Podcast - Season 4 Episode 4 - Swiss Army Cards


We got some new segments debuting on today's show!
Firstly a summary of how life is progressing under the Coronavirus restrictions for someone who doesn't like being stuck at home. . .
Then my first impressions of Rune Stones and Silver & Gold.
Followed by the first new segment "Movers & Shakers" where I talk about games that have risen or fallen in their ratings and explain why.
Finally the second new segment "Mechanics" where I talk about my favourite game mechanics, explaining why I love them so much and give examples of games where they feature prominently in my collection.
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Top 10 Middleweight Games

Many talk about light games or heavy games. Why not in the middle? One reason is because it's very hard to define what is a middleweight game. Well I'm going to do my best here and talk about my favourite 10 games which I consider to be "medium weight" - and I like to think my split of light, medium and heavy is less insanely skewed then many other gamers! 05:08 - #10 06:54 - #9 10:02 - #8 12:49 - #7 15:36 - #6 19:16 - #5 22:24 - #4 26:18 - #3 29:54 - #2 33:29 - #1 38:40 - #PC #topten #brokenmeeple #middleweight #lukehector #dicetower



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Oriflamme Review

In Oriflamme, the players find themselves in the middle of a medieval feud over the French royal crown. The King is dead! Long live the King! As heads of influential families, the players strive to come to power with cunning and malice, power and strength, virtue and infamy. Their goal: the king's throne! In the tactical card game, hidden cards are played in turn. By tactically uncovering and activating their effects, players can outdo or get them out of the way, because all players have the same goal in mind — to collect the most influence points for their family and thus win the game. Never heard of it, wouldn't look at the cover twice, but it was recommended to me by a contact at Asmodee. It's 20-30 minutes and you know what, I'm up to here with everyone talking about giant 3-4 hour Euro monsters and nothing else - so let's have a good look at this little filler. 05:25 - DURATION 06:35 - EASE OF PLAY 07:44 - TACTICS & STRATEGY 10:54 - AESTHETICS 14:38 - IMMERSION 16:08 - LONGEVITY 18:32 - MY FINAL WORD #studioH #brokenmeeple #oriflamme #lukehector #dicetower


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Ishtar Review

From the award-winning designer Bruno Cathala, Ishtar is a game in which you play the role of a gardener aiming to transform the dry desert into the Lost Hanging Gardens of Babylon. To accomplish your mission, you will have to plant flowers, which, if you place them well, can help you gather precious gems and activate actions. Whether to buy Trees (which will block the link between two Flower spots, as well as earning you points) or to purchase upgrades (such as getting two more points per Tree card at the end of the game), collecting gems will be a crucial part of the game. Get them before your opponents, recruit apprentices, send them to earn points in the copses of flowers you have created, block others and think carefully of the upgrades to purchase if you want to become the best gardener at the end of the game! Why isn't this getting any buzz? Is it criminally underrated or is the lack of any buzz justified? Let's go into detail and find out in the new review, requested by popular demand from the community! #iello #brokenmeeple #ishtar #lukehector #dicetower




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VLOG - Coronavirus Update

Given what's happening in the world right now and especially within the UK with the Coronavirus, I felt I needed to give you guys an update on how things are going for me as well as what will happen with the channel in the next few months. #vlog #brokenmeeple #coronavirus #lukehector #dicetower



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On Mars Review

This is a long one guys! I wanted to keep it short like other reviews, but it's just not possible for these heavy Euro games, there's too much to talk about! I did a quick vote on Twitter and the people opted unanimously to release it as a full video and not split it. So that's what you get, a bumper edition of a review for Vital Lacerda's On Mars! But of course, if you want to navigate it, check out the timestamps below - I hear that they help! :P In the beginning, you will be dependent on supplies from Earth and will have to travel often between the Mars Space Station and the planet's surface. As the colony expands over time, you will shift your activities to construct mines, power generators, water extractors, greenhouses, oxygen factories, and shelters. Your goal is to develop a self-sustaining colony independent of any terrestrial organization. This will require understanding the importance of water, air, power, and food — the necessities for survival. Do you dare take part in humankind’s biggest challenge? 03:20 - DURATION 05:10 - EASE OF PLAY 11:38 - TACTICS AND STRATEGY 17:38 - AESTHETICS 20.55 - IMMERSION 23.25 - LONGEVITY 26:52 - MY FINAL WORD & RANKINGS OF LACERDA GAMES #OnMars #eaglegryphon #vitallacerda #boardgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower





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The Crew Review

In the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. What about the rumors about the unknown planet about? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space. Taking inspiration from one of my most hated games of all time, is this going to end in tears and rage for me or does the Crew offer enough differences to elevate it to a decent little filler? #thecrew #kosmos #boardgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower



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Coloma Review

In the game of Coloma, you are a pioneer who has recently traveled out West to strike it rich and make a name for yourself. You will prospect for gold and use your windfalls to recruit workers, rustle up horses, and establish businesses. You will also get opportunities to explore the surrounding riverways and frontier lands. But alas! You are not alone—every other pioneer seems to have gotten the same idea! Therefore, it will take extra cunning tactics on your part to not go Bust with the rest of them… It certainly looks the part, but does it have the substance to go with it? Does it have any player count where it works in perfect harmony? Check out the review on Coloma from Jonny Pac! #Coloma #finalfrontiergames #boardgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower





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Podcast - Season 4 Episode 3 - Maintaining Integrity

Mainly just want to have a chat guys, talk about some games played and answer a few questions from the mailbag. However two of the questions have a strong link to "Integrity" when conducting reviews and I certainly do talk a lot about that. So it makes for a good title for the podcast!

Hear my thoughts on the Wingspan expansion, Ishtar and Tokyo Metro! And then 4 very interesting questions from the community mailbag!



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Top 10 Multiplayer Games That Are Best With 2

There's an editing gaff at 06.55 where I had a duplicate copy of a game box cover appear when it shouldn't have. Apologies but not a lot I can do about it now!! 😄 It's really common that a ton of games good at two players aren't particularly good at multiplayer. Whether due to imbalance or time length or too much chaos. But people also believe that a lot of excellent multiplayer games suck at two players. . . . . yes and no. I feel there's quite a lot of games that play really well or probably best at two players despite being good at multiplayer. So here are my ten picks for games where despite catering to multiple player counts, actually play best when it's just two of you. Do you agree with the list? What are your choices? Spread the word, spread the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments. #topten #multiplayer #boardgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower



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Top 10 Games With High Replay Value

When you purchase a game, you want to get the most out of it. So it needs to be still fun and give you something new on repeated plays. Now when you spend a fortune, you kind of expect that, but still some games don't deliver. So here are ten games where I believe for the money you spend, you're getting a decent amount of replay value out of the base box alone. No CCG's, no LCG's, no expansions allowed. Price point will vary on the games depending on just how replayable they are. #topten #replay #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower



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