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The Booster Pack is the official podcast of CCG History. (twitter.com/CCGHistory).The Booster Pack is the show where we unwrap the stories & crack the mysteries of collectible trading card games.As an interview-driven podcast, we feature creators from all over the TCG / CCG space — game designers, artists, developers, publishers, other content creators, fellow players & many more!
 
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It's been a quiet few weeks since the last episode, so we go over the partnership between The Silph Road/Silph League and Niantic, and some prep for the upcoming GO Fest Events. GO Fest Preparation Guide: https://pokemongohub.net/post/guide/go-fest-preparation-2022/#general-tips-and-tricks TIMECODES 00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping 00:14:55 News Roundup…
 
On this episode of the Rare Slot, Rands discusses the history & future of cooperative (or solo) modes in collectible trading card games with game designer Brett Schofield. These modes (often called "Player vs Environment" or "PvE" modes) are something that have been quite a rarity in the world of collectible trading card games to date. Brett offers…
 
May is here, and so are some new events! Mega Pokémon have been reworked with new features and benefits, and the Pokémon GO Trading Card Game set has been revealed. Firefly Cup continues with some hits and misses discussed by the duo, and maybe some things to look out for. Trainer Tips Interviews Niantic Community Manager: https://youtu.be/4hZWwL9O…
 
Some snake or something once said "...And Now For Something Completely Different". Well, on today's show things are a bit different. On this super-sized "Singles" episode, Rands discusses a brief history of collectible trading card games based on other media properties & why the future of them might be vastly different from the past. If this is you…
 
The Sustainability Week has begun, and with it a few good PvP spawns and a new addition to Pokémon GO, Oranguru! We also had the Silph Arena May meta announcement earlier in the day, so we talk about the upcoming Firefly Cup. TIMECODES 00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping 00:13:22 News Roundup - Sustainability Week 00:34:59 Meta Analysis - Firefly Cup 01:11…
 
Magi-Nation Duel & The Spoils TCG—you'd be hard pressed to find two Trading Card Games more different. One is a kid-friendly Pokemon-esque franchise with relatively simple gameplay. The other presents a hard-hitting world of mature humor & was one of the most competitively-focused TCGs ever. While they seem like they don't have much in common on th…
 
Steven gets confused when talking about Summer events, new shadow Pokémon have been released, and a pair of Community Days are arriving in April. Required Reading: Conversation with Niantic's Michael Steranka, Pokémon GO Live Game Director https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSilphRoad/comments/tpbpah/my_conversation_today_with_niantics_michael/ MEGA Update…
 
Underground comics, fanzines & garage bands. All these critically acclaimed art forms are created by passionate people who simply love the medium in which they work. Many of the worlds best artists started in these raw, unregulated, domestically developed mediums. Enter hTCGs, or "homemade Trading Card Games". These are the same kind of concept for…
 
The Lush Jungle event (and Spring) has our allergies flaring up. With the new event, Fomantis and Laurantis enter Pokémon GO and PvP, with an updated moveset for the latter. Wild speculation about April’s Community Day ensues before we discuss Nemesis Cup, Silph Arena’s April meta. Jesse and Steven will be going to the Antimater & Mazer Gaming’s “N…
 
This time Rands is joined by one of the most prolific collectible trading card game designers of all time—Paul Peterson. Paul tells us how he rose from Customer Service at Wizards of the Coast to become their go-to "TCG guy" during that company's most active period in the TCG space. All tallied, Paul has worked on more than a dozen collectible game…
 
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Its news, News, NEWS as Generation 7, the Alola region makes its debut in Pokémon GO. New starters, March Community Day, and some updates to the GO Battle League are all in store, as well as some recap of Jesse’s first experience with Silph Arena’s Obsidian Cup. TIMECODES 00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping 00:06:54 News Roundup 01:21:15 Obsidian Cup Talks…
 
