Broken Meeple Videos - Ticket To Ride: France & Old West Review

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 6 – France & Old West includes a double-sided game board that features France on one side and the western half of the United States on the other.

What new twists do these maps throw on the game? Can't be much more you can do surely? Think again!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Time Stories: Estrella Drive Review

In Hollywood, the ghosts of the past never sleep! Embark on your next adventure into the past with Estrella Drive, the sixth expansion for T.I.M.E Stories. Like all T.I.M.E Stories adventures, you and your fellow players are members of the T.I.M.E Agency, sent to investigate a disruption to the Time Stream. This time, you and your fellow agents are sent to 1982 to investigate a temporal anomaly in a supposedly haunted Hollywood mansion.

The saga of Time Stories with The Game Shelf continue with Estrella Drive - what do I think of this one and where does it rank among the rest?

Credit to BGG for images.

Please note that Estrella Drive is recommended for mature audiences as certain themes within this adventure may be objectionable to younger players. Also this review will be Spoiler-Lite.




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Broken Meeple Videos - Innovation Deluxe Review

A deluxe box set of Innovation and all its expansions.

All are presented in the third edition (Asmadi) style.

However as awesome as this game is (and you can read my reviews in the description links below) - I think Asmadi need to learn what the word DELUXE means.........expect high praise and a large rant in this video review!

http://brokenmeeple.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/innovation-3rd-edition-review.html

http://brokenmeeple.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sid-meiers-tech-tree-card-game.html



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Overrated Games (IMHO!)

You guys asked for this! If you love these games which no doubt you do, then please keep enjoying these games and having fun because that's the whole point of this hobby in general. Don't by any means take this list too seriously! - Enjoy the rants!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Otys Review

Otys is an optimization and development game co-published by Pearl Games and Libellud. Optimize your game in order to match the depth of your divers, their special abilities and the Colony bonuses. That is how you will supply the best contracts and win. So yes, ignore what the cover is portraying - this is a very different game to what you're expecting! But is it still good?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Azul Review

In the game Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Is it as beautiful as they say? Is it too mean for some? Is this one of the first abstract games to actually cater fine for multiplayer? Find out more in the review!

Credit to BGG for images.



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Underrated Games

You want some more positivity? Here you go then! 10 Games in my collection that are really underrated and need more love when you consider how little they appear on social media or how low they are ranked on BGG. Of course, I believe in balance so don't think you're getting away without a Top 10 Overrated Games list in the future..........


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Broken Meeple Videos - When I Dream Review

Dare you tell everyone about the dream you just had? Enjoy WHEN I DREAM by Repos Production! Credit to BGG for images used.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Lisboa Review

Lisboa is a game about the reconstruction of Lisboa after the great earthquake of 1755. It's also another Vital Lacerda title which means it's going to be extremely heavy, but also extremely thematic.

Could it be another addition to my collection alongside his other games? Will the historical based theme put me off or will the game's mechanics save it? Where does it fit alongside my other Lacerda games?

Find out in the longest ever review done by The Broken Meeple - clocking in to nearly 30 minutes!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Cities of Splendor Review

Now we finally have an expansion for the ever popular Splendor. 4 modules that add new ways to play. But do we really have to play each one only one at a time? Check out the video review for Cities of Splendor!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Catan: Legend of the Sea Robbers Scenarios Review

Catan: Seafarers Scenario – Legend of the Sea Robbers includes four new linked scenarios that tell the "Legend of the Sea Robber" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Catan: Seafarers. Each scenario can be played individually, with players trying to win the game as usual by collecting ten victory points, but players can also record their scores at the end of each scenario, with effects of one game affecting the next.

New scenarios are always a good thing to what is already an excellent gateway game, but is the campaign interesting enough to warrant a full playthrough or is standalone the best way?



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Season 2 Episode 21 - LONG

Lots to discuss today in my new episode!
Firstly I'll talk about my life in general, then go into my first impressions of the new Merlin game by Stefan Feld and my solo play of Nusfjord by Uwe Rosenberg.
Then I have 3 important discussion topics for you:
(1) - Preconceptions vs Objectivity In Reviewing Games
(2) - Theme vs Mechanics (A Balanced Approach)
(3) - What Is Too Long For A Board Game?





