Dice Guys Audio Podcast 003: Our Metal Overlords

This week’s podcast looks at exciting new games being developed and funded via Kickstarter.com, good games beyond Old Maid and Clue for your non-gamer friends, and our picks for the week. We also introduce Brain Flakes — news and other tidbits which made our brains explode. They could be short, they could be long, but they always stay crunchy in milk!

Don’t forget to leave your ideas for introductory games in the comments below!

SHOW NOTES

  • Mike sleeps a lot and has something weird on his elbow. Oh, and he got some new games at a store closing sale.
  • Jason tells about the games he got at the sale. Vultures!

Brain Flakes

  • Video games become board games. The big one coming soon is [amazon_link id=”1616611693″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gears of War Board Game[/amazon_link].
  • Uganda’s government creates a board game to teach wildlife conservation to children in their schools, but they could sell the game worldwide. Check out more about Uganda Snapshot Safari.
  • Scientist Lee Cronin at the University of Glasgow has created “living” cells from tungsten. They have properties of organic cells, including replication and a kind of permeable membrane that can selectively allow chemicals through and into the cell. Read more at New Scientist.

Features

  • Kickstarter.Com’s Board and Card Game section is filled with some great game projects looking for funding. In fact, many of the game proposals have well exceeded their goals
  • Games that make good starters for people who aren’t gamer geeks

Picks of the Week

  • Jason: [amazon_link id=”B00112CHCK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Apples to Apples[/amazon_link]
  • Mike: [amazon_link id=”1601252455″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kill Doctor Lucky[/amazon_link]
 

4 Responses to Dice Guys Audio Podcast 003: Our Metal Overlords

  1. jpeck says:

    Listened to my first episode today, very nice. Question: I’m trying to find a good entry level role playing game for my 7 yr old son. Any suggestions?

    • Off the top of my head, I would suggest “Tunnels and Trolls”. It is a much simpler rules system than D&D, and fairly easy to learn. It’s an older game that can be difficult to find, but if you can locate the 7.5 boxset it has everything you need to run and play the game. I’ll do some research and will probably post an article with further suggestions.–Jason

    • Never have had children of my own (unlike Jason below me there), but you definitely piqued my interest, so I did a little research. I found several people who said they started their kids with D&D just by simplifying or handling the rules for them. My suggestion might be TOON: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game. The rulebook skews decidedly Warner Brothers, and you may have to adjust for Phineas and Ferb or SpongeBob, but the whole game is based on 4 stats and D6es.

      Also, I’ve found enough to write a pretty good summary article of sites that have lists of kid-friendly RPGs, so I think you just created a project for me! Until that is written, however, here are a few games from the various lists which look promising:
      Broomstix: The Harry Potter RPG: Not licensed, but it’s free in PDF form and may be fun. Might be an involved system.Marvel Super Heroes: Yes, the old 80s game available for free as PDFs online, along with a ton of other information/updates by a large fanbase over time. Might be a bit complicated, but just handling the rules so your son can play his favorite superhero could be a blast.

      Faery’s Tale: Says it is suitable for age 6+. Play a pixie, brownie, sprite or pooka. Available as a PDF download for $10.OG: Same publisher as Faery’s tale, but you play a caveman having to deal with discovering fire, fighting off dinosaurs, etc. Suggests it is for all ages. $7.95 PDF.

  2. Jeff Healy says:

    ‘A family game, Apples to Apples’

    Clearly Jason needs to play some rounds with my circle of friends, especially after half the players get drunk. I won a round once with spontaneous human combustion played on flirty. Glorious demented fun.

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