Perfect Information Podcast Episode 44 – A House Divided

Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad… other things just make you swear and curse. 

Yes, today we are talking about aggression. That thing that people routinely and often loudly reject exhibiting, and which in turn many people claim will not stand. Like an Ikea shelf made of pudding. 

We return to lazy, crazy, hazy days of the Guild (36:34) and struggle with your verbose answers as to whether gateway games exist, and whether they’re a good thing. 

The always insightful Boardgame Professor (aka Nick Mariner) returns to speak about ethics some more. And this time he will also slag off Friedrich Nietzsche while praising Secret Hitler. (51:58)

And finally, we tackle the newest Paolo Mori release: Ethnos by CMON. Should you be as excited about it as its look suggests?

 

I Drink Your Milkshake!

Interview with Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network – Uganda

Before you dive into this week’s interview with Ben and more guys from the Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network – Uganda, give this uplifting video a go. It will not only introduce you to the people you’ll hear talk, but will also show you a budding board gaming scene getting started in Uganda. 

Because that is who Ben is talking to this week. 

If you want to know more and learn more about the game collection mentioned at the end: you can go to our Facebook page or the forums of our guild.

Ben (Berlin) talking to Ben (Uganda)

Perfect Information Podcast Episode 43 – The Slippery Slope

Steps. 

Not only a relic of a bygone era when being pretty and moving your hips to the beat was enough to get you a publisher-sponsored vacation in Ibiza… it is also something we take. Often. But we all started somewhere. And it is those elusive first steps that are the topic of this installment of the Perfect Information podcast. 

What is it about those games that we look back at as our first steps into the hobby? Are they truly a gateway into being infinitely cooler than the rest of Goosebumps reading club.

We return to the guild to talk about what you think qualifies a game as being “played out”. Everything else is perfectly normal. There is nothing unusual happening. May you rest in a deep and dreamless slumber.

And finally, Ben and I sit down to argue the pros and cons of 13 Days. And you will happy to know that not one of us slips into a bad Bostonian accent in an attempt to beat Kevin Costner at his own game.

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Next stop: pandemonium

Spiel des Jahres Nominations Declarations

The world is a confusing and terrifying place. But have no fear, for your gracious hosts of the Perfect Information podcast are here to take you by the hand and guide you through the maze that is the Spiel des Jahres nominations of 2017.

Kingdomino

Magic Maze

Wettlauf nach Eldorado

and for the Kennerspiel

Exit – The Game

Raiders of the North Sea

Terraforming Mars

Hear what two of the most us-like podcasters of the world think and say about this year’s creme de la creme.

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All you need to know about 2017’s Spiel des Jahres Nominees

Perfect Information Podcast Episode 42 – What’s in the baaahx?!

Mortality. It is not – as it turns out – an old-fashioned word for taking far too long to finish a thought or sentence for that matter. It is in fact the realisation that lifetimes are finite. Maybe even those of board games. What does that mean exactly? We probably won’t answer it in this podcast.. but we do talk about games and how long they stay with you. Or at least in your collection.

38:01 – The reliable visit to the guild has to be postponed for a quick sojourn at Ben’s place. Wherein we list all your replies to our guild question: Can gaming bring us together?. Maybe not all replies, though, because we take a rather sudden and wide-ranging detour towards… eh… just listen.. it’s definitely something.

1:04:32 – The Boardgame Professor has been let loose once more and delights us all with his invaluable insight into The Manhattan Project. Naturally, he also has a few things to say about what the game says about the things that it inadvertedly says something about: FX.

1:21:02 – We didn’t lock ourselves in our studio, you locked yourself in your studio! But while we’re here, we review Exit – The Game. (And if you’re wondering which game I’ve so expertly mangled the name of… it was: Escape The Room: Mystery at the Stargazer Manor.)

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Contents of box to be disclosed at a later date

Interview with Alessandro Pra

Eclectic Italian house of fun Horrible Games were gracious enough to let Alessandro Pra talk to Ben about their upcoming Kickstarter: Alone.

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…again naturally

Perfect Information Podcast Episode 41 – Bridging the Gaps

Math. It’s a difficult subject. For most of us. But there is one thing that seems to come naturally to us these days: division. 

Ben argues that even among board gamers there are divisive issues, that pitch us against each other. What are they? Do they have us in their thrall? Or can we reach out and overcome them?

TC Petty III (48:01) jumps in to remind us, not only is he still around, but he also has some choice words to say about reaching out to new gamers by being an ambassador for games.

The guild sees us temporarily relocated into the wing of local hospital (1:00:20) where the results of Ben’s elective surgery bring about… “interesting”…. ideas.

And finally (1:27:20) we tackle a long-overdue big box game from our Essen 2016 heap (remember that one?): Unicornus Knights.

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Reach out and touch faith

Perfect University 104 – Winning

Come in and join us in these hallowed halls of higher learning, that we have called Perfect University. 

This week it’s the topic that is on everyone’s mind or at least everyone’s table following International Tabletop Day: winning. 

In particular how we do or rather don’t want to talk about it. Why is that? And what does it say about us?

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The Hot Chocolate of Board Games

Perfect Information Podcast Episode 40 – And then?

Not content to be shackled to the here and now, we boldly let our imaginations run free as to what the future of board gaming may look like. (Most likely no flying cars.)

And then? We talk about our sponsor: spielpro.com (38:48)

And then? It is a very quick stop near the guild, as Ben visits the only place that could help him with his Tory problem. No, not the firing squad… but the hospital! (39:29), where we talk about the factors that determine the size of your collection.

And then? Nick Mariner has things to say. Unscripted. It is 37,8% less insipid than what we have said about Barcelona – The Rose of Fire. (01:03:06)

And then? We don’t review a game. We do something else. We talk. Or rather Ben does. With somebody else. It is really as mindblowing and revolutionary as it sounds. Hold on to your seats so as to not get sucked through a PORTAL of gaming INSIDER knowledge! (Get it? Get it? Get it? No… well, then just listen… at 01:14:43)

And then? It is time for the outro. Wherein we speak about how you can reach out to us. (01:40:46)

And then?

And then?

And then?

Nothing…. it’s just a podcast. Sheesh.

 

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And then? And then? AND THEN?!

Interview with Frank West

Did you know that there is website where gamers like you can pledge money to a board game before it gets made, so it can collect the funds necessary to kickstart its production? I believe it’s called “Pledge-Monies-For-Gamies”.com

One of those games there is called The City of Kings and Ben took it upon himself to hunt down poor, beleaguered designer Frank West to bombard him with questions about his soon-to-come-into-existence game.

Get the inside info on this cooperative fantasy adventure right here.

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