Breakfast stout. Just the fricken' best.

The History of Cider:
The History of Cider Making
The Ancient Origins of Apple Cider
National Apple Museum
The Highs and Lows of Hard Apple Cider History
Washington State University: History of Cider

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

02:42 News: Gen Con Events Catalog is live

04:55 News: Asmodee’s Modern Classics

07:42 Kickstarter Updates

10:16 Kickstarter: Kitchen Rush expansion

12:15 Kickstarter: The Estates

15:23 Recent Plays / KS Preview: Blight Chronicles Agent Decker

27:11 Recent Plays: Las Vegas Boulevard

34:50 Recent Plays: Happy Planet Games: Monster Match & Funky Chicken

42:52 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

44:01 Six Pack Review: Rising 5

44:42 Rising 5: Gameplay Rundown

50:34 Rising 5: Discussion

68:19 Rising 5: Final Thoughts

70:27 On Tap: Monster Match

74:47 The History of Cider

83:28 Final Round: Modern Classics

95:11 Outro

#66: Fog of Love

Draft Mechanic Episode #66: Fog of Love Six Pack Review &On Tap, Favelas, Illimat, Great Western Trail, Low Alcohol Beer, & 2018 Gaming Challenges

Kickstarter:
Dark Flight Tokyo Series 1 (Kickstarter) (BGG Jidohanbaiki) (BGG Metro) (BGG Jutaku)

Recent Plays:
Favelas
2017,  WizKids
Designer:  Chris Bryan
Artist:   Kwanchai Moriya

Great Western Trail
2016, eggertspiele/Stronghold Games
Designer:  Alexander Pfister
Artists: Andreas Resch

Illimat
2017, Twogether Studios
Designer:  Keith Baker
Artist:   Carson Ellis

Six-Pack Review:
Fog of Love
2017, Hush Hush Projects
Designer: Jacob Jaskov
Artist:   Mike Højgaard, Lotte M. Klixbüll Jaskov

On Tap:
Fog of Love
2017, Hush Hush Projects
Designer: Jacob Jaskov
Artist:   Mike Højgaard, Lotte M. Klixbüll Jaskov

    Midnight Sun Brewing Company "Modern Romance"; Anchorage, AK, USA
    9.3% ABV, 37 IBU
    Spiced strong chocolate ale.

    •Superstition Meadery "Date Night"; Prescott, AZ, USA
    13% ABV.
    Oak barrelled chocolate mead.

    •Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Romantic Chemistry"; Milton, DE, USA
    7.2% ABV, 40 IBU
    Mango, apricot, & ginger IPA.

    •Martin House Brewing Company "True Love"; Fort Worth, TX, USA
    5.2% ABV, 4 IBU
    Kettle-soured ale with raspberries.

    •Stillwater Artisanal Ales "Of Love & Regret"; Baltimore, MD, USA
    7.2% ABV
    Belgian saison representing the brewers' interpretation of spring.

 

Section Timestamps:

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

03:13 Upcoming Conventions

04:18 Kickstarter: Tokyo Series, Pat 1

08:59 Recent Plays: Favelas

16:41 Recent Plays: Illimat

23:54 Recent Plays: Great Western Trail

34:50 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship spot

35:42 Six Pack Review: Fog of Love

36:20 Fog of Love: Gameplay Overview

44:53 Fog of Love: Discussion

68:08 Fog of Love: Final Thoughts

70:51 On Tap: Fog of Love

74:11 Low-Alcohol Beer

82:12 Final Round: Your 2018 Gaming Challenges

91:48 Outro

#65: 2017 In Review

Happy New Year! We’re back once again with our first episode of the year and our customary recap of the year that was. We take a look back at the biggest news stories in gaming and beer in 2017, share our favorites in a pile of categories, discuss our six favorite beers of 2017, and of course our top six games of last year as well. We’re tying this episode up with responses from our new DM Slack channel’s “Final Round” topic: What was the biggest surprise in gaming for you in 2017? Enjoy!

