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Low Player Count

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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Episode 60 - Sequels, Expansions, and Revisions - Oh My!

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. Times: 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 Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0 Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 11mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 66 - Are Solo Games Just Puzzles?

In this episode, Donny and Travis discuss the age old question if solos games are just puzzles. After navigating the delicate topic, they go over the results of the Future of LPC and You Survey along with giving away Indian Summer! Times: 00:50 - Concept to Table Episodes, Tabletop Network Presentations 14:00 - Boardgametables.com 14:35 - Are Solo Games Just Puzzles? 49:10 - GameSurplus.com is So Good 49:45 - Indian Summer Giveaway 52:15 - Survey Wrap Up 67:00 - End Bits Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 8mins

22 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 71 - Game Design with Cole Wehrle & Sen-Foong Lim

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 Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon Sponsored by Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 29mins

19 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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If You Buy One Game - 1-2 Player Games

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgame universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.In our final installment? Our Favorite 1 and/or 2 Player Games00:30 - Travis’ Solo Pick: Nemo’s War06:14 - Bill’s Pick: Fields of Arle10:41 - Eric’s Solo Pick: Burgle Bros.14:55 - Travis’ 2P Pick: Wir Sind Das Volk19:59 - Aaron’s 1-2 Pick: Baseball Highlights 204524:46 - Donny’s Solo Pick: Mage Knight26:16 - Donny’s 2P Pick: Magic the Gathering Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: The Coconut Monkeyrocket & Martinibomb SPLIT! (The Coconut Monkeyrocket & Martinibomb) / CC BY-NC 3.0

31mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 53 - Scattergories: Exploration Games

In this episode, the Low Player Count crew begins a new series focusing on individual categories in the board gaming hobby, with this episode focusing on Exploration games. They also talk about the two giveaways going on and their GenCant plans.Times: 01:31 - Two Giveaways! 03:25 - GenCant Plans 07:27 - boooooardgametables.com 08:10 - A New Series: Scattergories 09:53 - Exploration Games Definitions 15:10 - What excites us about Exploration themes? 28:50 - Why Exploration games with lower player counts? 35:15 - The Top Exploration games 56:20 - Other Topic Suggestions 57:25 - End Bits  Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0 Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

59mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 64 - Returning to Older Games

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 Check us out online here:Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 14mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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LPC Interviews - R. Eric Reuss - Spirit Island

In this minisode, Donny and Travis sit down with R. Eric Reuss, designer of the 1-4 player settler-destruction strategy game, Spirit Island. Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0 Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

53mins

22 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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Travis Gets Heavy - Solo Uwe Day

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. Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

37mins

15 May 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 63 - Micro Topics 3

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

55mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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LPC Interviews - Todd Sanders

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 Check us out online here:Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

58mins

4 Feb 2018

Rank #10

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Gen Con 2018 Recap

In this episode, Travis recaps his insanely bonkers trip to Gen Con 2018 and name drops a lot of people, places, and things. Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon Sponsored by Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

38mins

12 Aug 2018

Rank #11

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Adventuring Solo - Runebound

In this new minisode series, Shawn digs into Solitaire Adventure games. This time? Runebound Third Edition!  Check us out online here:Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0 Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

13mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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If You Buy One Game - Work Night / School Night Games

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgame universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.This episode? Worknight Games 00:30 - Eric’s Pick: Sagrada04:09 - Donny’s Pick: Onitama & The Lost Expedition11:25 - BJ’s Pick: Kanagawa15:28 - Travis’ Pick: Hounded Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: The Coconut Monkeyrocket & Martinibomb SPLIT! (The Coconut Monkeyrocket & Martinibomb) / CC BY-NC 3.0

16mins

28 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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Tom Russell - Hollandspiele

In this minisode, Travis chats at length with designer and publisher Tom Russell from Hollandspiele about recent releases and the controversial upcoming release, This Guilty Land. Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon Sponsored by Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 23mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 52 - Popular Mechanics: Press Your Luck and Roll & Write

In this episode, the Low Player Count crew continues their popular mechanics discussion with not one, but two mechanics: Press Your Luck and Roll & Write games. They also discuss Travis’ Targi birthday poem giveaway, giveaway Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft, and depression & gaming by Katie Aidley.Times: 02:55 - 50 Fastest Ways to Lose Subscribers 03:00 - Targi Winner Giveaway Poetry Contest 09:30 - Punchboard Media Updates 13:40 - Depression & Boardgames by Katie Aidley 16:30 - GenCantSoloCon News 17:54 - Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft Instagram Giveaway 20:00 - BOARDGAMETABLES.COM 20:30 - Two Mechanics? Crazy! 21:08 - Let’s define things 23:00 - What is it you enjoy? 32:05 - What do you not enjoy? 39:48 - Favorites Press Your Luck 47:45 - Favorite Roll & Writes 52:45 - Final Thoughts 53:10 - GenCant Roll & Write Contest 56:45 - End Bits Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0 Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

58mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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Travis Gets Heavy - Jerry White Interview

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. Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0 Flattered (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr

20 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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Episode 70 - Solo Mode Stretch Goals

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 Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon Sponsored by Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 10mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 68 - The Name Game

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 Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media | Patreon Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

1hr 20mins

5 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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Travis Gets Heavy - Trains & Chit 18

In this minisode of Travis Gets Heavy, he recaps the small, intimate route-building & war-gaming weekend that was Trains & Chit. Geeklist Check us out online here:Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus Music: Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

33mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #19

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Cliff's Corner - Traveling with Games

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 Check us out online here: Twitter | Online | Email | BGG Guild | Slack | iTunes | Stitcher | Punchboard Media Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

18mins

5 Nov 2017

Rank #20