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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

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Solid and entertaining but too much PC...

By coralsaw - Oct 02 2019
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Smart, entertaining and generally spot-on with boardgame reviewing, but a bit too strong of a Politically Correct-ism theme-related (religion, history) “preaching” element that at least this reviewer does not appreciate, as more than likely not every listener has such strong views about PC in boardgames as the podcast creators.

Comprehensive and thoughtful

By rob27367 - Oct 02 2019
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It’s great to have deep analysis of some games alongside a quick summary of gaming news, aways with the legwork and context so you know the pedigree of upcoming games and the like. From Cthulhu Wars to the Phil Eklund Dilemma to Tapestry, they always seem to be covering the things I want to hear about, with a lot of thought given not just to the game dynamics but to the societal context in which they exist.

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122 Ratings
Average Ratings
101
8
6
3
4

Solid and entertaining but too much PC...

By coralsaw - Oct 02 2019
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Smart, entertaining and generally spot-on with boardgame reviewing, but a bit too strong of a Politically Correct-ism theme-related (religion, history) “preaching” element that at least this reviewer does not appreciate, as more than likely not every listener has such strong views about PC in boardgames as the podcast creators.

Comprehensive and thoughtful

By rob27367 - Oct 02 2019
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It’s great to have deep analysis of some games alongside a quick summary of gaming news, aways with the legwork and context so you know the pedigree of upcoming games and the like. From Cthulhu Wars to the Phil Eklund Dilemma to Tapestry, they always seem to be covering the things I want to hear about, with a lot of thought given not just to the game dynamics but to the societal context in which they exist.

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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

Rank #1: #65: Cthulhu Wars and Dueling Rulesets

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"Money makes the world go 'round" is a common saying decried by most astronomers and physicists, who instead stubbornly maintain that it is due to some invisible thing that can't even qualify for a credit card. "More money than God" is also a strange phrasing, insofar as I believe the theological consensus (ranging from the Abrahamic faiths all the way to Pastafarianism) is that God does not hold assets in the standard sense. Then again, I've never seen His portfolio. Anyway, Cthulhu Wars is expensive and so are exciting plans.

AYURIS: Quartermaster General 2m35s (Ian Brody, Griggling Games, 2014)

Games Played Last Week:
-Walker has a family 4m24s
-Res Arcana 5m27s (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019)
-The Boldest 7m19s (Sophia Wagner, Pegasus Spiele, 2019)
-Snit's Revenge 10m51s (Tom Wham, TSR, 1977)
-Hanabi 12m39s (Antoine Bauza, R&R, 2010)
-FlickFleet 13m18s (Jackson Pope & Paul Willcox, Eurydice Games, 2018)
-Magnastorm 15m42s (Bauldric & Friends, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-CMON licenses God of War... 18m48s
-...and Bloodborne 19m07s
-More pretty things from Ryan Laukat 20m20s
-Marco Polo voyages again 21m04s
-Warhammer Underworlds (Shadespire, really) lives on 21m58s

Feature Game: Cthulhu Wars 22m31s (Sandy Peterson & Lincoln Petersen, Petersen Games, 2015)

Topic: Dueling Rules: The "Right" Way to Play 51m30s
Loopin' Louie tournament rules: http://bit.ly/loopingtournament

Apr 23 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #2: #89: Competition and Competitiveness

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SHUX has passed, but the memories have not. Your hosts give a final rundown of some of the goings-on during the august October event.
Mark asserts that no one is less competitive than he, no one by a long shot, he is much less competitive than you and if you disagree he will fight you. Unless you are a child or infirm, in which case he will still fight you out of a grudging sense of duty and respect, but he will pull his punches. Some of them.
Editorial note: the hosts neglected to repeat that Air, Land & Sea was a review copy received from the author. They apologize for the oversight.

