Episode 89 - Escape the Dark Sector, Tekhenu and D&D Essentials Kit


Andy, Sid and Steve pour themselves a beer, dry off their socks and sit down for another 90 minutes of tabletop gaming chat. 

We review 80s inspired adventure game Escape the Dark Sector, melt our tiny little minds with Tehkenu and go regale you with our spoiler free thoughts of the Dungeons and Dragons Essentials Kit and its Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure for D&D 5th edition.


Join us in welcoming the newest member of the PHC family, Sid, as he joins us to discuss the new Heroquest, Canadian board game cafes and not being able to hold our alcohol anymore.

He then into some in depth chat about Tellstones, the latest game from Mechs vs Minions studio Riot games; Star Scrapper Orbital the upcoming Kickstarter from Hexy Studio; and Heart: The City Beneath, a crazy game about going deeper underground. 

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Polyhedron Collider Cactus Town Review


Don’t be so easily misled by this game's appearance.  The cartoon standees, the bright colours, or even the name, Cactus Town is a surprise of simple asymmetry.  A simple ruleset, a skewed action programming system and a Western movie-style theme all come together to create a dog, cat, mouse and cheese game of chase that unfolds into a fun story told in under an hour.

Steve takes a look at Tellstones: The King's Gambit, the latest tabletop game from Riot Games. 

Tellstones will only be available direct from Riot Games - https://merch.riotgames.com/en-us/




Giant Book of Battle Mats (Volume II) Review


Steve takes a closer look at the Giant Book of Battle Mats Volume 2 by Loke Battlemats for use in your Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder games. Go check out Loki Battlemats at https://www.lokebattlemats.com/ 

Steve reviews Streets, from Sinister Fish games and designer Haakon Gaarder.
Polyhedron Collider Episode 87: Raiders of the North Sea, Under Falling Skies, Streets

Jon claws his way out of his baby-induced sleep-deprived fog to join Andy and Steve for another hour and a bit of top board game banter. In the news we explore Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything and the UK Games Expo Awards

We then take a deep look at Viking themed Raiders of the North Sea, protect the world from invading aliens in Under Falling Skies and become property moguls in Streets, the new game from the developers of Villagers.



Episode 86 of Polyhedron Collider is the best tabletop gaming podcast ever made, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong!

The best thing about Polyhedron Collider is the news about that Restoration Games trademarking the name Heroquest Legacy. We get excited about the chance to play the best board game ever made in legacy format, and quote lines from the best YouTube video ever made.

The best thing about Polyhedron Collider is the review of Agra. Curry is the finest meal in all the land, and perfect for feeding to tired workers in this Indian themed euro worker placement board game.

The best thing about Polyhedron Collider is the discussion about Everdell. Look at the badgers, the foxes, the weasel, and the enormous tree that blocking the board. Actually, forget about the tree. Lets just put the cards on the table.

The best thing about Polyhedron Collider is the review of Alien the roleplaying game. Explore the bleak expanse of cold dead space, while being terrorised Xenomorphs ready to rip out you throat and spill acidic blood all over you.


In our last podcast episode we talked about varies map-making software for making maps for you Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder games, such as Inkarnate, Dungeon Painter Studio and Dungeondraft. Steve takes a look at Dungeondraft from Megasploot and attempts to recreate a classic AD&D 2nd ed map from issue #53 of Dungeon into a map ready for his D&D 5th edition games in Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds.

The entire Polyhedron Collider crew is back, for what feels like the first time in forever. It does mean we talk about Jon's lack of sleep, but it also means we can have a damn good chat about board games and tabletop RPGs.

We discuss news about the latest adventure for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Rime of the Frostmaiden, and lament the lack of high level campaigns before venturing into the world of video games with Elite Dangerous, Frostpunk and Baldurs Gate 3. With the news of a new battlemap editor in Inkarnate, we discuss the merits and flaws of Inkarnate, Dungeon Painter Studio and Campaign Cartographer.

Sticking with the theme, the Andy and Steve talk about Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale. Andy then has to decide between Roll Player Adventures and buying a new kitchen floor before we have a good long chat about our experiences with Star Trek Adventures the Tabletop RPG from Modiphius.

Polyhedron Collider Episode 84 - The UK Expo No Show

If things were normal this episode would be all about talking about the UK games Expo but of course conventions have been cancelled so we bring you another slice of gaming chat as we discuss the latest news and answer he listeners questions.

We address topics such as the best 2 player game, online conventions, and Terraforming Mars.



The Covid-19 lockdown may be easing in England, but don’t worry as the boys from Polyhedron Collider are keeping safe and playing even more games online. But we’re not the only ones, as Comic Relief played Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition this week, with references to Boo, Tiger King and bread curses. They’re not the only ones playing D&D 5E as Steve and Andy talk about their initial thoughts on the Dungeons and Dragons Essentials Kit and its adventure The Dragon of Icespire Peak, were we learn that Rory doesn’t like wizards. We also give our first impressions on the Alien Roleplaying Game.

