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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:

#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

#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

#43: Coldwater Crown / Sagrada

Draft Mechanic Episode # 43: Coldwater Crown, Sagrada, Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft, 30 Rails, 5-Minute Dungeon, and a Beer Primer on Saisons

News:

Chicagoland Dice Dojo
Bock's Games
Scythe: The Wind Gambit

Kickstarters:

The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast is Goin' Wild in 2017!
Matryoshka

Recent Plays:

The Mysterious Package Company

30 Rails
2016, Self-published print & play
Designer: Julian Anstey

Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
2016, Devir
Designer: Diego Ibanez
Artist: Pedro Soto

5-Minute Dungeon
2017, Wiggles3D
Designer:  Conner Reid
Artist: Alex Diochon

Six-Pack Review:

Coldwater Crown
2017, Bellwether Games
Designer: Brian Suhre
Artist: Beth Sobel & Ryan Coleman

On Tap Beer Pairings:

Sagrada
2017, Floodgate Games
Designer: Daryl Andrews & Adrian Adamescu
Artist: Peter Wocken

Beer Primer- Saisons:

Section Timestamps:

Intro
01:00 Intro / Housekeeping
02:30 Travel: Chicagoland Dice Dojo
03:57 News: Scythe, The Wind Gambit
06:30 Kickstarter: The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast
08:51 Kickstarter: Matryoshka
12:21 Recent Plays: The Mysterious Package Company
17:26 Recent Plays: 30 Rails
22:04 Recent Plays: Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
31:25 Recent Plays: 5-Minute Dungeon
37:24 Six Pack Review: Coldwater Crown
38:13 Coldwater Crown: Rules Walkthrough
44:33 Coldwater Crown: Discussion
57:50 Coldwater Crown: Final Thoughts
61:11 On Tap: Sagrada
73:00 The Beer Primer: Saisons
81:12 Outro