Added SHUX dig: The Quacks of Quedlinburg 2m18s (Wolfgang Warsch, Scmidt Spiele, 2018)

AYURIS: Yellow & Yangtze 5m38s (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2018) and Tigris & Euphrates (Reiner Knizia, Hans im Gluck, 1997)

Games Played Last Week:
-Durance 8m05s (Jason Morningstar, Bully Pulpit Games, 2012)
-Aftermath 10m33s (Jerry Hawthorne, Plaid Hat Games, 2019)
-Mysthea 13m09s (Martino Chiacchiera & Marta Ciaccasassi, Tabula Games, 2019)
-Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA 15m57s (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2020?)
-Blood on the Clocktower 19m19s (Steven Medway, The Pandemonium Institute, 2019)
-Sine Tempore 27m43s (Luca Bernardini & Andrea Colletti, Ludus Magnus Studio, 2018)
-Air, Land & Sea 33m27s (Jon Perry, Arcane Wonders, 2018)
-Mr. Lister's Quiz Shootout 35m24s (Uncredited, Big Potato, 2015)
-SiegeStorm: Siege Mode 38m34s (Kamil 'Sanex' Cieśla & Marcin Świerkot, Awaken Realms Lite, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Barrage Expansion 40m50s
-Erica Bouyouris' Scott Pilgrim and Steven Universe Offerings 42m16s
-Calico Cuteness 44m13s
-Arkhipov Day on October 27th 44m29s

Topic: Competition and Competitiveness 44m53s

Oct 22 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: #90: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev

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Fatherhood is the overall theme of this week's episode. Imagine Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle, except with the father played by Vladimir the Great and the son by Svyatopolk the Accursed. "When you coming home, dad?" asks the Accursed, to which the reply is "I don't know when. But we'll get together then, son." And then, the son allegedly murders several of his siblings in a vicious power struggle. Just like in the song! Folk music of the seventies is more bloodthirsty than many people recall. Remember that Cat Stevens song about the wars of the Diadochi? It was even better than his acoustic rendering of the murder of the Romanovs.

Games Played Last Week:
-Letter Jam 4m01s (Ondra Skoupý, CGE, 2019)
-Codenames: Duet 8m22s (Vlaada Chvátil & Scot Eaton, CGE, 2017)
-Spirit Island 9m57s (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
-The Crusoe Crew 13m02s (Shuky, Makaka Editions, 2019)
-UGO! 15m28s (Ronald Hoekstra, Thomas Jansen, & Patrick Zuidhof, IELLO, 2013)
-Carcassonne 17m49s (Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Hans im Gluck, 2000)
-Undaunted: Normandy 20m56s (Trevor Benjamin & David Thomspon, Osprey Games, 2019)
-Cloudspire 23m14s (Josh J. Carlson, Adam Carlson, & Josh Wielgus, Chip Theory Games, 2019)
-Era: Medieval Age 26m42s (Matt Leacock, eggertspiele, 2019)
-Terraforming Mars 31m26s (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold, 2016)
-Ulm 32m15s (Günter Burkhardt, R&R Games, 2016)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Pharaon Afterlife Prepping 34m19s
-Patreon Content Galore 35m34s
-Scared by High Frontier 4 All 36m01s
-Square Off NEO & SWAP 38m07s
-Valkyrie Outrage 39m34s
-Francis Tresham Obituary 41m33s

Feature Game: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev 43m10s (Stan Kordonskiy, PieceKeeper Games, 2019)

Oct 29 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: #35: Root and Mark's Top 10

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We are but slaves to your whims here at SVWAG, and when our massed masters demand that we dance for their amusement, we must perforce oblige. We resisted for a time, but clearly that was folly. The people have spoken, and their demands will be met: we will descend to the realm of clickbait and listicles and present to your our top 10 games. Walker remains dubious of the enterprise, but Mark is confident that slavish obedience is the path to true happiness.
Games Played Last Week:
-Battle for Rokugan 1m11s (Tom Jolly & Molly Glover, FFG, 2017)
-Warhammer 40K: Kill Team 5m04s (Uncredited, Games Workshop, 2018)
-Hit Z Road 8m09s (Martin Wallace, Asmodee, 2016)
-Outlive 10m00s (Gregory Iliver, La Boite de Jeu, 2017)
-Lost Cities: Rivals 12m13s (Reiner Knizia, KOSMOS, 2018)
-Shogun 14m11s (Dirk Henn, Queen Games, 2006)
-Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition 17m35s (Nikki Valens, FFG, 2016)
-Scythe: The Rise of Fenris 23m38s (Ryan Lopez DiVinaspre & Jamey Stegamaier, Stonemaier Games, 2018)
News (and why it doesn't matter)
-More Neue Heimat = The Estates 25m05s
-More Dune = more silly Spice memes 27m59s
-More Meeple Circus = more joy 29m31s
-More Spirit Island = more dead colonizers 29m49s
-More Shadespire = Nightvault 30m48s
Feature Game: Root 32m31s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)

Topic: Mark's Top 10 Games of All Time 56m49s

#10: Tribune Expansion
#9:Ra
#8:Infinity
#7:Loopin' Louie
#6:Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War
#5:Gloomhaven
#4:Imperial 2030
#3:Antike II
#2:Blue Moon Legends
#1:Tigris & Euphrates

Aug 21 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: #53: Gloomhaven and What Can a Game Demand?

