Meeple Knights

Meeple Knights

Everything Board Games! Join Doug, Amber, Kevin, and Tom as they discuss all things board games, including: first impressions, digital board game apps, and even interviews with members of the Board Game community!


September 4, 2023 43 mins

We're resetting the game board on Meeple Knights and delving deep into the intricate world of area control. This knight school session promises to turbocharge your understanding of area control mechanisms and how they function in games, both classic and contemporary. Using examples from chess, Risk, Onitama, and Small World, we dissect the eight different types of area control. The discussion ignites a lively debate on each me...

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Curious to unearth the mysterious Y-game trove? Join the Meeple Knights as we venture into the world of games starting with the elusive letter Y! Starting off with the intriguing Yellow and Yangtze, we get strategic with hand management and grid placement. We marvel at the five different leaders and their unique abilities that play a crucial role in this game. We'll also discuss the game's scoring system, the power of the...

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August 21, 2023 41 mins

You think you know board games? Well, we've got news for you. Even the most seasoned gamers among you will cringe when we drop the names of our top 10 most despised games. Yes, you heard it right. We're rocking the boat, Doug and Amber, in this outrageously candid episode of Meeple Knights where we lay bare our criticisms on the games that have driven us up the wall. Mental Blocks, Sheriff of Nottingham, we're callin...

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Ever wish you could experience the exhilaration of GenCon without leaving your home? Strap in as we, Amber and Doug, journey through GenCon 2023, recounting tales of badge blunders, hotel hassles, and games that gripped our hearts. We talk about the astounding growth of the event, spilling over with 70,000 unique attendees, and its economic impact on local businesses. Get an inside scoop on our personal experiences and our top tips...

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August 7, 2023 35 mins

Ever wish you could predict your opponent's every move? Strap in for a thrilling journey as we strategize through the captivating universes of the cooperative board game Xeno Shyft and Star Wars X Wing. We'll take you on a roller-coaster ride of setting up defenses, outsmarting enemies, and above all, having a blast!

We'll also compare the intriguing intricacies of pieces in Star Wars X-Wing and Xingqi, befo...

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Ready to unlock the secrets of the most anticipated games at GenCon 2023? Strap in, because we're taking you on an exhilarating tour of our top 10 picks. With our lively banter, you'll get more than just the names; we'll reveal the unique mechanisms and gameplay that make each game an experience worth waiting for. From the deck-building marvel "Queen by Midnight", the quirky grid movement game "Boop&qu...

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July 24, 2023 24 mins

Do you know why the letter W is called W and not double V? Settle into this enchanting discussion as we unravel mysteries of a different kind - the kind found in the magical realm of Wandering Towers. Alongside your hosts Doug, Amber, and Kevin, you'll discover strategies to outsmart your rivals, fill your potions, and lead your wizards into the Ravens Keep. We'll even spill some secrets about the quirky rulebook, and imp...

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July 17, 2023 60 mins

Ready to ride the thrilling roller coaster of set collection board games that put your strategic skills to the test? We're pulling back the curtain on some of our top favorites and sharing insider tips on how to dominate the game board. From the unique drafting mechanic of Quadropolis to the fiery heat of Dragon's Gold, we unravel the complexities and nuances that make these games a hit for all age groups. Our adventure d...

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Ready to level up your board game strategy? Join us, Meeple Knights, as we traverse the captivating world of set collection games. From well-loved classics like Rummy, to intricate titles like Quadropolis, Suburbia, and Magic The Gathering, we're unpacking how to master the art of collecting sets in different ways. But it's not just about gathering sets, we're also taking a deep dive into combo abilities, which take ...

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July 3, 2023 150 mins

Ever found yourself in the middle of a hilarious misadventure en route to the board gaming convention of the year, Origins 2023? Buckle up as Amber and I bring you a laugh-a-minute recount of our first-ever trip, from the unexpected thrill of being selected to work at AEG's Big Game Night at Gen Con to the uproarious mishaps driving to the convention center. We also share our experiences of our first night at Columbus Area Boa...

