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HSG107: Terranary RPG

HSG107: Terranary RPG

February 17, 2020

Getting all the way back to our roots in RPG gaming with games that launch as zines (small magazines from people self-publishing) Rich and I welcome Patch on to the show who is making Terranary RPG and releasing it on Kickstarter as part of Zine Quest 2! This RPG sounds so interesting to us. It uses a dice system I don’t think either of us has heard about, or even anything similar. 

This compact setting sounds like it packs plenty of conflict and drama between three heavily populated worlds in a shared solar system amidst a political truce provided through a 4th solar system-wide government. Patch is cramming a lot in 48 pages, and we are looking forward to reading it all.

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HSG106: Gen Con Survival Guide: PAX vs Gen Con Q&A

HSG106: Gen Con Survival Guide: PAX vs Gen Con Q&A

February 8, 2020

Riley from Pactless Patrons is a seasoned PAX conventions attendee and volunteer. They have attended 15 PAXi over the years but have never been to any other conventions. Rich and Dave field questions and dish out advice to let Riley know what they're in for. We cover a lot of topics comparing the two styles of conventions: the scope of Gen Con, the Enforcers at Pax vs Gen Con Staff, and how subtle differences create very different experiences. We also get into Gen Con's event pricing and how the assumptions Gen Con makes are very different than the assumptions PAX makes.

Riley is an excellent guest and a real pleasure to engage with and they share so much knowledge about PAX. I think we all learned a lot from each other. We hope to have them back on after Gen Con to get their thoughts and impressions.

Riley [they/them] is on twitter: @RileyGryc

 

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HSG105: Oceans by North Star Games with Bruce Voge

HSG105: Oceans by North Star Games with Bruce Voge

January 29, 2020

We had the pleasure to bring on Bruce Voge from North Star Games to talk about their latest board game, Oceans which is expected to hit stores March 23rd, 2020! Oceans is a thematic update to their popular game, Evolution, and Evolution: Climate which we reviewed not too long ago. It's important to understand that Oceans is not an expansion but a standalone game which uses some of the same concepts, in a new context and has some very important changes to the rules which make for a game with more 'come from behind' possibilities than were readily available in Evolution. 

This episode is a different format than we normally use. Rich and I start things off then hand it over to the interview which plays uninterrupted. We always love your feedback, let us know if this format is pleasant to listen to. 

To catch up with Bruce and his podcast find him at these places
Personal Twitter: @brucecothinks
Podcast: @partygamecast

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HSG104: 2019 Pax Unplugged Wrap-up

HSG104: 2019 Pax Unplugged Wrap-up

January 24, 2020

PAX Unplugged is a unique player in the tabletop convention scene, the way it works and assumptions it makes about attendees are different than the other conventions out there we break down those differences and what makes PAX special. David was able to attend with some friends of the show, get interviews with game designers and play lots of board games.

Games reviewed:
Oceans by North Star Games
Cities and Skylines by Kosmos
Periodic, Cytosis by Genius Games

We attended an excellent panel: Guiding Queer Narratives in TTRPGs

And provide insights into some D&D Facebook groups:
All Things D&D turns out to be an excellent group to join.

 

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HSG84: Gen Con 2019 Wrap-Up

HSG84: Gen Con 2019 Wrap-Up

August 13, 2019

Gen Con 2019 is, hands down, the best Gen Con we've ever been to. Amy and Steve join us to talk about the highs and lows of the year's best four days in gaming. We ran events, made and handed out a 'zine, just a crazy fun time on Amy's secret plan to make sure HSG wanted for nothing all convention long. From a party bus to getting to play Cyberpunk Red and Super Robo Rally to a memorial service fro Noodles and Company to the wonderful times we had with the High Shelf Gaming community...This year was insanely fun. 

Huge thank you to everyone in the High shelf Gaming community who ran games and made the convention better for everyone. Thanks to Scott, Pattrick, Mike, Heather, Hugo, Fernando, and even Rich for running games and giving back to the community in such a selfless way. So freaking cool!

This episode is longer and covers fewer games than past wrap-ups, but this was too much to keep to ourselves. Hope you enjoy the retelling of our times at Gen Con 2019.

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HSG82: Origins 2019 Wrap-up

HSG82: Origins 2019 Wrap-up

July 23, 2019

Rich has traveled to the land of origin, and many a game were played. Some old, some new. Great times were had by all. Seriously though Origins 2019 sounded like a well-run con this year, with smoother registration and many of the game organizers stepping up their game big time. We tried to get a report on Pathfinder 2E but a police action put Rich on edge. He couldn't really comment on the game while he was distracted.

Also, our shirts have been updated. If you ordered in the first couple days and aren't happy with the lettering on the '15th level druid paladin' shirt, you can exchange it with Teespring to get a better print. It's a limited window, so do it right away.

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HSG81: Nord Games & Their D&D Supplements

HSG81: Nord Games & Their D&D Supplements

July 15, 2019

Megan from Nord Games joins us to talk about some great topics. We cover not only their excellent DM and player tools but so many more things. Megan really embodies the latest wave of D&D players. She has an excellent take on the role Nord Games plays in the gaming scene and how the business of these supplements came together. Behind the scenes, it seems like many game makers lend each other help and look out for one another. Megan provides a peek behind the curtain if you will. And, bonus, this is a super fun episode all around.

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P.S. Megan turned us onto Quests & Chaos who make frequent use of their products on Twitch streams!

 

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HSG79: Acquire: A Board Game for Capitalists

HSG79: Acquire: A Board Game for Capitalists

June 30, 2019

Our friend Barry joins us to talk about a favorite game of ours, Acquire. This market simulation game can get pretty ruthless, and that's just what Barry and I love about it. We talk about tile placement, shares strategy, and the invisible stages of the game and how to spot them. Mostly though, we talk about how much fun we have teaching people to play in the hopes we get more people to play the game with us.

 

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HSG67: Circle of Swords Con

HSG67: Circle of Swords Con

April 24, 2019

Here at HSG we love going to gaming conventions and we love talking about them. This time around, our friends and guests Larry and Allen invited Rich to attend their favorite local Pennsylvania convention out of Butler, PA: CoS Con, managed by our new friend and guest Dave!

CoS con is associated with the local gaming group and has grown into quite the event. They host epic modules from WoTC and Paizo, hosting several tables competing in RPG tournaments, our own team came incredibly close to winning... if only there wasn't a spoiler in the midst.

This episode serves as both an enthusiastic endorsement of CoS con and other local conventions, but also a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks hosting the HSG crew in their home is a good idea (spoiler: it is not.) We're so grateful to Dave for his excellent convention and gracious hosting of the gang in his own home.

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HSG62: A Guide to Brickworld Indy & Similar Lego Events

HSG62: A Guide to Brickworld Indy & Similar Lego Events

March 14, 2019

Steve from our past episodes about LEGO Mind Storms joins us to talk about a series of LEGO events throughout the United States, Brickworld. This unique LEGO convention is a place for experienced builders to connect and trade tips and display their creations to the public.  We get into a LOT of Steve's creation, talking about Super Robo Rally and some of what we can expect at Gen Con this year but more so talking about the Great Ball Contraption

This should serve as a lightweight guide to the convention and give a good overview of what kinds of things you'd find at any Brickworld event and even other LEGO Fan events!

 

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