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Broken Meeple Videos - Ex Libris Review

You have only a week before the Mayor's Official Inspector comes to judge your library, so be sure your assistants have all your books shelved! The Inspector is a tough cookie and will use her Official Checklist to grade your library on several criteria including shelf stability, alphabetical order, and variety — and don't think she'll turn a blind eye to books the Council has banned! You need shrewd planning and cunning tactics (and perhaps a little magic) to surpass your opponents and become Grand Librarian!
One of the most colourful games to come out this year, can a theme that at first glance doesn't sound like fun come out strong?

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Broken Meeple Videos - Mystic Vale: Mana Storm Review

A Card Crafting Game of Nature’s Power! The campaign to restore Gaia's realm rages on and other druidic clans combating the curse have joined the ranks. And it’s not just druids who have heeded the call; other creatures have joined the fight, eager for a day when all are free from the accursed blight.
The Mana Storm expansion adds new advancement and vale cards to the base Mystic Vale game, giving players more card crafting options and exciting new possibilities for combos. New leader cards grant abilities that can be upgraded to become even more powerful! Amulets feature unique effects and greater variety over regular mana tokens.
But is the price point of this saga getting a little out of hand?

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Broken Geek Chat - Justice League

So the Justice League movie is finally upon us and it's had its fair share of scary re-shoots and issues during its filming schedule. However we've all wanted to see the Justice League on the big screen so despite what critics may have said, I wanted to see it and enjoy myself.

Well it does have problems. . . . . but it has one focal strong point that makes it a fun movie to watch. Find out more in my Geek Chat review - first half is non-spoiler, the second half has spoilers, but don't worry I'll give you plenty of warning!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Mysterium: Secrets & Lies Review

Mysterium: Secrets & Lies consists of six new characters, six new locations, six new items, and 18 story cards. This latter group of cards can replace the object cards in the game, with each card representing one way in which the ghost died. Now instead of trying to get each investigator to identify an object — a singular item that wouldn't have much nuance to it — the ghost must instead use the dream cards to convey the story of their demise, something far more challenging.

More of the same is always good, but how do the new story cards change up the game? Are they a waste of time or an auto-include from this day forth?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Downforce Review

Indulgence was a good start from Restoration Games, how does their racing game hold up? It's got some pedigree behind it and I've heard good things from the Dice Tower crew. But Formula 1 is such a boring style of racing - can it really win me over?

(Note: - that's just me, if you love F1, go you!!)



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Broken Meeple Videos - Indulgence Review

Restoration Games is a publisher that is resurrecting old long forgotten games and giving them a facelift. Sounds like a cool idea - so how does their first fare Indulgence measure up? Especially when I realise I don't own any trick taking games. . . .




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Broken Meeple Top Ten - 2 Player Games

On behalf of a viewer, this is the next Top Ten on my list and to be fair I've been meaning to do this one for quite a while. I live alone and don't get two player games to the table that often, but there are some fantastic games that only cater for 2 players and I feel I'm missing out! Oh for the future significant other who enjoys board games! And here are my 10 favourites!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Legend Of The Five Rings Core Set Review

Fantasy Flight Games have rekindled an old AEG flame by bringing us back Legend of the Five Rings in an LCG format. Aside from beautiful artwork, does this game have enough to stand up to the other LCG greats out there? And will they ever turn over a new leaf and include more value in their core sets? Hear my perspective from a 1 x Core Set and 3 x Core Set view.



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Broken Geek Chat - Thor: Ragnarok

I've waited all year for this and Justice League to come out. JL will have to wait for another couple of weeks, but Thor Ragnarok is here in all its retro stylistic glory. Was it worth the anticipation?




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Broken Meeple Videos - Le Havre (Mayfair 2017) Review

Note: - this review was recorded under the old format - unfortunately it was delayed in getting uploaded. Le Havre barely missed my Top 100, literally #101. So I still really like it, but it has issues as well that get in the way of me playing it more often then I would love. Find out why in this review!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men Review

One of the best social deduction games ever made finally gets an expansion. And boy it's a doozy! Watch the review to find out what all the new modules do and how they change up the great Sheriff of Nottingham!