Alright, you betta buckle up for this one. You've been warned. On this episode, we got ourselves one of the most prolific CCG designers ever! That is Luke Peterschmidt! If you didn't already know the name, you won't soon forget it because he is one of the most influential tabletop game designers of his generation. Today, we only scratch the surface…
 
Will there be any move updates in the next season? Steven puts on a tinfoil hat, while Jesse salts up some beef with the lack of rank and improvements to PvP recently. Silph Arena’s Obsidian Cup arrives in March and we take a look and the darks and pseudo fighters that rule the meta. TIMECODES 00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping 00:10:12 News Roundup 01:03…
 
This time on The Booster Pack we focus on the future, rather than the past. Rands sits down with Sterling—an Atlanta animator turned trading card game creator—about his brand new TCG called "D-Spirits". D-Spirits captures the charm and nostalgia of monster taming IPs such as Pokémon, Digimon & Monster Rancher and mixes it with elements of modern po…
 
Valentine's Day is nearing, and we have an event and GBL meta to celebrate. We look a little into the Zap Cannon addition to Registeel and acknowledge the two year anniversary of the Portland Battle Tower. Required Reading: https://www.reddit.com/r/PokemonGOBattleLeague/comments/snq71n/under_the_lights_zap_cannon_registeel/ This episode's Community…
 
On this bonus episode of The Booster Pack, Rands is joined by Richard & Harry from the YouTube channel "DEAD DECKS" to talk about their Top 5 personal favorite dead collectible / trading card games. What is a "dead" TCG / CCG ? Simply, it is any out-of-print collectible game. One that is no longer supported by its publisher with new product release…
 
February is JAM PACKED with events and PvP formats and we go over what we know is upcoming for events, raids, and some PvP relevant Pokémon. February brings a new Silph meat in the Guardian Cup, the first ever meta built upon a Pokémon’s move set, so we take a look at the bans, what's eligible, and how this meta is going to work. This episode's Com…
 
On this episode of The Booster Pack, we jump in the Mystery Machine & take a ride back to the late 1990s & early 2000s with former Journeyman Press Assistant Manager Brian Woodward. On this adventure, Brian shares his stories from playtesting the X-Files CCG to co-designing the short-lived Scooby-Doo Expandable Card Game (don't worry, it is a reall…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) enter a news purgatory where there are no updates for upcoming events, Spheal Community Day and Bulbasaur Community Day Classic approach in the coming weeks, and Sinnoh Cup embraces us all in its lack of fire types. This episode's Community Question: What new inclusions/changes are you hoping to see …
 
On this episode, Rands is joined by L Scott Johnson... or LSJ as he is known to "Vampire: The Eternal Struggle" players around the world. LSJ is an instrumental figure in the history of VtES & here we explore his journey from a self-proclaimed “rulemonger” on early USENET groups to ambassador of the game to becoming its lead designer when the CCG w…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) talk about January's events, Spheal Community Day, and a brief talk about Sinnoh Cup. This episode's Community Question: What are your aspirations for Pokémon GO in 2022? TIMECODES 00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping 00:08:59 News Roundup 01:07:35 Diet Meta Analysis - Sinnoh Cup 01:15:34 Community Question/O…
 
Join Phoebe Smith on assignment in Greenland where she talks to locals about battling extreme weather, fighting to keep their traditions and meets a family who gave up high flying jobs to live more sustainably; discover how to be a better and greener traveller in her Travel Hack of the Month; go beyond the marketing spiel to discover the most susta…
 
On this episode, Rands is joined by Theo & Michael Stern—the initial design team behind Fleer’s OverPower CCG. These brothers share the story of how they went from avid game lovers & comic book fans to being the designers for the first-ever collectible game to feature world-famous comic characters like Spider-Man, Captain America & eventually, even…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) Get into the Holiday Pokémon GO event and the paired GBL meta, the Holiday Cup. This episode's Community Question: What is your best Pokémon GO memory from 2021? TIMECODES 00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping 00:06:59 News Roundup - Holiday Themed Event 00:42:48 Meta Analysis - Holiday Cup 00:59:18 Community …
 
