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The Broken Meeple - a UK Board Games blog and podcast that reports on board and card games. Reviews, Top 5/10 lists, or just anything that's on my mind! One thing is for sure - I don't hold back and will speak my mind! In addition to this podcast I have a YouTube channel that showcases review videos and Top 10 lists. Please feel free to check them out!
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Episode 91 - Board Games For Adults Only (Are We Ready?)Quicker episode today - health check, future content, a quick glance at the high potential for Don't Starve as a board game and then a discussion about whether there is a place in the industry for adult themed board games (horror and sexualised)***************************************SUBSCRIBE …
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Podcast 90 - Shake Battle & Roll & Managing Your Table SpaceMy plays at Shake Battle & Roll, my current status including my upcoming birthday and some tips on getting the most out of your table space!***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcq…ub_confirmation=1KIENDA SPONSOR REFERRAL LINKThe Broken Meeple is…
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Podcast 89 - Ancient Knowledge & Dune Uprising Reviews - A Civil War Is BrewingFull reviews of Ancient Knowledge and Dune Imperium: Uprising as well as my thoughts on the recent tensions arising from discussing about "honest reviews"***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcq…ub_confirmation=1KIENDA SPONSOR …
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Podcast 88 - The Fox Experiment Review & ClickbaitI give my full review thoughts on The Fox Experiment, rant a bit on how content creators are relying too heavily on clickbait tactics to be taken seriously and then I give my thoughts on the games that fell off my Top 100 from last year.***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.…
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Episode 87 - Spilavin Icelandic Game RetreatI was invited up to Iceland for a little board gaming retreat and played a lot of fun games! Let me tell you about the friendly people, the horse steak, the games I taught and the two new games I learned!***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcq…ub_confirmation=1…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 86 - Alpujarras & Fisheries of Gloucester ReviewsTwo reviews of Dr Finn's games recently provided to me.What is Handycon and should you attend?What games were played and the stories made!***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcq…ub_confirmation=1KIENDA SPONSOR REFERRAL L…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 85 - A Disturbance In The IndustryHow will the channel be focused during 2024?How have World Wonders and Sea, Salt & Paper fared under first impressions?Are publishers getting lazy by re-hashing old ideas, tweaking them slightly and slapping a giant price tag on them?Is Wyrmspan actually different from Wingspan o…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 84 - Video Games As Board GamesHow is my health doing on the new acid reflux diet?What am I going to focus on with the channel in the first part of 2024?How has Ashes Phoenixborn and Cyberion fared so far?What do I look forward to in a good board game port of a PC game?***************************************SUBSC…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 83 - Tales of GridconMy thoughts about Gridcon 4 and some interesting (in my mind) tales of the games played at the convention, including a shock revelation from revisiting an old nemesis. . . . . ***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcqxxQjrg0KUN944dQ?sub_confi…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 82 - Confessions of A Brass MindHow are my plays of Earthborne Rangers and Ticket to Ride Legacy going?What do I think from first impressions of the Kickstarter pages for Old King Crown and Perserverance Ep 3 & 4?And following my Nucleum review, why do I not like Brass and Barrage?********************************…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 81 - Essen Hotness of HandyconWhat Essen games were played at Handycon and what are my early thoughts? Why is Terraforming Mars better with only Prelude and no other expansions ever?Why is Sankoro not as good as it may look from first impressions?***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► https://www.yout…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 80 - AI Art ControversyWhy is Nokosu Dice a benchmark for trick taking games?Is Apiary worth the hype or completely overrated?Is the use of AI for art and design wrong and what dangers could it pose for the board game industry?***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmj…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 79 - Value For MoneyIs Mosaic worth the Colossal edition? What was Midgard 2023 like and Iceland in general? Is Value for Money important and should reviewers be more proactive at talking about it?***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcq…ub_confirmation=1KIENDA SPONSOR …
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 78 - Essen 2023 PreviewWhat was the mystical error that I got wrong on the Top 10 X & Write Games list?Why is Voidfall being culled from my collection?Why is Lorcana driving me nuts?And what games am I looking forward***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcq…ub_confirmat…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 77 - Inflated Point ScoringWhy do inflated point scores in point salad games bother me? It's not a massive pain, but something about having point scores that are so high that gaining victory points becomes meaningless irks me. So I'm going to explain in more detail why that's the case!I also give some preliminary…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 76 - The Dice Tower Awards 2023The Dice Tower Awards just got announced - do I agree with the winners? Which ones did I vote on, yes I'm part of the panel! All my thoughts here!Also I forgot to mention the apology for the X & Write Top 10 list - I'll cover it hopefully next time!**********************************…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 75 - The Alpha GamerWho's an Alpha Gamer? First impressions of Pax Porfiriana, a list of conventions upcoming in 2023 I'm attending, a special plea for donations for Cots for Tots for the 24 Hour Board Gaming Marathon and let's discuss The Alpha Gamer problem!***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► www…
