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By Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson

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 Jul 24, 2019
the best competitive Twilight Imperium podcast around

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An unofficial podcast for fans of Twilight Imperium and other strategy board games. Each episode is a humorous analysis of mechanics and strategies for new and experienced players alike!

Episode Date
Ep 136: Yssaril Tribes Strategy Guide
01:37:21

What a world we’re in! Last week was a faction guide, and we’ve got another one hot on it’s trail. Yssaril is a faction all about subterfuge and sneakery, and turns out that can be a difficult tool to wield. Action Cards can be a mighty force, but only with the economics to back them up. So, is this faction good? Come listen and find out!

 

11:58 Yssaril Tribes Overview

25:21 First Round Strategy Cards

50:15 Early Game Problems

54:28 Technology

1:04:50 Trading/Meta

1:14:05 Mid-Game

1:19:52 Late Game



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Join in on the discussion here, on our Discord, or at our Board Game Geek Guild. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your in game moments for Play of the Week! and This Imperium Life at spacecatspeaceturtles@gmail.com

We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and decide future games and topics to cover, visit our Patreon

May 27, 2020
Ep 135: Mentak Coalition Strategy Guide
01:57:45

This episode hit a few snags along the way. Our first recording put us over three, and we ended up getting pillaged, so we had to record another once we’d spent our other episodes. So, here now, finally, is our Mentak Coalition Strategy Guide. They’re a bit more straightforward than some of our previous guides, but that doesn’t mean there are important nuances that any player must tend to. Also, at the top, we chat a bit about our games in the 14 point tournament Semifinals that we both took part in last weekend. More on that experience to come in a future episode, though!

 

0:00 Matt and Hunter’s games in the 14 Point Tournament Semifinals

19:30 Mentak Overview

36:22 First Round Strategy Cards

58:12 Early Game Problems

1:05:05 Technology

1:23:00 Trading/Meta

1:34:22 Mid-game

1:40:00 Late Game



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May 23, 2020
Ep 134: Root - Learn to Learn
01:25:05

It is time to embark on a new journey! We’ve been honing our skills at Leder Games’ Root, and we want to start this game off the way we start all of our games: learning how to LEARN Root. This is different from your Learn to Play guides out there, and instead we discuss the ways to approach the game and the types of tactics to approach if you hope to develop a real love of this game.



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May 12, 2020
Ep 133: Experimental Tech Paths
01:16:26

On this month’s edition of the Galactic Council, they bring you something a bit more off the beaten path. Since we have new tech, it seems the hottest topic is what new possibilities have opened up in the world of “tech paths.” So, today we explore some of that space, while also just brainstorming what non-traditional tech paths we could experiment with with each faction.

 

But first! Dane Beltrami is going to join us and catch us up to speed with the recent Omega release, as well as the even MORE recent Living Rules Reference 1.3!




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May 06, 2020
Ep 132: Xxcha Kingdom Strategy Guide
02:08:53

Call me Matt. Some years ago -- nevermind how long precisely -- having little or no command counters on my sheet, and nothing particular to interest me on the board, I thought I would sail about a little and see the turtley part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the anger, and regulating the circulation… It’s time to slay my white whale. Join us, for the long anticipated guide to the Xxcha Kingdom

 

10:10 Overview

22:20 Round 1 Strategy Cards

55:16 Early Game Problems

1:10:16 Tech Paths

1:22:11 Trading

1:33:13 Mid Game

1:41:00 The Meta and Late Game




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Apr 28, 2020
Ep 131: Omega Techs and Diplomacy
54:10

The tournament is over with a stunning final game, but it’s now time to return to some sense of normalcy. How better to get back into the swing of things than to start discussing the new technologies and updated Diplomacy Dane and FFG released on April 1, 2020? Today we analyze the updated Magen Defense Grid, X-89 Bacterial Weapon, and Diplomacy, as well as theorize how that affects some of our recent faction strategy guides.

 

Don’t forget to grab the new technologies and Diplomacy for yourself!




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Apr 22, 2020
Ep 130: Road to the Finals 2020
01:46:24

You made it, dear listener. It’s been a long road of amazing games, but it all ends this weekend. And to help us cross the finish line, we sat down with each of our finalists to pick their brain about strategy, competition, metagaming, and more. We get a great look at how each of these highly skilled competitors differs in styles, and we’re certain it will make for an incredibly tight race in the Championship. Please join us, this Saturday, April 18 at 17:00 UTC. You better follow us on Twitch so you can get notified when the game goes live!




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Apr 15, 2020
Ep 129: Semifinals Overview
01:48:19

The Semifinals are officially over, which means we only have one game left of this year’s monumental tournament. But before we can properly introduce our players, next week, we need to go over all of the absolutely wild action that took place over these six games. They were all incredibly memorable, despite Matt’s horrible ability to remember things.



Also, you better follow us on Twitch so you can join for the upcoming FINALS!




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Apr 08, 2020
Ep 128: Three Player Games
01:11:14

We are right at the end of the semifinals, which means this week’s episode is strategy-lite. We played a Three Player game recently, and realized we have covered every other player count, and it was time to give this one it’s day in the sun. We discuss the differences, between 3p and other counts, the pros and cons, and some the strategy to utilize. Additionally, Matt “debuts” his Trident map that he made over a year and a half ago! Which you can find here: https://www.reddit.com/r/twilightimperium/comments/8zyfjz/the_trident_3_player_map_that_encourages_conflict/



Also, you better follow us on Twitch so you can join for these ongoing Semi-finals!




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Apr 01, 2020
Ep 127: Dune - Learning the Bene Gesserit
01:10:58

The Space Witches of Dune are essentially the de facto best faction in the game. They have a plethora of strengths, almost no weaknesses, and some abilities that are downright broken. Today, we break all of that down and take a closer look at how to get started playing the wildly complex Bene Gesserit



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Mar 25, 2020
Ep 126: Player Profile: Alex
01:05:58

Coronavirus and tournament have thrown our schedules out of wack! So, what was supposed to be an “extra” episode in the feed is ending up as ep 126! We’ve owed the February Galactic Council Player Profile on our friend Alex for some time now, and we were finally able to sit down with the boy. In this, we discuss his history with TI, his playstyle, and what this great game has taught him.



Also, you better follow us on Twitch so you can join for these ongoing Semi-finals!




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Mar 18, 2020
Ep 125: Hacan vs Mentak
01:15:08

The Galactic Council voted this month to have a discussion about the matchup of Hacan vs Mentak. It’s an interesting dichotomy, especially compared to our last matchup episode, Sol vs Yin. This one is rampant with meta assumptions and a lot of second guessing! Sounds about right when dealing with trade goods and negotiations!



Then, we finally complete the Tournament Prelim updates! Also, you better follow us on Twitch so you can join us when those Semi-finals start THIS WEEKEND!




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Mar 10, 2020
Ep 124: 2020 Semifinal Map Analysis
01:32:24

The prelims of our tournament are finally over, which can only mean one thing! It’s time to unveil the map for the 6 Semifinals games. It uses board position as a balancing mechanism rather than raw numbers, and it will hopefully force players into some intense conflict!

 

See the map for yourself, here!



Then, there are two more Tournament updates! The prelims over, but the overviews will carry over into next week as well.




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Mar 04, 2020
Ep 123: Dune - Learning the Emperor
01:40:32

We’re nearing the end of our “Learning Dune Factions” series, and before things get a little crazy, we get to take it easy this week with the very basic Emperor. There aren’t many abilities, and many of the Alliances are fairly straight forward. But how do we utilize this basic set of tools to still succeed?

 

After the guide, there’s three more games worth of Twilight Imperium Tournament Updates!

 

5:19 - Emperor Overview

12:50 - Alliances

50:46 - Errata: Fremen

53:40 - Tournament Updates!



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Feb 25, 2020
Ep 122: Universities of Jol-Nar Strategy Guide
02:08:52

Some groups see them every game. Some groups ban them from every game. Everyone knows the Jol-Nar are good. But what MAKES them so good, and how can a player best capitalize on their strengths to find wins in their games? Today, we’re going to break this faction down so that you can make your friends all groan, “Ugh, fine. The fish win AGAIN.”

