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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming.

Mike Walker & Mark Bigney


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    #198: 2021 Year in Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 86:49

    It's a star-studded eleganza extravaganza, featuring your two least-favourite SVWAG hosts giving you an incomplete capsule summary of a terrible year of great games. Of course, they neglected to play That One Game, of course, which means that all their observations are utterly useless, but how does that differentiate this episode from any other? This offering is more classy, however, as in a concession to the glitz and glamour of end-of-year shows, both hosts begrudgingly and uncharacteristically wear pants. (You might be asking--is that "pants" in the British sense or the Canadian sense? The answer is yes.)Games Played Last Week:02:50 -Fossilis (David Alberto Diaz, Kids Table BG, 2020)05:07 -In Too Deep (Josh Cappel & Daryl Chow, Burnt Island Games, 2021)10:17 -French Toast (Uncredited, Blue Beard Entertainment, 2021)12:06 -Magnate: The First City (James Naylor, Naylor Games, 2021)18:02 -Corrosion (Stefan Bauer, Capstone Games, 2021)20:35 -G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)24:18 -Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor (Cornelius Cremin, Pawel Mazur, & Dirk Sommer, Nemesis.Games, 2021)29:46 -Monstrology (Andy Lubershane, Middle Brain Games, 2017)33:06 -Conquest & Consequence (Craig Besinque, GMT Games, 2021)YEAR IN REVIEW35:59 Personal Top 10s58:07 SVWAG Game of the Year1:08:48 Special Categories1:25:37 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre Year in Review

    #197: Ankh: Gods of Egypt

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 80:31

    In the 14th Century B.C.E., the pharaoh Akhenaten attempted to shift Egypt into monotheism centered on the cult of the god Aten. Apparently there's some who argue it was possibly instead henotheism, whereby many gods are acknowledged but one is elevated above the others--a claim advanced about many ostensibly mono- or polytheistic religions, even some practised today--but at any rate is was exceptionally controversial. By the time his son Tutankhaten became pharaoh, the cult of Aten was suppressed, and the ascendancy of the god Amun was restored in a polytheistic pantheon. Hence the new pharaoh's name was changed from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun. Theme!Games Played Last Week:05:51 -Coyote (Spartaco Albertarelli, New Games Order, 2015)07:19 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)13:11 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021) 15:24 -That Time You Killed Me (Peter C. Hayward, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)22:03 -The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Menzel, KOSMOS, 2021)26:16 -Final Girl (Evan Derrick & A.J. Porfirio, Van Ryder Games, 2021)34:43 -Radlands (Daniel Piechnick, Roxley, 2021)38:06 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)41:53 -7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):43:35 Kickstarter Christmas! Upcoming For Science! giveaway44:17 Boardgamegeek 2021 Support Drive44:37 Walker a guest on Board Game Barrage 45:29 25th Century Games' Ra with Ian O'Toole art46:12 Games Workshop backtracks, re-issues Cursed City46:53 See you again in 202247:36 Feature Game: Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)

    #196: Going Off-Script

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 77:21

    Some things, of course, from Josie and the Pussycats have aged poorly. The idea of "record stores" and CDs (that could, in turn sell out like they were PS5s or something) is downright quaint--especially given the format of this show. I'm pretty confident that the cultural moment of Moviefone Guy has well and truly passed, despite the continued use of both movies and phones. Do people still know who Carson Daly is? I confess I never really did. Mostly I know him from that totally jerkin' movie, Josie and the Pussycats.01:39 AYURIS: Watergate (Matthias Cramer, Capstone Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:04:10 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)06:27 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)07:08 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)11:40 -G.I. JOE Deck-Building Game (T.C. Petty III, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)13:59 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2022)19:40 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)21:20 -Factory Funner (2nd ed) (Corné van Moorsel, Boardgametables.com, 2021)26:18 -Ethnos (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2017)28:32 -Undaunted: Reinforcements (Trevor Benjamin, David Digby, David Thompson, & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)37:49 -Bitoku (Germán P. Millán, Devir, 2021)40:28 -Gutenberg (Katarzyna Cioch & Wojciech Wiśniewski, Granna, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):45:48 Kickstarter moving to blockchain is better for... reasons46:32 Fairy Tale Inn from Remo Conzadori and Paolo Mori47:09 New Patreon-exclusive Discord channel48:00 Asmodee sold to Swedish Embracer group for €2.75 billion 48:26 Asmodee purchased retailer Miniature Market sometime in 202150:08 Topic: Going Off-Script1:11:16 Masterpiece Theatre: Josie and the Pussycats

    #195: Cryo

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 70:19

    The hosts are, briefly, back in the same room again, and this has had the unfortunate effect of bringing out the very worst in Mark. Don't worry, he doesn't spend ten minutes complaining about the implied political claims of kids' shows, but his mind naturally went to the gutter of abominable puns. You have been warned.Games Played Last Week:01:16 -On Mars (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)04:24 -Pulsar 2849 (Vladimír Suchý, CGE, 2017)06:37 -Hibachi (Marco Teubner, Grail Games, 2021)09:41 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)16:51 -Isle of Skye: Druids (Andreas Pelikan & ALexnader Pfister, Lookout Games, 2018) 21:08 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)25:15 -The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged (Johnny O'Neal, Britherwise Games, 2021) 27:09 -Brian Boru: High King of Ireland (Peer Sylvester, Osprey Games, 2021)33:37 -7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2021)37:21 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):45:44 Werewolves of Miller's Hollow (i.e., Werewolf/Mafia) licensed for a movie 47:12 Kickstarter moving to blockchain for... reasons50:41 Feature Game: Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)

    #194: Our Gaming Autobiographies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 75:43

    We skip over substantial portions of our hosts' stories, of course. No mention is made of Walker's extensive experience with Gilbert & Sullivan. Mark's stint as the Official Pokémon Master of Canada is glossed over. The deep tribal conflict of Jocks versus Geeks, of which Walker is destined to be the bridge (think Dune but even more messianic), is only alluded to. Someday, the whole story might be told, but you wouldn't believe us. 01:43 AYURIS: Nemesis (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2018) Games Played Last Week:04:27 -Stardew Valley: The Board Game (Eric Barone & Cle Medeiros, CorcernedApe, 2021)11:30 -Imhotep (Phil Walker-Harding, KOSMOS, 2016)14:56 -Sheepy Time (Neil Kimball, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2021)18:38 -IKI (Koota Yamada, Sorry We Are French, 2015)21:43 -Mindbug (Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, Marvin Hegen, & Christian Kudahl, Nerdlab Games, 2021)27:55 -Paper Dungeons (Leandro Pires, MeepleBR, 2020)29:12 -Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021), Board Game Arena adaptation by Elena Laskavaia31:36 -Coffee Traders (Rolf Sagel & André Spil, Capstone Games, 2021)34:29 -Magnate: The First City (James Naylor, Naylor Games, 2021)40:45 -Sentinels of the Multiverse (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)41:19 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):43:16 Loto Quebec's Azul scratch tickets44:50 7.6 tons of counterfeit Pokémon cards45:31 Flat River Group acquires Greater Than Games46:34 Stan Lee's Genesis47:15 A Billion Suns: Warzone49:00 Topic: Our Gaming Autobiographies

    #193: Praga Caput Regni

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 76:37

    We have become feature-hungry here at SVWAG. We debut Walker's Language Corner which, let us be frank, is not apt to be repeated, especially given Walker's aversion to dead languages. We finally name a recurring segment that has been airing unaccredited for years, and we have dubbed in Mark's Rage Theatre. It is Festivus every day of the year, and Mark has some grievances to air. Games Played Last Week:01:18 -Paper Dungeons (Leandro Pires, MeepleBR, 2020)04:40 -Sheepy Time (Neil Kimball, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2021)09:45 -Draftosaurus: Aerial Show (Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, & Théo Rivière, Ankama, 2020)12:07 -Disney Gargoyles: Awakening (Nate Heiss, Ravensburger, 2021)16:26 -Imperial Steam (Alexander Huemer, Capstone Games, 2021)21:14 -Puerto Rico (Andreas Seyfarth, alea, 2002)27:49 -Beez (Dan Halstad, Next Move Games, 2020)30:03 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012) BGA implementation by Radu Stefan & Adam Dewbery34:31 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021) 36:04 -Cellulose (John Coveyou & Steve Schlepphorst, Genuis Games, 2022)News (and why it doesn't matter):38:50 My City Roll and Write39:10 Play-Along Parasocial Saturdays! Dec. 4 at 10:30 EST, join us in playing Paper Dungeons and Cartographers39:34 I, Napoleon from GMT Games and Ted Raicer40:24 Boards&Dice: Terracotta Army40:51 Tasty Minstrel's remaining stock being sold off through CoolStuffInc42:28 Feature Game: Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)1:08:10 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 4

    #192: Event Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 81:27

    One of the great tragic modern misapprehensions of history is the blanching of fascism. It seems that people can watch Attack on Titan and play with their space marines, and simply because there are no swastikas to be found they assume that there are no connections to fascistic ideology contained therein. This is one of the reasons why we so appreciate the humble cucumber sandwich--we would assert that its very fragility and delicacy evoke anti-fascism. Whether one ought to use butter or cream cheese is of great doctrinal import, of course, but we're not gonna get all dogmatic about it.01:47 AYURIS: Undaunted: Normandy (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:05:07 -Riftforce (Carlo Bortolini, 1 More Time Games, 2021)07:55 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)10:21 -1846: The Race for the Midwest (Thomas Lehmann, GMT Games, 2005)20:33 -Railroad Tycoon/Railways of the World (Glenn Drover & Martin Wallace, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2005)22:20 -Llamaland (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2021)24:53 -Res Arcana: Perlae Imperii (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2021)27:49 -Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)30:08 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)31:03 -Dinosaur World (Brian Lewis, David McGregor, & Marissa Misura, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)36:28 -Too Many Bones (Adam & Josh Carlson, Chip Theory Games, 2017)40:11 -Sentinels of the Multiverse (Christopher Badell, Paul Bender, & Adam Rebottaro, Greater Than Games, 2011)42:26 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)45:18 -MicroMacro: Crime City--Full House (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2021)46:21 -Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)47:04 -A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)News (and why it doesn't matter):48:02 Marvel Zombicide, because of course49:10 20th Anniversary of the Lord of the Rings movies: Games Workshop's Battle of Balin's Tomb50:09 Games Workshop condemns Nazis and Nazism in their community54:22 Topic: Event Gaming1:14:57 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 3 (Walker's Take)

