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The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start.The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

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The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start.The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

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12 Ratings
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Great podcast

By CinnaDaddy - Feb 05 2019
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Hope to hear more from this great podcast!

Generally good discussion about the nature of gaming

By Malte Brigge - Mar 31 2018
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Good, nuanced discussions divided into three short segments, each focused on a different aspect of a larger theme within gaming. Not talking about what games are out or should be played, not talking about the latest cons and released, not doing reviews, but digging deeper but casually deeper into the reasons we play, the way we play, and what we can do to improve our gaming experience. All maybe I would like a bit more is clearer reference to games they mention as being good or bad within the theme they are talking about in case I’d like to look it up, or a list maybe in the episode notes, but that’s just a small nitpick and generally the conversations are intelligent and thoughtful. And not very long, which is great!

iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
7
2
2
0
1

Great podcast

By CinnaDaddy - Feb 05 2019
Read more
Hope to hear more from this great podcast!

Generally good discussion about the nature of gaming

By Malte Brigge - Mar 31 2018
Read more
Good, nuanced discussions divided into three short segments, each focused on a different aspect of a larger theme within gaming. Not talking about what games are out or should be played, not talking about the latest cons and released, not doing reviews, but digging deeper but casually deeper into the reasons we play, the way we play, and what we can do to improve our gaming experience. All maybe I would like a bit more is clearer reference to games they mention as being good or bad within the theme they are talking about in case I’d like to look it up, or a list maybe in the episode notes, but that’s just a small nitpick and generally the conversations are intelligent and thoughtful. And not very long, which is great!
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The SnakesCast

Updated 4 days ago

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The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start.The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

Rank #1: Game Spotlight: Collectible Games

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Collectible Card Games (or CCGs) dominated the hobby game scene during the 1990s, and while they're not as prominent as they used to be, they're still a unique and fascinating type of game. Instead of buying a complete copy, you collect the cards in random packs, like sports cards. Then, when you want to play, you select a few dozen cards from your collection and pit them against your opponents.

Sep 02 2014

15mins

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Rank #2: Trick-Taking Games, Part 1 - What is trick-taking?

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Choose your cards carefully this week on the SnakesCast, as we take a close look at trick-taking games. Today, Monday June 11th 2018, we begin by asking what trick-taking is, where it came from, giving some examples of well-known games, and looking at why we think it is not more prevalent in modern board gaming.

Jun 11 2018

9mins

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Rank #3: That's Not Fair!

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Most people would say that a good game has to be fun. But does a good game have to be fair? For a lot of players, the feeling that a game is unfair can really suck the enjoyment out of it. But different players have wildly different opinions about whether certain games are fair or not. As long as nobody's actually cheating or breaking the rules, what makes a game fair or unfair, and how does that affect the experience of playing it?

Sep 09 2014

14mins

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Rank #4: Guru Voodoo: Stabby, Yet Not Stabby

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One of the best things about working at Snakes and Lattes is the huge variety of guests you get to meet, and all their wildly varying tastes in games. It can be a challenge though, especially when part of the group wants something intense and stabby, while some of them are clearly uncomfortable with that idea. What's a game guru to do? The secret is that not all stabbing is created equal. Listen and find out all about it.

Sep 30 2014

15mins

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Rank #5: Replayability

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When you buy a video game, chances are you'll play through it once and then never again. When you buy a book, you might read it a second time years later, but you know it'll end the same way it did last time. Board games are different. You never know how they'll end, because that's up to the players. Of course, not all games can hold up to repeated plays. Some of them get old and repetitive. But how much of a problem is this, really?

Sep 16 2014

15mins

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Rank #6: Non-verbal Gaming, Part 1 - Games in which at least one player doesn't speak

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This week's SnakesCast examines gaming without speaking, whether that is a part of the game, or ways of teaching and learning a game without speech. Today, Monday June 4th 2018, we begin by talking about games in which at least one player - if not all of them - is not allowed to speak.

Jun 04 2018

12mins

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Rank #7: How Important is Theme in Games?, Part 3 - What about games that do something different?

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We look at one of the most divisive questions in gaming this week on the SnakesCast: "How important is theme?" Today, Friday June 1st 2018, we finish up the week by discussing a few games that have some theme that is not central to the game, talking about emergent storytelling in games, and examine using theme to help learn and teach games.

Jun 01 2018

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Rank #8: How Important is Theme in Games?, Part 2 - Should theme always be applied?

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We look at one of the most divisive questions in gaming this week on the SnakesCast: "How important is theme?" Today, Wednesday May 30th 2018, we continue the discussion by talking about whether we think themes should be applied at times, overused themes, and discuss games where theme can emerge even if it's not the focus.

