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HSG111: Remote Gaming during “All This”

HSG111: Remote Gaming during “All This”

April 1, 2020

High Shelf Gaming has always been a remote gaming community. We have sprinkled information over the years about the tools we use for board games and roleplaying games but this episode puts it all into one place for your convenience during Covid-19 or novel coronavirus. This is unpresidented time. If you are sheltering in place or practicing social distancing - Thank you! you are a part of a global movement to help everyone in your community. Never has all of humanity done something like this on such a scale. Bravo.

 

Organization tools:
Discord
Calandy
Whenisgood.net

Video Chat
Discord
Facebook Messenger
Whatsapp
Google Hangouts
WebEx (free for up to 100 participants)
Zoom

Boardgames over the web
Tabletopia
Tabletop Simulator

Roleplaying game Virtual Tables
Tabletop Simulator
Astral
Roll20
Fantasy Grounds
D&D Beyond
DriveThurRPG

Extras
Play by Post guide
BASILISK STATION - A Traveller Blog (Example Play by Post game)

Cyberpunk 2020/Red fans (Discord Server)
DMs Guild.com for solo adventures
Tunnels and Trolls
Legend Keeper

merchandise Link!

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HSG103: 2019 BGG Con Wrap-Up [8 games reviewed]

HSG103: 2019 BGG Con Wrap-Up [8 games reviewed]

January 16, 2020

Rich and David review the new location for Board Game Geek Con, in Downtown Dallas and 8 boardgames rich got to play at the show. Having left the DFW airport, BGG Con has followed in the footsteps of some incredible DFW based cons such as A-Kon and Anime-Fest which now see much larger attendance numbers. But with that growth came some growing pains. Rich sites a few of them along with the benefit of being closer to better food options and the rest of what Dallas has to offer.

We cover several games!
Masmorra Dungeons of Arcadia
First Martians
Homeworld by Looney Labs
Spynet by Z-man Games & Richard Garfield
Shobu
Cretaceous Rails (proto-alley)
Lucidity
Too Many Bones

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HSG101: Gen Con Survival Guide: Food and Drink [Refreshed]

HSG101: Gen Con Survival Guide: Food and Drink [Refreshed]

December 30, 2019

HSG returns to Gen Con Food and Drink in and around the convention center. We add more tips and advice from our first attempt in 2017, and make sure to talk about places that are still open! 2017's guide was great but it mentions a few places that have since closed down. Rich and David walk you through the most likely places to find food, and some tips on what you can do to get better food options with a tiny bit of effort. One point we don't say enough in the episode is stay hydrated. Gen Con's wonderful air conditioning and all the walking is going to dry you out. We recommend getting a little flat-pack water bladder just to keep your head cleared while you play in the world's best games and tournaments.

As always we love feedback and more food suggestions. be sure to leave comments on Facebook or twitter, wherever the discussion is.

Lastly - we are running a giveaway! contest winners will get a bundle of goods!
We will be accepting submissions from December 23rd, 2019 through January 10th, 2020.

Contest details: To enter simply go to Facebook or Twitter and tell your friends and followers about your favorite HSG episode! Maybe tell them a bit about why you like that episode. Tag us so we see it. 1 entry per human. After January 10th we will gather all the submissions and roll a die to figure out who our two winners will be!

#1 - You will get a copy of the Cyberpunk Red Jump Start Kit! (US winners get a physical copy, international sorry but we hope the .PDFs will suffice) + Beta access to Legend Keeper a tool that helps you track your imaginary world, RPG campaign, or write your next fantasy or sci-fi novel. It effectively combines Google Maps with Wikipedia just for your projects. + something special from Rich (details in the episode).

#2 - You will also get beta access to Legend Keeper + something special from Rich (details in the episode)

Huge thank you goes to R. Talsorian Games for their continuous boosting of our show on social media and sponsoring this episode. We are all pumped for what 2020 will mean for RTG.

Also, we want to thank Legend Keeper for kicking off an ongoing sponsorship of HSG staring now with 2 give away licenses! We'll be giving away more of these in the future, we're so excited for this relationship and the success of LK.

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HSG99: Gen Con Survival Guide: Registration [Refreshed]

HSG99: Gen Con Survival Guide: Registration [Refreshed]

December 16, 2019

HSG takes on Gen Con Event Registration to add more tips and advice from our first attempt in 2017. Rich and David break down strategies for groups of gamers who can pool their effort and are comfortable paying each other back for events registered. We cover solo attendees and some good suggestions there and give some insights into how Event Organizers are measured by Gen Con. Also, we talk about the things you can do without registering, there are tons of ways to enjoy Gen Con without booking every second of your time.

