Podcast 55 – Social Deduction Games

Hello again listeners! On this week’s episode of Dragon’s Demize, we decided to do things a little differently. Rather than review one game, we examine social deduction games as a whole. Using two of the biggest names in the genre, The Resistance and Secret Hitler, we break down what qualities are shared among most social deduction games, and which are unique to each game.

Also, on this week’s What We’ve Been Playing, we talk about favorites new and old. Plus: Jakub gets a lesson in what happens when you don’t read the rules thoroughly!

Thank you as always 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+. Finally, Washingcon tickets are on sale now! Head on over to the website and grab yours today.

Podcast 54 – Viceroy

Welcome listeners to another episode of Dragon’s Demize. Today, we review Viceroy, a strategy game where players compete to build their pyramids of power. In Viceroy, players collect gems in order to acquire and play character cards. Each character card can be played into a pyramid at any level, provided there are free cards beneath it. The cost, and more importantly the effect, changes dramatically based on where it’s played. It’s a great gameplay element that provides lots of versatility and strategic options. Check out or review for more details.

We also take the opportunity to riff on our recent roleplaying experiences, including some crazy games of A Quiet Year and Jakub’s always-entertaining D&D group. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  Be sure to head on over to our Facebook and Google+ pages to check out our newest weekly feature: What’s Fresh Wednesdays! Our long-awaited Century in Review video will be out next week, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel here. Finally, Washingcon tickets are on sale now! Head on over to the website and grab yours today.

Podcast 53 – Dead of Winter

Hello listeners, and welcome back to Dragon’s Demize. This week, we’re reviewing one of Jakub’s personal favorite games: Dead of Winter.

In Dead of Winter, players each control multiple survivors, and attempt to fulfill public and secret objectives. These secret objectives often require you to stockpile resources, which can create tension among the survivors. Even more interesting, there is a chance for one player to be a betrayer, and actively sabotage the group. While the zombie theme is widely regarded as overused in board games, Dead of Winter does a great job of adding a unique and enjoyable twist with these mechanics. Check out our review for a more in depth analysis!

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  Be sure to head on over to our Facebook and Google+ pages to check out our newest weekly feature: What’s Fresh Wednesdays! If everything goes according to plan, our Century in Review video will be out next week, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel here. Finally, Washingcon tickets go on sale March 1. They’re expected to sell out, so mark your calendars and get ready for another year of great games.

Podcast 52 – Lanterns

Hey listeners. Got another great episode for you today, as we review Lanterns. This colorful tile-matching game holds a surprising amount of strategic depth. Players compete to earn the most honor by earning matched sets of colored lantern cards. The more sides you match with a single play, the more you earn, so it pays to be on the lookout for opportunities. But be careful about getting overconfident and setting up a strong play for your opponent! Tune in for more details and our thoughts on Lanterns.

We’ve also got some fun stories about what we’ve been playing lately, including Greg’s hype over A Quiet Year and a truly epic game of X-Wing.

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  Be sure to head on over to our Facebook and Google+ pages to check out our newest weekly feature: What’s Fresh Wednesdays! Our Century in Review video is also on its way, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel here. Finally, Washingcon tickets go on sale March 1. They’re expected to sell out, so mark your calendars and get ready for another year of great games.

Podcast 51 – Interview with Daniel George

Hello listeners! We’ve got an extra special episode for you today: we had an opportunity to interview Daniel George, founder of August Games and designer of the delightfully fanciful Dragon Brew. Daniel has been designing games for years and had lots of great insights to offer. Our conversation ranged all over, from advice to aspiring game designers, to his own creative process, to an in-depth discussion of his new game Dragon Brew. We had an amazing time talking to him, and we hope that you enjoy it just as much.

Dragon Brew is a game about fantasy races who compete for brewing trophies instead of fighting on the battlefield. Each round, players craft beers designed to meet the tastes of that year’s judges. Each judge as a unique preference between the three qualities: color, strength, and bitterness. But wooing the judges isn’t the only way to earn points, and savvy players will have to cover all their bases in order to secure victory.

The game has a lot to offer, with deeply strategic resource management and worker placement wrapped up in a fun, easy-to-play turn structure. It’s currently in the middle of its funding campaign on Kickstarter, and we highly encourage you to secure your copy. If you’re reluctant to put money towards a game you haven’t tested yourself, have no fear! Dragon Brew is completely playable on Tabletopia, so give it a whirl and see if you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the artwork and Strangelette for the music.  Be sure to head on over to our Facebook and Google+ pages to check out our newest weekly feature: What’s Fresh Wednesdays! Our Century in Review video is also on its way, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel here. Finally, Washingcon tickets go on sale March 1. They’re expected to sell out, so mark your calendars and get ready for another year of great games.

Podcast 49 – Alchemists

Hello listeners, and welcome back to another explosive episode of Dragon’s Demize! We’re reviewing Alchemists today, so grab your ingredients and we’ll see what kind of concoction we can brew. Alchemists is an action management game in which players compete to earn the most victory points by making and selling potions, acquiring powerful artifacts, and, most importantly, publishing theories about the alchemical properties of the game’s eight ingredients. Using an ingenious app, the game ensures that no two games are the same.

In addition, we get another great update from Jakub’s ongoing D&D game and talk about inter-party conflict. It was a great episode to record, and we hope you enjoy it!

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music.  Be sure to head on over to our Facebook and Google+ pages to check out our newest weekly feature: What’s Fresh Wednesdays! Our Century in Review video is also on its way, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel here.

Podcast 48 – Flip City

Hello listeners! This week’s podcast features a review of Flip City, a deckbuilding game with a unique twist (or should I say flip). Each card is double-sided and you can upgrade them to dramatically change the mechanics of your deck. It’s a little game, but we’ve got a lot to say about it, so be sure to tune in for our thoughts. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing recently, which includes some great ones like Eldritch Horror, Wizard School, and Twilight Imperium.

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for our Century in Review video, which we’ll be posting on Youtube soon(tm). Check it out here!

 

Podcast 47 – Codenames

Hello agents. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to this week’s podcast about Codenames. This simple word-association game has picked up a huge following since its release just two years ago. Since then, it has sparked the creation of two standalone variations: Codenames Deep Undercover, full of raunchy and inappropriate words, and Codenames Pictures, which uses surreal images instead of words. We hope you enjoy this episode and are are encouraged to pick it up yourself, if you haven’t already.

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for our Century in Review video, which we’ll be posting on Youtube soon. Check it out here!

Podcast 46 – New Bedford

This week on Dragon’s Demize, we review New Bedford, the unexpectedly compelling game about 19th century whaling. With a solid core of worker placement and resource management and meticulously researched flavor, New Bedford is well worth picking up. We also discuss what we’ve been playing lately, including Time Stories, Fairy Tale, and Star Wars Rebellion.

Thank you as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Artwork and Strangelette for the music. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for our Century in Review video, which we’ll be posting on Youtube soon. Check it out here!

Podcast 45 – Inis

Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize! It’s been a while since our last update, but we’re excited to kick off the new year with one of our favorite new games: Inis. This territory-control game with heavy Celtic themes is both gorgeous and fun to play, so we hope you’re encouraged to check it out after our review. We also bring you updates on what we’ve been playing, including Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, Phase, and Bards Dispense Profanity.

Thanks as always to Agata Poniatowski for the Graphic Design and Strangelette for the Music. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for our Century in Review video, which we’ll be posting on Youtube soon. Check it out here!

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