Critical Twits Podcast

Critical Twits Podcast

By The Critical Twits
Passionate, informed, sometimes silly discussion and actual plays of Board Games, Video Games, Tabletop RPGs and geek culture. Videos here: www.youtube.com/criticaltwits
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107 - The Joy of Lying (In Board Games)
Lying - a terrible, hurtful, nasty thing to do, or a great way to have fun with your friends? Brian and Aaron take you through their favourite lying, bluffing, social deduction games. Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/
1:03:50
September 20, 2018
106 - The Joy of Co-op Board Games
In this week's podcast The Twits look at co-operative board games. What are they? What makes them great? And what are some of the best examples we know of? Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/
1:04:48
September 4, 2018
105 - Malifaux 3rd Edition Dissected
In this podcast we pick apart the recent news that our favourite miniatures game, Malifaux, is getting a 3rd edition. Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/
2:18:43
August 16, 2018
104 - Two Player Games: The Sequel - Codinca, Fugitive, and SuperHot
This week's podcast sees Aaron and Brian discuss more 2 player tabletop games. The puzzle based Codinca, the puzzle based Fugitive, and the puzzle based SuperHot. Accidental double synergy feature! You can find our 2 Player Tabletop Games: Part 1 here - https://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits/ep-25-2-player-tabletop-games-hive-crokinole-aeronauts Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/
58:43
July 23, 2018
69 - RPG Basics - World Building for Tabletop Games
In this very special lost episode, Brian and Jamie discuss world building for tabletop RPGs. A vivid, consistent setting is the solid foundation from which all good role playing campaigns are built, so join us for our top tips on how to create worlds your players will talk about for years to come. Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/
55:18
July 14, 2018
103 - End The Run: Netrunner Flatlined - Netrunner Noobs - Critical Twits Podcast
Join Aaron and Brian with guests Simon and Kar as they say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen and goodbye to Netrunner, our favourite card game which is sadly being discontinued by FFG after they lost the IP rights. Listen as we reminisce & speculate on the potential future for the game. Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits https://www.criticaltwits.com
1:58:01
June 28, 2018
102 - RPG Basics - How to Keep Your Campaign Alive
In this episode of RPG basics, Brian and Aaron discuss how to keep a campaign going when problems start appearing. Things such as loss of interest, loss of players, loss of party cohesion. You'd be lost without us. Want to help support our content? Now you can make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatetwits criticaltwits.com twitter.com/Critical_Twits facebook.com/criticaltwits www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/ @criticaltwits
1:43:04
June 21, 2018
101 - UK Games Expo 2018
This week we discuss all of the wonderful games we played and previewed at the 2018 UK Games Expo! Including Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards, Fog of Love, Frenetic, Rumbleslam, several offerings from Big Potato Games and many, many more including the rather adult part games Gutterhead and Random Minds! 4:05 Forgotten Floof 9:25 Elite Dangerous Battle Cards 12:15 Fog of Love 17:50 Gutterhead and Random Minds 25:40 Sins RPG 27:15 Call of Cthulhu 30:13 Games Workshop 31:30 Grant Howitt and Spire 32:55 Minerals 36:55 Whitewashing 40:30 Frenetic 48:35 Rumbleslam 52:10 Big Potato Games – Klask (53:37 Clickbait, 56:20 Weird Things Humans Search For) 58:48 Villagers 1:00:10 Dice Summoners 1:02:45 The Old Hellfire Club 1:08:45 Ominoes 1:11:58 Thirsty Meeples
1:18:47
June 9, 2018
100th Episode Special - The Critical Twits Quiz & Funemployed with special guests
We've finally reached 100 episodes! Join us as we celebrate with a handful of special guests (and Twits). Play along with the official Critical Twits Quiz and laugh at our attempts to find other employment while we play Funemployed. Special thanks to Alex Tyler: Spoken Nerd for joining us (who you can find at https://www.facebook.com/alextylerspokenword/) and outdoing what we do. https://criticaltwits.com https://twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/ https://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
1:25:21
May 24, 2018
99 - The Best Doggos In Malifaux
Aaron and Brian explore the best doggos in Malifaux - which hound, pooch, wolf, canid or canine will top our poll? We also share our best dog stories. https://criticaltwits.com https://twitter.com/Critical_Twits https://facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.instagram.com/criticaltwits/ https://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
1:20:29
May 10, 2018
98 - Twitflix - Snowpiercer
This week sees Aaron and Brian discuss the surprisingly hard to source film, Snowpiercer. A film about the last of humanity surviving on a train in a post-apocalyptic wintery wasteland. Just the sort of thing to watch during Spring. Will the Twits consider Snowpiercer to be size 10 chaos or a lovely protein bar of goodness? https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:23:21
May 3, 2018
97.5 - Board Talk - The Dice Cup - Critical Twits Podcast
This week's podcast sees Aaron and Wife of Twit discuss their experiences at the Dice Cup board game cafe in Nottingham and the huge number of games they tried. These include: Agricola, Machi Koro, Camel Up, Sushi Go, Sagrada, Mutant Meeples, Rick and Morty Total Rickall, Unlock and Penguin Pileup. Phew! All in the space of an hour and a half. We're also still running our survey, tell us what you think about us at: https://goo.gl/forms/D96eL7K2Q8jfPgvW2
1:39:03
April 5, 2018
A Critical Twits Call For Help
We need you...to fill out our survey. We're looking at ways to improve the channel, so tell us what you think be clicking the link. https://goo.gl/forms/D96eL7K2Q8jfPgvW2
06:06
March 24, 2018
97 - The Ritual Movie Review and Novel Comparison
Warning: Spoilers from 28:08, continue at your own peril. This week Aaron and Brian discuss The Ritual, a horror movie based on the novel by Adam Nevill, and see it how it shapes compared to the stunning source material. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:07:44
February 28, 2018
96 - Malifaux Gaining Grounds 2018 Review
This week we look at Malifaux's new schemes and strategies for Gaining Grounds 2018. Each year Wyrd shake up how Malifaux is played with a completely new suite of objectives - we run the rule over them and give our verdicts here! https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
2:13:57
February 22, 2018
95 - Malifaux 2018 Errata Review
We return to the gritty streets of Malifaux to discuss the 2018 errata document. This time round only a couple of abilities have changed; instead, it's all about adjusted soulstone costs and a game-wide rebalancing act.We look at all seven factions and pick our big winners and losers. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:07:27
February 9, 2018
94 - Malifaux - Troubleshooters 3, Our First GG2018 Tournament
We headed out to our first Malifaux tournament with strangers, and also our first tournament with Gaining Grounds 2018: Troubleshooters 3 at Battlefield Hobbies in Daventry. How did we fair in this fixed master tourny, you ask? Click and find out! https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:15:21
February 1, 2018
93 - 2017: Video Gaming in Review
Join us for our final look back at 2017 - we discuss the video games that we loved in the official Year Of The Micro-Transaction (tm). https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:16:39
January 18, 2018
92 - 2017 -Tabletop Gaming in Review
We review 2017 in tabletop gaming - board games, roleplay games, Malifaux and Netrunner. 2017 was a terrible year so find out which old classics we returned to like so much hot, hot soup. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
56:15
January 9, 2018
91 - We Interview 12 Tabletop Podcast at the Dragonmeet 2017 Podcast Zone!
