After the rose tinted glasses of episode 50 we put on the harsh specs of reality and dive into this week’s news. Together the team cover the cancellation of Origins Online, Wizards of the Coast banning cards and striving for diversity, Cards Against Humanity abuse allegations, Golden Bell tolling once more, Everything Board Games imploding and much, much more. 

 

Headlines

Origins Online Cancelled amidst mass walkout of guests over silence on American protests

https://kotaku.com/board-gamings-industry-body-refuses-to-say-a-word-about-1843990186/amp?fbclid=IwAR0mzioSECyHsAtJyW8f8g7v-OPCpkCnQpBGG-fiEO_i1zWKKx85ahcAFmM&__twitter_impression=true

Statement can be found on GAMA facebook page @TheGAMAOnline

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45895/gama-cancels-origins-online

Eric Lang Statement

https://twitter.com/eric_lang/status/1271095405644779521

 

Wizards of the Coast bans Racist magic cards

https://www.geeknative.com/73805/here-are-the-racist-magic-cards-wizards-have-banned/

https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Default.aspx

 

Cards against Humanity under fire

https://medium.com/@anitasarkeesian/ending-my-relationship-with-cards-against-humanity-and-max-temkin-2f25108dfeb4

https://twitter.com/atheresastewart/status/1269310742450393089

 

News

 

Golden Bell Strike again

https://twitter.com/moregamespls/status/1270687206756233217?s=19

Episode 34 cast link

https://giantbrain.co.uk/2019/08/19/episode-34-golden-gnomes/

 

Everything Board Games implodes

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1941412327/everything-board-games-bi-monthly-digital-magazin

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/NDShipley/status/1273357515846189058

 

https://twitter.com/NDShipley/status/1273383596653457410

 

Diversity & Dungeons & Dragons

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/diversity-and-dnd?fbclid=IwAR08nGlNVFzeFlxaWVIlix7YvyyWd5b0db08bhX1Dw_Xw7dkTpFIWrUCehc

 

Kinderspiel announced

https://www.spiel-des-jahres.de/en/aktuelle-preistraeger-2020/

 

Itch bundle breaks $8million dollars 

https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality

Blades in the Dark Review

https://giantbrain.co.uk/2017/07/30/blades-in-the-dark-review/

 

CMON does P&P Foodies
https://www.cmon.com/news/foodies-print-play-edition

Patreon Shoutouts

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Outro

New reddit! 

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgamediscussion/

Munchkin Disney

https://theop.games/2020/06/munchkin-disney-game-coming-soon/

Dobble Variants are on the way 

https://twitter.com/ICV2/status/1270386811102101505?s=19

 

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Brainwaves Statement on the U.S. Protests

Hello everyone, before we get to the cast proper we wanted to take a moment to address how the Brainwaves team feels about the current situation in America. We feel that even though our voice is small, it is important to speak up when events like this occur.

As 3 white guys we will not pretend to understand what the black community has experienced worldwide during our lifetimes and for centuries beforehand. However we do stand with the protesters who are seeking justice for the killing of George Floyd and the countless other black Americans who have been unlawfully killed.

The United States is being run by a fascist who wants nothing more than to line his pockets and those of his rich, white friends. He doesn’t care about people, especially those who look different from him. We hope his rule is brought to an end in November. Our own country is being run by people who foster the fear of ‘the other’ to score political points, to divide, and make money. Whilst they have not quite sunk to the levels of the Trump administration, it is all too easy to imagine a scenario where they would. 

For our own part we will be endeavouring to highlight the work of BAME UK designers more. We are conscious of the fact that we have not had a diverse range of voices on the cast or in interviews.  We'll be striving to do better on that front over the coming weeks, months, and years. Our goal has always been to lift up smaller publishers and designers and we also need to add diversity to that goal. We, and games, are all made better by listening to and understanding diverse voices. 

It is easy to feel powerless against what is happening in the US, and in the UK regarding Brexit, at the moment. We hope in our own small corner of the internet that we can do better, and that we can help lift up a diverse range of voices through our actions. 

Black Lives Matter.

Show Notes

It’s our 50th episode! Before we break out the bubbly, the team bring you the choicest slices of tabletop games news from Magic competitions going digital to pintable trains. In a longer than normal cast, we look back on how the cast came to be, what the future holds, and chat about our experiences behind the scenes. 

