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

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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 41 - Why Is It So Hard? On today's episode there's a bunch of news to talk about, but the focus is more on the difficulty curves of games. Are co-op board games these days becoming too hard to beat? Is there a trend to up the difficulty curve in the late stages of an LCG? Are campaign games subject to spikes with impossible finales? 00:00 - Introduction and General Wellbeing 09:05 - What I Played 16:00 - News 28:00 - Why Is It So Hard?
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 40 - Resolutions - Whats A Deck Builder? It's 2022 and we start the year with a show devoted to resolutions, games played and then a debate started by me and a friend - "what ACTUALLY IS a deck builder"? 00:00 - Introduction and General Wellbeing 07:17 - What I Played 19:43 - Resolutions for 2022 39:20 - What Is A Deck Builder?
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So many games to talk about, so this is basically a bumper episode where I talk about a ton of games I've been playing lately, mainly because of attending GRIDCON last week, a great local convention hosted by Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules! 00:00 - Introduction and General Wellbeing 03:16 - ZATU Giveaway 07:18 - Channel Shoutout - Gaming Rules! What I Played: 14:14 - Ark Nova 22:31 - Weather Machine 29:33 - Grand Trunk Journey 37:14 - Euthia 46:33 - Roll Player Adventures 57:31 - Iki and Other Games
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On today's episode I got a ton of games to talk about that I played, some of which you'll be surprised I played at all, and also a big discussion on innovation in games and a signature Broken Meeple rant on the new CMON KS rumours. How Am I? (00:00) - General stress, health and what I've done on the channel and future content! What I Played (04:00) - From my games at Merrycon we have Agricola with Farmers of the Moor, Glass Road impressions, Terraforming Mars, Diamonds and my first play of the new Mortum by Arcane Wonders.
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Been a while since a normal podcast and I've had time to play a bunch of Essen games - how is 2021 shaping up as a result? How Am I? (00:00) - General stress, health and what I've done on the channel and future content! Channel Shoutout (12:00)- Mark Dainty - Not Bored Gaming News (15:10) - Garphill Games new Trilogy, another Splotter game and a new Tapestry expansion. What I Played / How is 2021 shaping up? (22:37) - I give my thoughts on what I've played since Essen and comment on how 2021 is shaping up in general?
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Special episode today! I figured instead of doing a podcast episode for the aftermath of visiting Essen Spiel, I decided to do a live stream on YouTube. If you want to check that out in full please visit the channel. But here for you there's an audio only version if you want to listen to it in podcast form! I go over Essen, the fair, the people, the games and questions from the chat! Enjoy!
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How Am I? (00:00) - Why this episode was meant to be shorter (and yet wasn't) due to a convention cut short, my upcoming gastroscopy and prepping for Essen 2021. Channel Shoutout (10:37)- Games Made Easy Convention Cut Short?(14:!6) News (18:51) - A 7 Wonders spin off, a new Azul and the highlights from the Fantasy Flight Games In Flight Report. What I Played (24:55) - First impressions of Pandemain, Fox in the Forest and my current status with regards to Descent which will now be getting a full Detail review in the future. First Impressions & Rant - "Dune" (33:00) Conclusion (51:45)
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How Am I? (00:00) - How my Top 100 is going, my current health issues and why I'm stepping back from Twitter to get away from toxicity. What I Played (10:30) - First impressions of Pandemain, Fox in the Forest and my current status with regards to Descent which will now be getting a full Detail review in the future. News (21:38) - A 7 Wonders spin off, a new Azul and the highlights from the Fantasy Flight Games In Flight Report. Useful Game Accessories (34:08) - I go over a bunch of ways I pimp out my board games and some other useful accessories to have. Conclusion (01:04:36)
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How Am I? (00:00) - The initial success of the Top 100 and my thoughts on the K-Con convention. What I Played (09:15) - Obsession and Anno 1800 get my first impressions and a full blitz review of Cabbagehead Garden. News (32:10) - The downfall of IDW Games Preparing for Essen 2021(36:44) - My plans for Essen 2021 including my volunteering for Portal Games. And then I'll give you a ton of top tips to follow for preparing for Essen based on my 3-4 years of experience. Conclusion (01:04:36)
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How Am I? (00:00) - A long weekend, both good and bad. Reuinions with old friends, a very productive time in the editing room and with the upcoming Top 100, but also anxiety pains from people unfollowing me behind my back, the stress is real. What I Played (09:14) - Haven, Herbaceous and The Lost Expedition get my first impressions! News (24:05) - A Zombicide RPG, a new portable Citadels version and a big box for King of Tokyo.

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