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Episode 14: Space Games

In this episode of Cards And Cubes we talk about our top three games that take place in space. Before that, however, we discuss rulebooks. What makes them good? Bad? Easy to follow?

0:00 – Intro

1:06 – Sleep, Board Gaming, and Pillows.

Games Played
3:41 – Hristo: Terramara
10:53 – Justine: Welcome to Dino World
13:20 – Matt: Arkwright and Brass: Birmingham
16:31 – Brandon: Nokosu Dice
20:52 – Hristo: The Expanse Board Game
23:20 – Justine: Heaven & Ale w/ Kegs & More
29:34 – Matt: Maracaibo and Great Western Trail
35:09 – Hristo: Trambahn
37:28 – Brandon: Bus

Games Looking Forward To
46:06 – Brandon: Fort, Sonora, Golem
52:34 – Hristo: Xia: Legends of a Drift System or Merchants & Marauders, Pacific Rails Inc., 2 Player Games, Lifeform
57:59 – Justine: The Isle of Cats, Brass: Birmingham, Calico
1:02:40 – Matt: The Castles of Tuscany

Topic: Rulebooks
1:04:19 – Intro
1:06:43 – What do we look for in a rulebook, what makes a good rulebook?
1:09:49 – Humor in rulebooks.
1:12:40 – Illustrations in rulebooks.
1:14:50 – Too much “theme” in rulebooks.
1:16:07 – Blind Playtesting.
1:17:08 – Obscure rules.
1:21:10 – “Simple” rules.
1:22:15 – Dummy turns.
1:23:11 – Too concise rulebooks, icons, card references.
1:26:14 – Too verbose rulebooks.
1:28:44 – Rulebooks Not Organized Well.
1:30:46 – Forced theme in the rulebook, game terminology.
1:32:40 – Balance in rulebooks.
1:34:51 – History in rulebooks.

Top 3 Space Themed Games (SPOILERS!)
1:38:20 – How we made our lists.

1:41:09 – Justine’s Number 3: Eclipse
1:45:01 – Matt’s Number 3: Mission: Red Planet
1:45:55 – Brandon’s Number 3: Reworld
1:47:33 – Hristo’s Number 3: Race for the Galaxy

1:48:40 – Justine’s Number 2: Pulsar 2849 (crossover with Hristo’s 1st Place)
1:48:44 – Matt’s Number 2: Black Angel
1:50:21 – Brandon’s Number 2: Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space
1:52:50 – Hristo’s Number 2: Gaia Project (crossover with Justine’s 1st Place)

1:53:05 – Justine’s Number 1: Gaia Project
1:55:59 – Matt’s Number 1: Pulsar 2849 (crossover with Hristo’s 1st Place)
1:57:30 – Hristo’s Number 1: Pulsar 2849
2:01:22 – Brandon’s Number 1: Merchant Of Venus

Honorable Mentions
2:03:46 – Eminent Domain, Sol: Last Days of a Star, Cosmic Encounter, Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant, Junk Orbit, Terraforming Mars, Flip Ships, Clank! In! Space!, Lazer Ryderz

2:08:17 – Outro

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