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 77 – Battle Gnomes!

Hello listeners! Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize, where this week we’re taking a look at Battle Gnomes! Battle Gnomes! is a card-based combat game for 2-6 players. Each player controls a yard full of gnomes, battling for supremacy of the neighborhood. You can equip your gnomes with better gear and litter your yard with defensive barriers to improve your combat abilities. The first player to defeat three enemy gnomes in battle wins.

As always, we also talk about what we’ve been playing. This week, we focus heavily on RPGs, talking about campaigns both ongoing and upcoming.

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.

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!

Podcast 72 – Takenoko

Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize, everyone! Today on the podcast, we review Takenoko, a fun, simple action selection game. Players take turns performing various actions in a bamboo garden. These can include adding new tiles to the garden, growing new bamboo by moving the gardener, and eating bamboo by moving the panda. The ultimate goal is to score the most points through a combination of all three. It’s extremely quick to play and makes an excellent introductory game. Check out the full review for more thoughts!

We also discuss what we’ve been playing lately, including Vast: the Crystal Caverns and Viticulture.

We’re super excited to share the winners of our Race for the Galaxy giveaway on this episode. Congratulations to the following listeners:

Adam Troup, Michelle Velasquez, Nuno Espinal, Tom Dor, and Michael Teague!

Thank you so much for listening, and we hope you enjoy Race for the Galaxy on Steam.

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!

Podcast 71 – Machi Koro

Hey listeners! Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize for another exciting episode. Today we’re reviewing Machi Koro, a delightful game about building the best city. In Machi Koro, players roll dice to generate coins from buildings in their city. Buildings can generate under a variety of circumstances, but usually when the player rolls a specific number or range of numbers. They then use coins to buy new buildings or build Landmarks. The first player to construct all of their landmarks wins!

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a Race for the Galaxy Steam key. The contest ends August 8, so don’t delay!

Race For the Galaxy App Giveaway!

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+. We’re also branching out into video content, which you can find 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.

Podcast 70 – Race vs. Roll for the Galaxy

Hello listeners! We’ve got something a little different for you today: two reviews for the price of one! We take a look at Race for the Galaxy and its re-imagining Roll for the Galaxy. While both center on action selection and engine building, we’re comparing the particular aspects of card drawing versus dice rolling and examining how each game is distinct.

As always, we also discuss what we’ve been playing lately. This week: Zombicide, Twilight Struggle, and Tokaido.

As we promised last week, we’re also announcing the first ever Dragon’s Demize giveaway! The folks over at Temple Gates were kind enough to give us 5 Steam keys for Race for the Galaxy. Check out the options below for your chances to win. The contest will end on August 8, so don’t hesitate!

Race For the Galaxy App Giveaway!

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+. We’re also branching out into video content, which you can find 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.

Podcast 69 – Eldritch Horror

Welcome back, listeners, to another episode of Dragon’s Demize. This week, we review the Lovecraftian behemoth Eldritch Horror. Edritch Horror is a cooperative game for 1-8 players. Players take on the role of investigators, and travel around the world attempting to prevent the awaking of a particular Elder God. Gameplay revolves around skill checks, with plenty of opportunities for solving mysteries in addition to combat. Check out our full review for more!

We also talk about some of the games we’ve been playing recently, including Viticulture, First Martians, and Roll for the Galaxy.

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+. We’re also branching out into video content, which you can find on our Youtube channel. Washingcon tickets are still on sale, so head on over to the website and grab yours today. Finally, next week’s episode will feature the first ever Dragon’s Demize giveaway, so don’t miss it!

Podcast 68 – Terraforming Mars

Hey hey listeners. Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize. This week, Greg and Jakub are excited to be reviewing Terraforming Mars, the engine-building strategy game about, you guessed it, Terraforming Mars. Players compete to earn the most points by playing cards from their hand and by raising one of three parameters: oxygenation, ocean coverage, and temperature. It’s a great game with a lot of strategic elements, and we hope you enjoy our review.

We also talk about what we’ve been playing lately. Highlights include Eldritch Horror, The Captain is Dead, and Mystic Vale.

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+. Also check out our Youtube and Twitch channels for our weekly streams. Finally, Washingcon tickets are on sale now! Head on over to the website and grab yours today.

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