 

Then, there are five more Tournament updates! The end of the prelims are in sight!!

 

3:45 - Overview

30:45 - Strategy Cards

59:22 - Problems

1:03:55 - Tech

1:21:55 - Trading

1:27:50 - Mid-Late Game

 

1:32:20 - Tournament Updates (Games 24-28)

 

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Feb 19, 2020
Ep 121: Dune - Learning the Fremen
01:39:27

We’re chuggin’ along with these Dune Faction introductions, and this week Matt took the lead on The Fremen. There’s a lot of thematic exceptions to rules with the Fremen, all of which lead to a faction that can hit hard, but has very few tricks up their sleeve. Finding allies can be tricky, so where are these sand people supposed to find a win?? Listen and we’ll tell you!

 

After the guide, there’s four more games worth of Twilight Imperium Tournament Updates!

 

5:30 - Fremen Overview

30:10 - Alliances

52:52 - Early Game

1:03:15 - Weaknesses

1:04:51 - How Do You Win?

1:10:56 - Errata: Spacing Guild

1:13:39 - Tournament Updates!



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Feb 11, 2020
Ep 120: Tournament Prelims Updates
52:23

There’s a bit of stalling this week. It was meant to be a Galactic Council episode featuring a Player Profile on our friend Alex. However, scheduling mix-ups have delayed that interview, so for now, we’re going to give you everything ELSE we could have given you! Lots of tournament updates and Hacan strategy guide errata! We should have an interview with Alex out to you soon*.



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Feb 05, 2020
Ep 119: Dune - Learning the Spacing Guild
01:51:24

The Spacing Guild in Dune is a faction that makes a lot of money, but has very little battle prowess to back it up. Do you strike at any given opportunity, or hold out for as long as you can? Today we explore how to get your Guild game started. Not to mention some errata for our Atreides and Harkonnen guides.

 

After the guide, more Twilight Imperium Tournament Updates! We cover 5 more games and give some information on the stats so far!

 

3:40 - Spacing Guild Overview

20:26 - Alliances

42:27 - Early Game

48:00 - Weaknesses

50:25 - How Do You Win?

56:08 - Errata: Atreides

1:02:00 - Errata: Harkonnen

1:06:40 - Tournament Updates!



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Jan 29, 2020
Ep 118: Emirates of Hacan Strategy Guide
02:01:29

We are the Space Cats. You are the Space Cats. We are all Space Cats, and we must seek to be the greatest Space Cats we can be. So, for your furry pleasure (no, not that furry pleasure), we have our Guide on the Emirates of Hacan. It’s a faction that relies HEAVILY on the relationships at the table, which makes it a very difficult guide to spell out, so stick with us while we describe some pretty wobbly ideas!

 

11:06 - Overview

38:30 - Round One

1:11:22 - Problems

1:17:30 - Tech Paths

1:27:04 - Trading

1:54:56 - Mid and Late Game

1:51:08 - RULES QUIZ!



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Jan 22, 2020
Ep 117: Dune - Learning Harkonnen
01:33:52

It’s another Dune week, finally! This time, we’re learning how to play Harkonnen. They’re a tricky faction that require a lot of subterfuge. Their abilities don’t amount to a lot if not used properly, so it’s important to think outside of the box!

 

After the guide, we have a deluge of Tournament Updates. Nine more games were played this week, and we want to keep you up to date on all of them, so get ready!



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Jan 14, 2020
Ep 116: 2020 Tournament Mock Draft
02:23:53

The Galactic Council is just as into tournament season as we are, and as such they have voted for us to do an episode all about Tournament Drafting. We did an episode recently where we went over this year’s Draft Rules, but we didn’t get to expand on what those rules might result in. So today, we do a handful of Mock Drafts just to get a better look at what kind of strategic thoughts come up with drafting and what games can look like on the other side.

 

After that, there are TOURNAMENT UPDATES. We had three games by the time of this recording, so we have to talk about what happened. And AFTER THAT, there is three weeks worth of errata to make up for! This one is a chunker, so prepare your brain for two and a half hours of SCPT!



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Jan 08, 2020
Ep 115: Absolutely Real, Super Important, 100% 2019 Huge SCPT Faction Tier List
01:33:32

2020 is upon us, and the only appropriate way to close out 2019 is with an annual Faction Tier List. An Absolutely Real, Super Important, 100% 2019 Huge SCPT Faction Tier List. This year we chose to approach the list with the tournament in mind, and this tier list is based on the faction when they are played by 6 high-level, Finalist worthy players. It changes up some of our assumptions about a lot of factions. There are a lot of great factions we’ve routinely see under-perform, and plenty of “bad” factions that hold up just.

 

Also! There is some very important Patreon information in the back half of this one, so please stick around so you can hear the major changes coming to the show in 2020. Not just for our Patrons, but for the structure of the show itself!



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Dec 31, 2019
Ep 114: 2019 Holiday Spectacular
01:02:15

We survived the holidays, which means we survived yet another Holiday Spectacular. This year’s show was extra special because we were able to play with all of the members of our original Twilight Imperium crew. Most of us played our classic factions, but the game itself was a wild ride with some players taking the game significantly less seriously than others. Today, we chat with one of those players, Shawn, about the game, as well as some games of Dune and Root that we’ve been playing over the holiday break.



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Dec 29, 2019
Ep 113: Hidden Addiction with Patience
01:03:24

Patience_is_a_Virtue is a bit of a legend in the TTS community due to the strange situations he seems to always get himself in. And the reason he gets into these situations? Because he hasn’t told his wife, family, or job that he plays this game online with other nerds. He has quit many times in the past, but the fun community consistently brings him back in. But, the fact that no one in his real life knows he’s playing remains the same. So today, we get to the WHY, HOW, and WHAT?!



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Dec 17, 2019
Ep 112: Oath with Cole Wehrle
01:15:55

We went to PAX Unplugged and all we got was the best episode of our show ever. We sat down with Cole Wehrle of Leder Games and discussed his upcoming work-in-progress, Oath. It’s a remarkable game that we can’t wait to sink our teeth into. We cover how to play, what kind of design Cole is trying to achieve, as well as some design insights into his last hit Root, and some notes on his history with Twilight Imperium. 

 

5:47 - Oath Overview

33:18 - Cole Interview: Oath

51:20 - Cole Interview: Root

58:28 - Cole Interview: Twilight Imperium



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Dec 11, 2019
Ep 111: Tournament Rules and Moderating
01:07:52

The tournament is looming over us, and with many players starting to get in practice games this seemed like the perfect time to go over a lot of our rules and expectations for the tournament. But, in addition to our specific guidelines, this episode serves as an analysis of what role we feel the moderator of a game is meant to fill and when it is important to follow strict timing procedure. So hopefully you can find this useful whether you’re in the tournament or not!

 

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Dec 03, 2019
Ep 110: Dune - House Atreides Overview
01:31:56

It’s our second official foray into the world of Dune. To get things started, it seemed important to start digging into each of the factions. We didn’t start with something as brave as a “strategy guide,” but getting started with an in-depth overview and analysis of House Atreides seemed safe. They’re a great starter faction, especially if you want to learn the components quickly and have an urge to make bold plays!

 

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Nov 26, 2019
Ep 109: Sardakk N'Orr Strategy Guide
01:46:58

Our third new Strategy Guide is for our toughest faction yet. Sardakk N’Orr start with some glaring weaknesses, and many question the power of their only true ability. Today we uncover what could be some reliable strategies to employ and the best ways to overcome these weaknesses.

 

4:22 Sardakk N’Orr Overview

28:33 Early Game Rounds

56:05 Tech Paths

1:11:30 Trading

1:16:23 Mid Game

1:23:51 Late Game

1:30:00 Pre-Errata

 

Check out the Schroeder Semifinal Sardakk game mentioned!

 

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Nov 23, 2019
Ep 108: 2020 Prelim Map
01:14:23

Tournament Signups are already FULL! This is a wildly unexpected outcome, but to celebrate it, today we’re showing off the Preliminary round’s map. 36 games will be played on this map with our draft method, so we’re hoping to learn a lot about it over the coming months, but here are our first thoughts!

