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Aug 22, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 27: The Networks review, Friday on-tap; The Beer Traveler: Asheville

Welcome back to another episode, and the last of the first season of Draft Mechanic! We’ve got a stellar season finale for you. Don’t worry, nobody dies! We do, however, review the prime time block buster, The Networks! Then, we get LOST in some great beer pairings for Friedemann Friese’s solo tour-de-force, Friday. We’ve got a recent plays roundup with some new Gen Con stuff, including Imagine and Junk Art. Finally, we’ve got a city guide for the beer traveler for Asheville, NC! Enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Gen Con wrap-up, games to play

03:37 Show housekeeping

04:44 Kickstarter: Unfair

08:23 Demos at conventions

12:18 Indiegogo: Watch it Played Season 6

13:04 BGG Rankings Shakeup

15:02 Recent Plays: Arboretum

20:37 Recent Plays: Imagine

30:55 Recent Plays: Junk Art

36:38 Six Pack Review: The Networks - Rules Breakdown

43:13 Six Pack Review: The Networks - Discussion

64:56 Six Pack Review: The Networks - Final Thoughts

67:21 On Tap: Friday

71:11 The Beer Traveler: Asheville

94:13 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Aug 8, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 26: Gen Con 2016! Jamey Stegmaier, Sun King Brewing, tons of games!

Intro

03:02 Day One Recap

04:14 Bezier Games: America

07:43 Bezier Games: Colony

10:23 Wandering the Con, Sold-out games

15:35 Z-Man Games: Arboretum

21:30 Interview with Dave & Clay from Sun King Brewing

22:15 About the Gen Con & Sun King Partnership

24:30 About 20-Sided Rye, the Gen Con 2016 Beer

30:40 The 20-Sided Rye can art

33:30 Collaborating with other breweries & organizations

37:25 Favorite beer styles

40:23 Gaming culture at Sun King

44:43 Day Two Recap

45:21 Space Cowboys: 59:59 Project

49:12 Pretzel Games: Junk Art

55:20 Good Games: Unfair

58:10 Dice Hate Me Games: Brew Crafters

66:48 Cool Mini or Not: Rising Sun

70:37 Interview with Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier Games

71:34 Choosing to be in a room rather than a booth

74:04 Development of Scythe & the expansion

82:00 Positive, additive, constructive game design

84:30 Looking ahead to Charterstone

87:44 Other upcoming projects, and cats

88:56 Day Three Recap

89:33 Bellwether Games: Coldwater Crown

94:18 Stonemaier Games: Scythe: Invaders from Afar

95:30 Stonemaier Games: Charterstone

96:48 Brain Games: Ice Cool

97:53 HABA: Go Cuckoo!

100:08 The Secret Cabal Meetup

102:38 Signing off from Gen Con

103:37 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jul 25, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 25: Scythe six-pack review & on tap; Brian Suhre interview (Coldwater Crown); Buyers & Mergouts Part 3

Intro

02:08 Two weeks until Gen Con!

02:50 Discussion: Buyouts & Mergers in beer and games

14:13 Interview: Brian Suhre, designer of Coldwater Crown

26:28 Recent Plays: Happy Salmon

28:39 Recent Plays: Roll Through the Ages, Bronze & Iron

36:45 Six-Pack Review: Scythe - Gameplay Overview

43:16 Six-Pack Review: Scythe - Discussion

69:32 Six-Pack Review: Scythe - Final Thoughts

76:00 On Tap: Scythe

88:45 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jul 11, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 24: The HYPE Episode! Gen Con 2016 Watch List; Among the Stars on tap; Rocky Road a la Mode

Sound the alarm! Get Con is on the horizon! Today, we take a look at the Gen Con releases we’re most excited about. There’s more and more every year - and 2016 is shaping up to be a huge year with some big blockbusters! We also discuss the new Green Couch Games title Rocky Road a la Mode which is on Kickstarter right now! Jake also talks about his experiences with the new Star Trek: Frontiers, a re-working of Mage Knight into the Trek universe. Our on-tap game this episode is Among the Stars, with four beer pairings that are certainly out of this world. But what if you want to drink a beer when you’re actually out of this world? We found a brewery in Australia that is looking to brew the first beer certified to go into space! Alright, grab your pen and paper, get ready to get hyped - it’s game time!

