Category Archives: Banter Podcast

MN 0154 Good Times at SaltCON 2017

Meeple Nation’s favorite convention is in the books. We played some games, met with friends, and put on four fantastic events, including a game show, a puzzle hunt, Werewolf and Deception: Murder at SaltCon. Join us as we recap a great weekend, and set your schedule to join us next year! SaltCon is AMAZING!

MN 0153 Legacy, One Shot, Campaigns

Exactly one year after releasing episode 98, Consumable Games, we revisit the subject of Legacy games. In this spoiler free episode we talk Seafall, Gloomhaven, Charterstone, and define what we believe Legacy to be, which is a permanence to your choices.

We also contrast these games to other scenario and campaign games and revisit the One Shot games from our past.

MN 0148 Gaming Accessories

Do you sleeve your cards before you play with them? Have you invested in a quick start insert, or do you have a favorite game overlay or dice tower?

This week we sit down to talk about the many gaming accessories that enhance our hobby.

You can listen to previous interviews we have done with makers of the gaming accessories in the following episodes:

Episode 116 – Chris Urinko of Daft Concepts, Kris McClanahan of Deeply Dapper

Episode 114 – Greg Spence of The Broken Token

Episode 58 – Ben Hillyard of Daedalus Productions

Episode 41 – Chris Urinko of Daft Concepts

MN 0141 Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Classic Games

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Pandemic
  • Catan
  • Splendor

Family Games

  • Fabled Fruit
  • Dixit
  • Potion Explotion
  • Mysterium
  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Party Games

  • Codenames
  • Bang! The Dice Game
  • Wits and Wagers

Gamers Games

  • Star Wars: Destiny
  • Clank!
  • Quadrapolis

Stocking Stuffers

  • Fuji Flush
  • Deep Sea Adventure
  • Rage!
  • Love Letter
  • Bohnanza
  • Star Realms
  • Sushi Go! or Sushi Go! Party

We hope for

  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game Expansion
  • Someone who will play Star Wars: Rebellion with Nathan
  • Tyrants of the Underdark
  • Magic Cards

MN 0140 Hot Games and News from BGGCON 2016

This week we sit down with Matt and Barbara Allen to discuss the industry news which mainly comes out of BGG.Con 2016. We start by talking about Matt’s favorite game of the con, Lorenzo Il Magnifico, then talk Star Wars Destiny, Tiny Epic Quest, and Clank! We visit Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, and Fate of Akalon: Tribes.

Ryan then questions why we would travel to a convention, and we talk a bit more about the why, as if we needed a reason.

We then get back to talking games, starting with The Daedalus Sentence, a cooperative game in a massive box. Ryan brings up Cottage Garden and cats, and we wander from there over to A Feast for Odin. Power Grid the Card Game is explained, and we talk about not playing Great Western Trail. Ryan then moves us to talk about Roll Player, another game we haven’t yet played.

Kingdom Death Monster 1.5 is newly on Kickstarter and getting plenty of press. Some predict it will become the most successful Kickstarter project ever.

Finally, Ryan starts a conversation about culling our collections, the subject of the first few articles in the most recent edition of Counter Magazine, issue 74. You can find the most recent issue (and previous issues) at boardgamegeekstore.com

MN 0139 BGGCON 2016 Outside the Box

Brent has just returned from BGGcon 2016 and sits down with Ryan and Nathan to talk about some of his experiences. What follows is a larger discussion about friendships and different ways to enjoy conventions.

Brent speaks of Haggle with Rikki Tahta, Werewolf with longtime friends, BGGfit, Poker, Puzzle Hunt, and creative use of an elevator.

There is also a couple of interviews with USAOpoly and Victory Point Games along with a short shoutout from Brent’s friend, Nick.

What events happen at your ideal convention? Let us know!

MN 0137 Organized Play

This week Nathan and Brent sit down and talk with Bubba Washington about Organized Play options and how they benefit both the game companies and the game stores. We talk CCGs, including Magic the Gathering, and about the Asmoplay program from Asmodee.

We also discuss Stronghold Games’ release of Terraforming Mars!

MN 0134 Mini Reviews of Vast and Captain Sonar, then House Rules

We first fire off a few mini reviews. The first game discussed is Vast: The Crystal Caverns, then we discuss Nathan’s sadness over missing out on Captain Sonar.

Then we discuss the dirty little secrets of playing with house rules. Is your favorite space on the Monopoly board Free Parking? Do you enforce certain variable rules when you play a game, in the rulebook or not? Two Captains in Firefly? Is this madness? Listen to find out.