 

Find the map here!

 

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Nov 13, 2019
Ep 107: Agenda Phase Strategy
01:27:16

This month the Galactic Council has gifted us with another great episode for newer players. Does the Agenda Phase always leave you wishing you had gained more? Is it tricky figuring out just how you’re supposed to navigate the plethora of action cards that seem to all go off at the same time. Just how much should you pay for votes? We will probably answer these questions, but only if you play your Construction Rider against.

 

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Nov 06, 2019
Ep 106: Frankendraft with Mantis
01:06:05

Space Kitty Mantis joins us this week to explain the WILD variant known as Frankendraft. It’s like taking Twilight Imperium, throwing it in a blender, and seeing what kind of smoothie you end up with. We played a game of it with Mantis and others, and it was an absolutely hilarious experience. This episode covers the basics of Frankendraft, and details how OUR draft went and what kind of “factions” are possible.

 

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Oct 30, 2019
Ep 105: Dune: Learn to Learn
01:20:15

We’re very excited to finally present our first “officially unofficial” episode about Dune! We set out to establish a Game 2 months ago, and it’s time to dig into it! First up is a crash course on how to best get into Dune. Many of us are learning to play the game for the first time, so we wanted to give our tips on the easiest ways to get started and what to focus on first! This isn’t a “learn to play” Dune (for a great resource, visit here), but instead is how to LEARN to learn to play Dune.

 

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Oct 22, 2019
Ep 104: Barony of Letnev Strategy Guide
02:06:45

After a week of delay, we’re ready to present our Barony of Letnev Strategy Guide! Hardly as straight-forward as the Federation of Sol, The Barony require a bit more planning to find success. Unarguably powerful, they are still surprisingly hard to actually win with. So take a listen, and discover your safest use of the most massive fleets in the galaxy.

 

3:27 Barony of Letnev Overview

28:41 Early Game

1:12:20 Tech Paths

1:23:11 Trading

1:28:30 Mid Game

1:39:08 Pre-Errata (or Cheesy Bread of Letnev, by imsen)

1:47:05 Episode 103 Errata (Patreon Tourney 2020)

1:52:48 Episode 102 Errata (Can It Rex?)

 

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Oct 15, 2019
Ep 103: Announcing the 2020 Tournament
42:13

You’ve been waiting for this announcement for almost a year now. Okay, not THAT announcement. Man, every time I want to announce stuff on this show, you all freak out and start yelling “expansion” at me. This ain’t that! No, this is a 2020 SCPT Patreon Tournament! Some would argue that’s BETTER than a possible expansion, and we’re incredibly excited to break down the details of the upcoming tournament for you, right here, right now, today!

 

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Oct 09, 2019
Ep 102: Can It Rex?
01:26:00

This week’s episode topic is brought to you by the Galactic Council! Similar to our “Can It War Sun?” episode, today we’re taking a closer look at each factions’ chances of taking and holding Mecatol Rex. Why is Mecatol important, and what does it take to get there first and stay there longest? Stick around and we’ll tell you!

 

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Oct 02, 2019
Ep 101: This Imperium Life 05
52:18

We start the second season of the show off with a bang! It’s your stories! Your face! You’re responsible! It’s your fault! This Imperium Life, and it even gets an episode number. We’re really turning over a new leaf here. Anyways, enjoy your own mess.

 

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Sep 26, 2019
Ep 100: Christian T. Petersen
01:03:07

We’re a two year old pod-baby, and are celebrating our 100th episode at the same time. We’ve always hoped to sit down with the man behind all of the magic, Christian T. Petersen. Lucky for us, this was just the occasion to get ahold of him. This interview is an up close look with a lot of the original development of Twilight Imperium as a property and how the game and story has changed over the years and multiple editions. It was a great chance to see what kind of processes and thinking go into a game of such epic proportions! We loved having him on the show and we hope you all enjoy!

 

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Sep 18, 2019
Ep 099: Why You Should Play Dune
53:19

Our copies of Dune finally came in, and we’ve been getting a lot of questions about what makes our second game so special. So we thought we should take the time and break down all the reasons we’re excited about Dune by Gale Force Nine, and how we hope to be able to start covering it on our show!

 

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Sep 11, 2019
Ep 098: Group Metas with Nateraide
43:08

We had the pleasure of meeting Nateraide in person at GenCon this year. And while we didn’t get to record his episode live at GenCon, he did come to us with a brilliant topic of discussion. So, join us for a dissection of the different styles of group metas that are most prevalent amongst the community, and what types of players each meta benefits the most!

 

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Sep 03, 2019
Ep 097: Federation of Sol Strategy Guide
02:05:12

THIS is it. This is the episode you’ve been looking for. If you are looking to learn how to play the Federation of Sol or just wanting to improve your game, this is YOUR episode. If you’re familiar with our First Round Strategies episodes, this is meant to override that episode. THIS is the official SCPT Federation of Sol Strategy Guide!

6:20 - Sol Overview19:38 - Early Game
1:01:32 - Tech Path
1:17:55 - Trading
1:23:25 - Mid Game
1:31:48 - Late Game
1:40:42 - Errata

 

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Aug 27, 2019
Ep 096: GenCon 2019 Tournament
01:03:03

We’re finally wrapping up our GenCon coverage this week, and to do it we need to tell you all about the tournament! This week covers what we saw in the Qualifying Rounds of the tournament and some spoiler-free discussion of the Finals so that you can still enjoy our wonderful coverage on YouTube. Afterwards that are a few notes on the rest of our GenCon 2019 experience, which was wonderful!

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Aug 20, 2019
Ep 095: Dune/Root GenCon Impressions
01:04:09

While at GenCon, we had the opportunity to sit down with designers Bill Eberle of Dune and Patrick Leder of Root. We spoke with them about their upcoming releases and about the ways fans interact with their games. We also got to see Dune played and have been playing a fair amount of Root ourselves, and in this episode you’ll hear our first impressions on both games.

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Aug 13, 2019
Ep 094: GenCon 2019 Live Show
01:42:45

THIS EPISODE OF SCPT IS RATED PG-13 FOR SUGGESTIVE CONTENT AND LANGUAGE.

We finally had our first LIVE SHOW! This was our event held at GenCon 2019, where we played the archaic Twilight Imperium RPG (which is quite bad). We were joined by fellow Portland comedian Steven Wilber and member of the RPG group Rat Queens, Jessica Lynn Verdi! This was an incredible experience that we look forward to doing more of in the future.

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Aug 06, 2019
Ep 093: GenCon 2019 Preamble
45:27

GenCon starts THIS WEEK! We’re freaking out, and with so much going on, we decided to give you something a bit different this week. First up is a break down of LAST YEAR’S GenCon tournament video, which is FINALLY RELEASED. We talk about what took so long and how things will be different this year. There is also more details on our Live show and ways to hangout and get your Twilight Imperium fix while you’re at GenCon. We’re looking forward to the chaos and can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Jul 30, 2019
Ep 092: Organizing Games with tgwelch
58:07

THIS EPISODE HAS SOME AUDIO QUALITY ISSUES. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MIX THE PODCASTERS IN WITH THE RIFF RAFF! But no, seriously, we apologize for any discomfort in your listening experience.

TgWelch has been a mainstay of the Tabletop Simulator community for some time now, and it’s entirely possible that he has more games played of Twilight Imperium than any other person. Today, he joins us on the show to talk about organizing games on the Tabletop Simulator Discord, at home, and possibly future tournaments.

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Jul 23, 2019
Ep 091: Sol vs Yin
01:09:40

A recent game left Matt obsessed with a particular matchup. Sol and Yin are both masters of infantry, but how do they fair when pitted directly against each other? This episode breaks down this peculiar relationship and seeks to find out how players should behave when faced with their counterpart as a neighbor.

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Jul 16, 2019
Ep 090: Can It War Sun?
01:35:23

And now the premiere of your new favorite game show with only one episode: Can It War Sun? Today we’ll go through each faction and answer this ever-important question. At some point, we might finally decide this tech just isn’t good, but for today we’re doing our best to play devil’s advocate.

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For tickets to Hunter's Comedy Party, click here!

