Hadara Review

Hadara carries you off into the world of cultures and countries of this earth. Over three epochs, you will experience the transformation of your new world from a small settlement to a high culture. You want to populate this world with people who come from different cultures and continents as well as different ages. To bring glory and honor to your world, you should choose the persons and accomplishments skillfully. But you should not ignore agriculture, culture, and military power, otherwise one of your competitors might get bigger and more successful than you. Who will succeed first in creating a new flourishing high culture? I keep hearing the words "7 Wonders Killer" mentioned on the grapevine - that's a bold claim to make - can Hadara manage to rival such a titan in drafting games or is this going to be a flash in the pan?



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Anthology #8

Need to catch up with all these products to review! Aside from one party game in Just One, here's a very expansion heavy anthology!! #teotihuacan #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower #exit #anthology



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Old West Empresario Review

The journey out west was daunting and fraught with peril, but you made it! And now you've been granted land to take responsibility for new settlers. In Old West Empresario, you take on the role of an empresario, building a prosperous town in newly settled western territories. Attract settlers through clever dice drafting and tile placement. Build the most valuable town with the most population to become the state capital! #oldwest #empresario #dicetower #tastyminstrelgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector



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Season 3 Episode 10 - Scotland & Jadedness

Today, I talk about my thoughts and experience on my recent invite to Tabletop Scotland in August 2019 including an oldie of a superhero game that I finally got to play.

After that, I tackle a rather solemn topic - is it possible with all the thousands of releases and Cult of the New being a devil's advocate for Hype that some of us gamer critics and fanatics can become jaded?



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Top 100 Games of All Time - 10 to 1 (2019)

IT'S FINALLY TIME!!!

My Top 10 Games Of All Time!! Has my previous #1 been de-throned? #top100 #dicetower #brokenmeeple #lukehector


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Solo Plays - Raiders of the North Sea

It's Raiding Season! Plunder your way to Viking adventure in the digital adaptation of the award-winning worker-placement board game! Has Dire Wolf Digital done a good job of porting this excellent worker placement to the digital world? Will it keep you entertained until the expansions get here? #raidersofthenorthsea #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower #garphill #solo



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Top 100 Games of All Time - 20 to 11 (2019)

Here we go!! The Top 100 Games of all time!!! The first four videos will cover 100 through to 21. After that I'll focus the next two videos on 10 games a piece. Then one aftermath episode to discuss the games that fell off the list. Today, let's talk about my 20 to 11! #top100 #dicetower #brokenmeeple #lukehector



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Wasteland Express Delivery Service Review

Take on the role of the half-insane drivers for the last delivery company left of earth: the Wasteland Express Delivery Service. In order to scratch out a living in this deranged universe, drivers will deliver goods and guns between the handful of settlements pockmarked throughout the hellscape that you call home and take on missions from the handful of factions still trying to hold onto the last dregs of civilization. Course, none of this is easy. Inhabiting the post-apocalyptic wasteland are unhinged characters set on unleashing mayhem at every turn. If you want to survive, you'll have to battle through the psycho raiders who occupy the void between cities. Maybe the world can be saved, maybe you can bring humanity back from the brink. Band the world back together to fight back against the void. Then again, what the f*&% do you care? You're here to get paid and live another day free. Outfit your truck, get loaded for bear, hire some allies, get paid, and just keep on truckin'. #wasteland #express #dicetower #pandasaurus #brokenmeeple #lukehector


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LOTR LCG: Shadow in the East Review

With new hero and player cards to further customize your adventures, this deluxe expansion kicks off the "Vengeance of Mordor" cycle with grand fanfare, introducing the game's first double-sided hero, as well as a new version of The One Ring and a new card type in the form of contracts. Assemble your Fellowship and prepare for a daring mission in the shadow of Mordor! Wow this game doesn't know when to quit does it? And I'm totally OK with that! Can this long-time LCG still keep up the momentum with fresh new ideas and cool quests to tackle? #lordoftherings #lcg #dicetower #fantasyflightgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector



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Top 100 Games of All Time - 40 to 21 (2019)

Here we go!! The Top 100 Games of all time!!! The first four videos will cover 100 through to 21. After that I'll focus the next two videos on 10 games a piece. Then one aftermath episode to discuss the games that fell off the list. Today, let's talk about my 40 to 21! #top100 #dicetower #brokenmeeple #lukehector





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Atelier: The Painters Studio Review

Take on the role of an artist managing an atelier, or art studio, during the 19th century. Roll dice, manage your assistants, collect needed paint, and complete famous works of art. Will you be a prolific artist completing many works for your patrons, or will you be known for just a few masterpieces that stand the test of time?

