Going Analog

Where video game industry veterans introduce great board games to video gamers

Going Analog Podcast #12: Emerson Matsuuchi

Why video gamers like board games, good rule books, Betrayal Legacy vs. Tales of the Arabian Nights, merging games to form new games.

Back to our regular (non-Best of Year) programming! The new four topics:

  1. Special guest Emerson Matsuuchi (Century series, Reef, the upcoming Metal Gear Solid game) ponders what qualities of board games attract video gamers.
  2. Christina goes over what makes for a fun and helpful rule book.
  3. Nick pits Tales of the Arabian Nights against Betrayal Legacy to discuss giving players meaningful story choices.
  4. Shoe asks Emerson how he approaches designing games that can be merged together to form new ones.

See a full list of the games mentioned on the show below.

Emerson's games we mentioned:

  • Reef
  • Century: Spice Road
  • Century: Eastern Wonders
  • Century: From Sand to Sea
  • Century: A New World Specter Ops

Emerson's segment:

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • The Settlers of Catan
  • Monopoly
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Carcassonne

Christina's segment:

  • Castles of Burgundy
  • Broom Service
  • Space Alert
  • Dungeon Petz
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Brass: Lancashire
  • Brass: Birmingham

Nick's segment:

  • Tales of the Arabian Nights
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
  • Betrayal Legacy
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Forest of Fate
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Agents of SMERSH

Shoe's segment:

  • Tokyo Game Series: Jidohanbaiki, Jutaku, and Metro
  • 504

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