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Game Design and Greenland with Phil Eklund and Philipp Klarmann

In this special episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by designers Phil Eklund and Philipp Klarmann as we discuss game design, and the upcoming game of Greenland. In the episode we discuss what makes Mr. Eklund's earlier designs and this new title so unique, the value of collaboration, the difference between a game and a simulation, and the role of education in game design. Along the way, "the Phils" tease us with some glimpses of even more new designs!As a bonus, I also review two new titles. The first is an outrageously fun new game from Eagle Gryphon titled Lords and Ladies, and then I discuss the fascinating mash-up of Chess and Deckbuilding found in For the Crown (Second edition) from Victory Point Games. The Lords and Ladies review can be found at the 1:45:00 mark of the episode, and the For the Crown review can be found at the 2:01:06 mark of the episode.As a note, we discuss the game of Greenland quite a bit, but never dive into the game itself in great detail, the focus is squarely on the design process and decisions made during the making of the game. If you would like a more complete picture of the game before or after you listen, please go the the Greenland game page and check out the video I made with W. Eric Martin at Gen Con, or listen to my review of the game in the Gen Con episode which you can find here in the BGG database, or at the podcast webpage of www.thelongviewpodcast.comThanks, as always, to my sponsor www.gamesurplus.com, The Dice Tower and, of course, thanks to YOU for listening!

2hr 18mins

9 Sep 2014

Rank #1

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The Long View of Robinson Crusoe with Ricky Royal

Ricky Royal joins TC and Joe in this episode to talk about a heavy cooperative game known for its brutal difficulty and well-realized theme. We're talking about Robinson Crusoe Adventures on the Cursed Island by Ignacy Trzewiczek and published in 2012 by Portal Games. The struggle is real, and it's all about survival. Build yourself a shelter out of wood and fur and tune in to this in-depth analysis of a modern classic.Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to youl! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

8 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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The Long View of The Great Zimbabwe

Alex of Bottom Shelf Board Games joins TC and Joe talks about the great The Great Zimbabwe! Splotter Spellen released The Great Zimbabwe in 2012. Grab a handful of cows and build monuments to the gods in this modern classic! Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

27 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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The Long View: Dice Games

In this special episode of The Long View, I'm thrilled to be joined by both Joel Eddy and TC Petty III as we dive into and explore dice games! What makes them so popular in board game design nowadays? What was the inspiration behind the design of TC's VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game? Why the sudden proliferation of dice game versions of board games? Tune in and find out!As a production note, we have a slight echo from time to time in the first 20 minutes. We were eventually able to correct it, but some is still there. I did not want to delete those portions due to a slight echo, so I have left them in and ask for your patience. Thank You!As a bonus, I review two new titles. First up is Xia: Legends of a Drift System. Is this the ultimate space game sandbox? What can you expect from this intriguing design? Does it deliver thematic punch? These questions and more are answered in this review of this intriguing title.Finally, I review the surprising Paperback. Is this a word game even word game haters will love? Is it just a Dominin clone, or does it offer something new? Listen and find out if fun is in the acceptable word dictionary for Paperback!Thanks, as always, to my generous sponsor, www.gamesurplus.com Go check out what makes them so exceptional, and be sure to tell them The Long View sent you f you place an order for a special little gift as our way of saying, "Thanks!"Thanks also to The Dice Tower Network for all of their support! Go and check out all of the resources The Dice Tower has for you, and please consider supporting their Kickstarter, going on right now!Thanks, as always, to YOU for listening!The show can be found here in the BGG database, through iTunes and Stitcher, and by following the link listed below.