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Jul 10, 2019
Ep 089: Player Profile - EJ
01:06:35

Daddy is away this week, so it’s up to your Show Buddy and Actual Daddy to steer the ship. And what better way than to do a player profile on our favorite guest host: EJ! EJ helped up commentate the finals of the tournament and makes regular appearances on the show, so it’s time to hear how he approaches Twilight Imperium.

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Jul 02, 2019
Ep 088: Promissory Notes Part 2
01:50:34

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Last week we were only able to cover *checks notes* FOUR promissory notes?! So now it is our duty to cover the remaining 17 faction promissory notes. Strap in, because it’s sure to be a bumpy ride.

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Jun 25, 2019
Ep 087: Promissory Notes Part 1
01:23:36

The Galactic Council has another great pick for you this month: Promissory Notes. These little things are something we notoriously had trouble analyzing early on in TI4, but now that we’ve had some time to sit with them, we’re starting to feel more confident with how to use them. There’s a LOT of meta-meat on these bones, so it’s not all going to fit in one episode!

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Jun 18, 2019
Ep 086: Dane Beltrami Interview 1.2
01:25:56

Dane Beltrami (designer of TI4) has a huge announcement, and he agreed to make it on our show. You’re not going to want to miss this episode where we dig deep into the details of the huge surprise Dane has brought us

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Jun 13, 2019
Ep 085: The Quest for Game 2
01:20:22

After some notes about a recent game with our Good Yin Brotherhood patrons, Matt and Hunter begin to lay out the case for the five games proposed to be our “game #2.” The poll is live now to all of our patrons, and we wanted to make sure people had an adequate understanding of each game so that their vote could be informed. We’re excited to add something alongside Twilight Imperium, we just need help figuring out what that something should be!

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Jun 04, 2019
Ep 084: 4 Player 14 Point with Muaat ft. Yin4Life
01:22:04

The Space Kitties have gotta thirsty. Only blood will quench their thirst. Blood or the tears of podcasters. This week’s episode is brought to you by Space Kitty Yin4Life, who took Hunter on a tortuous journey. The game was 14 points, 4 players, and Hunter was required to play as the Embers of Muaat. Joining him was Matt as the Winnu, Yin4Life as Sardakk N’orr, and UnalignedMagi as the Arborec. With E.J. as our stream host, this is the story of their suffering...

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May 28, 2019
Ep 083: Future of the Show
55:34

We’re on the precipice of a new arc of the show, and it felt necessary to take the time to hold a bit of a shareholders meeting for all of our listeners and patrons. We’re planning some big changes, and as always, we want you to be a part of them. So please, check out this episode, and help give us your feedback so we can keep discovering new things with this show together.

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May 22, 2019
Ep 082: GenCon Sign-ups and Monuments with Blarknob
54:34

It’s that time again! We are joined by our dear friend Blarknob so that we may yet again prepare for the GenCon Twilight Imperium Tournament. This episode gives the details of the setup for the GenCon tournament and how to sign up, as well as your hosts swapping notes with the most prolific TI moderator out there.

 

To sign up for the GenCon TI Tournament, add ONE of these events to your wishlist:
Thursday @ 8:00 AM
Friday @ 8:00 AM

And don’t forget to take a look at the trophies!

 

To sign up for the GenCon Casual games, hosted by blarknob, add these events to your wishlist:
Thursday @ 4:00 PM
Friday @ 4:00 PM

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We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and help us organize and record more games and tournaments, visit our Patreon

And thanks for listening!

May 14, 2019
Ep 081: Expansion Wishlist Part 2
01:30:38

Part Two of our Expansion Wishlist kicks off with some errata. This whole episode is a mixture of your responses to the first part of our wishlist, some of your ideas, and some of ours. So join us on this wild adventure of pretending we actually have an expansion...

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We appreciate all of the feedback and discussion, but there are more ways you can contribute! If you want to join in and help us organize and record more games and tournaments, visit our Patreon

And thanks for listening!

May 07, 2019
Ep 080: Expansion Wishlist Part 1
59:47

It’s beach day! We’re gonna relax and have a fun conversation, per the request of our Galactic Council. This time around, the council has chosen our wishlist of everything we’d like to see in an expansion for Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition. Now, there’s a lot to cover here, which means this is just part one. And for next week’s episode, we want to include some of your wishlists, so be sure to get in on the errata!

 

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Apr 30, 2019
Ep 079: Tournament Wrap Up
01:37:20

Today is a day to unwind a little. We’ve learned a lot during this process of hosting a tournament and we wanted to share it with you. In this episode you’ll find our overview of what surprised us, what we expected, and what we hope to do going forward.

 

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Apr 23, 2019
Ep 078: The Finale
01:41:36

And so another chapter is completed. The Patreon Tournament is over and we have a champion. Today’s episode is all the details behind that player’s victory. There is some non-spoiler stuff up at the top if you want to listen a bit before you watch, but from then on out, we break down the entirety of the game, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRzUStXyiU8

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Apr 16, 2019
Ep 077: Road to the Finals
02:10:43

The Patreon Tournament FINALS are this Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:30pm CDT! And before you join us LIVE (at twitch.tv/spacecatspeaceturtles) to watch, you MUST listen to this episode! Today we’re talking to all 6 finalists and getting a better idea of how they approach each game of Twilight Imperium. Matt and Hunter also analyze what they believe victory and defeat looks like for each player.

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Apr 10, 2019
Ep 076: Tournament Update - Knockouts
01:38:02

The Patreon Tournament Knockouts are officially over, and we now know our 6 finalists. Today, we detail the three very different games and discuss what led to victory for our three winners.

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Apr 02, 2019
This Imperium Life 04
01:09:52

This Imperium Life is LONG overdue. We’ve been promising a collection of stories about salty behavior for a while now, and we finally have enough to make a show out of them. There’s a little bit of sweet mixed in, but it certainly doesn’t lessen the flavor of the salt contained within. These are YOUR stories, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Mar 27, 2019
Ep 075: Content Creation with James Bocks
59:46

We have a special treat this week! Space Kitty James Bocks would like to present to you a discussion on content creation in the Twilight Imperium community. We discuss how Matt, Hunter, and James have gone about creating things in the past, and James makes many impassioned speeches to convince YOU to get out there and make something! So don’t sit there and let James down! Makes something, already! Also, there is a brief errata on last week’s Semifinals updates.

 

To see James’ videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVq7LQFyLC0p-M4EoUasoWA

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Mar 19, 2019
Ep 074: Tournament Updates - Semifinals
01:47:43

The Semifinals are OVER and we now know three of the players that will be in the Championship game of our tournament! This episode details the stories of each of their victories and some analysis of the games all of these top contenders played. Afterwards, a brief errata about our Knockout Map Analysis, which includes details on our Five-Player Drafting Method. Stick around to the end as well for some fun business about a mouse...

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Mar 12, 2019
Ep 073: Knockout Map Analysis
01:46:16

The Semifinals for the tournament aren’t even over yet, but we may not have a better opportunity to do some in depth analysis of the Knockout round map. To check out the map while you listen, visit this link: https://www.reddit.com/r/twilightimperium/comments/ax7w23/scpt_patreon_tourney_knockout_map_5_player/

After the analysis is some errata from last week’s Metagame List with JattaPake.

 

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Mar 04, 2019
Ep 072: The Metagame List feat. JattaPake
02:19:42

Today we celebrate with SCPT’s first Space Kitty. JattaPake made a name for himself in the community early on and he continues to be one of the funniest and kindest people out there. For his Space Kitty episode, we all decided to break down an hold forum post of his called The Metagame List. It’s a list that covers all of the behaviors that one might see above the table and outside of standard tactics. It’s a hilarious conversation and is followed up by some quick errata for last week’s episode about the Semifinals map.

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Feb 26, 2019
Ep 071: Semis Map Analysis
02:25:37

The Prelims are over! 18 games on one map in 7 weeks, and we’re finally ready to move on. Today, we cover the last five games as well as an overview of the statistics of the Prelims overall! After breaking down our thoughts, we go IN DEPTH on the new map for the second round of the tournament. It’s a very different kind of map than the Prelims map and expects a lot more out of its players.