On this *bonus episode* of The Booster Pack podcast Rands chats to comic book writer Jed MacKay! Wait, what!? Comic book writer, you ask. Yes, comic book writer. You see, Jed was a CCG player of yesteryear & is currently the writer of Boom! Studio's Magic: The Gathering comic book (along with a number of acclaimed titles at Marvel Comics!). Jed & R…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) dive into the deluge of news and PvP updates as the tenth GBL Season begins, the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage, and the Silph League Arena’s Glacier Cup. PvP Steve's Glacier Cup Meta Simplified: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3bg5mcffHo This episode's Community Question: What is your favorite shiny…
 
Today on The Booster Pack we have a KICKSTARTER launch interview with CCG creator & publisher Assad Quraishi. Assad's company—Haunted Castle Gaming—makes Genesis: Battle of Champions. We talk though the first 4 years of the Genesis CCG, the philosophy behind the game & its future. This episode drops at the same time as the KICKSTARTER for the lates…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) think there is no news or updates to talk about, but decide to fill a podcast up with artificial sweeteners that may or may not cause cancer. ;P This episode's Community Question: If you were to have a Pokémon adventure, what Pokémon would be your Partner Pokémon for your adventure. Example: Pikachu …
 
On this episode of The Booster Pack Rands is joined by games industry maverick James Ernest to discuss the handful of eclectic collectible games he designed throughout his career thus far. We cover everything from his early work for Wizards of the Coast, him making the first adult-only CCG & even his experience creating a game for the reality show …
 
Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) is joined by bowlingbacon300 and x3DxJMar159 to talk Silph Arena Factions, Pokémon GO PvP, and a little bit about the future of PvP and PLAY! Pokémon. Support Battle Science on Patreon to help us grow at patreon.com/battlescience Have questions for the Battle Science crew or want to get involved in the show? Hit us up on Twi…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) break into November’s upcoming events, including the Festival of Lights, Shinx Community Day, and a looming Rocket Takeover. The Meta Analysis features the Silph Arena’s November meta, the Brawler Cup. This episode's Community Question: What is your least favorite starter Pokémon and WHY? TIMECODES 0…
 
This week the lead designer of the Prisoner of Azkaban virtual expansion (POA) for the Harry Potter TCG Revival group is our guest on The Booster Pack bonus show: the Rare Slot! In this episode Rands & HPTCGR’s Sammy DiSalvo discuss the high quality of work being put into the fan-revival for the Harry Potter Trading Card Game & also chat about thei…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) talk about Pokémon GO’s Twitch Rivals tournament, the ongoing Halloween Event(s), and break into the Meta Analysis with GBL’s Halloween Cup. Recommended Reading - https://www.eurogamer.net/amp/2021-10-14-pokemon-gos-next-five-years-the-evolution-of-ar-and-plans-for-when-the-game-runs-out-of-pokemon T…
 
This week we deviate from talking about the past & instead discuss the future. In this episode Rands is joined by Flesh & Blood content creator Bronson to chat about the significant shift in the way people perceive the TCG/CCG secondary market, how its changed over the past few years & where it might be heading. Are TCGs in an investment bubble or …
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) hit the sparse News Roundup with the smaller Pokémon showcases in October such as Raid Hours and Spotlight Hours. The bulk of the News Roundup is spent breaking down the Silph Arena Season Four rules changes, and the announcement of the inclusion of Pokémon GO within the official PLAY! Pokémon compet…
 
In this episode, J Morgyn White—the founder of SCRYE magazine—joins Rands to discuss the origin story of the very first dedicated COLLECTIBLE TRADING CARD GAME magazine. Over this fascinating discussion, we hear the previously untold stories of how & *why* SCYRE magazine was published. Not only do we chat about SCYRE's history but also Magic: The G…
 
