The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com All about gamers and the games that bring them together. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:55:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 https://i0.wp.com/themegameeple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cropped-meeples-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com 32 32 Meeples of the world unite! The Mega Meeple Podcast is a show about the community of gamers & the boardgames that bring them together. Join our GM Thom each week as we go thru news, reviews, and previews in the world of tabletop gaming. We showcase the Cult of the New & Kickstarter as well as revisit some old favorites from the past. Topic discussions and opinion polls along with interviews with gaming industry designers and creators as we get a peek of what's coming down the pipeline. If you love anything gaming, whip up some Mac & Cheese, grab a Mountain Dew and pull a chair up to the gaming table as we explore this fun & creative community that is The Mega Meeple.<br /> This podcast is a supplement to the blogs and video content that can be found on our website, Facebook, and YouTube channel. Enjoy! The Mega Meeple clean episodic The Mega Meeple https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mega-meeple-podcast/id1228515613 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mega-meeple-podcast/id1228515613 (The Mega Meeple) Copyright © The Mega Meeple 2017 A show about gamers and the games that bring them together. The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/meeples-e1492679132560.jpg https://themegameeple.com TV-G North Carolina Weekly Support us on Patreon The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 026 – MACE Gaming Conference - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/11/14/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-026-mace-gaming-conference/ https://themegameeple.com/2017/11/14/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-026-mace-gaming-conference/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:17:35 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=326 In this episode, Thomas attends MACE Gaming Conference in Charlotte NC. These are numerous interviews that were conducted during the 3 day event. Also, we filmed some game demo videos and showcased some vendors that had some cool miniatures and gaming accessories. Be sure to go to The Mega Meeple YouTube channel and subscribe so you can be notified when those go live.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.

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Link to topics in this episode:

MACE Gaming Con

Operation Homefront

Arcane Wonders

Anatolia – Facebook

Hull Breach the game

Hull Breach – Facebook

World of Wonders Kickstarter

King Frog Entertainment

Henchman Kickstarter

Comicmon Store

Hero’s Crossing

Hero’s Crossing Kickstarter

 

 

 

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If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.
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Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
MACE Gaming Con
Operation Homefront
Arcane Wonders
Anatolia – Facebook
Hull Breach the game
Hull Breach – Facebook
World of Wonders Kickstarter
King Frog Entertainment
Henchman Kickstarter
Comicmon Store
Hero’s Crossing
Hero’s Crossing Kickstarter
 
 
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 025 – Extra Life For Kids 24 Hour Event - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/11/05/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-025-extra-life-for-kids-24-hour-event/ https://themegameeple.com/2017/11/05/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-025-extra-life-for-kids-24-hour-event/#respond Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:07:49 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=319 In this episode, Thomas, Al, and Patrice attend the Extra Life Event at our FLGS and talk to some of the attendants. Our special guest is Todd Muldrew from Queen City Gaming Club to discuss the Extra Life Charity for Children’s Hospitals all over the world.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.

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Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Link to topics in this episode:

Extra Life

Carolina Tabletop Games

Queen City Gaming Club Facebook

Queen City Gaming Club

Pandemic Legacy Season 2

Clank! In! Space!

Twilight Imperium 4ed

Terraforming Mars

Mission Red Planet

Stop Thief!

Ethnos

Inis

Legend of the 5 Rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.
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Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
Extra Life
Carolina Tabletop Games
Queen City Gaming Club Facebook
Queen City Gaming Club
Pandemic Legacy Season 2
Clank! In! Space!
Twilight Imperium 4ed
Terraforming Mars
Mission Red Planet
Stop Thief!
Ethnos
Inis
Legend of the 5 Rings
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 024 – Halloween Edition w/ Ivan Van Norman - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/29/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-024-halloween-edition-w-ivan-van-norman/ https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/29/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-024-halloween-edition-w-ivan-van-norman/#respond Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:34:16 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=312 In this special Halloween Edition episode, Thomas and Al count down their top five horror themed boardgames.

Then our guest is none other than Ivan Van Norman from Geek and Sundry. We talk about how he got into RPGs and his prolific career on YouTube as well as the 2nd edition of Outbreak: Undead that is currently on Kickstarter.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.

The Mega Meeple iTunes

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Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Link to topics in this episode:

Outbreak: Undead 2ed Kickstarter

Project Alpha

Hunters Books

Arkham Horror LCG

Elder Sign

Mansions of Madness 2ed

Last Friday

Dead of Winter the Long Night

Zombicide Black Plague

Shadow Hunters

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Fury of Dracula 3ed

Call of Cthulhu RPG

Gloom

Legendary Alien

 

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If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.
The Mega Meeple iTunes
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Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
Outbreak: Undead 2ed Kickstarter
Project Alpha
Hunters Books
Arkham Horror LCG
Elder Sign
Mansions of Madness 2ed
Last Friday
Dead of Winter the Long Night
Zombicide Black Plague
Shadow Hunters
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Fury of Dracula 3ed
Call of Cthulhu RPG
Gloom
Legendary Alien
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 023 – Pizza and Ice Cream! - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/22/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-23-pizza-and-ice-cream/ https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/22/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-23-pizza-and-ice-cream/#respond Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:47:52 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=300 In this episode, Thomas and Al discuss the pros and cons of Kickstarter. How does it affect or influence the gaming community? Is there room for the “little guy” with a single dream? Does it feed the appetite of the one with the most toys? We also extend an invitation to those in the local area that are planning to attend ExtraLife on the weekend of Nov 4-5 at Carolina Tabletop Games in Pineville NC.

Our special guest this episode is Andrew Haigh that has a game on Kickstarter now called Pizza World. Andrew talks about this easy to play family oriented game that has numerous modes of gameplay and mechanisms.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge or Patreon.

The Mega Meeple iTunes

The Mega Meeple PodPledge

The Mega Meeple Patreon

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Link to topics in this episode:

Pizza World Kickstarter

Pizza World website

AndrewHaighGames Facebook

Extra Life

MACE Gaming Convention

 

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If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge or Patreon.
The Mega Meeple iTunes
The Mega Meeple PodPledge
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Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
Pizza World Kickstarter
Pizza World website
AndrewHaighGames Facebook
Extra Life
MACE Gaming Convention
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 022 – Tom Vassel Thinks - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/15/the-mega-meeple-podcast-ep-022-tom-vassel-thinks/ Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:50:13 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=297 In this episode, Thomas and Al are face to face in the studio to discuss Tom Vassel’s comments about FLGS on The Dice Tower’s Board Game Breakfast “Tom Thinks” segment. We also lament the loss of our sanity trying to play First Martians. Al’s wife Patrice makes a cameo as we talk about Extra Life, a gaming marathon event to raise money for local children hospital charities. Check the link below to see if and when YOUR local gaming store is hosting the event.

