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Games. In. Space. – Ep.024

9/13/2018
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We kick off our month-long look at games with the “space” theme or IP. We hear the top 5 favorites from Chris, Adam, Gil, and Matt, talk about each of them, and then tell folks how to win a copy of some space games this month! Don’t forget that you can join us Sunday nights […] The post Games. In. Space. – Ep.024 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:03:05

What night works for you? – Ep.022

8/24/2018
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Chris Walters and Matt Miller are the only two voices this week. Sounds familiar, right? You just get a good group of heavy gamers assembled, and then life gets in the way. Not uncommon, and nothing to be worried about. Chris and Matt share some of their experiences, and look for solutions to the woes […] The post What night works for you? – Ep.022 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:00:53:37

Simultaneous Action Selection – Ep.021

8/17/2018
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Chris Walters, Samantha Fisher, Gil Melo, Adam Kroeger and Matt Miller discuss their thoughts on the mechanic of simultaneous action selection. Do you like this mechanic? What are some of the positives and negatives about games that use it. Also….stay to the end. We close with a debate about whether The Mind is SAS, and […] The post Simultaneous Action Selection – Ep.021 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:11:47

How important is IP? – Ep.020

8/9/2018
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Chris Walters, Samantha Fisher, and Matt Miller discuss how important intellectual property is to a game. Are 90 versions of Munchkin enough? Too many? Just right? What about the perfect board game to complement a themed party? Don’t forget that you can join us Sunday nights on Twitch for our recording session of this podcast […] The post How important is IP? – Ep.020 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:07:24

What makes a game “crunchy”? – Ep.019

8/3/2018
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A phrase used when talking about heavier games is “crunchy”. This episode has Chris Walters, Gil Melo, Adam Kroeger, and Matt Miller talking about what that means to them each, and what makes a game crunchy to them. Don’t forget that you can join us Sunday nights on Twitch for our recording session of this […] The post What makes a game “crunchy”? – Ep.019 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:01:04

Start Kicking – Ep.018

7/25/2018
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Lot’s of talk about Kickstarter this past week. From plagiarization to nearly-instant funding on some hot new campaigns. This episode has Chris Walters, Gil Melo, Adam Kroeger, and Matt Miller examining what it means to us as backers (heck, three of the four of us are SuperBackers). Join Geek Spiel’s Discord Server: discord.gg/ubgRbG5 Follow/Subscribe to […] The post Start Kicking – Ep.018 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:11:39

Bear Your Soul – Ep.017

7/18/2018
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Back to an RPG topic tonight, and since we are talking about the basics of Dungeon Mastering, we figured we would bring in the most basic DM we know, Captain Sugar Bear. (jk, I just wanted to see if he would read this text). For real though, Brian Penaloza, is a friend of Geek Spiel, […] The post Bear Your Soul – Ep.017 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:14:47

Video Game Implementations – Ep.016

7/11/2018
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To talk video games, Chris Walters decided to bring in the big guns. Samantha Fisher has been writing about video games for GeekDad, and now she is sharing her thoughts on the current trend of board games becoming video games. See what Gil Melo and Matt Miller also have to add to the topic. The […] The post Video Game Implementations – Ep.016 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:10:23

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.015

7/8/2018
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Asymmetric mechanics are used in games to vary playstyle and grant replayability. Some games go a LOT further than some others. On this episode, Chris Walters welcomes Gil Melo, Adam Kroeger, and Matt Miller back to the panel to discuss where variable powers ends and asymmetrical design begins. Join Geek Spiel’s Discord Server: discord.gg/ubgRbG5 Follow/Subscribe […] The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.015 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:00:24

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.014

7/7/2018
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Host, Chris Walters welcomes a new voice on the discussion this week. He, Gil Melo, and Matt Miller are joined by Adam Kroeger to bring in his thoughts on area control games and it’s value as a game mechanic. There is some talk about the recent Origins 2018 convention, and then some examples of good […] The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.014 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:00:58:46

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.013

6/12/2018
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Many are planning to attend Origins 2018 in mid-June. With that being one of the biggest conventions in the US, we figured we should dedicate an episode of the show talking about what folks should and shouldn’t do when gathered with 20,000 of their closest friends. Chris Walters, Gil Melo, and Matt Miller toss out […] The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.013 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:00:55:02

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.012

5/30/2018
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We all have our own priorities and methods for growing and cultivating a game collection. Tonight, Chris Walters, Gil Melo, and Matt Miller discuss theirs with guest Christian Kang (TakeYourChits). They also get into best practices for storing and protecting these treasured assets. Follow/Subscribe to Geek Spiel on Twitch: twitch.tv/GeekSpiel Follow Geek Spiel on Twitter: […] The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.012 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:11:51

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.011

5/22/2018
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A popular mechanic in many modern board games is “set collection”. On this episode, Chris Walters, Gil Melo, and Matt Miller give their thoughts on what that means, and how they think that is implemented. As always there will be some questions and comments in from Twitch chat. Join the Discord server or watch the […] The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.011 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:04:06

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.010

5/15/2018
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It set up like a lighter topic for the week: game night prep. What ended up happening though, was an impassioned discussion about snacks, attitudes, and inclusivity. Check it out! Follow/Subscribe to Geek Spiel on Twitch: twitch.tv/GeekSpiel Follow Geek Spiel on Twitter: twitter.com/TheGeekSpiel The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.010 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:06:50

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.009

5/2/2018
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In an effort to initiate a conversation in the community about inclusion and allyship in gaming groups, we have invited a student from Mizzou that is working on on an undergraduate project in this very space. Jim Farley and Chris Walters attended C2E2 last month for research, and now they lead Gil, Matt, and Twitch […] The post Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.009 appeared first on Geek Spiel.

Duration:01:00:09

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.008

4/24/2018
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Drafting is an interesting mechanic in game design. Whether it is used as a primary point of strategy or as a balancer of some others, it really forces players to play outside of their own tableaux. See if your feelings on the mechanic align with any of our panelists’ on this episode of Geek Spiel […]

Duration:01:03:13

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.007

4/17/2018
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We wanted to settle our feelings on the term “Ameritrash”. What does it mean to each of us? Why does it set so many folks off? Can Chris have Matt on a panel without wanting to kill him for a whole hour? Follow/Subscribe to Geek Spiel on Twitch: twitch.tv/GeekSpiel Follow Geek Spiel on Twitter: twitter.com/TheGeekSpiel

Duration:01:03:53

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.006

4/9/2018
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A great conversation this episode with regards to the deck building game mechanic. Some great examples. Some great thoughts on the mechanics development. Some great chat input. Check it out! Follow/Subscribe to Geek Spiel on Twitch: twitch.tv/GeekSpiel Follow Geek Spiel on Twitter: twitter.com/TheGeekSpiel

Duration:01:05:11

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.005

4/3/2018
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This episode is a discussion in what we like and look for in a tabletop gaming podcast. We talk about our favorites, and who we think does it best. We are joined by a seasoned podcaster in Crystal Pisano. Crystal is one-third of the trio that makes the bi-weekly, “Board Game Blitz”. Her perspective is […]

Duration:01:05:13

Geek Spiel On Air – Ep.004

3/29/2018
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This week we dive deep into the mechanic of worker placement. We talk about the defining examples of the style, and share our experiences with them. Follow/Subscribe to Geek Spiel on Twitch: twitch.tv/GeekSpiel Follow Geek Spiel on Twitter: twitter.com/TheGeekSpiel

Duration:01:00:10