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A 1:1 show this time around, as Seamus thinks on one year since the show launched after D&D Live in 2019 and how that event has had to go online in 2020.

He gets philosophical about D&D and spending time at a table playing games together in general, and then also manages to share some interesting news and new things that are out there you can explore.

Here’s the links as promised:
D&D Live: Roll With Advantage
Roll20
Beyond20 Chrome Extension
Lords of Vegas 10th Anniversary on Kickstarter
Ekphrastic Beasts on Kickstarter
Miguel Zavala’s models on Shapeways

Seamus catches up with the founder and CEO of Level Up Dice, Alex Abrate, to talk about the company’s origin story and how it has evolved over its amazing five years of making the world’s most gorgeous gaming dice.

What is Alex’s favourite material to work with? Do they find differences in dice preferences around the world as they tour the convention circuit? And why Alex is most at home selling face to face? And how’s it all going in this awfully weird year that is 2020?

Check out, maybe even buy, some Level Up Dice of your own at the website.

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
Find PAX Australia on Twitter: @paxaus

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

Find all the Byteside things at byteside.com

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/