We apologize for the audio. This episode was recorded on a digital recorder but we will have dedicated microphones and headsets on the next episode to get rid of all the ambient noises bleeding thru. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to evolve and improve as a podcast.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.

The Mega Meeple iTunes

The Mega Meeple PodPledge

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

 Link to topics in this episode:

Extra Life

The Dice Tower – Board Game Breakfast 10/10/17

 

 

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In this episode, Thomas and Al are face to face in the studio to discuss Tom Vassel’s comments about FLGS on The Dice Tower’s Board Game Breakfast “Tom Thinks” segment. We also lament the loss of our sanity trying to play First Martians. We apologize for the audio. This episode was recorded on a digital recorder but we will have dedicated microphones and headsets on the next episode to get rid of all the ambient noises bleeding thru. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to evolve and improve as a podcast.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.
The Mega Meeple iTunes
The Mega Meeple PodPledge
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
 Link to topics in this episode:
Extra Life
The Dice Tower – Board Game Breakfast 10/10/17
 
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 021 – Our NEW Co-Host! - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/08/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-021-our-new-co-host/ Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:06:56 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=292 In this episode, Thomas introduces the podcast’s NEW co-host, Al Ross. We hope you like the new format and thanks to everybody for your support and helping to make this podcast evolve and grow. Thomas and Al settle into the whole podcast dual hosting thingy by talking about horror themed games for Halloween, apps in board games, and sports broadcasters.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.

Mega Meeple Podcast – iTunes

Mega Meeple Podcast PodPledge

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Link to topics in this episode:

Legend of the Five Rings

First Martians

The Others – 7 Sins

Tiny Epic Defenders

 

 

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In this episode, Thomas introduces the podcast’s NEW co-host, Al Ross. We hope you like the new format and thanks to everybody for your support and helping to make this podcast evolve and grow. Thomas and Al settle into the whole podcast dual hosting t... If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and support the show on PodPledge.
Mega Meeple Podcast – iTunes
Mega Meeple Podcast PodPledge
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
Legend of the Five Rings
First Martians
The Others – 7 Sins
Tiny Epic Defenders
 
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast has it’s first co-host! - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/03/the-mega-meeple-podcast-has-its-first-co-host/ Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:30:45 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=286 A while back I had put out a request for anyone available and willing to be a co-host on the podcast. Someone that had more knowledge and experience with RPGs and boardgames than me that can bring another perspective and approach to the gaming hobby. As well as someone that I can bounce topics off and banter with so you don’t have to listen to my voice drone on and on about stuff only I know about. Luckily someone has stepped up to bat and you’ll be hearing him on episode 21 of The Mega Meeple Podcast.

More info about him upcoming. Stay tuned!

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My Halloween Horror themed game picks for October 2017 - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/10/01/my-halloween-horror-themed-game-picks-for-october-2017/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:07:54 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=278 It’s finally October, my favorite month of the year. The leaves are falling, the air is cooler, the night falls sooner. And what better thing to do than play horror themed board games to get you in the mood for Halloween.

These are my 13 favorite horror themed board games I like to play during Halloween.

Whats your favorite game to play during the Halloween season? Post your answers in the comment section.

Elder Sign

Last Friday

Fury of Dracula 3rd ed

Arkham Horror LCG

Dead of Winter- the Long Night

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Mythos Tales

Eldritch Horror

Last Night on Earth

Mansions of Madness 2ed

Zombicide Black Plague

Ultimate Werewolf/Vampire/Alien

Legendary Encounters – Alien

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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 020 – Titles Are Hard - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/09/30/the-mega-meeple-podcast-ep-020-titles-are-hard/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:08 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=275 In this episode, Thomas talks about some upgrades to Chip Theory Games’ Too Many Bones as well as an upcoming Kickstarter from them in October. He also talks about other videos recently uploaded to The Mega Meeple YouTube channel including a review of The Deluxe Dice Bag by D20 Collective. Thomas also goes over the improvements of Restoration Games’ Stop Thief! app and the last quarter sprint of reaching his 10×10 Challenge for 2017.

We will be having a co-host come on The Mega Meeple Podcast next week so be sure to tune in for that. Also, if you have any suggestions as to what game should be the first one played on our virgin gaming table when it arrives, cast your vote to us on any of our social media pages.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

 Link to topics in this episode:

TMB v2 Upgrade Unboxing

Deluxe Dice Bag Review

Undertow

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In this episode, Thomas talks about some upgrades to Chip Theory Games’ Too Many Bones as well as an upcoming Kickstarter from them in October. He also talks about other videos recently uploaded to The Mega Meeple YouTube channel including a review of ... We will be having a co-host come on The Mega Meeple Podcast next week so be sure to tune in for that. Also, if you have any suggestions as to what game should be the first one played on our virgin gaming table when it arrives, cast your vote to us on any of our social media pages.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
 Link to topics in this episode:
TMB v2 Upgrade Unboxing
Deluxe Dice Bag Review
Undertow
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 019 – State of the Podcast Address - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/09/24/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-019-state-of-the-podcast-address/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:25:11 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=273 In this episode, Thomas gives a short summary of the State of The Podcast and hints at some new content and format that will be taking place over the next month or so as well as a local gaming con that he’s getting geared up for in November.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Link to topics in this episode:

MACE Gaming Con

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In this episode, Thomas gives a short summary of the State of The Podcast and hints at some new content and format that will be taking place over the next month or so as well as a local gaming con that he’s getting geared up for in November. If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
MACE Gaming Con
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 018 – Chip Theory Games’ Triplock Review - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/09/17/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-018-chip-theory-games-triplock-review/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:42:30 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=267 In this episode, Thomas gives his review of the Kickstarter copy of Triplock by Chip Theory Games. He also talks about a new segment coming to the podcast, a round table “debate” with topics supplied by YOU, the loyal listeners. So make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the low down of what the plans are and make your voice heard.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Link to topics in this episode:

Zombicide Black Plague

Triplock

Stop Thief!

