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Special Conditions is a Podcast dedicated to the Pokémon Trading Card Game that brings two diverse perspectives to create a perfect blend of core and casual coverage of both collecting and competing. Host Adam Tuttle has been a player of the TCG since its release in 1999, while co-host Josh Brown is just beginning his journey down the rabbit hole. Their unique levels of experience collide to build an entertaining look at the TCG that layers with any level of dedication can relate to.
 
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We’re joined by board game life coach Nicola Twiston Davies to chat about our time with MTG Arena, Stardew Valley: The Board Game, Unmatched, Gloomhaven Digital, Flamme Rouge and - of course - Lolies’ latest adventures in Star Realms. We also lament the cancellation of Knizia games, look forward to a new Galaxy Trucker and peruse the latest TV and …
 
Matt, Lolies and Meehan clamber back inside the pod cockpit to jet through another week’s worth of stories and questions. Lolies discusses her return to Star Realms, Meehan roots, loots and shoots in Colt Express, and everyone reflects on our time exploring the galaxy of sci-fi RPG Burn Bryte. We catch up with the latest on the new games from the c…
 
Special Conditions Podcast 81 Recording Date - 4/19/21 Publish Date - 4/22/21 On Episode 81 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh prepare for battle, and pick their style … well, sorta. The show starts off with the Pickups of the Week, where Adam talks about not having to fight to find some new Battle Styles packs. Then, Josh decides to throw down a…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 4/12/2021 Publish Date - 4/18/2021 In Episode 80 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh continue the positive vibes and fun with another fire episode. They start off the show by discussing the Players Cup III, and the possible new meta that’s emerging from the top competitors in the tourney. From there, the…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 4/5/2021 Publish Date - 4/18/2021 On Episode 79 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh have a bunch of fun, opening packs, talking about cards, and chatting about Pokemon. The show starts off with the hosts opening a bunch of Burning Shadows packs, for better or for worse. Right after some cardboard was exp…
 
Boy Problems designer Colin Cummings joins the team to answer your questions on the best RPGs for newbies, the hobbies we’ve picked up during lockdown and how to cat-proof your board games. There’s also discussion of promising roleplaying platform One More Mutliverse, Wingspan’s enduring success over Scythe, The Crew’s latest awards win and the ann…
 
Wheels and Meehan are joined by Jeremy Gage, game designer and host of the Draw Your Dice podcast, for this week’s episode. The trio talk about drafting in Magic: The Gathering - Arena, gambling in Backgammon and testicles in Epic Spell Wars. They also discuss all the hoo-ha around the Strixhaven set, the new Camel Up expansion and *shudder* Monopo…
 
The whole gang’s here for another 90 minutes of board game chatter and as many news headlines we can squeeze into whatever time’s left. Everyone’s been playing Quacks of Quedlinburg, Lolies has been enjoying the splendour of Splendor, Wheels continues to explore the horrors of Arkham, Meehan sails the treacherous seas of Libertalia and Matt’s final…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 3/29/21 Publish Date - 3/31/21 Episode 78 of Special Conditions, is short but sweet, and definitely shining bright like a … dwebble staring into the sky? To start off the show, Adam gives an update on his team tournament that he participated in. After that, Adam and Josh opened up some Shining Fates packs…
 
This week, Meehan continues to terraform Mars, Wheels investigates The Dunwich Legacy in the Arkham Horror LCG, and Matt sails more Forgotten Waters and watches some anime - but it’s about board games, promise. We discuss Gen Con’s delay, new Sonic the Hedgehog and Sea of Thieves spin-offs, the upcoming Infinity battle royale game, and the latest c…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 3/22/21 Publish Date - 3/25/21 On Episode 77 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh are back after taking a week off, and they have a lot to discuss! To start off the show, Adam breaks down how he did in the Players Cup tournament that took place this last weekend. From there, the two were itching to open s…
 
