Season 2 Episode 32 - Essen Preview

Essen is literally around the corner! What will I be doing, when will I be on the Dice Tower booth and what games and expansions am I looking forward to?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Reef Review

In the game Reef, players take on the role of the reef itself, alternating turns in which they carefully select the colors and patterns in which to grow and expand — the more beautiful the reef, the more points they score!
Reef is suited for players aged 8 and up. While it could take thousands of years for a coral reef to grow, a game of Reef should take only 30 minutes.
Reef has the potential to be the best gateway game of 2018..............did it succeed?


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Broken Meeple Videos - Coimbra Review


Coimbra introduces an innovative new dice mechanism in which the dice players draft each round are used in multiple different ways and have an impact on many aspects of their decision making. While there are many paths to victory, players should always seek to optimize their opportunities with every roll of the dice. Combined with ever-changing synergies of the citizens, expeditions, and monasteries, no two games of Coimbra will ever be the same!

Will the dice and card mechanics be enough to get over the fact that the theme is classic "lazy Euro style"?



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - Essential Expansions


I love board game expansions. Whenever they come out, I'm always interested in them.........well it depends. More of the same is all well and good but you reach a limit of how much you need. Some expansions though, change the original so much for the better that it makes it so much more enjoyable. Sometimes to the point where I won't even play the original base version any more.
Which expansions do I feel are essential for any lover of the original game to get? Which are yours, leave them in the comments below!


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Broken Meeple Videos - War Chest Review


War Chest is an all-new bag-building war game! At the start of the game, raise your banner call (drafting) several various units into your army, which you then use to capture key points on the board. To succeed in War Chest, you must successfully manage not only your armies on the battlefield, but those that are waiting to be deployed.
Is this the best abstract of the year?



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - Great Games That Became Expensive

I love games, but you got to admit, they aren't cheap and this is why I always talk about value for money and up-front costs when I do my honest reviews. So I will be the first to acknowledge when I've spent way too much money on a game no matter how much I adore it! So here's my 10 games that have caused the most nightmares for my wallet! What is the most expensive game in your collection?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Review

Now is the perfect time to return to Cosmic Encounter or to experience the classic game of intergalactic colonization for the first time. Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition will become the new standardized version of the game and it remains compatible with all existing Cosmic Encounter expansions. To see the exciting changes that await, carry on!


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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Solo Games

This was the most requested Top 10 list when I did my request for more ideas and feedback on the channel. So I have no problem providing it for you. This was a hard list to do actually, so many games with great solo modes and experiences, could have easily done a Top 20 and still be talking about awesome games.

So which 10 games do I enjoy the most playing as a solo experience? What about yourselves?




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DICE Board Game Lounge - Friends/Family Taster Event

DICE held a Family/Friends event last night - I limited my photos to actual games played and "pre-setup", but suffice to say the place was packed! This was a "taster" event to get feedback so even though it looks pretty much finished, they will still make even more improvements prior to opening.


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Broken Meeple Videos - Carson City: Big Box Review

So the Card Game wasn't as huge a hit for me as I had hoped. So now we tackle the big daddy, the original Euro of Carson City in its new big box form. Never played it before so this will be an adventure for me. 

Wow is this game interactive...........find out more within!


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Season 2 Episode 31 - VALUE FOR MONEY

Firstly I need to explain the details regarding my FAQ video on YouTube, but after that I go into detail about comments I've seen and received regarding "value for money" in board games. I like to mention costs in my review videos as games are getting more and more expensive these days to acquire them. What are your thoughts on the matter?
00:00 FAQ & Dice Cafe Opening
15:10 Value for Money Discussion


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Broken Meeple Videos - Carson City: The Card Game Review

I always get a bad feeling when some game that's already good (or supposed to be good, I've yet to review Carson City) puts out a card game spinoff. A lot of the time, they tend to be lacklustre in comparison or at least never measure up to the original, but there are exceptions to the rule (I'll take Power Grid: The Card Game over the original any day, but that's a minority view).
So how does this one fare? Carson City: The Card Game! Will the scoring phase drive me to another rant?
(1) What is your favourite "card game" spin-off for another game and why?
(2) What game drives you to the biggest headache during the scoring phase?


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The Broken Meeple - FAQ (September 2018)

I've had many questions over the past year, some appear more than others - so I'm going to go over those in this video. Also please stick around till the last couple of questions as I have some important feedback requests to make regarding the future development of the channel and would appreciate your thoughts.


