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Low Player Count

Low Player Count is a bi-weekly podcast devoted to thinking about, sometimes reviewing, but mostly discussing solo and two player boardgames and their place in the current board gaming culture. Instead of just doing reviews, we aim to dissect the larger boardgames industry through our discussions of one and two-player games, occasionally focusing on a specific game. We are three guys with a wide range of gaming interests and tastes, but all have an affinity for solo and two-player boardgames.
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Jun 20, 2017

In Episode 49, the Low Player Count crew discusses a slew of micro-topics from our listeners, the future of LPC swag, and we reminisce about the 90s.

Times:
00:50 - Texas Summers are Here
02:10 - Analog Gamer is Shutting Down
06:30 - Donny’s a New Father
10:10 - The New Website
11:58 - 1995
16:04 - boardgametables.com
16:46 - Micro-Topics Galore!
18:20 - What Theme Would You Want?
41:10 - Dealing Cards
45:35 - Our Love/Hate Relationships with Certain Games
51:15 - A Birthday Revelation
54:40 - Shawn’s June Resolution
55:35 - PONG’s Top of the Stack
56:40 - PnP Basics
63:25 - The 5 Games We All Agree On
73:20 - Lower Play Count / Low Play Counter
74:27 - HABA’s Game Design Competition
74:57 - End Bits

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Jun 8, 2017

In this minisode of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis recaps HeavyCon 2017 from Denver Colorado. He talks about the games he played, the people he played with, and sets and achieves a goal. Thanks to Heavy Cardboard for the awesome convention!

 

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Jun 5, 2017

In Episode 48, the Low Player Count crew discusses a ridiculous amount of short games. They also launch the new website, talk about bad TV from the early 90s, our allying with Punchboard Media, and they remind you that LPC will be at Origins.

Times:
01:05 - 80s-90s Scary TV Shows
03:18 - Donny reminisces about dubious shows
06:25 - There’s a New lowplayercount.com!
08:55 - A PayPal Donation Link?
10:25 - Travis Goes to Origins
12:27 - “Glad-Handing”
12:53 - Punchboard Media
20:00 - boardgametables.com
20:50 - Short Games!
22:40 - Let’s Define Short Games
27:30 - What’s the Appeal of Short Games?
42:00 - Travis Scored OOP Urbion
49:10 - Deep Space D-6: Armada Kickstarter
52:20 - Shahrazad from Osprey Games
54:00 - Filling in the Gaps
65:38 - End Bits

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May 29, 2017

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgame universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? Beautiful Artwork

00:30 - Eric’s Pick: Islebound
03:30 - Patrick’s Pick: Kanagawa
09:20 - Bill’s Pick: World’s Fair 1893
13:44 - The Brandt’s Pick: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
18:24 - Cathy’s Pick: Yedo
21:44 - Donny’s Pick: The Gallerist / Elysium

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May 23, 2017

In Episode 47, the Low Player Count crew discusses the “worst” things about solo gaming, while also talking about Charterstone playtesting and convention season!

Times:
00:54 - Introductions and Cats
01:50 - End of School
03:40 - Charterstone Playtesting
08:57 - Travis Goes to Origins!
10:30 - Pikachu’s Butt
16:10 - Shawn’s a Barista?
18:45 - Donny Says Some Things He Might Regret
20:50 - boardgametables.com
21:30 - The Worst Things About Solitaire Gaming    
22:10 - Initial Thoughts
27:40 - Obtaining Games
34:55 - The Social Aspect
45:09 - Rules Issues
58:00 - The Spiraling End of the Episode
65:00 - End Bits

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May 21, 2017

Things are a bit different this week, so here's an update with what's going on.

 

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May 15, 2017

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgame universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? Card Drafting Games

00:30 - Cathy’s Pick: Unfair!
06:39 - Travis’ Pick: Sylvion
10:59 - Cliff’s Pick: Roll Player
16:31 - Bill’s Pick: Among the Stars
20:50 - Richard’s Pick: Mage Knight
24:23 - Patrick’s Pick: Through the Ages
29:26 - Eric’s Pick: The Networks

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May 8, 2017

In Episode 46, the Low Player Count crew returns to the Popular Mechanics series to discuss deckbuilders. They also talk about some of their favorite non-boardgame related podcasts.