Trying to squeeze into the light filler crowd alongside Century, Splendor, Majesty and other similar themeless Euro gateway games - can it rise to the top, stand out on its own or will it simply be already forgotten?

#atelier
#dicetower
#Alderac
#brokenmeeple
#lukehector



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Top 100 Games of All Time - 60 to 41 (2019)

Here we go!! The Top 100 Games of all time!!!

It's taken a long time to make the list and do the statistics, but here's Part Two! The first four videos will cover 100 through to 21. After that I'll focus the next two videos on 10 games a piece. Then one aftermath episode to discuss the games that fell off the list.

Today, let's talk about my 60 to 41!

#top100
#dicetower
#brokenmeeple
#lukehector




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Century: A New World Review

Century: A New World is the third and final installment of the Century series from designer Emerson Matsuuchi. Century: A New World sends players to the Americas at the dawn of the 16th century. Braving the wilderness, players are forced to explore new lands, trade with local inhabitants, journal their findings, and hunt/gather to survive! The game integrates the compelling and incredibly fun resource trading mechanisms found in the Century series with a worker placement mechanism with a twist! Century: A New World may be combined with Century: Spice Road or Century: Eastern Wonders or both for all new mixable games. Is this cash-grab finally over and does it go out on a high note?



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Jaipur Review

Jaipur is a fast-paced card game, a blend of tactics, risk and luck. On your turn, you can either take or sell cards. If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking one card from the market, or swapping 2-5 cards between the market and your cards. If you sell cards, you get to sell only one type of good, and you receive as many chips for that good as the number of cards you sold. The chips' values decrease as the game progresses, so you'd better hurry! On the other hand, you receive increasingly high rewards for selling three, four, or five cards of the same good at a time, so you'd better wait! You can't sell camels, but they're paramount for trading and they're also worth a little something at the end of the round, enough sometimes to secure the win, so you have to use them smartly. Why is Jaipur considered one of the essential card games?



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Solo Plays - Wingspan

Well the last one went well, though the video still hasn't broken 1,000 views even which is not great, but hey, they're still requested so here's another! Wingspan is climbing up my ranks the more I play it. Yes it's far from a perfect game and doesn't deserve the insane hype it got, but it's a solid engine builder for a bigger audience. But how good is the Automna system in it? Let's crank up the difficulty and see how it can cope! Note: - unless I get a rule catastrophically wrong, don't worry about making a big deal of it as I'm just playing for enjoyment here, this is not a rules teaching video. While trying to deal with the cameras and playing a game, I MAY make mistakes, but it doesn't spoil my enjoyment! :-)





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Season 3 Episode 9 - Hands & Replacements

Another convention out of the way! What games did I play at Handycon 6 - was there actually any new game I played that I would consider a good one?

Then a lengthy discussion about board games that have been ported into apps. Are there occasions where the app kills the physical game? Will apps get to a point where tabletop gaming becomes a thing of the past? Will social interaction win through?

00:30 - Introduction
02:40 - Handycon Games Played
29:34 - Will Apps Replace Board Games?




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Top 100 Games of All Time - 80 to 61 (2019)

Here we go!! The Top 100 Games of all time!!! I had to record this one TWICE!! TWICE!!! Stupid microphone slider got somehow set on -10 Decibels, I don't ever use that so I must have done so by accident...............ugh!! It's taken a long time to make the list and do the statistics, but here's Part Two! The first four videos will cover 100 through to 21. After that I'll focus the next two videos on 10 games a piece. Then one aftermath episode to discuss the games that fell off the list. Today, let's talk about my 80 to 61! #top100 #dicetower #brokenmeeple #lukehector



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Raid On Takao Review

Raid on Takao takes players back to the closing stage of Takao which were suffering the air raid from America. You will be fettered and will face difficult choices, risking losing your life in trying to fulfill your dream or just give it up. Besides, you must cooperate to survive, and complete the purpose until the war is over. Raid on Takao is a cooperative game for 2-6 players and playable in 90 minutes. Players will act a role living in Takao, where lots of U.S. B-29 bombers launched an air raid. According to the “scenario” you play, you must accomplish the main purpose in six rounds. Besides, you must cooperate to search the foods and find the shelter to survive. The fear, hunger, and bomb will break your body or mind in this game. Accomplish the purpose and persevere until the war is over. Win together or lose together! We need more co-ops I feel these days, so let's venture overseas to see if Taiwan can give us a satisfying, yet thematic title to add to the roster.



