NaPodPomo 2023: 30 Days of Game Mechanics: Hidden Movement

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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.

Title: Unveiling the Thrill: Hidden Movement Games!

Hey there, fellow gamers! Welcome to Meeples and Wine, NaPodPomo 2023. Before we dive into today’s game, let me introduce you to Meeples and Wine! I’m Michael, and together with my wife Suzy, we review board and tabletop games for couples. We see how well they play with just two players, how fun and challenging they are, and yeah, sometimes we even test if they can ruin a marriage (just kidding!). Head over to www.meeplesandwine.fun for game reviews, wine tastings, and more. Plus, you can leave us a voicemail through our SpeakPipe link – we’d love to feature your questions on the show! Alright, let’s jump into the awesome world of hidden movement games!

Hidden movement games add a whole new level of excitement to your game nights. You’ve got one (or all) players who can’t see what the others are doing, which kicks up the suspense factor big time. Picture this: you’re hunting down an elusive character while they cleverly maneuver through the game board, leaving just enough clues to keep you guessing. It’s all about strategy and outsmarting your opponents.

Now, let’s talk about some of the standout hidden movement games. First up, we have the classic Scotland Yard. It’s been around since the ’80s and is still a ton of fun. You and your friends play as detectives from Scotland Yard, going head-to-head with Mr. X, who’s roaming the streets of London using taxis, buses, and even the tube. Working together, you’ll need to connect the dots, piece together the clues, and track down Mr. X before he slips away.

For those craving a bigger challenge, check out Mister X. This game takes the Scotland Yard gameplay and moves to all of Europe! Instead of limiting the action to London, you get to embark on a thrilling chase across the entire continent. Mr. X has an arsenal of transportation options at his disposal, and it’s up to the detectives to coordinate their efforts and catch him in the act. It’s one wild ride, let me tell you!

Last but not least, there’s Clue: The Great Museum Caper. Imagine being a security guard in an art museum, desperately trying to prevent a crafty thief from pilfering precious artworks. The tension builds as paintings disappear and guards scramble to catch a glimpse of the elusive culprit. It’s a unique spin on hidden movement games, adding elements of deduction and observation to keep you on your toes.

So, grab your friends and get ready for a gaming experience like no other with hidden movement games! Scotland Yard, Mr. X, and Clue: The Great Museum Caper are just a taste of the excitement that awaits. Check out our podcast at Meeples and Wine, and remember to play fair, have fun, and may the best detective prevail! Cheers!

That’s it for today’s game mechanics. Stay tuned for more thrilling adventures in the world of tabletop gaming. Thanks for joining us on Meeples and Wine, Now Pod Pomo 2023. Happy gaming, everyone!

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: Press Your Luck 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.

Push Your Luck – Unveiling the Mechanics of ‘Pass the Pigs’ & ‘Cosmic Wimp Out’

Welcome to another episode of Meeples and Wine’s NaPodPoMo 2023: 30 Days of Game Mechanics! Today Michael explores ‘press your luck’ games with attention to popular classics ‘Pass the Pigs’ and ‘Cosmic Wimp Out’. He discusses the effective use of risk and reward systems in these games and provide insights into how to play, emphasizing their appeal as highly portable and entertaining. They also encourage listeners to engage with them through their podcast site and SpeakPipe link, which is HERE.

00:09 Introduction and Podcast Overview
01:06 Introduction to ‘Push Your Luck’ Games
01:37 Exploring ‘Pass the Pigs’ Game
03:14 Introduction to ‘Cosmic Wimp Out’ Game
03:59 Detailed Gameplay of ‘Cosmic Wimp Out’
06:40 Additional Features and Availability of ‘Cosmic Wimp Out’
08:31 Conclusion and Sign Off

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: Legacy 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.

Discovering the World of Legacy Tabletop Games

In the episode of the Meeples Wine Na Pod Pomo 2023, Michael discusses legacy tabletop games, a type of board game designed to evolve over time and multiple play sessions. The concept of legacy games is explored including how they incorporate new rules and content, creating a sense of immersion and narrative-driven gameplay. A reference game – Pandemic Legacy Season 1- is discussed in detail, illustrating the unique and engaging gameplay experience offered by legacy games. The episode also highlights the high replay factor of these games, despite their permanence, their thematic versatility, strategic complexity, and their emphasis on cooperation and teamwork.