To see it, visit this link!

 

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Feb 19, 2019
Ep 070: Tournament Updates 2
02:02:30

We seem to be in an alternating pattern, with the large volume of tournament games necessitating another update-filled episode. This week, details of games 8-13 are all scrunched together, hopefully offering more insight in what seems to lead to the most success in our tournament structure. After the breakdowns is errata from last weeks Action Cards ranking!

 

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Feb 13, 2019
Ep 069: Action Cards Part 2
02:59:08

The epic conclusion to Action Cards Part 1: Action Cards Part 2! This is our DEFINITIVE list of action cards, ranked from worst to best with no room for dispute. What card will get #33? What will get #32? The whole community is dying to know! Come inside and find the answers you seek!

 

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Feb 05, 2019
Ep 068: Tournament Updates
01:28:37

This weekend had such intense games in our Patreon Tournament that we had to dedicate the whole episode to it! I know many listeners were looking forward to Action Cards Part 2, and now you get to look forward to it even more! This episode covers games 6 and game 7, as well as a special announcement from our friend in Austin, TX, DavidSNorr!

 

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Jan 29, 2019
Ep 067: Action Cards Part 1
02:43:15

It’s Galactic Council Week! This time, we’re dipping our toes into the pesky action cards, and there’s no way we can contain it all in one episode. So instead we’ve already decided this will be a two parter! But before we can even get to action cards, we have THREE Patreon Tournament Games to overview. Strap in, because this is a long one.

 

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Jan 22, 2019
Ep 066: InMapsWeTrust
01:46:53

This week is our inaugural SPACE KITTY episode. As part of our highest Patreon tier, we allow contributors to produce an episode with us! This week, longtime contributor InMacKWeTrust joins us to talk about the evil maps he has inflicted upon us, as well as a discussion about why we make weird maps and why we diverted from the original map making process altogether. Before that discussion kicks off, there is a lengthy piece about Game Two of our patreon tournament, and after the episode is a quick errata about Game One of the tournament.

 

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Jan 15, 2019
Ep 065: The Tournament Begins!
01:07:19

The tournament has begun, and this week is a quick recap of the first game. It was a fun game with a lot of surprises, which bodes well for the rest of the tournament. Afterwards, there is a lot of errata about last week’s Tier List!

 

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Jan 08, 2019
Ep 064: The "Sure to be Scruitinized" 100% Definitely 2018 Twilight Imperium Faction Tier List
01:32:00

The year is over and it’s time to RANK THINGS. We wanted to talk about how this year felt for all the different factions and give you a DEFINITIVE list of how they compare against one another. This is the most serious episode ever and our opinions are final. We are nerd masters and we have thought many eons longer than your tiny human peon brain has. FEAR US. No errata!

 

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Dec 31, 2018
Ep 063: 2018 Holiday Spectacular
57:03

THIS IS IT. As I type these words, we officially involved ourselves in Twilight Imperium related activities for 15 hours. I'm going to bed. Please enjoy this post game(s) wrap-up discussion, recorded after our one serious game of TI and our one....less serious game.

 

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Dec 24, 2018
Ep 062: Holiday Spectacular Preamble
59:47

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Prepare yourself for the high octane action of probably something like 12 to 14 hours of TWILIGHT IMPERIUM! This week’s episode is a bit of a filler, but for those of you who have never tuned in to a streamed game we’re here to convince you to join us! We play some normal TI, but also some very strange TI, and this episode is all about breaking down those strange games. It’s a strange episode, but IT’S THE HOLIDAYS and we’re going to stream literally all day on Dec. 23...so bear with us...

 

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Dec 20, 2018
Ep 061: Fleet Compositions
01:33:32

The Galactic Council has voted again, and this time, despite all of our expectations, is an episode about fleet compositions! Today, we break down the role of each ship within a fleet and how different factions think about putting fleets together. Afterwards, there’s some errata in there about four player games. Make sure you don’t get any on your shoes, I hear the stench never goes away.

 

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Dec 11, 2018
Ep 060: Four Player Pros and Cons
01:15:21

Matt played a four player game and was reminded how long it has been since he’s done Four Player. This is because Hunter despises Four Player games of Twilight Imperium. So, today is a regular old duel to the death over whether or not Four Player games are “good.” Afterwards, there is some important errata on the Tournament Prelim Round Map, including a couple of changes to the map itself.

 

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Dec 04, 2018
Ep 059: Prelim Map Analysis
01:05:55

Tournament preparations are underway, and first on our list was to make a properly balanced map for the Preliminary round. Eighteen games will be played on this map, so we wanted to make sure it had exactly the right feel. On today’s episode, we breakdown the map and discuss its yin and yangs between slices and go over which factions we think can flourish in which spots. Then we have some errata on last week’s Player Profile about Hunter!


To see the map, visit this link!

 

 

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Nov 27, 2018
Ep 058: Player Profile - Hunter
01:35:26

It’s time for another Player Profile! There’s only one other host of the podcast, so that means this week’s profile is all about Hunter! We cover his much more strategic background, how he goes about handling relationships at the table, and how he manages his salt output. Also included is a breakdown of the structure of the upcoming Patreon tournament and some overview of a recent Good Yin Brotherhood game.



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Nov 20, 2018
Ep 057: Developing Skills
01:32:11

The votes are in, and the Galactic Council has spoken! This time, the council proposed a conversation about what factions are best for new players and what skills new players can hope to develop when playing a specific faction. We brought in our friend and frequent contributor E.J. to help us with this discussion. We hope this is a great episode to show to new players as a possible entry point for getting into Twilight Imperium! Afterwards, there’s a lot of errata about our Tournament Draft method that we detailed last week, and some further speculation on what to do about 5 player tournament games.



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Nov 13, 2018
Ep 056: Tournament Drafting
01:02:02

It’s Election Day! Which means it’s time to discuss the best way to elect a faction in Twilight Imperium. This episode is focused on our Draft method for the upcoming Patreon Tournament. We outline the system in detail, and discuss the pros and cons to using it. Then it’s a breakdown of how the system works and analyzing the types of decision making we expect players to make when using it. Enjoy!



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Nov 06, 2018
Ep 055: Player Profile - Matt
01:19:28

Today is the first episode of a new concept for the show: Player Profiles! We find there is value in assessing why a specific player makes the decisions they make. You can use their ideas to better your own play, or use their thoughts AGAINST THEM. For the first one, we break down how Matt has thought about strategy games in the past, and what goes through his head when he plays Twilight Imperium.


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Oct 31, 2018
Ep 054: Whispers and Secret Conversations
59:59

Shh! There are many secrets in this episode. This week, Matt and Hunter discuss the value of secret, backdoor politicking in Twilight Imperium, and the different amounts of whispering that seem acceptable within the community. Looking for more feedback on this discussion, so be sure give your thoughts!



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Oct 23, 2018
Ep 053: Tabletop Simulator
01:02:18

Today’s episode is a bit of a stranger topic. But with the Patreon tournament more on our mind, we felt it was best to talk a little bit about the benefits and pitfalls of playing on Tabletop Simulator. We’re hoping this episode sparks more discussion from TTS experts in the community that we can follow up on next week. After our TTS discussion is errata for Tech Skips.



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Oct 16, 2018
Ep 052: Tech Skips
01:47:30

While tech paths are still topical, Matt and Hunter decided to sit down and talk about planets with Tech Specialties, otherwise known as Tech Skips. They break down the different planets themselves, the best techs to skip, and how this impacts different factions' tech paths. After that is errata for the “Always and Nevers” episode from last week.



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Oct 09, 2018
Ep 051: The Always and Nevers of Twilight Imperium
01:45:19

It’s time for an episode decided on by the Galactic Council! The “Always and Nevers” of Twilight Imperium is our list of somewhat absolutes players should consider when playing. None of this is actually absolute, and there is no such thing as always and no such thing as never. Unless we’re talking about Stymie. Then "Not Even Once..."



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Oct 02, 2018
Ep 050: Being Salty
53:00

Sorry for the late show this week! While Matt was traveling across most of the United States, Hunter sat down with other close friends and discussed getting mad in games of Twilight Imperium. TI has a special ability to get players emotionally involved, and often that leads to explosive results.



