Broken Meeple APProved - Patchwork (STEAM)

In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9x9 game board. It's one of the most popular two player games out there and one of the first to kick-start the whole "polyomino" style games we now see a few off lately. 

So how does it fare with its STEAM release? And why do I suck so badly at this game? 


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Broken Meeple Videos - Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade Review

Return to East Frisia and bring more variety to your labors in the far North with the Tea & Trade expansion for Fields of Arle! This expansion adds tea — the national beverage of East Frisia — to energize your workers, as well as new ships for trading and fishing. Choose from a bevy of new features to add to your farm, including ditches that dehydrate your land and new buildings that grant you more options for maximizing your yields. With components to add a third player to the game, more players can enjoy the game than ever before. With new buildings, actions, and abilities, Tea & Trade includes everything you need to become a true 19th century farming magnate!



Is the third player addition exactly what I've been waiting for with Fields of Arle, or will it turn the game into a never-ending slog?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Topiary Review

I'm back!!! Yes Most of the things plaguing my life and software and free time are now resolved or on the mend so it's time to get back to some reviews, Top 10's and even more new content besides! Starting with Topiary - a nice, cute little filler game from Renegade that's done and dusted within 30 minutes max - is there enough to make it interesting though?




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Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep Review - Fantasy Fatigue Games

Is it possible to have Eldritch Horror fatigue? Certainly feels like it with the rate that expansions are coming out for it - it's getting ridiculous. Remember when Fantasy Flight once claimed that this would be a more streamlined version of Arkham Horror with considerably less bloat. Ha ha ha, good one Fantasy Flight, we almost believed you for a second. Well give them credit, they did streamline Arkham Horror, though perhaps not to the point of being an accessible game for all, but man did they jump on the expansion band wagon and bloat this thing up!

I've lost track now of how many there are and I've got every single one - so many that all my Arkham Horror / Eldritch Horror collection is contained within an Arkham Vault wooden box. It's arranged for quick assembly, but man it's like looking at the Ark of the Covenant - so much in there and it weighs a metric ton. So I guess I'm adding another expansion to the vault and it's a big box at that yet there's no board with this one. . . so why the big box?




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Broken Meeple APProved - Carcassonne (STEAM)

Sorry videos have been lacking lately, firstly it's been horribly stressful at work with extended hours in this peak period, secondly it's been convention season, thirdly I had the video assets issue to contend with following a PC upgrade and fourthly just to top it off, I caught the flu this week! Joy!!
However here it is folks! The first episode(s) of my new Broken Meeple APProved series! This will not replace reviews or Top 10's but I wanted to add more variety to the channel and I figured that as board game apps are such a big part of gaming now, that I'd go check a load of them out and show you how they work by giving them a playthrough, hopefully for your enjoyment.
Each game will feature up to two videos - one for a tutorial mode if the game has one and another for the actual playthrough. Now this is a work in progress and I'm always up for improving the quality so consider this a "pilot" episode if you will. I'm open to constructive criticism for improving audio, picture, style, whatever so feel free to leave your ideas in the comments (please be nice! :P)
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my playthrough of Carcassonne on STEAM!




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Season 2 Episode 24 - AWARDS

Sorry its been a while guys - work is causing me no end of sleepless nights and my recent PC calamity didn't help! That's why this episode is a little more "slapdash" than usual. But bear with me, next episode should see a return to form!

In this episode I take on two main topics - firstly I reflect on my recent experiences at AIRECON, the growing convention in Harrogate run by Mark Cooke and his team. This time I brought my girlfriend along who's not a gamer by nature - so how did it turn out?

After that with the announcement of the Golden Geek Awards 2017 on BoardGameGeek - I have a few words.........and rants........to say about them.



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Can't Forget The Old Classics - Manhattan Review

As I write this review, I'm in a disheartening situation where a Windows/PC upgrade resulted in me losing a lot of the intro/outro assets on my video editing software. This is why Manhattan will be a written piece as I now have to recreate them all from scratch. Sad times, but I recreated what I needed and video production will resume after AireCon. Anyway's enough moping, let's talk about something fun! Manhattan.

No, not "The Manhattan Project" the worker placement game, I'm talking about Manhattan the original Spiel Des Jahres winner from 1994. Yeah we're going full on "Cult of the Old" here, but then I'd say I'm probably more about older games then more recent affairs as a whole. Great games have come out and I feel newer games struggle to innovate further beyond simply making everything look pretty so the old ones still stay strong, but I digress. This is a reprint of the classic which has been unavailable for quite some time. Now I never played the original classic so I'm not going to go comparing editions because let's face it, most of you probably don't even own the game it's so old now. From what I know, the rules are the same and it's just had a facelift.

So with everyone focusing so much on the new hotness or as Zee Garcia famously quoted "Cult of the Unreleased" (which is so true these days isn't it, hello Kickstarter fans) can we ressurect some of the older fare to compete?



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2014 (Retrospective)

I have returned! Following my PC upgrade which lost me a ton of video assets in my editing software I had to take a small break to get them back and working - production on The Broken Meeple will slowly return to normal now starting with this!

You requested this so I answered! I'm going to do 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's continue with 2014!!



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