    #191: Keepers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 80:02

    Sometimes your devotion and enthusiasm doesn't translate into research or comprehensiveness. Case in point, dear listeners--The Legend of Korra, a franchise Walker introduced to Mark, is one that Walker loves but--shocker!--is one he has only seen but half of. It is revealed during Mark's unhinged ramblings about he would have "fixed" season 3 that Walker is utterly unfamiliar with what he's talking about, and not for the usual reasons. Masterpiece Theatre will never be the same, and Walker just discovered he's got a lot more episodes of Korra than he thought existed.01:12 AYURIS: Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon (Krzysztof Piskorski & Marcin Świerkot, Awaken Realms, 2019)Games Played Last Week:04:40 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)08:15 -Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021)10:06 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)11:07 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)15:31 -Brew (Stevo Torres, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)17:12 -Bärenpark (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout, 2017)20:57 -Destinies (Michał Gołębiowski & Filip Miłuński, Lucky Duck Games, 2021)23:54 -War Chest (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, AEG, 2018)28:16 -Golem (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2021)31:01 -MicroMacro: Crime City--Full House (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):34:09 New Dungeon Bowl from Games Workshop35:24 Horseless Carriage by Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga of Splotter37:25 Familiar Tales by Jerry Hawthorne and Plaid Hat Games38:21 Star Fighters: Rapid Fire by Michael Dunsmore & Jordan Nichols and Alley Cat Games on Kickstarter 40:07 Parasocial Saturdays! Saturday November 13th at 10:30 AM EST: Sentinels of the Multiverse40:46 No regular episode next week41:46 Topic: Keepers1:10:57 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 3 (Mark's Take)

    #190: Ultimate Railroads

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 54:53

    "Planned obsolescence" is not just an economic term, it is a way of life for some companies. It is the practice of deliberately making a sold item frail or of limited use until it is unfashionable; this forces the consumer to replace it sooner than they would otherwise. Analysts tell us that it is best deployed by oligopolies to increase their sales volume. Completely unrelatedly, we talk about Games Workshop in the news.Games Played Last Week:01:26 -Mindbug (Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, Marvin Hegen, & Christian Kudahl, Nerdlab Games, 2021)03:36 -Ticket to Ride: Germany (Alan R. Moon, Days of Wonder, 2017)06:18 -Chocolate Factory (Matthew Dunstan & Brett J. Gilbert, Alley Cat Games, 2019)08:22 -Cockroach Poker (Jacques Zeimet, Drei Magier Spiele, 2004)09:55 -My Farm Shop (Rüdiger Dorn, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)12:05 -Royal Visit (Reiner Knizia, IELLO, 2021)14:18 -Dunaïa (Thomas Dupont, BLAM !, 2021)15:42 -The Siege of Runedar (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2021)20:10 -One Deck Dungeon: Abyssal Depths (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):23:55 Warhammer Underworlds Harrowdeep changes the card backs, prices us out of the game27:15 Steam Up on Kickstarter: dim sum board game28:28 David Gregg working on Nightfall 2.029:05 Parasocial Saturdays: streaming Dinosaur World November 6th at 10:30 AM EST on Twitch.29:17 www.patreon.com/svwag, final week of Arkhipov Day sale30:28 Feature Game: Ultimate Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leonhard "Lenny" Orgler, Hans im Glück, 2021)Board Game Arena adaptation by Elena Laskavaia.52:25 SVWAG Presents Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 2

    #189: Resolving Rules Disputes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 72:17

    This topic was suggested by Penn State law professor Jacob Schuman, although let us be perfectly clear that he does not necessarily endorse any of the views expressed. I mean, if Justices Breyer and/or Alito heard us impugn their oracular insights, no doubt we would be put on blast; much like those terrible journalists for having the sheer gall to posit that judges are, well, human and all. Perish the thought! We also apologize for suggesting that textualism does not ineffably guide one to the True and Correct Opinion, just like it did in Bostock, where textualist methods gave you at least three competing interpretations.01:05 AYURIS: Clinic Deluxe Edition (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:40 -Tinners' Trail (Martin Wallace, Alley Cat Games, 2021)07:09 -Merchants of Amsterdam (Reiner Knizia, Rio Grande Games, 2000) 10:59 -Merchants Cove (Jonny Pac, Carl Van Ostrand, & Drake Villareal, Final Frontier Games, 2021)13:26 -Ra (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999)15:17 -Isle of Cats (Frank West, The City of Games, 2019)17:52 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)20:28 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)22:36 -Arkham Horror: The Card Game (Nate French & MJ Newman, Fantasy Flight Games, 2016)26:00 -Messina 1347 (Raúl Fernández Aparicio & Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2021)28:34 -Dark Ages: Heritage of Charlemagne (Adam Kwapiński & Andrei Novac, Board&Dice, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):32:58 Risk: Shadow Forces. Legacy light?33:51 Art Robbery from Helvetiq and Reiner Knizia34:29 Iron Forest approaches35:07 Assault on Doomrock Ultimate Edition approaches, Too Many Bones is... too... many bones.37:05 Parasocial Saturdays! October 30th at 10:00 EST on Twitch.37:35 Arkhipov Day: October 27, 1962: 59th anniversary of Vasily Arkhipov saving the world. Theme song "Two Atomic Heroes" by Lemon Knife! Arkhipov Day Patreon sale! 38:15 Topic: Resolving Rules Disputes1:08:23 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: The Legend of Korra Season 1

    #188: Khôra: Rise of an Empire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 77:40

    We are dangerously approaching peak culture here on SVWAG. In addition to Masterpiece Theatre, we have the return of the pie ranking system, plus now music tie-ins for Arkhipov Day. Could a wine section be far behind? Well, actually, Mark labels most of Walker's in-game comments the wine section. You see?! Yet more culture!Games Played Last Week:01:53 -Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)02:41 -ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo (Scott Rogers, Ravensburger, 2021)04:38 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)08:40 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)09:57 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)15:31 -Brass: Birmingham (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)17:33 -Paint the Roses (Ben Goldman, North Star Games, 2022)22:17 -Keep the Heroes Out (Luís Brüeh, Self-published, 2022)23:49 -A Feast for Odin (Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2016)28:45 -After the Empire (Evan Halbert & Ryan Mauk, Grey Fox Games, 2021)30:00 -Mercado de Lisboa (Vital Lacerda & Julián Pombo, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2021)32:00 -Skull (Hervé Marly, Asmodee, 2011)33:25 -Sine Tempore (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)35:24 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)38:03 -Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace, KOSMOS, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter):39:50 Expansion for The Red Cathedral40:02 Cowboy Bebop RPG41:13 Secrets of the Vibrant Isle: Solo RPG42:22 Gaia Project and Ultimate Railroads on Board Game Arena43:00 Arkhipov Day: October 27, 1962: 59th anniversary of Vasily Arkhipov saving the world. Theme song "Two Atomic Heroes" by Lemon Knife! Arkhipov Day Patreon sale! 44:15 Feature Game: Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)1:12:13 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3

    #187: Multiplayer Solitaire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 80:50

    It was a thrill to have a pan-Anglo alliance together to raise money for Food Banks Canada, with many current or prior Commonwealth countries represented either on the stream or in the donations. That is globalism we can get behind here at SVWAG. That said, let us make our next planned fundraising endeavour yet more international: a Kickstarter campaign to fund Mark's acquisition of a Ferrari Portofino. Equally altruistic, yes?02:56 -Posthuman Saga (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2019)Games Played Last Week:04:21 -Galaxy Trucker (Vlaada Chvátil, Czech Games Edition, 2021)10:36 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)12:36 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)16:12 -Neuroshima Hex!: The Year of Moloch (Michał Oracz, Portal Games, 2021)19:41 -Towering Dice (marcmagus, Web published, 2021)22:09 -Streets (Haakon Gaarder, Sinister Fish Games, 2021)25:02 -Draftosaurus (Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, & Théo Rivière, Ankama, 2019)28:05 -Settlement (Oleksandr Nevskiy, IGAMES, 2021)32:06 -Race for the Galaxy (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)32:06 -Innovation (Carl Chudyk, Asmadi Games, 2010)35:27 -Men at Work (Rita Modl, Pretzel Games, 2019)37:10 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)42:55 -The Pursuit of Happiness (Adrian Abela & David Chircop, Artipia Games, 2015)45:07 -Concordia (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013)News (and why it doesn't matter):47:23 A Feast for Odin Alpha on Board Game Arena47:56 Board Game Arena called Yucata.de, Tabletopia, et al "illegal"49:58 Walker's new campaign: Sine Tempore50:45 Yura Yura Penguin Mini on Kickstarter51:27 Cole Wehrle's Arcs 52:45 Parasocial Saturdays: Twitch stream of Tidal Blades on Saturday, October 9th at 10:30 EST 53:00 No episode on October 12th, Happy Thanksgiving53:11 Topic: Multiplayer Solitaire

    #186: Imperium: The Contention

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 69:14

    In case you missed it, we have now offered to the series of tubes the definitive website for all your non-porn non-cat needs. Sowronggames.com is your official repository for all things SVWAG, including all of our episodes, editorial policies, the full Swagoo, and definitions of all the arcane cant of the show (such as Swagoo). Excellent for neophytes and long-time Svwaggers alike. Unlike other websites, we don't discriminate against bots! We believe sapient bots deserve full moral recognition, and that includes access to our font of digital nonsense. You're welcome, Messrs. Prime and Magnus.Games Played Last Week:01:12 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)11:58 -Core Worlds: Galactic Orders (Andrew Parks, Stronghold Games, 2012)23:57 -Niagara (Thomas Liesching, Zoch Verlag, 2004)07:44 -Furnace (Ivan Lashin, Hobby World, 2021)28:38 -Camel Up (Second Edition) (Steffan Bogen, eggertspiele, 2018)31:11 -Robotech: Brace for Impact (Nick Ferris, Strange Machine Games, 2019)19:46 -The Resistance: Avalon (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2012)14:34 -Khôra: Rise of an Empire (Head Quarter Simulation Game Club, IELLO, 2021)17:23 -Tapestry (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)23:07 -Simplicity (David Brain, Fractal Juegos, 2021)21:46 -Cloud City (Phil Walker-Harding, Blue Orange Games, 2020)26:47 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):35:27 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada on October 2nd at 3 PM EST.Guests: No Pun Included, Board Game Barrage, the SVWAG crew! KOSMOS has donated copies of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea to give away!https://tiltify.com/@svwag/so-very-wrong-about-games-food-drive36:11 Parasocial Saturdays! Saturday, 10:30 EST. 36:45 Myth and Goal: James Hewitt & Sophie Williams37:27 Let's Make a Bus Route domestic reprint: Get on Board: New York & London38:08 Eastern Empires by 999 Games40:01 No episode next week; Happy Thanksgiving!40:25 Skinny Minis 41:46 International Gamers Awards winners: Lost Ruins of Arnak, My City, and Under Falling Skies42:40 Language that insidiously encourages gatekeeping45:26 Feature Game: Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)1:04:58 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 2

