Vox Republica 147: Sea Captains And Solo Games

Episode 147

Length: 1:10:37

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DESCRIPTION: This week, Erin and Ryan go into detail on a few of the games they’ve been playing, then discuss the lingering stigma of solo board gaming. Then they cap it off by having on a pair of folks who know a thing or two about solo games: Chris Taylor and Alan Emrich, the minds behind solo game hit Nemo’s War!

GUESTS: Chris Taylor and Alan Emrich


QUICK TOPICS – (19:21):

  • Branching largely off of the recent article around solo gaming stigmas by the site Gaming for Justice, both Erin and Ryan reflect on their own opinions on solo gaming, its place in the hobby, and whether or not it has any appeal to them personally – and why.


  • And then since it ties in so darn nicely, we sit down with Chris and Alan of Victory Point Games to discuss the 2nd Edition of Nemo’s War, our July Indie Spotlight game. A solo game based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you captain the infamous Nemo and the Nautilus around the world going on adventures, fighting imperial ships, and exploring the natural world. We talk about a range of topics on the game, including:
    • How they chose the theme of the game
    • What made them want to make a 2nd edition
    • What prompted them to use Kickstarter over their traditional on-demand model
    • Their opinion on the source material itself
    • And some exclusive info on what may lie in store for more Nemo-based adventures down the line!

PLUGS – (1:10:37):

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