Month: July 2014

Heavy Cardboard Episode 4 – Most Anticipated Games, Rest of 2014 (Part One)

In this episode, we discuss many games that at least one of us is anticipating the release of within the last half of 2014. Along the way we’ll run across our top 10 most anticipated games!

We have a lot to cover – 42 games – so, this is part one of two. In two weeks, we’ll release part 2.

  • 0:04:55 – 18XX
  • 0:05:52 – Alchemist
  • 0:09:45 – AquaSphere
  • 0:14:35 – Arkwright
  • 0:08:03 – Arler Erde
  • 0:22:52 – Battle of the 5 Armies
  • 0:26:22 – Blocks in Afrika
  • 0:29:57 – Captains of Industry
  • 0:35:13 – Castles of Mad King Ludwig
  • 0:39:09 – City Hall
  • 0:42:41 – Craftsmen
  • 0:46:48 – Dead of Winter
  • 0:50:52 – Deus
  • 0:53:53 – Doomtown: Reloaded
  • 0:58:31 – Evolution
  • 1:03:55 – Fire in the Lake
  • 1:09:34 – Five Tribes
  • 1:12:35 – Greenland
  • 1:15:22 – Hands in the Sea

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Podblast: Heavy Game Awards

Our newest podblast. In this one, let’s give some love to heavy games by starting the Heavy Game of the Year Award. Sort of a Schwerespiel de Jahres! What we hope will become the coveted “Golden Elephant”! Listen to what we have to say and interact with us. Leave a comment here or tweet us using #GoldenElephant to @HeavyCardboard.

BTW, the image here is just a crappy placeholder, Ed’s wife, Amanda, is plotting a cool looking award graphic!

Heavy Thoughts: Gettysburg by Martin Wallace

My podcasting partner, Edward, recently acquired a copy of Gettysburg and handed it over to me to learn. He knows I am a nut and amateur historian about the American Civil War…so this was very appreciated by me!

On Sunday I was able to play a full day (July 1) of the battle. My buddy Matt was over and we had some time to kill before others arrived in the afternoon, so, we broke it out and read the rules and started moving around meeples. Now, we’re wargamers and we’re miniature wargamers, so this was no problem for us…we both know the battle well also. Matt took the Confederates and I the Yankees…

I’ll just say that we were incredibly impressed by the game. We intend to get it on the table as soon as we can for the full game! Things we really liked include:

The command system. Pure brilliance. And there are slightly different command challenges for the Yankees…the Yankee player must be aware of these things and must play well to avoid command problems. There is a wonderfully brain-crunching tension on almost every decision you make: play a command block…or…remove a command block…or issue an order. Simple, hard, crunchy…I feel the battlefield initiative swinging during the game!

The casualty system is also very interesting. The abstract nature of the losses, troop types and such is really flexible and models losses and reinforcements very elegantly.

The battle system is good. Basic, simple and fitting with the game. The proper things you’d expect are there like elite troops, fortifications, disruption, etc. to modify die rolls…the right amount of “chrome” on the game.

Edward also acquired Waterloo (the lucky jerk), looking forward to that one too!

Find it, play it, love it…that’s my initial recommendation!

Heavy Cardboard Episode 3 – Die Macher

Episode 3 is hot off the presses! We really dig into the classic and influential German game Die Macher. For those of you that do not speak German, that means “The Macher”…wait, I mean, “The Doer”! Let us know what you think about the episode and the games discussed!
Die Macher

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