Intro

02:09 Gen Con on the horizon!

04:27 Kickstarter: Scott King’s 2017 Gaming Calendar

06:10 Indiegogo: Watch it Played Season 6

09:40 Kickstarter Game Preview: Rocky Road a la Mode

20:22 Recent Plays: Puerto Rico

23:51 Recent Plays: Star Trek: Frontiers

32:28 The Hype! Get Con 2016 Games Preview

88:48 On Tap: Among the Stars

95:02 Brewing a beer to go to space

98:41 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jun 27, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 23: TIME Stories on tap; Qwixx; Oh My Goods; Deception

I promise right now that there’s no spoilers in this episode. Agent’s honor! No, today we’ve decided to put one of our very favorites, TIME Stories, on tap. We’ll see what Bob has to say about that! Also, we find big fun in some small boxes with Qwixx and Oh My Goods! We discuss how Deception: Murder in Hong Kong rules for an eight-player group. There’s a journey across Japan in Tokaido and a healthy dose of farming with Spirits of the Rice Paddy. We’ve got two quick news stories to talk about in the beer world - the beer heist of the century, and the ‘crafty’ beer disguise that Wal-Mart just put on their shelves. Sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy!

Intro

01:00 Show housekeeping

03:47 App news: Agricola, All Creatures Big & Small

05:13 Kickstarter: Fugitive

07:08 Recent plays: Qwixx & Qwixx Deluxe

17:00 Recent plays: Tokaido

18:50 Salud Board Game Night chatter

21:48 Recent plays: Spirits of the Rice Paddy

24:51 Recent plays: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

35:33 Recent plays: Oh My Goods!

43:41 On Tap: TIME Stories

50:49 Beer Heist of the Century!

53:00 ‘Crafty’ beer from Wal-Mart

57:07 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening! Please game responsibly and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jun 13, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 22: The Great Fire of London; Sushi Go on-tap; Summer Session Beer Roundup

Summer’s hot, right? Well, not as hot as the Great Fire of London. Thankfully, we only have to experience that tragedy in board game form, and boy, is it a lot better that way. A lot! So much so that we decided to do a six-pack review of Pandasaurus Games’ The Great Fire of London 1666. We also go on an Arabian journey in Tales of the Arabian Nights, get marooned on an island with the solo adventure Friday, and swing back by London for a trip On the Underground. If that wasn’t enough traveling, we’ve got some worldly brews for you with our on-tap game, the delicious drafting morsel that is Sushi Go. And then, as it’s just so, so very hot, we’ve collected some excellent low-ABV session beers that you can enjoy through the summer. Pull out that lawn chair, get under the canopy and enjoy!

Intro

01:18 Show housekeeping

02:00 T.I.M.E Stories stories, a tangent

04:24 Kickstarter: Massive Darkness & Kickstarter Fatigue

07:47 Kickstarter: Exoplanets

09:18 Kickstarter: XIA, Embers of a Forsaken Star - Update

11:10 Upcoming: Dead of Winter: The Long Night

12:23 Recent plays: Tales of the Arabian Nights

18:18 Recent plays: Friday

23:57 Recent plays: On the Underground

28:25 Six-Pack Review: The Great Fire of London 1666

29:13 Six-Pack Review: Gameplay Overview

32:40 Six-Pack Review: Discussion

52:50 Six-Pack Review: Final Thoughts

56:07 On Tap: Sushi Go!

62:03 Summer Session Beer Roundup

72:25 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jun 6, 2016

Draft Mechanic: Spoiler Episode Delta

T.I.M.E Stories: Under the Mask, -1146 NT

WARNING! This episode contains MAJOR, MASSIVE, COMPLETE SPOILERS for the T.I.M.E Stories scenario “Under the Mask.” Jake, Danielle, Dan and Kyle recorded their debriefing directly after finishing the scenario and picked apart every card in the deck. We discuss our characters, the new mechanics, the overall story and what it means for the future of the T.I.M.E agency. For some inexplicable reason, however, this audio file has nearly an hour and a half of content - strange, since our discussion only lasted approximately 53 minutes and 40 seconds. Back into the cassions, agents, it’s time to go Under the Mask!

