Melissa and Kevin share their favorite Kickstarter Board Games of 2020 that they did videos on.
0:00 - 1:15 Intro
1:16 - 2:13 Lions of Lydia
2:14 - 3:32 Streets Board Game
3:33 - 4:29 Public Market Board Game
4:30 - 5:30 Embarcadero Board Game
5:31 - 6:20 Mind MGMT
6:21 - 7:03 Frosthaven
7:04 - 8:08 The Whatnot Cabinet
8:09 - 9:30 The Night Cage Board Game
9:31 - 11:04 Foundations of Rome
11:05 - 13:20 Kokopelli Board Game
13:21 - 15:05 Dinosaur World Board Game
15:06 - 17:09 Biblios: Quill & Parchment
17:10 - 18:35 Ankh: Gods of Egypt
18:36 - 20:44 Chronicles of Crime: 1400
20:45 - 23:59 Dead Reckoning Board Game
24:00 - 24:50 Cascadia
24:51 - 25:18 Cartographers: Heroes
25:19 - 26:03 Holi Board Game
26:04 - 26:16 Museum: Pictura
26:17 - 26:32 Matchbox
26:33 - 26:59 Freedom Five
27:00 - 28:00 Ending
Liam Meadows talks about the best board games of 2020 for kids. Just in time for Christmas!!
0:00 - 1:01 Intro
1:02 - 1:30 Draftosaurus
1:31 - 2:27 Sponge Bob Plankton Rising
2:28 - 3:18 Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
3:19 - 4:07 Trekking the World
4:08 - 5:23 Marvel United
5:24 - 6:38 Wavelength
6:39 - 7:42 Sugar Blast
7:43 - 8:45 Catapult Kingdom
8:46 - 9:59 Hues and Cues
10:00 - 11:03 Drone Home
11:04 - 13:02 Scooby Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion
13:03 - 15:55 Dungeon Drop
15:56 - 17:53 Ending
Kevin revisits his most anticipated board games from 2020. Re-ranks them now that he's played most of them.
0:00 - 0:58 Intro
0:59 - 1:23 Dice Realms
1:24 - 2:56 Chrono Corsairs
2:57 - 3:48 Succulent
3:49 - 5:08 My City
5:09 - 5:55 Fort Board Game
5:56 - 7:13 Sonora
7:14 - 8:09 Stellar
8:10 - 9:45 Merchants of Dunhuang
9:46 - 10:29 Mariposas
10:30 - 12:29 Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Baker Street Irregulars
12:30 - 14:11 Tekhenu Board Game
14:12 - 14:50 Ending
Kevin looks at Gates of Mara Board Game from Wiz Kids.
Join the crew tonight for our monthly Tantrum Talks where we'll be chatting about the upcoming holiday season as well as about all of our favorite "Comfort Games"
Join the whole crew this Saturday morning as we hang out LIVE and cruise through a giant stack of games. We'll be giving away prizes and probably talking about out TantrumCon Digital event as well ;)
It was 1990-something and I (Apprentice Dan) was still a fledgling gamer who loved playing games with the family even more than my Pirate Legos and watching Star Wars. Holidays meant family gatherings which meant time for games! With that in mind, I wanted to jump back and look at my top 5 childhood-games-that-are-still-super-awesome-but-that-I-never-play-anymore list. Have you played any of these games?! Do you have others that you think back and say, “Man, that was actually pretty fun”? Let us know over in Discord and let’s have some holiday reminiscing!
#5. Spoons -- Who doesn’t love frenetically passing cards around looking for 4 of a kind while also watching the silverware on the table to see when someone grabs it. The uninitiated player is usually so excited by 4 matching cards that they scream and grab at least one spoon as they send the others clattering about the table starting a chain reaction of grabbing and screaming akin to jumping on a trampoline filled with 1000 mousetraps (Check it out! https://youtu.be/ewGAmiLuYCw). For the grizzled vet, you feel a bit like Snake sneaking in on a covert mission of spoon grabbing hoping not to set off any alarms. You probably also had the same conversation about playing with steak knives next time.
