Here we are with Episode 3 and we’re talking about games that we would use and have used to introduce others to the hobby.
Players: 2-5 (expansions in future for more players)
Game Length: 2 hours+
Released by Stonemaier Games and designed by Jamey Stegmaier and Alan Stone.
Scythe has certainly quite a hyped game for 2016! Set in a alternative history of 1920s Europe Dieselpunk setting, it is a competitive game for those who want to go to war with each other!
The idea is simple enough. Each player controls a country, who are trying to be the top dogs in this Mecha history, and to keep expanding, you need workers, resources and armies. There are objectives to complete and for each of those you will get to place a star on the board. Once the first person reaches 6 stars, the game is over and using the scoring system you tally up and the winner is determined.
I won’t go too deep into the rules, as there are plenty of excellent videos that can show you in more detail! This is a slightly difficult game to describe in words, and much better just playing, or watching a video to understand.
So what’s Sentinels Of The Multiverse then?
Well it’s a co-operative superhero card game where the players work together to defeat the bad guy in a location or environment.
Card game? So it is a deck building game or something?
Well no, it has pre-constructed decks that each superhero / villain and environment uses.
Ah so it’s more like Pandemic then?
Well not really no. Unless being co-operative and having cards makes it “like Pandemic” that is.
Ok… Sounds like it could get complicated.
It’s really not that complicated, sometimes there’s a lot of stuff to track but in the main it’s pretty straightforward really.
Game length: 30mins+
Short Description: based in late 19th century Munich, you are in charge of one of two rival companies trying to control the tramlines and become the best tramline operator! You start with horse drawn carriages, and move all the way up to electric carriages.
Overview: Trambahn is a fantastic two player game for those who want something quick and fun to play with a friend. The idea is relatively simple; there is four different coloured card sets within the box, marked with different numbers(running from 1-10) on one side (referred to as stations), while on the back side is Marks, the money of the game. There is also four terminal cards, which is where the passengers gather to take your tram route. Finally, there are train cards, which start with horse drawn carriages, all the way up to electric trains. The more advanced the card is, the more points it will score you, but the more it costs to get your hands on it!
So, what’s Onitama then?
Well it’s kinda like chess but instead of Knights, Castles, Bishops and stuff you’ve got Monks. Oh and the pieces don’t have special moves. It’s all done by having cards.
Ok… So how do the cards work?
So there are only 5 cards in a game and each card has a special move on it, once you play the card you give it away and collect another card which nobody has. So you have to y’know think.
Ok… Sounds like it could get complicated.
That’s pretty much how Onitama was explained to me, it’s not really an explanation that does the game justice though.
Is it like chess? Well if having a grid (5×5) as the board and having pieces that move round the board make it like chess then yes. But it’s not really like chess other than it being very tactical. Let’s rewind a little.
We are a go, a go for launch!
So here we are, Episode 1 of End The Turn with Liz and Dave.
In this first episode we introduce you to what we’re all about, talk about some games we’re playing and then focus on this first topic.
Bad Players – What are they? Why do they exist? Are they really all that bad? How do you manage those players?
Games referenced in the show –
- Onitama by Arcane Wonders – Look for a future review!
- Warhammer Quest by Fantasy Flight Games
- Magic: The Gathering by Wizards Of The Coast
- Dungeon World by Sage Kobold
- Sentinels Of The Multiverse by Greater Than Games – Look for a future review!
- Pandemic by Z-Man Games
- Star Wars : Edge Of The Empire by Fantasy Flight Games
- Dungeons & Dragons by Wizards Of The Coast
- Atomic Robo RPG by Evil Hat Games
- Dead Of Winter by Plaid Hat Games
- Catan / Settlers of Catan
- Carcassonne by Z-Man Games
- Smallworld by Days Of Wonder
- The Resistance by Indie Boards & Cards
- Coup by Indie Boards & Cards
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf by Bezier Games
Other things referenced in the show –
- Scott Nicholson’s video on Board Game Storage
- Besta storage by IKEA
- East Neuk Tabletop Games (ENT) in Anstruther
- Open Roleplaying Community (ORC) in Edinburgh
- Dunfermline Wargames And Roleplaying Fellowship (DWARF) in Dunfermline funnily enough!
- Mike Olson – Game designer and GM of awesome
Let us know what you thought of the show and remember to get in touch!
End The Turn? Yeah that’s what we thought too but then we kept coming back to it. The name isn’t the thing, the content is.
So we’re Liz and Dave and we have a podcast and a blog and who knows maybe we also have some other things up our sleeve.
You may remember us from such celebrated media as Nearly Enough Dice (that’d be Liz) and A2ndChapter (that’d be Dave). We’ve decided to join our considerable forces and share our thoughts on a variety of topics with you lucky lucky people! Don’t you feel lucky? Really?