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We take endorsements very seriously here at SVWAG. The Ferragamo deal fell through after Walker was seen wearing Fendi, and the whole Burberry fiasco is better left forgotten. Converse was our backup, but suffice to say after Mark's public comments about sportsball that seems like a distant possibility at best.
All that said, we endorse Gloomy Companion unreservedly. We don't resort to apps very often, but we don't Gloomhaven without Gloomy Companion employed on a tablet. We've tried others but it suits us the best.

Games Played Last Week:
-Mombasa 3m14s (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2015)
-Decrypto 5m28s (Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, Le Scorpion Masqué, 2018)
-Han 6m57s(Michael Schacht, ABACUSSPIELE, 2014)
-Sakura Arms 7m55s (BakaFire, AEG, 2016)
-Kitchen Rush 10m08s (Vangelis Bagiartakis & Dávid Turczi, Artipia, 2017)
-Chinatown 10m36s (Karsten Hartwig, Z-Man, 1999)
-Eclipse 13m14s (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fi, 2011)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Frontier Wars 15m34s
-Rio Grande is back? 15m59s
-The Galaxy Rolls on 16m55s
-35 years of BattleTech 18m08s
-Official statement on pronunciation 18m48s

Feature Game: Gloomhaven 20m46s (Isaac Childres, Cephalofair Games, 2017)

Topic: How Much Can a Game Demand of Its Players? 48m38s

Jan 22 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: #69: How Big a Collection?

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Names are powerful. The Spiel des Jahres means "game of the year" simpliciter, but for years we know that the juries have been casting a narrower and narrower net of what games thay would consider. It has become more of a specialized imprint, which is fine--but it's strange that the name still inspires such cachet. Anything with rules in excess of 3 or so pages seems now to be firmly beyond the pale as far as the SdJ is concerned. Ah, well, times change, and we are prone to fits of curmudgeonly behavior. We do at least give our rundown of the 3 nominated games.

AYURIS: The City of Kings 1m02s (Frank West, The City of Games, 2018)

Games Played Last Week:
-Trick Shot 2m35s (Nikita Krylov &Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2019)
-LAMA aka Wrath of the Appliances: Rise of the Killer Kameras 4m50s (Reiner Knizia, AMIGO, 2019)
-Just One 8m01s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions, 2018)
-Red Alert: Space Fleet Warfare 10m03s (Richard Borg, PSC Games, 2019)
-Fireball Island: The Curse of Vol-Kar 13m51s (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, Justin D. Jacobson, Chuck Kennedy, & Bruce Lund, Restoration Games, 2018)
-Hansa Teutonica 15m38s (Andreas Steding, Z-Man Games, 2010)
-SpaceCorp 17m03s (John H. Butterfield, GMT Games, 2018)
-Rayguns and Rocketships 19m33s (Scott Rogers, IDW Games, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-The tangled webs Kickstarter weaves (and then pulls) 26m23s
(Correction: During this segment we mistakenly conflated Travis Worthington of Indie Boards and Cards and Travis R. Chance of Kolossal Games. They have both had projects canceled by Kickstarter. We apologize for the error.)
-Endeavor: Age of Expansion Expansion 30m30s
-Pandemic Targets real-time 31m51s

Topic: How Big a Collection? 33m00s

May 28 2019

53mins

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Rank #7: #4: Spirit Island and Rulebooks

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Mark (alias Flavor Flav) and Walker (alias Chuck D) disagree about many things, among them Twilight Imperium 4th ed., Spirit Island, GMT Games, and rulebooks. Fight the power, by which we mean listen to this podcast of a couple of white dudes talking about games.

