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Welcome to the home of the How to Play Podcast; A Podcast about learning and teaching games. We all know that the best way to learn a game is to have it taught to you by someone who knows the game well. That is what The How to Play Podcast is all about. Its like you are hearing an explanation of how to play a game from your wittiest, best looking and most charming friend. You don’t have a friend like that? Thank goodness, that guy would set the bar for me far too high, and in that case I’m sure that you will think these game explanations are fantastic. How to Play is a tool for learning, and learning to teach, games. Each explanation is carefully handcrafted for your listening pleasure. As an added bonus you might get a bit of strategy, some musings on various board game topics and assorted special lettered episodes all for the low, low price of free. Check it out.

Welcome to the home of the How to Play Podcast; A Podcast about learning and teaching games. We all know that the best way to learn a game is to have it taught to you by someone who knows the game well. That is what The How to Play Podcast is all about. Its like you are hearing an explanation of how to play a game from your wittiest, best looking and most charming friend. You don’t have a friend like that? Thank goodness, that guy would set the bar for me far too high, and in that case I’m sure that you will think these game explanations are fantastic. How to Play is a tool for learning, and learning to teach, games. Each explanation is carefully handcrafted for your listening pleasure. As an added bonus you might get a bit of strategy, some musings on various board game topics and assorted special lettered episodes all for the low, low price of free. Check it out.
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Welcome to the home of the How to Play Podcast; A Podcast about learning and teaching games. We all know that the best way to learn a game is to have it taught to you by someone who knows the game well. That is what The How to Play Podcast is all about. Its like you are hearing an explanation of how to play a game from your wittiest, best looking and most charming friend. You don’t have a friend like that? Thank goodness, that guy would set the bar for me far too high, and in that case I’m sure that you will think these game explanations are fantastic. How to Play is a tool for learning, and learning to teach, games. Each explanation is carefully handcrafted for your listening pleasure. As an added bonus you might get a bit of strategy, some musings on various board game topics and assorted special lettered episodes all for the low, low price of free. Check it out.

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Episodes

Episode 46 – Trade on the Tigris

8/15/2018
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Trade on the Tigris Teaching Guide Trade on the Tigris Teaching Guide B&W Released: August 15th, 2018 In this episode I teach you to play the game I co-designed with Geoff Engelstein on the Ludology Podcast, Trade on the Tigris. This game started its life called “Trading in the Mediterranean,” and six [...]

Duration:00:49:55

Episode 45 – Merchants and Marauders

2/18/2014
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Released: February 18th, 2014 In this episode you get to listen in on Ryan’s explanation of Merchant and Marauders, whose tutorial was won as an item for the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. Though not truly an official episode, hopefully it might sate some of your longing for new HTP episodes. [...]

Duration:01:02:34

Episode 44 – Clash of Cultures

6/29/2013
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Clash of Cultures Teaching Guide Clash of Cultures Teaching Guide BW Released: June 29th, 2013 Show Notes: I present to you Clash of Cultures. Which is a wonderful civilization game. This epic meaty strategy game could not be denied an episode of How to Play. It is [...]

Duration:01:41:43

Episode L – Ryan’s Reviews

3/18/2013
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In this episode I pull together several of my dice tower reviews for your listening pleasure while I am taking a bit of a break from producing How to Play. Reviews included are; Glory to Rome: Black Box Edition 1989 High Frontier Urban Sprawl Runewars The Settlers of Catan: Traders and Barbarians Enjoy!

Duration:00:34:38

Episode 43 – Merchant of Venus

1/1/2013
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Merchant of Venus Teaching Guide Merchant of Venus Teaching Guide BW Released: January 1st, 2013 Game Description: Merchant of Venus. A wonderful blending of the excitement of an exploration game with the strategy of an economic game. It is a fabulous adventure through space. With the recent [...]

Duration:01:16:28

Episode 42 – Ora et Labora

11/17/2012
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Ora & Labora Teaching Guide Ora & Labora Teaching Guide BW Released: November 17th, 2012 Show Notes: Its time to cover Uwe Rosenberg’s third great resource management game, Ora et Labora. This game enhances his previously developed ideas by adding a geographical element to the game. If you like his [...]

Duration:00:46:52

Episode 41 – Mage Knight

10/27/2012
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Mage Knight Teaching Guide Mage Knight Teaching Guide B&W Released: October 27th, 2012 Show Notes: So you say you want a great solo game experience to get your geek on when nobody’s around? Mage Knight is your game. Its a wonderful thematic fantasy adventure game with a strong puzzle element which makes [...]

