The Score – Episode 5 – Chart Attack!

Michael presents a slightly different episode of The Score this week – a rundown of the twenty best selling games over at FunAgain.com. Let us know what you think – would you like to see a regular rundown of the top sellers? More detail on the games? A shorter video, perhaps rolled into actual episodes of The Score? Fire away in the comments below, or send Michael an email to ContactTheScore@gmail.com or badger him on Twitter where he’s @idlemichael.

Thanks for watching!

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Help support The Score by visiting FunAgain.com through these links – warning, these will spoil the chart for you!
20. Ticket to Ride: UK & Pennsylvania

19. Catan

18. Fiasco

17. Raptor

16. Pandemic Legacy

15. Above and Below

14. TIME Stories

13. Dixit Origins

12. Wits & Wagers

11. No Thanks!

10. Superfight

9. Haithabu

8. Catacombs

7. Snowdonia – Trans-Australian Railway / Daffodil Line

6. German Railroads

5. 7 Wonders Duel

4. Nippon

3. Linko!

2. Codenames

1. Dilluvia Project

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The Score – Episode 2 – Back from BGG now live on YouTube!

Hey! Want to check out the latest episode of our new series, The Score? Well, it just so happens to be live on that YouTube, and you can watch it right now!

We’re also delighted to announce that we’re now supported by the good folks at FunAgain.com – if you’ve got a game you’re looking for, there’s no better place to head to in order to pick it up! Soon, you’ll also be able to help out the show as well by clicking through our links (when we have them organised), so keep an eye out for those too.

Thanks for watching, and if you’ve not subscribed yet, please do – it’ll really assist in seeing who’s interested in the stuff we’re making!

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The Score – Episode 1 – now on YouTube

And here’s the official (kind of) first episode of The Score – it’s a little smoother (though I apparently forgot to add the music beds to the cards before each section, even though they’re still in the original file, which is weird). It’s a pretty decent effort, if I can toot my own horn for a moment, so if you’d care to check it out, I’d be delighted!

Behold, the link to the video:

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The Score Has Launched!

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So, it’s been a while in the making, but finally – finally! – the first episode of my new series has popped up on YouTube. The Score – Episode Zero is basically a proof of concept, a test to see if I can put together a relatively decent show, and I think it’s pretty decent. There are issues, of course – the sound’s a bit spotty in places, the intro and outro had to be recovered after a computer crash and are lower quality in resolution, the greenscreen in the Top Five section wouldn’t bloody work and I swore I centred the camera for the news section, but content wise… well, I’m pretty happy. Oh, and I wore three different shirts. Fuck you, continuity.

The idea was to put together a twenty minute show that covers a few different bases in the world of tabletop gaming, and over the next few weeks and months, I’m sure it’ll evolve and grow, but I always want it to remain around that run time. The channel that it’s on, Little Metal Television, will also have other video content – play throughs, reviews, convention coverage, that kind of stuff – but the main focus will be getting a new episode of The Score out every alternate Friday. The next one, a Halloween Special, will land on October 30.

If you’d be good enough to take a bit of time out of your day and have a watch, I’d really appreciate it. Your comments, subscriptions, shares and likes will also help massively as I try to build the channel up! In the meantime, The Little Metal Dog Show Podcast will also return shortly, so keep an eye out for the links to the start of the new run of that.

Oh yeah, may be useful to actually post the show, of course.

Thanks again – I hope you enjoy it!

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Tower of Strength – Rhino Hero review

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I’ve written before about the merits of an excellent children’s game, and sung the praises of the best in the business, HABA, many times. Tier auf Tier remains a firm favourite with each passing year, and the bright yellow box sits proudly on the shelf alongside some of my most loved games. And now, another title has joined the ranks of games that are ostensibly aimed at children but can bring great pleasure to grown ups too. Rhino Hero is here, designed by Scott Frisco and Steven Strumpf with gorgeous, sweet art by Thies Schwarz, and it is bloody marvellous.

Part dexterity game, part gentle strategy, Rhino Hero – like Tier auf Tier – is once again all about stacking, albeit in a more collaborative fashion. On their turn, players take cards from their hands and add them to a central skyscraper that quickly becomes far from stable. Each card represents the top of the previous floor, capping the building temporarily, until the next player adds to this wobbly creation as the time comes. After choosing which card you’ll be using from your starting hand of five, you gingerly add walls made from folded cards before placing your new roof on top of the building; should the building fall when you’re the active player, you’re out.

Oh man, this is going so well - we've never built the tower this high before...!

Oh man, this is going so well – we’ve never built the tower this high before…!

It’s not that straightforward, of course. Different card types bend the rules ever so slightly, changing the direction of play, forcing the next player in line to miss a turn or take an extra card from the deck, or even allowing you to place two cards on your turn – not that it’s always a great idea, as they are slippery little buggers and can offset the balance of the every growing tower of cards. The most dangerous one is the card that brings the titular Rhino Hero into play…

Should one of these cards be added to the building – and there are a lot of them! – the active player has an additional action to perform that could well bring the literal house of cards crashing down. You see, also included in the box is a cute-as-a-button wooden Rhino Hero mini, which needs to be taken from whatever position he currently is sat at in the tower, then placed atop his image on the card that was just put on top as a roof. A gentle touch and nerves of steel are required to make sure this dangerous move doesn’t topple the lot.

DAMMIT.

DAMMIT.

It’s a very simple affair, but still quite the challenge, which is why it appeals so much to players of all ages. Dexterity games are a great leveller – a steady hand isn’t reliant on the ability to plan five moves ahead, after all, so it doesn’t matter if you’re five or fifty. Of course, excellent play could mean that the tower gets very high, so smaller children could struggle to reach the top, but that’s far from a major issue. If you manage to get rid of all your cards, you win, though it’s far more likely that victory is decided by whoever has the smallest hand leftover once the building is destroyed.

And that’s it. Short and sweet, much like this write up! Coming in at under $20 (just checked, at the time of writing it’s $12.34!), Rhino Hero is a bargain. It’s quick to set up, speedy to play, and as equally fun for grown ups as it is for younger players. Much along the lines of Loopin’ Louie, I can see competitive rules being introduced for convention play between Serious Adults (especially when beer is involved) but that doesn’t mean that the gameplay out of the box is watered down or weak in any way. In fact, its simplicity is what makes it such a wonderful little game to play. Now, anyone seen a relatively affordable copy of the Japanese large-format release? If so, let me know! I need it in my collection!

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