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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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Apr 3, 2016

In Episode 25, the Low Player Count crew celebrates its one year anniversary of being a podcast! They dig into the mailbag to answer listener questions about themselves, the show, and more, while also revealing the winner to their Empires In America contest. Oh, and shirts are for sale!

Times:
1:45 - Empires in America Contest Giveaway!
2:10 - A BGG Guild Milestone
7:50 - Shirts for Sale!
9:50 - boardgametables.com
10:35 - The Questions & Answers
95:55 - End Bits

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Mar 28, 2016

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? Our favorite space games!

0:35 - Travis’ pick: Talon
6:30 - Richard’s pick: Xia: Legends of a Drift System
8:40 - Derek’s’ pick: Tiny Epic Galaxies
11:13 - Bill’s pick: Eclipse
16:50 - Patrick’s pick: Merchant of Venus

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Mar 13, 2016

In Episode 23, the Low Player Count crew discusses the ever nebulous and highly subjective topic of game weight. They also give their predictions and personal picks for the Golden Geek Awards.

Times:

2:00 - The Golden Geek Award Nominations
3:53 - Game of the Year Nominees
11:25 - Two-Player Game of the Year Nominees
18:45 - Solo Game of the Year Nominees
27:45 - Podcast Nominees
33:00 - Game Weight
33:55 - What is Game Weight?
38:00 - The BGG Weight Scale Definition
41:55 - Travis Steps on Wargamer Toes
44:50 - LPC Poll Discussion
60:30 - High or Low Level of Complexity vs Enjoyment
81:30 - End Bits

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Feb 29, 2016

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? Our favorite farming games!

Times:
0:34 - Brandon’s pick: Finca
6:30 - Derek’s pick: Agricola: ACB&S
9:53 - Travis’ pick: King Chocolate
15:00 - Shawn’s pick: Agricola
20:30 - Donny’s pick: Takenoko

 

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Feb 22, 2016

In Episode 22, the Low Player Count crew discusses all of the different iterations of LCGs, CCGs, ECGs, and more. They also announce the winner of the #LPCDuel giveaway with a brief talk about some beta play testing games they have received.

Times:
1:30 - #LPCDuel giveaway
2:45 - Episode Suggestions Thread
4:05 - Beta Playtest Stuff
12:30 - LCG, CCG, ECG, ETC… definitions
18:20 - The Collectionist Aspect
28:30 - What All Have We Played
34:30 - Deck Construction
50:50 - The Communal Aspect
60:00 - Know your Boundaries
68:30 - Austerity 2016
71:20 - End Bits

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Feb 15, 2016

 

In this minisode of Big Fun in a Little Box, Shawn livens up Valentine’s Day 2016 by talking about …And Then We Held Hands.

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Feb 7, 2016

In Episode 21, the Low Player Count crew brings you their top 5 favorite two player games. They also reveal the Listener’s Top 5, the state of the podcast, and announce a new contest.

Times:
1:40 - A Twitter Contest
5:50 - State of the Podcast:January Edition
8:00 - Last Minute Bits
10:45 - Top 5 Two Player Games
17:36 - Honorable Mentions
24:23 - Number Five
31:05 - Number Four
38:54 - Number Three
45:11 - Number Two
51:00 - The Guessing Game for Number One
61:30 - Listener’s Honorable Mentions
64:00 - The Listener’s Top 5
74:20 - End Bits

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Jan 31, 2016

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where individual Low Player Count crew can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year. This episode? The KOSMOS Two Player Series!


Times:
0:34 - Bill’s pick: Lost Cities
5:45 - Shawn’s pick: Odin’s Ravens
10:49 - Richard’s pick: Babel
14:22 - Donny’s pick: Pillars of the Earth: Builder’s Duel
18:34 - Travis’ pick: Targi
21:26 - Andy’s pick: Kahuna

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Jan 25, 2016

In Episode 20, the Low Player Count crew brings you a slightly longer episode as they discuss their top 5 favorite solo games. They also reveal the Listener’s Top 5, discuss the upcoming If You Buy One Game Kosmos series minisode, and announce our new sponsorship by BoardGameTables.com.

Times:
1:03 - Big News: BoardGameTables.com sponsorship
2:10 - If You Buy One Game… Kosmos
9:12 - What’s On The Docket…
10:20 - Honorable Mentions
17:00 - Number Five
23:13 - Number Four
30:50 - Number Three
41:04 - Number Two
50:00 - The Guessing Game for Number One
67:32 - The Listener’s Top 5 Rules
69:10 - Listener’s Honorable Mentions
70:25 - The Listener’s Top 5
78:50 - End Bits

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Jan 9, 2016

 

In this minisode of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis is joined by friend and local gaming buddy, Cliff Fischer, to discuss the beauty of Rosenberg's 2014 release, Fields of Arle. Cliff and Travis take on the discussion primarily from the solo play world and how the openness and weight of the game make it a great experience.