#4. Ma — This is the card game that many people only played once, but I LOVED. Here’s how this goes down. “Okay everyone, this is Ma. It’s played kinda like Uno, except you can’t talk unless you say ‘Pause.’ First player to run out of cards wins. Okay, go!” Inevitably, someone talks to ask a question and you hand them a penalty card for talking. If they’re really bright, they’ll talk and protest the penalty and gain another penalty. Then they see you’re serious and say “PAUSE!” The real fun is when someone wins! They secretly get to create a rule to add to the game based on cards being played. For example, whenever odds are played, skip one person. Or whenever red royalty is played, say “Dan is super awesome!” Now the rule maker is watching for someone to break the rule who then has to draw a penalty card. As you play, you start piecing together who played what card and what caused a penalty. Then you get to start snickering quietly at others who can’t seem to figure it out. By round 5, you’ve added in a handful of extra rules and only the sharpest will avoid spiraling into playing card pandemonium. My brother made a rule that whenever a prime number was played, you skipped a player. I didn’t know what prime numbers were yet . . .
#3. Careers — Parker Bros made this as recently as 2003, but I have (to this day) the 1965 version. Even now, I still enjoy pulling this out with the wife and kids amidst the swirling sea of board gaming opportunities. It’s a typical roll and move game of its day but with a secret objective component. You’re going around a board, trying to make money, gain fame, and happiness. That might mean trying to climb a mountain and breaking your leg, or going to the moon and having the shuttle explode, but those are just minor setbacks to your career aspirations. You can draw Opportunity cards that would allow you to move straight to different careers rather than relying JUST on the roll. You also got to set your goals for how much money, happiness, and fame you were going to collect during the game. We would all probably have different goals and would try to pursue those goals during the game so you never really knew who was about to win. CV kinda sorta hits the spot, at least on theme, but the whole roll and move idea is just SO last century in the Pre-Catan era so I doubt there are any true modernizations.
#2. Demon — Depending on your circles, you probably knew this game as Two-way Solitaire, Angel, Nertz, or you just played Dutch Blitz. It’s a speed card game with solitaire type rules but you’re all playing on community stacks in the middle. Playing with my sisters-in-law was super fun, but I also hated it because they had nails and that made for some bloody knuckles as you both sent phalanges flying toward a single pile . . . and they were faster than me so I lost AND had bloody fingers. If you REALLY don’t know what it is, check out Dutch Blitz. Taco Fight is a fairly recent Kickstarter that has a similar vibe and is a lot of fun too!
#1. Spit — I’m sure this goes by many names, but it’s a simple trick taking card game with trump and bidding and all that good stuff. In round one, you had one card. Round two, two cards, and so on all the way up to 10 before coming back down. Each round you’d see trump and decide how many tricks to bid. If you were the last player that round, your bid simply couldn’t cause the total number of bids to equal the number of tricks. Someone always has to be wrong! If we went around the table and everyone else said zero on that first round, you COULD NOT say one as that would equal the one trick. You play your card in turn order and the winner takes the trick and correct bids score. The final round was a single card but you could only look at your opponent’s cards. I loved this game, in part because my brothers had the nerve to think their wives/fiancées needed to play so I was an odd man out for Hearts and Spades. Spit is essentially Rage, but way better because Spit doesn’t make you smash tree branches against tree trunks because of the crazy extra cards they added in. It’s really a good life motto. “Don’t rage, spit!”
Whether you’re breaking out the hottest games of the year, or pulling out some old favorites, we at Tantrum House hope you have a wonderful time connecting with those you love this holiday season!
Melissa talks about those hard to say board games that start with the letter T!
Will and Sara take a look at the new board game Cubitos from AEG. It's a dice-rolling race game for 2–4 players that features fast-paced gameplay and a crazy variety of cards and dice.
Jonah and Shantelle review the board game Baron Voodoo from Lucky Duck Games. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/287673/baron-voodoo
Join the crew as we play Mission Catastrophe LIVE from Cardboard Alchemy. This video is sponsored by Cardboard Alchemy.
Jonah and Shantelle give an overview of the game Twinkle by V Games headed to kickstarter soon! https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/318559/twinkle
Will and Sara take an early look at the new board game Momiji from 3 Emme Games. It's a beautiful set-collection card game for 1–4 players and it's coming to Kickstarter soon.
Jonah and Shantelle give a preview of the game Cube Attack that is headed to Kickstarter!