We're back at the Dragonmeet gaming convention in London for another year, where we were invited to join the #podcastzone. We decided to interview the other podcasts to find out why you should listen to them! Join us as we endeavour to learn more about our fellow podcasters, discover tips for getting started with podcasting and find out answers to important questions, such as "If your podcast was a character from Friends, which character would it be and why?" Pretending with Dice (01:43) How We Roll (06:10) Dem Drunk Blokes do D&D (09:46) Chimpions (22:23) The Lucky Die (26:15) Penance Podcast (28:47) Demipia (32:16) Baylor’s Blades (35:50) Crudely Drawn Swords (41:40) The Rolistes (49:54) The Formal Gamer (59:11) Wizard on the Wynd (1:06:33) The Coriolis Effect (1:14:29) https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:28:26
December 5, 2017
90 - Why we ain't excited for Necromunda Underhive no more
The Critical Twits were raised on Game's Workshop's 90s Specialist Games, and Necromunda is their king. Find out here how GW popped our enthusiasm and left us non-plussed with their reboot, Necromunda: Underhive. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:46:46
November 14, 2017
89 - The Halloween Themed One: Indie Games The Deed, Morph Girl, and Gloom
A spooky indie video game special this week. Aaron and Brian discuss their experiences with; The Deed, a Cluedo (or Clue) -esque adventure about fratricide; Gloom, an artistic Lovecraftian/Cthulhu-based action adventure; and Morph Girl, an FMV game with a love for Japanese horror. Also a special feature at the end where we discuss our favourite horror books, films and video games (that aren't featured here obviously). https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:38:05
November 2, 2017
88 - Burst of the Worst - Sub-Par Masters Tournament - Monthly Malifaux
This week we report back from our latest self-enforced tournament, Burst of the Worst. Based on a poll run by Huzzah Hobbies, this tournament got us to play Masters commonly considered to be the worst. Are they really so bad or have we found ways of making them work? https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:34:45
October 19, 2017
Most Wanted List 2.0 - To ban or not to ban, and what is restricted? Netrunner Noobs/CT Podcast #87
We discuss the new Most Wanted List (MWL) 2.0, and what it means for Netrunner players new and old. Do we agree with banning cards, especially cards that are so young and had their whole lives ahead of them? https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:12:01
October 12, 2017
86 - Netrunner Core 2.0 - Netrunner Noobs Reloaded
This week Brian and Aaron discuss the recently announced Core 2.0 starter box redux for Netrunner. Listen to us lament the already out of date previous Netrunner podcast, what the reintroduction of lost cards means for the meta, and what the new box means for new starters. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:50:05
October 6, 2017
85 - The Sprawl Cyberpunk RPG: A Review
This week Brian and Aaron review cyberpunk RPG, The Sprawl. Hear tales of Neo-London, its corporations and the actual review itself. Enjoy, slick eaters. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:19:00
September 12, 2017
84 - Netrunner Rotation: A Noob's Perspective
This week Aaron and Brian jump back into Netrunner, only to discover some of their favorite and most loathed cards are disappearing. Join them in their bandwagon like discussion of the consequences and what it means to new players. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:37:57
September 7, 2017
83 - Our First Malifaux Tournament - Monthly Malifaux
This week we give our thoughts on our very first Malifaux tournament, with timed matches and rules and everything! Listen to Aaron's excuses, Brian's glory and some stark warnings about Green Stuff. http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
1:07:13
August 29, 2017
Twitflix Podcast: Ghost In The Shell '95 vs '17 - Same Name, Different Genre?
Beware: SPOILERS ABOUND! This week we try something a little different and discuss a couple of films - Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell (2017). We talk cyberpunk, hard versus soft science fiction, transcendentalism, whitewashing, and nipples. Great big pointy ones. http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
1:37:11
August 17, 2017
81 - Insert Twits - Stories Untold, Tokyo 42, Mother Russia Bleeds and Persona 5
This week we return to our video games coverage. We give our review of Stories Untold alongside our first impressions of Tokyo 42, Mother Russia Bleeds and Persona 5. All of which we have playthroughs of! Have a listen and enjoy our thoughts and tangents on these games and the video game industry. Warning: There are some spoilers in our Stories Untold review, skip to 24:36 to avoid. Or just play this wonderful little gem, listen and join in the discussion! http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
1:23:15
August 8, 2017
80 - UK Games Expo: Best of the Rest
This week covers the last of our UK Games Expo coverage. We have interviews about: Zombies Run the board game, Book of Nox, Modern Horrors, Shadowscape, Syrinscape, Urban Heroes and The Walking Dead miniatures game. http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
48:17
July 27, 2017
79 - Mutant Mechatron RPG Alpha Preview
This week we received the Alpha preview of Mutant: Mechatron, the latest expansion in Fria Ligan's Mutant: Year Zero RPG series. Brian and Joe inform Aaron on character creation, gameplay, plot potential and comparisons to the rest of the series. Spoiler free! You can back it on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/mutant-mechatron-rise-of-the-robots-roleplaying http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
57:36
July 18, 2017
78 - Netrunner Community Interviews - Ben Ni aka Beyoken and Tristan Von Zahn
Joe talks Netrunner with Ben Ni, aka Beyoken, World Championship Runner-Up and YouTuber extraordinaire, and Tristan Von Zahn, who took fourth place at the European Championships and has been a brilliant ambassador for the South African Netrunner meta. Find Beyoken's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/bewnt http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
1:13:45
July 13, 2017
77 - Agent November Escape Games and Undead Escapes Zombie Run Interview
We caught up with Agent November at the UK Games Expo to get top secret information about his escape room-style games and the Undead Escape zombie run. We had a great time and got a really interesting behind-the-scenes peek at these two growing areas of real-life gaming, and also laughed like idiots. Find the games here: http://www.agentnovember.co.uk/ http://www.undeadescapes.co.uk/ http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
48:14
July 4, 2017
76 – Netrunner Euros Report & Interview with Coop (Tournament Organiser)
