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

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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Broken Meeple Videos - UK Games Expo 2018 Review

Both airing on the podcast and on YouTube - here is my roundup of every thought I have on the UK Games Expo 2018 - the people, the convention, the volunteers, the games, the guests, everything! Enjoy and I hope my trial run with my video recording mobile platform is a good starting point!

00:00 - Introduction, general info, pros/cons
12:28 - The People and a special Thank You
22:50 - The Press Event
26:17 - Games Galore!
1:02:00 - Conclusion 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Mansions of Madness 2.0: Sanctum of Twilight Review


Within the lavish rooms of the Silver Twilight Lodge, the most influential citizens of Arkham gather to forge business alliances, plan parades, and lobby politicians. In secret, they also meet to enact forbidden rituals with dark consequences. The poor souls who discover this truth often vanish, never to be seen again.
Sanctum of Twilight is an expansion for Mansions of Madness Second Edition that unites two new investigators against the Order of the Silver Twilight in two thrilling scenarios. With new spells, items, mechanics, and a new monster, this expansion immerses players in the Arkham Files universe as they confront the dangers threatening Arkham from within.
Is the new expansion worth getting - perhaps over others? Find out more in this review!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Arkham Horror LCG: The Forgotten Age Review


The Forgotten Age is the third deluxe expansion for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Here, your team of investigators embark on a scientific expedition to the rainforests of Southern Mexico in two new scenarios, each of which can be played as a standalone adventure or can act as the beginning of a new campaign for your team. This expansion introduces five new investigators to Arkham Horror: The Card Game along with sixty-four player cards and eighty-seven encounter cards, including an all new exploration deck that presents new challenges for you to overcome as you find yourself falling into The Forgotten Age.
How does this compare to previous deluxe expansions?


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Top 100 Co-Op Games - with Jason Perez (60-81 PART II)

Here's a big project that has been in the making for the last couple of months! Jason Perez from Every Night Is Game Night (check out his podcast!) invited me to collaborate with him on a grand challenge!

Tom Vasel told him that a Top 100 Co-Operative Games list would be impossible because of the lack of 100 good Co-Op games. Well we took up that challenge by trying to create a list between us. Now some definitions are stretched we admit, but I think we've come up with a good list of 100 quality games (in at least one person's opinion) that has a degree of co-operation within them.

The project will be split into 10 videos. Each section of 20 games will be split into 2 separate videos because when two people talk, we talk for a LONG time! Each pair will focus on 20 games and have an introduction by me to explain what's going on!

We hope you enjoy this ambitious project!! Let us know in the comments what you think and happy watching!








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Top 100 Co-Op Games - with Jason Perez (80-61 PART I)

Here's a big project that has been in the making for the last couple of months! Jason Perez from Every Night Is Game Night (check out his podcast!) invited me to collaborate with him on a grand challenge!

Tom Vasel told him that a Top 100 Co-Operative Games list would be impossible because of the lack of 100 good Co-Op games. Well we took up that challenge by trying to create a list between us. Now some definitions are stretched we admit, but I think we've come up with a good list of 100 quality games (in at least one person's opinion) that has a degree of co-operation within them.

The project will be split into 10 videos. Each section of 20 games will be split into 2 separate videos because when two people talk, we talk for a LONG time! Each pair will focus on 20 games and have an introduction by me to explain what's going on!

We hope you enjoy this ambitious project!! Let us know in the comments what you think and happy watching!






















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Top 100 Co-Op Games - with Jason Perez (100-81 PART II)

Here's a big project that has been in the making for the last couple of months! Jason Perez from Every Night Is Game Night (check out his podcast!) invited me to collaborate with him on a grand challenge!

Tom Vasel told him that a Top 100 Co-Operative Games list would be impossible because of the lack of 100 good Co-Op games. Well we took up that challenge by trying to create a list between us. Now some definitions are stretched we admit, but I think we've come up with a good list of 100 quality games (in at least one person's opinion) that has a degree of co-operation within them.

The project will be split into 10 videos. Each section of 20 games will be split into 2 separate videos because when two people talk, we talk for a LONG time! Each pair will focus on 20 games and have an introduction by me to explain what's going on!

We hope you enjoy this ambitious project!! Let us know in the comments what you think and happy watching!


















