Spirits of the Wild, DC Spyfall, Reddit Roundtable - Boards & Swords #115

Spirits of the Wild, DC Spyfall, Reddit Roundtable - Boards & Swords #115

No news in this episode because we only recorded it a week after the last one! We fill in a few more reviews that didn’t make the cut in the last extravaganza, then we take some questions we found on Reddit and give our own unique answers to them. Oh and game shows!

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Ice Cool 2, Starship Samurai, Reviews Galore! - Boards & Swords #114

Ice Cool 2, Starship Samurai, Reviews Galore! - Boards & Swords #114

It’s been a month since a proper episode, so we make up for lost time with ALL THE REVIEWS! Ice Cool 2, Starship Samurai, Bloodborne expansion, Carthago, new Downforce maps, Scythe: Rise of Fenris, and I could still go on!!

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Mutant: Year Zero Review

Mutant: Year Zero Review

By Chris Nickell

Editor’s Note: Chris is on the Dirtbags of Holding podcast, and has been playing RPGs (and running them as a GM) for years. I recently got a bunch of RPGs to review from Free League Publishing and asked Chris to help me out.

“The Red Plague hits a world already on the brink of collapse. Extreme climate change, global economic crisis, increasing conflict between old and new superpowers. When the pandemic comes, the last thin veneer of stability crumbles. … Yet life remains. Slivers of humanity survive the Apocalypse. In the Ark, a small settlement at the edge of a dead city, the People live. You are a spawn of humanity, but not quite human. You are twisted funhouse images, mutated freaks. Your bodies and minds have incredible powers, but you are unstable. … But the safe days are over. Food is running scarce, and the fight for what’s left is turning violent. “

The post-apocalyptic genre in gaming is one that I hold close to my heart. As a GM I love presenting my character players with their own version of the Kobayashi Maru (no-win scenarios) and watch as they debate the best course of action and roleplay through difficult decisions. Occasionally, I get a Kirk in the party that finds a way to cheat the system and pull a win out of a no-win scenario. Those situations make gaming history in our group and are truly the apex of our collective storytelling.

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What is the Tales from the Loop RPG about? - Roll Playing

Tales from the Loop is an awesome RPG set in the 1980s. The kickstarter for the next book is over, but you might be able to late back it by paying attention to this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/things-from-the-flood-sequel-to-tales-from-the-loo

Roll Player Expansion, Curt Covert from Smirk & Dagger - Boards & Swords #112

We couldn’t possibly have 2 shows with guests back to back right? Nut so Fast! In fact, Curt Covert from Smirk & Dagger Games joins us to talk about his gaming and some of the neat releases that they have coming out soon.

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Black Crusade Character Creation Pt. 1 "From the Archives" - The Dirtbags of Holding #117

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Never got to the actual gameplay, but enjoy some “old” footage of us making characters for the Black Crusade Warhammer 40K RPG.

Let us know if you been enjoying the show!  Is there a game that you'd like to hear us play?  Contact us!  Our email is feedback@dirtbagsofholding.com.  You can find the dirtbags on twitter @DirtbagsPodcast or you can follow me personally @ChrisTheProf.   If you're on facebook, give us a like at Facebook.com/ocdcast.

The Dirtbags of Holding is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production, find other great podcasts such as my tabletop gaming podcast “Boards & Swords” over at ocdcast.com.  We are also a part of Punchboard Media!  Go look at other great gaming podcasts at punchboardmedia.com

Thank you for listening, and we will see you next time on The Dirtbags of Holding!

Isle of Skye App, Calvin Wong from Crazy Rich Asians - Boards & Swords #111

Isle of Skye App, Calvin Wong from Crazy Rich Asians - Boards & Swords #111

It’s getting Crazy up in here! He was a popular board gamer before he went and got all famous appearing in the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, but we have Calvin Wong on the show! Plus, all the usual antics.

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How Do I Get My Players to Roleplay? - Ask the Prof

I'm trying something new here. Got a question about board games, roleplaying games, comics or pop culture? Send me an email Chris@ocdcast.com or tweet me @ChrisTheProf on twitter with the #asktheprof hashtag and I may answer it in a future column. 

Brandon from the Brawling Brothers podcast (@BrawlingBros) asked: 

"How do you loosen up the 'stiffs' at the table and have them fall into character?!?" 

First of all, calling them stiffs is probably not helping your cause. Secondly, I totally know where Brandon is coming from. One of the first games I ran as a GM was the Star Wars Saga Edition RPG from Wizards of the Coast (basically D&D 3.5 but with Star Wars). I was trying to get a new group of friends into RPGs and as such pretty much everyone in my game had never played in a RPG before. A couple of players got into it, but there was one or two people that basically acted like we were playing Zork

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Council of 4, Before There Were Stars, Sell it to Phil - Boards & Swords #110

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We've got reviews, we've got your jokey jokes, we've even got some cheating! Plus, we try and convince Philip to try some alternative games to Munchkin!