Headlines

Spiel des Jahres nominations out

https://www.dicebreaker.com/topics/spiel-des-jahres/news/spiel-des-jahres-2020-nominations

Wizards of the Coast announces major changes to M:tG competitive play.

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45828/wizards-coast-announces-major-changes-to-competitive-level-magic-the-gathering-events?fbclid=IwAR2SXWztpeqgqdkvYTc8MG_WtrsAKrqAsu5H_BGvaU3NRn9iiCJ4ZAbKWqI

Gen Con online
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/News/gen-con-online-registration-to-open-1-june-2020

 

News

Boardgame design lab hires J.R. Honeycutt

https://mobile.twitter.com/BGDesignLab/status/1268505651522740224

Ticket to Ride Print and Play

https://print-and-play.asmodee.fun/files/tickettoride/Ticket-to-Ride-Stay-at-Home-A4_en.pdf

Aquelarre RPG now coming out in English
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/News/aquelarre-rpg-out-now?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=news&fbclid=IwAR36vxnSIpoRNLacCsxqRkNxw1b80uXhrovIpSfxYJfSAhp2dygGkSLTYkE

 

Retrospective

Meeple People Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/user-434999721

First Player Token

https://twitter.com/1stplayertoken?lang=en

Unlucky Frog

https://www.unluckyfrog.com/

We’re Not Wizards

https://werenotwizards.podbean.com/

 

Patreon Shoutouts

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

Our Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

 

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Iain C is having some outside time in the Brainwaves garden, leaving Jamie and Iain M to get on with the business of the cast. This week we cover convention cancellations, Avengers’ board game night, BGG Geek Game store, Spartacus returning, Hot Zones for free and more. In Brainstorm we discuss the possibility of a silver lining to all the convention cancellations: are release schedules going to get a little more spread out? 

 

Headlines

Coronavirus cancels conventions

Uk Games Expo

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/virtually-expo/

Tabletop Scotland

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/tabletop-scotland-2020-cancelled/

Essen

https://www.spiel-messe.com/en/covid-19/

Gencon

https://www.gencon.com/press/updates-gen-con-covid19

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45767/gen-con-officially-cancelled-2020-over-covid-19-concerns

 

Play boardgames with the Avengers

https://www.fanatics.com/giftcards/virtual-hangout-with-chris-evans-and-five-of-his-super-close-friends/o-32270109+p-9276001395646+z-9-3629237344?_ref=p-SRP:m-GRID:i-r0c0:po-0

 

Boardgamegeek announce new geek store- Geek Game Shop

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2432453/announcing-geek-game-shop

 

News

FFG takedowns follow up

https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2020/5/15/play-together-while-apart/?fbclid=IwAR0dRBzFH4IA5y373NIxiS7By1-BrOVMeYMlkIDQXMrFClajGDzEK7xsxsM

Pandemic Hot Zone
https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/pandemic-hot-zone-north-america/news/pandemic-hot-zone-print-and-play-demo

Spartacus returns

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45726/spartacus-returns

 

Patreon Shoutouts

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

Our Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

 

Outro

Breaking Bad Monopoly

https://twitter.com/joindicebreaker/status/1259778023789867009?s=19

The Child Monopoly

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45730/baby-yoda-monopoly

Godzilla Monopoly

https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/monopoly-godzilla-monster-edition/news/monopoly-godzilla-edition-announced

Guardian article about DnD

https://amp.theguardian.com/games/2020/may/20/dungeons-dragons-in-lockdown-as-my-universe-contracts-this-game-expands-whole-worlds?fbclid=IwAR1ON45rfLEqJON8mDu2GCOJ2hGr4kM0UpUH4i2Q-tSi8fDf1y5sErDKZW4

James Wallis head of UK Games studio

https://twitter.com/JamesWallis/status/1262323767910502400?s=19

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It’s time for the most coveted prize in the boardgame award season calendar, The Golden Brains! These coveted prizes are only given out on this cast to categories of our own devising, number two will shock you. Of course we still have time to bring you the best in tabletop gaming news: comic relief DnD, Wingspan sweeps awards and picks up some controversy, Frosthaven rocks Kickstarter, Asmodee takedowns, Union negotiations and much more! In our Brainstorm we look at the thorny subject of boardgame categories and ask if it is time that things are shaken up. 

