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We're nearing the end of our preliminary guides and today we get to NOT talk about blue tech! Jol-Nar is regarded as one of the higher tier factions, depending on who you ask, and it's primarily due to their monumental amount of flexibility when it comes to tech and defenses. Mentak are seemingly the opposite when it comes to flexibility; these day…
 
Sega was doing just fine as a company, but a bunch of executives met in a board room one day and said "Gimme one of them Marios." The mascot race was on, and their answer was...a blue hedgehog that runs very fast. It's hard to understand how anything gets made, but this is definitely up there on the list. Please enjoy our dissection of the birth of…
 
It's a new year, so we wanted to do some quick Patreon bookkeeping to update everyone on our plans for 2022! Additionally, we wanted to react to and synthesize some errata from last week's faction hootenanny and talk about what the dream world scenario where we are wrong would look like and how various factions might perform differently than what o…
 
CW: Discrimination This is not your regularly scheduled episode of SCPT. Some events took place over the weekend regarding Tabletop Simulator and it's developer, Berserk Games. We felt it was necessary to catch everyone up to speed and to make our intents and desires clear. This conversation deals with topics of discrimination in the board gaming c…
 
IT'S A NEW YEAR which means it's time for a new Faction Tier list. This is our annual tradition around here to redefine how we perceive the meta going into the new tournament. Last year's list was a bit of a goof considering how much we knew we didn't know about the game. But we've learned a lot since then, so we can definitely say this one is DEFI…
 
We here in the new year and we have a reignited resentment for this list and how to play this game. That's because we're tasked with ranking Final Fantasy 7 and we cannot imagine a more undesirable job. This game has been talked about to death and is regarded by many as one of the best games of all time...but Matt doesn't understand JRPGs because h…
 
Here's a quick one for your Holiday and New Year ears. We talk about the attempted goofy game we played with our friends and what went wrong. We hope to do it again though, so this was just the preview for how good Survivor: Twilight Imperium can be. Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn mo…
 
It's the end of the year and we were too busy celebrating to play any video games. So as a fun beach episode, we present to you three separate rankings and them some stupid hodge-podge super ranking that literally doesn't make any sense. Enjoy this silliness with your grandmother. She'll hate it. Music by nightcorey. https://soundcloud.com/nightcor…
 
It's almost holiday time, but we have a Galactic Council episode to attend to first! This month, the Sidereal Confluence coalition was betrayed and we instead saw Round One Negotiations rise to the top, which is a perfect opportunity to return to the basics of how to get all the things you want round one, and determining what those wants even are! …
 
The Lazax Empire, as it appears on the faction sheet in Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition. Written by Christian T. Petersen Narrated by Phoenix "Absol197" Gruber Dama-May - Primal Drive by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty…
 
Well normally I would think an episode like this isn't gonna attract that many listeners, but SO MANY OF YOU signed up for next year's tournament that this announcement episode became a pretty important thing. In it we detail how we will get through the 2022 Patreon Tournament, with an emphasis on the Qualifiers, as well as some discussion on the s…
 
The theme of this week's Preliminary Guide is "The Big Stick." We've got two factions who can pack a big punch, but don't always have the point acquisition to make a successful game. Neither are "bad" factions, but there are tricks to both, and it can be hard to navigate their toolsets to find a victory. The best part of all: we don't talk about bl…
 
The galactic council worked together this month to give us a real treat! It's lore time and we're kicking it off with some lore that's slightly harder to get a hold of: the board game Rex: Final Days of an Empire. We're taking a look at the little clues into factions thousands of years before the setting of Twilight Imperium and during the fall of …
 
We get to tackle a new game! Well, new to us. Seeing as we aren't fancy press that get copies of games early, this is about as fast as we can churn out an episode about a new release, but this one is very exciting. Metroid is one of Matt's beloved franchises, and an genre where Hunter tends to like other entries. So where will the most recent entry…
 
