Category Archives for The Game Shelf

Ep 15. Pandemic Legacy – July (take 2) in Review (GSC108)

In this episode we debrief after our second crack at July. Jenn had to run before we recorded this debrief (the playthroughs on this day took quite a while) and we do get a little off track in the middle when Chas asks a simple question about lightsabers, and Matt starts in with (movie-spoiler-free) Star Wars facts. We do get back on topic. Eventually.

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

This episode is part of a series of episodes running through our campaign of Pandemic Legacy. We’ve made it through and have between 5-10 games remaining depending on how well we do. Listen in to follow our progress and hear our trials and tribulations.

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess AndersonChas

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Ep 14. Pandemic Legacy – July, take two (Actual Play) (GSC107.5)

This is the audio from our actual live play recorded during our eighth game of Pandemic Legacy, which means it’s “July” and we don’t quite know what is coming our way. In this episode we play the second half of July, so no new rules since the last episode. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played July 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)
0:44 - Game starts
0:45 - Epidemic 1
1:03 - Thank you funding
1:09 - Cure
1:20 - Epidemic 2
1:37 - Epidemic 3
2:00 - Epidemic 4
2:23 - Cure
2:36 - Epidemic 5
2:39 - Cure
2:42 - Begin post-game
3:05 - Debrief

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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GGS004 – Small World

This month we find ourselves in Small World, a competitive game (and more easygoing alternative to risk) that reminds us that it’s a world of sLaughter after all. Jess and I recently introduced some friends to the game, and in this episode we discuss that experience and go through what makes it a good gateway game.

Game details

# Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 90-120 minutes
Game Length (average): 60-90 minutes

See it played/learn to play

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Ep 13. Pandemic Legacy – July in Review (GSC107)

In this episode we debrief after our play-through of July. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played June 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 July play-through episode.

This episode is part of a series of episodes running through our campaign of Pandemic Legacy. We’ve made it through June to this point, and have between 6-12 games remaining depending on how well we do. Listen in to follow our progress and hear our trials and tribulations.

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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Ep 12. Pandemic Legacy – July (Actual Play) (GSC106.5)

This is the audio from our actual live play recorded during our seventh game of Pandemic Legacy, which means it’s “July” 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 this game. 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 July play-through.

Show Notes

(Time Code - Milestone)
0:04 - Mission Briefing
0:59 - Find Virologist
1:07 - Epidemic 1
1:18 - Epidemic 2
1:21 - First non-CODA cities become faded
1:28 - Epidemic 3
1:34 - Cure 1
1:47 - Epidemic 4
1:56 - Game end

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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Ep 11. Pandemic Legacy – June in Review (GSC106)

In this episode we debrief after our play-through of June. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played June 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 June 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 10. Pandemic Legacy – June (Actual Play) (GSC105.5)

This is the audio from our actual live play recorded during our sixth game of Pandemic Legacy, which in our campaign means it’s “June” 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 June. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve reached 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 January play-through.

Show Notes

(Time Code - Milestone)
1:08 - start
1:13 - cure
1:38 - cure
1:39 - epidemic
1:51 - epidemic
2:05 - eradication
2:21 - epidemic
2:31 - epidemic
2:43 - cure
2:54 - upgrades
2:57 - naming another disease

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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Ep 9. Pandemic Legacy – May in Review (GSC105)

[In this episode we debrief after our play-through of May. If you’re worried about spoilers make sure to hold off on this episode until you’ve played May 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 May play-through episode (http://gameshelfpod.com/gsc104-5-pandemic-legacy-may-actual-play).

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 9. Pandemic Legacy – May (Actual Play) (GSC104.5)

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

If you’d rather skip straight to our debrief go right ahead (http://gameshelfpod.com/gsc105-pandemic-legacy-may-in-review), otherwise enjoy everything that happens in our May play-through.

Show Notes

(Time Code - Milestone)
0:38 - Character choice
0:54 - It begins…
0:58 - Cure
1:06 - Epidemic
1:15 - Epidemic
1:26 - Cure
1:39 - Cure
1:51 - Epidemic
2:03 - Game over!
2:08 - Upgrades
2:11 - Jess ominous quote (2:11:50)

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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GGS003: Tsuro

For this episode we discuss Tsuro (pronounced “sir-oh”)  which comes in as one of the most approachable, easy-to-learn, and quick-to-play games in our collection. This is one of those games that ends up on the table every time we host a big game day. Listen in to find out why…

Game details

# Players: 2-8
Ages: 6+
Game Length (first time): 25 minutes
Game Length (average): 15 minutes

See it played/learn to play

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