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Vacation Games - The Best Games To Play on Vacation

Vacation Games - The Best Games To Play on Vacation

August 10, 2022

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Episode 80 - What We Talk About When We Talk About Vacation Games

You are likely in your car, train, or plane and on your way to your long-awaited vacation right now! That's why we decided to record this episode just for you. In it, we will talk about the kinds of games we like to bring on vacation, introspect on some favorite gaming moments in our vacationing pasts, and then share our picks for games that we have brought or plan to bring on vacation with us this very summer! (The rest of you sadly not imminently setting sail for your vacation are still free to join in the Interdecisional Spaceship as some of these thoughts apply to the wider world of gaming beyond this narrow lense.)

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

The Isle of Cats - Are These Ghost Cats?!

The Isle of Cats - Are These Ghost Cats?!

August 4, 2022

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Episode 79 - The Isle of Cats

If you are reading this then you have been lured into our basket by the wafting smell of fresh fish. Ha! Never fear, we are transporting you to safety in our Interdecisional Spaceship. While you are here though, you might as well enjoy our deep dive discussion about the decisions in The Isle of Cats, a game that feels to us of a different breed from the games we've covered before. Enjoy!

 

Timestamps

New Article - 0:00
Rules Overview - 9:45
Decision Space Exploration - 12:57

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

Living Forest - WE’RE DOING THE HOTNESS

Living Forest - WE’RE DOING THE HOTNESS

July 27, 2022

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Episode 78 - Living Forest

Interdecisional Spaceship passengers, it is the moment you have been waiting for. A moment many thought, us included, would never come. Though it may go against our morals, religion, and ethos, for one day only on Decision Space, we are doing the hotness! That's right, we are covering Living Forest hot off the presses after having just won the Kennerspiel des Jahres. (That is German expert board game of the year to the uninitiated.) We'll do our traditional deep dive, decision-centered review, if we can remember how that goes after a few weeks of discussion topics. How does it go again? Is this thing on?

 

Timestamps

New Article - 0:00
Rules Overview - 10:28
Decision Space Exploration - 13:30

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

TOP 10 - Games We Are Enjoying in 2022 (So Far)

TOP 10 - Games We Are Enjoying in 2022 (So Far)

July 20, 2022

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Episode 77 - Top 10 Games We Are Enjoying in 2022 (So Far)

Interdecisional Spaceship passengers, there has been a sudden change of course. Today we are back with another discussion topic episode, rather than the aforementioned plan to cover Living Forest (next week). Instead, today we each share the top 10 games that we have been enjoying the most in 2022 so far. To be clear these are not the games from 2022. These are not even necessarily the games that we played in 2022 that we think, critically, are the "best." These are simply the games that we have enjoyed playing the most between January 1st, 2022, and today. 

Also, as promised, you can check out Aurore's article right here: https://www.decisionspacepodcast.com/articles/7-wonders-architects-review-by-aurore

 

Timestamps

New Article - 0:00
Intro - 1:24
Silver & Gold - 11:56
Great Western Trail - 15:42
Bonfire - 18:01
Warchest - 21:11
Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest - 24:04
Isle of Cats - 27:28
Azul: Queen's Garden - 30:12
Palaces of Carrera - 32:03
Priests of Ra/Ra - 34:40
The Cres: Mission Deep Sea - 37:32
Savannah Park - 41:09
Air, Land, & Sea - 45:17
BattleCON - 47:08
Blue Lagoon - 50:05
Trails of Tucana - 56:26
Riftforce - 59:50
7 Wonders - 1:04:07
My City - 1:10:20
Babylonia - 1:14:16

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

Mechanics that MAKE the Game with Special Guest Gnarly Carley

Mechanics that MAKE the Game with Special Guest Gnarly Carley

July 13, 2022

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Episode 76 - Mechanics that Make the Game with Special Guest Gnarly Carley

This week we are joined on the Interdecisional Spaceship bridge by a special guest, co-pilot Gnarly Carley. In the episode, we each highlight four games that we individually feel are examples where a single mechanic MAKES the game... whatever that means. Thanks so much to Carley for joining us for this week's discussion. Please check them out on Instagram and YouTube!

 

Timestamps

Intro - 0:00
Fox in the Forest - 7:33
Tiny Epic Galaxy - 11:02
Arkham Horror LCG - 14:51
Wonderland's War - 17:55
TEAM3 - 21:47
Nemesis - 26:03
Ra/Priests of Ra - 33:03
El Grande - 38:35
Raiders of the North Sea - 43:07
Air, Land, and Sea - 47:54
Aeons End - 51:18
Anno 1800/Ark Nova - 55:09
Closing/Pre-Planners - 1:00:15

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

Space Base - Augmenting Randomness in Space

Space Base - Augmenting Randomness in Space

July 6, 2022

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Episode 75 - Space Base

New microphone who dis? That's right, you are hearing new crispy clean audio thanks to our crew at Patreon. Jake has finally updated from a usb microphone to a full-on podmic and audio interface (ooh shiny). We hope it makes a difference and than you sincerely for supporting our show! But that's not all, we also cover John D. Claire's space base augmenting game, Space Base and the decisions therein or lack thereof. 

