Tag Archives: Board Games

Episode 85 – We At Gencon!

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This week, the guys are at Gencon. NPC Chris took some time to chat with friend-PCs Tony and Matt about what they were excited about! Next week, we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled program! (36min)

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Episode 81 – Legen-Dary.

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In this episode, NPCs Aaron and Chris chatted with Devin Low, designer of Marvel Legendary! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Devin Low’s BGG Page

Marvel Legendary: Villains

Mouse Guard: Swords and Strongholds

Tianxia

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Episode 74 – Making Something

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In this episode, the guys chat with Friend-PC Matt about making games! (61min)

Things you may be interested in:

NPC CAST T-SHIRTS!!!

Star Wars X-Wing.

Reading Rainbow on Kickstarter.

7th Edition Warhammer 40k.

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Episode 73 – Rules Lawyers.

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In this episode, the guys chat about games copying games! (69min)

Things you may be interested in:

THE GAUNTLET – A charity tournament we hosted on May 18th! Livestream was recorded HERE.

Wizards of the Coast’s Announcement.

Hex Entertainment’s Response.

The Full WotC Complaint.

A great article on Quiet Speculation breaking down the whole thing.

Article about Mino vs. Tetris.

Baseball – We’re told it’s technically a game.

Sabertron – Like laser tag, but with swords!

All the information you could possibly want about D&D 5E on Enworld.

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Episode 72 – Cartoons!

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In this episode, the guys make games based on Cartoons! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

THE GAUNTLET – A charity tournament on May 18th!

Privateer Press Pins.

The Queen’s Cavaliers – An inclusive  “clockpunk” RPG!

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Tabletop Deathmatch: Pack the Pack

Interview w/ Meg McGinley:

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NPC Aaron and Myself both had the chance to judge THE TABLETOP DEATHMATCH, a game competition put together by the fine folks at Cards Against Humanity! As the episodes air I’ll try to chat with the contestants and get their perspectives, as well as see how their games have progressed!

Next up is Meg McGinley, who designed a game called Pack the Pack. We chat about the switch from cards to dominoes, how tight the podcasting community is, and what she would change about the Deathmatch itself.

David Bednar – The illustrator for Pack the Pack.

Meg’s Twitter.

Games by Play Date – Meg’s gaming company.

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Episode 68 – Ameritreasure.

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In this episode, we talk about “Ameritrash” games! (60min)

Friends of the show: DND Academy

Games we mention:

Eldritch Horror

Arkham Horror

Zombicide

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

A Touch of Evil

Last Night on Earth

Battlestar Galactica

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Castle Ravenloft

Rivet Wars

Civilization

Forbidden Desert

What we’re excited about:

Worlds In Peril – A supers game using the Apocalypse World engine!

Nyx-Fleece Ram – A card from the new MtG Set!

Dark Dungeons – A movie bringing Jack Chick’s 1984 masterpiece to the silver screen.

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Tabletop Deathmatch: Outer Earth

Interview w/ Paul Tseng:

NPC Aaron and Myself both had the chance to judge THE TABLETOP DEATHMATCH, a game competition put together by the fine folks at Cards Against Humanity! As the episodes air I’ll try to chat with the contestants and get their perspectives, as well as see how their games have progressed!

First up is Paul Tseng, who designed a game called Outer Earth. We chat about how well the contestants are getting along, how he felt about receiving critiques, and how studying graphic design has helped him in his game design.

Daniel Orellana – The artist behind the stunning visuals for Outer Earth.

Paul’s Twitter.

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Episode 65 – The F Word.

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In this episode, the guys chat about what makes a game FUN! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

Gaming For Fun – An awesome 2 part article by friend of the show The Angry DM!

MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research – Yeah, what it says.

Concept – A great party game!

Battle Systems – Sweet terrain for Sci-Fi games!

Posthuman Pathways – A new storygame by SPARK designer Jason Pitre!

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Episode 63 – Worker Placement.

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In this episode, the guys answer a listener email and chat about Worker Placement board games! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Legendary: Paint the Town Red – An expansion for the co-op deckduilder Legendary!

Marvel Dice Masters – A Collectible Dice game!

Splendor – A card game about making jewelry!

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Episode 61 – Deck of Cards.

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In this episode, the guys tackle the challenge of designing a game with a deck of cards! We also answer a listener email about keeping the group engaged! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

AMP: Year One – An RPG about the first year Superpowers come into existence!

Cryptozoic announces a Portal Board Game

Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska – A new Duel Deck for Magic the Gathering!

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Episode 55 – Trad Games.

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In this episode, we chat about traditional games! SUPER traditional! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone– An epic Norse fantasy setting for FATE Core!

