Potion Panic and Three Lakes Winery Blueberry Wine

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We’re back and this week we’re reviewing Rocket House GamesPotion Panic a frantic race to become the Alchemist a la Mode by completing potion recipe’s components, smashing vials to get more cards in your hand or to deny your opponents those super valuable crystals! Ten crystals gets you the Philosopher’s Stone, which wins you the game and grants you powers beyond explanation in the next game (well, there is a card that explains them…). How does Potion Panic rate on our Fun scale? How does is rate on our Couch Score (how likely it is for Michael to wind up sleeping on the couch due to the game?)

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We also taste a 100% blueberry wine from Three Lakes Winery in Wisconsin. Made from whole ripe blueberries, this isn’t a “blueberry flavored wine beverage” but the real thing!

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

Fallout: The Board Game and Do Epic Shit Red Blend

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Welcome to another episode of Meeples and Wine! This time we’ll be discussing Fallout: The Board Game while drinking Do Epic Shit – 2021 Red Wine Blend from Browne Family Vineyards.

The wine is a full-bodied Paso Robles Red Blend with notes of raspberry, cherry, black pepper, and dark chocolate. It pairs well with bold foods.

Fallout: The Board Game is a post-nuclear adventure board game for one to four players. Players take on the role of survivors in a wasteland and explore, fight enemies, complete quests, and build their skills. The game is won by whoever comes out ahead by venturing through the game and gaining influence. However, if a single faction is empowered too quickly, everyone loses.

The game includes action points, area movement, dice rolling, hand management, modular board, and narrative choice/paragraph mechanics.

The podcast episode also talks about Don’t Starve: The Board Game on Kickstarter and ends with the hosts’ contact information and new trivia night.

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/

Roborally 2023 and 19 Crimes Martha’s Chard

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Board Games, Wine Tasting, and Midwest Gaming Classic Adventures

In this episode of Meeples and Wine, hosts Michael and Suzy return after a brief hiatus to share news of their appearance at the Midwest Gaming Classic 2024 in Milwaukee. They reminisce about their past experience at the event, interview highlights, and announce their plans for game demos, reviews, and more on the Meeples and Wine Tabletop stage. Following the event news, they dive into a wine tasting session featuring 19 Crimes Martha’s Chard from California, discussing its characteristics, pairing options, and their personal tasting notes. The episode shifts to a detailed review of RoboRally 2023, comparing it with previous editions, discussing its gameplay mechanics, and debating its impact on relationships. Lastly, they introduce an upcoming Kickstarter project, River Valley Glassworks, noting its cute premise and potential gameplay allure.

00:00 Welcome to Meeples and Wine: Midwest Gaming Classic Announcement
01:25 Tasting 19 Crimes Martha’s Chard: A Wine Review
04:54 Diving Into RoboRally 2023: Gameplay and Comparison
17:55 Diving Deep into Game Mechanics
23:22 Exploring Game Upgrades and Strategy
33:57 Wrapping Up with Final Thoughts and Future Plans

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/

Arkham Horror: Final Hour and Breakfast Junkie Fruited Berliner Weiss Style Ale

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In this episode of Meeples and Wine, Michael dives into board games suitable for single players or those with one-player variants. He reviews Arkham Horror: Final Hour, discussing the strategy, mechanics, and overall gameplay. Michael also samples a blueberry, cinnamon and maple syrup ale from North Carolina’s Heist Brewery named ‘breakfast junkie,’ giving a detailed review of its flavor profile. The show also mentions its sponsor, Manscaped, and provides information on how listeners can connect with the Meeples and Wine team online. Towards the end, Michael shares his findings on Game Found, an alternative to Kickstarter, showcasing a rabbit-themed board game named ‘Bunny Boom.’

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Arkham Horror: Final Hour and Breakfast Junkie Fruited Berliner Weiss Style Ale
00:13 Introduction and Beer Review
04:26 #Sponsor Break: Manscaped Get 20% off and free shipping when you use “MeeplesandWine” at checkout!
06:43 Arkham Horror: Final Hour Game Review
18:10 Gameplay Mechanics and Strategies
21:26 Personal Experience and Game Review
30:08 Exploring New Games and Final Thoughts

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/

Bread and Butter Chardonnay and The Rocketeer: Fate of the Future!

