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The conclusion to last week’s cliffhanger, we wrap up discussion on every objective in the game, and spend some time analyzing what the structure of all of these points means for the pace of winning. When and how should you be trying to score your 10 victory points? What is a “free” point? Also there’s some errata at the beginning here about the Ga…
 
Lot of assumptions in that title that I'm sure will get some responses on its own. Regardless, this is our first Galactic Council episode in our new format! This is an unprepared episode where Matt and Hunter blindly approach a topic and see where the conversation takes them. It was wildly fun to do, so we hope you enjoy it and look forward to futu…
 
The fact that we’ve never done an episode specifically about Objectives and Victory Points is either a huge misstep, or completely unnecessary. But here’s one anyways! This is part one where we go over all of the types of victory points, and cover our first section of objectives: Control Objectives. We talked way too much, and so this episode turne…
 
With all of the recent episodes about Exploration and Relics, we were clearly building up to SOMETHING. And that something is finally here. The Naaz-Rokha Alliance are white hot right now, so we’re already overdue for introducing them. Spoiler: they’re a really good faction and you probably didn’t even need us to tell you how to do well with them. …
 
Today we get to complete the meat of our Learning Root episodes (don’t worry, we have more planned!) by learning the Underground Duchy. A faction of order and structure, fittingly, has many detailed ways of playing. Here, we cover what we believe to be one of the safest and easiest to pick up Duchy strategies, saving some of the more complicated st…
 
Exploration has been sufficiently covered, but we left Relics on the table. There’s only a handful of them to cover, so to round out the episode, we’re also squeezing Legendary Planets into the discussion for today’s component episode. Stick around to make sure you hear about all 13 relics in Prophecy of Kings! 7:21 - Nomad Introduction Errata 15:5…
 
We’ve done a close look at the Nomad before, but that was back in the before-times when we were only being given a teaser of them by Dane. Now we’ve had time to sink our teeth in, and so, we can now present our Introduction to the, by far, coolest new faction in the game. They drive a Volkswagen around the galaxy while traveling through time, what …
 
It’s time to explore more Prophecy of Kings mechanics! And what better topic than Exploration? It’s the major new mechanical introduction in the expansion and has made the early game vastly different from Base game. This episode doesn’t get into Relics yet, but we discuss the four Exploration decks and what to expect from each of them. 5:20 - Fract…
 
What a delightful change of pace the Galactic Council has granted us this month! After some delay, we finally got to spend some time talking about the Twilight Imperium novel, The Fractured Void. We aren’t necessarily literary critics, and we aren’t even experts in TI lore, but we read the book and here’s what we think! 11:55 - Root: Corvid Conspir…
 
After some quick Tournament Structure errata, we finally get to sink our teeth into the Underworld expansion talking about the Corvid Conspiracy. We’re on record saying the Lizard Cult is a bad faction, but we didn’t realize how bad it can get. The Corvids can certainly shine, but what we’ve seen from the tournament is a faction that is easy to sto…
 
Twilight Imperium tournament season is upon us and Hunter and Matt are officially freaked out. There are clearly a lot of people vying for a spot in the upcoming Patreon tournament, so today we decided we needed to set the record straight on the structure of the tournament and give some important sign up information. This is one of those episodes t…
 
As part of the groundwork for truly learning about all of the new things brought to us by Prophecy of Kings, we wanted to take time to break down the new tech and talk a bit about how tech paths have changed, generally, since base game. This episode doesn’t dig into any faction tech, as we’ll do that in faction overviews, but it’s a basic look mean…
 
The galactic council took it easy on us this month. We get to relish in the casual conversations of our current favorite factions. But we took the opportunity to touch on some other topics as well, like how the meta might evolves over the next year, how War Suns might fare, and what to do about “powerful” factions. 42:50 - Titans of Ul Introduction…
 
The day of awakening is finally upon us. We have risen from the Buzzfeed slumber and come to you prepared to begin covering the factions as they stand in Prophecy of Kings. First up, we wanted to go a little easy on ourselves, so we have a Titan of Ul introduction. They’re a good faction. Maybe too good. Time will tell... Music provided by Ben Prun…
 
The Root Patreon Tournament is officially underway and officially sponsored, so what better way to celebrate than an unofficial episode about how to learn to play the Riverfolk Company? These otters are significantly more versatile than their expansion companions the Lizards, but in some ways require just as much skill to comprehend all of the tool…
 
We kick off our Root tournament this weekend, which means the show is about to get crazy busy! So, we decided it was important to set the table for 2021 and go over how we plan to structure future episodes as well as the changes made to the Patreon. Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn mor…
 
This year’s Holiday Spectacular stream took a lot out of us, and there are so many other things going on that we have a rather short episode for you. It’s a salt filled trip taking a look at what happened, and how we intend to get even next year... Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn more…
 