News

Pokémon Booster Box sells for $56k
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41158/pokemon-1st-edition-booster-box-sells-56-000

CGE to release Trapwords
http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41140/czech-games-is-setting-trapwords

Gale Force 9 gets Dune franchise
http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41139/exclusive-frank-herberts-dune-comes-tabletop

Second Unique Game coming from FFG
http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41136/second-title-ffgs-unique-game-line-revealed

Capstone releasing Pipeline
http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41109/perfect-oil-refining-pipeline

Kennerspiel winner coming to US
http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41085/the-quacks-quedlinburg-gets-u-s-release

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production - visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts.  Join our BGG Guild! boardsandswords.com/guild

Email us your comments and questions at feedback@boardsandswords.com.  You can find the show on twitter @Boardsandswords, or on facebook at facebook.com/ocdcast.  Personally I'm @ChrisTheProf on Twitter & Instagram Collin is @colcakes196 on Twitter & Instagram.  Cindy is cindypastorius on Instagram.  

This podcast is also a part of the Dice Tower Network.  For other great board gaming shows, check out dicetowernetwork.com.  Also, thanks to CoolStuffInc for sponsoring the network - check out coolstuffinc.com for some great deals on games.

Thank you for listening to the show.  Until next time, remember that every gamer has a story…..what's yours?

StarFate Pt. 3 "License to Golem" - The Dirtbags of Holding #116

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We finish our Fate Core game set in Stargate SG-1...with some Golems, some crazy tactics...and can someone stop pressing the menacing button???

Let us know if you been enjoying the show!  Is there a game that you'd like to hear us play?  Contact us!  Our email is feedback@dirtbagsofholding.com.  You can find the dirtbags on twitter @DirtbagsPodcast or you can follow me personally @ChrisTheProf.   If you're on facebook, give us a like at Facebook.com/ocdcast.

The Dirtbags of Holding is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production, find other great podcasts such as my tabletop gaming podcast “Boards & Swords” over at ocdcast.com.  We are also a part of Punchboard Media!  Go look at other great gaming podcasts at punchboardmedia.com

Thank you for listening, and we will see you next time on The Dirtbags of Holding!

Warsaw: City of Ruins, Kung Fu Zoo, Gen Con 2018 Recap - Boards & Swords #109

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So much stuff in this episode! Put it this way - the Gen Con recap is just a tiny portion of it! Lots of game reviews, a ton of news following Gen Con, and Collin takes some games out for a date!

News

Restoration Games returning to The Dark Tower
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41078/childres-daviau-return-dark-towner

Stronghold and Indie Boards and Cards merge
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41077/stronghold-games-indie-boards-cards-merge

Munchkin Warhammer 40K
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41052/munchkin-invades-grimdark-future-warhammer-40-000

Arkham Horror 3rd Edition
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41046/arkham-horror-third-edition

New “Keyforge” Card game from FFG
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41039/richard-garfields-keyforge-puts-new-spin-unique

Power Rangers Game from Renegade
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41048/power-rangers-heroes-grid

NEW CLANK STUFF!!!
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/41038/clank-innovates-expansion-style

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production - visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts.  Join our BGG Guild! boardsandswords.com/guild

Email us your comments and questions at feedback@boardsandswords.com.  You can find the show on twitter @Boardsandswords, or on facebook at facebook.com/ocdcast.  Personally I'm @ChrisTheProf on Twitter & Instagram Collin is @colcakes196 on Twitter & Instagram.  Cindy is cindypastorius on Instagram.  

This podcast is also a part of the Dice Tower Network.  For other great board gaming shows, check out dicetowernetwork.com.  Also, thanks to CoolStuffInc for sponsoring the network - check out coolstuffinc.com for some great deals on games.

Thank you for listening to the show.  Until next time, remember that every gamer has a story…..what's yours?

StarFate Pt. 2 "Trigger Happy Grenades" - The Dirtbags of Holding #115

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It was just another ordinary day....in a set of ruins on another planet. Then all heck breaks loose in this episode of us playing a Fate Core game in the setting of Stargate SG-1.

Let us know if you been enjoying the show!  Is there a game that you'd like to hear us play?  Contact us!  Our email is feedback@dirtbagsofholding.com.  You can find the dirtbags on twitter @DirtbagsPodcast or you can follow me personally @ChrisTheProf.   If you're on facebook, give us a like at Facebook.com/ocdcast.

The Dirtbags of Holding is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production, find other great podcasts such as my tabletop gaming podcast “Boards & Swords” over at ocdcast.com.  We are also a part of Punchboard Media!  Go look at other great gaming podcasts at punchboardmedia.com

Thank you for listening, and we will see you next time on The Dirtbags of Holding!