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Title: Reviewing “The Rocketeer” – A Perfect Pairing with A Glass of Chardonnay

Hello everybody and welcome to the world of board games and fine wine, where every roll of the dice pairs perfectly with every sip of a good vintage. Today, we’re going to delve into the world of “The Rocketeer: Fate of the Future” board game while savoring a glass of the 2021 vintage Chardonnay from Bread and Butter Winery.

The Rocketeer: Fate of the Future Board Game Review

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Now, if you’re wondering about “The Rocketeer”, it is based off a movie (which in turn was based on a comic book) about a guy named Cliff Secord who stumbled upon a jet pack and his life flipped upside down. This game has an enjoyable theme, engaging gameplay and a variety of interesting game mechanics which will keep you hooked.

It is designed by Prospero Hall (also Brian Kirk), who has previously contributed to other iconic games like Back to the Future: Back in Time and Bob Ross: Art of Chill. The game enjoys beautiful art by Henning Ludvigsen that keeps you engaged visually as you steer your way through stealing the plans from the heroes or keeping them safe from the villains before the zeppelin arrives.

Bread and Butter Winery Chardonnay 2021 Review

Let’s shift gears and talk about the wine we paired with “The Rocketeer” – the 2021 vintage Chardonnay from Bread and Butter Winery. This Californian beauty with a golden straw hue has a distinctive Chardonnay aroma – a mix of buttery grapes with subtle hints of peaches and apples.

Upon sipping, you would notice a creamy texture with a balance of acidity and an oaky finish that lingers pleasantly in your mouth. However, letting the wine breathe is crucial to truly unlock its flavors. There is a marked richness that is not overly intense, making it perfect for a relaxed evening of board gaming.

The Verdict: Perfect Pairing for a Game Night

In conclusion, “The Rocketeer” is a delightful board game that delivers on 1930’s intrigue, tug of war strategy, and beautiful art. Paired with the Bread and Butter’s Chardonnay, it makes for an ideal game night with your significant other or a group of friends.

So, why not treat yourself to a new experience? Get your hands on “The Rocketeer” and a good-quality Chardonnay, and dive into an evening of strategic fun and good vibes. With all these ingredients at hand, you’re sure to have a memorable night!

0:00 The Rocketeer
00:13 Introduction
01:29 Wine Review: Bread and Butter 2021

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05:04 #Sponsored #ad Spotlight: Manscaped – Use our promo code “MeeplesandWine” for 20% off and free shipping!


20:50 Diving into the Game Mechanics of The Rocketeer: Fate of the Future
26:13 Strategies and Challenges
29:22 Final Thoughts and Review

Michael Plays with Himself: Onirim and Two Brothers Cherry Northwind

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Solo Game Exploration and Beer Tasting: ‘Onirim’ and Two Brothers Imperial Stout

Onirim: A Dreamy Solitaire Adventure

Introduction

This week I’m reviewing Onirim, a solo/cooperative card game where you navigate a mysterious labyrinth as a dreamwalker. You must escape before your dream time runs out by finding the eight oneiric doors.

Gameplay

Onirim is a set collection and deck-building game. You have a hand of five cards and must match sets of three to unlock doors. However, there are challenges:

  • Sun and Moon cards: You can’t play a sun next to a moon or the same icon twice in a row.
  • Key cards: Discarding a key allows you to unlock a door but reduces your chances for others.
  • Nightmare cards: These force you to discard cards or sacrifice resources to avoid waking from the dream.

Expansions

The second edition comes with seven expansions in the box, adding new mechanics and challenges like manipulating the deck, time bombs, and unreliable allies.

Overall Impressions

I enjoyed Onirim but found it slightly frustrating due to not having resources near the end of the game. I rate it 7.5 out of 10. I picked this one up at Dane’s Games in Geneva, IL.

Additional Notes

  • The episode also features a beer review of Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Cherry and a Kickstarter spotlight on “Dungeon Twist” game.