    #185: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 90:05

    All right, we need to talk about Sokka. Another staple of kid's shows is often The Annoying One. I don't know why, but they're often there. Steven Universe had Ronaldo, but they knew to use him sparingly. Sokka is so aggressively obnoxious in the first two episodes it is a miracle anyone makes it to episode three. He could have just been the complainer, but additionally his monumental and gratuitous misogyny is so bad that one wonders what Suki (an awesome character) ever saw in him. Sure, he gets better, but always in my mind the Early Days Sokka looms over the show like some terrible shadow.00:59 AYURIS: On Mars (Vital Lacerda, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2020)Games Played Last Week:02:33 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)07:22 -Red Outpost (Raman Hryoryk, Lifestyle Boargames Ltd, 2019)11:38 -Cantaloop: Book 1--Breaking into Prison (Friendemann Findeisen & Grzegorz Kobiela, Lookout Games, 2020)15:36 -Brass: Birmingham (Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, & Martin Wallace, Roxley, 2018)19:14 -Clever Cubed (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2020)21:09 -Sleeping Gods (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven Games, 2021)23:38 -PARKS (Henry Audubon, Keymaster Games, 2019)27:16 -Shards of Infinity: Into the Horizon (Gary Arant, Justin Gary, Ryan Sutherland, Jared Saramago, Mataio Wilson, & Jason Zila, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2021)29:19 -Pickomino Deluxe (Reiner Knizia, Zoch Verlag, 2018)31:53 -Witchstone (Martino Chiacchiera & Reiner Knizia, R&R Games, 2021)34:48 -Empire of the Stars (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2021)40:15 -The Grimm Masquerade (Tim Eisner, Ben Eisner, & James Hudson, Druid City Games, 2019)News (and why it doesn't matter):45:53 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada on October 2nd at 3 PM EST.Guests: No Pun Included, Board Game Barrage, the SVWAG crew! KOSMOS has donated copies of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea to give away!46:42 Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition is coming along nicely47:31 Signs of life at Fantasy Flight: expansions for Star Wars: Outer Rim and Descent 3rd.48:52 Neuroshima Hex big box won't fit all the stuff49:49 Next Valiant Defense: Battle of the Bulge, New Undaunted next year50:52 Warhammer Underworlds: Harrowdeep 51:26 One Deck Galaxies51:52 Parasocial Saturdays: Sep. 25th at 10:30 EST on Twitch 52:51 Special discount on Patreon: pay for ten months, get two months free! www.patreon.com/svwag54:05 Check out our silly website! sowronggames.com54:35 Topic: What Makes a Game Worth Recommending?1:21:10 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 1

    #184: Anno 1800

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 66:53

    We have seen the future, and it is now. We have fired up our Netscape Navigator, and interfaced the hypertext protocol over at Geocities, and made us our very own webzone. Maybe soon we'll be able to set up an FTP server for our episodes. We will register on every web ring we can find, whether it's about Sailor Moon or Tamagotchi or Neopets. So go tell your Usenet groups to head on over to sowronggames.com! Games Played Last Week:01:14 -Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (Tim Eisner & Ben Eisner, Druid City Games, 2020)03:51 -Cascadia (Randy Flynn, Flatout Games, 2021)07:54 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)08:27 -So Clover! (François Romain, Repos Production, 2021)10:27 -Codenames (Vlaada Chvatil, CGE, 2015)12:33 -Equinox (Reiner Knizia, Plan B Games, 2021)12:58 -Ankh: Gods of Egypt (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2021)17:25 -Quest (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2021)20:38 -Atelier: The Painter's Studio (Uncredited, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2019)23:23 -Warp's Edge (Scott Almes, Renegade Game Studios, 2020) 27:38 -Muse (Jordan Sorenson, 999 Games, 2017)30:39 -Hellboy: The Board Game (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)34:08 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):36:05 Fundraiser on Twitch for Food Banks Canada! October 2nd at 3 PM EST.36:40 Mille Fiori from Reiner Knizia37:33 Air, Land & Sea: Critters at War38:11 Warpgate expansion incoming 38:31 One Deck Galaxy on KS 39:04 KeyForge on hold; algorithm busted40:06 Duel of Ages pseudo-sequel: Worldspanner Factions40:47 Statement on The Gaming Goat's online toxicity 42:21 Feature Game: Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace, KOSMOS, 2020)

    #183: App Assistance

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 78:38

    MARCUS BIGNEYHere comes Fantasy Flight's body, mourned by Michael Walker: who,though he had no hand in its death, shall receivethe benefit of its dying, a place in thehobby; as which of you shall not? WALKERFriends, gamers, hobbyists, lend me your ears;I come to bury Fantasy Flight, not to praise it.The evil that publishers do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones;So let it be with Fantasy Flight. The noble BigneyHath told you FFG was ambitious:If it were so, it was a grievous fault,And grievously hath FFG answer'd it.Here, under leave of Bigney and the rest--For Bigney is an honourable man;So are they all, all honourable men--Come I to speak in FFG's funeral.It was my friend, faithful and just to me:But Bigney says it was ambitious;And Bigney is an honourable man.It hath published many games home to RomeWhose playing did the gaming public thrill:Did this in FFG seem ambitious?When that the games were broken, FFG hath wept:Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:Yet Bigney says it was ambitious;And Bigney is an honourable man.I speak not to disprove what Bigney spoke,But here I am to speak what I do know.You all did love it once, not without cause:What cause withholds you then, to mourn for it?O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;My heart is in the coffin box there with expansions,And I must pause till it come back to me.01:32 AYURIS: Imperial 2030 (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2009)Games Played Last Week:04:08 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)07:54 -Vampire Queen (Wolfgang Kramer, Schmidt Spiele, 2016)11:40 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)12:13 -Pickomino Deluxe (Reiner Knizia, Zoch Verlag, 2018)14:25 -Equinox (Reiner Knizia, Plan B Games, 2021)18:33 -Rhino Hero (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2011)18:33 -Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)21:50 -The Search for Planet X (Matthew O'Malley & Ben Rosset, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)23:15 -Descent: Legends in the Dark (Kara Centell-Dunk & Nathan I. Hajek, Fantasy Flight, 2021)31:00 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter):32:42 Fundraiser for Food Banks Canada with Badgers from Mars and Regicide! Saturday, Oct 2nd, 3 PM EST on Twitch33:21 Mini Yura Yura Penguin33:52 Shout out to SVWAG Guild on Boargamegeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/323634:41 Sushi Boat on KS soon35:05 G.I. Joe RPG35:57 CMON getting into NFTs38:16 Parasocial Saturdays: Streaming Equinox on Saturday, Sep. 11 at 10:30 AM EST on Twitch38:34 Topic: App Assistance1:15:27 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: F9

    #182: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 82:18

    Cultural gaps can be quite tragic, to say nothing of socially debilitating. Mark discovers to his horror that Walker is unfamiliar both with a key game and a crucial character in film history. Thank goodness that this faux pas does not sully Masterpiece Theatre, as that would bring shame to both the Warrior of the Wasteland and Vin Diesel. Games Played Last Week:01:02 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)03:19 -Onitama (Shimpei Sato, conception, 2014)04:46 -Card Capture (Lucas Gentry, Wep published, 2018)07:06 -Flotilla (J.B. Howell & Michael Mihealsick, WizKids, 2019)11:56 -Veritas (James Ernest & Mike Selinker, Cheapass Games, 2013)16:04 -The Shipwreck Arcana (Kevin Bishop, Meromorph Games, 2017) 19:14 -Empire of the Stars (Adam West, CrossCut Games, 2021)25:04 -Ruination (Travis R. Chance, Kolossal Games, 2021)28:33 -The Staufer Dynasty (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2014)30:22 -Mandala Stones (Filip Głowacz, Board&Dice, 2021)33:21 -Detective Club (Oleksandr Nevskiy, IGAMES, 2018)35:58 -Glorantha: The Gods War (Sandy Petersen, Petersen Games, 2019)News (and why it doesn't matter):41:02 Parasocial Saturdays! Streaming every Saturday at 10:30 EST on Twitch41:33 Fog of Love expansions: Nikki Valens focuses on queer andtrans stories, plus Love on Lockdown: I guess we'll stay in and watch a movie... again42:26 No more board games from IDW43:44 Avatar RPG broke the internet43:50 For Science! updates tragicomedy45:17 Feature Game: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2021)

