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Episode 16: Board Game Meetups

In this episode of Cards and Cubes we discuss board game meetups. How do you find people to play with? How do meetups happen? We will also talk about our top three two-player games.

0:00 – Intro

First Impressions
1:29 – The King’s Dilemma

Games Played
5:20 – Matt: Nusfjord
9:30 – Brandon: Everdell
13:09 – Hristo: In the Hall of the Mountain King
15:28 – Justine: Pipeline
16:45 – Brandon: Caylus 1303
20:37 – Hristo: Tudor
24:02 – Justine: Lords Of Hellas, Mare Nostrum, “Dudes On A Map”

Games Looking Forward To
28:01 – Justine: On Mars, Viscounts of the West Kingdom
30:16 – Matt: Teotihuacan: Shadow of Xitle
32:34 – Brandon: Alma Mater, Renature, Inner Compass
34:35 – Hristo: SaltCON Games: Merlin, Lift Off, On Mars, The Phoenix Syndicate, Inuit: The Snow Folk, Rallyman GT; Others: Stronghold (2nd edition), Deep State: New World Order

Gaming Meetups
39:29 – Intro
40:28 – History of Meetup.
43:50 – Playing with strangers.
45:53 – How do you choose games with a large Meetup group?
48:51 – Matching people with people and with games.
50:25 – AP and time in games.
52:05 – Board Game Etiquette and Common Sense.
54:56 – Punctuality.
58:47 – What’s in your bag? Choice of games.
1:01:06 – Rules
1:04:50 – Support the Meetup host, fees, respect closing time.

Top 3 Two-player Games Only (SPOILERS!)
1:09:19 – How we made our lists.

1:12:53 – Brandon’s Number 3: Codenames: Duet
1:14:23 – Hristo’s Number 3: Exceed Fighting System
1:16:27 – Justine’s Number 3: Raptor
1:18:11 – Matt’s Number 3: Battle Line

1:21:04 – Brandon’s Number 2: InBetween
1:22:55 – Hristo’s Number 2: passtally, SHŌBU, but really… abstracts.
1:27:00 – Justine’s Number 2: Le Havre: The Inland Port
1:29:04 – Matt’s Number 2: Fields of Arle

1:31:29 – Brandon’s Number 1: Patchwork
1:35:27 – Hristo’s Number 1: 7 Wonders Duel
1:37:40 – Justine’s Number 1: Twilight Struggle
1:40:10 – Matt’s Number 1: Entropy

Honorable Mentions
1:42:13 – The Fox in the Forest, Wings of Glory, Santorini, Undaunted: Normandy, The Blood of an Englishman, Race for the Galaxy, Neuroshima Hex! 3.0, YINSH, LYNGK, Caper, Famiglia, GIPF Project

1:46:11 – Outro

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