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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We're halfway into 2017 so let's have a look back at what games I've played during 2017 so far and those that have been released, but haven't been put in front of me yet! There's a lot more games to come though so here's to the rest of 2017! 01:03 - Introduction (The Arrival of the YouTube Channel) 04:37 - Games I've Played (Ethnos) 08:33 - Century Spice Road 11:25 - Yamatai 15:00 - Barenpark 18:22 - Unfair 22:13 - Anachrony 27:00 - Released Games I Want To Play 34:08 - Conclusion
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Recently the hosts of Every Night Is Game Night, also known as Jason Perez and Anthony Chatfield of Board Gamers Anonymous, invited me on for a Top Ten Solo Games collaboration. A really hard list to put together as I could have done a Top 30 really, but it had to be drilled down to 10.
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Look what I've got for you! Recently the hosts of Every Night Is Game Night, also known as Jason Perez and Anthony Chatfield of Board Gamers Anonymous, invited me on for a Top Ten Solo Games collaboration. A really hard list to put together as I could have done a Top 30 really, but it had to be drilled down to 10.
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A quick broadcast today, just to go over my plans and schedule for the upcoming UK Games Expo on 2nd-4th June 2017. Where can you find me and what games am I likely to make a beeline for?
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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.
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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
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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. 03:50 - Unlock 08:05 - Jupiter Rescue 10:18 - Resistance Avalon Role Variant 15:08 - Scalping - Right or Wrong?
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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. 01:00 - AIRECON in general 06:07 - New Games Played - Terraforming Mars 10:30 - Ashes: Rise of the Pheonixborn 13:36 - Fuji Flush 15:36 - Trajan 19:15 - Highlights - Geeknson Viticulture with Polyhedron Collider 23:33 - Room 504 27:31 - Conclusion
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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
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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.

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