Duration:01:22:09

Episode 40 – Goa

9/30/2012
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Goa Teaching Guide Goa Teaching Guide BW Released: September 30th, 2012 Show Notes: Today I cover one of the greats of the “eurogame” genre. This game has a wonderful auction system and delicious decisions. Even better it has just been rereleased in an even improved version of an excellent game just [...]

Duration:01:00:18

Episode 39 – Eclipse

8/8/2012
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Eclipse Teaching Guide Eclipse Teaching Guide BW Released: August 8th, 2012 Show Notes: Today I cover Eclipse which was the overwhelming favorite as the next game to be covered by How to Play as chosen by the supporters. Eclipse is an amazingly fun 4x game. What is a 4x game? [...]

Duration:01:36:21

Episode 38 – Rex

7/11/2012
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Rex Teaching Guide Rex Teaching Guide (B&W) Released: July 11th, 2012 Show Notes: You want a great theme with strong mechanics, Rex fits the bill. The six colorful races of Rex fight it out for control of the universe, six races who were begging and pleading me [...]

Duration:01:21:21

Episode K – My Least Favorite Things

6/26/2012
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In this episode I compile my Dice Tower segment Series, ” I Don’t Like _______” which aired on episodes between February 2011 and February 2012. This compilation is annotated with some thoughts in between each segment as I take a listen back to each segment. This episode is also a final push to complete our [...]

Duration:00:42:34

Episode J – How to Play’s Top 50 Green Circle Games

6/10/2012
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Top 50 For this episode I do something very different. I count down my Top 50 Green Circle Games. I love complex games, but I also love great simple games. Here is a list of my top 50 simple games. This episode also kicks off my summer fundraiser, please donate today! Here [...]

Duration:01:28:32

Episode 37 – Carson City

5/6/2012
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Carson City Teaching Guide Carson City Teaching Guide B&W Released: May 6th, 2012 Game Description: It’s Caylus … but with guns! That’s right, if you don’t like that your neighbor placed his cowboy in that box, well then just put your man in there and cock your pistol hum [...]

Duration:01:06:56

Episode 36x – Expansions and Spinoffs in the Catan Series

4/15/2012
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In this episode I dig into the universe of Catan and the works of Klaus Teuber. This episode will give a basic overview of the expansions, variants, scenarios, spinoffs and other assorted Klaus Teuber games.

Duration:00:29:01

Episode 36 – The Settlers of Catan

4/15/2012
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Teaching Guide for Settlers Teaching Guide for Settlers BW Released: April 15th, 2012 Original Show Notes: Settlers of Catan is my favorite game strictly for fun player interaction. Each game involves negotiation, diplomacy and lots of laughs. This game is responsible for my rediscovery and current addiction and indirectly for entirety [...]

Duration:00:31:21

Episode I – All I Really Need to Know

4/10/2012
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This is a compilation of a 5 part series that originally aired on The Dice Tower Podcast in the Summer and Fall of 2010. In this series I examine some of the deeper life lessons that can be learned from playing board games. The scripts for the five segments are posted below. All I [...]

Duration:00:23:32

Episode 35 – Twilight Struggle

3/25/2012
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Twilight Struggle Teaching Guide Twilight Struggle Teaching Guide B&W Released: March 25th, 2012 Game Description: USA vs USSR. The struggle to alter the course of human history. Twilight struggle is a two player card driven game with the well integrated theme of the cold war. Twilight Struggle is one of the greatest [...]

Duration:00:59:59

Episode 29w – How to Win Through the Ages

2/12/2012
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Date Released: February 12th, 2012 Description: In this third “How to Win” episode I tackle Through the Ages with my good friend and fellow TTA fan, Geoff Englestein.

Duration:01:22:27

Episode 34 – Die Burgen von Burgund

1/17/2012
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Die Burgen von Burgund Teaching Guide Die Burgen von Burgund Teaching Guide BW Released: January 17th, 2012 Game Description: A great medium weight game couples game. In this game players are simply choosing tiles and adding them to their “estate” to score points. So simple yet so [...]

Duration:00:49:46

Episode H – 2011 Review and Top 50 Update

1/8/2012
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In this episode I talk about the games that I played this year, muse on the year in gaming and present an updated list for my Top 50 favorite games of all time. I discuss all games I played many are new and some are older games. Here is the list games: How to Play’s [...]

Duration:00:55:48