    #181: Bluffing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 85:09

    I used to tell a joke about Heimdall, but it was pretty horny. I used to tell a joke about Osiris, but it fell to pieces. I used to tell a joke about Venus, but it was masturbatory. I used to tell a joke about Sleipnir, but it didn't have legs. I used to tell a joke about Prometheus, but it needed a spark. I used to tell a joke about Draupnir, but it just didn't ever end. I used to tell a joke about Marathon, but it was a bit of a long walk. I used to tell a joke about the Hecatoncheires, but it was punching down. I used to tell a joke about Tyr, but it wasn't even-handed. I used to tell a joke about Ragnarok, but everyone knew the end already. I used to tell a joke about Jormungand, but it was very toxic. I used to tell a joke about Pandora, but it was too out of the box. I used to tell a joke about Cerberus, but it was just gatekeeping. I used to tell a joke about Yggdrasil, but I had to leaf. I used to tell a joke about the labyrinth's inhabitant, but it was bull. I used to tell a joke about the sword of Damocles, but it was over my head. I used to tell a joke about Procrustes, but I kept getting cut off. I used to tell a joke about Sisyphus, but I got tired of the repetition. I used to tell a joke about Penelope's crafting, but it was just an excuse to kill time. I used to tell a joke about the Golden Apple, but it caused too many arguments. I used to tell a joke about Gordian succession, but it was a tangled mess. I used to tell a joke about Minerva's bird, but I can't remember owl of it.01:58 AYURIS: Caylus 1303 (William Attia, Space Cowboys, 2019)Games Played Last Week:04:38 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)05:55 -Rhino Hero Super Battle (Scott Frisco & Steven Strumpf, HABA, 2017)06:00 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)06:37 -Shards of Infinity: Shadow of Salvation (Justin Gary & Ryan Sutherland, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2019)07:07 -Star Realms (Robert Dougherty & Darwin Kastle, Wise Wizard, 2014)09:06 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)11:39 -Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)12:45 -Descent: Legends in the Dark (Kara Centell-Dunk & Nathan I. Hajek, Fantasy Flight, 2021)25:01 -Dark Souls: The Board Game (David Carl, Alex Hall, Mat Hart, & Richard Loxam, Steamforged Games, 2017)28:34 -Warp's Edge (Scott Almes, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)31:46 -ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo (Scott Rogers, Ravensburger, 2021)37:56 -Lots (Thomas Wells, Self-Published, 2021) 39:54 -Mandala (Trevor Benjamin & Brett J. Gilbert, 2019) 44:59 -Canvas (Jeff Chin & Andrew Nerger, Road to Infamy Games, 2021)46:20 -Rush M.D. (Athony Howgego, Konstantinos Kokkinis, & Dávid Turczi, Artipia Games, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter):48:43 International Gamers Award nominees https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/121685/nominees-announced-2021-international-gamers-award49:28 Hero Realms digital beta50:00 Blood Red Skies and unpainted minis51:55 Atomic Mass Games: Star Wars: Armada being discontinued?53:20 SVWAG's statement on allegations against Greg Spence, CEO of Broken Token, and in solidarity with victims of sexual assaulthttps://www.polygon.com/tabletop-games/22632835/broken-token-greg-spence-allegations-sexual-assault-abuse54:37 Topic: Bluffing1:22:29 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre Presents: The Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    #180: Vienna Connection

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 67:26

    We delve deep into knowledge and doubt this week on SVWAG. How do we know what we know? How can we know what we don't know? Why did Mark think Vienna Connection was a train game? Who or what is Wormy Plums, and is it a euphemism for some kind of sex act? Why is there no Masterpiece Theatre? Thankfully, we can at least answer that last question--it is because The F8 of the Furious took such a toll on the hosts' psyches that they needed a break to recuperate.Games Played Last Week:01:16 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)04:44 -Brew (Stevo Torres, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)08:40 -Space Base (John D. Clair, AEG, 2018)12:17 -Fortress (Fridemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2017)14:56 -Destinies (Michał Gołębiowski & Filip Miłuński, Lucky Duck Games, 2021)17:57 -Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)22:01 -Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)24:20 -Fairy Tale (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)26:09 -Let's Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game (Saashi, Saashi & Saashi, 2021)27:31 -Quest (Don Eskridge, Indie Boards & Cards, 2021)33:12 -Formula D (Laurent Lavaur & Eric Randall, Asmodee, 2008)News (and why it doesn't matter):35:00 SVWAG is listener-supported35:59 Flamecraft: adorable36:30 Black Rose Wars: Rebirth expandalone37:20 Harry Potter Talisman37:40 Marrakesh by Stefan Feld38:05 Finalists for the Zenobia Awards: historical games by under-represented authorshttps://zenobiaaward.org/finalists/39:18 50th anniversary edition of Québec 1759 in 2022 from Columbia Games 40:27 Parasocial Saturdays: streaming Canvas and Rush M.D. on August 21st. 40:41 Feature Game: Vienna Connection (Jakub Poczęty, Przemysław Rymer, Ignacy Trzewiczek, & Jakub Łapot, Portal Games, 2021)

    #179: Trenchcoat Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 70:18

    The crushing burden of Masterpiece Theatre is having a toll. I had an attitude problem, but then I took a timeout, and I thought about what I did. The success of the Fast and/or Furious movies is undeniable--business-wise, this all seems like appropriate business--but at what cost? I went to the stock market today. I did a business. SVWAG is most emphatically not children stacked together wearing a trenchcoat. Would you like a alcohol? 02:39 AYURIS: Catan: Starfarers (Klaus Teuber, KOSMOS, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:53 -Sunset Over Water (Eduardo Baraf, Steve Finn, & Keith Matejka, Delight, 2018)06:44 -Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)09:27 -Mysterium Park (Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko, Libellud, 2020)11:33 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)14:32 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)15:02 -Dice Miner (Joshua DeBonis & Nikola Risteski, Atlas Games, 2021)16:40 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)17:25 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)18:58 -The Quest for El Dorado (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2017)21:16 -The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Alchemists (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2020)23:36 -Inis (Christian Martinez, Matagot, 2016)26:50 -Mafiozoo (Rüdiger Dorn, Super Meeple, 2017)News (and why it doesn't matter):30:05 KS creators: own your choices, stop guilting backers32:15 Why's everything gotta have a campaign? (reprise)34:04 Earthborne Rangers' desire for sustainability36:17 More crap in dice: dragon eyes36:39 Excavation Earth expansion: It Belongs in a Museum37:13 Bix box retail, licensed games are impressive: Ravensburger's Alien: Fate of the Nostromo and Disney Gargoyles: Awakening 38:21 Avatar RPG38:53 Tasty Minstrel Games suspends operations, refunds Kickstarter39:48 Pfister becomes post-colonialist? Boonlake41:21 Topic: Trenchcoat Games1:08:27 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: The Fate of the Furious

    #178: Tribune

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 73:36

    NB: "Language independent" can be a loaded term, and we confess we used it a tad sloppily in our discussion of Tribune. Latin is used throughout the game, and ain't nobody speaks Latin as their first language anymore, but nonetheless in hindsight we could have been more sensitive to those more familiar with non-Latin alphabets. Thus, we should say that the original Primus Inter Pares expansion and the new Spielworxx Tribune are language-independent but not alphabet-independent. I dare any game with an appropriate time period as a theme try to get away with cuneiform. Games Played Last Week:01:25 -Coffee Traders (Rolf Sagel & André Spil, Capstone Games, 2021)05:05 -Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)06:18 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)08:21 -Crash Octopus (Naotaka Shimamoto, itten, 2021)11:05 -Pan Am (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)13:37 -Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition (Sydney Engelstein, Jacob Fryxelius, & Nick Little, Stronghold Games, 2021)15:59 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)19:49 -Shelfie Stacker (Shem Philips, Arkus Games, 2021)23:51 -The Staufer Dynasty (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2014)28:34 -One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2017)News (and why it doesn't matter): 31:02 Games Workshop back to its old habits, issuing takedown notices32:00 Cryptid: Urban Legends from Osprey32:29 SPECTRE: The Board Game from Modiphius33:12 AZADI from creators of SHASN, Zain Memon & Abhshek Lamba35:01 G.I. Joe and Transformers deckbuilders from Renegade35:41 Batman: Escape from Arkham Asylum from Knight Games36:05 R.I.P., Pokémon mod for Wingspan on TTS37:24 Feature Game: Tribune (Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Spielworxx, 2021)1:11:31 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast & Furious 7

    #177: Omnibus Questions Bravo Bravo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 84:40

    Absence, as they say, makes the heart grow fonder, which I believe was an aphorism coined about a gamer's relationship with their prized game collection. Mark finds himself separated against his will from his many many boxes, which makes Walker's occasional reminders of games he left behind all the more painful. Fortunately, Mark has his stable of insect rikishi to keep him company.01:18 AYURIS: Last Bastion (Antoine Bauza, Repos Production, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:19 -Spire's End (Greg Favro, Self-Published, 2019)05:41 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)05:55 -Race for the Galaxy (Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande Games, 2007)06:00 -Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)07:33 -Orleans (Reiner Stockhausen, dlp Games, 2014)09:30 -The Quacks of Quedlinburg (Wolfgang Warsch, Scmidt Spiele, 2018)11:36 -Sleeping Gods (Ryan Laukat, Red Raven Games, 2021)17:08 -Pan Am (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2020)21:24 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)22:00 -Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave, Stonemaier Games, 2019)23:11 -Destinies (Michał Gołębiowski & Filip Miłuński, Lucky Duck Games, 2021)27:02 -Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game." (Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim, Off the Page Games, 2021)31:01 -Kabuto Sumo (Tony Miller, BoardGameTables.com, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 36:18 Editorial policy on not accepting payment for coverage37:07 Kingdomino: Origins37:47 Pandemic: World of Warcraft38:04 VektoRace38:39 Fort Cats & Dogs expansion38:49 Spiel des Jahres: MicroMacro: Crime City, Kennerspiel winner: Paleo40:34 Queen's Dilemma41:12 Carolus Magnus reprint: Eriantys43:03 Wonder Book: pop-up book game!43:33 Arena Mortis44:31 Petersen Games and the Petersen Two-Stephttps://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/07/board-games-have-colonialism-problem/619518/47:24 Topic: Omnibus Questions Bravo Bravo1:22:07 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast & Furious 6

    Interlude: Transition Summer Spectacular

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 12:34

    With Mark out of town, we peek behind the curtain here at SVWAG, offering you insights from the seldom-heard support staff that make this show possible. Walker seems liberated from his overbearing colleage, while others are coping with loss in their own way.Games Played Last Week:00:40 -Shards of Infinity (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)01:11 -Spire's End (Greg Favro, Sel-Published, 2019)02:39 -Lords of Hellas (Awam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)04:04 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 05:07 SVWAG HQ after Mark's disappearance06:24 Dune Imperium expands06:48 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition launch issues08:13 On Mars expands08:42 Machi Koro 209:17 Artisans of Splendent Vale09:46 Topic: Can a Game Be Bad?