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Top 100 Co-Op Games - with Jason Perez (100-81 PART I)

Here's a big project that has been in the making for the last couple of months! Jason Perez from Every Night Is Game Night (check out his podcast!) invited me to collaborate with him on a grand challenge!

Tom Vasel told him that a Top 100 Co-Operative Games list would be impossible because of the lack of 100 good Co-Op games. Well we took up that challenge by trying to create a list between us. Now some definitions are stretched we admit, but I think we've come up with a good list of 100 quality games (in at least one person's opinion) that has a degree of co-operation within them.

The project will be split into 10 videos. Each section of 20 games will be split into 2 separate videos because when two people talk, we talk for a LONG time! Each pair will focus on 20 games and have an introduction by me to explain what's going on!

We hope you enjoy this ambitious project!! Let us know in the comments what you think and happy watching!



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Broken Meeple Videos - UK GAMES EXPO 2018 Preview

Both airing on the podcast and on YouTube - what am I looking forward to at the UK Games Expo 2018? Here are some general thoughts, some useful tips for beginners and a selection of games to look out for. 00:00 - Introduction, general info and honorable mentions. 12:10 - Useful tips for new attendees 18:30 - Games to look out for. 32:20 - Conclusion



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Broken Meeple Videos - Pioneer Days Review


Saddle up and guide your wagon train along the perilous Oregon Trail! Build a team of hardy folk and gather resources and equipment with a unique dice drafting system. But dangers await in the dice you don't choose! You can hire townsfolk, buy wagons, pan for gold, and take on cattle — all the while preparing for inevitable raids, storms and famine. Who will best face the perils of the wild frontier and lead their wagon train to victory?
Pioneer Days is a dice-drafting game reminiscent of The Oregon Trail. While you pursue your strategy, you must be prepared for impending disasters such as storms, disease, raids, and famine.
Can this fill in a current void in my collection for a light dice drafting game with hidden depth? Let's just hope I don't die of dyssentry before the end of this review!


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Imaginarium Review - Broken Meeple Videos


Created by Bruno Cathala and Florian Sirieix, Imaginarium is a strategy, combination and development game with a race to objectives, for 2-5 players. Felideus Bubastis, brings fantastic animal figures together with the factory’s steampunk atmosphere in surprising and daring illustrations.
How does this extremely weird creation from the combination that brought me the amazing Abyss handle on the table?


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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games I Hate To Teach

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

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

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


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)

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

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)

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!

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

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

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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Broken Meeple Videos - Empires of the Void II Review

As you explore and interact with planets, you will discover unfolding stories of the fringe. Each inhabited planet is home to a unique alien species, with their own goals, values, and problems. Will you give aid by fighting off pirates, transporting goods, and curing strange diseases? Or will you invade and rule with a cruel hand?

I used to love the original Empires of the Void - how does the 2nd Edition improve on the original? Is it better or worse, has it solved the original issues, can you have both? Find out this and more in this lengthy review!

Who remembers the 1st Edition - did you ever try it with the Print & Play expansion? Thoughts on comparing the two?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Petrichor Review

Welcome to the lush world of Petrichor; you are a cloud. Your entire purpose in life is to expand, sire other clouds and water crops. Unfortunately, your mates (who are also clouds) have a similar plan. It’s up to you to manipulate the weather and assimilate these rogue clouds to contribute to the growth of as many crops as possible - all in order to claim the title of Most Valuable Cloud.



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2013 (Retrospective)

I'm doing 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's finish the saga with 2013!!


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Broken Meeple APProved - Patchwork (STEAM)

In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9x9 game board. It's one of the most popular two player games out there and one of the first to kick-start the whole "polyomino" style games we now see a few off lately. 

So how does it fare with its STEAM release? And why do I suck so badly at this game? 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade Review

Return to East Frisia and bring more variety to your labors in the far North with the Tea & Trade expansion for Fields of Arle! This expansion adds tea — the national beverage of East Frisia — to energize your workers, as well as new ships for trading and fishing. Choose from a bevy of new features to add to your farm, including ditches that dehydrate your land and new buildings that grant you more options for maximizing your yields. With components to add a third player to the game, more players can enjoy the game than ever before. With new buildings, actions, and abilities, Tea & Trade includes everything you need to become a true 19th century farming magnate!