00:09 Introduction and Podcast Overview
00:50 Engaging with the Podcast
01:09 Introduction to Legacy Tabletop Games
01:27 Mechanics of Legacy Games
02:01 Impact of Player Actions in Legacy Games
02:34 Variety and Popularity of Legacy Games
03:01 Deep Dive into Pandemic Legacy Season 1
04:46 Why Legacy Games are Popular
05:58 Conclusion and Recommendation

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: Storytelling 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.

Exploring Storytelling in Tabletop Games on Meeples Wine NaPodPoMo 2023

In this episode of Meeples Wine NaPodPoMo 2023, this episode focuses on ‘storytelling tabletop games’, as compared to ‘story-driven games’, providing distinct examples like ‘Aye, Dark Overlord’, ‘Once Upon A Time’, and ‘Baron Munchausen’. These games prioritize creativity, teamwork, and active listening, allowing players to collaborate and improvise to build a story. These games offer important benefits such as encouraging creativity, improving communication, promoting teamwork and building bonds. They are believed to be especially beneficial for children, aiding in their development while providing a creative outlet.

0:00 Storytelling Games
00:09 Introduction
01:06 Introduction to Storytelling Tabletop Games
03:04 Exploring ‘Aye, Dark Overlord’
05:41 Unveiling ‘Once Upon a Time’
07:38 Discovering ‘Baron Munchausen’
09:28 Benefits of Storytelling Games
10:36 Conclusion and Recommendations

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: Escape Rooms and Murder Mystery

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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.

In this episode of the Meeples and Wine NaPodPoMo 2023 , Michael talks about various options for escape room and murder mystery tabletop games. He starts by reviewing the concept of escape room games and then goes on to discuss different versions such as Exit the Game by Cosmos, Unlock from Space Cowboys, Hunt a Killer, and Mysterious Package Company.

0:00 Escape Rooms

01:08 Introduction to Escape Room Tabletop Games

03:06 Marker Exit by Kosmos Games

04:35 Marker Review of ‘Unlock’ Series

06:06 Marker Review of ‘Hunt a Killer’ Games

07:51 Marker Review of ‘Mysterious Package Company’ Games

11:13 Conclusion and Contact Information

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: Engine Building 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.

Exploring Engine Building Games: From Terraforming Mars to Magic Gathering

In this episode of our NaPodPoMo 2023 run, Michael discusses the concept of engine building in board and tabletop games. Highlighting the buzz that comes from creating efficient, interconnected systems in various games like ‘Terraforming Mars’ and ‘Magic: The Gathering.’ Engine building isn’t genre-specific, we underline its presence in resource management, card drafting, and worker placement games.

00:13 Introduction and Podcast Overview
00:53 Engaging with the Podcast
01:12 Introduction to Engine Building Games
01:51 Understanding Engine Building with Terraforming Mars
02:24 The Appeal of Engine Building Games
02:49 Engine Building in Different Game Genres
03:31 Engine Building in Magic: The Gathering
04:05 Variety in Engine Building Mechanics
04:40 Appreciating the Design of Engine Building Games
05:02 Conclusion and Look Ahead

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: Set Collection 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.

Board Games Review: Exploring Set Collection Games with a Focus on ‘Point Salad’

In this episode of ‘Meeples Wine Na Pod Pomo 2023’, Michael reviews set collection board games with focus on the game ‘Point Salad’, launched by AEG in 2019, involves players using 108 double-sided veggie and point cards to amass points through specific vegetable collections. He discusses the complexity of the game, the strategy of selecting cards, and the gameplay mechanics.

00:12 Introduction and Podcast Overview
01:13 Introduction to Set Collection Games
02:23 Exploring the Game: Point Salad
03:50 Gameplay and Strategy of Point Salad
06:43 Final Thoughts and Review of Point Salad
07:27 Closing Remarks and Contact Information

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: Bidding 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.

Exploring Board Games Mechanics: Auction and Bidding Games

In this podcast episode of ‘Meeples Wine Na Pod Pomo 2023’, Michael reviews two different board games featuring bidding mechanics: ‘Shipwrecked’ and ‘Power Grid’. ‘Shipwrecked’ is a blind bidding game where players compete for survival resources using a unique bidding system, with the possibility of strategic plays using different types of bid cards. ‘Power Grid’, on the other hand, allows players to bid openly for resources, power plants and cities necessary for expanding their power grid, providing insights into more conventional bidding mechanics. He gets into monitoring resources, understanding strategy, anticipating opponents’ actions, and managing bids wisely as key considerations for success in these games.

