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Always Player One is a Podcast about solo board games and what we think makes them interesting. This is not another podcast of reviews, we want to make each episode the start or continuation of a conversation with you, the listener. We aim to release every two weeks and in every new episode we take a topic, couple it with a game and discuss both. At the end of the show we throw out some questions to you the listeners and respond to your answers from previous shows. Join the conversation today!

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Always Player One is a Podcast about solo board games and what we think makes them interesting. This is not another podcast of reviews, we want to make each episode the start or continuation of a conversation with you, the listener. We aim to release every two weeks and in every new episode we take a topic, couple it with a game and discuss both. At the end of the show we throw out some questions to you the listeners and respond to your answers from previous shows. Join the conversation today!

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Always Player One: A Solo Board Gaming Podcast

Latest release on Jan 15, 2021

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Rank #1: Ep 19 - Too Many Bones, The Good, The Bad & The Random

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In this episode Scruffy and Norm take a look at the widely popular adventure game Too Many Bones. They share their thoughts on the gameplay, the levelling up system, the use of randomness, the innovative dice mechanisms and how the game handles things like combat, difficulty and movement. Scruffy finds himself asking "what exactly is Too Many Bones trying to test me on? And for a game with so much ambition does it ever lose focus?" 


Listener question: 

Who is your favourite unique character to play in a solo game? 


Support the show: 

https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Join the discord: 

https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU


Contact us: 

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

Reddit: Always_player_one

Jan 15 2021

1hr 23mins

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Rank #2: Ep 18 - 2020 Revisited & The Real Reason We Love Solo Games

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In this episode Norm and Scruffy take a look back at the earlier episodes of their podcast, from it’s humble beginnings to some of their favourite episodes. They also discuss some stand out play sessions in 2020 and open up to considering what makes Always Player One so special for them. And Norm surprises everyone with an end of the year list of the top 3 listener choice games for 2020, based on our discord.

Support the show:  https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast

Join the discord:  https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU

Listener Question: What has been your favourite solo gaming session of 2020 and what made it special?

Contact us:

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast

Reddit: Always_player_one

Jan 01 2021

1hr 22mins

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Rank #3: The Christmas Gameshow: Scruffy vs Norm

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In this Holiday Special episode Scruffy and Norm go head to head as Kendall McKenzie hosts a unique game show style quiz. Play and laugh along with us as we find out who is the greatest podcast host!


Support the show: 

https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Join the discord: 

https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU


Contact us: 

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

Reddit: Always_player_one

Dec 25 2020

54mins

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Rank #4: Ep 17 - Robinson Crusoe & Scruffy's Dilemma

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In this episode Norm and Scruffy look at the very popular survival game Robinson Crusoe and weigh in on how the game handles both thematic immersion and puzzly mechanics. Have fun listening to Scruffy struggle to make his up his mind on exactly where Robinson Crusoe succeeds and fails as a design.  


Support the show:  https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Join the discord:  https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU


Listener Question: What game for you is almost perfect? A game you like playing, a game that is almost fantastic but one thing stops it being top tier. What is that game and what is the small part that lets it down? 


Contact us:  

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast  

Reddit: Always_player_one

Dec 18 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: Planning Phase Ep 6 - Free Bonus Episode

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Welcome to the Planning Phase, this is a laid back behind the scenes look at how we decide what we cover on Always Player One. You do not need to have heard the other episodes to join us for this free one. 

In this episode we look ahead and chat about what we want to cover in episode 19 of Always Player One and Norm gives us all a treat with his stocking filler recommendations! We also talk about our upcoming special episodes this December.

The Planning Phase is normally a show exclusive to Patrons supporting us on Patreon but for the month of December they are free to all as a gift to you lovely listeners. Enjoy the bonus material and happy holidays! We will be back in a week with another episode of Always Player One.   

Support the show:  https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast

Join the discord:  https://discord.gg/DhUpgX2HmU

Contact us:  email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast  

Reddit: Always_player_one

Dec 11 2020

34mins

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Rank #6: Ep 16 - Marvel Champions & Collectable Card Games

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In this episode Scruffy and Norm discuss Marvel Champions The Card Game and share their thoughts on how this compares to other CCGs and LCGs they have played in the past. They also re-visit multihanding solo games, something they haven't always got on with. A couple of other talking points are ones of theming, prejudice towards certain types of games and saying yes to more new experiences. 