Is the third player addition exactly what I've been waiting for with Fields of Arle, or will it turn the game into a never-ending slog?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Topiary Review

I'm back!!! Yes Most of the things plaguing my life and software and free time are now resolved or on the mend so it's time to get back to some reviews, Top 10's and even more new content besides! Starting with Topiary - a nice, cute little filler game from Renegade that's done and dusted within 30 minutes max - is there enough to make it interesting though?




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Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep Review - Fantasy Fatigue Games

Is it possible to have Eldritch Horror fatigue? Certainly feels like it with the rate that expansions are coming out for it - it's getting ridiculous. Remember when Fantasy Flight once claimed that this would be a more streamlined version of Arkham Horror with considerably less bloat. Ha ha ha, good one Fantasy Flight, we almost believed you for a second. Well give them credit, they did streamline Arkham Horror, though perhaps not to the point of being an accessible game for all, but man did they jump on the expansion band wagon and bloat this thing up!

I've lost track now of how many there are and I've got every single one - so many that all my Arkham Horror / Eldritch Horror collection is contained within an Arkham Vault wooden box. It's arranged for quick assembly, but man it's like looking at the Ark of the Covenant - so much in there and it weighs a metric ton. So I guess I'm adding another expansion to the vault and it's a big box at that yet there's no board with this one. . . so why the big box?




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Broken Meeple APProved - Carcassonne (STEAM)

Sorry videos have been lacking lately, firstly it's been horribly stressful at work with extended hours in this peak period, secondly it's been convention season, thirdly I had the video assets issue to contend with following a PC upgrade and fourthly just to top it off, I caught the flu this week! Joy!!
However here it is folks! The first episode(s) of my new Broken Meeple APProved series! This will not replace reviews or Top 10's but I wanted to add more variety to the channel and I figured that as board game apps are such a big part of gaming now, that I'd go check a load of them out and show you how they work by giving them a playthrough, hopefully for your enjoyment.
Each game will feature up to two videos - one for a tutorial mode if the game has one and another for the actual playthrough. Now this is a work in progress and I'm always up for improving the quality so consider this a "pilot" episode if you will. I'm open to constructive criticism for improving audio, picture, style, whatever so feel free to leave your ideas in the comments (please be nice! :P)
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my playthrough of Carcassonne on STEAM!




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Season 2 Episode 24 - AWARDS

Sorry its been a while guys - work is causing me no end of sleepless nights and my recent PC calamity didn't help! That's why this episode is a little more "slapdash" than usual. But bear with me, next episode should see a return to form!

In this episode I take on two main topics - firstly I reflect on my recent experiences at AIRECON, the growing convention in Harrogate run by Mark Cooke and his team. This time I brought my girlfriend along who's not a gamer by nature - so how did it turn out?

After that with the announcement of the Golden Geek Awards 2017 on BoardGameGeek - I have a few words.........and rants........to say about them.



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Can't Forget The Old Classics - Manhattan Review

As I write this review, I'm in a disheartening situation where a Windows/PC upgrade resulted in me losing a lot of the intro/outro assets on my video editing software. This is why Manhattan will be a written piece as I now have to recreate them all from scratch. Sad times, but I recreated what I needed and video production will resume after AireCon. Anyway's enough moping, let's talk about something fun! Manhattan.

No, not "The Manhattan Project" the worker placement game, I'm talking about Manhattan the original Spiel Des Jahres winner from 1994. Yeah we're going full on "Cult of the Old" here, but then I'd say I'm probably more about older games then more recent affairs as a whole. Great games have come out and I feel newer games struggle to innovate further beyond simply making everything look pretty so the old ones still stay strong, but I digress. This is a reprint of the classic which has been unavailable for quite some time. Now I never played the original classic so I'm not going to go comparing editions because let's face it, most of you probably don't even own the game it's so old now. From what I know, the rules are the same and it's just had a facelift.

So with everyone focusing so much on the new hotness or as Zee Garcia famously quoted "Cult of the Unreleased" (which is so true these days isn't it, hello Kickstarter fans) can we ressurect some of the older fare to compete?



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2014 (Retrospective)

I have returned! Following my PC upgrade which lost me a ton of video assets in my editing software I had to take a small break to get them back and working - production on The Broken Meeple will slowly return to normal now starting with this!

You requested this so I answered! I'm going to do 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's continue with 2014!!



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Majesty: For The Realm Guest Review - It's NOT Splendor!

