Contributor: Matthew Melissa Makak

Video Reviewer

Matthew creates "Teach the Teach" videos and is a contributor to Board Game Breakfast in his segment "Smashin' Buttons and Slammin' Cards." She is also a co-host on Room 51, a YouTube and Twitch (Room51Live) Channel. Some of her favorite games include Caverna: The Cave Farmers, Battlestar Galactica the Board Game, and Xia: Legends of a Drift System. Hobbies outside of board gaming include abstract acrylic painting, miniatures painting, playing recreational sports, and annoying his siblings. Melissa can be found on Board Game Geek at Starbuck7660 or contacted at matthew@dicetower.com.

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June 3, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak takes a look at some teaching tips for the game Caverna: The Cave Farmers.

0:00 Intro
1:15 Story, Objective, End
2:48 Explaining the Actions
12:25 Scoreboard as Player Aid
13:50 Setting Goals
14:45 Reminders


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May 8, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak takes a look at 10 games to play if you're feeling up for something strange, kooky, eccentric, or even wacky!

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April 30, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak gives you suggestions on how to teach Cuphead: Fast Rolling Dice Game to your game group.

0:00 Intro
0:35 Story, Objective, End
2:11 Stacking the deck
2:27 Defending and Attacking
4:07 HP
4:40 Parry and Wallop!
5:35 Campaign

April 23, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak gives you suggestions on how to teach Libertalia to your game group.
0:00 Intro
0:40 Story, Objective, End
1:36 Reputation Track
3:00 Phases of a Day/Voyage
8:54 Flow of the Teach


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March 11, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak discusses what to do when you're teaching a game, but maybe you perhaps slightly possibly messed up a rule!

0:00 Intro
0:56 Forgot a Rule
2:50 Got the Rule Wrong
4:47: Game Breaking Mess Up

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February 23, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak takes a look at how to teach Targi to make it easier to get played at the table.

0:00 Intro
0:37 Story, Objective, End
1:44 How Worker Placement Works
2:18 The Robber
2:54 Obtaining Tribe Cards
3:49 Card Abilities


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January 19, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak teaches you tips on how to teach a game that you haven't necessarily played before!

0:00 Intro
0:34 Story, Objective, End
1:09 Player Board Actions
4:25 Event Cards and Specialty Cards
6:58 Restock Actions

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January 10, 2022
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Matthew Melissa Makak gives tips on how to play a game with a specific focus on teaching it, rather than winning.

0:00 Intro
0:24 Not Playing to Win
1:22 Suboptimal Moves
2:19 Focus Tips

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January 7, 2022
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Matthew Makak shows you the experience at PAX Unplugged on the floor and recaps the journey.

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December 15, 2021
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Matthew Makak gives you some recommendations on how to teach Sub Terra!

0:00 Intro
0:38 Story, Objective, Game End
1:35 What to teach Players before Playing
4:11 How to Teach as You’re Playing
7:47 Cliff and Slip Tiles
8:30 Overview

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