Competitive Netrunner from a noob's perspective. We bring you our Netrunner European Championship 2017 report, the first time one of the Twits has taken part in a "Premier" Fantasy Flight Event. We also interview one of the unsung heroes of the Netrunner community, Tournament Organiser Michael Coop, who gives us the sCoop (geddit?) on what it takes to run such a prestigious event. We just hope he enjoyed trashing the event after it was played. Joe's Euro's Decklists (Use at your own risk): IG - https://netrunnerdb.com/en/decklist/43240/moon-44-1990-9th-at-european-championships-2017 Whizzard - https://netrunnerdb.com/en/decklist/43241/the-wizard-1989-9th-european-championships-2017 http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
1:26:07
June 27, 2017
75 - Fallout Wasteland Warfare and Star Trek Adventures Interview with Modiphius
We spoke to Modiphius's Chris Birch at the UK Games Expo about their new Star Trek: Adventures roleplaying game, upcoming miniatures game, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, and chatted about the origins of one of the fastest-growing tabletop gaming publishers in the world. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.facebook.com/CriticalTwits/ https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
25:52
June 20, 2017
74 - Netrunner Euros Interviews - Run Last Click, Teamwork Cast, Dan D'Argenio, Kenny Deakins
Welcome to the first of several podcasts covering the Netrunner European Campionships 2017, held 2nd-4th June 2017 at the UK Games Expo. Roving reporter Joe brings you interviews, anecdotes, and tips from scene luminaries Run Last Click, Teamwork Cast, Dan D'Argenio and Kenny Deakins, recorded live on the last day of the tournament. Them! Run Last Click: http://runlastclick.blogspot.co.uk/ Teamwork Cast: https://www.youtube.com/user/TeamworkCast Dan D'Argenio's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DargenioDan/videos Us! http://criticaltwits.com http://youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://facebook.com/criticaltwits http://twitter.com/critical_twits
49:18
June 13, 2017
73 - UK Games Expo Crowdfunding Interviews - 12 Realms, Dead Throne, Dized, and Game On
This week, following the Twits excursion to the UK Games Expo, we bring to you a collection of interviews related to board game crowdfunding, including current Kickstarter games 12 Realms Dungeonland and Dead Throne, Indiegogo-based tutorial and teaching app Dized, and upcoming crowdfunding website Game On. For those interested, you can find more information about 12 Realms: Dungeonland here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/magecompany/12-realms-dungeonland-0 Dead Throne here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sharkeegames/dead-throne-board-game-app Dized here: https://dized.com/ And Game On here: https://www.gameontabletop.com/ https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
29:37
June 10, 2017
72 - 5 Great One Shot and Filler RPGs
We look at 5 great one shot and filler RPGs to play between campaigns - The Quiet Year, Fiasco, Paranoia, Goblin Quest, and The Sprawl! https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
1:10:40
June 1, 2017
71 - UK Games Expo 2017 Preview
The UK Games Expo is back! We've had a blast there the last couple of years, so we share what we're going to be up to and what we're looking forward to. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:01:33
May 23, 2017
70 - Noobs' Guide to Netrunner: Terminal Directive (Spoiler Free)
So, what is Terminal Directive, and how does it work? This week we discuss, spoiler free, the new FFG legacy card game, Terminal Directive. Netrunner noob, Aaron, poses the rest of the group questions about how the game functions and thoughts on how it plays. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:04:57
May 16, 2017
68 - Zombies, Run! Get Fit, Play Games!
This week Aaron and Brian share their experience of playing zombie survival game/run training app, Zombies, Run! They share their thoughts and feelings on a variety of fitness games, discuss the link between geeky pastimes and fitness, explain how ZR works in detail, and decide whether or not they would recommend the app to anyone who’s looking to get fitter. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
53:37
April 4, 2017
Red Jokers Host The Critical Twits – Malifaux Podcast Collaboration-Fest!
The Red Jokers: A Faux Show were kind enough to host the Critical Twits for a mega-episode of Malifaux discussion, including discussion of our favourite models, our differing approaches to tournament gaming, what would happen if we went Through The Breach, and more, including some awesome Malifaux-based challenges for each 'cast and some awesome board games Malifaux fans should be playing. Enjoy! Find Red Jokers here: https://soundcloud.com/red-jokers ...and here: https://www.facebook.com/RedJokers13/ And we're here: www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits
2:41:37
March 28, 2017
67 - Henchman Hardcore - Monthly Malifaux 03-17
Henchman Hardcore is a system for 20 soulstone, henchman-led micro-games of Malifaux. They look perfect for beginners, newbies, and old hands wishing to spice up their game nights with a fresh challenge, as well as those looking for a way to get a quick Malifaux fix. But are they? Join Joe and Brian to find out. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
40:07
March 21, 2017
66 - Netrunner Noobs - Jinteki Corp Faction Beginner's Guide
Join Joe and Brian as they run the rule over Netrunner's Jinteki faction. If you favour death-by-a-thousand-cuts, tricks and ruses, or plain old cyber-murder, Jinteki is the ancient, honorable bio-engineering conglomerate for you. Brian's stolen deck idea can be found here: https://netrunnerdb.com/en/decklist/39711/show-of-force-3-more-ronins# It's very good. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:49:00
March 9, 2017
65 - Board Game Geek Top 11 Quiz, Out-takes, And Impromptu Film Criticism
65 - Board Game Geek Top 11 Quiz, Out-takes, And Impromptu Film Criticism by Critical Twits
15:41
February 28, 2017
64 - The Pandemic Epidemic: Pandemic, Expansions, Contagion, Legacy, and Cthulhu
This week we look at the Pandemic Epidemic – the modern classic board game of disease control now has three expansions and five spin-offs. We take a close look at Pandemic itself, On the Brink, In the Lab, The Cure, Contagion, Pandemic Legacy, and Reign of Cthulhu, and give you the full low-down on this modern gaming masterwork. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:18:10
February 24, 2017
63 - Nioh
This week Joe and Brian examine Nioh, the Playstation 4-exclusive action-rpg from Team Ninja. Is it just another reskinned Dark Souls clone, or is there something special lurking within? Join us to find out. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
48:18
February 14, 2017
62 - Netrunner Noobs - Our First Store Championship