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This War Of Mine + Expansion Review

This War Of Mine: The Board Game features a multiplayer experience for up to 6 players, as well as a solo variant. You will be able to personify one of the well-known characters from the electronic version of the game and face hundreds of new challenges and difficult choices. The boardgame significantly broadens the original game’s universe and emphasises the depth of plot, yet its main focus will be on human interactions driven by survival instinct and group decision-making. The project aims to omit the usual boardgame threshold - TWOM: The Board Game is an INSTANT PLAY game, with no need for reading the manual before starting the adventure. Experience the simulation of a struggle for survival as a group of civilians facing a blind and merciless war. In war, not everyone is a soldier. Having only dabbled in the popular PC game, does this board game represent the theme and feel faithfully or take some liberties? Can you deal with the theme long enough for it to immerse you? Let me spend some extra time on this review to tell you about This War Of Mine as well as the expansion "Tales from the Ruined City". Please check out the other videos on this channel as well as my official blog page. Please subscribe to get updates on more videos! #thiswarofmine #brokenmeeple #dicetower #awakenrealms #lukehector



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Top 100 Games of All Time - 100 to 81 (2019)

Here we go!! The Top 100 Games of all time!!!

It's taken a long time to make the list and do the statistics, but here's Part One! The first four videos will cover 100 through to 21. After that I'll focus the next two videos on 10 games a piece. Then one aftermath episode to discuss the games that fell off the list.

Tonight, let's talk about my 100 to 81!



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Frenemy Pastry Party Review

Are you a sweet tooth who fevers cakes and coincidentally fond of scheming game? You must having this sweet and malevolent game that makes you feel so addicted. In Frenemy Pastry Party, every player takes a role in different animal which have their own preferable taste of ingredients which means every animal card has different scoring conditions. The premise sounds like good fun, but 3-6 players? I have a bad feeling about the scaling here.........



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Empires of the North Review

Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North is a new, standalone card game in the established Imperial Settlers universe, with players heading to the far north where three different factions live: Scotsmen, Inuits, and Vikings. Take on the role of leader, and make your faction into the best empire in the world!

Develop your economy, deflect your opponent, and fight for dominance in the north. Learn new mechanisms, and experience a unique style of Imperial Settlers. Will you be able to create the most successful civilization in Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North?

Can you own both this and Imperial Settlers? Does Empires of the North refine and improve on an already great system? Did Portal just blow 2019 out of the water? Check out my bumper sized review of Empires of the North!



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Solo Plays - The Pursuit of Happiness

My solo play of The Pursuit of Happiness, one of my favourite games ever!

What weird story will I tell in the cards and what is the maddest life you've all led?


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Anthology #7 - KOSMOS Special

Welcome to a special Anthology episode dedicated to KOSMOS games and partially their cousin Devir Games. 6 games go through the review process from their catalog - which stand out above the rest? #KOSMOS #Kahuna #Imhotep #LaVina #Tribes #RollForAdventure #Targi 01:25 - Kahuna 06:53 - Roll For Adventure 15:10 - Imhotep The Duel 22:34 - La Vina 29:00 - Tribes 36:30 - Targi Please check out the other videos on this channel as well as my official blog page. Please subscribe to get updates on more videos!



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The Ancient World: 2nd Edition Review

How do you like the revised 28mm look? In The Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential city-state by managing citizens, treasury, and military and by defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans. One of the actions a citizen can perform is to build Empire cards, which give more citizens, money, and abilities. The second edition features: - Numbered, limited edition boxes - Designer's signature printed in metallic ink - Revised and new titans - Larger, revised player boards - Expanded game play, including a new resource: AMBROSIA - Titans now attack YOU! - Updated district and empire cards Having never played 1st Edition, is the 2nd Edition a good game in its own right? And will previous owners feel like swapping to this?

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Pandemic: Rapid Response Review

How do you like the revised 28mm look?

Pandemic: Rapid Response is a race against time. Roll dice to create supplies, fly the plane, and make deliveries to cities in need. As the timer counts down, you must quickly coordinate and work together to react to new disasters. Will you and your team be able to respond in time?

Is using the name "Pandemic" enough to make this variant of "Fuse" worth considering? Or will it be forgotten to time?



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Top 10 Next Step Games

I talk a lot about Gateway Games which are very important to the hobby. But once you've played a few and got your friends settled into the starts of a great hobby, where do you go from here? Here are 10 games that you should consider looking into as a Next Step.

If you like what you see, please subscribe to the channel!

