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Low Player Count is a bi-weekly podcast devoted to thinking about, sometimes reviewing, but mostly discussing solo and two player boardgames and their place in the current board gaming culture. Instead of just doing reviews, we aim to dissect the larger boardgames industry through our discussions of one and two-player games, occasionally focusing on a specific game. We are three guys with a wide range of gaming interests and tastes, but all have an affinity for solo and two-player boardgames.

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Low Player Count is a bi-weekly podcast devoted to thinking about, sometimes reviewing, but mostly discussing solo and two player boardgames and their place in the current board gaming culture. Instead of just doing reviews, we aim to dissect the larger boardgames industry through our discussions of one and two-player games, occasionally focusing on a specific game. We are three guys with a wide range of gaming interests and tastes, but all have an affinity for solo and two-player boardgames.

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By Moe From TBG - Oct 01 2018
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I am such a fan of this podcast. The new design series has me hooked.

Love the podcast!

By N0g0D - Jan 29 2016
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Guys, seriously love the podcast! Keep up the excellent work.

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48 Ratings
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Love it love it love it

By Moe From TBG - Oct 01 2018
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I am such a fan of this podcast. The new design series has me hooked.

Love the podcast!

By N0g0D - Jan 29 2016
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Guys, seriously love the podcast! Keep up the excellent work.
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Low Player Count

Latest release on Mar 03, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 60 - Sequels, Expansions, and Revisions - Oh My!

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In this episode, the LPC crew discusses revisions, expansions, and sequels. What are they? Are they good? When is it time to make a sequel? What are games that need them? They also chat Game Surplus contest, neural networks, and end of year stuff.

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00:45 - Banter

02:00 - Shawn Quits (his job)

03:40 - Neural Network BGG Games

19:03 - BOARDGAMETABLES.COM

19:46 - Sequels, Expansions, and Revisions…

20:30 - Reprints, a Short Discussion

21:55 - Sequels, Spiritual and Otherwise

35:00 - Expansions and Modules

40:00 - Standalone Expansions

47:20 - Revised Versions

61:30 - Solo Gaming Afterthoughts via KS

65:50 - #thanksgamesurplus

70:35 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Dec 18 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: Episode 37 - BGGcon 2016 Recap & Arkham Horror LCG vs Lord of the Rings LCG

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In Episode 37, the Low Player Count crew serves up a double portion of meat! They kick it off with a recap of BGGcon 2016, their favorite moments and most exciting games, and then onto a comparative discussion between Arkham Horror: The Card Game and The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. They also discuss the Stonemaier Games Charity Auction Giveaway that ends December 6th!

Stonemaier Games Charity Auction Giveaway

Times:1:45 - Stonemaier Charity Auction12:04 - BoardGameTables.com13:07 - BGGcon 2016 Recap15:15 - Donny & Travis Lament the Colonists19:00 - A Brief Discussion of the Lending Library22:03 - “Games of the Con”31:16 - Favorite Moments of the Con42:03 - Arkham Horror LCG vs LOTR LCG44:00 - Brief Overview of Both45:07 - Deck Construction58:00 - Solo Play68:05 - Multiplayer Play73:53 - Story Development76:40 - Intellectual Property89:10 - Longest Episode Ever!89:20 - Gameplay96:45 - Awkward Endings97:10 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com

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Dec 04 2016

1hr 38mins

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Rank #3: Travis Gets Heavy - Jerry White Interview

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In this minisode of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis sits down with wargamer Jerry White, designer of Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid & The Dambuster Raid.

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Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media

Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Nov 20 2017

1hr

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Rank #4: Episode 64 - Returning to Older Games

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In this episode, Donny and Travis return to discuss Returning to Older Games. They also talk about the future of LPC, give away a copy of Indian Summer, and blather on about BGGcon and more.

Times:01:00 - Shawn’s Abduction (Not Really)02:00 - BGGcon Return06:15 - Golden Geek Award Nomination!08:32 - Spring Break Azul Trip13:55 - Boardgametables.com15:15 - Returning to Older Games56:10 - Game Surplus Indian Summer Giveaway58:30 - The Future of LPC and You! Survey67:30 - The Hiatus72:00 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Mar 27 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #5: Episode 71 - Game Design with Cole Wehrle & Sen-Foong Lim

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In this episode, Donny and Travis begin their Concept to Table series, a series dedicated to looking at the life cycle of tabletop board games from creation to distribution, including many of the steps in between. In the first episode, the LPC Crew sits down with designers Cole Wehrle & Sen-Foong Lim to talk game design.

Times:00:33 - Intro08:35 - Designer Interview77:10 - Game Surplus Giveaway Link79:00 - School, Future of Concept to Table, Fort Sumter giveaway88:02 - End Bits

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Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon

Sponsored by Game Surplus

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Aug 19 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #6: Travis Gets Heavy - Solo Uwe Day

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In this episode of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis relives his solitaire-only Uwe Day back in March, recounts why he loves his Uwe so much, and answers some questions.

