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Merchants Cove and The Concept of Roll and Writes

Meeple, Myself, and I

Release Date: 09/01/2021

Top 100: #35-31 show art Top 100: #35-31

Meeple, Myself, and I

Five more games! Five really good games! Does anyone read these! Is this an exercise in futility! Someone help me!

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Top 100: #40-36 show art Top 100: #40-36

Meeple, Myself, and I

Getting back in that every-other-week-posting groove! In this episode, I slow down and just look at five in this episode: #s 40-36. I don't own most of these games any more, sadly, but I do playthroughs of almost all of them and reflect on what makes these five games great for me (and why they might/might not be a good fit for you!).  

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Top 100: #49-41 show art Top 100: #49-41

Meeple, Myself, and I

It's been a hot minute since the last full episode -- thanks to y'all for your patience. I'm excited to be back in the saddle. For this episode, I compare one new-to-me game (The Isle of Cats) to #s 49-41 on my Top 100 Solo Reviewed Games. We are getting into some REALLY good games now, everyone! Maybe not a good podcast, maybe not good reviews... but... the GAMES. THEY ARE GOOD!

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Interlude/Apology show art Interlude/Apology

Meeple, Myself, and I

It's been a bit since I've put an episode out. This episode isn't really about board games; it's more about me, the reviewer, and a significant (and painful) event in my life. So this really just serves as an apology for a lack of recent content, an attempt at catharsis, and a personal exploration of the space (or lack thereof) in between "reviewer" and "person."

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Root (Clockwork Expansions 1 and 2) show art Root (Clockwork Expansions 1 and 2)

Meeple, Myself, and I

With the Clockwork Expansion 2 coming out, I thought that it'd be a great time to take a look at my old review of Root (and the first Clockwork Expansion). With both of these expansions out, solo players can now go against EIGHT automated factions in Root, making for a truly delightful experience. We'll hear more about Root later on in my Top 10 solo games (spoilers? SPOILERS!), but this is a game worth getting its own full episode, no doubt. Let me know what you think of Root and if there's anything else you want me to get into the review docket anytime soon!

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Top 100: #63-50 show art Top 100: #63-50

Meeple, Myself, and I

We're back on track with the next 14 games in my top 100 solo games that I've reviewed! We are getting into some really solid games here, folks. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

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A Heretical Interlude: A Weekend of Multiplayer Games show art A Heretical Interlude: A Weekend of Multiplayer Games

Meeple, Myself, and I

We take a short break from the Top 100 solo games I've reviewed for something a bit different. In honor of a weekend full of board games with friends, I'm taking a quick break from exclusively looking at solo games and talk about some great multiplayer competitive games. I do spend some time thinking about the settings of multiplayer and solo games and how they fit into my life, but... it's a bit of a change for this week! Let me know what you think! ~~~ Giveaway I am doing a giveaway on my All Patrons, at any level, will be eligible for a drawing at the end of March 2022, and the winner will...

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Game Review - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition show art Game Review - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

Meeple, Myself, and I

This episode review features a giveaway! I'm partnering with Stone Valley Games to give a copy of Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition to one listener of this podcast. Check out to enter to win! (NOTE: I'm a big dummy and this giveaway has already concluded. The giveaway will still take place at the end of this month, though!)

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Top 100: #85-64 show art Top 100: #85-64

Meeple, Myself, and I

Onto the next batch of games in my Top 100! These games are... uh... y'know... they're... they're fine. In this episode, I look at another 20-ish games and spend some time thinking about what makes them Just Fine. I also reflect on some personal struggles I've had while reviewing games over the last five years - I hope you like auditory interpretations of what anxiety feels like to me, because there is a LOT of that in this episode! ~~~ Giveaways I am partnering with to give away a copy of . Enter to win one of the two copies we're giving away ! I am also doing a giveaway on my . All Patrons,...

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Game Review - Mini Rogue show art Game Review - Mini Rogue

Meeple, Myself, and I

A short review of a short game! In this episode, I give some thoughts on the roguelike solo card/dice game , a game that has gotten quite a bit of buzz in the solo community. The most obvious comparison, to me, is between it and One Deck Dungeon. And hey! I've done a written review of ODD! See my review of that excellent little game ! (Here's to hoping I don't sound too funky in the episode! I was sick when I recorded it, and it doesn't seem like my voice will be any less stuffy for a while. But this game deserves to be talked about, so let's hope those Adobe Audition sliders can work their...

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Things are getting weird in this episode, folks. Buckle up, and my apologies.

I spend the first half of the episode talking about the radically asymmetric economic game Merchants Cove, and I "talk" to the concept of Roll and Writes through a series of letters in the second half of the episode. Hadrian's Wall and Cartographers anchor that second-half discussion.

Oh! Also! I have a Patreon now! Please check out that link for more information - I've tried to make plenty of support options for a wide range of listeners.

 

Intro: 0:00

Thanks, Stone Valley Games!: 2:41

Merchants Cove: 3:27

Letters with the Concept of Roll and Write: 17:30