Pair of Dice Paradise

Triplock Unboxing video

Ninja Monkeys Kickstarter video

Stop Thief! Unboxing and Review video

Heirs of the Wizard King Kickstarter video

Support The Mega Meeple Podcast at PodPledge

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In this episode, Thomas gives his review of the Kickstarter copy of Triplock by Chip Theory Games. He also talks about a new segment coming to the podcast, a round table “debate” with topics supplied by YOU, the loyal listeners. If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Link to topics in this episode:
Zombicide Black Plague
Triplock
Stop Thief!
Pair of Dice Paradise
Triplock Unboxing video
Ninja Monkeys Kickstarter video
Stop Thief! Unboxing and Review video
Heirs of the Wizard King Kickstarter video
Support The Mega Meeple Podcast at PodPledge
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 017 – Sh*t Gets Real - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/09/09/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-017-sht-gets-real/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 20:37:08 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=259 In this episode, Thomas shares how and why he got into board gaming. Be forewarned: sensitive subject. If you get triggered by raw talk of things like depression and suicide, you best not listen to the podcast. We will return to your happier more upbeat episode next week.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links to this episode’s topics:

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In this episode, Thomas shares how and why he got into board gaming. Be forewarned: sensitive subject. If you get triggered by raw talk of things like depression and suicide, you best not listen to the podcast. If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Links to this episode’s topics:
QZ Editorial
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 016 – A Public Apology - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/08/26/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-016-a-public-apology/ Sat, 26 Aug 2017 19:05:20 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=251 In this episode, Thomas offers up a public apology and reviews Stop Thief! by Restoration Games.

My guest this episode is Patrick Meyer of the Ultimate Gaming Table that is currently on Kickstarter and already well over 1000% funded after only a few days. He talks about their project and a fresh approach to “modular” gaming tables.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links to this episodes stories:

Restoration Games

Table of Ultimate Gaming Kickstarter

Table of Ultimate Gaming Facebook

Ultimate Game Table

 

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In this episode, Thomas offers up a public apology and reviews Stop Thief! by Restoration Games. My guest this episode is Patrick Meyer of the Ultimate Gaming Table that is currently on Kickstarter and already well over 1000% funded after only a few da... My guest this episode is Patrick Meyer of the Ultimate Gaming Table that is currently on Kickstarter and already well over 1000% funded after only a few days. He talks about their project and a fresh approach to “modular” gaming tables.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Links to this episodes stories:
Restoration Games
Table of Ultimate Gaming Kickstarter
Table of Ultimate Gaming Facebook
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 015 – Special GenCon50 Edition - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/08/17/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-015-special-gencon50-edition/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:58:50 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=248 In this special GenCon Edition of The Mega Meeple podcast episode, Thomas talks about the games that he’s looking forward to from GenCon as well as some interesting news items that were announced leading up to GenCon.

But if you are unable or unavailable to attend the 50th Anniversary of this epic con, we have you covered because my guest this episode is none other than Suzanne Sheldon from The Dice Tower show “Boardgame Breakfast” and she’ll be talking about GenCant, the virtual con for people who don’t want to wait hours in line or walk miles from one event to another.

EDITORS NOTE: Sadly there was some issue with the phone call connection in the middle of the interview. All attempts were made to “fix it in the mix.”. 

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links to topics in this episode:

Twilight Imperium 4

The Expanse

The Darkest Night

Terraforming Mars – Hellas & Elysium

The Shared Dream

Massive Darkness

Legend of the 5 Rings

Deep Madness

Codenames Duet

Sword and Sorcery

GenCan’t

 

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In this special GenCon Edition of The Mega Meeple podcast episode, Thomas talks about the games that he’s looking forward to from GenCon as well as some interesting news items that were announced leading up to GenCon. But if you are unable or unavailable to attend the 50th Anniversary of this epic con, we have you covered because my guest this episode is none other than Suzanne Sheldon from The Dice Tower show “Boardgame Breakfast” and she’ll be talking about GenCant, the virtual con for people who don’t want to wait hours in line or walk miles from one event to another.
EDITORS NOTE: Sadly there was some issue with the phone call connection in the middle of the interview. All attempts were made to “fix it in the mix.”. 
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Links to topics in this episode:
Twilight Imperium 4
The Expanse
The Darkest Night
Terraforming Mars – Hellas & Elysium
The Shared Dream
Massive Darkness
Legend of the 5 Rings
Deep Madness
Codenames Duet
Sword and Sorcery
GenCan’t
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 014 – Pre GenCon - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/08/07/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-014-pre-gencon/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:01:02 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=245 In this episode, Thomas talks about the ramp up to GenCon and some local gaming cons happening this weekend. He also talks about finally getting some games out of the box and onto the table. Thom talks about starting a new Stage Worlds campaign and the second session of Pathfinder’s Emerald Spire. He also celebrates yet another 5 star review on iTunes and gives a shout out to the happy listener. Thanks!

My guest in this episode is Justin Potter with Kazoodoo Games. He talks about his successful Kickstarter Glyph and his goal to create fun and engaging games that could be enjoyed by board game lovers around the world.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links for topics in this episode:

Kazoodoo Games

Kazoodoo Facebook

Glyph on Kickstarter

MegaMoose Gaming Con

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In this episode, Thomas talks about the ramp up to GenCon and some local gaming cons happening this weekend. He also talks about finally getting some games out of the box and onto the table. Thom talks about starting a new Stage Worlds campaign and the... My guest in this episode is Justin Potter with Kazoodoo Games. He talks about his successful Kickstarter Glyph and his goal to create fun and engaging games that could be enjoyed by board game lovers around the world.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
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Kazoodoo Games
Kazoodoo Facebook
Glyph on Kickstarter
MegaMoose Gaming Con
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 013 – Why Are Board Games So Trendy? - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/07/29/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-013-why-are-board-games-so-trendy/ Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:00:57 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=239 In this episode, Thomas takes a breather and talks about the pro and con of moving house. He also talks about Nonstop Tabletop Blog’s recent article about the reasons of the upswing trend in board games and the growth of our hobby. Scythe creator Jamie Stegmaier is  breaking the mold again and announced an innovative way to play the upcoming legacy game Charterstone an additional 2 times via a “recharge pack.”

