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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
Average Ratings
42
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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

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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.

Rank #1: Adventuring Solo - Holiday Gift Guide

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In this minisode, Shawn gives us a rundown of his favorite Solo Adventure games in various categories.

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Dec 10 2017

18mins

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Rank #2: If You Buy One Game - 1-2 Player Games

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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

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Sep 26 2017

31mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: Episode 66 - Are Solo Games Just Puzzles?

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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

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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Apr 22 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #5: 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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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 #6: 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 #7: Episode 43 - Falling Out of Love with Games

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In Episode 43, the Low Player Count crew discusses Falling Out of Love with Games, while also discussing our picks for the Golden Geek Nominations

01:30 - Golden Geek Award Nominations Picks06:50 - Our Top Picks for Two Player Games10:48 - Our Top Picks for Solitaire Games18:55 - Our Top Picks for Board Game of the Year28:05 - A Discussion of BGG’s Top 10032:50 - boardgametables.com33:41 - Falling Out of Love with Games64:00 - End Bits

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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com

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

Mar 06 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: 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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Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Mar 27 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: LPC Interviews - R. Eric Reuss - Spirit Island

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In this minisode, Donny and Travis sit down with R. Eric Reuss, designer of the 1-4 player settler-destruction strategy game, Spirit Island.

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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

Oct 22 2017

53mins

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Rank #12: 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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Nov 29 2016

21mins

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Rank #13: 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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Sponsored by BoardGameTables.com & Game Surplus

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May 15 2018

37mins

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Rank #14: Episode 53 - Scattergories: Exploration Games

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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 

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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

Aug 20 2017

59mins

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Rank #15: 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

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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

Feb 12 2018

55mins

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

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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

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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

Aug 15 2017

58mins

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Rank #18: If You Buy One Game - Roll and Write

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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? Roll and Write Games

00:35 - Donny’s Pick: Dice Stars08:04 - Travis’ Pick: Utopia Engine14:00 - Cathy’s Pick: Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age15:55 - Ken’s Pick: 30 Rails18:26 - Andy’s Pick: Rolling America22:30 - Richard’s Pick: VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game25:37 - Ben’s Pick: Avenue29:59 - Brandon’s Pick: Qwixx34:25 - Patrick’s Pick: Scattergories38:16 - Roll and Write Wednesdays

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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

Feb 27 2017

40mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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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