10 = 03:09
9 = 06:13
8 = 09:16
7 = 11:59
6 = 14:27
5 = 17:29
4 = 20:10
3 = 23:10
2 = 27:44
1 = 31:58 (and yes I forgot to change the number from 4 to 1, my bad!)

#top10
#lukehector
#brokenmeeple
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VLOG - The New Lens Debate

The VLOG's have begun and what better to begin with then the decision I've made regarding the debate of which lens to go with? 24mm as before or switch to the new wide angle? Or is there a third option?



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Anthology Review #6

Ok guys, this is the last video I pre-recorded in wide angle - don't forget to pass the feedback and vote on the poll etc - I need to make an executive decision about the format and both wide angle and the old 24mm have pros and cons for looking professional. A few micro games, and some expansions, but a wide range of likes and dislikes here including a long absent proper rant...........which of these 6 games caused me to go nuts? Mystic Vale: Harmony - 01:30 Memoir 44: New Flight Plan - 05:17 High Risk - 11:45 Nessos - 14:00 Schotten Totten - 17:00 Time Stories: Madame (SPOILERS) - 21.55 #memoir44 #schottentotten #timestories #highrisk #nessos #mysticvale



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Realm of Sand Review

Ok, just this one and an Anthology I promise! Keep your feedback coming in, vote on the poll in the community section, need to know about the wide angle thing. Would perhaps you prefer the reviews to be 24mm like before and the Top 10's / VLOG's to be Wide Angle perhaps, best of both worlds? Let me know! The Queen of Ragusa has embarked on a journey to the Realm of Sand to save her home. While she travels the plane awaking the power of the glyphs, you as a royal magician must act quickly to assemble those glyphs and stabilize the magic to reconstruct the realm of sands. Who will help the queen save Ragusa and become hero of the Realm of Sand? I like a lot of Emperor S4 games, but can this live up to the others or is this maybe an occasion where the result isn't greater than the sum of its parts?


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Season 3 Episode 8 - TING & Results

Paul Grogan is now hopping on the convention wagon with GRIDCON coming soon! For now though he decided to dip his toes in the water with TING (This Is Not Gridcon) down in Devon, UK. Of course, being from the West Country, I just had to attend! What games did I play?
Also the Dice Tower Award results have been released! Did my chosen picks win? Let's find out!
00:30 - Introduction
05:20 - TING Discussion
38:00 - Dice Tower Award Results




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Small Islands Review

Just two more videos including this one in wide angle form, then I'll make an executive decision on the format. I appreciate all the feedback you've all given on whether you like this or the old version. I will be taking it all on board and then deciding soon on which format works best overall. Certainly it's been a mixed bag so far. Small Islands is a tile-placement game in which you are daring explorers discovering a magnificent archipelago. Its islands are brimming with natural resources but also temples from an ancient and mysterious civilization. Brave adventurers, bring back to your clan wealth & prestige! It looks colourful, plays with all players and is easy to learn, whilst having tactical depth.............no way.........could this possibly replace Carcassonne???



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Star Wars: Outer Rim Review

As I said, I've done a few videos in the Wide Angle format as a test run, I think 6 in total - I appreciate all the feedback you've all given on whether you like this or the old version. I will be taking it all on board and then deciding soon on which format works best overall. Certainly it's been a mixed bag so far. Let's have more Star Wars games, because we don't already have a million of those! :-) But now we venture into the genre of "Pick Up And Deliver" with a smuggler/bounty hunter theme. Does Outer Rim tell a good enough story to warrant its long length? Credit to Adult Swim/Robot Chicken for their hilarious sketches and the Bounty Hunter reference.



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Ticket To Ride: London Review

As I said, I've done a few videos in the Wide Angle format as a test run, I think 6 in total - I appreciate all the feedback you've all given on whether you like this or the old version. I will be taking it all on board and then deciding soon on which format works best overall. Certainly it's been a mixed bag so far. A little mini review for you! How do these 15 minute filler Ticket To Ride's hold up and which is better, New York or London - does it really matter in the end?



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Top 10 Games That Need A Deluxe Version

TA DA!! Wide Angle Lens?! You like? Please say you do! Obviously there will be improvements that can be made, but overall I like that there's no more blurry effects causing people issues with regards to seeing the games behind me or the games I'm holding. More of a fun list this one - there are so many games I like getting a nice deluxe or fancy reprint - but can I think of 10 other games that I feel could benefit from getting pimped up in a deluxe version! Money being no object of course!



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Chakra Review

The last review before you might notice a bit of a . . . . visual change in the format. You can look forward to my upcoming Top 10 for that.

