The Tattered Board Podcast: Fighting Against the Alien Invasion of Earth: Our XCOM Board Game Review
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We are back after a one week hiatus! We finally announce our contest winners, we welcome our new guest John, Richard returns, and Carissa sits this one out to recover from what could be gaming exhaustion. We talk about possibly reviewing RPG systems, Deus, Red 7, Zobmbies!, and The Great Heartland Hauling Company. Then we get into our review of XCOM: The Board Game, and all the chaos and fun that ensued. We also give a quick shout out to a local gaming group that meets at the Camas Public Library.

Contents herein:

1:52 – Contest Winners!
3:08 – Gamestorm!
7:35 – News!
13:25 – Should We Review Role Playing Systems?
17:00 – Recently Played Games!
17:50 – Deus
18:55 – Red 7
22:17 – Zombies!
27:01 – The Great Heartland Hauling Company
29:10 – XCOM: The Board Game Feature Review
1:00:00 – Local Game Night at the Camas Public Library


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We talked about RPG systems and the possibility of reviewing some in the future. John brought up a few:

-Dresden Files
-D20 system (DnD)
-Fate system
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-Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Carissa: Yes yes yes! I’ve been craving a new RPG campaign. After years of RPGS, it’s been hard to go so many without a game running. I keep nagging TC to start a new Star Wars campaign (his Star Wars games rock) and I’ve toyed with starting a new one myself, but just haven’t found the right one. I’m dismayed no one mentioned my beloved Adventure system (MEIN EYE!). We used it for so many different games, most notably the Gotham Knights campaign. Or the interested card-based system from the early Dragonlance campaign we had going.
 
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Recently played games

Carissa: Tobago is my recently played game. I picked up a copy based on Kirsten and James recommendation at Cloud Cap. I wasn’t at all dismayed that the instructions were in French (French is cool), but very appreciative that Kirsten printed out an English color copy (she even used card stock). I love this game. It is a fun deduction game where you build the clues as a group to find where the treasure is buried. It’s simple to learn, with lots of board configurations to give the game variation, and is a great family game. On the downside, it is a built too simplistic and might not hold a serious strategy gamer’s attention for more than one play through. I got it because of the little stone idols and the wooden ATVS and palm trees. :-)
 
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Carissa: I enjoyed Deus (and not just because I smoked the competition). It has some interesting mechanics that reminded me of several other games. Quick to learn, I could see this becoming a common go-to game for me, but I need more than the single play-through before I make a final call.
 
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Carissa: evil incarnate fun. Nuff said.
 
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Short review after playing the game with John tonight.

Carissa: I’m so bummed I missed the game. I love Zombies, but it’s been years since I played and I was curious if is still held up compared to newer versions of the zombie theme. Another day, perhaps.
 
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