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We've been taking some time recently to revisit old topics deserving of an update. One of those is surprisingly recent: Exploration. We've only had this mechanic since Prophecy of Kings was released, but we've learned a lot since we first introduced it, and it's about time we cleaned up our thoughts a bit. So, here we'll read the exploration cards …
 
The Dreamcast is dead, and yet Japan isn't done putting out incredible games for it. Bangai-O by Treasure comes to America long after the damage has been done, which means it easily could have been missed by many folks. But not for us and our 2001 game odyssey. Let's dive into this delightfully weird and funny "mech game." Music by nightcorey. http…
 
We're big time important kids and our opinions matter. That's why we were sent a copy of Twilight Inscription to give our unbiased, unfiltered, uncompromised, objective review. You came here for hard hitting journalism and boy howdy I tell ya that's what we're here to deliver. Game Journalism matters A LOT, and we take our roles very seriously. Mus…
 
2001: A Game Odyssey marches onward and this week we hit up a less remembered character platformer, Klonoa! Namco brought us this earnest story in an attempt to put more heart in its writing while also providing a nostalgic feeling, slow-paced puzzle platformer. Matt is smitten, and Hunter likes it just fine. No need to get all contrarian about it!…
 
We're making our way back through all of the factions, starting with those that got recent updates in Codex 3. Xxcha only received a new hero, but it seems that simple change was enough to make us reconsider everything about this faction. It's now an economic powerhouse if you play it right and it's time to explore how to do that and what it means …
 
Last week was the death of the Dreamcast, and this week is SEGA reborn as a games publisher sans console. Super Monkey Ball leads their foray into Nintendo systems which marks a major milestone in the relationship between the two companies as long time competitors. It helps that the game is a smash success with a dedicated following that Matt has n…
 
It's been so long since we've tuned into Root, and there's been a new expansion out for a while now! This isn't a strategy guide, but we do intend to do some down the road. Instead, this is an overview of all of the things that came with the Marauder Expansion, as well as what Root even looks like these days. There's more than just these big box ex…
 
WE'RE BACK. It's our third Sonic game, our umpteenth SEGA game, and our 4th 2001 game despite being the FIRST episode of our new season: 2001: A Game Odyssey. Not only do we talk about another ridiculous Sonic Adventure game, but we put it into a broader context of the year 2001. How will it rank amongst the rest of the 2001 games on our list? How …
 
August's Galactic Council Episode is the season wrap on GC episodes that fit this kind of vibe. For a while now we've been doing GC episodes off the cuff, and for the next batch we want to put in a bit more time on each episode. But for this "Improv Finale," we've saved the best for last. It's time for the Definitive Hero Tier List. Music provided …
 
This is it! The finale to "Season 0" (we decided this was season 0 after recording this episode, but it IS okay?). As should become a yearly tradition, we must now take a look at the works we have done and fix all of the horrible mistakes we've made to our own list. Today we sit down with all 50 games we've covered thus far and give you the one Tru…
 
I know you just loaded up this episode and saw that timecode. That ain't no joke. This episode is nearly 3 hours and 35 minutes long and it's because we have to talk about every single Action Card in the game. Yes, we HAVE to. Never forget that this is our job and we will treat it as such. Prophecy of Kings and Codex 1 both introduced a lot of new …
 
We have done it. After roughly a year, we have made it to our 50th game to be added to this list. To celebrate, we've brought on two of our lifelong friends Shawn and Paul to talk about how storied history playing Elder Scrolls games and specifically our experiences with the series' fifth entry Skyrim. It's been rereleased some ungodly number of ti…
 
We ran around GenCon for three days and talked to some amazing folks! 0:00 - First up, James Kniffen, the designer of the new TI Roll and Write Twilight Inscription. We discuss his background with FFG and what inspired this crazy genre shift for our beloved franchise 13:13 - Then, Sam Gregor-Stewart whose team at Edge have been trying to release th…
 
Hideo Kojima is a titan in the industry and while he was making hits before 1998, Metal Gear Solid is the game that secured is place on the list of all-time greats. This game is important, innovative, and dumb as all get out. That checks three pretty important boxes of criteria for us on this show, so I please enjoy this episode and expect Solid Sn…
 
We were finally able to return to GenCon for the first time since 2019, and this time we got to hold a a real live show at the local Helium Comedy Club. Our other podcast, Old Gamer's Almanac, opened for us because they are incredibly kind and to be honest they went kind of long. But once they were done, we had some time to also do some live SCPT s…
 
Thatgamecompany has put out a few hits over the years, but perhaps their most celebrated is 2012's Journey. A single player puzzle platformer with an esoteric multiplayer hook: you are randomly partnered with someone online and you cannot speak to them. It makes for a magical experience, despite it's short length. So as we race for these last games…
 