Not mentioned in this episode, which we should have, try not to over-book your Gen Con. Leave time in there for food, socializing, walking the dealer hall. If you have back to back events all convention long you will be exhausted by the end of it.

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HSG96: Gamer Gift Ideas

HSG96: Gamer Gift Ideas

November 27, 2019

It's that time of year again, when we think of others and imagine the best gift for them to receive during the holidays. Rich and David go all over books, games, and gaming accessories for those in your life you'd like to bring some gamer joy to.  Got a friend with a new kid? got just the thing! another friend that seems to have everything they need for their RPGs? bet they don't have what we suggest in here. This was fun to record and timely to release. 

Game Rundown:
Exploding Kittens
Ticket To ride
Evolution
Unlock - escape room in a box
Pandemic
Power Grid
Trains
Roll for the Galaxy
King of Tokyo
Settlers of Catan
Pirates Cove (Catan)
X-Com Board Game
Rising Sun
Agricola
Scythe
Pandemic Legacy
Gloomhaven

 

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HSG94: Mordheim Skirmish game by Games Workshop

HSG94: Mordheim Skirmish game by Games Workshop

November 10, 2019

Mordheim is one of those games that is easily overlooked by the core audience of the Games Workshop fanbase but immediately appeals to folks that like to sprinkle in a little bit of role play with their board game. Diana from Femsplaind Podcast and Femnpc joins us to talk all about this print and play skirmish game. Such a fun conversation about the game, and how to hack it for roleplaying and just greatness all around.

Diana also runs gaming for a convention: COGS up in the tri-state area and she's always doing projects on twitter and elsewhere. Definitely someone worth following.

 

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HSG93: Settlers of Catan

HSG93: Settlers of Catan

October 16, 2019

Our favorite board-game guest, Shara, returns! This time we’re talking about a game older than some of our listeners, but still incredible and worth a few hundred playthroughs - Settlers of Catan! It has many editions and expansions. We talk about the original three expansions: Traders & Barbarians, Cities and Knights, and Seafarers of Catan. There are still national and international tournaments for this fantastic game, which should speak to its greatness in the board gaming scene. Lastly, we cover a bit about Star Trek Catan and our hot take on A Game of Thrones Catan for good measure.

Sadly, the bit about a Settlers of Catan movie got cut. Here's the IMDB link if you want more info, but it looks like a dead project. 

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HSG90: Evolution: Climate Board Game

HSG90: Evolution: Climate Board Game

September 25, 2019

Our friend Elise returns to talk about a favorite board game, Evolution: Climate by North Star Games! Elise was on HSG:11 Women in Gaming episode many moons ago when she actually recommended Evolution to us. This game is cute, educational, competitive, and with the Climate rules, it really shines as a game. Elise also teaches Rich some colorful ways to describe cats.

You can see Elise's nerd comics on Insta @the_minstrel_cycle

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HSG86: Megagames at Gen Con 2019

HSG86: Megagames at Gen Con 2019

August 27, 2019

Mark joins us from the Shelfie community to talk about a truly unique gaming experience at Gen Con, Megagames! These are 50-70 person games that took place at Lucas Oil Stadium, on the field. They are asymmetric games. Lots of players are doing different things and their actions influence the game for other groups and individuals in the most engaging and fascinating way we've ever heard. Mark clearly loved it as he played and helped run several games this year. Impressive, given this was his first time at Gen Con and his first time playing a megagame. These tend to be longer games, at four hours or more, and run in the tens of dollars to play. But, to hear Mark tell it, they're also dynamic and interesting. Apparently, megagames are huge in Europe as well, so lots of opportunities to play these games.

Another great episode from our community!

If any other Shelfie ever wants to come on the show do what Mark just did. Find us on social media and tell us about and an awesome game you played!

 

 

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HSG80: KublaCon 2019 Wrap Up with Brent

HSG80: KublaCon 2019 Wrap Up with Brent

July 11, 2019

The original Shelfie and all-around rockstar HSG community member, Brent, joins Rich and me to talk all about his first convention experience - KublaCon! I swear he's ruined for all other cons. He met and played games with probably half of all board game designers. Brent had an excellent time at KublaCon. So much so, he made a fan page on Facebook: Fans of KublaCon after hearing our episode about the similarly titled 'Fans of Gen Con' (HSG:53)

#shelfies

Stay on to the end to hear about hotdogs.

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