    #176: Omnibus Questions Bravo Alpha

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 78:22

    Mark has not yet finished his Cain-like eternal wanderings throughout Canada (though he didn't even murder any siblings), but we nonetheless conspired in advance to make this episode possible. Sporadic though our output may be until such time as SVWAG West gets established, we will take care of you as best we can. Games Played Last Week:02:03 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)05:41 -Pax Viking (Jon Mankr, Ion Game Design, 2021)09:46 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)10:41 -Million Dollar Script (Daniel Stamm, Portal Games, 2021)15:45 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)16:56 -Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course (Sean Dallas McDonald, IDW Games, 2018) 20:07 -Babylonia (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2019)22:17 -In the Shadow of the Emperor (Ralf Burkert, Rio Grande Games, 2004)25:51 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 27:31 Board Game Arena onslaught of new games28:05 Lost Ruins of Arnak expansion28:28 Blue Moon license reverts to Knizia, reprint delayed29:58 Topic: Omnibus Questions Bravo Alpha

    #175: Imperium: Classics & Legends

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 66:57

    It's a card game that spans over four thousand years, but Walker would insist that it only feels like you're playing for three thousand, tops. The great thing about reviewing games by Dávid Turczi is that if you don't enjoy the latest game he's published, wait five minutes and he'll have another one for you. Please remember to tip your server.Games Played Last Week:01:16 -Dice Miner (Joshua DeBonis & Nikola Risteski, Atlas Games, 2021)02:55 -Inlfuentia (Miguel Bruque, Ludonova, 2020)06:58 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)08:05 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)10:09 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)11:02 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)13:28 -Pax Viking (Jon Mankr, Ion Game Design, 2021)17:26 -Tutankhamun (Reiner Knizia, 25th Century Games, 2021)23:18 -Lancaster: Big Box (Matthias Cramer & Wolfgang Panning, Queen Games, 2015)27:59 -Spire's End (Greg Favro, Sel-Published, 2019)30:24 -The King's Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)32:34 -Great Western Trail (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2016)News (and why it doesn't matter): 33:59 Brass: Birmingham on Steam, tutorial impenetrable to Walker34:46 Grail Games v. Reiner Knizia on social media37:17 Twitch unboxings: The Persuit of Happiness, Million Dollar Script38:43 Imperium: Classics giveaway on Twitter @sowronggames40:02 Bonfire: Trees and Creatures expansion41:32 Patreon and schedule news42:12 Feature Game: -Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)1:03:52 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast 5

    #174: Combos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 72:37

    As far as Walker is concerned, when he says that Mark is a jerk and he smells funny, that's a prime example of a combo. Mark counters that a perfectly sensible combo is a podcast about board games issuing random observations of silly blockbuster movies. In either case, if you want your mind to break and your conception of reality to weaken, we encourage you to investigate short scale vs. long scale. Numbers are meaningless and all is illusion. Another combo!01:45 AYURIS: Cloudspire (Josh J. Carlson, Adam Carlson, & Josh Wielgus, Chip Theory Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:04:42 -Merchants Cove (Jonny Pac, Carl Van Ostrand, & Drake Villareal, Final Frontier Games, 2021) 11:12 -Rangers of Shadow Deep (Joseph McCullough, Self-Published, 2018)14:07 -Dice Miner (Joshua DeBonis & Nikola Risteski, Atlas Games, 2021)17:34 -Railroad Ink Challenge (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2021)19:55 -The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples (Reiner Knizia, Ravensburger, 2019)24:23 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)25:29 -Abandon All Artichokes (Emma Larkins, Gamewright, 2020)26:01 -Horizon Wars: Infinite Dark (Robery Jenkins, Precinct Omega Publishing, 2021)30:15 -Verona Twist (József Dorsonczky, Mind Fitness Games, 2018)33:04 -Monumental (Matthew Dunstan, Funforge, 2020)36:23 -Groundhog Day: The Game (Propsero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 38:45 Castello Methoni and BoardGameGeek News/Store40:19 Maracaibo digital, mobile only (for now)40:48 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition; should backers expect a game first?47:46 Send us questions! justrolldadice@gmail.com48:51 Knizia and Bitewing Games: "Criminal Capers Collection"50:00 Topic: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Combos1:10:19 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Fast & Furious

    #173: Witchstone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 64:26

    Titles, as Herr Doktor Doktor Vincent Diesel, esq. O.B.E. could tell you, are important things. They must be recorded for posterity, quite literally in the case of Dogberry: "But masters, remember that I am an ass, though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass." Mark and Walker are bereft of such honorifics; "Gilded Ones" apparently only applies if you go the full gilt route, which sounds way too painful to endorse. Whether philosophers get any titles past "lovers of wisdom" is a matter of some controversy; Mark weighs in all the same. Games Played Last Week:00:50 -Pandemic: The Cure (Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2014) 04:07 -Fairy Tale (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)07:13 -Plantopia (Daryl Chow, Origame, 2020)10:30 -Paleontologists (Joe Hout, Web published, 2020)11:15 -Shards of Infinity (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)16:00 -Dominion (Donald X. Vaccarino, Rio Grande Games, 2008)16:39 -Imperium: Classics (Nigel Buckle & Dávid Turczi, Osprey Games, 2021)22:56 -Let's Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game (Saashi, Saashi & Saashi, 2021)25:54 -Nanga Parbat (Steve Finn, Dr. Finn Games, 2021)30:54 -Street Masters (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2018)News (and why it doesn't matter): 33:25 "Swirling the Drain:" Tasty Minstreal loses Orléans to Capstone34:25 "Swirling the Drain:" Unfathomable re-skins Battlestar Galactica to Arkham Horror38:02 Phalanx's Coalitions: Grand strategic Napoleonics!39:17 Compass Games' Coalition: Grand strategic Napoleonics!40:11 GCT Studios' Bushido40:54 Traitorous trick-taking: Shamans by Cédrick Chaboussit42:05 Age of Sigmar: Dominion from Games Workshop42:29 Feature Game: Witchstone (Martino Chiacchiera & Reiner Knizia, R&R Games, 2021)1:02:16 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre: Tokyo Drift

    #172: Metarules/Parateach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 69:07

    If Walker doesn't want Mark to speak to excess, he really shouldn't be teeing him up by asking about Macross. Or Robotech either, because the difference thereto is a whole discussion unto itself. Of course, Walker is an accomplished troll, willing to return to any subject once raised. Mark has repeatedly been exhorted to not feed trolls, but really, that's just blaming the victim. At this point it's mostly just mutual trolling, like an ouroboros of nonsense. I think SVWAG might have a new tagline.01:39 AYRUIS: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev (Stan Kordonskiy, PieceKeeper Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:46 -51st State: Master Set--Moloch (Joanna Kijanka, Portal Games, 2021)08:13 -Gaia Project (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)10:38 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)12:17 -Great Western Trail (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2016)13:20 -No Thanks! (Thorsten Gimmler, AMIGO, 2004)17:27 -Aquatica: Cold Waters (Ivan Tuzovsky, Arcane Wonders, 2020) 20:42 -The Initiative (Corey Konieczka, Unexpected Games, 2021)22:46 -Good Puppers (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2021)24:41 -Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)25:57 -Unmatched: Cobble & Fog (Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, Chris Leder, & Kevin Rodgers, Restoration Games, 2020)30:51 -Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 33:40 New Nemesis stuff33:47 Robotech: Reconstruction34:45 Pandemic Hot Zone: Europe35:04 Matt Calkins' Charioteer35:54 David Turczi and Nigel Buckle's Imperium: Classics and Legends37:02 Mantic's Rainbow Six 37:29 SVWAG heads West, brief interruption in July38:29 Topic: Metarules/Parateach: All the non-rules stuff you tell people when teaching or selling a game.1:07:10 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre

    #171: Trickerion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 70:19

    Get our your cucumber sandwiches and your doilies, you precious little petunias, because we're about to get all cultured on you. Some serious sophistication is going down, and we are not entirely certain our hosts are prepared--mentally, spiritually, let alone hygienically. Games Played Last Week:01:14 -Endless Winter: Paleoamericans (Stan Kordonskiy, Fantasia Games, 2021)03:54 -Altar Quest (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2020)04:12 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)06:49 -Fantasy Realms (Bruce Glassco, WizKids, 2017)14:59 -Fuji Flush (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2016)15:47 -Go Nuts for Donuts (Zachary Eagle, Gamewright, 2017)17:07 -Fairy Tale (Satoshi Nakamura, Z-Man Games, 2004)20:42 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)24:36 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)27:06 -Umbra Via (Connor Wake, Pandasaurus Games, 2021)30:44 -Fast & Furious: Highway Heist (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)32:36 -The Initiative (Corey Konieczka, Unexpected Games, 2021)34:23 -Stationfall (Matt Eklund, Ion Game Design, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 39:57 Kudos: Mythic and Stonemaier make good41:05 War Room 2nd Edition on Kickstarter41:50 Paris not at all a reprint on Kickstarter42:25 Chip Theory teases Elder Scrolls43:12 Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread from Far Off Games43:48 Feature Game: Trickerion: Legends of Illusion (Richard Amann & Viktor Peter, Mindclash Games, 2015)1:07:40 SVWAG Presents: Masterpiece Theatre

    #170: What Prompts Our Purchases

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 68:08

    Walker's got this friend with a problem--not Walker, no not at all, a friend, you see, his name is... Bike Docker... and Bike has this problem that he judges a game by its cover art. Mike I mean Bike is so blinded by his prejudice that it causes him to rag on games like El Grande or GMT's entire catalog just because the cover doesn't appeal to his sensibilities. Luckily, there are enlightened people like Mike Walker to guide those like Bike Docker. 01:33 AYURIS: Tapestry (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:09 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)04:38 -Fast & Furious: Highway Heist (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)11:46 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)15:23 -Four Gardens (Martin Doležal, Korea Boardgames, 2020)18:12 -A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) (Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2011)19:30 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)19:59 -Cryo (Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie, Z-Man Games, 2021)23:21 -The Initiative (Corey Konieczka, Unexpected Games, 2021)25:39 -L.A.M.A. Dice (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)27:40 -Good Puppers (Chris Cieslik, Asmadi Games, 2021)29:43 -Codex Naturalis (Thomas Dupont, Bombyx, 2020) 30:31 -Calico (Kevin Russ, Flatout Games, 2020)33:57 -Anachrony: Doomsday Enhancement Pack (Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2017) 34:54 -Rajas of the Ganges (Inka Brand & Markus Brand, HUCH!, 2017)News (and why it doesn't matter): 35:41 Portal stream: Publishers avoiding GenCon37:23 Horizon Wars: Infinite Dark launches this week37:55 The Goonies: Never Say Die by Prospero Hall38:48 Follow-up to Versailles 1919: Triumvir39:23 Zombicide: Army of the Dead40:15 Bizarre gatekeeping alert: Bruno Faidutti doesn't trust you if you don't drink42:40 Topic: What Prompts Our Purchases

