The SnakesCast

Bite-sized bits about board games from the game gurus at Snakes and Lattes

The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start. The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

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    Space Month: Galactic Conquest, Part 1 - The grandest space epic of board gaming

    Space Month: Galactic Conquest, Part 1 - The grandest space epic of board gaming

    It's Space Month week 2! This week, we get warlike, as we discuss games of galactic conquest. We begin the week by talking about the biggest of them all: Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition.

    Welcome to week 2 of Space Month! We get warlike this week, as we turn to games with the theme and objective of galactic conquest! Today, Monday August 21st 2017, we begin by discussing the grandest of all of the galactic conquest games: Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition. This episode was recorded in advance of the announcement of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition by Fantasy Flight Games at GenCon.

    Published: August 21st, 2017
    Length: 00:10:58

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    Space Month: Galactic Conquest, Part 1 - The grandest space epic of board gaming

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    Space Month: Galactic Conquest, Part 1 - The grandest space epic of board gaming

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    Space Month: Franchise Games, Part 1 - A galaxy far, far away

    Space Month: Franchise Games, Part 1 - A galaxy far, far away

    It's Space Month week 1! This week we discuss franchise games based in space, beginning with games set in the Star Wars universe.

    Welcome to week 1 of Space Month! This week we are going to be looking at franchise games that are set in space. Today, Monday August 14th 2017, we begin by travelling to a galaxy far, far away, and discussing some of the many games that are set in the Star Wars universe.

    Published: August 14th, 2017
    Length: 00:15:19

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    Space Month: Franchise Games, Part 2 - The final frontier

    Space Month: Franchise Games, Part 2 - The final frontier

    It's Space Month week 1! This week we discuss franchise games based in space, continuing with games based on the Star Trek franchise.

    Welcome to week 1 of Space Month! This week we are going to be looking at franchise games that are set in space. Today, Wednesday August 16th 2017, we head to the final frontier in order to discuss some of the myriad games that are based on the various Star Trek series.

    Published: August 16th, 2017
    Length: 00:13:13

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    Space Month: Franchise Games, Part 3 - The great unknown

    Space Month: Franchise Games, Part 3 - The great unknown

    It's Space Month week 1! This week we discuss franchise games based in space, and we're finishing with games from a variety of other amazing franchises.

    Welcome to week 1 of Space Month! This week we are going to be looking at franchise games that are set in space. Today, Friday August 18th 2017, we are going to finish the conversation by discussing a variety of games based upon some of the other fantastic space franchises that are out there.

    Published: August 18th, 2017
    Length: 00:20:30

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    Visual-spatial games, Part 1 - What do we mean by visual-spatial?

    Visual-spatial games, Part 1 - What do we mean by visual-spatial?

    Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly for 2 players. We begin by talking about our definition of a visual-spatial game, and discussing examples.

    Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly examining examples that work for two players. Today, Monday August 7th 2017, we begin by defining visual-spatial games as we mean to discuss them, and talking about some accessible examples of such games.

    Games discussed: Connect 4, Pentago, Quarto

    Published: August 7th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:36

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    Visual-spatial games, Part 2 - Further examples and evolutions

    Visual-spatial games, Part 2 - Further examples and evolutions

    Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly for 2 players. Today we look at more such games, seeing how they evolved from our initial examples.

    Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly examining examples that work for two players. Today, Wednesday August 9th 2017, we look at some more examples of these games that are a little more involved than those we looked at on Monday.

    Games discussed: Batik, Blokus, Ubongo

    Published: August 9th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:38

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    Visual-spatial games, Part 3 - Some of our favourites

    Visual-spatial games, Part 3 - Some of our favourites

    Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly for 2 players. Today we finish up this discussion by looking at some of our favourites.

    Looking closely at your options is important this week as we look at visual-spatial games, particularly examining examples that work for two players. Today, Friday August 11th 2017, we finish up this discussion by looking at some of our favourite games that fit this description.

    Games discussed: Battle Sheep, Hey! That's My Fish, Kingdomino, Patchwork

    Published: August 11th, 2017
    Length: 00:15:49

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    Teaching Games, Part 1 - Things to know before you even get to the table

    Teaching Games, Part 1 - Things to know before you even get to the table

    Have you ever wondered how best to teach your friends a new game? The SnakesCast team discusses methods of teaching games this week, beginning with the pre-preparation that is necessary before the game even hits the table.