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Season 2 Episode 20 - Essen (And Women)

Just in time for all of you travelling to Essen 2017 where sadly I cannot join you. But rest assured I'll be there for Essen 2018 - I already have the hotel booked to prove it. Today I give my Top 10 Anticipated Games from Essen, but there's a couple of bonus segments as well.

Firstly I give my first impressions of Lisboa, the popular Vital Lacerda game - how did my first game go and what impact has it had?

Also in light of the recent controversy over the abuse that women are getting within the board gaming industry, I felt it was time to give me own little rant on the subject for the good of equal opportunities.

01:50 - Introduction
08:00 - Lisboa First Impressions
16:48 - Women In The Board Gaming World
21:40 - Top Ten Anticipated Essen Releases (A UK Perspective)



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Broken Meeple Videos - Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient Review

Already a hit on my Top 100, but now we have an expansion for Potion Explosion. It all seems solid enough, but perhaps was I expecting more? Should most of this have already been a base game addition given its simplicity?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Star Wars Rebellion: Rise of the Empire Review

An expansion to one of the best games I've played and the best Star Wars game ever?! SIGN ME UP!! And what's this I hear about fixing the combat? Find out more in my review!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Hanamikoji Review

This is the first video which is using my new format of videos. There is no official rating out of 10, only my personal BGG rating for myself. No strengths and weaknesses 5 second cutscene, now I go over each strength and weakness in detail with lower third pop-ups on screen. I hope you find this an improvement and I welcome all feedback.
Welcome to the most well-known geisha street in the old capital, Hanamikoji. Geisha — the graceful women elegantly mastering in art, music, dance, and a variety of artistic performances after years of training — are greatly respected and adored. Geisha may be translated to "artist" and they dance, sing and entertain everyone.
In Hanamikoji, two players compete to earn the favors of the seven geisha masters by collecting the performance items with which they excel. With careful speculation and sometimes a few bold moves, you may earn the essential items by giving away the less critical ones. Can you outsmart your opponent and win the most favors of the geisha?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Manhattan Project: Energy Empire Review

Even though this has no relation to the previous Manhattan Project, Energy Empire by Minion Games is still a decent game in its own regard. Find out why here!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Arkham Horror LCG: Path to Carcosa

The first video review for Arkham Horror LCG. We've had one solid cycle with the Dunwich Legacy. Can the Path to Carcosa expansion start us off on the right foot with another solid campaign?



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Season 2 Episode 19 - FLGS

Ok, this needs addressing. Recently a Board Game Breakfast segment on the Dice Tower was released where Tom talked about local game stores and the movement to support/save them. He mentioned a lot of relevant points, however this has exploded on the internet where both sides are in each others faces debating this, with some taking the context way out of what was intended, by either making up words in their head or misunderstanding what was said.

So after viewing it myself, it's time to throw my two cents into the fray. . . . . .



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Broken Meeple Videos - Smash Up: Big In Japan Review

How many expansions we on now with Smash Up? And yet there is still room in my box! It's mind boggling! Well this is the new set focusing on popular IP's from Japanese culture. How does it fare to the other sets and what are these new titans?



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Broken Meeple Videos - The Palaces of Carrara Review

A bonus review which I promised from the Top 100 Aftermath episodes. Palaces of Carrara is a Euro that is hard to find unless you shop on German board game sites, but it's not that expensive and definitely worth your money to acquire and play. Find out here why that's the case. . . .



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - "Zen" Games

We all play games to de-stress from our daily lives. But when you've really had a hard day or you just can't take any more pressure, you need a real "zen" like game to take your mind off it. Well these are my Top 10 Zen Games, where I'm usually guaranteed to get a relaxing experience whether due to theme or ease of play.



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Season 2 Episode 18 - SENTINELS

SPOILER ALERT! Now that the Top 100 is done with, it's time to get back to normal business! Starting with the podcast! Viewers on my Top Ten requested that I talk more about my favourite game of all time, SENTINELS OF THE MULTIVERSE. So here we go! Why do I love it, how do you play it, what am I looking forward to and a couple of Top 10 lists!