Join us as we play through the new USS Freedom board game from Dreamcraft games. This video is sponsored by Dreamcraft Games. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dreamcraftgames/uss-freedom?ref=36nmvg
Join the crew tonight as we play through the new board game Rulebenders from Game Brewer. It's coming to Kickstarter soon! This video is sponsored by Game Brewer.
Kevin talks about Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time
Join us LIVE as we play through the board game Hibachi from Grail Games. It's a set-collection, dexterity game, for 2–4 players and it's coming to Kickstarter soon. This video is sponsored by Grail Games.
Ryan and Katie look at Project Elite a real-time tactical movement game
Join us as we play through the new board game Four Humours from Adam's Apple Games. It's a 2–6 player, medieval themed, area-influence and deduction game, and it's on Kickstarter! This video is sponsored by Adam's Apple Games.
Kevin looks at a prototype of Reality Shift coming from Academy Games on Kickstarter.
Sara, Ryan, Apprentice Dan, and Psydkick Larry are playing The King's Armory LIVE. It's a tower defense game for 1–7 players and its live on Kickstarter now:
Kevin looks at Winter Kingdom from Queen Games.
These hard hitting questions were curated by a group of… one. Yes, Psydekick Larry came up with these questions all by himself. He also will speaks about himself in the third person on occasion. If you have any interesting or funny questions that you would like to submit to Psydekick Larry, write them down… and keep them to yourself until Psydekick Larry decides to make a reader’s Q&A issue. So without further adieu, let’s begin Psydekick Larry’s interview with the man, the legend Ryan Reginald Pilz!
PL: Where are you from? And how long have you lived in Greenville?
Ryan: I'm originally from Wisconsin, but my family moved to Florida when I was 9. I moved to Greenville for work right out of college and I've been here ever since.
PL: Give us 2 truths and a lie about yourself?
Ryan: #1 I have had benign essential tremors since I was 16. It doesn't affect me much, but I do hate trying to take pictures or thread needles, and occasionally I can't get food to transition from table to fork to mouth.
#2 My first job out of high school was in the back room of an unfinished furniture store where I spent half my time ruining furniture I was "assembling" and the other half becoming well acquainted with glue and wood filler. The husband and wife owners would argue at the counter while their son avoided work while listening to music he wasn't supposed to outside and their general manager would occasionally peek in to ask if I wanted to see him demonstrate his ninja skills. It was a stressful time.
#3 I got my first stitches when I was 6. I got hit by a truck while crossing the street and had to spend some time in the hospital. When I got out, I was chasing my brother around the house when my sister got annoyed and tried to get us to stop by pushing me down. I fell and hit my head into an empty glass aquarium. Thus the stitches.
PL: What got you into the board gaming hobby?
Ryan: I played a lot of games in college like Settlers of Catan and such. But my eyes were opened when my sister gave me Race for the Galaxy one Christmas and I suddenly realized that there was a whole world of games out there I wasn't even aware of yet.
PL: What do you love about board gaming?
Ryan: I love the strategizing and puzzles, but especially hanging out with friends. I haven't been able to get into single player games yet.
PL: What is your favorite board game and/or board game genre?
Ryan: Kingsburg, of course. Check out my top 10! I don't know about a genre per se, but I have been thinking about how much I love ensemble tv shows and movies. Games that hit that same note always appeal to me whether it's tactical miniatures games or cooperative games like pandemic. If it involves a squad of folks all working together, I like that a lot.
PL: When did you join Tantrum House? Why?
Ryan: I have been with Tantrum House since the company first started. I joined because I was excited about working together to make our own games, and I stayed because I've enjoyed the ride.
PL:What is your biggest board game pet peeve?
Ryan: Poorly written rules
PL: What is your favorite drink and snack while playing board games?
Ryan: Mountain dew and anything not greasy. I really like Cheetos, but you can't eat them while playing if you want to keep your games clean.
PL: What RPG race and class best describes you? (Human not allowed)
Ryan: My first RPG character was a Cathar Soldier/Bodyguard because it appealed to me protecting the other characters. Probably today I would pick a halfling bard as most descriptive of me. Halfling because they're basically less powerful humans who appreciate snacks. And Bard because I want to support my team. Unfortunately, Charisma is my dump stat so I'll have to focus on options that mitigate that.
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