This week, Matt’s been sailing Forgotten Waters, Meehan’s been seeing what we do in the shadows in indie RPG Low Stakes and Wheels has been getting into Fights in Tight Spaces. That’s before we check out the next game on the way from Richard ‘MTG’ Garfield, team up with the X-Men in the new Marvel United spin-off, face the Keyraken in the upcoming …
 
This episode of Dicebreaker Podcast is sponsored by Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos. Visit https://store.team17.com and use code DICE10 for a 10% discount. With few board games hitting the table this week, Matt, Lolies and Meehan veer into important debates about the other things you find on a tabletop. We also take a look at The One Ring’s new Kickst…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 3/8/21 Publish Date - 3/11/21 On Episode 76, Adam and Josh discover things that are shiny, dream about international destinations to find some Pokemon happiness, and heat up in battle against each other. To start the show, the hosts discuss the upcoming in-person Pokemon TCG events in Australia and New Ze…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 2/22/21 Publish Date - 3/6/21 On Episode 75 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh discuss their Fates, and whether or not things are Shiny for them. They start off the show by breaking down the release of the newest set to hit shelves (allegedly), Shining Fates! Adam talks about his experiences with findin…
 
This episode is sponsored by Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos. Visit https://store.team17.com and use code DICE10 for a 10% discount.Lolies and Meehan have been hands-on with the next game from the creator of Cosmic Frog, Wheels is excited for the new Summoner Wars, and Matt has been cracking cases on the streets of Crime City in MicroMacro. We also di…
 
This episode is sponsored by Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos. Visit https://store.team17.com and use code DICE10 for a 10% discount. Matt’s been hanging with mice in Mausritter, Wheels has been battling cards in Dinn and Meehan has been terraforming Mars in, er, Terraforming Mars. That’s before we jet off to the new sci-fi edition of Quest, consider t…
 
This episode of Dicebreaker Podcast is sponsored by Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos. Visit https://store.team17.com and use code DICE10 for a 10% discount. Join Meehan, Lolies and Johnny as we talk about Asmodee's acquisition of Board Game Arena, the cancellation of the Metal Gear Solid board game (snaaaaaaaake!) and the upcoming Witcher board game. P…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 2/17/2021 Publish Date - 2/18/2021 On Episode 74 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh have a LOT to talk about, and do their best to cover it all, despite, you know, not being a “news” podcast. But before they get into all the issues needing to cover, Adam gives an update on his standing in the Players Cu…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 2/8/2021 Publish Date - 2/15/2021 On Episode 73 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh ring the bell, talk about playing well, and read some e-mail! To start the show, Adam breaks down how the Players Cup is going for him, and how much fun he is having this time around as opposed to the last one. The duo al…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 2/1/2021 Publish Date - 2/15/2021 On Episode 72 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh talk about some Turtle Power and heat it up in the PTCGO! To start off the show, the two hosts open some packs of Champion’s Path, because, why not?! From there, they break down the Art of the Week, featuring the blue nin…
 
Join Matt, Meehan and Wheels as we dive into an overflowing pile of tabletop news. There’s a new Root expansion to discuss, the upcoming Avatar and Korra RPG, the return of The One Ring, the questionable timing of The Grizzled: We Care, and an impressive Pokémon spin on Wingspan. Plus, the return of our hot takes on the latest D&D movie casting new…
 
TikTok, it’s Matt, Johnny and Meehan on the clock - and the playing don’t stop as we discuss this week’s tabletop offerings. Matt’s been solving murders in MicroMacro: Crime City, Johnny’s sworn there’ll be No More Jockeys and Meehan’s taken her place as Overboss of the upcoming Boss Monster spin-off. There’s talk of the new Set a Watch roll-and-wr…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 1/25/21 Publish Date - 2/2/21 On Episode 71 of Special Conditions, co-hosts Adam and Josh DIG into some fossil Pokemon! First, however, they duo discuss the upcoming Players Cup III, which has already started by the time this episode is released. With in-person tournaments still unable to happen, the PTCG…
 
