Hunter is hitting the road this week, moving back to Arkansas to be with his baby daddy. In lieu of time to record a proper episode, Alec is here to fill the gap yet again with another Fireside Chat. This time, he sits down with Weird Bear Fargoness and his son, GenCon 2019 Finalist Xenofeline. There aren’t many father/son duos in our community, and the humor and skill these two both bring is so valuable. Enjoy!

 

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Winnu Winnu, Chicken Dinnu. It’s a faction so bad at winning that they have a celebratory catch phrase. How did we get here? Is there a trick to all of this that makes Winnu truly viable? Or is every win just a fluke? Let’s talk about “strategy” for the faction that really really really wants Mecatol Rex and basically nothing else. Also, if you prefer three and four player games...I’m really sorry that this episode isn’t more for you. I bet you have way more fun with Winnu…

 

7:16 - Overview

25:30 - Early Game

52:00 - Tech

59:19 - Trade/Meta

1:04:26 - Mid-Game

1:10:44 - Late Game

 

1:15:40 - Root Eyrie Dynasties Errata

 

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Birds, man. Lemme tell ya. This was a tough nut to crack, but eventually we found some comfort with The Eyrie Dynasties in Root. They are a good faction, but they can, at times, feel a bit tough to learn and unlock the full potential of. Half programming, and half slow-burn, the Eyrie makes for a faction that, when things go wrong it can feel crippling. But when things go right, they are among the toughest to stop. So join us while we learn to play as these fierce lil’ birds.

9:23 - Abilities

11:49 - Birdsong and The Decree

22:45 - Leaders

30:43 - Daylight and Turmoil

43:48 - Evening

46:22 - Crafty Corner

59:20 - Pitfalls

1:05:30 - Victory

 

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Open up your cosmic history books and get yourself ready for story-time!

 

Today Hunter and Alec the person sat down together to talk about the Lore of Twilight Imperium 4th edition. We talk a lot about the opening crawl in the learn to play book and dive deep into several faction sheets. It was actually super fun and I feel a new sense of appreciation for the writing in these games. LIKE DID YOU KNOW THAT THE NEKRO ARE SPOOKY? They are.

 

Also please watch the FFG inflight report with Hunter and friends on July 29th 7PM Central (5PM Pacific). Watch it on https://www.twitch.tv/ffglive while you listen to us jabber on https://www.twitch.tv/spacecatspeaceturtles

 

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Introducing a new show within the show, FIRESIDE CHATS.

 

This week enjoy some special programming from community favorite Root, AKA Alec. Today (actually in April) he sat down with one of our favorite players of all time MAGI to have a wide-ranging conversation about strategy games, TI, and tournaments. 

 

Check out the beginning of the episode for this week’s rundown and general announcements and stay tuned for our proper Galactic Council episode about Twilight Imperium Lore in a few days. 

 

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She is industrious. She is stalwart. She is really hard to win Root with. She is the Marquise de Cat. What is often used as the “learning” faction for Root is the one with some of the most problems to overcome. So, to help you in your process of learning all of the varied faction in Root, we wanted to present this overview of the Cats!

 

6:19 - Abilities & Setup

19:14 - Birdsong, Daylight, & Evening

28:28 - Opening Strategies

37:43 - Crafty Corner

1:02:00 - Pitfalls

1:09:15 - Finding Victory

 

1:14:18 - L1z1x Errata

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The time rift is still open and the universe is in absolute chaos. This episode careens back and forth between pre-baby and post-baby Matt, and you can expect more in the weeks to come. While Matt and Hunter are trapped in this time loop, they found a chance to talk about the L1z1x Mindnet. Enjoy that talk before eternity folds back in on itself and we all wake up as cyborgs. 

 

Section Outline: 

Overview - 7:09

Early Game - 20:14

Technology - 42:25

Trading/Meta - 55:00

Mid Game - 58:15

Late Game - 01:01:25

Rundown - 01:09:58

 

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Today we’re going to mind-meld with the psychic reptiles we love so much, The Naalu Collective! Listen as Matt and Hunter unveil their Naalu strategy guide! Also we have entered the Baby arc of the show where Matt and Hunter will begin hopping through time as they record many episodes early for air so that the baby will have plenty of Matt time. Also stay tuned to the end for a live update on that. ;) If you need any clues it’s Hunter writing this episode summary and I uhh never do that normally. 

 

Section Outline: 

Overview - 7:09

Early Game - 20:14

Technology - 42:25

Trading/Meta - 55:00

Mid Game - 58:15

Late Game - 01:01:25

Rundown - 01:09:58

 

Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com

 

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Our original plan was to make an overview episode for the Marquise de Cat in Leder Games’ Root for this week. But, in setting out on that journey, we realized Root requires a bit more setup. So, this week, we want to cover the key actions at your disposal in Root and the ways they impact your positioning and points. Then, when we DO get to faction overviews, we can use these ideas as a framework to better organize our thoughts.

Music by Brian Kupillas. Find more at wanderinglake.bandcamp.com

 

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Kind of a weird tone to start this week’s episode, but that’s just the vibe these days. Eventually, we talk a bit about the 14 point tournament from last weekend that was a wildly fun party for the community. We’ve got thoughts on 14 point games, winmaking, and streaming TI, so maybe there’s something in there for everyone. We certainly hope everyone willing to listen feels welcome, that’s for sure.

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Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com

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