Headlines

Comic Relief goes Dungeon Delving

https://twitter.com/comicrelief/status/1255814860102828033?s=19

https://tiltify.com/@comic-relief-plays-dungeons-dragons/crplaysdnd

 

BGG announces Golden Geek Awards 2019

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2421320/14th-annual-golden-geek-awards-winners-2019

 

Frosthaven takes eleventybillion dollars

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45687/frosthaven-kickstarter-raises-nearly-13-million

 

News

Hasbro gets lift from lockdown

https://www.wsj.com/articles/monopoly-maker-gets-a-big-lift-from-lockdown-11588169873

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45666/hasbros-total-gaming-business-up-40-q1

 

Kickstarter Union announces negotiated settlement

https://twitter.com/ksr_united/status/1256382357311012871

 

Steamforged Games offer to retailers

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45652/steamforged-offers-retailers-40-affiliate-sales

 

DM’s Guild giving 100% of royalties to Creators until 17th May

https://twitter.com/RPG_EmeraldS/status/1257248719449268224

https://www.dmsguild.com/special.php

 

Asmodee Humble Bundle

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/asmodee-play-with-friends?hmb_source=humble_home&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_2_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_2_c_asmodeeplaywithfriends_bundle

 

Asmodee takedowns

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2415261/asmodee-ffg-seem-be-taking-down-all-ffg-games-tts/page/3

 

Patreon Shoutouts

 

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

 

Our Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

 

Outro

Huge bet on Rock, Paper, Scissors
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/500-k-bet-on-rock-paper-scissors-1.5543533

 

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This week on Brainwaves Iain Chantler is on trial for crimes too heinous to write down! With the proceedings out of the way the team gather to pour over the last fortnight in boardgame news: CMON trading statement, Kickstarter cuts, Game store owner arrested and companies support for your FLGS. We look at Roll20 and the ways it can help you roleplay online. 

 

The Trial

Headlines

Cmon Trading Statement

https://cmon.com/news/cmon-april-2020-update

Kickstarter to cut staff

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/20/21228412/kickstarter-layoffs-planned-coronavirus-project-declines-crowdfunding-union

Florida Game Store Owner arrested over stay at home orders

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45615/florida-game-store-owner-arrested-violating-safer-home-orders

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45620/game-store-owner-to-fight-charges

 

News

Games Workshop to begin Opening Stores around the world

https://www.warhammer-community.com/2020/04/21/lockdown-updategw-homepage-post-2

Tales from the Loop on TV, boardgame out on KS
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/tales-from-the-loop-the-board-game

Pegasus Spiele and Portal Games announce Kickback programmes

https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/103078/covid-19-gaming-table-vi-store-support-pegasus-and

CGE blog

https://blog.czechgames.com/2020/04/06/why-cge-blog-now/

 

At Home with Iain

https://roll20.net/

 

Outro

Trivial Pursuit

https://bloody-disgusting.com/toys/3612946/brand-new-board-game-trivial-pursuit-horror-ultimate-edition-coming-fall/?fbclid=IwAR1mwl58KyE3O3JxOq5aEbyUwEWL3cIxIz1HVM0sKLpMe2wvB8VekSvYgoc

 

Patreon Shoutouts

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

No Pun Included

https://www.nopunincluded.com/

 

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The Team are all together in Brainwaves HQ and Iain C has made his way back from the non-euclidean geometry of the coffee machine. Joining Jamie and Iain M they dive into the news ocean once more to bring you the juiciest pearls. This week they cover the Far Verona cancellation, the passing of a TSR founder, CMON trading woes, Asmodee generosity, Z-Man on Pandemic and much, much more. Iain M has been busy putting together a new corner of the studio to help out those stuck at home with online gaming, and the team chat about the merits of Tabletop Simulator. 

Headlines

Far Verona Cancellation

https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/fts4rd/adam_koebel_dungeon_worlds_far_verona_stream/

https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2020/04/rpg-far-verona-canceled-dungeon-world-creator-faces-backlash.html

Elspeth Eastman Explainer Vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y21hx6FEPE&feature=emb_err_watch_on_yt

Koebel Apology

https://youtu.be/yYonGyQiILQ

Monte Cooke material

https://www.montecookgames.com/consent-in-gaming/

 

Brian J Blume dies

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45529/r-i-p-brian-j-blume

 

Cool Mini Or Not Stock Trading Suspended

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45581/annual-report-delayed-trading-suspended-cmon?fbclid=IwAR1SquWmVuleOhkP4lWL4p3zkaCEXsrXvQNrvRqFetZ93-IG4TgyafmFpxE