Hero Forge Customizable 3-D Miniatures– Entirely customizable figures on-demand!

The Magic the Gathering movie announcement

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Episode 53: Promises Promises.

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In this episode, we give you our new year’s (gaming) resolutions! (45min)

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Episode 52: The 2013k Casties.

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In this episode, the guys present the First Annual Casties! (74min)

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Episode 50! – Bullet Swap.

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In this episode, the guys design bullet point games for each other! (61min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Indie Press Revolution: An awesome resource for Indie RPGs!

Dread: A horror RPG that uses a Jenga Tower for conflict resolution!

Hamlet’s Hit Points: A book about RPG Storytelling by Robin D. Laws!

Steam Park: A steampunk theme park dice game!

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Episode 47: Family, the Gathering.

NPC Cast Episode 47: Family, the Gathering.

In this episode, the guys talk about playing games at Family gatherings! (59min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

King of Tokyo: A board game by Richard Garfield!

Castle Panic: A co-op board game!

Love Letter: A fast and light card game for 2-4 players!

Hearthstone: A digital CCG from Blizzard!

FATE System Toolkit: An expansion for the popular RPG FATE Core.

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Episode 43: Horrorshow.

NPC Cast Episode 43: Horrorshow.

In this episode, the guys do a “spooky” horror themed version of Bullet Points! (67min)

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Some things we discuss on this episode:

Extra-Life.org: The guys are playing 25 hours straight for charity!

Project Ninja Panda Taco: A sweet storytelling RPG from Jennisodes Creator, Jennifer Steen!

Numenera: An Exploration RPG by famed designer, Monte Cook!

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Episode 40- Expansion.

NPC Cast Episode 40: Expansion.

In this episode, the guys chat about expansions for tabletop games! (60min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Hyperbolegames.com– A blog by game designer Grant Rodiek.

Daniel Solis’ blog– A blog, for prolific game designer Daniel Solis.

Mind’s Eye Theater- A Vampire LARP!

Shadowrun RPG– You know what this is.

Bones 2– A whole ton of minis!

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Episode 39: The Cold Opening of Space.

NPC Cast Episode 39: The Cold Opening of Space.

In this episode, the guys chat about playtesting their game designs! (67min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Steam Con: A steampunk convention!

Golem Arcana: A combination digital/tabletop minis game!

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Episode 35: Playing Catch-Up

NPC Cast Episode 35: Playing Catch-Up.

In this episode the guys chat about good old catch-up mechanics in board games! (55min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Angry DM– Friend of the show, and Angry Dungeon Master.

Boom or Doom! – A documentary about kickstarting a board game!

Call of Catthulu – An RPG by Joel Sparks…play as cats!

Kindred of the East – An RPG by White Wolf.

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Episode 34: Game N Shake.

NPC Cast Episode 34: Game N Shake.

In this episode NPC Chris and NPC Aaron break down their Gencon trip, including how they got wrapped up in the judging for an awesome board game competition! (56min)

Some Tons of things we discuss on this episode:

Gencon– The largest games convention in North America!

Tabletop Deathmatch– A Tabletop Game design contest by the folks over at Cards Against Humanity.

MERCS– A skirmish miniatures game about corporations vying for power!

Krosmaster Arena– A tactics-style mines/board game!

Angry DM– Friend of the show, and Angry Dungeon Master.

Old School Hack – A Free RPG from Kirin Robinson

2 GMs 1 Mic– A roleplaying podcast we highly recommend!

The Writer Next Door– A blog by industry editor John Adamus

Watch It Played– A youtube channel that teaches you how to play awesome board games!

Secret Cabal– A bi-weekly podcast about tabetop games.

Spark RPG– An RPG set in the FATE system by Jason Pitre.

Our Last Best Hope – A great DM-less indy RPG by Mark Diaz Truman.

Legacy: Gears of Time– A time-travelling board game by Ben Harkins.

Dark Age– A d20 based skirmish minis game.

Dropzone Commander – A 10mm sci-fi minis game of mass combat.

Brushfire– A miniatures game featuring historical parody, where animals have surpassed humans.

Dwarven Miner– A fantasy set-collecting game by Mike Richie.

Loading Ready Run– A comedy troupe, and producers of videos for the internet.

Dammit Liz– Event planner, and producer to the (geek) stars.

Hillfolk– An RPG by esteemed designer Robin Laws.

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Episode 32: Vidya Games.

NPC Cast Episode 32: Vidya Games.

In this Bullet Points episode the NPCs take on the challenge of designing board games based on old-school video games! (66min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Weird Wars Rome– A Kickstarter for an awesome new Savage Worlds setting!

The Secret History of Dominion– A design diary by Dominion creator, Donald X. Vaccarino.