“Try Majesty out! Hurry, you must try it, it’s the new Splendor killer” – this is basically what I’ve been getting in my earhole lately from everyone. Now firstly, this has been tried before with Century Spice Road and I found that average at best – it’s fine, but drags on a bit for a filler and was very dependent on what cards came out early in the game. Even then it’s nothing like Splendor, just the same gateway level. Secondly Majesty is designed by Marc Andre, the same man who gave us Splendor – why would you design a game designed to kill off your old one? And thirdly, why does everyone want to kill off a cool entry-level game that’s been a staple in bringing in new players for the last few years? Even my parents like it, that’s a feat in itself!
So I’m going into this not expecting it to be anything like Splendor other than its ease of play. But what appeals to me is certainly not the generic theme Majesty is based on, but more that it’s portrayed as a gateway game from the same designer and has had some pretty good reviews lately. I have a segment on Throat Punch Lunch called “The Starting Tile” for a reason – I like good gateway level games, they’re a perfect blend of fun, short time length and ease of teaching for new gamers. And in this case, being a fan of Splendor, the designer has a good starting pedigree for this type of game. So can lighting strike twice?

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Broken Meeple Videos - Dinosaur Island Review

Do you go big and create a pack of Velociraptors? They'll definitely excite potential visitors, but you'd better make a large enough enclosure for them. And maybe hire some (read: a lot of) security. Or they WILL break out and start eating your visitors, and we all know how that ends. You could play it safe and grow a bunch of herbivores, but then you aren't going to have the most exciting park in the world (sad face). So maybe buy a roller coaster or two to attract visitors to your park the good old-fashioned way? Check out the review for one of the most hyped games of 2017 - did it live up to it? Is the theme really that captivating and is there enough game to back it up?



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Pulsar 2849 Guest Review - It's Dry Space Salad And I Don't Care!

You know that feeling when you want to play a game to find out more, but you're worried that it could be one of your worst experiences ever? Maybe that's just me, but Pulsar 2849 was one of those titles that gave me a lot of dread. I saw Tom Vasel's review and he raved about it, which I wasn't expecting. I then watched a live playthrough and laughed my head off as Zee Garcia trolled the show while hating the game. And I know my history of not being a fan of "most" super-dry cube pushing, point salad Euro's - most of which come from Stefan Feld who, as nice a man as he is, doesn't design games that appeal to me personally. Even Czech Games Editions as a publisher haven't wowed me with many games, though I respect Through the Ages and Tzolkin and quite liked Dungeon Pets.

Now assuming that didn't just push away half the people reading this review, let me continue on. Even if at first glance I wasn't getting hyped for this, there were some aspects that drew me in. The variation in setups and options made it sound like almost a sandbox style game, something I do like a lot. Even though I knew the space theme would be tacked on with 5 year old sticky tape, I'll take it over Trading in the Mediterraean or <insert generic Medieval village setting here> any day.

And sometimes I'll be surprised with a hidden gem that shines through regardless - I made a whole Top 10 list on the subject (Exceptions To The Rule) and could easily go beyond that. We all have expectations or preconceptions about everything in life whether consciously or subconsciously and anyone who believes that it's possible to blank a mind totally clean of such things is living in a dream world and should expect Mr Charles to make an appearance. So with all that said, is Pulsar 2849 an unexpected pleasure?

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Vengeance Review - Revenge Is Never A Straight Line

Hold up, where's the Vengeance video?! Well on a recent podcast I mentioned that I need to get my work/life balance in check and part of that means not trying to do 6 videos a week every week for every game that looks even remotely good! Trust me, as a hobby, it's a difficult task. So I want to balance videos with written reviews and it will essentially be a personal "play by ear" thought process as to what games I believe are popular/complex enough to warrant a full video discussion. Plus some people have requested some more written content so I'm pleasing both worlds. Now with that out of the way. . .REVENGE!!

Any game that comes out where it's a giant box full of miniatures, I always have a slight worry. Ever since the days of Zombicide and CMON blitzing us with giant Kickstarters, there seems to be an evergrowing trend of these types of games now. And usually the issue I've found is that they don't differentiate enough from each other or rely too much on the quality of their miniatures over the quality of the mechanics or even theme in some cases. Vengeance from first appearance gave me that Zombicide-esque vibe. But the theme was infinitely more appealing and one I don't believe I've seen represented before. Could Vengeance be something new and fresh?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Bunny Kingdom Review

One of the most bizarre themes to see in an area control game, but it makes a refreshing change from vikings! :P IELLO is known for great gateway games, high quality production and light themes, so does Bunny Kingdom continue the trend?



