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TGG Episode 55: Game Designer John Welch, Cheaty Mages, Cuba Libre, Numenera, Moonbase Alpha and More!

On a very special holiday edition of TGG (although not nearly as very special as an episode of Blossom…), my good pal game designer John Welch stops by to discuss his latest title Cruel Necessity and other games he has in the works. I also review Cheaty Mages from AEG, Moonbase Alpha from Victory Point Games, Cuba Libre from GMT Games, and Numenera from Monte Cook Games. All this plus plenty of news and tunes to keep the season bopping along.

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This episode’s playlist:

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) … U2 (A Very Special Christmas Volume One)

I Saw Three Ships … Sting (A Very Special Christmas Volume Three)

Fairytale of New York … The Pogues w/ Kirsty MacColl (If I Should Fall From Grace With God)

Happy Christmas (War is Over) … John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Single released in 1971)



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Jeff McAleer

Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...

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Ace Turley
Ace Turley
8 years ago

Jeff, you have not only the only gaming podcast with music (pretty cool I have to say) but you’re the only guy who could include the Pogues and John Lennon in your X-Mas mix! Nicely done!

Jeff R
Jeff R
8 years ago
Reply to  Ace Turley

Great to hear this interview. I really like the play-throughs I see for many Victory Point Games. I especially like the look of Cuba Libre even if it looks a little intimidating. Must. Go. Buy. Now.

Hermann Luttmann
Hermann Luttmann
8 years ago

Great podcast as usual, Jeff! It was awesome hearing John’s interview – what a wonderful talent he is. John is one of the real gentlemen of this hobby and I’m very happy for his success. John’s got a ton of winner designs in him and I wish him the best of luck.
Thanks again, guys – great job!

8 years ago

Could you list the songs and artists in the Christmas episode? I want to make a playlist!

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