GAMES NEWS! 04/03/19

a dog becomes a waitress, matt falls in a well, wine for dinner again
Quinns: Matt left for a skiing holiday this weekend, while I stayed in and didn't just play Scrabble, I lost at Scrabble.

The less said about this horrid state of affairs, the better. I hope Matt skiis down a well. Let’s get on with the news.


SU&SD Play… Great Western Trail: Rails to the North

beautiful cows, wonky cows, space cows, branchlets
Slowly but surely, SU&SD is learning what makes a good board game stream. "Two and a half hours of Matt and Quinns playing a complicated resource management game" might not be the answer, but one thing's for certain: That's what we've uploaded to YouTube this week.

This video also documents Matt and Quinns playing the new expansion for the terrific Great Western Trail, Rails to the North, for the very first time. To be charitable, it's not what they expect. To be candid, they play the worst game of Great Western Trail of their adult lives.

Enjoy, everybody!


It’s gonna be a wonky week

planet bunk, a drawing of a dreadnaught, the diary room pushed to its limits
Quinns: Hey everybody! After doing a nine hour(!) stream of Twilight Imperium this weekend, Matt and I are going to spend this week resting up and finishing up our quest to find this year's SU&SD interns.

Normal service (Monday news, Wednesday podcast, Friday review) will be resumed next week, although we're still going to be posting little bits for you to watch. Some of our best panels from SHUX '18 will be going up on our YouTube channel, and on Friday we'll post our playthrough video of SEAL Team Flix.

Best of all, you can watch our epic game of Twilight Imperium right here as a video-on-demand, but if you do that, we'd actually like to ask a favour...

In a couple of months we're going to upload this gargantuan 9 hour video to YouTube, but we want to start preserving some of the best comments from Twitch chat as text pop-ups within the YouTube video. So, pretty please, if you watch any of the video on Twitch and something in Twitch chat makes you laugh, could you leave a comment on this post with the line of chat, the username and the timestamp where it appears? You should be able to copy-paste everything you see, so it should be pretty easy.

Thanks so much everybody, and have a great week!


Today we’re streaming Twilight Imperium!

matt will be lions, elaine will be gnomes, quinns will be bad
Quinns: HELLO! After a literal week of preparation, today is the day we're going to be streaming a full game of Twilight Imperium 4th edition. And with a bit of luck, it's going to be the most exhaustive playthrough of Twilight Imperium that the internet has ever seen. We will have...

  • Our secret diary room for whenever players want to share their secret plans
  • A tactical overlay showing the map, the objectives and who's completed them
  • The "Galactic News" readout showing the best Twitch comments
  • And even more!

Obviously after the stream is over you'll be able to watch it as a Twitch video on demand, and after that's gone we'll be uploading it to YouTube, but if you want to come along and join in the fun we'll be starting at 2PM GMT, 9AM EST, 6AM PST.

See you there!


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Fight the Landlord

when the revolution comes kirby will be the first up against the wall
Did you catch the first instalment of Card Games That Don't Suck, Ricochet Poker?  This week we're travelling from America to China to tell you about a fantastic shedding game called Fight the Landlord.

Watching the video, you'll notice that "2s" are valued higher than royals. It's possible that this comes from the game's communist roots, in much that same way that following the French revolution, it was considered distasteful to play games where kings and queens were desirable. The more you know!


GAMES NEWS! 18/02/19

cowforge, ex-lovers, won't you take me to, funko town
Matt: Morning Quinns! How was your weeken--

Quinns: Matt I watched SO MUCH of The Expanse. I was thinking we could write the whole Games News in Belter Creole.

Matt: OK. I hear you, but I worry that might make it a bit hard to read. How about you write it while crossplaying as Chrisjen Avasarala?

Quinns: You’ve got yourself a deal, beltalowda. You cover the first story, I’ll see what earrings my wife has.



GAMES NEWS! 11/02/19

salty bet, ice cream mines, tremorers
Matt: Good morning, Quintin! I awaken from a vivid dream in which the twist at the end of Return of the Jedi was that the whole thing was entirely being imagined by a man called Ryan who worked in Market Research, who was having a fantasy about what it might be like to be a smuggler called “Han Solo”.

And now - as if by space magic - I’m being thrown straight back into Star Wars again. Another game in the genre of Firefly, Merchant of Venus, or Xia: Legends of a Drift System - Star Wars: Outer Rim sees players competing to be the cream of the galaxy’s scum and villainy. Flying around space, smuggling goods, hiring recognisable crew members and reasonably frequently rolling some dice.

Quinns: Let us apply Occam’s Razor. Is the simplest possible explanation here that you, Matt Lees, created this game in a dream?

Matt: Yes


Reminder: Click “Follow” On Our Twitch Page!

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Quinns: Hey everybody! If you've not checked out our live Twitch streams yet, you're officially missing out. They're basically an extra-long, live Let's Play, and I can now proudly say the channel has developed a frighteningly witty chat community. If you've been part of our chat over the last few months, thank you so, so much.

But here's the thing- you don't actually need to remember when we're streaming. If you just go to our Twitch channel and click on the button that reads "Follow", you'll get an email every time we start the show, which is once every couple of weeks. Also, you're adding follower count, which helps us out.

Tomorrow we're going to be trying the Great Western Trail expansion, Rails to the North, and the show after that... well, let's just say you won't want to miss it, and we'll be confirming more details shortly.

Oh, and did I mention our Twitch chat has a custom emote of the LADY ON THE CONCORDIA BOX? That's right! The wonders never cease.

Thanks again, everybody!


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Ricochet Poker

four houses? quinns are you thinking of harry potter, no we can't play aces low
Oh my GOODNESS! Today marks the start of a brand-new series for Shut Up & Sit Down.

Every two weeks, Card Games That Don't Suck will teach you how to play a game that we love, that you can play with an ordinary deck of cards. In doing so, we hope to make table gaming more accessible and wide-ranging, and maybe even learn a little bit of history along the way.

But there's no history in our first instalment! Ricochet Poker is, in fact, a brand new game by designer James Ernest, and we think it's just superb.

Enjoy, everybody!