Can an RPG sourcebook make you enjoy a card game more? (L5R Emerald Empire Review)

Emerald Empire is the first sourcebook from Fantasy Flight Games for its Legend of the Five Rings RPG. In this video, I go over my thoughts on the book and ponder how learning the lore can help enrich the card game experience.

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"How Do I Get My Players to Role Play?" - The Dirtbags of Holding #126

"How Do I Get My Players to Role Play?" - The Dirtbags of Holding #126

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It’s our first topic episode! (Ignore the fact that I said 125 in the intro). We give an update on what games we are interested in, talk about how you could get players to role play characters more, and then finish with some character backstory exercises.

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Seafall: A Spoiler Filled Roller Coaster of Emotions

Seafall: A Spoiler Filled Roller Coaster of Emotions

Oh Seafall. I picked you up on discount, not really expecting a lot. Everyone else had already downplayed this game, but I figured for $20-30, how bad could it be? For those of you who aren't aware, Seafall was a 2016 Age of sail/Nautical themed Legacy game (a type of game where one game can drastically change the next time you play the game) released by Plaid Hat Games. It was highly anticipated at the time as it was the first legacy game that wasn't based on another game like Risk Legacy or Pandemic Legacy, however that anticipation didn't last very long. For me, I did get my money's worth out of this game, but I might need therapy after playing this game. It made me experience just about every emotion out there, to the point where I can't continue this conversation without throwing up a huge SPOILER WARNING! 

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I Play This Game in Defense Mode: First Impressions of Millennium Blades

I Play This Game in Defense Mode: First Impressions of Millennium Blades

You probably don't know this about me, but I LOVE card games. The fact that last year two of the games in my Top 10 of all time had the words "the Card Game" in them probably didn't give that away at all. CCG/TCG/LCG/LOL/BBQ I've tried a lot of them. So from the moment that I heard about Millennium Blades, a game from Level 99 Games where you simulate playing a CCG, I was intrigued. 

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Backwards Mathing with Jac from Girl's Game Shelf - Boards & Swords #121

Backwards Mathing with Jac from Girl's Game Shelf  - Boards & Swords #121

Jac, who started as a fellow board game friend on instagram and twitter, but is now a player on Girl’s Game Shelf joins us for some good times. We also pitch some games by playing But Wait There’s More!

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We're Making The Dirtbags of Holding Even Better!

We're Making The Dirtbags of Holding Even Better!

I gotta be honest with all of y’all. The past year or so I’ve put a lot of focus on making the Boards & Swords podcast the best that it can be. That has had the unfortunate side-effect of not putting enough time and energy on The Dirtbags of Holding podcast. Plus, we’ve had a lot of us moving/traveling/working/etc, so it made it hard to get the multi-session games scheduled. Well, that’s all changing. Now its time to put that same energy into making The Dirtbags of Holding an awesome podcast, and I think we’ve got the plan to do so.

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Pyramid of Pengqueen, Looking ahead to 2019 - Boards & Swords #119

Pyramid of Pengqueen, Looking ahead to 2019  - Boards & Swords #119

Enough with this 2018 garbage! We gotta look ahead to 2019! That’s what everyone else is doing right? Plus a review of Brain Games’ new Pyramid of Pengqueen game (set in the Ice Cool universe)!

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How Good (or Bad) Were Board Games in 2018?

How Good (or Bad) Were Board Games in 2018?

If you know where to listen, you might hear some weird murmurs in the board game media space. "2018 wasn't a good year for board games," one might say. "Too many half baked ideas, not enough development," says another. Not everyone feels this way, but I hear enough whispers about it that it got me wondering if this was actually the case.

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Magic in D&D! (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica) - Roll Playing

You got your Magic in my D&D! You got your D&D in my Magic! This week I talk about the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, one of the most recent releases from Wizards of the Coast. It shows you how to run your 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game in the Magic realm of Ravnica.