    #169: Whale Riders

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 78:34

    Our inaugural Mark Bigney is a Blithering Idiot Fest has arrived, and we can chronicle a minor subsection of things that make evident Mark is a not a smart man. Although this episode is jam-packed with content, even its confines cannot contain a comprehensive accounting; rest assured we will return to this topic in future instalments. Games Played Last Week:01:42 -Kemet: Blood and Sand (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2021)09:24 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)10:55 -Finished! (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2017)15:51 -Groundhog Day: The Game (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)22:27 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)24:11 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)29:25 -Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2021)32:59 -Asgard's Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)(Variant: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1058313/solo-variant-more-tense-gameplay)35:23 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)39:53 -Galaxy Hunters (Daniel Alves, IDW Games, 2021)46:30 -Field Commander: Napoleon (Dan Verssen, Dan Verssen Games, 2011)50:27 -Tokaido (Antoine Bauza, Funforge, 2012)52:01 -Splendor (Marc André, Space Cowboys, 2014)News (and why it doesn't matter): 52:42 Spiel des Jahres nominations53:44 MicroMacro: Crime City: Full House56:09 Descent: Legends of the Dark57:00 BakaFire's Are you telling me this genius scientist can’t get the first place?57:47 Walker's Who Asked for This? Talisman tabletop RPG, The Burn Book59:08 Transformers deck-building game59:47 Pixel Tactics digital1:00:58 Feature Game: Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)

    #168: Video Games vs. Board Games Market Differences

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 66:41

    From Wikipedia: "Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), known professionally as Vin Diesel, is an American actor and filmmaker. One of the world's highest-grossing actors, he is best known for playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise.Diesel began his career in 1990 but struggled to gain roles until he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short film Multi-Facial (1995). This attracted the attention of Steven Spielberg, who was developing Saving Private Ryan (1998), and re-wrote elements of the film to allow Diesel to appear in a supporting role. Diesel subsequently voiced the titular character in The Iron Giant (1999) while gaining a reputation as an action star after headlining the Fast & Furious, XXX, and The Chronicles of Riddick film franchises." 01:20 AYURIS: Black Angel (Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, & Alain Orban, Pearl Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:08 -Vengeance: Roll and Fight Episode 1 (Gordon Calleja, Noralie Lubbers, & Dávid Turczi, Mighty Boards, 2021)07:46 -Aquatica: Cold Waters (Ivan Tuzovsky, Arcane Wonders, 2020)11:30 -Excavation Earth (Gordon Calleja, Dávid Turczi, & Wai Yee, Mighty Boards, 2021)18:28 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)19:09 -Daimyo: Rebirth of an Empire (Jérémy Ducret, La Boîte de Jeu, 2021)25:30 -Mage Knight Board Game (Vlaada Chvátil, WizKids, 2011)28:43 -Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)30:36 -The King's Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)31:51 -Takenoko (Antoine Bauza, Matagot, 2011)News (and why it doesn't matter): 34:10 Mindclash announces Voidfall35:30 Games Workshop's Gaunt's Ghosts36:06 Richard Halliwell, designer of Space Hulk, passed away36:38 Shipping costs from China skyrocket37:53 Prospero Hall's Fast & Furious: Highway Heist38:57 Topic: Market Differences: Video Games vs. Board Games

    #167: The Red Cathedral

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 62:03

    Fun fact: The Red Cathedral isn't really a cathedral at all, it's a sobor, which isn't really the same thing. Also fun fact: Unsurprisingly, Mark is wrong to say that Fenrir will swallow the moon at the end of the world, as that is patently absurd. Fenrir swallows the sun, which makes perfect sense. Except, of course, for renditions where Fenrir's children Skoll and Hati swallow the moon and sun respectively. I guess we'll have to wait and see who got it right. We value editorial rigour here at SVWAG. Games Played Last Week:01:57 -Veangeance: Roll and Fight Episode 1 (Gordon Calleja, Noralie Lubbers, & Dávid Turczi, Mighty Boards, 2021)06:30 -Blood Rage: Promos Box (Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2019)10:09 -Nidavellir: Thingvellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)12:03 -Whale Riders: The Card Game (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)13:57 -Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)16:26 -Lancaster (Mathias Cramer, Queen Games, 2011)20:44 -Cubitos (John D. Clair, AEG, 2021)22:37 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)24:52 -Cacao (Phil Walker-Harding, ABACUSSPIELE, 2015)25:47 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)28:43 -Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)News (and why it doesn't matter): 30:00 (Other) Golden Geek Winners34:42 Witchstone from Reiner Knizia35:20 D&D Monopoly...?35:42 My Father's Work on Kickstarter36:35 Stationfall from Matt Eklund on Kickstarter37:16 Take Mark's Siege of the Citadel Dark Legion pledge!Link: https://forms.gle/52vHVkc66Gx7aSEt537:51: Feature Game: The Red Cathedral (Israel Cendrero & Sheila Santos, Devir Games, 2020)

    #166: Tempo

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 82:05

    Knizia reference, check; Kant reference, check; Shakespeare reference, check (albeit subtle); Scott Pilgrim reference, check (albeit a gimme); Macross reference, check; Letterkenny reference... wait, this must be a mistake. Where's the Letterkenny reference? This is no way to try to win a Golden Geek.01:58 AYURIS: Edge of Darkness (John D. Clair, AEG, 2019) Games Played Last Week:03:38 -Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World (Erica Bouyouris, Renegade Game Studios, 2021)07:53 -Red Rising (Alexander Schmidt & Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2021)13:13 -In a Grove (Jun Sasaki, Oink Games, 2011)16:13 -Moon Adventure (Jun Sasaki, Oink Games, 2021)19:43 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)20:55 -Galaxy Hunters (Daniel Alves, IDW Games, 2021)23:15 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)25:21 -L.A.M.A. (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2021)27:38 -Abandon All Artichokes (Emma Larkins, Gamewright, 2020)30:57 -The Magnificent (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2019)36:34 -Claustrophobia 1643 (Croc & Laurent Pouchain, Monolith, 2019)40:12 -Merv: Heart of the Silk Road (Fabio Lopiano, Osprey Games, 2020)45:04 -Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2018)46:32 -Dunaïa (Thomas Dupont, BLAM !, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 51:23 CGE revisits Galaxy Trucker52:36 Hurlyburly54:07 TTCombat and Ostrich riders 54:39 Warhammer Quest: The Cursed City and Games Workshop gaslighting56:41 Tyrants of the Underdark reprint57:12 Hidden Leaders on Kickstarter57:21 More Hellboy on Kickstarter57:38 Needy Cat Games' Myth and Goal 58:26 Topic: Tempo

    #165: Dominant Species: Marine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 62:37

    The trajectory of spin-offs seems indelibly tied to aquatic environments, so perhaps we ought to accept the inevitable and begin planning for "SVWAG of the Depths" wherein our hosts play games and then talk about them while entirely submerged. Imagine what effect it will have on most dexterity games! Only Chip Theory Games' offerings will emerge unaltered. Sound quality will perforce suffer, as no doubt will the hosts' lungs, but no one said art was going to be easy.Games Played Last Week:01:26 -Formula Dé (Laurent Lavaur & Eric Randall, Eurogames, 1997)01:44 -Automobiles (David Short, AEG, 2016)02:00 -Cubitos (John D. Clair, AEG, 2021)12:45 -Ra (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999) 16:38 -Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2020)20:39 -Regicide (Paul Abrahams, Luke Badger, & Andy Richdale, Badgers from Mars, 2020)25:00 -Jekyll vs. Hyde (Geonil, Mandoo Games, 2021)27:04 -The Magnificent (Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Østby, Aporta Games, 2019)30:18 -Champions of Midgard (Ole Steiness, Grey Fox Games, 2015)31:14 -The King's Dilemma (Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva, Horrible Guild, 2019)36:32 -Conspiracy: Abyss Universe (Bruno Cathala & Charles Chevallier, Bombyx, 2019)News (and why it doesn't matter): 38:02 Marvel United X-Men, sans Gambit (so far)39:39 Frostpunk: Surprise billing40:56 Classics going out of print prompting media navel-gazing[EDIT: A previous version of the episode falsely attributed the Euro Classics line to Plaid Hat instead of Z-Man Games. We apologize for the error.]44:59 Stream of The Magnificent 04/24, 10:30 AM EST45:16 Feature Game: Dominant Species Marine (Chad Jensen, GMT Games, 2021)

    #164: Probability

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 75:12

    Important Macross news! Mark will ruthlessly exploit any and all chances to mention Macross, and so he shoehorns in a quote from a Macross property so he can talk about Macross. He can then mention his mention of Macross in the episode description, in a move called Meta-cross. There's some stuff about board games too, I guess.01:51 AYURIS: Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry (Uncredited, Games Workshop, 2019) Games Played Last Week:04:22 -After the Empire (Evan Halbert & Ryan Mauk, Grey Fox Games, 2021)12:47 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020) 16:18 -Keyflower (Sebastien Bleasdale & Richard Breese, R&D Games, 2012)21:22 -Black Rose Wars: Sator Box (Marco Montanaro, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2020)27:26 -Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2021)37:47 -Haiclue (Will Leaf, Tiger Board Games, 2019)38:46 -Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game (Alex Tune & Joe Vargas, Jasco Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter): 44:40 15th annual Golden Geek Awards nominations are open on BGG47:51 Mighty Boards' Vengeance: Roll and Fight!48:37 Let's Make a Bus Route dice game49:06 Safe Battle: sound check[EDIT: Mark mistakenly conflates the Tokyo Game Market with TGS, which are different events. We apologize for the error.]49:53 Warhammer Underworlds "Starter Set?"51:56 Topic: Probability

