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 58 - Surviving Essen Spiel Thanks for allowing me the time off 2 weeks ago to enjoy my Snowdonia trip and not have to worry about another podcast episode. To make up for that, enjoy this bumper length 90 minute special episode where I talk about Essen Spiel 2022 and preview the top thumbed games from the Spiel 22 BGG list and give my thoughts. Expect positive hype, negative rants, the works! 00:00 Introduction and Updates on My Life 19:45 First Impressions of Oathsworn 29:50 News (Kingdom Come Deliverance Closure) 41:32 Tips for Surviving Essen Spiel
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 57 - Essen Spiel 2022 Preview Extended Special! Thanks for allowing me the time off 2 weeks ago to enjoy my Snowdonia trip and not have to worry about another podcast episode. To make up for that, enjoy this bumper length 90 minute special episode where I talk about Essen Spiel 2022 and preview the top thumbed games from the Spiel 22 BGG list and give my thoughts. Expect positive hype, negative rants, the works! 00:00 Introduction and Updates on My Life 06:40 Essen Spiel 2022 In General 12:00 Tabletop Together Tool Shoutout
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 56 - Climatic Endings in Euro Games Bit of a shorter segment today as I have to rush off to teach games at a public event not to mention I got a ton of content to get done! :D But as well as the usual updates you get to hear a mega rant about Flick of Faith, my giddy schoolgirl excitement for the Ark Nova expansion Aquarius with more details released and then my discussion on climatic endings in Euro Games. . . . linked to an anxiety attack moment where a simple counter argument revealed yet another issue with the industry. 00:00 Introduction and Updates
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 55 - Video Games Becoming Board Games A bumper long show here! Plenty of updates to talk about, then a train game which.........frankly like most train games has problems. Some big hot news off the press followed by a quick review of Subastral off my gaming shelf. And then big discussion from a Patreon supporter - what are my thoughts on video games becoming board games? 00:00 - Introduction and Updates 14:43 - (What I Played) - Transconcinental 27:08 - News 36:30 - Subastral Review 41:47 - Video Games Becoming Board Games
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 54 - Sequels vs Originals Wow there's a lot to get through here. After recovering from the UK's worst heatwave I at least got to enjoy Manorcon and play a bunch of games, many of which I'll talk about here! Acquire, Akropolis, Ride the Rails and the upcoming Endless Winter got played and my thoughts relayed here. Then I have some key news that have turned up in the last week to talk about for upcoming game announcements. Then finally a question from a Patreon - do sequels to board games work out better or worst for a game series?
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 53 - Outstaying Your Welcome Oh god is it hot here in the UK. But soldier on, do a podcast! After some news and updates, I talk about my first experiences with Long Shot: The Dice Game. Then I have a lot of news of upcoming games that have caught my interest including one of the most unique card drafting systems I've ever heard of. Finally I take a question from my Patreons who asked me what makes a game "take too long"? 00:00 - Introduction and Updates 13:30 - Long Shot: The Dice Game (What I Played) 22:42 - News 37:57 - Outstaying Your Welcome
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 52 - Can Bad Rulebooks Kill A Game? OK, I'm going to do this episode with noisy neighbours and a splitting headache :P But I think it went well! First I report on how the summer is affecting the channel and how publishers are disconnecting from me for the honest review format. I therefore make a plea to any fans to contribute to the Patreon even for just $1 a month because that's what keeps the channel going.
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 51 - What Do I Want In An Expansion? What a long couple of weeks. No UK Expo for me, but the family wedding I was at went perfectly! But the channel has declining views lately, possibily from the result of blacklisting and everyone being focused on Kickstarter content lately and it's concerning.
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 50 - 3rd Time Lucky? As well as updating you on the latest channel and gaming release news, I give a little look at the Spiel Des Jahres nominations (including those I've never heard of) and also I give a detailed account of my experiences with Garphill Games and my playthrough of Wayfarers of the South Tigris that I shared with Sarah Shah yesterday! 00:00 - Introduction and Channel News 09:36 - What I've Played (Garphill Games & Wayfarers) 33:05 - News 40:47 - Spiel Des Jahres Award Nominations
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 49 - Can Kickstarter Actually Die? Oh my word this is a long one! Thoughts on the show as well as a new idea for "live" reviews. A ton of new games I've acquired, my thoughts on Dead Reckoning plus a mini rant on a dumb social media respond I received, UK Games Expo Awards and a brief KS discussion topic! This episode has it all! And I hope you enjoy! 00:00 - Introduction and Live Reviews 10:17 - What I've Acquired - A Lot Of Games 37:28 - What I've Played - Dead Reckoning (+ mini rant) 52:45 - News inc UK Games Expo Awards Shortlist

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