AEG’s Magical Treehouse with Suntory -198 Lemon Vodka Seltzer

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We cross the pond to Japan this week! We’re reviewing the AEG “Big In Japan” title Magical Treehouse, a card drafting, resource gathering and set making game for two, or is it? We also taste the newly arrived to the USA Suntory -198 Lemon Vodka seltzer.

In Magical Treehouse, it’s graduation season at the magic school, and as one of the apprentice witches, your final exam awaits to prove yourself as a respectable witch. The challenge is to create a comfortable village for your familiars, constructing magical tree houses by collecting wealth from the forest. Throughout the game, you’ll strategically gather planning documents to use during the planning phase, occasionally employing magic to influence other players. In the construction phase, you’ll set these documents to build enchanting houses in your village. Your familiars can assist in preserving valuable resources from the forest, crucial for earning victory points at the game’s end. Over four rounds, you’ll accumulate points from your buildings, their abilities, and achieved challenges. The witch with the most victory points will emerge as the triumphant winner of Magical Treehouse.

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In the Last Call we take a look at Kickstarter for Make Over Your Game Room By Allplay (formerly and the Gamefound Dragon Eclipse!

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Tiki Long Tongue Liar and Gates of Delirium

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Ever wonder about the creatures from beyond your sight and what madness lies in even trying to discover the truth behind the veil, and also what would be a nice refreshing beer to drink while doing it? Well this week we review both the beer Tiki Tongue Liar from Miskatonic Brewery and the board game Gates of Delirium from Renegade Game Studios. The beer is described as a soft, tart, and prickly kettle sour with pineapple flavors, complemented by a slightly salty and sweet body. The dry hop of Sabro adds a light coconutty taste to the beer.


Moving on to the game review, Gates of Delirium is a game where players embark on a quest to uncover the truth. They search for ancient runes, lost pages of a scattered tome, and investigate the rumors of evil monstrosities calling for their return. As players progress, they become less connected to reality and experience strange occurrences, losing track of time and feeling the whispers of secret gates to another world growing stronger.

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The game revolves around split action cards, with one side representing sanity and the other insanity. Each round, one player decides whether the round will be sane or insane, and all players must play the corresponding side of their cards. During sane rounds, players search for maps, lost pages, and assign investigators to aid their cause. In contrast, during insane rounds, players collect ancient runes and work towards building gates to release the very monstrosities their sane selves have been trying to prevent.


The objective is to earn the most victory points by the time the last monstrosity is released. Michael and Suzy provide their thoughts on the game, discussing its mechanics, gameplay experience, and overall enjoyment. Listeners can gain insights into both the beer and the board game, making it an entertaining episode for couples interested in board game reviews while enjoying a drink.

This week’s Last Call is Ding Dong and Mekkablood: Series One, both on Kickstarter!

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Episode 50! Interview with Josh Mowry of Miskatonic Brewery

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Welcome to episode 50 of “Meeples and Wine,” the podcast where we combine our love for tabletop gaming with a good glass of wine! For a Fiftieth Episode special in today’s episode, we have a treat for all the beer enthusiasts out there as we interview the talented founder and brewmaster, Josh Mowry, from the renowned Miskatonic Brewery. So grab your favorite glass of vino (or brew), sit back, and let’s dive into the world of board games and craft beer!

In this lively conversation, we get to know Josh and discover the story behind Miskatonic Brewery. Named after the iconic fictional university from H.P. Lovecraft‘s works, Miskatonic Brewery stands out not only for its Lovecraftian inspiration but also for its commitment to creating unique and flavorful craft beers.

Josh shares his journey as a passionate homebrewer turned professional brewmaster. With his love for both literature and brewing, it was only natural for him to merge the two worlds together. He talks about the inspirations behind Miskatonic Brewery’s beer names, and some of the new beers they are working on right now.

We delve into the process of crafting exceptional beers. From discussing the different styles and flavors that Miskatonic Brewery offers to exploring the challenges of experimentation and innovation in the craft beer industry, they cover it all. Listeners gain insight into the meticulous attention to detail that goes into each brew, ensuring that every sip is a delightful experience.

To wrap up the interview, Josh offers some tantalizing hints about upcoming projects and collaborations. He leaves us eagerly anticipating what Miskatonic Brewery has in store for the future, with promises of new flavors in great new brews.

So if you’re a fan of delicious craft beer, fantasy lit or a board game enthusiast, this episode of “Meeples and Wine” is a must-listen. Join us and Josh Mowry, as they celebrate the intersection of these two vibrant communities and explore the flavors and stories that make Miskatonic Brewery a standout player in the craft beer industry. Cheers!

If you’d like to keep in touch with Miskatonic Brewery and see what they have going on and coming up their socials and Untappd links are below!

If you’ve got a game that you’d like us to demo get in touch at, at our Twitter (@Meeplesandwine) or Facebook or if you’d like to leave us a voicemail you can go to!

You can also check out our quicklinks page!