 

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Jan 3, 2016

In Episode 18 and after a week’s delay, Donny, Shawn, and Travis talk about the game mechanic Pick Up and Deliver and how that intersects in the world of solo and two-player games. Nemo’s War, Castellion, If You Buy One Game minisodes and more…

Times:
1:34 - If You Buy One Game… minisodes
6:36 - Nemo’s War
9:07 - Castellion giveaway
10:04 - Pick up & Deliver
12:15 - What is Pick Up & Deliver?
16:00 - What Makes Pick Up & Deliver fun?
22:18 - What is the Good & Bad of PU&D in LPC games?
27:00 - Donny Breaks Podcasting Laws
29:08 - The 2 Player side of PU&D
36:15 - Is PU&D Exciting Enough as a Sole Mechanic?
46:55 - Donny’s Adventures with Firefly
55:25 - End Bits

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Dec 21, 2015

If You Buy One Game is a minisode series where individual Low Player Count crew can individually discuss and review a game of their choice, based on theme, topic, or even time of year. This episode? The Holidays 2015

0:34 - Donny’s pick: Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
8:10 - Shawn’s pick: Specter Ops
14:33 - Travis’ pick: Animal Upon Animal

 

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Dec 14, 2015

In this minisode, Donny and Travis sit down with Alan Emrich and Grant Taylor from Victory Point Games from BGGcon 2015 to talk about where VPG came from, why the focus on 1-2 player games, kickstarters, Nemo’s War and more.

The Nemo’s War Kickstarter is tentatively scheduled for December 29th.

Times:
1:40 - Why 1-2 player Games?
4:10 - Dawn of the Zeds 3rd ed., Kickstarter, and more
7:55 - Nemo’s War
13:30 - VPG in 2016?
15:30 - End Bits

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Dec 7, 2015

In Episode 17, the Low Player Count Crew dives into the topic of replayability in boardgames, while also giving you a new contest to enter. Good luck!

Times:
1:39 - Feeling the love on iTunes
2:50 - A Giveaway!
4:19 - The 2015 Top 100 Solo Games
5:45 - A Brief BGGcon Recap
8:50 - The Victory Point Games interview Coming Soon
9:13 - Replayability in Boardgames
12:57 - Games for Replayability 
15:30 - What Does Deployability Even Mean?
18:55 - How Important is Replayability in a Solo Game?
24:45 - Travis’ Quick Take on Nemo’s War
33:54 - Games with a Minor Setup Variation
45:08 - Games with No Variability
49:00 - Broken Token, We Love You
53:35 - Games with No Replayability
55:14 - Travis Keeps A Secret
56:30 - Can you Replay TIME Stories?
60:00 - How about TIME Stories at a Low Player Count?
65:35 - What about Pandemic: Legacy?
66:25 - People are Punks
82:00 - Future Donny & End Bits

 

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Nov 29, 2015

In this episode of Big Fun in a Little Box, Shawn talks about his recent fascination with the great small box game from Gamelyn Games, Tiny Epic Galaxies.

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Nov 17, 2015

In Episode 16, the Low Player Count crew very excitedly and enthusiastically discuss BGGcon, the Virtual Flea Market, Ribbons, Shirts, games we have gotten recently and convention tips and general excitement for BGGcon.

 

Times:
1:28 - Donny’s Birthday Episode
2:00 - T-Shirts!
4:15 - BGGcon Ribbons
7:00 - Donny Has a Surprise!
9:00 - Games We’re Looking Forward to at BGGcon
21:39 - Events We’re Taking Part In!
29:20 - No One Likes the VFM
36:25 - Tips and Tricks for BGGcon
44:30 - Things You Should & Shouldn’t Do…
54:20 - Anything You Want to Demo
61:20 - Travis Flips Out
62:00 - End Bits

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Nov 9, 2015

In this episode of Travis Gets Heavy, where Travis talks about The Gallerist. In this recent hotness of a heavy game from Eagle Gryphon, you play as a gallerist in the world of art renown. But how heavy is this and how does it work solitaire? With an interview from designer, Vital Lacerda, Travis talks about the hefty, beautiful game.

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Nov 1, 2015

In this minisode, Donny and Travis give you, the listener, the rundown of anything and everything you need to know about Low Player Count leading up to and during BGG.con: everything from shirts, ribbons, hangouts, gaming opportunities, and more.