Intro

00:46 He’s very balanced

02:56 They get into a fight

08:19 But then not tell you anything about why

12:38 Here and there

17:19 You can do some more stuff with it

28:37 [Live studio cat interlude]

30:25 The parsing that I take from this

35:18 Chunk

44:55 You could cut out a lot

46:41 Final judgment

53:40 Outro

54:00 ΔΔΔΔ

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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Our spoiler episode theme music is “Rinse/Repeat” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

May 30, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 21: CMoN Expo / The Grizzled

Cool. What is…. cool? Well, for one weekend in Atlanta, Cool was the Cool Mini or Not Expo where CMoN showed off some of their newest, hottest and freshest gaming properties. We got to play Potion Explosion, Masmorra, The Godfather, Arcadia Quest: Pets, The Grizzled: At Your Orders and loads more since our last episode and we’re ready to give you the cool, cool rundown on what’s in store from the little publisher gone big out of ATL. We continue the CMoN love today with on-tap beer pairings for their big hit in a little box, The Grizzled. Finally, we’ve got a beer traveler’s guide to Atlanta with some awesome spots to check out if you’re headed on down to Georgia. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:15 Show housekeeping

02:22 Kickstarter: XIA, Embers of a Forsaken Star

03:30 Upcoming: Seafall

04:57 iOS: Castles of Mad King Ludwig

10:18 Recent plays: Citadels

12:38 Recent plays: Mysterium

15:09 Recent plays: Rhino Hero

16:12 Cool Mini or Not Expo

21:20 Potion Explosion

27:52 Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia

34:55 Arcadia Quest: Pets

38:13 The Godfather

45:37 Blood Rage

54:01 On Tap: The Grizzled / At Your Orders

61:40 The Beer Traveler: Atlanta

73:36 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

May 16, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 20: Ed Marriott interview & Scoville on tap

You’re gonna need a tall glass of milk for this one! Not only are we going to give you superhot beer pairings for Scoville, but we interview designer Ed Marriott about Scoville, the upcoming Labs expansion, spicy and non-spicy beers and more! We also discuss recent plays of Letter Tycoon and XIA: Legends of a Drift System, and end the episode with a quick review of the World Beer Cup award winners. Enjoy the episode, but… don’t touch your eyes immediately after listening. That burns!

Intro

01:15 Show housekeeping

02:00 GenCon: Event Registration

03:30 Kickstarter: Anachrony

06:54 Recent Plays: Letter Tycoon

11:28 Recent Plays: XIA: Legends of a Drift System

17:21 Scoville Labs: What it adds

19:44 Interview: Ed Marriott

46:34 On Tap: Scoville

55:24 World Beer Cup 2016 Results

60:45 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

May 2, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 19: Viticulture on tap, Quadropolis, TableTop Day

International TableTop Day is in the rear view mirror, and what a day it was! Over the weekend we played a ton and we want to tell you all about it. Two player, three player, four player and more - social games, tile games, magic games, city games, card games, games, games, GAMES! Phew. BREATHE. Ok. We also do a review of Quadropolis - let’s call it a four-pack rather than a six-pack review. Our on-tap game today is Stonemaier Games’ debut Viticulture and we pick four great beers that make use of wine and wine ingredients during the brewing process. TableTop Day, man, what a rush - so sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show housekeeping

03:42 Upcoming: Charterstone from Stonemaier Games

07:58 Recent plays: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

13:22 Recent plays: The New Science

24:22 Recent plays: Lost Cities

34:16 TableTop Day at our FLGS

36:11 Recent plays: Terra Mystica

40:55 Recent plays: Quadropolis

61:50 On Tap: Viticulture

74:01 Barrel aging beers

81:44 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Apr 18, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 18: The Golden Ages review, Onirim on tap, Onitama & Best Treehouse Ever

I keep having this dream… and in it, there’s a new episode of Draft Mechanic! Make your dreams a reality with beer pairings for today’s on tap game, Onirim! Also, let’s explore what could have been earth if we had placed the tiles correctly in our six pack review of The Golden Ages. We’ve also shaken off the sleepies to talk about recent plays of the new hotness Onitama and the cute greatness Best Treehouse Ever. Finally, have you ever wanted to name a beer? Well, now’s your chance - Sun King Brewing is doing a beer naming contest for the beer they’ll brew for GenCon this year! So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show! Just… turn off the lights and give me a blanket first, would you?