There's gonna be a lot of chatter about ground forces today. We're looking at two sides of the really tough infantry coin in Federation of Sol (Good) and Sardakk N'orr (Bad). (Yin is the Ugly) Some say Sol doesn't even need a guide, so we made an attempt to make that half of the episode for especially new players looking for a good beginner faction…
 
It took some time, but we did it! Our first series is under our belt. Mass Effect 3 has a wild history given the state it was released in and how it was changed over time. How much of that plays into what it's like to play the game in 2021? How does it stack up against 1 and 2? More importantly, how does it stack up against Out Run and Hyper Light …
 
Hunter is out this week, and we took the opportunity to bring on noted lore aficionado, Absol! She and Matt both read the second Twilight Imperium novel by Tim Pratt, The Necropolis Empire. So here is our review, overview, as well as some lore implications of this especially good adventure sci-fi story! Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at be…
 
This week Hunter is joined by two fellow Portland comedians to discuss the 1996 classic Donkey Kong Country 3. Or at least, they try to discuss, but it's hard to keep these boys focused. There's a lot of stuff in here about Xbox Gamer scores too, and I hope you find it as hilarious as Matt did while editing. Music by nightcorey. https://soundcloud.…
 
Well we've teased this idea for many weeks now and finally were able to gather a panel to discuss winmaking. Our thoughts were outlined in depth in episode 203, but this topic bring about different feelings for everyone. So we decided to sit with three prominent players with many different takes on what constitutes winmaking and whether or not we s…
 
IT'S BACK! Over 100 episodes have gone by since our last iteration of This Imperium Life, the show written by all of YOU. We stopped doing it when we felt like the base game well had run a bit dry, but with Prophecy of Kings having been out essentially an entire year, we've been collecting lots of your stories of your best moments in TI! Here are j…
 
Despite the hype of the ongoing Invitational Tournament, we're still out here working on your preliminary faction guides. Up this week are two polar opposites: the infinite variable that is the Emirates of Hacan next to the fairly understood and simple L1Z1X Mindnet. The Hacan side of things is wildly open-ended, so be nice. You've got some concret…
 
We haven't finished the Mass Effect series yet, but in preparation for this year's Halo Infinite release, we're playing through the original Halo trilogy! Today starts with our most nostalgic entry, Halo: Combat Evolved. This also firmly establishes the Bro Arc, which is apparently taking us through to the end of the year. We'll have to have a weea…
 
Can the Galactic Council ever be appeased? Likely not, but we're here to do our civic duty and provide them with the second of the two tied options from last month. Here is EVERY SINGLE TECH, tiered and feared. No contradicting opinions necessary. We nailed it. Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com …
 
We return to our series on the Mass Effect Trilogy with the universally beloved second entry. The characters get real good, and the combat gets better. Is it one of the best RPGs of all time, as some people say? Music by nightcorey. https://soundcloud.com/nightcorey Email us your thoughts on the ongoing list at oldgamersalmanac (at) gmail(dot)com. …
 
Our special event, the Invitational Tournament, is upon us and before the games begin we wanted to go over the draft structure we'll be using. We're taking an existing community draft procedure called Miltydraft and making some slight modifications. So before we talk about our version, it's important to set the stage by going over the basics of why…
 
The Dadlands have consumed Matt, so this week we get to premiere our first of hopefully many episodes featuring a special guest. To start this, we invited our close friend and collaborator E.J. Sanders to talk with Hunter about the grand strategy game Crusader Kings 3. The most recent release from Paradox Interactive, this is the culmination of dec…
 
What a world we're in. This time last year, if we'd packaged the Winnu and Clan of Saar into an episode together, it would have been to showcase the two polar opposites of Twilight Imperium. But now, the two sing some similar songs and often times feel like sides of the same coin. Winnu has risen to be quite the powerhouse, and Clan of Saar has kep…
 
War were declared. For the second month in a row, the Galactic Council has gone rogue and tied our two poll options. So, for this month, we're just doing one of them and I guess we'll do the other later or something. So for now, here's Matt and Hunter improvising a scenario mode for Twilight Imperium, a la Alliance mode or the Shard of the Throne s…
 
