Start Space Podcast

It's our Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Special! We are proud to be joined by our auction winner for a discussion of Tabletop Roleplaying games and we review his choice game, Speculation!


In this episode, we're talking about old games. How do they stack up to all of the new hotness? Do they tend to fall to the wayside too often? We also get lost in a hypothetical before reviewing the seasonally-appropriate Dead of Winter!

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Playin_the_Oldies_and_Dead_of_Winter.mp3
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In this episode, we're back from BGG.con and ready to talk about it! The games we played, the people we met, and the exhastion we felt. It's all here.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_What_We_Learned_at_Camp.mp3
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In this episode, Tony delights us with his Top 13 games of all time. Then GALAXY TRUCKER!

Direct download: Episode_42_-_Tonys_Tops_and_Galaxy_Trucker.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 9:49pm CST

In this episode, we celebrate our one year anniversary by questioning our existence. We also review Takenoko, a game about pandas!

Direct download: Episode_41_-_Time_Keeps_on_Slippin_and_Takenoko.mp3
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The Start Space Podcast! You know, it's this pretty cool gaming podcast. 

Oh, you mean like The Dice Tower?

Ughhh...

We also review Cash n Guns 2nd Edition!

Direct download: Episode_40_-_How_to_Explain_and_Cash_n_Guns_2nd_Edition.mp3
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In this episode, we talk about Fantasy Football. No, wait! Don't run away! It turns out there are a lot of people out there who might be gamers and don't even know it! 

Direct download: Episode_39_-_The_Gamers_Among_Us_and_Cheaty_Mages.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 1:39pm CST

In this episode, we're answering a few listener questions about the method behind our purchases before reviewing the super-hot (and somewhat controversial) Marvel Dice Masters!

Direct download: Episode_38_-_Some_Thoughts_on_Buying_and_Marvel_Dice_Masters.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 12:44am CST

In this super-fiddly edition of the Start Space Podcast, we're talking solo gaming! Then, a review of the Privateer Press sci-fi dungeon-crawl, Level 7: Omega Protocol.

Direct download: Episode_37_-_Gaming_Solo_and_Level_7_Omega_Protocol.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 5:00am CST

What's a party game? Why should you play abstract games? Magic Circle? We answer all of these questions and more in a brand-new episode of the Start Space Podcast!

Stick around to the end of the show when I remember that there is more than one Level 7 game and that I may or may not have mentioned the wrong one at the start.

Direct download: Episode_36_-_The_Magic_Circle_and_Abstractapalooza.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 2:00pm CST

In this very special episode of the Start Space Podcast we start a contest, discuss the utility of gaming awards (and show them how it's done), and review the goofy fun monster game, Rampage! 

Direct download: Episode_35_-_Gaming_Awards_and_Rampage_Terror_in_Meeple_City.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 8:35pm CST

In this episode, we talk about the push and pull between the desire to fully explore a single game and the drive to play more and more new games. Gamer Lingo makes an appearance and we review the game Neuroshima Hex!

Direct download: Episode_34_-_Exploring_Games_and_Neuroshima_Hex.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 5:00am CST

In this episode, we have make an important announcement about the future of the podcast, talk about collecting in the tabletop hobby, and review War of the Ring 2nd Edition! It's a pretty big deal.

Direct download: Episode_33_-_Collectability_and_War_of_the_Ring_2nd_Edition.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 11:07am CST

In this episode, we talk about the ever-expanding world of Worker Placement games before reviewing the hot new family game, Splendor! 


In this episode, we're back from vacation and talking about travel gaming. We discuss our experience incorporating board games into our travels and look for advice on what we could do better next time. Then, we review the absurd team-combat game, Duel of Ages 2!


In this episode, things get a bit rowdy as we talk to our friend (and future review writer) Wes. Following introductions, we review the Fantasy Flight LCG, Game of Thrones: The Card Game!


In this episode, we tackle the hotbutton issue of Online vs. Local retailers. Then, we review the co-op hotness, Robinson Crusoe!


In this short episode, we talk about the labels that are given to so many games. Do we really need categorizations anymore? We give you all the answers to that in about 10 minutes! Then, we review the Knizia game, Lost Cites!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_28_-_Labelling_Games_and_Lost_Cities.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 5:16am CST

In this episode, we talk about pimping out games. What have we done to take our games to the next level? Then, we review Steam Park and decide the winner of our listener poll! 

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_27_-_Game_Bling_and_Steam_Park.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 12:14pm CST

In this episode, we sound a little better (hopefully)! We're talking about Mainstream games. Monopoly, Sorry, Risk. What do we like and dislike about them? What are some good games to replace these classics for your friends? After answering this question, we move on to a review of Disc Duelers! 


In this episode of the podcast, we take some time to introduce our gaming preferences. What mechanisms do we particularly like or dislike? Why do we play games? All of this, and our review of Seasons by Asmodee!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_25_-_Our_Preferences_and_Seasons.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 10:11pm CST

A conversation about our experience on Tabletop Day becomes a minor discussion on the role of Tabletop in the hobby. Then, we manage to pull ourselves together long enough to review the card game, For Sale!