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Episode 27: Save Point.

NPC Cast Episode 27: Save Point.

In this episode the guys chat about a couple of mini-topics, including what the second half of the year holds for the NPC Cast! (37min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Mage Knight: A game by esteemed game designer Vlaada Chvatil.

Marvel Legendary:  A deck-building game featuring Marvel Heroes and Villains.

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Episode 25: 3 Men and a Shinto.

NPC Cast Episode 25: 3 Men and a Shinto.

In this episode, the guys design three bullet-point games based around one of the legends of the silver screen! (57min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Red Dragon Inn: A game about drinking that isn’t necessarily a drinking game.

Wordsmith:  A fast-paced word game by Alistair Wong.

Maggibot: A game blog by our good friend Marguerite!

Nicolas Cage’s IMDB: Yeah. That.

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Episode 24: DXV is the Homie.

NPC Cast Episode 24: DXV is the Homie.

In this episode the guys chat about deckbuilding games, and tell you what it is they like (and don’t like) about them! (52min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Dominion: The OG deckbuilder, by Donald X. Vaccarino.

Ascension: A deckbuilding game co-designed by a number of professional Magic the Gathering Players!

Core Worlds: A sci-fi deckbuilder by Andrew Parks

Legendary: A deckbuilding game set in the Marvel Universe.

Resident Evil Deckbuilding Game: Pretty much what it says.

Miskatonic School for Girls: A deckbuilder by Luke Peterschmidt

High Command: The upcoming Privateer Press deckbuilding game!

Fate Core on Drive-Thru RPG: The largest source of online RPG PDF distrubution, now with many pay-what-you-want options!

Free RPG Day: A day, for Free RPG’s.

Rory’s Story Cubes: A dice-based storytelling game, suitable for youngsters!

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Episode 20: This, That, and the Other.

NPC Cast Episode 20: This, That, and the Other.

In this episode, the guys cover three mini-topics: Negativity in game culture, what makes a good FLGS, and how to teach a game! Also: Del returns, Chris bleeps, and Aaron goes inverted! (60min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

An Open Letter from the Angry DM: Pretty much what it says.

Carpe GM Podcast: A fellow podcast, check them out!

Modern Masters: A link to an article about the upcoming MtG set…Modern Masters.

Inverse World Kickstarter: A setting for both Dungeon World and FATE.

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So You Want To Get Into: Board Games!

NPC Cast Episode 18: So You Want To Get Into: Board Games!

In this episode, the guys help explain how YOU can get started with board games! Also: Aaron loves trains, Del offers up some nerve tonic, and Chris offers up little resistance. (45min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Tabletop: A youtube show about tabletop games hosted by Wil Wheton.

Watch It Played: A youtube show about tabletop games hosted by Rodney Smith.

Boardgame Geek: The biggest board game resource on the web!

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Episode 17: Shelf Life.

NPC Cast Episode 17: Shelf Life.

In this episode the guys chat about house rules! Also: Aaron gets immortalized, Chris gets wild like a hurricane, and Del starts getting real. (50min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Boardgame Geek: The biggest board game resource on the web!

Experience Music Project: A museum owned by rich person Paul Allen.

Andy Hopp: Artist and Designer of the game Low Life.

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Episode 16: Hugging Adele.

NPC Cast Episode 16: Hugging Adele.

In this episode the guys talk about Playgroup Dynamics! They also answer a listener email about running a mystery game! It’s NPC Aaron’s birthday!(62min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

The Gumshoe System on RPG Geek – An RPG system specifically designed to deal with sleuthing.

Geek Social Fallacies – An interesting list of traits that certain game enthusiasts exhibit.

Robin’s Laws of Good Gamemastering – Recommended reading!!!

Rocket Dice – The Kickstarter is over, but the fun is just beginning.

Urbania on Board Game Geek – A board game designed by Simone Luciani

Torchbearer – A dungeon delving RPG with resource management. By the makers of Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard.

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Episode 14: Candyland – Bullet Points!

NPC Cast Episode 14: Candyland – Bullet Points!

In this episode, we take a crack at redesigning Candyland via the best thing ever, BULLET POINTS! Also: Chris likes to think, Aaron thinks kids should read, and Del introduces a new character for the kids! (57min)

Some things we discuss on this podcast:

Candyland WIKI – Pretty much what you assume it is.

Watch It Played – A youtube channel about board games!

SPARK RPG – An awesome-looking RPG by Jason Pitre!

Jennisodes Podcast – A podcast that focuses mainly on interviews.

Castle Ravenloft – An Origins-Award-Winning board game by Wizards of the Coast.

Space Cadets– A co-op board game…in space!

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Episode 13: Jerry Hawthorne!

