Broken Meeple Videos - Star Wars Rebellion: Rise of the Empire Review

An expansion to one of the best games I've played and the best Star Wars game ever?! SIGN ME UP!! And what's this I hear about fixing the combat? Find out more in my review!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Hanamikoji Review

This is the first video which is using my new format of videos. There is no official rating out of 10, only my personal BGG rating for myself. No strengths and weaknesses 5 second cutscene, now I go over each strength and weakness in detail with lower third pop-ups on screen. I hope you find this an improvement and I welcome all feedback.
Welcome to the most well-known geisha street in the old capital, Hanamikoji. Geisha — the graceful women elegantly mastering in art, music, dance, and a variety of artistic performances after years of training — are greatly respected and adored. Geisha may be translated to "artist" and they dance, sing and entertain everyone.
In Hanamikoji, two players compete to earn the favors of the seven geisha masters by collecting the performance items with which they excel. With careful speculation and sometimes a few bold moves, you may earn the essential items by giving away the less critical ones. Can you outsmart your opponent and win the most favors of the geisha?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Manhattan Project: Energy Empire Review

Even though this has no relation to the previous Manhattan Project, Energy Empire by Minion Games is still a decent game in its own regard. Find out why here!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Arkham Horror LCG: Path to Carcosa

The first video review for Arkham Horror LCG. We've had one solid cycle with the Dunwich Legacy. Can the Path to Carcosa expansion start us off on the right foot with another solid campaign?



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Season 2 Episode 19 - FLGS

Ok, this needs addressing. Recently a Board Game Breakfast segment on the Dice Tower was released where Tom talked about local game stores and the movement to support/save them. He mentioned a lot of relevant points, however this has exploded on the internet where both sides are in each others faces debating this, with some taking the context way out of what was intended, by either making up words in their head or misunderstanding what was said.

So after viewing it myself, it's time to throw my two cents into the fray. . . . . .



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Broken Meeple Videos - Smash Up: Big In Japan Review

How many expansions we on now with Smash Up? And yet there is still room in my box! It's mind boggling! Well this is the new set focusing on popular IP's from Japanese culture. How does it fare to the other sets and what are these new titans?



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Broken Meeple Videos - The Palaces of Carrara Review

A bonus review which I promised from the Top 100 Aftermath episodes. Palaces of Carrara is a Euro that is hard to find unless you shop on German board game sites, but it's not that expensive and definitely worth your money to acquire and play. Find out here why that's the case. . . .



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Broken Meeple Top 10 - "Zen" Games

We all play games to de-stress from our daily lives. But when you've really had a hard day or you just can't take any more pressure, you need a real "zen" like game to take your mind off it. Well these are my Top 10 Zen Games, where I'm usually guaranteed to get a relaxing experience whether due to theme or ease of play.



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Season 2 Episode 18 - SENTINELS

SPOILER ALERT! Now that the Top 100 is done with, it's time to get back to normal business! Starting with the podcast! Viewers on my Top Ten requested that I talk more about my favourite game of all time, SENTINELS OF THE MULTIVERSE. So here we go! Why do I love it, how do you play it, what am I looking forward to and a couple of Top 10 lists!

01:50 - Introduction, Rules & Why
16:40 - Top Ten Heroes
30:50 - Top Ten Villains





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Broken Meeple Videos - Viral Review

Can Dice Tower Essentials continue their solid run with Viral, a mean area control game where you infect a poor hosts body and wreak havoc. No actual humans were harmed in the making of this game! But maybe they felt a little queasy!



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Broken Geek Chat - Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle

Sorry it's been a while since a podcast episode, the whole Amsterdam thing was hard hitting for me and the Top 100 took a lot of time out of doing podcasts. And then the last 10 days have been non-stop social events and relative visits. Yeah well back to normal. I promise a podcast episode is coming this weekend, as in a full one, so I hope you enjoy that.

But for now, let's continue with the former "P-Logs" which I'm now calling "Broken Geek Chat" podcasts. These are where I get to talk about something other than board games for a change, usually TV or Movie related as I love going to the movies or watching cool shows. Well tonight I just got back from watching the sequel to Kingsman, which I enjoyed highly. Did this one entertain me as much as the original? Have a listen and find out!



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME! - Aftermath: Parts I & II

I hope you've enjoyed the Top 100 videos. But there's more to discuss. What games fell off the list, what games didn't make the cut and what games did you, the viewing public want to know more about regarding my reasons to not including them on the list? Enjoy this 2 part special!

In Part II of the Aftermath of the Top 100 I give you quick details of the 50 or so games that didn't make the Top 100 and then go through all the recommendations that you the viewers submitted for me to explain why they weren't on the Top 100 - I've not even looked at them before recording this video. Expect some fun chats, some amusing gags and two or three rants! :P


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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 10-1

You've been so patient guys, it's been a long process to make up the list and get these videos out, but thanks for sticking around! You've earned this now! 

