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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 16, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #79: DropMix on tap; Near & Far Campaign recap; Century: Eastern Wonders; Carcassonne: The Castle; Dragoon; Gluten-Free Beer; Under-appreciated classics

Hot on the heels of our 2017 redux, we’re finishing up our Near & Far campaign and talk about what we’ve learned over the 10-game story. No spoilers here, unless you’re worried about knowing it’s a great game! We’re putting Hasbro’s music mixing masterpiece DropMix on tap, and visiting Carcassonne’s “The Castle” standalone in the CarcaZone. Recent plays include the hyped Century: Eastern Wonders, and Dragoon - plus there’s news, beer talk, discussion with the Slack, and crowdfunding as well! Oh, and you see that right - Draft Mechanic shirts are REAL!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:44 Draft Mechanic T-Shirts available!

06:22 News: Azul, Stained Glass of Sintra

08:47 News: A Feast For Odin expansion

10:43 News: Gen Con GeekPreview

12:46 News: BGG approaches 100,000 games

13:43 Kickstarter Updates

15:19 Kickstarter: SPQF

18:20 Indiegogo: 14 Board Games from Africa

20:14 Kickstarter: Casual Game Insider, Year Seven

21:58 Kickstarter: Tiny Dice Buddies pins

23:25 Recent Plays: Century: Eastern Wonders

30:46 Recent Plays: Dragoon

37:13 Recent Plays: Carcassonne: The Castle

55:23 Recent Plays / On Tap: DropMix

65:16 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

66:26 Feature: Near & Far Campaign Recap

91:15 Gluten-Free Beer

97:37 Final Round: Classics that don’t get enough love

102:42 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!

Pick up a new Draft Mechanic T-Shirt today!

Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/79dropmix

Jul 2, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #78: The 2017 Redux! Looking back at 2017, six months later. Plus: Tokyo Highway, Circle the Wagons, Carcassonne: Amazonas and more

It’s the middle of the year! What better time to take a weathered look back at last year’s games? We’ve played more 2017 games, and the hype has died down from others, so it’s time to recalculate those lists and see how it’s shaken out! We’ve also got Circle the Wagons on tap, recent plays of Carcassonne: Amazonas and Tokyo Highway, some odd beer news from across the pond, and a pair of Kickstarters that couldn’t be more thematically distant. Sit back, relax, grab a pint and enjoy the show!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

02:20 Draft Mechanic BGG microbadge!

04:45 Games News: Terraforming Mars’ 4th Expansion

07:52 Games News: BGG Gen Con GeekPreview

09:34 Kickstarter Updates

11:11 Kickstarter: So Long, My World

15:41 Kickstarter: Wreck Raiders

18:27 Recent Plays: Carcassonne Amazonas

38:17 Recent Plays: Tokyo Highway

47:37 Recent Plays: Circle the Wagons

55:28 On Tap: Circle the Wagons

61:45 No CO2? Yes Problem!

68:14 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

69:24 2017 Superlatives Redux

78:36 2017 Top 10 Games Redux

105:13 Final Round: New Favorites from 2017

110:00 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is a proud member of Punchboard Media, where we all bring something to the table. Check out our diverse group of audio, video and written board game content creators!

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/78redux17

Jun 18, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #77: Vinhos High Gravity review & on tap; Coldwater Crown: The Sea; Carcassonne: Over Hill & Dale; Alhambra; Cleopatra & the Society of Architects

Hello again! Today, we return to the heavier side of gaming today with Vinhos in our featured High Gravity review segment, and give the game of strategic winemaking our On Tap treatment. We take a look at the upcoming The Sea expansion for Bellwether Games’ Coldwater Crown, discuss recent plays of another Carcassonne spinoff (Over Hill and Dale) and classic titles Alhambra and Cleopatra. Danielle’s beer primer segment is all about hefeweizens today, and in the Final Round we talk about when it’s ok to help other players choose their moves. Enjoy!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:26 News: Origins awards

08:00 Kickstarter Updates

11:46 Kickstarter: Creatures & Cupcakes

13:30 Kickstarter: Fantastic Factories

15:19 Kickstarter: Coldwater Crown “The Sea” expansion!

19:15 Recent Plays: Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

28:57 Recent Plays: Alhambra

34:57 Recent Plays: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects

44:38 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

45:48 High Gravity Review: Vinhos

46:42 Vinhos Gameplay Overview

51:41 Vinhos Discussion

92:32 Vinhos Final Thoughts

94:39 On Tap: Vinhos

98:39 The Beer Primer: Hefeweizen

108:46 Final Round: Helping Other Players

117:23 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/77vinhos

Jun 4, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #76: Altiplano six-pack review & on tap; Food Truck Champion, Carcassonne: The Discovery, The Mind, Sour Beer, Story or Game?

