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Always Player One is a Podcast about solo board games and what we think makes them interesting. This is not another podcast of reviews, we want to make each episode the start or continuation of a conversation with you, the listener. We aim to release every two weeks and in every new episode we take a topic, couple it with a game and discuss both. At the end of the show we throw out some questions to you the listeners and respond to your answers from previous shows. Join the conversation today!
 
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In this episode we take a deep dive into The Wars of Marcus Aurelius, a game that has Norm and Scruffy completely divided. Listen as one host tears down the game while the other builds it back up. Where will you land with it? Are you more of a Scruffy or a Norm in this instance? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast Buy u…
 
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Timestamps: Top 5 Lists Start: 00:04:26 Listener Questions: 01:12:32 In this episode Scruffy and Norm countdown their top 5 solo board games and compare their new lists with the ones they made a year ago in episode 8. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/alwaysplayeronepodcast Buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/alwaysplayerone Join the discord…
 
In this episode Scruffy and Norm take a deep dive into One Deck Dungeon and its standalone expansion One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows. Together they unpack the mechanisms and try their best to work out exactly why this game is just as fun to lose as it is to win. Timestamps: 00:03:54 description ends 01:06:30 Listener questions Support the show:…
 
In this episode Scruffy and Norm spend some time looking back at their favourite games to play with each other. This bonus episode sees them cover a wide variety of games before looking ahead to the games they are most excited to play once it is safe to do so. Spoiler Timestamps: Castles of Burgundy: 00:02:44 Cosmic Encounter: 00:12:13 War of the R…
 
Intro and announcements - 0:00:00 Description - 0:04:00 Main Episode - 0:06:22 Listener Questions- 1:21 In this episode Scruffy and Norm take a deep dive into one of their favourite multiplayer RPGs; Blades in the Dark. Together they share their thoughts on what about the game works well solo, what needed help from external sources and what didn't …
 
Timestamps: Intro & Important Announcements: 0:00:00 Hello Dan: 0:05:24 Description Start: 0:06:13 Description End: 0:09:20 Listener Questions: 1:10:07 In this Episode Norm kicks us off with an important announcement about temporary changes to the podcast before Scruffy and Dan get to talking about 7th continent. We start by talking about the meta …
 
In this episode Scruffy and Norm dive into The Ming Voyages, together they share their thoughts on the AI, the output random elements and the decisions the game asks you to make. Scruffy then takes this a step further presenting his own piece of game theory "The Gamer's Dilemma" and how that helps explain the unique decision space The Ming Voyages …
 
Timestamps: Game Description ends: 0:03:40 Upcoming projects and shout-outs: 1:01:23 Listener Questions: 1:09:49 In this episode we invite Brandon of Solosaurus on to talk about one of his favourite new games- Lost Ruins of Arnak. The three of us explore what makes Lost Ruins so special, it’s theme and stylistic choices, and how it empowers you as …
 
In this episode we look at the soloable roleplaying system Scarlet Heroes. We are joined by Deborah from Geek Gamers who helps frame the discussion with her informative understanding of solo rpgs in general as well as distinguishing between different types of resources necessary for being your own GM. We cover the three different ways to play Scarl…
 
In this episode we take a dive into the "Civitas Universe" and unpack the indie solo board game Civitas Nihilium. Civitas Nihilium is the first game in designer James Bradley's ambitious Civitas Universe Project. A cross platform project with multiple games set in the same universe including other board games, video games and a planned TTRPG. James…
 
In this episode we are joined by Kendall McKenzie (Rollway Station designer) to unpack the randomness in Mage Knight. Mage Knight has a very healthy dose of randomness and yet is considered a game with a high skill ceiling, we look to unpack that sophisticated use of randomness as well as addressing the criticism sometimes thrown around that "Mage …
 
In this episode Scruffy and Norm take a look at the print and play version of Under Falling Skies. They share their thoughts on the mechanisms with a keen eye on how the game provides varying difficulty and which areas of the game provide drama. Listener question: what is your favourite board game adaptation of a video game? Support the show: https…
 
In this episode Scruffy and Norm are joined by Shawn Tomkin, designer of Ironsworn, to discuss the upcoming sci-fi sequel Ironsworn: Starforged. Both Scruffy and Norm have been playing Starforged using playtest files and in this special episode they look to unpack the differences from Ironsworn and hope to give you an idea of what makes this sequel…
 
In this episode Scruffy and Norm unpack the pnp game Coin Tribes Revolt. Coin Tribes is a micro game inspired by the COIN series from GMT Games. Scruffy and Norm share their thoughts on the game including the best way to play solo and if they think it serves as a good entry point to larger COIN games. Description ends 7.10 Listener question: What g…
 
Game Description end at 8.09 In this episode Scruffy and Kendall talk about one of their favourite games to play together, Clans of Caledonia. They look at the three ways to play Clans solo, focusing mainly on the solo mode in the rulebook and the fan made automa. Throughout they try to pin down what makes the game work so well for them solo, divin…
 
Game Description end at 4.20 In this episode Scruffy and Norm take a look at the widely popular adventure game Too Many Bones. They share their thoughts on the gameplay, the levelling up system, the use of randomness, the innovative dice mechanisms and how the game handles things like combat, difficulty and movement. Scruffy finds himself asking "w…
 
In this episode Norm and Scruffy take a look back at the earlier episodes of their podcast, from it’s humble beginnings to some of their favourite episodes. They also discuss some stand out play sessions in 2020 and open up to considering what makes Always Player One so special for them. And Norm surprises everyone with an end of the year list of t…
 
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