Intro

01:24 Upcoming Salud Board Game Night, April 19th

01:54 On Kickstarter: Bottom of the 9th: Clubhouse

04:30 Recent plays: Onitama

10:59 Recent plays: Best Treehouse Ever

17:17 Six-Pack Review: The Golden Ages / Cults & Cultures expansion

17:17 The Golden Ages: Gameplay Overview

22:07 The Golden Ages: Discussion

41:48 The Golden Ages: Final Thoughts

44:51 On Tap: Onirim

55:38 Sun King Brewing’s “Name the GenCon Beer” contest

59:30 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Apr 4, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 17: Play ball! Baseball Highlights 2045, Bottom of the 9th; WWE Superstar Showdown on tap

Baseball’s back! Peanuts? Cracker jack? How about a fresh, piping hot episode of Draft Mechanic? We’re kicking off the baseball season with a double-header of awesome baseball games: Baseball Highlights 2045 and Bottom of the 9th! And you can’t forget it’s Wrestlemania season - we recorded today’s episode right before the show of shows and put last year’s WWE Superstar Showdown from Gale Force Nine on tap! We’ve also got some recent plays and some Kickstarter news to talk about. But enough talk - it’s time to play ball!

Intro

01:30 Show housekeeping

03:26 On Kickstarter: Rahdo Runs Through… Year Five

04:35 On Kickstarter: Santorini

05:51 Recent plays: Zany Penguins

10:45 Bottom of the 9th

23:25 Baseball Highlights 2045

45:02 Minor League Baseball & Craft Beer

49:30 On Tap: WWE Superstar Showdown

58:20 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Mar 25, 2016

Draft Mechanic: Spoiler Episode Gamma

T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons, 7553 AT

WARNING! This episode contains MAJOR, MASSIVE, COMPLETE SPOILERS for the T.I.M.E Stories scenario “A Prophecy of Dragons.” Once again, Danielle and Jake are joined by Dan and Kyle after completing the scenario to pick apart the deck and discuss what worked and what didn’t. Again, it’s going to be a spoiler-fest - we’ll talk about all the characters, all the locations, all the secrets, and especially about the [REDACTED] where everything [REDACTED]. So sit back and grab a pint while we pick apart “A Prophecy of Dragons”!

Intro

01:00 Spoilers, lots of spoilers

34:31 [REDACTED]

67:56 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our spoiler episode theme music is “Rinse/Repeat” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Mar 21, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 16: Paradox six-pack review; The Bloody Inn on tap; Spring Beer Roundup

Welcome back, listeners! Today we’ve got a heaping space spoonful of timeline meddling with Split Second Games’ new release “Paradox.” We also talk about some recent games that have hit Kickstarter and some games we played at our monthly open gaming night at Salud Beer Shop in Charlotte. On tap today we have last year’s “The Bloody Inn” with four great thematic beers. Finally, it’s spring now, so we’ve included a brief roundup of some great spring seasonals you can get your hands on now! So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:15 Show housekeeping

03:06 Kickstarter: Monikers

06:28 Kickstarter: Fog of Love

08:36 Kickstarter: Manhattan Project: Energy Empire

10:40 Kickstarter: Pack-o-Game 2

11:50 Recent Plays: Sheriff of Nottingham

18:00 Recent Plays: Tokaido

22:20 Six-pack review: Paradox

56:03 On tap: The Bloody Inn

60:56 Spring Beer Roundup

67:20 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Mar 7, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 15: Catan on tap, Seeland, …and then we held hands, Mystery Rummy, Patchwork app, Bottle Shares

Welcome back, dear listener! We’ve got quite a few topics to share with you today - conventions, apps, and board games… oh, so many games. Come stitch quilts with us in Patchwork! Share your emotions in …and then, we held hands! Build mills and make Holland beautiful in Seeland! Finally, we take a look at beer pairings for the classic, Catan. Or, if you wish, Settlers of Catan. It’s up to you, express yourself with the game name of your choice! Finally, we wrap up the episode with a discussion of hosting, and attending, a bottle share party. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show housekeeping

01:53 Con talk - GenCon, BGG.con, CMON Expo

04:30 Masmorra, the Dungeons of Arcadia

06:15 This is not a drill: The Prophecy of Dragons

07:49 Patchwork (the app)

12:07 …and then, we held hands.

