SU&SD Play… Watch the Skies 2 (Pt. 1)

the olympics, the pope, the horror, the incompetence, we're so sorry Vietnam
Last year, we were invited by the UK Society of Megagame Makers to save the world from aliens in a colossal 60 person game titled "Watch the Skies". You can see our floundering, corruption and "charm offensives" as the nation of Japan in this video.

This year the Society invited us back for the sequel. With over three hundred players, this would be the most mega megagame ever staged. A game so big that the Pope was not only a player, he had his own team.

Could we save the world from aliens for a second time? Get yourself a hot drink, a comfy chair and find out. Enjoy, everybody! And when you're done, go and watch part 2 right here.


Paul’s 2014 Convention Special

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We sent Paul off to Firaxicon and then to BGG Con, to conduct insightful interviews with games designers and to test the water in these foreign lands. He was fine. He's fine. It's okay. He came back with lots of info about the upcoming XCOM board game, Kanban: Automotive Revolution and Geek Chic's fine tables.

Admittedly we haven't seen him since he uploaded this video. We're also analysing this video frame-by-frame to figure out who that slender figure is we keep seeing in the background. But we're positive that he's fine, and also if you've seen his body then please let us know!


The Very Professonal Gen Con Special!

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In August 2014 we traveled to the magical realm of Indianapolis, for the lake Geneva Gen Con Convention of games. Sporadically, between the games, beef dinners and amazing people we'd remember to turn our camera on. PRESENTING: The Very Professonal Gen Con Special!

Watch us try our luck in a True Dungeon! Hear what Risk Legacy creator Rob Daviau has to say for himself in a hungover interview! See the hottest games sweat under our studio lighting! And make sure your nan's not around for the Hot Cosplay segment. Enjoy, everybody.


Your Favourite Gaming Moment

games?, dads, the worst ever hypothetical game of stratego
It's been a weird week. Heck, it's been a weird few years. Let's stop for a second, take a breath, and remember what this is all about. Everyone! If you feel like it, post your favourite gaming memory in the comments. Normal service will be resumed next week.

-- Team SU&SD


The Second Sci-Fi Special

brendan prime, space cats, math bombs, dice boundaries
So Mars is under attack from Reiner Knizia, right, and Team SU&SD are the only ones who can stop him. We also welcome back Susie Pumfsk, and Brendan is an alien!

Look, don't ask questions. Basically we had too much sugar and when we regained our senses we'd filmed this extra-special episode, featuring reviews of Infamy, Time'n'Space AND Rex: Final Days of an Empire, with time to spare for a re-review of Netrunner (original review here).

Huge thanks to Rachel Leipacher for her vocal stylings and to Team Covenant for their sexy Netrunner footage. And everybody, beware of Knizia. Even if some of his games are suspiciously good, he's still out there. Watching. Waiting. Mathsing.

Thanks so much, everybody!

(Donor note! This is the second of our super-videos, promised in the stretch goals of our first donation season. Did you miss the first, our Megagame Special? Definitely don't miss that! That would be awful. -- Team SU&SD)


SU&SD Play… A Goddamn Megagame

anger, passion, drama, I can't believe you don't have your foreign minister's number
Last weekend team SU&SD defended the world from aliens, had an international incident with the USA and almost dissolved the United Nations, all from the safety of a town hall in South London. This experience came courtesy of the Megagame Makers, an English society of game designers who specialise in the supermassive. It was an astonishing day, and so of course we had to make this supermassive video in tribute (WARNING: it also contains megaswears, so keep megakids away).

We're hugely proud of this one. Enjoy, everybody. And our overwhelming thanks to the association of Megagamers to hosting us for the day.

(Donor note! This is the first of our super-videos, promised in the stretch goals of our first donation season. We know some of you wanted videos in the old SU&SD style. Don't worry! We've got those coming too. :D -- Team SU&SD)


Some Tips for Rules Explanations!

the domain of dwarves, the rules of rules, the law of laphroaig
What's the ultimate test of any board game night? No, it's not your friend getting their arm trapped down the back of a radiator while recovering a lost meeple. That had us scared, but a little olive oil sorted Brendan right out. We're talking about rules explanations.

We get a ton of questions about the best way to teach rules, so we've put together the above video. Teaching rules is going to be most people's first ever exposure to this hobby. And exposing your friends is, of course, serious business.

What are your best tips to teach games, readers?


SU&SD Play… L.H.S. Bikeshed

tactical panicking, space skype, the white one, not the white one, google maps
Last year we posted a video of us playing co-op board game Space Cadets, and it was an amazing disaster. But what happens when team SU&SD pretend to go into space... for real?

The L.H.S. Bikeshed is a roleplaying game, in a spaceship, in a caravan, built by a team of industrious men working out of the London Hackspace. Naturally, it was our duty to show these guys what their ship could do in the hands of a real crew.

As you might guess, the above video contains a lot of swearing, comprehensively beeped.


The Shouting Game Special

Panic on Dice Duel, Space Cadets: Wall Street, moneying, panicking, bunking
SHOUTING! It's one of the best things in life. Imagine! you, some friends, a few drinks and SHOUTING AT EACH OTHER FOR HOURS.

iF YOU'RE LIKE-- oops, excuse me. If you're like Paul and didn't get your fix of shouting from Escape The Curse of the Temple, we've got you covered! This mini-special reviews not only the mighty, shouty Space Cadets: Dice Duel, but the still-shoutier Panic on Wall Street!.

What are your favourite shouty games, viewers?

Failing that, what are your favourite shouts?


…And that’s it for 2013!

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After approximately ONE HUNDRED videos, reviews and podcasts, it's time for us to say goodbye to 2013 the only way we know how. With EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Enclicken yonder video to learn how we've decided to grow next year, what your stretch goal episodes will be and to hear what will be in season 1's Gold Club bags!

NOTE: Our first pledge season ends in just 10 days. If you haven't contributed and don't want the first Gold Club bag to slip you by, definitely head over to the donations annex now!

Everybody else? We're indescribably grateful to you, and will be collecting your shipping addresses shortly.

Have a happy New Year, everybody.

-- Team SU&SD