Podcast 86 – Small Box Gift Guide

Hello listeners! It’s time for Round 2 of the Dragon’s Demize 2017 Gift-Giving Extravaganza! In this episode, we’re focusing on smaller games, games you might put in someone’s stocking. Since the pool is a bit smaller for thee, we also take the opportunity to expand our lists of expansions. All of the other rules still apply. Just like last time, let us know on Facebook if there were any games you thought should have been on our list, or if you disagree with out picks.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 85 – Big Box Gift Guide

Season’s greetings listeners! It’s holiday season again, and of course that means that many of us our buying gifts for our loved ones (or ourselves). Just like last year, Dragon’s Demize has created a list of games from 2017 that we recommend. We did follow some fairly specific rules this year:

  1. The game had to have been published (or become widely available for purchase) in 2017
  2. It has to be available for purchase right now
  3. The game must be a “big box” game (specifically, too large to fit into a stocking)
  4. We must have played it ourselves

Following those rules, we came up with five games each and we present them to you here! We hope you enjoy the list. Please let us know on Facebook if there were any games you thought should have been on our list, or if you disagree with out picks.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 84 – PAX Unplugged

Hey everyone! We’re back with another episode of Dragon’s Demize. This time, we talk to our friend Pedro about his time at the PAX Unplugged board game convention. Three days jam-packed with board games and RPGS sounds like our kind of weekend. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make it ourselves, but we can live vicariously through him. Hopefully you can too!

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 83 – Between Two Cities

Today on Dragon’s Demize, we talk about a game long overdue for a review: Between Two Cities! Between Two Cities puts players in the role of civic engineers and asks them to design the best cities possible. Careful tile selection and placement are key to maximizing points. But be careful about spending too much effort on one city: your final score is the lower of your two cities. We also review the Capitals expansion, which adds a host of new features.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 82 – Alien Artifacts

Hello listeners, and welcome back to Dragon’s Demize. On this week’s episode, we review Alien Artifacts, the new “4X-style” game from Portal Games. Alien Artifacts pits 2-5 players against one another as they attempt to maximize the value of galactic resources and build the strongest civilizations. It’s a surprisingly quick game packed with strategic choices. We also discuss the games we’ve been playing including Between Two Cities and Mystic Vale. Also we apologize for the poor audio quality during the first half of the podcast, skip to 13:46 if you’d like to get to the good stuff.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 81 – Designer Signatures

Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize, dear listeners! On today’s episode, Greg and Jakub talk about some of their favorite game designers. Specifically, we discuss how some designers have signature mechanics that they return to again and again, and what implications that has for game design. It’s a fun, free-form discussion, and we hope you enjoy it! We also encourage feedback, if you think of a designer we missed or any other comments.

We also talk about what we’ve been playing lately, as usual. This week, we discuss Alien Artifacts, Tabletopia shenanigans, and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game app.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 80 – Twilight Imperium 3

Hello listeners! On what might be one of our most ambitious episodes yet, Greg and special guest Marty take on Twilight Imperium 3. Together, they take a look at the mechanics, gameplay, and tense interaction that define this legendary game. From command counters to trade goods, they do their best to summarize this truly massive game.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 79 – Tournament

Hellooooo listeners! For this very special episode of Dragon’s Demize, Greg is joined by Thomas DiSalvo, one of the actors from the new movie Tournament. In the movie, a group of unlikely friends meet to battle in a trading-card tournament, only to have an outsider come in and shake things up at their local game shop. Greg and Thomas talk about what it was like diving into the world of trading card games and creating a fun, authentic story that appeals to gamers and non-gamers alike. This is one episode you won’t want to miss, and of course you won’t want to miss Tournament either! You can check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or their own website, www.tournamentmovie.com.

Greg also finds the time to talk about his recent board game adventures. This week, those include another Delta Green mission, Mystic Vale, and the delightfully miserable Gloom.

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 78 – Tips for GMs

Hello hello listeners. This week on Dragon’s Demize, we’re a man down while Jakub is on a business trip. Greg and their good friend Pedro try to pick up the slack and talk about their tips for GMs. It’s always tough trying to balance the demands of being a GM, and we hope that our tips will make it easier and more enjoyable for some of you.

Greg also talk about the games he’s been playing lately, including introducing his parents to Terraforming Mars and almost getting eaten by a space zombie!

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on FacebookDiscord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

Podcast 76 – Building Tension in Survival Co-Op

Hello listeners, and welcome to another episode of Dragon’s Demize. This week on the podcast, we’re trying out a new segment called Topic of the Week. In this inaugural run, we talk about some of the ways survival co-op games build tension, from attempting to overwhelm the players to introducing resource scarcity to restricting your time to act. There’s a lot of ground to cover and we tried to do our best, but I’m sure there are things we left out. If you have thoughts on the survival co-op genre, let us know on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear your ideas!

Special thank you to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Discord, and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are also available on our Youtube channel.

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