Vox Republica 090: Min Maxing Vs Thematics

Episode 090

When you sit down to play a game, is your first instinct to find the most optimal strategic path to winning, regardless of what the game is thematically attempting, or do you try to play within the spirit of the game?

Length: 42:26

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We post new episodes every Thursday, with each episode being about 20 – 30 minutes long.

DESCRIPTION: Erin and Ryan talk about the adventurous idea that is 504, the most recent wave of game industry controversies, their light week of gaming before going into the hands-on philosophy of playing with, versus playing against, the game.



  • Murano
  • North Wind


  • Much ado about nothing regarding a poorly researched Telegraph article about gaming
  • The announcement of 504
  • Board Gaming Financial Turmoil Troubles
  • We reviewed Lift Off!


  • Breaking A Game Vs The Spirit Of The Game
    • Not always mutually exclusive
    • AKA the Min/Maxer vs The Roleplayer
      • Similarities to RPG tendencies
    • They each have their strengths and weaknesses
      • What happens when theme and strategy no longer line up?
      • What does the happy medium look like?
    • Many parallels to traditional Euros Vs Ameritrash
    • Who is drawn heavily to one side or the other?
      • Designers compared to developers?
      • Strikers or Tacticians compared to Socializers or Immersionists?


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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.