Episode 6 – Catan: Why you can’t burn your neighbors city

Episode 6 is out for debate. We were lucky enough to have Todd join us for this episode in which we discuss Eurogames vs Ameritrash. To help people have some idea what we are talking about, here are the definitions as found on BoardGameGeek:

Ameritrash n. A catchphrase for “American style boardgames”. In general, this means games that emphasize a highly developed theme, player to player conflict, and usually feature a moderate to high level of luck. Examples of classic Ameritrash games include Axis & AlliesDuneCosmic EncounterTalisman, and Twilight Imperium. See the Ameritrash page for more information

Euro / Eurogame n. synonym for German game. This term emphasizes the more frequent publication of German-style games in other countries in Europe.

Ok, that didn’t help as much as I had hoped, so give the podcast a listen and hopefully it will become even clearer.
During the podcast, Todd mentions a book which he read to prepare for the show. That is right, there was actually sources used in the show. That is why we bring on the guests, to help raise the level of this show. Anyway, the book Todd mentions is Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games by Stewart Woods.

Just remember, that when you are looking at games and think, is this a Eurogame or Ameritrash, you will know it when you see it.

Potter Stewart


Money, Money, Money – Kickstart by Minion Games

Marty and I jumped on this Kickstart for coins by Minion Games. These coins will be used in Hegemonic, their new 4x game which was successfully funded this year. It seems that many players wanted to increase the amount of coins that were coming in the game, so Minion Games decided to offer a Kickstart to allow not only the Hegemonic backers more coins, but give more gamers the opportunity to get these coins.

Why get these coins you ask? Well, I think it adds to games that use credits or coins when you pick them up and there is weight to them instead being very light. Then there is the feel of metal in your hand that adds to the experience that you are using coins. And finally, the sound the coin will make when it hits the table as you throw it into the pot. All these things can only make playing a game that much better, in my opinion.

I am glad it reached the $45,000 goal and added the 2 value to the lot, this adds one more game I think I can use these coins with. So far, Marty and I plan on using these coins with Small World, 7 Wonders, Lords of WaterdeepAndroid: Netrunner, and Puerto Rico. I am sure we will find other uses when I pop open a game and see the need for coins, but right now, these are the ones that come to mind.

So, there are only a few days left in this Kickstart and if you can get past the space look of the coin to use with other games, you might enjoy adding these coins to your collection.

What topics do you want to hear about?

We have the first 13 episodes all planned out. We are going to be covering topics like euro games, dice games, worker placement games, role playing games, miniature games, and game etiquette. But 13 episodes only gets us half way through the year. Do you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to hear? Want to come on sometime and offer your expertise in a certain area of gaming?

If so, let us know by commenting below, or send us an email , or tweet us @DiceAndNames