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Podcast: Between Turns


Earlier this year, fellow BGG User John Middleton and I decided to launch a podcast. We didn't want to do strictly a review show since that need has already been wonderfully serviced by a whole slew of folks, both in podcast form and on YouTube. We also didn't want to simply rehash all the existing tropes like "What did you play last week" and "Top 10 Top 10's" list. Those are fun and I'm sure we will visit that stuff every now and again, but we didn't want that to be our format.

Instead, we wanted to go a little deeper. If we review a game, we want to talk about why the game belongs on your shelf or if it doesn't, for that matter. Either way, we want to talk about what makes it noteworthy in our minds. Often times this can have little to do with mechanics, balance, components or artwork and more to do with how it stirs your imagination. Whatever the wrinkle is that grabs our attention, that is what we want to talk about.

We also like to look at big picture stuff. Philosophical thoughts about what certain games are illustrating or practical things like navigating game night. We hope these conversations are as interesting for you to listen to as they are for us to record. John is quite the orator, so we hope his eloquence can help unlock the assorted grunts and monosyllabic offerings I throw out as I try to bring my fairly broad gaming experiences to bear. Most of all, we hope the show is engaging. My favorite podcasts are the ones that make me want to pick up the phone and call in, to support or debate the hosts. If our show can achieve that for all of you, I think we will call it a success.


These podcasts are also available on iTunes, Stitcher and directly from the RSS feed http://betweenturns.libsyn.com/rss

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1. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Video Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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Hello and welcome to the pilot episode of Between Turns! This is a podcast about board games, current (and not so current) events and basically anything else we meander into during our weekly gaming sessions. In this episode, John and I talk about the separation of Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games, what that means for their fans and most importantly, what to track down and buy before it disappears forever!

This episode was recorded about three months before we actually launched, but it was a fun conversation, so we went ahead and launched with it anyway. The news was old by this time, but we were both kind of attached to it since it was our first run at doing a podcast. You'll notice a lack of introductions for the first few episodes. John was being artsy in the edit room. Eventually, I'll go back and put some welcome to the show type things on the front of these, but for now, just dive in and pretend you already know who we are!


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2. Board Game Publisher: Asmodee
Board Game Publisher: Asmodee
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John and Jeff take a look at the rise of Darth Asmodée. As publisher after publisher is consumed by its explosive growth, what effect will it have on the board gaming industry? Will FFG's new policies on online sales help your FLGS or is it all just a Jedi mind trick? Most importantly, is this hobby bubble about to burst? We don't know for sure if the end is nigh, but we certainly don't mind making some predictions!



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3. Board Game: Vinhos Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:115]
Board Game: Vinhos Deluxe Edition
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In this episode, John and Jeff take a look at Vinhos Deluxe and more specifically, the Special Vintage 2016 rule set. We've got a lot to say about how it stacks up against the 2010 version of the game as well as how it relates to Vital Lacerda's other big deluxe edition game, The Gallerist.











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4. Board Game: The Wedding Planner Game [Average Rating:4.94 Unranked]
Board Game: The Wedding Planner Game
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In this episode, Jeff and John talk through the social contracts of Game Night. Heavy games are hard and require a lot of prep work but sometimes all that prep work is for naught, usually when circumstances require a change in direction. It's quite a let down when that happens, but is it ok to actually feel let down about it?




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5. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.60 Overall Rank:2]
Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
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John and Jeff discuss the hottest trend in gaming, the Legacy game. Is it something truly special or is it just a cleverly disguised version of the house ruling and campaigning many folks have always done? What makes this a top 5 game over on BoardGameGeek and ultimately, does it deserve to stay there?

Please note, this episode contains very minor spoilers about how a Legacy game is constructed - so no story details, jump scares or plot points are mentioned. Still, we thought we should give the purists a warning!




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6. Board Game: Vast: The Crystal Caverns [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:665] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Board Game: Vast: The Crystal Caverns
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This episode we talk VAST: The Crystal Caverns. Five players, five asymmetric roles playing five mechanically different games simultaneously, on the same board. Can that even work? More importantly, if it does work, is it any fun?


