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Here's the Launius version straight from the horse's mouth!

"When playing Thunderstone as an epic game, the cards are shuffled into the following groups for easy set up and play.

Heroes: All Level 1 Hero cards are shuffled together and broken into 4 even groups and placed on the 4 Hero locations of the Village Tavern.

Note: All level 2 and Level 3 should stay divided in the game box and the box located nearby for easy access. The only way to upgrade the Level 1 Heroes is to spend Experience Points to so.

Monsters & Dungeon Features: All of these cards should be shuffled together. When playing Deal out 10 Cards per player into the Dungeon. Do not use Hordes, but do add Traps and Treasure. Last, add 1 or more Thunderstones to the bottom 10 cards and shuffle them.

Magic Spells & Magic Items: All of these cards are shuffled together and when playing broken into 2 stacks and placed on the Magic locations of the Village.

Weapons: All Weapon cards (not including the starting Dagger cards) are shuffled together and broken into 2 stacks and placed on the Weapons locations of the Village.

Townsfolk: All townsfolk cards are shuffled together and broken into 2 stacks and placed on the two Townsfolk locations of the Village.

Food: All Food cards (not including the starting Iron Rations) are shuffled together and placed on the Food location of the Village.

Light: All Light cards (not including the starting Torch cards) are shuffled together and placed on the Light location of the Village.

Militia / Torch / Iron Rations / Dagger: Each of these cards are placed on their respective locations. Each location identifies how many cards the player will start with.

Special Action when playing Epic Thunderstone: When the players take a Village action before making any card purchases, they may discard the top card from any location.

Note: As more sets come out I reduce the number of each type of card included in the decks to ensure more different things occur."

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Ooookay, episode 31 is now available, the first of FOUR Essen specials. You can have a listen on iTunes or get it straight from here:

http://bit.ly/LMDS_31

This first one has interviews with the following fine people:

Travis Worthington, head of Indie Boards and Card Games, the makers of Flash Point: Fire Rescue, The Resistance and more - http://www.indieboardsandcards.com/

Kevin Lanzing, designer of Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Lorenzo Silva, co-designer of Cranio Creations’ Dungeon Fighter - http://www.craniocreations.com/IndexENG.html

Gil d’Orey from Portuguese publisher MESAboardgames, designer of Vintage - http://www.mesaboardgames.pt/

Justin Gary from Gary Games, the fine people behind Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and the new expansion, Storm of Souls - http://www.ascensiongame.com/

Nate Hayden, creator of Cave Evil - http://www.cave-evil.com/

Michel Baudoin from Wacky Works, designer of Space Maze – http://wackyworks.nl/

Also, I’m joined throughout the four Essen episodes by the mighty Paco from GMS Magazine. Go listen to his podcast and read his fine site! http://www.gmsmagazine.com/

It's the first time I've done proper stuff outside of (what is laughably referred to as) the studio but I think it's not too bad. Sounds a bit peaky at times but I'm still proud of it!

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Oh God, it's Essen 2011: Day Two.

The second of four Little Metal Dog Shows live from the show floor at Essen! From award winners like Qwirkle and 7 Wonders to brand new releases, this one’s an epic. With twelve interviews with game designers old and new, this latest episode should give you a good flavour of what goes on at the world’s biggest board games fair…

http://bit.ly/LMDS_32

This episode has interviews with the following splendid people…

Christine Goutaland from Days of Wonder - http://www.daysofwonder.com/en/

Jeroen from Splotter Spellen - http://www.splotter.nl/english/index.html

Repos Production’s Thomas Provoost - http://www.rprod.com/en/index.html

Kris Gould from Wattsalpoag - http://www.wattsalpoaggames.com/default.aspx

Flatlined Games Eric Hanuise - http://www.flatlinedgames.com/

Colby Dauch from Plaid Hat Games (who was really there representing Playdek) - http://www.plaidhatgames.com/ / http://www.incineratorstudios.com

Bart from White Goblin Games (and Mark Chaplin, designer of Revolver) - http://www.whitegoblingames.com/

Michele Quondam from Giochix.it - http://www.giochix.it/edizhome1e.htm

Susan McKinley Ross, designer of 2011 Spiel des Jahres winner Qwirkle - http://www.ideaduck.com/

Radoslaw Szeja from Kuznia Gier - http://kuzniagier.pl/english.html

Nobuaki “Tak” Takerube from Japon Brand - http://japonbrand.gamers-jp.com/

Anna Genovese from Ghenos Games - http://www.ghenosgames.com

I’m joined – as I was for Day One – by Paco Jaen from GMS Magazine, a fantastic site and podcast that you really should check out over at http://www.gmsmagazine.com/

Episode 33: Day Three should be available soon…!