In episode 76, we review Altiplano, the new bag-building, Alpaca-farming game from Renegade Games and share a pack of beers to pair it up with. We discuss Food Truck Champion, The Mind, and Carcassonne: The Discovery; also, there’s Kickstarters, news, a discussion on sour beer, plus our final round discussion about the difference between an interactive story and a game. Enjoy!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

03:03 News: Choose Your Own Adventure game

04:31 News: Spring Meadow

08:17 Kickstarter: On Tour

11:23 Kickstarter: Villagers

15:44 Kickstarter: Herbaceous Sprouts

18:54 Recent Plays: Food Truck Champion

32:49 Recent Plays: Carcassonne: The Discovery

43:35 Recent Plays: The Mind

49:17 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

50:22 Six Pack Review: Altiplano

50:55 Altiplano Gameplay Overview

56:52 Altiplano Discussion

85:53 Altiplano Final Thoughts

87:38 On Tap: Altiplano

92:22 The Beer Primer: Sours

103:00 Final Round: Story or Game?

108:13 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/76altiplano

May 22, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #75: Geekway 2018 Recap & Pot De Vin on tap

In today’s episode, we’re looking back at our trip to St Louis for Geekway to the West! This episode’s going to break free from the normal structure as we want to talk games, games and more games! We talk about games new, old and rare that we found in the incredibly deep Geekway games library and about the convention as a whole. We’ve also got Pot De Vin, a neat trick taking game we stumbled upon at the con, on tap for some beer pairings. Enjoy!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

02:55 News: Spiel & Kennerspiel Nominees

06:46 Kickstarter Updates

08:53 Geekway Part One

15:15 Recent Play: Indian Summer

23:14 Recent Play: Topiary

29:05 Recent Play: Majesty for the Realm

35:13 Recent Play: Clans of Caledonia

46:55 Geekway Part Two

48:39 On Tap: Pot De Vin

59:09 Visiting Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

60:44 Recent Play: Star Scrappers: Cave In

66:58 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

68:07 Geekway Part Three

68:22 Recent Play: Capital Lux

74:43 Recent Play: Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game

82:00 Recent Play: Carcassonne: The City

91:28 Recent Play: Yspahan

101:05 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/75geekway

May 14, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #74: Decrypto v Codenames; Dice Throne; Wonderland; Hive; Biblios

We’re back! Today’s episode features a Variants segment where we pit newcomer team word game Decrypto against the juggernaut of Codenames. We recap Tabletop Day with Dice Throne, Hive, Biblios & Wonderland. Decrypts on tap with five beer pairings, and for the beer segment today we discuss the winners and results from the 2018 World Beer Cup. We’ll be back on our regular schedule next Monday with our Geekway to the West recap. Enjoy!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

02:21 Geekway to the West meetup!

03:10 News: Asmodee for Sale?

08:37 News: My Little Scythe

11:24 Kickstarter Updates

13:32 Kickstarter: Overlight RPG

17:29 Kickstarter: Gravity Warfare

19:32 Kickstarter: Journal 29 Revelation

22:42 Recent Plays: Dice Throne

31:29 Recent Plays: Hive

36:21 Recent Plays: Biblios

44:11 Recent Plays: Wonderland

52:31 Recent Plays: Among the Stars app

54:34 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

55:43 Variants: Decrypto v Codenames

78:05 On Tap: Decrypto

81:52 World Beer Cup 2018 Results

91:00 Final Round: Retheming for Kids

94:15 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/74decrypto

Apr 23, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #73: Rising 5 six-pack review; Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker preview; Happy Planet Games (Monster Match & Funky Chicken); Las Vegas Boulevard

Hello again! On today’s episode, we’re looking at Rising 5, the new app-enhanced deduction game featuring some stellar artwork from Vincent Dutrait. We have a Kickstarter preview of Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker from Board & Dice, and we look at the new Happy Planet games from North Star Games, Monster Match and Funky Chicken! Also: the Boulevard expansion for Las Vegas, a history of hard cider, and a final round where we discuss what games should be called ‘modern classics.’ Enjoy!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

02:42 News: Gen Con Events Catalog is live

04:55 News: Asmodee’s Modern Classics

07:42 Kickstarter Updates

10:16 Kickstarter: Kitchen Rush expansion

12:15 Kickstarter: The Estates

15:23 Recent Plays / KS Preview: Blight Chronicles Agent Decker

27:11 Recent Plays: Las Vegas Boulevard

34:50 Recent Plays: Happy Planet Games: Monster Match & Funky Chicken

42:52 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

44:01 Six Pack Review: Rising 5

44:42 Rising 5: Gameplay Rundown

50:34 Rising 5: Discussion

68:19 Rising 5: Final Thoughts

70:27 On Tap: Monster Match

74:47 The History of Cider

83:28 Final Round: Modern Classics

95:11 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!

Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/73rising5

Apr 9, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #72: The RPG episode! Home-brew campaigns, one shots; Vinyl & Filler previews; Sunset Over Water; Homebrewing

Welcome, adventurer, to Episode 72 of Draft Mechanic! Today, we’re diving into RPGs in a few segments: Danielle’s D&D group discusses their GM’s home-brew campaign, we played Millennial Apartment Hunters, put Dungeons & Dragons on tap, and the Final Round we talk about other home-brew RPGs. We have two Kickstarter previews today: Filler from Green Couch Games and Vinyl from Talon Strikes Studios. Dive in!

01:00 Show Intro, News & Updates

04:29 News: Kitchen Rush expansion

05:29 News: Race for the Galaxy expansions

09:32 Kickstarter Updates

11:31 Kickstarter: Fireball Island

12:46 Kickstarter: Graphic Novel Adventures

14:35 Kickstarter: Filler

22:47 Kickstarter: Vinyl

32:04 Recent Plays: Sunset Over Water

40:47 Recent Plays: Millennial Apartment Hunters

51:39 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

52:50 D&D Homebrew Case Study

87:38 On Tap: Dungeons & Dragons

91:11 Homebrewing

99:59 The Final Round: Homebrew RPGs

102:08 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/72rpgs

Apr 1, 2018

Oh dear, what’s this then.

First off, I must warn you - this show is exceptionally NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Not in the slightest.

Some time ago, we asked for your gaming advice related questions with the promise that we might do something fun with them. Well, nearly a year later, that tree has finally borne fruit. And so, we unleash upon the board gaming world a project we have called “My Meeple and Me,” a loving homage to one of our favorite podcast media empires, the McElroy brothers’ juggernaut advice podcast “My Brother, My Brother & Me.” If you’ve enjoyed this, you will enjoy their shows much, much more. Check ‘em out!

Suggested talking points: Cargo shorts; archaeology; BASIC programming; dance moves; rules interruptions; getting the game group together.

My Meeple and Me has been a joint production of Aaron from Boards Alive, Jake from Draft Mechanic, and Alex from The Dukes of Dice.

Our theme song for this project is “One Hit Pitch Pipe” from Shapiro, friends of Jake’s from back in the college days who put together one banger of an album. You can go buy a copy of the album on their website, you should do that thing, it’s so good.

Thank you so much for listening to this oddity of a podcast, we hope you enjoyed it. Now, go listen to some McElroy goodness.

Mar 26, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #71: One Deck Dungeon (six-pack review & on-tap); Mystery of the Temples preview; Hardback; Pitch Deck; SMaSH beer & Soloable Games

Dungeons! They’re everywhere these days, right? Always opportunities to delve for treasure, so what makes One Deck Dungeon unique? We’ll find out today in our Six-Pack review of this rogue-like, pocket sized dungeon delving card game. If temples are more your thing, we’ve got a preview of Mystery of the Temples (hitting Kickstarter this week!). And then there’s Hardback, a deck builder of letters, and Pitch Deck, a company pitching game of tropes. We round this one up by explaining what SMaSH means in the beer world (no crushing is involved) and we ask the Slack about what makes a game great for solo play. Adventurer, don’t fear going into this episode alone!