Hello everybody! In this episode, we're revealing some the things that annoy us in board games before moving on to a game which is decidedly un-annoying, Dungeon Fighter! Bonus points to anyone who gets the reference in the show's opening tag-line.

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_23_-_Pet_Peeves_and_Dungeon_Fighter.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 2:48am CST

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we're talking about attracting new gamers to the hobby. But this time, we shift the focus to game stores and production companies. What could they be doing to draw more people into hobby gaming? (In our humble opinion of course) We then review the new hotness, Eldritch Horror!


Hello all! In this episode, we discuss how we compete in games. Can competition be a bad thing? We then take a look at the classic, Cosmic Encounter. Enjoy!


Board games are better with a crowd! In this episode of the Start Space Podcast we talk about forming a game group and review the historically-themed deduction game, Letters From Whitechapel.


We're talking about deckbuilding games! That's right, in this episode of the podcast we talk about our first experiences with the everpresent mechanism of deckbuilding and introducing the mechanism to new players. Then, we review the riotous party game, Time's Up: Title Recall!


It's our Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Charity Auction Special! (JVMFCAS for short) In this episode, we talk about the Living Card Game model. What are they? When should you get into one? We then review the pirate-themed game Libertalia! (with a complimentary comparison to Citadels) 

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_9_-_Living_Card_Games_and_Libertalia.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 8:38pm CST

Eddie's flying solo in this episode as Tony's laid up with a cold. I talk a little about not going too crazy when you discover all of the amazing games out there and then give you a review of the crazy party game, Ugg-Tect! Featuring a written statement from Tony.

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_8_-_Pacing_Yourself_and_Ugg-Tect.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 8:34pm CST

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we take a look at the genre of Co-op games! Doesn't everyone love working together with their buddies? Continuing our theme, we review the co-op game, Flash Point Fire Rescue!


In this episode, we get Tony's thoughts on living with somebody who's become obsessed with tabletop gaming before reviewing the beautiful game, Tokaido! 

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_6_-_Living_With_A_Gamer_and_Tokaido.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 8:27pm CST

A lot of new gamers are coming from the world of video games. In this episode, we talk about how tabletop gaming compares to video gaming. Then, we review the two-player tactical card game, Summoner Wars!


Hello everybody! In this episode, we talk about the expectations surrounding Kickstarter. Then, we review the classic gateway war-game, Memoir '44. Enjoy!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_4_-_Kickstarter_and_Memoir_44.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 8:18pm CST

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we talk about turning Halloween into a gaming holiday and review the cooperative super-hero card game, Sentinels of the Multiverse!


In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we discuss rules. We talk about how we learn best and give some tips to all of the would-be game teachers out there. We end the show with a review of the smash-hit Worker Placement game, Lords of Waterdeep!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_2_-_Rules_and_Lords_of_Waterdeep.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 10:33pm CST

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we take a look at the holiday season and talk about the dos and don'ts of giving games as gifts. Then, we review the genre-bending card game, Smash-Up!


In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we introduce "First Play", a segment which looks at teaching a specific game for the first time to new players. What problems might arise and what are the most important parts of the game to understand before you start? We look to answer those questions before moving on to review the D&D Adventure Series game Wrath of Ashardalon. Enjoy!


In this first episode of the Start Space Podcast we bring in a friend to be our first guest-host! Together, we discuss the stereotypes and pre-conceived notions that plague the hobby and review the American-football game First & Goal!


What options are out there if you've only got one good gaming partner? In this episode of the podcast, we talk about playing games with two players before reviewing the car-racing dice-fest, Formula D!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_16_-_Playing_With_Two_and_Formula_D.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 4:23am CST

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast we conclude our very first contest! We also talk about the recognition of designers in the hobby and review Mage Wars. We also go off the rails a few times...


Coming to you as a brand new member of the Dice Tower Network! In this episode, we discuss house rules and take a look at the classic Power Grid. Enjoy!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_14_-_House_Rules_and_Power_Grid.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 5:00am CST

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we launch our very first contest! It's a short one, so get going on those entries. Besides that exciting news, we look at the genre of Abstract games and review the super-complicated and super-awesome game, Mage Knight!


Start Space Podcast Episode 12 - Aesthetics of Gaming and Android: Netrunner

In this episode of the Start Space Podcast, we judge games on their covers when we look at the aesthetics of the games we play. How does artwork and component quality affect our perception of games and how can they bring in (or drive away) new gamers? Then, we review the sizzling-hot LCG from Fantasy Flight, Android: Netrunner!


We're back and it's 2014!!! In this big, shiny new episode we take a look forward at the coming year and reminisce about the year we've just left behind before taking on our most divisive review yet, Agricola. Enjoy it folks!

Direct download: Start_Space_Podcast_Episode_11_-_A_New_Year_and_Agricola.mp3
Category:Main Episodes -- posted at: 5:38am CST

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