    #163: Bullet♥︎

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 62:37

    A great man once said that he thought bullets should cost five thousand dollars. As we are not currently playing a game of SHASN, we here at SVWAG will demur on weighing in on hot-button political issues at this time. Suffice to say that while there is another raging controversy about whether one should address cost in the context of board games criticism, Bullet♥︎ does not cost five thousand dollars. Games Played Last Week:02:05 -Nidavellir: Thingvellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)04:48 -Gùgōng: Pànjūn (Andreas Steding, Game Brewer, 2020)09:50 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)15:01 -Star Trek: Alliance – Dominion War Campaign (Josh Derksen & Thomas M. Gofton, WizKids, 2021)20:12 -SHASN (Zain Memon, Memesys Culture Lab, 2021)28:11 -The Red Cathedral (Israel Cendrero & Sheila Santos, Devir Games, 2020)31:44 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter): 35:37 The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged36:19 Unmatched System gets Deadpool et al, because Marvel is all-consuming37:35 Reiner Knizia: The Siege of Runedar, Witchstone, Blue Moon reprint38:47 KS roundup: Longshot roll and write, googley-eyed dice39:33 Mythic Battles: Ragnarok40:56 Level 99 Games Expansions: Bullet Orange and Empyreal reprint42:05 Little Plastic Train Company42:38 The shame of Biblios spawns For the King (and Me)43:24 Feature Game: Bullet♥︎ (Joshua Van Laningham, Level 99 Games, 2021)

    #162: Whining

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 68:52

    No, not winning, that is emphatically not on the docket today. Today we inveigh against whining, which is a form of meta-whining; what the Brits call "recursive whinging" or the French language names "le grand boo-hoo." Given that the hosts engage in this degenerate, despicable behaviour, this is very much an issue of do as we say, not as we say when whining. Perhaps this is more complicated than I first suspected.01:16 AYURIS: Sol: Last Days of a Star (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)Games Played Last Week:03:55 -Root (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2008)07:30 -Hard City (Adam Kwapiński & Marek Raczyński, Hexy Studio, 2020)12:09 -Tajuto (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2019)16:09 -Medici (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 1995)19:30 -The Search for Planet X (Matthew O'Malley & Ben Rosset, Renegade Game Studios, 2020)26:26 -Blackout: Hong Kong (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018) 31:06 -The Shores of Tripoli (Kevin Bertram, Fort Circle Games, 2020)35:42 -Shadows: Amsterdam (Mathieu Aubert, Libellud, 2018)40:31 -Dice Forge (Régis Bonnessée, Libellud, 2017)News (and why it doesn't matter): 41:33 Joseph McCullough's Silver Bayonet43:55 Blacklist Games' Lasting Tales45:03 https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3236, https://www.twitch.tv/soverywrongaboutgames46:02 "Lot" on Kickstarter--each game unique47:44 FlickFleet Box of Flicks 249:08 Topic: Whining

    #161: Faiyum

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 64:55

    Don't you know who I amRemember my nameFaiyumI'm gonna live for everI'm gonna learn how to fly-clearly some song about ancient PharaohsGames Played Last Week:00:51 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)05:06 -Dungeon Petz (Vlaada Chvátil, CGE, 2011)07:46 -Concordia Solitaria (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2021) 11:25 -CuBirds (Stefan Alexander, Catch Up Games, 2018)12:01 -Dragonwood (Darren Kisgen, AURUM, Inc., 2015)13:17 -Abyss (Bruno Cathala & Charles CHvallier, Bombyx, 2014)13:57 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)14:58 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)15:08 -Lost Ruins of Arnak (Elwen & Mín, CGE, 2020)15:49 -Bullet♥︎ (Joshua Van Laningham, Level 99 Games, 2021)18:18 -Project: ELITE (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020) 19:44 -Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2020)23:29 -The Shores of Tripoli (Kevin Bertram, Fort Circle Games, 2020)30:20 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter): 31:09 Robotech: Reconstruction33:16 More Necromunda and Warhammer Underworlds34:21 Res Arcana: Perlae Imperii34:49 In-person GenCon in September35:35 Lost Cities roll-and-write36:16 As d'or goes to MicroMacro: Crime City36:45 Feature Game: Faiyum (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2020)

    #160: Best Foot Forward

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 62:30

    CASSIUS: Did SVWAG say any thing?CASCA: Ay, they spoke Geek.CASSIUS: To what effect?CASCA: Nay, an I tell you that, Ill ne'er look you i' theface again: but those that understood them smiled atone another and shook their heads; but, for mine ownpart, it was Geek to me.01:54 AYURIS: Star Wars: Outer Rim (Corey Konieczka with Tony Fanchi, FFG, 2019) Games Played Last Week:03:30 -Paleo (Peter Rustemeyer, Hans im Glück, 2020)08:56 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020) 10:44 -Root: The Underworld Expansion (Patrick Leder & Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2020)13:30 -Ra (Reiner Knizia, alea, 1999)15:50 -Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen, Dire Wolf, 2020)17:45 -Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae (Thoman Lehman, Sand Castle Games, 2019)19:23 -Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)22:10 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)24:47 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)26:42 -Flick of Faith (Paweł Stobiecki, Jan Truchanowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)29:38 -Strike (Dieter Nüßle, Ravensburger, 2012)News (and why it doesn't matter): 30:40 Jack Vasel Memorial Auction on BGG31:02 Parasocial Saturdays: Project: ELITE on March 20th, 10:30 AM EST on Twitch.31:18 Stop appropriating indigenous religious practices, CMON! "Trickster" in Zombicide.32:54 Dominant Species Marine by GMT. 33:59 www.patreon.com/svwag34:52 Topic: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

    #159: Anachrony: Fractures of Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 74:44

    Round structure of Anachrony: I. Jump to the left phase.II. Step to the right phase.III. Bring your knees in tight phase.IV. Pelvic thrust phase.V. Drives you insane phase.Let's play Anachrony again! It's just...Games Played Last Week:01:25 -Barrage (Tommaso Battista & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2019)07:49 -Argent: Summer Break (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2014)11:19 -Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2020)16:48 -Rum & Bones: Second Tide (Michael Shinall, CMON, 2017)20:55 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)24:06 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)26:18 -Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion (Andreas Steding, Argentum Verlag, 2010)28:33 -Pictures (Christian Stöhr & Daniela Stöhr, PD-Verlag, 2019)32:41 -Project: ELITE – R.O.O.K. Team (Konstantinos Kokkinis, Marco Portugal, & Sotirios Tsantilas, CMON, 2020)35:52 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)38:38 -Pavlov's House (David Thompson, Dan Verssen Games, 2018)News (and why it doesn't matter): 40:50 Robinson Crusoe Collector's Edition on Gamefound March 23rd41:55 Trireme racing AND puns?! Greece Lightning42:46 Level 99 Games' crowdfunding: Launch 9943:59 Should there be moderation on Kickstarter comments? Mark says yes.49:06 Feature Game: Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020)

    #158: Video Game Adaptations

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 71:52

    The kids these days, what with their pokemons and their video games. The bleeping and the blooping. Personally I think civilization's gone downhill since Pong. It's all the colours! Pong had one too many colours if you ask me. What with the violence in the games and in the rock music and the hip hop... Hell in a handbasket.Coming soon to PS5: "Hell in a Handbasket" by EA.01:50 AYURIS: Hellboy: The Board Game (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)Games Played Last Week:03:22 -Cerebria: The Inside World (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, István Pócsi, Frigyes Schőberl, Nick Shaw, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2018)05:54 -Shadowrift: Boomtown (Jeremy Anderson, Starling Games, 2020)08:28 -Horizon Wars: Zero Dark (Robey Jenkins, Precinct Omega Publishing, 2020)10:56 -Fuji Koro: Deluxe (Jerome Demeyere, Game Brewer, 2020)13:02 -Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time (Helana Hope, Sen-Foong Lim, & Jessey Wright, Lucky Duck Games, 2020)18:56 -Bloodborne: The Board Game (Eric M. Lang & Michael Shinall, CMON Limited, 2021)25:32 -It’s a Wonderful World: Corruption & Ascension (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2020)28:28 -The Taverns of Tiefenthal (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)News (and why it doesn't matter):29:19 Batman: Dark Knight Returns solo only30:01 Bamboo Bash faces accusations of ripping off Toc Toc Woodman34:15 Tiny Turbo Cars on Kickstarter34:58 Tiny Epic Dungeons improves its sexist art36:31 Skyrim: The Boardgame on Gamefound soon37:54 John Company 2nd Edition on Kickstarter March 30th39:06 Ragnarocks on Kickstarter39:41 Patrons eligible for a free copy of Trick Shot40:13 40K Magic: the Gathering?!40:25 Brew from Pandasaurus40:52 Topic: Video Game Adaptations

    #157: Trick Shot

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 55:46

    Wheel, snipe, celly boys. Crushin' sandos. Superstar power poses? Pfft. I could run a clinic on this, boys. The flow, and the snow. That's it, tarps off boys! You looking for a tilly, buddy? It's time for a donnybrook! Ferda.Games Played Last Week:01:17 -Crystal Palace (Carsten Lauber, Feuerland Spiele, 2019)08:21 -Schotten Totten 2 (Reiner Knizia, IELLO, 2020)11:04 -Blackout: Hong Kong (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018)15:20 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Eric M. Lang & Rob Daviau, CMON, 2019) 17:14 -Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020)23:38 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)26:33 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019)29:07 -Res Arcana (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019)30:03 -Medina (Second Edition) (Stefan Dorra, Stronghold Games, 2014)31:47 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020) News (and why it doesn't matter):31:47 Glorious return of Pandemic Legacy Patreon show The C.U.R.E. Files32:24 Black History Month at Boardgamegeek33:26 Core Worlds: Empires33:58 Metal Gear Solid board game reverts to Matsuuchi, future uncertain34:41 Stroganov by Andread Steding35:14 More Great Western Trail(s)35:58 Let's Role on Kickstarter--online tabletop roleplaying 36:37 Concordia Solitaria37:08 Feature Game: Trick Shot (Nikita Krylov & Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)

    #156: Dead Collectible Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 83:24

