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Episode Info:
  • Run Time 2:19:48
  • Artist Chris Norwood
  • Album Exploring Games with GamerChris
  • Track 24
  • Year 2014
  • Genre Games & Hobbies
  • File Name Exploring-Games-Episode-24.mp3
  • File Size 96.00 MB
  • File Type MP3
  • Mime Type audio/mpeg
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Today is the 2nd anniversary for the Exploring Games podcast (woo hoo!), so celebrate with me by checking out this huge episode that’s mostly all about the popular Worker Placement mechanic.

I start off by going through a few recently played games, and then cover the Dice Tower Network Game of the Month, which is the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Game Series.  Specifically, I’ve only played Castle Ravenloft (the first game in the series), so that’s the game I cover.

Then, I get right into my exploration of Worker Placement.  I try to define the mechanic, talk some about the role that it plays in modern boardgames, and outline the history of how worker placement has developed since it made its first appearance.  I also then share my opinion in one of my patented Top 12 (or 17) lists.  And finally, I wrap up the episode with reviews of two recent worker placement games, Spyrium and Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia.

Listen, enjoy (hopefully), and feel free to give me feedback either here, via email (, at my Guild on BoardGameGeek, or on Twitter (@kilroy_locke).

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Time Index
0:28      Intro
2:19      Recently Played Games
2:44      – Android: Netrunner
8:00      – Gravwell
10:27    – Cities
12:00    – Get Lucky
13:44    – Legacy: Gears of Time
14:32    – Kairo
17:20    – Yin Yang
19:43    DTN Game of the Month: Castle Ravenloft
32:12    Exploring Worker Placement
33:00    – Definition
37:16    – Role/Purpose
42:15    – Timeline/History
1:17:28 – My Top 12 (or 17) Favorite Worker Placement Games
1:33:38  Review – Spyrium
1:54:09  Review – Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
2:18:25  Outro

Worker Placement Links:
Worker Placement Elements Geeklist by Donald Dennis
Friedemann Friese’s “Worker-Placement — Are you sure?” Geeklist
Selwyth’s Taxonomy of Board Games (Worker Placement Entry)
On Board Games, Episode 114: I’ll Place My Worker Here

Dice Tower Network Links (D&D Adventure Game Series):
DTN Game of the Month Club Geeklist
On Board Games, Episode 132: I Cannot Choose This Wine In Front Of Me
Rolling Dice & Taking Names, Episode 39: Follow the Blind
My written Castle Ravenloft review

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