On this week’s pastry-filled podcast Meehan, Johnny and Lolies chat about losing Forbidden Desert, how tabletop games continue to make loads of money on Kickstarter and tips on playing characters in Dungeons & Dragons. The trio also have multiple conversations about quiche and consider the consequences of opening up a dreadful circus. Keep your ear…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 1/18/21 Publish Date - 1/26/21 On Episode 70 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh just CHILL OUT, chat, and battle it out once again! First off, they read some feedback and emails from some awesome folks in the community, and hopefully they answer a question or two adequately. From there, the duo talk abo…
 
Matt, Meehan and Wheels navigate their way around poop jokes and Gwyneth Paltrow’s unfortunate candle mishaps to discuss this week’s board game and RPG news. There’s our thoughts on the latest D&D TV series rumours, pricey Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon cards, the games we’ve been playing, and the unholy combination of baked beans and dice. We al…
 
Special Conditions Podcast 69 Recording Date - 1/12/21 Publish Date - 1/15/21 On Episode 69 (nice) of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh sit down and get serious, having a full, candid conversation about the entire state of Pokemon TCG. Before the realness hits though, Adam discusses his recent pick-ups of the week, which is followed by the Art of t…
 
Matt, Lolies and Meehan talk a bevy of board game news this week, from the next games from the makers of Root, Star Wars: Rebellion and Terraforming Mars to the Risk TV show and the first Uno world championship. We also chat about what we’ve been playing - or more accurately, everything Lolies has been playing - reflect on the positives of 2020, re…
 
Special Conditions Podcast 68 Recording Date - 1/5/2021 Publish Date - 1/11/2021 On Episode 68 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh glide into the New Year with a little more chill episode of the show. Instead of the normal segments and fun they have, the two decide to start 2021 off on the right foot, with a good ole fashioned mirror match in PTCG…
 
It’s a new year, but the same ol’ tangents as Matt, Wheels and Meehan look back on what we played over the holidays and ahead to the first tabletop releases of 2021. We get traditional with chess and hnefatafl, before popping to Middle-earth in War of the Ring and the depths of the galaxy in Cosmic Encounter Duel. There’s our thoughts on Slay the S…
 
Special Conditions Podcast 67 Recording Date - 12/28/2020 Publish Date - 12/30/2020 On Episode 67 of Special Conditions, for the final episode of 2020, Adam and Josh just hang out and chill, and try to put as many end of the year positive vibes out there for everyone. They start out with their Pick Ups of the week, which was mostly just the holiday…
 
In a special episode to finish up 2020, the whole Dicebreaker team - Matt, Johnny, Lolies, Wheels and Meehan - gather together to run through the board games and RPGs we’ve enjoyed most this year. We give some thoughts on our individual picks for the best games of 2020, as well as the other new releases that stood out from the last 12 months. Have …
 
Special Conditions Podcast 66 Recording Date - 12/21/2020 Publish Date - 12/23/2020 On Episode 66 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh celebrate their last episode before Christmas with an episode full of news, beauty, and fun. First, they talk about the recently announced Players Cup 3, as Adam begins preparations for the big tournament. Also in t…
 
Matt, Lolies and Meehan grab a final slice of (metaphorical) Christmas cake before we ring in the end of 2020. We consider Chris Pine’s casting in the D&D movie, the fourth - and potentially final - Root expansion, the new Cthulhu Wars: Duel, the not-official-at-all Catan beer and bruliant Scrabble remix Blabrecs. There’s also our thoughts on what …
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 12/14/2020 Publish Date - 12/16/2020 For Episode 65 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh put on their tin foil hats and pull out their crystal balls as they attempt to figure out what could be on the horizon for the Pokemon TCG, especially with the rumors of “V-Union” coming to the set. From there, they t…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 12/7/2020 Publish Date - 12/14/2020 On Episode 64 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh keep it short and sweet on this episode, but still manage to bring the fire … and the noise! First, they start off with some housekeeping, talking about all the fun stuff coming up from the Pokemon Professor Network, in…
 