Join Phoebe Smith for a brand new season of the Wander Woman Podcast as this month she (in association with the Caravan and Motorhome Club) heads to Britain's Isle of Wight on a self-styled safari to go in search of this wild isle's Big – or maybe little – 5; discover how to find a wildlife tour operator or guide that is showing you animals in a re…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) talk fashion, form changes, and Spooky Community Days before getting lost in the jungle news and metas that are coming up in October. This episode's Community Question: What is your favorite piece of music from the Pokémon franchise? TIMECODES00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping00:03:24 News Roundup 01:20:36 …
 
There is something special about our episode this week because we are talking about history in the making! In his first-ever interview about his new Trading Card Game, PoE Creative Director Erik Olofsson, talks about his new game— SORCERY: CONTESTED REALM Erik shares his progress from being inspired by the old school Magic community to crafting a g…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) get into the meaty announcements of the Season of Mischief, Season Nine of GO Battle League, and September’s upcoming events. Season Nine’s Move Updates are the subject of the Meta Analysis, while the upcoming GBL micro-metas will be focused on in future episodes. TIMECODES00:00:00 Intro/Housekeeping…
 
On this very special bonus RARE SLOT episode we dig into depths of collectible game history to bring you a previously untold story about a CCG that was never published. Way back in the mid-1990s, college student Quan Williams created a fan-made collectible card game based on the TRANSFORMERS cartoon & toy line. After posting his ideas online, the p…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) complete the Battle Science 2021 Silph Arena Preseason Primer in this 90 minute bonus episode of the Battle Science Podcast. Links:Preseason Primer Presentation:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vVqNmLbAQL3kiXfy5RzcWDUKvVkwTTkVoGt_7dpzEeU/edit?usp=sharing Our opening theme is "Radio Tower Takeo…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) breeze through the News Roundup’s only topic, September’s cuddly Community Day, and finally get to one of Steven’s lofty projects, the Silph Arena Preseason Primer. In this episode they cover the basics of Pokemon GO’s relationship with its PvP mechanics. This episode's Community Question: Do you wan…
 
This week on The Booster Pack: Rands is joined by veteran MMO & CCG designer Shawn Carnes for our longest episode yet. Shawn shares his stories from his early gaming days all the way up to leaving Wizards of the Coast in 2000. Along the way he has stories about the CCGs they released while he was there. Those include Pokemon TCG, BattleTech CCG, Jy…
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) dive into the Ultra Unlock 3 and the release of Galar Pokémon, and pack up the news roundup with scuttlebutt about the #HearUsNiantic movement. The Meta Analysis is spent talking Ultra League GBL ‘Mons, the Alola Region Pokémon's speculation, and a deeper stat driven talk about the Eevee Community we…
 
This week we feature a listener-suggested game— the Sailor Moon CCG! Rands is joined by the president of Dyskami Publishing Mark MacKinnon to discuss his brief time away from designing RPGs, when he crafted the surprisingly unique Sailor Moon Collectible Card Game. We talk all about the origins of Mark's company that designed the game & how a game …
 
Jesse (RocketAdminJ) and Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) talk GO Fest 2021 Post Mortem, and launch into all the August events like Ultra Unlocks, Eevee Community Day, and MORE! Overworld Music with Vocals Tweet: https://twitter.com/GOStadiumPvP/status/1416925758430253063 This episode's Community Question: Who wins the burger bet (What Pokémon is featured i…
 
After barely scratching the surface in our previous episode, Justin Gary returns for another visit to The Booster Pack. This time we go deep on the CCG that started his game design career: VS System! If you were a player of original VS System or even simply curious about what goes into designing a trading card game, this episode has a ton of behind…
 
Steven (aBoyInTheWoods) talks about his GO Fest 2021 experiences and breaks down his thoughts of each day and his pros and cons. Support Battle Science on Patreon to help us grow at patreon.com/BattleScience Have questions for the Battle Science crew or want to get involved in the show? Hit us up on Twitter @battle_science Join the Battle Science D…
 
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