0:00 Onirim and Two Brothers Cherry Northwind
00:13 Introduction and Beer Review
05:42 Sponsor Break: Manscaped
07:42 Game Review: Onirim
16:53 Kickstarter Spotlight and Conclusion

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/

Tiny Epic Dungeons and Apothic Red Blend

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In this episode of ‘Meeples and Wine’, hosts Michael and Suzy kick off the New Year by reviewing board game ‘Tiny Epic Dungeons’. The couple highlight the high replayability, short playtime, and high strategy of the game, despite its challenging learning curve. Michael and Suzy also mention a Kickstarter game they found interesting, ‘The Last Lighthouse’. They celebrate the return of their podcast after a hiatus and introduce their new sponsor, Manscaped. The hosts also enjoy Apothic Red wine, describing it as a good everyday wine to have on hand for casual meals like burgers and pizza.

Please give our sponsor a visit at https://www.manscaped.com/ and don’t forget to use the code meeplesandwine to get 20% off and free shipping!

0:00 Intros
01:26 Apothic Red Blend Tasting
05:09 Manscaped Promo
10:54 Game Review – Tiny Epic Dungeons
29:17 Final Sip – Apothic Red Blend
30:24 Last Call – Kickstarter Finds
44:05 End of show – Closing

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

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NaPodPomo 2023: 30 Days of Game Mechanics: Bluffing Games

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Welcome to Meeples and Wine Na Pod Pomo 2023, hosted by Michael and Suzy, where they review board and tabletop games for couples. They explore how well games play with two players, their fun factor, complexity, and whether they might “destroy the marriage.” Each episode also includes a thematic wine, beer, or drink tasting to accompany the game.

Meeples and Wine: Exploring Bluffing Mechanics and the Board Game ‘Chameleon’

Introduction:
Welcome to Meeples and Wine, Now Pod Pomo 2023! Michael is going to dive into bluffing games and explore one particular game that has captured the attention of many tabletop enthusiasts – Chameleon. But before we get into the gameplay, let’s introduce Meeples and Wine, our original podcast where my wife Susie and I, Michael, review board and tabletop games for couples. We not only analyze how well they play with two players, but also determine their level of excitement, complexity, and even their potential impact on relationships. Join us as we embark on this gaming adventure!

Bluffing Games vs. Social Deduction Games:
You might be wondering, what exactly is the difference between bluffing games and social deduction games? In social deduction games, players strive to conceal their true identities. Whether you are a murderer or a werewolf, your goal is to mislead others and divert attention away from your true intentions. This usually involves lying and twisting the truth in order to convince others that you are not the villain. On the other hand, bluffing games involve elaborating on your beliefs and confidently bluffing about the truth. One popular example is Balderdash, where players must bluff their way through defining words. The objective is to convince the group that your definition is correct, even if it isn’t.

Let’s Talk Chameleon:
Today, we are going to focus on one specific bluffing game called Chameleon. In this game, one player takes on the role of the chameleon, while the other players try to figure out who it is. Designed for four to six players, Chameleon brings a unique twist to the world of bluffing games. The objective for the non-chameleon players is to unmask the chameleon without revealing the secret word. Meanwhile, the chameleon aims to blend in with the others, avoid detection, and correctly guess the secret word.

Gameplay Mechanics:
To set up the game, players are assigned code cards that determine their identity. The chameleon receives a blue chameleon card, while the others receive different code cards that feature dice notations. The dice rolls dictate the code for each player, adding an element of randomness and excitement to the game. The dealer then reveals a topic card, such as “bread,” and all players, except the chameleon, must select a word that corresponds to the topic.

Blending In and Providing Clues:
The non-chameleon players now examine their code cards to determine the secret word. The chameleon, without knowing the secret word, must pretend to be part of the group and provide clues that align with the word. Round after round, players take turns offering clues related to the secret word, while the chameleon strategically tries to blend in. For example, if the secret word is “bread,” a non-chameleon player might say “yeast” as a clue, which is directly linked to bread-making. The chameleon must think quickly and provide clues that match the secret word without giving away their lack of knowledge.