It is a time-honored tradition around these parts to wrap up the year with a Faction Tier List. But the whole game just changed and there’s no way any of our thoughts are going to be any good in a year, so we decided to get a little loose with this year’s tier list. So, we present the 100% First Annual Prophecy of Kings Faction Tier List but it’s n…
 
This is a weird one, brought to you by our Galactic Council patrons! It’s the return of the infamous Flagship Tournament, where all of the flagships fight in head to head matches with arbitrary complicated rules! Who will be crowned the greatest flagship of them all? Jokes on you, we rigged it! Anyways, this episode is also available in video form …
 
Tournament Season is officially on the horizon, and to get things moving, we have business to attend to! This episode covers everything you need to know to get signed up for the upcoming Root tournament as well as loads of information about the 2021 SCPT Twilight Imperium Patreon Tournament. We talk new draft rules, the new time limit rules, and a …
 
Prophecy of Kings has officially released and to commemorate it, Alec sat down for another Fireside Chat, this time with Dane Beltrami himself! Dane is no stranger to the show, but this is a wonderful casual interview that dives a bit deeper into game development and Dane's insights on the game we all know and love.…
 
It’s bookkeeping day! We’ve got some upcoming tournaments that we wanted to talk about. But that’s not all! With copies of Prophecy of Kings officially out in the wild, we wanted to talk about what we anticipate as players and and as content creators in the Twilight Imperium scene. We talk show goals as well as personal goals for a post-expansion e…
 
It feels like forever since we let this show get weird, y’know? Well, today is a weird one. Copies of Prophecy of Kings are shipping to many people this week, which means it’s time to put the final nail in base game’s coffin by assigning every faction a rank! We’re done with subjective tier lists, it’s time to give you the meat you’ve always craved…
 
With all that messy Twilight Imperium business behind us, we can return to the real work. And it is WORK. This week, we have a guide for “the worst faction” in Root, The Lizard Cult. Despite their setbacks, they’re incredibly fun, and hopefully we can help you unlock their potential. Just give us a chance! 12:07 - Abilities 15:24 - Setup 22:39 - Bi…
 
As part of our 24 hour Extra Life livestream, we recorded this episode LIVE with surprise guest Dane Beltrami. It has a looser structure than you might be used to, but we say goodbye to things we will and won’t miss from a TI4 that lacks Prophecy of Kings, and talk a bit about the things we’re most excited for. The audio is a little bit rough in th…
 
It’s the last time that finishing the 17th of a thing will mean we are done with that project. It’s been a project over a year in the making, but today marks the end of our base game faction Strategy Guides. And to wrap things up, we have a faction that required some time. And if we hadn’t had an expansion so closely on the horizon, we may have let…
 
It’s spooky season, and that means we get to talk about one of the spookiest factions out there: the Nekro Virus. What once was seen as aggressive, bloodthirsty killing machines are now a deal-oriented accountant wearing brass knuckles. Nekro is a good faction, but only if you dig a bit into the math and strategy that lies under the surface. So let…
 
We’re nearing the end of these base game Strategy Guides. Five years after the release of 3rd Edition, FFG released the Shards of the Throne expansion and included three new factions. Among those was what would quickly become one of the most beloved factions of the entire game, the Ghosts of Creuss. The Ghosts are so cool and interesting, they are …
 
Do you even understand what this episode cost? Hunter has gone back into the oven to further explore the strategies of the Embers of Muaat, and he’s a harder, colder man because of it. He may be forever changed, but at least we’ll finally know whether Red Tech or Blue Tech is better. You have to listen to this one, because it physically hurt Hunter…
 
This month the Galactic Council foisted upon us a episode so daunting, we had to enlist help from our own private Rules Judge, Milty! Milty is known in the community as the master of all rules, and there is no better person to host our newest game show: Rules Quiz Extravaganza! 1:35:26 - Explore: Expedition and Sardakk N'orr Mech: Valkyrie Exoskele…
 
I hope you enjoy your outdoor cooking with lots of SALT. Today, we delve into our only remaining base game Root faction, the Vagabond. Much maligned by the rest of the forest creatures, the Vagabond is power, requires focus from the rest of the table to stop, and...honestly can sometimes not be that fun to play as. It is an uphill meta-battle, and …
 
It’s not 2018 anymore, and that means we get to like the Yin and talk about them in a serious context. This might legitimately be Matt’s best faction, and hopefully that translates to some somewhat decent strategic insights. You be the judge! And stick around for the final Yin Brotherhood Prophecy of Kings spoiler! 4:53 - Overview 24:43 - Tech Path…
 
This month on Fireside Chats Alec sits down with the creator and moderator of the TI4 on TTS Discord, PhilRoi. He’s a huge figure in the community who puts in tons of effort and hours to ensure everyone has a safe and fun place to organize games of Twilight Imperium online. Not to mention he’s an incredibly kind person who is incredibly easy to tal…
 
