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!

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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

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Survival and Suds: Final Girl & Revenge of the Final Girl

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Join Michael for a spine-chilling solo episode as he dives into the one-player tabletop thriller, Final Girl, with the Organism/Station 2891 expansion from Van Ryder Games. But that’s not all – we’ve got a special treat in store as we review the Revenge of the Final Girl pale ale to wash down the tension. Grab yourself a flamethrower and a drink and let’s get started!

He’s playing Final Girl the single player horror movie themed game, with the Organism/ Station 2891 Feature Film box, which has a John Carpenter’s The Thing theme. With the Final Girl starter set and your choice of the many, many choices of Feature Films (everything from The Happy Trails Horror (Friday the 13th) to Into the Void (ALIENS!) and even a Christmas themed one!

What are we tasting? Why it’s Revenge of the Final Girl from More Brewing Company in Huntley, Illinois. With a flavor of pineapple, lime and habanero, this American Pale Ale stabs your thirst right in the throat!

Remember that we’ll also be at Up North Ale House in Naperville, IL hosting trivia every Wednesday from 7 – 8:30PM!

We’ll be out at Lodge Con this weekend at the Will County Fairgrounds (710 S West St Peotone, IL 60468)! We’ll be doing a “how to taste wine” lesson, review a game and do a Q&A for our seminar at 4!

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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Dragonrealm and Dragon’s Milk Tales of Gold

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Hello there married (or in a relationship) gamers! This week we’re diving into the fantastical world of the Dragonrealm card/dice game by Gamewright. Join me, Michael, and my wonderful wife Suzy as we gather our adventurers play our enhancements, fight our way through goblins and landslides as we claim our territories in this card and dice game.

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But that’s not all! As we explore the Dragonrealms, we’re sipping on Dragon’s Milk Tales of Gold beer, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to our gaming experience. (at least for Michael…) If you’re a married/relationship-enabled tabletop gamer couple looking for exciting games to enjoy together, along with some delightful wine or beer, this episode is tailor-made for you. Tune in for the perfect blend of gaming and relaxation.

This week’s Kickstarter finds! Suzanne has found Dark Tomb: Bloodthorn Island a dungeon crawler game that fits in your pocket, and it’s got a ship!

Michael has found the game of Flock Together, a city building survival game where you work with your fellow feathered friends to save all chickenkind!

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/

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.

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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.

Madness

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!

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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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 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/

Meeples & Wine 28 – Blackheart & Brawl

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Welcome to almost the end of the #NaPodPoMo month with episode 28! This time it’s Michael rolling solo one last time, with only 2 shows left to go before midnight! It’s a nail-biter of will they/won’t they?! He’s tasting Bell’s Black Hearted Ale, a darker than sin, IPA that in all honesty he didn’t think that he would enjoy, spoilers. He’s talking about the card game Brawl from 1999, a “A real-time card game of brawling martial artists.” where you’ve got everything from goth-waitresses, to catgirl fighters all going at it in a free for all fight to win three bases! It doesn’t sound too crazy, but considering that every game lasts roughly 30 seconds, it gets nuts pretty fast!

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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Meeples & Wine 25 – Sour Unicorns & Dungeons

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Hello and welcome to episode 25! Tonight Michael is going it alone, and tasting Unicorn Fight Club from Mill Stream Brewing! The game of the day is Welcome to the Dungeon from Iello Games!

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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Meeples & Wine 24 – Marshmallows & Exploding Kittens

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Today Michael is running alone, as Suzy is out of town, though he will be tasting the “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” Marshmallow Lager from Millstream Brewing Co.! He’s also talking about the card game “Exploding Kittens” the card game!

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/