Voting and Revealing the Chameleon:
Once all players have given their clues, it’s time to vote. Players discuss and vote for the player they suspect is the chameleon. The player with the most votes reveals their code card. If it’s the chameleon card, the chameleon gets one last chance to guess the secret word correctly and escape capture. The game continues with the previous chameleon becoming the dealer, and a new chameleon card is introduced.

Chameleon is a thrilling and engaging bluffing game that guarantees hours of fun for friends and family. It requires strategic thinking, quick wit, and the ability to maintain a straight face. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, those who enjoy the challenge of bluffing and deducing their opponents’ intentions will find Chameleon to be an excellent addition to their gaming collection. So gather your friends, put on your best poker face, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the world of bluffing and deception!

00:01 Introduction and Podcast Overview
01:01 Podcast Struggles and Future Plans
01:24 Understanding Bluffing Mechanics in Tabletop Games
01:50 Bluffing vs Social Deduction Games
02:53 Exploring the Game ‘Chameleon’
04:18 Gameplay and Strategy of ‘Chameleon’
06:09 Final Thoughts and Future Content Teaser

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/

NaPodPomo 2023: 30 Days of Game Mechanics: Take That! or Screw Your Neighbor

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Welcome to Meeples and Wine Na Pod Pomo 2023, hosted by Michael and Suzy, where they review board and tabletop games for couples. They explore how well games play with two players, their fun factor, complexity, and whether they might “destroy the marriage.” Each episode also includes a thematic wine, beer, or drink tasting to accompany the game.

Exploring ‘Take That’ Games and Related Mechanics: From Munchkin to UNO Flip

In this episode of ‘Meeples and Wine’, Michael explores the popular board and tabletop game mechanic known as ‘Take That’ or ‘Screw Your Neighbor”. They discuss games including ‘Munchkin’, ‘Flux’, ‘Kittens in a Blender’, and ‘UNO’, with a specific focus on ‘UNO Flip’. These games involve players using cards or actions to harm their opponents, often leading to strategic moves and exciting gameplay. The hosts also highlight some of their own experiences with these games, how the rules keep changing, the level of strategy involved, and how different players may respond to such mechanics.

00:10 Introduction to Meeples and Wine Podcast
00:50 How to Connect with Us
01:13 Introduction to ‘Take That’ Games
01:48 Exploring Munchkin: A ‘Take That’ Game
03:21 Diving into Flux: A Game of Changing Rules
06:50 Kittens in a Blender: A Quirky ‘Take That’ Game
07:17 UNO: The Classic ‘Take That’ Game
09:22 Customizing UNO: Creating Your Own Rules
10:11 Conclusion and Farewell

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/

NaPodPomo 2023: 30 Days of Game Mechanics: Simultaneous Play

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Welcome to Meeples and Wine Na Pod Pomo 2023, hosted by Michael and Suzy, where they review board and tabletop games for couples. They explore how well games play with two players, their fun factor, complexity, and whether they might “destroy the marriage.” Each episode also includes a thematic wine, beer, or drink tasting to accompany the game.

Simultaneous Play Games : Breakdown and Review of Space Team

In this edition of Meeples and Wine: NowPodPomo 2023, hosts Michael and Susie dive deep into the world of simultaneous play board games, highlighting its unique appeal due to its dynamic and interactive nature. The focus is on ‘Space Team’, a co-op shouting card game where players work together to repair a malfunctioning spaceship. ‘Space Team’ and its two expansions available on Stellar Factory are scrutinized, with the hosts recommending the Triangulum expansion over the NSFS (Not Safe for Space) expansion.

00:10 Introduction and Podcast Overview
00:40 How to Connect with Us
01:08 Introduction to NaPodPoMo and Future Plans
02:17 Exploring Simultaneous Play
02:50 Space Team: A Simultaneous Play Game
04:14 Anomalies in Space Team
05:55 Space Team Expansions
06:52 Conclusion and Future Topics

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at meeplesandwine@gmail.com, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MeeplesandWine!

You can also check out our quicklinks page! https://podcast.show/meeplesandwine/