Podcasts are temporarily on hold until Covid-19 restrictions have been eased and a vaccine is widely available… but please enjoy the growing video content! You can also view these videos directly on my Youtube channel:

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Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road First Impressions

“Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road is a tense economic game charting the rise and fall of the greatest city in the world. In Merv, players are vying to amass power and wealth in the prosperous heart of the Silk Road. Through careful court intrigue, timely donations to the grand mosque, and favorable trade deals, players attempt to redirect as much of that prosperity as possible into their own pockets. Meanwhile, beyond the city walls Mongol hordes approach. If you help construct the city walls, you give up on precious opportunities to build up your own stature, but leave it unprotected and you will burn with the city.”

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Early July 2021 Kickstarter Update

Featuring 7 Currently-Running Kickstarters including The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls Requiem, 6: Siege – The Board Game, Big Game Night: AEG’s Premier Convention Experience, Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Rangers United!, Valor & Villainy: Lludwik’s Labyrinth, First Ascent, and Scarface 1920.

Also 4 Backed Kickstarters and 3 Played Games including Adventure Tactics: Adventures in Alchemy, Chronicles of Crime: 1400, Curious Cargo, Fall of the Mountain King, The Isle of Cats: Don’t forget the kittens!, Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road, and Paris l’Étoile.

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Curious Cargo First Impressions

“Curious Cargo is a two-player game in which you go head-to-head against your opponent by building up the infrastructure of your facility, calling in trucks at the right moment, all while perfectly timing the shipping and receiving of cargo to score the most points. Connect an interweaving web of lines to your shipping and receiving spaces. Play with two-color conveyor tiles, or step it up for an advanced experience and play with all three colors. Ship your custom-shaped cargo tokens to your opponent to interfere with their logistics plans!”

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Late June 2021 Kickstarter Update

Featuring 7 Currently-Running Kickstarters, including Robot Quest Arena Deckbuilding Game, Paris l’Étoile, My Singing Monsters, Adventure Tactics: Adventures in Alchemy, Fall of the Mountain King, The Isle of Cats: Don’t forget the kittens!, and Mechanical Beast.

Also 4 Backed Kickstarters, 1 Acquired Game, and 1 Played Game, including CloudAge, Chai: Tea for 2, Mosaic: A Story of Civilization, Path of Light and Shadow: Solstice, Terraforming Mars Big Box + 3D Tiles, and The Witcher: Old World.

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CloudAge First Impressions

“CloudAge is a mix of engine-building, deck-building, and resource management. The campaign system makes it easy to start playing quickly, with new elements being introduced into the game as players progress through the chapters. While you play, you also experience and help guide the story. If you prefer, you can also play standalone story spin-offs as single scenarios.”

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Early June 2021 Kickstarter Update

Featuring 10 Currently-Running Kickstarters, including Castle Panic Deluxe Collection, Chai: Tea for 2; Tussie Mussie: Expansion Collection, Paperback Adventures, Mosaic, Lockup: Breakout Expansion, Maximum Apocalypse: Wasted Wilds, Path of Light and Shadow: Solstice, The Witcher: Old World, and Buru.

Also 5 Backed Kickstarters, 5 Acquired Games, and 5 Played Games, including Barrage; CloudAge; Destinies; Embarcadero; Florence; Hoplomachus Victorum; Maglev Metro; Merchants Cove; Middara Act 1; Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile; Railways of Sweden, Australia, and Rail Barons of the World; Santa Monica; Vengeance: Roll & Fight; and Vivid Memories.

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Merchants Cove First Impressions

“Merchants Cove is a highly asymmetrical eurogame where each player assumes the role of a different fantasy merchant with a unique shop. The merchants contend to sell their goods to the arriving adventurers at the cove’s piers—the most famous markets in the Five Realms. Each player uses their own set of role-specific components and gameplay mechanisms to produce their goods, increase their shop’s efficiency, and—most importantly—get rich!”

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Maglev Metro First Impressions

“In Maglev Metro, utilize state-of-the-art magnetic levitation technology to build a metropolitan rail system, transporting workers and robots beneath the city. Replace aging Manhattan and Berlin subway systems with newer, faster, quieter technology. Enhance your rail system’s abilities so that your passengers arrive at their destinations first.

Efficiency is your key to success in this pick-up-and-deliver, tile-laying, engine-building game. Transparent tiles allow your route to overlap your opponents’ tracks, winding you along from station to station. Robots efficiently upgrade and adjust your abilities, leveraging unique goals to maximize points. By the end of the game, the game board has morphed into a modern subway map, with brightly-colored routes connecting stations all over the city.”

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