My guest this episode is Zach White. Zach will be talking about his hidden location and deduction card game Bushido Breaker that is currently on Kickstarter.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links to topics in this episode:

Blog by Nonstop Tabletop

Charterstone’s “Recharge Pack”

Bushido Breaker Kickstarter

Zach White website

 

 

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In this episode, Thomas takes a breather and talks about the pro and con of moving house. He also talks about Nonstop Tabletop Blog’s recent article about the reasons of the upswing trend in board games and the growth of our hobby. My guest this episode is Zach White. Zach will be talking about his hidden location and deduction card game Bushido Breaker that is currently on Kickstarter.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
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Blog by Nonstop Tabletop
Charterstone’s “Recharge Pack”
Bushido Breaker Kickstarter
Zach White website
 
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 012 – Escaping to Mars - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/07/22/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-012-escaping-to-mars/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:00:33 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=235 In this episode, Thomas keeps it short and sweet as most of the week is being spent getting ready to move. He talks about expecting a bunch of Kickstarter projects that he has backed over the past 6 months as a few of them are ramping up final production and shipping. Also, he looks forward to going to Mars in Portal Games’ First Martians.

Our guest this episode is Mylene Labrie with Exit Strategy, a local area escape/exit room live play gaming company. She gives us the 511 on what an escape/exit room is and the different scenarios that can be played. We also discuss how this is not only for gamers but companies that want to have a fun filled team building exercise for their employees.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Portal Games – First Martians

Exit Strategy

Escape Room The Game

KOSMOS Game’s Exit

 

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In this episode, Thomas keeps it short and sweet as most of the week is being spent getting ready to move. He talks about expecting a bunch of Kickstarter projects that he has backed over the past 6 months as a few of them are ramping up final producti... Our guest this episode is Mylene Labrie with Exit Strategy, a local area escape/exit room live play gaming company. She gives us the 511 on what an escape/exit room is and the different scenarios that can be played. We also discuss how this is not only for gamers but companies that want to have a fun filled team building exercise for their employees.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Portal Games – First Martians
Exit Strategy
Escape Room The Game
KOSMOS Game’s Exit

 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 011 – Goodbye Dear Friend - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/07/15/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-011-goodbye-dear-friend/ Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:59:33 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=231 In this episode, Thomas comes to grip with the mixed feelings of selling his first game off of his shelf. What was the first game that you had to sell or get rid of from your collection? Was it a difficult decision? What led up to making that call? He also discusses why the CCG model is simply not for him and gives a sneak peek of his Pathfinder RPG group’s crazy antics. Also some updates and a new stand alone expansion coming from Chip Theory Games.

My guest this week is Steven Cole of Escape Velocity Games to talk about the successful Kickstarter of their new game Coin and Crown.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Escape Velocity Games Website

Escape Velocity Games Facebook

Chip Theory Games – TMB Upgrades

 

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In this episode, Thomas comes to grip with the mixed feelings of selling his first game off of his shelf. What was the first game that you had to sell or get rid of from your collection? Was it a difficult decision? What led up to making that call? My guest this week is Steven Cole of Escape Velocity Games to talk about the successful Kickstarter of their new game Coin and Crown.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Escape Velocity Games Website
Escape Velocity Games Facebook
Chip Theory Games – TMB Upgrades
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 010 – Has PHG’s Ashes risen from the ashes? - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/07/09/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-010-has-phgs-ashes-risen-from-the-ashes/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:26:29 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=228 In this episode, Thomas ponders how to pass the time while waiting for a Kickstarter to be released a full year after supporting it. How do you deal with the long wait for a very hyped up game in a society of get it now pay later fast food video on demand instant gratification?

Our guest for this episode is Callin Flores of Plaid Hat Games. He will be talking about the new Ashes Deluxe Deck Expansions coming out and all things Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Meeples of the world, Unite!!

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In this episode, Thomas ponders how to pass the time while waiting for a Kickstarter to be released a full year after supporting it. How do you deal with the long wait for a very hyped up game in a society of get it now pay later fast food video on dem... Our guest for this episode is Callin Flores of Plaid Hat Games. He will be talking about the new Ashes Deluxe Deck Expansions coming out and all things Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Ashes News from PHG
Zombicide Black Plague
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 009 – Your FLGS - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/07/01/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-009-your-flgs/ Sat, 01 Jul 2017 05:51:51 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=226 In this episode, we mark the midpoint of 2017 and discuss what our favorite games have been thus far. Thomas counts down his Top 5 Games that he’s played during the first half of the year.

This episode marks the first time we have not one, but TWO guests.

Our first guest this week is Albert Ross, one of the people from Carolina Tabletop Games, a Friendly (or in this case, Family) Local Game Store in our local area. We discuss the ins and outs and ups and downs of starting and operating a FLGS and how they brought the sense of family into the gaming community. Does your FLGS have a atmosphere so welcoming that you feel like Norm or Cliff at Cheers when you walk in? Albert talks about how their store accomplishes just that.

Our second interview is with Joshua Bridgman of Nightshade Creations that has a project currently on Kickstarter called The Gaming Vault. Joshua talks about what sparked the idea for this unique gaming (storage and station) container for any GM or DM wanting to add some bling to their RPG sessions.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Thanks, and Game On!

Links to games in this episode:

Carolina Tabletop Games

Gaming Vault Kickstarter

Arkham Horror LCG

Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition

Too Many Bones

Mechs vs Minions

Scythe

Nightshade Creations Facebook

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In this episode, we mark the midpoint of 2017 and discuss what our favorite games have been thus far. Thomas counts down his Top 5 Games that he’s played during the first half of the year. This episode marks the first time we have not one, This episode marks the first time we have not one, but TWO guests.
Our first guest this week is Albert Ross, one of the people from Carolina Tabletop Games, a Friendly (or in this case, Family) Local Game Store in our local area. We discuss the ins and outs and ups and downs of starting and operating a FLGS and how they brought the sense of family into the gaming community. Does your FLGS have a atmosphere so welcoming that you feel like Norm or Cliff at Cheers when you walk in? Albert talks about how their store accomplishes just that.
Our second interview is with Joshua Bridgman of Nightshade Creations that has a project currently on Kickstarter called The Gaming Vault. Joshua talks about what sparked the idea for this unique gaming (storage and station) container for any GM or DM wanting to add some bling to their RPG sessions.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Thanks, and Game On!
Links to games in this episode:
Carolina Tabletop Games
Gaming Vault Kickstarter
Arkham Horror LCG
Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition
Too Many Bones
Mechs vs Minions
Scythe
Nightshade Creations Facebook
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 008 – Top 10 People That Ruin Game Night - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/06/25/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-008-top-10-people-that-ruin-game-night/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:11:32 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=223 In this episode, Thomas goes over the Top 10 People Who Ruin Game Night from the Let’s Review Board Games blog article and shares his stories about encountering people characterized in the list. Thomas also submits for your thoughts the idea of an additional podcast of his semi-regular RPG group’s gaming nights. A completely unscripted version of an RPG meets MST3K. We also give a shout out to our first iTunes 5 star review! Yay!

