In a sudden and unexpected twist of fate we find ourselves in episode 30 of the Perfect Information podcast. But not to worry, after a few meandering words of welcome we dive headfirst into this show's topic: moments that made us fall in love with this hobby (05:10). The answers may surprise you. (But they probably won't.)
TC goes with his gut.. or his head... or maybe he hints at going with his gut because he thought it through first... I am not entirely sure what is happening.. anyway: intuition and counter-intuitive design seems to be a corner stone of this week's Deep Design (38:24), which once again scores highly on the Lakoff-Varoufakis scale for insightfulness.
Our competition is still going strong and is in fact going stronger as we speak. Make sure you get in on this and win some tremendously epic prizes. Courtesy of What's Your Game?'s warehouse. (51:19)
And to calm our nerves after that bit of monkey business, we return to the guild to have words. With thee. (54:30)
A few words for our sponsor Yolo-Games.com (01:17:15)
Fresh off the high of BGG-Con, Nick Mariner talks all about the games he passionately endorses after playing them. He's fancy that way. (01:23:15).
Our review this week is about that small little dice game that could: Mondrian The Dice Game. Some of the most colourful fun you can have with dice. (01:35:42)
And then it is time to say farewell in the verbose and disoriented manner in which we usually leave all the listeners who make it to the end. (02:02:20)
And now we finally draw a curtain on this etiquette series with the final installment of me sitting in a café pontificating about something or other.
Namely: other. And in this case suggesting we should maybe not hold on to mistakes or errors of judgement too much.
It is rule #10 - Be gracious when others make mistakes and accept your own.
About as coherent a note to end on as 2016 would allow.
That sure felt like far longer than just two weeks without an episode..
Anyway, this week we talk about things inexplicably falling out of favour and try to explic them. While this seems to be happening everywhere right now, we try to limit our gaze to games.
Our guild section comes to us from an allegedly alternate future, where things don't seem to have turned out as rosy and uplifting as our present clearly suggests. Fancy that... we talk about forgivable gaming sins. (37:15)
We also have a competition. Yes, a competition! We're giving something away for free. Por nada. رایگان. חינם .Für nüschte. A highly sought-after game from WYG is on the table. How to get it into your hands? Listen to find out! (51:54)
Nick Mariner comments on current events. (56:56)
Spiel is slowly receding from memory, we know. Which is why we bring one last hurrah.. of interviews with some of the illustrious heads (and other body parts) of this very hobby.
Ben interviews 2 Tomatoes, a Spanish game studio with a knack for games with a political undercurrent. But more importantly... TWO TALKING TOMATOES!!! (Also, technically... Lord of the PIGS and Peak Oil)
We also have a nice chat with Polish publisher Board & Dice and their love of beer(-themed games). A topic that is of particular interest to Ben, who usually does not partake of the alcoholic beverage as I understand it.
That interest quickly leads to one of the finest moments of boardgame journalism during the interview with Pini Shekhter. Long-time Perfect Information listener by day, household name of the Israeli gaming scene by night! (As in, I presume that he lives in some kind of household.) A game designer in his own right, he is happy to talk about games. With US! Which is really fortunate, since this is a board game podcast. And we did record this interview in Essen during Spiel.
And finally - though possibly not chronologically - we present an interview with the minds behind one of the most METAL!!1! dungeon crawl experiences on KS in recent memory: Perdition's Mouth. Learn more about the game that is sure to make your mailman curse you and your family until the end of time.