    Have you ever wondered how best to teach your friends a new game, or whether the game is right for them? The SnakesCast team discusses teaching methods this week. Today, Monday July 31st 2017, we begin by talking about the things you need to do or ask yourself before the game even hits the table.

    Published: July 31st, 2017
    Length: 00:10:58

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    Teaching Games, Part 2 - How to approach teaching a game

    Teaching Games, Part 2 - How to approach teaching a game

    Have you ever wondered how best to teach your friends a new game? The SnakesCast team discusses methods of teaching games this week, and today we bring the box to the table and suggest ways of approaching a teach

    Have you ever wondered how best to teach your friends a new game, or whether the game is right for them? The SnakesCast team discusses teaching methods this week. Today, Wednesday August 02 2017, we bring the box to the table, and suggest approaches to use when teaching games.

    Published: August 2nd, 2017
    Length: 00:12:18

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    Teaching Games, Part 3 - Troubleshooting the process

    Teaching Games, Part 3 - Troubleshooting the process

    Have you ever wondered how best to teach your friends a new game? The SnakesCast team discusses methods of teaching games this week, and we end by looking at some of the obstacles that could come up while teaching

    Have you ever wondered how best to teach your friends a new game, or whether the game is right for them? The SnakesCast team discusses teaching methods this week. Today, Friday August 04 2017, we look at some of the obstacles that you might face during a teach, and how to approach them.

    Published: August 4th, 2017
    Length: 00:13:54

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    Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - Part 1 - What is Deception all about?

    Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - Part 1 - What is Deception all about?

    A murder has been committed in Hong Kong, and someone at the table is the murderer! The SnakesCast examines Deception: Murder in Hong Kong this week, beginning with the basics of the gameplay.

    A murder has been committed in Hong Kong, and someone at the table is the murderer! Join us this week as we examine Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. Today, Monday July 24th 2017, we begin by looking at the basics of the gameplay, the components and the investigative elements of the game.

    Published: July 24th, 2017
    Length: 00:13:26

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    Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - Part 2 - The mechanical DNA of the game

    Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - Part 2 - The mechanical DNA of the game

    A murder has been committed in Hong Kong, and someone at the table is the murderer! The SnakesCast examines Deception: Murder in Hong Kong this week, and today we discuss the games that share mechanisms with it.

    A murder has been committed in Hong Kong, and someone at the table is the murderer! Join us this week as we examine Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. Today, Wednesday July 26 2017, we examine the games mechanical DNA, discussing games that may have inspired it, and definitely have similar building blocks.

    Published: July 26th, 2017
    Length: 00:11:50

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    Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - Part 3 - Imperfections and preferences

    Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - Part 3 - Imperfections and preferences

    A murder has been committed in Hong Kong, and someone at the table is the murderer! The SnakesCast examines Deception: Murder in Hong Kong this week, and today we talk about some of the game's flaws, and who will enjoy it.

    A murder has been committed in Hong Kong, and someone at the table is the murderer! Join us this week as we examine Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. Today, Friday July 28 2017, we talk about some of the things that we are not so keen about, our perceptions of imperfections in the game, and people who will or may not enjoy it, or be good people to play it with.

    Published: July 28th, 2017
    Length: 00:12:15

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    Hidden Movement, Part 1 - Mysterious Movement

    Hidden Movement, Part 1 - Mysterious Movement

    You'll never see us this week, as the SnakesCast explores games in which someone's movement is hidden - but we first begin with a discussion where the movement itself isn't hidden, but information related to it is

    You'll never see us pass by this week, as the SnakesCast explores games in which a player's movement is hidden in some way. However today, Monday July 10th 2017, we begin with a slight tangent as we discuss games where it is something to do with the movement - such as which piece is actually yours - is hidden, rather than the movement itself.

    Published: July 10th, 2017
    Length: 00:08:33

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    Hidden Movement, Part 2 - You can't see me

    Hidden Movement, Part 2 - You can't see me

    You'll never see us this week, as the SnakesCast explores games in which someone's movement is hidden - and today we look at some of the more accessible games in which one player's movement is mostly unknown to the other players

    You'll never see us pass by this week, as the SnakesCast explores games in which a player's movement is hidden in some way. Today, Wednesday July 12th 2017, we look at several accessible games in which one player's movement is mostly unknown to the other players, with their playing piece rarely appearing on the board.