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Looking forward to listening to this tonight. Your first essen episode was excellent and really captured the feel of the show for me. It was a great piece of work and your best episode yet. Well done Michael.

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Behold! Essen Day Three!

We’re over the hump! Here’s The Little Metal Dog Show's coverage of the third day of the world’s biggest gaming expo, Spiel 2011 - straight from Essen in Germany. As you’re now probably used to, the format is a stack of interviews with designers and industry folks from all over the world, all of whom have come to Germany to show and sell new games from all manner of genres. Grab it from iTunes or click the download link below!

This episode sees me speak with the following lovely examples of humanity…

Sierra Madre Games’ Phil Eklund - http://www.sierramadregames.com/

Hubert Bartos from Rebel Games - http://www.rebelgames.eu/

James Mathe, owner of Minion Games - http://www.miniongames.com/

Rudiger Beyer from Ammonit Games - http://www.ludovin.de/14.html

Andrzej Kurek from SINONIS - http://www.sinonis.pl/indexen.htm

The Z-Man himself, Zev Shlasinger - http://www.zmangames.com/

Vladimir Brummer from Czech Board Games - http://www.czechboardgames.com/

Fragor Games’ very own Gordon Lamont - http://www.fragorgames.com/

Martin Wallace of Treefrog Games - http://www.treefroggames.com/

As always, I’m joined by Paco Jaen from the rather splendid GMS Magazine (which you really should check out: it’s right here) – thanks for listening and be ready for the final episode of Essen coverage… LMDS Episode 34 will be with you soon!

Oh, and thanks to our sponsors for this episode – the lovely Plaid Hat Games and the good folks at Eagle Games. Their support is massively appreciated!

Download Link - just right click: http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/2uy2h6/LMD_Episode3...

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I started listening this morning on my way to work and it's all good stuff so far except that you're all inexplicably wrong about Quarriors which is a load of old rubbish and not brilliant at all. Please try to ensure that your opinions are more in line with my own in future. Thank you.

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I'd like to point out that I hadn't actually played Quarriors at the time of recording, and was excited about it based on the concept of of a deck building game made with 130 dice by the guys behind Thunderstone.

(Having now played it--once--I don't think as highly of it as the other guys. I've heard it really picks up after four-five plays but right now it feels too random, with card/dice effects not being as immediate as the Dominion base set's wonderfully clear cards)

Do you non-participants think our chat format has legs? At the risk of entering into the already crowded podcast market, I had a blast chewing the fat with others and would happily take part in any future recording sessions. It might be something the Caution: Small Parts 'krew' could consider doing, rather than make any more Hollywood celebrities seem rather redundant on the Little Metal Dog Show.

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Do you non-participants think our chat format has legs? At the risk of entering into the already crowded podcast market, I had a blast chewing the fat with others and would happily take part in any future recording sessions. It might be something the Caution: Small Parts 'krew' could consider doing, rather than make any more Hollywood celebrities seem rather redundant on the Little Metal Dog Show.

I actually really enjoy the chat format. There is one other similar-ish show called Into the Gamescape which is another 3 british blokes having a bit of a natter, a review, an argument etc and it's one of the best podcasts out there for boardgaming. Unfortunately they have been very intermittent with episodes recently but you should give the old episodes a listen as they're great and I've missed that style of show.

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I'm most definitely thinking about building a podcast for the C:SP crew if you'd be interested, Campfire. Not sure about it being weekly and I was thinking along the lines of a rotating crew, much like the gamers with jobs team.

And Moosey, I'm sure you said that the likes of Arkham Horror would make your ears bleed. Wuss. ;)

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