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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    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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    Worker Placement games, Part 1 - What is the worker placement mechanic, and what are some examples?

    Worker Placement games, Part 1 - What is the worker placement mechanic, and what are some examples?

    This week on the SnakesCast, worker placement games are under the microscope, and today we describe the mechanism and give some examples.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are putting worker placement games under the microscope. Today, Monday March 20th 2017, we explain the mechanism and some of its most common traits, and look at some examples of accessible worker placement games to get you started.

    Published: March 20th, 2017
    Length: 00:07:23

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    Worker Placement games, Part 2 - Agricola, and how worker placement games evolve between turns

    Worker Placement games, Part 2 - Agricola, and how worker placement games evolve between turns

    This week on the SnakesCast, worker placement games are under the microscope, and today we discuss the game Agricola, and also how worker placement games evolve within gameplay.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are putting worker placement games under the microscope. Today, Wednesday March 22nd 2017, we discuss Agricola - perhaps the most famous worker placement game out there - and also look at what happens between turns in worker placement games, and how important those moments can be.

    Published: March 22nd, 2017
    Length: 00:09:25

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    Worker Placement games, Part 3 - The history of worker placement, and examples of mechanisms that work well with this one

    Worker Placement games, Part 3 - The history of worker placement, and examples of mechanisms that work well with this one

    This week on the SnakesCast, worker placement games are under the microscope, and David joins the discussion today to look at the history of worker placement and further game examples

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are putting worker placement games under the microscope. Today, Friday March 24th 2017, David joins us to look at the history of worker placement, and we discuss examples of games that also have other mechanisms that work well with this one, or offer different ways of using worker placement.

    Published: March 24th, 2017
    Length: 00:13:11

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  • Monday
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    new, start
    here!
    Zombies, Part 1 - Why are zombies so common in board games?

    Zombies, Part 1 - Why are zombies so common in board games?

    This week on the SnakesCast we are looking at the theme of zombies, and in this episode we ask why they are such a common theme in board games, and mention a couple of accessible examples.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we look at one of the most frequently used themes in board games - zombies! Today, Monday March 13th 2017, we begin by asking why zombies are so ubiquitous in games these days, and also look at a couple of accessible examples of games with the zombie theme.

    Published: March 13th, 2017
    Length: 00:12:00

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    Wednesday
    Zombies, Part 2 - The Walking Dead franchise in board games

    Zombies, Part 2 - The Walking Dead franchise in board games

    This week on the SnakesCast we are looking at the theme of zombies, and today we talk about various board games that use The Walking Dead franchise.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we look at one of the most frequently used themes in board games - zombies! Today, Wednesday March 15th 2017, we look at The Walking Dead - the franchise that is most in people's minds when zombies are mentioned these days - and some of the many board games that use this theme. Unfortunately there is some line interference towards the end of the episode that was not noticed until post-production - apologies for the slight distraction.

    Published: March 15th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:55

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    Friday
    Zombies, Part 3 - Zombie games that we enjoy, and what makes them good

    Zombies, Part 3 - Zombie games that we enjoy, and what makes them good

    This week on the SnakesCast we are looking at the theme of zombies, and in this third part of the series, we take a look at zombie games that we most enjoy.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we look at one of the most frequently used themes in board games - zombies! Today, Friday March 17th 2017, we discuss some of the zombie games that we most enjoy, and what makes them so good. Also, since we had to re-record this part due to the audio interference, we welcome Jonathan back to join us for this discussion.

    Published: March 17th, 2017
    Length: 00:16:13

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  • Monday
    If you're
    new, start
    here!
    Isle of Skye, Part 1 - An introduction to the game

    Isle of Skye, Part 1 - An introduction to the game

    This week we are looking at the game Isle of Skye on the SnakesCast, and in this episode we introduce you to the game and its basic concepts.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are putting the focus on the game Isle of Skye - a light strategy game that provides lots of food for thought! Today, Monday March 6th 2017, Emilie and David discuss the initial concepts of the game, and give a very quick overview of gameplay and the surrounding decisions.

    Published: March 6th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:09

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    Wednesday
    Isle of Skye, Part 2 - Gameplay and strategies

    Isle of Skye, Part 2 - Gameplay and strategies

    This week we are looking at the game Isle of Skye on the SnakesCast, and today we look at gameplay in more detail, as well as some game strategy.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are putting the focus on the game Isle of Skye - a light strategy game that provides lots of food for thought! Today, Wednesday March 8th 2017, we delve deeper into the gameplay and some of the strategies that the game offers up.

    Published: March 8th, 2017
    Length: 00:10:59

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    Friday
    Isle of Skye, Part 3 - Inspiration and comparable games

    Isle of Skye, Part 3 - Inspiration and comparable games

    This week we are looking at the game Isle of Skye on the SnakesCast, and today we discuss other games with comparable mechanisms.