Games played last week:
-Great Western Trail (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2016)
-Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition (Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka, & Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn (James Kniffen, Fantasy Flight, 2017)
-Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars (Mark Herman, GMT Games, 2017)
-Scythe: The Wind Gambit (Kai Starck & Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)
-Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man, 2017)

Dec 12 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: #67: Good Games that Induce Pain

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Summer is here, friends and neighbours, and with it comes a a thickening of the blood that prompts torpor. We here at SVWAG are part lizard, you see, and so we must budget additional time to sun ourselves and slough off our scales. At any rate, we will be shifting to a summer schedule but still releasing an episode every week--though the magic of segment-swapping. How can such wizardry be true? The secrets are revealed herein!

AYURIS: Mage Knight 2m10s (Vlaada Chvatil, WizKids, 2011)

Games Played Last Week:
-Imperius 5m36s (Grant Rodiek, Kolossal Games, 2018)
-Bärenpark 7m18s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout, 2017)
-Burning Suns 10m05s (Emil Larson, SunTzuGames, 2013)
-Downfall 13m11s (John D. Clair, Tasty Minstrel, 2019)
-Adrenaline: Team Play DLC 15m41s (Filip Neduk, Czech Games Edition, 2018)
-Pandemic: Fall of Rome 17m39s (Matt Leacock & Paolo Mori, Z-Man, 2018)
-Space Cadets: Dice Duel 19m25s (Geoff Engelstein and Sydney Engelstein, Stronghold, 2013)
-Gentes: Deluxified Edition 21m14s (Stefan Risthaus, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)
-Roll for the Galaxy 24m53s (Wei-Hwa Huang & Thomas Lehmann, Rio Grande, 2014)
-Brook City 26m54s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Trick Shot on Kickstarter 31m16s
-No dice for BloodBorne 32m36s
-Pax Renaissance goes deluxe but not -ified 33m08s
-Die Macher improves its graphics 34m18s
-Cleopatra, comin' at ya (Clone High fans? Anyone?) 36m00s
-Scythe goes modular, jumps shark? 37m03s

Topic: Good Games that Induce Pain 38m07s

May 14 2019

56mins

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Rank #9: #76: Sol: Last Days of a Star

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"May you get everything you want" is nothing short of a curse, I think, and so this week we curse you with your own desires. You wanted us to play Middara, so we did. You wanted more information about Sol: Last Days of a Star, so we oblige. As you weep, surrounded by the wreckage wrought by your own wishes, don't come to us for solace, for we are but the accomplices of your own self-destruction. Also, if that weren't terrifying enough, intergalactic scorpions!

Games Played Last Week:
-Men at Work 1m43s (Rita Modl, Pretzel Games, 2019)
-Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 1 5m48s (Clayton Helme, Brooklynn Lundberg, Brennon Moncur, & Ian Tate, SUccubus Publishing, 2019)
-Dinosaur Island 12m44s (Jonathan Gilmour & Brian Lewis, Pandasaurus Games, 2017)
-Planet 14m11s (Urtis Šulinskas, Blue Orange, 2018)
-Rangers of Shadow Deep 17m38s (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2018)
-Pax Renaissance 19m39s (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
-Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Dawn 20m16s (Felix Mertikat, King Racoon Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Conan. Again. 25m46s
-Good compatibility news about Quest for El Dorado 26m19s
-Kingdomino gets a roll-and-write 26m51s
-Yggdrasil needed a campaign 27m44s
-Through the Ages expands after 16 years 28m56s
-Support for Meltwater's Erin Lee Escobedo's mom 29m50s
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kirsten-beat-cancer

Feature Game: Sol: Last Days of a Star 30m39s (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)

Jul 16 2019

53mins

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Rank #10: #86: Tapestry

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The cube trundles onward, marching inexorably--if haltingly--towards its ultimate destination. It is told it must explore, and so explore it does. The other cube conquers, but that is not this cube's concern. They met once at a party. It seemed nice, but that was long ago, and the cube must explore, not mingle. Sometimes it does not explore; sometimes it scores for some quantity of non-explore things. These things it does not understand, but it knows that points are good, and so it does those things. The explore cube also cares about farms, for some reason, and mushrooms. Near the end of its track, it pauses--not for lack of mushrooms, this time, but out of an uncharacteristic self-doubt. Why does it do these things, it wonders. What mad god intersperses these random tasks so? And down from Olympus comes the pronouncement of the cube's controller--perhaps that very mad god, or perhaps merely a lesser divinity in thrall of some yet more powerful, some yet more capricious deity--"BECAUSE THEME."