NPC Cast Episode 13: Jerry Hawthorne!

In this episode, we get the chance to interview Mice and Mystics designer Jerry Hawthorne about how he got started in the industry, Plaid Hat Games, and gives us the scoop as to what is on the horizon for our herodents! (Do you see what we did there?!) Woo! (65min)

Some things we discuss on this podcast:

Watch It Played – A youtube channel about board games!

Bioshock Infinite – The boardgame by Isaac Vega and Plaid Hat Games!

InkedPlaymats.com – A company that makes custom playmats for TCG’s and other games!

Delvers’ Podcast – An actual play podcast that is awesome, check it out!

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Episode 12: (chain)Mailbag.

NPC Cast Episode 12: (chain)Mailbag.

On this episode, the guys answer some viewer emails! Del says you’re fired, and Chris and Aaron give what can only be described as patently terrible dating advice. The guys also share their favorite Podcats, plus so much more! (47min)

Some links which may be useful while this episode seeps into your ears and nests:

Shade’s LARP List – A place to find LARPs in your area.

Nearby Gamers – A place to find games of all types in your area.

One World By Night – A listing of WoD LARPs.

Mind’s Eye Society – Yet another listing for WoD LARPs!

Bits and Mortar – The pro-brick-and-mortar ebook initiative.

Podcasts we mention:

This American Life

The Giant Bombcast

Real Time with Bill Maher

Convert to Raid

2 GMs, 1 Mic

Flip the Table

Role-Playing Public Radio

Jank Cast

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff

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NPC CAST EPISODE 10!


EPISODE 10: Where it all started.

Yay, ten! On a bit of a more personal episode, the guys talk about some of their most memorable experiences in role-playing games! Chris also gets excited about the new Kobolds Ate My Baby, Aaron talks meeces and Jerry Hawthorne’s game “Mice & Mystics,” and Del gets a-brewing for his new MtG Standard deck! (48min)

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NPC CAST EPISODE 9!

NPC Cast Episode 9: Theme Things (MP3)

In this week’s episode the NPC’s talk about themes in games, including their most favorite and least favorite! Also: Del learns to love, Chris gets preachy, and Aaron gets savage! The guys also speak a bit about International Tabletop Day, and how they plan to celebrate! (46min)

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NPC CAST EPISODE 8!

NPC Cast Episode 8: Alas Wallis (MP3)

On today’s special episode of NPC Cast, we have the chance to talk to Award-Winning game designer James Wallis about a whole slew of things, including his new role-playing game ALAS VEGAS,  currently being funded on Kickstarter! We are also excited about a couple of other Kickstarter projects: Story War and Machine of Death, and James explains why Del and Aaron are moving to Norway! (77min)

If you can’t get enough of your Wallis fix, check out some of the other places he has been featured this week:

Jennisodes Podcast

G*M*S Podcast

Little Metal Dog Show

RPG Geek

Ogre Cave

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NPC CAST EPISODE 7!

NPC Cast Episode 7: Monopoly! (MP3)

Its a big one! In this week’s super sized episode the NPC’s take on the task of re-designing Monopoly! Aaron also needs bigger bullet points, Chris recovers from fugue, and Del goes dogcatcher! (72min)

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NPC CAST EPISODE 6!

NPC Cast Episode 6: Bullet Points (MP3)

In this week’s episode the guys chat about cooperative tabletop games! Also: Del enables Chris, and Aaron definitely doesn’t get a sweet new nickname that we will call him for the rest of his life! (58min)

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NPC CAST EPISODE 4!

NPC Cast Episode 4: I’m No Excited (MP3)

Welcome to NPC CAMP; Some technical difficulties can’t keep us down! In this episode we talk about what Tabletop Games can take from Video Games, Chris is on the hunt, Del evokes the 2d, and Aaron misses dragons! (34min)

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NPC CAST EPISODE 3!

NPC Cast Episode 3: Power Creep & Character Sheeps (MP3)

“Those boards don’t work on water; you need more powwwwwaaaa!” This week the guys talk about the concept of “power creep” in game design, across a wide variety of game types. Chris also snap keeps hands with Savannah Lions, Del hangs up the magical dark wizard costume, and Aaron talks about a game bringing dungeon crawling back! (49min)

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NPC CAST EPISODE 2!

NPC Cast Episode 2: The digital future, maybe. (MP3)

In this episode, the guys answer a question from Twitter and talk about digital things and stuffs that you can use alongside your tabletop games. Chris also reveals his next GM gig, Aaron likes rolling imaginary dice, and Del predicts a future scandal in Major League Baseball through an adventure hook for Shadowrun! Yes, really! (55min)

Some links we discuss in this episode:

Roll20

D&D Insider

Vassal

Solforge

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