Matthew C. Anderson

GGS002: Forbidden Island

Next we take a trip to Forbidden Island. a great introductory cooperative game that is easy to learn, quick to play, yet fun time after time. Jess and I pulled our copy off of the game shelf, played a round (which we played at a high difficulty level and barely won), then talked about why this game is most definitely a gateway into the hobby.

Game details

# Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 45 minutes
Game Length (average): 30 minutes

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Ep 4. Pandemic Legacy – February in Review (and our important realization) (GSC102)

In this episode we debrief after our play-through of February and our discussion leads to a HUGE realization in hindsight that we accidentally re-infected a disease that had been eradicated. We check in with rules-owl-bear-Jess about changing one of our game-end upgrades. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played February in your own game (then rejoin us for this episode).

There’s plenty of additional context for this debrief, if you’re interested, which can be found in our February play-through episode.

This episode is part of a series of episodes running through our campaign of Pandemic Legacy, which includes between 12-24 games depending on how well we do. If we win the first 12 (unlikely) that’ll be it. If we lose a lot…it could be 24 (let’s hope not). Listen in to follow our progress and hear our trials and tribulations.

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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Ep 4. Pandemic Legacy – February (Actual Play) (GSC101.5)

This is the audio from our actual live play recorded during our second game of Pandemic Legacy and we don’t quite know what is coming our way. In this episode we validate rules for what has changed then proceed to play through February. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played to this point in your own game (then rejoin us for this episode).

If you’d rather skip straight to our debrief go right ahead, otherwise enjoy everything that happens in our this play-through.

Show Notes

(Time Code - Milestone)
0:01 - Rules & setup
0:11 - Initial infections
0:16 - Choosing funded events
0:36 - Choosing characters
0:43 - Let the game begin!
0:48 - Brief break for visitors
0:51 - Let's power through, gang!
0:56 - Epidemic #1
1:00 - Epidemic #2
1:10 - Cure #1
1:38 - Epidemic #3…we just need the world not to explode
1:41 - Cure
1:41 - Game end
1:45 - Upgrade selection

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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Ep 3. Pandemic Legacy – January in Review (GSC101)

In this episode we debrief after our play-through of January and recount some of the highlights (and lowlights). We’ve only played the first month…and things started with a bang! If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played January in your own game (then rejoin us for this episode).

There’s plenty of additional context for this debrief, if you’re interested, which can be found in our January play-through episode.

This episode is part of a series of episodes running through our campaign of Pandemic Legacy, which includes between 12-24 games depending on how well we do. If we win the first 12 (unlikely) that’ll be it. If we lose a lot…it could be 24 (let’s hope not). Listen in to follow our progress and hear our trials and tribulations.

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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Ep 2. Pandemic Legacy – January (Actual Play) (GSC100.5)

This is the audio from our actual live play recorded during our first game of Pandemic Legacy, which means it’s “January” and we don’t quite know what is coming our way. In this episode we validate rules for what has changed then proceed to play through January. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played January in your own game (then rejoin us for this episode).

If you’d rather skip straight to our debrief go right ahead, otherwise enjoy everything that happens in our January play-through.

Show Notes

(Time Code - Milestone)
0:02 - Rules review
0:31 - Setup of board
0:54 - Naming of characters
0:57 - Let the game begin!
1:24 - Decisions, decisions…Red cure
1:26 - Epidemic #1
1:30 - Epidemic #2
1:33 - "Worst fears confirmed…"
1:34 - Tearing of first card--great reaction!
1:39 - Cure #1
1:46 - Decisions, decisions…not using One Quiet Night
2:04 - Epidemic #3
2:08 - Eradicated
2:24 - Cure #2
2:33 - "No whammies…"
2:35 - Game over
2:43 - Upgrades

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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GGS001: Ticket To Ride

We dive right in with Ticket To Ride, which actually was as our gateway game that’s led to so many fun gaming sessions. It’s a go-to for us–especially if we want to pull something out that will be fun for someone who isn’t sure what they think about tabletop games. Jess and I pulled our copy off of the game shelf, played a round (which I lost miserably), then talked about why this game is most definitely a gateway into the hobby. Hint: it’s just about as easy to learn as Go Fish…but compelling enough to keep your attention.

Game details

# Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 75 minutes
Game Length (average): 45 minutes

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Ep 1. Pandemic Legacy – The looming storm (GSC100)

We (Matt, Jess, Jenn, and Chas) are about to start our play through of Pandemic: Legacy, the cooperative board game where we save a world on the brink of biological disaster. But in this game, each time we play, the board is permanently changed, new rules are added to the rulebook, cards are ripped up, and additional components are revealed. No two copies of the game will ever play out the same way. This is our story of trying to save the world.

In this episode we start with some introductions then we look ahead to discuss what we think may be coming for us. There is a nervous excitement, and I’m pretty sure we all just want to play the game.

This is part of a series of episodes running through our campaign of Pandemic Legacy, which includes between 12-24 games depending on how well we do. If we win the first 12 (unlikely) that’ll be it. If we lose 12 a lot…it could be 24 (let’s hope not). Listen in and follow our progress and hear our trials and tribulations.

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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GGS000: Introductions

We like introducing people to board games…there’s just something about it that’s fun and a great way to connect with friends (and, well, make friends too). In this inaugural episode of The Gateway Game Shelf Podcast, we (Matt and Jess) discuss the podcast and give a peek into their tabletop / board gaming history and game preferences.

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