    Published: July 12th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:19

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    Hidden Movement, Part 3 - Taking the concept further

    Hidden Movement, Part 3 - Taking the concept further

    You'll never see us this week, as the SnakesCast explores games in which someone's movement is hidden - and today's episode looks at games that take the concept of hidden movement further and make it more detailed

    You'll never see us pass by this week, as the SnakesCast explores games in which a player's movement is hidden in some way. Today, Friday July 14th 2017, we talk about games that take the concept of hidden movement further, wrapping it into games with other mechanisms or greater detail, and we also discuss the appeal of the tension in these games.

    Published: July 14th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:17

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    Lovecraft, Part 1 - The themes of Lovecraft's work and how they are represented in modern media

    Lovecraft, Part 1 - The themes of Lovecraft's work and how they are represented in modern media

    This week the SnakesCast team faces the madness as we discuss games based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, beginning with a discussion on the themes of his work, and how they are represented in modern media

    Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! This week, the SnakesCast team hopes not to go completely insane as we take a look at games based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Today, Monday July 3rd 2017, we begin by discussing the themes of Lovecraft's work, and we talk about how they may or may not be well-represented in modern media.

    Published: July 3rd, 2017
    Length: 00:09:22

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    Lovecraft, Part 2 - Different types of Lovecraftian games, and games the theme has been attached to

    Lovecraft, Part 2 - Different types of Lovecraftian games, and games the theme has been attached to

    This week the SnakesCast team faces the madness as we discuss games based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, and we continue by looking at the styles of game that use Lovecraftian themes and some games that have adopted the theme

    Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! This week, the SnakesCast team hopes not to go completely insane as we take a look at games based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Today, Wednesday July 5th 2017, we continue discussion by first talking about the different styles of game that use Lovecraftian themes. We then discuss games that have adopted the theme, as well as a few accessible original games that use it as well.

    Published: July 5th, 2017
    Length: 00:11:13

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    Lovecraft, Part 3 - Exploring the depths of insanity

    Lovecraft, Part 3 - Exploring the depths of insanity

    This week the SnakesCast team faces the madness as we discuss games based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, and we finish by discussing the biggest, deepest and most complex games themed to the Mythos

    Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! This week, the SnakesCast team hopes not to go completely insane as we take a look at games based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Today, Friday July 7th 2017, we dig into the deepest of the games themed to the Cthulhu Mythos - primarily those designed by Fantasy Flight, with one rich storytelling experience from another company.

    Published: July 7th, 2017
    Length: 00:20:29

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    Abstract Games, Part 1 - What is an abstract game? Which ones might you know?

    Abstract Games, Part 1 - What is an abstract game? Which ones might you know?

    This week, the SnakesCast goes abstract, as we put abstract games under the microscope. First up, trying to define an abstract game, and we also talk about some examples that you are probably familiar with.

    This week, the SnakesCast goes abstract, as we put abstract games under the microscope. Today, Monday June 19th 2017, we ask the question: what is an abstract game? We also discover that this is a very difficult question to answer. We also discuss some better-known abstract games that you have probably heard of.

    Published: June 19th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:07

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    Abstract Games, Part 2 - Some excellent, contemporary abstract games

    Abstract Games, Part 2 - Some excellent, contemporary abstract games

    This week, the SnakesCast goes abstract, as we put abstract games under the microscope. We continue to try to define abstract games, and discuss some excellent, contemporary examples

    This week, the SnakesCast goes abstract, as we put abstract games under the microscope. Today, Wednesday June 21st 2017, we continue to discuss the definition of an abstract game - Jonathan is really, really keen to discuss where the line of representation in a game stops it being abstract, but we're saving that for Friday - and we also discuss some excellent, contemporary abstract games.

    Published: June 21st, 2017
    Length: 00:15:02

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    Abstract Games, Part 3 - Abstract vs. Representational

    Abstract Games, Part 3 - Abstract vs. Representational

    This week, the SnakesCast goes abstract, as we put abstract games under the microscope. Today, finally, Jonathan gets his wish, and we discuss the difference between abstract and representational games

    This week, the SnakesCast goes abstract, as we put abstract games under the microscope. Today, Friday June 23rd 2017, Jonathan finally gets his wish: we launch into a comparative discussion between abstract and representational games, and the appeal that abstracts may have to different people.

    Published: June 23rd, 2017
    Length: 00:11:40

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    Drawing Games - Part 1 - The nostalgia effect

    Drawing Games - Part 1 - The nostalgia effect

    This week we invite you to pick up a pen or a pencil as we look at drawing games, and today we begin by looking at nostalgic games we remember from yesteryear

    This week we invite you to pick up a pen or a pencil as we take a look at games that require you to draw something. Today, Monday June 12th 2017, we begin by looking at some of the nostalgic games we remember from yesteryear that encourage people to ask for drawing games when they come into the café.

