Oct 222013
 

internationale-spieltage-spiel_logo_01By Paco Garcia Jaen

And the biggest and best convention of the year is almost under way. Michael Chamberlain and I have been hard at work – well, mostly Michael – finding out what could be interesting and what games we want to take a proper look at this year. Also who we’ll be interviewing.

We asked a bunch of people to send us some clips as well, describing what their games are all about and why we should be interested in getting them.

This episode is a one-off and is a wee-bit longer than usual, but we have *so much* stuff to go through that we, simply, couldn’t make it any shorter.

Still, hope it’ll give you a good idea of what’s to come and, if you can’t make it to Spiel, head to your shop and start pre-ordering/nagging them to get the games you want.

There are many game you want. Trust me…

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Oct 132013
 

mice_and_mysticsHello everyone, today we are bring you our Mice and Mystics review for the first time!

Please, do come in and make yourself confortable. There are still some seats at the front here.

The Boardgame Review Room is open!

Today we take a look at Mice and Mystics, a game from Plaid Hat Games that took the world by storm and showed how dungeon crawlers are done.

Not just that, it also showed the world that family games can be challenging for adults and children alike while being mega fun.

And that they can be gorgeous too!

You might think after reading my introduction you don’t need to hear the podcast and must head to the shop to get a copy of this game, but since the podcast is less than 30 minutes and it’s going to take you at least that time to get to your shop, you might as well listen to us talking about the game on your way there.

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Oct 062013
 

last_episodeBy Paco Garcia Jaen

Welcome back friends to the last episode of the G*M*S Magazine Podcast.

Every since the podcast started, and that’s over three years ago now, I’ve been addicted to it. What started as a once a month endeavour quickly became twice a month, then weekly, and then more often than that with various different shows.

We’ve had dozens of interviews with amazing people and amazing games. Some terrific Kickstarter projects and some not so great, but all taught us something.

Now things have to change. Unfortunately I don’t have time to look after the production of the podcast, the videos and the main site, so need to delegate and, at the same time, take the opportunity to diversify too.

So the podcast goes away, but not the podcasting channel. In fact, that is going to grow.

From now on, the Podbean account we have, since it’s a lot bigger and has more storage space than I can fill in one month, will become a podcast channel.

What does that mean? It means you’re going to get more episodes of more shows about more subjects and topics of gaming interest.

We’re going to have as many Rooms as G*M*S Magazine Mansions can host. Starting with The Boardgame Room, The RPG Room, The Boardgame Interviews Room and RPG Interview Room, The Boardgame Review Room… And more rooms to come!

In one iTunes or RSS feed, you’ll get all those shows. If they are of no interest to you, then just delete it and the next one will be interesting. Just like a TV or Radio channel, you’ll have a variety of shows and you can listen to those that are interesting to you and ignore those that aren’t.

This means there’s space for more rooms and if you want to have your own room and your own show, we should talk. Basically I’d like to give people out there the chance to have their own podcast without having to pay for any hosting.

So there you go.

The last episode and the last farewell, but not the last goodbye!

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Sep 262013
 

stack_and_attackThe thing about Kickstarter and board/role playing games that I like the most if the amount and level of crazy, wicked and terribly original some ideas get to. Stack & Attack is one of those!

In this game, from Egra Games, you become a Neanderthal who has to appease the gods by stacking rocks, which the only valuable thing you have. And the only weapon.

And since everyone else is also trying to appease the gods, what better way to make sure you are the best at it than to make sure the others are rubbish at it? Exactly! So you throw some of your stones at them. Hard.

Although it has a superbly cute artwork, getting an idea like this off the ground is not easy. Also it doesn’t guarantee the game will be any good. So I had to find out so you could find out and, if you feel inclined, back this game.

I interviewed Jeremy Burnham, the designer behind the game, and asked him a few questions. Some of them as hard as the rocks you’ll throw at your fellow players when you’re stacking them!

Hope you enjoy the interview!

As usual, your feedback is most appreciated, so please do feel free to email us on podcast@gmsmagazine.com and let us know what you think!

Look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy the show!

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Sep 232013
 

codincaCodinca is an abstract game in which players compete with each other moving and turning pieces on a four by four grid in order to create patterns with the symbols on the pieces. The first player to get three patterns out of the four allocated, wins the game.

Although that’s the gist of the game, that’s not all there is to it. Some rules allow you to do special moves once per game in order to get an advantage.

This game is now in Kickstarter, even though it was launched at Spiel last year, trying to get funds to be launched again, this time in a smaller and neater box than the original one.

To find out why they’ve gone to Kickstarter and what plans the two creators have for the game, I asked them to come to the podcast and interview them for a few minutes to find out.

I found out that, as well as creating a cool looking game, they’re actually helping people in India.

One of the pledge levels in this campaign can see you the owner of some gorgeous looking pieces hand made of stone. Those pieces are being carved in India by people who are being paid a decent and honest wage for their work. With their little hammers and their simple tools, they’re achieving an amazing level of crafmanship that deserves support and reward in equal measures.

Indeed a lesson some games that go to Kickstarter could mimic to hep other people in the same circumstances.

Hope you enjoy the interview!

As usual, your feedback is most appreciated, so please do feel free to email us on podcast@gmsmagazine.com and let us know what you think!

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Sep 212013
 

painting_war_1In this episode we have a few reviews, since I’ve been rather busy playing games, Mike has been busy reminiscing and Kara has been doing what any parent worthy of their name should do and is introducing a toddler to some gaming goodness!

Painting War is a Spanish magazine specialised in articles and tutorials about how to do just that, paint war miniatures. It’s not a cheap one and they do pack a lot in the magazine, but is it worth buying it?

Plato is a French magazine that’s been going on for quite some time now. It specialises in board games and now they’re expanding to the international market. In a market where there are few magazines, the publisher has to do very well if it is to survive… so do they?

Queen Games won last years’ Spiel des Jhares game with Escape, a cooperative dice game in which the players take the roles of explorers who have to get out of an ancient temple before the doors close and trap them inside. It was truly mental to pop by the company’s stand at Spiel 2012 and I got a taste of the game just a few days ago.

Dr Mike Reddy takes a look at his…err…. childhood, and remembers what Pit is all about. Awwww….

And lastly, Kara tells us how, as the chief board game buyer for Leisure Games, she prepares for Spiel and does her research.

For a transcript of this episode, please click here to download the document. Online transcription by rev.com

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