18:31 Mystery Rummy 3: Jekyll & Hyde

26:50 Seeland

43:18 On Tap: Catan (or, the Settlers of).

52:08 Planning the perfect bottle share party

58:03 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Feb 22, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 14: Scoville six-pack, Great Heartland Hauling Co., Kemet, How we explore beer

Things are heating up! Today’s episode features a saucy six-pack review of the scorching pepper breeding and farming game, Scoville. We hit the open road and load up four great beers to pair up with The Great Heartland Hauling Co. We also discuss our recent game of Kemet and our experiences at our first Game Night at Salud Beer Shop. Our beer discussion today is answering a listener question - what do we look for when we’re exploring for new craft beers? Hope you’ve got something to drink, this episode’s going to be a hot one!

Intro

01:00 Draft Mechanic Game Night at Salud

03:52 Games from Mars

06:13 Kemet

16:25 Six Pack Review: Scoville

39:36 On Tap: Great Heartland Hauling Co.

48:15 How we explore beer

58:03 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic! Also, Like us on Facebook!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Feb 8, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 13: Shakespeare on tap, Between Two Cities, Monikers & Beer Festival Wishlist

Welcome back to the local! Today we take a look at recent plays of two very different games that will accommodate your large group: Between Two Cities and Monikers. We put Shakespeare on tap and give you four delicious brews to celebrate the bard and his characters. We also serve up a quick overview of the beer stats we use in our on tap segments. We round it out with a discussion of what makes a beer festival really shine.

Intro

01:00 In the news!

06:00 Splendor on iOS

10:14 Between Two Cities

16:26 Monikers

22:27 About beer stats

28:09 On Tap: Shakespeare

46:00 Beer Festival Wishlist

60:05 Outro

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jan 25, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 12: New Dawn six-pack, The Manhattan Project on tap

BOOOM! It’s a new Draft Mechanic, coming in hot! Today we talk about recent plays of Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy and the Bloody Inn. We blast off into deep space with a six-pack review of New Dawn from Artipia and Stronghold Games. Our on-tap game this week is The Manhattan Project and we’ve got four explosively excellent brews to pair it up with. We’ll round this episode with a discussion of the eruption of flavored variants of beers and games. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Our new BGG Guild; GenCon

03:23 Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy

19:14 The Bloody Inn

31:24 Board Game Arena / Star Realms

33:28 Six Pack Review: New Dawn

70:15 On Tap: The Manhattan Project

76:45 Discussion: Variants in Beer and Games

82:43 Sign-off

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

Join us at the local, our new BGG Guild (#2470)!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Jan 11, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 11: 2015, A Year in Review

Happy new year! As is tradition, starting off a new year requires an introspective look back at the year that was. We have eight superlative categories to discuss, and then each of us has assembled a ‘mixer-sixer’ of six great new beers from 2015 as well as a mixer of top games of 2015! Yes, you heard that right - that’s FORTY overall selections! What a deal! 2015 was definitely a big year and there’s a lot to talk about, let’s get to it!

Intro

01:28 A year in review for Draft Mechanic, and plans for 2016

04:45 2015 Superlative categories

06:26 Top news stories of 2015

10:50 Best Art Design & Components

14:01 Most Innovative Game Design

16:36 Best Party Game

20:34 Biggest Game Disappointment

23:48 Game I wish I’d played in 2015

25:38 Games we wish we’d played more

30:10 Our own personal superlatives

35:53 Mixer-sixer: Favorite Beers of 2015

56:50 Mixer-sixer: Favorite Games of 2015

86:35 Transmission Interrupted

We hope you enjoyed today's episode! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Dec 28, 2015

Draft Mechanic Episode 10: Mysterium on Tap, Patchwork, Babel, Euphoria, Deception, Nations, Buyouts & Mergers