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Sep 28, 2018
Ep 049: One Year & Tournament Patreon 2.0
01:16:15

It’s our Ding Dang Ol’ Birthday! So it’s time to celebrate. To do so, we’re going to set the strategy and theory-crafting aside, and instead discuss our plans for year two and onward. We’re shifting the focus of the Patreon to primarily revolve around tournament and league play, and so today we break down what a lot of that means for you. We’re very excited to try more tournaments and have a lot of ideas that will require a lot of playtesting, so join us on this adventure, won’t you?



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Sep 18, 2018
Ep 048: Tech Paths Part 3
01:20:52

It’s time to finish the fight! This week we complete the trilogy of Optimal Tech Path discussion. This episode is defined by some of the more difficult to pin down factions and leads to some more open ended ideas of what is truly optimal.

 

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Sep 11, 2018
Ep 047: Our First 14 Point Game
01:00:23

We’re putting off Tech Paths Part 3 this week because we just streamed our very first 14 point game, and there is simple too much to talk about while we still have it on our minds. This won’t be an in depth analysis of 14 point games at large, but instead a breakdown of the game we played and our first reactions to the differences between 10 points and 14 points. This game is available on our YouTube to watch, so if you want to see it first, THEN hear our reactions, go check it out!



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Sep 04, 2018
Ep 046: Tech Paths Part 2
01:08:14

Hey look! It’s just what you asked for! It’s more discussions on Tech Paths. This week we cover six more factions Optimal Tech Paths, and breakdown alternatives to those paths. We’ve got five more to go, so looks like there will be a part three!!

 

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Aug 28, 2018
Ep 045: Tech Paths Part 1
01:45:55

This week marks the first item on our list of topics Matt and Hunter are revisiting and re-examining. Tech hasn’t been covered extensively since Ep 004, and we’ve learned a lot about the game since then. So, in looking closer, we decided to focus on the importance of Optimal Tech Paths in TI4, and what that looks like for different factions. Stay tuned, because next week we’ll continue this conversation and look at the rest of the factions’ tech paths.

 

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Aug 20, 2018
Ep 044: Corey Konieczka Interview
38:26

We sat down with Fantasy Flight’s Corey Konieczka and asked him about all things Twilight Imperium, from his beginning with the company to the development and reception of 4th edition.

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Aug 14, 2018
Ep 043: GenCon Semifinals
58:45

We made it through GenCon! This week is a recording we did the evening before the finals. We sat down with some of our close friends and crew members and broke now all of our favorite parts of GenCon and the Semifinals of the tournament. Afterwards, it’s just Hunter and Matt, giving a rundown of what you all hoped to see from GenCon, vs what we ended up actually seeing.



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Aug 08, 2018
Ep 042: GenCon Preamble
51:57
GenCon is THIS WEEK and we are absolutely flipping our lids. We’re bouncing off the walls and going crazy in anticipation. So what follows is a recording in which we bottle our excitement and present it to you, capped and labeled with just the right level of carbonation. We hope you enjoy as we indulge a little and discuss what we expect from GenCon 2018. Afterwards, Matt does some solo errata on last week’s Win from Ahead episode.
 
 
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Jul 31, 2018
Ep 041: How to Win from Ahead
01:16:22

So you’re playing Twilight Imperium, and things are going GREAT! You flown ahead in victory points but now the board is threatening to violently attack you, and it feels like you’re so close to victory. What do you do? Today, Hunter Donaldson and Matt Martens discuss what to do when the tides of battle start to turn and when the lead starts to feel more like a burden. Don’t give up! Let us show you how to win from ahead. Then, despite this whole episode sort of already being errata, we give you more errata on last week’s “win from behind” show.

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Jul 24, 2018
Ep 040: How to Win from Behind
01:08:08

So you’re playing Twilight Imperium, and things are going south. You haven’t been able to keep up in victory points or you were just violently attacked, and it feels like the game is over for you. What do you do? Today, Hunter Donaldson and Matt Martens discuss what to do when the going gets tough. Don’t give up! Let us show you how to win from behind. Afterwards, there’s errata from our discussion on 5-player games.

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Jul 17, 2018
Ep 039: Five Player Games
01:09:01

The Galactic Council has voted yet again! This time, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson discuss what all changes in Twilight Imperium when you knock the player count down to five. Before that is some brief discussion about the Game of Thrones Board Game (2nd Edition), and afterwards is errata on last week’s…”discussion” about a Twilight Imperium movie.

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Jul 10, 2018
Ep 038: Twilight Imperium The Movie
01:01:21

We're gettin' pretty weird today. Main Pod-Daddy Matt is out this week so that leaves Pod-Daddy Hunter to pick up the pieces. So instead of getting anything done Hunter recruits frequent guest Alex to just talk about a TI movie? Yep.

You love it when Hunter is in charge. You know you do.

 

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Jul 03, 2018
This Imperium Life 03
01:16:07

We’re out of the First Round Strategies, and in the sprint to complete them all, we’ve been putting off giving you another This Imperium Life. So this week, we’re doing just that! Listen in for YOUR tales of betrayal, victory, ghost ships, and the color blue.

 

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Jun 26, 2018
Ep 037: First Round Strategies Wrap Up
01:32:05

And so ends our journey through all 17 factions of Twilight Imperium. It was a long road, but we came out the other side with a lot more information than when we started, and so today Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson have decided to analyze everything they've learned along the way. After discussing all of the guides, we'll discuss what's next for Space Cats Peace Turtles, and then, as usual, some errata! This time from the madness that was the Yin Brotherhood guide.

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Jun 19, 2018
Space Cats Death Clones Ep 001: First Round Strategies - The Yin Brotherhood by JattaPake (the one that's not a joke)
01:46:55

For as long as space has had cats and peace has had turtles, Matt and Hunter's relationship with the Brotherhood of Yin has been tumultuous. It’s finally time to settle the score and break down these booger-boys. What does it take to unlock their kamikaze potential? Join the only person qualified to help, JattaPake, as he explores the depths, and then afterward, someone will respond to your errata on last week's Hacan guide!

 

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Jun 12, 2018
Ep 036: First Round Strategies - The Yin Brotherhood (it's a joke)
09:53

For as long as space has had cats and peace has had turtles, our relationship with the Brotherhood of Yin has been tumultuous. It’s finally time to settle the score and break down these booger-boys. What does it take to unlock their kamikaze potential? Join us as we explore the depths, and then afterward, we’ll respond to your errata on our Hacan guide!

 

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Jun 11, 2018
Ep 035: First Round Strategies - Emirates of Hacan
01:33:30

For every Peace Turtle, there is a Space Cat. For every Space Cat, there is a handful of trade goods. And for every handful, there is a table of people saying, “Wait, how did we let Hacan get so much money? Okay, that’s enough, no more trading with the Lions! Any trade with Hunter is an act of war!” Today, we hope to help you combat the intricacies of the Emirates of Hacan and find a path to victory. Afterwards, there’s a little bit of Agenda errata, and a couple of notes from our Trading with Hacan episode from last week.

 

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Jun 05, 2018
Ep 034: First Round Strategies - Trading with Hacan
01:37:22

And you thought we couldn't work any slower. It's time to start talking about the Emirates of Hacan, but there is a lot to break down with the Space Cats, so we had to split it into two separate conversations. Consider this Part One of the Hacan First Round Strategy guide, and it's entirely about relationships and trade. Before we could get into what are solid strategies with Hacan, we had to discuss how you interact with other players, because it is entirely different from other factions and also much more crucial to the success of your game. So let's figure this out together! And then, let's errata the Ghosts of Creuss, what do you say?

 

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May 29, 2018
Ep 033: Agendas
02:13:06

It's night. The Galactic Council has assembled, and from the shadows you hear collective whispers. The wind picks up, and leaves begin to skip along the ground. A figure steps forward and then stands motionless before you. It speaks. "Agendas." Without hesitation, you are surrounded by the the force of a hundred collected voices all bellowing, in unison, "AGENDAS." You mustn't disappoint them. But how will you heed their request? As the thought breaches your mind, your hand changes weight, your grip tightens. You look down, and in your grasp...a podcast. Seven letters emblazoned on it. You grasp this podcast just as you grasp your own destiny.

