Broken Meeple Videos - Micropolis Review

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Gather your ants in Micropolis, and send them through the anthill to do your bidding. What do you want? Fruit? Warriors? A queen? Even more ants?! From the tag team that brought you Abyss, comes a very straightforward gateway tile drafting game. There's stiff competition in this genre so can it stand out or will it be forgotten quickly?

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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Disappointing Games

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Not the same as my Turkey Top 10 - these are games that I was genuinely looking forward to playing. Whether it be hype (a dangerous mistress) or a theme that appeals to me or a designer/publisher that I respect, these were games that I wanted to play! However sometimes a game doesn't live up to your high expectations and here I'm going to talk about my Top 10 Disappointments. As usual, understand that this is tongue in cheek and pure opinion, please do not go ape nuts if your favourite game is mentioned in this list! :-)




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Broken Meeple Videos - Lowlands Review

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The low land is a rough area where hard-working folk make a living by the sweat of their brow. Under constant threat of storm and flood, communities here rally together to build dikes that keep the rising water at bay. But every citizen constructing a dike is one fewer citizen tending flocks and maintaining the family farm. The residents here are constantly torn between selflessness and self-interest, and only those who can strike this delicate balance can thrive in this harsh landscape. A EURO with interaction? And sheep meeples! I have to check this unexpected arrival!

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Season 2 Episode 29 - AWARDS. . . AGAIN!

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It's been sweltering in the UK lately so I'm recording this podcast while melting into a small little puddle. But the Dice Tower Awards have been announced and just like a few episodes ago, I'm going to give my thoughts on the results including details of the games I personally voted on. Did I match well? Do I hate one of the games getting all the love over others........well yeah obviously! Listen in!



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The Mother Of All Hype Trains - Gloomhaven Review

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Which gamer hasn't heard of Gloomhaven? Now if you're new to gaming or more casual then perhaps the name doesn't ring a bell, but right now you cannot walk past an award ceremony or Top 10 list or Facebook forum without seeing a mention of Gloomhaven. Whether you want it to or not, it will never leave your mind, it's a bit like the Ducktales theme song in that respect. The designer is now more popular than Jesus and despite only receiving a small number of ratings, it's shot up to #1 on BGG quicker than even the likes of Pandemic Legacy. I could go into detail into how broken the ranking system on BGG is, but I digress, that's a whole essay in itself.

I had to get in on this - you know me, I leap on to every hype train where possible and see what's what. Sometimes I'm transported to a world of wonder and amazement, other times the train derails and I'm mangled in a pile of scrap metal at the bottom of a cliff. Hype is one of the biggest enemies in gaming after all. Now of course Gloomhaven has been out long enough for hype to become "buzz" but they're both as high as each other. I gave the game a full can of beans plus a long demo a while ago, but never did a review for it as I was swarmed under and didn't have my lair defense systems in place yet - because any rating other than 10/10 for this game is regarded as heresy I've noticed so some preparation was required. . .



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Broken Meeple Videos - Rajas of the Ganges Review

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Through tactics and karma to wealth and fame... In 16th century India, the powerful empire of the Great Moguls rises between the Indus and the Ganges rivers. Taking on the role of rajas and ranis – the country's influential nobles – players in Rajas of the Ganges race against each other in support of the empire by developing their estates into wealthy and magnificent provinces. Players must use their dice wisely and carefully plot where to place their workers, while never underestimating the benefits of good karma. Success will bring them great riches and fame in their quest to become legendary rulers. A Euro game where you don't have to amass the most victory points to win? And the dice aren't to be placed on the board? What trickery is this? Check out the review for Raja's of the Ganges!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Mystic Vale: Conclave Review

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Mystic Vale: Conclave provides the ideal storage solution designed to hold all of the previous releases, with room to spare for future expansions! The new Equinox mechanic allows players to greatly speed up gameplay and can even scale up to 6–player games with the two additional starter decks provided. The new conclaves grant players the option to customize the starting decks of advancements and vales, creating a new play experience each game. Unique totem cards imbue players with awesome abilities they can use each turn, to truly feel the power of Gaia’s blessing. Spirit counters provide a way for players to track their spirit symbols during their turn. Does it warrant your money and shelf space?



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UK Games Expo 2018 - Chronicles of Crime Live Footage

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As promised, I'm going to upload the best of the live footage I was able to obtain during the UK Games Expo 2018 - bear in mind it's my first rodeo using the Gimbal device, but I think it came out pretty well considering - next time I'll have had more practice and will be using additional microphone attachments to improve the audio quality. Enjoy a snippet of Chronicles of Crime by Lucky Duck Games!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Santa Maria Review

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Santa Maria is a streamlined, medium complexity Eurogame in which each player establishes and develops a colony. The game features elements of dice drafting and strategic engine building. The game is low on luck and has no direct destructive player conflict; all components are language independent.

In the game, you expand your colony by placing polyominoes with buildings on your colony board. Dice (representing migrant workers) are used to activate buildings; each die activates a complete row or column of buildings in your colony. The buildings are activated in order (left to right / top to bottom), then the die is placed on the last activated building to block this space. It is therefore crucial where you put new buildings in your colony, and in which order you use the dice.

What are my thoughts on this new Euro? Check out the review!



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UK Games Expo 2018 - Agricola: All Creatures Big And Small: Big Box Live Footage

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As promised, I'm going to upload the best of the live footage I was able to obtain during the UK Games Expo 2018 - bear in mind it's my first rodeo using the Gimbal device, but I think it came out pretty well considering - next time I'll have had more practice and will be using additional microphone attachments to improve the audio quality. Enjoy a snippet of Agricola: All Creatures Big And Small!



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