1hr 57mins

11 Jan 2015

Rank #4

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The Long View: Power Grid

In this episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined once again by Eric Brosius as we discuss the classic game of Power Grid. Discover the funken roots of this game, and why the design has endured for so long. Along the way we discuss strategy tips and ideal player counts. As a special bonus, Eric gives his review of the newest 18xx title, 1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties. Is this the 18xx for everyone? Tune in to Eric's review to find out!The episode can be found here in the BGG database, through iTunes by subscription, or at the following address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheLongViewPodcastThanks, as always to my sponsor www.gamesurplus.com Gamesurplus is your first and best choice for online boardgame purchases. Thanks as well to The Dice Tower. The Long View is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network. Check them out to find the latest news and reviews and a host of other fascinating podcasts!If you enjoy the episode, please consider joining The Long View Guild for news of new episodes and special announcements. Thanks, as always, for listening!

1hr 52mins

6 Apr 2014

Rank #5

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The Long View: Age of Steam

In this special episode of The Long View, I'm thrilled to be joined by none other than Ryan Sturm as we discuss the classic game, Age of Steam. Why does Ryan love this game so much? Is the best of the Steam, Age of Steam, and Railroad Tycoon family? What separates it from the pack, and why has it inspired so many expansions and spin offs? Find out the answer to these questions and more in this episode of The Long View.As a bonus, Tom Vasel stops by to tell us his thoughts about Age of Steam in a musical tribute, and I review the new Stronghold Games title of Core Worlds: Revolution. What does this expansion have to offer for fans of the Core Worlds universe? Is is a vital addition, or just bloat? Find out in the review which can be found at the 1:35:00 mark of the episode.I also review the new title from NSKN games, Progress: Evolution of Technology. Is this a civ light game for everyone, or a near miss? Find out in the review which can be found at the 1:57:00 mark of the episode.Thanks, as always, to The Dice Tower! The Long View is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network. Thanks to them for their support! The Long View is also generously sponsored by www.gamesurplus.com, home of great games, at great prices. Thanks to them for their continued support of the show. Thanks also, as always, to YOU for listening!

2hr 20mins

4 Nov 2014

Rank #6

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The Long View of Mottainai

Dylan the Boardgame Trucker debuts on the Long View to teach TC and Joe about Mottainai, a brainmelting card game from Carl Chudyk, famed designer of Glory to Rome and Innovation!Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

28 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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The Long View: Axis and Allies

In this episode of The Long View, I am pleased to be joined once again by Damian Gatortuba as we discuss the venerable classic, Axis and Allies. What is the place of this game in the hobby? Does it still have gaming goodness to offer us? Is mass market distribution the only reason for its success? Find the answers to these questions and more in this episode.As a bonus, I review two new titles: Tiny Epic Defenders from Gamelyn Games, the new cooperative hotness from the Tiny Epic world, and Baseball Highlights: 2045, the new face of baseball from designer Mike Fitzgerald and published by Eagle-Gryphon Games. The Tiny Epic Defenders review can be found at the 1:19:30 mark of the episode, and the review for Baseball Highlights can be found at the 1:33:30 mark of the episode. Thanks, as always, to my sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show, thanks to The Dice Tower and thanks, of course to YOU for listening!The episode can be found here in the BGG database, through iTunes or Stitcher by subscription, or by following the link listed below:

1hr 48mins

22 Feb 2015

Rank #8

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A Look Back at 2017 in 2019

TC and Joe take a look back at how the games of 2017 have aged as we enter 2019.Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

27 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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The Long View of Bora Bora Board Game Backstory

From the Desk of Geof Gambill... In the first episode of Board Game Backstory, we examine the game Bora Bora by Stefan Feld. In this, and every episode of Board Game Backstory, I will examine a game, how it plays, and the time and place where the game is set. This historical backdrop will, hopefully, increase your enjoyment of the games we love to play.Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

20 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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The Long View: Combat Commander