    Published: June 12th, 2017
    Length: 00:07:22

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    Drawing Games - Part 2 - Party games and others to get you started

    Drawing Games - Part 2 - Party games and others to get you started

    This week we invite you to pick up a pen or a pencil as we look at drawing games, and today we look at some of the great drawing party games and discuss why they are better if you can't draw

    This week we invite you to pick up a pen or a pencil as we take a look at games that require you to draw something. Today, Wednesday June 14th 2017, we look at some of the amazing party games that involve drawing, and discuss why we think they are generally better if you can't draw!

    Published: June 14th, 2017
    Length: 00:11:47

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    Drawing Games - Part 3 - More complex games, and the definition of a drawing game

    Drawing Games - Part 3 - More complex games, and the definition of a drawing game

    This week we invite you to pick up a pen or a pencil as we look at drawing games, and we end our conversation on the topic with some deeper and more complex games, as well as asking what a drawing game truly is

    This week we invite you to pick up a pen or a pencil as we take a look at games that require you to draw something. Today, Friday June 16th 2017, we look at some of the more complex and in-depth drawing games that are available, and we get philosophical, asking the question: can a game without drawing still be a drawing game?

    Published: June 16th, 2017
    Length: 00:15:27

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    Dinosaurs, Part 0 - The Meteor Strike

    Dinosaurs, Part 0 - The Meteor Strike

    This week, the SnakesCast time travels back 65 million years to talk about the dinosaurs - except this first part was hit by a meteor! With many apologies, we offer a placeholder until the audio can be restored

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are time-travelling back 65 million years to walk with the dinosaurs. Today, Monday June 5th 2017, we are sad to find that we time-travelled into the meteor strike that rendered the dinosaurs extinct and took our episode with it! The audio exists, but will take quite a while to restore, as it has been blasted into disordered 12-second fragments! When it is successfully restored, we will replace this episode with the real thing! However, please join us on Wednesday and Friday for business as usual, and our apologies for the missing link.

    Published: June 5th, 2017
    Length: 00:01:21

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    Dinosaurs, Part 2 - Dinosaur games for kids and giant monster games

    Dinosaurs, Part 2 - Dinosaur games for kids and giant monster games

    This week, the SnakesCast time travels back 65 million years to talk about the dinosaurs - and today we discuss games that are aimed at kids, and also how giant monsters are standing in for dinosaurs in gaming

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are time-travelling back 65 million years to walk with the dinosaurs. Today, Wednesday June 7th 2017, we look at some dinosaur games aimed at kids, and also begin to discuss how kaiju, or giant monsters, appear to be standing in quite a bit for dinosaurs when it comes to board games - and we list some pretty awesome examples of those too!

    Published: June 7th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:58

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    Dinosaurs, Part 3 - Dinosaur games to get your teeth into

    Dinosaurs, Part 3 - Dinosaur games to get your teeth into

    This week, the SnakesCast time travels back 65 million years to talk about the dinosaurs - and we end our discussion talking about some heavier games, and how similar themes fit the bill

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are time-travelling back 65 million years to walk with the dinosaurs. Today, Friday June 9th 2017, we end our discussion by talking about some of the heavier games that you can really get your teeth into (yep, pun intended), and also how themes in proximity to dinosaurs, such as evolution and adapting creatures, serve to fill in for dinosaurs much of the time.

    Published: June 9th, 2017
    Length: 00:14:25

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    Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 1 - Examining Suburbia

    Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 1 - Examining Suburbia

    This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and today we look at Suburbia, its gameplay, and offer our thoughts

    This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and today, Monday May 29th 2017, we begin by explaining Suburbia, talking about its gameplay and some of its key features, and discussing what we think about the game, ahead of a comparison of the two games on Friday.

    Published: May 29th, 2017
    Length: 00:13:15

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    Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 2 - Exploring Castles of Mad King Ludwig

    Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 2 - Exploring Castles of Mad King Ludwig

    This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and we continue today with a look at Ludwig, studying its gameplay and touching on the real history the game is based on

    This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and today, Wednesday May 31st 2017, we look at Castles of Mad King Ludwig, once again talking about its gameplay and some of its key features, and also touching on the history of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and his obsession with building extravagant castles.

