It's getting close now, can you feel it? Or are you just feeling sore from the game you just lost? We're talking sore losers and sore winners: people who are hard to be around when they lose or win a game. What can you do to avoid being that person, and what games bring out the worst in us? Before we fight our feelings, we talk about Paris: New Eden, Glory to Rome, and No Swap No Pay.
We're joined by the Blue Tank for a quick look back at SHUX, before we dive into a discussion on games that are better than their mechanics suggest. These are games that we might describe as not very good, but somehow still give us incredible experiences that we find distinct and unique. But that makes them good, right? Before we lose all credibility, we talk about Kingdomino Duel, Panic on Wall Street!, and Blood on the Clocktower.
Inspired by BoardGameGeek's new system for classifying board game mechanisms, we give our thoughts on the changes, as well as talk about classification in general. Somehow it always leads to heated discussions, whether it's arguing what a Civilization game even is, or why we need classification at all. I'm sure we'll all agree in the end. Before we taxi into taxonomy, we talk about Piepmatz, Era: Medieval Age, and Cursed Court.
Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic: The Gathering, defined three player archetypes back in 2002, and we figured it'd be fun to see how we can apply them to, not just board games, but your three beloved hosts. We look into what makes a Timmy, Tammy, Johnny, Jenny, or Spike tick, and try to find some board games each might like. Before we profile ourselves, we talk about FlickFleet, Québec, and Ra.
Iain has been trying to bring the Brainwaves garden under control but much to his annoyance has found the place overrun by wrestling Gnomes.
That sound isn't the Brainwaves HQ starting to strain under the weight of all the new interns, no it's the sound of Creaking Shelves recently installed by our latest guest Matt Evans, we really must get professionals to do this kind of thing. Matt joins us to discuss Kickstarter Unions, cash prizes, fast food RPGs, discuss "Killer Games" and much, much more.
Iain and Jamie are joined by magic man Richard from We’re Not Wizards. Together they cover actual Kickstarter Fraud, Kittens getting their hands on lots of money and visas being denied for Essen. In our Brainstorm they look at online communities and discuss whether they should all be amalgamated into one. All this and more, on this week’s Brainwaves.
Iain Chantler has established a Robot Fight Club in the basement of Brainwaves HQ and who better than James Hewitt to help him get it setup. Iain McAllister is enthusiastic about the idea but James really needs to help out around the place if the club is going to stay, so he joins the Iains on the cast.
Jamie has returned from the depths of the Brainwaves HQ with the help of Iain C and large quantities of caffeine.
The cast has hit 10000 downloads and Iain M is throwing a party!
Iain and Jamie are back in the studio to bring you the latest tabletop news.
Iain and Jamie are back from Tabletop Scotland their bags bursting with the latest in tabletop news.
The team are back to bring you the latest in tabletop news. This episode they lay out the history of nuTSR and Wizards of the coast before bringing you the latest developments in the case. Alongside this they look at cheating controversy in the world of chess, Origins shaking up the Awards, Gamefound announcing new initiatives, and more on episode 107 of Brainwaves.
Iain and Jamie are back behind the mics to bring you the choicest cuts of tabletop news.
Iain and Oliver are back in the studio while Jamie takes a break from the cast.
The team are all back together once more to bring you the best in Tabletop Gaming News.
Oliver has been on special assignment in Germany attending the Spiel des Jahres ceremony! To celebrate the award, and to learn more about it, we bring you interviews with the winners and with a member of the jury, Martina Fuchs. Never fret though, the episode is still full of the good, bad, and ugly news of the industry.
The team dare to roll and welcome the excellent Mike Barnes back to the cast. This episode we cover the announcement of the Teburu smart board, along with how to pronounce it, Spiel des Jahres winners, deaths of some giants of the industry, Digital innovations and much more. In Brainstorm we turn our attention to the biggest conventions and ask if there are just too many games.
This episode Iain and Jamie are joined by guest reporter and actual journalist Owen Duffy. Together they dive into this cast's news including new Kickstarter guidelines, review bombing on BGG, Cyberpunk 2077 coming to tabletop and much more! In our Brainstorm discussion we pick Owen's brains about the state of boardgame Journalism.
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