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#79: DropMix

Draft Mechanic Episode #79: Near & Far Completed Campaign Discussion, DropMix On Tap, Century: Eastern Wonders, Dragoon, Carcassonne: The Castle, Gluten-Free Beers & Classic Games That Don't Get Enough Love

Draft Mechanic T-shirts!!!!!!
Catch us in the CoolBoardGames Inc. (51:26) segment on Ep. 102 of the Boards Alive podcast!

Kickstarter: 
SPQF (BGG) (Kickstarter - Launches July 16)
14 Board Games from Africa (IndieGoGo)
Casual Game Insider (Kickstarter)
Tiny Dice Buddies (Kickstarter)

Recent Plays:
Century: Eastern Wonders

2018, Plan B Games
Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi
Artist: Chris Quilliams 

Dragoon
2016, Lay Waste Games
Designer: Jake Given, Zach Given, Jonathan Ritter-Roderick
Artist: Nick Nazzaro 

Carcassonne: The Castle
2003, Rio Grande Games
Designer: Reiner Knizia, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Artist: Christof Tisch 

DropMix
2017, Hasbro
Designer: Harmonix team
Artist: Sander Berg, Vance Kelly, Jeff Lowry, Eric Nyffeler, Kate O'Hara, Jerome Vogel, James Weinberg

On Tap:
DropMix
2017, Hasbro
Designer: Harmonix team
Artist: Sander Berg, Vance Kelly, Jeff Lowry, Eric Nyffeler, Kate O'Hara, Jerome Vogel, James Weinberg
    Mikerphone Brewing "Mikerphone Check 1, 2"; Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
    8.5% ABV.
    Double dry-hopped imperial IPA.

    •Hoof Hearted Brewing "Ticklin' the Ivories"; Marengo, OH, USA
    7% ABV.
    IPA brewed with Comet, Calypso, & Eureka hops.

    •Odell Brewing Co. "Drumroll"; Fort Collins, CO, USA
    5.3% ABV, 42 IBU.
    Unfiltered American Pale Ale.

    •Kent Falls Brewing Co. "Air Guitar At Work While No One Is Watching"; Kent, CT, USA
    5% ABV.
    Pale Ale with piney & citrus notes.

    M.I.A. Beer Co. "MegaMix"; Miami, FL, USA
    5% ABV.
    West-Coast style pale ale.

Near and Far Campaign Wrap-Up:
Near and Far
2017, Red Raven Games.
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Artist: Ryan Laukat

Our Six Pack Review of Near and Far

Gluten Free Beer:
All About Beer Magazine: Cut the Gluten, Keep the Beer
Urban Tastebud: Gluten Free Beer List - The Ultimate Guide (FAQs at the bottom are informative)

Section Timestamps:

#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

#59: Spooky Games

Draft Mechanic Episode #59: 6(ish) Spooky Games for the Halloween Season , Summit: The Board Game On Tap, Blood Bowl: Team Manager, Flamme Rouge, Insider, and the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Kickstarters:
Near and Far: Amber Mines (BGG Page)
Zero Hour (BGG Page)
7th Continent: What Goes Up, Must Come Down (Base Game BGG Page)

Recent Plays:
Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game
2011, Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Jason Little
Artist: 31 listed

Flamme Rouge
2016, Lautapelit/2017, Stronghold Games
Designer: Asger Harding Granerud
Artists: Ossi Hiekkala, Jere Kasanen

Insider
2016, Oink Games
Designer: Akihiro Itoh, Kwaji, Daichi Okano, Kito Shinma
Artist: Jun Sasaki

6 Spooky Games for the Halloween Season:
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
2014, Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega
Artists: David Richards, Fernanda Suárez, Peter Wocken

Gloom (second edition)
2014, Atlas Games
Designer: Keith Baker
Artist: Michelle Nephew, J. Scott Reeves

Mysterium
2015, Libellud
Designer: Oleksandr Nevskiy, Oleg Sidorenko
Artists: Igor Burlakov, Xavier Collette, Oleksandr Nevskiy, Oleg Sidorenko

Betrayal at House on the Hill
2004, Avalon Hill Games, Inc.
Designer: Rob Daviau, Bruce Glassco, Bill McQuillan, Mike Selinker, Teeuwynn Woodruff
Artist: Dennis Crabapple McClain, Christopher Moeller, Peter Whitley

The Bloody Inn
2015, Pearl Games
Designer: Nicolas Robert
Artists: Luis Francisco, Weberson Santiago

T.I.M.E. Stories: Asylum
2015, Space Cowboys
Designer: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Artist: Ben Carre, Vincent Dutrait, David Lecossu, Pascal Quidault
Afterward check out our SPOILER FILLED DISCUSSION

On Tap:
Summit: The Board Game
2017, Inside Up Games
Designer: Conor McGoey
Artist: Jordan Danielsson

2017 Great American Beer Festival:
GABF Site
2017 Winners List

Section Timestamps:

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:18 FBGL Week 4 Recap

05:30 [Essen Intensifies]

07:03 Kickstarter: Near & Far: Amber Mines

09:15 Kickstarter: Zero Hour

11:16 Kickstarter: The 7th Continent follow-up

15:29 Recent Plays: Blood Bowl: Team Manager

21:43 Recent Plays: Flamme Rouge

33:03 Recent Plays: Insider

41:03 Grey Fox Games sponsorship spot

42:12 Six Spooky Games for the Season

66:28 On Tap: Summit, The Board Game

75:57 Quick notes on Summit hops

78:19 2017 Great American Beer Festival

86:48 Outro

#48: Near and Far

Draft Mechanic Episode # 48: Near and Far Six-Pack Review and On Tap, Thrash'n Roll, Secret Hitler, the Jaipur App, Skull, and the controversy over Ratebeer.com

Kickstarter:
GameTek: The Book

Recent Plays:

Thrash'n Roll
2015, Game Fabrica.
Designers:  Aleksander Biela, Krzysztof Matusik
Artists:  Krzysztof Matusik, Robert Sobota

Secret Hitler
2016, Goat Wolf & Cabbage.
Designers:  Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, Max Temkin
Artist:  Mackenzie Schubert

Jaipur
2009, GameWorks SàRL.
Designer:  Sébastien Pauchon
Artist:  Alexandre Roche
iOS / Google Play

Skull
2011, Asmodee / Lui-même. 
Designer:  Hervé Marly
Artist: Thomas Vuarchex

Six-Pack Review:

Near and Far
2017, Red Raven Games.
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Artist: Ryan Laukat

On Tap:

Near and Far
2017, Red Raven Games.
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Artist: Ryan Laukat

RateBeer Articles:


Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires Minority Stake in RateBeer...in 2016
AB InBev's ZX Ventures Buys Minority Stake In RateBeer
Craft Breweries Want Their Beers Off RateBeer After AB-InBev Acquires Minority Stake
"Brewer Ratings" on RateBeer are Broken--And They Have Been for a While

Section TImestamps:

Intro
01:00 Show housekeeping
04:16 Kickstarter: GameTek: The Book
06:48 Recent Plays: Terraforming Mars & Scythe
09:42 Recent Plays: Thrash & Roll
18:50 Recent Plays: Secret Hitler
24:16 Recent Plays: Jaipur on iOS
33:42 Recent Plays: Skull
37:25 Six Pack Review: Near and Far
38:24 Near and Far: Gameplay Run-through
43:15 Near and Far: Discussion
64:24 Near and Far: Final Thoughts
66:08 Near and Far: On Tap beer pairings
72:04 RateBeer investment controversy
80:35 Outro