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 50 – Wizard School

Put on your wizard robes and hats, listeners, it’s time to go to Wizard School! This week, Dragon’s Demize reviews Wizard School, the new game from DFTBA games. In this cooperative card game, players take on the role of students attempting to keep their grades up, fight off magical monsters, and survive long enough to graduate. Each player has their own specialties, and uses cards like Spells, Items, and Magical Friends to fend off everything school throws at them, be it monsters or tests. It’s a fun game and amazingly humorous, so be sure to listen as we break it down.

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!

Podcast 44 – Digital Games

Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize, where today we’ll be taking a look at digital games. We know that many of you are traveling for the holidays but still want to keep in touch with your friends and gaming group. For that, we offer this quick primer on what games have digital versions available via mobile app stores, as well as larger platforms for digital gaming such as Tabletopia and Tabletop Simulator. We hope you’ll be able to use these and other digital games to continue your gaming even while you travel.

Thanks as Always to Agata Poniatowski for the Graphic Design and Strangelette for the Music.

Podcast 43 – Family Games Special

Welcome back to Dragon’s Demize, where we continue our month of specials with a look at what games you can play with your families at home. We’ve got some great recommendations this week, covering everything from social, party-style games to some of the more beginner-friendly strategic games. We hope you’re encouraged to pick up one of these games and bring your parents, grandparents, and siblings to the table!

Thanks as Always to Agata Poniatowski for the Graphic Design and Strangelette for the Music.

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