The Royal Society of Gamers

The Royal Society of Gamers is a podcast about board games, card games and anything related. We cover boardgaming news and reviews as well as in-depth analysis of gaming issues.

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"A Certain World"

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Posted in The Futility Closet and originally a quote about judging literature, this statement feels like it can equally be applied to board games:

"As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between taste and judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like; this I don’t like.

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don’t like it; I can see this is good and, though at present I don’t like it, I believe that with perseverance I shall come to like it; I can see that this is trash but I like it; I can see that this is trash and I don’t like it."

– W.H. Auden, A Certain World, 1970
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Episode 17: Hungry Mediums in Strasbourg

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A review-heavy episode this time around with discussions of Strasbourg, Divinare and The Hunger Games: District 12 Strategy Game. It's been a long time since we started our competition for another Stefan Feld game - The Speicherstadt - but we finally have a winner. There's also a new competition to win Antoine Bauza's excellent card game Hanabi.

You can download the episode from our website, subscribe on iTunes.
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Episode 16: From Essen Special

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The Royal Society has descended upon Essen and we've been spending money and playing games just so we can bring you this special update. (And maybe a bit because it's fun...).

This episode's even more shambolic than usual as it was recorded in a hotel room sat on two beds and huddled around the microphone balanced on a chair and we discuss so many games only a fool would try and list them here. So it includes P.I., Courtier, Escape: The Curse of the Temple, Lady Alice, Coup, Love Letter, Suburbia, Snowdonia, and a few dozen more first impressions.

Also, since recording the episode I've been able to play Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar and so far it stands out as the big "gamer's game" of the show, especially of those that had the usual pre-show hype. Hopefully we'll be able to get a review together in the near future.

You can download the episode here or subscribe on iTunes.

Show notes will be posted later, but for now there's the last day of gaming about to get underway!
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Essen D

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As the Royal Society prepares to land in Essen (or Dusseldorf, and then get the train to Essen), here's a podcast all about Essen. Lloyd and Paul along with new host Adam go through their Essen preview lists ranging from short and snappy games such as Hanabi, Rumble in the Dungeon and Love Letter through to meatier games like Archipelago and Article 27: The UN Security Council Game.

The theme of British people going abroad is continued through to the full review of D-Day Dice, the game that was a recent Kickstarter mega-success.

Just in time to listen to before the show (what better in-flight entertainment can be had?), you can download the episode here and subscribe on iTunes.

Full show notes are available on the episode's page.
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Episode 14: Better Late Than Never

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In a small change to the usual format, we have no news this episode but as well as reviews of Panic Station and the Kennerspiel winner Village we do have a report on Game Camp and the UK Games Expo. Plus there's a new interview segment with Tony Boydell of Surprised Stare Games Ltd where we discuss the history of the company as well as some of his games including Paperclip Railways and the upcoming Snowdonia.

There's also another chance to enter our competition to win a copy of Stefan Feld's The Speicherstadt sponsored by Board Game Guru.

You can download the episode here or subscribe on iTunes.

Full show notes are available on the episode's page.
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Episode 13: Spiel des Jahres Nominees

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We have the usual news and updates including a look at some of the Origins award winners, plus reviews of Martin Wallace's Discworld: Ankh-Morpork and Reiner Knizia's Pinguin-Party.

Following the nominations for the Spiel des Jahres awards we go into a bit of a discussion about the games and make semi-random (or maybe completely random) predictions for the winners for the main prize and the Kennerspiel, paying more attention to K2 (which we reviewed in episode 9) and Village (which we'll be reviewing soon).

Finally we have a new competition to win a copy of Stefan Feld's The Speicherstadt sponsored by Board Game Guru.

You can download the episode here or subscribe on iTunes.

Full show notes are available on the episode's page.
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Episode 12: Pax of Walnuts

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A short news section this episode, including a semi-regular Hobbit update and news of the publication of Snowdonia, and a couple of reviews including the "I am Spartacus" card game PAX and the rondel-in-disguise game Walnut Grove. We discuss the Voice of Experience review competition and we also have the winner of our Hab & Gut competition sponsored by Board Game Guru.

You can download the episode here.

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Episode 11: War, Cavemen and Hula Girls

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We have a small crop of games that we either had a glimpse of or just completed missed from Essen 2011 including Hawaii, Power Grid: The First Sparks and Hasbro's innovative Risk Legacy. There also a ton of news featuring both Hasbro and Hobbit movie tie-ins including:

K2: The Avalanche
Ugg-Tect
Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion
Tammany Hall
Star Wars: The Card Game
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill

Lastly, and far from leastly, there's a second chance to win a copy of Hab & Gut sponsored by Board Game Guru.

You can download the episode here.

Full show notes are available on the episode's page.
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Print and Play Dreadfleet?

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Games Workshop may be busy chasing Pirate Bay for putting up files to allow the printing of miniatures on home 3D printers, but meanwhile it looks like Nato have found a way to get around copyright laws with what looks to be a homemade copy of Dreadfleet:


If you're interested in what they're really doing you can read the full story on Nato's cardboard boats here.
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The Responsibilities of Kickstarter Coverage

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We don't talk a great deal about Kickstarter here but plenty of other blogs and podcasts do. Rock Paper Shotgun has posted an interesting piece about the journalistic responsibilities of Kickstarter coverage and, although strictly about the video game business, it applies just as well to anything else. As a taster:

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1) If we post about a Kickstarter project, we’re essentially implying our readers should donate to it. Everyone makes their own spending decision based on their own feelings and research of course – but it can still be the case that for many of our revered readership, the deal wasn’t even on the table until it appeared here.

The article makes some good points, and in case anyone's interested #2 is one of the main reasons I don't look into Kickstarter that much and don't have an urge to talk about it. Read the rest of the article anyway and let it feed into your own reading of Kickstarter coverage anyway. And if anyone has any opinions, I'm also interested in the answer to RPS's question:

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Again, our decisions will be ultimately our own and, as with the Kickstarter stuff itself, mob rule won’t force our hand, but I am very interested in what those outside the gaming press feel are the essential factors and best practices in this brave new world of paying for a game before it exists.
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