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The Broken Meeple Podcast - Episode 74 - Let's Discuss Multiplayer SolitaireEveryone gets on my case about my comments on videos about multiplayer solitaire adding to game length and dragging games out vs the myth of simultaneous card play. So let's tackle the topic head on so I can give you my detailed reasonings for this.On top of that I have a m…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 73 - UK Games Expo ReviewRe-uploaded because I accidentally uploaded the unedited video file which meant you had to put up with all my horrendous coughing............A lot of hot news on the board game scene, a health update explaining why content has been limited for last week and then a full run down of my experie…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 72 - UK Games Expo PreviewCAUTION - this episode may have strong opinions! Accept it!Oh my god this is a bumper episode! After my channel / health updates I talk about finally having played Explorers of the North Sea and give my thoughts. Then in the news we've got a potential legacy game, the Spiel Des Jahres under…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 71 - The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 71 - Golden Geek Awards RantCAUTION - this episode may have strong opinions!After some concerns with channel growth, the route that content creation is taking for everyone these days and some hot news, I go into.........well a giant rant at the Golden Geek Awards. Easily the awa…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 70 - The Journey, Not The DestinationWhy do we enjoy games? Because everything you do in the game is fulfilling and enjoyable or because of the big pay-off at the end to see if the fruits of your labour were justified?***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcqxxQjrg0…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 69 - Art vs PhotographyEveryone is giving photography a bad rap in games. But I really do think it has a role to play in some games, as much as I love good art like the next gamer!***************************************SUBSCRIBE ► https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcqxxQjrg0KUN944dQ?sub_confirmation=1KIENDA SPON…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 68 - A Filler Filled Cruise!I'm back from the cruise so here's some highlights from the excursions and then I got 3 fillers courtesy of KIENDA that I played over the cruise to do a review on!00:00 Channel Updates and my Cruise12:02 - Teasers for Upcoming Reviews22:46 - News (Roborally/Acquire)25:12 - News (The Disas…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 67 - Theme Is Important!Not everyone cares about theme in games, but on this podcast I want to explain how theme improves a game for me but isn't always a necessity.00:00 Channel Updates, My Health & Upcoming Holiday Break10:43 - Tokaido Duo16:09 - News (Archeos Society)19:00 - News (Nemesis Retaliation)24:21 - Why …
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 66 - Why BGG Ratings Are GarbageYeah I think the BGG website is a decent database for cataloguing games........but in terms of its rating system and statistics, it's a garbage fire. Find out why in this episode. Also check out my news and first impressions of Hegemony.00:00 Channel Updates, My Health & Viewship Conc…
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Episode 65 - Reflecting on 2022's Anticipated GamesFinally I have enough voice in my vocal cords to muster a podcast episode! Thanks for being patient! Firstly I'll explain my health status and then get on with the show!I've had a full play of Marrakesh which will surprise many of you and I have my thoughts good and bad to say about it. There's the…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 64 - The 4X's of GamingHello 2023!! Let's talk about some channel updates, 3 games I've played and how the 4X's seen in Euro Games can be represented.......or not.00:00 Channel Updates18:28 - What I Played - Verdant25:38 What I Played - Marvel United35:06 What I Played - War of the Ring Card Game41:40 The 4X's Of Ga…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 63 - 2023 Plans, Bits & Bots and Q & ATo round up the podcast for 2022 before Xmas, I talk about what ideas I have for the show in 2023, some news, a couple games I've played and answer some long o/s questions from my Patreons!00:00 Plans for 202327:10 What I Played - The Wolves32:40 What I Played - Tournament At Ca…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 62 - Analyzing The Top 100After I talk about a new KS game that I played on Friday, I then go into more detail with my recent Top 100. Which publishers featured the most, who are my favourite designers on the list and more importantly, which games fell off the list and why?00:00 Introduction And Whats On The Horizon…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 61 - GRIDCON SpecialA great convention yet again! This special episode talks about Gridcon and the games I played there including some first impressions of the new hotness.00:00 Introduction and GRIDCON Overview08:36 Village Rails16:02 Deal With The Devil20:00 Revive34:36 Hamlet42:16 Coffee Traders52:14 Unconscious …