Times:
00:28 - Intros
05:19 - Podcast Recommendations #1
10:35 - Podcast Recommendations #2
16:19 - Grammar is Important
18:33 - Podcast Recommendations #3
22:33 - BOARDGAMETABLES.COM
23:09 - Deckbuilders
35:51 - Can Deckbuilding Stand Alone
45:41 - What Deckbuilders Do We Enjoy?
49:05 - Top 10 Games with Deckbuilding
64:00 - Not Deckbuilders
68:00 - Our Favorite Deckbuilders
79:22 - End Bits

 

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Apr 23, 2017

In this minisode of Big Fun in a Little Box, Shawn takes on One Deck Dungeon, what he loves about it, and why it’s a great segue into his next venture.

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Apr 16, 2017

In Episode 45, the Low Player Count crew kicks off year three with a discussion on Epic Games! They also talk about some of the kickstarters they are the most excited about.

Times:
00:50 - Introductions & Podcast Magic
05:50 - Kickstarter Highlights
08:16 - Button Shy Games 
14:55 - 18CZ  
19:50 - Petrichor  
24:35 - Gloomhaven  
31:25 - BOARDGAMETABLES.COM
32:14 - Let’s Get Epic!
33:50 - Defining Epic
43:15 - But Why Epic Games?
52:38 - Epic Genres
56:45 - Favorite Epic Games
87:15 - End Bits

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Music:

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Apr 9, 2017

In this episode of Variant Species, Donny takes a look at the process of developing a solitaire variant for Alexander Pfister & Stronghold Games' Great Western Trail.

Donny's Great Western Trail Solo Variant

 

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Apr 5, 2017

Contest is over!

Winner is the one and only Mark Evans. Thanks to all for participating.

 

Apr 3, 2017

In Episode 44, the Low Player Count crew celebrates its two-year birthday with friends and others. It is off the rails from the beginning. They talk about Vigilante Gaming Bar and also how to deal with people asking about Game Recommendations.

Times:
00:51 - Happy Birthday!
05:35 - Podcast Time Magic
06:54 - Vigilante Gaming Bar in Austin, Texas
14:40 - Constantinople App
18:00 - Weekly Slack Shill
19:50 - BOARDGAMETABLES.COM
21:28 - Game Suggestions
23:25 - Is Recommending Games a Difficult Thing?
34:24 - Knowing Your Audience
46:00 - Words of Advice
58:50 - Ridiculous Game Suggestions
71:30 - End Bits

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Music:

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Mar 26, 2017

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgame universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? Games That Surprised Us

00:28 - Eric’s Pick: Patchwork
04:29 - Cathy’s Pick: Legendary Encounters: Firefly
06:45 - Richard’s Pick: 1st and Goal
12:06 - Donny’s Pick: Ginkgopolis
16:28 - Travis’ Pick: Herbaceous

 

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Mar 19, 2017

In this episode of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis sits down with renowned game designer John H Butterfield to discuss historical simulations, solitaire game design, and space!

 

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Mar 6, 2017

In Episode 43, the Low Player Count crew discusses Falling Out of Love with Games, while also discussing our picks for the Golden Geek Nominations

01:30 - Golden Geek Award Nominations Picks
06:50 - Our Top Picks for Two Player Games
10:48 - Our Top Picks for Solitaire Games
18:55 - Our Top Picks for Board Game of the Year
28:05 - A Discussion of BGG’s Top 100
32:50 - boardgametables.com
33:41 - Falling Out of Love with Games
64:00 - End Bits

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Feb 27, 2017

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgame universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? Roll and Write Games

00:35 - Donny’s Pick: Dice Stars
08:04 - Travis’ Pick: Utopia Engine
14:00 - Cathy’s Pick: Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age
15:55 - Ken’s Pick: 30 Rails
18:26 - Andy’s Pick: Rolling America
22:30 - Richard’s Pick: VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game
25:37 - Ben’s Pick: Avenue
29:59 - Brandon’s Pick: Qwixx
34:25 - Patrick’s Pick: Scattergories
38:16 - Roll and Write Wednesdays

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Feb 19, 2017

In Episode 42, the Low Player Count crew answers a ton of mini-topics and questions that normally wouldn’t fill an entire episode. They also discuss the Golden Geek Awards, all while quoting their favorite Douglas Adams lines.