Ever wanted to battle it out with medieval weapons or compete in fencing? You’re in luck because this week, Ben Dutter of Sigil Stone Publishing talks about his new card game Clash of Steel that recently completed a successful Kickstarter.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.

Thanks, and Game On!

Nocturnal Media

Clash of Steel Kickstarter

Top 10 People That Ruin Game Night

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In this episode, Thomas goes over the Top 10 People Who Ruin Game Night from the Let’s Review Board Games blog article and shares his stories about encountering people characterized in the list. Thomas also submits for your thoughts the idea of an addi... Ever wanted to battle it out with medieval weapons or compete in fencing? You’re in luck because this week, Ben Dutter of Sigil Stone Publishing talks about his new card game Clash of Steel that recently completed a successful Kickstarter.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in the show, please follow and reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
If you are a game designer / creator and would like to get the word out about your game or Kickstarter, contact me via the Contact Us page.
Thanks, and Game On!
Nocturnal Media
Clash of Steel Kickstarter
Top 10 People That Ruin Game Night
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 007 – RIP Geek Chic - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/06/17/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-0007-rip-geek-chic/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 03:17:19 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=217 In this episode, Thomas reflects on Geek Chic going out of business and how that impacts the gaming table industry and their customers. There’s also a sneak peek at upcoming guests and Thom talks about beautiful art in games like Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn and Mystic Vale.

This week, our guest is Ben Stenquist from Nebulous Games talking about their current Kickstarter game Blueshift, a sci-fi 4X game where up to 6 species explore and fight for dominance in the farthest reaches of space.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in this ever evolving and growing format, please reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
Thanks, and Game On!

 

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Mystic Vale

 

 

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In this episode, Thomas reflects on Geek Chic going out of business and how that impacts the gaming table industry and their customers. There’s also a sneak peek at upcoming guests and Thom talks about beautiful art in games like Ashes: Rise of the Pho... This week, our guest is Ben Stenquist from Nebulous Games talking about their current Kickstarter game Blueshift, a sci-fi 4X game where up to 6 species explore and fight for dominance in the farthest reaches of space.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in this ever evolving and growing format, please reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

Thanks, and Game On!
 

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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 006 – GM for the first time - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/06/11/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-006-gm-for-the-first-time/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:27:02 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=212 In this episode, Thomas considers the unlikely possibility of a Cthulhu game being too easy and encourages the support of your local friendly game store. He also highlights a life lesson as he describes his experience GMing his very first RPG with a room full of GMs far more experienced then he. Some plans are announced for improvements to the podcast to make it more well rounded and engaging.

This week’s guest is Daniel Blakney of Amber Palace Games. He joins Thom to discuss the new family friendly halloween themed game that just came out on Kickstarter, Scream or Die. A complete review can be found on our Review page as well as a preview video on our YouTube channel. Link at the Social Media page.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in this ever evolving and growing format, please reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

Thanks, and Game On!

Pandemic – Reign of Cthulhu

Amber Palace Games

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In this episode, Thomas considers the unlikely possibility of a Cthulhu game being too easy and encourages the support of your local friendly game store. He also highlights a life lesson as he describes his experience GMing his very first RPG with a ro... This week’s guest is Daniel Blakney of Amber Palace Games. He joins Thom to discuss the new family friendly halloween themed game that just came out on Kickstarter, Scream or Die. A complete review can be found on our Review page as well as a preview video on our YouTube channel. Link at the Social Media page.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in this ever evolving and growing format, please reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
Thanks, and Game On!
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Amber Palace Games
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Kickstater Preview of Scream or Die - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/06/10/kickstater-preview-of-scream-or-die/ Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:27:15 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=198 I grew up watching the classic monsters of film. Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman, Dracula, Godzilla, Creature from Black Lagoon, etc. I remember staying up late on Saturday nights to watch CHILLER THEATER with Bill “Chilly Billy” Cardille, a local TV personality where I grew up. Altho I am a fan of modern horror monsters, (Freddy, Jason, Jigsaw, Micheal, etc.) there’s something nostalgic about those nightmares of yesteryear that reserve a place, albeit a dark place, in my heart and memories from that time.

So when I heard about a Halloween themed game that presented these classic tropes in a light hearted family oriented fashion, I had to reach out to the creators. This game, SCREAM OR DIE by Amber Palace Games in Detroit MI, has just launched a Kickstarter campaign this past week. Daniel Blakney, one of the game’s designers, was gracious enough to send me a prototype of the game for review.

SCREAM OR DIE is a 2-4 player game that plays in 15-20 minutes for ages 8 and up that has a cute, non threatening, non violent style that can appeal to both adults that are old enough to remember those classic monsters and to children without having to risk having nightmares due to any graphic imagery or miniatures.

It seems that the Wolfman (Harry), a vampire (VLAD), the Mummy (Seth), and the Invisible Man (Griff) have been slacking off the job of scaring people. So their boss, an evil witch named Belinda, warns them that they better get their act together and start pulling their weight. They scoff at her and laugh. “Ok,” she says sternly, “You’ll regret it. I’ll see you in the morning.” When they wake up the next day, to their horror, they find they have been transformed into children. Belinda comes in with a cackle. “Ha! Now who’s laughing? If you want to be turned back into your former selves, you need to go out and do what monsters do on Halloween. Scare people! The first one that brings me back 13 pieces of candy gets the other’s paychecks for an entire month.”

And that’s where the players find our monster heroes. Each player will assume one of the 4 monsters and try to be the first one to scare enough people and get 13 pieces of candy. The mechanics are such that everyone is an active participant that must pay attention to what the dice are doing so they can attempt to mess up their fellow monsters and undermine the other’s chance of winning.