It’s the last episode of 2015! Over the Christmas break we visited Empire Board Game Library in Albuquerque NM and raided their shelves for gaming goodness. We dug into the two-player battlefields of Patchwork and Babel, and then displaced some workers in the land of Euphoria. On a second visit, we stretched our lying and deduction muscles with the Dukes of Dice with a few rounds of Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. Finally, we stood the test of time with a mammoth five-player game of Nations. Our game on tap this episode is Mysterium, and we’ve got four spectral brews to help you glean understanding from the other side. Finally - 2015 has been a year of buyouts and mergers in both the game and beer industry - we dig deep into the parallels and differences and discuss whether or not we should be scared of Big Beer and Big Game.

There’s a ton of games to talk about so sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

02:15 Empire Board Game Library in Albuquerque, NM

07:26 Patchwork

13:20 Babel

20:08 Euphoria

32:55 Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

41:51 Nations

49:29 Game on tap: Mysterium

56:47 Buyouts and Mergers in the beer and game worlds

Check out the AB InBev presentation we talked about here.

Thanks again for listening! Send us some feedback at draftmechanic@gmail.com and visit us on the web at draftmechanic.net!

We’re also very active on Twitter and Instagram - follow us at @draftmechanic!

Our theme music is “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to Drew and Jeff for making it happen!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you back here again soon for another round!

Dec 25, 2015

Draft Mechanic: Spoiler Episode Beta

T.I.M.E Stories: The Marcy Case, 1992 NT

ALERT! ALERT! The following podcast episode contains major, massive, unyielding spoilers for the T.I.M.E Stories scenario “The Marcy Case.” If you haven’t played it yet, run, run away from this episode! Jake, Danielle, Dan & Kyle sat down after their second temporal mission to review their performance and discuss [REDACTED]. Spoiler: we didn’t do as well this time. Not a spoiler: The Marcy Case was just as exciting and captivating as Asylum. We hope you enjoy this debriefing, and we’d love to hear your feedback sent our way at draftmechanic@gmail.com!

We’ll be back again next week on our regular Monday!

00:46 A word from the future

03:18 Or at least two things

06:35 How was that an indication?

08:34 Why didn’t we call ‘gun’?

11:19 We went to a certain place

18:00 That is a level of meta I don’t want to get into

26:53 Taking a quick break

33:59 Danger is present

38:54 Turn this way quick

52:00 Magic herrings

 

We hope you enjoyed this and all of our episodes. Please, visit us online at draftmechanic.net, send us email at draftmechanic@gmail.com, and join us on Twitter and Instagram at @draftmechanic!

The Spoiler Episode theme song is "Rinse/Repeat" by The Liberation Jumpsuit. Thanks to Drew and Jeff for making that possible!

See you later, time cowboys!

Dec 14, 2015

Draft Mechanic Episode 9: Among the Stars, Steam Park, Mottainai, Two Rooms and a Boom, Holiday beer roundup

It's December and we're running out of year! Coincidentally, the president desperately needs to find the doctor before the clock runs out - yes, it's Two Rooms and a Boom. Pow! Not your kind of vibe? How about a monk crafting works for their gift shop? Yes, we've got Mottainai too. Jake dives into his favorite gaming universe - and loses spectacularly - with our six-pack review of Among The Stars: Revival! And then we choose some fitting beer pairings for 2013’s big hit from iello, Steam Park. We round out this episode with a run-through of over a dozen great holiday beers you can share to spread that holiday cheer. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Two Rooms and a Boom

11:52 Mottainai

20:00 Six pack review: Among The Stars: Revival

43:30 On Tap: Steam Park

57:00 Holiday beer roundup

 

Thanks for listening! Send us your feedback, beer suggestions, or pictures of your cat on Twitter or Instagram at @draftmechanic, or by email at draftmechanic@gmail.com. Visit us online at draftmechanic.net!

 

Our theme music is "Superpower of Choice" by The Liberation Jumpsuit! Thanks to Jeff and Drew for making this happen!

 

Hope you enjoyed the show, we'll be back in two weeks for another round!

 

Nov 30, 2015

Draft Mechanic Episode 8: Thanksgaming! Specter Ops on Tap, and brewery membership societies.

