The scariest day of the year is upon us, but since our episode goes live 6 days before... let us all wallow in the traditional forms of the spooky, creepy and disturbing.
We first witness first-hand the selection process by which gamers, who have committed unpardonable sins, are sent to the various levels of hell. (01:00)
Shortly thereafter, T.C. Petty III. brings us the scariest Deep Design segment yet, in which he talks about the utter failure of board games to create fear, among other less unsettling thoughts. (31:00)
Even in hell, the guild stays open and we talk about what you think about the relevance of gaming conventions, and the necessity of visiting one as a respectable gamer. (46:41)
We also do not hesitate to tell you all about the frightening offers of our sponsor: Yolo-Games. (01:04:00)
Nick Mariner joins us then to also talk about scary games... it's like this is a theme episode or something. (01:21:48)
And finally we review a game, that could not be more appropriate for the season: Secret Hitler. (01:21:48)
The seismic shock that was Spiel 2016 can still be felt throughout the channels of board game media. New games everywhere. Rushed reviews hitting the intratubes faster than Star Wars sequels are getting announced.
We've chosen this opportunity to release the second wave of interviews we recorded in Essen.
In this slice you will find interviews with Horrible Games (01:42), Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro (10:14), Japon Brand (20:28) and the legendary Mike Fitzgerald (34:51).
And if that isn't enough to give you a taste of what being at Spiel is like, may I suggest the written word?
In this brand-new episode our intrepid heroes Ben & Georgios make their way to a magical, far away place called Essen to join the legendary convent known only as Spiel.
There they seek the council of the bearded illusionist Gil Hova, speak to the passionate Fabien of Matagot (19:08), meet the wise man Francesco Nepitello (36:50) before resting at a nearby guild (54:37).
But before dallying for too long they return to speak to the wily trickster god known as Vlaada Chvatil (1:00:57). They also meet with young dreamwalker Chris Darsaklis (1:09:09) and run into the notorious greenseer Friedeman Friese (1:15:08). As the convent nears its end, they first meet with grand old master Bruno Cathala (1:23:11), before sitting down with the keeper of the Stronghold: Stephen Buonocore (1:30:31).
Stay tuned for part two....
It has become something of a commonplace occurence to read about the upsurge in gamers, especially boardgamers. This in turn seems to suggest that the hobby is becoming more and more welcoming to newcomers. But there are still some hurdles that people have to overcome to really dive into the hobby. Some of those hurdles get addressed in this week's topic.
We stop by the guild to talk about your thoughts on socially relevant issues and to what extent they do or do not have a place in boardgames (00:34:34).
Nick drops by to downplay his own gaming fatigue and blame it all on the wide range of games that vie for our attention, and critical appraisal. Is it all a bit much? (01:02:35)
And finally, we strap on our backpacks, swords and 10-foot-poles to valiantly explore the depths and crevices of Vast: The Crystal Caverns. A game so asymmetrical, you could mistake it for a presidential election. (01:14:37)