AGENDAS

 

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May 22, 2018
Ep 032: First Round Strategies - Ghosts of Creuss
01:38:27

Don't get spooked! We're talking about friendly ghosts today, or at the very least highly encouraging you to be a friendly ghost. The Ghosts of Creuss have some struggles, but when overcome, they can be a very powerful faction. So let's find out how best to avoid failure! After that, we errata the heck out of some L1z1x Mindnet talk.

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May 15, 2018
Ep 031: First Round Strategies - L1z1x Mindnet
01:31:59

Strategies abound in this issue of SCPT! This week: Will the roboboys find their way to the throne? Is L1z1x Mindnet a hard name to remember? Are these questions doing a good job of explaining the content of this podcast? Tune in and find out! Then stay tuned for two whole questions of errata about the GenCon Tournament Interview and listen as it takes us 20 minutes to accomplish even that simple task!

 

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May 08, 2018
Ep 030: GenCon Tournament Inteview with Blarknob
01:06:36

Sign-ups for the GenCon Tournament are next week (Sunday, May 6) and in preparation we decided to talk to the organizer of the tournament about what we can all expect. We discuss this year’s upcoming tournament, the history of the tournament, and dig into blarknob’s own (very long) history with the game. Afterwards is some very meandering errata for the Flagship Tier List.

 

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May 01, 2018
Ep 029: Flagships Tier List
01:40:17

We’ve got another Galactic Council episode for you! This time, the council wanted us to present you with a Tier List for Flagships. So, we’ve done all the categorization we can muster, and here are the results. It’s a mad dash through every flagship with analysis on their benefits, weaknesses, and uses within that specific faction. We even follow up the discussion with a nonsensical tournament style face off of all the flagships pitted against each other. Once we’re done playing stupid games, we jump into errata for our Winnu First Round Strategies episode.

 

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Apr 24, 2018
Ep 028: First Round Strategies - Winnu
01:31:43

We’re peaking the crest of the mountain that is First Round Strategy Guides. Winnu has been, perhaps, our toughest nut to crack, and we can’t say with much confidence that we’ve even fully cracked it. They start from behind, are stopped easily, and don’t have a lot to bargain with, so join us while we DESPERATELY try to find something workable with this notoriously difficult faction. Then, we go back to our other difficult faction with some Muaat errata!

 

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Apr 17, 2018
Ep 027: First Round Strategies - Embers of Muaat
01:40:46

We’re back at it with another First Round Strategy Guide. This time it’s everyone’s favorite hard-boiled eggs, the Embers of Muatt! It’s a tricky race that relies heavily on your ability to work with other players, but is given some handy tools in managing that task. Afterwards is our errata on the Etiquette, Elimination, and Kneecapping episode as well as the Kingmaking and Support for the Throne Roundtable from the last two weeks. It’s a LONG errata that hopefully puts a temporary close to this huge topic.

Apr 10, 2018
Ep 026: Kingmaking and Support for the Throne
01:05:20

Continuing our discussion from last week, Matt and Hunter are joined by their good friend Alex to have a roundtable discussion on the impact of kingmaking. Also discussed is the promissory note Support for the Throne's role in kingmaking and its purpose in the game at large. It's a big topic with MANY varying opinions. So join us in this complicated issue by taking part in the discussion!

Apr 03, 2018
Ep 025: Etiquette, Elimination, and Kneecapping
01:25:33

This week’s episode was left up to our Patreon’s Galactic Council! They voted, and so here we are with an episode on the etiquette of Twilight Imperium and some of the more difficult social interactions. After that, we’re catching up on errata. That means House Rules, Sardakk N’Orr, our interview with Dane Beltrami on the Living Rules Reference, AND the Barony of Letnev. It’s a long one folks, so make sure your car has plenty of gas!

Mar 27, 2018
Ep 024: First Round Strategies - Barony of Letnev
01:15:18

On paper, the Barony of Letnev seem like an exceptional race, but according to player submitted statistics, they tend to do quite poorly. Today, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson dissect why and give an exhaustive look at what to do with the Barony’s big scary fleets.

Mar 20, 2018
Ep 023: Dane Beltrami Interview - Living Rules Reference
58:54

We have an incredibly special treat for everyone this week. Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson sat down with the developer of TI4, Dane Beltrami, to discuss his history with Fantasy Flight, the development of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, and exploring the recently released Living Rules Reference. This episode is PACKED with information about previous iterations of your favorite races, what it was like tackling the mammoth that is TI, and the crazy questions that arise from this dense board game. Enjoy!

Mar 13, 2018
Ep 022: First Round Strategies - Sardakk N'orr
01:15:01

Today, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson are covering a very contentious race. People's opinions vary greatly on the quality and ease of the Sardakk N'orr, and so establishing a Round One plan can sometimes be very difficult. But Matt and Hunter are consummate professionals, and they see right through all your doubts and trepidations. FEAR NOT! The bugs can be conquered, it merely takes one stern of the heart, quick of the mind, and soft in the tummy. Join us afterwards for some lovely errata on the Naalu Collective.

Mar 06, 2018
Ep 021: House Rules and Patreon Announcement!
01:35:18

Twilight Imperium is a huge game and leaves a lot of room for interpretation in its setup. Today, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson lay out their house rules for setup, especially going into detail on what they've often referred to as their "Cooperative Galaxy Setup." There's also details on map variants, tournament rules, and giving the game more flavor.

 

After, in lieu of errata, we wanted to give you the pitch for our newly launched Patreon. We're incredibly thankful for those that have already chosen to support us and look forward to moving forward with everyone's cooperation. We're gearing up for GenCon and the tournament coverage we want to bring you, and this is the first major step in that process. For more information, visit www.patreon.com/spacecatspeaceturtles and also take part in our Discord at https://discord.gg/rdnmrEU

Feb 27, 2018
Ep 020: First Round Strategies - Naalu Collective
01:17:34

Thpace Catth Peathe Turtleth ith a thow about thekthy thnake ladieth. This episode is full of stupid voices, potty humor, and in depth strategy about the Naalu Collective! Afterwards, we have errata for our Sol episode and another Play of the Week!

Feb 20, 2018
Ep 019: First Round Strategies - Federation of Sol
01:15:19

Hey Duders! Wanna hear two dudes talk about a bunch of dudes and their dude movers? Well look no further. On this episode, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson give their strategies for the Federation of Sol. And after that, some errata on the Jol-Nar strategies and a new segment: Play of the Week!

Feb 13, 2018
This Imperium Life 02
52:25

Today’s episode is about YOU. It’s our second installment of This Imperium Life, and that means more listener submitted stories of their favorite in-game moments. Honor, betrayal, drama, and big doo-doo mistakes are all detailed within, so join us, won’t you?

 

Music was provided by www.benpruntymusic.com

Additional music used in this episode graciously provided under Creative Commons License by https://www.bensound.com.

Feb 06, 2018
Ep 018: First Round Strategies - Universities of Jol-Nar
01:12:26

Let's talk about tech baby, let's talk about the fishies. The Universities of Jol-Nar are the master of tech, and that makes nailing down specific strategies with them rather difficult. Nevertheless, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson will certainly try to give you ideas on how to start a game with everyone's favorite cybernetically enhanced Chordata. And sticking with the topic of tech, the errata deals with last weeks discussion of the Nekro Virus.

Jan 30, 2018
Ep 017: First Round Strategies - Nekro Virus
01:24:30

The future is now! Automobiles! Engines of War! Microwave ovens! This week's episode covers all things technological, because it's time for Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson to discuss the Nekro Virus' opening strategies. Is our most situational faction ever in a situation to win? Yes, definitely yes. Also, there's errata on last week's Mentak Coalition episode, so stay tuned until the end to see what the community had to say.

Jan 23, 2018
Ep 016: First Round Strategies - Mentak Coalition
01:24:50

Space Pirates are about as old as science fiction itself, and Twilight Imperium's version are one of our favorites! This week, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson explore the nuances of the Mentak Coalition's first round and early game. It's a long discussion about a faction that takes advantage of the metagame more than almost any other faction. After that, there's a LOT of errata; first for The Arborec episode from two weeks ago as well as for last week's episode.

