Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games I Hate To Teach

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I love to teach games both to new players and veteran players. However some games despite me liking them can be more irritating or less desirable to teach. This can be due to the huge advantage I gain as an experienced player, the complexity of the rules, the lack of any theme, all sorts of reasons.

So today I'm giving you my Top 10 Games That I Hate To Teach (even though I enjoy the games so don't interpret a rant as me slagging the game off! :P) 

Please check out the other videos on this channel as well as my official blog page and my podcast. 


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Rising 5 Review - Broken Meeple Videos

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Rising 5: Runes of Asteros is a co-operative deduction and adventure game with a mobile phone application or a game master. Players must find the answer Code with the four Runes in the right arrangement before the evil power devours the planet. Players can explore the planet to collect energy or clues and to fight against evil monsters. When players try to unlock the code, the App or the game master will give signs that lead to right code.
If players successfully find the code, they win; if the Darkness Level reaches the Red Moon because of the evil monsters or if the Character card deck is exhausted, the players lose the game. Mastermind was fine for a 2 player puzzle game in the 80's - can translating it to a modern game work?




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Season 2 Episode 26 - LIBRARIES

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A good mix of content today and within a good space of time - mainly because in the UK it's well hot and I'm melting......melting...................

Firstly I give a brief description of UNCON, a board game convention in Ramsgate, UK geared towards families and younger players. Then while describing the volunteer work I did at Portsmouth Comic Con teaching board games, I give my thoughts on what you should do and not do when presenting a board game library for such an event. And then to wrap things up, I resurrect the "One More Game?" segment with Among the Stars.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Abyss: Leviathan Review

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News from the outpost is worrying. The Leviathans, these terrifying sea monsters, are converging towards the border and threatening the Kingdom. Will the Allies and the conscripts, mandated by each of the Guilds, contain them? Exploring is now dangerous: fighting is not easy, and fleeing can be even more dangerous — but the opportunity is unique to prove your worth and use this influence to gain access to the throne.
In Abyss: Leviathan, the threat track is replaced by the border board on which Leviathan cards will be placed. When you explore the depths, if the revealed card is a monster, you can fight a Leviathan on the border. Some new lords and some allies will help you fight, using their power. The player who has killed the greatest number of sea monsters takes the statue and wins 5 extra points at the end of the game — and if you do not fight, you may get injured...
A new expansion for a criminally underrated game! Can it make it even better?! Abyss Leviathan Review!


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Broken Meeple Top 10 - Old Games (> 20 Years)

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So many people are Cult of the New or Unreleased these days. But I feel that even though we've come a long way in games over the last 10+ years, there are some legitimately good classics from before 2000! By request of a Patreon subscriber here are my Top 10 Old Games sticking to a timeline of greater than 20 years old.


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Broken Meeple Videos - 2 Minutes To Midnight Review

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20 years after the end of The Manhattan Project, the superpowers of the world are embroiled in another vicious arms race. Manufacturing nukes is no longer an obstacle; all nations are now capable of churning them out at a rapid pace. The challenge of this era lies in the development of various delivery systems called the "Nuclear Triad:" strategic bombers, ballistic subs, and land-based ballistic missiles.
The original was a great Euro game with a worker placement mechanic that really doesn't get repeated in many (if any) other Euro games. Energy Empire was a great spin off - so how does this standalone sequel 2 Minutes to Midnight hold up?



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Broken Meeple APProved - Terra Mystica (STEAM)

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The popular heavy Euro from Z-Man Games "Terra Mystica" is now available on STEAM - how does it play on the app compared to the physical game? And are the Easy AI not so easy??


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Smash Up: That 70's Expansion Review - Look At My Trucker Hat!

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When will it end?............when?! Probably never as there's still plenty of room in my Smash Up Geeky Box! This is one of the longest running game systems ever giving even the likes of Fantasy Flight Games a run for their money when it comes to expansions. I will obviously never use every combination ever, in fact some factions may barely see any play from me after their reviews, there's just simply too many. Smash Up WIKI states that I should have 60 factions (subject to promos) and 120 bases making 1,770 possible combinations. . . . oh boy!
It saddens me therefore that I have to work at it to get people to play it with me - the fact it's best with only 2-3 players doesn't help. Hopefully one day the girlfriend will progress to this game so we can play it, but I don't know if this will be her theme really.......we shall see. Anyway, we got another expansion full of 70's themed factions - how do they fare? I'll just don my white suit. . .



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - Games with Multi-Use Cards

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Multi-Use cards are one of my favourite mechanics. Whether it's 2, 3 or even 5 choices for a single card, it's the thought process that you go through consistently throughout the game when making tough choices I love. When it's done well, it's a superb mechanic. Which 10 games do I rank highest in this field?



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Season 2 Episode 25 - Weights

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Sorry guys, I thought I uploaded this last week but apparently I hadn't! Shows how much is on my mind these days! :P But here you go, a new new podcast episode with some tweaks to the musical format as I wanted to give it a little bit of an update since the whole software calamity. I'll try to get the next out a lot quicker guys, maybe after I come back from UNCON 3.0 later in April.
Today I discuss my experiences at StabCon South over Easter including some new games I got to try and then I give my views on the hot internet topic of whether we as gamer's have got the "weights" of games all skewed?


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