 

News

Asmodee PnP

https://print-and-play.asmodee.fun/

Asmodee hires GW Interactive Games licensing Manager

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45523/asmodee-adds-interactive-games-licensing-manager

Gama launches search and help site

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45535/gama-launches-game-store-locator-status-info

Z-Man on Pandemic.

https://www.zmangames.com/en/news/2020/3/28/pandemic-and-covid-19/

Matt Leacocks’ oped: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/opinion/pandemic-game-covid.html?fbclid=IwAR2q1ZAglTon2KlcmmqOhCayWWp_qKbsxQshv0OSgTNVXBLK7mfqj0aUnC0

 

New edition of Love Letter from Z-Man Games
https://www.zmangames.com/en/news/2020/4/1/announcing-love-letter-sender/ 

 

WOTC announces game store relief

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45511/wotc-announces-game-store-relief

 

Frosthaven KS 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frosthaven/frosthaven/description

 

At Home with Iain M

Tabletop Simulator

https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/

 

Patreon Shoutouts

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

 

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Brainwaves HQ is a lonely place for Iain M to be on his own: Iain C is self isolating, and we’ve sent all the interns home for safety. Contemplating what to do next he is thankfully joined by Jamie who has returned from his walkabout, and a very special guest. Together they look at the impact Covid-19 has had on the boardgaming world before turning to news of companies splitting, awards being announced, and games companies reacting to counterfeiting. In Brainstorm we look at ways you can still engage with the Tabletop community online. 

 

Headline

Coronavirus Impacts Tabletop World

Games Expo Moves to August

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/content/news/uk-games-expo-postponed-august-2020/

Tabletop Scotland moves to October

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/tabletop-scotland-2020-postponed-news/

Asmodee USA is not releasing any new titles over April

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/102183/covid-19-gaming-table-iii-asmodee-alliance-and-acd

Wizards suspends WPN

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45485/wizards-coast-suspends-wpn-qualifiers-premier-series-events-for-magic-the-gathering-due-coronavirus

Brighton A&E staff use boardgame to practice managing overcrowded department

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-sussex-51630120/brighton-ae-staff-practise-with-crisis-board-game?fbclid=IwAR3XZW1W18n-zRgd3q16tvtdQ-elYHqliuaX7sAqoL_015mOc6AfLI9YnTs

 

News

Plaid Hat Games Splits from Asmodee

https://twitter.com/PlaidHatGames/status/1233512952965337088

https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2020/2/28/fight-for-survival/

https://www.plaidhatgames.com/news/1049

Boardgame Crate Shutters

https://www.boardgamecrate.co.uk/

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/665127585801306112/681463461271699479/Screenshot_20200224-113213.png?width=327&height=671

Calliope Games reduces distribution roster

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45443/calliope-games-slashes-distributor-roster

Origins Awards nominees

https://www.originsgamefair.com/news/2020-origins-awards-nominees

Brainstorm

Search the #isloationcon on Twitter to see all the stuff we have found or check this list:

https://giantbrain.co.uk/2020/03/24/isolationcon-the-list/

You can join the Discord here

Smartparty Agon AP

https://smartparty.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/agon-actual-play/

Patreon Shoutouts

Olive Kinne

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

Outro

Ayr Monopoly

https://www.ayradvertiser.com/news/18276621.ayr-wins-competition-get-version-monopoly/?ref=fbshr&fbclid=IwAR0uv_jhH7VlPHY0TpK9g41vpCm-D8S-Um8MvHJn6Q8V7TkyJnH5nX49vcQ

https://www.facebook.com/AyrMonopoly/?hc_location=ufi&comment_id=Y29tbWVudDoyMzE4OTQ5Nzc0ODc0MTYxXzIzMTkwMDUxOTQ4Njg2MTk%3D

 

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Iain and Iain were off in Harrogate over the last weekend, and haven't had the time to put together the usual Brainwaves cast. To fill the gap we are releasing one of our older Idle Thoughts episodes featuring the original team of Iain, Jamie and Sam. We hope you enjoy their thoughts on the games they played round December 2018. 

March 2, 2020

Episode 44 - Robot Club!

Iain Chantler has established a Robot Fight Club in the basement of Brainwaves HQ and who better than James Hewitt to help him get it setup. Iain McAllister is enthusiastic about the idea but James really needs to help out around the place if the club is going to stay, so he joins the Iains on the cast. This episode we cover Kickstarter unions, DTRPG categories, Hasbro Finances, Replacement policies and more. In Brainwaves we cast our eye to the new Federal Trade Commision rules on influencers and discuss the relationship between the press and publishers. 

