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Luke Lancaster is back on the show with Seamus, discussing how to not just stick to virtual tabletops and other specific digital tools for our remote boardgame experiences. Luke even ran a game of Mr Jack via Twitter!

We get specific on the games, and kinds of games, that suit playing without constant access to a board, virtual or otherwise, and the particularly good reasons for using the likes of Roll20 and Tabletop Simulator to get involved.

Find Luke on Twitter: @lglancaster
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We’re being encouraged to self isolate if we can, which is great news for many geeks. But if you can’t gather around a table for a boardgames because that’s a bit too close – what are you going to do?

Yes, you could play a video game, but sometimes we want the tactile boardgames experience. So this week we’re exploring the many aspects of playing boardgames when you’re home alone. Solo games (and playing co-op solo). Games via remote access. Digital boardgames online. RPGs online. Right down to deck construction as a game!

There’s enough here to keep you mining new games, and games you already own, for the long months ahead.

It’s an episode of mythic proportions as Nathan and Seamus dive into the news of the Mythic Odysseys of Theros campaign sourcebook for D&D, inspired by a Magic the Gathering world which was in turn inspired by Greek legends.

But first, our intrepid hosts talk about card games where the theme and style carry the day – regardless of complexity of the rules. Which leads into a discussion of Kickstarter games and how to assess the right factors to decide where you’re going to put your hard earned.

All that and a thousand diversions, including some love for the classic D&D worlds we’d love to see given the 5th Edition makeover.

Find Nathan here: @ElPrezAU
Find Seamus here: @seamus

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Seamus enlists two expert Dungeon Mayhem players – his kids – to discuss the game and its new expansion, Monster Madness, on the latest episode of The Game Table.

We got hands-on early with the new decks, along with the new rules that make it easier to have up to six players in the mix.

The new expansion doubles the number of character decks in the game and amps up the silliness with some clever monsters with great personality. From a circus owl bear, Hoots McGoots, to a stylish beholder, Delilah Deathray, and Blorp, the gelatinous cube that just wants a hug.

The game lands in stores Friday 28 February.

In a bit of a tangent, Seamus chats with Jason Murray about the state of Transformers toys these days and how things have evolved over their 35 year history.

Do you have a rare gem hiding in your closet? Should you be buying the newest toys? And what’s been going on in the cartoons?

Find Jason on Twitter: @jm77

Transformers Collectors Club Australia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transformerscca/

And their club website: https://tccaus.wordpress.com/

This week on The Game Table we catch up with Nathan Cocks, ex-videogames journo turned boardgame junkie, as he brings us up to speed on the health of the boardgame industry over the past few years.

Nathan brings around 20 suggestions for great games you could hunt down that you may not have heard of – avoiding the obvious stuff like Catan and Ticket To Ride, digging into the deeper stuff out there that is amazing fun for all sorts of different kinds of experiences.

Plus we drop a few tips on sites and Australian events to help you dive deeper into the boardgame scene.

Click through to see links to many of the boardgames mentioned during the show!