These are my TOP......TEN....GAMES OF ALL TIME!! 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Nine Worlds Review

From the curator of the UK Games Expo comes an area control game that looks gorgeous on the board. But it can hold up as a decent game as well with the theme as abstracted as it is?


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Broken Meeple Videos - Caverna: Cave vs Cave Review

A 2 player version of one of my favourite Euro games? How will this hold up against the other 2 player variants from other Uwe Rosenberg games? 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Ticket To Ride: Germany Review

More maps for Ticket To Ride? Sold! But it's a base set with all the trains and cards? Should you get this over USA or Europe? Has Marklin now been replaced meaning you don't have to search the secondary market for it? 


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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 20-11

Just 20 more games to talk about!! Thank you for coming along with me on the journey! Let's check out the games that just missed out on the podium of the Top 10. 

Credit to Scott King for his amazing photography and BGG for random imagery.


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Broken Meeple Videos - Marvel Legendary: X-Men Review


The expansions just keep coming! How does this new one hold up, especially if you've not read any of the old comics? Relax I watched the old cartoon series and I like the movies! :P




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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 30-21


We're nearly there!! Really getting into some great games to talk about!! My 30-21 of my Top 100!!
Credit to Scott King & BGG for imagery.


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Broken Meeple Videos - The Godfather Review

The new highly buzzed game from Eric Lang - is the theme wasted here? Does it matter if you've watched a single film in the franchise? Should I be stoned for having not watched any of the films?




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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 40-31

Ok, let's get a move on!! These games are big and amazing! My 40-31!! 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Automobiles: Racing Season Review

Automobiles features in my Top 100 - I reviewed this expansion after I made the list - would it have elevated it higher had I got it sooner?



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 50-41

We're breaking into the top half of the list, if you thought the other 50 games were great, wait till you check out the next 50! We start with my 50-41!





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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 60-51

Just realised I never put up the Blogger post for the 60-51 segment already on YouTube! Here you go everyone!! 



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Season 2 Episode 17 - EXPENSIVE

Sorry it's been a while since the last episode everyone! I apologise, but I have several good excuses waiting for you on the introduction! 

Today I am joined by Mike Barnes of WHO DARES ROLLS fame to discuss games played, the controversy of expensive games and the upcoming tutorial app DIZED. Mike has a minor hum in the background from his setup, but I think I've cleared it out for the most part. Otherwise it went pretty well so I hope you enjoy our banter! 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Eldritch Horror: Cities In Ruin Review

And we're back with yet another expansion for Eldritch Horror. But could this be the best of the small expansions yet? I am afraid however, there is no Kevin Bacon present in this review. . . .



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Broken Meeple Videos - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Review

A reprint of the popular deduction game, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. Is this the best solo experience for a deduction board game? Is there too much reading to manage?



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 70-61

Continuing on with my 70-61 of my Top 100!!!


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Broken Meeple Videos - Lovecraft Letter Review

Love Letter meets Lovecraft - would you dare send a love letter to Cthluhu?

Credit goes to The Gentleman Gamer for the really amusing sound effect of pronouncing Cultist speak!! 


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Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition - Guest Review

Another guest blog review for you while I get on with some more videos before my holiday to Amsterdam next week. I write some reviews for ZATU Games as well now and here is my most recent endeavour - a full length review of Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition! Enjoy!



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 80-71

We continue the Top 100 countdown with my 80-71!!

Credit goes to Scott King for pictures used - truly this man is the most skilled game photographer in existence and deserves all the praise.


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Broken Meeple Videos - Five Tribes: Whims of the Sultan Review

The second expansion to Five Tribes. I love it. . . . and I hate it. See what I mean in this review and enjoy seeing me both gleam with enthusiasm and rant in rage!!



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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - 90-81

IT'S FINALLY HERE! I PROMISED YOU ALL AND I DELIVER! My Top 100 to mark my 4th anniversary of The Broken Meeple is here and it's on video format. Throughout the next several weeks I will be putting these videos up in segments of 10 to countdown my Top 100 games of all time. Which ones made the list, which ones fell off the list, which ones are new this year? All these will be answered in good time! 

We continue with my 90-81!!

Credit goes to Scott King for pictures used - truly this man is the most skilled game photographer in existence and deserves all the praise. 







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TOP 100 GAMES OF ALL TIME - Intro & 100-91

Yes!!! IT'S FINALLY HERE! I PROMISED YOU ALL AND I DELIVER! My Top 100 to mark my 4th anniversary of The Broken Meeple is here and it's on video format. Throughout the next several weeks I will be putting these videos up in segments of 10 to countdown my Top 100 games of all time. Which ones made the list, which ones fell off the list, which ones are new this year? All these will be answered in good time! 

Starting off now here is my introduction to making this list and my 100 through to 91!

Credit goes to Scott King for pictures used - truly this man is the most skilled game photographer in existence and deserves all the praise. 