Games Played Last Week:
-Shards of Infinity 2m38s (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)
-The Bridges of Shangri-La 4m33s (Leo Colovini, Uberplay, 2003)
-Vengeance 9m22s (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2018)
-Slide Quest 12m03s (Nicolas Bourgoin & Jean-François Rochas, Blue Orange, 2019)
-Gaslands: Refuelled 14m02s (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Publishing, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Walker deploys facts, CMON travels in time 18m00s
-More Warhammer Underworlds 21m58s
-More Sidereal Confluence 24m20s
-Foundations of Rome 25m44s
-Mark must resist Obsidian Protocol 26m07s
-Blacklist Games' Hour of Need 27m19s
-Root RPG 28m34s

Feature Game: Tapestry 29m06s (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2019)

Sep 24 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: #22: Feudum and Euro/Ameritrash Hybridization

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You wouldn't like Mark when he's angry, but that's probably attributable to his being fundamentally unlikable at the best of times. At any rate, Walker tries to rein him in from ranting too long about obvious component failures, publisher laziness, and alleged outright theft. Walker, for his part, just wants things to mean something. We are seekers here at So Very Wrong About Games.

Games Played Last Week:
-Spirit Island 2m10s (Eric Reuss, Fabled Nexus, 2017)
-The City of Kings 4m00s (Frank West, The City of Games, 2018)
-Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 6m00s (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017)
-World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch 9m04s (Fel Barros, Christophe Madura, Alexandru Olteanu, David Rakoto, & Michael Shinall, CMON, 2018)
-Shadowrift: Skittering Darkness 9m47s (Jeremy Anderson, Game Salute, 2018).
-John Company 15m22s (Cole Wehrle, Sierra Madre, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Music and geopolitics 22m14s
-Red Raven Targets the mass market 24m10s
-App didn't kill Imperial Assault 25m07s
-In France, no one can hear you scream theft 26m18s
-No app didn't kill Specter Ops 29m24s
Feature Game: Feudum 30m06s (Mark K. Swanson, Odd Bird Games, 2018)

Topic: Euro/Ameritrash Hybridization 54m22s

Apr 24 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #12: #36: The Voyages of Marco Polo and Walker's Top 10

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Walker, ever truculent, finally succumbs to the inevitable and submits his top ten. Now we can move on, and it is best we do, as there is no shortage of games to be played! Gencon is over and the new releases flow like sweet chocolate milk. Despite this pressure, Mark and Walker find the time to indulge in old classics of yesteryear, and not just the "classics" from "back in the day" of "2012".
Games Played Last Week:
-Eclipse 3m00s (Touko Tahkokallio, Lautapelit.fi, 2011)
-Dungeon Alliance 4m41s (Andrew Parks, Quixotic Games, 2018)
-Outlive 8m16s (Gregory Iliver, La Boite de Jeu, 2017)
-Food Chain Magnate 9m20s (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter Spellen, 2015)
-Star Wars: Imperial Assault 12m22s (Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, & Jonathan Ying, Fantasy Flight, 2014)
-Blue Lagoon 14m37s (Reiner Knizia, Blue Orange, 2018)
-Mechs vs. Minions 17m02s (Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras, Riot Games, 2016)
-Ghost Blitz 19m55s (Jacques Zeimet, Zoch Verlag, 2010)
-Kingdomino: Age of Giants 22m00s (Bruno Cathala, Blue Orange, 2018)
-Cult of the Cockroach King/Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe 23m09s (Yusuke Sato, Indie Boards & Cards, 2018)
-Root 25m34s (Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2018)
-DC Spyfall 27m04s (Uncredited, Cryptozoic Entertainment, 2018)
-Civilization 30m00s (Francis Tresham, Avalon Hill, 1980)
News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Quite a quantity of Quarriors 36m57s
-Norwegians' toast to Odin 38m53s
-Jabba lands on your mobile device 39m57s
-OblivAeon is a lie 41m16s
-Walker gets digital 42m34s
-The Great Looping One loops ever onward, praise be his biplane 43m16s
Feature Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo 44m24s (Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini, Hans im Gluck, 2015)
Topic: Walker's Top 10 Games (whatever that means) 1h10m51s
In no particular order:
-Tigris & Euphrates
-Scythe
-Space Hulk
-Gaia Project
-Orleans
-Level 7: Invasion
-Diplomacy
-Hansa Teutonica
-Kemet
-Axis and Allies: WWI 1914