Run is successful! We've made it to Brian and Aaron's competitive showdown - but only one can walk away as the new Critical Twits Netrunner champion. Which one of them will be victorious? Many thanks to the Hobbit Hole for being an awesome FLGS and running the tournament - fin 'em here: http://www.the-hobbit-hole.co.uk/ More thanks for Darren, aka Whitespider1066, for his tourny write-up: http://whitespider1066.com/ www.criticaltwits.com www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
1:46:01
February 9, 2017
61 - RPG Basics 3 - Party Building For Better Games
Party building is an important but oft-overlooked part of tabletop role play games - find out how to link your characters to maximise your fun at the RPG table with this week's episode! Find Friends of Podcast The Formal Gamer at https://formalgamer.com/ www.criticaltwits.com www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits
1:44:08
February 1, 2017
60 - Monthly Malifaux Jan 2017 - Gaining Grounds 2017 and Crewfaux
This month we talk about Malifaux’s Gaining Grounds 2017 update – are the new strategies and schemes fun to play? We also discuss our love of malifaux gaming app Crewfaux. www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:23:40
January 24, 2017
59 - Android Universe (Netrunner) Board Games - Mainframe and New Angeles
***Apologies - we uploaded the wrong version of this track earlier in the week. This is the final edit. Sorry for any confusion caused*** We're back for another Board Talk episode! Netrunner has made us fall in love with the cyberpunk world of Android, so what are the board game tie-ins like? We take a look at New Angeles and Android: Mainframe. www.criticaltwits.com www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits
1:08:50
January 22, 2017
58 - My First Netrunner Tournament
Brian gives us the lowdown on his first tournament, 2016’s Charity Gift. We also give our tournament tips for new players, and discuss Legacy-style expansion Terminal Directive. Quinns’ Netrunner Tournament Story: https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/playmats-netrunner-story/ Peterborough Netrunners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1379848778942754/ Jamie’s Terminal Directive Article: http://criticaltwits.com/netrunner-campaign-expansion-announced-terminal-directive/ www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.soundcoud.com/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:06:59
January 10, 2017
57 - 2016 Gaming In Review
2016 - a cursed year, a blasted year, a year that shall live in infamy for ages to come. But what about the games of 2016? We look at tabletop and video gaming highlights and lowlights from the last year. https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:16:59
January 4, 2017
56 - The Other Side Kickstarter Special
Wyrd Games have just launched their Kickstarter campaign for their bigger, pre-assembled version of Malifaux, The Other Side. Will we be backing? Find the Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1334239018/the-other-side-9 www.criticaltwits.com www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:24:51
December 20, 2016
55 - Games To Play With Non-Gamers - Christmas Special 2016
It’s Christmas, and that means games – all the wrong ones. Let us guide you through the best games to play with friends and family this festive season! We discuss our individual top 5 fun, family-friendly games that are suitable to be played with those poor sad people whose gaming experience doesn’t extend beyond Monopoly, Pictionary, and Scrabble. Use this list and you could transform their lives forever – a regular Christmas miracle! https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:14:47
December 13, 2016
Steam Greenlight - Stak Bots Breakout Review & Exclusive Interview With Dogeared Games
Stak Bots is a card game based on battling robots - and the PC version is available now on Steam Greenlight. We review the video game version and talk to Tom, the designer at Dogeared Games responsible for the game, and also get a sneaky peek at his new, as-yet unnamed follow up dice game. If you like this video, let us know, we'll do more! You can also find us at: http://www.criticaltwits.com http://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits http://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
15:24
December 11, 2016
54 - Dragonmeet 2016 - Elite Dangerous RPG, SLA Industries, Star Trek Adventures & more!
On this week's episode we head to London for Modiphius Entertainment's Dragonmeet Gaming Convention, where we learn all about several new and updated RPGs, including SLA Industries, Star Trek Adventures and the Elite Dangerous Roleplaying Game. We interview the minds behind some exciting board games such as the Luchador Mexican Dice Rolling Game, Codinca, Mined Out, Oligarchy, and a neat card game called Downsize where you try to sack all of your employees while still turning a profit! We also visit some of the crafty people who support the gaming hobby with creative handmade items and talk about several new Kickstarters to keep an eye on! Elite Dangerous Roleplaying Game (03:18) http://www.edrpg.co.uk/ Star Trek Adventures (07:42) http://www.modiphius.com/star-trek.html Roses Gaming Accessories (10:43) https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RosesGamingAcc Brain Crack Games (16:55) Downsize https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/197067/downsize Mined Out https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/212348/mined-out Oligarchy (27:57) http://www.oligarchygame.com/ Back Spindle Games (30:52) Luchador http://www.backspindlegames.com/luchador-mexican-wrestling-dice/ Codinca http://backspindlegames.com/codinca/ SLA Industries (45:00) http://www.daruma.productions/#!/Role-Playing-Game https://www.criticaltwits.com https://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits https://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits https://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
55:03
December 6, 2016
53 - Board Talk November 2016
This month we bring you the latest in board gaming news – we preview the Dragonmeet Convention, Games Workshop’s return to board gaming with Blood Bowl and Space Hulk, AEG’s Pretense and Light and Dark, the Through the Loop RPG Kickstarter and the return of Kingdom Death, AND we discuss Castles of Burgundy and Fury of Dracula. How do we do it? Rum, apparently. Jamie’s Terminal Directive Article: http://criticaltwits.com/netrunner-campaign-expansion-announced-terminal-directive/ The Double Skulls Podcast: http://doubleskulls.libsyn.com/ www.criticaltwits.com www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:18:45
November 29, 2016
52 part 2 of 2 - Shadows of Esteren Dearg Kickstarter Actual Play (No Spoilers!)
Shadows of Esteren: Dearg Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1176616619/shadows-of-esteren-a-medieval-horror-rpg-dearg Skyler Nichol can be found at: https://twitter.com/azurethorn http://www.criticaltwits.com http://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits http://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
2:11:56
November 15, 2016
52 part 1 of 2 - Shadows of Esteren Dearg Kickstarter Actual Play (No Spoilers!)