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Ready for a wild ride in the world of board game mechanics? Join us as Tom tests our knowledge in an exhilarating game show episode! As our host, he'll be reading off board game definitions, challenging Doug, Amber, and Eggplant to correctly identify the games. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned to find out!

Jump in with us as we laugh, learn, and explore the fascinating realm of board game mechanics. Will Doug be a...

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June 19, 2023 25 mins

Ever wondered what it takes to build a successful vineyard or become a notorious Disney villain? Join us in this fun-filled episode as we unravel the strategies behind some of our favorite board games that start with the letter V. Brace yourselves as we venture into the different phases of Viticulture by Stonemaier Games, exploring the intricacies of worker placement and discovering the power of the grande worker. The excitement do...

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Get ready to discover your next favorite auction game as we share our top 10 picks and explore the unique mechanics and strategies of each one. You'll be amazed by our number 10 choice, Vault Wars, a thrilling turn-based game where players bid on the contents of a vault, reminiscent of the popular TV show Storage Wars. But the surprises don't stop there.

Join us as we dive further into the world of auction mechan...

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June 5, 2023 60 mins

Ever wondered how auction mechanics impact the gameplay experience in board games? Get ready to explore various types of auctions – from open and English auctions to turn order auctions - and learn how they shape your gaming strategies. Join us as we compare the auction mechanics of Monopoly and Skull, and discuss the differences of other board game auctions.

In this episode, we also take an in-depth look at different bidd...

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May 29, 2023 24 mins

Have you ever dreamt of running off into the magical world of unicorns? Well, look no further! We bring you an enchanting episode that will sweep you off your feet as we discuss the spellbinding world of unicorn-themed board games. Let us be your guides as we gallop through the delightful betting and racing game, Unicorn Fever, and how it stands up against other racing games like Downforce, Ready Set Bet, and Gladius. Imagine hosti...

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May 22, 2023 25 mins

Ready for an action-packed board game bonanza? Who will emerge victorious as Doug seeks to dethrone the undefeated Tom in this thrilling episode of Meeple Knights? Host Amber puts them to the test with 30 mind-boggling questions, covering game mechanisms, player counts, and essential skills like hand management and pattern building. You won't want to miss a minute of this friendly but fierce competition!

But wait, the...

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Ever struggled to find the perfect worker placement board game? Look no further, as Amber, Doug, and Kevin are here to share their top 10 worker placement games! We kick off our discussion by exploring the mechanics of this popular genre, detailing the differences between worker placement and action drafting.

We dive into Doug's list, beginning with the charming Creature Comforts. Along the way, we touch on iconic gam...

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May 8, 2023 25 mins

Get ready to rev your engines and fasten your seatbelts as we embark on an adrenaline-pumping journey exploring the exhilarating racing game, Thunder Alley! Discover the game's unique mechanics, such as drafting and moving multiple cars, that set it apart from other racing games. Plus, we take a detour into the fascinating history behind the origin of the word 't-shirt.'

But that's not all! We also hop ...

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Are you ready to roll the dice and take some risks? Discover the thrilling world of push-your-luck board game mechanisms with us as we kick off our new series on game mechanisms. From classics like Yahtzee to recent favorites like Dice Throne and Bang the Dice Game, learn how different games utilize this exciting mechanic and how similar mechanics like forced dice selection and dice drafting add to the fun. Plus, we'll share o...

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Ready to test your knowledge of award-winning board games? Join us in this fun-filled episode of Meeple Knights Podcast as we play Chronology, the game where we have to guess the correct year of release for popular board games. Listen in and play along with Amber, Tom, and Kevin as we challenge each other and build our timelines with games like Zuloreto, Broom Service, Marvel United, King Domino, and Ghost Fighting Treasure Hunters...

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