Times:
01:40 - The Expanse game
05:00 - LPC Shirts at Analog Gamer
07:00 - InkedGaming.com
11:40 - Indiana Jones
13:15 - 2 Year Anniversary Upcoming
16:20 - Golden Geek Awards
21:44 - A Brief Tribute to the One and Only Douglas Adams
24:30 - Get your new table at boardgametables.com
26:40 - #LPCMiniTopics
27:25 - Buy vs. Trade vs. New vs. Used
33:00 - Essential Gaming Component
38:00 - App-Enhancement?
43:45 - Print and Play Games
48:09 - Solitaire Wargaming - Beginner Edition
53:08 - Little Set-up and Break-Down Solo Games
56:30 - How Long Before A Game Clicks?
64:48 - House Ruling?
69:33 - End Bits

 

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Feb 14, 2017

In the episode of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis goes through his quarterly recap of GMT Games P500 list. What has he acquired? What has he added and removed? And what has really piqued his interest?

 

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Feb 5, 2017

In Episode 41, the Low Player Count crew sits down to discuss Lore in games, what draws them in, and what makes a good lore. They also banter about games they have recently acquired and games they want to get rid of.

Time:
01:24 - Game Acquisition Rundown
04:22 - 18 Card Game Design Challenge
05:55 - Donny’s Reunification
16:30 - Games We are Trying to Un-Acquire
22:20 - Revisit Austerity 2017
23:20 - Tubthumping
24:24 - boardgametables.com
24:55 - Lore in Games
25:38 - Distinction Between Theme and Lore
27:45 - Spice Wars!
31:10 - The Definition of Lore
32:37 - Lore within the Game vs. Lore Outside of the Game
37:35 - Worlds Created within Games We Love
50:30 - When Lore Gets in the Way
55:45 - What is it about Lore that Grabs You?
61:32 - Does Lore Help with Solo Gaming?
63:45 - Mini-Topics!
64:40 - End Bits

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Jan 29, 2017

In Episode 40, the Low Player Count crew returns to its Popular Mechanics series with a discussion about Hand Management Games. They also banter about rules forum etiquette, premium BGGcon tickets, and remind people that their shirts exist!

Time:
01:04 - LPC Shirts are Available (Again) 
04:42 - BGG Forum Etiquette
09:14 - Happy Birthday Aldie!
10:50 - Titling Your Rules Posts
13:40 - Improve your GoogleFu
16:00 - Our Turn Podcast Shoutout
20:00 - BGGcon Premium Tickets
26:40 - boardgametables.com
27:25 - Popular Science?
28:45 - Hand Management Games
29:08 - What is a Hand Management Game?
30:08 - Favorite Games in the Mechanic
31:45 - Does Hand Management Mean Only Cards?
39:25 - Enjoying the Tension of Card Selection
42:05 - “Yup…”
43:00 - Questionable Games
47:15 - Shawn Loves Reading
48:05 - Can Hand Management Be a Stand Alone Mechanic?
51:10 - Slack Shill
55:00 - Scoring vs. Mechanics
60:00 - Interesting Reversals in Hand Management Games
64:40 - End Bits

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Jan 22, 2017

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where the individual Low Player Count crew and friends across the boardgames universe can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year.

This episode? A flashback to the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel winners.

0:36 - Patrick’s Pick: El Grande
5:20 - Cliff’s Pick: Codenames
10:28 - Richard’s Pick: Orleans
13:34 - Donny’s Pick: 7 Wonders
19:15 - Andy’s Pick: Isle of Skye
23:17 - Jessica’s Pick: Yspahan

 

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Jan 16, 2017

The Setting the Table minisodes are designed to discuss the deeper implications of theme in boardgaming. Donny interviews board game media, designer, fans, and personalities, speaking deeper into why specific themes matter in our favorite games.

This week? Middle Earth with Wroderick and Kevin.

 

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The Zeppelin (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

 

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Jan 8, 2017

In Episode 39, the Low Player Count crew discusses the stigma of solo gaming, why we do it, and a slew of quotes from the guild on the topic. They also give away a copy of Agricola: Master of Britain, discuss the Slack channel, and kickoff the New Year.

 

Time:
00:26 - Intros & 2017 Kickoff
02:10 - Agricola: MOB Giveaway Winner
05:35 - Slack Channel
13:25 - boardgametables.com
14:07 - Shawn Has the Best BGT Ad
14:52 - Episode Suggestions
15:32 - Skippen Name Drop
15:45 - Why Solo Games?
18:30 - What Drove You to Play Games Solo?
27:07 - Solo Gaming vs. Video Gaming
30:00 - People Interaction
32:00 - Rules Questions
39:00 - Before We Move to the Next Question…
40:40 - Play Solo or with Others?
49:00 - Group Scheduling, or Lack Thereof…
50:05 - Where Did the 3rd Question Go?
52:28 - Random Thoughts from Steve M
53:00 - Some Unfortunate Stereotypes
62:17 - End Bits
63:15 - Pop Screen!

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