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Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media

Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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May 15 2018

37mins

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Rank #7: Cliff's Corner - Traveling with Games

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In this new minisode series, Cliff Fisher kicks off Cliff’s Corner, a segment devoted to discussing gaming strategies, statistics, probabilities, and all sorts of random stuff.

This time? Traveling with Games

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Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media

Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

Nov 05 2017

18mins

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Rank #8: Episode 65 - Scattergories Farming Games

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In this episode, Donny and Travis return to discuss gaming categories. This time? Farming games! The LPC crew also talks about the Future of LPC Survey and remind you about the Indian Summer giveaway.

The Future of LPC and You! Survey

Times:01:20 - Surveys, Crowdfunding, Being Professionals, and Release Schedules...18:20 - Boardgametables.com19:10 - Farming Games, What Makes Them Great, and more...58:55 - Indian Summer Game Surplus Giveaway!60:30 - April 15th Deadlines62:00 - Van Ryder Games & Maple Games75:00 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Apr 09 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: Episode 63 - Micro Topics 3

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In this episode, the LPC Crew hits a bunch of micro topics, ranging from our greatest shame to inserts to setup efficiency to deeply satisfying turns. Come jump in the fun!

Times:

00:30 - Banter

02:00 - Micro Topics III

05:00 - Secret Shame

14:00 - Setup Efficiency

23:30 - Selling 5 Games

29:21 - Multiple Characters

35:25 - Temporal Questions

39:05 - Deeply Satisfying Turns

44:45 - BOARDGAMETABLES.COM

45:30 - Anewsments

45:40 - Vast Giveaway Winner

46:20 - Supporting LPC

48:05 - Kickstarter Excitement

54:10 - End Bits

Check us out online here:Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media

Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Feb 12 2018

55mins

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Rank #10: Episode 35 - All Aboard the Hype Train

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In Episode 35, the Low Player Count crew discusses hype in the boardgaming industry. Do you build into the hype or get caught up in it? Whose job is it to perpetuate the hype? They also talk about BGGcon, future episodes, all while Travis tries not to drool about his copy of A Feast For Odin.

Times:3:05 - BGGcon is So Close!5:39 - Shawn Needs a Gaming Buddy at BGGcon7:50 - Planning Games at Cons10:20 - Shawn is Inundated with School11:00 - Shameless Plug12:25 - Show Ideas?14:00 - Nemo’s War Unboxing Video14:45 - Odin17:14 - The Awkwardness Ensues19:37 - BoardGameTables.com! 20:18 - Hype in Boardgaming!!!22:08 - Kickstarter Hype32:00 - Social Media Hype Machine34:15 - Stomping on Someone’s Hype44:35 - Donny Getting Swept Up by the Hype50:00 - Hype in Other Mediums55:48 - Lotus & Marketing58:25 - Content Creator Hype Machine68:40 - Hype Letdown75:15 - End Bits

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Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | iTunes | Stitcher

Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Oct 24 2016

1hr 20mins

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Rank #11: LPC Interviews - Todd Sanders

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In this interview episode, Travis sits down with prolific game designer Todd Sanders to discuss PnP, his multitude of games, lower player counts, and the recently-released Pulp Detective on Kickstarter. 

Todd Sanders Current ProjectsPulp Detective on KickstarterTodd Sanders Printer Studio

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Feb 04 2018

58mins

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Rank #12: If You Buy One Game - Best of 2016

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If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgames universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? Our Best of 2016 Games (So Far)

0:43 - Kimberly’s Pick: Insider2:47 - Derek’s Pick: Nautilion6:57 - Cliff’s Pick: A Feast for Odin13:12 - Richard’s Pick: 184615:54 - Brandon’s Pick: Vast: The Crystal Caverns19:46 - Brian’s Pick: Salvation Road22:18 - Patrick’s Pick: Terraforming Mars27:19 - Donny’s Pick: The Colonists

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Dec 28 2016

31mins

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Rank #13: Episode 38 - Wrap Up 2016

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In Episode 38, the Low Player Count crew recaps some of their favorite games of 2016, top moments of the podcast, and envision what the future might hold. The crew also discusses chatting while playing solo games, their Slack Channel, and also have a solo wargaming giveaway!

Times:

02:00 - Do You Talk to Yourself When You Play Solo?08:09 - 2016 People’s Choice Top 100 Solo Games11:10 - Slack Channel15:43 - Stonemaier Games Scythe Giveaway for Charity19:11 - A Giveaway!24:45 - BoardGameTables.com26:08 - Most Played Games31:45 - 11,000 “1” Rated Games37:07 - Most Fun Game41:00 - Biggest Surprise Hit48:20 - The Biggest Letdown54:00 - Games of the Year (So Far)60:55 - Was 2016 a Bad Year for Games?64:45 - Games We Are Looking Forward to…68:05 - The State of the Podcast77:05 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Dec 19 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #14: Gen Con 2018 Recap

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In this episode, Travis recaps his insanely bonkers trip to Gen Con 2018 and name drops a lot of people, places, and things.