Headlines

Kickstarter employees form union

https://www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/3a8pp5/kickstarter-employees-win-historic-union-election?__twitter_impression=true

Kickstarter Hires law firm that advertises maintaining a union free workplace

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3a8vyk/kickstarter-hired-a-law-firm-that-advertises-maintaining-a-union-free-workplace

DTRPG launches LGBTQ+ and Romance genres

https://www.geeknative.com/71220/drivethrurpg-launches-lgbtq-and-romance-genres

Episode 43 link - Free League Workshop

https://giantbrain.co.uk/2020/02/17/episode-43-executive-bell/

Hasbro Finance report, MTG up 30%

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45147/magic-the-gathering-up-30-including-digital-2019

 

News

Daniel Scott Palter, of Final Sword Games, passes away

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45207/r-i-p-daniel-scott-palter.

Asmodee Replacement Parts policy

https://www.asmodeena.com/en/customer-service-faq/

FFG to end RPG production

http://www.d20radio.com/main/fantasy-flight-games-long-term-plan-will-discontinue-rpg-development/

 

Brainstorm

FTC announces crackdown on undisclosed influencer advertising

https://www.inputmag.com/culture/ftc-social-media-influencers-new-rules-instagram-youtube-tiktok

Advertising Standards Authority

https://www.asa.org.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1-3yBRCmARIsAN7B4H1ZvU-F4FCfCCJVsSYqt-Jlr4Bwq79YLyN56VSi7k9KHpJTOt8WfyIaAoDXEALw_wcB

Fyre Festival Documentary

https://www.netflix.com/title/81035279

Outro

Monopoly News: 

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/45149/the-op-partners-toho-international-two-godzilla-brand-games

 

Patreon Shoutouts

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

 

Guest Links

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lagoon83

Website: https://www.needycatgames.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/needycatgames/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/needycatgames/?hl=en

Robot Fight Club: https://www.needycatgames.com/robotfightclub

 

Other Links

Bugglebots https://www.bugglebots.com/

Bristol Bot Builders - audio from one of their fights was used in this cast https://bristolbotbuilders.com/

 

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February 17, 2020

Episode 43 - Executive Bell

Jamie is gone and Iain is hiding below the recording desk. No not that Iain, the other one. Checking up that their Patreon money isn’t going to frivolous expenditure, the Executive Producers turn up for a performance review and join the team behind the mics. This episode they cover notorious Kickstarter company Golden Bell, Wizards of the Coast setting up games studios, more awards, Archaeological finds and Iain takes his first trip to RPG corner which is definitely not filled with lizards. 

Headlines

Golden Bell Banned from Kickstarter 

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgameindustry/comments/ewr237/golden_bell_studios_officially_suspended_from/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

https://www.abbynews.com/news/abbotsford-woman-wins-legal-battle-over-board-game-on-reality-t-v-s-the-peoples-court/

WOTC establish Arkwright games studio

https://www.polygon.com/platform/amp/2020/1/30/21115752/wizards-of-the-coast-archetype-entertainment-bioware-new-studio

As D'or

https://www.dicebreaker.com/categories/board-game/news/as-dor-game-of-the-year-awards-2020-nominations

 

News

Coronavirus shuts down factories

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/f283yb/restoration_games_is_reporting_that_no_game/

Boardgame piece found

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/06/boardgame-piece-first-viking-raid-found-lindisfarne-archaeology

 

RPG Corner

RPG industry report from Roll 20

https://blog.roll20.net/post/190665086865/the-orr-group-industry-report-q4-2020-a

Free League Workshop

https://support.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/articles/360037116592-Free-League-Workshop

 

Thinking Cap

Unboxed Gaming Cafe

https://www.unboxedcafe.co.uk/

Southside gaming initiative

https://twitter.com/d20glasgow

 

Outro

Monopoly: New version announced on Thursday

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18213427.salisbury-running-monopoly-game/

Patreon Shoutouts

Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

A good read

https://www.dicebreaker.com/categories/board-game/feature/counterfeit-board-games-pandemic-catan

Guest links

https://luckysparrow.co.uk/

Lucky Sparrow Gaming Groups

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1904084749709801/

https://twitter.com/theluckysparrow

 

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