Timestamps

Intro and Ratings - 0:00
Rules Overview - 11:40
Main Discussion - 14:12

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Byeeee!

 

Depth and Size in Board Games (What We Talk About)

Depth and Size in Board Games (What We Talk About)

June 29, 2022

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Episode 74 - What We Talk About When We Talk About Depth and Size in Board Game Decision Space

This week on Decision Space we break out a fan-favorite format and go deep into the concepts of decision space size and depth in board games. We try to define these terms as well as discuss how they are useful in thinking about the games we love to play. Sure, we all want deep board games, but what is the benefit of that really? Or is it a benefit at all? Jake has COVID, but that won't deter this Interdecisional Spaceship journey. Mask up and enjoy the show!

 

Links Referenced

Frank Lantz on Depth - https://gamedesignadvance.com/?p=3124

Aurore on Depth in KeyForge (Timeshapers Competitive KeyForge Blog) - https://timeshapers.com/2020/11/05/computation-vs-heuristics/

"State Space" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_complexity#State-space_complexity

"Branching Factor" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branching_factor

 

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

Lost Cities - Reiner Knizia Master of Theme

Lost Cities - Reiner Knizia Master of Theme

June 23, 2022

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Episode 73 - Lost Cities

It's Reiner Knizia day on the Decision Space Podcast! This time we are deep diving and exploring the decisions in Lost Cities. Like last week's feature game, Riftforce, this is a lane-based, 2-player card game, only this one came out 22 years prior -- making it a fantastic companion to last week's episode. Join us in the Interdecisional Spaceship for this voyage back in time time time.

 

Timestamps

Intro and Ratings - 0:00
Rules Overview - 7:11
Main Discussion - 9:23

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Byeeee!

 

Riftforce - What’s This Lifestyle Dueling Card Game Doing In My Euro Filler?

Riftforce - What’s This Lifestyle Dueling Card Game Doing In My Euro Filler?

June 15, 2022

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Episode 72 - Riftforce

Dust off your rift rocks (as they say) because today we are covering Riftforce. It isn't every day that we cover a new game on Decision Space, but Riftforce (2021), designed by Carlo Bortolini, was something of a perfect storm. First, Jake had the opportunity to play it at Geekway to the West and was blown away. Days later, Riftforce appeared in alpha on Board Game Arena, giving us ample opportunity to play the game, and play the game we did! As to whether the game held up to the ample play and the Decision Space lens, well you'll have to hop into the Interdecisional Spaceship and find out.

We also shout out our friend Saroule's French-language gaming podcast on this episode, who was our sparring partner in prepping for this episode. If you'd like to check out Board Game Duel, you can find it here: https://boardgameduel.podbean.com/

 

If you want to learn more about the upcoming Riftforce expansion guilds (elements), then you can find information here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2744875/riftforce-beyond-expansion

 

Timestamps

Intro and Ratings - 0:00
Rules Overview - 6:26
Main Discussion - 7:57
Elemental Tier List Discussion - 53:33
Final Thoughts - 1:02:34

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Byeeee!

 

Board Game Design Process (What We Talk About)

Board Game Design Process (What We Talk About)

June 8, 2022

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Episode 71 - What We Talk About When We Talk About Board Game Design Process

This week is a throwback "what we talk about" format, where Jake and Brendan chat about board game design process. We share our personal design histories and then talk about the game design process, including idea origination, prototyping, playtesting, publishers, a great tip for falling asleep fast, and much more. While on board the Interdecisional Spaceship, please complete your inflight survey to let us know if you'd like additional episodes on board game design in the future.

 

Music Credits

Thank you to Hembree for our intro and outro music from their song Reach Out. You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuuRPfOyMw&list=TLGGFNH7VEDPgwgyNTA4MjAyMQ&t=3s

You can find more information about Hembree at https://www.hembreemusic.com/

Rules Overview Music: 
Way Home by Tokyo Music Walker https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/tokyo-music-walker-way... Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pJThZlOuDtI

 

Contact

We can be reached individually on Twitter at @jakefryd and @burnsidebh. You can also follow Decision Space on Twitter @DecisionSpa and talk to us there! If you prefer email, then hit us up at decisionspa@gmail.com.

This information is all available along with episodes at our new website decisionspacepodcast.com.

Bye!

 

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