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

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