    This week on the SnakesCast, we are putting the focus on the game Isle of Skye - a light strategy game that provides lots of food for thought! Today, Friday March 10th 2017, we look at games that share comparable mechanisms, and how they are similar and/or different.

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

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  • Monday
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    new, start
    here!
    Hidden Traitor Games, Part 1 - What are they?

    Hidden Traitor Games, Part 1 - What are they?

    This week we are looking at Hidden Traitor games on the SnakesCast - today's question is: what are they?

    This week, the SnakesCast looks at Hidden Traitor games, in which one or more of the players at the table might not be as friendly to the others as they seem! Today, Monday February 27th, 2017, we ask what a hidden traitor game is, why they are fun, and name a couple of examples you might have heard of before.

    Published: February 27th, 2017
    Length: 00:08:53

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    Wednesday
    Hidden Traitor Games, Part 2 - Accessible examples

    Hidden Traitor Games, Part 2 - Accessible examples

    This week we are looking at Hidden Traitor games on the SnakesCast, and today we examime some good examples to start with.

    This week, the SnakesCast looks at Hidden Traitor games, in which one or more of the players at the table might not be as friendly to the others as they seem! Today, Wednesday March 1st 2017, we talk about some well-known examples which are accessible and good to start out in the genre with.

    Published: March 1st, 2017
    Length: 00:11:58

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    Friday
    Hidden Traitor Games, Part 3 - Games to get your teeth into

    Hidden Traitor Games, Part 3 - Games to get your teeth into

    This week we are looking at Hidden Traitor games on the SnakesCast, and in this episode we look at some of the deeper and more complicated games in the genre..

    This week, the SnakesCast looks at Hidden Traitor games, in which one or more of the players at the table might not be as friendly to the others as they seem! Today, Friday March 3rd 2017, David Kingsmill joins Emilie and Jonathan to chat about more complicated examples of games, and the experiences they have had playing them.

    Published: March 3rd, 2017
    Length: 00:13:36

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  • Monday
    If you're
    new, start
    here!
    Introduction to Gaming Terminology, Part 1 - Game Categories

    Introduction to Gaming Terminology, Part 1 - Game Categories

    Season 5 begins with an introduction to a variety of gaming terms, and a whole new format - today, game categories.

    As season 5 begins, so does our new format. Firstly, we welcome Emilie to join Jonathan as co-presenter of the SnakesCast. Secondly, we will now have three episodes per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This week, we are starting with an "Episode Zero" of sorts, and we are introducing various terms that we will use over the episodes to come. Today, Monday February 20th 2017, we look at the different categories that games can fit into.

    Published: February 20th, 2017
    Length: 00:09:43

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    Wednesday
    Introduction to Gaming Terminology, Part 2 - Game Mechanisms

    Introduction to Gaming Terminology, Part 2 - Game Mechanisms

    Season 5 begins with an introduction to a variety of gaming terms, and a whole new format - today, game mechanisms.

    As season 5 begins, so does our new format. Firstly, we welcome Emilie to join Jonathan as co-presenter of the SnakesCast. Secondly, we will now have three episodes per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Continuing from Monday's discussion on game categories, today (Wednesday February 22nd 2017) we look into the wide variety of mechanisms that are used in board games.

    Published: February 22nd, 2017
    Length: 00:14:27

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    Friday
    Introduction to Gaming Terminology, Part 3 - Game Genres

    Introduction to Gaming Terminology, Part 3 - Game Genres

    Season 5 begins with an introduction to a variety of gaming terms, and a whole new format - today, game genres.

    As season 5 begins, so does our new format. Firstly, we welcome Emilie to join Jonathan as co-presenter of the SnakesCast. Secondly, we will now have three episodes per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today, Friday February 24th 2017, we explore the various genres that games fit into.

    Published: February 24th, 2017
    Length: 00:14:54

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  • Out With the Old

    Final thoughts on four seasons

    This week's episode is the final weekly SnakesCast. Jonathan reminisces about favourite episodes from four years of recording, and gives a preview of the new show, which will be premiering in 2017.

    Season 4
    Published: December 20th, 2016 Length: 00:14:56
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  • Game Spotlight: For Sale

    Buy properties and flip 'em for a profit

    Game aficionados will do almost anything to convince players to try something other than the old stand-bys like Monopoly. But it can be really hard to convince players to move outside their comfort zones to try something new and unfamiliar. You need something that offers the same appeal as what the players are used to, but has to be simpler and easier to grasp. Enter Stefan Dorra's For Sale. It's an irresistibly clever little game and one of the best Monopoly alternatives you can play.

    Co-hosts: Holly Wyder, Steve Tassie

    Games mentioned: For Sale, Monopoly, Marrakech, Taj Mahal, Quartz

    Season 4
    Published: December 13th, 2016 Length: 00:16:59
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