Sep 04 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #13: #59: Concordia Venus and Spending Money on the Hobby

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Currencies drive many things, perhaps most things. HATE is driven by a currency called Savagery, which I believe is floated on the international market and its exchange rate fluctuates daily. We here at So Very Wrong About Games fuel our episodes with Snark, which is pegged conveniently to the Canadian Dollar. As a consequence, when some of you might be tempted to correct Mark on the name of the 1987 Richard Halliwell design ("um, actually, it's Block Mania, not Block Panic"), you are only making them stronger.

AYURIS: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire (David Sanders, Games Workshop, 2017) 1m54s

Games Played Last Week:
-HATE 4m34s (Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Alexandru Olteanu, & Nicolas Raoult, CMON, 2019)
-Climb! 7m08s (Benoit Michaud, Le Scorpion Masqué, 2008)
-Siege of the Citadel 9m32s (Richard Borg, Eric M. Lang, Jason Little, & Kevin Wilson, Modiphius Entertainment, 2019)
-Goodcritters 11m45s (Fabian Zimmermann, Arcane Wonders, 2018)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 14m43s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Infinity 15m20s (Gutier Lusquiños Rodríguez, Corvus Belli, 2005)
-Pax Pamir 17m25s (Phil Eklund & Cole Wehrle, Sierra Madre Games, 2015)
-Obsession 21m35s (Dan Hallagan, Kayenta Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-The Talisman nightmare has started: Batman and Kingdom Hearts 25m34s
-It, and I can't even 26m43s
-Worst expansion title competition 27m30s
-Judge Dredd enters the Wildlands 28m57s
-Restoring Epic Duels 30m09s
-Age of Steam boils over. Again. 31m49s

Feature Game: Concordia (Mac Gerdts, PD-Verlag, 2013) and Concordia Venus (2018) 34m14s

Topic: Spending Money on the Hobby: Are You Getting Your Money's Worth? 1h01m43s

Mar 12 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #14: #23: Mage Knight and Player Scaling

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This podcast scales seamlessly from 2 to an in finite number of listeners, but we're not nearly that optimistic. Walker sometimes dreams of a solo mode, but sadly Mark insists on speaking. Mark and Walker again turn to Vlaada Chvatil, a designer who loves idiosyncrasy and detail--sometimes to excess. Walker asks if it would be appropriate to rant, and Mark gladly lets him off leash.

Games Played Last Week:
-Railroad Tycoon/Railways of the World 1m52s (Glenn Drover & Martin Wallace, Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2005)
-House of Borgia 3m13s (Scott Almes, Gamelyn Games, 2017)
-Ex Libris 5m24s (Ada P. McIver, Renegade Game Studios, 2017)
-Situation 7 7m27s (Marvin Glass, Parker Brothers, 1969)
-Biblios 10m47s (Steve Finn, Iello, 2007)
-Corporate America 13m15s (Teale Fristoe, Nothing Sacred Games, 2013)
-Winner's Circle 14m36s (Reiner Knizia, Face2Face, 2001)
-Rheinlander 15m30s (Reiner Knizia, Face2Face, 1999)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-7 Wonders expands, Walker sighs 16m32s
-SVWAG expands, Walker sighs 17m37s
-Renegade Arboretum 18m41s
Feature Game: Mage Knight: The Board Game 20m25s (Vlaada Chvatil, WizKids, 2011)

Topic: Player Scaling 51m39s

May 01 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #15: #68: Gentes Deluxified

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Credibility, like a butterfly, is a fragile and beautiful thing. Mark is fundamentally opposed to subtlety and ephemeral joy, so he naturally seeks to destroy either whenever he encounters it. When it comes to credibility he does this by routinely making gross over-generalizations. This time he has managed to make an instant replay-esque correction, at least. As for what he does to butterflies, let's just say he manages to make garden parties awkward.