In this episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by Jason Albert as we discuss the Chad Jensen classic game of Combat Commander: Europe. Along the way, we discuss what makes this game so unique, and the many expansions it has spawned since it was first released. Is this a wargame for you? Listen and find out!As a bonus, I review Rogue Agent and Fleet: Arctic Bounty at the end of the show. Is Rogue Agent your ticket to Blade Runner inspired fun, or is it a bust? What does Arctic Bounty add to the base game of Fleet? Is it worth picking up, or just expansion bloat? Tune in and find out!As an episode note, I have to warn that there was a slight Skype problem during the first segment of the show that creates a backgound hiss. Filtering did not work for this particular case, but I felt it was slight enough to not hold back the segment. Thanks for your patience!The Long View is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network. Check them out for a huge array of boardgame resources and podcasts! I also would like to thank my sponsor www.gamesurplus.com, your first, best choice for online game purchases. And thanks, of course, to YOU for listening!

2hr 39mins

15 Jun 2014

Rank #11

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The Long View: Dominion

In this episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by returning guest Jim Shaw as we discuss the groundbreaking game of Dominion. What makes this such a popular game? Is it a gateway game, or a gamer's game? How does it stack up to the classics? What are the basic strategies of the game? What ripples have been made by this boulder thrown in the pond? Find out the answer to these questions and more in this episode of The Long View. Be sure to check out the new web page at www.thelongviewpodcast.comAs a bonus, I review the new deckbuilding game of Galactic Strike Force from Greater Than Games, LLC and Dungeon Dice from Potluck Games. Is Galactic Strike Force the heir apparent to the great Sentinels of the Multiverse? Is Dungeon Dice the best of the Dungeon Crawl Dice games? Should either be in your collection? Listen and find out!The Galactic Strike Force review can be found at the 1:41:00 mark of the episode, and the Dungeon Dice review can be found at the 1:59:30 mark of the episode. The Long View is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network! Go check out all that the Dice Tower has to offer at www.dicetower.com!The Long View is also grateful for the continuing support of our generous sponsor Gamesurplus.com. Go to www.gamesurplus.com and discover why this is the best choice for online game purchases and unparalleled customer service! Thanks to them for their support, and thanks to YOU for listening!

2hr 26mins

14 Jul 2014

Rank #12

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The Long View: Nemo's War

In this episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Reviews as we discuss the Victory Point Games title, Nemo's War. What makes this solo game a unique experience? What does it offer that other solo games do not? How does this classic story's theme come through in this game? What does the future hold for this title's upcoming second edition? Find the answer to all of these questions and more in this episode.As a bonus, Joel and I review he new deck building game, Star Realms. See what might make this little game a fit for your collection. The review begins at time index 1:18:25.In addition, I review the new title from R�diger Dorn, Istanbul. Is it worthy of it's Kennerspiel nomination? Listen and find out! The review begins at time index 1:45:00As a final bonus, I'm joined by Alan Emrich, president of Victory Point Games as he gives us news about the new edition of Nemo's War, and a history of the growth of Victory Point. Find our how "The little game company that could" has changed through the years, and their vision for the future. The interview begins at time index 2:06:40The Long View is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network. Check out the other podcasts and resources that The Dice Tower has to offer. The Long View is also thankful to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com, the best online retailer you can find! Thanks to them for their continued support, and thanks to YOU for listening!

2hr 41mins

29 Jun 2014

Rank #13

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The Long View of Bruxelles 1893

In this episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by first time contributor Mark Fredrickson as we discuss the hidden gem Bruxelles 1893. Thanks for listening!Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

25 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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The Long View: Board Game Backstory of 1960

In this episode of Board Game Backstory, I’m happy to be joined by historian Justin Nordstrom as we examine the historical context of 1960 the Making of the President. Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

28 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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The Long View of D Day at Omaha Beach with Travis Hill

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. -Gen. Dwight D. EisenhowerWe unpack the epic tabletop recreation of war in this episode of the Long View on D Day at Omaha Beach. Here to guide us toward the enemy fortifications is none other than Travis Hill of Low Player Count, right in his element with this solo game! Designed in 2009 by John H. Butterfield and currently ranked 4th on the list of wargames on boardgamegeek.comThanks, as always, to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of The Long View, and thanks, of course, to YOU for listening!