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Support the show: 

https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Join our Discord: 

https://discord.gg/xdPzSAG


Listener question: 

What is a game that has surprised you the most? A game you thought you wouldn't enjoy but ended up loving. Maybe it even got you interested in a whole genre you didn't expect to get into!


Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

Reddit: always_player_one 

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Play Marvel Champions on TTS: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2221974126&searchtext=marvel+champions

Dec 04 2020

1hr 14mins

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Rank #7: Ep 15 - Print and Play Special: Black Sonata

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In this episode Scruffy and Norm look at the hidden movement and deduction game Black Sonata. 


Listener question: 

What is something you have made yourself, either a game or a gaming accessory, that you are proud of? Please send us pictures! 


Support the show: 

https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Join our Discord:

https://discord.gg/YfeZ39uM56


Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/always_player_one

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Print Black Sonata yourself: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/151526/black-sonata-pnp-components

To The Moon Video Game: https://store.steampowered.com/app/206440/To_the_Moon/

Nov 20 2020

59mins

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Rank #8: Ep 14 - The Wretched Solo Rpg & Making a Game Personal

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In this episode Scruffy and Norm look at the solo only horror RPG The Wretched. As always Scruffy and Norm share their thoughts on the game then the conversation goes to the broader topic of the different verbs board and roleplaying games asks the players to undertake and how those actions are thematically tied in with your character. They also briefly look at what level of abstraction is useful and even necessary for games. As The Wretched is a horror game they look at how the game manages to ramp up the tension and add a sense of stake through its design and components. At the heart of the episode Scruffy and Norm attempt to unpack why the Wretched led to such a personal response from both of their experiences. 


Listener Question: 

What is the most affecting moment you've experienced in a game?


Support the show: 

https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Join our Discord: 

https://discord.gg/xdPzSAG


Check out Scruffy's playthrough: 

https://youtu.be/vsu0LHTrnrE


Check out our Halloween Live Stream: 

https://www.twitch.tv/scruffygamerlive


Check out the other Wretched style games available:

https://itch.io/jam/wretched-jam/entries


Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

Reddit: always_player_one

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Nov 06 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: Ep 13 - Pax Pamir 2nd Edition & Designing Automa Decks

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In this episode Scruffy and Norm are joined by special guest Steve Schlepphorst (designer of automa decks including Garth for Great Western Trail and the official automa deck for Gugong). Together the three of them share their thoughts on Pax Pamir and specifically the automa deck that comes with the game. This topic is also explored more broadly as Steve shares his thoughts on what makes a good automa deck, why use automa decks in the first place and how you can go about designing one yourself. 


Join our discord by following this link: https://discord.gg/xdPzSAG

Support the show and listen to our behind the scenes show Planning Phase when you become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Timestamps: 

Intro and Game Description 

Special Guest's introduction: 4.40

Main topic: 12:10

New question and responses from last episode: 1:08:12


Listener question: What is your best example of a solo game or AI opponent making a perfect move against you, a time you thought "how did they know?" and how did it make you feel? 


Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com 

Reddit: always_player_one 


Links to Steve's references in the show: 

Garth: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/151608/garth-specialized-automa-gwt-solo-play

Garth Online: https://boardgamesquad.com/automa/gwtrtn/

PP2E: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/256960/pax-pamir-second-edition/files

Brass Birmingham Mautoma: http://www.mautoma.com/mautomas/brass-birmingham

Morten's article "The Automa Approach": https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/37830/automa-approach-i-method-making-solitaire-modes-mu

Gugong: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/250458/gugng

Genotype: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/252752/genotype-mendelian-genetics-game

Oct 23 2020

1hr 17mins

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Rank #10: Ep 12 - Anachrony & AI Opponents

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In this episode Scruffy and Norm share their thoughts on Anachrony. They also discuss what makes a good AI opponent and nail down some of their own definitions regarding AI opponents. This episode also marks the start of the solo Mage Knight tournament over on the Always Player One Discord. 


To join the Discord simply click here: https://discord.gg/Ee6cKgu


To support us on Patreon and get instant access to Planning Phase click here: https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast


Listener Question: 

What is your favourite automa deck? 


Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Always-Player-One-113123647053523

Instagram: @alwaysplayeronepodcast 

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/always_player_one

email: alwaysplayeronepodcast@gmail.com

Oct 09 2020

1hr 24mins

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