We also venture into some board games, as Steve talks about “Go with extra steps” game Mitropia and Steve and Andy talk about Eternal Palace, the latest dice placement game from Alley Cat Games which is all about creating beautiful works of art.


Lock down may continue, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop! Through the power of the internet the boys continue to utilise the power of Tabletopia, Tabletop Simulator and Roll20 to bring you another round of board gaming chat. We talk about our endeavours playing Teotihuacan, Great Western Trail and Roll Player and even manage to bring you a little news.

We then go into an in depth chat about Storm King’s Thunder for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and we’ll be bringing you a spoiler filled chat very soon!.

Polyhedron Collider Episode 81: Scythe, Lords of Waterdeep and Netrunner

We're all stuck in lockdown, which means we can’t make it to our usual board game and roleplaying game meet ups. But that doesn’t stop Steve and Andy from exploring ways in which we can play board games online.

We talk through the Steam versions of Scythe, Lords of Waterdeep and Gloomhaven and have a look at dedicated platforms such as Jinteki.net, Tabletop Simulator and Tabletopia and talk about Airecon.


At Airecon 2020 Polyhedron Collider recorded a live session of our unique brand of board game banter but because we couldn’t be bothered preparing any notes we let the audience choose the topics for the show.

Andy, Jon and Steve talk about beginners advice for new Dungeons and Dragons dungeon masters, leaving the Cyclons out of Battlestar Galactica and what games to bring to a convention.


To celebrate the launch of the Kickstarter for Dark Ages, the new game from Adam KwapiƄski, designer of Lords of Hellas and Nemesis, we are launching a very special competition in association with our god friends at Board & Dice.
Polyhedron Collider Episode 80: Noctiluca, Horrified and Port Royal

The HMS Polyhedron Collider is still at sea without a full crew, and without its trusty navigator Andy, Jon and Steve drifted into dangerous waffle waters. But never fear our intrepid crew are still able to keep things ship shape with a hold full of table top gaming chat.

After picking over the depleted news stores we take set sail for the black lagoon in Horrified, catch jellyfish in Noctiluca and hire a capable crew in Port Royal

Board Game News Collider Mythic Odyssey of Theros DnD Sourcebook leaked revealedTales from the loop TV show trailer Baldurs GAte 3 trailer Plaid Hat Games goes independent.

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In this week's News Collider we also have video game tie in news, TV show ti-in news, we also ponder why Amazon can not keep a secret and what the likely impacts of the coronavirus are on the board game industry.
Board Games News Collider Entertainment One Hasbro Treasure Chest of IPs, Kickstarter United, Games Workshops Head of Sales joins Steamforged GAmes, Avengers Play Dungeons and Dargons

This week’s News Collider is a bit of a flashback issue as we continue exploring and discussing some evolving news items including the Hasbro Entertainment One acquisition, the Kickstarter Union as well as noting that another member of Games Workshop’s senior team has left for greener pastures.

And then we talk about the latest Disney Pixar movie.

For me, whenever someone mentions an architect, I get an image in my mind of a slender chap in a city centre studio apartment, wearing a rollneck top, rimless glasses, slicked back greying hair and a taste for jazz. Pretty much all the things that I am not, aside from my greying hair. Time, it seems, makes victims of us all.
Polyhedron Collider Episode 79 - Paladins of the West Kingdom and the state of the industry

Andy, Jon and Steve return for another dose of tabletop gaming chat. We talk about the newest member of the PHC crew, Andy’s delivery of On Mars and we talk through the latest news, including out top picks for board game IPs we want to see as video games.

We take a good deep look at Paladins of the West Kingdom and then have a good long chat about the current state of the board gaming industry..

Polyhedron Collider Horrified Board Game Review

There is one problem with writing a review for Horrified, the latest game from Prospero Hall and published by Ravensburger and that is where to start gushing about this lightweight, horror co-op game. 
Board Game News Collider Ancient Viking gaming piece discovered Archetype EntertainmentStudio from Wizards of the Coast New Co CEO for CMON and Licensing Manager for Asmodee

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something...rude?  This week’s News Collider is looking to the new autonomous games studio from Wizards of the Coast headed up by former Bioware writer, and then leaps back a few centuries to early Viking invasions of England before taking a quick look at some of the happenings going on in the world of board gaming business.

The boys are back to the normal format after the Christmas and New Year excitement, and they’ve obviously forgotten how to record a podcast.

We look at Isle of Cats from City of Games, and Architects of the West Kingdom from Carphill games before delving into the burgeoning mail bag and answering questions about miniature games on Kickstarter, how can production be improved and Andy playing with his meeple under the table.