    Published: May 31st, 2017
    Length: 00:10:27

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    Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 3 - Comparing the two!

    Suburbia and Ludwig, Part 3 - Comparing the two!

    This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and we end with the comparison itself, looking at the differences between the two, and what we like about each

    This week the SnakesCast compares two Ted Alspach games - Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig - and today, Friday June 2nd 2017, we end with a comparison between the two games, looking at why we like (or don't like) what each has to offer, and we bring Suburbia Inc. and Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets into the mix, to see if they improve on their respective base games.

    Published: June 2nd, 2017
    Length: 00:10:30

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    Board Game Apps, Part 1 - The origins of board game apps, and some of their benefits

    Board Game Apps, Part 1 - The origins of board game apps, and some of their benefits

    This week the SnakesCast is delighted to welcome guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk with us about board game apps, starting with their origins, and also talking about why we might want an app version of a game

    This week the SnakesCast is delighted to welcome guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk with us about board game apps in all their forms. Today, Monday May 22nd 2017, we begin by looking at the origins and development of board game apps, why we might want an app version of a game, and the benefits to publishers of releasing them. Find Suzanne online @425suzanne on Twitter.

    Published: May 22nd, 2017
    Length: 00:10:40

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    Board Game Apps, Part 2 - Companion apps, examples, and how they interact with games

    Board Game Apps, Part 2 - Companion apps, examples, and how they interact with games

    This week the SnakesCast is delighted to welcome guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk with us about board game apps, and today we look at how apps work with games as companions to the board game itself

    This week the SnakesCast is delighted to welcome guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk with us about board game apps in all their forms. Today, Wednesday May 24th 2017, the discussion turns to companion apps which either act as timers or scorers, or help to run the entire game from the app itself, and how these apps interact with the games they support. Find Suzanne online @425suzanne on Twitter.

    Published: May 24th, 2017
    Length: 00:20:56

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    Board Game Apps, Part 3 - More apps,some of their other benefits, and future possibilities

    Board Game Apps, Part 3 - More apps,some of their other benefits, and future possibilities

    This week the SnakesCast is delighted to welcome guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk with us about board game apps, and we finish up the disucssion by talking about other apps, possible future applications of apps in games, and other benefits they have

    This week the SnakesCast is delighted to welcome guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk with us about board game apps in all their forms. Today, Friday May 26th 2017, we finish up our lengthy and very enjoyable discussion by talking about other apps, discussing ways in which we think apps may evolve in the future, and also talking about other ways to make use of apps such as making teaching games easier. Thanks again to Suzanne for her involvement this week - it was a delight to have her on the podcast. You can find her on Twitter @425suzanne. Apologies for the slight microphone interference on the SnakesCast end in the last couple of minutes of the episode.

    Published: May 26th, 2017
    Length: 00:20:12

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    Racing games, Part 1 - Why is racing fun, and what challenges does it present?

    Racing games, Part 1 - Why is racing fun, and what challenges does it present?

    On your marks - the SnakesCast team discuss racing games this week, and before the starter's pistol is fired, we look at why racing is fun, and the challenges it presents in game design

    On your marks - the SnakesCast team discuss games about racing this week! Today, Monday May 15th 2017, we begin by looking at the question of why racing is fun, both in gaming and in real life, and we ask what challenges racing presents to a game designer, including the runaway leader problem, and consider how they might be solved, using video game design as an example of something that can have a similar problem.

    Published: May 15th, 2017
    Length: 00:08:24

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    Racing games, Part 2 - Some excellent, accessible racing games

    Racing games, Part 2 - Some excellent, accessible racing games

    On your marks - the SnakesCast team discuss racing games this week, and during the qualifying laps, we take a look at some excellent accessible games about racing

    On your marks - the SnakesCast team discuss games about racing this week! Today, Wednesday May 17th 2017, we look into some of the more accessible racing games that are on the market, examine why they are so good, and also how they deal with the flaws we have already mentioned, if they attempt to.

    Published: May 17th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:50

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    Racing games, Part 3 - Wagering, obstacles and unusual ways of racing

    Racing games, Part 3 - Wagering, obstacles and unusual ways of racing

    On your marks - the SnakesCast team discuss racing games this week, and as the finish line nears, we look at different styles of racing game, including some unusual examples

    On your marks - the SnakesCast team discuss games about racing this week! Today, Friday May 19th 2017, some of the more unusual racing games cross our table, including stacking camels and trying to escape a gravity well - and we also discuss different mechanisms such as wagering, obstacles and slip-streaming, and how they solve some of the problems we have mentioned earlier in the week.