The game begins with the first player being The Roller. They randomly remove 5 dice from the bag. This is the start of your dice pool. Each player also starts the game with 3 Scream tokens. (that kind of remind me of the Rolling Stones logo without the tongue) Starting with the player to The Roller’s left, players can spend 1 Scream to tell The Roller to randomly add 1 more die from the bag to the dice pool. The player can add as many dice as they are able to pay Screams for. That continues until all players have a chance to randomly add dice. The Roller is the last one to to spend as many Screams as they want to do the same.

On the player board for each monster, there is a guide as to what color die benefits that monster’s chance of getting candy, from most beneficial to least beneficial. Yellow dice benefit Seth the most, blue dice benefits Griff, black caters to Vlad, and orange is Harry’s favorite dice. The specific color of dice that most benefits has numerous sides with that monster’s face on it as well as a side that grants that monster numerous pieces of candy. The color of dice that is least beneficial does not have any faces of that monster on any side. Once all players take their turn paying Screams and adding more dice to the pool, The Roller then rolls all of the dice.

Then, like before, the player to The Roller’s left can pay as many Screams as they have available to tell The Roller to re-roll that number of dice. The player must indicate the specific die they want re-rolled. So if Seth sees that there are 2 dice that show Vlad’s face, Seth can pay 2 Screams for The Roller to re-roll those 2 dice in hopes that it will land on a side that has his face. There are also white dice that benefit The Roller only. These dice have the Screams icon. There are also a few sides of the other color dice that have Screams on them.

To score, the players count how many dice are showing their monster’s face and that’s how many pieces of candy that they have scared up this round. The Roller also scores the number of Scream icons that are showing. The bag is then passed to the player on the left and that player is now The Roller for the next round. Each round is played in this fashion until one monster gets 13 pieces of candy and wins the game …. and everybody’s paycheck for a month.

SCREAM OR DIE is an easy game to learn and quick to play. For the adults, it’s a fun game for when you don’t have a lot of time to sink into a complex brain heavy epic. For the kids, it’s a cute and fun game that they can be an active participant and not succumb to boredom or distractions. The “take that” aspect also provides lots of interaction and strategy.

This game does a great job of keeping everybody at the table engaged. The player interaction is constant and light hearted. There is no down time or long lingering waits for your turn to come back around to you. Every player is invested at every moment. This is, truly, a family friendly game. While playing this game for preparation of this blog, I played with numerous people of varying ages and exposure to board games. Young and old, gamer and non-gamer. Everyone gave the experience a thumbs up. In a world where everybody’s noses are buried into a smart phone or tablet all of the time, Amber Palace Games has taken a fond memory of classic monsters and created a game that can connect generations together in social interaction.

The game is on Kickstarter at the time of this preview and is only $19. A small price for the chance to play a game all together as a family and create memories that will be cherished forever. Much like the fond memories I have watching those classic monsters with my parents on Saturday nights.

We also have a preview video of SCREAM OR DIE on our YouTube channel here that shows and describes gameplay but keep in mind that the version you are seeing is a prototype and the final product may be, and often is, different.

Scream or Die on Kickstarter

Amber Palace Games

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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 005 – 10×10 Challenge - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/06/04/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-005-10x10-challenge/ Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:02:24 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=196 In this episode, Thomas talks about his fears of childhood memories playing Stop Thief being ruined by the soon to be released remake has finally subsided. He talks about the preview video of the rebooted game and compares it to the original. He also gives some hints of a game coming to Kickstarter in June of which he will have an interview with the designer in a future episode along with a preview video on the Mega Meeple YouTube channel..

Since it is now June and 2017 is half over, Thomas talks about how far along he is in his 10×10 Gaming Challenge and comes to some interesting conclusions about solo vs group games.

Meeples of the world unite and share, subscribe, like, and rate.

If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in this ever evolving and growing format, please reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.

Thanks, and Game On!

Links to topics in this episode:

Stop Thief!

Terraforming Mars

 

 

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In this episode, Thomas talks about his fears of childhood memories playing Stop Thief being ruined by the soon to be released remake has finally subsided. He talks about the preview video of the rebooted game and compares it to the original. Since it is now June and 2017 is half over, Thomas talks about how far along he is in his 10×10 Gaming Challenge and comes to some interesting conclusions about solo vs group games.
Meeples of the world unite and share, subscribe, like, and rate.
If you have any ideas for topics to be discussed or things to include in this ever evolving and growing format, please reach out to us at any of our social media sites. Links can be found on the Social Media page of our website.
Thanks, and Game On!
Links to topics in this episode:
Stop Thief!
Terraforming Mars
 
 
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Star Wars Destiny CCG Storage trays by Zen Bins - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/06/03/182/ Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:55:53 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=182 If you’ve played Star Wars Rebellion, then you may have heard of Zen Bins storage solution to all the miniatures in that game. Well, Zen Bins has come thru again with a simple and effective storage solution for Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars CCG, Destiny. No more having to carry around a tool box or a Plano storage box to your local FGS for a casual game. One additional checkpoint is that these storage bins are tournament ready and legal!

There are a few versions of the bins that address specific needs and modes of play.

The Base Bin is ideal for casual plays and tournaments. It has sections for all 4 types of tokens (resource, shields, 1 damage, 3 damage), a holder for your deck (can hold 35 sleeved or 70 un-sleeved cards), and a middle section to place up to 18 dice. The lid snaps on top to keep everything in place and there is a Blinder that snaps onto the underside of the lid. The Blinder can be separated and placed on top of your dice to hide any spoilers to your opponent of what you have in your deck. If you want to show off your dice while carrying, the Blinder can snap in place under the tray for easy storage. The underside of the bin also has an indentation to hold the rule sheet.

The Standard Bin is the same as the Base Bin with the exception of the 4 areas for tokens. Instead it has an additional holder for a deck, bringing the total to 100 un-sleeved/50 sleeved cards (50/25 each side).

The All Dice Bin is the same as the Standard Bin with the exception of the 2 end places to hold cards. These are configured to hold 12 dice each, bringing the total to 42 dice.

The bins also stack on top of one another to make a complete tower that can house an entire set deck. You just rotate each tray 180 degrees to lock into each other. Note: There must be another tray or lid above it to latch onto.