2017 Superlatives:
Best Artwork:

Danielle: Near and Far (Red Raven Games)
Jake: Flipships (Renegade Game Studios)

Best Non-mini Components:
Jake: Dice Forge (Libellud)
Danielle: Photosynthesis (Blue Orange Games)

Biggest Disappointment:
Danielle: Photosynthesis (Blue Orange Games)
Jake: Yamatai (Days of Wonder)

Game I Wish I'd Played More from 2017:
Danielle: The 7th Continent (Serious Poulp)
Jake: Dojo Kun (CMON)

Best Older Game I Played for the First Time in 2017:
Danielle: Bora Bora (Ravensburger)
Jake: Rococo (Eagle-Gryphon Games)

Best Party Game:
Vegas Wits & Wagers (North Star Games)

Best Card Game:
Danielle: Herbaceous (Pencil First Games/Dr. Finn Games)
Jake: Matryoshka (White Goblin Games/Terra Nova Games)

Most Innovative Game:
Danielle: The 7th Continent (Serious Poulp)
Jake: Magic Maze (Sit Down!)

Favorite Beers of 2017 Six-Packs:
Jake:

  • Burial Beer Co. “Houtenhamer” Double-Barrel Imperial Stout. Asheville, NC. 10% ABV, 60 IBU.
  • Perennial Artisan AlesMaman” Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. St. Louis, MO. 11.5% ABV.
  • Side Project BrewingSaison du Blé” Imperial Stout. St. Louis, MO. 6% ABV.
  • Bearded Iris Brewing “Chasing Rainbows Three” New England IPA. Nashville, TN. 5.8% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Meadery “#DragonsAreReal” Cherry chipotle mead aged in New Holland Brewing - Dragon's Milk barrels with cacao nibs. Ferndale, MI. 14.0% ABV.
  • Burial & Interboro & Run the Jewels “Stay G-O-L-D” IPA. Asheville, NC. 6.0% ABV, 50 IBU.

Danielle:

  • Boiler BrewingQuintuple Dog Dare” Imperial IPA. Lincoln, NE. 18.4% ABV.
  • Good Road Cider WorksAvogadro's Trail” Semi-sweet Mead. Charlotte, NC. 7.8% ABV.
  • Epic Brewing CompanyBig Bad Baptista” Mexican Coffee inspired Imperial Stout. Salt Lake City, UT. 12% ABV, 65 IBU.
  • B. Nektar Meadery#DragonsAreReal” Cherry chipotle mead aged in New Holland Brewing - Dragon's Milk barrels with cacao nibs. Ferndale, MI. 14.0% ABV.
  • Edmund's OastKvass” Kvass. Charlotte, NC. 2.6% ABV.
  • Founders BrewingFrootwood” Barrel-aged cherry ale. Grand Rapids, MI. 8.0% ABV.

 

Favorite Games of 2017 Six-Packs:

Jake's Picks:

Downforce
Restoration Games
Designer:  Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, Wolfgang Kramer

Matryoshka
Terra Nova Games/White Goblin Games
Designer: Aaron Dill, Sean Sweigart, John Kovaleski

Flipships
Renegade Game Studios
Designer: Kane Klenko

Danielle's Picks:

5-Minute Dungeon
Wiggles 3D
Designer: Connor Reid

Azul
Plan B Games
Designer: Jun Sasaki

Seikatsu
IDW Games
Designer:  Matt Loomis, Isaac Shalev

We Both Picked:

The 7th Continent
Serious Poulp
Designer:  Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter

Sagrada
Floodgate Games
Designer:  Adrian Adamescu, Daryl Andrews

Near and Far
Red Raven Games
Designer:  Ryan Laukat

Section Timestamps:

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:32 Announcing the Draft Mechanic Slack Channel!

05:27 Meta Mechanic, 2017 by the numbers

08:27 Preface to the Superlatives

11:43 Biggest News Stories of 2017

25:10 Superlative Categories

55:34 Our Top Six Beers of 2017

71:20 Grey Fox Games sponsorship spot

72:08 Our Top Six Games of 2017

96:48 Final Round: Biggest game surprises

103:41 Outro