    Published: May 19th, 2017
    Length: 00:14:57

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    Ticket to Ride, Part 1 - What is Ticket to Ride?

    Ticket to Ride, Part 1 - What is Ticket to Ride?

    Signals are green as the SnakesCast looks at the game Ticket to Ride, beginning with a description of the game and its basic appeal

    It might be a very popular song, but Ticket to Ride is also a very popular board game, and the SnakesCast is looking at that this week. Today, Monday May 8th, we begin by looking at the gameplay, the success of the game, and ask what is the appeal that has made this game such an icon both in and out of the gaming world.

    Published: May 8th, 2017
    Length: 00:08:55

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    Ticket to Ride, Part 2 - What are Ticket to Ride's flaws?

    Ticket to Ride, Part 2 - What are Ticket to Ride's flaws?

    Signals are green as the SnakesCast looks at the game Ticket to Ride, and today we bring Steve along to talk about some of the flaws within the game

    It might be a very popular song, but Ticket to Ride is also a very popular board game, and the SnakesCast is looking at that this week. Today, Wednesday May 10th, we bring Steve into the discussion, and talk about the flaws the game has and why it is a good gateway game both as a starting point and a stepping stone to other things, but not necessarily something you'd want to play every day.

    Published: May 10th, 2017
    Length: 00:11:19

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    Ticket to Ride, Part 3 - Cool expansions, and how they mitigate some of our problems

    Ticket to Ride, Part 3 - Cool expansions, and how they mitigate some of our problems

    Signals are green as the SnakesCast looks at the game Ticket to Ride, and today we look at the various expansions available, and why we enjoy them

    It might be a very popular song, but Ticket to Ride is also a very popular board game, and the SnakesCast is looking at that this week. Today, Friday May 12th, we have a look at a few of the large variety of expansions that are available - from big boxes to maps to... aliens? - and we discuss what we like about them, and how they solve some of the problems we mentioned on Wednesday.

    Published: May 12th, 2017
    Length: 00:17:45

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    Dice Rolling, part 1 - Why are dice such a great mechanism and component in gaming?

    Dice Rolling, part 1 - Why are dice such a great mechanism and component in gaming?

    Get ready to roll the bones as the SnakesCast puts the spotlight on dice in gaming, beginning today with a discussion about why dice are such great game components

    Get ready to roll the bones as the SnakesCast puts the spotlight on dice in gaming. Steve joins the team for this week's discussion and today, Monday May 1st, we briefly wonder at how old dice are, before asking why they are such a great component and why mechanisms that involve dice are so appealing and universal in gaming.

    Published: May 1st, 2017
    Length: 00:10:45

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    Dice Rolling, part 2 - Dice games, classic and contemporary

    Dice Rolling, part 2 - Dice games, classic and contemporary

    Get ready to roll the bones as the SnakesCast puts the spotlight on dice in gaming, and today we look at some dice games and mechanisms, both classic and contemporary

    Get ready to roll the bones as the SnakesCast puts the spotlight on dice in gaming. Steve joins the team for this week's discussion and today, Wednesday May 3rd, we discuss some classic dice-rolling games, some contemporary examples that are centred on dice rolling, and mentioned a great dice game for kids and a great tip for teaching it!

    Published: May 3rd, 2017
    Length: 00:13:01

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    Dice Rolling, part 3 - Different ways to use dice, custom dice, and dice versions of previously existing games

    Dice Rolling, part 3 - Different ways to use dice, custom dice, and dice versions of previously existing games

    Get ready to roll the bones as the SnakesCast puts the spotlight on dice in gaming, with this final episode in this week's series looking at ways to use dice, custom dice, and dice versions of previously existing games

    Get ready to roll the bones as the SnakesCast puts the spotlight on dice in gaming. Steve joins the team for this week's discussion and today, Friday May 5th, we look at more dice games, including games that use dice in different ways, games that include custom dice that are not just six-sided with pips on them, and dice versions of games that already existed using a different primary component or mechanism.

    Published: May 5th, 2017
    Length: 00:18:03

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    Food-themed games, Part 1 - Food as a theme, and as a veneer on a game

    Food-themed games, Part 1 - Food as a theme, and as a veneer on a game

    Grab a knife and fork this week with the SnakesCast as we talk about games featuring food, starting today with a brief discussion about food as a theme, and some game examples that have food as a veneer

    Grab a knife and fork this week with the SnakesCast, as we set the table to talk about food as a theme in games. Today, Monday April 24th, we serve the appetiser - a brief discussion about food as a theme in games, and then some examples of games that feature food as a veneer, but not as a part of the games' mechanisms.

