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.

WashingCon 3 – War Games: Design and Evolution

Hey listeners! More great content from this year’s WashingCon coming at you. This time, we’ve got audio from the War Games panel, moderated by our friend Marty. Panelists include:

  • Jason Matthews, designer of such games as Twilight Struggle and 1960: The Making of the President;
  • Jerry Taylor, designer of the classic Hammer of the Scots; and
  • Volko Ruhnke, who designed Labrynth: The War on Terror and the COIN series games.

They cover everything from what constitutes a war game to how to model complex realities like CC& and fog of war. Don’t miss it!

WashingCon 3 – Women in Gaming: Designers, Retailers, and Beyond

More WashingCon goodness! Today, we’re bringing you audio from the Women in Gaming panel. This panel was moderated by Leslie Phillips and covered some important and impactful topics. From the challenges that women and non-binary people face when navigating gaming communities, to finding support throughout the hobby, this panel is essential listening for anyone interested in making gaming a more diverse and inclusive space.

Panelists include:

  • Kathleen Donahue: Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
  • Jenn Ellis: Twogether Studios
  • Leslie Et Alia: InfiniteHeart Games
  • Susan McKinley Ross: Idea Duck
  • Avonelle Wing: Double Exposure, The Envoy Program, and more

WashingCon 3 – The Future of Game Design

Drumroll please! It’s time for the showstopper, the final panel of the convention, the ever popular Future of Game Design! We had some amazing panelists and perspectives this year, and we were super honored to be a part of it. Come check out these designers’ take on recent developments in the gaming industry and what they think is just over the horizon.

Panelists include:

  • Susan McKinley Ross, Spiel des Jahres-winning Qwirkle
  • Sam Bailey, Forbidden Stars
  • Ross Cowman, The Fall of Magic
  • Dominic Craphuchettes, Evolution
  • Jonathan Gilmore, Dead of Winter
  • Bruce Glassco, Betrayal at the House on the Hill
  • Jason Matthews, Twilight Struggle

Podcast 73 – Tides of Time (and Madness)

Hello again listeners! It’s good to be back. On our latest episode, we review Tides of Time and Tides of Madness. These card drafting, set collection games are easy to play but hard to master. With extremely simple core mechanics and very few components, both are excellent candidates for travel games. Check out the episode for our full impressions.

We also recount the board games we played on our recent trips. Jakub talks about Kodama and a new game called Vye, while Greg talks about an old favorite, Lanterns.

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 and Google+. Our weekly streams and new vlogs are available on our Youtube channel. And last but not least, Washingcon tickets are still on sale, so head on over to the website and grab yours today. We’re also looking for volunteers, and anyone who volunteers for a full 8 hours will have be refunded the price of their ticket. Details on how to sign up are also on the website. We can’t wait to see you there!

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