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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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Jul 6, 2015

Big Fun in a Little Box with Shawn

In this minisode, Shawn gives a quick overview and review of Pixel Tactics & Valley of the Kings.

The point of minisodes is to give listeners a small 5-15 minute episode in-between full-length episodes, that is devoted more to reviews, news, and more.

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Jun 29, 2015
In Episode 7, 2/3 of the Low Player Count crew discuss the LPC Microcosm giveaway, streaming of videos, and the addition of mini-sodes to the podcast. We also tackle the good and bad of dummy players in solo and two player games.
 
Times:
1:50 - Texas is Hot
2:20 - The Contest is over
7:54 - Mini-sodes for everyone!
9:40 - Travis doesn’t understand technology
12:20 - Donny likes Periscope
14:43 - What is a Dummy Player?
20:10 - Two Player Variants
25:10 - Player Counts on the Box
28:50 - Why Dummy Players?
37:20 - Passive Dummy Player AI
44:00 - How Solo Games Gets Passed Dummies
49:20 - Active AI Dummy Players
52:03 - What Games Do You Want a Variant for?
61:23 - What Game Would You Love to See?
62:45 - The Winner of #LPCMicrocosm
63:25 - End Bits
 
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Jun 21, 2015

GIVEAWAYS

 

Spiraling out of Episode 6 and into Episode 7, Donny gives everyone a chance to win a copy of Eminent Domain: Microcosm by Tasty Minstrel Games.

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Jun 15, 2015

Episode 6 -  Mano a Mano: Co-op or Competitive?

In Episode 6, the Low Player Count crew is finally all back together. They discuss their recent acquisitions, pose a question to the LPC listeners, and discuss cooperative or competitive play in solo and two player games. 
 
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Times:
1:38 - Recent Acquisitions
3:00 - Shawn gets into wargaming
7:45 - Travis bought stuff too
9:40 - Travis doesn’t understand technology
10:30 - Donny loses self-control
12:00 - Donny cheats at PACG
15:15 - Elysium variants
19:34 - LPC poses a question to you
23:40 - #SylvionKdJ2015
26:00 - 1 Player Guild Awards
27:45 - Co-operative or Competitive?
37:20 - Gaming with a Spouse
40:20 - Hashing it out, again…
44:44 - Donny puts his foot in his mouth
47:00 - Does this game exist?
49:00 - Donny puts his foot in his mouth again
51:45 - Shawn starts to thank people again…
52:49 - End Bits
 
 
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Jun 1, 2015
In Episode 5, the Low Player Count crew discusses the recent Spiel des Jahres nominations and wonder about the inclusion (or exclusion) of solo and two-player only games. We also announce the winner of the Onirim giveaway.
 
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Times:
1:07 - Let’s Talk About the Weather
2:19 - Onirim Giveaway Stats
2:47 - Donny fills in what Travis & Shawn missed
4:44 - Spiel des Jahres
5:38 - Shawn makes a special announcement
7:00 - Spiel Criteria
9:58 - Why are there not many 2 player games in the SdJ?
13:00 - Rosenberg dominates the 2 player recommendations
18:15 - Wargames in the SdJ?
21:50 - Solo games in SdJ
28:05 - #SylvionKdJ2015
31:09 - Donny brings his own SdJ thoughts
37:57 - Donny does KSdJ
43:40 - Donny discusses 1-2 player games
49:17 - New & Noteworthy on iTunes!
 
 
Music:
 
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May 18, 2015

In Episode 4, the Low Player Count crew is joined by the one and only Rich Sommer as we discuss traveling with board games, and they talk about a lot of them, too! They also talk about their gaming nightmares and remind you to enter into the Onirim Giveaway found on lowplayercount.com.