Who has been murdering the townsfolk of Gaern and mutilating their bodies, and why? Welcome to our actual play of Shadows of Esteren, the medieval Gothic horror roleplaying game. Esteren is currently kickstarting their brand new campaign book and we've been lucky enough to be run through a full game by one of their team. Enjoy! Shadows of Esteren: Dearg Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/117661…orror-rpg-dearg Skyler Nichol twitter.com/azurethorn www.criticaltwits.com @criticaltwits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:59:29
November 12, 2016
51 - Goblin Quest Halloween Special
This week The Twits take on a live one-shot playthrough of the comedy tabletop roleplaying game Goblin Quest by Grant Howitt. It's All Hallows' Eve in the Great Battlecamp and the goblins want to throw the best Halloween party ever! from the spookiest decorations to the sexiest costumes. Now the only thing to figure out is where to get the decorations, the food, the drink, oh, and how to invite the coolest guests in the entire Battlecamp? all without getting themselves horribly murdered! https://gshowitt.itch.io/goblin-quest http://lookrobot.co.uk/ Credit for the amazing Bearshark image goes to LittleTurtleDuck on DeviantArt! http://littleturtleduck.deviantart.com/ Mysterioso March, Hidden Agenda, The Escalation & Simple Music to Frighten Small Children by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ http://www.criticaltwits.com http://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits http://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits http://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:41:23
November 1, 2016
50 - Monthly Malifaux - Terrain Matters
We're back with more Malifaux misadventures - this time, we cover the importance of terrain, from what to use, how to set up, how to use it to maximise your gaming fun, to how to build on the cheap. We also recommend some good suppliers of fancy things, you decadent wastrels, you. Things we mentioned: DarkOps Terrain - https://darkops.myshopify.com/ Sarissa Precision - http://www.sarissa-precision.com/ Mars Attacks Brick Ruins (Mantic Games) - http://www.manticgames.com/mantic-shop/mantic-scenery-and-terrain/20th-century-brick/product/mars-attacks-scenery-upgrade-pack.html www.criticaltwits.com www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:16:55
October 25, 2016
49: Board Talk 2 - Digital Board Games - Lost In Translation
Games that were once confined only to the tabletop but can now be found on PC, consoles or your mobile device, such as Stakbots, Agricola, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Netrunner and Games Workshop's Blood Bowl and Talisman. Games inspired by the tradition of tabletop gaming such as Hearthstone. And tabletop games that have been enhanced by the inclusion of a digital component such as Arkham Horror, Mansions of Madness and One Night Ultimate Werewolf! http://www.criticaltwits.com http://www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits http://www.facebook.com/criticaltwits http://www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:30:01
October 18, 2016
48 - Netrunner Noobs 2 - Tentative Meta Penetration
We're back with the second part of our ongoing Netrunner feature. Find out how our noobs, Aaron and Brian, are doing, learn all about our favourite cards, bask in our recommendations for other Netrunner content creators and discover how our 100 game challenge is going. Thanks to Alison, friend of podcast, for her amazing voice over for our new intro! The video is here: https://youtu.be/hkI99B-Hjtk Our first actual play video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzoZuF2w0z4 Brian's decks are here: https://netrunnerdb.com/en/profile/23471/Critical%2520Brian Show Links: http://runlastclick.blogspot.co.uk/ https://www.idlethumbs.net/terminal7 https://www.youtube.com/user/bewnt/videos http://www.jinteki.net/ https://www.youtube.com/user/TeamworkCast www.criticaltwits.com www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:55:12
October 11, 2016
47 - RPG Basics 2 - How To Run A Game
The second in our series covering the basics of tabletop role playing games - this week we cover the Dos and Don'ts of DMing, how to plan an effective campaign and the tools available to help you in running your games! Rob joins us to share his experiences in running a variety of RPG sessions and Brian regales us with amusing tales of campaigns gone awry. And remember, shave the weasel! Punch the bard! Syrinscape: https://syrinscape.com/ Roll20: https://roll20.net/ Non-Player-cards: http://nonplayercards.com/ Instant Adventures for Numenera: https://www.montecookgames.com/store/product/weird-discoveries-ten-instant-adventures-for-numenera/ Mutant year zero, Genlab alpha: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/186192/Mutant-Genlab-Alpha-core-book Call of Cthulhu: http://www.chaosium.com/call-of-cthulhu-rpg/ Dungeons & Dragons: http://dnd.wizards.com/ Cyberpunk 2020: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk_2020 www.criticaltwits.com www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.youtube.com/c/criticaltwits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits
2:04:10
October 4, 2016
46 - Eurogamer Expo 2016 (EGX) and Netrunner/Malifaux Updates
This week Joe and Jamie head to to the annual Eurogamer Expo, EGX, where they discover shiny lights and queues as far as the eye can see! We also have an update for our Android Netrunner challenge as we catch up with Brian's progress to become tournament ready by Christmas. Finally, we discuss Malifaux and Jamie's recent introduction to the game. www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
57:44
September 27, 2016
45 - Board Talk - FFG vs GW, Mergers, and The Den
This is Board Talk for September 2017, where the Critical Twits kick back and shoot the breeze about what's new in the world of tabletop gaming. We talk about our visit to the The Den Games Cafe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI33Ds8nxa_BQKSiZXJT8XA), the split between Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop, and the effect of Asmodee's ongoing quest to own all board game companies, ever. www.criticaltwits.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits
1:24:20
September 20, 2016
44 - Netrunner for Noobs 1 - Our Run Begins
We've jacked in, stimmed up, and we're ready to take on Netrunner! This is the first in our ongoing series where we try to go from script kiddies to black hat hackers. Aaron and Brian are total noobs - under the tutelage of Joe and Jamie, can they get themselves tournament-ready by Christmas? Netrunner Database - https://netrunnerdb.com/ Netrunner subreddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/Netrunner/ Play Online - http://www.jinteki.net/ www.criticaltwits.com www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.facebook.com/criticaltwits https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
1:23:08
September 13, 2016
43 - How To Get Yourself (or Your Friends) Into Malifaux
Malifaux is a brilliant tabletop skirmish game - but it can be intimidating to new players. Let us guide you through how to play, what crews and masters are easy to start with, and how to get good! Useful links: Wyrd Forum: http://themostexcellentandawesomeforumever-wyrd.com/ GMort's Crew Box Soulstones: http://gmortschaotica.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/m2e-starter-set-soulstone-values.html A Wyrd Place: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AWYRDPLACE/ Pull My Finger Wiki: https://pullmyfinger.wikispaces.com/ Our Malifaux Review: https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi_l8etx_vOAhUILsAKHd2aB_QQtwIINzAF&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D59pSjCH0C9c&usg=AFQjCNGXmJ6FaqAfocn2ckKpPxWqy6AnEw&sig2=LRaVkXs1V21B_mZgbGxMXA www.criticaltwits.com www.facebook.com/criticaltwits www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
1:44:11
September 6, 2016
42 - RPG Basics: Creating Compelling Player Characters
The first in our series covering the basics of tabletop role playing games - we start with the players, and offer up our tips on how to create compelling player characters. We take you through how to consider rules, background, and personality, and fuse the three together to create a fun and interesting character to keep you and your gaming group entertained around the role playing table! www.criticaltwits.com www.twitter.com/critical_twits www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits Mutant Genlab Alpha review - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XJuD-lxUHk A beginner's guide to tabletop RPGs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObQlbWhsHlA Jack Chick comics: http://www.dirgemag.com/jack-chick-unhinged-religious-comics/
1:45:30
August 30, 2016
41 - Mutant Year Zero Genlab Alpha Mega Review
This week sees us take a full, in-depth look at Mutant Year Zero: Genlab Alpha, the post-apocalyptic tabletop role playing game (RPG) from Modiphius and Free League/Fria Ligan. We're proud to have our gaming group's DM, and the group's newest member, join us to give their opinions too. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg Facebook: www.facebook.com/criticaltwits Twitter: www.twitter.com/critical_twits
2:10:11
August 23, 2016
40 - Deck Building - From Dominion to Mystic Vale
This week we take a look at the modern board game phenomenon that is the deck building game. We look more closely at Rio Grande's Dominion and Arctic Scavengers, TMG's Cthulhu Realms, and AEG's card crafting game Mystic Vale. Please remember to like, share and subscribe if you've drawn enough resource cards for this turn. Check out our website-in-progress: www.criticaltwits.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/critical_twits Facebook: www.facebook.com/criticaltwits YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
1:06:42
August 16, 2016
39 - Fan-Flicking-Tastic - Ice Cool, Cube Quest, Terror In Meeple City
This week's podcast looks at all the fun you can have with skill-based flicking games, as well as puns on the word "flicking". We check out Brain Games' Ice Cool, Gamewright's Cube Quest, and Repos Production's Terror In Meeple City (formerly known as Rampage). Disclaimer: A review copy of Ice Cool was kindly provided by Brain Games at the UK Games Expo. Check out our website-in-progress: www.criticaltwits.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/critical_twits YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg Facebook: www.facebook.com/criticaltwits
57:44
August 9, 2016
38 - Ripples Of Fate Master Review - Monthly Malifaux 08/16
This month we take a proper look at the seven new masters in Malifaux's upcoming Ripples of Fate supplement - the Guild's Nellie Cochrane, the Ten Thunders' Asami Tanaka, the Resurrectionists' Reva, the Outcasts' Parker Barrows, the Gremlins' Zipp, the Arcanists' Sandeep Desai, and the Neverborn's Titania. We also fill you in on the latest developments in our ongoing Shifting Loyalties campaign. Which master are you most looking forward to? Contents: Intro: 00:00 Nellie: 08:17 Asami: 16:20 Reva: 23:32 Parker: 31:36 Zipp: 36:55 Sandeep: 43:33 Titania: 50:52 Shifting Loyalties: 58:38 Find us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/critical_twits Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/criticaltwits Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg Find us on the dark side of the moon, sucking our trouser and laughing.
