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Feb 13, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 39: Two-player games six-pack; Citrus on tap; Isle of Skye & Avenue

Welcome back to another episode of Draft Mechanic! Love is in the air… or at least, Hallmark decided to place Valentine’s Day in the second week of February - and that means it’s time for a six-pack of two player games! In addition to that burst of gaming goodness, we’ve also got recent plays of Isle of Skye and Avenue. We’re putting Citrus on tap this week as well with five super juicy beers. And to round it out, we’re going back to the season to talk about beers made with aphrodisiacs. We hope you enjoy today’s show, so let’s get to it!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:41 Draft Mechanic on Dukes of Dice Q&A

03:50 News: Gen Con Housing

06:10 News: Portal Games v. PayPal

08:06 Upcoming: Charterstone

11:36 Recent Plays: Isle of Skye

19:09 Recent Plays: Avenue

27:11 Six Pack: Two-Player Games

55:23 On Tap: Citrus

66:19 Aphrodisiac Beers

83:53 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!

Jan 30, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 38: Masmorra six-pack review; SUPERHOT preview; Blood of an Englishman on tap

Hello again! Let’s go dungeoning! Today we’re taking a look at the new dungeon diving, treasure collecting, monster bashing game Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia from CMON Limited. We’ve also got a preview of a hot new game - SUPER HOT, even - as we take a look at SUPERHOT the Card Game in advance of its Kickstarter, launching this Tuesday (01/31). And just like in the video game, the cards move only when you move! For our on-tap game today we’ve chosen the recent Renegade games release Blood of an Englishman. Complete with the golden goose! To wrap up this episode, Danielle has put together a primer for the Porter style of beer. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:32 News: Conventions / PAX Unplugged

06:53 Kickstarter Preview: SUPERHOT Card Game

16:42 Recent Plays: Hanamikoji

23:54 Six Pack Review: Masmorra, Dungeons of Arcadia

24:27 Masmorra: Rules Walkthrough

29:46 Masmorra: Discussion

56:14 Masmorra: Final Thoughts

58:15 On Tap: Blood of an Englishman

68:17 The Beer Primer: Porters

79:05 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 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!

Jan 16, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 37: Santorini six-pack review; Evolution: Climate on tap; Unlock!

Welcome back to another episode! The following events take place between 11:00am and 12:00pm (or at least they did when we recorded). There’s an abnormal amount of real-time games in today’s episode (two) as we talk about the Unlock! demo kit and FUSE. We’ve got a few other neat recent plays to talk about too: Favor of the Pharaoh for rolling fistfuls of dice, and Ascending Empires for flicking discs throughout space. Our big feature today is the just released (or upcoming) Santorini from Roxley games. Abstract strategy, but dripping with theme? Say no more! Well, we’ll say some more - that’s the reason you’re listening to us in the first place! We’re rounding out this episode by putting Evolution Climate on tap with five great thematic craft beer pairings. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:58 Upcoming: First Martians

08:54 Kickstarter: Save Crash Games!

11:16 IndieGoGo: The Dice Tower, Season 13

12:07 First Impressions: Unlock! (Demo kit)

20:00 Recent Plays: Fuse

26:32 Recent Plays: Favor of the Pharaoh

31:20 Recent Plays: Ascending Empires

37:09 Six Pack Review: Santorini

38:01 Santorini: Rules Walkthrough

40:01 Santorini: Discussion

55:59 Santorini: Final Thoughts

58:25 On Tap: Evolution Climate

68:32 The Magic Beer Portal

75:20 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 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!