01:00 Show Intro

03:02 News: Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises

06:12 News: Asmodee Entertainment

10:32 Kickstarter Updates

11:04 Kickstarter: Architects of the West Kingdom

15:32 Kickstarter: Fire in the Library

19:06 Recent Plays: Mystery of the Temples

29:10 Recent Plays: Pitch Deck

38:23 Recent Plays: Hardback

53:13 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

54:03 Six Pack Review: One Deck Dungeon

54:32 One Deck Dungeon: Gameplay Overview

63:40 One Deck Dungeon: Discussion

88:11 One Deck Dungeon: Final Thoughts

90:32 On Tap: One Deck Dungeon

93:17 SMaSH Beer

101:00 The Final Round: Soloable Games

108:33 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/71onedeck

Mar 12, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #70: Kitchen Rush! Six pack review & on tap; TIME Stories: Santo Tomas de Aquino; Clank! Sunken Treasures; Crossfire; the Cicerone program

Order up! Today’s episode of Draft Mechanic features our usual double-feature review & beer pairings for Artipia Games’ new real-time kitchen management co-op game, Kitchen Rush! We’ve got a slew of recent plays as well with a number of smaller games, and Danielle’s beer segment is on the Cicerone beer server certification program. In the Final Round, we discuss job simulator games that work as well as some that don’t. Get it while it’s hot!

01:00 Show Intro

02:43 News: Plan B buys Tric Trac

05:58 News: BGG Golden Geek Awards

11:32 Kickstarter Updates

12:14 Kickstarter: Bad Medicine

13:31 Kickstarter: Robin Hood and the Merry Men

15:35 Recent Plays: TIME Stories: Santo Tomas de Aquino

22:45 Recent Plays: Clank! Sunken Treasures

28:31 Recent Plays: Crossfire

33:00 Recent Plays: 13 Chefs

36:33 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

37:32 Six Pack Review: Kitchen Rush

38:12 Kitchen Rush: Gameplay Overview

40:58 Kitchen Rush: Discussion

66:55 Kitchen Rush: Final Thoughts

67:51 On Tap: Kitchen Rush

72:25 The Cicerone program

79:15 The Final Round: Job Simulator board games

82:35 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!

Join our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/70kitchenrush

Feb 26, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #69: Gaming on the Go! Travel Games & Gaming Apps; Island Hopper on tap; The Palace of Mad King Ludwig; Ponzi Scheme; Traveling with Beer

Secure that seat belt low and tight across the hops, because it’s time to travel! Our feature today is a discussion about gaming on the go, both in terms of travel games and gaming apps. We’ve got the dexterity pick up & deliver game Island Hopper on tap, plus we talk about recent plays of The Palace of Mad King Ludwig & Ponzi Scheme. We hope you enjoy your flight today with Draft Mechanic!

01:00 Show Intro

03:00 News Bits: Expansions!

10:29 Tantrum House & TantrumCon

12:37 Kickstarter Updates

13:09 Kickstarter: The Big Score

14:29 Kickstarter: Edge of Darkness

20:46 Recent Plays: Ponzi Scheme

33:14 Recent Plays: The Palace of Mad King Ludwig

43:32 Recent Plays: Island Hopper

55:06 On Tap: Island Hopper

58:44 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

59:42 Gaming on the Go!

70:40 Our Six Favorite Board Game Apps

84:36 Traveling with Beer

91:45 The Final Round: Gaming on the Go

98:24 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help! Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/69onthego

Feb 12, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #68: Agra (High Gravity Review); 7 Ronin; Flee the Scene; Bock Beers & the Weight of Games

Today on Draft Mechanic, we take a big deep-dive into the latest heavy euro release from Quined Games, Agra. This game’s a beast and we’re kicking off a new kind of review called “High Gravity” so we can feature big, complex games like this on the ‘cast. We’ve also got a look at some new Kickstarters, recent plays of 7 Ronin and Flee the Scene, plus a beer primer on beers in the Bock style and sub styles. Enjoy!

01:00 Show Intro

02:27 News Bits

07:42 Kickstarter: Updates from Last Episode

08:40 Kickstarter: Fields of Green “Grand Fair” Expansion

12:48 Kickstarter: Page Quest Season 1 / A4 Quest

15:20 Recent Plays: 7 Ronin

28:04 Recent Plays: Flee the Scene

34:24 The Beer Primer: Bocks

49:38 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship Spot

50:47 High Gravity Review: Agra

52:21 Agra: Gameplay Overview

59:45 Agra: Discussion

106:14 Agra: Final Thoughts

108:28 The Final Round: Heavy Games

116:53 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help!Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/68agra

Feb 1, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #67: Expandapalooza! Scythe: The Wind Gambit; Terraforming Mars: Venus Next; Tash Kalar Expansions

We’re back, and we brought expansions! In today’s expandable episode, we’re looking at expansions for Tash Kalar, Scythe & Terraforming Mars. And as our own personal expansion, we’re expanding our On Tap beer selections for Scythe and Terraforming Mars as well with a few beers to pair with the new content in these two list-topping games from 2016! Our Slack chimes in on the expansion conversation by sharing their Essential Expansions. All this, plus a ton of Kickstarters, news and a Beer Primer on milk stouts! Enjoy!

