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Mantis Falls Interview

Mantis Falls Interview with Juli Bierwirth

In this week’s episode I speak with Juli Bierwirth from Distant Rabbit Games, Mantis Falls. This was their first game and it launched on Kickstarter earlier this year, and made over $180,000! In this interview we discuss the game, and the Kickstarter. Juli is very honest and forthcoming with her information- so I hope you all learn something- even if it’s just- ‘hey yeah, social deduction games should work for only 2 people!’

You can still Late Back Mantis Falls now- follow the link here!

Racoon Tycoon


In this week’s episode Justin and Alison review Racoon Tycoon. This is another one we purchased from Kickstarter. It’s by Forbidden Games and they’ve just had a Kickstarter for a new game, Lizard Wizard. We’d thought we’d give this a whirl before deciding to back the new one. Listen to what we have to say about Racoon Tycoon in the decision to back Lizard Wizard!


Raccoon Tycoon with the Fat Cat expansion created by Glenn Drover and Forbidden Games. Is this our new favourite game about adorable woodland creatures competing ruthlessly for domination? It could very well be.




Silly Shapes Card Game

Silly Shapes interview with game creator

Silly Shapes is the game you wish you already had to introduce your kids or stubborn family members to gaming. I want a bunch for our youth group. For any teacher out there who wants to play a cheeky game during class, with the excuse it improves literacy and numeracy- this will be your future go to.

In this episode I interview Benjamin Lannen, the creator behind Silly Shapes, a fun family game which integrates multiple game mechanics to create a mashed up fun party game. We discuss how the game came, all the mechanics and what to expect from his up and coming Kickstarter in October. This game has been thoroughly thought out, play tested and is a lot of fun. If you’re interested check out his game at https://www.facebook.com/silly.shapes.

Boss Babe Interview

In this week’s episode I speak with Brian Fisher from Kickstarter game Boss Babe. This game is different than anything we’ve ever seen before. It isn’t so much a game, it’s more like a statement against multi-level marketing companies, and how they have taken a hold of some of our nearest and dearest. It’s funny and it’s satire and it’s not at all heavy. I’m not sure if Brian is a genius or has just tripped too far down a rabbit hole, but this game might be just the gateway game that some of you all need to channel your energy from talking about shampoo to joining our board game table. The branding is slick and the punch line is on, so if you are looking to introduce someone special to a lifestyle of social interaction check this out. And if you’re not interested, I suggest you listen anyway, as this is the edgiest show I’ve done.


SYNDICATE: An Interplanetary Conquest Board Game

In this episode of Hot Game Magnet we interview the guys who made Syndicate, a 4x game where you get to play as a mafia organisation in the year 3105. A very specific year in the future because that’s when organised crime challenges “The Sovereign”. Greg and Josh tne creators of Syndicate leave nothing out! They explain everything from their creative process, the mechanics of the game, and how to have a super successful Kickstarter despite initial hiccups. If you are interested in backing Syndicate (yes there’s still time) this episode is a must!

Check out the SYNDICATE Kickstarter here


Marvel United

In today’s episode of Hot Game Magnet we discuss our newest game Marvel United. Justin backed this one on Kickstarter, and we don’t have all the extras yet, just the base game. It is a complete game where you can play as one of your favourite super heroes, you know, as long as your favourite super hero is either Iron Man, Ant Man, Hulk, Wasp, Black Widow, Captain Marvel or Captain America. It’s a cooperative game up to 4 players, but you can even play by yourself. In this podcast we discuss everything you’d expect like the component quality, mechanics, artwork and even the whole kickstarter journey. This episode is a must for anyone who likes CMON games and loves the Marvel Universe.

Backyard Cricket

Backyard Cricket Dice Game

In this episode of Hot Game Magnet we speak with Haplo D’Biggs creator of the Backyard Cricket Dice Game. This game is unique in its marketing and design and will give you an insight into a uniquely Australian game. In this interview we cover everything from how the game was created to how it is marketed and sold, how to play the game and how you can get your own copy. If you’re interested in the game, check it out at https://lildbiggs.com.au/

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Soft poached hedgehogs

Soft Poached Hedgehog

Soft Poached Hedgehogs is an up and coming card game involving you being a hedgehog Chef trying to add ingredients to bake enough recipes to win the game. Today I talk with the creator, Suzette Conrad who is currently in the early stages of development. It involves all the competitiveness of a great game coupled with cute woodland artwork and slightly ‘questionable humour’. We talk about all the success and struggles Suzette is facing with getting her game to market. Soft Poached Hedgehogs is currently available for PnP. So you too can get this freshly baked treat.

Check out the Soft Poached Hedgehogs site here: https://softpoachedgames.wordpress.com/

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