Polyhedron Collider Kitten and Tinderblox Boardgame Kickstarter Review

Dexterity games, it seems are on the up and up, and mint tin games are cool too.  And cats, (nearly) everyone loves cats.  And fire.  Let's face it fire has always been cool.  So here comes two mint tin dexterity games about flaming cats...no, one about cats and another about fire.  

Both games are about stacking components, but they come at this goal from difficult angles, one is about speed and precision, and the other is about careful and considered balance.      
Board Games News Collider New Warhammer 40 Animated TV Series Dishonoured TTRPG, Adventurers FAte New DnD Board Game, The Last God Sourcebook 5e

This week's News Collider is an RPG feast!  Which makes complete sense because all the cool kids are playing tabletop role-playing games now anyway.

There are announcements about a new licensing deal here, near the dessert table there's a "surprise" sourcebook, fundraising giveaways over next to the soup terrine, naturally, there's a board game adaptation around somewhere too.

But there's more to the News Collider than just RPGs this week though, so grab your cuppa and read on.
2020 Most Anticipated Games Best Arriving from Kickstarter PArt 2

This is the Polyhedron Collider Most Anticipated Games Arriving from Kickstarter in 2020…Part Two.

Part One is here and you may have also missed our list of Most Anticipated Games Coming to Kickstarter (that we know about) in 2020 (Part One and Two) but basically these are the highlights of the various Kickstarter Highlights we brought to your attention throughout 2019.

The final part in this series will look at games coming straight into retail, until then, these are the games we collectively backed at Collider Towers that we are eagerly awaiting.
2020 Most Anticipated Games Best Kickstarter Delivered Part 1

To continue our series of articles covering game that we are most looking forward to in 2020 we first have to look back.  2019 brought us some belting Kickstarter campaigns and these are just some of the games we are eagerly awaiting the delivery of (mainly in May as it turns out). 

In the previous articles, we covered the games coming to Kickstarter Part 1 & Part 2 (that we know about), likewise this article and it's Part 2 really only covers games that got us excited in 2019, there are of course many, many other great games.

But yes, you're right, this is basically Andy's boardgame shopping list of 2019. 
Board Game News Collider Adventure Zone Animated Series The Shining Board game, Mech Vs Minions follow up, Kickstarter breaks recordsrepos productions asmodee

This week’s board game News Collider is a big one, records have been broken, milestones reached, acquisitions completed, new shiny boardgames announced, it is quite simply everything a board game needs to stay up to date with the latest happenings in and around the tabletop community. 
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This is the Polyhedron Collider Most Anticipated Games (that we know about) that are coming to Kickstarter in 2020…Part Two.


DON'T PANIC! Part One is here.  Up next in this series of Most Anticipated Games is Games Arriving from Kickstarter (Part 1 and Part 2)and then finally Games Coming Direct into Retail.  Some of these we’ve already discussed in the Podcast (Episode 77) but many were not, mainly because our glorious leadr, Steve said we could only pick four games each.

The rebellion has begun.
2020 Most Anticipated Games Best Kickstarter Header

Simply put, this is the Polyhedron Collider Most Anticipated Games (that we know about) that are coming to Kickstarter in 2020…Part One.

Part Two will be along shortly.  And then after that, there’ll be the Games Arriving from Kickstarter  (Part 1 and Part 2)and then finally Games Coming Direct into Retail.  Some of these we’ve already discussed in the Podcast (Episode 77) but many were not, mainly because Steve said we could only pick four. Each.  The git.
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Welcome to the News Collider, a weekly newsletter that collates, arranges and redirects the best and most interesting boardgame and tabletop gaming news back to you.

Now that we have Little Christmas and New Year’s out of the way the tabletop gaming industry is waking up after it’s festive slumber as tidbits and announcements have been peppering inboxes and social media forums over the last week or so for many of us, so here they all are neatly assembled and summed up with pictures.
Polyhedron Collider Episode 77 - The Games we are looking forward to in 2020

2020 is upon us, which means another year of potentially amazing games is ahead of us.

Join Andy, Jon, Rory and Steve as they try and pick four games each that they are the most excited for, but ultimately fail and talk about raising children, building extensions, college rock and the dangers of storing games in your loft.


Imperial Settlers Roll and Write Board Game Review

Imperial Settlers Roll & Write has been fermenting on my game shelf and in my brain since I picked up a copy at the UK Games Expo 2019.  In fact, the review I started writing in the summer of 2019 is very different from the one you are about to read.  Most odd of all though is that aspects of the game that caused me some vexation and annoyance are some that I now see and appreciate the value in.

There should still be some tokens in the box though, that hasn’t changed.  

And a pencil sharpener (if you have a pencil in the box there should also be a means to sharpen it - and if it’s a plastic moulded insert there damn sure needs to be space for a pencil sharpener!).

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