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Episode 31: Android: Netrunner, Gateway Games, and Pacing in RPG’s

In episode 31, we delve into the cyberpunk world of Android: Netrunner to bring you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony digs up news about upcoming releases that are topping peoples Christmas lists. We follow the news up with a discussion on Gateway games to break your friends and family in during holiday vacations. We wrap up the episode sharing how good and bad pacing makes or breaks a tabletop session.

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In episode 31, we delve into the cyberpunk world of Android: Netrunner to bring you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony digs up news about upcoming releases that are topping peoples Christmas lists. We follow the news up with a discussion on Gateway games to break your friends and family in during holiday vacations. We wrap up the episode sharing how good and bad pacing makes or breaks a tabletop session.

Opening Banter Topics:

  • Jamie raves about Dutch Blitz games he played over the Thanksgiving holiday with his family. Chris very obviously cheated.
  • Tony asks the listeners to help him pick expansion modules to use in Alhambra.
  • Chris apologizes for pronouncing Noel's name wrong last episode. Jamie just blames Chris.
  • Cadwallon didn't impress Chris, Jamie on the other hand loved the game. He was probably colored by getting revenge and destroying Chris after getting soundly beaten in Dutch Blitz.
  • The founders share their experiences playing through the first story of Mice and Mystics.
  • Chris and Brian share their experiences playing games remotely via Skype with Rodney Smith from Watch It Played.

Android: Netrunner Walkthrough And Review

Android: Netrunner is an asymmetrical Living Card Game for two players. Set in the cyberpunk future of Android and Infiltration, the game pits a megacorporation and its massive resources against the subversive talents of lone runners. Corporations seek to score agendas by advancing them. Doing so takes time and credits. In turn, runners need to spend their time and credits acquiring a sufficient wealth of resources, purchasing the necessary hardware, and developing suitably powerful ice-breaker programs to hack past corporate security measures. Even if a runner gets through a data fort's defenses, there's no telling what it holds. Sometimes, the runner finds something of value. Sometimes, the best he can do is work to trash whatever the corporation was developing.Get a glimpse of Android: Netrunner on Watch It Played - Quick Shot!  

 

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A Look Back at Cargo Noir

Cargo Noir was a gateway euro that came to our attention a year ago, picked up by Chris. The game has a heavy auction aspect to it which wore Jamie out very quickly. In particular, Jamie hates how if someone gets outbid they simply spent an action doing nothing. Even saying that, Jamie's family love the game. Brian has fond memories of it but it doesn't end up being a pick of his because of how light it is. Tony feels similarly, there's just not enough time to get every game to the table. Overall it's not one that has gotten to the table very often.

Gaming News with Tony Topper

Product Releases

 

  • Games Workshop has a slew of holiday releases! Great stuff including new Vampire Count Army, Empire Army, Necrons, and more!
  • Cadwallon: City of Thieves is now available for iOS. Apparently it sucks as it has no AI, it's only usable for Pass and Play.


Games Workshop has a slew of holiday releases! Great stuff including new Vampire Count Army, Empire Army, Necrons, and more!

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  Upcoming Products

 

Legends of Andor, from Fantasy Flight, is a cooperative adventure board game for two to four players in which a band of heroes must work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes.
Catan is back with a new variant, Frenemies by Benjamin Teuber. Players participate in an altruistic era in Catan and try to lend a helping hand to their lagging neighbors.
So, uh, just the game we've been waiting for! Fifty Shades of Grey Party Game! Jamie's looking forward to tying up his friend's wives and beating on them. Okay not really. It's basically Apples to Apples for pervs. Currently on pre-order with an expected release just in time to use it as a stocking stuffer!
Passport Game Studios have signed the exclusive US rights deal for Tokaido. Looks interesting, a very zen-like journey where the goal is to have the most interesting experience.
Millennium Falcon powers for Star Wars X-Wing have been revealed!
Asmodee announces a second edition of A Few Acres of Snow! This is a tweaking of the ruleset to ensure that there are a variety of viable, competitive strategies.
Wonder Pack expansion for 7 Wonders! Includes The Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Abu Simbel where leaders can be mummified and buried for bonus points, and Manneken Pis, which is a revised version of a promotional item released at Spiel in 2010.
Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients expansion is due out mid December! Four new species, new technologies, developments, new tiles, alliances, new discoveries, and 7-9 player rules!
Games Workshop announces another big IP game, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game. This limited edition production looks beautiful but is rather pricey with a $125 price tag.

Gateway Games

Everyone has those non-gamer friends and family they'd just love to bait into playing board games. Unfortunately, there's a lot to overcome when dealing with players that are simply unfamiliar with basic gaming mechanics and/or turned off by sci-fi, economic building, fantasy, or other "weird" themes. In preparation for the upcoming holidays the Founders look at what hooks players and what doesn't, what mechanics might be too much for the new gamer, and how to relate the current gaming hotness to other forms of gaming that people may have played in the past. The Founders then share their favorite gateway game that they recommend to get newbies into the hobby.

Pacing in RPG's

Everyone who's participated in a tabletop game, whether it's from the GM side of the fence of the players, knows that a poorly paced game can ruin the experience. Combats drag out, the story becomes boring as the players struggle to find something, anything of interest going on in the plot, the mood of the entire gaming session just goes downhill. Add to it the hectic gaming schedules of gamers with careers or family obligations that don't allow them to game regularly. Ending and subsequently starting game sessions while keeping the emotions high and the story fresh in memory can be very difficult, and this drastically impacts the pacing of the game. Throughout the discussion the Founders tackle these gaming conundrums.

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