Jan 2, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 36: 2016, A Year in Review

We made it! Welcome to the new year, 2017! As is the tradition, for our first episode of the year we’re going to look back at the year that was with our superlative categories, favorite beers, and favorite games of 2016. Nope, that’s it - no more fluff in the intro paragraph. We’re really excited to do this one! Let’s get to the festivities!!!!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:28 Upcoming: SuperHot Card Game

05:10 2016 in review for Draft Mechanic

09:33 The 2016 Superlative Categories

10:09 Top News Stories

15:40 Best Artwork

18:51 Best Components

23:34 Biggest Disappointment

27:15 2016 Game I Wish I’d Played

29:12 Game I Wish I’d Played More in 2016

31:04 Best “New to Me in 2016” Older Game

33:36 Best Party Game

39:25 Best Card Game

41:58 Most Innovative

46:28 Best Dexterity Game

48:36 2016 Six-pack: Our Favorite Beer of 2016

68:00 2016 Six-pack: Our Favorite Games of 2016

73:41 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!

Dec 12, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 35: Fabled Fruit on tap; Six Pack: Games to play this holiday season

Wow, suddenly, it’s very very cold outside. Must be the holidays on the horizon! We’re a few weeks out for our traditional Christmas trip to visit family and we’re thinking ahead - what games will we take with us this year? That led us to today’s feature, our first Six Pack list of six games to play with the family this holiday season. We’re also talking about recent plays of Fabled Fruit, Raiders of the North Sea and Imhotep. And we loop back around to Fabled Fruit for some fruity and delicious beer pairings! Finally, listener Matt Franz led us towards today’s beer segment: are there any beers that are served hot? Well, no, no, but no, but also… maybe? We found out about something interesting in our rundown of proper beer serving temperatures! Bundle up, let’s talk about some games & beer!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

03:03 iOS Gaming update

05:55 Kickstarter: Quodd Heroes

10:40 Recent Plays: Fabled Fruit

20:00 Recent Plays: Raiders of the North Sea

26:23 Recent Plays: Imhotep

34:25 Six Pack: Games to play this holiday season

60:44 On Tap: Fabled Fruit

66:54 Proper beer serving temperatures

73:41 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!

Dec 4, 2016

Draft Mechanic Special: Fantasy Board Game League 2016 Championship "The Altercation in Albuquerque"

Welcome to the Grand Championship and finale of the 2016 Fantasy Board Game League season! In our Championship, it's the Altercation in Albuquerque as Sean's "Duke a Doodle Doos" face off against Matthew's "First Mention!" Who will take home the gold? And which lucky listener is the winner of the $100 CoolStuffInc gift card? You'll have to listen to find out!

If you've enjoyed the Fantasy Board Game League, please check out the podcasts that helped make this a reality this season:

Boards Alive

The Dukes of Dice

Epic Gaming Night

What Did You Play This Week?

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!

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

Nov 28, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 34: Double Six-Pack Review! Agamemnon & 7 Wonders Duel; 7 Wonders on Tap

Are you appropriately stuffed with Turkey? Are you listening from somewhere outside the world, and have eaten a different meal entirely? Either way, I hope you left some room for a heaping helping of Draft Mechanic! In thanksgiving style, we’ve filled the plate with reviews of four app implementations of board games as well as two, yep two! six-pack reviews for your enjoyment - 7 Wonders Duel and Agamemnon. Both are two-player only titles that play in about half an hour, and we’ve given both the six-pack treatment today. Sticking with that seven wonders theme, we’ve got beer pairings for the classic 7 Wonders in the Game On Tap and also a discussion on what may be the seven wonders of the beer world. That’s a lot of podcast - but don’t forget to save room for pie!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:20 FBGL Update

04:25 Stonemaier Games “Scythe” charity auction

06:52 Holiday Gaming with family

09:14 App gaming: Qwixx

13:57 App gaming: The Game

17:31 App gaming: Paperback

20:57 App gaming: Lanterns, the Harvest Festival

24:39 Six-Pack Review: Agamemnon

25:18 Agamemnon: Gameplay rundown

27:28 Agamemnon: Review discussion

39:41 Agamemnon: Final Thoughts

40:33 Six-Pack Review: 7 Wonders Duel

41:29 7 Wonders Duel: Gameplay rundown

44:25 7 Wonders Duel: Review discussion

64:11 7 Wonders Duel: Final Thoughts

65:31 On Tap: 7 Wonders

73:16 The Seven Wonders of the Beer World

82:50 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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!

