Dice Tower Network Podcast: The Broken Meeple

The Broken Meeple is a show based in the UK set up in August 2013 that reports on board and card games from the perspective of Luke Hector, a born-again hard-core gamer. The podcast gives my first impressions of recent board games played, discusses various gaming related subjects that are topical and recently now issues a new Top 10 list every episode chosen by you, the gamers on BoardGameGeek. The aim of the podcast is to give a fun and interesting look on the board gaming hobby whilst not being afraid of going against the hype when necessary. The podcast can also be subscribed to on ITunes.

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The Broken Meeple Episodes


A tongue in cheek episode for you today before I head down to Devon for a week's break. We all love playing games with the community, but I'm sure all of us have that small list of gamer types that we would all avoid if we had the chance or perhaps that one personality trait just rubs you the wrong way.

So as a bit of fun, after I talk about some new appearances I'll be doing at conventions and on other podcasts, I'll give my "tongue in cheek" Top Ten Annoying Gamers.


Well Stabcon was another success in early April, but maybe some of you haven't heard of it - well here's a chance to find out more. How did it go, what is it all about, when's the next one and what games, both old and new, did I get to play?

01:02 - Introduction & POBCON 2017 Announcement
05:55 - StabCon and BoardGameExtras
11:03 - Churchill: A Struggle for Peace
19:59 - Article 27
25:22 - Shogun Big Box
34:40 - Caverna Cave Strategy & Crisis
43:37 - Conclusion


A recent fun gaming weekend has brought me to talk about some of the great experiences and games played including Unlock, Jupiter Rescue and a variant on Resistance Avalon. After that I need to give my thoughts on a practice I'm seeing too often in the board gaming hobby, which I wish would stop. And that is "Scalping" where people buy Kickstarters/Pre-Orders solely for the purpose of selling on at over-inflated prices to unsuspecting people in the secondary market.


Well AIRECON was a blast, surpassing the previous one in October. Now an annual convention, it's only going to try to expand and be bigger and better. On today's episode I talk about the convention itself, what new board games I got to play and a couple of particular highlights from my experience.


OK, first of all I said I was doing this before Rahdo did! :P A quick explanation regarding AireCon this weekend and my games played with The Game Shelf on 5 March including Time Stories: Endurance (no spoilers) and Coliseum. And then the meat of the episode, my Top Ten Games that are Exceptions to the Rule - games I normally shouldn't like for various reasons, yet managed to impress me enough to either like them or in some cases, adore them.

01:00 - AireCon and Gaming With "The Game Shelf"
07:39 - Top Ten Exceptions To The Rule


A recent misunderstanding occurred on a gaming Facebook group which has now been resolved. However one of the big parts of the situation leading to it was a harsh response to a review I gave which downplayed a highly hyped title of 2016: Great Western Trail. All has thankfully been resolved, however it does raise the issue of how we as gamers respond to negative reviews or feedback on opinions when it comes to the internet. How should we respond and shouldn't be better than flame wars and personal attacks? Here's my two cents on the matter.


Brrrrr, it's cold in January! Sit back, grab a cup of tea and listen to Episode 5 where I talk about my plans for attending upcoming conventions in 2017 including Airecon, UK Games Expo and Essen 2017.

After that I'll talk about my recent experience at Handycon 2017, a new convention run by Paul Harris and his team in High Wycombe. How did it go for a first run?

01:00 - Blog and Convention Plans
11:22 - Handycon 2017


Happy New Year!! Now for many of us we want to leave 2016 behind, but let's talk about some positives, the board game industry released a ton of new content and even though I think it was a bit of a weak year overall, there were still some gems that came out.

Today I'm going to reflect on 2016 as a whole for me and then it's my turn to go over the Top Ten of 2016!

01:05 - Reflection on 2016
14:36 - Top Ten of 2016
50:18 - Conclusion


Sorry it's been a while, had some personal issues to deal with lately! But let's talk about happy stuff. . . . mostly. Today it's not all about Xmas, it's instead about Eagle Gryphon Games, where I give you two brand new reviews of some Essen releases from this publisher. Morocco and Continental Divide, one I like, one I hate, have a guess which ones!

01:03 - Introduction (long wait, game room, future video prospects)
09:08 - Morocco Review
16:56 - Continental Divide Review
28:37 - Conclusion


My god, so soon after another episode? Well don't get used to weekly podcasts, I'd go nuts trying! But if an interesting topic comes up, I feel the need to speak about it and today it's all about Co-Operative games.

Firstly I tackle a debate that's arisen from a couple of gamers I know who tend to like dry, mechanical Euro's and dismiss the Co-Op genre entirely. Why do I love the genre so much? Does their argument hold up? Here's my views on the subject.