    So. Many. Games. Could two humans play so many games in a mere week? Well, certainly no humans that aren't preternaturally devoted to their dear listeners. But we are devoted, and your mere idlest of wishes is our most sacrosanct of commands; and so, brutal though taskmasters that you are, you bid us play so. Many. Games.01:19 AYURIS: Asgard's Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)Games Played Last Week:03:43 -Sumatra (Reiner Knizia, Ludonova, 2020)07:34 -Tajuto (Reiner Knizia, Super Meeple, 2019)11:40 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020)15:10 -Agricola (Revised Edition) (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2016)18:08 -Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade (Geoff Engelstein, WizKids, 2020)21:10 -Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game (Erica Bouyouris & Andrew Wolf, Cryptozoic Entertainment, 2020)26:13 -Ausonia (Zoltán Simon, Lycan Studio, 2021)28:51 -The Taverns of Tiefenthal (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiel, 2019)30:00 -Yura Yura Penguin (Yabuchi Ryoko, Self-Published, 2020)34:04 -Tungaru (Louis Malz & Stefan Malz, Alley Cat Games, 2020)36:11 -Flick of Faith (Paweł Stobiecki, Jan Truchanowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)38:47 -Strike (Dieter Nüßle, Ravensburger, 2012)40:20 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)43:40 -MegaCity: Oceania (Jordan Draper & Michael Fox, Hub Games, 2019)47:21 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter):49:06 Asmodee buys Board Game Arena51:51 Summoner Wars 2nd Edition: March 1st52:17 Warhammer Underworlds keeps evolving53:08 https://tekeli.li/svwag/ is your friend! All episode notes of SVWAG54:05 Yet more Zombicide?!54:43 Editorial: The issue isn't who is a racist, the issue is what we do57:54 Topic: Dead Collectible Games

    #155: Hallertau

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 64:12

    One portentious day, Uwe Rosenberg will design a worker-placement game where polyomino sheep breed by being sown into fields that are also special power cards, and the Great Cycle will be complete. No one knows what happens then, and quite frankly we are too afraid to ask.Games Played Last Week:01:33 -Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020)08:15 -Honey Buzz (Paul Salomon, Elf Creek Games, 2020)14:56 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)16:46 -Flick of Faith (Paweł Stobiecki, Jan Truchanowicz, & Łukasz Włodarczyk, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)18:54 -Paris (Michael Kiesling & Wolfgang Kramer, Game Brewer, 2020)26:55 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)29:46 -Dice Hospital (Stan Kordonskiy & Mike Nudd, Alley Cat Games, 2018)News (and why it doesn't matter):31:21 Red Rising from Stonemaier Games32:03 Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition33:26 Oink Games on Kickstarter34:08 Patreon: Free games, Pledge of Indifference, and more34:51 The Dragon Prince Tales of Xadia RPG35:15 We Care: A Grizzled Game36:30 Unity and empathy: on whose terms? Tascini's critics get death threats39:21 Feature Game: Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2020)

    #154: Gatekeeping

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 67:42

    "My defense, Your Honour, was that I was specifically mandated by the rulebook issued by M. Xavier Georges and Quined Games to violate the lockdown restrictions issued by the Province of Ontario. I would put to you that it is unjust for the government to force me to choose between public heath measures backed by civil sanction on the one hand, and being a dirty dirty cheater on the other. Why are you all looking at me like that?"01:37 AYURIS: Gentes: Deluxified (Stefan Risthaus, Tasty Minstrel, 2018) Games Played Last Week:06:04 -Age of Industry (Martin Wallace, Treefrog Games, 2010)12:20 -Aquatica (Ivan Tuzovsky, Cosmodrome Games, 2019)16:09 -Russian Railroads (Helmut Ohley & Leanhard "Lonny" Orgler, Hans im Gluck, 2013)17:52 -Skytear (Giacomo Neri, Riccardo Neri, & Riccardo Parmeggiani, PvP Geeks, 2020)21:47 -La Granja (Michael Keller & Andreas "ode." Odendahl, Spielworxx, 2014)23:58 -Paris Connection (John Bohrer, Queen Games, 2010)26:23 -Anachrony (Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2017)30:39 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):38:01 Caverna: Frantic Fiends38:44 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition. No.41:33 Abyss on Board Game Arena41:55 Isaac Vega and Lindsey Rode form Rose Gauntlet Entertainment43:41 Daniele Tascini apologizes, Phil Eklund doubles down45:31 Topic: Gatekeeping

    #153: Tungaru

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 65:41

    Board Game Arena gets more and more of our gaming time, what with its snappy interface and minimal system requirements. The sound effects, though, are controversial. The community seems divided on whether the whooshes are pleasing or distracting, and whether the knock-knock-knock sound is charming or nerve-wracking. We have heard the noise accused of being evocative of imminent swatting, which seems excessive but potentially horrifying.Games Played Last Week:01:07 -The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Thomas Sing, KOSMOS, 2019)05:23 -MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich, Pegasus Spiele, 2020)08:26 -Flick Wars (Shaun Austin & Andrew Tullsen, Breaking Games, 2019)10:46 -No Thanks! (Thorsten Gimmler, AMIGI, 2005)10:52 -Paris Connection (John Bohrer, Queen Games, 2010)11:42 -Nippon (Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What's Your Game?, 2015)16:30 -Carnegie (Xavier Georges, Quined Games, 2021)18:43 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)24:33 -Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2020)31:03 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)34:00 -Food Chain Magnate (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)35:38 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)36:18 -Underwater Cities (Vladimír Suchý, Rio Grande Games, 2018)News (and why it doesn't matter):37:25 Dune: House Secrets--Detective Dune?37:52 Ultimate Railroads: Russian, German, American, and Asian39:10 Sagrada Legacy?!39:42 Equinox from Reiner Knizia40:36 Funagain CEO steps down after sexist harrassment43:07 Feature Game: Tungaru (Louis Malz & Stefan Malz, Alley Cat Games, 2020)

    #152: Death of the Rule Book

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 65:46

    If you've been following board games social media recently, you might have noticed that it's been a rough couple of weeks. Incidents like these, albeit difficult, allow us a chance to define our community and underscore our values. Silence can imply consent. We can either choose to silently defend powerful figures use their influence to harm vulnerable people without consequence, or we can choose to try and speak up to become a more welcoming and inclusive community. So Very Wrong About Games chooses to try to do the latter.00:57 Our statement on Phil Eklund and Daniele Tascini04:24 AYURIS: Warpgate (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018) Games Played Last Week:06:46 -Darwin’s Journey (Simone Luciani & Nestore Mangone, ThunderGryph Games, 2021)12:20 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)17:00 -Calimala (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)20:11 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)23:31 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)25:35 -Quantum (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)28:03 -City of the Big Shoulders (Raymond Chandler III, Parallel Games, 2019)32:21 -Food Chain Magnate (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)33:28 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)News (and why it doesn't matter):39:10 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition41:40 Asmodee buys Philibert42:32 Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collector's Edition43:32 Topic: Death of the Rule Book

    #151: Dogs of War

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 60:43

    Too much news! So much news, in fact, that we had to cut some news. Some news, though news-y, will keep until next week. The key is to wrap the roots of the news in damp paper towel, put the news in a plastic bag, and put the bag in the fridge. The news will keep up to a couple weeks that way, whereas it would have become limp news on the counter in as little as a day. 01:11 -By Stealth and Sea (Nicola Saggini & David Thompson, DVG Games, 2020)06:02 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)09:43 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)14:27 -Iwari: Deluxe Edition (Michael Schacht, ThunderGryph Games, 2020)17:33 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)21:01 -Whistle Mountain (Scott Caputo & Luke Laurie, Bézier Games, 2020)24:16 -Charterstone (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)News (and why it doesn't matter):26:31 Leftover animal mentions: Kabuto Sumo, Crash Octopus, and Scape Goat28:05 Ares Games loses Battlestar Galactica license 29:05 Boardgamegeek Artist Series #530:22 Kolossal Games' Reload30:50 Nidavellir expansion: Thingvellir31:51 More modules for Taverns of Tiefenthal32:24 It's a Wonderful Kingdom33:03 New solo modes for Concordia and AuZtralia33:53 Antoine Bauza's Oltréé34:51 Fantasy Flight Games forums shutting down36:12 Mayhem from CMON36:46 Lizard people for Warhammer Underworlds36:52 Dark Crystal RPG 37:13 Simone Luciani's Darwin's Journey37:58 Feature Game: Dogs of War (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2014) Designer's improvements: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1470285/some-variants-i-didnt-playtest-yet

    #150: 2020 Year in Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 93:45

    In honour of our big, blowout, end-of-year extravaganza spectacular, no expense was spared. Mark put on pants. Walker wore his t-shirt with the fewest holes. The sheep freshly sheared. The palanquin carriers were freshly oiled. Come, thrill to the summary of what was actually a very good year in terms of boardgame releases.02:16 -Guardians (Callin Flores, Plaid Hat Games, 2018)03:46 -Super Fantasy Brawl (Jochen Eisenhuth, Mythic Games, 2020)06:07 -MegaCity: Oceania (Jordan Draper & Michael Fox, Hub Games, 2019)09:55 -Dwellings of Eldervale (Luke Laurie, Breaking Games, 2020)14:59 -Bonfire (Stefan Feld, Hall Games, 2020)19:13 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)22:50 -Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen, Dire Wolf, 2020)27:42 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)29:17 -Whistle Mountain (Scott Caputo & Luke Laurie, Bézier Games, 2020)34:09 -Aristocracy (Reiner Knizia, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2019)35:08 -Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (Isaac Childres, Cephalofair Games, 2020)News (and why it doesn't matter):36:07 The C.U.R.E. Files are now The HOBO Chronicles38:16 2020 Year in Review39:31 Personal Top 10s1:01:56 SVWAG Game of the Year1:05:02 Miscellaneous Categories

    #149: Empyreal: Spells & Steam

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 64:00

    All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious episode of SVWAG! A day with So Very Wrong About Games is like a day on the farm. Every word's a banquet! Every sentence a fortune! Every review a soliloquy! I love SVWAG!01:40 -Aristeia!: Prime Time (Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, & David Rosillo, Corvus Belli, 2020)05:05 -Vengeance: Director’s Cut Expansion (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2020) 11:03 -For What Remains: Out of the Basement (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG, 2020)14:42 -Undaunted: North Africa (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2020) 18:13 -It's a Wonderful World (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2019)21:20 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)22:41 -Fast Sloths (Friedemann Friese, 2F-SPiele, 2019)27:19 -Cacao (Phil Walker-Harding, ABACUSSPIELE, 2015)28:11 -Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps (Andrew Haught, Gale Force Nine, 2020)32:45 -Aliens (David McKenzie & Barry Nakazono, Leading Edge Games, 1989)News (and why it doesn't matter):34:42 Transmissions35:13 Hansa Teutonica Big Box exists!36:22 Commands & Colors Samurai Battles from GMT37:18 French law enforcement investigate the Confrontation debacle39:35 The Castles of Mad King Ludwig deluxe40:12 SVWAG News: See you in 202141:58 Feature Game: Empyreal: Spells & Steam (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2020)

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