    Published: April 24th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:24

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    Food-themed games, Part 2 - Games in which you eat

    Food-themed games, Part 2 - Games in which you eat

    Grab a knife and fork this week with the SnakesCast as we talk about games featuring food - today we look at games in which eating is a key mechanism within the game.

    Grab a knife and fork this week with the SnakesCast, as we set the table to talk about food as a theme in games. Today, Wednesday April 26th, we offer up an entrée in which we discuss the variety of games in which food is a key mechanism within the game - your characters need to eat sometimes!

    Published: April 26th, 2017
    Length: 00:08:36

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    Food-themed games, Part 3 - Other ways food is used in games

    Food-themed games, Part 3 - Other ways food is used in games

    Grab a knife and fork this week with the SnakesCast as we talk about games featuring food - and we're wrapping up with different ways of incorporating the theme of food into games

    Grab a knife and fork this week with the SnakesCast, as we set the table to talk about food as a theme in games. Today, Friday April 28th, dessert comes along, in the form of a conversation about the many ways you can incorporate the theme of food into board games - from fighting with it to preparing it!

    Published: April 28th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:59

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    Imhotep, Part 1 - Discussing the basic gameplay of this Spiel des Jahres 2016 runner-up

    Imhotep, Part 1 - Discussing the basic gameplay of this Spiel des Jahres 2016 runner-up

    The SnakesCast heads to Ancient Egypt this week as we look at Imhotep, and today we examine the basic gameplay of the game, before we look at scoring on Wednesday

    The SnakesCast heads back in time to Ancient Egypt this week as we look at the Spiel des Jahres 2016 runner-up game, Imhotep. Today, Monday April 17th, we look at the basic gameplay and strategies that you may use to play your pieces, before Wednesday's study of the different ways of scoring. EDIT: The original upload was missing data - this has now been amended, and the full episode is online.

    Published: April 17th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:43

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    Imhotep, Part 2 - The five methods of scoring - and their alternative B-sides

    Imhotep, Part 2 - The five methods of scoring - and their alternative B-sides

    The SnakesCast heads to Ancient Egypt this week as we look at Imhotep, and in this episode we look at the A- and B-sides of the boards and how they score when the boats arrive

    The SnakesCast heads back in time to Ancient Egypt this week as we look at the Spiel des Jahres 2016 runner-up game, Imhotep. Today, Wednesday April 19th, the discussion turns to scoring, and we look at how each of the five destination boards in the game scores, and what the differences are between the A- and B-sides of each.

    Published: April 19th, 2017
    Length: 00:11:03

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    Imhotep, Part 3 - Board layouts, player counts, and who will or won't like this game?

    Imhotep, Part 3 - Board layouts, player counts, and who will or won't like this game?

    The SnakesCast heads to Ancient Egypt this week as we look at Imhotep, and the final episode of this week sees us discussing what combination of board sides we like, player count differences, and the appeal of the game

    The SnakesCast heads back in time to Ancient Egypt this week as we look at the Spiel des Jahres 2016 runner-up game, Imhotep. Today, Friday April 21st, we talk about which combination of board sides we like to use both to play and to teach the game, how things differ based upon player count, and also who will like this game and who might decide it is not for them.

    Published: April 21st, 2017
    Length: 00:13:26

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    Drafting Games, Part 1 - What is drafting?

    Drafting Games, Part 1 - What is drafting?

    Our focus this week is on drafting games, and today we ask what drafting is as a mechanism, and give a couple of accessible examples

    Our focus for the SnakesCast this week is on the mechanism of drafting. Today, Monday April 10th, we ask what drafting is, how it works in board gaming, what Magic: The Gathering has to do with its popularity, and we start off looking at games by taking a couple of the most accessible games that use drafting - Sushi Go and Ticket to Ride.

    Published: April 10th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:04

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    Drafting Games, Part 2 - Styles of drafting, and how the mechanism can vary

    Drafting Games, Part 2 - Styles of drafting, and how the mechanism can vary

    Our focus this week is on drafting games, and in this episode we look in greater detail at our examples and some of their differences

    Our focus for the SnakesCast this week is on the mechanism of drafting. Today, Wednesday April 12th, we take the examples from Monday and look in greater detail at how the styles of drafting have been adapted, into games that are both similar and different to those that came before. We also ask if you are still drafting if you are paying to select one or more of the cards from the pool.

