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Thanks to Amusement Machine Distributors (https://www.amdcoinop.com/) we have 8 t-shirts to giveaway to you, the readers!

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All you have to do is tell us what you think our next Battle on the podcast should be. We've previously battled on the best beat-em-up, the best game released in 1989, and the best Master System game. It's now your turn to choose what that battle will be, and we will select the best 4 answers, and those 4 people will win 2 t-shirts each!

The t-shirts are awesome. The Brisbane Pinball Masters 2018 shirt, and the Adelaide Australian Championship Series 2017 shirt. Both designed and made by professional digital artists and you can tell! Each winner will receive one of each shirt, and both are in the size XL.

Just comment here (or on our social media platforms) to win! Prizes are shipped worldwide free of charge, so no excuses not to get involved.

Additionally, if you have any picks for your games of choice for the battle you mention, then leave your thoughts here too. We may use your games in the battle as well!
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Best Commodore64 game !!!! 🙂
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Hwaygo
DG wrote:
Best Commodore64 game !!!! 🙂


Lol.

I was waiting for this to come up. But if you're gonna suggest C46 you have to suggest some games! I have no idea about any games on c64!
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Hwaygo wrote:


Lol.

I was waiting for this to come up. But if you're gonna suggest C46 you have to suggest some games! I have no idea about any games on c64!



So many!
Impossible mission
TRAZ
Mule
Reach For the Stars
Elite
Iridium
R-Type
Thing on a Spring
Spy Vs Spy
Agent USA
Archon
I could go on - that’s taking about 2min to think.
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Hwaygo wrote:


... But if you're gonna suggest C46 you have to suggest some games!...


My list above is only for the C64 - I also have no idea about the C46! 😉
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Though it pains me to confirm Marc’s prediction, my suggestions are in the tabletop game area. (& another of my giant posts!)
There are a huge number of ways to define the battles - it could simply be best of a particular broad category: Euro, Ameritrash, war game, civilisation game etc

Another way that makes some sense is the best game by a particular prolific designer. A logical starting point for this would be Reiner Knizia. He has produced a steady flow of games over decades and is so well known it is a slight alteration of his name that is used in the IT Crowd Game Board segment. He even created a Lego board game when they were doing that sort of thing - I got a couple of other LEGO games for my son but unfortunately not his. Here’s the Board Game Geek page about him: https://rpggeek.com/boardgamedesigner/2/reiner-knizia
It has an abridged list of notable games, but the Linked Items section would include all his games - this is a section of 55 pages of 10 items each page!
I only have a few of his games:
Circus Flohcati  - A quick set collection card game
Clash of the Gladiators  - Teams of gladiators battle to the death in the coliseum with each other and wild animals (lions, bears etc). Probably aimed at a younger (preteen) audience, I had some success getting my son to play this when he was younger.
Orongo  - Control areas of Easter Island to get resources to squander on the construction of weird giant-headed statues in a well thought out plan for a lasting civilisation!
POW!  - Yahtzee-style dice roller about comic book writers accumulating a balance of heroes and villains for a successful comic.
Reiner Knizias Amazing Flea Circus  - Kind of the kiddie version of Circus Flohcati with scoring using plastic cats & dogs. It’s actually a UNO-style game rather than a set collector. I got this on sale at Kmart.
Samurai  - An area control game played on a jigsaw built map of Japan (each island is a big piece). It has a Go feel to it in that you try to apply the most influence to each town or city by surrounding it with your pieces. Mine is the 1998 edition but it is well-regarded enough that a new edition was released a couple of years ago.
Samurai the Card Game  - A version of the previous game using 2 decks of square cards rather than the board and pieces.

Unfortunately it would be difficult to get a meaningful read on such a large category, particularly as my Knizias aren’t a fully representative spread of his designs and the podcasters (I assume) don’t have any particular existing knowledge of the category. Although none of his games are monstrously long, some would take a couple of hours each.

An arbitrary and self-indulgent battle could be Tabletop Games of which I own more than one copy. Though it’s a tenuous grouping, the things that might recommend it are: they’re games so nice, I had to have them twice (though it would usually require a discounted copy to allow me to justify copy two), and by definition I have them all available!
Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1  - The very elegantly basic (12 pages of rules) introduction to the giant WWII tactical combat system.
Battleship Card Game  - nice little 2 player combat card game no longer in print because of the damaging Battleship branding (it probably got broader exposure to people who wouldn’t like it!).
Diplomacy  - Superb classic game (originally from 1958) but you need 7 people to commit to a VERY long day. It can, however, be played in instalments - Play by (e)Mail style.
Field of Glory the Card Game  - 2 player card wargame based on a miniatures game set in the 2nd Punic wars.
Give Me the Brain  - card game of Zombies running a fast food restaurant. Get rid of all your menial task cards requiring the use of 1 hand, 2 hands, and possibly the single brain you all have to share!
History of the World  - another long player, but half a dozen people should knock it over in a big afternoon. Both my copies are the Avalon Hill version, which I prefer over the later Hasbro edition.
MULE the Board Game  - Based on the old 80s video game. Actually played by the podcasters!
Nuclear War  / Nuclear Escalation  - Amusing quick take-that card game about the fun of barrelling headlong towards the nuclear holocaust.
Pocket Battles: Macedonians vs Persians  - Card & dice tabletop wargame.
Pocket Imperium  - greatly simplified 4X space game with a rock-paper-scissors type mechanic at its heart.
Star Trek: Attack Wing Federation vs Klingons Starter  - Might be actually played by the podcasters! I’ve even got some duplicates of the individual ships.
Tayu  - Tile laying puzzle game of joining pipes up to make water flow from the centre of the board to the edge.