Nov 14, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 33: Captain Sonar on tap; Extra Life & MACE Recent Playstravaganza

I sure hope you like hearing about games, because we’ve got two big weekends to cover in this episode of Draft Mechanic! We’re talking about the Extra Life charity “24 hour” gaming marathon, where we played from noon until a bit after 3am - and then the following weekend we hunkered down for another weekend of gaming with our local Charlotte gaming convention, MACE. We’ve picked out the best games we played at each event and we’re going to slam-pack this episode with recent play discussion. After all of that, we round it out with our on-tap picks for Captain Sonar, one of this year’s hottest party games. So enjoy!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:40 FBGL Update

06:18 Kickstarter: Wordsy

10:17 Extra Life charity gaming marathon

11:50 Recent Plays: A Feast for Odin

24:31 Recent Plays: Arcane Academy

29:13 Recent Plays: Timeline Challenge

36:51 MACE 2016

39:22 Recent Plays: “Everyone is John” one-shot RPG

43:38 Recent Plays: Strike

46:36 Recent Plays: Mansions of Madness, Second Edition

55:27 Recent Plays / Kickstarter: 5-Minute Dungeon

63:56 Recent Plays: Captain Sonar

70:37 On Tap: Captain Sonar

80:35 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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!

Oct 31, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 32: Windup War preview & designers interview; Puerto Rico on tap; SeaFall; 51st State; Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widows Walk

Hello! Welcome back to another episode of Draft Mechanic! Today we’ve got an interview with designers Jessica Chu & Katie Khau and we’re taking a look at their upcoming game Windup War, being published by Bellwether Games - and it’s on Kickstarter now for another two weeks! We’re digging into the classics as well today with Puerto Rico on tap. We’ve also got some cool recent plays: 51st State; the new “Widows Walk” expansion for Betrayal at House on the Hill; and we’re also going over our first impressions of SeaFall after two games. Finally, we’re going to discuss the news out of Massachusetts where a craft brewery is looking to help out the little guys by starting their own distribution company. We hope you enjoy today’s episode, so sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

01:50 Local events (Extra Life / MACE)

04:30 FBGL Update

05:31 Upcoming: UNLOCK!

10:31 First Impressions: SeaFall

16:49 Recent Plays: 51st State Master Set

20:38 Recent Plays: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk

26:27 Kickstarter Preview: Windup War

31:05 Interview with Jess Chu & Katie Khau, cow&duck Studios

43:48 On Tap: Puerto Rico

52:47 Night Shift Brewing launches distribution company

60:11 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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!

Oct 17, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 31: Terraforming Mars; Dan, Live from Essen; GABF 2016 Results

Space. The next frontier. Well, hopefully, anyway - we should really get going! I think the first place we should start is Mars. Maybe we should consider terraforming it, building it to our needs as a launchpad to the unknown? What better way to prepare for that endeavor than playing the new release from Stronghold Games, Terraforming Mars! We’re giving this new hotness the double-feature treatment with a full review as well as an on-tap beer pairing. We’ve also got alliterative titles galore with recent plays of Potion Explosion and Schotten-Totten! For the first time, we’ve also got a guest star as Dan from our TIME Stories team went overseas for work and coincidentally ended up at Essen Spiel 2016. Dan shares his experience after his first day in the Essen hall and talks about the sights and games. We round it up today with a look at the news from the Great American Beer Festival that just took place in Colorado. Enjoy!

Intro

01:30 Show Housekeeping / FBGL Update

04:24 Kickstarter: ILLIMAT

07:06 Kickstarter: Lazer Ryderz

10:00 Recent Plays: Potion Explosion

13:37 Recent Plays: Schotten-Totten

22:10 Dan, Live from Essen

36:50 Six-Pack Review: Terraforming Mars

37:49 Terraforming Mars: Gameplay rundown

40:40 Terraforming Mars: Review discussion

69:23 Terraforming Mars: Final Thoughts

71:35 On Tap: Terraforming Mars

78:25 Great American Beer Festival 2016

86:28 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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!

