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Welcome to part two of our year end ENGN Solo Awards for 2017! We hope you enjoyed part one last episode. This time, we feature all of the core titles that made the biggest impact in the solo and cooperative communities throughout the year. And, just like last time, we have some illustrious guests from other channels to help us out. Best Short Game - presented by Travis from Low Player Count (2:00) - https://www.lowplayercount.com/ Best Family/ Casual Strategy Game - presented by Liz Davidson from Beyond Solitaire (5:52) - http://www.beyondsolitaire.net/index.html Best Advanced Card Game - presented by a mystery guest presenter (11:32) Best Adventure Game - presented by Paul Grogan from Gaming Rules (13:49) - http://gaming-rules.com/ Best Complex Strategy Game - presented by Anthony and Frances from Ant Lab Games (20:55) - http://antlabgames.com/ We also give our thoughts on the year as a whole right at the very end of the episode. Phew, we finally put a bow on 2017. Time to embrace 2018!
Welcome back to our special Preview Series, the show where Kickstarter designers and project managers answer all of your questions about their projects. We hope you get everything you need to know so that you can make an informed decision about whether a KS project is worth your hard earned cash. Today, we are happy to chat the publisher and designer of one of the most popular, family friendly projects currently on Kickstarter, which is Tiny Epic Zombies. Scott Almes and Michael Coe share their stories about the origin of TEZ, design goals, ITEMeeples, use (or perhaps overuse) of the zombie theme, and much more. Also, as of this episode, Every Night is Game Night is now a part of the Dice Tower Network. We are very happy to share this episode with a new audience as an introduction to our content. Please check out our regular series of episodes as well, including our big Year End Award Show that will release this coming Friday, 2/2.
Solo game of Bios: Genesis (Short game). Living rules - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k8_ya9OkaaFF1MteOpTF349yHz-m_uRpiVVBZVMrgXA/edit Gray Board Gamer playthrough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVS9FFgZww https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/98918/bios-genesis
This week, we return to our tried and true Deep Dive format to analyze one of the hottest releases of 2016 - Stonemaier Games' Charterstone. The first part of our show is spoiler free. We give our impressions of the very first game, as well as non-spoiler (as much as possible) reactions after finishing all 12 games. Afterwards, we get into our full spoiler review (16:07). Finally, we brought in a few friends of the pod for their reactions - Martin from our Slack channel, and Jenn Bartlett, the Board Game Librarian, and her husband Matt. They had very, very, VERY different reactions to the game (39:11) that you will want to hear. If you want to be a guest on the pod, please check out www.boardgamersanonymous.com and consider backing us on Patreon. We have a Slack channel where we hang out. When the need arises, I will invite you on the show to talk about a game! And if you back at a high enough level, you will be able to choose the subject matter yourself. So, if you find that appealing, please mosey on over and consider helping us out. We would definitely appreciate it.
We are very excited to be joined once again by Ignacy Trzewiczek, president of Portal Games. Ignacy joined us last year to talk about the pre-order campaign for First Martians. This time, he’s back to talk about the launch, future content, and yes... the rulebook. We think you will be very interested to hear Ignacy give his honest opinions. We also talk about lots more releases coming from Portal in 2018, including new expansions for Robinson Crusoe, Alien Artifacts, and Imperial Settlers. We hope you enjoy the episode. Also, stay tuned Monday for some extra conversation we had about all sorts of random stuff.
You may have seen the voting polls on Facebook and the 1 Player Guild. Now it's time to hand out our ENGN Solo Awards for 2017! Anthony and Jason both chose their own winners, and the fans helped up break any ties between us with their own votes!
Not only do we present each award with analysis for each category, we asked a number of friends in the solo and cooperative community to help present (one of whom gets eaten by a Shoggoth monster... you'll have to listen to find out who).
Best Board Game App - presented by Crystal Pisano of Board Game Blitz (6:14) - http://www.boardgameblitz.com/ Best App Integration in a Board Game - presented by Peter Gousis and Michael Kelly of Co-Op Cast (11:06) - https://soundcloud.com/user-318456537 Best Unofficial Fan Variant of a Game - presented by Hans Gruberstein from Hans Solo channel (17:48) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEqba1Xh4vQGm2beVcVxOdQ Best Reprint - presented by Colin Degnan from One Stop Coop Shop - (22:00) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrOtGhui_jdLdoQNI7PU4Pg Best Expansion - presented by Adam Smith of Rolling Solo - (25:45) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuh4j6WB-Lh1DbjKe4nBj7w Aside from entertaining our core audience, we also hope this serves as an adequate introduction of our show to the Dice Tower Network!