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Episode 52: Spyrium Review and Designing a Badass Villain in a Roleplaying Game

In episode 52, the gang is light as Brian and Steve couldn't make it, but Tony makes up for it by waking up and talking. First they give you a walkthrough and review of William Attia's new design, Spyrium.  Then Tony digs through the RSS feeds for all the best news items about gaming. Then the guys round off the show with a good old fashioned round table about designing a badass villain for your roleplaying game. 



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In episode 52, the gang is light as Brian and Steve couldn't make it, but Tony makes up for it by waking up and talking. First they give you a walkthrough and review of William Attia's new design, Spyrium.  Then Tony digs through the RSS feeds for all the best news items about gaming. Then the guys round off the show with a good old fashioned round table about designing a badass villain for your roleplaying game. 

Episode Timeline

  • Spyrium Walkthrough: 00:43 
  • Spyrium Review: 00:56 
  • Look Back at Glory to Rome: 01:17 
  • Gaming News with Tony Topper: 01:21 
  • Designing a Badass Villain: 02:06 

Opening Banter

  • The Pirate Joke
  • Bruges
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Dwarven Miner
  • Merchants and Marauders
  • 1775 Rebellion
  • Suburbia
  • Crokinole
  • Space Cadets Dice Duel
  • Spartacus
  • Our own 50 games
  • Chris bought Twilight Struggle
  • Pandemic on Ipad
  • Dominant Species on Ipad
  • The Pathfinder Card Game Winner
  • The new contest, Spyrium!

Spyrium Review 

Spyrium is set in a ld factories, needing workers to manage the production of a commodity previously unknown to us called "Spyrium". Producing Spyrium in one factory, then processing it in the next results in victory points (VPs) for that particular player. Alternatively, Spyrium can be purchased, but the material is rare and expensive, and players are constantly scraping for money. 

Lookback at Glory to Rome 

Glory to Rome is a card-based city building and resource management game with a novel mechanism. Each card may act as a building, a patron, a raw material, or a valuable resource, frequently forcing players into difficult decisions regarding how each card should be used. In addition, much of the game is played from the discard pool, giving players some control over what cards are accessible to opponents.   

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Game Salute:
Gladiators
Gladiators is a board game about battling savage beasts and vicious warriors in the Roman Coliseum. Each player takes the role of one warrior and fights to earn as much glory as possible. The game has a skirmish mode for quick and easy games, and multi-round options for players interested in deeper, long-reaching strategy. Gladiators is a board game about battling savage beasts and vicious warriors in the Roman Coliseum. Each player takes the role of one warrior and fights to earn as much glory as possible. The game has a skirmish mode for quick and easy games, and multi-round options for players interested in deeper, long-reaching strategy.

 

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