Chakra I only just saw at the UK Games Expo - but I got to have a 2 player head to head in it and take a copy with me to review. I then played it some more..........did I find another hidden gem without realising?



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Villagers Review

Villagers has certainly got the buzz hasn't it? Made a killing at the Expo and is winning a lot of players over? Sounds like a hype/buzz train to me. I best buy my ticket via Kickstarter and take a look-sy for myself! Is this drafting tableau game unique enough to set itself apart? Will the box be a thing of perfection or a niggling burden? And are these villagers a little........too alike?



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Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write Review

Right, a ton of recording done, let's get some reviews going! Starting with the new format for the show going forward from my previous editorial - keeping the comic book intro because I love it to bits, adding some comic speech bubbles to keep the theme going and shortening my reviews to between 8-12 minutes long as often as possible depending on the game.

Roll & Write's are not my genre of choice it has to be said, but there is one I talk about a lot and it would be nice to have a second in my collection that I can get behind. Is this new venture from Portal Games a worthy contender? Can I deal with that name? Are other players even welcome to the table?



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UK Games Expo Review 2019 - PART TWO

I'm a Grade A idiot! I turned up the microphone settings in the DSLR I took to the Expo to get over the convention noise. However I forgot to turn it back down before recording this review. So you can hear what I'm saying fine, but it's a little distorted due to the loudness, I had to reduce the gain by a TON to make it like this. So I hope it doesn't spoil your experience in this video but I recorded over an hour of content so I can't do it all again! :P

The UK Games Expo 2019 was a big success and I enjoyed it as always! What games did I play, who did I see, how was the big Arkham Horror LCG event? Hear my thoughts and tips on the biggest UK convention in my two parter special which will also air on my Soundcloud podcast site in audio only!

00:30 - All The Games!! - Part Deux
14:50 - A Quick Note About the YT Polls
15:40 - A Few Tips For Newcomers To The Expo



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UK Games Expo Review 2019 - PART ONE

I'm a Grade A idiot! I turned up the microphone settings in the DSLR I took to the Expo to get over the convention noise. However I forgot to turn it back down before recording this review. So you can hear what I'm saying fine, but it's a little distorted due to the loudness, I had to reduce the gain by a TON to make it like this. So I hope it doesn't spoil your experience in this video but I recorded over an hour of content so I can't do it all again! :P

The UK Games Expo 2019 was a big success and I enjoyed it as always! What games did I play, who did I see, how was the big Arkham Horror LCG event? Hear my thoughts and tips on the biggest UK convention in my two parter special which will also air on my Soundcloud podcast site in audio only!

00:30 - Intro and the Expo In General
04:50 - Drawn To The Flame: Arkham Horror LCG Guardians Event
12:05 - All The Games!!



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Solo Plays - Through The Ages (Steam/App)

I've given Through the Ages respect but always found it to be too long even with only 2 players, fiddly with its book-keeping and inferior to Nations overall. However the 4th Edition improved a lot on this formula but it was still too long for my liking and downtime was just painful with 3-4 players.

The app version has been talked about highly though and certainly looks the business. Does it warrant the high price tag and does it resolve the issues enough to make Through the Ages a game I can now play and enjoy?

What do you think of this app and this segment in general, let me know in the comments!



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Podcast - S03E05 - Apps & Awards

Hold up, so soon? Well I said I'd try to do more didn't I and to keep some content coming during my 2 week audit away and during UKGE so here's another podcast with 2 interesting discussion topics. 02:50 - The Dice Tower Award Nominations 2018 20:09 - App Integration (Positive or Negative?) Please check out the other videos on this channel as well as my official blog page.





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Top 10 Story Driven Games

When I look at my games I tend to rate 9's and 10's, one thing that I have noticed is that a lot of them are what I call "scenario based" or "story driven" games. Now scenarios are more a case of me putting in the story as I play, but I love a game where there is already a story in place and you're playing through it via the game mechanics. So here are my 10 games where I feel the story is the strongest element for me enjoying them. What are your picks, I'm sure there are plenty more than the 10 here, let us know in the comments and explain why they're your chosen picks. Also I hope you like the revised transitions and lower thirds used in this video. I feel they link better to the intro style and are certainly A LOT quicker for me to edit in the post production process. 0:30 - Intro 03:36 - 10 06:15 - 9 09:37 - 8 12:38 - 7 16:19 - 6 19:00 - 5 22:00 - 4 27:12 - 3 30:11 - 2 33:46 - 1 38:21 - Honorable Mentions



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