Writer and journalist Chase Carter joins Matt, Lolies, Meehan and Wheels for a packed pod! The team’s been playing MTG, Rangers of Shadow Deep, Qwinto, Gloomhaven and more - to various degrees of success. We also check in with the new War of the Ring card game, the latest from John ‘Blades in the Dark’ Harper, lament Good Puppers’ misfortune at sea…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 12/3/2020 Publish Date - 12/8/2020 On Episode 63 of Special Conditions, despite being a few days later than expected, Adam and Josh are bringing the magic, the sparkles, and typical awesomeness that comes with every show! They start by breaking down the newly announce set, Shining Fates, and how incredibl…
 
We’re joined by special guest Emma Partlow to chat the latest with Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer 40,000! Meanwhile, Matt gazes at Mausritter, Meehan plays a lot of Root and Wheels kills Hitler. We also talk the new Quest card game, the return of Block Mania and the beef between Uri Geller and Kadabra. Plus, your questions o…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 11/26/2020 Publish Date - 12/1/2020 On Episode 62 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh prove yet again why they are thankful for Pokemon Cards, on this Episode on the eve of Thanksgiving. They start out by talking about their pick-ups of the week, which is highlighted by Josh opening his birthday present …
 
Matt, Lolies and Meehan climb out of the primordial soup to bring you this week’s roundup of tabletop news and chatter. We discuss our time with Love Letter, Evolution and The Shores of Tripoli, before taking a look at not-actually-Viking dice game Orlog, a sequel to The Crew, the Uno TV show and more. There’s also your questions answered about the…
 
Matt plays mahjong with cat people, Wheels sinks his fangs into Fury of Dracula and Thousand Year Old Vampire, Lolies invests in Love Letter lore, and Meehan explores Parks. That’s before we dive into the latest news, including X-Wing’s move to a new studio, the future of Vampire: The Masquerade and a brand new Batman game. It’s also an RPG-heavy e…
 
Special Conditions Podcast 61 Recording Date - 11/17/2020 Publish Date - 11/19/2020 On Episode 61 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh bring the electricity to this show with hype, pulls, and excitement! First, they talk about the pick-ups of the week, which include Vivid Voltage, the newest set released from the Pokemon TCG. But they don’t just ta…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 11/11/2020 Publish Date - 11/16/2020 On Episode 60 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh wrestle with their love for Pokemon cards, as they agree that love and positivity in the community is really what it’s all about. First, the guys share their recent pick-ups, including the new Jirachi Black Friday boxe…
 
Matt, Johnny, Wheels and Meehan crack open a jar of tabletop news and fish out this week’s crunchiest headlines for a bite. There’s new Warhammer on the way, a Terminator RPG, marble-hacking Kickstarter Crack the Code and mutiny aboard the high seas in Feed the Kraken, plus much more to discuss. We also run through our experiences playing Thousand …
 
Matt, Lolies and Meehan sound the news kazoo as we catch up with the latest information on the D&D TV series, the return of Lord of the Rings RPG The One Ring, the next game from the makers of Too Many Bones and the already cancelled quidditch board game. We also answer your questions on adding rules to games, impossible moments while roleplaying a…
 
Special Conditions Podcast 59 Recording Date - 11/2/2020 Publish Date - 11/4/2020 On Episode 59 of Special Conditions, Adam and Josh are all over the place this week, running from one corner of the TCG to another. First, the hosts talk about their recent pick-ups this week, and offer some words of encouragement to the trainers out there still searc…
 
Meehan, Johnny and Wheels serve up delicious sweet and savoury tabletop news in a neatly divided podcast crust. There’s the crew’s thoughts on the full reveal - and whopping price tag - of Descent: Legends of the Dark, whether we’d slip our feet into official Catan shoes, and the announcement of new games on the way from Critical Role. Plus, we ans…
 
Special Conditions Podcast Recording Date - 10/26/2020 Publish Date - 10/28/2020 This week starts off with our pickups for the week as the hunt for Champion’s Path continues. New cards aren’t the only thing on the menu, as Adam digs in to his addiction to purchasing graded Delibird cards! Art of the Week brings us to Sigilyph, with some of our favo…
 
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