00:13 Introduction and Podcast Overview
01:09 Introduction to Auction and Bidding Games
02:15 Exploring the Game ‘Shipwrecked’
04:16 Artwork and Components of ‘Shipwrecked’
05:26 Gameplay Strategy and Rules of ‘Shipwrecked’
06:27 Introduction to the Game ‘Power Grid’
06:42 Bidding Phase and Strategy in ‘Power Grid’
09:22 Conclusion and Preview of Next Episode

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: Pencil and Paper 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.

In this episode, Michael delves into the world of paper and pencil games, highlighting grid coverage, enclosure games, and line drawing as different styles within this category.

The featured game of the day is “Cartographers: A Roleplayer Tale” by Thunderworks Games. In this game, you become a cartographer in the service of Queen Gimnax, tasked with mapping the Northern lands and increasing your reputation by meeting the Queen’s demands. The game involves edict cards that determine how you score, explore cards that dictate what you draw on your map, and the challenge of dealing with raids by your opponents. It’s a fun and engaging game that combines strategy, Tetris-like piece placement, and clever scoring mechanisms. Don’t miss out on this exciting gaming experience, and be sure to check the show notes for relevant links. Happy gaming!

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: Social Deduction Games

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Social Deduction: A Look at the Games that Keep Us Guessing

Welcome back to Meeples and Wine, NaPodPoMo 2023 edition! Today, we’re diving into the world of social deduction games, exploring why they’ve become so popular and highlighting two of our favorites: One Night: Ultimate Werewolf and The Thing: The Boardgame.

Social deduction games have increased in popularity and for good reason. They offer a unique blend of role playing, bluffing, and a touch of chaos that’s sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. In these games, players are secretly assigned roles, some good, some neutral, and some bad. The good guys need to work together to identify and eliminate the bad guys, the neutral players decide who they’re going to back, while the bad guys strive to sow discord and achieve their own nefarious goals. The beauty of social deduction games lies in the uncertainty. You never know who to trust, and every accusation, every move, could be a ploy to deceive. This constant state of suspicion and second-guessing is what keeps players hooked, coming back for more every time.

One Night: Ultimate Werewolf

One Night: Ultimate Werewolf is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn social deduction game that’s perfect for a quick game night or as an introduction to the genre. Players take on roles like Werewolves, Villagers, Seer, and the Drunk, and more, each with their own special abilities. The game plays over a single night, with players taking turns waking up and performing actions with the assistance of either a game master or by using the handy app that you can download. As the night progresses, the Werewolves try to stay hidden from the Villagers, while the Villagers try to identify and eliminate the Werewolves. One Night: Ultimate Werewolf is a fantastic choice for groups of all sizes, from small gatherings to larger parties. It’s quick, chaotic, and always entertaining.

The Thing: The Boardgame

If you’re looking for a more immersive, thematic social deduction experience, The Thing: The Boardgame is the perfect choice. Based on the classic John Carpenter film, The Thing, this game captures the paranoia and suspense of the movie in a solid tabletop experience. Players take on the roles of the researchers stationed in an Antarctic research base, so you’ve got Macready, Nauls, Windows and the rest of the team from the movie. Among them is the Thing, an alien shapeshifter that can perfectly imitate any human. The Thing’s goal is to eliminate the researchers and escape the base, while the researchers must identify and eliminate the Thing before it’s too late. The Thing: The Boardgame is a tense, atmospheric experience that will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s a must-play for fans of the movie and social deduction games alike.

Social Deduction Recommendations

Whether you’re a seasoned player or a newcomer to the genre, there’s a game out there for you. Here are a few more recommendations to get you started:

  • The Resistance (Avalon Hill): A classic hidden role game of deception and intrigue.
  • Coup (Indie Boards and Cards): A fast-paced, card-based game of bluffing and deduction.
  • Blood on the Clocktower (The Pandemonium Institute): An in-depth game with multiple roles which can play up to 20!

So gather your friends, grab a glass of wine, and dive into the world of social deduction games. You’re in for a night of suspense, deception, and fun!

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/