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Sponsored by Game Surplus

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Aug 12 2018

38mins

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Rank #15: Episode 51 - A Way With Words

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In Episode 51, the Low Player Count crew discusses a multitude of boardgaming terms from solo vs solitaire to automa vs AI, why they matter, and why rulebooks should be well-written. They also chat about Raxxon from Plaid Hat Games, give away a copy of Targi, and tell you to support Watch It Played’s Season 7.Times: 01:00 - In Alaska...02:44 - Ducklings on Kickstarter04:24 - The Plaid Hat Raxxon Giveaway!11:30 - The Raxxon Winners19:00 - A Ridiculous Targi Giveaway Contest23:22 - Rodney Smith’s Watch It Played’s Indiegogo25:44 - boooooooooooooardgametables.com 26:21 - A Way With Words30:30 - Description vs. Gameplay Dissonance35:30 - Specific v. Generic Terminology39:44 - Jamie Maltman, Man of Words, Consistent Verbiage45:50 - Rulebook Lingo46:45 - Unspecific Term Usage in Game Teaching48:50 - Porting Over Known Terms50:30 - Known v. New Concept Terms61:00 - “Controversial” Gaming Terms95:50 - Gaming Genres Series95:56 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Jul 23 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #16: Episode 39 - The Solo Gamer Stigma

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In Episode 39, the Low Player Count crew discusses the stigma of solo gaming, why we do it, and a slew of quotes from the guild on the topic. They also give away a copy of Agricola: Master of Britain, discuss the Slack channel, and kickoff the New Year.

Time:00:26 - Intros & 2017 Kickoff02:10 - Agricola: MOB Giveaway Winner05:35 - Slack Channel13:25 - boardgametables.com14:07 - Shawn Has the Best BGT Ad14:52 - Episode Suggestions15:32 - Skippen Name Drop15:45 - Why Solo Games?18:30 - What Drove You to Play Games Solo?27:07 - Solo Gaming vs. Video Gaming30:00 - People Interaction32:00 - Rules Questions39:00 - Before We Move to the Next Question…40:40 - Play Solo or with Others?49:00 - Group Scheduling, or Lack Thereof…50:05 - Where Did the 3rd Question Go?52:28 - Random Thoughts from Steve M53:00 - Some Unfortunate Stereotypes62:17 - End Bits63:15 - Pop Screen!

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Jan 08 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Episode 70 - Solo Mode Stretch Goals

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In this episode, Donny and Travis go in-depth to discuss the business and consumer sides of what happens when solitaire modes are part of stretch goals for Kickstarter campaigns. They also discuss Travis going to GenCon, the GenCant Button Shy contest, and the Indiegogo campaign for 14 Board Games from Africa.

Times00:45 - Doing it Live!03:40 - Joshua Acosta Patreon Message04:30 - Solitaire Modes as Stretch Goals48:20 - Game Surplus Giveaway - Fort Sumter51:58 - Travis Goes to GenCon & GenCant61:30 - 14 Board Games from Africa68:52 - End Bits

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Sponsored by Game Surplus

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Jul 23 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #18: If You Buy One Game - Games We Are Thankful For...

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If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgames universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? Game We Are Thankful For!

Also, be sure to check out the Stonemaier Games Charity Giveaway beginning December 1. Low Player Count is honored to participate in it this year!

0:40 - Stonemaier Games Giveaway Announcement

4:50 - Shawn’s Pick: Cry Havoc

8:56 - Cliff’s Pick: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

13:27 - Travis’ Pick: Ottoman Sunset

18:30 - Donny’s Pick: Guildhall

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Music:

The Coconut Monkeyrocket & Martinibomb SPLIT! (The Coconut Monkeyrocket & Martinibomb) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Nov 29 2016

21mins

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Rank #19: Episode 68 - The Name Game

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In this episode, Donny and Travis discuss the importance of game names, and how they persuade or dissuade us from playing them. They also give away a copy of Legacy of Dragonholt, courtesy of Game Surplus, and make a huge announcement about supporting the show.Times:

02:00 - Bad News/Good News05:30 - We now have a Patreon!13:45 - Legacy of Dragonholt giveaway!16:30 - Cloak & Meeple17:00 - Game Surplus17:30 - What’s in a Name?80:30 - End Bits

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Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon

Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Jun 05 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #20: Travis Gets Heavy - Trains & Chit 18

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In this minisode of Travis Gets Heavy, he recaps the small, intimate route-building & war-gaming weekend that was Trains & Chit.

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Apr 04 2018

33mins

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