    Published: April 12th, 2017
    Length: 00:11:45

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    Drafting Games, Part 3 - Two-player games, and comparing drafting to worker placement

    Drafting Games, Part 3 - Two-player games, and comparing drafting to worker placement

    Our focus this week is on drafting games, and we end this week discussing two-player drafting games, and ask how it is different to worker placement

    Our focus for the SnakesCast this week is on the mechanism of drafting. Today, Friday April 14th, we look at a couple of the rare examples of really good two-player drafting games (one of each drafting style, as it happens!), and also ask the question: what are the differences between the mechanisms of drafting and worker placement?

    Published: April 14th, 2017
    Length: 00:12:45

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    Pirates, Part 1 - Discussing the Pirate theme, and looking at Friday

    Pirates, Part 1 - Discussing the Pirate theme, and looking at Friday

    This week the SnakesCast takes to the High Seas as we look at Pirates in board games, and we start with the theme in general and discuss the solitaire game Friday.

    This week the SnakesCast takes to the High Seas as we look at Pirates in board games! Today, Monday April 3rd, join us for this first episode in the series as we discuss the Pirate theme, including some of its origins and popular culture, look at the solitaire game Friday, and ask the question: are Vikings pirates?

    Published: April 3rd, 2017
    Length: 00:10:50

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    Pirates, Part 2 - Pirate games for kids, and examining the mid-weight games

    Pirates, Part 2 - Pirate games for kids, and examining the mid-weight games

    This week the SnakesCast takes to the High Seas as we look at Pirates in board games, and in today's episode we look at pirate games for kids, as well as a variety of mid-weight games

    This week the SnakesCast takes to the High Seas as we look at Pirates in board games! Today, Wednesday April 5rd, we take a look at pirate games that are aimed at children, examine medium weight games that use the theme, and take one of those games to touch upon the topic of diversity in board game components

    Published: April 5th, 2017
    Length: 00:15:52

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    Pirates, Part 3 - The big guns, and pirates in space

    Pirates, Part 3 - The big guns, and pirates in space

    This week the SnakesCast takes to the High Seas as we look at Pirates in board games, and we end this series by examining a couple of the heavier games, and take a quick look at space pirate games

    This week the SnakesCast takes to the High Seas as we look at Pirates in board games! Today, Friday April 7th, we bring out the dreadnoughts of the pirate gaming world as we look at Merchants and Marauders and Francis Drake, discuss a socially chaotic pirate game, and take a quick glance at pirates that use rocket boosters instead of sails.

    Published: April 7th, 2017
    Length: 00:14:56

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    Raptor, Part 1 - What is Raptor, and what is the basic gameplay like?

    Raptor, Part 1 - What is Raptor, and what is the basic gameplay like?

    This week's SnakesCast series is on the two-player game Raptor, and to begin with we look at the basic gameplay.

    This week's SnakesCast series looks at the asymmetrical, two-player only game Raptor. Today, Monday March 27th 2017, we look at the basic gameplay, and talk about the differences between playing as a velociraptor protecting her young and the scientists trying to capture them.

    Published: March 27th, 2017
    Length: 00:08:24

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    Raptor, Part 2 - Card actions and game strategy

    Raptor, Part 2 - Card actions and game strategy

    This week's SnakesCast series is on the two-player game Raptor, and today we look at the card actions in the game, and discuss game strategy.

    This week's SnakesCast series looks at the asymmetrical, two-player only game Raptor. Today, Wednesday March 29th 2017, we run through the card actions available in the game, and also examine what makes this such an excellent light strategy game, including some of the strategies in it.

    Published: March 29th, 2017
    Length: 00:12:02

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    Raptor, Part 3 - Games with some similarities, and two-player and asymmetrical games

    Raptor, Part 3 - Games with some similarities, and two-player and asymmetrical games

    This week's SnakesCast series is on the two-player game Raptor, and we discuss games that have similarities, as well as two-player and asymmetrical games.

    This week's SnakesCast series looks at the asymmetrical, two-player only game Raptor. Today, Friday March 31st 2017, we discuss games that have some elements that are similar to Raptor, and also talk about two-player and asymmetrical games, both old and contemporary.

    Published: March 31st, 2017
    Length: 00:15:38

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