In the first ever episode Lee, Mike, Mark, and Steve backtrack across time and space to discuss what board and video games brought them into the hobby, the impact of certain games on each of them, and the importance of well written rule sets.  As a first episode the guys had a few hiccups here and there as you may notice a bit of a hissing sound in the background.  They were also a bit unsure of how to proceed within a recorded conversation and sometimes tripped over each other trying to make a point.  Live and learn!

The guys get into a discussion of those games that impacted them both as younger bearded folk and today.  This includes a discussion of the old “roll & move” board games from the 80’s as well as some early D&D and NES video games.  Mark and Steve discuss their love of RPG’s in video games while Mike and Lee bring some attention to the now classic worker placement Euro-style board game Puerto Rico and the impact it’s had on the hobby.

Nearing the end of the show the guys get into a discussion of a game they’ve recently discovered called Villainous Vikings by Victory Point Games.  There isn’t a shortage of Mediterranean ship games within the hobby and it’s rather bold to push another one into the mix, but Victory Point Games has done a wonderful job of it with their Viking themed game.  In Villainous Vikings you take the roll of a captain exploring Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.  At each stop you do what Vikings do best with a quick raid and plunder.  Battle against other captains as you all race toward the inevitable Nordic conclusion, Ragnarok.  Which captain pulled through in the end claiming the title of Viking Supreme?!

This is a game you will want to play from a company you will want to learn more about.  Victory Point Games is doing something right and rest assured, we here at I, Geek will keep our finger on the pulse of this game company.

If you have any suggestions for future podcasts, leave a comment or stop by Facebook and Twitter to let us know what you have in mind.  Happy gaming!

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Ep_001 – Our origins & Villainous Vikings

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