Polyhedron Collider Episode 150 -  Terminus, Windmill Valley, Rebirth, and Sand

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The boys from the Collider are back and they are still reeling from all the board game goodies they picked-up during the UK Games Expo - which means this is a packed episode full of reviews of the latest tabletop games. In fact there is so much to talk about, there really isn’t time to write a joke in this description.

In this latest podcast episode we build inner city trains in Terminus, grow tulips in Windmill Valley, trade spices in Sand, and re-terraform Scotland in Rebirth.

Polyhedron Collider Episode 149 - The Best of UK Games Expo 2024

UK Games Expo 2024 has come to an end, and we are completely knackered! But that won't stop us talking about the amazing board games, tabletop roleplaying games, and miniatures we saw at the Birmingham NEC. Join us as we make some dubious awards!

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Polyhedron Collider Live at UK Games Expo 2024

Recorded live at UK  Games Expo 2024, the boys talk about the board games that have got their attention from this years show, as well as eclairs, sore losing, and our old mate Ron Dell. 

Find out more about the UK Games Expo at https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

Polyhedron Collider Episode 148 - The UK Games Expo 2024 Preview

The UK Games Expo will be hitting the Birmingham NEC between Friday 31 May and Sunday 2 Jun 2024 and to say the boy from PHC are excited is an understatement. In this episode we go through the board games and table top roleplaying games that we are most excited to see, think about our annual miniature painting competition, and talk about the food we plan to eat!

Find out more about the UK Games Expo at https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

Polyhedron Collider Beast Board Game Review
Beast is a cunning game of escape, survival, and of course, hunting.  No matter which side of the table you are on, you will, at turns feel like everything is well within your control and going according to plan, or, moments later, feel a terrible injustice at how unfair Beast is.

Beast isn’t a fair game.  It isn’t equal and balanced, but that is kind of the whole point of it.  Balance and power in this game shift continually, ebbing and flowing as cunning and guesswork pave the way for knowledge and victory.
polyhedron Collider Salton Sea Board Game Review

Welcome to the glorious pastel Salton Sea.  On the border of California and Mexico, it is here that we shall revolutionise the energy industry by tapping into all the geothermal energy stored within our planet, extracting gallons of brine, which will be converted into lithium.  In short, we will solve the energy crisis and play a bloody good, if not utterly gruelling, board game all at the same time.
Episode 147 - Carpe Diem, Salton Sean, and Sea, Salt & Paper

The boys from the Collider waste little time in the latest episode of the Collider Cast and get straight to business discussing the clever but hideously ugly Carpe Diem by Stefan Feld on which both Andy and Rory agree upon, for a change. Steve talks us through the deeply satisfying, if not mentally taxing and beautifully pastel Salton Sea from Devir Games. Sid and Rory chime in with their two cents of their experience of that and Sea, Salt and Paper that they'd enjoyed on a work day bunk at the Games Den.

The episode wraps with some burning questions from the bag bag, such as Bacon of Sausage Sarnie.

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Ployhedron Collider Vale of Eternity Board Game Review

Don’t be fooled by the cutesy artwork.  Yes, that is an adorable griffon on a very lovely powder pink background, but focus, or this game will kick you where it hurts.  The Vale of Eternity is a grandiose name for this little tableau builder, and I don’t think there is a better example of “don’t judge a game by its box cover”...or card art…or components…or name even.

Vale of Eternity is pulling you in a lot of directions, and perhaps it doesn’t know what type of game it wants to be or what audience it is for (yes, I’m suggesting that this game is having an existential crisis), but don’t let that distract or detract: this game is nasty.  I mean, it’s just plain mean.  But it is also rather good.

Polyhedron Collider Episode 146 BGG Top 100, Apiary, The Vale of Eternity Header

We are over a quarter of the way through the year, so that means Rory and Steve, are a quarter of the way through their BGG Top 100 challenge, so we look back at the current highlights and lowlights and of course talk about some of the best board games currently playable.

But its not all about looking back as we go into detail about card drafting game Vale of Eternity, a game that’s much deeper than it looks, and Apiary, a Euro-style game themed around bees in space. We then dip into the mailbag for chat about the themes we are fed up of.

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