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ENGN 95 – Novel Games – The Expanse and Mistborn: House War

In today’s episode, we talk about two highly competitive games, both set in fictional worlds that both Anthony and Jason absolutely love.

First, we talk about The Expanse (3:24), an area control game set in the universe of the same name. Anthony explores some of the mechanisms here that evoke Twilight Struggle, while Jason brings his usual investigative eye towards theme integration.

After that, Jason covers Mistborn: House War, a negotiation game filled with betrayal and chicanery set in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn universe. Jason played the game with two groups – a group that did not know the books, and a group of Kickststarter backers (pictured int the banner) that love the Mistborn series.

We hear their different reactions and perspectives. We also had a chance to talk to Alex Flagg from Crafty Games, who shares some of the background detail about how Mistborn: House War came together and why they chose to make it a competitive game.

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    Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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