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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!

Nov 2, 2015

BOO! It’s time for the spoooky episode! Haunts are plentiful with a cauldron of spooky game discussions. We frankenstein together Codenames and Dixit into a monster, practice our mind reading with Concept. We battle ghosts, ghouls, goblins and more in Ghost Stories & Betrayal at House on the Hill. We unearth some downright insane beers to pair with Arkham Horror so you don’t go completely mad! And finally, a quick discussion on various strategies breweries use to bring their beer to your store shelves and fridge. I hope you’re listening with the lights on!

01:00 Burnpile beer festival at Burial Beer Co

02:26 Codenames+Dixit

07:27 Concept

12:30 Ghost Stories

21:48 The Big Book of Madness

24:00 Betrayal at House on the Hill

31:57 Dead of Winter

34:26 Arkham Horror (on tap)

44:50 Beer packaging strategies

55:38 Outro

 

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!

Oct 19, 2015

Today on Draft Mechanic, Jake and Danielle try to save a forest from an approaching blaze in Sylvion; fight for control of nebulas and planetary systems as they blast off into Galaxy of Trian; and return to simpler, squarer tile laying times and choose great beer pairings for Carcassonne. All this plus our most anticipated new releases from the Spiel convention in Essen, and the breaking news of the potential fourth biggest corporate merger in history that threatens to make even more bland watery beer!

 

01:00 Sylvion

10:10 Essen 2015 anticipated releases

22:00 Galaxy of Trian (Six-pack review)

39:20 Carcassonne (on tap)

46:23 Potential ABinbev buyout of MillerCoors

52:50 Outro

 

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!

Oct 5, 2015

Today on Draft Mechanic, we talk about Libertalia and Dead Man's Draw. This gets us thinking - what makes the pirate theme so ripe for use in board games? For our game on tap, we feature Seasons and pair it up with excellent beers to represent the four seasons. We close out the show discussing the results from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Colorado.

00:57 Intro

01:43 Libertalia

07:55 Dead Man’s Draw

12:17 Pirate theming in games

18:09 On Tap: Seasons

22:40 On Tap: Seasonal beers

30:29 2015 Great American Beer Festival

41:15 Outro

Join a conversation 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!

Thanks for listening and see you back soon for another round!

Sep 19, 2015

On this episode of Draft Mechanic, Jake and Danielle talk about what they've learned after six games of Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark; dig into the two-player strategy and big-group riotous stress of Codenames; put Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn on tap with eight great beers; and compare six pumpkin beers hitting the shelves right now.

01:00 Discoveries six-pack review
10:30 Codenames
20:00 Game on Tap - Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
30:00 Pumpkin beer comparison
39:00 Ending

Join a conversation 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!

Thanks for listening and see you back soon for another round!

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