Episode 145: Architects of the West Kingdom, Terraforming Mars Ares Expedition, Dinosaur Island Rawr & Write, Whistle Mountain


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Episode 145: Architects of the West Kingdom, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Dinosaur Island Rawr'n'Write, Whistle Mountain

Surprise! Have you ever played a game that pleasantly surprised you? On this episode Steve, Def and Mike discuss games that they like but don't necessarily fit their normal game style. Do you have any games in your collection that stand out from the rest?

In our Sizzling Games segment Def has revisited Architects of the West Kingdom with four and five players and has even been exploring the asymmetric player powers. Mike has two games to Sizzle: Dinosaur Island Rawr'n'Write, and Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition and is in love with both. Steve finally got Whistle Mountain to his gaming group and loved the "Tetris on top of each other" fun.

In the Bracket Battle 2.0 we check in on the current battle: Anachrony vs Kanban EV. We then dip into the mail bag for The Roast. Steve shares his "enlist or die" strategy when playing the Crimean faction in Scythe, Mike tells us about his longest ever game of Zombiecide, and Def counts on one hand the games he can beat his wife in. We also discuss our favourite meats to BBQ, hardest games to learn, and game mechanics we could do without.

Finally, in Swear An Oath Steve swear to play the Campaign Mode for Smart Phone Inc , Def swears to play a few more planets in Unsetlled, and Mike swears to graduate from the roll'n'write and play Dinosaur World.

Sizzling Games: Architects of the West Kingdom (02:40), Dinosaur Island Rawr'n'Write (14:32), Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition (18:35), Whistle Mountain (20:24)

Topic of the Pod: Games That We Didn't Expect To Like (42:15)

Board Game Bracket & The Roast (01:04:44)

Swear An Oath: (01:28:50)


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Has this episode left you with a thirst for more? Here are all of the games that we discussed:

Architects of the West Kingdom (2018) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/236457/architects-west-kingdom

Dinosaur Island Rawr'n'Write (2021) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/318009/dinosaur-island-rawr-n-write

Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition (2021) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/328871/terraforming-mars-ares-expedition

Whistle Mountain (2020) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/301255/whistle-mountain

Everdell (2018) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199792/everdell

Too Many Bones (2017) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/192135/too-many-bones

Escape Plan (2019) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/142379/escape-plan

Trajan (2011) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/102680/trajan

Scythe (2106) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/169786/scythe

D-Day Dice (2012) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/101785/d-day-dice

Fleet: The Dice Game (2018) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/245961/fleet-dice-game

Age of Steam (2002) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4098/age-steam

Downforce (2017) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/215311/downforce

Gaia Project (2017) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/220308/gaia-project

Marvel Champions (2019) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/285774/marvel-champions-card-game

Nemesis (2018) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/167355/nemesis

Hadrian's Wall (2021) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/304783/hadrians-wall

Anachrony (2017) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/185343/anachrony

Kanban EV (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284378/kanban-ev

Zombiicide (2012) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113924/zombicide

All Bridges Burining (2020) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/242520/all-bridges-burning-red-revolt-and-white-guard-fin

Dominant Species (2010) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/62219/dominant-species

Smart Phone Inc (2018) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/246684/smartphone-inc

Unsettled (2021) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/290484/unsettled

Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy (2013) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/52461/legacy-testament-duke-de-crecy

Dinosaur World (2021) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/317457/dinosaur-world

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