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We’ve spent over a decade in the tabletop gaming space, as content creators, local store owners, and online retailers. Now it’s time to answer your questions, dive into complex topics, and have an incredible amount of fun along the way -- featuring exclusive updates, candid dialogue, and fascinating interviews with designers, publishers, and visionaries.

We’ve spent over a decade in the tabletop gaming space, as content creators, local store owners, and online retailers. Now it’s time to answer your questions, dive into complex topics, and have an incredible amount of fun along the way -- featuring exclusive updates, candid dialogue, and fascinating interviews with designers, publishers, and visionaries.
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We’ve spent over a decade in the tabletop gaming space, as content creators, local store owners, and online retailers. Now it’s time to answer your questions, dive into complex topics, and have an incredible amount of fun along the way -- featuring exclusive updates, candid dialogue, and fascinating interviews with designers, publishers, and visionaries.

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Episodes

112: Winning and Losing

10/11/2019
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With Zach fresh off of a Destiny Prime Championship, the evolving discussion about tournaments, prizes, winning, and self realization re-emerges. This time, an unexpected depth is explored - one that deals more with human psychology than tabletop gaming tournaments. Find all previous casts, as well as learning content and products on our website: https://teamcovenant.com

Duration:01:12:32

111: Playing to Your Strengths

10/4/2019
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KeyForge has recently done a tremendous job of playing to its strengths, and in light of those discussions, we take a look at how publishers and local retail can best play to theirs. If you could simply wipe the slate clean, how would the FLGS handle community building through events? Visit us on the web: https://teamcovenant.com

Duration:01:08:24

110: Cash and KeyForge

9/27/2019
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The Vaultwarrior tournament series brings a $200,000 tournament circuit to KeyForge. Cash prizes have both failed and succeeded in the past, so is this the right approach for KeyForge? We bring a lot of historical skepticism to this topic, but the discussion turned out to be a surprising one. Visit us on the web: https://teamcovenant.com

Duration:01:07:09

109: Tapestry and Evergreen Retail

9/20/2019
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With Stonemaier's latest in-demand game, the same conversations and disappointments have erupted from every part of the publisher-distributor-retailer chain. Tapestry continues where Wingspan left off, and both reveal systemic problems - but shouldn't that be expected when the systems were never built to accommodate these kinds of titles? There is value in direct sales, distribution, and local retail, but a realignment must occur if the goal is to maximize each. Visit our website for...

Duration:01:09:18

108: Products or Play Space?

9/13/2019
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The tabletop game store environment continues to shift, with new and veteran retailers asking how best to capitalize on their space. Some say play space is the way forward. Others find success stocking a diversity of products and focusing on traditional retail. After a trip to New York City and witnessing a few stores with the latter model, Zach re-ignites the debate about the future of tabletop retail. Visit our website for more: https://teamcovenant.com

Duration:01:16:30

No Cast This Week

9/6/2019
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Zach is in New York City celebrating his wedding anniversary! We'll be back next week for an installation of our Marvel Mondays live stream at 2PM CST and a new episode of the Covenant Cast on Friday.

Duration:00:00:46

107: When "Clunky" is Correct

8/30/2019
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An oft-cited critique of tabletop games, particularly board games, is that tracking all of the necessary variables is an unneeded burden. As a response, various digital integrations and simplified rulesets are pitched as removing this element from the experience and liberating players from the clunky and fiddly moments that "get in the way" of the actual game. But what if these moments were understood to be not only incredible opportunities for engagement but also a necessary component of...

Duration:01:03:09

106: Can Crisis Protocol Break Into the Mainstream?

8/23/2019
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Marvel: Crisis Protocol embraces the fundamental divider of a hobby miniatures game - highly detailed models that must be fully assembled and painted. We discuss whether or not the game has a shot at breaking through the "industry" bubble and reaching a level of ubiquity previously unattained by the likes of Warhammer: 40k. Visit our website at https://teamcovenant.com and keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Duration:01:12:56

105: Marvel Champions - The Perfect LCG?