Games Played Last Week:
-Bios: Megafauna 2nd Edition 3m08s (Andrew Doull, Phil Eklund, & Jon Manker, Sierra Madre, 2017)
-Brook City 6m37s (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
-Rayguns and Rocketships 12m06s (Scott Rogers, IDW Games, 2017)
-A Game of Thrones: Catan--Brotherhood of the Watch 15m45s (Klaus Teuber & Benjamin Teuber, Fantasy Flight, 2017)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Walker expands what he no longer has 22m00s
-Wherefore art thou, journalism? Round 1: Tariffs vs. Gamers 22m31s
(Polygon article: http://bit.ly/polygontariffs)
-Space Invaders 27m16s
-Round 2: Stonemaier vs. Gaming Goat 28m01s
-Papillon rises again? 30m41s

Feature Game: Gentes: Deluxified 31m38s (Stefan Risthaus, Tasty Minstrel, 2018)

May 21 2019

56mins

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Rank #16: #58: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians and Theme vs. Balance

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You do you, Walker always says, except he almost never does. Mark always says smoke 'em if you got 'em, despite his never uttering those words and frankly not knowing what they mean. He tried smoking once and didn't enjoy it. Why care about such petty things as truth or data when it feels consistent with a narrative you're peddling? Echoes of contemporary politics abound, as we ponder whether a game needs to be balanced so long as it tells a good tale.

AYURIS: Rising Sun (Eric Lang, CMON, 2018) 5m26s

Games Played Last Week:
-Cerebria: The Inside World 8m57s (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, István Pócsi, Frigyes Schőberl, Nick Shaw, & Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2018)
-Teotihuacan: City of Gods 11m22s (Daniele Tascini, NSKN Games, 2018)
-Spirit Island 12m10s (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2017)
-Tajemnicze Domostwo/Mysterium 15m24s (Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko, Portal Games, 2013)
-Millennium Blades 19m11s (D. Brad Talton Jr., Level 99 Games, 2016)
-Shadowrift 21m11s (Jeremy Anderson, Game Salute, 2012)
-Donning the Purple 24m54s (Petter Schanke Olsen, Tompet Games, 2018)

News (and why it doesn't matter)
-Hanabi deluxe blows up again 27m32s
-Dice Forge rebels 28m45s
-Capstone gauges Winsome's Irish Gauge 29m09s
-Sailor Moon deceives...? 31m00s
-White Goblin will Yoko no mo 32m04s

Feature Game: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians 33m37s (Gernot Köpke & Uwe Rosenberg, Feuerland Spiele, 2018)

Topic: Theme vs. Balance 59m35s

Feb 26 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #17: #73: Second Chances

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Knowing when to give up is a valuable skill. As children we are told to stick with painful and unpleasant things, and while that is often wise, sometimes it just results in more pain. Discerning the difference between choking down one's vegetables--good!--and pursuing a hobby merely for the sake of it--bad!--is a tricky bit of prudence that many adults can't quite seem to get. The notion of an "acquired taste" is somewhat related. Eating chocolate is something you can nail the first time and every time, so acquiring a taste for expensive Scotch whisky that tastes of dirt seems a little off. But sometimes... sometimes! You should try that thing again.

AYURIS: Crisis at Steamfall 4m16s (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2019)

Games Played Last Week:
-Just One 6m04s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions)
-Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 9m06s (Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games, 2015)
-Up Front 10m49s (Courtney F. Allen, Avalon Hill, 1983)
-Sol: Last Days of a Star 14m45s (Ryan Spangler & Sean Spangler, Elephant Laboratories, 2017)
-Bunny Kingdom 20m41s (Richard Garfield, IELLO, 2017)
-Rangers of Shadow Deep 25m25s (Joseph McCullough, Self-published, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-More Middara 29m28s
-Starfarers of Catan Returns 30m32s
-Bloomberg Doesn't Understand 32m03s
-Pronunciation Legends from CMON 35m13s

Topic: Second Chances 36m14s

Jun 25 2019

54mins

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Rank #18: #70: Asgard's Chosen

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Do you sometimes feel like having your blind brother hurl spears at you as a party trick? Do you feel the urge to put your hand in a giant wolf's mouth to make your friends feel bad? Do you wish you could ride a chariot pulled by cats for no discernible reason? Do you long to carry on rambling conversations with a severed head? Do you want days of the week to be named after you?
Well, this is your episode!