1:16:47
August 2, 2016
37 - Is Pokemon Go Actually Any Good?
This week we discuss the gaming phenomenon that is Pokemon Go, one of the most popular mobile games ever - but is it actually any good? Let us know what you think in the comments! Twitter: twitter.com/Critical_Twits YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg Facebook: facebook.com/criticaltwits
1:20:57
July 26, 2016
36 - Why We Don't Games Workshop No More
In this episode we ask: WTF is going on with Games Workshop? We were all huge Games Workshop fans (one of us even managed a GW store) but none of us are active any more - we ask whether it's us or GW that has changed, why, and what could bring us back to the fold. Tweet things at us: www.twitter.com/critical_twits Facebook us: www.facebook.com/criticaltwits Tube our You: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
1:19:14
July 19, 2016
35 - Brexit: The Board Game
We take a long, hard look at the news in this week's podcast and wonder: what would Brexit be like if it was a board game? Let us know what you think in the comments! Twitter: https://twitter.com/critical_twits Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CriticalTwits/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
40:29
July 12, 2016
34 - Haunted Houses (Resident Evil 7, Anatomy, Gone Home)
In this week's podcast we take a trip through three of video games' latest haunted houses - Capcom's Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour, Kitty Horrorshow's Anatomy, and Fullbright Co.'s Gone Home. Spoilers abound, so use the contents to avoid them if needs be! 8:00 – Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour by Capcom 9-15:45 – Resi Spoilers 21:45 – Anatomy by Kitty Horrorshow 28:25-37:55 – Anatomy Spoilers 39:00 – Indie vs AAA 45:30 – Gone Home by Fullbright Co. 48:00 – 1:08:30 – Gone Home Spoilers 1:11:00 – Violence and Horror (some light spoilers!) Twitter: twitter.com/critical_twits YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg Facebook: facebook.com/criticaltwits
1:25:33
July 5, 2016
33 - Monthly Malifaux - Ripples of Fate, Shifting Loyalties Log 4 (June 2016)
Join us for our monthly Malifaux podcast rundown for June 2016! This month we're looking at the upcoming Masters for Ripples of Fate, and continue with explaining our choice of Masters in our ongoing Shifting Loyalties campaign. Twitter: twitter.com/critical_twits YouTube: Facebook: facebook.com/criticaltwits
1:30:16
June 28, 2016
32 - Dice Masters 2016 UK Nationals Round Up (Critical Twits Podcast)
We went to the UK games Expo, we saw a lot of dice, but did we conquer? Find out here as Friend of Podcast Joe Lewin relives his UK Dice Masters Nationals 2016 experience, and interviews the charming Dice Masters blogger True Mister Six and Dice Masters champion Ben Said Scott. True Mister Six's Dice Master's Blog, Brit Roller Six: https://britrollersix.wordpress.com/ Joe's Guest Blog Post: https://britrollersix.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/special-guest-post-joseph-lewin-from-the-critical-twits-podcast/ True Mister Six's Twitter: https://twitter.com/britrollermrsix Joe sings here: https://britrollersix.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/dub-smashing-the-uk-national-qualifier/ We do Twitter, too: https://twitter.com/Critical_Twits And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CriticalTwits/ And Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits We are Legion, and we are watching...
1:55:03
June 21, 2016
31 - Interviews: Guild Ball, Geeknson, Syrinscape, Sleeper, Escape the Nightmare, The Networks
00:00 - Expo Discussion 5:39 - Guild Ball Season 2 29:37 - Geeknson 52:03 - Syrinscape 1:10:39 - Sleeper: Orphans of the Cold War 1:28:38 - Escape The Nightmare 1:42: 55 - The Networks Rejoice, the second coming is here! The second coming of our UK Games Expo coverage podcast that is. We have interviews with, and discussion of, Guild Ball's Season 2, Geeknson gaming tables and accessories, Syrinscape RPG soundscapes, Sleeper's dark tabletop RPG stylings, Escape The Nightmare's uniquely disturbing take on party games, and The Networks, a board game where you control a television network. Enjoy! Twitter: www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/criticaltwits
2:05:01
June 17, 2016
30 - UK Games Expo: Lantern, Oligarchy and Arcane Blaster Casters
CONTENTS: Expo Discussion 00:00 Lantern: Lost In the Dark: 13:56 Oligarchy CCG: 37:39 Arcane Blaster Casters: 1:17:22 This week we discuss our experience of the 2016 UK Games Expo and bring forth a mighty collection of interviews and recommendations. We talk about how we found the Expo and highlight some upcoming game releases. These include our game of the show, No Loading Required's, Lantern: Lost in the Dark., which you can find at 13:56. An exciting new CCG by Entropic Games, Oligarchy, which can be found at 37:39. And an arena combat game that doesn't leave you sitting in the corner weeping when you die, Arcane Blaster Casters by Battle Boar Games, which can be found at 1:17:22 you impatient mite. You can find more about No Loading Required and Lantern at: lanterngame.wordpress.com or @lantern_game on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Lantern-The-Horror-Board-Game-873981449379103/ Entropic Games can be found on Twitter @EntropicGames and you can support the Kickstarter for Oligarchy at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/379668630/oligarchy-a-dystopian-card-game Battle Boar Games can be found on Twitter @battleboargames and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/battleboargames/ The Happy Luza can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thehappyluza/?fref=ts or on Twitter @TheHappyLuza or on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzPagjdf5uRgSCcmx7tdaNA or as part of The Dice Tower's Boardgame Breakfast. Of course you can also find us on Soundcloud.com/criticaltwits On Twitter www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits And personally on Twitter through www.twitter.com/TheBrianEnnis and www.twitter.com/AaronRowinski
1:47:14
June 14, 2016
29 - John Robertson In Conversation
The Critical Twits caught up with comedian John Robertson, creator of the Dark Room, at the 2016 UK Games Expo for an interview. We talk games, underpants, tattoos, and life in general with this incredibly funny man. Find John Robertson here: http://www.thejohnrobertson.com/ Find us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Critical_Twits Find the end of the rainbow and defeat the angry leprechaun to win a pot of gold! Your mileage may vary.
