Bonus Episode: Designer Deep Dive- Imperius by Grant Rodiek

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During this Designer Deep Dive, we speak with Grant Rodiek (designer of Cry Havoc, Hocus, and more) about his upcoming title by Kolossal Games, Imperius. Imperius is a card drafting, bluffing game where players play cards in order to exert strength and earn favor and in support of their efforts to gain victory, capture control, and avoid assassination. We talk to Grant about his design theories and practices as well as the art and craft of board game design. This in-depth and illuminating conversation focuses upon the design of a single board game, exploring everything from design philosophy, prototyping, play-testing, presenting an idea to publishers, and bringing a a design to production (or in this case,kickstarter).

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To learn more about Imperius, click here.

To check out Imperius’ BGG page, click here.

To back Imperius, click here.

Click here to check out articles on game design, at Hyperbole Games.

NOTE: We were not compensated for this interview and the substance of our content was not directed in any way by Kolossal Games or any other third-party.

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Episode 118- Clans of Caledonia

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In this week’s episode:

1) The Pegs discuss discuss their recent game plays including Draconis: Invasion, Space Freaks, London: Second Edition and many more;

2) Review the resource management game, Clans of Caledonia; and

3) Revisit Manhattan Project: Energy Empire.

Certain of the aforementioned reviews derive from a copy of the reviewed game which was provided by the publisher, free of charge.

Click here for game play photos and show notes.

To access the direct download, click here.

Bonus Episode: Designer Deep Dive- Sorcerer City by Scott Caputo

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During this Designer Deep Dive, we speak with Scott Caputo (designer of Voluspa, Whistle Stop, and more) about his upcoming title by Druid City Games, Sorcerer City. Sorcerer City is a chaotic and tactical tile laying game where players vie against a clock over multiple rounds to re-build a city of wealth, reputation, prestige, and influence. We talk to Scott about his unique design niche and the process of working with a publishing partner. This in-depth conversation focuses upon the design of a single board game, exploring everything from design philosophy, prototyping, play-testing, presenting an idea to publishers, and bringing a a design to production (or in this case, kickstarter).

Click here to download directly.

To learn more about Sorcerer City, click here.

To check out Sorcerer City’s BGG page, click here.

To back Sorcerer City, click here.

Click here to check out articles on game design, including many authored by Scott Caputo, at the League of Gamemakers.

NOTE: We were not compensated for this interview and the substance of our content was not directed in any way by Druid City Games or any other third-party.

Episode 117- PiranhaPig Con 2018 & Calimala

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In this week’s episode:

1) The Pegs discuss discuss PiranhaPig Con 2018 along their recent game plays including Castell, The Grimm Forest, Transatlantic and many more;

2) Review the action selection game, Calimala; and

3) Revisit The Oracle of Delphi.

Certain of the aforementioned reviews derive from a copy of the reviewed game which was provided by the publisher, free of charge.

Click here for game play photos and show notes.

To access the direct download, click here.

Bonus Episode: Designer Deep Dive- Edge of Darkness by John D. Clair

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During this, our first Designer Deep Dive, we speak with John D. Clair (designer of Mystic Vale, Custom Heroes, and more) about his upcoming title by AEG, Edge of Darkness. Edge of Darkness is a card driven strategy game that employs the card crafting system in support of a fully realized Euro style board game, set within a richly conceived fantasy setting. We talk to John about the genesis of his design, the process of taking his design from concept to reality, and everything in between. This in-depth conversation focuses upon the design of a single board game, exploring everything from design philosophy, prototyping, play-testing, presenting an idea to publishers, and bringing a a design to production (or in this case, kickstarter).

Click here to download directly.

To learn more about Edge of Darkness, click here.

To check out Edge of Darkness’ BGG page, click here.

To back Edge of Darkness, click here. 

NOTE: We were not compensated for this interview and the substance of our content was not directed in any way by AEG or any other third-party.

Episode 116- Raiders of the North Sea & Expansions

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In this week’s episode:

1) The Pegs discuss their recent game plays including Rising Sun, Manhattan, Muse, and many more;

2) Review the worker placement game, Raiders of the North Sea, along with both of its expansions; and

3) Revisit Great Western Trail.

Certain of the aforementioned reviews derive from a copy of the reviewed game which was provided by the publisher, free of charge.

Click here for game play photos and show notes.

To access the direct download, click here.

Episode 115- Rajas of the Ganges

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In this week’s episode:

1) The Pegs welcome their new 4th Chair and discuss their recent game plays including Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Dokmus, The Bottle Imp, and much more;

2) Review the action selection race game, Rajas of the Ganges; and

3) Revisit Tikal.

Certain of the aforementioned reviews derive from a copy of the reviewed game which was provided by the publisher, free of charge.

Click here for game play photos and show notes.

To access the direct download, click here.