Games Played Last Week:
-Just One 1m26s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions, 2018)
-Lords of Hellas 3m12s (Adam Kwapiński, Awaken Realms, 2018)
-Combat Commander: Europe 5m26s(Chad Jensen, GMT, 2006)
-Barenpark 7m56s (Phil Walker-Harding, Lookout Games, 2017)
-Corporate America 8m31s (Teale Fristoe, Nothing Sacred Games, 2013)
-Reykholt 10m09s (Uwe Rosenberg, Frosted Games, 2018)
-Burning Suns 11m05s (Emil Larson, SunTzu Games, 2013)
-51st State: Master Set - Allies 13m32s (Joanna Kijanka & Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games, 2019)
-Tammany Hall 16m12s (Doug Eckhart, IDW Games, 2007)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Chad Jensen diagnosed with cancer and is raising funds 21m24s
https://www.gofundme.com/help-chad-with-chemo
-Stack with Tuki 22m16s
-Ready availability of Queenies? 23m16s
-Papillon flies again 24m51s
-Modiphius doubles down on Bethesda 25m31s

Feature Game: Asgard's Chosen 27m14s (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
Solo variant: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1058313/solo-variant-more-tense-gameplay

Jun 04 2019

53mins

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Rank #19: #72: Hellboy: The Board Game

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This is not, strictly speaking, the first foray into gaming that Hellboy has done--not even the first in the miniatures genre. There were some Hellboy Heroclix, but let us speak as adults--that's not really saying much. Everyone has been in Heroclix now. 43% of the human population has been represented as a Heroclix figure at some point. Walker has, like, four different versions (albeit two of those are repaints). I hear the "Raging Fury" Walker figure is banned in most tournament play.

Games Played Last Week:
-Just One 1m59s (Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter, Repos Productions)
-Lords of Hellas 4m57s (Awam Kwapinski, Awaken Realms, 2018)
-Tammany Hall 7m39s (Doug Eckhart, IDW Games, 2007)
Editorial note: Mark erred in his playing of Tammany Hall (unused favour chips are not worth points). We'll have a full correction next week, and Mark will revisit the game as soon as he can. We apologize for the error.
-Small City 14m37s (Alban Viard, AVStudioGames, 2015)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Free Doomrock expansion! 21m55s
-Moar Apocalypse with Last Aurora 23m00s
-Sadler Bros.' Altar Quest 24m00s

Feature Game: Hellboy: The Board Game 24m35s (James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams, Mantic Games, 2019)

Jun 18 2019

57mins

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Rank #20: #88: Live at SHUX 2019!

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"You two are idiots."
-Quinns

We are live (on tape)! With special guest Quintin Smith aka Quinns from Shut Up & Sit Down. Also featuring guest appearances from French Canadian snack cakes, passive aggression, wonderful prizes (none for you, sorry, all gone), and the man who saved your life, Vasili Arkhipov! Also some feedback and noise from the megagame next door. Oh, well.

Games Played Last Week:
-Irish Gauge 8m34s (Tom Russell, Capstone Games, 2014)
-Mandala 10m39s (Trevor Benjamin & Brett J. Gilbert, Lookout Games, 2019)
-Warband: Against the Darkness 15m20s (Micah Fuller, Dyskami Publishing Company, 2015)
-Ragusa 18m29s (Fabio Lopiano, Capstone Games, 2019)
-Flash Duel 22m43s (David Sirlin, Sirlin Games, 2010)
-Cowboy Bebop: Boardgame Boogie 27m17s (Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, & Aron Murch, Jasco Games, 2019)
-Glory to Rome 29m37s (Carl Chudyk, Cambridge Games Factory, 2005)
-Labyrinthos 31m07s (Lindsey Rose, Dog Might Games, 2020)
-Quacks of Quedlinburg 36m03s (Wolfgang Warsch, Schmidt Spiele, 2018)
-Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea 42m22s (Mark McLaughlin & Chris Vorder Bruegge, GMT Games, 2019)

News (and why it doesn't matter):
-Boardgame anime! 48m24s
-Kemet 1.5 in English 50m38s
-Cooper Island 51m17s
-Arkhipov Day on October 27th 51m36s

Audience Questions 54m31s

Oct 15 2019

1hr

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