Smash Up: That 70's Expansion Review - Look At My Trucker Hat!

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When will it end?............when?! Probably never as there's still plenty of room in my Smash Up Geeky Box! This is one of the longest running game systems ever giving even the likes of Fantasy Flight Games a run for their money when it comes to expansions. I will obviously never use every combination ever, in fact some factions may barely see any play from me after their reviews, there's just simply too many. Smash Up WIKI states that I should have 60 factions (subject to promos) and 120 bases making 1,770 possible combinations. . . . oh boy!
It saddens me therefore that I have to work at it to get people to play it with me - the fact it's best with only 2-3 players doesn't help. Hopefully one day the girlfriend will progress to this game so we can play it, but I don't know if this will be her theme really.......we shall see. Anyway, we got another expansion full of 70's themed factions - how do they fare? I'll just don my white suit. . .



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - Games with Multi-Use Cards

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Multi-Use cards are one of my favourite mechanics. Whether it's 2, 3 or even 5 choices for a single card, it's the thought process that you go through consistently throughout the game when making tough choices I love. When it's done well, it's a superb mechanic. Which 10 games do I rank highest in this field?



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Season 2 Episode 25 - Weights

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Sorry guys, I thought I uploaded this last week but apparently I hadn't! Shows how much is on my mind these days! :P But here you go, a new new podcast episode with some tweaks to the musical format as I wanted to give it a little bit of an update since the whole software calamity. I'll try to get the next out a lot quicker guys, maybe after I come back from UNCON 3.0 later in April.
Today I discuss my experiences at StabCon South over Easter including some new games I got to try and then I give my views on the hot internet topic of whether we as gamer's have got the "weights" of games all skewed?


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Broken Meeple Videos - Empires of the Void II Review

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As you explore and interact with planets, you will discover unfolding stories of the fringe. Each inhabited planet is home to a unique alien species, with their own goals, values, and problems. Will you give aid by fighting off pirates, transporting goods, and curing strange diseases? Or will you invade and rule with a cruel hand?

I used to love the original Empires of the Void - how does the 2nd Edition improve on the original? Is it better or worse, has it solved the original issues, can you have both? Find out this and more in this lengthy review!

Who remembers the 1st Edition - did you ever try it with the Print & Play expansion? Thoughts on comparing the two?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Petrichor Review

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Welcome to the lush world of Petrichor; you are a cloud. Your entire purpose in life is to expand, sire other clouds and water crops. Unfortunately, your mates (who are also clouds) have a similar plan. It’s up to you to manipulate the weather and assimilate these rogue clouds to contribute to the growth of as many crops as possible - all in order to claim the title of Most Valuable Cloud.



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2013 (Retrospective)

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I'm doing 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's finish the saga with 2013!!


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Broken Meeple APProved - Patchwork (STEAM)

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In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9x9 game board. It's one of the most popular two player games out there and one of the first to kick-start the whole "polyomino" style games we now see a few off lately. 

So how does it fare with its STEAM release? And why do I suck so badly at this game? 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade Review

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Return to East Frisia and bring more variety to your labors in the far North with the Tea & Trade expansion for Fields of Arle! This expansion adds tea — the national beverage of East Frisia — to energize your workers, as well as new ships for trading and fishing. Choose from a bevy of new features to add to your farm, including ditches that dehydrate your land and new buildings that grant you more options for maximizing your yields. With components to add a third player to the game, more players can enjoy the game than ever before. With new buildings, actions, and abilities, Tea & Trade includes everything you need to become a true 19th century farming magnate!



Is the third player addition exactly what I've been waiting for with Fields of Arle, or will it turn the game into a never-ending slog?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Topiary Review

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I'm back!!! Yes Most of the things plaguing my life and software and free time are now resolved or on the mend so it's time to get back to some reviews, Top 10's and even more new content besides! Starting with Topiary - a nice, cute little filler game from Renegade that's done and dusted within 30 minutes max - is there enough to make it interesting though?




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Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep Review - Fantasy Fatigue Games

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Is it possible to have Eldritch Horror fatigue? Certainly feels like it with the rate that expansions are coming out for it - it's getting ridiculous. Remember when Fantasy Flight once claimed that this would be a more streamlined version of Arkham Horror with considerably less bloat. Ha ha ha, good one Fantasy Flight, we almost believed you for a second. Well give them credit, they did streamline Arkham Horror, though perhaps not to the point of being an accessible game for all, but man did they jump on the expansion band wagon and bloat this thing up!

I've lost track now of how many there are and I've got every single one - so many that all my Arkham Horror / Eldritch Horror collection is contained within an Arkham Vault wooden box. It's arranged for quick assembly, but man it's like looking at the Ark of the Covenant - so much in there and it weighs a metric ton. So I guess I'm adding another expansion to the vault and it's a big box at that yet there's no board with this one. . . so why the big box?




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