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May 24, 2017

Draft Mechanic: Spoiler Episode Epsilon

T.I.M.E Stories: Expedition: Endurance, 1914 NT

WARNING! This episode contains MAJOR, MASSIVE, COMPLETE SPOILERS for the T.I.M.E Stories scenario “Expedition: Endurance.” After nearly a year, we dive back in to Spoiler Epsiode territory as our debriefings from the fifth T.I.M.E Stories scenario see the light of day. We have half an hour of discussion from Team Alpha, and then Team Beta returns after the break to join us after their run. Things went much differently for the both of us and there was definitely a lot to pick apart. With scenario six, Lumen Fidei, looming on the horizon, it’s time to jump back into the cassions for another round!

Intro

01:30 Team Alpha discussion

29:33 Team Beta discussion

57:55 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 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!

May 24, 2017

On today's special episode, we're here to introduce Punchboard Media, a new collaborative network we're launching with a great group of board game media content creators.

Visit the new website at punchboardmedia.com, and join us on social media!

Twitter: @punchboardmedia
Facebook: /punchboardmedia
Instagram: @punchboardmedia

Punchboard Media - Where we all bring something to the table!

May 22, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 46: Ethnos six-pack review; Blood Rage on tap; CMON Expo games review; The Beer Primer: Pilsner

Oh, hello there! We just got back from Atlanta, and boy, are our meeples tired! (laughter) But seriously, last weekend we got to play a ton of games at CMON Expo and we’re here to tell you all about them. It tied in nicely to our featured game for this episode’s six-pack review - Ethnos - the new area control game from CMON that’s got the industry buzzing. And while we’re at it, let’s take a look back at one of CMON’s biggest smash hits as we put Blood Rage on tap with some legendary drinks that you can enjoy while pursuing Valhalla. Danielle wraps up our episode with a Beer Primer on the Pilsner style of beer, and why it’s deserving of your respect. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show housekeeping

03:33 Kickstarter: Diceborn Heroes

06:13 Unlock! watch, Spoiler Episodes and a Special Announcement

11:36 Going to CMON Expo

13:19 Recent Plays: Dojo Kun

18:04 Recent Plays: SherLook

21:54 Recent Plays: Council of 4

26:56 Recent Plays: Gekido, Bot Battles

31:20 Recent Plays: BloodBorne, the Card Game

35:45 Recent Plays: Modern Art

40:09 Recent Plays: Dogs of War

47:03 Six Pack Review: Ethnos

48:10 Ethnos: Gameplay overview

50:14 Ethnos: Discussion

67:09 Ethnos: Final Thoughts

67:54 On Tap: Blood Rage

73:56 The Beer Primer: Pilsner

86:03 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 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!

May 8, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 45: Six-Player Six Pack; Las Vegas on tap; Barcelona; Mystic Vale; Betrayal at the Brewery on the Hill

Welcome back to another episode of Draft Mechanic, fresh off the tap! Today, we’re sharing a six-pack of games that play six (or more!) but still have some meat on their bones! We’re putting Las Vegas on tap with some lucky brews, and we’re discussing recent plays of Barcelona, Mystic Vale and Orleans. We also look at some exciting titles announced for Origins release this year. And sadly, we’ve got a recurrent topic in our beer segment as we talk about Lagunitas and local favorites, Wicked Weed, selling out to Big Beer. Sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

02:15 CMON Expo this weekend!

03:45 Upcoming: Five Tribes, Whims of the Sultan

05:20 Upcoming: Onitama, Sensei’s Path

06:15 Upcoming: Century: Spice Road

07:47 Upcoming: Flatline

08:36 Upcoming: Fields of Green

10:28 Upcoming: Bohnanza: The Duel

12:43 Kickstarter: Gloomhaven finishes #24 of all time

14:01 Recent Plays: Barcelona, The Rose of Fire

26:46 Recent Plays: Mystic Vale

34:18 Recent Plays: Orleans

39:55 Six Pack: Six Player Games

53:44 On Tap: Las Vegas

59:04 The Betrayal at the Brewery on the Hill

69:00 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!

Apr 24, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 44: Anachrony six-pack and on tap; Fugitive; Valeria: Card Kingdoms & Veggie Garden

So, buckle up for a wild temporal ride! Danielle wraps up this episode with a discussion about how beer tastes can change over time! In the news, we’ve got some new app implementations and a video game coming to board games. We’re also going to talk about some recent plays: Fugitive, Valeria: Card Kingdoms and Veggie Garden. Today, we dive in and do double duty with our six-pack review and our on-tap feature. It’s a big hefty euro that features time travel as a major mechanic - quite the headache! Though, that’s what you get when you’re reviewing a game like Anachrony. Bear with me, this is going to be a confusing one. In today’s episode, we’ve got quite the paradox!

Intro

01:00 Intro / Housekeeping

02:40 International Tabletop Day

03:45 App Gaming: Terra Mystica

05:27 App Gaming: Race for the Galaxy

09:01 Upcoming: Super Mario Level Up!

11:09 Kickstarter: Brass, Lancashire & Birmingham

14:28 Recent Plays: Fugitive

20:35 Recent Plays: Valeria Card Kingdoms

27:23 Recent Plays: Veggie Garden

33:26 Six Pack Review: Anachrony

33:53 Anachrony: Rules Walkthrough

41:55 Anachrony: Discussion

65:49 Anachrony: Final Thoughts

68:10 On Tap: Anachrony

73:37 Changing Tastes over time

79:49 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!

