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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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Now displaying: January, 2017
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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Music:

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Jan 2, 2017

In this minisode of Big Fun in a Little Box, Shawn dissects why the multi award winning game of Hanabi is big fun in a little box.

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