We packing in a quick episode between the Tournament Finals and GenCon, so here's one where we talk about exactly 5 things: Generic Promissory Notes! It's the basics to how to handle, as any faction, your Political Secret, Trade Agreement, Ceasefire, Alliance, and Support for the Throne! Go watch the Finals! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0mfWgfu…
 
Does everyone remember Ocarina of Time always being referred to as the best game of all time? What happened? Did we actually just start making games better, or did everyone forget about it? Is it forgettable? Is it's forgettable-ness Nintendo's own doing? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?! Anyways, it's time to make Ocarina's ranking Definitive. (TM) Mentioned i…
 
IT'S A BIG EPISODE! The tournament Finals are literally upon us, but that doesn't mean we can't bring you fresh, dense, gritty strategy talk. We've been playing with Yin since their Codex 3 update, and it's time to talk about where the faction is. Newflash: they're still not very good. It's almost like there's a fundamental flaw in their entire des…
 
It's actually wild that we've had nearly 50 games and haven't talked about a single Valve game yet. Portal is perhaps a strange one to start with, but it is also quick to knock out in an afternoon which makes it perfect with the onslaught of other games we have as we race for 50 games on the list. It was a part of a massive compilation of games and…
 
The Galactic Council let us know you were all begging for more information about all of the work being done of the virtual mod of Twilight Imperium for Tabletop Playground! Well we brought Darrell on to give us the scoop! In here, we talk a bit about Darrell, the old TTS mod, what TTPG has done so far, and where we think things could go! There's al…
 
We've been trying to get this game onto the list since we started this show and it is finally time. Disco Elysium came out of nowhere and was an instant classic. If everything goes according to plan, this game should be remembered forever, and it starts here with the most definitive list out there. Music by nightcorey. https://soundcloud.com/nightc…
 
It's our favorite episode of every year! We sat down with the six finalists of this year's tournaments to learn a bit more about who they are and how they approach a game like Twilight Imperium. Not only is it great prep to understand them better when we all watch the finals on July 30 at 13:00 UTC, but you might just learn a bit about this game we…
 
We teased this episode recently, and someone told us Soulcalibur is the Eddie Gordo of fighting games. Matt doesn't know what that means, but it probably means he's a dumb guy for this being the fighting game that he likes. It's cool! We get it! But come listen to us be wrong about the entire genre for an hour anyways! Mentioned In Episode: DF Retr…
 
If you want the fastest path to getting better at Twilight Imperium, than look no further. Tempo is the key to unlocking top level play and understanding the game, and here we are today breaking it down for you. What does the standard path to 10 points look like? When do you know if you're behind tempo? How do you stop someone who is ahead of tempo…
 
You're telling me they can fit a 25th faction into this thing? Well by gum, someone ought to teach me how to use all of 'em. Wait, someone HAS? Well butter my biscuit, ain't that just about the most important service anyone has ever provided. Just you wait, I'mma listen to that final faction guide and I'mma take them's there's advice and wear it li…
 
It's SEGA time! And this time it's the oft ignored Sega Saturn! Called by some "the greatest game ever made," what makes Panzer Dragoon Zwei so special? I dunno! It just...feels right. You've gotta experience it to believe it. Mentioned in the episode: https://www.panzerdragoonlegacy.com/ Music by nightcorey. https://soundcloud.com/nightcorey Consi…
 
The Galactic Council chose violence this month. It's a question that apparently gets asked from time to time, and it's now OUR TIME to settle the score. Can anyone be good at Twilight Imperium? What does it MEAN to be good at this game (or any game for that matter)? What does it look like to get better at this game? Music provided by Ben Prunty. Fi…
 
Hunter is in town which means it's time again to hang out with E.J. and play some couch multiplayer! We're trying to hit stone-cold classic right now, so that means it's time for Mario Kart 64! But it's hard to talk about Mario Kart without talking about ALL Mario Kart games, so stick around for a sub-ranking of all Mario Kart Games. Mentioned in t…
 
IT'S TIME FOR A BIG EPISODE! This one is long and it's because it's basically two episodes crammed together; how lucky are you? First is an deep analysis of everything to do with the Agenda Phase and all relevant abilities. Following that is the OFFICIAL reading of every single Agenda that you have been craving for years. What a wild show you liste…
 
Does anyone else remember loving this game? I remember loving this game. Am I being pranked? Isn't this one of my favorite games? Mirror's Edge definitely seemed like a big deal at the time, but then I forgot to think about it for like 8 years so now I'm not so sure what's going. So let's see if it still holds up! Mentioned in the episode:Jacob Gel…
 
This one snuck up on us and we almost forgot to celebrate. In fact, it's not even almost, we DID forget to celebrate. But we did take the time to make a sort of beginner's guide to this very podcast. So if you're new to the game or the community, this episode is intended to serve as your gateway into the various depths before you. How deep do you w…
 
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