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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 67 - Gen Con News, Undo and Bunny Kingdom

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Warning: This podcast contains strong language and adult content.

The full gang are back and have a bucket load of Gen Con news to go through. We cast our expert* eyes over the latest tabletop gaming and board game news, such as the new Marvel games from Fantasy Flight Games and the announcement of Ankh from CMON.

We then take an in-depth look at single play mystery game Undo from Pegasus Spiele and Bunny Kingdom from Iello and Richard Garfield.
*The Polyhedron Collider team are not classified as experts in any field.

Gaming News
00:06:28 Boardgamegeek rebrands
00:09:35 Arkham Horror Final Hour
00:15:40 Marvel Champions: The Card Game
00:18:24 Marvel Crisis Protocol
00:21:26 Ankh& Trudvang Legends
00:28:56 Etherfields
00:31:00 Back to the Future
00:32:33 Era: Medieval Age
00:40:10 Tapestry

Games Mentioned
00:47:18 Undo
01:09:06 Bunny Kingdom and Bunny Kingdom's in the Sky
01:21:27 Space Base
01:28:41 Trudvang Legends (again)
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Intro and Outro Music: "Ouroboros" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:48 am
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Bosk Review

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Moments ago the board was empty, now it’s chocked full of colourful cardboard trees. In this autumnal chaos it all becomes clear. A sort of The Pointillism-style image emerges now, each choice is methodical, considered, careful. It's at this point you see the pattern, you see the opportunities. The mistakes.



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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 66 - Molkky, Gaia Project and 40k TV

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Warning: This podcast contains strong language and adult content.

A weekend of celebrating Andy’s 40th has led to a couple of casualties, as the skeleton crew of Andy and Steve man the show. We talk about the latest crazy technology from CMON, the Warhammer TV show in the works, as well as Molkky and Gaia Project. We then take care of the burgeoning mail bag, answering questions on the value of a board game, the evolution of the hadron collider and games to play outside.

Games Discussed
00:10:12 CMON announce Teberu
00:17:52 Spiel de Jahres Winners
00:20:35 A Warhammer 40,000 TV show
00:26:20 Molkky
00:23:33 Gaia Project

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Intro and Outro Music: "Ouroboros" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:58 am
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Imperial Settlers: Empire of the North - First Thoughts Review

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...mere seconds into the game, let alone the round and you are making decisions which will significantly impact your engine [...] Already you’re in a bind



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Dwarf Kickstarter Review

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Dwarf is an adaptive worker placement game where the the mountain is constantly changing.



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There’s a point whilst analysing a game’s design when you realise you’ve seen through the surface information and begun to understand what the game’s designer was trying to do. You’ve opened a window into the designers mind, and can rationalise every design decision and look back at the path that led them to this point. It doesn’t make a game any better but gives you an understanding of why.

Dwarf is such a game. A two to three player worker placement game about dwarves (or is it dwarfs I can never remember), doing what dwarfs/dwarves do; mining, smelting, forging and defending against dragons. Dwarfs are renowned for their greed so the winner is the player who has the most resources in two of the three categories; steel, gold and forged items.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 65 - Jonathan Strange, Dice Hospital Expansions, Empires of the North

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Warning: This podcast contains strong language and adult content.

It appears, due to an administrative oversight, that only Andy and Steve were available this week. So set yourselves for a more genteel podcast, as the two most distinguished members of the Polyhedron Collider crew talk about the table top games they have been playing this week.

Top of the list of board games are Stonemaier’s Wingspan, Chip Theory’s Too Many Bones and Villagers from Sinister Fish. We also discuss how Steve will be the first to be eaten, when we all get trapped on a desert island.

Games Discussed
00:03:47 ASL reading of the D&D 5e Players Handbook
00:06:27 New Kickstarter guidelines
00:14:30 Stone Dick and crazy Japanese music videos https://youtu.be/sR9t_3WmNp8

00:18:21 Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: A Board game of English Magic
00:44:10 Dice Hospital Community Careexpansion
01:00:47 Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North
01:17:17 Blockbuster

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Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:18 pm
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Dice Hospital Community Care Review

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Community Care offers three expansions for Dice Hospital, each adding new choices, new complexities and a new richness to the already outstanding game. They present new ways to examine Dice Hospital with each providing a different point of view and new, interesting challenges.



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Tue Jul 9, 2019 10:00 am
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Undo: Cherry Blossom Festival Review

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Ultimately its a mystery story, but you’re not looking for traditional clues. There’s no smoking gun or tell-tale footprint. What you get is a snapshot in time and there’s no Groundhog style do-overs. You can one crack at this, and that’s it.



Published by Pegasus Spiele designed by Michael Palm & Lukas Zach

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Elder Scrolls: Call To Arms Interview with Chris Birch

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I was fortunate enough to sit down with the founder of Modiphius, Chris Birch during the UK Games Expo to find out a little bit more about Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms



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Assembly Kickstarter Review

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Personal log: “I don’t know for certain what happened. there was a meteor shower; fiercer than we anticipated. It was carrying some kind of virus that somehow breached the station and killed the crew. Well, almost. There’s just two of us left. We have to get off, the computer is shutting everything down, including life support, we don’t have much time to do what this station was designed for; build a ship and then get back to Earth.”



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