11 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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The Long View: WBC and Gen Con 2014

In this special episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to offer my report from two August Conventions, The World Boardgaming Championships, or WBC from Lancaster Pennsylvania, and GenCon from Indianapolis. In this episode, I share my experiences and impressions of these conventions, and offer reviews of games I played, or demoed, or viewed during my time at these great events. For those who may want to skip my convention musings, the following time index should prove helpful! Thanks for listening!WBC Report � Background and Introduction5:47Port Royal - VERY brief overview!10:52Florenza the Card Game11:30Compounded14:45Credit Mobilier17:30King of Tokyo and Dungeon Dice21:43184624:03Diamonds31:09Final Thoughts are Reflections about the WBC Move34:57Gen Con41:36 � 52:57 Overview and ImpressionsPanamax52:57Among the Stars1:01:17Die Fighter1:10:31Equinox1:14:30Red1:22:24King of New York1:29:43Spurs � A Tale in the Old West1:34:32Imperial Settlers1:38:00The Duke � Siege Engines1:48:36Castle of Mad King Ludwig1:52:54Greed1:56:00Greenland2:02:50

2hr 29mins

24 Aug 2014

Rank #17

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The Long View: Space Alert

In this episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by first time guest Peter Bemis as we discuss the landmark game of Space Alert from noted designer Vlaada Chv�til. Is this the ultimate cooperative game? What has been this game's effect on later designs? Is it a trailblazer worthy of your attention, or should you leave it lost in space? Find out for yourself as we discuss this fascinating game along with the expansion Space Alert: The New Frontier, and designer Vlaada Chv�til in general. Thanks to Peter for being on the show!As a bonus, I also review two games. First up is the new Stronghold release of Among the Stars: The Ambassadors. Is this a worthy addition to the Among the Stars base game? What does it offer that makes it worthy of purchase in the post Essen flood? Listen and find out! The review can be found at the 1:26:30 mark of the episode.I also review the Game Salute title of Sunrise City. Is this a city building game made for you or a thinly veiled abstract? Is it challenging and fun? Does the theme come through? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this review, found at the 1:53:00 mark of the episode.Thanks to my sponsor, www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show, thanks to The Dice Tower and all of the sister podcasts in the Network, thanks to Peter for being my guest and, of course, thanks to YOU for listening!

2hr 27mins

19 Oct 2014

Rank #18

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The Long View: Carcassonne

In this special episode of The Long View, I'm pleased to be joined by returning guestLloyd Keller as we take a long, hard look at the classic game of Carcassonne. Along the way we discuss the strategies and layers of the base game, ideal player count, nearly all of the expansions, and the Carcassonne spin off games of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, Carcassonne: The City, Carcassonne: The Discovery, Carcassonne: The Castle, New World: A Carcassonne Game and much, much more. As a bonus I also review the new GMT game of Thunder Alley, and the new Victory Point game, Villainous Vikings. News is also given of a special kickstarter that may be of interest to fans of Dominion.The Thunder Alley review can be found at the 2:25:00 mark of the episode, and the Villainous Vikings review can be found at the 2:51:00 mark of the episode.The Long View is a proud member of The Dice Tower Network of podcasts. Go to www.dicetower.com to see what they have to offer you! Great podcasts, reviews, top ten lists and more! The Long View is also thankful for our sponsor, www.gamesurplus.com. Go to gamesurpuls.com to find great prices, customer service and hard to find imports like The Palaces of Carrara, Notre Dame and more! Thanks to them for their support, and thanks, of course to YOU for listening!The episode can be found here in the BGG database, through iTunes by subscription, and now on Stitcher as well.

2hr 2mins

11 Aug 2014

Rank #19

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The Long View of Ryan Laukat with Geof Gambill

The work so far of designer Ryan Laukat, covered by OG Geof Gambill.Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!

28 Nov 2018

Rank #20