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#92: 2018 In Review

Draft Mechanic Episode # 92: 2018 In Review, our 2018 Superlatives, Six Packs of our Favorite Beers and Board Games of 2018, a quick MetaMechanic, and biggest gaming surprises of 2018.

Kickstarter: 
Vital Lacerda’s Railways of Portugal (BGG) (Kickstarter)
Folded Space Board Game Inserts - Campaign 3 (Kickstarter)

2018 Superlatives:
Best Artwork:

Danielle: Root (Leder Games)
Jake: Everdell (Starling Games)

Best Non-mini Components:
Jake: the Mars Open: Tabletop Golf ball (Bellwether Games)
Danielle: The Expancity stacking skyscrapers (Breaking Games)

Biggest Disappointment:
Danielle: T.I.M.E. Stories: Brotherhood of the Coast (Space Cowboys)
Jake: Rising Sun (CMON Limited)

Game I Wish I'd Played in 2018:
Danielle: Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game (Portal Games)
Jake: Root (Leder Games)

Game I Wish I'd Played More of in 2018:
Danielle: The Quacks of Quedlinburg (North Star Games)
Jake: Star Realms: Frontiers (White Wizard Games)

Best Older Game I Played for the First Time in 2018:
Danielle: Ponzi Scheme (Tasty Minstrel Games)
Jake: Vinhos Deluxe Edition (Eagle-Gryphon Games)

Best Party Game:
Danielle: Monster Match (North Star Games)
Jake: Mars Open: Tabletop Golf (Bellwether Games)

Best App:
Danielle: Ganz Schön Clever (Schmidt Spiele, Developer: BrettspielWelt GMBH)
Jake: Noch Mal! (Schmidt Spiele, Developer: Outline Development)

Most Innovative Game:
Danielle: Nychtofobia (Pandasaurus Games)
Jake: KeyForge: Call of the Archons/Discover: Lands Unknown (Fantasy Flight Games)


Favorite Beers of 2018 Six-Packs:

Jake:

Danielle:

Favorite Games of 2018 Six-Packs:

Jake's Picks:

6. Mars Open: Tabletop Golf
Bellwether Games
Designer:  Dennis Hoyle

5. Pasaraya: Supermarket Manager
BoxFox Games
Designer: Seh Hui Leong

3. Decrypto
Le Scorpion Masqué
Designer: Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance

Danielle's Picks:

6. Monster Match
North Star Games
Designer: Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir

3. Welcome To…
Deep Water Games / Blue Cocker Games
Designer: Benoit Turpin

2. Ganz Schön Clever
Schmidt Spiele
Designer:  Wolfgang Warsch

We Both Picked:

The Quacks of Quedlinburg (Danielle’s 5, Jake’s 4)
North Star Games
Designer:  Wolfgang Warsch

Cryptid (Danielle’s 4, Jake’s 2)
Osprey Games
Designer:  Hal Duncan, Ruth Veevers

Escape Tales: The Awakening (Danielle & Jake’s 1)
Board&Dice
Designer:  Jakub Caban, Matt Dembek, Bartosz Idzikowski

Section Timestamps:

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:42 Kickstarter Updates

05:46 Kickstarter: Railways of Portugal

07:58 Kickstarter: Folded Space Inserts

10:56 Meta Mechanic: 2018 Podcast Stats

15:40 2018 In Review

20:24 2018 Superlative Categories

53:19 2018 Six Pack: Favorite Beers

65:52 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

67:11 2018 Six Pack: Honorable Mentions

69:45 2018 Six Pack: Favorite Games

102:03 The Final Round: Your 2018 Moments

111:53 Outro

#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