01:50 - Introduction, Rules & Why
16:40 - Top Ten Heroes
30:50 - Top Ten Villains





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Broken Meeple Videos - Viral Review

Can Dice Tower Essentials continue their solid run with Viral, a mean area control game where you infect a poor hosts body and wreak havoc. No actual humans were harmed in the making of this game! But maybe they felt a little queasy!



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Broken Geek Chat - Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle

Sorry it's been a while since a podcast episode, the whole Amsterdam thing was hard hitting for me and the Top 100 took a lot of time out of doing podcasts. And then the last 10 days have been non-stop social events and relative visits. Yeah well back to normal. I promise a podcast episode is coming this weekend, as in a full one, so I hope you enjoy that.

But for now, let's continue with the former "P-Logs" which I'm now calling "Broken Geek Chat" podcasts. These are where I get to talk about something other than board games for a change, usually TV or Movie related as I love going to the movies or watching cool shows. Well tonight I just got back from watching the sequel to Kingsman, which I enjoyed highly. Did this one entertain me as much as the original? Have a listen and find out!



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME! - Aftermath: Parts I & II

I hope you've enjoyed the Top 100 videos. But there's more to discuss. What games fell off the list, what games didn't make the cut and what games did you, the viewing public want to know more about regarding my reasons to not including them on the list? Enjoy this 2 part special!

In Part II of the Aftermath of the Top 100 I give you quick details of the 50 or so games that didn't make the Top 100 and then go through all the recommendations that you the viewers submitted for me to explain why they weren't on the Top 100 - I've not even looked at them before recording this video. Expect some fun chats, some amusing gags and two or three rants! :P


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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 10-1

You've been so patient guys, it's been a long process to make up the list and get these videos out, but thanks for sticking around! You've earned this now! 

These are my TOP......TEN....GAMES OF ALL TIME!! 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Nine Worlds Review

From the curator of the UK Games Expo comes an area control game that looks gorgeous on the board. But it can hold up as a decent game as well with the theme as abstracted as it is?


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Broken Meeple Videos - Caverna: Cave vs Cave Review

A 2 player version of one of my favourite Euro games? How will this hold up against the other 2 player variants from other Uwe Rosenberg games? 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Ticket To Ride: Germany Review

More maps for Ticket To Ride? Sold! But it's a base set with all the trains and cards? Should you get this over USA or Europe? Has Marklin now been replaced meaning you don't have to search the secondary market for it? 


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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 20-11

Just 20 more games to talk about!! Thank you for coming along with me on the journey! Let's check out the games that just missed out on the podium of the Top 10. 

Credit to Scott King for his amazing photography and BGG for random imagery.


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Broken Meeple Videos - Marvel Legendary: X-Men Review


The expansions just keep coming! How does this new one hold up, especially if you've not read any of the old comics? Relax I watched the old cartoon series and I like the movies! :P




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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 30-21


We're nearly there!! Really getting into some great games to talk about!! My 30-21 of my Top 100!!
Credit to Scott King & BGG for imagery.


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Broken Meeple Videos - The Godfather Review

The new highly buzzed game from Eric Lang - is the theme wasted here? Does it matter if you've watched a single film in the franchise? Should I be stoned for having not watched any of the films?




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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 40-31

Ok, let's get a move on!! These games are big and amazing! My 40-31!! 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Automobiles: Racing Season Review

Automobiles features in my Top 100 - I reviewed this expansion after I made the list - would it have elevated it higher had I got it sooner?



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 50-41

We're breaking into the top half of the list, if you thought the other 50 games were great, wait till you check out the next 50! We start with my 50-41!





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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 60-51

Just realised I never put up the Blogger post for the 60-51 segment already on YouTube! Here you go everyone!! 



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Season 2 Episode 17 - EXPENSIVE

Sorry it's been a while since the last episode everyone! I apologise, but I have several good excuses waiting for you on the introduction! 

Today I am joined by Mike Barnes of WHO DARES ROLLS fame to discuss games played, the controversy of expensive games and the upcoming tutorial app DIZED. Mike has a minor hum in the background from his setup, but I think I've cleared it out for the most part. Otherwise it went pretty well so I hope you enjoy our banter! 


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