Episode 70: A Study in Emerald, Battlestar Galatica, The Evolution of the Founders and Battling GM Burnout

GenCon is almost here but and we can't wait but we still have lots of gaming talk to do while we wait. Today the founders review the Martin Wallace game, A Study in Emerald. They the gang looks back at an old favorite, Battlestar Galactica. And then Tony T finally joins the cast and gives us the best in gaming news. The show is rounded off with a discussion about how the founders have evolved their gaming and how they would like to continue to change in the future and how they battle...

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Games Played

  • A Study in Emerald Walkthrough: 00:56
  • A Study in Emerald Review: 01:05
  • Lookback at Battlestar Galatica: 1:28
  • Gaming News with Tony T: 1:34
  • The Evolution of the Founders: 2:16
  • Battling GM Burnout: 2:47


  • Announcements

    • Gen Con Schedule

      • Bonus episode coming next week!

      • Dice Tower Booth, Friday 11pm-Noon, Saturday Noon-1pm

        • Pints, Dice, Totes, Ribbons

      • Gen Con Meetup, Sat Aug 16th, 9pm Omni Hotel Bar

        • Isaac Forge War, Jamey Euphoria, Keith Collins, Stephen

      • The Game Reviewers Live Board Cast

        • Hosted by Spooning Meeples with Rodney, Rahdo, Lance the Undead Viking, Joel Eddy from Drive Through.

        • Playing Aye Dark Overlord and a Q&A

  • Games

    • Praetor

    • Heroes of Normandie

    • Court of Medici

    • Kings Command

    • One Night Werewolf

    • Fire at will

    • Rampage

    • Numenara

A Study in Emerald

A Study in Emerald is a game for two to five players based on the award-winning short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman. In this stylistic mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft, the worst has already happened and the world is now ruled by the Old Ones. However, a secret war is being fought to free mankind from their servitude. The game A Study in Emerald fleshes out this core idea by including historical figures from the late nineteenth century, most being persons involved in the anarchist movement of the time.Deck-building forms the core of the game. You use influence cubes to bid for the right to draft cards and take control of cities. Each player has a secret identity, either a Restorationist fighting against the creatures or a Loyalist attempting to defend the status quo. Which side you are on determines what you score points for. An additional twist is that the performance of other players on the same side as you can stop you from winning if they are doing particularly badly, so you really want to know who is on which side. More specifically, when the game ends – and this can result from multiple causes, such as a marker on the War or Revolution track hitting 15 or the assassination of a Restorationist player agent – then the sides compare their scores; which side has the lowest score automatically loses, then the player with the highest score on the remaining team wins the game.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival. Based on the epic and widely-acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly side with the Cylons. Players must attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart. After the Cylon attack on the Colonies, the battered remnants of the human race are on the run, constantly searching for the next signpost on the road to Earth. They face the threat of Cylon attack from without, and treachery and crisis from within. Humanity must work together if they are to have any hope of survival…but how can they, when any of them may, in fact, be a Cylon agent?


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