Vox Republica 126: The Art Of The [Preorder] Deal

Episode 126

Length: 1:03:20

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DESCRIPTION: Attempting to get back to a normal length podcast after August’s heavier episodes, this week Erin and Ryan talk about some recent Patreon happenings – including an announcement about it – and then they dive into a discussion on how much you need to know about a game before you order it. After that, the days is rounded out by a review of Avalanche at Yeti Mountain.



QUICK TOPICS – (24:12):

  • We chat about a couple of our recent Patreon happenings, including our past milestone goal progress and our plans for the next one.


  • How much do you need to know about a game before you buy it? With Essen approaching, it’s not uncommon for people to purchase games from limited markets with little or no information about them. We ponder some of the implications of this approach including:
    • The scale from impulse purchasing to meticulous research, and how there’s room for both
    • Why sometimes it can be difficult to do research ahead of purchasing it
    • How do preorders fit into one’s game planning?
    • Where impulse buying really thrives

REVIEW – (41:33):

  • Avalanche at Yeti Mountain is the latest title from Green Couch Games, a company who focuses on engaging little games that are visually appealing and as portable as they are easy to teach. In this snow-capped expedition for 1-5 players, a number of crazy engineering students decided that what skis were really missing to make them ultra cool were rocket boosters. So they went out and made some. Unfortunately, all of the rocket noise from their testing has attracted the wrong kind of attention, both in the form of the mountain’s resident yeti, and a pending avalanche. Your goal is to either be the first one to the bottom of the hill by playing a card each round to speed yourself along, or simply being the last one to survive the avalanche. It’s a quick and chaotic game with an amusing premise, but we look at whether that’s enough. 

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The rocket skis for the Purple..er..Yellow...er...Green player

The rocket ski card for the Purple..er..Yellow…er…Green player?

With the matching card played, __ can activate their rockets and still move four spaces

With the card played matching their space, Purple can activate their rockets to leap ahead and still move four spaces

The various cards found within the game

The various cards found on Yeti Mountain

Yellow has made an unexpected friend this turn

Yellow has made an unexpected friend this turn

It's all downhill from here

It’s all downhill from here

The avalanche is about to spell the end for Orange

The avalanche is about to spell the end for Orange

It's a photo finish!

It’s a photo finish!


PLUGS – (1:02:07):

  • We reviewed Dark Dealings!
  • We’re also also raffling off a copy of Flag Dash to a lucky Patreon backer. Consider donating today!
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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.