Okay, this week we have to try something weird. So far we've been talking about what we would mostly consider "Good Games." But this isn't the Good Gamers Almanac, this is the Old Gamer's Almanac where we rank EVERY game, which means sometimes we have to dip into the seedy underbelly of gaming and try games that aren't so good. First up, War of the…
 
Hunter is moving back to Portland this week, which meant something fun to squeeze in while he's gone. What better than returning to everyone's favorite interview series Fireside Chats with Root (Alec). This one gets extra confusing because Root sat down with a major member of the Root board game community, Bott Bott, to pick his brain about all thi…
 
Here lies a wonderful example of our new project! We're so excited to announce the launch of our new show, The Old Gamer's Almanac, the definitive ranking of all video games ever, one week at a time. We're throwing this one your way so you get a feel for how we hope the rest of the show plays out, but don't hesitate to pause this and head over to t…
 
Finally, the list is getting complicated enough to start warranting genuine debate. And this week we kick off our first series we'll be diving into with Bioware's Mass Effect. Mass Effect redefined the western RPG in many way, but within that innovation are a handful of notable missteps. Where in the ranking will it fall and will Matt regret his ar…
 
It's time to begin ranking! Hyper Light Drifter is an indie darling from 2016 described as Link to the Past meets Hack and Slash. Combing smooth combat and generous exploration, does this game have what it takes to earn the temporary label of "Best Game of All Time, or is it doomed to "Worst." Music by nightcorey. https://soundcloud.com/nightcorey …
 
Welcome to the premiere of The Old Gamer's Almanac! We thrilled to kick off this new project. We are the definitive ranking of all video games ever, one week at a time. And here in the early days is when you'll especially feel that "one week at a time" aspect, because to kick things off, we don't really have anything to rank. But we decided to set …
 
Oh Look! A new podcast has been spotted! As we teased recently, we are starting another show! Old Gamer's Almanac is the definitive ranking of all video games ever, one week at a time. We know how much this audience likes lists, and we've made the lifelong commitment to playing every video game that exists in order to accurately rank them. If the v…
 
Coming soon! The definitive ranking of all video games ever, one week at a time! Join us on the never-ending quest to review and rank every game in existence. And if you're in the business of games, we'd really appreciate it if you could stop so that we can catch up. We are thrilled to start this new show and look forward to debuting the first thre…
 
Hunter is about to move away, and we wanted to take the time to reminisce on the ongoing game of Oath we've been able to play while in the same region. We break down our thoughts about the strategy and our game's specific evolving story. Before that is some errata for our episode on Agendas, as well as a very special announcement regarding a new sh…
 
It feels like ages since we’ve had a proper episode in which we just sit and read every card. Our original Agendas episode was among our longest episodes, and was one of our first component focused episodes. But a lot has been learned and a lot has changed since then, so we figured it was time to revisit the topic of Agendas. Additionally, we get t…
 
This week, we're tearing through a couple more factions as we try to lay some framework to better understand how the base game factions have changed since Prophecy of Kings released. How far have the Yin fallen? How high have the Nekro risen? Whose ground forces are best? Hint: it's not the faction that it SHOULD be... 0:00 - Yin Brotherhood 52:59 …
 
We're finally able to dive into the future of Faction Guides, and this is what we have to start with. This won't be exhaustive, but it's a first pass to see where the base game factions are falling in the grander scheme of PoK. Consider these opening ideas that lay the framework for future, more thorough guides about specific strategies within each…
 
This month's Galactic Council broke the system. They had two tournament related options, but the votes were split perfectly 50/50. So, we're just doing both! We start with a conversation about how all of the factions performed in this year's tournament and why they performed that way then follow it up with a discussion of the tournament drafts of y…
 
And with that, the 2021 SCPT Patreon Tournament is over. We had an absolute blast, and we’re also completely exhausted from an amazing weekend. So, this episode is a casual recap of the Finals that turned into over an hour and a half of analysis. We thought it’d be a short beach episode, and we were as wrong as ever. But you’re not complaining, you…
 
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