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Bloodborne Guest Review - That Still Only Counts As One!

OK, straight up, I’ve never played Bloodborne. I barely know about it. I know it’s an impressive looking, very dark, very difficult 3rd person action game where you go and slay some admittedly, impressive looking monsters  with lots of blood and gore – sounds cool really, maybe I should go download it!
So when Bloodborne: The Card Game was announced, I didn’t go nuts for it. Eric Lang as a designer was interesting though as usually his games are more “grandios” style behemoths with a ton of miniatures or plastic in some form or another. So a small card game seemed outside of his comfort zone. And Cool Mini or Not’s for that matter – not a single miniature in the box – mind blown!
What actually drew me to Bloodborne was the claim about it being a shortened version of Cutthroat Caverns, an entertaining semi co-op game I used to own where you battled monsters in a dungeon, but while screwing over other players at the same time. Essentially you played a giant game of kill-stealing and it was great fun, though very fiddly in places, a bit too long and chaotic as hell with too many players. I eventually sold that game to make room for others, but I wouldn’t say no to a shorter, more compact alternative. Does Bloodborne fit the bill?
CHECK OUT THE FULL REVIEW AT GAMES QUEST HERE!

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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2015 (Retrospective)

You requested this so I answered! I'm going to do 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's continue with 2015!!



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Not Alone Guest Review - I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Meeeee!

Most hidden movement games have a bunch of players hunting down one poor soul or bad guy. It's not often that the concept gets flipped on its head and has one hunting down all the others such as Not Alone. The only issue with a lot of hidden movement games is the length - they can go on a bit if the hidden party is adept at what they do or even in general. Fury of Dracula and Letters from Whitechapel are classic examples where you're going to be sitting there for a while before you finish.
Not Alone was a surprise hit at Essen Spiel a couple of years ago - nobody saw it coming, it just turned up and made a big splash, enough that even I acquired it at the time. So I've had a fair amount of experience with the game to see how it's stood the test of time.
Am I still holding on to my copy or did the love fade over time?
Check out the full guest review on ZATU GAMES!






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Custom Heroes Guest Review - Tricky Trick Taking

Mystic Vale brought us the “card crafting” mechanic – a revolutionary new way of putting a spin on traditional deck building. Rather than build a deck, you build the cards themselves. So you never end up with more cards, just better looking ones! This worked well in Mystic Vale despite AEG demanding a heftier than appropriate price tag for the expansions that came after it. But I was looking forward to more games that would use this mechanic and so we have Custom Heroes.

Check out the full review on Games Quest!



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Game of Thrones: Catan Guest Review - The Night's Watch Will Stand!

So I wasn’t jumping for joy over a Catan take on the intellectual property, but it certainly looked the part and I am a fan of the Catan series of games, so that was enough to peak my interest and look further. But I get wary these days of publishers pasting IP’s onto everything when they hold the sole license. As Tyrion said: “it’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you’ve put a crown on its head”.

Check out the full review on Games Quest!



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Season 2 Episode 23 - HANDYCON

After a brief hiatus, it's time to get back into podcasting! In this one hour episode I run through my experiences at Handycon  - the new convention in the UK that's building up every year. Allow me to talk to you about some specific games I played such as Welcome to Centerville, CO2 and Nemesis.

After that I continue the Broken Memories segment with a talk about one of my first ever purchases, Citadels and then I have a lot to talk about regarding the future ideas I have for reviews, podcasting and new potential ventures, but I need your feedback and thoughts to assist.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Kingsburg: 2nd Edition Review

The realm of Kingsburg is under attack! Monstrous invaders are gathering at the borders, aiming to invade and plunder the realm! Your king has chosen you to take charge of a province on the border; you will manage your province and help defend the realm. To accomplish this, you must influence the King's advisors and the Royal Family to obtain gold, wood, stones, and soldiers to expand and defend your lands. But you are not the only governor seeking the aid of the advisers! The other players also seek to collect the best resources for their own territories.

How does the second edition compare to the one before? Would you be wise to dispose of the original and obtain this one, or should you think a bit more carefully about it?



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