 
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Times:
1:32 - Onirim Contest
3:27 - What are our Gaming Nightmares?
7:57 - “Agreed"
8:38 - “What’s good to travel with?"
9:58 - Rich Sommer chats about Cardboard! with Rich Sommer
11:48 - The 1st Expletive on the Show
14:48 - What Rich takes with him when he travels
17:34 - Game-packing tips by Shawn: He doesn’t have any.
21:30 - Print n Play Shoutout
23:30 - Rich doesn’t bring Crokinole
26:10 - Rich knows his water sports
28:20 - What solo games we would take
32:52 - What 2 player games we would take
36:20 - Rich likes game stores & geocaching
38:15 - The best bar in America is in New York, according to Rich
39:45 - Rich & Travis geek out about wargames & history
41:50 - Do we visit game stores when we travel?
47:45 - “You can all go to hell. I’m going to Fuddrucker’s.”
48:23 - Rich tells his awesome travel secret
49:40 - Digital vs. Analog in travel
52:25 - Travis claps excitedly about Rich’s order
56:00 - End Bits
 
Find Rich Sommer at:
Cardboard! with Rich Sommer
cardboard.wolfpop.com
@Cardboardcast
cardboardcast@gmail.com
 
 
Music:
 
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May 10, 2015

Hot off the heels of Episode 3 and heading into Episode 4, we felt a giveaway is in order. Listen to find out how you can enter!

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Music:
 
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May 4, 2015

In Episode 3, the Low Player Count crew discusses the nominees for the best Two-Player games in the 2014 Dice Tower Awards, while coming up with a solo BGGCon meet-up. They also tackle a tough question: “How do you like your solo game to end, by reaching an objective or by hitting a high score?” Watch the sparks fly in this episode! Or rather, listen to them… Not watch.

 
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Times:
1:30 - Some Technical Issues
4:05 - Guild Discussions, Two-Player Survey, Periscope
5:21 - The Dice Tower Awards: Best Two-Player Game
9:40 - Donny’s Acquisition Disorder
18:19 - Our Predictions
21:00 - High Score vs. Objective - FIGHT!
24:23 - Shawn Reminisces about Pac-Man
26:40 - #FoASolo Challenge
29:20 - A BGGCon Solo gaming experience?
33:39 - Victory Point Based Endgame
46:20 - Games with an Endgame Objective
55:45 - Bad Advice from Good Friends
58:17 - Games with an Objective and Victory Points
64:33 - Travis Reminisces about his Anger Issues
65:23 - Our Personal Verdicts
68:25 - Donny Drinks Disgusting Coffee
70:23 - End Bits
 
Music:
 
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Apr 19, 2015

In Episode 2, the Low Player Count crew discusses International TableTop Day and the differences in hidden vs. perfect information in solitaire and two-player boardgames. Despite Travis not understanding how to record properly, the guys plugged away. 

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Times:
1:30 - International TableTop Day
4:00 - Madness Games & Comics Dent & Ding Sale
5:45 - Back to TableTop Day
9:37 - Breaking promises since 2015
9:57 - DFW Nerd Night Charity (DFWNN.org)
14:30 - The Question of Known vs. Hidden Information
17:50 - Two-Player Games: BattleCon
24:20 - Yinsh
28:00 - Top Ranked Abstract Games
28:51 - Hidden Information & Balancing
35:08 - Solitaire Player Games: States of Siege games
38:17 - Glass Road
41:44 - Mage Knight (again!)
47:20 - The Problem of AI Bots: Cuba Libre 
54:20 - Hostage Negotiator
58:45 - End bits
 

Music:
Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Apr 5, 2015

Episode One - Getting to Know You

Welcome to Low Player Count, a podcast about boardgames playable with two or fewer. This episode Donny, Shawn, and Travis share the Low Player Count Mission statement, a bit about who we are, and what some of our favorite solitaire and two-player games are.

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Times:
2:30 - The Twitter Hype
3:50 - Season Finale of LPC
4:00 - The LPC Mission Statement
10:15 - A Note to Publishers
10:30 - How the Guys got into Tabletop Games
27:37 - Our Ideal Solo Player Games
50:07 - Our Ideal Two-Player Games
71:00 - Sign Off

Theme Music: 
Ray Gun - FasterFasterBrighter (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0
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