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 60 - Too Much Content?My intial plays of Frostpunk as well as a trash mass market IP game I was forced to endure. Some hot news, a mini-rant about embargoes and then a discussion about whether it's possible to have "too much content" in board games?00:00 Introduction and Updates on My Life05:00 What I've Played - Fr…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 58 - Surviving Essen SpielThanks for allowing me the time off 2 weeks ago to enjoy my Snowdonia trip and not have to worry about another podcast episode. To make up for that, enjoy this bumper length 90 minute special episode where I talk about Essen Spiel 2022 and preview the top thumbed games from the Spiel 22 BGG…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 57 - Essen Spiel 2022 Preview Extended Special!Thanks for allowing me the time off 2 weeks ago to enjoy my Snowdonia trip and not have to worry about another podcast episode. To make up for that, enjoy this bumper length 90 minute special episode where I talk about Essen Spiel 2022 and preview the top thumbed games …
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 56 - Climatic Endings in Euro GamesBit of a shorter segment today as I have to rush off to teach games at a public event not to mention I got a ton of content to get done! :D But as well as the usual updates you get to hear a mega rant about Flick of Faith, my giddy schoolgirl excitement for the Ark Nova expansion A…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 55 - Video Games Becoming Board GamesA bumper long show here! Plenty of updates to talk about, then a train game which.........frankly like most train games has problems. Some big hot news off the press followed by a quick review of Subastral off my gaming shelf. And then big discussion from a Patreon supporter - wh…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 54 - Sequels vs OriginalsWow there's a lot to get through here. After recovering from the UK's worst heatwave I at least got to enjoy Manorcon and play a bunch of games, many of which I'll talk about here!Acquire, Akropolis, Ride the Rails and the upcoming Endless Winter got played and my thoughts relayed here. Then…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 53 - Outstaying Your WelcomeOh god is it hot here in the UK. But soldier on, do a podcast!After some news and updates, I talk about my first experiences with Long Shot: The Dice Game. Then I have a lot of news of upcoming games that have caught my interest including one of the most unique card drafting systems I've …
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 52 - Can Bad Rulebooks Kill A Game?OK, I'm going to do this episode with noisy neighbours and a splitting headache :P But I think it went well! First I report on how the summer is affecting the channel and how publishers are disconnecting from me for the honest review format. I therefore make a plea to any fans to c…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 51 - What Do I Want In An Expansion?What a long couple of weeks. No UK Expo for me, but the family wedding I was at went perfectly! But the channel has declining views lately, possibily from the result of blacklisting and everyone being focused on Kickstarter content lately and it's concerning.But on to the good stu…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 50 - 3rd Time Lucky?As well as updating you on the latest channel and gaming release news, I give a little look at the Spiel Des Jahres nominations (including those I've never heard of) and also I give a detailed account of my experiences with Garphill Games and my playthrough of Wayfarers of the South Tigris that I…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 49 - Can Kickstarter Actually Die?Oh my word this is a long one! Thoughts on the show as well as a new idea for "live" reviews. A ton of new games I've acquired, my thoughts on Dead Reckoning plus a mini rant on a dumb social media respond I received, UK Games Expo Awards and a brief KS discussion topic! This episod…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 46 - In Sickness & In GamingNow that I'm recovered from Covid, it's time to get back into gear! While we're on the subject of sickness, let's talk about what factors make you sick of a game over time as suggested by my loyal Patreons. And as I've been playing a bunch of games lately, I'm going to talk about them all…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 48 - Remember, It's Only A GameThe most exhausting episode I've ever done. The highs are all good solid highs but there are a couple of controversial topics that need to be discussed and opinions given and well...............it took a lot of breath from my lungs!I give a quick talk about Baycon, and talk about a cut…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 47 - Dice Tower 2021 NominationsOh my word, this is a bumper episode! Tonnes of content! After I go over my general wellbeing, there are two games I've played to talk about, Pax Renaissance and Imperial Steam - one I like, one I despise, try to guess which! Then I got a ton of news, yes, everything has been happenin…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 45 - I Want To Play......Honest!A shorter episode as I've just returned from a stag weekend! Some news of upcoming games, a general update including why I'm kind of done doing KS videos and finally a short discussion of some games that I do want to legitimately play but haven't got round to yet and why!00:00 - Intro…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 44 - How Many Players?I've jammed a ton in this episode! Plenty of new things in my life, a new sponsor for the channel, a played game, a piece of news, a new segment on my musings for potential Kickstarter projects I'm interested in and a discussion topic as well on player counts! Wow I hope you have a long commute…
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 43 - Is Kickstarter A Menace?This episode is packed!! I got a beige Euro that I played, several items of news, channel highlights, a channel shoutout for supporting small creators and then a big discussion on whether Kickstarter is more of a problem than a solution these days?00:00 - Introduction, General Wellbeing …
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The Broken Meeple Show - Episode 42 - Too Much Effort For SoloOn today's episode there is not much news to speak of, so instead you're getting 2 full reviews and a solid discussion topic as given by one of my amazing Patreons. I will talk in detail about Roll Player Adventures and Mortum (without spoiling of course) and hint at an upcoming first im…
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