00:55 Show Intro

03:13 News Bits

05:07 Upcoming: Clank “The Mummy’s Curse”

08:05 Upcoming: Great Western Trail “Rails to the North”

10:52 Kickstarter: Endeavor, Age of Sail

13:40 Kickstarter: Herbalism (Deep Water Games launch)

15:29 Kickstarter: The Art of Tokaido

17:41 Expandapalooza: Tash Kalar “Nethervoid” and “Etherweave” expansions

31:16 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship spot

32:26 Expandapalooza: Scythe “The Wind Gambit” expansion

45:40 On Tap: Scythe “Invaders from Afar” and “The Wind Gambit”

50:26 Expandapalooza: Terraforming Mars “Venus Next” expansion

62:16 On Tap: Terraforming Mars “Venus Next”

63:56 The Beer Primer: Milk Stouts

69:41 Final Round: Essential Expansions

82:12 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help!Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/67expand

Jan 15, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #66: Fog of Love six-pack & on tap; Favelas; Illimat; Great Western Trail; 2018 Gaming Challenges

On today’s episode, we dig into the 2-player romantic comedy board game Fog of Love! We give it the usual Draft Mechanic double-feature with a six-pack review and on tap beer pairings. In recent plays, it’s the abstract tile-placement game Favelas, the Decemberists-inspired card game Illimat, and the cow-moooovin’ eurogame Great Western Trail. Danielle runs down the details about low-alcohol beer, and in the Final Round we asked the Slack about their 2018 gaming challenges!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

03:13 Upcoming Conventions

04:18 Kickstarter: Tokyo Series, Pat 1

08:59 Recent Plays: Favelas

16:41 Recent Plays: Illimat

23:54 Recent Plays: Great Western Trail

34:50 Grey Fox Games Sponsorship spot

35:42 Six Pack Review: Fog of Love

36:20 Fog of Love: Gameplay Overview

44:53 Fog of Love: Discussion

68:08 Fog of Love: Final Thoughts

70:51 On Tap: Fog of Love

74:11 Low-Alcohol Beer

82:12 Final Round: Your 2018 Gaming Challenges

91:48 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help!Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/66fogoflove

Jan 1, 2018

Draft Mechanic Episode #65: 2017 In Review

Happy New Year! We’re back once again with our first episode of the year and our customary recap of the year that was. We take a look back at the biggest news stories in gaming and beer in 2017, share our favorites in a pile of categories, discuss our six favorite beers of 2017, and of course our top six games of last year as well. We’re tying this episode up with responses from our new DM Slack channel’s “Final Round” topic: What was the biggest surprise in gaming for you in 2017? Enjoy!

Intro

01:00 Show Housekeeping

02:32 Announcing the Draft Mechanic Slack Channel!

05:27 Meta Mechanic, 2017 by the numbers

08:27 Preface to the Superlatives

11:43 Biggest News Stories of 2017

25:10 Superlative Categories

55:34 Our Top Six Beers of 2017

71:20 Grey Fox Games sponsorship spot

72:08 Our Top Six Games of 2017

96:48 Final Round: Biggest game surprises

103:41 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 our Draft Mechanic Slack Channel, or our BGG Guild (#2470)!

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

Draft Mechanic is sponsored by Grey Fox Games. Check out their website for information on all their great games, and sign up for the newsletter for updates direct to your inbox!

Our theme and bump music is from the album “Superpower of Choice” by the Liberation Jumpsuit - thanks to the band for their help!Come 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!

http://www.draftmechanic.net/show-notes/2018/65-2017

Jan 1, 2018

Draft Mechanic: Spoiler Episode Eta

T.I.M.E Stories: Estrella Drive, 1982 NT

WARNING! This episode contains MAJOR, MASSIVE, COMPLETE SPOILERS for the T.I.M.E Stories scenario “Estrella Drive.” Due to some complications, Spoiler Episode Zeta for Lumen Fidei never existed. But that doesn't stop us from picking apart the latest scenario where we dig into a potentially haunted mansion in 1982 Los Angeles!

Both team Alpha and Beta sat down with the recorder right after finishing to share their thoughts, and we present them to you unedited and complete.

Want more discussion? Join our new Slack channel! Sign up at http://www.draftmechanic.net/slack for games, beer and more!

We hope you enjoy today's spoiler 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!

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