Vox Republica 110: Pandemic, Patchwork, and Patreon

Episode 110

Length: 50:43

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voxlogofullWelcome back to Vox Republica, the Cardboard Republic Podcast!

We post new episodes every other Thursday, with each episode being about 30 – 40 minutes long.

DESCRIPTION: This week, Erin and Ryan are happy to get back into the swing of gaming, talk about the impact of the sale of Catan, and review the two player quilting game Patchwork. Oh, and we talk Patreon too.



QUICK TOPICS – (17:04):

  • We parse the implications of Mayfair selling the English rights of Catan to Asmodee
  • We discuss our first impressions of the long-standing Boston-area geek convention Arisia and their first attempt at incorporating a tabletop showcase

REVIEW – (26:59):

  • This week we stitch together our findings of Patchwork by Mayfair Games. This is a light game for two players all about quilting. It mixes a rondel-style purchase process for acquiring quilt pieces with a very Tetris-like placement process. Through this you are trying to create the most efficient 10×10 quilt grid possible, as holes in quilts are generally a bad thing. Over a span of about 30 minutes, players (usually) alternate turns attaining buttons – the game’s currency – and then use them to snatch up useful quilt squares. Like any quilt, we explore which parts of Patchwork are particularly inspiring and which suffer from rather poor stitchwork.
A typical Patchwork layout

A typical Patchwork layout

Which three pieces available to the current player at the moment

Which three pieces are available to the current player at the moment

The next time this player passes a Button square they'll collect 10 buttons

Presuming more pieces aren’t added, the next time this player passes a Button square they’ll collect 11 buttons

patchwork final

A player’s final quilt – only 3 missing squares!

patchwork tiles


PLUGS – (48:45):

  • Remember how we said we had changes in store? Well, we’re happy to finally announce another one of those! In the very near future, the CR will be launching its own Patreon! Keep an eye on the site for our formal announcement for what we have in store and how you can help us continue doing what we do!
  • We recently reviewed the dragon-worshiping resource game RYU.
  • As always, Cardboard Republic YouTube videos and the BGG Guild are still ongoing. Subscribe to either – or both if you really love us. You do really love us, right?


We’d love to hear from you! You can send questions or feedback via email at podcast@cardboardrepublic.com. You can also reach us social media, including Twitter and BoardGameGeek.


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