#299: Nucleum
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
3d ago
The theory of the atom first posited by the pre-Socratic philosopher Democritus in roughly the 4th Century BCE. None of his actual writings have survived. The great thing about the pre-Socratics is that so few of their works are available, you can spend about ten minutes (or less!) and have read as much of their stuff as have the world's leading experts.  Games Played Last Week: 01:53 -Kingdom Rush: Elemental Uprising (Alara Cameron, Helana Hope, and Sen-Foong Lim, Lucky Duck Games, 2023) 04:15 -Assault on Doomrock: Ultimate Edition (Tom Stasiak, Beautiful Disaster Games, 2023) 06:43 -Ca ..read more
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#298: Deckbuilding
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
1w ago
Every man wants to be a macho, macho man To have the kind of body always in demand Jogging in the mornings, go man go Work outs in the health spa, muscles glow You can best believe that he's a macho man Ready to get down with, anyone he can You can tell a macho, he has a funky walk His western shirts and leather, always look so boss Funky with his body, he's a king Call him Mister Ego, dig his chains You can best believe that he's a macho man He likes to be the leader, he never dresses grand -"Macho Man" by The Village People 03:05 AYURIS: Guards of Atlantis II (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Des ..read more
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#297: Envelopes of Cash
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
2w ago
Let us, following in Andy Schwarz's example, highlight the fine work of Nancy Skinner, a California state senator whose "Fair Pay to Play Act" granted college athletes in California the right to profit from their name, image, and likeness. This forced the NCAA to allow such changes more broadly. It hasn't been perfect, but let's acknowledge one thing: if someone's gonna be making millions off your name and face, maybe--just maybe!--you should be able to get a cut.  Games Played Last Week: 01:43 -AQUA : Biodiversity in the Oceans (Dan Halstad and Tristan Halstad, Sidekick Games, 2024) 06 ..read more
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#296: Dexterity Games Revisited
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
3w ago
It has been many a year since our early days, our salad days when we were younger and dumb and didn't know what we were doing. Much has changed, in that we are now older and dumb and don't know what we're doing. But the inexorable march of time has at least offered many new offerings in the broad tent of dexterity games, and so it is past time that we focus on one of our preferred genus of toy. 01:26 AYURIS: Golem (Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, & Simone Luciani, Cranio Creations, 2021) Games Played Last Week: 04:19 -Anachrony (Dávid Turczi, Mindclash Games, 2017) 11:11 -Welcome to th ..read more
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#295: Federation
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
1M ago
A pretty solid rule of thumb is that if you've been disappointed in a kind of game, try David Thompson's version of it and see how delightful it can be. Hidden movement got you down? Sniper Elite is the cure. Abstract chunky tiled fighty thing didn't please? War Chest might please. Mediocre skirmish cramping your style? For What Remains is ready to serve. It's a good thing he has styles of games he hasn't explored, lest he just obsolete the remainder of the games industry. Give him time. He'll collaborate with everyone eventually. Games Played Last Week: 01:41 -Beast (Aron Midhall, Elon Midha ..read more
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#293: Out of Print Games Revisited
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
1M ago
Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, claimed that you never step in the same river twice; for it is not the same river and you are not the same person. Such as it is with games! They are reprinted and thus reborn, all along some blurred spectrum of redesign spanning from carbon copy all the way to entirely new design. Let us not forget Heraclitus' student Cratylus, who evidently thought Heraclitus some kind of squish, insofar as he is credited with countering that you cannot step into the same river once. 01:25 AYURIS: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles Episodes 1 & 2 (Richard Amann ..read more
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#292: Arborea
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
1M ago
"This here's a jam for all the gamers Tryin' to do what those rulebooks offer Get shot down 'cause you're overzealous Take too long, opponents get jealous Ok, smarty, go to a party Games are on the menu for everybody You wanna play a game that's more complexer But you're standin' on the wall like you was Poindexter A game is laid out, one not played out The options unfold and your mind just spins out They say you should take your turn or get removed So come on, gamer, and just bust a move" -Young MC, noted foe of analysis paralysis Games Played Last Week: 01:10 -Evolution: Climate (Dominic C ..read more
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#291: Adventure Games
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
2M ago
Just before Mark is de-platformed, he would like to remind the SVWAG audience of two very important facts. First, he is but a man shouting into a can, and just because he doesn't like the thing you like doesn't make either less worthy of respect, dignity, and chocolate. He is willing to accept the possibility that he's Playing It Wrong and/or Doesn't Get It and/or needs to Git Gud and/or is just insufficiently evolved. Second, a reminder that complaints are to be directed to support@aircanada.ca. 01:12 AYURIS: El Grande (Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich, Hans im Glück, 1995) Games Played ..read more
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#290: Mindclash Games
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
2M ago
A review of So Very Wrong About Games, not actually by Werner Herzog: "To listen to SVWAG is to court madness. One host is beholden to the delusion that if he utters sufficient words in a short period of time he may stave off his inevitable death, whereas the other grapples with the false consciousness of refusing to acknowledge life's meaninglessness. Collectively their banter serves as a cruel rebuke to evolution, a bitter mockery of humanity's purported superiority over a nature they despise and denigrate. It is reason's death rattle in the face of pure chaos. Thank you for recommending Rhi ..read more
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#288: All the Games
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by Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
3M ago
There's no time no time at all we must get to the games there's been so many all the time one after another hurry hurry we must get to all of the games 01:26 AYURIS: Riftforce (Carlo Bortolini, 1 More Time Games, 2021) Games Played Last Week: 03:07 -Septima (Robin Hegedűs, Mindclash Games, 2023) 10:42 -White Castle (Israel Cendrero & Sheila Santos, Devir Games, 2023) 16:25 -Paku Paku (Antoine Bauza, Ravensburger, 2017) 20:45 -Nekojima (David Carmona & Karen Nguyen, Unfriendly Games, 2023) 25:02 -Catch the Moon (Fabien Riffaud & Juan Rodriguez, Bombyx, 2017) 27:25 -TEAM3 GREEN (Al ..read more
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