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Broken Meeple Videos - Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game Spoiler Free Review

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game brings classic, card-based, puzzle-solving gameplay into the 21st century with the introduction of online elements. You will gain access to the online Antares database that contains data about suspects, witnesses, and documentation from arrests and trials related to your case. Use every tool at your disposal to solve these crimes - consult the Internet, check the facts and constantly discover new clues. You are not playing a detective; you ARE a detective!


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Top 100 Games (2018): Aftermath

Now that the Top 100 is done, let's talk about the games that fell off the list or missed the mark!


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Broken Meeple Videos - Scythe: Fenris Review

Both a non-spoiler review and a spoiler review - here is the full details on the newest expansion to Scythe - FENRIS! The first half of the video will be non-spoilers, after the time stamp however it's every component for itself!

14.27 - SPOILERS!!!!!




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Top 100 Games (2018): 10-1

IT'S HERE EVERYONE!! My Top 10 favourite games of all time! Were there any new games, is my No 1 still the same as last year? Did Gloomhaven destroy everything in sight! Find out now!!



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Top 100 Games (2018): 20-11

So near the end! We're into the Top 20 Games of All Time!



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Top 100 Games (2018): 30-21

Continuing the Top 100 with 30 through to 21! Give your opinions on the 10 games, higher or lower or non-existant?



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Top 100 Games (2018): 40-31

Continuing the Top 100 with 40 through to 31! Give your opinions on the 10 games, higher or lower or non-existant?



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Season 2 Episode 30 - Handycon: The Sequel

Sorry it's been a while, I went on holiday and had a breakup lately. More information in the actual podcast, but it's not all doom and gloom........and the holiday was really fun! :P
But straight after I attended Handycon 4 in Maidenhead in August 2018. It was a blast and I want to give my views on the convention and talk about a ton of games I played both old and new!



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Top 100 Games (2018): 50-41

Holiday is over - back to work!!! Continuing the Top 100 with 50 through to 41! Give your opinions on the 10 games, higher or lower or non-existant?



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Top 100 Games (2018): 60-51

Holiday is over - back to work!!! Continuing the Top 100 with 70 through to 61! Give your opinions on the 10 games, higher or lower or non-existant?



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Top 100 Games (2018): 70-61

Holiday is over - back to work!!! Continuing the Top 100 with 70 through to 61! Give your opinions on the 10 games, higher or lower or non-existant?


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Top 100 Games (2018): 80-71

The Broken Meeple Top 100 is back again to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Broken Meeple - wow has it been 5 years where has all the time gone?

This will air in multiple videos throughout August and part of September I expect. I hope you all enjoy! This is the 80-71 segment!




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HULK SMASH........A LOT! - Legendary Marvel: World War Hulk Review

Sadly I never grew up on comics, only animated series and of course now the Marvel MCU. So I've missed out on a lot of cool stories with the Marvel crew and just haven't the time these days to start (or even begin to find out where I'm supposed to enter from, there's so many comics). A lot of good things are said about the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines though, even Thor Ragnarok apparently borrowed some of the source material and even though I wouldn't necessarily know what elements those were, boy was that movie awesome!

Legendary Marvel is now on I think its 16th expansion. Part of me wants it to stop, but then part of me doesn't care. I have a huge wooden vault box for all my Legendary games and even though I'll never be able to take it to a game night ever due to the size/weight, it works nicely at home for storage. And this is the biggest expansion yet, pipping even the likes of X-Men. Over 400 cards, it's insane! But Hulk has been somewhat absent from all the other expansions out there when you think about it. We got his Core version.........and then what? So for those who have missed out on the Hulkness, well consider this the expansion for you!

Does it feel thematic, are the new mechanics fun, is the game still stupendously difficult and should this be considered as a first or later buy in the franchise?



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Top 100 Games (2018): 90-81

The Broken Meeple Top 100 is back again to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Broken Meeple - wow has it been 5 years where has all the time gone?

This will air in multiple videos throughout August and part of September I expect. I hope you all enjoy! This is the 90-81 segment!

APOLOGIES FOR THE AUDIO ISSUE - IT WAS A CASE OF SALVAGE IT OR DO THE WHOLE THING AGAIN. HOPEFULLY WHAT I'VE DONE WILL MAKE YOU ABLE TO VIEW IT OK.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Sentinels of the Multiverse: Oblivaeon Review

My favourite game of all time (as of 2017, will it be the same for 2018?) gets the final expansion via Kickstarter! It took a while, but was it worth the time and hype?

