Episode 99: Contest Winners and Bendy Critters

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Intro and Welcome:

Water Balloon Washout it for sale!!!

Whatcha Been Playing?

Jason has been playing: Las Vegas

Rob has been playing: Epic Monster Tea Party

Feature of the Week:

We announce the contest winner for the holiday contest!

Practicing the Pitch:

Jason conquers a pitch challenge with Bendy Animals.

Episode 98: Jason Tagmire and Z-Mankeyz

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Intro and Welcome:

Jason Tagmire joins us!

Whatcha Been Playing?

Jason has been playing: King of Tokyo and Hanabi

Rob has been playing: Threes

Tagmire has been playing: Krosmaster: Arena

Feature of the Week:

Unconventional Components

Practicing the Pitch:

Jason Tagmire pitches His Sock Monkey game

Episode 97: Water Balloon Postmortem and Spinner Challenge

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Intro and Welcome:

Jason is playing with his phone.  Big surprise.

Whatcha Been Playing?

Jason has been playing: Water Balloon Washout

Rob has been playing: Epic Monster Tea Party

Feature of the Week:

Water Balloon Washout Production and Shipping info.

Practicing the Pitch:

Rob pitches a challenge from Jason Kotarski

Episode 96: Milwaukee Blues and Another Hailstorm

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Intro and Welcome:

Rob needs to tweak some levels.

Whatcha Been Playing?

Jason has been playing: Prototypes

Rob has been playing: Prototypes

Feature of the Week:

What to expect with prototype testing events

Practicing the Pitch:

Jason Pitches In a Hail of Bullets

Epic Kaiju Tea Party Information

On Episode 95 of Building the Game: A Documentary Podcast I pitched a game I’m calling “Epic Kaiju Tea Party.”  In this 2 to 4 player game the players are giant Kaiju monsters who’ve just finished a long hard day of smashing the city.  Now they’re sitting down to relax with a nice cup of tea.  But of course, Kaiju don’t drink regular tea.  They drink tea made from all the people they’ve collected while on their rampage through the city.

Components:

  • 42 Meeples (or colored cubes) of various colors in the following quantities:  Blue – 15 / Red – 9 / Yellow – 7 / Brown – 5 / Green – 4 / Pink – 2
  • 1 fabric bag big enough to hold all of the meeples and other components.  To be used for drawing meeples.
  • 4 smaller fabric bags in 4 different colors, one for each player.
  • 4 small teacups.
  • Also recommended:  4 cards that show the quantity and power of each color meeple.

How to Play:

Each player takes one of the teacups and a small fabric bag.  This bag is their “stomach.”  All of the meeples should be placed into the large fabric draw bag.  Choose a player to go first.  Players take turns drawing a single meeple from the draw bag.  They then must choose whether to place the meeple into their teacup, or immediately use the meeple’s special power.  If the meeple’s power is used, that meeple is killed and put back into the game box.  It cannot re-enter the game.

Meeple Points & Powers:

  • Blue: 1 point / “Drink” – Use this power to “drink” the tea in your teacup.  That means you will dump all of the meeples in your teacup into your “stomach” bag.  Only meeples in your stomach bag at the end of the game will earn the player points.
  • Red: 2 points / “Draw” – Use this power to immediately draw a second meeple from the bag.
  • Yellow: 3 points / “Steal” – Use this power to steal one meeple from another player’s teacup.  You now get to choose again whether to use the stolen meeple’s power, or to put it into your teacup.
  • Brown: 4 points / “Dump” – Use this power to force one player (can be yourself) to dump the contents of their teacup back into the draw bag.
  • Green: 5 points / “Plague” – This meeple must be immediately placed into your teacup.  After the player drinks this meeple, they must randomly draw 2 meeples out of their “stomach” bag and throw them back into the game box, as if they had vomited from consuming this plague-infested meeple.  If your teacup contains 2 or more Plague meeples, only vomit 2.
  • Pink: 6 points / “Swap” – Use this power to trade your teacup with another player’s teacup.

Game End:

The game ends when the draw bag is empty.  Players do not score any meeples still in their teacup that have not been consumed.  Count the total score from all meeples in their “stomach” bag.  The player with the highest score wins.

Rob’s Thoughts:

I really like this game and it’s simplicity.  The design is pretty much done.  But I’m concerned that its interest might be too narrow.  And the component cost could be too high, considering the simplicity of the game.  It could be made less expensive with cardboard tokens, of course.  But the act of drawing meeples is much more satisfying.  And actually having plastic teacups included with the game could be particularly difficult to achieve on a small scale.

But there you go!  Epic Kaiju Tea Party.

Episode 95: Scales and Tea

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Intro and Welcome:

Talking about trips that haven’t happened but already have…. Weird.

Whatcha Been Playing?

Jason has been playing: Aether Magic

Rob has been playing: Aether Magic

Feature of the Week:

Scaling games for more players.

Practicing the Pitch:

Rob pitches Epic Kaiju Tea Party