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#55: Gen Con 50 Wrapup!

#55: Gen Con 50 Wrap-up!

Hey all! Episode 55 is going to be a little different! Each day during Gen Con 50, we sat down with our buds (Shane, Tamara, Steven, Dan) and talked about what we saw at the biggest con of the year (and the biggest Gen Con in history). I’ve assembled those recordings chronologically just like last year for over an hour of extra content! We really hope you enjoy our wrap-ups, and we’ll be back next Monday for another episode and a more in-depth look at some of the hottest games of the year, fresh from Gen Con 50!

#54: The Hype List 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode #54: The Hype List 2017: Gen Con 50; Vegas Wits & Wagers preview & on-tap

The Hype List is here! The Summer of Hot Games wouldn’t be complete without our exhaustive look at a big pile of games we’re excited to learn more about at Gen Con 50 this week in Indianapolis. In addition to that big feature, we’re also busting out our Kickstarter preview of the upcoming Vegas Wits & Wagers from North Star Games! But one feature isn’t enough for an episode this big - we’re also putting Vegas Wits & Wagers on tap, we’ve got a special guest popping in to talk about Fantasy Flight Games’ big announcement, and we’ve got a discussion with two of our game group about their plans for their first trip to Gen Con. I hope you’ve got a long drive, because this super-stuffed episode is just brimming with HYPE!

Vegas Wits & Wagers
North Star Games, 2017. 5-21 players. Hits Kickstarter on August 19th, 2017!

On Tap:

Gen Con Events

Sun King Brewing Kickoff Party (Facebook Event Page)
Wednesday, 5pm, Georgia Street Beer Garden

Punchboard Media meet & greet event with prizes! (Facebook Event Page)
Friday, 5-7pm, Georgia Street Beer Garden

Games Announcements & Hype

Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition - Fantasy Flight Games

Renegade Games teases... something?

And of course, here's the complete Hype List that we worked off for this show. Using the Gen Con 50 Geek Preview on Board Game Geek, we ranked all items as Must Have / Interested / Undecided / Not Interested and then ranked it accordingly. Enjoy!

Section Timestamps:

00:00 Show Housekeeping
03:20 Corrections from Episode 53
05:19 Kickstarter Preview: Vegas Wits & Wagers!
16:48 Gen Con events roundup! Punchboard Media meet up!
18:47 Sun King Brewery events at Gen Con
20:09 The mystery of HYPE
21:12 Twilight Imperiul, 4th Ed. (special guest Chris Kirkman)
37:48 Getting into the hype list!
1:00:54 Checking in with Tamara and Steven
1:23:32 Back to the hype list!
2:13:22 On Tap: Vegas Wits & Wagers
2:17:37 Wrap-up

#35: Fabled Fruit

Draft Mechanic Episode #35: A Six-pack of Games to Play with Family over the Holidays, Fabled Fruit On-Tap, Raiders of the North Sea, Imhotep, and proper beer serving temperatures (maybe even some served warm).

Recent Plays:

Fabled Fruit
2016, Stronghold Games.
Designers: Friedemann Friese

Raiders of the North Sea
2015, Garphill Games.
Designers: Shem Phillips
   
Imhotep
2016, Kosmos.
Designers:  Phil Walker-Harding

Family Fun! A Six-Pack of Games to Play with your Family this Holiday:

Fuji Flush
2016, Stronghold Games.
Designers: Friedemann Friese

Wits & Wagers Party
2012, North Star Games.
Designers: Dominic Crapuchettes
   
Qwixx
2012, Gamewright.
Designers:  Steffen Benndorf

Bohnanza
1997, Rio Grande Games.
Designers: Uwe Rosenberg

Codenames: Pictures
2016, Czech Games Edition.
Designers: Vlaada Chvatil
   
Letter Tycoon
2015, Breaking Games.
Designers:  Brad Brooks

On-Tap:

Fabled Fruit
2016, Stronghold Games.
Designers: Friedemann Friese

  • Pineapple:
    Evil Genius Beer Company.
    I Love Lamp” Philadelphia, PA, USA
    5.5% ABV, 12 IBU.
    Hefeweisen brewed with pineapple.
  • Strawberry:
    Short's Brewing Company.
    Strawberry Short's Cake” Bellaire , MI , USA
    6.3% ABV, 10 IBU.
    Golden ale with strawberries and milk sugar.
  • Banana:
    Charles Wells Brewery.
    Wells Banana Bread Beer” Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
    5.2% ABV, 18 IBU.
    It says it's an amber ale but I think it's just a bottle full of banana bread.
  • Grape:
    Dogfish Head Brewing.
    Red & White” Milton, DE, USA
    10% ABV, 35 IBU.
    Belgian witbier with coriander, orange peel, and fermented with Pinot Noir juice.
  • Coconut:
    Oskar Blues Brewery.
    Death by Coconut” Longmont, CO, USA
    6.5% ABV, 45 IBU.
    Irish porter with chocolate and coconut.

Proper Serving Temperature:

-Aim for between 38°-55°F
-Lagers (including pilsners), lighter beers, creamy/blonde ales, and those lower in alcohol should be served towards the colder end of that range.
-Stonger, darker beers (including stouts, porters, bengian dubbles and strong ales) should be served towards the warmer end of that range.
-IPA should be served right in the middle of the range (45-50°).
-Is there such a thing as a hot beer? Well, sort of...check out these beer Flip Cocktails.

Section Timestamps:

Intro
01:00 Show Housekeeping
03:03 iOS Gaming update
05:55 Kickstarter: Quodd Heroes
10:40 Recent Plays: Fabled Fruit
20:00 Recent Plays: Raiders of the North Sea
26:23 Recent Plays: Imhotep
34:25 Six Pack: Games to play this holiday season
60:44 On Tap: Fabled Fruit
66:54 Proper beer serving temperatures
73:41 Outro