Holy crap! Do I really have that many duplicates? Anyway, probably another impractical set of games - particularly the long ones. I’ll try to follow up with something potentially workable. 😉
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Hwaygo
I wouldn't mind giving the original Elite a go. I have the most recent Elite game (Elite dangerous) and I like the concept of an open world space piloting game.

Besides all the table top stuff.. I like where you are going with your categories Marc! It would be fun to do some really specific stuff like "games with music by a specific person" or "best star trek game". Not that I think we will do that either haha, but theres so many ways you could take the battle format.

Even using 2 qualifiers. Like best genre within a time frame.
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If Elite on the C64 became part of a battle I might have to (trepidatiously) lend the podcasters my Gold Edition Box. 
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As has been touched on before, with some older games there is more to the experience than just running the software.

I see everything gravitates back to Video games, but I could offer something of a best of Trek on the tabletop. Besides my various space combat things, I also have Star Trek Panic and Star Trek Original Series Deck Building Game.

EDIT: I was so happy to find Star Trek Panic on super special. It was one of those things I thought would be great to own (that giant Enterprise...!) but hadn’t even seen it normally priced on a shelf. Having read the rules after buying it, it seems even better than I hoped!
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Best Epyx 'Games' game on the Commodore 64! 

 

 

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Mar
We've had a bunch of good submissions here and on social media, but I thought I'd just mention that we are closing off submissions this coming Thursday. If there's anyone else that would like to go into the competition to win some awesome shirts, you only have 2 days left!
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So, one final suggestion for a feasible mini side-battle on the tabletop.

The impediment I have to getting anything up in this area is the minimal experience of the potential participants (something I’m trying to change with my relentless pushing of these games 😉).
One of the stated aims of these battles is to open up to new experiences, however they all rely on a firm broad base of past experience (which is kind of another part of the aims - revisiting & possibly debunking nostalgic memories). While a game or two may not have been played by everyone, the bulk have been played before and they’re all on a familiar system (John always gets a little anxious at the thought of a C64 battle😁).
I propose 3 short games (the only ones I own in this category) that are based around a single simple mechanic that is probably already familiar. I’m assuming everyone is aware of Yahtzee or dice poker. Poker Dice are 6 sided dice marked with A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, and you have 3 rolls (retaining the results you like after each roll) to try to get the best poker hand you can (like video poker with dice). Yahtzee is basically the same thing but using combinations of the numbers on regular 6 sided dice. In both of these games the rolls ARE the game - when you finish rolling you check the result and score points accordingly (I have a 4th game in this category, Volle Lotte!, but like Yahtzee and dice poker it just scores the dice results). With the games I’ll suggest, the results on the dice are used to enable you to take other game actions to progress you towards victory.

The games are:

POW!  - Mentioned in my Reiner Knizia battle above the dice results allow the players (supposedly comic book writers) to accumulate a balance of heroes and villains for a successful comic.
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Play time: 20min

Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor - Race game with some take-that opportunities - be the first of the 4 hobbits to reach Mount Doom (& we’ll assume YOU were carrying the ring) before your pursuing Nazgul catches you.
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Play time: 20min

D-day Dice - Co-operative game where the players’ squads of troops join forces to storm one of the Normandy beaches on D-day and capture the bunker at the top. Sounds and looks like a wargame but is in fact resource management, but the theme is done so well it carries you along.
3322C892-D943-4E42-A681-5AEC78FF2EE0.jpeg  The dice, this time 6 for each player and rolled simultaneously, represent the resources available and can be shared to some degree between players (it’s co-op) - they can provided extra troops, specialist squad members, equipment/weapons, courage to advance into fire etc. It’s a more complicated game than the other 2 (including adding the extra dimension to dice combos by having 3 different colours) but can still be played in under an hour (in fact it can benefit from some time pressure).
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Play time: 45min

All up, this should take no more than 2 hours (little bit of prep on D-day Dice rules would be helpful) and would serve not only as a comparison between the games but a sample of what can be done with one simple mechanic and whether anything interesting can be done with it at all (Spoiler: I think YES).
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