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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Episode 2 of my audio reviews continue with Nations: Dynasties - this expansion introduces only a few things to the game, but they promise an unbelievable amount of variety. Despite the low price tag, should you still get this expansion? Also note, the ten minute clock does not include music intros and endings!
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The Ultimate Question? Of Life, The Universe and Everything? No, I mean what defines a "Fantasy" game? In this episode I give my thoughts via my Top Ten Fantasy Board Games - do you agree with my definition and list or do you have your own thoughts? But before that, a word about local board game cafes and StabCon South followed by first impressions including my "half-way" point opinions on Pandemic Legacy (spoiler free). And the "One More Game?" segment returns for a more regular timescale with my views on whether Smash Up has stood the test of time and many expansions.
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It's finally happened everyone! This is the pilot episode for my first audio only review designed to supplement not only my main podcast but also my written reviews with something a little different. I get 10 minutes max to review a game and rather than being one that I get as a review copy, these will consist of games that I've acquired myself through my own means whether they be the new hotness or the cult of the old - essentially catching up on reviews I've wanted to do, but never got round to doing.
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Fresh out of SORCON 2016, here is Episode 41! In this special episode (sorry it's a bit late) I go through my experiences at another new convention which I'll be adding to my hot list. What games did I play, what were the players like, what was the venue like? And then to finish off, a list dedicated to the guys who give us the games we love. My Top Ten Board Game Designers! 00:00 - Introduction and Experience At SORCON 2016 09:15 - First Impressions - Samurai 14:56 - First Impressions - Steampunk Rally 19:45 - First Impressions - Raiders of the North Sea 26:12 - Top Ten Game Designers
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2016 is upon us and maybe this year will bring us a new wave of friendly people to the board gaming scene. Well to help those people out, this episode is mostly dedicated to gateway games, that is the entry level games that help to bring someone new into the hobby. Kicking off are the first impressions of Trains & Stations and Letters from Whitechapel. Followed by the return of my "One More Game?" segment discussing Catan and then a list I've wanted to do for some time, my Top Ten Gateway Games! 09:00 - First Impressions (Trains & Station)
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Well it's the end of another year and what a year it has been for board gaming. So many good titles this year to talk about and on top of this podcast you can also hear me comment on various games on the Dice Tower 2015 Special. Four first impressions to start things off including Coup G54, Between Two Cities & 504. Then a discussion segment on 2015 as a whole including news stories, trends I've noticed and a few general facts. And then of course, what everyone wants to hear at this time of year, my Top 10 of 2015!
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Sorry it's taken a while, been a busy month, but here it is! Episode 38! This is an episode of two halves. After returning from MidCon 2015 in Derby where I had a great time, I get to go over all the new games I played during the convention including what went on at the Kniziathon!
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Well Essen 2015 is over and I had a blast!! I've already reserved my hotel for 2016 and I hope to see you there, maybe with some proper means of identification though! So it's time to talk about it, but I can't do it alone. So for the first time ever on The Broken Meeple, I have guests and not just one, but two! Paul Grogan and Jacob Coon, both demo staff at Essen join me as we discuss the highs and lows of games played and give our feedback on how to effectively demo a board game in this special extended episode! 07:31 - Games Played At Essen (good and bad)
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Essen is just around the corner (literally, took me longer than I hoped to get this episode out!) and I'm excited to be going to it. This will be my first appearance and I've already caused my wallet harm by pre-ordering many games including some big deluxe sets. And there's plenty more to go yet! Join me in Episode 36 where I'll give my first impressions on Voyages of Marco Polo, Red Dragon Inn and Cacao, my Top 10 Games I'm Looking Forward To At Essen and kickstart a new pilot segment that I like to call "One More Game?". 10:05 - First Impressions (Voyages of Marco Polo)
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You've all been very patient and for that you shall be rewarded! You've hopefully checked out my No 75 through to No 26 of my Top 75 anniversary special. Well now it's finally here! My Top 25 games as of 31 July 2015! These games are just so much fun for me to play and yet recent plays in August show that next year's chart is going to just get better and better!

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