Apr 10, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 43: Coldwater Crown six-pack; Sagrada on tap; Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

Welcome back to another episode of Draft Mechanic! Today, it’s all about interesting themes rich with color. Our big feature is a six-pack review of Coldwater Crown, the recent release from designer Brian Suhre and Bellwether Games. On tap today we have Sagrada, an awesome new dice-drafting game that sets a new standard for gorgeous. In recent plays, we talk about receiving mysterious packages, rolling for railways, racing for evidence and real-time dungeon delving! We hope you enjoy today’s episode, drop us a line on BGG or social media to let us know! And now… on with the show!

Intro

01:00 Intro / Housekeeping

02:30 Travel: Chicagoland Dice Dojo

03:57 News: Scythe, The Wind Gambit

06:30 Kickstarter: The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast

08:51 Kickstarter: Matryoshka

12:21 Recent Plays: The Mysterious Package Company

17:26 Recent Plays: 30 Rails

22:04 Recent Plays: Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

31:25 Recent Plays: 5-Minute Dungeon

37:24 Six Pack Review: Coldwater Crown

38:13 Coldwater Crown: Rules Walkthrough

44:33 Coldwater Crown: Discussion

57:50 Coldwater Crown: Final Thoughts

61:11 On Tap: Sagrada

73:00 The Beer Primer: Saisons

81:12 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!

Mar 27, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 42: A Trip to Asheville; Herbaceous on Tap; Well Played board games cafe; beer research resources

On this episode of Draft Mechanic, we talk through a massive pile of games we played during the Grand Opening of Asheville NC’s new board game cafe, Well Played! We talk about Dream Home, Celestia, Ice Cool, Fauna, OutLawed, Heroes & Tricks and more in this jam-packed episode. It was so many games that we had to ask for the help of three of our friends for a wide variety of opinions! We’ve also put the recently released and gorgeous Herbaceous on tap with TEN beers paired up with the different herbs in the game. Danielle’s also got a quick rundown of some resources you can use to learn more about craft beer. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Intro / Housekeeping

02:30 CMoN News: Eric Lang, Adrian Smith & CMoN Play

08:14 Upcoming: Flipships from Kane Klenko

09:34 Upcoming: Dice Forge from Regis Bonnessee

11:32 Well Played Board Game Cafe in Asheville, NC

18:00 Recent Plays: Dream Home

24:33 Recent Plays: Celestia

29:13 Recent Plays: Noch Mal!

34:16 Recent Plays: Lanterns, The Harvest Festival

40:28 Recent Plays: No Thanks!

44:30 Recent Plays: OutLawed!

50:10 Recent Plays: Heroes & Tricks

59:16 Recent Plays: Fauna

68:05 Recent Plays: Ice Cool

72:19 Reflections on the trip to Asheville

77:58 Recent Plays: Herbaceous

79:36 On Tap: Herbaceous

92:54 Beer Info Resources

96:40 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!

Mar 13, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 41: Six Awesome Uses of Dice; Roll Player on tap; Kingdomino & Women in Beer

Hello and welcome back to another episode of Draft Mechanic! We’ve got dice for you today - tons of dice - custom dice, color dice, symbol dice, clear dice, dice dice dice DICE DICE. Just roll with it! Our big feature today is a six-pack of games that use dice in awesome ways. A fun mechanic, a fun custom die… all sorts of that. We’re putting the recently re-printed Roll Player on tap for more dice and seven beers with character. Our recent plays include Kingdomino, Among the Stars and Noch Mal! And Danielle’s rounding out the episode with a discussion of women in the brewing world. Sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Intro / Housekeeping

03:18 News: BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Awards

05:23 News: BGG Most Played Games Geeklist

08:20 Kickstarter: Rising Sun

13:17 Kickstarter: Antidote: Lab Alliance

16:05 Recent Plays: Kingdomino

22:21 Recent Plays: Among the Stars

27:18 Recent Plays: Noch Mal!

31:41 Six Pack: Six Awesome Uses of Dice

45:10 On Tap: Roll Player

57:51 Women in Brewing

65:13 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!

Feb 27, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 40: A Feast for Odin six-pack; Burger Up on tap; New York Slice; Paris Connection & Star Trek Ascendancy

I sure hope you’re hungry, because this episode of Draft Mechanic is super stuffed! We’ve got a big review for you - Uwe Rosenberg’s latest crate of cardboard and wood, A Feast for Odin! We’re both discussing Burger Up and putting it on tap with four great thematic beer pairings. In other recent plays, we look at New York Slice, Star Trek Ascendancy and Paris Connection. There’s a whole cartload of upcoming games news and Kickstarters, and Danielle wraps it all up to go with a collection of news bites from the beer world. Pace yourself, you can always take a second plate!

Intro

01:00 Intro / Housekeeping

02:41 News: Golden Geek Awards

05:17 News: Scythe Digital, Expansion, and Iron Harvest

07:37 Kickstarter: Monikers: The SU&SD Nonsense Box

11:24 Kickstarter: Can’t Stop Express

13:32 Kickstarter: Food Truck Champion

15:34 Recent Plays: Paris Connection

19:59 Recent Plays: Star Trek Ascendancy

25:39 Recent Plays: New York Slice

33:15 Six Pack Review: A Feast for Odin

33:52 A Feast for Odin: Rules Walkthrough

38:45 A Feast for Odin: Discussion

69:17 A Feast for Odin: Final Thoughts

71:05 Recent Plays: Burger Up

79:02 On Tap: Burger Up

83:18 Beer News Bites

92:08 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!

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!

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