May 30 2018

11mins

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Rank #9: How Important is Theme in Games?, Part 1 - What is theme and do we like it?

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We look at one of the most divisive questions in gaming this week on the SnakesCast: "How important is theme?" Today, Monday May 28th 2018, we start by discussing the nature of theme, how it applies both to gaming and gamers, and its importance to us personally.

May 28 2018

9mins

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Rank #10: Building Your Home Collection, Part 3 - The bigger games

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We offer our thoughts on building your own home game library this week on the SnakesCast, from the gateway and accessible games to the deep and complex ones. Today, Friday May 11th 2018, we finish by talking about some heavy games we want in our collection, some solitaire games to start out playing solo, and ways you might want to enhance your games with additional components.

May 11 2018

12mins

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Rank #11: Building Your Home Collection, Part 2 - Next steps

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We offer our thoughts on building your own home game library this week on the SnakesCast, from the gateway and accessible games to the deep and complex ones. Today, Wednesday May 9th 2018, we discuss games you might want to have for those who are interested in slightly more advanced games, and we also touch on methods of protecting your games, and games that you might want to put on display at home.

May 09 2018

10mins

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Rank #12: Building Your Home Collection, Part 1 - Where to start

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We offer our thoughts on building your own home game library this week on the SnakesCast, from the gateway and accessible games to the deep and complex ones. Today, Monday May 7th 2018, we begin by looking at the games you might consider for your first purchases - or games you might add to a collection to appeal to people who are new to the hobby.

May 07 2018

10mins

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Rank #13: 2017 Retrospective, Part 2 - Café games

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Happy Holidays! 2017 is almost over, and as we see the year out, we are going to look back on the year's board game releases. Today, Wednesday December 27th 2017, we turn our focus to the games that are our bread and butter - those that are perfect candidates to go on the wall of a board game café.

Dec 27 2017

9mins

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Rank #14: Solitaire Games, Part 2 - Some great examples of solo games

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On your own? Waiting for friends, or for another game to finish? You can still enjoy board gaming, as the SnakesCast examines this week as we discuss solitaire games. Today, Wednesday November 15th 2017, we continue by talking about some great games with one-player options. We also discuss the importance of win and loss states, and how solitaire play compares to video gaming.

Nov 15 2017

15mins

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Rank #15: Solitaire Games, Part 1 - What do you mean you can play board games by yourself?

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On your own? Waiting for friends, or for another game to finish? You can still enjoy board gaming, as the SnakesCast examines this week as we discuss solitaire games. Today, Monday November 13th 2017, we begin by asking why you might play games by yourself, and what kinds of game there are for a single player.

Nov 13 2017

11mins

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Rank #16: Euro vs. Amerithrash, Part 2 - Defining Amerithrash (or American-style games)

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This week, we look at board gaming's greatest line in the sand, as the SnakesCast examines the difference between Euro and Amerithrash games. Today, Wednesday October 18th 2017, we check out the other side of the coin and define Amerithrash games - also known as American-style games.

Oct 18 2017

12mins

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Rank #17: Euro vs. Amerithrash, Part 1 - What is a Euro game?

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This week, we look at board gaming's greatest line in the sand, as the SnakesCast examines the difference between Euro and Amerithrash games. Today, Monday October 16th 2017, we begin this discussion with a definition as we ask the question: what defines a Euro, or European-style game?

Oct 16 2017

16mins

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Rank #18: Visual-spatial games, Part 1 - What do we mean by visual-spatial?

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Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly examining examples that work for two players. Today, Monday August 7th 2017, we begin by defining visual-spatial games as we mean to discuss them, and talking about some accessible examples of such games.

Aug 07 2017

9mins

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Rank #19: Dinosaurs, Part 0 - The Meteor Strike

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This week on the SnakesCast, we are time-travelling back 65 million years to walk with the dinosaurs. Today, Monday June 5th 2017, we are sad to find that we time-travelled into the meteor strike that rendered the dinosaurs extinct and took our episode with it! The audio exists, but will take quite a while to restore, as it has been blasted into disordered 12-second fragments! When it is successfully restored, we will replace this episode with the real thing! However, please join us on Wednesday and Friday for business as usual, and our apologies for the missing link.

Jun 05 2017

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Rank #20: Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 2 - Exploring Castles of Mad King Ludwig

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This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and today, Wednesday May 31st 2017, we look at Castles of Mad King Ludwig, once again talking about its gameplay and some of its key features, and also touching on the history of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and his obsession with building extravagant castles.

May 31 2017

10mins

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