As a bonus for you, at the end of the video, you can check out my hands-on overview of the Collectors Box that will be available on retail soon!

27:40 - Collectors Box Overview




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Top 100 Games (2018): 100-91

The Broken Meeple Top 100 is back again to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Broken Meeple - wow has it been 5 years where has all the time gone? This will air in multiple videos throughout August and part of September I expect. I hope you all enjoy! This is the 100-91 segment!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Brass: Lancashire/Birmingham Review

Brass: Lancashire — first published as Brass — is an economic strategy game that tells the story of competing cotton entrepreneurs in Lancashire during the industrial revolution. You must develop, build, and establish your industries and network so that you can capitalize demand for iron, coal and cotton.

Brass: Lancashire, the 2018 edition from Roxley Games, reboots the original Warfrog Games edition of Brass with new artwork and components, as well as a few rules changes.

I had a shaky first encounter with Brass when I saw the old version and the app. Can this new glossy version with a streamlined ruleset and fine tuning bring me back?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Council of 4 Review

The Empire, formed by three Kingdoms, has a period of wealth and prosperity. Each Kingdom is governed by a council of four nobles. The members of six influential families sit around in the councils and lead the Kingdoms. Players hold the roles of rich merchants who seek to obtain permits to build their own Emporium inside the cities of the three kingdoms. Whoever take more permits, while also placing their Emporium in the best places, will be the most famous merchant and will win the game. But pay attention to the Emperor! He can allow you to build without permits!

A super fast Euro is a good start, but with that high price tag, is this one of those cases where maybe the production went a bit overboard? Check out the Council of 4 Review!



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Long Games (Or Games That Aren't Short!)

I usually say that I'm not a fan of a game that goes on too long. And for me long isn't as long as some people might say. Many will only call a game long if it goes over 4 hours. But with jobs, families, real life, commitments, etc how can a game that's over 2.5 to 3 hours be considered short? Well I do like some games that go beyond the 2.5 hour mark and these are my 10 favourites!

Note that of course "long" is very subjective so if you want to call this "Top 10 Games That Aren't Short" then go ahead. 2.5 - 3 plus hours for me is long and you probably will never get me to play a game or enjoy one that's 4 hours plus.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Zombicide: Green Horde Review

This sequel to the Zombicide: Black Plague will bring players back into a world of deadly medieval fantasy, this time filled with infected orcs and goblins who will put survivors to the ultimate test. This green menace is not only stronger than their human counterparts, but they also tend to gather into massive hordes that ambush the survivors when they least expect it. Can Green Horde offer anything new to a franchise, which is starting to get a bit too repetitive?


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Broken Meeple Videos - Micropolis Review

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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UK Games Expo 2018 - Ticket to Ride: New York Live Footage

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 full game of Ticket to Ride: New York!



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UK Games Expo 2018 - Century: Eastern Wonders Live Footage

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 Century: Eastern Wonders!



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UK Games Expo 2018 - Harvest Dice Live Footage

As promise, 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 Harvest Dice!



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - Turkeys


It's been a while what with the UK Games Expo and the Top 100 Co-Operative Games saga - go watch those videos if you haven't already. But it's time to talk turkeys.
No not for dinner, but rather the games which I used to like or love, but have slowly faded over the years and not stood the test of time. Which games are finding their way out of my collection on to pastures new and why?


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I Don't Do Middle Of The Road.........The Mind Review

Edit: - Firstly let's get the obvious out of the way - this review won't please many people. Particularly those who love the game - spoiler alert! If you're unwilling to take in an opposite viewpoint, then I suggest you stop reading now because as always I make no apologies for writing a negative review. I tell the truth from my perspective and don't sugar coat to please designers or publishers. So if you're ok with all that, please continue and thanks for reading. If you're ignored all this, then at least keep your comments civil (some have failed at this, but that's the internet for you) whistle Edit over. . . .

There are times when you worry about the board game industry as a whole. I've said that innovation is dying these days with the same types of games being released as well as ideas being recycled from the Dark Ages of gaming. We do get some gems that shine through on innovation, like Fog of Love, the upcoming Billy Kerr game, you know, games which genuinely are trying something different. Then we get The Mind............





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Broken Meeple Videos - Decrypto Review

Players compete in two teams in Decrypto, with each trying to correctly interpret the coded messages presented to them by their teammates while cracking the codes they intercept from the opposing team.

Can this outshine the likes of Codenames and Cross Talk?



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