 

LPC Shirt Preorder

Jack Vasel Memorial Fund

 

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Oct 25, 2015

In Episode 15, the Low Player Count crew discuss fillers and how those do and don’t work in the 1-2p gaming arena. We also talk about the 2015 People’s Choice Solo Games from the 1 Player Guild.

Times:
2:00 - Thanks for iTunes shout-outs!
3:33 - Shawn Has Given Up on Anime Podcasts
4:50 - 2015 People’s Choice Top 100 Solo Games
9:37 - Favorite Filler Games
11:30 - What Do We Look for in a Filler Game?
20:30 - How Do Fillers Look Differently in 1-2p Games?
27:00 - Favorite 1-2p Fillers
45:50 - Tiny Hamsters
47:00 - Donny Creates a Tiny Hamsters Game
47:34 - Tiny Epic Hamsters
51:45 - End Bits

People's Choice 2015 Top 100 Solo Games

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Oct 12, 2015

In Episode 14, the Low Player Count crew add a guest podcaster and have a free form discussion about games we’ve enjoyed, haven’t enjoyed, and have an all around good time in this live recording. We also discuss the shirt design contest winner and lament Donny not being available to record.

 

Times:
1:45 - Introductions
4:35 - Shirt Design Contest Winner
6:40 - The Meat!
7:00 - Games We’ve Been Playing
10:40 - Dustin Brings Up Bad Memories
24:40 - Games We Have Not Been Enjoying
31:20 - Shawn Does Logic Problems
35:00 - Harry Potter Scene It!
35:45 - Games We Have Enjoyed
42:50 - Travis Paints Minis
47:30 - Grand Prize Giveaway by Dustin
51:00 - Games We’re Excited to Play/Get
59:15 - The Anti-Travis
68:30 - End Bits

 

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Oct 4, 2015

In Episode 2 of Variant Species, Donny discusses his love of the adventure game genre and runs through the design choices for his The Witcher: The Adventure Game solo variant.

 

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Sep 28, 2015

In Episode 13, the Low Player Count crew discusses luck and randomness in games. They also talk about some Essen releases, a contest extension, and more, all in the mix of some minor technical issues. Huzzah!

Times:
1:39 - Shawn Gets Belligerent
3:00 - Shirt Design Contest (extension!)
4:48 - A Review Please?
5:55 - Convention Season
9:22 - Upcoming Essen Releases
19:46 - Virtual Flea Market at BGGcon
20:35 - Luck in Games
21:15 - Are Randomness & Luck the Same Things?
41:00 - Randomness in Solo Games
45:45 - Donny Schools Travis over Bell Curves
48:05 - Randomness in Two Player Games
55:00 - Roll and Shout!
63:00 - A Final Quote
66:40 - A Half Dozen People…
67:00 - End Bits
 
 
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Sep 20, 2015
In episode 2 of Travis Gets Heavy, Travis discusses the massive resource and transportation game, Roads & Boats. He pulls some interesting comments from the BGG forums and asks about the solo design process from Jeroen & Joris, the designers of Roads & Boats. 
 
Heavy Cardboard’s Splotter Interview
 
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Sep 14, 2015

In Episode 12, the Low Player Count crew, minus Shawn, kicks off our mechanics discussion with Worker Placement. We also discuss a contest that has already begun and how you can win some gift card money by being creative.

Times:
1:09 - Poor Shawn...
3:42 - A Creative Contest for You!
9:24 - The Worker Placement Discussion Begins
11:15 - The Very First WP Game
13:44 - “Blue!”
22:20 - What Feeling a Player Gets in WP
29:05 - WP Competitively vs. Solo
34:55 - The Downsides & Pitfalls of WP
46:02 - Theme in WP
59:30 - Close vs. Open in WP 
63:30 - The Future of WP
69:30 - Top 3 WP Games
74:00 - End Bits
 
 
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Aug 31, 2015
In Episode 11, the Low Player Count crew record a groggy morning episode while discussing games that have gotten under our skin. They also tackle the topic of multiplayer games that are good or bad when scaled down to two players, and why they think that might be.
 
Times:
2:20 - What Game Gets Under Your Skin?
8:25 - Why Do Games Get Under Our Skin?
13:38 - The Best & Worst of High Player Count Games with Two
18:30 - Euro vs. Ameritrash Player Interaction
24:50 - Co-ops
35:15 - Fillers at Best with Two?
37:00 - Donny Flips Out About Love Letter
41:45 - Multiplayer Games that Play Worse at Two
48:21 - Donny is Scared of Randos
62:45 - AngelZilla
64:14 - End Bits
 
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