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Draft Mechanic

Jake and Danielle talk about their latest board gaming experiences, delicious craft beer, and find any opportunity to join the two together.
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Jul 31, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 52: RAXXON review; Century: Spice Road review & on tap; Spires; NMBR 9; Unearth

It’s week 3 of our Summer of Hot Games! Today we’ve got another exciting Kickstarter preview: Before the Earth Explodes from Green Couch Games! Also, we’ve got another special Double Feature review for you this week of two hot, hot games. First up, we look at the (finally released!) Century: Spice Road, the debut title from Plan B Games, and then we back it up by putting it on tap with six beer pairing choices. We’re also going to do a full review of RAXXON, the secretly-released new [REDACTED] from [REDACTED], which features a [REDACTED] that we didn’t expect. In recent plays, we’ve got Spires, NMBR 9 and Unearth. And going on the theme of RAXXON, Danielle’s got a beer segment in which she talks about the different kinds of things that can spoil your beer and cause some very unpleasant side effects. Don’t worry, though, because RAXXON is here to help!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:37 Con Watch: MegaMooseCon August 4th-6th!

03:51 Gen Con 50 Preview Tool on BGG

06:14 Best Treehouse Ever Contest Results

07:54 Preview: Before the Earth Explodes

13:49 Recent Plays: Spires

22:43 Recent Plays: NMBR 9

27:00 Recent Plays: Unearth

36:57 Review: Century: Spice Road

48:10 On Tap: Century: Spice Road

54:40 Review: RAXXON

77:51 Is my beer infected?

86:36 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! And now, you can listen to the full album on our website!

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

Jul 24, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 51: Sentient & Barenpark double feature review! Barenpark on tap; Medina; Fields of Arle; Stockpile; Can Beer Quench your Thirst?

The Summer of Hot Games rolls on! We’re ramping up with a big double feature of Sentient and Barenpark, and we swing back around to put Barenpark on tap. We talk recent plays of Medina, Fields of Arle and Stockpile. Jake ends out the episode with some discussion about whether beer can actually quench your thirst! You’re gonna need it, because it’s a hot one!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:42 Con Watch: MegaMooseCon August 4th-6th!

04:04 Contest: Best Treehouse Ever!

05:42 Kickstarter: Star Scrappers Cave-In update

06:20 Kickstarter: Star Realms Frontiers

10:58 Upcoming: Fast Forward - Fear, Fortress & Flee

16:28 Recent Plays: Medina

23:15 Recent Plays: Fields of Arle

36:01 Recent Plays: Stockpile

45:01 Review: Sentient

57:41 Review: Barenpark

75:42 On Tap: Barenpark

83:27 Can beer quench your thirst?

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! And now, you can listen to the full album on our website!

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

Jul 17, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 50: The Summer of HOT GAMES begins! Flipships, Fox in the Forest, Rococo on tap, Listener Q&A, Giveaways

Episode 50! That’s half of a hundred! I’m not really sure how we made it this far, but nothing left to do but keep going! We’re fresh back from our trip to Dice Tower Con, and boy howdy did we play a big ol’ pile of games. Such a big stack of games, in fact, that we’ve got too many to talk about in this episode… or two, or three, or… well. You see where this is going. So, with the monumental Episode 50 under our belt, we’re launching The Summer of Hot Games with WEEKLY episodes through Gen Con where we look at the latest and greatest and get you ready for the spectacle in Indianapolis. Today we’re talking about Flipships and The Fox in the Forest; we’ve got a kickstarter preview of Star Scrappers: Cave In, we discuss a pair of Felds, put Rococo on tap, answer listener questions and do a giveaway for a fun game from Green Couch Games! And to think, this is only the start of the Summer of Hot Games… you’re gonna need some sunscreen for your meeples!

Intro

02:13 Con Watch: MegaMooseCon!

03:52 Con Watch: Gen Con 50!

06:02 The Summer of HOT Games! Double the Draft Mechanic!

08:35 Kickstarter Preview: Star Scrappers: Cave In

18:12 Recent Plays: Flipships

24:58 Recent Plays: Notre Dame, 10th Anniversary Edition

34:02 Recent Plays: Bora Bora

42:07 Recent Plays: The Fox in the Forest

48:09 The First Ever Draft Mechanic Listener Q&A!

76:31 On Tap: Rococo

82:46 The Beer Primer: Kvass

93:10 A Giveaway?!

95:04 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! And now, you can listen to the full album on our website!

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

Jul 3, 2017

Draft Mechanic Episode 49: Yamatai v Five Tribes; Five Tribes on tap; The Lost Expedition; TIME Stories: Lumen Fidei

To be honest, we planned on doing Yamatai as a six-pack review, but the more we played it the more we realized it would be a perfect candidate for our “Variants” series, where we pit a game up against another that shares enough similarities to warrant the comparison. What’s our comparison point for Yamatai? Well, look no further than designer Bruno Cathala’s prior design for Days of Wonder, Five Tribes! Both fit that highly produced, mid-weight 2-4 player niche, but what are the benefits of each? Find out in today’s feature segment! Also, we’re putting Five Tribes on tap with beer pairings for each of the tribes. We’re also going to discuss recent plays of The Lost Expedition, Parade, and the latest TIME Stories scenario, Lumen Fidei. Don’t worry - there’s no spoilers here! In our beer segment this episode, we’ll take a look at some America-themed beers for the Independence Day holiday. So sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

Intro

01:00 Show housekeeping, upcoming events

04:12 Beer News: “Independent Brewer” seal

08:11 Games News: MAP Policies expand

10:25 Games News: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

13:06 Recent Plays: Parade

19:43 Recent Plays: The Lost Expedition

26:26 Recent Plays: TIME Stories “Lumen Fidei” and TIME Stories overall discussion

36:20 Variants: Yamatai v Five Tribes

61:43 On Tap: Five Tribes

66:30 America-themed beers for Independence Day

72:18 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! And now, you can listen to the full album on our website!

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

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