Posted by fractaloon on January 18th, 2015
In this latest episode, I cover Race for the Galaxy and it's expansion The Gathering Storm which added solo play to the game via a robot. I had the opportunity to play this thanks to a "Solitaire Games Around the World" event in which a copy of this game is being sent... around the world! I also look back at my favorite games this year and then look forward to the upcoming year.
Posted by fractaloon on January 4th, 2015
This first episode of 2015 features an interview with Tony Boydell, designer of Snowdonia and a review of... Snowdonia! This is a great worker-placement game with lots of hard choices to make and lots of variability in the play. Games can feel very different, depending on weather, contract cards, train chosen, rubble distribution and scenario.
Posted by fractaloon on December 27th, 2014
Happy Holidays to all!
Just barely making in at the end of the year. This final episode for 2014 was recorded the Saturday before Christmas, but being so busy I didn't get to publish it until the Saturday after Christmas. It's a small episode and I only really cover some very brief news and the game Escape: The Curse of the Temple published by Queen Games.
Posted by fractaloon on December 7th, 2014
This episode is mercifully short and on only two things... The 1 Player Guild's People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games!!! and Pandemic: The Cure.. the latest disease fighting co-op game by Matt Leacock. First I go over the top 20 solo games as the people voted. You can find the remaining 80 on the BGG geeklist. Then, I look at Pandemic: The Cure. This is a fun co-op game on fighting disease dice spreading throughout the world. It's a fun dice game that plays quickly.
Posted by fractaloon on November 19th, 2014
This episode has been loooong in the making. Mainly this is because I recorded the interview at the end of September. This show is on solitaire RPGs. I interview Kenny the Cabbage. He runs the solitaire RPG guild on BGG and hosts a blog on solo roleplaying (soloroleplayer.com/).
I also look at solo roleplaying using the Covetous Poet Adventure Creator and GM Guidebook. This book is used to both create an adventure with a big adventure, to you would play over multiple game sessions, and help you play an RPG solo. It is designed to be used along an RPG of your choice. Even though the adventure is defined up-front, the details of each scene are completely unplanned until you are ready to play it. The game turns out to be quite surprising. I tried this out using the Fantasy Flight Edge of the Empire Beginner Game RPG and it worked really well.
Posted by fractaloon on November 2nd, 2014
This super episode is on a super game called Sentinels of the Multiverse. This is a super-hero card game designed for 3-5 players that is very fun solo. The expansions add an incredible amount of replayability to a game that brings a lot of replayability in the box. Add to that the opportunity for monthly challenges at the 1 Player Guild and this game is virtually guaranteed fun!
I also look at thematic games and pick my "top 7" thematic games.
Posted by fractaloon on October 12th, 2014
In this episode I revisit the now classic game Onirim. I covered the game on my very first episode and look at it again now that a 2nd edition has been released. The new edition, not only looks MUCH nicer, but includes an extra 4 expansions (plus an appendix). Not only that, but I talk with the designer, Shadi Torbey about this and the other Oniverse games.
Posted by fractaloon on September 29th, 2014
Episode 65. In this show I talk about the game Hooyah: The Navy Seals Card Game. This is a light co-op game for 1-4 players in which you are trying to complete a covert mission, Ticket to Ride style. Hooyah is published by US Games. I also look at the upcoming Essen releases.
Posted by fractaloon on September 7th, 2014
This is the episode on global economics. I look at Global Mogul designed by Bill Crenshaw and published by Mayfair games. This is a worker placement/area control game in which players are making investments and producing goods to fulfill contracts. This game supports 1-4 players.
Posted by fractaloon on August 17th, 2014
This latest episode is on Print and Play games. I look at two things specifically, which includes a LOT of games....
1. The solitaire PnP design contest 2014 is currently in the print and play it phase. Twenty-eight games have been submitted and are contest ready! You can try them out now before the voting period begins which runs about a week and ends on Sept. 13. I give a quick run-down of the games.
2. I review Chad Metsdagh's Everything versus Everything. It's a game in which you have characters from various pop-culture moves, stories, etc fight each other. You control six characters while "the Director" controls another six. Who has the most powerful team?