Happy start-to-the-holidays! We’re full of turkey, beer, and board games. Well, maybe not full of games, but filled with the goodness of gaming with the family and gaming away from home! We visited a great games cafe in Boston, lost all our money in Last Will, reached for the sky in Dice Town, and became regulars of 221 Baker Street in Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective. Our secret agent skills were put to the test with Specter Ops in our On Tap segment. Finally, we answer the question of what you should get the beer geek in your life with a discussion of brewery membership societies. Grab your favorite holiday ale and join us for another round!

 

Intro

01:00 Holiday Travel

01:33 Knight Moves game cafe, Brookline MA

04:30 Last Will

13:53 Dice Town

20:55 Family Codenames

23:06 Blokus

24:45 Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective

28:04 Quiddler

30:59 Game on Tap: Specter Ops

42:48 Brewery society memberships

58:32 Outro

 

 

Thanks for listening! Send us your feedback, beer suggestions, or pictures of your cat on Twitter or Instagram at @draftmechanic, or by email at draftmechanic@gmail.com. Visit us online at draftmechanic.net!

 

Our theme music is "Superpower of Choice" by The Liberation Jumpsuit! Thanks to Jeff and Drew for making this happen!

 

Hope you enjoyed the show, we'll be back in two weeks for another round!

Nov 23, 2015

Draft Mechanic: Spoiler Episode Alpha

T.I.M.E Stories: Asylum, 1921 NT

WARNING! This episode contains MAJOR, MASSIVE, COMPLETE SPOILERS for the T.I.M.E Stories scenario “Asylum, 1921 NT.” Danielle and Jake are joined by our temporal excursion team mates Dan and Kyle. We recorded this episode immediately after completing the scenario and talked about the artwork, the puzzles, the story, the mechanics, the [REDACTED], the characters, the shocks and surprises.



00:45 Discussion begins

02:05 [REDACTED]

05:07 Danielle [REDACTED] about [REDACTED]

12:22 Completely [REDACTED]

16:40 Before [REDACTED] let me [REDACTED]

22:10 [REDACTED] the [REDACTED]

25:40 Not [REDACTED] good [REDACTED]

30:02 The [REDACTED] is [REDACTED]

32:55 A quick breather

39:00 There was a lot of [REDACTED]

44:08 We would have [REDACTED], maybe

48:10 Discussion’s over / outro


Thanks for listening! Send us your feedback, beer suggestions, or pictures of your cat on Twitter or Instagram at @draftmechanic, or by email at draftmechanic@gmail.com. Visit us online at draftmechanic.net!

The Spoiler Episode theme music is "Rinse/Repeat" by The Liberation Jumpsuit! Thanks to Jeff and Drew for making this happen!

Hope you enjoyed the show, we'll see you again soon for more!

Nov 16, 2015

Draft Mechanic Episode 7: MACE, T.I.M.E, Cave & Coup!

 

On today’s episode, Jake and Danielle talk about six games they played at the MACE convention in Charlotte, restrain themselves from spoiling anything about T.I.M.E Stories’ first scenario “Asylum,” dive deep into The Cave with a six-pack review, choose some great beer pairings for Coup: Rebellion G54 roles, and discuss the perceived value of a ‘consumable’ game. This one’s jam-packed full of content, so sit back, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

 

Intro

 

01:00 Extra Life Game Day 2015

 

01:55 MACE 2015

 

02:44 Rum & Bones

 

04:12 SMOG: On Her Majesty’s Service

 

09:50 Stellar Conflict

 

16:45 La Granja

 

21:04 Blueprints

 

24:08 Roll for the Galaxy

 

31:00 T.I.M.E Stories: Asylum

 

43:50 The Cave (Six-Pack Review)

 

63:50 Coup: Rebellion G54 (On Tap Beer Pairings)

 

76:50 Perceived Value discussion

 

Join us on Twitter or Instagram at @draftmechanic!

Send feedback, pictures of your cat or beer suggestions to draftmechanic@gmail.com!

Thanks to The Liberation Jumpsuit for the use of their song "Superpower of Choice" at the beginning and end of the show!

Thank YOU for listening, and we'll see you back soon for another round!

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