8/16/2019
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Marvel Champions does a lot of things right, but its most important features may well be found in the nuts and bolts of packaging and distribution. We dive into that, using examples from past LCGs, and also spend a bit of time discussing the surprising number of design and deck building levers hidden in the system - because we can't help it. Visit our website: https://teamcovenant.com

Duration:01:16:49

104: Gen Con 2019

8/9/2019
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After an extremely busy weekend in Indianapolis, we're back with a full assessment of Gen Con 2019 - including Unmatched, Defiance, Marvel Champions, and Crisis Protocol - as well as Teburu and Stonemaier stealing thunder with Tapestry! Visit our website: https://teamcovenant.com

Duration:01:28:22

103: We're Back, and Gen Con Approaches

7/26/2019
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After two months, The Covenant Cast returns with greater clarity and an audio-focused approach. Join hosts Zach and Steven as they discuss the relaunch, their time with Power Rangers and Pokemon, the lead up to Gen Con, and a looming digital horizon at the doorstep of CMON.

Duration:01:07:42

We're taking a break!

5/30/2019
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There will not be a new episode of the Covenant Cast this week, and we've paused production for a bit while we focus fully on a number of other initiatives that need our attention. We hope to be back soon!

Duration:00:00:25

Ep 102: A Transparent Look at Publishing and Retail w/ Jamey Stegmaier

5/24/2019
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We are excited to be joined by Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games on episode 102 of the Covenant Cast, and talking about transparency in tabletop game publishing and retail. Plus discussions about Wingspan and it's expansions, Scythe's impact, and a few upcoming games!

Duration:01:03:25

Ep. 101: Savagery, Triumph or Trounce?

5/17/2019
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Prompted by a simple question, Zach and Steven dive back into Warhammer: Champions to decide if it's still fun to play. After several rounds of draft, they are ready to answer and cover the latest news from PlayFusion including the recent cash tournament changes. Also, Zach finishes his Star Wars fan edit!

Duration:00:55:07

Ep. 100: The Next Ten Years

5/10/2019
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On the monumental 100th episode, Zach and Steven contemplate the next 10 years of Covenant, ask the tough questions about our industry, and unpack the latest ripples made by Stonemaier - including Wingspan pre-orders. Thank you for supporting the cast through its first 100 episodes, and we hope to have you listening for hundreds more! If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment with #askcovenant on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube. You can find video versions of these...

Duration:01:09:45

Ep. 99: Allocation and Age of Ascension

5/3/2019
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Zach and Steven close out the recent industry-focused push with a discussion about allocation and the tabletop supply chain, using the second set of KeyForge as a real world example of its impact. If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment with #askcovenant on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube. You can find video versions of these podcasts on the latter. You can find us at teamcovenant.com and learn more about our business at: teamcovenant.com/about

Duration:01:06:12

Ep. 98: Breaking Stereotypes

4/26/2019
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This week, on episode 98 of the Covenant Cast, Zach and Steven discuss changes to our local membership model and how we are continuing to support a more casual environment. Plus upcoming events, Gold Squadron Podcast, and breaking down the "boardgamer cliche". If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment with #askcovenant on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube. You can find video versions of these podcasts on the latter. You can find us at teamcovenant.com and learn more about...

Duration:01:09:31

Ep. 97: Star Wars Celebration and the Rise of Reylo

4/19/2019
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Zach is back from Star Wars Celebration and Steven wants to hear all about it. Star Wars: Destiny gets ReyLo and Spark of Hope. X-wing announces Epic gameplay and huge ships. Plus Star Wars Episode 9, The Rise of Skywalker, teaser talk and The Mandalorian aspirations! If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment with #askcovenant on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube. You can find video versions of these podcasts on the latter. You can find us at teamcovenant.com and learn...

Duration:01:01:09

Ep. 96: Tales from Adepticon and Star Wars: Outer Rim

4/12/2019
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Zach and Steven share their adventures of Adepticon 2019 and thoughts from playing Star Wars: Outer Rim! If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment with #askcovenant on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube. You can find video versions of these podcasts on the latter. You can find us at teamcovenant.com and learn more about our business at: teamcovenant.com/about

Duration:01:17:19

Ep. 95: Designing and Developing; How Games Are Made

4/5/2019
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Zach and Steven are joined by our friend D.C. to get an insider point of view into creating a new game. Check out this episode if you are interested in how games get designed and developed! If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment with #askcovenant on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube. You can find video versions of these podcasts on the latter. You can find us at teamcovenant.com and learn more about our business at: teamcovenant.com/about

Duration:01:11:00