Development of Leder Games’ Oath has been completed, and a lot has changed since the last time we talked to Cole Wehrle. So, we decided to sit down with him again so he could update us on what’s new, what’s not, and what’s to come! Additionally, we talk about where he sees Root heading in future expansions, as well as the competitive Root scene and…
 
For our second consecutive Galactic Council episode, the winner was an update on all of the components and abilities revealed for Prophecy of Kings so far. Now we couldn’t cover EVERYTHING, but today we touch on all of the tech, objectives, and faction stuff we’ve seen. It’s a LOT, so strap in and prepare to get your lace up your analysis shoes. We…
 
It’s the day you’ve been waiting all this time for. Nearly 3 years in, and we’ve finally managed to book our significant others to appear on the show. They were a tough get, and we had to offer some major residuals, but we finally got them on board. The Galactic Council submitted loads of questions, and we went through as many of them as we could s…
 
We’re trying to get our significant others to sit down for this month’s Galactic Council episode, but it’s proving more difficult than we originally planned. So, Alec is here to save the day with yet another Fireside Chat. This time with longstanding patron and Discord rabble-rouser, Billy! 6:47 - Objective: Command an Armada and Barony Agent: Visc…
 
And so begins the saga of the most temporary strategy guides ever written. Why are we writing guides for a game whose strategy will be radically changed in a matter of months? BECAUSE! When you start something you finish it! Even if it costs you everything. Even if all you’re left with is a Floating Factory and a single infantry sitting alone in a …
 
Deemed “The Jol-Nar of Root,” the Woodland Alliance is very powerful, and rather straight-forward in what they need to do in order to win. However, they can still have rather intimidating hurdles to get over for new players. So today, we want to cover solid play while avoiding the traps new players fall into. Stick around too, because at the end of…
 
There has already been so much new stuff to digest this weekend, but only one thing is actually CURRENTLY playable. Alongside the reveal of Prophecy of Kings on Friday, Fantasy Flight also released the first official Twilight Codex, which contains more Omega components, new action cards, and a whole playable scenario! Today, we sit down with Dane a…
 
AAAAHHHH! It happened. The expansion for Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, Prophecy of Kings, has been announced! And the only way to celebrate this momentous occasion is to bring designer Dane Beltrami onto the show and go in depth into every new mechanic. Additionally, we have been given exclusive access to one of the SEVEN new factions, and will be…
 
Hunter is hitting the road this week, moving back to Arkansas to be with his baby daddy. In lieu of time to record a proper episode, Alec is here to fill the gap yet again with another Fireside Chat. This time, he sits down with Weird Bear Fargoness and his son, GenCon 2019 Finalist Xenofeline. There aren’t many father/son duos in our community, an…
 
Winnu Winnu, Chicken Dinnu. It’s a faction so bad at winning that they have a celebratory catch phrase. How did we get here? Is there a trick to all of this that makes Winnu truly viable? Or is every win just a fluke? Let’s talk about “strategy” for the faction that really really really wants Mecatol Rex and basically nothing else. Also, if you pre…
 
Birds, man. Lemme tell ya. This was a tough nut to crack, but eventually we found some comfort with The Eyrie Dynasties in Root. They are a good faction, but they can, at times, feel a bit tough to learn and unlock the full potential of. Half programming, and half slow-burn, the Eyrie makes for a faction that, when things go wrong it can feel cripp…
 
Open up your cosmic history books and get yourself ready for story-time! Today Hunter and Alec the person sat down together to talk about the Lore of Twilight Imperium 4th edition. We talk a lot about the opening crawl in the learn to play book and dive deep into several faction sheets. It was actually super fun and I feel a new sense of appreciati…
 
Introducing a new show within the show, FIRESIDE CHATS. This week enjoy some special programming from community favorite Root, AKA Alec. Today (actually in April) he sat down with one of our favorite players of all time MAGI to have a wide-ranging conversation about strategy games, TI, and tournaments. Check out the beginning of the episode for thi…
 
She is industrious. She is stalwart. She is really hard to win Root with. She is the Marquise de Cat. What is often used as the “learning” faction for Root is the one with some of the most problems to overcome. So, to help you in your process of learning all of the varied faction in Root, we wanted to present this overview of the Cats! 6:19 - Abili…
 
The time rift is still open and the universe is in absolute chaos. This episode careens back and forth between pre-baby and post-baby Matt, and you can expect more in the weeks to come. While Matt and Hunter are trapped in this time loop, they found a chance to talk about the L1z1x Mindnet. Enjoy that talk before eternity folds back in on itself an…
 
Today we’re going to mind-meld with the psychic reptiles we love so much, The Naalu Collective! Listen as Matt and Hunter unveil their Naalu strategy guide! Also we have entered the Baby arc of the show where Matt and Hunter will begin hopping through time as they record many episodes early for air so that the baby will have plenty of Matt time. Al…
 
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