1:35:14
June 10, 2016
Ep 28: Dice Masters Tournament Training
Friend of Podcast, Joe, takes us through some of the tactics and teams needed for hardcore competitive Dice Masters, in preparation for the UK National Championships at the UK Games Expo. You can find our first Dice Masters podcast, an introduction to the game, here: https://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits/ep-23-dice-masters
1:08:59
May 31, 2016
Ep 27: UK Games Expo Preview
A preview of the UK Games Expo held at the NEC in Birmingham where we discuss the games and events we are most looking forward to, alongside revelations about our anti-social attitudes. We'll be tweeting live on the day through @Critical_Twits , please message us if you would like to meet up and play games on the day or just talk at us. If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a like, subscribe, or check out our YouTube gaming channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
1:04:42
May 24, 2016
Ep 26: Malifaux Shifting Loyalties Pt 3 (Variant Rules, Through The Breach, Making Boards)
We're back with the third round of our Malifaux: Shifting Loyalties campaign log, and this week we're looking at the variant rules, the boards we've built, and linking our campaign to our brand-new Through The Breach tabletop role playing game campaign. Enjoy! Twitter: https://twitter.com/Critical_Twits YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
42:07
May 17, 2016
Ep 25: 2 Player Tabletop Games (Hive, Crokinole, Aeronauts)
Brian and Aaron take a long hard look at two player games Hive, Crokinole, and Aeronauts, as well as some video games for two. If you enjoy this podcast, please like, share, and subscribe. Twitter: https://twitter.com/critical_twits
1:08:18
May 10, 2016
Ep24: Dark Souls 3 First Impressions
We loved Dark Souls 1 and Bloodborne, and most of us hated Dark Souls 2. Only Brian played Demon's Souls, and he knows nothing. So, what do we think of the first part of Dark Souls 3?
1:18:30
May 3, 2016
Ep 23: Dice Masters
This week we learn to play Wizkid's Dicemasters with the assistance of our friend Joe. Is the collectable card effort worth the money? We will ever play this again? Importantly, is it fun? If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a like, subscribe, or check out our YouTube gaming channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg You can tweet us at www.twitter.com/Critical_Twits
44:21
April 26, 2016
Ep 22 - Shifting Loyalties Malifaux Campaign Part 2
Find the first part here: https://soundcloud.com/criticaltwits/critical-twits-podcast-18-malifaux-shifting-loyalties-campaign-pt1 Welcome to the second part of our Malifaux Shifting Loyalties campaign, where we discuss our second round, carnivorous plants, and offer up our tips, tactics and advice! Find our gaming channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
1:04:20
April 19, 2016
Ep 21: Bloodborne (Weighed And Measured)
This week the Critical Twits Weigh and Measure the Playstation 4 exclusive action RPG Bloodborne. Does it hold up after nearly a year? And is it destined to be just a sad, forgotten precursor to Dark Souls 3?
1:21:08
April 12, 2016
Ep 20: 9 Video Games You Need To Play
CThis podcast we compete to recommend games that the other Twits need to play. This episode is a treasure-trove of some of our favourite games and the source of a really awkward argument about jam. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Critical_Twits Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg Find us in real life and we will run way. We scare easily, but we'll be back, and in greater numbers...
1:37:03
April 5, 2016
Ep 19: Gaming Disappointments
Join us for a podcast run-down of the most disappointing moments in gaming. Featuring sadness, upset, and swearing.
1:11:10
March 29, 2016
Ep 18: Malifaux Shifting Loyalties Campaign Pt1
This week we invite our good friends Joe, James, and Rob to join us for the start of our Malifaux: Shifting Loyalties campaign. We're missing Colin but more than make up for it with a detailed explanation of Shifting Loyalties, tales of past campaigns, and a run-through of all the action from the first round of the campaign.
50:56
March 22, 2016
Ep 17: Puzzle Board Games (Dimension, Dixit, Mysterium)
This week we discuss three of our favourite puzzle board games; Dimension, Dixit and Mysterium. Prepare for your minds to be blown (or at least gently caressed).
46:18
March 15, 2016
Ep16: Batman Arkham Knight (Weighed and Measured)
This week we Weigh and Measure Batman Arkham Knight and ask, does it make a suitable end for Rocksteady's Batman series? If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a like, subscribe, or check out our YouTube gaming channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
1:17:57
March 8, 2016
Ep 15: Relationships in Video and Role Playing Games
Games of all kinds are a great way to meet new people, real or fictional. We discuss the ways that different types of game portray, encourage, and reward relationships within them, what they get right, and what they get wrong.
1:33:05
March 1, 2016
Ep 14 Pt2: Fiasco Live (Six Shooters, Opium and Dynamite)
We left our intrepid anti-heroes in the midst of an explosion. Who will triumph in our blood-soaked Western of betrayal, bullets, and bad, bad bastards? If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a like, subscribe, or check out our YouTube gaming channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUQ1hqKCFruDCWQjTJzhAg
47:01
February 23, 2016
Ep 14 Pt1: Fiasco Live
A live playthrough of the tabletop roleplaying game Fiasco from Bully Pulpit Games. We build our very own Wild West scenario and watch it all inevitably fall apart. Aaron bullies, Brian schemes, and Colin is surprisingly good at accents.
1:22:02
February 16, 2016
Ep 13: An Introduction To Roleplay
Join us as we introduce you to the tabletop roleplaying hobby! Everything you ever needed to get started, and a tonne of tips for those that already have. Plus, in true RPG fashion, we flesh out our meagre backstories for your amusement.
1:23:02
February 9, 2016
Ep 12: Guild Ball (Critical Hit or Miss?)
We run the rule over miniature skirmish/football game hybrid Guild Ball - is it a critical hit or miss? We discuss rules and models, do some chanting, sing a little song and Brian runs a bonus "Banter!" round that was meant to be ironic until he got way too into it. The shame, the shame, shame...
