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.

  • Monday
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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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    Wednesday
    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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    Wednesday
    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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    Friday
    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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  • Monday
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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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    Wednesday
    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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    Friday
    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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  • Monday
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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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    Wednesday
    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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  • Monday
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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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    Wednesday
    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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    Wednesday
    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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    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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    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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    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
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Bluffing and Deception

    Or as I like to call it, "creatively interpreting the facts"

    Our society maintains some fairly strong taboos against lying and deceiving, but when you're playing a game, there's a different set of rules. This week we're talking about games that involve misrepresenting yourself to your friends in all manner of different ways. When is it okay to lie to people you care about, and when is it crossing over the line?

    Co-hosts: Steve Tassie, Holly Wyder

    Games mentioned: Secret Hitler, Panic Station, Good Cop Bad Cop, Bang! The Dice Game, Poker, Cockroach Poker, Diplomacy, Balderdash, Dead Last, Dixit, Risk, Battlestar Galactica, Shadows Over Camelot, Dead of Winter, Skull, The Resistance: Avalon

    Season 4
    Published: December 6th, 2016 Length: 00:19:21
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  • Meet the Curator

    Keeping a large publicly accessible game collection in shape for play is no small task, and no-one knows it better than the curator at Snakes&Lattes: Steve Tassie. This week, Steve tells us all about his role in building and maintaining that collection, offering a look inside one of the most important aspects of the board game café business.

    Co-host: Steve Tassie

    Season 4
    Published: November 28th, 2016 Length: 00:20:01
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  • The Panic! Series

    Castles, Zombies and Klingons, Ohhhhh Myyyyy!

    Introductory-level co-op games are always a good thing to have at a board game café, and few are more friendly and accessible than Castle Panic. The gurus sometimes refer to it as "baby's first co-op game", but there's more to it than a pretty face and an easy introduction. It also spawned a series of games, including the recently released Star Trek Panic, which brings this unique tabletop tower defense game to the final frontier in the company of Shatner, Nimoy, Nichols and Takei.

    Co-host: Steve Tassie

    Games mentioned: Castle Panic, Dead Panic, Star Trek Panic, Forbidden Island, Last Night On Earth, City of Horror, Dead of Winter, ZOMBIES!!!, Munchkin Panic, Colt Express

    Season 4
    Published: November 22nd, 2016 Length: 00:19:14
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  • Publishers We Love

    Who they are and what they do

    It takes more than just a designer to create a board game. This week we'll just barely scratch the surface of the enormous task of publishing a board game, and give the tiniest, most cursory (and probably unfair) introduction to a tiny fraction of the game publishing companies active today. For a deeper look at the process of manufacturing games, you might enjoy this video by our friends at The Spiel: http://thespiel.net/?q=node/957

    Co-host: Steve Tassie

    Games mentioned: Ticket to Ride, Memoir '44, Mystery of the Abbey, Risk, Clue, Monopoly, Masterpiece, The Inventors, Dark Tower, Warhammer, Magic: The Gathering, Catan, Carcassonne, El Grande, Bohnanza, Agricola, Le Havre, Caverna, Shadowfist, Mice & Mystics, Specter Ops, Dead of Winter, Zombiecide, Arcadia Quest, The Others, Kaosball, Bloodborne: The Card Game, The Grizzled

    Season 4
    Published: November 15th, 2016 Length: 00:21:57
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  • Favourite Designers

    and the reasons why we love them

    Most people can probably name the authors of their favourite books, the musicians in their favourite bands, and the actors and directors of their favourite movies and TV shows. But very few people can name the designers of their favourite games, and that's a shame. Every game designer brings a unique vision and style to the games they create, and this week we're going to talk about some of the more famous designers out there and what makes their games special.

    Co-host: Steve Tassie

    Games mentioned: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, Qin, Ingenious, I'm the Boss, The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, Robo Rally, King of Tokyo, Cosmic Encounter, Samurai Spirit, Tokaido, Wits & Wagers, Say Anything, Dominion, Kingdom Builder, Robinson Crusoe, Galaxy Trucker, Codenames, Dungeon Lords

    Season 4
    Published: November 8th, 2016 Length: 00:22:24
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  • Game Spotlight: A Touch Of Evil

    A spooky piece of post-Hallowe'en candy

    Hallowe'en was yesterday, but November is no less appropriate for horror-themed games, and this week we're shining the game spotlight on one of Jonathan's favourites: A Touch Of Evil. Set in the isolated little town of Shadowbrook (which is totally not Sleepy Hollow with the serial numbers filed off) just after the war of independence, it brings a uniquely accessible style of colonial gothic horror to your tabletop.

    Co-host: Steve Tassie

    Games mentioned: A Touch of Evil, Fury of Dracula, Dead of Winter, Arkham Horror, Last Night On Earth, That's Life, Spinderella

    To see Jonathan waxing poetic about this game on video, click here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOHith-WBzI

    Season 4
    Published: November 1st, 2016 Length: 00:19:36
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