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Broken Meeple Videos - Near And Far Review

I wasn't the biggest fan of Above and Below. I love the concept, but I felt it was a little disjointed. However I'm keen to try out the new and supposedly improved Near & Far from the one-man designer army that is Ryan Laukat. Bigger in scale and scope, how does this one fare?


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Broken Meeple Videos - Werewords Review

Werewolf meets 20 Questions! I wasn't a huge fan of Insider, but will adding some more win conditions and borrowing some mechanics from One Night Werewolf and Deception: Murder in Hong Kong help this?


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Lost In Time & Space Review - Timey Wimey!

Well now you've gone and done it! Leaping into a giant portal to the extra-dimensional depths of your imagination. How do you expect to get back and even if you do, will your sanity remain intact?

Keeping to the previous format, these pack reviews are based on the scenario itself as well as my pick of decent, ridiculous or amusing cards from the player set. If you ever want to see the full player card list, you can check out Arkham.db, which has a comprehensive card list as well as quality deck lists posted by the Arkham LCG community - highly recommended.



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Season 2 Episode 16 - BALANCE

On this episode I team up with Michael from Toucan Play That Game to talk about a controversial post on BoardGameGeek written by Ignacy from Portal Games. The post can be found at:


Michael and I talk about this post, what are our thoughts? We talk about game balance, reviewer critiquing and whether it's right to have knee-jerk reactions about games being broken.


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Broken Meeple Videos - Hive Mind Review

A guest review for Games Quest! A new party game on the scene from Richard Garfield and Calliope Games that plays like Scattergories in reverse, but much more fun! Haven't seen this one on the scene much lately, but it deserves a look if you like the genre.

02:30 - Overview

04:25 - Final Thoughts


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Broken Meeple Videos - Carcassonne: Under The Big Top Review

The evergreen classic of Carcassonne gets a new expansion to bring it back to the table! This time you're utilising meeple acrobats and visiting the circus whereever it might pop up next. Is it worth adding to your collection of other expansions? Let's find out! 

03:12 - Overview
06:21 - Final Thoughts


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P-Log - 13th Doctor Reveal

Yes, don't worry there's a new official podcast episode coming out this week with a special guest. But I couldn't resist to put this out. My P-Log's don't just have to be movie reviews, it can be anything geekdom related. And here, we've had the biggest change in Doctor Who history!!
SPOILER ALERT!!
The new Doctor is a woman!! For the first time in the show's history. What are my thoughts on this as a life long fan of the show? Hear them now!


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P-Log - Ghostbusters (2016)

Subject to so much controversy. So many haters. So many sexist backlash from trolls in dungeons. But did it deserve it all? How bad can it be? About time I found out.........



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Broken Meeple Videos - Secrets Review

Not even out yet, here's a surprise for you. A new social deduction game akin to the likes of Good Cop, Bad Cop. Chunky identity chips, dirt easy rules and separate teams? Does it hold up?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Yokohama Review

One of the hotness in the Euro charts at the moment is Yokohama. Is it deserving of this? What is the difference between the retail and deluxe version? 


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P-Log - Spiderman: Homecoming

I was about to write my thoughts on Facebook about the new movie and I thought.......you know what? I got a microphone? Why don't I just record it? Now doing a V-Log would take too long in setup etc, but what about a P-Log? So let's experiment, here is a short podcast with my immediate thoughts on Spiderman: Homecoming literally after only just getting home from the movie.
Let me know your thoughts and whether you'd like to hear more of these! Take care!


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Broken Meeple Videos - Colosseum Review (TMG)

Days of Wonder gave us Colosseum a long time ago and it was a big hit, but even more so when it went out of print. Now Tasty Minstrel Games have brought us a new version, but does it do justice to the original?


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Broken Meeple Videos - EXIT: Secret Lab Review

Escape Rooms are all the rage and these board game versions are no exception - but are they any good and is there enough justification here to buy one that you can only play once? Hope you enjoy the little references at the start and the very end! Also - SPOILER FREE!!


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Season 2 Episode 15 - HALFWAY

We're halfway into 2017 so let's have a look back at what games I've played during 2017 so far and those that have been released, but haven't been put in front of me yet! There's a lot more games to come though so here's to the rest of 2017!


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Broken Meeple Videos - Quadropolis: Public Services

More tiles for Quadropolis enabling more paths to victory? But is there enough variety? Is it too little for what you pay? And why, oh why, did they not think about the insert?


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Where Doom Awaits Review - Running Short On Ideas?

Yog Sotthoth is threatening to rear his ugly head......or face......or spheres.....whatever he/she/it is meant to be! It's horrific, put it that way. Can you stop the ritual from getting out of hand and what's going to be the location for your last stand in the end?

Keeping to the previous format, these pack reviews are based on the scenario itself as well as my pick of decent, ridiculous or amusing cards from the player set. If you ever want to see the full player card list, you can check out Arkham.db, which has a comprehensive card list as well as quality deck lists posted by the Arkham LCG community - highly recommended.



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