[MP3]http://traffic.libsyn.com/betweenturns/vast.mp3|Episode 6: VAST "A catastrophic failure of the O-Rings"[/MP3]

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7. Board Game: Millennium Blades [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:364]
Board Game: Millennium Blades
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Jeff and John have wanted to share their experiences with Millennium Blades for a long, long time. Ever since it was released back in fall of last year, it has had a grip on both their thoughts and their game nights. Rumor has it The Between Turns Podcast was actually supposed to launch with Millenium Blades as the first episode. Well, as it turns out someone...or something, didn't want that to happen. Nearly all audio from that recording was corrupted, never to be heard again So they recorded it a second time. Once more, some unspeakable menace wiped out the words before they could bring them to the masses. Now finally, with the release of the Millennium Blades: Set Rotation expansion, the tale can finally be told.

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8. Board Game: House Rules [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Board Game: House Rules
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Jeff's approach to house rules roughly translates to "Be polite. Be courteous, show professionalism, and have a plan to kill everyone in the room." John is a little more flexible. Or is he?


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9. Board Game Designer: Phil Eklund
Board Game Designer: Phil Eklund
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Jeff, your Between Turns man on the scene calls in live from the remote gaming paradise of Eklundia. Together with John, he explores the niche within a niche that is Sierra Madre Games. Are their titles strategy games or sandbox simulations? Why do Pax Porfiriana, Pax Pamir and Pax Renaissance all feel so different from one another when they share nearly all the same mechanics? Join them as they pull back the curtain on a few of these somewhat obscure treasures of gaming.






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10. Board Game: Toire o Yogoshita nowa Dareda? [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:13217]
Board Game: Toire o Yogoshita nowa Dareda?
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In this episode, Jeff and John talk corn balls, gravy, and collection curation.




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Board Game: BattleCON: War of Indines
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Board Game: Three Kingdoms Redux



In this special episode, Brother Jeff brings John to the world of BattleCon. After coming down from the revelry, they were blessed with a true miracle, an answer for one of the oldest problems in game design. Behold... a three player game that works!

(00:00 - 37:40) Book 1: Battlecon: Anime Fight Club

(37:40-1:09:28) Book 2: A Game For Me, You, and Some Other Dude: Three Kingdoms Redux




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12. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:296]
Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
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We explore the nature of digital implementations of board games. Does access to more in-game information for the players hurt or enhance the experience?





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13. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:125]
Board Game: Age of Steam
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In this episode, Jeff gets a copy of Age of Steam...and finds himself in a completionist's nightmare.





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14. Board Game: Container: 10th Anniversary Jumbo Edition! [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:905]
Board Game: Container: 10th Anniversary Jumbo Edition!
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Jeff and John return from their summer hiatus to talk board game reboots, special editions, re-themes and designers going full George Lucas.


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15. Board Game: New Angeles [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1139]
Board Game: New Angeles
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In this episode, Jeff finds the Battlestar Galactica reboot he didn't know he wanted in Fantasy Flight's New Angeles. Then we talk traitors, saboteurs, and diplomacy with belligerent states. Well, at least the ones found in competitive co-op games.

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16. Board Game: Torches & Pitchforks [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:17837]
Board Game: Torches & Pitchforks
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What makes a good review? Even more importantly, what makes a good reviewer? That of course, is a trick question. The answer is different, depending on who you ask. Or at least it should be. When it is not, the end result is often pitchforks and torches marching on the nearest dice tower. This episode we take a look at bias, disclaimers, trust, and full disclosure in board game reviews.

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17. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:1377]
Board Game: Navajo Wars
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Alone in the surreal dusky twilight of a morning eclipse, Jeff discovered solo gaming. Not the typical time wasters, but full-blown 40-page rulebook, time-consuming event worthy games. John has been kicking around in this realm for years and as always, he's ready to ruminate with Jeff on everything from Choose Your Own Adventure books to GMT's Navajo Wars.

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