These trays are well made and sturdy. They fit perfectly into my back pack and still have room for everything else I bring to the table on game nights. The storage sections for the tokens are rounded at the bottom to make it easier to remove them. The sections for the decks and cards have a small opening to lift and remove the cards. No more digging your nails and fingers down into the side of the slot just to risk bending your cards while removing them. They really have thought of everything.

Zen Bins are proof positive that not only do they know how to make quality products but they also know the game and UNDERSTAND the little, but nagging, problems players have with simply storing, transporting, and using the components of the game.

Whether you have a complete set deck or a few starter packs, just causal player to tournament scene roadie, Zen Bins Star Wars Destiny trays are an attractive and practical solution to the storage, transport, and display of this popular game.

Check em out!

 

Zen Bins

Zen Bins Kickstarter

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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 004 - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/05/21/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-4/ Sun, 21 May 2017 20:05:38 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=179 In this episode of The Mega Meeple, Thomas reflects back on a long RPG campaign once it comes to an end. Do you play different classes of characters or do you stick with what you’re familiar with? Also, discussion and experiences with the games played this past week including Clank! Sunken Treasures, Dresden Cooperative Card Games, Mechs vs Minions, and Sherlock Holmes. Keeping it short and sweet this week.

If you have any ideas, feedback, or suggestions about what you want to hear, make sure to reach out to us via any of the social media links or contact us directly via the website.

Sherlock Holmes

Clank! Sunken Treasures

Dresden Files

Mechs vs Minions

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In this episode of The Mega Meeple, Thomas reflects back on a long RPG campaign once it comes to an end. Do you play different classes of characters or do you stick with what you’re familiar with? Also, discussion and experiences with the games played ... If you have any ideas, feedback, or suggestions about what you want to hear, make sure to reach out to us via any of the social media links or contact us directly via the website.
Sherlock Holmes
Clank! Sunken Treasures
Dresden Files
Mechs vs Minions
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 003 (with Jamey Stegmaier) - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/05/13/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-3-with-jamey-stegmaier/ Sat, 13 May 2017 10:51:33 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=174 In this episode, Thomas chooses his winning picks from the Dice Tower’s nominations for Best Games of 2016 Awards. He also features the Zen Bins for Star Wards Destiny CCG.

As teased in the last episode, our very first guest to the podcast is none other than Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games and creator of Scythe. Jamey discusses the history of developing Scythe, how he found the art work of Jakub Rozalsk, the new expansion to Between Two Cities, the upcoming Charterstone, and his approach to Kickstarter and Crowdfunding.

Links to topics in this episode:

Stonemaier Games

Dice Tower’s Nominations for Best Games of 2016: Dice Tower 2016 Game Awards

Zen Bins for Star Wars Destiny CCG: Zen Bins

 

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In this episode, Thomas chooses his winning picks from the Dice Tower’s nominations for Best Games of 2016 Awards. He also features the Zen Bins for Star Wards Destiny CCG. As teased in the last episode, our very first guest to the podcast is none othe... As teased in the last episode, our very first guest to the podcast is none other than Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games and creator of Scythe. Jamey discusses the history of developing Scythe, how he found the art work of Jakub Rozalsk, the new expansion to Between Two Cities, the upcoming Charterstone, and his approach to Kickstarter and Crowdfunding.
Links to topics in this episode:
Stonemaier Games
Dice Tower’s Nominations for Best Games of 2016: Dice Tower 2016 Game Awards
Zen Bins for Star Wars Destiny CCG: Zen Bins
 
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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 002 – International Tabletop Day 2017 - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/05/07/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-002-international-tabletop-day-2017/ Sun, 07 May 2017 06:56:32 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=169 In this episode, GM Thomas talks about trying to get thru a 33 hr gaming marathon during International Tabletop Day and failing miserably but still having fun. Also some Star Wars news from May 4th. We also play therapist and psychoanalyze the 7 Stages of Board Gaming and Thom has a very special announcement about who is the very first guest that will be on The Mega Meeple. Trust me, I guarantee that you have played this person’s games and you DO NOT wanna miss this!

Spread the word! Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links to games in this episode:

Scythe- https://stonemaiergames.com/games/scythe/

Terraforming Mars- http://www.fryxgames.se/games/terraforming-mars/

Star Wars Rebellion- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-rebellion/

Star Wars Rebellion Rogue One- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/5/5/rise-of-the-empire/

Star Wars Destiny CCG- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/products/spirit-rebellion-booster-pack/

Android Netrunner Terminal Directive- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/android-netrunner-the-card-game/products/terminal-directive/

The 7 Phases of Board Gamer- http://www.uprightgaming.com/the-stages-of-a-board-gamer/

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In this episode, GM Thomas talks about trying to get thru a 33 hr gaming marathon during International Tabletop Day and failing miserably but still having fun. Also some Star Wars news from May 4th. We also play therapist and psychoanalyze the 7 Stages... Spread the word! Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Links to games in this episode:
Scythe- https://stonemaiergames.com/games/scythe/
Terraforming Mars- http://www.fryxgames.se/games/terraforming-mars/
Star Wars Rebellion- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-rebellion/
Star Wars Rebellion Rogue One- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/5/5/rise-of-the-empire/
Star Wars Destiny CCG- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/products/spirit-rebellion-booster-pack/
Android Netrunner Terminal Directive- https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/android-netrunner-the-card-game/products/terminal-directive/
The 7 Phases of Board Gamer- http://www.uprightgaming.com/the-stages-of-a-board-gamer/
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International Tabletop Day 2017 - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/30/international-tabletop-day-2017/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:45:54 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=148 April 29 was International Tabletop Day. My FLGS celebrated by having a 33 hr gaming marathon starting at 3PM on Friday and going non stop until midnight Saturday eventing.

There were a lot of games to say the least and raffles were held every hour with prizes and give aways. Proceeds supported the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and One UP Pediatric Foundation.

 

 

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Our YouTube Channel - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/30/our-youtube-channel/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:36:28 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=145 Audio versions of our podcasts will also be available on our YouTube channel. Photos and stills of the games discussed on the episode will appear in the video.