Jan 16, 2018
Ep 015: 2017 Wrap Up
01:13:56

We're officially recording in the New Year, and we wanted to take a look back at last year before we get any further away from 2017. This episode is a closer look at our Holiday Spectacular game, then discusses our important takeaways from the release of TI4 and the rest of the year. At the end of the episode, instead of errata, we introduce some of our goals for 2018 as well as announce a couple of projects we'll be working on throughout this year. Please search for us on YouTube to find the trailer for our Holiday game, and give us your feedback for how you would best like to get involved with helping us make GenCon Tournament coverage happen!

Jan 09, 2018
Ep 014: First Round Strategies - The Arborec
01:07:11

To ring in the New Year, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson want to discuss everyone’s favorite sentient kudzu, The Arborec. The focus this time is on the trials of round 1, how to properly snowball, and factions to look out for. After the guide, there’s errata about the Clan of Saar for our episode from two weeks ago.

Jan 02, 2018
The 2017 Holiday Spectacular!
32:23

This brief episode is a wrap up discussion of the holiday game we played with our dearest friends. Hear about the Xxcha, Letnev, Hacan, Jol-Nar, Yssaril, and Sol! We'll do an edited video of this whole game soon, so stay tuned!

Dec 27, 2017
Ep 013: First Round Strategies - Clan of Saar
01:02:19

On the third installment of First Round Strategies, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson try to crack the puzzle that is the Clan of Saar. How strong can a glass cannon be in Twilight Imperium? What IS a Saarball? And afterwards, we follow up on community discussion about The Yssaril Tribes.

 

Also, next week's episode will be out late, so please be patient with us as we work through the holidays. And expect it to be a bit rough around the edges as well! Sorry in advance, but it's also sure to be a very fun episode.

Dec 19, 2017
Ep 012: First Round Strategies - Yssaril Tribes
01:13:31

This week’s episode is all about everyone’s favorite stinky goblins. Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson's discussion revolves around early game strategies for Yssaril Tribes and moving the Tribes into the late game. After that, we pick up a few tips from the community about the Xxcha Kingdom.

Dec 12, 2017
Ep 011: First Round Strategies - Xxcha Kingdom
01:08:08

It's finally time! Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson have played enough games to start discussing strategies for the early game, and they're going to start off that discussion everyone's favorite Adult Spacefaring Peace Turtles: The Xxcha Kingdom. Topics covered in this episode include starting units and technologies, optimal strategy card picks, mid game goals, faction counters, and how one is expected to WIN with the Xxcha. Afterwards, we have a few more pointers, provided by listeners, to add to our Learn to Learn / Learn to Teach episode.

Dec 05, 2017
Learn to Learn / Learn to Teach
01:14:27

Are you completely new to Twilight Imperium? This resource is to help you gain a grasp at what it is you're getting into when you step into your very first game. We want everyone to have a positive experience, and we firmly believe that having the right expectations can help mitigate many of the disasters that can befall a new player. 

 

Are you tasked with teaching new players Twilight Imperium? This resource hopes to give you priorities and a general philosophy of how to approach new players. New players' experiences will, oftentimes, be determined by an effective teacher so it is important to go into their first game with some expectations of your own.

 

After both of these resources, we have Errata for last week's First Impressions. If you want to skip all the newer player stuff, jump to 57:40 to get our reactions to listener feedback from last week's episode.

Nov 28, 2017
Ep 010: We Played It
01:03:09

After months of anticipation, it’s finally here. Today, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson talk about their first impressions of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition. Buckle in for discussion of Trade, Politics, and Tech put into action, as well as some notes on the Federation of Sol, Xxcha Kingdom, Yssaril Tribes, Clan of Saar, Naalu Collective, L1z1x Mindnet, and Emirates of Hacan.

Nov 21, 2017
This Imperium Life 01
01:00:56

Today is the premiere of a (eventually) recurring segment called This Imperium Life. In it, we take YOUR stories and share them with all of our listeners. Tales of courage, absurdity, wit, and luck. In this episode, we hear about the might of the Barony of Letnev, the madness of the Butt Brothers Coalition, harsh treatment of unfavorable opponents, and two glorious Tens.

Nov 14, 2017
Ep 009: The People Who Play Twilight Imperium
01:05:46

We’re digging deep into our group of players this week and detailing our history with Twilight Imperium Third Edition. It’s a less structured conversation than you may be used to from SCPT, but the main theme of this week’s episode is THEME. Let’s toss the strategy aside and talk about all the parts of TI that keep us coming back.

Nov 09, 2017
Late Episode This Week!
00:56

We promise to never make a habit out of this, but this week's episode will come out later than TI Tuesday. We're editing as fast as we can, but life's trying it's darndest to get in the way. Hopefully it's released Wednesday or Thursday! See you soon.

Nov 07, 2017
Ep 008: Third Edition Please Don't Go!
01:11:05

TI4 is shipping right ANY DAY NOW. And as we wrap up our final games of TI3, Matt and Hunter want to talk about their favorite mechanics that aren’t making the transition to the new edition. Our errata discusses some of your least favorite mechanics from Third Edition

And start submitting your favorite stories from games of previous editions!

Oct 31, 2017
Ep 007: Good Riddance, 3rd Edition!
58:49

We’re starting to branch into new territory, and this week Hunter and Matt seem to have trouble keeping this train on the rails! It’s time to break down all of the flaws of Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition and everything we’re happy to see being thrown out for the upcoming 4th Edition. And after some reminiscing, there’s a hint of “errata” on our Theoretical Tier List episode.

Oct 24, 2017
Ep 006: Theoretical Tier List
01:08:56

It's time! On this episode, Hunter and Matt set in stone their theoretical, totally-not-set-in-stone "Tier List" for all of the races of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition. Then, some errata for last week's Trade episode.

Oct 17, 2017
Ep 005: Trade
01:27:00

On the Finale to the pre-release overview series, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson cover the Trade strategy card and all the ways the new trading system excites them. After a lot of open-ended discussion, they finally wrap up their race introductions with a return to Xxcha Kingdom, Ghosts of Creuss, Clan of Saar, as well as introductions for Mentak Coalition and THE space cats, the Emirates of Hacan. And to top off an already long episode, this one closes with errata centered around our Technology episode.

Oct 10, 2017
Ep 004: Technology
01:10:06

This week is the Technology Spectacular! Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson overview the Technology Strategy Card, the changes to technology mechanics, as well as looking in depth at every single tech. Wedged in there are introductions to the Embers of Muatt, the Universties of Jol-Nar, and further introductions to the Nekro Virus. As always, we close things out with errata covering community discussion from last weeks episode.

Oct 03, 2017
SCPT Errata: Yin Brotherhood
26:25

This BONUS EPISODE is some additional Errata in response to the community discussion based around Episode 2. Today we'll dig in deep into the Yin Brotherhood and the ways we agree and disagree with the community on their effectiveness as a race.

Oct 03, 2017
Ep 003: Politics & Imperial
01:16:50

Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson break down the Politics and Imperial strategy cards while going in depth into the Agenda phase and Objectives. Additionally, analyses on The Winnu, Nekro Virus, The Yssaril tribes, and more on The Xxcha Kingdom. And after the episode we come back with more Errata covering Episode 2 community discussions.

Sep 26, 2017
Ep 002: Construction & Warfare
59:20

This week, Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson discuss the Construction and Warfare Strategy Cards, as well as the basics behind production and combat. They go over The Arborec, The Clan of Saar, The Barony of Letnev, Sardakk N'orr, The Yin Brotherhood, and The L1z1x Mindnet. Stay tuned after the show for some Episode 1 Errata as well!

Sep 19, 2017
Ep 001: Leadership & Diplomacy
47:50

This episode covers the basics of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition. Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson go over the galaxy and movement, the Leadership & Diplomacy Strategy Cards, and the following races: Federation of Sol, Ghosts of Creuss, Naalu Collective, and The Xxcha Kingdom.

Music by Ben Prunty. benpruntymusic.com benprunty.bandcamp.com

Sep 13, 2017