Oct 3, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 30: Stephen Buonocore interview, Dragon & Flagon on tap, Dice City & Viticulture

Time to storm the castle! Today we’ve got the Podfather, the founder and president of Stronghold Games, Stephen Buonocore joining us to talk games and beer! Stephen talks about his fall lineup, games he’s taking to Essen, talks about the Stronghold origin story, how he started working with the Engelsteins, and also we get to hear about Buonocore’s beer history as he’s a big craft beer fan as well. A match made in heaven! Or at least, a match made at the tavern! Speaking of taverns (great segue, I know, I’m very proud of it) - we’re putting the new Stronghold release The Dragon & Flagon on tap! We’re also going to talk about a few Kickstarter oddities as well as discuss our recent plays of Dice City and Viticulture. It’s a podcast you can’t refuse!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

03:00 News: Mechs vs Minions

07:04 Kickstarter: Skyward

08:45 Kickstarter: Skyways

11:21 Fantasy Board Game League Update

17:15 Recent Plays: Dice City

25:47 Recent Plays: Viticulture (Essential Edition)

34:07 The Stephen Buonocore interview

62:54 Stephen Buonocore talks beer

86:11 On Tap: The Dragon & Flagon

95:17 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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!

Sep 19, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 29: Islebound six-pack review, Tavarua on tap, The Beer Primer: IPA

Take a deep breath of that salty sea air. Well, not too deep, because then you’re breathing water. Take a respectable breath of it, because we have happened upon a pair of seafaring games for your perusal! Our big review today is the new adventure sandbox game Islebound from Red Raven Games. For our on-tap feature, we talk about the surfing game Tavarua from Far Off Games, and we spice things up with a little bit of talk about Above and below, another Red Raven Games jam. Then thanks to a listener suggestion, we’re going to dig into what it means to be an India Pale Ale in the first installment of our new beer style segment, The Beer Primer! So kick off your sandals and find a nice spot on the beach for today’s episode!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:42 Kickstarter: Sagrada

06:26 Fantasy Board Game League Update

11:41 Recent Plays: Tavarua

17:53 Recent Plays: Above & Below

24:25 Six-Pack Review: Islebound

25:25 Islebound: Game Rules / Walkthrough

33:12 Islebound: Discussion

55:39 On Tap: Tavarua

60:27 The Beer Primer: IPA

76:31 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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!

Sep 5, 2016

Draft Mechanic Episode 28: First Anniversary, Fantasy Board Game League, Dead of Winter on tap, State of the Podcast & Beer Histories

Hello! Welcome to our party. What’s the celebration? Oh, it’s our first year anniversary episode! Somehow, the internet has allowed us to continue so we are going to kick things up a notch this year. How? Well, first off we are starting a Fantasy Board Game League and we need YOUR help to pick the victors! We also have the super thematic Dead of Winter on tap and we talk about a handful of recent plays. Finally we wrap up the episode with a discussion about the state of the podcast as well as a quick look into our beer histories as we each pick six beers that helped shape us as craft beer enthusiasts. Thank you so much for listening this first year and we hope to continue providing great podcastery for a while to come!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:11 News: BGG Rankings shuffle again

04:25 Kickstarter: Invisible Sun

10:54 Recent Plays: The Pursuit of Happiness

18:35 Recent Plays: Thief’s Market

25:04 Recent Plays: Star Trek Ascendancy

31:32 The Fantasy Board Game League!

36:49 FBGL: The First Round Draft Picks

45:17 On Tap: Dead of Winter

54:41 State of the Podcast: Year One

64:11 Our Beer History Six-Pack

82:52 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!

Check out our Fantasy Board Game League and vote weekly for your chance to win $100 to Cool Stuff Inc!

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 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!

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

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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)!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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)!

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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)!

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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)!

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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!

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