The Crafty Podcast – Episode 02

The Crafty Podcast is back after a slight delay!


This month we discuss Mega Civilization, Brewcrafters, Mysterium, Roll for the Galaxy, and Splendor. We also chat about what happens when you fall out if love with a game.

All this while drinking a delicious coffee infused stout from Beavertown brewery!

Intro and outro music courtesy of Kevin McLeod of

The Crafty Podcast – Episode 01


In our first ever podcast we introduce ourselves to the world and begin sharing our love of board games and craft beer!

We chat about Rex, Bora Bora, and Steampunk Rally, and then we discuss new beers we tried including 200 Fathoms by Galway Bay and Children of the Revolution by Wicklow Wolf. Finally we talk about how and why to start your own monthly board game meet up.

Intro and outro music courtesy of Kevin McLeod of

Board Games for Beginners – Part 2

Good day to you, you lovely people and welcome back to my little primer to help you understand exactly what all the cool board game people are talking about.

Last week I covered a few general terms and a few of the different types of card games you can find in your FLGS (friendly local game shop). This week I’ll get into a number of different types of board games and some other fun stuff. Enough preamble, let’s do this!

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Meeple In The Know: Beer Style Guide

I sit here sipping a golden pilsner, thinking back on last week’s post on beer, with a sinking feeling. Beer has a whole four ingredients that I had to explain, was it really that much hassle?

Not really. After I wrote about how beer would be made, I knew I couldn’t stop there. I have to tell you about some of the different beer styles. This is where it’s gets a bit overwhelming. Beer styles is a rabbit hole that can go on, and on, and on, and on. Not surprising considering it’s 10,000 year long history, but how do I squeeze enough information to help you make decisions, but not too much that it’s completely overwhelming? I have a 600 page book on my shelf dedicated to explaining all the styles and even that isn’t comprehensive. What follows is my attempt at just that; Paddy’s Beer Style Guide.

The Crafty Players Beer (5)

What’s the difference?

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Board Games for Beginners – Part 1

Hello again! Welcome back to the unsettlingly sexy side of the internet.

So we’re all about craft beer and board games here right? Right. So Paddy did a great post as an introduction to craft beer right? Right. Which means that I should do an introduction to board games right?…


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The Fun Police

People sit squashed together on well worn couches, jostling each other with easy camaraderie. Chairs have been pulled in from other rooms with people sitting perched comfortably on them as they share friendly banter. Glasses, cups, and bottles tinkle and clink, and the crunch and chew of snacks being enjoyed adds another layer to the sense of contentment in the room. Eventually the talking slowly peters out, drinks are placed safely on nearby tables, and then every face in the room turns to you…

“So,” one of the faces says, “How do we play?”

Panic grips your chest as you stare into those expectant faces. Your heartbeat begins to thump in your ears and your eyes grow wide as you look down at the arrayed cards, dice, and little wooden people strewn out on the huge board in front of you, the table beneath almost audibly groaning under their weight.

Oh god, you think. I can’t do this!

You lurch to your feet, your eyes darting around the room for some escape route. You let out a guttural scream and give one last look at the table surrounded by your friends before hurling yourself as hard as you can through the room’s double glazed window and falling into the loving arms of gravity.

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