Watch/listen to episode 001 here: https://youtu.be/jJbTWpONzGM

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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Episode 001 – “Don’t Mess With My Childhood!” - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/28/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-001-dont-mess-with-my-childhood/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:09:34 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=140 In this episode, GM Thomas is still getting familiar with his editing software. He looks forward to International Tabletop Day this Saturday, April 29 and talks about the games that he’ll be playing during a 33 hour long gaming marathon. Thomas also shares his thoughts about the boardgames Element by Rather Dashing Games and Too Many Bones by Chip Theory Games. He also rants about recent Kickstarter games like Stop Thief! and The 7th Guest and the pros and cons of rebooting an old favorite. Will they live up to the expectation or tarnish what was once fond childhood memories. Have a response or opinion of this week’s topic? Go to our website and contact us at any of the social media sites listed. Again, make sure to share, like, comment, subscribe and rate us on iTunes.

Spread the word! Meeples of the world, Unite!!

Links to games in this episode:

Element by Mike Richie and Grant Wilson

http://www.ratherdashinggames.com/games/element

Too Many Bones by Adam and Josh Carlson

https://chiptheorygames.com/store#!/Too-Many-Bones/c/22721100/offset=0&sort=normal

Stop Thief! by Restoration Games

http://restorationgames.com/2017/04/08/back-stop-thief-kickstarter/

The 7th Guest by Trilobyte Games

http://www.trilobytegames.com/index.html

 

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In this episode, GM Thomas is still getting familiar with his editing software. He looks forward to International Tabletop Day this Saturday, April 29 and talks about the games that he’ll be playing during a 33 hour long gaming marathon. Spread the word! Meeples of the world, Unite!!
Links to games in this episode:
Element by Mike Richie and Grant Wilson
http://www.ratherdashinggames.com/games/element
Too Many Bones by Adam and Josh Carlson
https://chiptheorygames.com/store#!/Too-Many-Bones/c/22721100/offset=0&sort=normal
Stop Thief! by Restoration Games
http://restorationgames.com/2017/04/08/back-stop-thief-kickstarter/
The 7th Guest by Trilobyte Games
http://www.trilobytegames.com/index.html
 
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Podcast is approved for iTunes! - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/21/podcast-is-approved-for-itunes/ Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:27:30 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=136 Well, it looks like there’s no turning back now. We just got an email from Apple stating that our podcast, The Mega Meeple Podcast, has been approved and will be available for subscriptions and download by early next week.

We are so excited about what’s in store. We already have some interviews lined up and will be receiving some review copies of games that are brand new and some that are about to go on Kickstarter.

So stay tuned to this website and smash that subscribe button in the widget down below to go to our iTunes Home when it becomes available. If you enjoy it and subscribe, please be sure to leave us a good review and hit all those stars for a rating. It will really help us out a lot to get this puppy off the ground.

And spread the word!

Thank you and we’ll see you at the gaming table.

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The Mega Meeple Podcast – Intro Episode - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/20/the-mega-meeple-podcast-episode-1/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:50:06 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=122 Well, hopefully all my digital ducks are all in a row.

This first episode is simply a short and quick introduction of myself, the podcast, and what to expect in the coming weeks.

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe, like, and share.

Small beginnings sometimes grow into big things, so lets start down this road and see what adventures await. Thanks for listening!

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Well, hopefully all my digital ducks are all in a row. This first episode is simply a short and quick introduction of myself, the podcast, and what to expect in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe, like, and share. This first episode is simply a short and quick introduction of myself, the podcast, and what to expect in the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe, like, and share.
Small beginnings sometimes grow into big things, so lets start down this road and see what adventures await. Thanks for listening!
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Don’t mess with our childhood. - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/13/dont-mess-with-our-childhood/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:43:37 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=113 At the time of this post, there are 2 “reboot” games on Kickstarter. One for the 1979 game Stop Thief! and one for the PC horror game The 7th Guest.

As much as my heart skipped a beat when the announcement of these two old favorites of mine being revisioned for modern day, there is a part of me that winces at the thought that they may screw it up and take what was a fondly held memory of my childhood and pile drive into the ground harder than a Tombstone finisher by WWE’s The Undertaker. I am painfully reminded what usually happens when somebody tries to “update” an old favorite like Hollywood making the 58th version of Spiderman. It usually does not live up to the memory of what it once was.

What do you think? Do you expect these new versions to be as good if not better than their long lost originals? Are you gonna purchase them in hopes to relive fun times long past or stay clear of them in preservation of a fond memory and not risk tainting it?

Feel free to contact us with your comments and opinions.

Until then, see you at the gaming table!

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Why did you get involved in gaming? - The Mega Meeple https://themegameeple.com/2017/04/08/why-did-you-get-involved-in-gaming/ Sat, 08 Apr 2017 17:18:42 +0000 https://themegameeple.com/?p=40 Growing up I never was much into board games. Yea, we played the usual monopoly, risk, trouble, yada yada yada but not hobby board games. I think the closest I got was a copy of Stop Thief! that I got from an good school friend of mine back in 1979 (and I’m very excited that they are making a modern version of it now on Kickstarter). The most I got involved with gaming is video games. I loved Pitfall, Legend of Dragoon, Crono Cross, Resident Evil, and that racing game that had the sadistic clown driver. It’s funny. Back then games like Dungeons and Dragons was regarded as demonic and a portal to hell.

Then in November of 2015, my room mate asked if I’d be interested in helping him test a scenario for his Savage Worlds game that he was conducting at MACE. Savage Worlds? What’s MACE? I figured, what the hell, I’ll join in. I was bored anyway.

And then the bug bit. I was introduced to a group of people that didn’t care about my past experience with gaming. They accepted a relative stranger into their circle and I made a lot of friends over the next few weeks. Not to get sappy – I’ll save that for another blog – but gaming had saved my sanity. It helped get me out of my shell and actually enjoyed being social. As time went on, I found what style of games I am attracted to. I love the board games and I’m slowly getting more comfortable with RPGs. Right now, I’m not very good at role playing or improv. I just wanna know what dice do I roll and who I need to kill. Yea, I’m a murder hobo. Deal with it.

My very first game I bought was a card game I learned at MACE – a gaming conference that is held locally twice a year – called Seventh Hero. I have since maxed out my gaming shelf with the likes of Mage Knight, Blood Mage, The Others, Eldritch Horror, Arkham Horror LCG, Star Wars Destiny CCG, Mice & Mystics, Summoner Wars, and many other thematic story driven board games.

So how did you get introduced to this great hobby? What was the first game you played / bought?

Comment on this post and let’s get the conversation going. If you have an idea of a topic you’d like to see covered, feel free to submit your suggestions at the “Contact Us” page.

Until then, Game On!

 

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