1:18:48
February 3, 2016
Ep 11: Tales From The Wasteland (Fallout Comedy Special)
Welcome to our first comedy special, combining tales from the wastes of Fallout 4 with our own Mutant Radio station and a good old-fashioned singalong at the end.
36:10
January 26, 2016
Ep10: Fallout 4 (Weighed and Measured)
A new irregular segment where we dive in deeper then a lead-lined Jacques Cousteau and give you the comprehensive long view review of a recent game. This time: Fallout 4. We've wandered the waste, recycled a whole load of dirty ashtrays and searched in vain for a story to believe in, just for you. Enjoy!
1:35:17
January 19, 2016
Ep 9: Gaming Review of 2015 and 2016 Preview - Live!
Was 2015 a good year for games? Is 2016 worth getting excited about? Will the Twits be able to cope with a doing this live? Will we ever learn to stop overusing rhetorical questions? Tweet us on @Critical_Twits with your favourite games of the last year, and what you're most looking forward to in 2016!
1:04:25
January 5, 2016
Ep 8: Dragonmeet Gaming Convention
This week the Critical Twits discuss the Modiphius convention, Dragonmeet! We go gaga for Guild Ball, dig Devil's Run, expound upon X-Corp, admire the Amberden Affair, and ruminate on our next roleplay game (marvellous Mindjammer or lovely Laundry Files). Also, watch out for asthmatic dragons...
1:24:14
December 16, 2015
Ep 7: Malifaux Review
This week we break open the secrets of the Malifaux starter set. We marvel at Colin's ability to handle tiny things, revel in Brian's enthusiam and find out Aaron has learned to love again.
1:54:33
December 2, 2015
Ep 6 Pt 2: Science Fiction Special
Part two of the science fiction special, where we talk tabletop RPGs: Star Wars and Paranoia. Critial Twits Top Tips appears to explain how to make combat fun and engaging in role playing sessions. We also discuss what happened to the Halo series and our feelings about Metal Gear Solid 5. We explore Colin's cruelty as dungeon master, feel the emotion humans call sadness at the discovery clone Aaron has never played science fiction based RPGs, while Brian ensures trolls are put in their place.
1:31:00
November 23, 2015
Ep6 Pt1: Science Fiction Special
*Warning* Spoilers for Risk Legacy from 56 minutes to 1 hour and 14 minutes.*Warning ends* Using technology that would make 1950's sci-fi authors run screaming, we talk about something the same decade would find old hat, boardgames. We discuss Arctic Scavengers, Twilight Imperium, Risk Legacy and Cosmic Encounter. Colin reveals himself as an evil time traveller, who still gets numbers wrong. We forgot to implant the shame gene into Aaron's clone replacement. Brian becomes obsessed with opening boxes. We also attempt photosynthesis noises and discover life is too short for Micheal Bay.
1:32:51
November 13, 2015
Ep 5 Pt 3: Horror Special
We've found a small place of safety. Please listen to us tell our tales of whether Dark Souls was scarier than Bloodborne. We also discuss Betrayal at House on the Hill and Arkham Horror, hoping that one day a boardgame will make us as scared as we feel right now! Please tweet @Critical_Twits to sate our captor's desires. Thanks to midimagician for Fire Burning Loop noise. Thanks to DiscoveryME for Glitch & Static 01 noise. Thanks to Sea Fury for Monster noise.
57:09
November 6, 2015
Ep 5 Pt 2: Horror Special
Have the Twits survived? Listen now to find out! Covering horrific video games of all stripes, and puns. A life-threateningly large number of puns... Thanks to esperri for Chainsaw noise.
1:02:58
November 3, 2015
Ep 5 Pt 1: Horror Special
Trapped by a sinister madman, the Twits must podcast their way to freedom. Unfortunate, given that they couldn't fight their way out of a poorly-recycled paper bag during a particularly vicious downpour. Discussion of the tabletop RPG Call of Cthulhu, tension in horror games, inappropriate horror maze twisting, reverse screaming, and that most dreaded of childhood monsters: Pop Up Pirate. Thanks to DiscoveryME for Glitch & Static 01.
50:23
October 30, 2015
Ep 4 Pt 2: Skulduggery Special
Humorous discussion of subterfuge in roleplaying and video games. Covering Batman's crying-about-your-parents minigame, that time Colin killed our gaming group, demonic bargains, the X-Files, and how to effectively punch a monkey. Correction: psychic tests are conducted using Zener cards, not Reiner cards - apologies to Karl Zener! Thanks to jamesabdulrahman for 'Permission to panic?'
1:29:50
October 28, 2015
Ep 4 Pt 1: Skulduggery Special
Today we talk about sneaky boardgames, Codenames, Resistance and Sheriff of Nottingham. Shhh, tell everybody.
1:09:04
October 24, 2015
Ep 3 Pt 2: Fantasy Special
Hear ye! A discussion on Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons, Lords of Waterdeep, consequences in RPGs, sexy peasants, beardcraft, banning Monopoly, and diptheria. Colin has memory problems, Brian wishes he was an elf, and Aaron hates the very foundation upon which this episode was built. The git. Credit to abel_K for 'copper bell' sound used for last orders.
1:03:17
October 20, 2015
Ep 3 Pt 1: Fantasy Edition
Good morrow! Hark ye, and hear our conflabulations upon The Witcher 3, Dragon Age, assorted fantasy authors, and sexy sexy dragons. Starring Sir Gaseous of Hotpoint, Mr Darcy, and a man who cannot count. Credit to sonsdebarcelona for 'group fighting' noise. The Witcher 3 season pass actually costs £19.99. Colin was wrong, join us in booing at him.
46:18
October 16, 2015
Ep 2 Pt 2: Post-Apocalypse Special
A whole episode spent pondering Mutant: Year Zero from Modiphius Press, a post-apocalyptic tabletop roleplaying game that, quite frankly, we love. Enjoy! And a special thanks to guitarguy1985 for air raid noise found on Freesound.
58:32
October 13, 2015
Ep 2 Pt 1: Post-Apocalypse Special
In which we fall out over Fallout, rage about Rage, and lose the thread on Threads. Also featuring hipster zombie survival tips, shambling asthmatics, outdated political references, parental sponge warnings, Call of Duty: Duty Calls Modern Ops Warfare 7: Duty Calling, supporting your local supermarket giant and James Blunt, Saviour of the World! Check out Brian's article on Dirge: http://www.dirgemag.com/board-games-made-okay-dick-friends/
51:01
October 9, 2015
Ep 1: Playstation Plus
Welcome to the first episode of the Critical Twits Podcast, wherein we discuss the virtues and vices of Playstation Plus. Rocket League, Lara Croft 2, Super Time Force Ultra, pun denial, inappropriate defecation locations and the Star Wars School of Sequential Story Telling. Let us know what you think on Twitter: @Critical_Twits
1:30:30
October 2, 2015
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